2023 Film Photography Year in Review

2023 Film Photography Year in Review

Abandoned Factory The first week of 2023 started off great. One of my friends arranged for us to visit the OLT Osijek factory, either owned in part or rented by someone—we weren’t exactly sure. The owner allowed us to enter and capture as many photos as we wanted. OLT Osijek, once a major factory in the city, now stands in ruins. Documenting the factory before its inevitable demolition has been a top priority for me, and I have found that film photography is the best way to achieve this. Equipped with my Fuji GSW690iii and Nikon L35AF, I encountered a minor hiccup just before entering the factory. The battery door of my Nikon didn’t close properly, leaving me with only one working camera—the Fuji GSW690….

Cycling the Waterford Greenway: A Scenic Adventure

Cycling the Waterford Greenway: A Scenic Adventure

Cycling the Waterford Greenway: A Scenic Adventure Are you ready to jump on an unforgettable cycling adventure amidst the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Waterford Greenway in Ireland? Look no further, my fellow adventurer! With its mesmerizing landscapes, rich historical heritage, and impeccably maintained trails, the Waterford Greenway promises an enchanting journey that will leave you in wonder. In this comprehensive article, we’ll be your trusted guide, unveiling the secrets of the Waterford Greenway and equipping you with valuable tips, and fascinating facts to elevate your cycling experience. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a cycling enthusiast looking to explore this hidden gem, we’ve got you covered. So, hop on your saddle, feel the gentle breeze on your face, and let’s delve into the fascinating trail of…

Kodak Portra 160 vs Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Portra 160 vs Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Portra 160 vs Kodak Ektar 100 As a film photographer, choosing the right film is crucial for achieving the desired aesthetic in your photos. Kodak is a trusted brand in the industry, and two of its popular films are Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Ektar 100. Join me as I compare the captivating qualities of Portra 160 and Ektar 100, helping you unravel the perfect film for your next shoot. From color saturation and contrast to grain and versatility, we’ll explore the unique aspects that set these films apart and provide guidance on selecting the ideal companion for your creative endeavors. So grab your camera, dust off your lenses, and prepare to be inspired as we explore Kodak Portra 160 and Ektar 100. Let’s…

Storytime 2.0 – An Open Letter to NYC

Storytime 2.0 – An Open Letter to NYC

Storytime 2.0 – An Open Letter to NYC From the bustling streets of Chinatown to the neon-lit promenades of Manhattan after dark, my trip to New York City was a whirlwind adventure that surpassed all my expectations. With every step I took, the city revealed its vibrant soul and left an indelible mark on my heart. Join me as we wander through the bustling streets, uncovering the secrets of this dynamic city. From the towering skyscrapers that define the iconic skyline to the charming corners of hidden oases, we’ll traverse the vibrant neighborhoods, absorbing the energy that makes New York City truly unique. Table of Contents Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Purchasing via provided links/banners comes at no additional cost…

Albums That Shaped My Music Taste

Albums That Shaped My Music Taste

© Thurston Howes Music has a powerful ability to shape our tastes and influence our lives. Certain albums have a way of resonating with us on a deep level, leaving a lasting impact that transcends time.  From the soulful jazz of John Coltrane to the rebellious energy of the Ramones, from the poetic storytelling of Nas to the raw intensity of Black Flag, these albums have left an indelible mark on my musical journey. Each one carries its own unique sound, message, and emotional resonance, making it an essential part of the tapestry that forms my personal soundtrack. I invite you to join me on a musical journey as we explore the albums that have inspired my own taste in music. Table of Contents Affiliate…

Pedal to the Metal: How to Conquer the Century Ride

Pedal to the Metal: How to Conquer the Century Ride

Pedal to the Metal: How to Conquer the Century Ride Are you ready to push your limits and take on the ultimate cycling challenge? Look no further than the World of century rides! A century ride is a thrilling 100 km journey that will test your endurance, strength, and mental toughness. It’s not just a physical feat, but a mental one as well, requiring you to dig deep and find the willpower to keep going even when it feels impossible. But fear not, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie cyclist, conquering a century ride is within your reach. With the right training and preparation, you can cross that finish line with a sense of accomplishment and pride that lasts long after the ride…

Storytime 1.0 – Hunting for Vinyls in Dublin’s Record Shops
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Storytime 1.0 – Hunting for Vinyls in Dublin’s Record Shops

There is something about vinyls that makes them stand out from the digital music we consume today, creating a unique listening experience that connects us to the music in a way that digital music simply cannot replicate. The texture, the sound quality, and the thrill of the hunt for the perfect album – it’s all part of the analog experience. As vinyl continues to make a comeback, record shops are popping up all over the world, providing a space for music enthusiasts to browse, discover, and connect with like-minded individuals. Dublin, Ireland, is no exception to this trend, with its lively music scene and a large selection of record stores. In this blog post, I’ll take you on a journey through three of Dublin’s record…

Lessons from Failing to Cycle 9000km
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Lessons from Failing to Cycle 9000km

At the end of 2021, I found myself at my lowest point, feeling dissatisfied with my weight and overall fitness level. In October of that year, I decided to take control of my life and set some goals for the next year. One of those goals was to cycle an impressive 9000km. It was a lofty challenge that I was determined to achieve. However, despite my best efforts, I ultimately failed to reach this goal. Lessons from failing to cycle 9000km taught me that at first, I felt like a failure, but over time, I realized that there were valuable lessons to be learned from my experience. In sharing my story, I hope to inspire others to set their own challenges, no matter how big…