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Valois Bay Fall Panoramas
I was reading a Scott Kelby book on Safari online books and in one of the chapters he talks extensively about Adobe’s Photomerge feature. A feature I’ve been using for a while but it wasn’t until I read Scott’s book that I realised I have been missing out on a great trick.
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Les Boys Cruise The Beach

Freddy of SurfBania Cap St-Jacques Dundee We took Les Boys to the Cap St-Jacques beach this Saturday and they really loved it. The whole family had a great time and if ever you looking for something to do on a sunny day in Montreal, this beach is a great little urban getaway. The beach has a very low gradual shelving so 25 meters out your still only waste deep. The sand is pretty soft and the lake bed is made up mostly of clay so it can feel a little funny underfoot, but it’s great for your skin. In fact many of the kids and women where applying the clay as mud packs for there legs and bellies. Funny enough no one was applying it to their face.
Cap St-Jacques

Les Boys @ 3 Months

Tirer le lion par la queue Jacques is reaching for and grabbing things and of course putting them in his mouth. This is  very very amusing for us. He now weighs 10 and half pounds and spends a lot of time a wake keeping an eye on all of us.

Morning Safari Frédéric is piling on the pounds at almost 15 lbs and has also started taking swipes at the poor safari animals above his pram. He’s got good lungs and won’t hold back from telling Denise off when she’s a few minutes late with the feed.

Sadly our guests are soon leaving and Life with Twins will surely get exciting. Fred and Sandra have been  such great help over the last 6 months, the house might not be any quieter but it will definitely fell very empty. We will surely miss them as we sip our last few cool pints on the deck.

Denise and GrandDad

Sisters!

Sisters

We went for a walk to the park with Les Boys during the magical hour where the light just does some awesome stuff and makes almsot all pictures fantastic.

We also these guys hanging out in our local pool.Valois Pool Ducks

Possion d’Avril Papa! – April Fools Day Dad!

Krasse - Poisson d'Avril

Chloé made me breakfast today, she insisted that we get up real early so that I enjoy a healthy well balanced breakfast. Well she got me. I must admit her Photoshop skills are really coming along…

Here is the translation ot the label:

Krasse – Crassy

Moumoutte huileuse – Oily Hair Piece
Beurre de cheveux Gras – Oily hair butter
Peut contenir des pellicules ou des poils de moustache  – May contain dandruff and mustache hairs.

Yup she’s good!

[UPDATE]

She got me again in my lunch.

Ça m'plait pis  c'est dégeu

Ça m'plait pis  c'est dégeu

Two Wheels!

Pink Rider! The weather was awesome on Sunday and the girls got to ride their bikes in the Parking lot across the street. As you can see, Chloé colour coordinated her ensemble for the occasion and without  knowing it, Madeleine managed to get her jacket and helmet to match up as well getting her hoodie to match her boots. This summer should be a lot more fun on the bikes, Madeleine is getting pretty strong at kick starting the peddling, Chloé has finally mastered the foot and handbrake and is even getting into skids, Denise will be able to cycle again this as she’s back in her jeans and not pregnant. All we need to do now is put our hands on a used Chariot so we can get Les Boys in tow. Our current LittleTykes buggy is just too heavy and not very comfy for such young babies.  Anybody feeling generous?

Helping Hands

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Les Boys au Parc!

Frederic Jacques

Eric and I took the kids down to the parc while Chloe was with her tutor. After getting Les Boys bundled up and making sure their little monkey hats were pulled down tight over their ears, I grabbed the camera bag and a full cup of coffee and headed of to meet Eric. SwingsThe girls had a great time plying on the swings and in the sandbox.Even in their snow suits, the sand is irresitable. Eric even managed to take some stunning macros pics with his point and shoot. We were both kind of questionning if this was even possible without and Aperture setting, but Eric powers of figuring out small Gadgets proved the theory possible.

Swings

So this is the stunner he took:

Canon Point and Shoot DoFAnd this is the shot I took with my Pentax K200d in RAW with my manual 70-200mm Macro Zoom lens.

Ok so you can see that both shots have some and impressively shallow Depth of Field. Of course my shot was taken in RAW sor the colour capture is a little more vibrant and I was able to control the exposure a little better. But in truth, Eric’s shot is awesome and his composition using the Rule of Thirds is very impressive. So it just goes to show the camera does not make the shot, it’s still up to the eye.

On a seperate note, I am very proud to announce that Eric has officially joined the 2Fatdads.com crew and has already submitted his first article. Please take the time to read it here and have a party in his Comments.

Bounced Light and Banana Muffins

One of the best parts of having newborns in the house in the shear amount of baked goods enter our kitchen in lovely tins and Tupperware tubs and then leaving again in my lunch bag as I head to work. These are Jack Johnson Banana Muffins, it’s not his recipe but every time I eat them I want to drink coffee and listen to Jack Johnson.

Picture notes:
I have been playing around with bounced light and my manual lenses again. This was taken with the 50mm 2-22 prime lens for my K1000 (works very well with the K200d)
F2
1/60
100 ISO
And the flash was bouncing on the side wall of my office at 45degrees up and 60degrees to the left.
I still hate my on board flash and find the external one fiddly. But I am learning to take better shots. Also because I like the pointers Taximom gives me on my flash use, there was no processing done on this at all, however I did import it into Adobe Bridge in CS3 on my work Dell and not Aperture on the MacBook.

Roll Up the RRRIIIMMM to WIN!

It’s that time of the year again! Spend a $.55 on something you usually make yourself only to roll up a paper cup and be called a loser again!

Why go through this pain and torture? You might get another cup of coffee or even better a free doughnut. Tim Horton’s: Master Marketers!

Jacques & Dad Get Rushed to the NICU

Jacques is in the clear Friday night was not a very good night at all, the pediatrician came to see us in Denise’s room and told explained to us that Jacques had aspired some liquid from the delivery into his lungs and that his little body had spent the last two days fighting to expel it. In the process he worked himself up pretty badly and took in too much air. Because he was breathing in so much and not giving his body the time to exhale, some of the air in lungs had leaked into his chest cavity. This extra air was starting to create pressure around his lings and it his body was no longer able to get rid of it. Basically he was having suffering from something called a pneumothorax (the link takes you to a Wiki article). This was not very good at all. They had increased his oxygen level greatly to help him out but his body was now so tired from the marathon it had been running that it could no longer deal with what is essentially diving into the water after hyperventilating. He needed a lot more help than the Lakeshore could provide, our pediatrician was very good and he understood this early on, so he contacted the Montreal Children’s Hospital who found him a bed in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Jewish General Hospital. The Children’s also arranged for the transport.  So at 4:00 AM, they put Jacques inside a 100% pure Oxygen bag to stabilize the pressure in his chest and then rushed him downtown for what would likely be an intubation and  the insertion of a chest tube.

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