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RIP Romeo.

Posted by MWPA on February 16, 2009

romeo-001Romeo was one of the cats at the shelter where I volunteer at, He was diagnosed with Kidney failure last week, unfortunately he was unresponsive to his meds so today was taken to be put to sleep.
He was a great cat with a unique personality he had a few missing teeth so his tongue often hung out of his mouth which made him look even cuter. He was a semi permanent resident at our no kill shelter, as people dont like adopting older cats…
so RIP Romeo.

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Another Plane Crash-and Other News

Posted by MWPA on February 13, 2009

It seems these instances are becoming more and more common, this most recent disaster was a plane crashing into a house in NY, The news reports that everyone on board died, My thoughts are defiantly with those who had friends and family on that flight. Investigation is ongoing to the reason of the crash, but the initial thoughts are that it was ice and bad weather.

A few weeks ago another plane crashed, this time into the Hudson River, this time everyone survives. I would hate to think what would have happened if the plane had not been near the river at the time, most likely it would have landed in a highly populated area, and that could have been disastrous. It is a little worrisome that we are reading about these plane crashes, and of course they are not just happening in America, they are happening all over the world, maybe its time for a BIG inspection of all aircraft, just to be on the safe side?

I am also sad for Australia, the people affected bu the Wildfire which todate as killed 181 people, left people homeless and affecting all the wildlife in the area too. The worst part of this fire, is that the police suspect that the fire was started deliberatly which means this wasnt ‘an act of God’ like a lightening strike to dry bush land, it was caused by us-human beings. If it is determined thta these two people started the fire, I really hope they get a good punishment. I hope that rain makes it way to the fires and surrounding land, to help with the control of the remaining fires.

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A New Camera.

Posted by MWPA on February 12, 2009

001For a while I have been thinking about staking up film photography, you know the kind of photography that doesnt seem to be very common any more, we have defiantly been taken over by a digital age, and with nice film camera’s available at low prices I though I would give it a try.

My forever friend,  Sharon actually inspired,me, she has an old nikon,  that she uses and I like seeing the pictures she makes with it-when she gets round to uploading the scanned prints! HINT HIMT, if you are reading this Sharon!

So I took the plunge on Ebay, I spent $29.52 plus shipping on an Olympus OM-G or an OM-20 depending on what part of the world you are from. The cameras were in production between 1983 and 1987, so I have a camera, that is as around the same age as me, which I find rather cool.004

The camera that I purchased came with an Olympus 50mm 1.8 lens and a Vivtar 70-210 lens which can be used for Macro and Zoom. The lenses are in great condition, there apears to be no dust inside them or the camera, there are a few scuff marks where they may have been dropped, but apart from that the lenses are great. The camera on the other hand has a damaged dial, the dial is cracked and when I change the settings the dial comes off. It is not a big problem as the camera is still functional, but it is a litte irritating, as you can see in the picture.

It certainly was an experience trying to find a manual for this camera on line, and I definatly needed a manual, I had no idea how to open the back of the camera to put a film in-which actually turned out rather easy. I took the camera out on Sunday with a black and white film so I could test everything out, adn I was very happy. It is different having to focus everything yourself, although the split image screen helps greatly with this. The zoom lens was heavy, so I mainly shot withthe 50mm and I got some nice results, I had them developped at Ritz Camera store and the photos look great. I did upload the pictures to my computer through my scanner, but the images lost some quality, I will post a picture of my favourite on eanyway.

The pictures of the camera, I took with my canon 30d, and a couple of continuous lights with a white paper back ground.

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An Important Day

Posted by MWPA on February 12, 2009

Two Weeks ago Will came home from work saying he needed to borrow my camera, and that he needed me to teach him how to use it, I asked him why and said its taken me a year to get to know my camera, and I still have lots to learn. He explained he had been asked to help photograph a promotion ceremony for one of his colleagues. Well it turned out that the day of the promotion was my day off, so he said GREAT, you can do it then…So I agreed.

