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An amazing view of a mother and her cub
 
Last June, Tony Wu and I lead our first expedition to Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago. We departed Longyearbyen for 14 days of exploration with our incredible captain Heinrich and three of the best clients that a photo tour leader could ever wish for. Like any truly worthwhile adventure, we experienced a lot of down time while sailing and due to bad weather. Our primary goal was to photograph walrus, but of course we were also hoping to encounter polar bears during our voyage.

I tend to stay up all "night" during the Arctic summer and sleep from 6am to noon, or so. Imagine my delight when I woke up one afternoon to discover that we were anchored to some solid fjord ice and had a bear in view, albeit over a mile away. Looking through a pair of binoculars for several minutes, I observed a female bear and her small cub before resigning myself to patiently waiting to see if they would eventually approach us. I went back down below to prepare myself some food, but in no time at all one of my clients alerted me that the bears were already walking towards us! I hurriedly finished my meal and got dressed in anticipation of our encounter.

I was hoping to get some nice images of the bears on the ice using my medium telephoto lens, but the momma bear walked right up to our boat, stood up on her hind legs, and proceeded to check us out. This was way too close for anything but a wide-angle lens. Our captain assured me that she was just curious and that he had the situation under control, so I grabbed my underwater polecam and set to work. I began photographing her by cautiously leaning over the railing of the sailboat while gently lowering my camera down to the ice. Early in our encounter she stuck her nose against my dome port which left snot all over it. It took me a few minutes to clean off and from that time forward I did not allow her to touch my camera again. She walked back and forth along the ice edge for over an hour, but her cub mostly stayed by our anchor. Towards the end of our encounter, the cub finally decided to join her close to the boat. I could not see what I was photographing, but realized that the cub was beneath her and quickly repositioned my camera in order to capture this incredible moment. I created this image using my Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera body and 15mm fisheye lens inside my Aquatech 5DmkIII housing with an Aquatech 8″ dome port and remotely triggered it on the end of my monopod. I processed the RAW file using Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2015, and Nik Software’s Color Efex 4‘s White Neutralizer filter.

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Wow...powerful, well written, is it true?if so, let's hope he finds his inspiration
 
The most gut-wrenching thing ever posted on craigslist.
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself. One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I...
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Old Film Camera Availabe
I know there are several people who are still shooting with film, is anyone interested in this Minolta?

Minolta Dynax Maxxum 800si
And it has 2 lenses:
Minolta AF lens 28-85
Sigma  DL Macro super 70-300MM

#forsale   +Film Friday  #filmphotography   #film  
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Google+ is alive and well, Brother.  Our "old tech" is no longer cool, too slow, and requires too much skill.  You can't take 100 pix and hope for the best with 35mm, like you can with digital.
Hang on to it for a few years, it will probably be considered "retro" and then sell for 3 times what you paid for it!!
Best of luck
#photography   #digitalphotography  
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Just another #caturday at the cat tree

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Environmentally Friendly ABS
At the CES show in Vegas this month we at NETCO Extruded Plastics along with our partners 3D Printlife and Sierra Resins, launched an environmentally friendly 3D Printing filament called ENVIRO.  It has been generating a lot of excitement among industry experts.  Could this replace all the ABS currently used in 3D printing today?
While 3D printing is taking the world by storm, propelling us into a new technological age with so many exciting and new options — not to mention a revolution
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UGH... Why are photos on Google such a pain to manage??
Between the photo app on the phone, Google Plus, Google Drive Folders, Picasa, Google Photos on Drive.  Why is this such a pain in the butt? What are the best practices that you use?

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The frustration came from it being difficult to organize the photos. I like the auto back up feature, but then once the photos appear on the "Google photos" portion of drive,it becomes difficult to manage. I can "add them to drive" but then once added if I go to remove them in Google photos, they disappointed from Drive. I wanted to remove the ones I had organized to keep track of what was left to be organized.

I finally came up with the following, move photos into folder on Googe Drive. Wait until the photos sync with my Windows desktop. Make a copy of the folder and past that copy into a file system outside of Google Drive. Then delete the folder out of the Google Drive (either online or on the sync windows copy). That removed the photos from Google Photos, Google Drive, and the windows synced version of Google Drive.

Now I am free to organize my photos outside of the Google ecosystem. All the meta data was intact.
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Is Gostkowski the best kicker ever? It is hard to argue against that claim, he simply does not miss. #patriots #nfl
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Is it too soon?
In the wake of international outrage over the killing of a protected Zimbabwean lion, plush toy manufacturer Ty Inc. has created a commemorative Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby, the company announced Monday.
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Good analysis on the impacts of education
 
The different approaches to education policy go a long ways towards explaining why the blue states are doing so much better than the red states economically.
Blue states invest more in the future and as a result have been better able to enter the information economy, which has propelled them far ahead of the red states.
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Well said, give credit where credit is due
In the moments after Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler leapt in front of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, snatching both the football and a Super Bowl victory for New England, conventional wisdom cemented around the idea that Seattle’s coaches blundered the game away. Why on Earth, the football world asked in unison,...
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Great game, I thought New England lost and then Butler happened in the end. You guys should build him a statue for that interception :-)
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Snow Troubles
I am finally done clearing the cars... There was close to 30 inches here in Grafton.
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is too much of snow that is why I am run located to Nigeria 
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