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My All-time Favourite Models (with a Side of Fractalius)

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Mrs. HoaiPhai has beautiful eyes, and this is the nicer of the two.

I love taking photos of just about everything but by far the most daunting subjects are people and other living creatures. They also happen to yield the most rewarding images if everything works out. My problem with living subjects is twofold…

  1. Living subjects tend to move occasionally and I have a leisurely photographic technique and slow reflexes, and…
  2. I hate having my own picture taken so I imagine that my subjects are similarly photophobic, causing me to feel uncomfortable imposing myself on them (even if they’ve requested me to photograph them).

Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum, and Cindy Crawford are professional models and are good-looking (no, not all models are attractive) but they have nothing on my own favourite amateur models. What makes a good model, in my opinion, is someone who… Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day! — A Photographic Celebration of a Warm but Shivering People

A maple donut, a beer, and a BBQ… what could better symbolize Canada Day? I looked all over town for a special Canada Day donut to share with you but couldn’t find one, so I had to make my own. I guess a donut is so blatantly Canadian that the donut industry feels it’s a bit redundant to emblazon such an icon of our country with any sort of embellishment. Maybe they have a point… you don’t see Americans painting bald eagles red, white, and blue on their Independence Day.

Sunday July 1st, 2012 marks Canada’s 145th year since Confederation and 30 years since we became a fully independent country. And what a great country we live in!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Freestyle”

Flying the white flag… I’ve given up waiting around for whoever is responsible for letting us all know what we’re supposed to post in terms of Weekly Photo Challenge topic material. [Actually, that’s not a white flag, it’s a former face-cloth that has been re-tasked as a clean-up rag hanging on the clothesline.] More photos follow my rant.

It seems that the good folks down at WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge screwed up big time! Whoever was supposed to inform us of this week’s topic has, thus far, failed to do so. Ironically, last week’s theme “Unfocused” remains a full two days past when we have come to expect the new theme to be announced, possibly indicating a lack of focus on the part of the (possibly former) WordPress employee so charged.
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Super Moon

I know, it’s old news already — I’m two days late posting “Super Moon” pictures.

I dragged Mrs. HoaiPhai down to the end of the street on Saturday night (May 5, 2012) to spend half an hour waiting for the Moon to rise only to find out that, for some reason, I thought it would come up in a slightly different spot than I had imagined, so all my shots were taken with branches all around and not the row of buildings I had planned. Nevertheless, here they are…

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Getting in Touch with my Feminine Side

A little while ago, blogstress par excellence Bliss hit the publish button on her Colorblocking a Classic post. In case you missed it and are too lazy to click on the link I provided, it’s about a Couch purse.

I like Bliss’ posts, a lot of which are about girly stuff, like purses, earrings, new shoes, doilies, and avoiding colour clashes. Anyways, I liked this particular post in spite of the fact that it was about a purse and I’m a man with an unblemished record of staunch heterosexuality* and non-transvestism* (except for that one Hallowe’en over thirty years ago when I dressed as a woman because I was told that I wouldn’t be allowed to get into the party without a costume — and I didn’t like wearing the panty hose one little bit!). I found that if I substituted references to the purses with thoughts of cars while reading her post, it turned into a great discussion! I even contributed to the whole thing by redesigning the bag with a “man’s touch”. It was a hit.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

Ah, the memories of bygone summers! The other children with their kites and me with a pair of scissors and my best running shoes on...

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Weekly Photo Challenge and seeing as this week’s topic is “Sun” and the weather forecast calls for snow in the next 48 hours, I thought I’d try to cheer myself up by looking for some bright photos.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

What better symbol of peace than a dove?

Peacefulness. Yoga people can invoke it at will, but I kind of enjoy the surprise of a natural-onset state of peace.

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