Fort Worth Foto Walk b/w I’m no good at street photography

Some weeks back, during the #PolarWalk at the Dallas Zoo, I broke the frame picker arm on the Diana Mini. I was able to fix it, but had some problems getting the winder back on and winding properly,* and so once I got it back together, I shoved a roll in as quickly as possible with the intent to test the fix… Ends up, it took me about 6 weeks to shoot through it… Oh well. Continue reading “Fort Worth Foto Walk b/w I’m no good at street photography”


All praise and thanks be to God, I’ve gotten involved with the Dallas Photo Walk group (not to be confused with the Dallas Photo Walk MeetUp Group). After some months interacting over Twitter and being too busy to get in on some walks, I finally had a chance to attend this year’s #Polarwalk at the Dallas Zoo: I had a great time with some fun people and burned a bunch of film too.
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The After Shahada Project walks Lake Carolyn

Better late than never, InshaAllah.

About a year ago, the Islamic Center of Irving hired a new outreach director, and one of his first acts was to start up a class to teach converts and reverts about their religion. We meet every Sunday at 4 upstairs in the old part of the Islamic School of Irving. Come and join us!

Two weekends ago, some members of the After Shahada Project and I went for the first (of many, InshaAllah) after-Fajr walk/hikes to try to build some sort of community together. It was a pretty good time, All praise and thanks be to God. Continue reading “The After Shahada Project walks Lake Carolyn”

Lunch Break!

A couple of weeks ago, my newish boss realized that almost the entire office was not following the Lunch Break policy, and so mandated that we all take lunch breaks. I found it interesting that none of my previous 5 bosses chose to enforce the mandated lunch breaks, but decided to treat it as an opportunity rather than a punishment, so I started going for walks around the office park and its environs and posting pictures to my tumblog.

It now seems that lunch breaks might not be required after all…

A previous boss checked with the HR rep for his department, and that person said that the important part of “lunch breaks must be at least thirty minutes” (in Texas, anyway) is the ‘at least thirty minutes’ and not the ‘lunch break.’ The HR rep for the department my current boss falls under thinks it’s the lunch break part. Hopefully they’ll come to some sort of agreement.

Part of me hopes that they’ll decide it’s the 30 minutes, in which case, I’ll likely go back to not taking a lunch break and leaving 30+ minutes earlier. The rest of me hopes to continue this project.

I need a good project. Whether or not #lunchbreak makes a good project remains to be seen, and I’ll never know if I don’t keep it up.

The above, and this one here, are outtakes from the first lunch break. I didn’t share anything that day. So far, the published #lunchbreak shots have been shot (or processed) with Hipstamatic on the iPhone 5. I’ve shot some film with the LC-A and some ORFs with the C-5050, and if any turn out, I’ll probably share them here, or file them away for rainy days.

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2015

Yesterday midmorning found me in the West End for the 2015 edition of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk.

This year, I joined a group led by Brian Anderson, with special guest Ted Forbes* of The Art of Photography podcast/youtube fame. I’ve been watching Ted’s podcast for many years, now, so for me it was sorta like meeting an old friend and it was nice to wander around with him and others.

We walked a big loop around the West End and the south part of downtown Dallas, then went for lunch at Sonny Bryan’s (where it’s very difficult to find something halal to eat: thankfully, there are some salads on the menu).

I took some great pictures on the walk, but after lunch realized that I had once again mis-loaded the FG and so I hadn’t really taken a single picture. There used to be this emoji that appeared when you typed in :rant: on some forums…


Fortunately, I also brought along the Lomo LC-A.

Unfortunately, a screw that had been rattling around in the top half since I bought it found its way into the bottom part and jammed up the winder part. For the past week or so, I’ve had to wind it by twisting the little bit at the bottom, and yesterday after about 8 winds, it started just spinning past the stop and never resetting the shutter.

Fortunately, there’s a user service guide readily available. It’s for the LC-A+, the fancy new model, but most of the guts are still the same. I took the bottom off, and a little silver screw fell out… I think it might be one that holds the lens in place, so I’m going to have to do a bit more taking apart to see if I can find where it belongs and to tighten everything up.


The walk was loads of fun, and I had an opportunity to continue it in Deep Ellum, but passed due to my dismay, shame, and fury at having mis-loaded the film yet again, and this time at a time when it mattered a tiny bit more than usual.

Oh well.

I’m getting more comfortable shooting people in public, and I went the whole 3 hours without feeling panicky or very nervous: Alhamdulillah.

So it was a much more successful WWPW than previous years in some respects, and a deep failure in others, and it makes me want to get back involved with some photowalking: I’ve been on one since Hana and I got together. InshaAllah I’ll find some sort of outlet for this newfound desire to wander streets with a buddy or three and shoot.

More from this roll of HP5 soon.

*Apologies to Ted for the goofy expression I caught him with.