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The Space Shuttle And A Toy Camera

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I recently added the new Nik Analog Efex Pro to my plugin collection for Lightroom and have been having some fun with it.  I took some “throw-away” shots that I would not normally process and decided to see what Analog Efex could do for them.  The result is, as you can see, is some fun and unusual effects using the toy camera effect.  Sometime’s it’s a lot of fun to try something different and learn some new techniques.  I feel that I need to do this from time to time to challenge myself to improve my photography.

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March 17th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I’ll Bite You

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P-40 Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the “shark mouth” logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters. – Wikipedia

I’ll Bite You

This P-40 Warhawk is on display at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center right as you walk into the museum.  The plane is suspended from the ceiling of the massive hanger and right at eye level from the entrance platform.  This allowed me to get this shot without much compression.  Here are the details: Canon EOS REBEL T4i | Canon 24-105mm @ 24mm | ISO 400 | f/4 @ 1/40″  (Note:  I needed the higher ISO due no flash or tripods allowed in the museum)

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March 6th, 2014 at 9:14 am

Welcome, come on in?

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November 1st, 2013 at 7:00 am

Shutdowns and Civil Disobedience 4

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This is the last photo for my recent project focused on the government shutdown.

“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.”  – Howard Zinn

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October 18th, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Shutdowns and Civil Disobedience 3

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“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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October 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Shutdowns and Civil Disobedience 2

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The World War II memorial in the National Mall is an impressive structure, well deserving for the men and woman who sacrificed so much to battle fascism.  As part of the government shutdown, all the memorials on the mall have been closed and barricaded.  The DC police keep an eye on things, but as you can see people tended to ignore the signs and invited themselves in…. including myself :)  This past weekend, a group of veterans showed up to protest the closures and took down all the barricades, so I was lucky to get this shot while the barricades were still standing.

“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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October 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Shutdowns and Civil Disobedience 1

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We visited Washington, DC this past week during the shut down of the US federal government.  I love visiting DC, you never know what you are going to run into.  As the nations capital, there is always a protest or an act of civil disobedience as citizens exercise their constitutional rights.  Chris Cox, of South Carolina, has taken it upon himself to defy Park Services authorities to keep clean the National Mall while the mall is closed due to the government shutdown so that veterans could enjoy the monuments that have been dedicated to them.  I managed to snap off a picture of Chris doing an interview for a TV station explaining his motivations.  I met him afterward and thanked him for his service to the country and the efforts he is trying to make to keep the mall open.

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October 12th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Happy Presidents Day From The White House

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The White House

Happy Presidents day everyone!  Hope you can enjoy the day off, if not think of me freezing to death in the middle of winter in my pjs at home.  In honor of the day, here is a photo I took of The White House last Fourth of July in Washington, DC.  Ah! warmer times!

The White House

 

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February 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am