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AllanThinks says:

Daily Photo Diary of AllanThinks.

I also blog at AllanThinks, and occasionally crosspost my diary entries there.

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lramiro520 says:

Fabulous shot! Happy valentine's day!
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sunshinecity says:

what stunning shot of the hawk! It's so wonderful that you have wildlife like that where you live. Living in a city, I don't get to see much of anything besides sparrows, pigeons and seagulls... yes believe it or not, we have seagulls over the Tiber river.... (the sea is actually about 30 minutes away...)

Those chocolate hearts make my mouth water!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
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AllanThinks says:

Thanks. Same to you.

We actually see seagulls here from time to time. They inhabit areas around the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, as well as the Great Lakes, and will 'escape' to this area, to escape bad winter storms. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I am always amazed.
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

you know you are one of the pillars of this group !?
a real photo diarist !
I must consider my awards thing again ...

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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dda1605 says:

Great chocolate hearts, we had almost the same idea
(Chocolate Hearts )

(Didier 2007 )
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AllanThinks says:

That's sweet of you to say. Thank you.

Thanks. I know hearts and chocolate aren't very original Valentines subjects, but I tried to make the shot fairly unique.
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AllanThinks says:

February 15, 2007

Light. And Shadows.

After a leisurely morning answering emails, reading RSS feeds, and checking out our favorite diaries, Ali and I met our friend A for lunch.

It was a good time. The food was tasty and the company was the best. But by the time we were done, I felt a headache coming on.

It might have been caused by my poor posture as I sat with the laptop computer on my lap this morning, or possibly due to the rapidly changing weather here. At lunch it was sunny, but now it is snowing.

In any case, we headed around the corner from the restaurant to one of our favorite coffee shops for a cup of fresh coffee.

That didn't help my headache, which continued to worsen. So we headed for home where I took 3 Advil (Ibuprofen), and lay down on the bed. It took about 20 minutes, but the Advil began to kick in, the headache stated to abate, and I drifted off to sleep.

I think I napped for 20 minutes or so. When I woke up. I noticed the pattern of light and shadow cast by the bedroom light fixture. It appealed to my eye, so I took this photograph.
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CollardGreens says:

Naps - good things. Fr government is looking into naps at work to improve productivity...I vote YES !!

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AliThinks says:

You napped for longer than 20 minutes, sweetness. :-)

Alison
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lramiro520 says:

Rapid weather changes give me headaches too, especially in humid parts of the country like the mid-Atlantic region. It's never any fun.

The Other Side Of The Fence
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sunshinecity says:

love the shot!
Sorry to hear about the headache.... they can be most annoying. Glad to hear it subsided though.

Hope you have a great week end!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
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AllanThinks says:

I'm all for power naps. No longer than 20-30 minutes. Any longer and it kills my productivity.

I was lying down for longer, but I don't think I slept longer than 20 minutes or so.

I react to changes in barometric pressure and we have had a steady train of Alberta clippers blow through here. That low pressure of those storms just kill me.

We are going to try to make the most of it. Ali leaves for France on Sunday. I hope yours is good, too.
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February 16, 2007

One Night Only

This evening, Alison and I will be joining a couple of friends at The Dame, a local music club. A local band called Sunday Valley will be headlining.

Neither of us have heard this band before, but our friends have assured us that they are well worth seeing.

If you click the band name above you can listen to some clips of their music.
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sunshinecity says:

sounds like an interesting evening! Good for you!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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dda1605 says:

It is great, you seem to have a lot of quality time (restaurants, concerts, friends). I envy you........
(Didier 2007 )
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AllanThinks says:

Lexington is a home to the University of Kentucky, so it is a very culturally diverse city. There is a lot to do.

I discovered this morning that John Prine is in town for two concerts this weekend. Unfortunately, both are sold out. I have not seen him perform live in over 20 years.

I hope you are having a good vening.
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CollardGreens says:

Naps - (one division of the company I work for develops sleep diagnostic equipment)...a friend in the sleep diagnostics division told me of a good technique for a perfect power nap...try it I dare you.

First gather up a noisy set of keys or a handful of coins - just enough to hold but not be too heavy. Then find that perfect chase lounge or even office chair...no laying down. Then hold the coins in your hand and fall hard asleep - like you would if you were going to sleep at night. So here is where the magic occurs. Just before you enter REM sleep - you body shifts into a voluntary muscle paralysis (so you don't jump and run and hurt yourself). The perfect nap is only until you reach REM (otherwise your body expects a good resting).

