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January 28th, 2006
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Life is strange...
...when you watch part of "Kingdom of Heaven", and Alexander Siddig (who played the Doctor in "Deep Space Nine", a very handsome gentleman) plays an Arabian prince named Nasir... and the next night go to see "Syriana", where Alexander Siddig plays an Arabian prince named Nasir. O.O!

BTW - I watched the first hour of KOH, and I thought it was damn good - and so was Orlando! Kudos! But at the end of that hour, Orlando's character makes a decision that makes no sense whatsoever (in fact, the choice given him isn't even explained very well, perhaps to make his decision more sensible) and you know that baaaad things will now happen because of his foolishness - and I stopped watching. Very cool to see David Thewlis, though - *high fives Kam* - and Edward Norton - *high fives Kam again*!

And "Syriana"? Think of it as similar to "Traffic", where several disparate groups of people execute actions that eventually all come together into one or more inevitable results. Very interesting, if very chilling in its implications regarding American foreign policy being driven by the need for oil and for military bases. *shudders*

Still working on photos. I actually finished the John Noble set yesterday, but haven't done the posting.

Say, all you other photo buffs, like Lilith - how do you "process" your photos? This is what I'm doing, and how long it takes me (lj-cut for TMI - *G*):

- Load card up onto computer (500 mB card, about 150 photos, about 10 minutes)
- Review/edit photos:
- Open 6 photos in Adobe Photo Shop Elements
- Crop (if necessary) - usually to 8 X 12, 250 dpi
- Adjust colorcast (found this to be very necessary) using a patch of white in photo
- Lighten/increase contrast as necessary
- Save in a "Best of" folder
- Figuring about 1 minute per photo, 15 photos, that's about 2 1/2 hours per card
- Upload to Shutterfly (my preferred way of creating an album) - takes about an hour, but I don't have to be there; go in and organize photos, sometimes add captions (about 1/2 hour); choose "share", copy the shortcut and post in a comment
- Go back, pick a few photos and size them for the internet (4 X 6, 72 dpi), load them into Photobucket, and add to posting (or do this first, and add Shutterfly link later)

So that's at least 3 hours per 500 mB card, and I took about the equivalent of 10 cards - yikes! How do you other guys do it??? I feel pretty damned overwhelmed at times. I do wish that I'd chosen a white balance of incandescent light rather than sun, but in looking at the photos on the back of the camera, it seemed to me that the pictures looked too washed out with the proper setting (incandescent light), so I chose sun. What that meant, though, was that people came out looking a bit orange/brown, so I ended up correcting them back to - you guessed it - a bit washed out! And the need to lighten/brighten comes from underexposing a bit, which aids in the sharpness.

I wish I could apply the same changes to a batch of photos, but I don't know how. Is that possible? Thanks!

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From:ex_kisa_haw
Date:January 28th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I LOVE Alexander Siddig. I haven't seen Syriana yet, I was thinking it could be one of my 'on the road' movies. Seems like I'd need to be in a fairly contemplative mood to appreciate it.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 29th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
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Mmmm... yes. Because most of the the time, you're only understanding some of what's going on - and, even by the end, I wasn't quite sure who some people were, or what they did! But he's beautiful in Syriana; he plays the "good" prince", if you don't mind simplistic titles.

And, Lord, but that man's thin! eek! But it does make him look so graceful and elegant in his outfits.
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:January 29th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
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You are extremely brave to have watched Syriana (or am I thinking of The Constant Gardener?) - and I am irretrievably behindhand on my movie-watching!!! I mussssssst see Orlando in KOH, dumb decision and all! (meanwhile if I hear another Land Before Time song I'm gonna scream.......well it could be worse, it really could........)

Also mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Alexander Siddig...................
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 29th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
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They were both good movies, but not "fun" experiences by any stretch of the word. But Alexander Siddig? Good to see him get good roles, even if they're partly because they're Arabian.
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