ChiBallTM 'Family' - Bitter Sweet - Goodbye Rafael! by chijude

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Pentax Optio 750Z 1/500 14mm F/3.5 ISO 80
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A group of all ages and nationalities sharing a common bond – we are a family.
From a Celebration/Conference/Training session held in July 2007 on the shores of the Lake in the beautiful city of Lausanne.
This image brings memories of joy and sadness too with the passing of the beautiful Rafael, who not only was a Master Presenter for TaiChi QiGong, but also translated French/English for the training. His power and grace are missed by our fraternity.

A post 70 year old (and ‘sometimes’ photographer) living in Adelaide who is rescued by her able camera … a faithful Nikon D90 which ‘forgives’ much. I look forward to sharing work with you and learning from you.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    just awesome

  • Thanks Scott.!!

    – chijude

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 6 years ago

    Great group shot, and I think group shots are really tough. But this shows spirit and enthusiasm and conveys movement. Cool!

  • You are right! There is usually someone looking disconnected,. So, Jan that is very kind of you .. I was hoping that the connection between the subjects would show … and I think you got the energy that was present! Thank you.

    – chijude

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 6 years ago

    Their enthusiasm about being together for a group shot clearly looks genuine. Had to arrange many group shots and grip ‘n’ grins in my old corporate jobs. The people looked wooden, as if wishing they were somewhere else.

  • Richard  Stanley
    Richard Stanleyalmost 6 years ago

    Agree with Jan above – a wonderful shot of this group.

  • Thanks Richard .,.,. I guess the affinity shows!

    – chijude

    JUSTARTalmost 6 years ago

    lovely shot, so cheerful

  • We were doing what we loved doing, and sharing time together, most of us combining business with pleasure. Thanks for visit!!

    – chijude

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 6 years ago

    great glimpse into your world, judy – and great to have captured so much happiness

  • Thanks Nadine. It does give a looksee into my world! Beautifully said Nafine!

    – chijude

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000almost 6 years ago

    Ahhhh…now I get your user name. A fabulous keepsake image.

  • Gina … how true!! And it is … especially precious since the passing of Raphael … a truly beautiful soul.

    – chijude

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful and happy capture !!! Excellent!! ;D

  • Evita … nice to share the personal at times!! Thank you.

    – chijude

  • Dusker
    Duskeralmost 6 years ago

    We agreed it was a good shot at the time; what you have not pointed out for those who do not tie you in with your avatar—JUDY IS SECOND FROM RIGHT! (I am only a little proud of my Sister—note capital S)

  • Thanks to my younger sister … who has natoriously, over time, sent me the most hideous birthday cards (anonymously ofcourse) to remind me of our age difference. But she is MY little sister and I would not have her any other way!.

    – chijude

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyalmost 6 years ago

    I’m sorry to hear about Rafael…may the memories last forever.

  • Thank you Von ,.. he was a key member of our group, had travelled out to Australia too and endeared himself to us all. Your comment was so thoughtful.

    – chijude

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