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Bar Harbor

The week after I got home from nine weeks away, I whisked my wife off to Bar Harbor.

Note: My wife doesn’t like to do things outside our norm.  Little by little, we have been.  1 – we’ve never had MONEY to do this.  Not that we have that much more now, but there are many things to do that don’t cost an arm and a leg. 

I didn’t take many pictures, mainly because my camera (now upgraded) was giving me a hard time. 

We hit up Acadian National Park for a little hike, grabbed snacks, went to the beach (which I took no pictures of, instead I just watched my wife with glee as she visited the beach for the 1st time)

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There is this really wicked hike you can take, walking on boards all around the pond – the water is crystalline. 

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We are NOT the selfie taking couple.  Actually, I hate being in any type of photo at all.  However, Jules being at her 1st beach ever, had to be captured. 

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I’ve been going through my photos.  I’ve far, far to many and if it were up to me I’d take far more photos.  I’m waiting for a computer chip to put in my head where I can take pictures w/my mind.

You know that’s coming. 

There will be an app for that.

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Sometimes a great shot is about luck.  And having a cybershot in your back pocket. 

 

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This one is just cute.  Remy the flying Canadian Cat, sometimes a shot is about seizing the moment. 

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I like perspective shots.  From above or below.  Change of focus.  Things of that nature.

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On the drive home one afternoon, Jules looks up to see two moose in a small pond.  I pulled over and with my 80-300 lens I start to shoot.  Not wanting to spook the moose.  Changing a setting or three while the moose dunked its head down to find the greens at the bottom of the shallow pond.  Note: this was taken w/a film camera, not a digital.

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The 1st photo I HDR’ed.  My photos aren’t true HRD.  Those are usually three shots, merged into 1, all with different shutter speeds and usually in RAW format.  I don’t own a tripod (yet!) and I don’t have anything that works with RAW photos (yet!).  Since, I’ve learned how to adjust my shutter speeds, etc to be able to “fake” a decent HDR shot. 

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This is a far better HDR rendering.  Taking HRD photos on the run is, of course difficult.  But this one, for a “fake” came out rather well. 

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As did this one. 

 

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Picture, however, don’t always have to be fancy.  Or overly pretty.  Pictures are meant to capture a moment in time for all eternity.  A message.  A moment.  A thought. 

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A feeling of being together.  Even in the chaos of renovations, in the relentlessness of life that always keeps moving.  It doesn’t have to be taken with a 1000 dollar camera, sometimes a cell phone and a moment is all it takes. 

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Chasing The Light

After a long day at work, all I want to do is sit down and relax.  That’s the light at the end of the tunnel, sit, kick back, read, study, relax put on some mindless TV show for a few hours and bask in the light thrown from the pellet stove.

Instead, today I went out in the chill and fading light to snowblow my drive, while my wife prepared supper. 

I took the dog out for a run, and saw that the sun was setting behind the mountain before the house.  Everyone knows I have a love affair with that mountain.

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At this point, the wind started to whip and cool and all I wanted to do was go back inside, but I knew that the light, that ever elusive light was changing.  So I ducked back under some trees to get shelter from the wind. 

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I was about to give up.  No.  Really.  I knew my lens was going to be peppered with snow but I really wanted to see if the wonderful clouds were going to yield something spectacular to look at and better yet, take a good picture.

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Then it started to happen. The golden moment. 

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I quickly played with one setting after another.  Trying different things.  My fingers frozen and shivering rather hard, but I was not moving until I got a few more shots. I like the cold anyway Smile 

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A camera can never ever catch/capture/save for eternity what the human eye can see. The 3-D technocolored details.  A photo is flat (No 3-D printer here yet!) 

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Sometimes sitting in the snow is worth it. 

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Kids–Tyler

The splayed toes.  The look on his face.  The hair.  We’ve always said that Tyler has “my” hair.  Wayward, easier to take care of short.  This cowlick that will not quit.  Kids.  I think we have more pictures of Tyler because when he was a baby, I was just working.  I wasn’t putting in 5 hours a week studying, 10 hours travelling, 20 hours in class and another 20 hours at work.  I wasn’t writing novels every month, editing for friends and being a crazy, crazy person.  My fave shots of Sir Tyler. 

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The hair.  Ty is only a few weeks old here and look at the mess of hair.  Yup, I have the same mess of hair.  The toes.  Priceless.  The face.  I want to know what he’s thinking.  And he’s with Tante Jules which warms my heart.  Who gave him his 1st ever baby bottle in the hospital.  Good memories.

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Can you say Gerber baby?  The cheeks.  The blue eyes.  The expression.  Perfect.  That’s Tyler, the 1st nephew.  Going blonde. 

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One of my favorite pictures because it’s Tyler and Memere.  It’s nice to catch those moments and when he’s older he will be able to look back with fondness. 

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I love taking the camera off that “auto” setting and playing with the different settings.  At 1st, I was wary.  It’s wonderful with digital you can practice all you want!  In the day of film, 24 pictures and a day later, you could look at your photographs and see if you did a good job.  Now, instant gratification.  I had just gotten my Rebel (see how cool that sounds?) and was working on getting a blurred background and a sharp image of my subject.  I took this with my 70-300 zoom, on the marco setting, of all things.  Standing far, far away from active kids can allow you to get some great, fun and rather decent shots.  As long as you can stay steady. 

That’s my post for now!  What are some of your fave shots?  Leave a link in the comments!

A Little Thing Called Love

I met Jules (Julia) on my 1st night a Highview Manor in 2000. She was this shy girl who smiled really quick and somehow that night I got her to giggle. I liked her instantly. At the drop of a hat instantly. We became best friend and then Jan & Jules. We’ve always been JUST Jan and Jules. The girls next door. The shy one and the loud mouth (You can all figure out who is who, right?). Overall, everyone has been supportive, I think sometimes seeing people happy together allows people to just see it’s not about gender, but just about one thing: love.

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Lots of things have happened since we’ve been together, we’ve become Ma Tante’s (Aunts) together, we’ve laughed, cried, held each other’s hands when the other is sick, we argued (rarely, but it happens), we’ve struggled, we’ve talked, we’ve held each other close, we’ve supported each other not matter what, we’ve kept those lines of communication open at all times and we have loved.

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We’ve grown together and not apart. We allow each other to be ourselves. The good. The bad. The not so cute. We take in sickness and in health seriously. We listen. We are honest. We have a wonderfully supportive family, on both sides and friends who have never treated us like anything less than a true couple. We’re “The Girls”.

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We’ve both said we’d have gotten married the moment we moved in together. On our 1st Christmas together we go titanium rings with eternity knots and the Kanji symbols for Soul Mate inscribed on them. We wore them on our right hands, since we couldn’t get married. That WAS our wedding rings. We have been married in our hearts for almost 10 years. Today, we took off the right handed rings and put on the real wedding rings. Blessed, legal, and true. While The Fed Government doesn’t yet say it’s legal, our great state of Maine, says it is legal.

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Being a same sex couple isn’t easy.  You field the oddest of questions.  And offers (sperm anyone? that will always be the funniest one). You get odd looks sometimes if you are holding hands. Get asked if you want separate checks.  People assume you just haven’t found the “right” guy.  But it’s real and we are here to stay.

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So, today I became a Cyr. And Julia gained a legal wife and visa versa. Marriage is a big commitment, but we have been married for a long time, now it’s legal. So, on with the love and the laughter, and thank you all for your support.

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