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Kelly Branan
Digital marketing specialist living in SLC, Utah
Digital marketing specialist living in SLC, Utah


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Milky Way Over Crater Lake with Airglow
Image Credit & Copyright: John H. Moore; Annotation: Judy Schmidt

How many different astronomical phenomena have come together to create the above vista? Several. First, in the foreground, is Crater Lake -- a caldera created by volcanism on planet Earth about 7,700 years ago. Next, inside the lake, is water. Although the origin of the water in the crater is melted snowfall, the origin of water on Earth more generally is unclear, but possibly related to ancient Earthly-impacts of icy bodies. Next, the green glow in the sky is airglow, light emitted by atoms high in the Earth's atmosphere as they recombine at night after being separated during the day by energetic sunlight. The many points of light in the sky are stars, glowing by nuclear fusion. They are far above the atmosphere but nearby to our Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy. Finally, the bright arch across the image is the central band of the Milky Way, much further away, on the average, than the nearby stars, and shaped mostly by gravity. Contrary to appearances, the Milky Way band glows by itself and is not illuminated by the airglow. The above image is a six-frame panorama taken during about two weeks ago in Oregon, USA.

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National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen describes a surreal encounter with a deadly predator in Antarctica. #LetsExplore  

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Cascade 5
Guy W. Talbot State Park, Oregon, USA

I spent a good part of a beautiful morning standing in the stream in front of Latourell Falls working different compositions and shutter speeds. One of the challenges with a 224 foot high waterfall is choosing how much of it to include in the frame. In the end, I liked this composition, which doesn't show the top of the falls, best.

Two pieces of gear that made the process go smoother were my big rubber boots that kept my feet dry and the +Singh-Ray Filters Vari-ND filter which made experimenting with different shutter speeds a snap.

My typical process when shooting the falls was to start out at a shutter speed of around 1/2 second, turn the front element of the filter until the histogram on the camera showed the proper exposure, and then get three bracketed exposures at one stop intervals. Then I would set a longer exposure of several seconds, turn the filter again until the histogram showed a good exposure, and fire off three more bracketed shots.  I Repeated this process at even slower shutter speeds until I had several shots of the same composition at different shutter speeds from which I could choose the ones I liked best. Then recompose the shot and repeat the whole process. A great way to spend a morning surrounded by the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

After choosing the best exposure - four seconds in this case - I did some basic tone adjustments in Lightroom and exported it to Photoshop where I converted it to black & white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I then made several localized curves and levels adjustments to get the tones and contrasts I wanted in the water, rocks and foliage. A vignette topped it off and it was good to go.

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Your thoughts on this music video made from 625 pinhole cameras using 35mm film

+PetaPixel posted this cool article showing a music video for  the band, London Grammar, where the production house used rigs making up 625 pinhole cameras. The results are pretty amazing but we want to know what you think. Leave your comments below.


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Red Dacca Bananas(Musa acuminata). They are smaller and plumper than the common Cavendish banana. When ripe, raw red bananas have a flesh that is cream to light pink in color. They are also softer and sweeter than the yellow Cavendish varieties, with a slight raspberry flavor. Many red bananas are imported from producers in Asia and South America. They are a favorite in Central America but are sold throughout the world.

Always bring a banana to a party...even if red:D

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Here is another from today! This is Antelope Island looking towards Salt Lake City!

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So, I have to take a quick minute and say thanks.  I've never had any real formal training in CSS. I do have my BS in Information Technology, but CSS was really just a traffic sign as I blazed down that highway that, I saw it, read it, but never really had much more formal training.  

I have spent the past 6 years modifying templates and messing with CSS, so I would say I am pretty well versed in CSS, however, there are a lot of fundamental elements I just frankly don't know.  

In comes +Shay Howe and 

This site was exactly what I needed to fill in a lot of the blanks, and then came  which has allowed me to really get a great understanding of what Im working with, and the endless possiblities that lie in CSS.

So thank you +Shay Howe!  Bravo!

#css   #webtech   #genius   #webdevelopment  

She sleeps, she breathes
Slowly in and out.
With each breath the world changes.
A hue, a shape, an orbit,
Now soft, now blue, now sharp, now heavy.

And in her mind another world
Shifting, changing, slipping,
Floating, falling
Mountains drop to valleys
Seas become dry.

She turns and stirs.
The world revolves - from night to day.
Eyelids lift, droop, open;
Another dream begins.
And tides roll on, stars keep their course.

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