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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by sprinke, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    So, besides photography, what else do you folks like to do with your spare time?

    me: reading, knitting, snowboarding, singing, playing piano, video games (mostly puzzles or stuff like Portal). Recently bought a ukulele and am learning that. Not that I have a lot of spare time with the 4.5 year old boy in the house.
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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    My hobby is taking pictures of people doing other hobbies. :) 
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  3. stillshunter

    stillshunter Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    If I had another 'hobby', other than photography, then I think it would be eking out a life on the streets with my wit and guile alone....as this is definitely where my better half would banish me to :blush: My problem is that photography is more an obsession than a hobby....but not sure I'm alone in this? :polling: So just this single obsession is enough to test her patience with thank you!.
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  4. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    I used to play guitar a lot. I made my own album in my basement and sent songs to songwriting contests. When it became obvious my wife and mom were my biggest fans, I realized it was time to move on. Photography is also a great right brain activity, so it's a lot of fun too. We also like to snow ski when we can, and travel to national parks when we can afford it.

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  5. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Trout fishing is perhaps my oldest hobby. Its the good company and opportunity to spend some precious time in alpine country that keeps me going again an again. These days it's almost exclusively catch and release....it is a practice that we have taught all the kids too.

    Music is a passion too that has sprung 25 years of playing various instruments....Bass guitar first, 6 string guitar and the Didjeridoo.

    But without doubt, my most cherished hobby is snowboarding. I've played football, cricket and soccer all at club level...but nothing gives me the pure joy that freeriding deep and steep powder does. Ive rode most Victorian resorts, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. After a week in Vegas over this coming new years I'm heading off to Canada for 6 weeks to ride the mountains I've dreamt of riding ever since I took it up....Whistler, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Whitewater Nelson and Mount Baker and throw in some Heliboarding in mix while I'm at it :) 

    I consider myself extremely lucky that on this trip I will have the opportunity to enjoy what will be for me, a snowboarding and photographic experience of a lifetime.

    Funny, it kinda feels like a passing of the baton to some degree, I'm edging close to 40 and my knees are sketchy and my hip is shot, and even though I will still take lines the younger boys shy away from my better days on the board are behind me, I only have a few last big rides left in me.......photography will take that baton an d carry me into my old days when all those big drops, falls, breaks and strains really take their toll.

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  6. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I've been a bowler for about 15 years. I average 200 or so. I also have a few telescopes. I enjoy looking at planets and star clusters. I also took up stunt kite flying, but it hasn't stuck.
  7. michaelsmp

    michaelsmp Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2011
    New Jersey
    Watches and taking pictures of watches.
  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Playing ice hockey, volleyball, and being an auto-racing fan :cool: 
  9. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I spend a lot of time writing video games, which I suppose is some combination of hobby and career now. Play guitar occasionally, too, and occasionally modify a car.
  10. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    Music has always been the big one for me, especially the electronic variety. These days I probably spend more time building and repairing synthesizers (and guitar gizmos) than I do playing them. I have a large record collection as well, and while I still enjoy the hunt, I try to keep acquisitions to a minimum so it doesn't overwhelm my abode.

    Unfortunately, I've recently become addicted to mechanical wristwatches. What a pointless and expensive hobby! I'm hoping to settle on just a few modest ones soon and be done with it. So far, I have narrowly avoided buying watchmakers tools. That's the last thing I need with all the electronics projects I have going, but the temptation to tinker is great.

    Sports-wise it was skiing and then scuba diving. I build houses for work though, so I get my fill of exercise and being outdoors.
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  11. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    Do you use m 4/3 for watch photos? I'd like to see a thread for this.

    edit: found it https://www.mu-43.com/f88/watch-photo-thread-11099/

    I tried but I don't think I have the right lens for the best results. Good watch photos are not so easy.

    edit: don't need a new lens. need a new watch ;) 
  12. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    fitness, badminton but photography and videography is by far the most time consuming and money pulling
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  13. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    If I list want I want to, I'll be nominated for the douchenozzle Hall of Fame, let's just say music, as in performance, arrangement and orchestration. Anything with strings as long as there's no bow (guitar, bass, string bass, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, even Chapman Stick).

    And, part of the pursuit of photography involves other great things, like climbing and backpacking.

    Oh, and boring people to death with stories. That's a big one for me.
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  14. Seasonal activities taking advantage of where I Live: Cycling, trail running, hiking/backpacking, snowshoeing, windsurfing, snowboarding, gardening. Racing days are long in the past. May get back into Nordic skiing (off trail, back-country) & snowshoe only on those real, real cold days.

    Year round activities: 'ukulele, reading. Weather has been less than ideal recently. Picked up a Kindle Touch. Great way to check out some new authors and re-read some classics for minimal $s. Adding to an addiction or bad habit of collecting reading material faster than I can read them. Used books stores (virtual & real) & now the Kindle keep me hooked.
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  15. Empireme

    Empireme Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    LA, CA
    I love working out and running. Due to my bad knees I only resort to running on the treadmill these days. Been a gym rat for the last ten years... which means I've been dieting for the last ten years too.

    And my other hobby is watching movies... I've loved cinematography since I was a young buck.
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  16. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Part time philistine

    Aug 10, 2011
    I don't know if it's some form of self punishment . But I love winter walking, mostly around the Cumbrian fells that are close to my home. And if the weather is bad, I like it more.
    I've been caught in a white out twice. The first time was scary. But just crawl into my storm shelter and sit it out. Second time was at night ! The worst thing about that was having Buster (my wee terrier) curled up asleep on my lap, snoring and having very bad eye watering wind !
    Not at all pleasant!
    I've noticed though , I've never been alone. I've always spotted another mad person at some point on my walk.
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  17. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I go exploring places like these...
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    And bodyboarding slabs like these...
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  18. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    Shooting, gundog training and fly fishing. I love walking on the moors in Devon as well but do less of that at the moment as I am bedding in a new hip and knee and waiting for another knee ... all self inflicted but thank you anyone who momentarily felt sorry for me ... :smile:
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  19. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I love Disc Golf (year round), computers (I have a new Motorola Xoom tablet), reading (Nook), music and woodworking. More than enough to keep me busy.:smile:
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  20. taphapy

    taphapy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    I tap dance. Surprise!
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