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Mike Pirnat

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359/365: Anticipation

359/365: Anticipation

Claire decided that instead of cookies, this year we'd leave maple bacon donuts for Santa Claus. (Santa wholeheartedly approves, by the way.) So we zipped over to Peace, Love, and Little Donuts and picked up a box, and I got my photo on.

I've started locking down pictures of Claire again, so you'll get a few extra shots of her being ridiculously photogenic if you're flagged as either a friend or family member once you've clicked through.

Six! Days! To! Go! And Christmas in the morning, woo-hoo!

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356/365: Beginning to Look

356/365: Beginning to Look

Woke up with a sudden resurgence of the Death Cough and promptly lost my voice, so I ended up working from home today while the snow fell and the wind whipped at anything unfortunate enough to be outside. Luckily, this meant I was home to catch the snowfall during the light. I'll probably be cursing the snow before the week is out, but for now it finally feels normal in a way that most of 2012's weather hasn't.

I'm breathlessly excited (maybe that's just the illness?) to have finally hit single digits--nine more days to go!!

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355/365: Story Time with Wilfred

355/365: Story Time with Wilfred

So people usually try to do something fun and memorable for our monthly Tech All-Hands meetings at work, but it'll be a long time before anything rivals Zac Paladino, dressed as Wilfred, wearing a "Naughty/Nice" cap (turned to "naughty", of course), sitting by the fire, calmly reading the epically hilarious composition, "The Night Before Hack Day".

Milestone alert! 10 days to go! Ten! TEN!!!

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343/365: Hello Kitty Loves Christmas Lights

343/365: Hello Kitty Loves Christmas Lights

The inspiration for today's photo experiment comes from Zac Paladino, who sent me a link that illustrated how change the shape of the circles of confusion in photographs. To achieve this shot, I cut a disc of construction paper the same size as the front of my lens, then used an X-acto knife to cut out a tiny heart in the center. I attached the disc to the front of the lens with scotch tape, opened the aperture way up so that I wouldn't see any of the inside of the paper, and went outside to shoot. The size of the modified circles of confusion can be controlled by altering the focus--the more out of focus, the larger the "circles" (or in this case, hearts). So for this, I took one photo of Hello Kitty and the lights waaaay out of focus to get the nice, big hearts, and one from the same vantage point but in focus. I then combined the two shots in Photoshop to produce the final image.

I also experimented with a star cutout.

This is a fun technique and super-easy; well worth playing around with for the novelty value if nothing else.

22 days to go...

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