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Old 11-21-2012, 12:15 PM   #22231
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:13 PM   #22232
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I've been thinking about it and thinking about it and thinking about it. I really should NOT have passed up that shot the other day, of the Japanese Maple in the middle of the tea garden... It was bugging me since the minute I rode past and didn't stop. And that's not like me. When I see something, I DO something. Right then and there!!! Dammmit!

So today I rode back there, 80km through the mountains, trying not to grin like a mad fool at the colors of the trees as I passed, and now, relaxing with a mug of Taylor's of Harrogate's "Yorkshire" tea, I've uploaded it to the computer, cropped it down, turned it into a small jpg file (and a huge .tif file too) and have it on my screen as wallpaper!


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Old 11-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #22233
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Stitchawl - Those colors are amazing. Is that called "super saturated"? Is it a setting on the camera or truly what comes out when you take the picture with a regular camera? I like that the tree stands out amongst the tea.

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Hi! I look for your posts, as I like to know that you are still safe and having fun. It looks like you are in the "really having fun" part.

Wet and cold outside, but at least a break in the rain. Fresh sumatra coffee in my cup and making lists for last minute shopping for Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #22234
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #22235
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couldn't sleep at all last night,
Just a-thinking of you.
Baby things weren't right.
Well I was tossing and turnin',
Turnin' and tossing,
Tossing and turnin' all night.

I kicked the blankets on the floor,
Turned my pillow upside down.
I never never did before,
Because I was tossing and turnin',
Turnin and tossing,
Tossing an turnin' all night.

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uEPDEJbJu0 )

Good morning, all. I hope you slept better than I did last night... Wow! What an uncomfortable way to spend 7 hours... horrible nightmares, wrenching neck pain, burning shoulder pain, asleep, awake, asleep, awake... then to wake up this morning completely pain-free? I don't understand

Oh well... on with today. I starts with a mug of Ahmad's "English Breakfast" tea, a bowl of rice, kimchee, and chicken. That'll get me going in the right direction. I have my 'Senior Citizen Conversation Class' this afternoon. We'll continue where we left off last week, with our 'Asking for, and giving directions,' as these folks all travel often. They have the time. You'd be amazed at just how poorly some people are at giving directions. And I'm not talking about the language difficulties... Adding in too much detail (go 11 paces to the yellow and white cross-walk, turn 90 degrees left, then starting with your right foot, cross the street...) is usually the biggest problem. The second is using compass directions. If there are four stores on four corners, saying the shop you want is on the NW corner is only easy if the listener knows north from south. But if they do know, the compass is the easiest way to get from the station to the museum!

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Stitchawl - Those colors are amazing. Is that called "super saturated"? Is it a setting on the camera or truly what comes out when you take the picture with a regular camera? I like that the tree stands out amongst the tea.
Yes, that is called 'super saturated.'
I was tempted to use a photo editing program to make the tea look more vibrant, but I didn't want to detract from the red of the Maple or the yellow of the Ginko. Yes, my camera has a setting so I can adjust the saturation of the image right in the camera. When shooting film, we have the choice of using a highly saturated film like Fuji Velvia, a medium saturation such as Fuji Provia, or no saturation at all (for portraits) such as Fuji Portra. (Kodak, Agfa, and Illford also have their own saturation or color specialties. Some are better for Yellows and Orange [Kodak,] or Reds and Purples [Agfa,] Fuji is best for Green, etc.) When digital cameras came first came out, we were missing this ability to adjust for landscapes or portraits. The newer camera have it.

But I increase the 'appearance' of saturation by using two or more different filters over the lens when I shoot. I use a 'polorizing filter' which can REALLY make the colors jump out at you when use correctly, combined with a 'Graduated Neutral Density filter' which blocks the light from part of the image... in this case from the sky, making the sky appear much bluer. When shooting over water, I often use two Grad Neutral Density filters; one from the top and the other from the bottom. Today, a lot of this can be achieved with PhotoShop, but it never looks quite the same...