At the moment your body shifts into neutral at REM - you drop the coins and it wakes you up. Try it - I do it every day at work - mine is about 18 minutes...you'll be suprised how well it works.

bon sieste -- CollardGreens: Oops!
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~magpie~ says:

What lens did you take the hawk photo with? Nice! Sharp-shinned or Coopers?

I really love the ceiling/light fixture shot. Nice composition.

Erica Day by Day 2007
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AllanThinks says:

I'll have to give that a try. I read of a technique in some magazine, perhaps Mental Floss. You drink something with some caffeine. Set an alarm for 20 minutes, lie down and fall asleep. When the alarm goes off you awake, rested, but full of energy as the caffeine begins to kick in.

It is a Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto. It isn't very expensive. I bought it when I bought my D70 a couple of years ago.

I am not sure which species of hawk that is. One of those two, I think.
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AllanThinks says:

February 17, 2007

And The Snow Keeps Falling

When I woke at 1:00 this afternoon (yes, we slept in after getting to bed at 4:30 a.m.), it was snowing. There was already about an inch of snow on the ground.

I thought the snow had ended a bit later, so I got out and shoveled the walks and the driveway.

No sooner than I was done, it began to snow again. And it is still snowing heavily at almost 9 p.m.

I have to get Alison to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in the morning to catch the first flight of her trip to France.

That's a 70 mile drive north of Lexington. We might have to leave much earlier than planned to make sure she gets to the airport in time.
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sunshinecity says:

wow.... that's a far drive!! Hope the roads aren't too bad for you!!

Love the perspective of the shot... makes you seem like a giant!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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lramiro520 says:

The meteorologists are predicting more light snow between now and Monday. On Monday I have to drive someone up to Syracuse Airport, which is a little over an hour away. What a pain it will be!

It can be great living in towns with universities. As you mentioned, it can really bring some wonderful diversity to a town. Here in Ithaca, I have sat on public buses where every single person around me was speaking a different language. It's so refreshing. Glad to see you enjoy it too...

The Other Side Of The Fence
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~magpie~ says:

"Love the perspective of the shot... makes you seem like a giant!!"

Or that you have reeeeally tiny feet.

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AllanThinks says:

I went out a couple of hours ago to the grocery to get some stuff to prepare dinner. I was in the store maybe 30 minutes. When I came out there was almost an inch of snow on the car.

The roads are quite slick. The drive home was scary. I didn't see the first snow plow/salt truck, either. I don't know what is up with that.

I'm 184 cm. tall.

Despite my growing desire to move somewhere where it is warm and sunny all the time, I really do love living here.

Those are size 12 shoes. :)
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AllanThinks says:

February 18, 2007

I've Got the Blues

I'm feeling very blue this evening. Alison is in the Philadelphia airport waiting for her flight to Paris to board.

I drove her to the Cincinnati airport this morning for her flight to Philly. We had lunch there before she disappeared through security.

She has called a couple of times sine I got home, once from Cincinnati and just a few minutes ago from Philadelphia.

During her 6 hour layover there, she got together with some friends of ours and had dinner. She will be in the air again in less than 2 hours.

This house seems so empty without her.
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sunshinecity says:

aww... I can so relate!! Four weeks is a long time... hope you manage to keep busy!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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'stee says:

nice photo. hope the next few weeks fly by for you!

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lramiro520 says:

I hate it when long distances separate me from my other half. It makes me feel out of sync. I hope there are many activities (such as Flickr!!) that you can occupy yourself with while Ali is away :)

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CollardGreens says:

Paris will take care of her...I'm sure you have all the bases covered but if she needs anything while here, please let us know and we will do what we can. The weather this morning is a little cool and overcast but paris is calm as a big portion of the population is out of town - vacances scholaire...but you probably already know that..

Anyway the offer is on the table - we are in town this week and check the site often.

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msspider66 says:

You are very sweet. I too hope the times flys by for you.

[Ms Spider66]
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AllanThinks says:

I have a lot to keep me busy, but still.

Me, too. But time already seems to be dragging.

When I am not hunched over my financial records, I will likely be hunched over the tripod taking photos. ;)

She phoned me about an hour ago. She is in the TGV station at CDG awaiting her train to Niort. She will spend most of her time there on the west coast, although she might take the kids to Paris for a few days during their break.

