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Archive for October, 2011

Trick or Treat!

It was trick or treat around Moir Dr tonight! Β Look at all these hooligans! 8) I just can’t get over this lobster!! πŸ˜‰

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Lil’ Ballerinas

Who doesn’t love ballerinas?! They’re cute. They’re petit. They keep the crinoline industry alive! πŸ™‚ We went to Phoebe’s little recital at the family centre today and it was very cute. The girls did a great job in getting the troupe of baby Ballerinas on the same page! They trotted. They curtsied. They did a whole bunch of other stuff I can’t pronounce or even dare to type. Suffice it to say, it was cute! 8)

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Sunset Gourmet with Ruth D!

Do you want to eat better?! Do you want to live in flavour country?! Well, then you’d better check out products from Sunset Gourmet!

Oxbow’s newest entrepreneur locally selling Sunset Gourmet is Ruth Dearlsey.Β Their products taste great, take little time to prepare and are perfect for any occasion. And she is hosting a really exciting come and go tasting party at the Friendship Center on Saturday Oct. 29th from 1-4. Everyone is welcome to come out and experience first hand all that Sunset Gourmet has to offer. On a personal note, we just sampled the peach mango habanero salsa the other night with a pork roast. It was unbelievable! Sweet heat in one convenient package. 8) But they make a huge variety of different stuff if heat isn’t your favourite. You really owe it to yourself to go and check it out! And, as a bonus, Ruth is giving away some really great prize baskets with a variety of Sunset Gourmet products and recipes. Come on down to the tasting party for your chance to take home some of that good ol’ gourmet goodness! πŸ˜€


Healthy Halloween!

Have a healthy halloween! We made these jack o’lanterns out of oranges! 8) The idea is that you fill them up with fruit and other healthy good things instead of the brutal madness of sugar. We made up a bunch of them for Phoebe’s pre-school party and I couldn’t resist nabbing this shot. When the kids get them, they won’t have lights in them though. hehheeehh… πŸ˜‰


Expecting

Pregnancy is an uphill battle to be sure. The human body goes through amazing changes yet it’s nothing short of miraculous when you think about it. A new life is being created and brought into this world. Not much can really compare with it. Photos help lock in the memories but they also must convey the essence of maternity: Expectation. Hope. Excitement! πŸ™‚ And, graphically speaking: Shape. Contour. Softness. 8) That’s what I had in mind when I set out to do my latest photo project, maternity photos.

Trina, my model (and her lovely family), was absolutely beautiful. Fortunately for me, it’s impossible to take bad photos when your subjects are this good. πŸ˜€ We had a really good time making some photos and trying a bunch of different things that are typically not quote-unquote “maternity” photos. We did some nice soft ethereal window light stuff but I also did some edgier stuff that was more typical of glamour shoots. The light was hard, edgy and low-key, but I think it all worked in the end, especially in black and white. The whole shoot was done inside mainly because the weather was no longer cooperating with us. Read on below the gallery for photo geek info. 8)

 

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Just the 3 of us

So I had this big idea that we should go out and do a family photo for the Christmas card before it was really really too late. It’s already too late to nab fall colours which would have been nice, so we decided to do some texture shots at the old stone house (before it falls over completely – it’s really become a cesspool of dilapidated iniquity!). Anyways, I had the vision for the family shot and it went well (look for it at Christmas time…) 8) But before going home, I decided to do an environmental portrait of just the three of us (Me, Regan and baby III). The sun was setting and approaching delicious golden light. The other two kids were screaming in the truck because it was too cold to be outside and they hated their lives in the car seats. But close the truck doors and viola! No more noise problem! πŸ˜‰ tee hee…. Anyways, we did the setup and got the shot. All in all a pretty fun 45 minutes on the old timey prairie. Read on for photo photo geek disclosure…

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Crunchy

I went for a bit of a relaxing photo walk today with the dog. He’d been cooped up for days on end and needed a run and I hadn’t snapped any shots for a couple of days and I didn’t want to lose my edge. Fall colours and textures are a plenty down in the Oak tree ravines just behind our place. I went out to see if I could find a picture of two.

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The Black Grouse

 

Earlier this week I went down to Starr Liquor and Wine to buy a bottle of my favourite red wine: Angus The Bull (a delightful cabernet sauvignon from Australia). 8) It’s pure awesome! Big bold bull flavour. But alas, Starr didn’t have any in stock. 😦 But, lest my palette be dismayed, I caught a gander of a beautiful Scottish Lass! πŸ™‚

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U can haz Kitties

Farms. They are a never ending source of life. Especially when it comes to kittens. All you need is one good Tom and a couple females and soon your whole farm will be over run. πŸ˜‰

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Blue Fog!

Wow! What a crazy night. At about 11PM I decided it would be cool to venture out into the intense fog that had saturated the valley. Grabbed my camera, cable release and tripod and away I went. It was thick, barely could see past the car hood. I knew there would be some sweet sassy photos down by the river as the folks in beaver park had some yard lights that could work to back light some trees and then use the moon light as ambient fill. It was long exposures 30″ or more at tiny f/22 apertures. And while those 30 seconds tick by, all you hear is leaves crackling around you. What’s out there in the foggy darkness?!!?! 😯 Turns out it was deer. Whitetails were surrounding me all round which was very spooky! I finally scared them away and went back to the car. It was so calm too. Geese flying over head sounded like a roaring crowd of 30,000 people. Then a great horned owl flew overhead of me while I was doing the bridge exposure. I could have had a silhouette shot of the owl in front of the moon if I had another camera with me! That would have been cool. 8) Oh well, I was mid a 3 minute exposure so I didn’t want to goof it up. And I’m glad I didn’t.

More photo geek tips: When shooting at night, lock your white balance into tungsten. It makes everything have a really cool blue look, especially when you have fog. White fog is rather boring, but blue or pink looks ethereal. πŸ™‚