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Showing posts from September, 2013

Scientific proof: women are beautiful

Okay, I have no idea whether this really is "scientific" or accurate, but hey, it's on the Internet on a website named "My Science Academy," so it must be, right?

Average Women Faces in Different Countries

It looks like it's in the ballpark to me, and if it is accurate, it's proof — as if proof were needed — that women are beautiful all over the world.

The Mustang Million finals in Fort Worth

Back in 2010, a good friend of ours had adopted a wild mustang and trained it in connection with the "Extreme Mustang Makeover," sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. The makeover program gives owners and trainers just 120 days to train a mustang before the competition. We thought our friend's beautiful horse did remarkably well that year, especially considering that the trainer had broken a limb during training when he was kicked by another horse. Anyway, we attended the finals in Fort Worth and enjoyed it thoroughly. So we were eager to attend again this year when she reminded us about it.

We arrived in the afternoon and spent a little time browsing around in the stalls near the Will Rogers Coliseum.

While we were knocking around in the stables we had a chance to talk to one of the competitors, young Jordan Donnelly from Nevada, who was riding her horse Mercedes a couple hours later. She is a remarkable equestrienne, finishing seventh overall against some extra…

Tips: How to dress for an informal portrait

What you should wear for your portrait depends, to a large degree, on what kind of portrait it is. Obviously, if it’s a bridal portrait, you will wear your wedding gown—and you will probably want to visit the hair dresser in the morning before our shoot. Graduates usually (although not always) will wear their gowns and First Communicants will wear their white dresses (girls) or suits (boys). If it’s a portrait of you for work or at work, then wear what you wear to work—whether it’s a suit, or a uniform, or blue jeans and your welding mask.

The following tips are mainly for folks who are having a more informal portrait done, such as an engagement portrait or a family portrait. Be comfortable We photographers often start by telling clients to wear something they are comfortable in, both physically comfortable (i.e. don’t wear pants that are too tight) and personally, mentally comfortable (i.e. if you haven’t worn a suit since your grandfather died ten years ago, don’t wear a suit for yo…

Blog recommendation for bird lovers: Birdspot

Tonight, Joan and I watched a lovely little one-hour film on Netflix: Birders, The Central Park Effect.  We enjoyed this movie and if you like birds, you may, too.

I started my career as a very bad birdwatcher way back in college, and Joan and I have been bad birdwatchers together for decades. A bad birdwatcher is one who loves seeing birds, who owns and occasionally reads books about birds, and who goes out on bird-watching trips a couple times a year — but who doesn't ever seem to retain much info about birds. Basically, we're bird watchers but we're not compulsive enough to get good at it. I have enjoyed photographing birds, but to be good at that requires more patience than I have.

But I'm posting not really to recommend the movie, so much as to recommend the blog of one of the people interviewed in the film, Catherine Hamilton. Hamilton is a stunningly gifted artist who draws and paints birds. I want to recommend her blog, Birdspot. It very well may be the most be…