Saturday 29 Oct 2011 was the first day of my new life, the first day with no job to go to on Monday, or any other Mondays in the near future. It was a good day. It started with my first trail run in two months, followed by a fun photo shoot in the afternoon, ending with a family dinner for my niece’s birthday in the evening.
With my focus over the past three months primarily being on work I have not managed to dedicate much time to myself and my hobbies. Late nights, stress and a lack of sleep, as well as working a few weekends, left me fairly wasted when I did have free time so the time was seldom put to good use. Now it has all changed ! My last day at work was on Friday and now I can do what I want when I want and it was great to cram a couple of my favourite things into day one.
After having only done one short road run in the past two months I was a wee bit concerned that even a short trail run would leave me gasping. However, my buddy Vicki picked an awesome fifty minute run over the Farley Track in the Waitakere Ranges, that was just perfect for a first run back. Not technical, good under foot track conditions, no steep bits and a beautiful section of native bush to enjoy. A great first run that has me looking forward to the next one.
After the run it was a quick trip home, shower and then into the city for the first Flickr group photo shoot meet up that I have attended in months. It was a great opportunity to test drive my new camera, tripod (the tripod was a leaving gift from my work, awesome !) and the messenger bag combination I was planning on using on my travels. Though, stupidly I left the tripod mount at home so ended up not testing the tripod out. I really enjoy hanging with the Flickr group, they are a great bunch of people as well as having some fantastic photographers in the mix. I have also not taken my photos for a while so I really been looking forward to this.
The objective of this meet up was to take 30 photos in JPEG format over 2 hours, then print them out in the local photo store, no post processing!! It was all good fun and I got to spend a bit of time playing with the new camera. Ultimately I was not thrilled with my images, but an afternoon of shooting photos then a couple of beers while looking at the printed output of the group was good fun and a good start back into photography again.
I left the beer session early and raced back home to nip up to my sister’s place for a family dinner for my niece’s birthday. A great way to end the first day of the rest of my life !
A shot from the day, a sticker from Occupy Aotea. I don’t mean to be political, but I am not a fan of our current government.