If I can get my obligations here taken care of in a timely manner, I might very well fly over to join her for the last couple of weeks of her visit.
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eelend says:

hey, don't worry
it'll be hard, but you are going to be together again soon
that's what matters

i think i'd just think of giving her the biggest embrace of the world when she's back
:)
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AllanThinks says:

Like I said, I might very well join her in a week or so.
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AllanThinks says:

February 19, 2007

Into The Abyss

This house is so quiet, a faucet drip sounds like an explosion.

I miss her so.
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'stee says:

yowza! that is incredible!

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CollardGreens says:

VERY NICE !!!

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sunshinecity says:

what a great shot!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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barb howe says:

aw, you sound so sad, Allan. But what a great photo!. .. hey do y'all use Skype? you could talk for free... oh wait, only computer to computer and she doesn't have internet access much eh? fudge. well... um, shucks. sorry man!
--barb (daily photo diary)
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AllanThinks says:

Thanks!

Unfortunately, the friends she is staying with only have dialup. She does have her old French cell phone, so she can call, and I can call her.

When she moves into the apartment she is renting for the duration of the stay, she will send me the number, so I can call her.
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AllanThinks says:

February 20, 2007

Sun.:.Flower

I bought these flowers a week ago this past Friday for Ali. She loves to have fresh flowers in the house.

I can't believe they are still so fresh. Cut flowers are usually good for 4 to 5 days before they wilt and have to be discarded.

Perhaps the flowers knew I would be alone, and made an effort to survive as a reminder of her.
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Wespionage says:

Damn -- that picture for the 19th is amazing! I think what I like about it more than other droplet photos is the color tone of it -- very cool. It almost has a melted metal feel to it.

Wespionage :: A year of spying on myself
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AllanThinks says:

That was a result of the water, the beer glass it was in, its motion from the drops, the stainless steel kitchen sink where it was sitting, and the way it all reflected the light.

I was pleased with the result.
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CollardGreens says:

Oh - Oh - wait...speedlight in remote mode ?? Super Cool !! I keep coming in here for more ideas and am not disappointed...

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AllanThinks says:

I am really loving the speedlight, and having fun experimenting with it. I don't know why I didn't get one sooner.
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AliThinks says:

You might come here for the last bit of my trip??!! W00t!

Alison
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AllanThinks says:

I don't think I can make it until the 15th without seeing you. If I can get all the tax stuf done n the next few days, I'll look into flights/trains, etc.
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sunshinecity says:

that's a sweet thought about the flower!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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satrina* says:

Love the falcon shot but visually this last two get my absolute attention. For words, this last one as sunshinecity says, it's a sweet thought and my favorite.

Hope you get everything worked out so you can visit Alison in France

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AllanThinks says:

Thanks. I'm sure going to try to make it over.
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~magpie~ says:

The last 2 macros are stunning, Allan.

Separation angst is tough... *hug* *hug*

Erica Day by Day 2007
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eelend says:

that's very beautiful :)

oh, your picture from yesterday is AMAZING!!!!


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AllanThinks says:

Thank you both.
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sunshinecity says:

oh how wonderful! Have you ever been to Paris?
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AllanThinks says:

Yes. I have been there several times. It is my second favorite city after NYC.
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'stee says:

the flower macro is just radiant. nicely done.

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ebilflindas says:

Heartache always feeds the creative, and we can see it in your last few photos. Ali might be gone for a little while, but the Muse is with you!
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sotonrich says:

Sorry to hear your missing Alison whilst she is away....I know how it feels to be so far from the woman you love and it's awful, but the feeling when you see each other again...that makes it all worth while.

As we say in the UK....take care mate
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AllanThinks says:

Thank you.

It's keping from going crazy. But it is also keeping me from getting my taxes done.

Thanks. For the first year of our relationship, we were this far apart, except when I could travel there to be with her. So this isn't new. But still, after living together for the past year, it is hard to accept the physical distance separating us.
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February 21, 2007

Clenched

I didn't get much of anything accomplished today.

I was wired last night, and didn't get to bed until 3:30. The cat woke me at 9:30, and I spent the rest of the morning sucking down coffee, trying to wake myself up.

The fact it was cloudy and dreary didn't help. I ate lunch, then showered and dressed. I should have gotten out of the house, but I didn't.

I finally heard from Ali late in the afternoon. She sent a long email detailing her long and somewhat stressful day, then we chatted via IM until she couldn't stay awake any longer and went to bed.

Now I am sprawled out on the sofa watching American Idol.

