31 December 2017 was my one-year anniversary retirement mark. After 39 years of working for one organization I deserve to celebrate. It’s just a blessing to be able to reach that point in life and move on to the second part of my life.
I called my first year The Honeymoon. I went through fazes of this and that, will I get paid on time, will my full benefits be there…will everything fall into place as I hope? On top of that what will I do with my time? I went to the same building for 39 years!! Thanking God, everything fell into place. Whew! Now what?
Through the years I have heard people say when they retire they wouldn’t know what to do with their time. 😦 They lived for work and the majority of their friends were co-workers. That’s a big deal. If I didn’t have a hobby I would feel lost and I most certainly didn’t want to fall into depression (yes people it’s very easy to fall into depression).
Oh did I say I was a photographer for the FBI? And I enjoyed being a photographer for the FBI?? And I traveled around the country and some parts of the world as a photographer for the FBI??? LOL how cool was that? Yes I’m still laughing because it was great. 🙂
Photography helped me with my Honeymoon. I decided to do the 365 project but I called it “a photograph a day”. I did complete the entire project. It’s a tough project but I made it through. During this project, I taught myself to slow down with my photography. There’s no time limit. When I slow down I began to see things differently and that was a good thing. I’m always reading other photographer’s blogs on all aspects of photography. One of the things I read a lot about where the prime lenses: the difference of prime and zoom lenses and how zoom lenses compress your subject(s). Not only did I read I went out to “see” what they were talking about. I shot more with prime than with zoom lenses and I’m glad I did.
Traveling was definitely in the mix. You see the unit I use to work with I traveled and normally a trip was three, maybe four tops, days and we returned home. My trips are called mini trips: I traveled, spend an entire day or two and come back home. During that time I either had plans to shoot the day I arrived, all day the next day or two, and fly back home. Sounds crazy but to me it’s not – I don’t get bored that way. Proper planning you can get a lot done. And guess what…you can always go back! One travel was to San Juan, PR in early spring. This was a workshop trip with the Exposure Group (http://www.exposuregroup.org). This workshop was about shooting with prime lenses. If you didn’t have a prime set your lenses to a certain range and leave it there. A very good learning experience. My other workshop was OCF (Off Camera Flash) with Tyson Pough (http://www.tysonpough.com). This workshop was a refresher class for me with OCF. Great class. I made my normal trip to Washington State and some of the states I have never visited.
Enjoy your life. Have something fun to do. Not just for a day or two but for the rest of your life. And when you retire GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!! 2018 will be just as fun as 2017. I don’t know what all I will do but whatever it is my camera will be with me.
Below are a few of my images from this year. I could have added so many but I don’t want to bore you 😉
HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