It was upstairs, a window table for two, second from the left, looking out over Bisbee when she knew for certain: she was going to marry this man. (If he ever asks; he kept her guessing just for sport.)
Fast forward 15 years, he’s at home enjoying the snow with the kids while she gets a long weekend away with her best friend from kindergarten. Thank you, Carlos, for Bisbee. Then and now.
Mrs. Robin and I had planned a dinner date at Cafe Roka tonight, but it’s closed until February for renovations. A picture from outside was the best we could do.
[photo by RLC]
iPhone + built-in camera + ps mobile (photo fx, pixel perfect will work, too)
OR best camera
total time: about 2 minutes
The original shot, taken with my iPhone’s built in camera with light from a west-facing window. Ideally, I would have been standing at a north-facing window, but I live in a townhome and all of our windows face west or east, so I improvised. Note: I held my phone slightly higher than eye-level and aimed it down at a slight angle.
Ideally, I prefer snapshots of myself to be overexposed by two stops, just to wash out some of the telltale signs of my 40ish years and sun-worship lifestyle. I can’t control exposure on my iPhone camera, but I have an app. Here’s the original shot run through PS Mobile with the exposure dialed up one full stop (I know, I just said I prefer two stops; keep reading):
Ideally, I prefer portraits shot nearly wide-open, careful to keep the focus on the eyes so they remain tack-sharp. I can’t control f-stops on my iPhone, so in this case, I used the “vignette/blur” setting in PS Mobile to sort of mimic my preferences. This setting adds some saturation kick, too:
Ideally, I would have achieved the whole look in ShakeIt Photo. When ShakeIt Photo came on scene last year, it brought with it a whole new experience in camera fun to my world. ShakeIt will add about a full stop of overexposure and a little bit of saturation kick, and of course randomly selects a fun square frame:
Ideally, I wouldn’t have saturated the color twice; and ideally, I would have brushed my lipgloss on with a little more care to keep it straight if I had known this was going to turn into an experiment and land on my blog; and ideally, the end result would be in black & white, so the deal-breaker of the over-saturation of colors would ultimately be rendered a moot point:
But for building a profile pic in two minutes on an iPhone with a couple of fun apps, I can certainly live with slightly less than ideal.
Many months ago, I got a sneak peek at Stop Getting Ripped Off: Why Consumers Get Screwed And How You Can Always Get A Fair Deal when it was still in draft form. I read it in three-point type on my iPhone while on vacation — something only a handful of authors could entice me to do. Bob Sullivan is one.
This is what I remember: in places, I felt sick to my stomach. He’s talking right to me and makes me come face to face with my own quirky patterns of not caring about numbers and not being fiscally responsible. Bob Sullivan is on a mission to educate Americans and change the way we view and spend our money, make us smarter, be our consumer advocate. He genuinely writes to help people. He writes as if he has an established relationship with his readers. (He does, of course.)
Bottom line: I loved the book before it was published and although I haven’t received my printed/bound/autographed copy yet, I’m already confidently talking it up to my friends.
He emailed me today to let me know NPR used my photo alongside a “Fresh Air” interview.
We actually shot this photo for Gotcha! but the shoot for this latest book kept getting pushed back for one reason or another. Note to self: schedule Bob Sullivan for a photo session before he starts writing his next book.
As a military family, our children rarely spend Christmas in the same place twice. So working with that, we try to make family traditions flexible worldwide. For example, we take them to the Nutcracker each year and recount years passed how many cities across the globe we’ve seen it in during the holidays. We have tickets for today’s Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and England’s King George III as the villainous Rat King. I can’t wait. Our tickets are for the showing at D.C.’s historic Warner Theater.
Only we woke up this morning to all this snow!
So we went sledding instead!
The blizzard continues, D.C. is shut down. We’re inside now, all warmed up and sipping hot chocolate. This might be the year we reschedule the Nutcracker for January, which makes 2010 the historic year that we’ll see it twice!
Carlos is heartbroken, stuck indoors on a day the Saints are playing. :) (thinking of you, Tommy and Katie!)
And I digress here, but sledding down that tiny treeless hill this morning brought back so many fond memories of recklessly sailing down mountains on Les Schwab tire tubes, dodging evergreens, and the completely insane hooky-bobbing of my youth. On days like today, I think of all my Oregon friends and smile. :) Miss you guys!