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posted by alias Photomaginarium on Thursday 27th of November 2014 01:52:25 PM

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! =) -=- the geek behind the curtain: all shots and layers in this photo assemblage were taken by myself with a hand-held point-and-shoot camera, the free "open source" graphics manipulation tool called GIMP. our little E is the model. she was with me at work in the office yesterday while her mom did a 13-hr shift at the hospital. my office closed early, and after everyone cleared out she climbed up onto the conference table in our tiny conference room and we took this. the illusion of studio lights was added in post. what we had was typical office fluorescents. there's no fancy flash or anything here. on the other hand, this is the first shot i've done in months where i took the shot and processed it and posted it all in a 24 hour period, and also the first shot in ages where i didn't feel i was just copying myself. i got the idea for taking a shot of the quilt from Sara, aka phantomswife, so many thanks to her. the idea of adding the setting of the forest was little E's, and i think it enhances the feel that there is something about the first American Thanksgiving happening here. this is one of the quilts my mom made, this one in 2004, shortly before the arthritis in her hands got so bad she had to quit making these. when i was little E's age we lived in Singapore for three years, and so mom called the colors and design in this quilt her "Malaysian Madness." this has been a hard year. one of the great things about that is i realize i'm grateful for so very much. for my mom, especially, and for little E, who gives me strength and laughter and hugs without reserve or hesitation. (she's lately become entranced by 20-minute movies of The Three Stooges which she can watch on youtube on her iPad. sometimes it seems like she puts on her headphones and laughs all day long.) i'm also very very grateful for the amazing people out here on Flickr. every one of you is an inspiration, both in a photographic sense and in a human one. Thank You for being who You Are. may peace and happiness be with you.



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