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  #68 Looking in from the outside
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Stakeout       ©2009 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       9th place, 67 points
8s, f3.6, ISO 200, 100mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Removed colour cast, adjusted hue, cloned out two distracting elements, USM       Extra Info: Captured from a darkened room above.
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Nov 14, 2009
    Jade, Mepo: now I'm double-double informed :-D
The first "double" for both your explanations on CTC -very interesting!- and the an the second "double" for your very funny but also very informative chat about diving. I've never dived, my only "contact" with scuba sports was designing a magazine for a local submarine fishing club :-D around year 2K (one of the club members was the former Wolrd Champion, so the work was kinda interesant and important, in a local point of view). I've never heard about "drysuits", so have Googled that and now I know some more new interesting things, many thanks for both of you for that interesting (and funny :-D) conversation!

P.S. I'm much better now and don't *cough* when laughing LOL :-D so tomorrow is the day to find an spooky entry or two for the next challenge ;-)

Jade O.
Nov 11, 2009
    Pupil?! The check divers were there to make sure you didn't take off with the rental equipment!

Nov 11, 2009
    Jade: I'm with you all the way. I tired of deep brown water where you can't even see your own flashlight. Shallow, warm water is all I am interested in now. I can imagine the panic with the loose light stick - a n instructors nightmare (losing a pupil that is).

Jade O.
Nov 11, 2009
    Billy: I will add that Canadian Tire money is also what traveling Canadians use to defraud unwitting foreigners by exchanging Canadian "money" for the local currency where 5 cents is traded as five dollars. ;-) And it is also a Canadian tradition of sorts, given a lot of Canadian identity is wrapped up in being NOT American.

Mepo: Frazil ice? I'm more familiar with Brazil ice, usually in my drinks at Carnivale! Breathing air in your suit to surface - yikes! (Mind you I'd probably have a bit of air down there between my....) I confess to diving only once in Canada a night dive in the spin cycle under a dam (where everything is brown, the fish, the water, logs, river bottom, etc). We had check divers further down to catch anyone who spun out into the river and chemical glow sticks on the surface tied to us by a line so on shore observers could keep track of where we were. It was kind of fun but even more so for the check divers when my glow stick came loose and went down river... So no, I prefer warm water, and diving as light as possible so I ditch the (wet)suit whenever I can...

Nov 10, 2009
    Jade: Last big job I dove (1968) was under the ice about 300m upstream of a power station. I don't know if you have heard of frazil ice but that is what we had. Very fine ice crystal at all levels that supercool the water and can clog your respirator and air chisels etc in no time. In those days we only had one regulator and when it froze you spat it out and breathed the air in your suit until you could surface (hairy as h***) or bash the regulator to get it going again (frantic). As well as my "sissie" dry suit I usually had two pairs of long john underwear. LOL - you have brought back some good memories of my misspent youth Oo< = diver without mouthpiece saying his prayers ROFLMAO

Nov 10, 2009
    Hi Billy: No such thing as a dumb question. Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) is a big retail chain that sells hardware and automotive stuff. Every time you buy they give you a percentage back in Canadian Tire money which you can save up and buy things from them. It is beautifully printed on Bank note paper with the usual security features. The lowest denomination is 5 cents (all printed on paper) so you can feel very rich with a big wad of the stuff even though the total is not that much.

In 2004 in New Brunswick, Canada, several customers at a Bank of Commerce ATM were dispensed a total of 11 bills of Canadian Tire money instead of real bills. They were compensated by the bank

Sorry to hear you are ill - too many late nights during your girl friends visit will do that every time :-) Glad you are enjoying the humour even if it does make you cough.

Nov 10, 2009
    Congrats on yout TT finish Mepo!!!

... and, you two my Canadian friends - stop that! I'm still a bit ill, and I start *coughing* when I laugh so much LOL!! :-D :-D :-D

(p.s. ok, I'll make the dumb question as I'm very curious... what's Canadian Tire money?? :-) :-) :-)

Jade O.
Nov 10, 2009
    Dry suit! I was always told dry suits were for sissies! But I know what it means to miss that decompression stop which is the only obvious explanation for my overlooking the CTC $$ -- especially so when you consider that Canadian Tire is where I bought all my diving equipment!

Nov 10, 2009
    wrosenthal: Thank you for your kind comments - appreciated.
Jade - Yeh you nailed that one - he's a diver all right - he nailed the driver for selling herbal tea for CTC money :-)

Jade O.
Nov 9, 2009
    Clearly I missed the fact that this was Canadian Tire money. Obvious now you actually captured the narco unit of the RCMP in action! (funny but the guy also looks he might be from the dive team....) Congratulations for making the top ten!

Nov 9, 2009
    This was my #2 choice and I thought it would do better. Still, top ten is not bad. I have a preference for street photography, so this hit the theme just right for me. Nice job.

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Nov 9, 2009
    Una : Thank you. I'm happy you like it.

Nov 9, 2009
    Hifi: LOL - I was hoping someone would notice my attempt to add a little humour to the deal.

Nov 9, 2009
    Edward: Many thanks - I'm glad someone felt the tension that I was trying to project. This was a last minute attempt as none of my other theme ideas worked out.

Nov 9, 2009
    Looking in the car but also watching a situation from outside. Great for the theme, in my TT.

Nov 8, 2009
    Is that Canadian Tire money? :)

Nov 8, 2009
    I feel I'm looking at something that shouldn't be happening. I like the uncertainty of this situation which looks like it could easily take a turn for the worst. Nice composition too. My no 1.

Nov 6, 2009
    Jade - How can you suggest it was staged ?? 8 second exposure and Canadian Tire money gave me away didn't it :-) You have uncovered my undercover as usual. I blame all the faults on the guy who invented the challenge - I made this one out of sheer frustration :-) Seriously - thank you again for your comments - appreciated. At least I cured the focus hunting problem - the scene was almost pitch black in my viewfinder. I tried increasing the iso but he exposure stayed the same (and the grain deteriorated). Weird.

Jade O.
Nov 6, 2009
    The subject itself is interesting to a degree and with some nicely managed variations in lighting, however, it does feel staged to me and I do not find the composition itself particularly appealing.
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