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.
The weather was fantastic this weekend and Sunday was particularly sunny. I’ve been itching to get out on the bike for most of the summer and when Les Boys started to get a little restless, I packed’em into the Croozer, hitched it up and went for a very leisure stroll along Pointe-Claire’s Bord-du-Lac. Of Course I wasn’t wearing nearly enough spandex and lycra to meet the Lakeshore Sunday Cyclists Standards, but my cargo shorts and my vans did just fine and Les Boys looked fantastic in their Marvel T’s.
We spent a week down in Goose Rocks Beach in Maine, hanging out with the family and hunting for critters on the beach. This little guy was far too small to eat but boy was he a lot of fun to catch. Some of the critters didn’t even need catching this little dragon fly just tag along for the ride and pretty much hung out with us all day.
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My eye is OK.
Of course I knew that already. But the optometrist was fitting me with some new daily lenses and because I have a astigmatism in my left eye my lens have to be weighted in a specific direction. So you’ll notice some little dots on the horizontal plain and and big OK at the top.
Obviously this only appears on the test lens but I can already see the potential in selling this space to Nike and Viagra. Now that everyone shoots with a 10 megapixel camera, I reckon I can get my eyeball to look like a Nascar.
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.
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.
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?
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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. The 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.
So this is the stunner he took:
And 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.
My cousin, Mr Minolta, is getting married and I think that this may be his wedding invitation, he’s a little fridge magnet crazy. I couldn’t find the RSVP button, so I stuck it on my Internet Fridge in the hopes that it has some kind of RFID tag that phones home on magnetic contact to let him know we are saving the date. I’m also blogging this on my “Funny Website” so that he may pick up our reply in his morning RSS Feed. We’ll probably send a few emails and if all else fails, I’ll Skype my Mom who will call her sister and who will probably see her daughter whom I’m sure will pass on the message to her brother who I know talks on a regular basis with my cousin, Mr Minolta! (Extra points for tracing that arc perfectly in the comments.)
I’m also pretty sure there are about 200 angry and confused off NEW AMEX and VISA users at his local post office who got there brand new cards de-magnetized.