But, after 3 years in Australia, and 3 years of being with an Aussie guy, I don’t really flinch when people ask me, “How ya going?” Even the stress on “mass” in massage is starting to seem normal. I’ve taken to signing off emails with “cheers” and constantly responding to problems with “no worries” even when that might not be completely true.
I’m in a weird place, and that’s kind of what I wanted to portray in the LAST ROUND of the Canon Island Blogger Competition.
Round 5 Theme: MyLand
Note: This photo does not involve Photoshop, but you are in fact seeing double!
I called the photo “An American in Australia” because I will always be American, but Australia is now my land.
To take the shot, we went through a long, long process in the dark bedroom. So long. Each shot was taken with the Powershot on a slow shutter speed (10 seconds was the winner). I would be wearing my Australian cork hat and Wallabies scarf in the first few seconds, change the next few seconds, and pop up a step to the side with my American money bandana and red cowboy hat for the last 3 seconds.
I learned the technique for this photo from the Moonwalk tour I took in January. In the dark, only things that are illuminated with flashlights or flashes will show up in the photo.
So, we tried two things: 1) using another camera’s flash once on the first outfit and then again on the second outfit, 2) standing super still as Pat shined a flashlight (or two) on me for 3 seconds on each side.
This all occurred as the camera was taking one long shot of 10 to 15 seconds.
The main issue was getting both sides to come in clearly. One would either be brighter than the other, or I would be blurry.
It took ages to get the right shot, and it didn’t happen until the very last shot before the battery went dead and we decided it was time to pick our favorite. How cool is it that our winning shot is the very last one in the shoot?!
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