Sunday, May 31, 2009

Smattering, Indeed

I've had a nice weekend, I hope that you (if anyone is, in fact, reading this) did too.

I took Friday off. I had some extra hours from earlier in the week and wanted to use a few vacation hours. A friend had asked me to help her shoot a wedding that afternoon. She was going to shoot the video and I would do the photographs. She said she'd pay me, so I thought that it'd be a great experience and a good way to spend the afternoon.

Friday afternoon served another purpose: I could experience a Mexican wedding. The ceremony was a catholic service, I've been to those before. But, it was in spanish. I do not speak spanish. I don't regret taking french, but spanish would've been more useful than french has been (I have been to France to visit twice. I've interacted with spanish speaking individuals way more often).

My friend Candy briefed me as best she could, and she was able to give me a heads up during the ceremony. Still, it was a different experience and the pacing seemed a bit quicker than some of the weddings that I've otherwise been to.

There are photos that I wish that I could get a second chance at, but overall I think that they turned out well. Candy has all of the files because it was her gig. When I get the disc and am able to pick my favorites, I'll post them at my photo blog I've created a second photo blog That one will have my miscellaneous images and the first will have weddings and portrait type shots.

The bride and groom were gorgeous. Attire at this wedding was different than I'm used to. Everyone dressed fashionably. Their dresses reminded me more of what one might see at prom, or a red carpet event rather than going to a lutheran church type function. :-) It was a lot of fun.

My legs were SUPER tired and I was exhausted on Saturday. I had spent a lot of time squatting on the floor to get some low angle photos and to stay out of the way of the wedding guests. My arms were even tired. I was able to use my friend's Canon 40D. I LOVE it! Pretty intuitive, though I know there are many more things that I could learn to use it better. I am confident that's the camera for me. I just have to figure out what lens to get.

I have a wedding that I'm booked for in August. I haven't learned if that will be a traditional Mexican wedding or not. I took notes after Friday's wedding and I will quiz the bride regarding the upcoming gig.

I'm looking forward to aquiring some new photography gear. I hope that I can land another wedding or two this summer. I have registered Sieversma Photography with the State of South Dakota (I can't imagine that the name is in use already) and will be aquiring a license to collect sales tax. That way I'm legit. I'm just nervous, I don't want to be the photographer that other photographers look at and say, "Just because she's acquired a digital camera, she thinks she can photograph weddings."

I have shot other weddings with film and they turned out okay, I was quite happy with them. But, wedding photography is a huge deal and I don't want to do anyone a diservice either. There are so many amateur photographers listing themselves on Craigslist already and the area is saturated with professional and high end photographers too. I'd love to book on average a wedding a month. Let's face it, with my full time job I'm really not interested in working 6 or so days a week indefinately. And, I'll acknowledge that I have much to learn regarding photography. I guess we'll see where I fall and how things work out.

In the meantime... If you know anyone looking for a photographer, we could maybe work something out. :-)

I planned to bike to Lennox on Saturday to see my grandma and mom. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Too tired. We had a nice visit, went to a couple rummage sales and visited my dad and maternal grandpa's grave.

Today I did get a great ride in. I meant to get going earlier, but hit the road around 8a.m. It took me awhile to get Max to stay on the yard instead of follow me. I headed toward Hwy 19, to Vermillion, north on University, east on 312 to hwy 77 and north to home. It was about 45 miles and the wind was quite brisk when I finished. That's the longest ride I've done this season. I'm only registered for the first day of the TDK. I may not be able to ride fast enough to keep up with you guys for the whole day, but should make it to Yankton in a decent amount of time. If the wind is particularly bad I will quit at my house (maybe 40 miles in) and get a ride to Yankton.

And finally, a tie between photography and biking - if you're still reading.

I've mentioned that I won't be doing the MS150 this year because I have a wedding to shoot that Saturday. I thought about riding on Friday. I like the Sioux Falls to Vermillion route. Today I was thinking that it might be nice to follow bikers along the route and shoot some photographs. I'll have a digital camera in hand. If it's the same route as last year, it'll go right by my house. There are a number of online photo printing services available. I thought that I could pick one and inform the ride organizers of my intent to shoot pictures. I only have dial up at home and it may take some time to upload all of the pics.

Do you think that riders would be interested in purchasing photos of themselves on the ride? The online sites allow you to set a purchase price for a variety of sizes. The site takes a cut of the price for their expense and the client pays for shipping themselves. I need to try a few sites out, but thought it might be a good fundraiser. I thought that I might donate the proceeds to the MS foundation if I did do this project.

It's not certain, of course. Just something I pondered on my ride today.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tulip Festival 5k

I ran it in 34 minutes even. It wasn't a record for me, I ran the Jingle Bell 5k in like 32 minutes in December. HOWEVER, it was breezy and there were portions of the race that were at an incline (plus against the wind in some cases). Oh well. I ran the whole thing, there were a lot of people running my pace and I was far from being last.

I was 227 out of 284 entrants. I was a ways back in my age group though. That's okay, I'm training to be a contender when I'm in the 56 and over age group. :-) Though there are a lot of ladies in their 50s that can kick my tail up and down the road now. But, that's why I'm training now, so that I can be THAT lady then. ;-)

But, overall, it was a LONG 3.1 miles. Really. It went well, but it wasn't a super easy run. Other people made similar comments, so I felt like I was in good company.

According to the National Weather Service, at 8:15 am in Orange City the wind was NW 12 G 21 and at 8:35 the wind was NW 13 gusting to 17.

Still, it could've been much worse and it was faster than I plod along by myself. :-) Good run.

Also: The Hamersma side of the family has a reunion during the Tulip festival each year. It was nice to see some people that I haven't seen in awhile. My dad's side of the family is pretty small, so most of the people attending are the nieces and nephews of my grandpa. Hubby had never been to the event. He got to compare notes with the retired farmers in my family. We got to play with a new baby and the parade was excellent. Lots of marching bands and the scrubbing of the streets is always an amusing site to watch.

If you've never been - Go next year!!

My goal for the next two months: Be able to run 10k (6.2) and improve my time for 5k. I'm up to four mile runs. I did one two weeks in a row. Slow and steady.

Monday, May 4, 2009


I was going to bike to work today. I had a change of heart. I packed my stuff last night, was dressed and pumped up the tires... But, it was 7:30 a.m. Rather than allow myself to be late, which wouldn't have been a huge deal... I bagged it.

I found a bag at a thrift shop in Sioux Falls for a few bucks. I wanted to make a pannier so that I could more easily take with me a change of clothes/stuff to get ready for work. The trunk pack that I usually use just doesn't hold clothes, shoes, hygiene stuff and packed breakfast/lunch.

I put the stuff on my bike, it seemed heavy. No, I didn't have my camera and a week's worth of groceries loaded, though the bags may look huge.

I didn't know how my homemade pannier would work. I knew that I'd make it up the hills (though I was sure I'd be slower). I didn't know if the center of balance would be changed too much. I decided not to make the trial commuter run today.

Oh well. I left the bag packed and am leaving that at work. I think that I'll try again on WEdnesday to bike in. Then maybe I'll bring my clothes home for the switch by bike. I'll give the setup a test run then.

In the mean time, here's a pic of my bike.