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  2. Thank you for keeping us in mind with anything happening in your life. We always want to know. Stable is very good on your mother's condition. Would you like to give us an idea of where you would like to direct your focus with the camera? There are also fun things that you can try at home. If we can tear you away from your latest game.
  3. I will definitely let you know know how things progress! Right now she's pretty stable in terms of her eyes (and everything else) but if anything changes I'll let you know. Thank you for your kind words! It's exciting to see improvement after each lesson. Now that I'm understanding more how to use the camera and what exactly CAN be done with it, I'm getting more ideas about what I WANT to do with it.
  4. Haku is such an interesting hamster with his own personality. There are days when he grabs one of his favourite treats and other days when he acts like he does not like the same treat. The one treat that he always loves, are pine nuts. We are using the pine nuts to do the colour experiment. I will keep you posted on this.
  5. Thank you for the update on your mother. Hopefully, your mother is not suffering with any eye trouble. I hope that the doctor has fixed the problem. Would you please keep us posted on your mother? We would like to make sure all is okay with her.
  6. LOL!!! They are not huge enough! These are absolutely wonderful. My favourite images are... all of them! You have done an incredible job at capturing all of these animals. The toads are terrific, the tongue on the goat is a perfect touch, the parrot hiding his head and the penguins, lemur, orangutang, and snakes are superb. I know that you will figure out the editing, but honestly, these are not in need of much in the way of post-processing. Thank you so very much for posting these.
  7. That sounds like a pretty sound way to test it out! See if you can 'train' him to identify which little sack has the most nuts in it by color. you could even eventually do something like offer him only the green one and see if he reacts at all, to see if he has realized that the green one never has nuts in it.
  8. I also realized too late that I picked the wrong one of those snake pictures. For the smaller red one, imagine that the snake isn't blurry, and that's what the right one looks like.
  9. ...I did not realize it would post those so huge. My apologies :x Horatio, if this is too big, you can delete that post and I'll make a new one with smaller images or see if I can get them to post as clickable samples or something.
  10. Mom's follow-up appointment went well, they confirmed that everything is pretty much sealed off and shouldn't really get any worse. She hasn't mentioned it since then, though she's always been good at suffering in silence. I hope it's because it hasn't been hard for her to work around it though. My last photography lesson was at the zoo! Here are some of the pictures I think came out best. They are unedited so far, because I'm still kind of insecure about my editing abilities ^^; I think they can be polished up really nicely, though! I'm excited because I think a few of these are not only technically competent, but actually have some artistry to them as well. Which is what I'm most excited about in photography!
  11. Taynio, I have been thinking about you. How are you? How is life treating you? I am so very happy that you had not changed your email address. Hopefully, you will stop back in and let us know what is happening in your life. Thank you for posting a message.
  12. I had been going through my email to clear out stuff (had over 15k), and as it became more clean, saw an email from Horatio. I know it's very late after, but it didn't hit me any less. I started off on the original board around the age of 14ish I think. HK definitely helped foster a safe and friendly community for people, along with with help people like Horatio. Like Jesusfreak said, for many this was our first community and how we learned how to become better people. But life is inevitable, and the fact it's been that many years says something, and is something to be thankful for. Most other communities do not last as long, even if it's not as big as it once was.
  13. Absolutely, ask all the questions that enter your mind. This is how you learn. We are excited to see your next set of images. You should have the ability to change your monitor brightness. I would ask this questions. Oh my! I am so very sorry to hear about your mother's eyesight. I do understand that many people life their life with a floater. From what I understand, you will get accustomed to the floater and kind of see "around" it and not really notice it. Hopefully, this will be what happens in your mother's situation. At the moment, I am in Mount Rainier and will post the hippo photographs as soon as I return home.