The most productive thing I did today was take this photo. I can't believe these flowers are still going. They were sitting on the kitchen counter by the window, and looked so lovely.

I just couldn't resist photographing them again.

Hopefully the sun will reappear tomorrow, and I can get out and take a long walk in the neighborhood. If so, I will try to get some shots of the area where we live.
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ebilflindas says:

Yeah, ya gotta get proactive against those SADs.
What happened with the yoga we were talking about?
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~magpie~ says:

I think I like this even better - the angle it was taken, the creaminess of the color....

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satrina* says:

I agree with Erica, I like this one better, I'm sending some sunshine your way :)

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AllanThinks says:

Yeah. I know. I tend to procrastinate. But at the same time, I need to know I am going to be here for several months to be able to attend classes regularly. Maybe by this summer we will be settled enough to do it.

Thank you both. I like this one beter, too. The first was an experiment with back lighting.
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AllanThinks says:

February 22, 2007

My First Photo Credit

About a month ago, I received in the mail a copy of the January/February issue of Pleasant Living Magazine.

An article in that issue on sea glass collecting included a photograph of mine. I had been contacted last fall by the writer of the article, who asked if she could use the image.

I had not given much thought to the possibility of ever selling my photographs, or having them published, before I was contacted about this photo.

I didn't get paid for the photo, but I did get a photo credit in the article and on the masthead of the magazine.

It's a start, I guess.
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summersumz says:

I can see why they would want to use your photo. Congrats!
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'stee says:

congrats! i'm sure it is a portent of greater things to come.

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lramiro520 says:

Congrats! Acknowledgement in a magazine ain't too bad, even if it wasn't a paid thing :)

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ebilflindas says:

Very nice--and that was before the light tent/speedlight set up, no?
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sunshinecity says:

a start?? That's simply awesome!!! Congrats., must feel good ehi??

I too like the 2nd shot of the flower better, I guess 'cause there's more light??

~ sunshinecity,
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satrina* says:

It's a really great shot, congratulations! Get used to this because as 'stee says, greater things are coming :)

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~magpie~ says:

*does happy dance for Allan*

Erica Day by Day 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Its all about the fame baby ! Congrats !

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BellaGaia says:

Congratulations -- thanks for sharing the good news with us -- well deserved. that's a great shot!

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
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BellaGaia says:

that's a spider mum right? love that you made it look so different in each shot! beautiful the white on white texture is so pretty
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eelend says:

that's great, that's not just a start!
congratulations, allan!

how are you going to celebrate it?
:)

have a nice weekend!

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AllanThinks says:

Thanks!

I hope so.

Yeah. :) I actually was contacted by a reporter from ABC News a while back about using another of my photos for a story, but nothing ever came of it.

Yes. Well before that. The sea glas was sitting on the top of the stove under tungsten light.

The first flower shot was backlit by the flash. The second one was backlit by natural light, and illuminated from the front by the flash.

Thank you. I hope so.

Thanks. :)

Recognition is a reward in and of itself.

I used different lighting techniques for each shot. See a previous reply for details.

I celebrate by maintaining a positive attitude and being as supportive of Alison as I can be while 4000 miles away from her.
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February 23, 2007

Revisiting Sea Glass

When Alison and I first became friends and got to know one another, she sent me a gift. It was a small glass jar containing a number of pieces of colorful sea glass. Sea glass she had collected at a beach near where she lived.

I don't know what the real name of the beach is (if it has one), but she always called it Treasure Beach. The sea glass she found there were her treasures.

The first time I went to visit her in France, when she picked me up at the train station, she drove straight to Treasure Beach, where we ate a picnic lunch and then searched for sea glass.

This past Wednesday, Ali spent the afternoon with her kids. They went shopping, then they went to Treasure Beach. When she told me the next morning, I imagined walking the beach with them.

Then I went and got the glass jar with the she had sent me and gazed at its contents.

This morning, I took some of the sea glass and photographed it using the light tent and Speedlight.

I wanted to see what it would look like when photographed that way. My previous photos of sea glass has all been done in natural light, or under an incandescent light.

I like how this turned out.
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ebilflindas says:

Mmm, they look like sugary confits! Might not be too good for the chomper, though, eh, Doc?

I take it this was not taken on the stove, under the tungsten light? ;-)
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AllanThinks says:

Nope. See my edit. I posted the photo before I wrote the narrative.
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msspider66 says:

I like how it looks too.

