Apparently, most people (aka people with 9-5ish type jobs) have hobbies…or things they are interested in that have nothing to do with their career! After working 80+ hours/week for the past 3 years, this concept, understandably, is a little foreign to me. Yes, I do enjoy cooking, baking and blogging. Some might consider these “hobbies,” but I never quite had the time (or money) to explore this much outside the comfort of my own home. In fact, my lack of time for hobbies/a social life got a little awkward when I went on a few first dates. The conversation often went something like this:
Boy: “So what do you do for fun?”
Me: “Well I’m pretty busy with work and saving lives, but I like to cook and bake when I can and I also have a baking blog.”
Boy: “Oh cool, what else do you do?”
Me: “Well….I guess I go to the gym occasionally?”
Boy: “What else?”
Me: “Ummmmm, I sleep every once in a while…”
Boy: “But you must have other things you like to do outside of work? Hiking? Skiing? Going to concerts? You should come with me to this workout group that meets every morning at 6AM…maybe on slow day like a Friday?”
Me: “Beep, beep, beep” (fakes “stat” page, stage exit right)
In an effort to have something to answer to first date questions like this…and to make the most of my time off (I mean research) I’ve been trying to develop some hobbies, mainly photography. As you have seen on my blog (hopefully), I’ve had a mildly successful introductory foray into photography through photographing food porn for my blog. However, I wanted to a) learn how to use the many functions on my DSLR camera and b) expand my subject matter a bit. So this past weekend I took two photography classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE):
Intermediate Photography with Chris Padgett
Farmer’s Market Photography with Brian Samuels
The first class was a technical class on how to use your camera and get the most out of all of its functions. I definitely learned a few key things that will help my photography going forward. In the second class, I got to apply what I learned with Chris, by going on a field trip of sorts with Brian and a group of eager new photographers to the SOWA market in the South End. The market, bustling with food and fresh produce vendors, consumers, pets, arts and crafts and antiques, was the perfect place to work on composition and creativity. It was a gorgeous day and if you’re going to be that sketchy person with a camera peeping out of the bushes (or tomatoes, gourds or flowers), it’s best to have a group with you!
Below are some of my favorites from the day.
Gorgeous purple radishes at a local farm vendor.
Some more local produce. It’s fun to experiment with post-production editing. I’ve been using the snapseed app on my iphone for much of my editing (I can instantly send photos from my camera to my iphone via wifi). Color splash is another fun app that allows you to focus on one (or two) colorful objects to really highlight it, like the carrots above.
The market is also full of interesting people to (stealthfully) photograph.
Don’t forget to stop by Union Square Donuts for delicious fresh donuts in a variety of flavors (like brown butter hazelnut pictured above). The wait in line is worth it!
There are a variety of non-produce items sold as well.
And finally, some more beautiful produce!