I went in the morning of the ceremony to the rehearsal to find out exactly what I was up against, the lighting was terrible, as I fired off a few practice shots, I was informed that I would be up in front of about 40 people taking these pictures, so it was like I would be on display too. I was extremely nervous about messing up, I had never taken pictures like this, I wasn’t sure how the whole thing would work, but I was up for a challenge. I went home and looked at my test shots, and became even more nervous, I wasn’t sure my lens would be up to it or my flash powerful enough without being to harsh.

At three o’clock people started arriving and the ceremony was soon underway, I used a short zoom lens-the 18-55 kit lens, so I could be close and still gt everything in the shot, and I angled my flash to the ceiling so it would bounce a soft light to the subject, I turned my camera ISO up so I would not underexpose, and I ended up being happy with the pictures. I took about 60 photos and 28 of those were good enough to be printed at 8×10 if they wanted.

The whole thing was very nerve racking, I had to remind myself to breath in front of all those people, of course I know they were not looking at me, but it didnt make me feel any less uncomfortable. I think if given the opportunity  I would do another ceremony, although maybe I would charge instead of doing it for free as it took up a lot of my time, I spent the whole day going between base and home and then a few hours processing the photographs.

Here is one of the photos from the ceremony, I wont post the others, as I don’t have any model releases.

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I Had My First Dental Filling Filled-Yikes

Posted by MWPA on February 4, 2009

mellow-0031I have to say, I was terrified, I am always nervous at the dentist, but going in yesterday was worse that normal, as I was having my first ever cavity filled, I believe the cavity was small and not to bad as I had been having no pain or sensitiveness on the tooth, but its always best to get things done before they become a bigger problem, so I found my self going to the dentist and dragging Will along with me.

I checked in at the front desk and waited to be called, my appointment was the first one in the day so I didn’t have to wait long, when they called my name, I grabbed Will and told them he was coming in with me. I told he dental nurse I was nervous, and she said I would be fine-I remember telling her once, but when Will and I talked about the appointment after, apparently I told her 3 or 4 times that I was scared, as I sat in the chair I was almost in tears, and after the appointment Will said he could see the fear in my eyes. The nurse asked me to open my mouth and then quickly shoved a bubblegum flavor topical ointment that was on a cotton bud into my mouth above the tooth that was being filled-this was the numbing stuff, which tasted just like hubu bubu bubble gum-I don’t recommend you taste by sticking your tongue on it like I did though, as I soon lost the feeling of the part of my tongue that touched it!

Once the dentist came in-who looked like he had just finished high school and was younger than me, I lay back and close my eyes, as I did not want to see any thing else.  The injection came next-the injecting took a while, It was one needle of which I felt the prick-which was not painful, and the dentist pushed on my gum, in a massaging kind of way to direct it. It was an odd sensation. after the injection both he and the dental nurse went out the room, so the injection of local anesthetic could numb me up. I was very glad Will was in the room at this time as I had been expecting the area around my tooth to go numb-actually it was my whole top lip, my cheek, my right side of my nose all the way up to my eye that went numb, and my lip got swollen above the injection site.-I think the numbness actually was more scary than the drilling.

Like I said earlier I kept my eyes closed so I did not see any of the equipment, I heard different noises, and felt pressure at different times, but nothing hurt or was uncomfortable. I heard the dentist ask the nurse for different things-air to be blown on the tooth to dry the tooth and the filling, the light to be adjusted, and for various tools to be passed to him.

My face stayed numb for about three hours, about an hour after the injection the feeling my face was twitching, as the feeling came back, the area around my eye came back first and then my nose, and the rest followed, I was surprised at the amount of my face that was numbed, but I would much rather be numb everywhere than to feel any pain.

The whole experience was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, I started my appointment at 8am and was out the door at 8.35am, I know my procedure was routine to them and the cavity was small, but for me this was definitely something out of the ordinary, and not something i want to have done again anytime soon.

