Harps of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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I enjoyed performances of musicians playing harps in Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently. The first one was a very unique instrument called a mandinka harp (kora) which is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa made from a large calabash or bottle gourd. It makes a very pleasing sound. Muscian playing a mandinka harp in … Continue reading "Harps of Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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DiVine, in profile

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DiVine, in profile, as she walks around Discovery Island.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length. DiVine, the living and moving vine you see at Disney’s Animal Kingdom moves slowly, often stopping to blend into the vegetation surrounding Discovery Island. She is quiet, serene and always looking afar. When people see her, … Continue reading "DiVine, in profile"
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Cast Member Magic at Walt Disney World

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Disney parks are wonderful.The attractions and rides are second to none in the world. As Lisa would remind us, without the Cast Members, the MAGIC we all associate with a Disney vacation would not exist. On my last trip, I meet three such Cast Members which created magic for my family and other guests. While … Continue reading "Cast Member Magic at Walt Disney World"
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Metering Modes Revisited

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Last year I went in-depth and explained the three different metering modes found on our digital SLR and advanced point and shoot cameras. These are Matrix, Center-weighted and Spot. At the time, I used some un-Disney like photos to show the difference between each mode. I thought a side by side comparison would be helpful … Continue reading "Metering Modes Revisited"
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Cloning Around

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A couple of months ago I started using Apple’s Aperture 2 photo application. The photo editor in Aperture is much better than anything I’ve ever used. While not a true graphics editor like Photoshop, Aperture does have some tools which are helping me make great photographs from not-so-great ones. Like this photo of a performer … Continue reading "Cloning Around"
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