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samoubica:

Just finished this up. I thought it was pretty appropriate to draw.

Here’s the full sized image. :3

http://samoubica.deviantart.com/art/Loki-and-Tony-s-Face-Off-308074313

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Truth.

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I am 8.5 months pregnant. I have enough stress simply being pregnant.

I do not need your “helpful advice” on epidurals, labor and delivery, or my choices for diapering/feeding/child-rearing. You had your chance, and made your choices, and now I get to make mine.

More than that, I especially don’t need my own fucking family, in-laws especially, mocking my decision on epidurals, feeding, or cloth diapers; or making less of it than what it is. I’m having a hard enough time adjusting to the fact that I’m about to be a mom, and you are less than a help as it is.

If I want an epidural, I’ll make the decision. If I want to feed my child shitty food like you did, I’ll make the decision. If I want to wrap my child’s ass in newspaper and duct tape, I’ll make that decision. It is your job to support me. Do your fucking job.

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31 Days to a Better Photo

Day 12: what’s white balance?

White balance is what allows your camera to balance out colors by having a set “idea” of what neutral is. Most DSLRs have an option to set white balance manually using white balance cards; not my camera. I have a choice of the following:

  • "Auto," which allows the camera to choose what colors are supposed to look like; 
  • "Daylight" for shooting in natural light; 
  • "Tungsten," for shooting in incandescent lighting because it attempts to neutralize the yellow tone of indoor photos by adding a (very) blue cast; 
  • "Fluorescent," for shooting under fluorescent lights, which are generally cool and the camera adds warmer tones; 
  • and “Open Shade,” for shooting in natural light with shade, and is intended to add slightly warmer tones to some of the grays in that situation.

Of course, the Open Shade and Daylight are the best options for my white balance setting; I’ve been shooting on auto up until now. I need to do a test run on indoor shooting and see what I come up with. But I’ll have to edit this with those results at another time, because I killed the last set of batteries with this shoot. (I really should get some rechargeable lithiums.)

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31 Days to a Better Photo

Day 8-11: the exposure triangle | scales | in camera metering

These three days are all about how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture fit together to make a picture properly exposed, and technically lovely. While I understand that ISO 200 is half as sensitive as ISO 400, and 1/1000 is twice as fast as 1/500… it doesn’t help my comprehension and application of the concepts. Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Instead, I can remember this:

  • ISO adjustment should be a last ditch effort. Higher ISO makes for noisy photos - undesirable.
  • Motion shots are best at 1/250 or higher, especially with kids and pets.
  • Shooting multiple subjects on multiple planes requires a smaller aperture, preferably a smaller number than the number of subjects in the photo. Remember: # of subjects x 1.5 = ideal aperture.
  • "Sunny 16" rule: start shooting at f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/ISO#. "Cloudy 8 rule: starting at f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/ISO#.
  • Underexposed? Slow shutter speed, increase aperture, or increase ISO. Reverse for overexposed.

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If anyone else made this, it would be a bucket list. But this really isn’t a bucket list - just a reminder of all the things I want to do before… whenever. Definitely before I die, but preferably before the next ten years go by. Maybe even the next couple of years.
This is, of course, ever-evolving (I hope). As goals are met, new ones are made. It’s what keeps us alive. Stop moving and die.
Stop biting my nails.
Learn the basics, at least, of graphic design.
Update and further my working knowledge of web design.
Be a decent photographer.
Grow a garden with a reasonably sustainable harvest.
Get debt-free.
Start a home bakery - make a sustainable profit in three years.
Learn to sew decently by hand, and/or use a sewing machine.

If anyone else made this, it would be a bucket list. But this really isn’t a bucket list - just a reminder of all the things I want to do before… whenever. Definitely before I die, but preferably before the next ten years go by. Maybe even the next couple of years.

This is, of course, ever-evolving (I hope). As goals are met, new ones are made. It’s what keeps us alive. Stop moving and die.

  1. Stop biting my nails.
  2. Learn the basics, at least, of graphic design.
  3. Update and further my working knowledge of web design.
  4. Be a decent photographer.
  5. Grow a garden with a reasonably sustainable harvest.
  6. Get debt-free.
  7. Start a home bakery - make a sustainable profit in three years.
  8. Learn to sew decently by hand, and/or use a sewing machine.

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Day 5-7: understanding aperture | tackling depth of field

(view photos from L-R, top to bottom) 

While I don’t fully understand aperture (yet), thanks to these pictures, I get bokeh and depth of field (sort of). I need practice, obviously. I mean, I get that aperture is how wide the lens is open and that depth of field is affected by the aperture because of the amount of light available to capture the shot. But somehow… it’s just not clicking yet. Maybe with the next lesson, it will.

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Since everyone thinks you ought to be drinking yourself stupid today, as all good Irishmen should, I think a good toast is in order. “Erin go bragh” is overrated.

"It’s Irish for, ‘you’re fucked’." —Murphy MacManus

Boondock Saints

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31 Days to a Better Photo

Day 4: controlling the faucet - learning ISO

(Woo hoo! Batteries in the camera! Maybe one of these days I’ll start up another stock of rechargeables - I’ll need them for the kid, anyhow.)

"ISO is a measurement of how your camera responds to light." Low ISO = sharper photos; high ISO = grainy or noisy photos. The lesson this time was more of an observational exercise - lock your shutter speed and change ISO by one ‘click’ per photo, then see what shutter speed your camera has chosen. 

Alternating from top left: ISO 80, 1/500; ISO 80, 1/750, f3.2; ISO 100, 1/750, f3.2; ISO 200, 1/750, f4.5; ISO 200, 1/1000, f4.5; ISO 400, 1/1000, f6.3

I’ll be honest, this exercise didn’t do much for me. I don’t know if it’s because I moved my shot too much (shaky hands, even perched on my knees), and therefore changed the lighting; or because I still haven’t permanently grasped shutter speed. I still keep having to remind myself. I’ll probably go back to shutter speed tomorrow, then re-do Day 4 with a steadied camera. 

Day 5 is Part I of Understanding Aperture; there is no lesson, so I’ll just use that as my Day 5 tomorrow, and mash Day 5 and Day 6 together.

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