Thoughts on turning 30

Turning 30 is a weird thing for a lot of people. When I was young, I thought 30 was the point in my life where I’d finally be an adult. I’d have my act together and be doing a lot of “adult” things. The truth is, I just feel 18 with 12 years of experience.

The majority of my 20s were filled with self satisfaction, pleasure seeking, and not a lot of forward thinking. My late 20s were the beginning of me beginning to notice there is so much more to the world than that. I’m very grateful I’ve been able to have a kind of introspection that allowed me to notice these things about myself and realize I could do better.

From the time I graduated high school until around age 24, I participated in a lot of self destructive behaviors and unhealthy habits. At 25 I finally got my associate’s degree. At 26 I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree. At 28 I graduated and got a job. At 30 I’m continuing my educational journey by getting my master’s degree. It took a while to turn the ship around but for the first time in years I finally feel like I’m on the right path.

Whereas my 20s were dedicated to pleasure seeking, I’m setting a different intention for my 30s.

In my 30s I want to be healthier; both physically and mentally. Instead of being involved in self destructive behaviors, I want to engage in activities that will encourage growth, change, and positive outcomes.

I’m going to get better at relationships with friends and family. I took relationships for granted in the past, but I’m going to make a serious effort to maintain relationships.

I’m going to take my health more seriously. Starting at the beginning of August this year, I’ve made some changes that gave me some momentum to work with as I turned 30. I’m eating lots more fruits and vegetables and a lot less processed food. I’m drinking a lot less coffee and a lot more water.

I don’t think I’ll ever cut coffee out completely because I <3 it so much, but I was drinking a pot (sometimes more!) of coffee per day. If anything I think it made me more tired because my body was so stressed from all the caffeine. I’ve already noticed a positive difference in energy levels in focus since cutting my intake.

These are just some of the things I hope to bring to my life in the next decade. Health, relationships, forward thinking, and positive outcomes. Here’s to the next 10 years!

Reducing Nikon D5100 time lapse flicker

When shooting a time lapse, most people recommend using full manual mode in order to avoid flicker. However, when I tried that, I noticed that I was still getting some flicker.

This was shot using full manual mode, but as you can see there is a fair amount of flicker. I’ve found out that flicker can be caused by mechanical inconsistencies even if you’re using full manual mode. The reason, in the case of the D5100, is because before each shot, the lens resets the aperture to wide open, then dials in to the set aperture. Each time it does this, there’s a chance it could be millimeters off from the last shot.

This doesn’t matter at all when shooting single shots but when you’re trying to take a series of consistent shots for a time lapse, these tiny differences can result in flicker. Unfortunately, the D5100’s lenses all function in a way that produce these tiny inconsistencies. There is a way to trick the camera into thinking you have a manual lens that works quite well.

If you compare the two videos, you’ll notice the second one is much more consistent. Both use full manual mode, but for the video below I tricked the camera by holding down the lens release button, and slightly turning the lens to disconnect the lens from the body while still being locked in. If you carefully do this, you can get much better results. Make sure you lock the lens back in before you move the camera.