  14. I have been thinking about this. Yes, I agree, I would not want to give Haku any kind of food dye. But, I think I have found an idea. Get eight different colours of the same type of fabric. Cut little squares and insert the same nuts or seeds in them. Haku loves Pine Nuts, so I would use those. His first option would be to smell them and try to reach the contents. But, what if the green one never had any nuts, but the smell was there. You could do something such as the red one has five Pine Nuts, the blue one always has only one nut, or something along those lines. And when you presented them, you always mixed up the way the colours were presented. You could see if he always went to the red one first and avoided the green one. Any thoughts on an experiment such as this?
  15. It's definitely something I want to talk to my teacher about. I've also noticed that it's hard to gauge my exposure compensation because what it shows on the back screen may look fine but when I upload the pictures they're waaaay over exposed. I'm sure some of it is just getting more used to the camera and what the view looks like versus what the actual upload will look like, but I'm still going to ask for tips! Mom's appointment was today. She was partially right in that some of the goop that keeps her retina attached had come apart, but it looks like the rest of it has already started to seal up so nothing more should be coming apart. The bad news is that the big hardened glop that detached is pretty much permanently in her eye now and she'll always have a floater spot there. They could laser it into smaller chunks but they'd still be there, and it's possible it might break up naturally itself over time but again it would just be smaller spots instead of the larger one she has. She also gets light flashes if she moves her eyes too sharply because of it. I feel awful for her because I know that would drive me insane and she's already been struggling with it while we were waiting for an appointment. Now that she knows it's permanent she's just accepting it but I'm sure it's still bothering her. I excitedly await the hippo pictures!
  16. - Kat -, that is a perfect question for your teacher. He can give you several situations to make you think about how to increase your shutter speed when it comes out too slow. For the fireworks, I wanted to have my shutter open for at least three seconds to five seconds, but I did not want the image to become too bright. So, I decided that I would under-expose the image. If I had used an Neutral Density filter, then I would have had drastically different results. Of course, I was just trying to see what would happen. It was a very good learning experience. A group is a much stronger force to be reckoned with. Good luck on this. I just know you will succeed. I am shaking my head at doctors and getting someone in to see them when there is a real problem. It is good that your mother will be in there tomorrow. We are saying lots of prayers for your mother. The zoo... I have three images of a hippopotamus that was watching me watch him or her. It was pretty interesting. I will search for those images.
  17. I understand that! It seems like the advice I see online never works for me, I just have to mess with settings myself. Shutter speed is one I still kind of struggle with, it seems like even if I set the others to what I think should work my shutter speed is always really slow. I will keep you updated on the work situation. I really think that with all of us coming to them about it, they can't ignore it and things will change. She has an appointment tomorrow morning, which was the earliest she could get in. It seems strange that nobody could get her in earlier when this seems serious, but at least she has an appointment now. I will definitely share zoo photos once I get them! I'm excited~
  18. I wonder if there would be a way to use the same kind of pepper but change the color with a food dye or something? Though I'm not sure if food dye is safe for hamsters...
  19. Thank you for your kind words. I decided not to follow the myriad of advice that was offered on the internet, and went back to what I learnt in my old film days with a manual camera. For me, it was all about shutter speed. LOL!!! It will be fun to see what I come out with. Welcome to the corporate world. I am sorry that there is favouritism, but this is something that will happen no matter what corporation you work for. I hope that you can get this resolved for you and your fellow employees. Please keep us posted. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. It is very important that she see her doctor as soon as the offices open up. You are so right, this is so important. We will keep your mother in our prayers until you let us know that she is okay. We love it when you stop in. Please post some of your photographs. I am happy that you and your teacher will be getting together for the zoo trip. We will be waiting for your zoo photographs.
