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my Christmas



rebelzero and I spent our yuletide at my parents' house, along with my brother, his fiancée, and both her parents. Here are my pictures. Probably the most notable thing that happened was rebelzero's diagnosis of pneumonia, which might sound dire but which the doctor treated as matter-of-factly as a stubbed toe.

If you're wondering what's going on in the picture at right, that's a couple of beef roasts in a shower stall. They're sitting there to thaw at room temperature, safe from the predations of a certain feline (once the door is latched).

I made a few of the gifts I gave this year—specifically, a vanilla liqueur and my pièce de résistance: images etched in copper (using these instructions). Among the gifts I was lucky enough to receive, a couple of the biggest were a kimono (my fifth) and a sewing machine (my first).

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rabswom
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
In that one picture, Oliver looks a little like the wolf from The Neverending Story. I'm surprised that the shower door kept him away.

Also -- did you take most of those photos without a flash? The lighting is really nice. If you didn't use a flash, how did you keep them so steady?
radhardened
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I took almost all of those photos without a flash. I never uploaded some of the blurrier pictures, but some of the credit for the steadiness has to go to my camera's built-in image stabilisation feature.
pwinkler
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
I agree... I was just thinking how well they came out. They're not only clear, but the color is really interesting. I'm not sure exactly why, but it seems balanced. Did you process them?
radhardened
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was remiss in not mentioning that I did process many of the photos using gThumb's magic "Enhance" and less-magic contrast adjustment features.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
That explains alot... I know my shots don't naturally come out nearly as well as yours did. If I take the best ones and do some color balancing and leveling, I gets some attractive photos.

Either way, you took many nice looking pics. Editing can only improve upon what's already there.
aitai
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
i love your pictures; i don't know why, but i especially love the one of your grandfather alone with the candle in the foreground! see you soon ^___^ i'm assuming you need me to pick you up and drop you at the airport (since you sent your itinerary), right?
radhardened
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, please! I'll have my cell phone with me, as usual.
aitai
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
No problem; I'll see you then! I'll have my cell phone, too; if you need the number, please let me know where to email it!
radhardened
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Do you and skurtchasor share a cellphone? If not, it appears I need your number; among the many e-mail addresses of mine to which you could send it is bokunenjin [at] livejournal [dot] com.
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radhardened
Jan. 6th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'll be using my new, friendlier photostream URL in the future.
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