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Old 17 December 2009, 06:34 PM
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I have more pics of my new granddaugter to show off.





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Old 17 December 2009, 07:49 PM
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Awwww! Adorable!

You were right, you could die from the cuteness!
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Old 17 December 2009, 08:09 PM
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Baby baby baby baby baby baby!

Adorable!
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Old 17 December 2009, 11:08 PM
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Both of our dogs are now formal therapy dogs, as certified by Therapy Dogs International. Lisa took Tucker to a life care facility yesterday, and he was SO good! He gave almost all the patients soft sheltie-kisses, and he was very still and patient when they touched and petted his soft fur. He was even good with Binx, the therapy cat who the SPCA brought along.

We only got one pic this time, but we're bringing both dogs next week, and will have more pics!

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Old 22 December 2009, 01:58 AM
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I've finally sorted and uploaded my Middle East pictures... if you like ruins then you're in luck!

Unfortunately my camera broke in Beirut, and so almost all of the pictures after Lebanon are taken on my phone, which has no zoom, only shows the middle half of the view on-screen making it hard to compose pictures, has a bit of a delayed shutter, doesn't cope well with high contrast, and turns out to have a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 (I'd thought it was 2 megapixels, but no). So I apologise for the poor quality.

Some are OK, though - it helps to have fantastic things to point the camera at:



Lebanon


Jounieh and around
Byblos
Baalbek trip
Beirut
Syria


Damascus
Palmyra



Bosra

Hama
Musyaf
Krak De Chevaliers
Dead Cities (Ebla and mosaics)
Serjilla
Al Bara
Aleppo
Jordan
Amman
Jerash and Aljun
Dead Sea trip (including Madaba, Bethany, Mt Nebo)
Petra



Wadi Rum
Gulf of Aqaba
Turkey


Cappadocia
Ballooning



Olympos
Istanbul
Greece

O Rly?

Athens
They're not that well labelled and as usual I took hundreds - they never seem to edit down as far as I mean them to... Anyway, here they are.
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Old 22 December 2009, 02:07 AM
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... I didn't actually include one of myself, but I suppose this will do:
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Old 22 December 2009, 02:11 AM
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Those are some mind-blowing pictures, Richard! Amazing!

Here's me at work.
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Old 22 December 2009, 02:13 AM
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Richard does rebirthing. (or is it Richard declines rebirthing?)

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Old 22 December 2009, 02:43 AM
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Amazing pics, Richard!
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Old 22 December 2009, 05:47 AM
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Those are some mind-blowing pictures, Richard! Amazing!

Here's me at work.
Goofball (you, not the handsome man you're trying to impersonate there).
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Old 22 December 2009, 11:44 AM
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Annabohly, those are gorgeous. I love the one in the middle. So sweet.

Richard...wow! Those pics are fabulous! Breathtaking.
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Old 22 December 2009, 12:58 PM
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Yeah, totally interesting pics, Richard. The balloons one almost looks like Lomography. Very cool.
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Old 23 December 2009, 09:10 AM
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Richard W: Nice tour, really well planned. I think you got almost all the major attractions in Jordan. The only one I can think of at the moment that you might have wanted to try is Karak, and also the drive along Kings Highway (which, given where you've been, you may have traveled), which has some really spectacular sights.

You've traveled on roads and bridges which are in a computer system I've built. Doesn't that make you feel safe?
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You've traveled on roads and bridges which are in a computer system I've built. Doesn't that make you feel safe?
Fortunately I didn't know that at the time...!

The bridges I was most aware of during this trip were on the highways in Lebanon, and I didn't go across them because they were still being rebuilt from when Israel blew them all up in 2006. (A bridge across the bay from my brother's flat had also been blown up, but it was a smaller one and had been rebuilt by this time.) I might have some photos of those somewhere, but didn't upload them.

I did go down the King's Highway in Jordan I think, because it's the main route North - South. There was a tour advertised in the hostel called "King's Highway Tour" but it included several things I'd done on the way to the Dead Sea, so I didn't take it. Not sure which extra parts I missed. One thing that somebody recommended, but that I didn't manage to do, was to visit a national park somewhere east of the Dead Sea in which you can go canyoning and slide down waterfalls and so on. They were a bit confused about the name of the place, and although I think I worked out where they meant, I don't remember now...

Thanks for the comments on the pictures, everybody. There are a lot of ruins, though... I'm half way through showing them to my parents (I'm home for Christmas) and my dad's comment today, when he woke up, was "There are a lot of ruins in this part of the world, aren't there?"...

(eta) Just looked up Lomography and while I'm not quite sure how that got to be a term in its own right, it certainly describes how I was approaching things once I had only my phone to rely on, and to some extent how I usually like to take pictures too.

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Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique." Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life ...
I don't think that "casual, snapshot photography" necessarily uses those effects though. I prefer to think of myself as some kind of Cartier-Bresson wannabe, and his pictures were in focus. Usually it's the composition that matters most to me.

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Old 24 December 2009, 02:26 AM
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(eta) Just looked up Lomography and while I'm not quite sure how that got to be a term in its own right, it certainly describes how I was approaching things once I had only my phone to rely on, and to some extent how I usually like to take pictures too.
I do love the effect, but Lomo cameras take film, so bleh. There's an online tool that lomo-izes pics which can be handy- there's not much you can do with like, playing with it but it's still a cool effect. I did an older pic of me and your balloon pic.



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Old 24 December 2009, 02:48 AM
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I do love the effect, but Lomo cameras take film, so bleh. There's an online tool that lomo-izes pics which can be handy- there's not much you can do with like, playing with it but it's still a cool effect. I did an older pic of me and your balloon pic.
That's quite cool... That pic of you is luverly. Looks like you're standing in a postcard.

And I couldn't resist! (taken with my mobile phone earlier today).

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Old 24 December 2009, 02:55 AM
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That's quite cool... That pic of you is luverly. Looks like you're standing in a postcard.

And I couldn't resist! (taken with my mobile phone earlier today).
Thanks, FF. I was actually suffering from one of the worst hangovers in the history of man. I think the lomo effect favors girls with black hair and bangs, just sayin'. (That's a great pic, too.)
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Old 24 December 2009, 04:05 AM
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Some snaps of me and Monica and friends from "Bob's Your Elf", the play we did last weekend.

Kristian, Monica and me (sportin' a new 'do)


Me and Monica in the scene where Ebeneezer Scrooge visits the manger.


Michelle and me. We were short one guy. Christmas is a very busy season and it can be a little difficult finding enough cast members


Juanita and Duncan (Bob)


Of all the plays I've done this was probably the most fun and went off without a hitch.
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I couldn't resist either.



Me just prior to shaving off my Movember mo, with a Nuytsia floribunda in the background
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Old 24 December 2009, 05:19 AM
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This thread should be renamed Pictures of Snopesters in the early to mid seventies. ETA: (Love the lomo effect with the tree.)
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