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Getting closer...

04:26 Jun 30 2010
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...ever gaining, never resting... getting there. Slowly, oh so slowly, but I will overcome!


Don't inquire about the hidden meaning in this... there is none. It is nonsensical and pointless. Move along now... return to your homes. Nothing to see here...


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Wow...

02:35 Jun 30 2010
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I totally missed screen-shooting my VR page as I turned 500,000 pages.


Eh, I won't lose sleep over it.


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birra
birra
02:36 Jun 30 2010

..oh, look. There's an IPA on my desk.



Mmmm... bitter.





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
02:40 Jun 30 2010

mmm... hoppy...





birra
birra
02:42 Jun 30 2010

...and how.





 

Long day...

02:01 Jun 27 2010
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...started an early morning taking the kids fishing. Through a special program with the Boys & Girls club and the county environmental protection agency, they had a fishing instruction morning. The kids learned how to cast, tie knots, bait a hook and best of all, they got to catch fish. Fun for all, but a lot of work for dad!


Hence, I didn't get to take many pictures of them - tough to juggle a camera, three fishing poles, bait, removing hooks from fish, keeping the 5 yr old from falling in the lake, keeping all three of them from hooking someone else...


*whew*


Then we raced off to the town parade that Morri and Pai marched in with the Buffalo Dauschaund Club. I took over 700 pictures of the parade - ran up and down the parade route a couple times after getting the kids settled with their grandparents.


I'm sure Morri will have a LOT of pictures in her journal as soon as she takes copies of the ones she wants. :)


Now I'm going to chill out with Morri and Pai - after a nice, hearty dinner - lots of lounging for the rest of the night.


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Enquiring minds want to know...

21:04 Jun 25 2010
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Do you think it would be unprofessional for a photographer to approach someone they do not know, in public, explain what they do as a photographer and ask him/her if they would be interested in modeling?


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Daire
Daire
21:05 Jun 25 2010

Can't help to ask. But it helps to have some proof or at least a professional looking camera and some equipment when you ask. You don't want to look like a GWC.





birra
birra
21:09 Jun 25 2010

Obviously a business card including a web address, phone number, mailing address and email address would be offered... photographers don't always carry cameras with them.





Daire
Daire
21:12 Jun 25 2010

Yeah, but it always helps.



I found most people I asked said no when I had nothing with me and most said yes when I had the camera with me.





Morrigon
Morrigon
21:14 Jun 25 2010

*shakes head*



No no and no again.



It's not professional for you to walk up to someone and say "I bet your computer is malfunctioning, let me look at it."





Daire
Daire
21:16 Jun 25 2010

Duhhh, I just noticed I said "can't help", I meant can't HURT.





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:28 Jun 25 2010

Morri, computer work and camera work are two decidedly different things, sugar. Most people became huge stars because someone walked up and said they had the look they were after. Granted, alot of creepoids would do the same thing, but I'm with Birra- if you have a business card, explain your request appropriately, and ask nicely, I see no reason why this isn't a viable way to find new models for your work. It will also get you off the "professionals who can't think outside their own little box" that you have been complaining about lately.....





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
21:33 Jun 25 2010

I don't know if 'unprofessional' is the right word. I suppose it's less offensive for photographers than it would be for, let's say, advertising agents or used car salesmen.



Hey, you look like you could use some advertising. Have you considered billboards or radio spots? I'm going to give my card. You give me a call when you're ready. First session is free. Bring your mom.

*card*





Oceanne
Oceanne
21:55 Jun 25 2010

Different lines of work require different approach techniques.I think alot of beautiful models and such are found at the spur of the moment and are approached just as you have suggested.Of course you must always takes the right precautions if approached,but no,I dont think its unprofessional.But then,I am not in that world,so I really dont know the proper protocol.





Sinora
Sinora
22:28 Jun 25 2010

No, I don't think it's unprofessional at all.





ladySnowStrixx
ladySnowStrixx
23:00 Jun 25 2010

Having a professional business card can go a long way and if you ask and they seem unsure offer references that they can check to make them feel at ease. or tell then to come to your place of business( hopefully not in your home ) and that they can bring someone else with them if they would feel more at ease.





