Ashes – Celine Dion – Deadpool 2 Soundtrack

Deadpool

Have you heard this song yet? Or rather, have you seen this video clip?

The song is Ashes  performed by Celine Dion for the movie Deadpool 2. The song itself is endearing, but it’s the dance routine by Deadpool that really brings the video home. It’s topped off with some pretty funny banter between Deadpool and Dion at the end, so stick around for that.

Deadpool dancing in high heels was quite the surprise, and painfully Ryan Reynolds doesn’t have the chops for it, the dance number was actually performed by dancer and choreographer Yanis Marshall.

At the end, as I mentioned, there is so back and forth, Deadpool telling Celine Dion that her performance was amazing, but they need to do it again. When asked why by Dion, Deadpool retorts “Well it’s too good, this is Deadpool 2, not Titanic. you’re at like an eleven we need to get you down to a five, five and a half tops,  just phone it in.” That’s only part of it… get to watching and I’m sure you’ll love it.

I’m hanging to see the movie, it starts May 16th 2018 here in Australia. If it’s anything like the first one it will be well worth the wait.

BillTheDoggin, Work, Photos, and Friends

BillTheDoggin
BillTheDoggin taken with a prism.

Today is Bill’s birthday! Happy birthday BillTheDoggin, today he turned 8… where does the time go, seriously.

My day started out with work, I have a deadline looming for a new site and I am a little behind after some server issues we had at the end of last week and into this week, so I’m in high gear getting that done… more about that when it launches next week. But in short, I’ll be chained to my desk all day Sunday and into Monday… fun times.

I did get away from my desk for a time today. I recently purchased the best travel desk that I can carry around with me. A few weeks back I ran a promoted post on Instagram looking for local folks who wanted to model for us. I got a few responses, one hasn’t gotten back to me after initial contact, another cancelled on the morning of our shoot, but today one came through for us.

Today we met with Zach and his Dad at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne for a shoot. The day was threatening rain early in the morning, the winds were up and it was freezing, I was feeling sorry to be the one to drag Zach out into the cold for a shoot. But thankfully, the sun came out and we ended up with a pleasant 20°C and a mixture of sunshine and shadow throughout our shoot.

Zach is a 16 year old from Williamstown who has been getting into fitness over the last couple of years. His initial inspiration he says came from a comedy podcast he was listening to, something the comedians had to say sparked an interest and sent him on his journey. After a short while he says it became a passion.

His parents are supportive of his interests and it shows as his Dad came along today, at our request, to be around for the shoot. At 16 it was just preferable to have a parent along for the ride.

We made some great photos and I’ll be diving into the edits for those over the coming days but for now, a rushed edit from the day.

Portrait of Zach
Portrait of Zach taken at Carlton Gardens Melbourne.

Following the shoot we stopped in with Sue and Lana for a quick visit. Lana threw together some viennese hotdogs with onion, bacon, and cheese. I certainly left their place full to the gullet.

It was quite the busy day and a fun-filled day for sure, well after I stopped working, oh who am I kidding, I actually like what I’m working on at the moment. 

What a Mess

While I’ve posted recently about my quirks and quotes, another one comes from the old 1980’s ad for Stainmaster carpets feature Australian artist Pro Hart.

Mr Hart makes quite the mess of a beautiful piece of carpet… of course the “mess” is actually an ephemeral work of art by the master artist.

The kicker for the ad is the cleaning lady who comes in at the end and proclaims “Oh Mr Hart, what a mess!”, and it’s this kicker that is firmly in the lexicon of most Australians I imagine. It is definitely in mine.

Just now, when making a coffee I spilt some and as I reached for the cloth to clean it up, heard myself utter: “Oh Mr Hart, what a mess!”

Darkness Falls

Candle

Sitting in the dark at home… it went out at 5:30pm before it was too dark, but now it’s totally pitch black. ☹️

The power was due to come back on at 7;30pm, but we just got an update saying it would now be 9:30pm.

We’ve already been to Melton, grabbed some dinner and kills some time walking around the shops not spending money, but just looking… and now we’re home again.

It’s funny how much of our lives depend on power… I had to be the ‘automatic’ garage door opener tonight when we went out, and when we came home.

I am, of course, writing this on my Laptop at the moment, tethered to my iPhone, using the Internet, so I guess I’m doing OK… just no Netflix. 🤪 Though I do have enough data left on my plan to watch a couple of hours of Netflix if I felt the need.

Remember the old days when the power used to go out and you’d have to remember which drawer in the kitchen the candles were kept in… and that it used to go out so often that we used to have to have candles in a particular drawer so we could find them in the dark, or with the help of the good old Dolphin torch!

As of now we have the light from our little Hue Go (we call him Hugo) which will maintain full-power light output for 3 hours. We also have our phones with flashlights on them and if need be we have a Godox LeadPower LP800X Inverter that we use for our studio lights that we could use to power devices for a time, not sure how long because we’ve only really used it for powering our studio lights so far.

