I'm a father, husband, marathoner, half marathoner and regular runner guy hoping to promote a healthy balanced lifestyle especially in the African-American community.
Pullen Park: A Diamond in the Ruff
Ok, So Pullen Park may be the best part that I've ever been to. That's saying a lot. But this park -- while it may be down the street from a prison.. and bordering a college campus-- is awesome. I've been to a lot of parks with Ethan. I've never seen his eyes light up so much for a park like it did for this one. Then I found out how much it costs-- and I was happy.
To give you an idea, there is a working train, carousel, playscape for the kids and my favorite-- paddle boats. I haven't seen paddle boats at a park in a very very long time. So maybe it was half excitement, half nostalgia for me. But, you can't beat one dollar tickets for train and carousel rides. Six dollars is even understandable for the paddle boats. Oh, and I forgot they also have kiddie boats. I can't believe I've been here for four weeks and I'm just now discovering this gem. I hope you enjoy the pictures. By the way this is also an awesome place for a photo-shoot. While EJ and I were walking around we noticed a wedding party going through their rehearsal for their ceremony on the next day.
I'm sure there is much more to enjoy at the park that I missed. You better believe I'll be back.
I don't think I'll get yelled at by too many people for this.. But I decided to take my Camera Completely apart to fix a problem inside. OK, relax -- It was my dad's 20 year old EOS 630. It wasn't a 70D, 5D or 1DX. This camera is the very first SLR that I learned to take pictures on. So its pretty special to me. I''l probably never junk it...or sell it on EBay. So, It's been hanging around in the back of a closet somewhere collecting dust. But the digital camera age isn't the only thing that killed this camera. It's the battery drain issue. You can put a brand new 10 dollar battery in this thing.. and it'll be dead the next morning. I did some research and found a write up below on how to fix it. I also tried to record a video of the fix. This is from ... I've shortened the directions on how to fix it just a tad.. but here you go: my camera with the latch plate off the latch plate Here's a link to
So, since diving into the world of Photography, .. I've heard of this extravagant expensive pieces of machinery that take Amazing photos. They're usually reserved for fashion and product, photographers. They're called medium Format cameras. I won't be reviewing one of those things today -sorry. But, I'll get pretty close. A friend of mine kept telling me about this camera that she had collecting dust in a closet somewhere. So, Naturally - as a fan of Pawn Stars and American Pickers-- I had my hopes really high for something cool and unique. When she finally got around to bring this camera kit around... I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The name is familiar.. the camera was not. But I was still surprised. Mamiya. A big, huge name in Medium format cameras .. next to Hasslebad and Pentax.. also used to make SLR cameras. In my opinion they seemed to be some pretty good quality cameras too. But the much smaller company folded under the pre