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Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

Part of Christmas is putting everything away.  I’ll admit, we are doing that a bit early this year, before the end of the Christmas season on the Church calendar.  This year, our packing up is a bit more involved.  We will be moving this coming year, so we are sorting though everything, and deciding what to keep, what to get rid of, and what is going into storage.  Since we are moving from the US to England, all our lights are going into storage.  That’s easy.  Harder is sorting through the decorations.  Or at least I thought it would be hard.  It turns out my kids thought it was fun.  Also, I drug out my camera to take some photos, and that is always fun.  Here is an ornament that will be coming with us:

ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f.3.5 1/30

ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f.3.5 1/30

To shoot this photo, I used a magnifying, close-up lens on my 50mm lens. I lined Santa up so that the light would be smooth and luminous behind him.  Here is the original photo:

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ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f.3.5 1/30

I cropped the photo and applied a vintage filter in Aperture:

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ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f.3.5 1/30

I liked the vintage feel, but thought it was too strong.  So to get the final version I started this post with, I opened the image in Photoshop and then duplicated it.  One layer I made into a black and white version, that was the top layer.  Then I dropped the opacity of that layer to about 50%.  I then made a mask on that layer and masked in the santa figure. The result was the more toned down vintage feel in the background.  That, to me, is more appealing.  What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.

A version of this image is available on Picfair.

Happy New Year to all my readers and visitors.  This year will be a busy one in my household as we relocate. It is a cycle that we are use to, we move every few years for work reasons.  To me, it often seems like a circle, we move, get set-up, get situated, get ready to move again.  In a way this cycle feels like the smaller yearly cycle of celebrating Christmas.

Cheers!

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New Year’s Resolution?

Ah, the New Year’s Resolutions, they’re everywhere these days.  Just to be like the cool kids, I am writing about mine.  When I say cool kids, I mean the folks at WordPress who have issued this writing challenge about New Year’s resolutions and the fact that apparently there is a huge meteor coming.  My take on reading the challenge is that since a meteor is coming soon I need to pick three things to resolve to do and get them done. Pronto!, the end is near after all.

Three resolutions is two too many for me to write about.  Take my word for it that I have made some pedestrian resolutions.  I am going to be writing about the Big One.  It is this:

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ISO 250 4mm f/2.8 1/15

That is a photo of the starting point of a bouldering problem at the gym where I climb.  Or attempt to climb anyway.  I’m not so good at it.  I am afraid of heights.  All bouldering problems at the gym have a grade level marking using the Hueco system.  If you would like an overview of the different systems including Hueco, here is a good place to start.  Basically the way it works is that a V0 is the easiest, as the numbers go up, the problem is harder.  Notice that this is a V0-.  It doesn’t really get any easier than this.

For me though, this is a huge challenge.  I get part of the way up and have to remind myself to start breathing again.  My vision dims a bit and the panic starts to set in, so I scramble back down.  Here is the really nutty part, it would actually be technically easier to keep going up and finish.  I am so close to the top but can’t quite seem to make it.

So, this is my New Year’s Resolution, make it to the top.  I have three things to help me make it there.  One is I promised myself a gym t-shirt if I make it.  Second, the staff redoes the bouldering rock all the time, so at some point soon this problem will be gone.  The third is this meteor that I hear is getting closer…

Leave me words of encouragement and other thoughts in the comments section.

Cheers!

 

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