Do You Know… Podpoi?

My podpoi

My podpoi (click to enlarge)

Just a little something I’ve started in life today. It’s to spin poi, or podpoi, specifically. The guy below from Flowtoys who makes them gives the best introduction.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Bike in Bike 5x7 LR

This is my first WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme this week is Reflections, and I happen to have TWO such photos. Please click on photos to enlarge.

The first is of a motorbike reflected in the chrome engine of another motorbike. It was a bike framed within a part of a bike, if you will. This photo was taken on the Halifax Waterfront where many bikers congregate on many days during the years, even when it’s rather cold.

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The second photo has the steeple of St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, framed in a tall, church like glass window of a building next to it. In November, when the photo was taken, it was just cold enough that all the windows were closed to provide a full reflection, but not cold enough for there to be any frost to ruin the perfect reflection. I thought the counter-themed church seen in a window, rather than something seen in a church window, was a nice composition. I also had to get out in the middle of an intersection to get just the right angle to frame that steeple reflection in that window!

These two photos were among the first I ever took with a digital SLR camera, back on November 18, 2006. It was the second set of photos I took with a digital SLR. After a cross-country race where I first put that camera to use, I just got out to walk around downtown near where I lived to see what I could find to shoot. What I immediately realized with a camera was that I saw the world through a completely different lens doing photography, pun intended. I noticed things I never did before. I saw beauty in things and people I never saw before. And I saw it all at a much greater level, even in what I had noticed before.

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Ten Preparation Tips for Cosplayers in Photo Shoots

These are simple, but effective, things a cosplayer can do to prepare for a photo shoot to make good use of time and minimize poor features in photos taken. Get in a state of mind to prepare for it like you would for a prom or wedding shoot so you know some shots you want, practice it and have your cosplay in as nice a condition as possible. Then leave the rest to improvisation. Here is a checklist summary with details in each to follow:  Continue reading