Bijou
Bijou
23:16 Jun 25 2010

I had to something like this for my black and white photo class in college. I went up and down Duval street asking people is I could take thier picture for an assignment. It was wrid at first but after a while it became easier to ask people. I would show them my student idea before I asked just to make sure they didn't think I was some freaking weirdo.





birra
birra
02:18 Jun 26 2010

See, that's what I'm thinking - you approach in a non-threatening way. Explain who you are, hand over something that identifies you. Explain what you observed and then give them the option without being pushy.



"Hey, I'm Birra - I'm a photographer and I work on a lot of projects such as (describe a project / hand card). You can view some of my work on the website on the card and all my contact information is there as well. I was just noticing (feature about person) that would make you perfect for an art concept I've been working on. If you would like to help me with it, you would be compensated. If you don't want to - hey, it's all good. No worries, I'll let you go without another word of it, but keep my card if you change your mind."



Something like that.





CarnelianMyst
CarnelianMyst
02:14 Jun 27 2010

Daire, Sir? What's a GWC?





birra
birra
02:38 Jun 27 2010

Guy



With



Camera



The guy who pretends to be a photographer and is just a creep trying to take pictures of women... naked women, usually.





TheArtistRose
TheArtistRose
03:41 Jun 30 2010

Jokes- just tell them your a dr. XD





 

Here's to hope...

03:01 Jun 23 2010
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...and here's to hoping my car no longer smells like chicken poop.


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Daire
Daire
03:02 Jun 23 2010

You could put some other kind of stronger smelling poop in your air filter, that would fix the chicken poop smell.





birra
birra
03:12 Jun 23 2010

So.. what you're saying is, roll my car around in some other poop, like a dog would... hmmm.. you may be on to something there.





Morrigon
Morrigon
03:24 Jun 23 2010

Damn, I could have helped you out earlier.





RedQueen
RedQueen
18:06 Jun 23 2010

I didn't think Pai could make enough poop for that...





eMetiB226
eMetiB226
19:13 Jun 23 2010

you could scrub with pine-sol. then have some lemony-scented chicken poop aroma in the car.





 

Thanks

21:04 Jun 22 2010
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Morri is working on a website for me and repointed the domain where my graphics are hosted - so all my picture links broke.


But thanks to ladySnowStrixx for pointing out the images weren't working - I was able to correct it easily.


And for all the rest of you who looked at my profile in the last 24 hours and didn't mention anything to me about it...

FOR SHAME!

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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
21:49 Jun 22 2010

Ya can't find good help these days, I tell ya....





ladySnowStrixx
ladySnowStrixx
21:58 Jun 22 2010

your Very Welcome hon.





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
06:18 Jun 23 2010

I didn't do it! I swear! *shifty eyes*





 

Pink and chilled...

20:15 Jun 22 2010
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...the deed is done. All of my chickens went in for processing this morning and are now sitting in a cooler chilling on ice.


Who wants pictures?


They need to stay that way for about 3 days to let the meat age a bit and all the blood and other fluids drain out of the breast meat.


They'll be well frozen by Friday though...


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imagesinwords
imagesinwords
20:26 Jun 22 2010

Is that expensive to do- having them processed?






birra
birra
20:49 Jun 22 2010

Including a 20lb bag of ice, 6 chickens of processing was $15.



I bought the chickens for $1 each. ($21) They went through about $30 in food in 8 weeks ($51).



So in total, 6 chickens cost about $8.50 each. Per pound, that's about $1.70 per... BUT



I have 6 meaty, organically grown chickens that I know exactly what went into them.



My next batch I'm considering upping it to 8 or 10. Once everything is together, the per pound cost goes down as you increase the quantity.





Daire
Daire
21:08 Jun 22 2010

How many chickens can you eat though. That is the question you really need to answer. Or are you chicken...........ohhhhh that was bad.





 

How amazing it is....

04:33 Jun 21 2010
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...sometimes I have to remember to consider all the wealth I have in my life right now. Especially my kids.


Saturday they helped me get the picnic tables and benches out of winter storage at their house. A few of the benches out-weigh the boys but they worked together to move them. As a reward, they got the first of several of my old, steel Tonka trucks that I had when I was their age. They're all still in good shape and have been in storage for ages. A bulldozer. They were excited, even if the weekend's activities prevented them from using it much.


My daughter asked me what she could earn when she helps out. I asked her what she wanted... she said, to spend more time with me.