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Old 11-21-2012, 09:56 PM   #22236
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Wow. Way too much for my little digital camera. Well, for me anyway. There are so many settings that I just point and shoot. *ducks head* My son had a variety lenses etc and is always experimenting with shots and settings. He bought this camera for me, thinking that I would learn to get much better photos.

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:39 PM   #22237
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:19 AM   #22238
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( thank you, Dreams...) ( hope Betty is coping well. Hugs.)

In el Mineya, the south of Egypt. I went to shop for bananas last night, under the protection of sn policeman and was taken to the hotel Cleopatra in a policecar with blue flashlight and all. Very embarassing.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:36 AM   #22239
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Another early morning and black coffee in my cup. Thanksgiving day here. Thanks to all of you, once again, for the thoughts and good wishes. The funeral went well, although some of the logistics involving Mom's house are proving to be a bit rough. My brother is still here, and we are having a rather nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner today since we're eating out at a local restaurant. None of us has the energy or inclination to host a meal today.

Desertblues, it sounds as if you don't have as much freedom as you would like on this trip. Please be careful, though, and enjoy what you can while remaining safe!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:15 AM   #22240
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That sounds like the Egypt I remember. Tourism is a large source of income for the country and they know kidnappings and terror attacks will drive away tourists so the best thing to do is to protect the tourists.

Betty, enjoy the day as best as you can.

To all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Just finished Thanksgiving dinner... We broke our tradition of Thanksgiving Sushi, and had Campbell's Cream of Tomato soup and Grilled Cheddar Cheese sandwiches on home-made bread. We've been eating too much sushi lately anyway... and I haven't had a dinner like this is more than 25 years. I was inspired by ?'s post of having tomato soup the other day... This was my comfort food as a kid! And my wife had never tasted either cream of tomato soup nor grilled cheddar and tomato sandwiches before so it was a brand new experience for her! Now I'm sitting back with a glass of rum, and finishing up some e-mails before watching a movie.

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Wow. Way too much for my little digital camera. Well, for me anyway. There are so many settings that I just point and shoot. *ducks head* My son had a variety lenses etc and is always experimenting with shots and settings. He bought this camera for me, thinking that I would learn to get much better photos.
As long as you're happy with the results you get, that all you need a camera to do! Frankly, I often set my camera on full automatic so it's really just a bigger and heavier 'point and shoot.' If you remember the three basic rules of composition; Chose a Subject, Simplify the Subject, and Fill the Frame with the Subject, and have a good automatic setting on your camera, you can't miss. You can take great photos with a cell phone camera!

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Thanks Betty. Keep strong and take care in all.

Sitting in my room on a Boat on the Nile, somewhat exhausted from sightseeing tombs and the likes. I have a view on the Nile, so no complaints. Tomorrow, in Luxor, we'll have our freedom once again. It is only in the region of El Mineya and Asyut that the police are obliged to protect us.
Reading Naguib Mahfouz' ' Akhenaten, dweller in truth', about this strange pharaoh who believed in the one and only god Aten instead of all different ones. And I finished Ken Follets ' The key to Rebecca'. Thanks for the suggestion; I loved this book.
It is fantastic to see all these sights.

In my cup: hot nescafé, after having drunk obscure Egyptian tea all day.
In my hand: nothing. We, the police and us, are going to dine on another boat in an hour.

(and an embarassing ride through a very crowded town, with a police car in front- lights and all- )
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I enjoyed the cruise. Luxor is awesome. There are places were the Christians turned some of Luxor's small temples into churches. You can see the saints and the like on some of the columns.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating. And desertblues - keep safe and enjoy yourself (sound like you are).

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Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US. Happy work day for the rest of us. I've got 7 more work days on this contract, and I really need to get everything finished up before it's over. So no goofing off today, I fear.

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