I love your story, It is the simple gifts that end up meaning more than anything else.

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satrina* says:

Yes, the story is great and very sweet, you are far from her but she was with you through the sea glass.

My favorite piece is the light blue one :)

Satrina: av meg
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CollardGreens says:

Good one...story and photo. La Rochelle is a stop you in your tracks beauty of a town. I go there 2 or 3 times a year but only in the cooler weather - too hard to get a hotel in the summer. Say - I have wrinkles in the tent inserts that show up in test photos - especially the black one....have you discovered any secrets (I tried ironing) in shooting around this problem ?

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AllanThinks says:

In this shot, I set the glass on a piece of white printer paper. I have also used poster board.

Sometimes when using the black cloth, I will adjust the levels to darken the shadows in Photoshop to make the background look more homogenous.
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AllanThinks says:

That is a very pretty piece. But my favorite color is green.

Thank you.
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dda1605 says:

Great pictures, I don't know why but I think I prefer the published one (although they look very similar).
La Rochelle is a great place, they have 2 or 3 great music festival (Jazz and Francofolies).

(Didier 2007 )
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AliThinks says:

You did a great job with these. C. found two pieces of cobalt glass when we were there the other day. Lucky! But I'll go back before I come home.

Alison
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sunshinecity says:

ohh I love such striking colours... that's a great shot Allan!

~ sunshinecity,
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AllanThinks says:

I put all of my sea glass photos into a set. You can see how they have progressed from first to last.

I love La Rochelle, too. Nice weather, fine restaurants, lots of shops.

Please do go again. We have lots of containers to fill up with the glass.

I like striking colors, too. That's why I wanted to try the flash with it, to see if it would bring out the colors more. I think it did.
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~magpie~ says:

I like how it turned out. Keep playing, I love seaglass... Such good memories mixed in with it. The red and blue pieces were always extra special. I see you have yellow too! I have seaglass collected in my bathroom with some favorite shells. Maybe I'll have to photograph it at some point....

Happy Saturday...

Erica Day by Day 2007
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AllanThinks says:

Alison got me hooked that first time she took me to that beach. Our vacation to the Ile de Oleron last spring increased our collection quite a bit.

I hope you do photograph yours.
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Meelifluous says:

Beautiful and meaningful. That's a wonderful story. You and Alison are such wonderful people - and seem so wonderful for each other. Congratulations on finding your soulmate. :D
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AllanThinks says:

I don't know what I did to deserve her. I'm very fortunate.
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Meelifluous says:

You're both very fortunate.
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AliThinks says:

No, no, I'm the fortunate one.

Alison
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ebilflindas says:

No no, we're the fortunate ones who've had the pleasure of meeting you here!
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'stee says:

lovely. and thanks for sharing that little piece of history of you and alison with us.

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
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AllanThinks says:

Aww. Thanks.
You're welcome! :)
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sunshinecity says:

yes it worked perfectly... I think so too!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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Zuzu*Petals says:

Wow - some really stunning macros over the last several days. Very nice!

zuzu*petals - notes to self
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AllanThinks says:

February 24, 2007

Into the Light

I haven't done much of anything today. I slept late (for me), rising at 9:15.

The sun was shining when I got up, but had disappeared behind clouds within 15, never to return. Ali and I exchanged emails for a bit, then chatted on GoogleTalk.

I had every intention of getting my taxes work done today, but found all sorts of reasons to procrastinate. it was Saturday, after all. I ate lunch, took some photos. Looked at them, and discarded most as being substandard. Took some more.

Late in the afternoon, Ali called, and asked me to call her back as it would be cheaper in that direction. We talked for over an hour, but she eventually had to put the kids, and herself to bed.

I debated what to do for dinner, then finally decided to cook some linguine and make a salad. After dinner I took a few more photos, but I don't think any of them came out the way I envisioned.

This photo is the best I could come up with. Yep, those are the same Java mums you've seen in a couple of previous entries. They are cut flowers and are now over 2 weeks old.

But they are showing their age. I might buy some new ones tomorrow.

It's pouring rain here, and the wind is raging. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, but the temperature is about 35ºF right now. I hope it doesn't get any colder. If it does, it could turn into about 6 different kinds of ugly out there.

I think I am going to climb into bed with the laptop and try to work my way through my overflowing inbox. I have a lot of blog comments I need to reply to.

Have a nice evening, morning, or afternoon, where ever you are.

See you tomorrow.
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