Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dr. Doolittle Lives at My House

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My friend Donna has a delightful blog at Cottage Days and Journeys where she shares her travel and life adventures. The most recent adventure is of her trip to Alaska to see the Katmai Bears. *This post* tells all about the patience of one persistent bear named Otis. Check out the story because it's such a good one and complemented throughout by amazing photographs. (If you enjoy the story and the photos, please let Donna know.) 

Now Donna has a little device she uses in the telling of her stories where she stops to ask her reader to imagine the "thought bubble." This makes me laugh every single time and sometimes I can even come up with a fun one that gets both John and me laughing. 

What does all of this have to do with my little video? Let me explain. At one point in the absurdity, Molly the Poodle turns to me with such an expression on her little face that you can easily fill in the thought bubble. If you know what it is, let me hear it. (Please pardon the White Balance set to the "warm" setting...the cozy factor is off the wall...and the tv on. I'm learning all the time.)

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This clock has nothing whatsoever to do with anything other than that I was practicing again and time's a' wasting. One thing about this clock...it's always 3:30 pm on a sunny day. ☺ Oh that sometimes time would stand still such as when I'm supposed to be getting ready to leave. (John's eager to be on the move.)

~my personal favorite~

Oh I'll toss in one more thing I learned. I set up the tripod and camera taking three pictures of the same subject—the clock. I set the automatic timer, used different settings for each photo, and then used photomerge in my photo editing program to create one final photo. It's an interesting experiment.

  
The first three (l to r) are of the individual photos. The final picture in the lower right corner is the compilation. I'm sure that the real photographers out there can explain the reason for ever doing this; although, even I can figure out that it adds a depth of layering and more facets to the photo.

Someday, I'll get back to baking or crafting or something more interesting for more folks. Sure! Have a great day...

Love Vee

33 comments:

  1. I am impressed by your deliberate study of photography. I still need to send for a book.

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  2. How interesting...insert thought bubble here...and fun to see what you're learning! LOVE Donna's blog...I'm going with her to Alaska next time...or is it Nova Scotia? heehee! Enjoy your day! Have FUN! ♥

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  3. I love that clock! You are really good at what you do! Keep up the great work! You inspire me to "never be without my camera"...thus my monthly picture journals I am creating of our home, life, etc.

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  4. I love your determination to learn to use your nice camera, Vee. I only have point and shoot cameras...and when "my ship comes in" or I win the Texas lottery, a really great camera will be my first purchase. I never knew I was interested in photography until blogging came along.:)

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  5. Molly's saying, "What the heck is he talking about?" and then she pooh-pooh's his comments with that fake sneeze...looks at you like, "mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"

    I expect you to be giving US photography lessons very soon! (very cool old clock by the way) Have a good 'un!

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  6. Molly's look says, "Really?!! We need some help with translation here!"

    Love the photography. You create the most wonderful spaces for your photography.

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  7. Vee, I love this photo and the compilation of your clock on the shelf. The vignette is gorgeous but the light shining in is perfect. You are learing things I've never heard of. Oh, and a cute video of John and the dog. Enjoy the cold sunshine today. Hugs, Pamela

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  8. Molly: I just don't get men. Do you?

    LOVE the clock!

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  9. STOP the presses!!!

    Between John and Molly... Are there steps there? Is Molly on a bit-lower-level, than John and his chair and the book case and etc.????

    And you always try to imply, that I should know ALL-there-is-to-know, about your house! Hehhhhhh... Seeeee! You have been keeping 3 steps, a secret from me, all this time.

    -chuckle-

    "Successful marriage
    is leading innovative lives together,
    being open, non-programed.
    It's a free fall: how you handle
    each new thing as it comes along."


    ~Joseph Campbell

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  10. Oh and my vote...

    Please don't go back to baking or crafting, any time soon!

    I'd much rather continue to see and learn from, your wonderful experiments in photography!

    Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! :-)

    "Successful marriage
    is leading innovative lives together,
    being open, non-programed.
    It's a free fall: how you handle
    each new thing as it comes along."


    ~Joseph Campbell

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  11. I love what you are doing with your camera!

    I think your sweet doggie is thinking "Can I be done now?"

    Fun times! Have fun being out and about!

    Deanna

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  12. "What is this guy's problem?" or "I am doing what he is asking here!" or "Please make him stop!" or "Are you catching this?" haha Cute video. You are quite impressive on your photography lessons. Love the clock btw. Have a wonderful day!

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  13. Looks like they have quite the relationship going there! Cute!

