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Tim Shirey
Works at CEF, Inc. (European Regional Office)
Attended Tennessee Temple University
Lives in Switzerland
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Had plenty of practice drawing bees and swallows the past few days.
Illustration for new flashcard lesson series (24x34cm)
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Had fun making a short 2 min. video last week that I may need to watch again during those long dark Swiss winters ahead.

Hiked to a quiet spot by the river to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. May sound like a goofy idea for a video ...but what is there not to like about coffee + the great outdoors?
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We had a bright sunny day today which brought out the hummingbird moths (and my camera!).   Not sure which I enjoy more – the fresh smell of lavender or watching the bees, butterflies and hummingbird moths it attracts.

After downloading the firmware update for my camera with improved focusing, I wanted to put it to the test. Before practicing on flying insects, I first tried the new autofocus-tracking on approaching cars zipping by our apartment. Drivers must have thought I had a speed trap set up! ...which was fine since it got them to slow down.

Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm (at 200mm); ISO 800; 1/2000 sec., f/5. edited in Lightroom.
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While making up lunch, these asparagus looked so photogenic there in the skillet.
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I discovered an interesting way to share visual stories using a new iPad/iPhone app from Adobe (Adobe 'Slate'). It was super easy and fast.  I tried it out using photos from a visit to Ricketts Glen State Park in 2012.

Click on link below and it's a continuous scroll down the page to view. Seems to look better on a vertical format so when I view it on the computer I bring in the sides of the browser window.
https://slate.adobe.com/a/1P4qZ

I'm already thinking of many ways I could make use of this app.

#adobeslate
#madewithSlate
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It's only February and we're already planning ahead for Kilchzimmer's next Christmas card because when the time comes to print the card (Oct.) we don't usually have snow at Kilchzimmer. There are challenges to getting a photo of Kilchzimmer in great light (morning or late afternoon), fresh snow on the ground, clear skies, and being available. When we
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This 180º view was taken on the same day as the previous photo I posted (looking in the opposite direction) with the fog rolling over the mts.  We've had two weeks straight (and counting...) of living below the fog. 

This is a view looking east. You can barely see the stretch of the Swiss Alps rising above the fog on the far right horizon line.  The left side horizon is looking toward Basel (CH), where Germany, Switzerland and France come together.
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Spent the day in Zürich at a "specialty coffee" gathering surrounded by Roasteries, baristas, pros and coffee lovers.
I was like a "sponge", and being a relatively small crowd I was able to have long chats one-on-one with Swiss national barista & brewer champions on how to prepare that perfect cup. :-)  I took lots of notes on water temperatures, grind, timing, ratios, prep methods, etc.  What fun!
There was live roasting and LOTS of testing of single source coffees from (Kenya, Columbia, etc.) ... Let's just say I exceeded my daily allowance of caffein.
Words to avoid saying at these gatherings include Robusta, Starbucks, Nescafe.
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*specialty coffee – refers to coffee that meets strict quality standards throughout the entire process: farmer, miller, roaster, brewer. They are usually single source coming from geographic microclimates (mountainous, warm climates) that produce beans with unique flavor profiles. A bag of specialty coffee will be fresh roasted and list country/region of origin, milling process, coffee variety, roast date, etc. – no "secret blends".
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My first attempt at underwater photography and what better place to do it than the crystal clear (freeeezing!) water of the Verzasca valley/Ticino – Lavertezzo, Switzerland.   https://goo.gl/maps/NdJRW
 
Narrow, deep pools have been carved out of the rock making it a popular area for cliff diving.
I've always wanted to visit this rustic, remote Swiss-Italian alpine region where you step back in time. We had 4 amazing days to hike, swim, and unwind.  Ready to return! :-)

[Fuji X-T1, 18-55mm lens,  Meikon underwater case, edited in LR]
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The local Swiss farmers probably appreciated the delay with a severe storm front moving through this past weekend, as it gave them more time to collect the cut grass.
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Just started my new coffee adventure this evening – home roasting!

No fancy equipment. Only real investment was the simple ceramic hand roaster that I got off of eBay (made in Korea). I shake it over a camping gas burner and the roasted beans are then dumped out of the hollow handle for cooling. 
All this is done outside! Wouldn't want that smoke, smell and chaff in the apartment. I have a few more tests to get it right, but there's nothing like fresh roasted coffee. I found a local roaster in a nearby village to get raw/green coffee from.
I was a bit too excited to dive in with roasting and discovered that it's not the best idea to be roasting and cupping (tasting) at 9:00pm! Now I'm bouncing off the walls.

For the coffee geeks out there, I was roasting single origin, Ethiopian – Sidamo. The hand grinder stores nicely inside the Aeropress which would be on my short list if stranded on an island. No AC or batteries needed. ;-)
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Sometimes on a tight deadline I'm tempted to just go with a cloudless sky (which has its place), but deliberately placed clouds can play an important role.
My favorite illustrator is NC Wyeth.  I love how he made use of clouds to lead the eye around the image and draw attention to certain subjects.  In this picture of Noah releasing the raven, I wanted the children to spot tiny Noah but also make sure they didn't miss the Raven.  While the front of the boat is
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  • Tennessee Temple University
    BA Fine Art; Bible, 1980 - 1984
  • CEF-CMI
    children ministries, 1985 - 1985
  • CEF-Instructor of Teachers
    Teacher training, 1996 - 1996
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Illustrator, photographer; "visual storytelling" through multimedia and literature production with Int'l children's mission.
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A wonderful wife and three amazing children.
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Illustrator, photographer; "visual storytelling" through multimedia and literature production with Int'l children's mission.
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  • CEF, Inc. (European Regional Office)
    1985 - present
    Illustrator, photographer; multimedia and literature production.
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York, PA – USA - Chattanooga, TN - USA