The staff at FT wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!
Once again the staff had photos taken for a Christmas card, below are the results:
Chewy is Mrs. Claus, TaunTaun is Santa in the sleigh, and Fizz is the Reindeer.
Fizz as a Reindeer
The staffers were kind enough to wear their hats for about a minute while the human took lots of shots. The Santa hat, Mrs. Claus costume, and antlers are from Petsmart. The harness the human made from felt and yarn, and it just sat on Fizz’s back. The background was added in Photoshop. The Santa scene is a composite of two different shots – one good one of the interns and one good one of Fizz. The human made an attempt to get the whole group together for a single picture but that was quite ambitious, and she still had to put two different shots together.
Yesterday I posted my Christmas card picture and explained that my guinea pigs cannot be together because they fight. Today I will share more of the pictures I took and show the making of my Christmas card.
The set up:
I had my camera on a tripod so I could prevent as little movement as possible so the frame would line up. I used a roll of fabric snow set up on the dinner table with a box behind to create the background. The dinning room does not have the best lighting, but I do not own any photography lights and it would not have made much of a difference anywhere else in the house.
The clothing and props:
We had to get the cards made in order to be printed in time to mail, so I did not have time to make a more elaborate or interesting scene. I took two snowmen off my bookshelf and arranged the two sleds with stuffed Christmas guinea pigs next to them. The wicker sleds I got when I was a kid, and the stuffed guinea pigs were gifts last Christmas.
The hat is a Yankee Candle jar candle topper accessory, so it has no strap. It is the smaller hat in this picture:
The holiday cape and bandana came from Petsmart, and are Life’s Fur-tas-tic! brand. The bandana ended up being too small to fit, so it was not used.
Each guinea pig wore the one hat and dress individual and I took a few different pictures hoping to get something useful.
Cola’s individual pictures:
Fizz’s individual pictures:
Then after picking out the best pictures, photoshop’s magic put them together (and removed red eye):
The Hobbit is now out in theatres and it is an amazing movie! A little long if you are not a tolkien lover, because they split the story into three movies. But if you are like me and always wanted more out of the Lord of the Rings movies, you will love this one!
This post comes with a little spoiler alert if you have not seen any of the trailers for the movie, or the movie itself.
Here is a trailer if you would like to see:
Radagast the Brown, a wizard like Gandalf, has a small part in the movie! He is merely referenced in the Hobbit, and has return appearance in LOTR (not in the movie version). Radagast’s job was to take care of nature. I am not too fond of the make up job that he has in the movie (mainly the bird poop running down his face).
They are adorable giant rabbits, and are very fast in the film. In the movie Radagast refers to the rabbits and being outrun by wargs: “These are Rhosgobel Rabbits. I’d like to see them try!”
Rhosgobel is the name of the place where Radagast lives – so it is fitting to refer to the rabbits as being from there. His home is described as being fenced in, and lying on the western edge of Mirkwood. You can read a bit more about Rhosgobel at tolkiengateway.net.
I will update this post once better pictures of the rabbits come out.
After previews long since appeared on dvds for a movie featuring Marley, from Marley and Me, while still a puppy the movie is finally coming out this week. The movie will be in stores as of 1/3/2012.
It was known previously under the names Marley and Me the Terrible 2s, and was supposed to come out last year.
Here is the preview:
Best Buy’s ad for the week features a picture of the bluray of the movie with a price of $7.99. The website has pre-orders for the dvd for $4.99, and a two disk edition for $9.99. Pre-order them, or order them tomorrow, on bestbuy.com.
Walmart is selling the DVD on its website for $13.99, for an exclusive widescreen version. See it here.
Late last night I saw a news article that spoke to the success of Reindeercam.com. It is a webcam where you can watch a couple reindeer go about their day, and you can see Santa come to feed them at 10am and 5 pm EST!
The camera is on all day and night, and is an awesome opportunity for kids to see these amazing animals. The reindeer with antlers is actually female, male reindeer drop their antlers come December.
The makers of the site have a camera that features the white tail deer they raise and decided to create this cam when a friend suggested they do something for Christmas. They did not expect it to be so popular, so sometimes the servers become overloaded. But it is worth watching for a bit if you get the chance. It has been viewed by people in over 126 different countries.