I cried.


I cried again today when she gave me her fathers day gift she had been working on... sea shells glued to a board and a poem... it was beautiful. :)


She also made the suggestion of getting me a wok for father's day... it amazes me how much she listens to me and knows me.


It amazes me how good all three of them really are. They're young, they will wander and get distracted so shopping trips are non stop efforts to keep them moving, to stay on task... of course we take breaks at the samples and demonstration tables - hey, if they're letting you try something new, I'm all for it! But there is never a fight over what we get or don't get. I never have that battle of endless, "I want! Can we get this?" and of course, never the ensuing tantrum when the answer is "not this time," like I see so many other parents deal with.


I see those parents. Sometimes I lose my patience too. Sometimes I have to step back, take a deep breath and remind myself, they're kids. Step back and remind myself to be patient and keep a level head... even when the youngest draws on the side of my car with a rock... *ahem* He's five... it's a car. He is more important.


Yesterday he had a great time at the party we went to with the lady offering face painting. And then he painted her's. I wish I could post the pictures - absolute hilarity, but I'm sure in his mind it was a masterpiece.


The middle child is my tough guy, with a sensitive heart. He is the one who stands by me in the rain, helping cut roots of a fallen tree. The one who will join me in tackling a task. The one who will look at a scrape or a cut and say, "Eh, I'm fine... but can I get a band-aid?" But his heart breaks so quickly - like when he's playing a game of kick-ball with his cousins and they won't throw him the ball because they don't trust he can catch it.... for those times, we sit and talk, and he listens... and his heart slowly mends.


I'm blessed by these three.


Today we went and took pictures. I love capturing their faces, naturally. Having fun, smiling... today's subject was taste-testing citrus fruits... lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges... and capturing their reactions. We juggled fruit, we threw them at each other... I captured a lot of amazing pictures...


..but every picture of them to me is amazing.


At the end of it, my daughter and I took the remaining lemons and made lemonade...


*sigh*


I have a lot in life to be thankful for... but little compares to them.


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CAJOME
CAJOME
06:34 Jun 21 2010

Just as you are lucky to have such wonderful children, they are very lucky to have such an extraordinary dad. :)color>



DarknessandShadows
DarknessandShadows
07:46 Jun 21 2010

You are indeed wealthy, my dear friend. I am happy for you, truly.





Anachronism
Anachronism
10:12 Jun 21 2010

That made my day Birra : )





Sinora
Sinora
10:25 Jun 21 2010

That was a beautiful read, thank you.





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
06:16 Jun 23 2010

It's moments like these they will cherish for a lifetime as I think they're father will. :)





eMetiB226
eMetiB226
19:13 Jun 23 2010

happy late father's day, birra. like CAJOME said, you sound like an extraordinary dad. beautifully written as well. :)





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
00:34 Jun 25 2010

There are great fathers out there in the world... you are one. :)





 

Wow...

22:39 Jun 18 2010
Times Read: 1,078


...see how the US came back in that game. It looks like they dominated, if not for some wonky officiating.


Meanwhile, what is England doing? Good golly - a 0-0 draw to Algeria?


Ok, I know next to nothing about international soccer/football... I'll admit it. But I follow it enough to know who the favorites are.


I'm predicting Greece vs. New Zealand in the finals!


*ahem*


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SinginGhost88
SinginGhost88
23:46 Jun 18 2010

Brazil will be in the Finals for sure!!!





 

*sigh*

00:27 Jun 16 2010
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I love the feeling of a cool breeze through open windows...


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An answer not in a comment...

18:06 Jun 14 2010
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...as an answer to Bloodlife - soccer is an action sport, so pictures of girls running full speed can be troublesome. I generally weed out the blurry and nothing but numbers type pictures and go for the ones that show good action, and the face of the players. Generally, that is what their parents would want to see -their child in motion.


But, that's just me.


I don't do poses... you know? Some of the pictures of warmups look like the old "Heisman Pose" football cards, but they weren't told to do that - that is just the action I captured...


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They're not professional models...

17:58 Jun 13 2010
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...nope, not by any means, but I spent a number of hours over the past two days taking photos of my daughter's soccer team. Kids are a lot of fun!


Now I have to go through about 400 photos and pick the best ones...


