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13.04.12 - The Blue Lady    These alien planet experiments have been something very very different for me, and although I have no intention of doing them regularly I would recommend that everyone tries at least one of them. The idea came to me when I was thinking of the backgrounds that are going to be added to the green screen in some of the scenes in our Dr Who movie, which is nearing completion by the way..     The model here is my friend Jo, who designs and makes beautiful dresses like these as Blue Lady Couture. Her work is well worth seeking out.     The basic principle of making these is very simple, just put one image on top of another and erase the bits you don't want so that it looks like one picture, but of course it isn't as simple as that :)    But the more you do the easier they get. I'd recommend starting with pics with a level unbroken horizon, those are much easier to join. Then gradually build up to more complicated images. Long hair and transparent materials are the hardest part of making these, and I've certainly not perfected that part of things yet!    IMPORTANT:- hopefully a final word on the thumbs downers and abusive anonymous commenters. Thanks for your responses to my comments yesterday, but it is very important that if you want this resolving you must contact Andy at Smug about it. As I type this no one has added to the thread I started on Dgrin, and unless people contact Smug they are likely to claim that it isn't an issue and continue to ignore the situation. If you have contacted Andy privately then thank-you for that, and let's hope that he is as good as his word and does something about it.
June 10, 2008      Feeling mellow...in yellow.  Squirrel update. These two were tired as they just had an orgy up in my oak tree. Yep, that's right. I couldn't believe it either.
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Inside the TicToc Diner - The TicToc Diner in Lake City, CO, is one of only a few surviving diners called Valentine Diners, which were ordered from a catalog.  Today was the day when I could have gotten the shot of a lifetime, but didn't.  After our father's day breakfast at I-Hop, we decided to take a drive over to the Woodland Park area in our old restored 1975 Porsche 911.  Apparently, everyone else in Colorado Springs had the same idea because traffic was incredibly heavy, although moving along at a fast clip.  We're tooling along at about sixty miles an hour and I have my camera in my hand, when out of the corner of my eye I see these big brown shapes.  I swivel my head to look and realize I'm looking at two large brown bears....eating on grass or some other plant.  They looked incredibly cute and rolly polly.  There was no shoulder on which to stop and the traffic was so thick that it was impossible to stop.  I was sick about it.  By the time we got back around, they were gone.  Oh, well, c'est la vie!
06/24/10 - Flaming Sun I stopped by the Garden Hut yesterday morning for a few minutes.  They have some sunflowers growing out front, and I wanted to try to take a few pictures of them especially since they had about 5 different pretty varieties to enjoy.  This is my favorite of the pics that I took.  Something about the colors and light coming through the reddish petals.  I removed a hint of another flower in the far lower left, but otherwise it's unedited.    We're gonna break a record at 101 today.  Yep, you read that right...Raleigh is gonna have record heat today.  We've been near 100 certainly with a head index of 100 for 3 days already.  Whew!  I haven't been out in that heat too much.  You basically walk out the door and melt at those temps here with the super high humidity.  But I love Raleigh weather and this too will pass.  We did get a brief sprinkle yesterday afternoon for a welcome and quick 15 degree cool down.    Thanks for your comments on the Queen Anne's Lace shot from yesterday:-)  HAGD, Maryann
September 7 2010 Chicago is My Kind of Town    In this night skyline shot you can see the Chicago River in the center, the famous S-Curve of Lake Shore Drive near the bottom and Monroe Harbor in the distance to the left.  I shot this looking South East from th 31st floor of Lake Point Tower.    Thank you so much for making my Raining Fire picture #1 yesterday.  I was fascinated by the observation that it reminded some people of a weeping willow tree.
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This is some type of Gecko.  My husband and my Mom, yep, that's right my Mom and I went to the reptile show in Cleveland.   I have been wanting a "Red Eyed Tree Frog" for a long time but didn't expect to find on there but was pleasantly surprised.  There are so many fascinating critters there and lots of fun taking pictures of them. Most of the sellers don't seem to mind.   I will probably go again next month since my grandson Gregory seen Lucy he wants to go.
January 12, 2008    Lonely Horse-
14.11.08 - Escapism    Some days drive you mad, and then there was today! What could go wrong did go wrong, and what didn't go wrong didn't matter anyway. For the fifth week running my courier messed up and my brain exploded. I'm normally such a placid, philosophical and pragmatic guy, but repeated incompetence sometimes needs a rant to get the message across. Next Friday will tell whether or not the rant was worth it, I wait with baited breath.    You will have noticed from past Dailies that when I'm really p****d off I retreat into my head and beautiful high mountains. This is one of my favourite places, it has featured here before, but this is a new panoramic image that I created this evening to cheer myself up. This is Taweche Towers, at about 18,000', looking south across the Khumbu Valley in Nepal. Mount Everest is back over my left shoulder. Considerably less people have stood on the summit of Taweche Towers than have summitted Everest itself, this is a magical place. I wish I could take you all there.    And yes, I'm feeling much better now thanks :)
June 30th  YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION  My first attempt at selective coloring!  What fun!  Three tries and two hours...not bad for a beginner :-) Here's the unframed version for those that don't like the added dimension:  http://Mom4squirrels.smugmug.com/gallery/2452453_zuNLx#322255038_Fzncz  Today is our 7th anniversary...  This one is for you honey, because you ARE  "one in a million!"
8-08: This was taken in front of a restaraunt along Harmony road in Fort Collins after dinner on our way to a movie. I drive by this little waterfall display every day on my way home from work and I've wanted to take some pictures here.
24.3.09 - "Tennyson"  I've been given permission to publish a couple of my Tennyson photos from the weekend, which is cool because I'd got a day behind and it allows me to catch up. This is actor Ben Poole as the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It is one of my favourite images from the shoot because it took so long to get right :)  More info on the project here;  http://www.theladyofshalott.co.uk/index.html
3rd year Pic 075 - Oct 08 2010  Glasses     BEST SEEN IN LARGE SIZE  While having lunch at Paantya, a multi-cuisine restaurant at Shiv Nivas palace, I noticed the glasses on the next table... they reflected the ground and buidlings one floor below.     Required quite a bit of 'cleaning' as it was raining and the window was splattered with drops.      http://www.eternalmewar.in/User/Travel/Hotels/Grand_Heritage/Shiv_Niwas/index.aspx
13.04.12 - The Blue Lady

