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  1. Still in Love

    Anne and I have been married for coming up on 34 years. After being away in the big city or sometimes just because I feel like it, I still love to bring home a small bouquet of flowers to bring out Anne's beautiful smile and expressions of appreciation . . .

    . . . and I still receive little personal messages as emails and sometimes even "love messages in the sand" from Anne.

    When out with a couple of our friends enjoying ourselves around the beach last week ...
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  2. Even if it is NOON - and the CLOUDS move out

    Anne and I were heading up to the Bruce Peninsula on Saturday to spend a weekend with our friends. It is beautiful countryside and many opportunities struck my eye as I drove along the 2 hour trek to our destination.

    The main reasons that I didn't stop to grab pictures along the way, was because it was around noon when we were traveling - as well as the roads that we were taking are narrow, hilly and difficult to pull off to the side - and our friends were expecting us to be there for ...

    Updated 12th October 2009 at 02:03 PM by Robert Watcher

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  3. The power of a print

    During our 2008 Costa Rica Adventure - while wondering through the streets of Alajuela, I came across a fellow in a wheelchair, working on motorcycles in a small garage in amongst retail stores and homes on a side street. It was evident that he was dealing with customers at that time and so I kept track of the location and checked back a few times to see if I would be able to get a shot of him working.

    It never happened. 2 or 3 times I went there and the place was closed.Then one ...
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  4. A Wet Rodeo - thank goodness for Olympus weather resistance

    Some of you may have already been exposed to this thread on the forum - but it gets buried quite quickly there and I thought that it would be valuable content to have in the Blog. It is a post that really shows the value of the Olympus weather sealing that is part of the E-3 and several of the lenses in their line up. I really value this as I have destroyed non-Olympus cameras and lenses in the past by working unprotected in situations like this - and ones that were far less extreme.
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  5. A little bit like Penn and Teller

    I know that when I post images that show my raw unprocessed "before shots" or "all 1800 images from a wedding" - I am really making myself vulnerable and exposing myself as not being nearly as good photographically as some might presume that I am. The mystique of my images is gone!

    In some ways it's a little like Penn and Teller exposing the simplicity and trickery of magic acts - when what has kept people coming back to magic shows for years and years is the presumption ...

    Updated 22nd September 2009 at 09:26 PM by Robert Watcher

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  6. Something out of Nothing

    I am terrible for making something out of nothing. I know - - - you're not supposed to do it. Your supposed to get it right in the camera.

    My problem is that I am a visually spontaneous person who, is "into the moment" and far less concerned with whether I have it technically correct or composed perfectly. Mind you - I want it close, so that I at least have content to work with in the darkroom (I processed all of my own colour and black and white work in my traditional darkroom ...
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  7. 3 easy steps

    Thought that I'd make my first Blog post using parts of a recent forum thread where I displayed some dramatic images taken recently at a local fair - and was asked how I came to the vibrant colours of one of the images in particular.

    This is my final Display Image - which will make a great framed print. The shot was taken with my handlheld Olympus E-3, with 12-60 SWD mounted. Exposure was f3.7 @ 1/80'th second : 250 ISO

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    Updated 21st September 2009 at 07:31 PM by Ian (Linked blog to relevant categories)

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