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O Brave New Lens

This past Wednesday I was able to pick up my new (to me) Tamron SP AF Di 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 (272EN) from the Zollamt (customs)*.

I excitedly took it out for a shoot Thursday evening, but because it was too dark (low shutter speed), I had shaky hands, and the fact that I had never used this lens before, every photo taken was absolutely worthless.… Read the rest


Always a Surprise

Gerade oder asdjklajksbdahsbdasdjbh?” the hairdresser asked.

Well Scheiße. I don’t know what asdjklajksbdahsbdasdjbh means. I know that eine Gerade is a line, thanks to Mathe. We’ll just go with ‘Gerade’.

“Gerade,” I said.

And so it became a game of A or B.… Read the rest




Nachgetreten

A few days ago, I was in Aachen with my host brother while my host dad attended a meeting. I found this postcard at a small trinket shop, and it certainly spoke to me.

From my fluent understanding of German, nachgetreten is a type of soccer foul.… Read the rest



Big and Brown

It looks so large in the pictures, so in reality, it must be smaller

It’s not. It’s actually massive.

It’s also brown, not black, as I had expected. So here’s an obligatory selfie.

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During my Autumn break, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Paris with my host family.… Read the rest


My Ballot Abroad

En route to Chicago, on July 31, 2014, is where I completed my first election ballot.
I hurriedly filled out my absentee ballot for my vote in the Michigan Primary, and handed it to my parents as I stepped out of the car at the Detroit Metro North Terminal.… Read the rest