Sunday, November 30, 2008

Do scratches and fingerprints on a lens matter?

A Lens Rentals did an interesting experiment to ascertain how much do scratches on the front element of a lens impact the pictures. That's why I always use a filter on all my lenses. Protection counts.

See for yourself (see the shocker in photo #3).

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South Beach - Packard

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Argument clinic



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Police comes in three sizes

Friday, November 28, 2008

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Seattle alley

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Somewhere along the beach

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Brown pelican

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Every Sperm is Sacred



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Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) - Bal Harbour, Florida

Monday, November 24, 2008

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South Beach - treated with Topaz

Sunday, November 23, 2008

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Some more Topaz
Lincoln Road pedestrian Mall - Miami Beach

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Galaxy song



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1954 Chevy Bel-Air with a new process called "Topaz Adjust" (a plug-in you can use in Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro). It is very powerful and versatile and very affordable. I like the effect.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monty Python vs. YouTube



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Lowland Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
Miami Metrozoo

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Plains zebra (Equus quagga)
Miami Metrozoo

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) - Bal Harbour, Florida

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Young Grevys Zebra (Equus grevyi)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla

Dick Cavett wrote a wonderful piece on the mangling of the English Language by Sarah Palin, the Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla.

I can play a kind of Alaskan roulette. Any random channel clicked on by the remote brings up that eager face, with its continuing assaults on the English Lang.

There she is with Larry and Matt and just about everyone else but Dr. Phil (so far). If she is not yet on “Judge Judy,” I suspect it can’t be for lack of trying.

I am as baffled as Mr. Cavett about what did a percentage of the population see in the lady as a show of leadership. All I see is her obvious good looks, which are good for a modeling career, or maybe a job as TV anchor, but certainly not to deal with this country's problems.

As an aside, and apropos, she was in Miami last week for the Republican Governor's Association meeting. Here's what the Miami Herald's columnist Carl Hiaasen reported about the meeting (not really). Have you noticed that after all the pretty speeches and lamenting the election's results, they did not name her for any post in RGA's management? I wonder why.

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Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla)
Miami Metrozoo

Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Miami Metrozoo

Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) - Bal Harbour, Florida

Friday, November 14, 2008

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Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Miami Metrozoo

Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Miami Metrozoo

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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A pair of Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata)
Miami Metrozoo

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008

I never get tired of watching this



Anyone here think we're done now?

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(Via C&L)

Now, this is a Palin worth listening to!

Michael Palin, that is.



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Chestnut-bellied Hill Partridge (Arborophila javanica)
Miami Metrozoo

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)

Friday, November 07, 2008

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Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

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Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted today



I felt happy, uplifted, empowered. I have not missed a single vote since I could legally vote. I feel this is the most important vote I've ever had. Too much is at stake and we can make history today.

It is not too late at his time. If you are a US citizen and have note voted yet, go out and vote!

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Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)

Monday, November 03, 2008

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Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

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Bali Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

It's cold outside

Catching up with some videos I wanted to show, this one I found a few weeks ago at Bad Astronomy blog. It shows a very bad storm in Antarctica. These people are there on a research station. It must be fun sometimes but it is dangerous on a night like this one.


http://view.break.com/487339 - Watch more free videos

Video Link (in case you do not see the embedded video here)

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Lady Amherst's Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)