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  14. Doggie looks at you and says (in the thought bubble) Does he really think he's fooling me? He can't speak dog...
    Love the clock experiments. Our clocks are always at 10:30 and 10:10...

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  15. LOL....I love all of the bubble comments above. I think she is thinking "Men!"

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  16. Your 'practice' photos are already amazing!! I love the last one - it was totally worth all the time and effort. I can tell you are having fun.....as well as a real knack for photography!

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  17. I will check her blog out..Benjamin draws thought bubbles when he colors and has me fill them in..he will enjoy the visit also

    Love your learning on photography...my kids would enjoy me learning more so their pictures look better...now if I could be a better sports picture taking mom...I always catch their backs instead

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  18. I loved Donna's narration about the bears and had to go back through her blog to read them all. What an amazing adventure she went on!

    Your Molly and John video is so adorable, Vee! I think Molly's thought bubble would read "Are we speaking the same language?" or "I'm trying to help, but he won't listen!" Really cute and I needed a good laugh today! Thanks!

    PS: Your photo experimentations remind me of why I haven't opened my "camera for dummies" book as yet -- even that was too complicated! LOL

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  19. Cute video! You're really having fun with your new camera. Have fun today and take lots of photos!

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  20. You are becoming quite the photographer!
    Me - I still just point and shoot with mine. : )
    I didn't know that one of John's many talents was talking to dogs!

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  21. Now that was cute :). Could Molly be saying "Mom, help me out here... all I want is a treat and he's not delivering."
    Interesting lessons you are learning about your new camera. I have a tripod, but never use it. Maybe I better dig it out and use it. I love what you have on your shelf and the branch is like the icing on the cake.

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  22. Love the little video of Dr Doolittle and Molly having a conversation... or was that a competition?
    Great photo shots. I see a big difference between the top L and the top R, the detail is better on the R. It's fun to experiment. I just received a new camera as a gift and I'm excited to become acquainted with it! It has a stabilizer in it to eliminate the blurry photos... awesome!

    Hugs, sherry

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  23. Molly: "What is that man talking about, that's not at all what I said."
    Love that you are taking the time to learn the ins and outs of your camera. Makes we want to dig out my instruction book. Have a good day.

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  24. Your photos are always so good that I really don't know how you can improve on them, Vee...and as for that thought bubble:
    and who does he think he's kidding...he knowss that's my chair!
    hugs
    Sandi

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  25. Hi there, Loved seeing your pup, is she a miniature poodle? That is the size I'm thinking of for our next pup-when the time comes because they are so smart, easily trainable and #1 they don't shed.
    Loved seeing your photos with the different settings etc.
    Have a great afternoon.
    Noreen

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  26. I think Molly might have said...
    "Do you believe this guy?"

    I love your posts and those photographs of the clock are awesome. I have been meaning to experiment with shutter speeds, but this week I didn't get a chance.

    Happy Doctor Doolittle. He is very cute.
    Karen

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  27. ROFL, thank you weaving my little blog into your post and sending many delightful folks my way! I loved the video because I used to torment our pooch the same way. With that expression, her thought bubble could be "how am I supposed to understand him with an accent like that?"

    I like your photo experiment! There is a technique where photos are combined and the depth is astounding, called HDR (high density resolution). To accomplish it, you have to take a minimum of three photos at different exposures and then combine them. Oh, I forgot to tell you! So that you don't drive your little camera bonkers with the vibration reduction setting, take it off the setting when you have the camera on a tripod. It expects movement and when there isn't any, it tends to actually vibrate a tiny bit, which defeats the purpose of the tripod, LOL.

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  28. Your video is hilarious. I loved it.

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  29. You are really challenging me to get to know my camera, Vee. You're fearless!

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  30. Vee
    It's amazing that one can really learn to do such neat shots with ones camera-if they would take the time to study a bit! Something I'm good at by passing.
    I thing your Molly is saying' 'Is this guy for real?' So sweet. You can see she and John enjoy one another.

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  31. I think that verse applies to me right now. My deferred hope to retire is making me sick--do you think that is possible? I do! Wish I had a better attitude about it.
    Love your vignette on the shelf. I love the gingerbread clock, the touch of nature and the oil lamp! Those are all some of my favorite things! Think I'll work on a Valentine vignette to cheer up my home--February is such a dreary month! Our classroom will celebrate, so that should perk up my attitude! Have a great day, Vee! So glad you keep stopping by!
    V

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  32. Yes I don't understand that photo merging stuff or layering. I'm sure there's more to it than meets my eye. Either way, the photos look great. We have a similar clock in our house -- an antique, where time stands still!

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