I think I’ll put my laptop away now and maybe grab a book and the Hugo and read for a time before calling it a night.

Feature image from iStockPhoto

Official Spy’s Handbook

You want a tell about my life, well here you go… I’m, on occasion, paranoid.

I’ve admitted to very few limited people, and may have mentioned on these very pages, that I have a few weird proclivities, particularly when it comes to entering strange or enclosed places.

  1. I check for exits. I need to know if I want/need to get out of the location fast where the best exit is likely to be.
  2. I build scenarios in my head… what might happen while I’m here and how would I counter it if the happening is negative.
  3. Who looks like they may be a combatant and how would I handle them.
  4. What can I use as weapon. As an example in a movie theatre this could be everything from “how hard would it be to remove the arm from a chair”, to “how quickly can I fold a popcorn box into a hardened stick”.

Yes, I’m weird like that. A therapist might say it has to do with never feeling safe, of having social anxiety or something in that vein. But it goes beyond that because if I’m with others they are definitely included in the plans in my head… and it’s never, what can they do to help, it’s what do I have to do to protect them. So maybe I have a bit of a hero complex thrown in for good measure.

Well, I often wondered where it comes from, and the armchair therapists out there may have a point, but I prefer to believe it has to do with my obsession with a book when I was a kid.

The Usborne Official Spy's Handbook
The Usborne Official Spy’s Handbook

I first found out about an Official Spy’s Handbook when I was in primary school, I’m not certain it is the Usborne version but I imagine it was, how many could there be? Anyway, this book I obsessed over, it talked about how to see if someone was following you, doubling back, altering your routes to not have. a routine, checking in mirrors and windows for tails, how to lose a tail, how to mark a drop site, etc I had that book down. If it still existed in the Shalvey Primary School Library with the original borrowing card I’m pretty sure my name would be all over it, I had that book out all the time.

Carrying Secret Messages from The Official Usborne Spy's Handbook
Carrying Secret Messages from The Official Usborne Spy’s Handbook

Recently it came up, I’m not sure how or why, but I saw something that reminded me of it, so I went looking and have found a new imprint of it, and well, I’ve bought a copy, I’m waiting for it to arrive. Nostalgia is a crazy thing.

I look forward to reading it again, it’s a kid’s book so I’m not sure if it will stand the test of time. Maybe when I’m finished with it I’ll send it onto my nieces in New Zealand so they too can learn the art of the spy.

Feature image is from iStockphoto.com

Have it All – Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz is back with some new music… the sentiment of the song is awesome, we should all wish for everyone to have everything they can have… and we’re not thinking material items, we’re thinking a right to good education, to good health, and to happiness.

We’re too often focused on what someone else has, we aim to keep others down so we can feel important and wealthy, and it’s no wonder when that’s pretty much how every country on Earth operates.

Instead we need to want everyone to have a good life; through the betterment of those around us we too will grow.

I want you to have it all!

Annie Lennox – Bare

I just performed a search on my own site for “Annie Lennox”, I felt surely I have blogged about this album before… but nope, can’t find it, which is weird, I was still a prolific blogger 14 years ago, when this album as first released… 14 years ago… fark, I’m feeling old right now.

Annie Lennox - Bare
Annie Lennox – Bare

Bare is an album that didn’t get a lot of play, in fact Annie didn’t even release any official singles from the album. A few promo singles sent for, well, promotion and I think a single remix single collection that wasn’t widely available. Not sure why the album didn’t get much love. 🤔 

I have certainly always loved it and thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting a beautiful, at times haunting, melodic soundtrack to their day.

The best I can find to share with you is a live recording of a heavily cutback version of Wonderful on Annie’s YouTube channel. Her voice, it’s just so precious.

Annie has also recently released a “Retrospective” video. A video that talks about her albums “Diva” and “Medusa”, I have to assume this video was actually made before “Bare” else I’m left to wonder why “Bare” gets so little love, even from its maker. There is a screen capture (shown below) of the exact same outfit as the “Wonderful” clip above, so who knows.

Screenshot from the Wonderful video clip
Screenshot from the Wonderful video clip

The Warp Tool

Man, I spend too much time looking at the crotches of people… as a photographer, it seems this is where a lot of things can go wrong. Mostly though, it’s with Zippers.

I have found the warp tool in Photoshop an invaluable tool to aid in tidying up things that go awry. As you can see in the sequence of images below we are protectors of modesty. And it really doesn’t take very long at all.

Zipper 1: Identify the problem
Identify the problem
Zipper 2: Make a selection greater than area you need to correct. Copy and paste in place.
Make a selection greater than area you need to correct. Copy and paste in place.
Zipper 3: Use the warp tool (Command+t srcset=
right click > Warp) with the top layer with some transparency and move around until it’s in place.” width=”525″ height=”416″> Use the warp tool (Command+t > right click > Warp) with the top layer with some transparency and move around until it’s in place.
Zipper 4: Return to 100% and mask off anything that looks wrong.
Return to 100% and mask off anything that looks wrong.