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All Fuji baby!

Originally posted on Ian MacDonald Photography:

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I have been a long time Nikon SLR shooter.  I swore by them.  Last year I got tired of constantly carrying around a backpack full of SLR gear, however, and went looking for a small “point and shoot” camera that I could carry with me day to day.  Note that I wasn’t sick of Nikons…. I love Nikon.  Always have, always will.  I just wanted something a little smaller.

This sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Unfortunately, the downfall comes when you are used to shooting with large sensor cameras, expensive lenses, lighting, etc…. in other words you have become used to a certain level of image quality.

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Sisters Together!

Originally posted on Ian MacDonald Photography:

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I spent last night on the beach shooting two fabulous young ladies.  It was a great shoot, full of energy and laughs.

This was shot natural light, shooting directly into the sunset at English Bay in Vancouver.  Shooting into a bright light source can be tricky… a little bit of lens flare can add to a photo, but flare can also dramatically reduce contrast and detail in the image that is recorded in the camera.   Some people love lens flare, others don’t.  It really is a “season to taste” kind of thing.

I think it works here, adding to the crazy fun energy these two brought to the shoot.  I cannot describe the amount of laughing we did during this shoot!

Camera Speak:  Image recorded on A Fuji X-T1 with the Fuji 18-55mm lens.

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7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Originally posted on TIME:

This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com.

By Jeff Haden

Happiness: everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those intheir early forties. (I’m no psychologist, but that’s probably about when many of us start thinking, “Wait; is this all there is?”)

Good news and bad news: unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your “happiness set-point,” is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary. Half of how happy you feel is basically outside your control.

Bummer.

But, that means 50 percent of your level of happiness is totally within your control: relationships, health, career, etc. So even if you’re genetically disposed to be somewhat gloomy, you can still do things to make yourself a lot happier.

Like this:

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weekly photo challenge – dialogue

Originally posted on myguiltypleasures:

This week I’m in a bit of a hurry, but I still want to be in the challenge – so I have picked out a lot of talking from my media library – all images from this fantastic summer. So not much thinking outside the box this week.

By the why I talk a lot … ????!!!

Have a great weekend everyone – see you from Chicago.

“It’s good to talk.”
British Telecom/BT, 1994

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Jumpstart Your Garden: Regrow Vegetable Food Scraps – 30 August 2014

Originally posted on Lucas 2012 Infos:

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(NutritionalAnarchy) No matter what season you find yourself in or headed towards, a jumpstart in growing time is always useful to keep your organic vegetable garden producing (that’s one reason transplants are so commonly utilized).

Melissa Melton and Aaron Dykes demonstrate how easy it can be to regrow food scraps from their leftover organic produce.

– Spring Onions (Chives) are a wonderful choice because they are so easy, grow back in full in about a week, spruce up window space and add flavor to any number of dishes and soups.

– Celery can be regrown after the useful and nutritious stalks are juiced (our favorite), tossed into a salad or chopped into a stirfry. For some reason, though, our celery scraps turned to mush twice after it sprung up with new shoots.

– Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Yams: These root vegetables can regrow potentially…

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Working in nature, with animals, and outtakes…

Originally posted on Images by T.Dashfield:

I’d like to sum up wolf week with some words about what it was like to do this shoot.  Shooting outdoors means you are subject to the whims and sometimes cruelties of nature.  Sun, no sun, clouds, no clouds and in the case of this day sun with few clouds and temps in the high 80’s with humidity levels in the same range.  The air was thick! Our adventure began with a chat about the wolves from their handlers; their ages, temperaments, how to approach, don’t touch his tail, what to do if, etc. but there was never a time anyone was in any kind of danger from them other than as I mentioned before slobbering, shedding fur, and a head butt or two.  After legalities were handled (waivers and releases) we set off into the woods of this huge park.  All of us hiked into the woods with our…

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