These alien planet experiments have been something very very different for me, and although I have no intention of doing them regularly I would recommend that everyone tries at least one of them. The idea came to me when I was thinking of the backgrounds that are going to be added to the green screen in some of the scenes in our Dr Who movie, which is nearing completion by the way..

The model here is my friend Jo, who designs and makes beautiful dresses like these as Blue Lady Couture. Her work is well worth seeking out.

The basic principle of making these is very simple, just put one image on top of another and erase the bits you don't want so that it looks like one picture, but of course it isn't as simple as that :)

But the more you do the easier they get. I'd recommend starting with pics with a level unbroken horizon, those are much easier to join. Then gradually build up to more complicated images. Long hair and transparent materials are the hardest part of making these, and I've certainly not perfected that part of things yet!

IMPORTANT:- hopefully a final word on the thumbs downers and abusive anonymous commenters. Thanks for your responses to my comments yesterday, but it is very important that if you want this resolving you must contact Andy at Smug about it. As I type this no one has added to the thread I started on Dgrin, and unless people contact Smug they are likely to claim that it isn't an issue and continue to ignore the situation. If you have contacted Andy privately then thank-you for that, and let's hope that he is as good as his word and does something about it.

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13.04.12 - The Blue Lady    These alien planet experiments have been something very very different for me, and although I have no intention of doing them regularly I would recommend that everyone tries at least one of them. The idea came to me when I was thinking of the backgrounds that are going to be added to the green screen in some of the scenes in our Dr Who movie, which is nearing completion by the way..     The model here is my friend Jo, who designs and makes beautiful dresses like these as Blue Lady Couture. Her work is well worth seeking out.     The basic principle of making these is very simple, just put one image on top of another and erase the bits you don't want so that it looks like one picture, but of course it isn't as simple as that :)    But the more you do the easier they get. I'd recommend starting with pics with a level unbroken horizon, those are much easier to join. Then gradually build up to more complicated images. Long hair and transparent materials are the hardest part of making these, and I've certainly not perfected that part of things yet!    IMPORTANT:- hopefully a final word on the thumbs downers and abusive anonymous commenters. Thanks for your responses to my comments yesterday, but it is very important that if you want this resolving you must contact Andy at Smug about it. As I type this no one has added to the thread I started on Dgrin, and unless people contact Smug they are likely to claim that it isn't an issue and continue to ignore the situation. If you have contacted Andy privately then thank-you for that, and let's hope that he is as good as his word and does something about it.
13.04.12 - The Blue Lady

These alien planet experiments have been something very very different for me, and although I have no intention of doing them regularly I would recommend that everyone tries at least one of them. The idea came to me when I was thinking of the backgrounds that are going to be added to the green screen in some of the scenes in our Dr Who movie, which is nearing completion by the way..

The model here is my friend Jo, who designs and makes beautiful dresses like these as Blue Lady Couture. Her work is well worth seeking out.

The basic principle of making these is very simple, just put one image on top of another and erase the bits you don't want so that it looks like one picture, but of course it isn't as simple as that :)

But the more you do the easier they get. I'd recommend starting with pics with a level unbroken horizon, those are much easier to join. Then gradually build up to more complicated images. Long hair and transparent materials are the hardest part of making these, and I've certainly not perfected that part of things yet!

IMPORTANT:- hopefully a final word on the thumbs downers and abusive anonymous commenters. Thanks for your responses to my comments yesterday, but it is very important that if you want this resolving you must contact Andy at Smug about it. As I type this no one has added to the thread I started on Dgrin, and unless people contact Smug they are likely to claim that it isn't an issue and continue to ignore the situation. If you have contacted Andy privately then thank-you for that, and let's hope that he is as good as his word and does something about it.

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