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Two chaps on a bench [20080806|08:12]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The bloke & my dad


Ready for heron-watching in the Nisqually Bird Sanctuary, Western Washington, USA. We also spotted two garter snakes, which made the bloke quite excitable despite their relative harmlessness apart from the stink they make when you pick them up. (The UK doesn't have many snakes.) Our biggest thrill, although we wouldn't have known it had we not met an avid bird-spotter who told us what we'd stumbled across, came from an unprepossessing brown water-bird known as a Virginia rail. For such a supposedly rare, shy and retiring creature, it sure was making an awful racket, presumably because it resented sharing its bit of the reed bed with a couple of ducks. (The ducks eventually had enough of the abuse and pottered off to a safe distance from the irritable rail. Quite sensible, really.)

This bird-spotter was one of the few people with whom we conversed for more than two minutes without him remarking on my dad's resemblance to a certain actor.

Uncanny, no?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:00 (UTC)
Aw. I'll tell him that, it'll make him happy. Thanks! :-)
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2008-08-06 15:21 (UTC)
That is a great photo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:00 (UTC)
It's so nice to have my portrait lens back. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: opheliablue
2008-08-06 16:08 (UTC)
I love that photo :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:02 (UTC)
Marilyn! *goes a bit swoony* Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:04 (UTC)
That's his "I'm grinning to myself for no reason other than that I'm generally happy and contented with life" expression. He wears it a lot.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-08-06 20:49 (UTC)
Great shot (I love the choice of aperture for this background)! The fact that they were mirroring dials it up on the cuteness front.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:08 (UTC)
Thank you! I shot it at a couple of different apertures with slightly different compositions, and this one definitely popped out. It's funny how a good photo will do that, even when surrounded by five or six similar shots of the same scene.

This was my new dSLR's first outing. I was also very excited because I worked out that I didn't need to buy a $300+ portrait lens for it, I could pick up one of the old 50 mm f/1.8's for $90 and that would be fine. (Eventually I'll spring for an f/1.4 but there are other things on the list first. The 100 mm macro, for a start.)
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-08-08 00:06 (UTC)
Absolutely! If you're shooting Canon glass, the results you can get with the 50mm f/1.8 come very close to that of the f/1.4 under most conditions, though I understand the former can be a little bit delicate. Not feeling particularly tempted to give up a year of chocolate and whipped cream for an f/1.2, I went with the 1.4 which seems a bargain in comparison. I'd originally picked up my 60mm f/2.8 macro (which I love) as a double-duty macro/portrait lense, but ended up wanting the speed after all. If I had it to do over again, I'd go just the route you suggest- longer macro, faster portraiture.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-08-06 21:25 (UTC)
Lovely photo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-06 22:15 (UTC)
Thank you. It's getting printed and sent to the parents.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2008-08-07 06:45 (UTC)
Very cute photo! I still remember giggling uncontrollably when I heard your dad leave a message on your answering machine that one morning at your place in LA. I don't even remember what he said, just something about his tone or delivery made it sound like he was seeing something fantastical passing by on his end, and it was amusing. :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-08 13:00 (UTC)
He has the attention span of a heavily caffeinated squirrel and a tremendous spirit of goodwill. Very sweet and friendly, but totally distracted all the time.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-08 13:04 (UTC)
Weeeird!

It's funny that they share similar unconscious gestures, because physically they're about as different as possible. :-)

Thank you.
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