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Went down a bit of rathole today.   Came back up with this.    The addition of the lens as a last minute add.   I had been trying for a symbolic lens, but found the lens image and it just ... worked.   However, I'm not yet sure if it's overall too gimmicky.  I have a version without the lens and without the little bubble circles as well.  This is not a watermark.  Rather could be used as an icon/avatar, sticker, badge, insignia.

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Random aside:   WOW Is it RAINING much??!!!

It's been a very long summer.  All kind of a blur.  I'm one of those people who gets energized by Fall.   It sparks my creative energy.   I put in likely 15 hours yesterday doing long overdue work on my photography business.  So I'm feeling accomplished and while a tad bit tired, not exhausted at all.  I think back to 2008 when I was considering launching my own business.  Photography was not on the list of potentials back then.   I felt like I was moving through sludge to try to figure out what and how and if I even wanted to do it.  And the answer kept coming back NO.

What is the line by John Lennon, "Life is what happens when you are making other plans?"   This feels something like that.  I've always loved photography.   I almost majored in it back in college, but didn't for many reasons.    Mostly (but not only) because frankly back then darkroom work bored and frustrated me.  Way too slow and cumbersome.   (Ironic now because I'm considering enrolling in a darkroom class; which would be my first since I was about 19 years old.)  I received my first camera when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  It was a Brownie.  I'm pretty sure it was this one below.  I can still remember opening the package.  When my daughter was born I was constantly taking photos of her with our Canon EOS film camera.   Bob was always telling me to stop taking photos because I was "wasting film!"  I cataloged all my negatives and marked the back of all prints with the cataloged negative reference numbers.
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But still.  Doing photography on a professional basis never occurred to me in 2008.   It's been so gradual.  And while it has not been effortless.  It *feels* like it's effortless.

While I'm not done, I spent a good deal of time yesterday resolving several issues I had with my two main photography websites.  While I still have some tweaking, I'm pretty happy with them right now.  Plus all of my various sites and social media sites are not somewhat hooked together.
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 I woke up this morning with this song playing in my head.  I had never seen the official music video for it.  Love the music and the video is great as well.  (Below is a screen shot linked to Youtube video because embedding on Youtube is turned off for this video.)
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My daughter Emily just showed me this video.   I literally got thrills while watching it.



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201309 Dahlia Farm, a set on Flickr.

Went for a drive with my mother today and ended up at a rural dahlia farm.

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I had to use some creative photoshopping to remove the little accident Luke had while in this pose. ;)

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Quick iphone photo. This made our morning. a delivery from Kyle and Stephanie as a thank you for photographing Luke yesterday. Really sweet of them (and delicious!)  Every time someone thanks me for this I want to tell them that I should be thanking them for letting me take photos as it is my happy place.
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I haven't slept much, as I feared, and am off for my graveyard shift.  I can't decide if I want it to be quiet so I don't have to deal with issues or if I want it to be busy so I can stay awake until 7am.

I'm doing a lot of self-reflection lately about careers, etc.  Still really love my job.  But I have to admit, my happy place is photography.  I'm really looking forward to Vancon.

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Just saw this on my FB feed.  I am so excited.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was like one of my favorite movies when I was a kid (see previous posts re me=INFP; as in me=day dreamer).  This trailer looks amazing.

More on this movie here.



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I may perhaps be in the minority, but I'd never heard of a film called Neverwas (imdb, wikipedia).   A 2005 English film, filmed in Vanconver BC and Toronto, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 but never had a theatrical release and finally went straight to DVD in 2007.

Look at who is in this:   Ian McKellan, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, William Hurt.   Short blurb from IMDB: A well-educated psychiatrist leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father, a novelist, lived before writing a renowned children's book. Acclimating to his position, he encounters a schizophrenic who helps him to discover the book's secrets and his place in the story.

I discovered the film when someone on a INFP FB site recommended it (yes, I'm an INFP.)   Someone was looking for Netflix films that would appeal to INFPs.   This was one of two that came highly recommended.   I looked up the description and the few reviews I could find of it and, honestly, had I just read those alone I likely would not have watched the film.  Although Ian McKellan may have swayed me in any case.   I bookmarked it for a time when I need an escapist distraction.

Today was such a day.

