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I used to teach CPR instructors how to put the new roll of diaphragms into the mannequins. I always explained it in comparison to the correct way to place a new roll of toilet paper.  Which many didn't realize.  Sorry I missed the debate, I love a good one.
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The last seconds of daylight at Cinque-Terre with Canon 7D Mark II

Here's pretty Manarola, one of the picturesque villages in Cinque Terre, Italy, taken last night in the final seconds of daylight. I'd been driving down through Europe to a friend's wedding in Tuscany, when a small window arose to make a detour to the Italian coast. A couple of hours later and I was setting-up for a sunset shot with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF-S 10-18mm STM lens. The sky had been reasonably clear all day, but a thick bank of cloud obscured the Sun for its final hour, apart from a tantalizingly thin strip just above the horizon. Scores of photographers kept their collective finger's crossed and we were rewarded by a minute or so of deep orange light bathing the view just before the Sun dipped below the horizon for the night.

I took this during those seconds when the Sun was literally touching the horizon and the light was an intense yolky colour. To be honest I think I actually prefer the colours immediately before and after, but I couldn't resist sharing this full-on yolky version.

I used the Canon EF-S 10-18mm STM ultra wide lens set to 10mm on the EOS 7D Mark II for a 16mm equivalent field of view. I've used this lens extensively while testing the 7D II and while it can become soft towards the edges, it still represents great value for APSC Canon owners wanting affordable ultra wide coverage. As for the composition, I'd have preferred a lower angle from the rocks, but didn't fancy jumping the fence this time. So it was a case of angling the camera to minimize the impact of the metal fencing, although there's a tiny amount visible in the bottom left corner.

I also really wanted to do a long exposure, but didn't have the right adapter for this lens (the perils of constantly testing different kit), so I had to make do with stopping the lens down (further than I'd like) to f16, lowering the sensitivity to the base ISO, where the exposures became around one second. Later during the blue hour it became sufficiently dark for 30 second exposures and I'll share one of those with you soon.

As an aside, there were a number of photographers lined-up capturing the same scene last night, and one of them had a DJI Phantom. As I noted earlier, I love the technology and creative possibilities of drones, but last night experienced one of the downsides for the first time. No, not the intrusive buzzing noise - I could put up with that - but the fact the pilot flew it right down in front of us all for several minutes to get his shot. This is the aerial equivalent of pushing in front of someone and getting in the way of their shot, except rather than getting in the way of one or two people, this impacted at least 30 of us. I yelled for them to move it higher and had there been any rocks around I may well have thrown one in its direction. Luckily they flew it back before all the good light had gone, but it certainly made me realize how intrusive drones can be to other photographers. Please be responsible and considerate pilots, not just to the general public, but to fellow photographers too.

Anyway, short rant over, you can find this image at its full resolution along with many more from around Sienna, Italy, and my home town of Brighton, UK. If you had a look at my samples earlier, please check again as I've added loads more today! And as always if you're every shopping online at Amazon, B&H or Adorama, you can support me by first clicking through to them via the links at the bottom of my reviews - thanks!

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If your presents are delayed, Santa has a legit excuse.
 
Bad News. Santa It's Very Busy at The Moment

#santa   #christmas   #xmas   #xmas2014   #texas   #austin  
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This made me chuckle. I'm sure larger things have been hauled on bikes but still the image is priceless. 
Don't forget bungee cords, peanut butter, and the kindness of strangers.
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The frozen view standing on Lake Mendota. The ice thickness is about 11 inches now. 
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An ice Stonehenge, or as five guys from Lake Mills, Wisconsin call it, the "Icehenge" is quite a sight to see as you're driving down Lake Shore Drive.
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The first draft of history?
 
::: Conceptual Photography
by Rebecca Ruten at: http://goo.gl/AnK95I

Ever wonder what people from the future would think of our art today?
Or what old Renaissance art would look like if it were transformed to reflect today’s standards?
Well we may not ever know the answer to the first question,
but an artist named Rebecca Ruten is trying to work out the second.

Check Up the whole article at:  http://goo.gl/AnK95I

#Photography   #ConceptualPhotography   #RebeccaRuten  
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"Steptoe Sunrise"

This is one of my favorite photos I ended up with from our trip to Palouse last spring, the light was hitting the hills just right that morning. It was a cooler morning but a touch of light spilled through creating a nice scene here. I hope your all doing well and I am so inspired by many of your photographs everyday. Thanks for sharing them and I hope you enjoy mine!
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This amazing performance was one of NPR music's picks for best live performances in one of their network studios. I have to agree.
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What a marvelous voice. 
The band's got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting.
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More proof that cats are well schooled in mind control.
 
I had a feeling this is what cats were up to at night too.
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Fast and fast southwestern food and very vegetarian friendly. They have a great selection of tequilas.
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I've been training here for a little over 1 year now. The class-style workouts really help me stay motivated and the trainers have been great. There are classes that focus on building strength, high intensity interval workouts, stability/mobility and Eischens yoga. You will also see some crossover, with the yoga, for example, popping up in ways you might not expect.
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Primarily used by mountain bikers who have set up trails.
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Great place to stop for pie or a light lunch. You can usually choose from several sweet or savory pies that change daily in addition to a selection of small hand pies and tarts. Would you like chocolate cherry almond cream or drunken Granny Smith? Perhaps Rosemary grape and goat cheese is what you need. There is a picnic table out front and several small tables inside. The owner is very friendly and she loves what she does.
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Loved it. Great space for coffee with a lake view or have a local micro brew in the front of the house. The Madison Classical Guitar group plays here every other Friday starting at 7 pm.
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