That’s Life & Photography

beetleI had originally intended this post to be called Beetles Everywhere! but as you can see there is barely a Beetle to be found. One day on my way to the library I happened across a car show dedicated to Volkswagen Beetles of all shapes and sizes. There were so many makes and models that I had never seen before and some so customized that I would likely never see again. Needless to say I was excited, but there was a problem. I didn’t have my DSLR. As I walked around admiring the VW goodness I realized that I did have my smart phone, the Motorola Atrix 2. I took pictures, or tried to take pictures as I would with my Nikon and then I was going to turn it into a blog post with a photo gallery discussing the experience and quality of the images.

What happened to the VW photos? That’s what I would like to know! Retrieving the images from my phone was a bit of a nightmare. I tried to download them directly to my computer via USB cable, but the computer wouldn’t recognize my phone. I went to developer options and set my phone to Debug Mode when the USB is connected which makes it easier to copy files. Still no luck. I downloaded the Motorola Helper. Still nothing. I tried emailing the photos to myself, but there were 73 of them. My phone could only upload a few at a time and even then the upload failed.

This is the point where things went from bad to worse. I moved the photos from internal memory to my SD card and they disappeared. I removed the sd card from the phone and inserted it into my computer. There was no trace of the images. My phone also said I had no images. Desperate, I ran the sd card through the file recovery program, Recuva. The only files it found to restore were music files that weren’t lost.

What is left for me to do? Any suggestions? Are my photos gone for good?
The only ones I have are the two that I uploaded to facebook.

This incident did help me realize a few things:

  1. My phone is not a good back-up camera.
  2. I should be carrying my DSLR around with me regularly.
  3. I hadn’t been taking pictures on a consistent basis.

The third point is odd for me because I LOVE taking pictures. To help remedy this I’ve decided to post a photo project every two months. It’s my new goal to find something interesting to document and of course improve my skills. I can tell that my proficiency and reflexes have taken a hit from lack of use. To get back into the swing of things I took pictures around a local bridge (and encountered a really big bird). Please feel free to give feedback!



Fell Off the Blogging Bandwagon

Yes that’s right, the dates speak for themselves. I fell off the blogging bandwagon. I don’t suppose there’s a PostAYear challenge (just kidding)? Now, I can either beat myself up about this for a really long time or kick myself once and just tell you what I’ve been up to (in a series of posts). Obviously though, I need to figure out how to make blogging like an addiction; if I miss a week, I do what’s necessary to get my fix. How do all of you daily/weekly bloggers do it?

Needless to say, it has been a pretty busy past couple of months for me, juggling my jobs, volunteer activities, and always learning stuff. I even made a discovery, but we’ll save that for another day. One event in particular that encompassed a week was Student Life Camp at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Even though our church (White Chapel) is in South Daytona, we decided to make it like a real trip for the Youth. Church members/Parents graciously hosted kids at their homes and I was a chaperone at someone else’s home. It was a great week. I got to know some of the kids better and I think they got closer with each other as well.

Student Life had morning and evening sessions while we did things in between, like volunteer and have a photo scavenger hunt. However, I’m going to share a few photos related to the times spent at the Ocean Center, most of which have been included in My Behance Portfolio.

Student Life 2011 Theme: Devoted

Worship Leader: Chris Tomlin

Supported Charity: Compassion International

Bellarive: Student Life Guest Performers

Youth At Student Life

Suggested Links to Check Out:

Student Life: Their mission: “Student Life’s mission is to help teenagers know Christ through His Word. We accomplish our mission through partnership with local churches. We exist to help youth pastors, youth ministry leaders, youth workers and parents of teenagers by providing quality events and solid biblically based resources for ministry.”

Chris Tomlin – Dynamic award winning artist: (gives a powerful live performance)

Compassion International : changing the lives of children in poverty all across the globe through sponsorship. Touch the life of a child and yours as well.

Bellarive : composed of 6 friends from Orlando Florida, Bellarive is a worship band with an atmospheric sound. I don’t normally talk about music here, but below is one of my favorite songs by them called “Shine On.”


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