Sunday Stroll

I took a Sunday stroll in the woods near our home.
I took a few photos.
Here they are.

A photo posted by Karl Whetzel (@unrelated.notes) on

A photo posted by Karl Whetzel (@unrelated.notes) on

Going Analog

mmwcameraThose who know me would assume from the title of this post that I’m referencing synths. Typically, I would be. But not today.

During a recent purge of unused stuff from the house, I came across a couple of old cameras. You know, the kind that use actual film. One is a 35mm (with 3 unused rolls of 24 exposure film) and the other is a Polaroid 600 (for you youngsters, this is the original Instagram). Finding them stirred up some nostalgic feelings, so much so that I’ve decided that this Thanksgiving holiday, I’ll not only be taking photos using the trusty iPhone and DSLR cameras, but I’ll also be snapping some good ole-fashioned film pics. Granted, I’ll have to find a place that still processes 35mm film and (gasp!) wait an hour or several days for the pictures to be developed.

I’m actually most anxious to use the Polaroid camera. Having pulled it from storage I found that the film cartridge battery was dead rendering the camera unusable. So began the hunt to find where to buy replacement cartridges. Although Polaroid stopped making instant film in 2008, another company, Impossible Film acquired the last factory producing Polaroid instant film and began “The Impossible Project” to continue manufacturing film for the millions of Polaroid cameras still in existence. So now I’ve got my 8 shot cartridge and will be eagerly anticipating the “whirrrrr” of the camera as it ejects the squarish pic from it’s lower compartment.

I’m looking forward to going back to a 20th century method of taking pictures. There’s something about the tactility of the physicial medium that appeals to me. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not giving up digital photography at all. But for more artistic pursuits, I’m thinking old-school just may be the way to go.

Grateful Recap

Giving ThanksAs we enter a new year, there are several things from 2013 for which I’m thankful:

1. Being Alive. This year brought about an allergic reaction that I’d never had before that put me in the hospital for the first time in my life. I thought I was dying waiting for the paramedics to arrive and I had passed out by the time they arrived. My wife tells me that they were moments from intubating me, but thank God, He brought me through the entire experience. And surprisingly, the hospital food was quite good!

2. Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, Health Clinics, etc. It’s rather obvious why I’m thankful for these individuals and institutions. 🙂

3. Family and Home. So thankful for the missus, our little menagerie of animals who’ve become a part of our family and a warm, cozy home.

4. Good Jobs. Both the missus and I are very blessed to have good jobs. During a time when so many are without a job, we feel very blessed and fortunate to be gainfully employed.

5. Music. I’m continually amazed at how music is not a static interest, but rather one where one’s relationship with a particular piece is always changing based upon one’s life experiences. And my taste in music seems to be ever-evolving. It’s something I didn’t expect to happen when I was younger. But I’m liking it so far!

6. Photography. 2013 brought about a new interest in photography as the missus and I were finally able to obtain a DSLR camera. This has opened up a creative outlet I’d dabbled in a little before, but hadn’t really studied in depth. I’m looking forward to learning to fully take advantage of the power of a DSLR camera and see what kinds of shots I can come up with.

Here’s looking to 2014 and all the things it will offer for which to be grateful. Happy New Year!

Time Constraints

Time ConstraintsLately, I’ve noticed that the older I become, the quicker time seems to pass. Granted, this is to be expected. When we’re kids, having only a few years under our belt, it seems to take forever for each Christmas, birthday and summer vacation to come around. But as the years add up, our relative perspective on time continually changes. And what seemed like an almost eternal wait for the holidays now becomes, “What, it’s Christmas again already?!”.

I love learning new things and, like many people, I’m curious about the universe and how things work. I don’t want to just know about something, I want to know the ins and outs of it. I want to know why it works, how it works and where it fits in relation to other things.

But these days there doesn’t seem to be enough time to fit it all in. When I was an adolescent and a teenager, it seemed as though there was an abundance of time to delve into books and learn, practice and explore an interest and devote large chunks of time to an activity. Of course, then I didn’t have the time constraints of adult responsibilities that I have now: marriage, pets, job, home, etc. And they’re not time-consuming in a negative way. It’s just that those things require a commitment of a portion of time as anything does.

The difficulty now is deciding how to approach this challenge. Do I commit to a broad range of interests only to delve a little into each of them or do I focus on a handful of topics and dig deeply into what they have to offer? I’m going with the latter these days, I believe. To me, it’s what fits best as I prefer to know as much about something as possible. So if time and my mortality are limiting me to only explore so much, then picking a few topics, perhaps just one or two, and becoming adept at them is the way to go.

So, what are those topics, interests and activities I’ve narrowed myself down to? Well, that will make a good future post won’t it?