Wednesday, April 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day: My Camera Shy Self Portrait

The first of each month is traditionally a theme day for the members of City Daily Photo. For the month of April, the theme is Camera Shy Self Portrait, courtesy of Linda at The View From Squirrel Ridge.  For other interpretations of this particular theme, have a look at this link.

A couple of weeks ago I gave blood at one of the regular clinics here in the city. It was only when I had the needle inside me (and the camera at home) that I realized I'd missed a good take on this theme. However, when I'd previously photographed the process for a previous post, I took several shots, and they were all in archives, so here we have one. Blood donation has never been a problem for me.


I also stopped at Lansdowne Park on Monday, a mostly grey day, though in the later afternoon, the sun did come out briefly, letting my shadow turn up for these two shots. The first one was on my way in, where the paving stones are more standard than deeper in the Park.


I prefer the pattern of the paving stones around the Aberdeen Pavilion, personally, but the sun was stronger in the first shot, defining my shadow better.




56 comments:

  1. That is beautiful pavement!

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  2. Interesting self portraits.
    Giving Blood is one of the easiest donations a person can do.
    I am a universal donor. The blood banks always need my type.
    Which is very funny because I can only use my type if needed.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. I have a similar shot to your first, only it's going the other way - incoming meds. What is it with this camera addiction that we record just about anything of interest?!

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  4. Oi, that's original. Glad to read that it is just healthy blood donating.

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  5. Good on you on the first one, and nice shadows. Loved yesterday's self parody pics too,

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  6. Very shy images, William :)
    (In contrast from those of yesterday).

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  7. Original images of a shy person!

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  8. Hey, this gives us a window into your life and what's important to you. Giving blood is a terrific gesture. Kudos!!

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  9. I thought you were going to say that you went back and donated blood again just for the photo! Certainly a contrast with yesterday's pics.

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  10. Great camera shy photos!
    I love the pattern of the paving stones at Aberdeen Pavilion. Looks very pretty!

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  11. AND donating blood anytime is a bloody good thing to do for your health or anothers. Just a little prick!

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  12. I love to drive on pavements with bricks and stones, as they make the tires sing!

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  13. Nice take on the theme of the month William.

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  14. i like the middle one. nicely done. :)

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  15. Good to you for giving blood. I do it regularly myself! Nice take on the theme.

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  16. I've heard if you give too much blood you become just a shadow of your former self. Is that what's going on here? Heh. heh. Good work, my friend!

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  17. Good for you for donating blood. You show that background is very important in a photo.

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  18. You often surprise us, this time even more than the usual!

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  19. @Linda: one of the few qualities in the park that I do like.

    @Parsnip: it's an hour's time every couple of months or so, and never an issue. Though I've seen people lose consciousness from time to time.

    @Kay: it does become a peculiar habit, photographing!

    @Dina: I've been doing it for awhile now, and it's such an easy thing to do.

    @Chrissy: I do have a peculiar sense of humour!

    @Karl: I figured yesterday's post would be a nice lead in to this!

    @Marianne: in this case, yes!

    @Kate: I think they take an eighth of the blood in the body. Anything beyond that would be a risk to the donor.

    @Loire: they wouldn't have me back for another couple of months. It does take time for the body to build back those blood levels.

    @Tamago: thanks!

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  20. @Birdman: the needle is THIS BIG!

    @Linda: these stones near the pavilion form some kind of pattern, but I can't recall what. I think it does have something to do with First Nations people.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Tex: I was in a bit of a hurry, but I figured taking more than one shadow shot was a good idea.

    @Sharon: it's a good public service as far as I'm concerned.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Lowell: rumours to the contrary, these blood supplies do not go to sparkly vampires named Cullen.

    @Red: that's taken in one of the bloodmobiles from Canadian Blood Services.

    @VP: thanks!

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  21. Giving blood helps to give life to others, the first photo touches me deeply.

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  22. As Artie used to say, "Veddy Interrresting"!
    MB

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  23. Always a good thing to give blood if you can ! Unfortunately I cant B12 anemic . Nice photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  24. Wow! That's a unique one! For some reason, I don't think you are really that shy, though.

