Talulah being Talulah


Here’s a shot of Talulah I took today. I caught her in the moment she was trying to stop. Her ears were flapped back as they do when she’s running, and the momentum from her stop was sending them forward. I caught them square in the middle.

Plus, Xina gets to see what Talulah looks like with her coat on.

I shared it on Facebook, but a lot of you aren’t on there, so I thought I’d share. Below are a couple more from the snow we got recently.

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All night photo editing


Yesterday, from about 4 p.m. till 11 p.m., I photo edited.

Tina hosted a Stitch-and-Bitch party with a couple women in the ‘hood. There seemed to be much more bitching Which I don’t mind. I have tons of things I can busy myself with. So here are some shots I worked on.

The first couple of shots I’ll show you were from a recent engagement shoot. I spent a long time on the image as it’s a difficult angle to achieve in the first place. I’m wasn’t incredibly happy with the image when I saw it out of camera, but once I got working on it, I became determined.

I had to rebuild the white background. I toned down the shadows on the floor a bit, which creates a feeling that something is strangely amiss. Proportions are difficult with a full-body shot in the first place, and then I took the girl and put her on the chair.

What was I thinking?

I like the editing, though. I wish the guy’s tie wasn’t buckling in his pants, but I don’t feel like straightening it out. I gave it to the couple for an option. I feel like they could use it or not. I like that there’s a lot of white space to use for sending messages.

The shots below are also very untraditional, but I like them, so that’s all that matters, right? I probably should have given them better toning, but they aren’t going to be used. I just like the idea of looking at them and moving on.

The shot of the model wearing undies and an open shirt is somewhat thwarting. While I like it, I’m frustrated with what to do with her hair.

These are first world photographer problems that we’re going to have to deal with!

And then I see work like this (go to link), and I get down on myself, because that’s what I want to be doing!

And you thought you had everything you needed for your kitchen


Rarely will I see anything in gadget magazines and think, “Holy crap, I need that thing!”

I’m typically pretty damn cheap, and I will look at stuff that appeals to me at first glance, and assure myself I don’t need it.

Oddly enough, this is one of those residual childhood psychological things. When I wanted something as a youngster, my mom made me wait 24 hours before buying it.

At the end of 24 hours, if I still wanted it, I could buy the item … with my own cash. Often, I would bail on the item for something else. And by the time I got around to buying anything, I would lose interest in all of the items.

Why do I go on these tangents?

But I really think I could use this doohickie you stick into a lemon or lime to spray your food with its juices. The thing is called “Stem” and you can see more about the product here.

I like the idea of having a spray bottle for olive oil, too. Sometimes I don’t need to drizzle it on things. I need it to spray.

So if you’re looking for mid-January gifts for yours truly, these are the things I would like.

Just sayin’

Deflated honk: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For 70 Cents An Hour


Last week, regular reader Paul sent me a link for a This American Life detailing Mike Daisey‘s research into where iPhones are made. And under what conditions. And that I should carry a load of guilt regarding my decision to load my home with Apple gear.

And if it wasn’t bad enough, now everyone who doesn’t listen to This American Life is going to know that information, because it’s making its rounds on the Internets. Business Life just published an article about it, too.

Oh the horror.

I felt guilty enough already after the TAL broadcast.

And now you have to rip off the bandaid, reopen the wound and pour lemon juice in it.

Everyone carries a bit of cognitive dissonance. I already felt bad enough contributing to the Apple Executive staff’s huge income levels, but for goodness sakes, we have to contribute to poor little 13 year olds working?

I hate that.

And who says 13 years is the youngest?

I’m not really sure what to do with the information. I justify my line of Mac computers, because I need them to do my work. Don’t I?

I guess I don’t need an iPhone or iPad, but everything plays well together, and I use my iPad with our Teleprompter to make more money.  And I use my iPhone to stay connected, and not tethered to my desk all day of every day.

What do you recommend? Do you have an opinion on trying to do your part in making the world a humanitarian friendly place? Or should we bask in the glory that our tech gear was made my children who should be out playing games, going to school, and living life?