  20. Those are gorgeous! I can't wait to see your airplane photos! I am still taking photos as well, though lately I've been suffering from a lack of time to go places to take any good new ones. My teacher and I have been trying to schedule a day to go to the zoo, but between inclimate weather and my weird work schedule, it's been hard to find a day we're both free. We're not giving up, though! Work has honestly been pretty stressful this last week. There's been some changes in staffing and scheduling that seem to be playing into some pretty blatant favoritism and are leaving four people (including me) with the short end of the stick in favor of catering to one person. I'm going to talk to our HR rep about it next week and see what can be done. If nothing else, I feel a bit better that all of my coworkers are in my corner and all of us who are being suspiciously jerked around are sticking together. Our other concern right now is my mom, who has been having issues with her eye and is fairly sure she's got a detaching retina. Of course, she found this out on Wednesday night, so between Thursday being a holiday and most doctors offices being closed Friday as well, she hasn't really been able to make an appointment anywhere. Hopefully, she can get in somewhere on Monday. As long as it's taken care of in a timely manner it shouldn't be too big of an issue, but it can get serious if we don't take care of it. I've been babysitting a leopard gecko this week for some family friends while they're out of town and it reminds me of how much I love having a gecko! She's very cute and it's fun to watch her prowl around her tank hunting for crickets. But I already have almost all the supplies for a beta fish, which I also really want, so that will be my next pet investment. More geckos and hammies in the future, though! My dream is to live somewhere that has enough room for me to house all sorts of fun little pets that I can comfortably afford to care for and spend time with. With a couple cats and a dog as well, of course. I do love checking in here and seeing how everyone is doing. I will make a point to do it more often!
  21. - Kat -, we are very happy to see you!!! You are are number one pyrotechnic friend!!! I am sorry to hear that it rained, but at least you did have some time to send off some fireworks. We went to the city display and some of their fireworks started fires. At least it is the fire department that is conducting the fireworks, so we know that they have the ability to take care of the fires. I will post a couple of images after the post. Yes, animals do not understand the fireworks. I am happy that you are so kind to your pets and do not leave for long at this time. The booms are pretty scary. Ouch, I totally understand the situation at your workplace. It is quite frustrating. Everyone wants to take their time off during the summer. This means that almost the entire summer, the workplace is short-staffed. That is so difficult. Soon if will be fall again, and the employees will be back at work. Your work anniversary will be here soon. Only four months to go. You are racking up the years! I am happy the wait for your online game was worth it. Enjoy yourself! At the end of the week, I head to London for the airshow and it will be time to take lots and lots of photographs of airplanes. There will be an incredible amount of aircraft from all over the world at this airshow and I am really excited to see what this year will bring. Each year is better and better, so I am quite excited to attend. Are you still taking photographs? We would love to see some. Please stop in and visit more often. It is always terrific to see you and hear about what is happening in your life.
  22. That is a terrific question. I have no idea. I wonder if there is any method to test this. Haku loves peppers, perhaps I should attempt a red, green and orange pepper test. The problem is if they have a slightly different smell, then I will not be able to tell if it is the colour, or the smell. This will be a fun test.
  23. It's vacation season at work, and between that and general shift changes, it's been hectic x.x I'm tired but things outside of work are cool, at least! 4th of July was cut a little short this year. Firstly, we started pretty late because our dog Moose goes nuts when he hears fireworks so we can't bring him with us, but we also don't want to leave him and Pippin alone for too long, so we just go over for the evening now. Also, it kept raining off and on. Not just little showers, either, it was coming down pretty hard! We still managed to get stuff exploded, though! The game is out and it is a ton of fun! It's an online game so I play with a bunch of my friends, we're having a blast.
  24. Can hammies see colors? If they can, I'm sure they appreciate the variety!
  25. You have managed to work yourself into a much better position away from the register. Excellent!!! I am thrilled to know that you were able to make yourself happy in your job. What topic are you streaming on Twitch? It would be great to watch you. Would you please let me know how to find you there? MacKenzie is at such a great age. It always excites me to see the wonder of seeing and learning something new. You can just see the wonder in their little eyes. This is so nice to see. Treasure these moments as she will soon be a teenager. LOL!!! I remember those teenage years. How my parents ever lived through my teenage years, I will never know. Nothing exciting is happening. I am swimming laps every day and this is not as much fun as running, but it is definitely much easier on your body then running. The only other little drawback is that you always have the possibility of drowning. This is not the case with running. LOL!!! I guess that I am just going to have to adapt to being a fish and like it.
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