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Amateur photographer and electronic music hacker
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I am a hobbyist photographer on a journey to raise my photography skills to the next level. Living in Colorado, many of my pictures display the natural beauty of Rocky Mountain flora and fauna. More recently I've begun to branch out into other subject areas, so you never can tell what my next picture will be.

I enjoy dabbling with electronic music technology, programming sounds and song snippets with a rack of ancient hardware synthesizers as well as some modern software synthesizers. 

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Bicycled to the top of Mount Evans, a 14,000+ ft mountain in the Colorado Rockies. Twice! Still. Gasping. For. Air.
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Mr. Poppins
The B&W Project 7/26

The topic for this week's B&W photo is Umbrella. Last year I made an entire series of photos featuring tiny drink umbrellas, but I decided to go with a full size umbrella for this shot. Better aerodynamics and keeps me drier. Watch out, Julie Andrews, I'm coming after you!

#BWProject26 curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen
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Wonderful! Such a fun take on the theme.
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I know what a selfie stick is - but would this be called a selfie sikh ?
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Any of my scavenger buddies or other G+ friends live in or near Burlington, Vermont? Michelle's nephew is getting married there in August, so we'll be planning a vacation in the area. What interesting day trips do you recommend? We tend to like outdoorsy stuff as well as cultural attractions.

A meet up could be fun if we can work it into the schedule. The wedding is Sunday Aug 16 so we'll be busy that day. Not sure yet if there are family activities planned on Saturday, but we can probably skip out on those if that's the only day to meet some scavengers. We'll be in the area a few days before, and probably flying home on Tuesday. 
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The ice looks really unsafe!
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Happy pi day! May your life be stuffed with the lucky digits of pi!

This was my entry for STUFFED in the Autumn 2013 Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt.
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Well done!
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Inspired by TV/Film: Thing
The B&W Project 6/26

The assignment this week was to create a black & white photo inspired by a TV show or a film. After a little brainstorming I came up with the idea to feature Thing from The Addams Family. That was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid, and being a black & white show it fit the theme perfectly.

I happened to have a cardboard box of appropriate size, although it was rather plain so I dressed it up with some wood texture. I decided Thing had to be holding or manipulating something, and after rejecting a deck of playing cards, a game of chess came to mind. I haven't played chess in decades, but fortunately I still had my old cheap chess set from junior high school. It's almost as old as the TV series!

I needed something else to decorate the table. My first idea was a vase of fresh flowers. But then I got the idea to include some Thing family photos to bump up the humor quotient. The triple photo frame normally holds photos of me and my siblings from the early 1960's, so it's an authentic period piece. I had fun thinking of poses for brother and sister hand and uncle foot.

I mashed together a number of photos and textures to create this image, and in tribute to old format television I cropped it to a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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Thanks +Terri Queen!
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I have a goal this year to learn more about lighting. Here are some thoughts about my journey so far to control the light.
Several years ago I would have told you I was a natural light photographer. In other words, I didn't know anything about lighting. At some point along the way I bought a couple of cheap continuous ...
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+Ken Fischer a great place to start with lighting is to follow the Lighting 101/102 path at http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/. I admit I don't have the attention span to go precisely through it in sequence but I have learned from it.
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Happy birthday +Mari Luukkonen! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Enjoy this floral display inside Bellagio in Las Vegas. 
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Oh my! Thank you so much dear +Alan Bland! This really was a fine closure for the day :)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! I found this guy celebrating with his green-striped hula hoop, and had a nice chat with him about Pentax cameras. You never know who you'll randomly meet that owns a few DSLRs!
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I never could do it, but he and many others just went on forever.
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Chinese New Year at Bellagio

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