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  25. I don't like to give away my "life fluids". I do like your shadow selfies though!

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  26. @Linda: thank you!

    @MB: indeed!

    @Country Gal: not everyone can do it, but those who can, should.

    @Rob: thanks!

    @Judy: not particularly, but I was as a child.

    @Halcyon: thank you!

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  27. Well now William we can always rely on you to surprise and amaze :) this has to be the most unusual today :) well done on the giving blood thing , everyone really should do it.

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  28. What a wonderful gift you have shown us, blood donation. I will have to admit that I had to hurry over here to make sure that you were okay and that it was not another explanation. (whew!)

    The shadows are nice against the pavers and like you I prefer the pattern of the second.

    g

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  29. Probably the most unusual selfie for the day, William!

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  30. I agree, that's the most unusual one today and it's brilliant.

    I can't give my blood. There's nothing wrong with it but they don't want it...

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  31. your choose for the theme is great.
    its kind a reminder for everybody. How easy and how important it is.
    Feyza

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  32. Well done!
    Unique contribution to the theme-day-portraits.:)
    (I have given blood for years, but not anymore. It takes more time to get it up to the right level than before.) HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAY. Greetings from Gunn-Stavanger-Norway.

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  33. I like your interpretation of the theme. I can't donate blood because I lived in Germany in 1983. Wierd.

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  34. @Grace: if possible, it is a good thing to give blood.

    @Genie: I was pleased to get in those shots- too many grey days around here lately, but Monday gave me just enough of a window.

    @RedPat: I like thinking outside the box. I already have one or two ideas for the next theme day.

    @Ciel: sometimes there are specific reasons why blood's not viable for donations, such as a person's iron levels.

    @Feyza: the only reaction I've ever had out of it is occasional bruising, but that is rare.

    @Gunn: I tend to go every three months- my iron levels are a bit slow to rebuild after a donation.

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  35. Nice but not exactly what 'self-portrait' conjures up to me!

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  36. a great take on the theme William

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  37. Well done William, do they give you a cup of tea after? A nice idea for the days picture..

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  38. we are not allowed to give blood in Canada, as we lived in Britain during a certain period (can't remember exact date) and may be carriers of the Mad Cow Disease!!!

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  39. You did a good deed and came up with a creative post. Never occurred to me to photograph my arm while getting one of my infusions for RA.

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  40. Very nice solutions for today's theme!

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  41. @Barbara: depending on the blood agency, there are some odd requirements.

    @Cheryl: there have been some creative takes on the theme!

    @Gerald: thanks!

    @Geoff: it's usually juice, cookies, that sort of thing. Just the right stuff to get the energy levels back up.

    @Gill: that is a problem that does come up in the questionnaire, which tends to get very personal.

    @Bob: that would have been a good idea!

    @Jan: thank you!

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  42. William, this is such a clever -- and positive -- way to approach the camera-shy self portrait theme. Well done.

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  43. Reminds me, I don't remember my blood type. Good reason to give blood again!
    Janis
    GDP

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  44. Most excellent interpretation of the theme !

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  45. How super of you to give blood, William!

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  46. Good man. I simply cannot do it! I just pass out, frequently. Five times the last time I tried. I had natural childbirth 3 times, too!

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  47. Great solidarity in your first picture. The best!

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  48. @Denton: thanks!

    @Jack: thank you!

    @Janis: I happen to be A+

    @Stuart: thank you!

    @EG: it is easily done.

    @Jennifer: I recall giving blood last fall and watching not one, but two people pass out within moments. The attending nurses converged on them in seconds.

    @Murcia: thank you!

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  49. Thanks for sharing blood - and comments!


    ALOHA from Honolulu, Fellow Sky Watcher
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  50. I give you the prize of the most strange picture (1st one) for the theme day !

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  51. Glad I read your explanation of your Camera-shy photo. Much less scary story than the one I had imagined. Hmmmm . . .that must say something about me, huh?

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  52. Glad I read your explanation of your Camera-shy photo. Much less scary story than the one I had imagined. Hmmmm . . .that must say something about me, huh?

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  53. Nice interpretations for Theme Day. And, bravo to you for being a blood donor.

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