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Since the hunt for craft supplies in Beijing has been less than fruitful lately, I’ve been diving into photography as my main creative outlet.  Luckily, the hubby agreed to let me splurge on the purchase of my first ever, digital SLR.  I have been having loads of fun learning to use it, and am very very grateful to have it with me here in Beijing.  This trip wouldn’t be the same without it.  I’ve included a small gallery of my favorite shots below, but if you’d like to check out the complete set, please visit my China Collection on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drstrangeglove/collections/72157622416324933/

 

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Michelle, one of my best friends, has this amazing couple as her parents.  Al & Carol Barney are one of the greatest couples I’ve had the pleasure to know.  They are each great people, and I love to spend time with either of them, but when you see them together, and you hear the stories of their relationship, you can’t help but be touched.  These two have been in love for over fifty years now, and it is written all over both of them.  It has been for as long as I’ve known them, and according to all witnesses, it has always been.  I had the honor of taking photos for them at their 50th Anniversary party this past weekend.

Al & Carol Barney's 50th Anniversary Party Collage

Their daughters, 6 of the 8 children that they’ve had threw a very nice party for Al & Carol.  There was good food, beautiful decorations, fun music, and even a handmade wedding cake featuring their original cake topper.  The ladies did a wonderful job putting together an event their parents are sure to remember with fondness for some time.  My favorite part of the evening was when Al made his speech.  When he described what it was like to be married to his wife for the past fifty years it brought me to tears. “Imagine having coffee with your best friend every morning for fifty years.”, he said.  I choke up just thinking of it even now!  If you are in the mood for some gushy sentimentalism, check out the whole speech in the video.

Thank you, Al and Carol, for blessing all of us who know your inspiring relationship.  You are walking proof that love can last, and is worth working hard for.  May all of us married people keep that in mind when things get rough.

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My sister, Sarah at Scissorina, recently turned me on to what might just be the funnest photography technique ever.  It’s called “Through the Viewfinder” and it basically consists of taking digital pictures through old fashioned cameras.   Many mid-century cameras featured huge viewfinders, big enough to take digital macro shots through.  The most popular camera for TTV, from what I can tell, is the Kodak Duaflex, which has an enormous dome shaped glass bubble squre for a viewfinder.  The resulting photos come out with a touch of nostalgia.  They are speckled, over saturated, and prone to lense flares and double vision.  These unpredictable “imperfections” make each photo unique and unexpected.  If you take the time to do a little post processing you can make these shots even more dramatic.  I am really enjoying myself.  Can you tell?

Clouds From My Back Patio

Clouds From My Back Patio

A Portrait of My Favorite Flamingo

A Portrait of My Favorite Flamingo

My Flamingo With a Lovely Paint Filter

My Flamingo With a Lovely Paint Filter

Checking Out the World Above

Checking Out the World Above

Shake & Meatwad Hit the Streets

Shake & Meatwad Hit the Streets

Bathed in Red

Bathed in Red

On Top of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti

Kayla's Smiling Face

Kayla's Smiling Face

Liberty Interstate

Liberty Interstate

Tour de Parking Lot

Tour de Parking Lot

Visit Scissorina to check out some of Sarah’s dreamy TTV shots, and for a link on how you can get started on a TTV project of your own.  To gaze at even more amazing TTV images, visit the TTV Flickr Group!

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Zoo-Venture

My sisters decided to give me a nice break from wedding planning this past weekend, and treated me to a trip to the Bronx Zoo!  To me, the Bronx Zoo is one of those special places that can always make me happy.  It doesn't take long for the Zoo to banish my blues and dismiss all nagging anxieties.  Cute animals just make me happy, I guess.  Staring into fuzzy, feathery faces makes it unbelievably easy to forget everything that has been weighing on my mind.  It's too bad I can't just pop over there every afternoon.

Bronx Zoo - Tiger Sisters

This trip was a great opportunity for me to practice more with my new camera.  The sun was out, the light was bright, and the Canon was snipping and snapping away.  I'm still struggling with blur and noise, but I am getting better.  One thing I have discovered about the SX10 is that its automatic settings really stink.  They don't do much justice to the camera itself, so tweaking settings is absolutely necessary to get a good shot.  I took hundreds of photos Saturday, but was only happy with about 70. Not too shabby, but not good enough yet. I'm looking forward to getting a lot more practice in while I'm in Maine in July.

Here's a slide show of photos from our zoo adventure.  If you get a chance to stop by the Bronx Zoo sometime soon, send my fuzzy buddies some love from me.

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