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#1053665 - 12/10/08 02:12 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Every year Polostrings takes me to see "The Nutcracker" ballet and buys me a nutcracker. Here is a sampling of some of them.
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#1053666 - 12/10/08 03:07 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Kawai, HI and Polostrings, That's so funny regarding the story about Godzilla chasing the train around the tree when he was a pupppy. You guys must've had serious tummy aches from laughing. \:D

And what a sweet and romantic idea with the annual nutcracker ballet and gift rituals to commemorate and remember your special day by. A definite brownie point for Polostrings.
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#1053667 - 12/10/08 03:51 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Ratman, Glad to know that you've got your webserver issues fixed, and definitely great timing with the Starlings shot. Although, it looked really cooooold. \:\)

I've always felt that nature photography is one of the hardest thing for anyone to do, pros or otherwise, with regards to all of the different elements and weather conditions that they have to go through in order to capture these fantastic wildlife shots in their environments, especially the seasonals and migratory ones.

Although I've always dreamed of getting one of those huge zoom lens so that I can snatch a dragonfly in flight from miles away if I wanted to, but as you already know, they are quite expensive. So, I guess for now I'll have to stick to taking still subjects and landscapes in my own backyard, with my tiny little unprofessional, yet faithful camera. \:D

Happy Shooting!

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#1053668 - 12/10/08 09:40 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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KN: It was sorta chilly (around 32F) but not bitterly cold. And it was nice and cozy inside the window from where I made the shot. \:\)

Serially, by body doesn't do very well with cold temperatures so I don't go out in it if it's below about 25F.

The lens I used on that one was a Sigma 17-70 f2.8 that's become my "walkin around" lens. The focal length range is broad enough to do wide stuff as well as short telephoto shots. It was all the way out at 70 when I saw the starlings take flight. I thought it was interesting to take note of the white snowflakes between the black birds. Sorta surreal.

Speaking of tiny little cameras, I try to take my camera with me whenever I leave the house. But leaving it in my Burb, even though I lock it up sometimes worries me. So wonna these daze I'm gonna buy a Canon Powershot 1100 which is about the size of a deck of playing cards, yet seems to produce very good images. It's not nearly as versatile as the 40D, but it's a lot more convenient to stuff in a pocket and keep it away from sticky fingers, if ya catch my drift.

I'd also love a 100-400 f2.8 "L" series Canon lens, but at $2400 MSRP and $1400 or so street price, it's out of my price range at the moment. But eventually....

And a happy shooting season to you, too. \:\)
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#1053669 - 12/10/08 04:01 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Key Notes What a hoot! Great work on the photo. I was laughing so hard. You really captured his heart. He has always been a big dog in a little dog's body. He once threw himself at a 60lb dog that came across the street to attack me. My little 14lb dog won on attitude alone. I will add big wave surfer to his resume!
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#1053670 - 12/10/08 08:31 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Kawai and Polostrings
Godzilla for a dog's name; nutcrackers each X'mas - what a sweet and fun family!
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#1053671 - 12/10/08 09:24 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Thanks Rosanna! Life is good, I couldn't ask for more. (I'll let you guys know when Polostrings and I start wearing matching clothes! )
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#1053672 - 12/10/08 11:11 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Originally posted by Kawai, HI:
I'll let you guys know when Polostrings and I start wearing matching clothes! [/b]
You are getting closer than you thought - after all, you post as him, and he as you - well, sometimes. ;\)
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#1053673 - 12/11/08 03:27 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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OK

These pictures have both a piano and a Christmas tree in them ... so does that count as a holiday photo (don't expect National Geographic quality photography .... I'm a point and click man)?





And just for "Polostrings", the character with skis over his shoulder on the mantlepiece is a Nutcracker!

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#1053674 - 12/11/08 10:47 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Beautiful, GeePee. Very, very nice shots of a beautiful subject. Good use of depth-of-field and composition. I particularly like the first one with its dramatic lines. Right on!
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#1053675 - 12/11/08 01:48 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Aloha GeePee,

Wow!!! Great Photos!!! Love the piano, Tree, Nutcracker, and especially your fireplace!!! It's nice to play at night and stare at the Christmas tree. It is summer, down there right? Thanks for sharing.
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#1053676 - 12/11/08 01:52 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Keynotes,

I absolutely love what you did with Godzilla's photo!!!!! Thanks so much!. :3hearts:

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#1053677 - 12/11/08 04:31 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Originally posted by RatMan:
Beautiful, GeePee. Very, very nice shots of a beautiful subject. Good use of depth-of-field and composition. I particularly like the first one with its dramatic lines. Right on! [/b]
Thanks for the comments RatMan, but I assure you, I just pick up the camera, point and click. Anything after that is down to dumb luck!

On the other side of the coin, perhaps I should give up piano playing and try my hand at photography! ... maybe I'm a natural! ..........HAH!
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#1053678 - 12/11/08 05:17 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Aloha GeePee,

Wow!!! Great Photos!!! Love the piano, Tree, Nutcracker, and especially your fireplace!!! It's nice to play at night and stare at the Christmas tree. It is summer, down there right? Thanks for sharing. [/b]
Normaly the piano lid is closed, and when I play I get all the light reflections across the lid ..... Ohhhhhhhhh

But yes "polostrings" .... it is summer down this way.

