Sunday, November 12, 2006
Another solid weekend
I hope everyone's weekend was restful and productive, ours was quite so. The usual for our family is that the morning after I finish an oncall I would bring the whole family for breakfast at a "non-specific" family restaurant. I know it's unhealthy to eat fast food, but my excuse is that we only indulge ourselves once a week or so.
I come to like breakfast in this "non specific" family restaurant since I met Orang-Kilang and Kenakelayan for breakfast at the restaurant in London many years ago. I ordered the "egg muffin" and coffee at that time, and I have liked the egg muffins ever since. Do you guys still remember that breakfast O-K and KKL?
Also, since our family's visit to Paris recently, I have come to like coffee again after not having the craving for around 4 years or more now! Apart from the egg muffins, my favourite for breakfast is the pancakes and maple syrup.
After our pleasant and filling breakfast, we parted ways. The ladies PMS and Sarah, went shopping for groceries at a "non specific store" while the boys; Amar and yours truly, ventured to the Coventry Canal again in the hopes of more photographic opportunities.
As usual, Amar fell asleep in his push-chair before long while I busily and happily snapped away.
(ps. That night at around 12 am, Amar shrieked and wailed in his sleep like he's never ever done before. He cried to such an extent that he was sobbing inconsolably afterwards. It certainly freaked out PMS and yours truly to say the least. PMS asked me, "You bawak balik hantu air ke bie?"
Alas, before reaching my destination (the Canal Basin this time) the day started turning dark and it started to drizzle. To make matters worse, Amar woke up and didn't want to stay in his chair. In the end, I had to carry Amar, all the photography gear as well as Amar's push-chair all the way back home.
By the end of the journey, my shirt was wet with sweat despite the cold Autumn day.
It's also a special weekend because we have a visitor - my brother who has just arrived from Malaysia. He's stopping over for several days before he flies to Ireland. Sarah and Amar have both found a brand new source of attention and follow Uncle Azim everywhere he goes.
We brought Azim to the town centre today, specifically; the cathedrals.
(Time for you to skip this paragraph DITH and Anne) This weekend I have discovered several new things about digital photography that have changed my style somewhat. One - I have discovered how to use the histogram (thanks Rosli! and this article). Two - I've discovered what it means by post-production using Photoshop. It's a long story and will likely bore you Dith and Anne (and many others!). So if you're photographically inclined, the article is here. The gist of it is, I have somewhat learned to use the histogram to not blow highlights and then use Photoshop to expose the shadows (told you it's boring and technical).
The results though, are the slightly surreal and strange-looking pictures you could see above, almost HDR-like in quality. Err, I think I'll change the subject to something else less boring ...
Darn it, thanks to the Fotopages meet last week, our family has become slightly addicted to producing these "jump" pictures! Arep and Alynn, I blame you guys for this!!!! No denying though, it is fun to make AND funny to see.
We also learned something about the Whittle Arch today; it turns out that the arches represent the wings of a plane, as a tribute to the creator of the jet engine. Pretty cool.
I have been quite inactive on the blog lately and if I'm honest it's because I have been absolutely glued to the TV watching the US drama series "Heroes". To those of you who have yet to discover this brilliant series (I like it as much as I like Lost and Desperate Housewives), imagine X-Men but in the real world. Anyway, it's a must see - my highest recommendation for this series - watch it!
OK my friends, now that the weekend is over, do have a good week ahead. Later!