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Old 07-03-2012   #1
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Explain your avatar...

In this thread I just explained my nickname and the avatar, that caused it (posts 633 and 639).

Here is, what I wrote:

"Kröte" is a kind of frog (paddock or toad, to be precise). Blender means something totally different in german, it's not the machine, the blender, but in this case (different meanings are possible) means someone, who dazzles or blinds someone else (e.g. with a flashlight). The verb is "blenden" in german.

So the name means someone who dazzles a toad, and in my case comes from my avatar, which I did not upload here, yet, but was my first "good" photo ever and which I used at a german photo-forum.

It was actually just about 4cm in size, and the image was taken in macro-mode with a cheap compact-camera at night, when thousands of them were on their way to their pools. I used a flash and the toad was stunned afterwards, so I became the krötenblender...


Below you see the uncropped version.

Now: Show us your avatar and tell us the story behind it. What brings a person to choose that particular image, that represents him in this community of photographers?

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Old 07-03-2012   #2
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Picture of my father taken in a coffee shop with a Konica Hexar AF. Great lens on that camera. If the aperture, shutter speed, and manual focus controls on that camera were traditional dials instead of push buttons, it might have been the perfect camera for me.
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Old 07-03-2012   #3
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My avatar is of a Jordanian man who lives in Petra. The photo was taken shortly after Iraq was bombed in Desert Storm. Jordan was empty of tourists due to the war conditions in that area. I was the only tourist in Petra on that day. Salem was a local bedouin who used to live in one of the caves in Petra, but King Hussein asked the locals to vacate the caves for tourism purposes. The shot was taken inside a tent, as Salem and two or three other local bedouins invited me for some tea. I used a Canon F1N or T90 with a Canon 80-200 zoom and Fujichrome 100.
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Old 07-03-2012   #4
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Picture of my father taken in a coffee shop with a Konica Hexar AF. Great lens on that camera. If the aperture, shutter speed, and manual focus controls on that camera were traditional dials instead of push buttons, it might have been the perfect camera for me.
I like it very much!

My avatar : a 1930s ad poster for the Contax II by Walter Biedermann. I like this style of old ads, and I have a crush on those Contax and sonnars.
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Old 07-03-2012   #6
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Old 07-03-2012   #7
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Mine is a shot from Mars.
When the Mars Rovers started sending back photos from the surface a number of them had compression errors. I watched the live feeds for days and grabbed them when they would pop up.
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A nude shot of the lady wife photoshopped to look like a landscape ...
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Photo too small to tell.
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Old 07-03-2012   #11
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A nude shot of the lady wife photoshopped to look like a landscape ...
A case where imagination out weighs intelligence. Just kidding.
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Old 07-03-2012   #13
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"It was 1947... after the WWII... the year Leica was trying to catch up with the production figures prior to the pre-war era.. The series starting with 420xxx initiated... On the morning of the 15th of April the first IIIc came out of the production line waiting for the QC inspector Heribert to come down after repairing the leaking roof... Minutes later he arrived, checked the camera carefully, stamped and signed its papers then took a deep puff from his pipe by wondering "who would be the lucky owner of this one?"...

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Yep. Thus why it only hints . . .

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The lens cap is on the lens!!!!!
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which explains why she turned the flash on ?
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My new puppy... Lucky... I do holiday cards with his image. He's a 1 year old Jack Russell Terrier who filled the crater in my heart when his grand uncle Skippy died last year.

I know, it's corny but I'm still in puppy love :-)

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which explains why she turned the flash on ?
I get it!
With flash, I can leave the lens cap on from now on!
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I was taking a picture, using my Mamiya 6 mounted on a tripod, of Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Mt. Hood in Oregon when someone captured me taking the picture.

A few moments after the shot was taken, I fell into the icy water after losing my footing on the slippery rocks.
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Me with my Nikon F5 and 17-35mm/2.8 on a snowy day maybe 10 years ago @ my friend's cabin in Big Bear, CA. The cabin's gone (and so is the F5), and my friend has since gone the ex-pat route (SE Asia) though we still keep in touch.

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When many of us were buying our RF hats, I think I was one of the first to get mine. I didn't really want to put a likeness of myself as my avatar. So I made a likeness from rotating my head in time with the light on my flatbed scanner, making that my 'face' and showed it as my proof I had my hat, making it my avatar.

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The avatar is a heavily cropped version to fulfill the measly kb limit.
That's why I suggest to post all you avatars as big real images here. Let's see them, explain them.

Very interesting stuff so far, but sadly very few big images. You chose them to be you, show us!
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Picture of my father taken in a coffee shop with a Konica Hexar AF. Great lens on that camera. If the aperture, shutter speed, and manual focus controls on that camera were traditional dials instead of push buttons, it might have been the perfect camera for me.
Frank that is nice one of your dad.
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Utterly fantastic!!!

What talent you have for cup doodles !!!
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