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I've been busy fighting a summer cold the past week - I hate those. If it were January and 30 below outside I wouldn't mind.

I also have been taking a lot of pics and putting them up in Flickr. And joined several photo groups in there. Go to my Flickr profile and you can see the ones I'm a member of - check them out. One of them, called "deleteme", will give you free advice on your pics, but it can be also rude and sarcastic, depending on the author. Avoid unless you're thick-skinned.  But some in there are also good photographers, and can suggest how a so-so picture could be a great one.

Starting tomorrow is another Day In the Life Of Challenge (DILO) on Flickr. The idea is for everyone to document a typical day, put all the pictures in a set on their own photostream, and post 5 to the group pool. There are over 1700 members in the group, will be interesting to see how many take an active part.

Myself - I've been spending too much time lately as a Newsletter editor and NDP organizer and birthday planner (my mother's 90th). I'll be spending a day on ME, camera in hand, roaming downtown.

Edit - June 21 - today is National Aboriginal Day too. Something's planned for this evening on Victoria Island here in the Nation's Capital.

S'Norleans music

I was sitting in the yard after supper listening to the grass grow (it's very quiet here) and I realized I could hear a band in the distance. Not as in oompah oompah, but rather thump thump crash, waaah waaah. (Or was that three waahs?) Anyways, grabbed my camera (of course) and went on a search. I ended up walking a block over and then across a baseball diamond and two soccer fields until I got to the source. Some young and exuberant kids, set up in front of the garage, playing to their cheering fans - sitting in couches dragged out of the house. I suspect parents were away. Just had time for one quick shot, in poor light. Fastest I wanted was 1/200, at ISO 800 so I wouldn't get too much noise. Which meant with the D70 "kit" lens f4 - and a dark pic - shown at left.

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I used Photoshop elements to see what I could do - with the Quick Edit it was improved pretty easily. I'm sure the Standard Edit would do even better, but I still have to open the manual to do that. Another time. But we do have some interesting music here - especially from across the park.