The fireplace in the photo is not used ... and that includes during winter! It's functional, but not an efficient heating unit .... that and the fact that the local council nazis would bring up every PC, tree hugging load of bollocks to stop us using it anyway (something about global warming .. don't start me!)

Our home is 150 years old, so there are many bits and pieces within our house that don't gel with todays so called enlightened building codes and living standards.

Anyway! .... I have a new Grotian in my lounge, so life is perfect ... what more could I want?!!
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#1053679 - 12/11/08 05:22 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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This is Cookie, (and you know who the guy in the red suit is).



Cookie doesn't understand when people are weary of her. She loves everyone. She has only one mission in life... to get more food and earn more hugs. She weighs 116 pounds, but in her mind she is a 5 pound lap dog.

(In a way, that is a lot like me.....In my mind I am still a size 5). ;\)

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
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#1053680 - 12/11/08 05:29 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Cookie looks like a very good dog. Big dogs who think they're small, small dogs who think they're big. They have no concept of size, we could learn a thing or two from them.
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#1053681 - 12/11/08 08:51 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Big dogs who think they're small, small dogs who think they're big. They have no concept of size, we could learn a thing or two from them. [/b]
Actually I know some folks who think they are "Big Dogs"..... My closest friends are content to be small dogs.
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#1053682 - 12/12/08 02:58 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Polostrings and Kawai, HI,

Thanks! I thought that it was pretty funny too, so just thought that I'd share. To all big wave surfers and big heart pets.

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#1053683 - 12/12/08 03:59 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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GeePee,

I also love the look of your beautiful piano and fireplace. But, what I'm most curious about are those three musical images, pictures(?) grouping that are on the wall in the second photo of your three pictures. They looked quite interesting.

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#1053684 - 12/12/08 06:24 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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GeePee, I wondered.... Are those music books in the magazine rack? Nice. One look at that photo and I am off to get one for myself to take care of my overflowing music collection.
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#1053685 - 12/12/08 11:47 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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GeePee,
I also love the look of your beautiful piano and fireplace. But, what I'm most curious about are those three musical images, pictures(?) grouping that are on the wall in the second photo of your three pictures. They looked quite interesting.
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Originally posted by Ivory Dreams:
GeePee, I wondered.... Are those music books in the magazine rack? Nice.
You mean to say there was something other than a piano in that photo? \:D

I couldn't quite tear my eyes away from that gorgeous Grotrian Charis! That model is new and the brand is rather rare - I appreciate the opportunity to look at one up close.
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#1053686 - 12/12/08 06:41 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Originally posted by Key Notes:
GeePee,

I also love the look of your beautiful piano and fireplace. But, what I'm most curious about are those three musical images, pictures(?) grouping that are on the wall in the second photo of your three pictures. They looked quite interesting.

Key Notes \:\) [/b]
Key Notes,

The musical images you were referring to are in fact "Memory Blocks" made by Sid Dickens, out of Vancouver Canada.

I picked these three up several yeras ago here in a local shop. There are several more though in the music themed series.

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GeePee, I wondered.... Are those music books in the magazine rack? Nice. One look at that photo and I am off to get one for myself to take care of my overflowing music collection.

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IvoryDreams,

Yes they are indeed music books in the rack. I fell across this in an antique store about a month ago. It was made around 1893 out of a local native timber here in NZ, and was designed to be a music holder .... so I'm told.

Whether it was or wasn't I don't really care. It's certainly different to a plain old table or cupboard so I bought it.

The photo doesn't show it clearly, but it's divided into 3 sections on top plus a drawer below.

GeePee
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#1053687 - 12/12/08 08:26 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Whippen Boy,

Ah, I would've never known being such a beginner. Thanks. \:\)


GeePee,

I see. Very nice. Thanks.

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#1053688 - 12/13/08 11:08 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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December sunset....

The sky was lit up last night after dinner and I had to take a pic. A storm was sopposed to blow in last night.

It never did!!!! Its clear and sunny this morning.

Enjoy KaylaX \:\)
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#1053689 - 12/13/08 04:05 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Wow! This is spectacular.
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#1053690 - 12/13/08 05:08 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Wow KaylaX, What a gorgeous sky!
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#1053691 - 12/14/08 12:36 AM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Here are some pics I took today:





This xmas tree was decorated with Swarovski crystals:

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#1053692 - 12/14/08 12:16 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Kayla X, great sky!!

Kawaigirl1, Great shots!!! Where in Toronto were these taken? I really love the last one, that is a lot of crystal.
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#1053693 - 12/14/08 05:05 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Kawaigirl1, Great shots!!! Where in Toronto were these taken? I really love the last one, that is a lot of crystal.
Txs polostrings. The night lights were taken at the Toronto City Hall.

That Xmas Tree was at the downtown Eaton Centre. It was a tree sponsored by Swarovski.
Here's a close up pic of the ornaments:

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#1053694 - 12/15/08 07:19 PM Re: OT: Holiday photos 2008
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Great shots from both Kayla and Kawaigirl. That sunset is fantastic. I'd be very proud to have captured that, myself.

The Christmas lights are also very well done. It's not always easy to get well-exposed and sharp photos of things like that. Did you use a tripod or were you able to get a shutter speed fast enough to prevent blurring? In any case, they're really nice.
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