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25 Random Facts About Me

Posted by MWPA on January 29, 2009

1)When I met Will, It took me about a month to realize he was the guy I wanted to be with forever-even if it meant moving to a different country

2)I miss England and my family

3)Typing in America annoys me as it try’s to correct English spelled words like colour, its getting to the point that I feel like I don’t know how to spell English or American versions as my brain is confused

4)I love photography, but find it hard to be inspired sometimes

5)I work in Customer Service and love my job-most people hate doing what I do-maybe that makes me mad.

6)I feel like I need a wardrobe makeover, none of my clothes match

7)I love cooking but never use pepper as I hate the stuff-just the smell of it disgusts me

8)Lamb is my favorite meat, but it is to expensive and hard to find in my local shops, so I settle for a nice slab of beef-normally a new york strip

9)I hate it when customers ask me where I am from-especially if they say oooo are you from Australia?!?!?

10)If someone is sad or miserable, I go out of my way to make them happy.

11)I have not had a sick day in 6 months, I aim not to have a sick day for a whole year.

12)I cant help but be messy, My apartment will be clean, but there will always be mess in one of the rooms.

13)I don’t remember my wedding day-the whole day went to fast and is just a blur

14) I hate the number 13, when i am numbering photographs I skip 13 and go straight to 14

15)I want to spread my passion of photography to everyone I meet

16)Cloudy days make me sad

17)I want to learn another language-Spanish, but I am not sure I have the brain power to do it.

18)I love cottage pie-it reminds me of home

19)Sometimes it scares me how fast time goes by.

20)It shocks and annoys me how much people moan about their lives and jobs, and then don’t make any effort to improve.

21)I feel like my life is heading in the right direction.

22)I volunteer at a cat shelter because I like to make a difference. I help out my 82 year old neighbor every day for the same reason-even when it gets tiresome, I hope one day when I need help someone will be able to help me.

23)When I did not work I used to get up early everyday, now I work I am lazy and get up late everyday.

24)I drive a 2 seater convertible which I love, but sometimes when I do a big food shop I fill the trunk and the passenger seat and wish for a big gas guzzler again like our old trailblazer.

25)I think I need to get out more and do cool stuff-weather its photography related, going to the movies or what ever, I should just do it.

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Comfort Food

Posted by MWPA on January 26, 2009

Carrot SoupCarrot soup is my ultimate comfort food. It is packed full of carroty goodness, carrots have been proven to help prevent heart disease, the Beta Carotene rich vegetable helps fight against cancerand macular degeneration which is an eye disease, it really does help improve your night vision with the vitamin A. It is said that  a carrot a day reduces the risk of a stroke my 68% and for diabetics, carotenoids help reduce blood sugar.

When ever my throat starts to hurt, or my nose gets stuffy I make a nice big batch of carrot soup to help me feel better quicker. Of course I don’t just save it for sick days, I actually eat this yummy soup all year round! Carrot soup is very easy to make, with very basic ingredients that keeps the cost down. I love my carrot soup with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. you can view a bigger picture by clicking on the image to the left.

Here is my carrot soup recipe:

1 tbsp butter

2 cups freshly cut carrots

1 small (ish) Onion

1 1/2 tbsp plain flour

1 1/2 cups milk

2 1/2 cups of water

3 chicken boullion/stock cubes

Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan, chop the onion and added to the melted butter. keep the butter and onion on low heat with the pan covered, chop the carrots, when you have 2 cups worth add carrots to the onion and butter, cover and allow to sweat on low heat until the carrots begin to soften, make sure you stir the ingredients often. Once the carrots are tender stir in the flour to absorb the juices-this will help your soup thicken too. Add the milk and water, bring the whole thing to a boil and add the three buillon cubes. keep the pan simerring for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the carrots are nice and soft, take the soup of the heat and allow to cool slightly. Place in a blender, and blend until the soup is smooth. serve imidiatly or re heat when needed. top with cheader cheese for an extra kick.