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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
10:34 Jun 14 2010

That must be a tough job. I wonder how you go about setting the criteria of what get used.

I have so many crap photos of my daughter but because she's in the shot I refuse to bin them!





 

Just thinking out loud...

12:18 Jun 07 2010
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I need a good wok... or a big hibachi.


I'd love to install one of those big hibachi's like they have at the hibachi grill... maybe one that has a removable top and interchanging grill grate....


...I can dream...


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Anachronism
Anachronism
14:13 Jun 07 2010

Now I have to google hibachi... Oo





RedQueen
RedQueen
18:33 Jun 07 2010

If you ever do...



I'm moving in....lol



I adore Japanese food, and anything cooked on a hibachi





 

All for it... and not all against it.

02:54 Jun 07 2010
Times Read: 1,161


Surgery to me is an emergency or final option - not the place to start working on a cure.


Acupuncture, chiropractic - both very good options to consider and try long before surgery.


Just my thoughts.


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I gave in...

02:57 Jun 06 2010
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...I guess there is a part of me that is still like a child. Like when my kids really want to see a movie and are excited about it, I get caught up in their excitement. Even if I don't want them to watch it yet, I end up saying, "Oh... OK. Let's get it."


Tonight we watched the first Harry Potter movie. I was resisting for a while because I wanted my oldest boy to have read the whole first book before seeing the movie. I believe with something like that, you have to imagine it on your own before you let someone else fill your mind with their own visions.


But... I caved.


We enjoyed the movie. They were excited to see the story's conclusion.


The last 80 pages of the book will still be enjoyable, I'm sure.


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ImageMaker
ImageMaker
04:27 Jun 06 2010

ha, ha, sounds like Daddy is a push over!





birra
birra
19:45 Jun 06 2010

I can be when it comes to that stuff.



I'm a pushover when they want to do something special, that I want to do as well.





 

Getting there...

18:19 Jun 05 2010
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...still have to work on that "do something different" idea... but for now, shopping so I can make an incredible dinner for Morri... :)


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Invidia
Invidia
22:57 Jun 05 2010

Don't get Zucchini



Zucchini fucking sucks to cook



Get crab and make crab sashimi, because I love crab sashimi



PS sashimi





birra
birra
02:48 Jun 06 2010

You know what? I got some zucchini. I braize it on the grill with olive oil, pepper and spices - easy and delicious.



We just had crab cakes yesterday for lunch. I got some salmon steaks - I'm going to make spicy orange salmon tomorrow.



:shhhhh:





CAJOME
CAJOME
05:41 Jun 06 2010

I'm totally pro zucchini. :)color>



Invidia
Invidia
06:29 Jun 06 2010

I hate zucchini it tastes vile no matter how you cook it





RedQueen
RedQueen
16:33 Jun 06 2010

It sounds delicious sugar-





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
20:22 Jun 06 2010

Want to hear something funny? I love zucchini, but I am so allergic to it. :P And Squash.



But it sounds like the cook is on a mission! :D





 

Thanks guys...

17:30 Jun 01 2010
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...I appreciate how you all play along. :)


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Nothing to see here...

12:50 Jun 01 2010
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...it's just all part of the plan.


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Invidia
Invidia
13:15 Jun 01 2010

Is this real life





Morrigon
Morrigon
13:35 Jun 01 2010

Is this just fantasy?





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
14:22 Jun 01 2010

Caught in a landslide. No escape from reality....



*sings Queen*





Morrigon
Morrigon
17:24 Jun 01 2010

Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see.





RedQueen
RedQueen
22:38 Jun 02 2010



I'm just a poor boy










 

I have to write something.. quick.. but what? There's no time!

03:26 Jun 01 2010
Times Read: 975


BOOBIES! We love BOOBIES! Don't you love BOOBIES? Everyone loves BOOBIES!


YAY for BOOBIES!


This public service announcement has been brought to you by the letter B and the number 8, because turned to the side, they both kind of look like boobies...


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ladySnowStrixx
ladySnowStrixx
03:28 Jun 01 2010

Oh My goddess that is too funny , checks to make sure mine is still there..... yep still there .





birra
birra
12:07 Jun 01 2010

I think everyone should check their boobies right now, just to make sure...



If you don't have boobies, borrow a friend's!








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