Let me just say that I was enchanted.  Thoroughly.   In fact I had this very weird sense of deja vu why watching it.   It triggered some interesting sense flashbacks to my childhood.  Odd sense flashbacks.   Brief images.  Smells.   Fragments of childhood experiences.   Gave me goosebumps a couple of times (those deja vu moments).

I should warn that the film does deal with mental illness (the protagonist is a psychiatrist working in a mental institution) and suicide (in the past).   But, as described by someone who worked on the film:  "Fantasy and Reality in a magical enchantment-filled life-affirming Tale."

And my "everything is SPN" bone was tickled as I clearly recognized Riverview as the location used for a significant number of scenes:
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above :: this photo was taken by someone who worked on the film.  I found his site which has a LOT of photos of sets he helped to build/design.
A lot for Battlestar Galactica.  Great stuff.  I wish he offered more text about the images though.


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The "stairway" that is seen in so many movies & tv shows from Riverview also makes an appearance (of course).  As does the main front entrance.


And there was one scene, filmed at night in Ian McKellan's bedroom at Riverview that just took my breath away.  It reminded me somehow of a combination of a Andrew Wyeth painting combined with a Van Gogh.  The photographer in me just wanted to get to that place and take photos myself.  Loved what they did with the window.

Here are my screen shots of that scene:
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For me this is a film I could see myself watching again and again over the years.  Like "What Dreams May Come".   Every few years I could see myself wanting to revisit this little gem.   Below are some random images I found online from the film.  There really is not much out there about it.

The film is available for streaming on Netflix.  Here are some images I found online for it.
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Those flowers we bought earlier in the day were catching the last rays of sun in our kitchen and I had to take out my iPhone to try to capture it.  I'm happy with the results.

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Was out and about for a bit today and spotted these VERY TALL flowers that were swarming with bees.
Happened to have my camera with me.

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Hey E!  I hope you have a very wonderful birthday today!

Have some eye-crinkle Jensen to celebrate.
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Added bonus:  freckles!
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Yummy

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I just made both of these for lunch today.  VERY yummy.  These were so good I just had to post about them.  Totally vegetarian; although that's not why I made them.  I made them because they just LOOKed so good!  Click on the photos for the recipes.
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Hey L!

I wish you the very best of birthdays today!
You're awesome, so your birthday is, by default, awesome!

Can't recall if you are going to Vancon, I hope to see you there.


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fr108_AliceLouiseFriedlineDaisies#colorized2 by KarenCookePhotography

Restored and colorized photo of my grandmother Alice Louise Friedline Barnhart (on right) with a friend. Photo taken around 1910 in Meyersdale, PA.



Update:  Here is the original
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I started reading The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World today.   So far it's a quick, enjoyable read.   Nothing too earth-shattering new to me as I've been reading about introversion for years.   But this --> "research suggests, we’re slow at translating thought to speech. Also at shooting computerized asteroids," offers a new link for me.   One that I do not know if it's just unique-ish to me, or prevalent among introverts; namely that I dislike (bordering on hate) playing video/computer games.  Mostly because those games typically require fast decision to action/reaction.   Drives me bat-shit insane.   This bit in the book discusses theories/research about brain studies related to introversion/extraversion.   Yes, introverts are "deep thinkers", but what I hadn't considered was that the process to translate those thoughts to some external form, especially speech or physical action, is like an extreme switching of gears.  Something that is not innately natural to me and that I've had to train myself to do and which still requires some level of conscious effort to accomplish.   So is therefore draining.

Update:   THIS --> "We know what it feels like to have our energy drained by too much interaction. It feels like my brain is tired, almost like a muscle would be tired. The more depleted my psychic energy is, the slower my thoughts come, the harder it is to speak full sentences or focus on what’s going on around me. My senses become even more sensitive; noise and fuss are more overwhelming. And I become tense, irritated, cranky. That’s when I know I need to stop, sit down, let my brain relax and put up its metaphorical feet."  <-- THIS is me to a T.   My boss is a total extravert.  I sat next to her on a plane on a work trip once.  I attempted to explain to her bits of this.  While she looked confused, she acknowledged verbally that she kinda understood (I knew she really didn't).  And of course, then proceeded to "forget" the conversation.  lol.   But she *does* recognize when I hit this point and insists on sending me home to rest.   I structure my work days (and my non-work days) to accommodate my need to recoup from human interaction.  This is especially needed because my very job is typically *very* human-interactive.  




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