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Picture of the day is….

Posted by MWPA on January 23, 2009

MellowMellow! (click to see it larger.

Yesterday I went to the dollar stor to buy some props that I could use with my photography,as I am trying to practice and get better with my lighting skills, I also wanted to get some props suitable for my valentines day project. I chose to go to the Dollar Tree because they  are cheap, and I figured there must be some things they sell there that I could use. Well I ended up spending just about $8.00 and came away with 3 bunches of flowers, some valentines day candies, a vase and some pebles to fill the vase and some hearts on sticks. After visiting te Dollar Tree I went toi the next store along which is Ben Franklins craft store,I always find the store a little pricy but I knew the sold fabric and I wanted to see if they had anything suitable for a background. I ended up choosing 3 yrds of mottled blue material that makse quite a nice background.

The pictures that I took were using my camera-a 30d and the nifty fifty lens-named that because it is cheap and neat, it is the Canon 50mm 1.8, I love how sharp this $80 lens is, and I use it alot. I attached my external flash the 430exii and pointed the flash to the cieling so Mellow wouldnt get the red eye effect but he would still be lit nicely. The flowers came out so bright and colourful, I think this may be my favourite picture of the year-yes I know its only January!

I am going to try and take a picture a day from this point on, so that I can get more cresative with the things I have aailable, even if its just things outside my appartment, I really want to push my creativity, as I feel that my photography lacks the wow factor.

I am also going to push myself to learn a forighn languarge, We have a Rosetta Stone CD which was given to Will and I, so I really want to try and learn some Spanish-especially as it is spoken so widly accross the world.I am not sure how well I will do, as I have never been good at getting the accents correct, but I guess practice makes perfect. Even if I get a couple of ‘lessons’ in before work, eventually the language has to start sinking in, hasnt it?

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Today is…

Posted by MWPA on January 22, 2009

Abstract natureA house work day, I have decided I want to spring clean-even though its not quite spring yet. I want to rearange the craft room, to utalise the space in there, as it is a small room , and with all my junk in it, it feels alot smaller! If I get all the spring cleaning doe, I am going to go to the dollar store and see if I can pick up some valentine day props for my photography prject and maybe stop in at the craft store next door and buy some fabrics for back grounds.

Its quite a cold day today, although not as cold as it was last night,the sun is shining, which makes it feel a tiny bit warmer than it really is. I am looking forward to the spring weather, when I can go out side with just a hoodie and jeans on, and be plenty warm enough taking pictures-right now, my hands may freeze to the camera when I am outside!

Todays picture was taken a couple of weeks ago at Sandy Bottom Nature Park I focused on the branches and let the water go out of focus-this kind of out of focus is called Bokeh. The lighter spots are the suns reflection on the water, I like how the branches have a tiny bit of light high lighting them.

Well I supose I must stop wasting ime by blogging and get to work on this cleaning frenzie that is going to be done, I am going to turn the music up loud, sing and dance while I clean!

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A couple of goals for the next few months

Posted by MWPA on January 21, 2009

Number one is obviously to improve and learn to use my current photography equipment to the max.

I have two projects that I would like to work on, I am aiming to get 24 landscape and 24 portrait shots of the cats at the cat shelter, I then want to create a calender with a selection of these pictures, as well as greeting cards. I also want to create some valentine stock style pictures that I can maybe turn into greeting cards too, none of this is to make me money, really just to inspire me to take more pictures and learn more, and maybe let someone benefit from the pictures I take, if the cat ones come out ok then I will donate the calenders to the shelter for them to sell.

I think I want to design some business cards too, that way if I am out and about with my camera I and am asked about what I am doing, I can hand them a card and say visit my zenfolio site for information.

Here is a cat picture of Zoe, who decided to make a bed with my walmart bag that is usually used for carrying camera accessories into the cat corner, Zoe was brought to the Cat Corner after her owner had to go to an assisted living home.

Zoe

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