This month the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) will be holding their 45th annual conference for three days in Denver. To help mark this the local arts community has made March a “Month of Photography in Denver” with many local and national artists showcasing their photographic imagery at various venues. Details regarding the various venues may be found at the Month of Photography site.
Record high 74 degrees Fahrenheit today in Denver, Colorado.
Tomorrow… 35 degrees cooler and snow.
Felt good to be out enjoying the nice weather.
It’s leap day and the following sums it up nicely.
if year divided by 400 remainder is 0 then leap
else if year divided by 100 remainder is 0 then no leap
else if year divided by 4 remainder is 0 then leap
else no leap
I am sure there are many of you who started accessing the internet with Netscape Navigator which owned the majority of market-share in the mid-1990’s. I still recall using it on my Macintosh (and later a PC) with dial-up access, not the quickest option but with less embedded media in webpages it did suffice. Netscape was not the first browser I used, those were the text based Lynx and Mosiac in some of the computer labs at the University of Arizona.
Over the years other options sprung up and soon Internet Explorer started taking market share from Netscape until passing it in the late 90’s with a better product. Netscape was bought by AOL and the downfall of the browser continued, finally leading to the demise of it as of March 1, 2008 when support will no longer be provided for Netscape Navigator.
Right now as you read this post, I would guess you are using one of three browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox. The majority of users do use Internet Explorer, however Firefox is continuing to grow in usage with now 15% of internet users. This is significant for the browser wars as one which competes directly with IE forces innovations to be developed resulting in the users of the product benefiting, which is something we didn’t have for a while. It should be noted the underlying basis of Firefox is based on technology from the Mozilla Corporation which came from the Mozilla Foundation and before that the Mozilla Organization created by Netscape. So while Netscape Navigator is no longer an option when viewing the web, Firefox continues to grow and who knows someday we could be reading a post like this regarding Internet Explorer… you may laugh but anything is possible.
If you haven’t given Firefox a try you can find more information by clicking below.
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On the evening of Wednesday February 20, 2008 a total lunar eclipse will be viewable to the mainland United States. During the eclipse you could expect to see a different color in the appearance of the moon making for an interesting evening. The eclipse of the moon will last around fifty minutes, with the mid-eclipse occurring at 8:26pm MST (3:26am GMT)
If the weather conditions are good be sure to check this out, as the next total lunar eclipse is in December 2010.
Yesterday I wrote a posted an entry about the Loveland Sweetheart Balloon Rally and the weather conditions not allowing the hot air balloons to fly when I was there. One of the scheduled events to take place was a wedding in one of the balloons. The wedding did take place just not in the balloon. Prior to the ceremony the operators of the balloon attempted to inflate the hot air balloon, which ended up being aborted soon after the picture below was taken due to the wind. Even against the winter ground conditions with snow in some areas the colors from this balloon show in the February sky, though I will have to wait to later this spring and into the summer to capture hot air balloons airborne in the Colorado sky.
This morning I woke up early and headed north to Loveland for the Sweetheart Balloon Rally held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds. Arriving prior to sunrise a chill was in the air which along with the breeze helped make things quite brisk. While sponsors were setting up their booths, there was no sign of any hot air balloons now less than an hour away from the expected launch time. After determining where the balloons would be set-up I found my way to the building where the briefing would soon be held for the balloon pilots.Â Once the briefing started and they went over some logistical details, the weather forecast was discussed in detail. A lot of standing around took place, and finally a couple of pilots brought out their baskets in hope the wind would die down. To help judge the winds a helium balloon was put up into the sky to get a measure of the winds more so above the ground. The first one went off and then took off at a good rate of speed to the southeast, not encouraging. The organizers waited a half hour and with winds dying down near the ground put another helium balloon and this time it went towards the southwest at a slower pace but also not encouraging since the event could not launch knowing the winds would take them near the Loveland Fort Collins airport. By this time it was decided to cancel the morning launch, and as I waited the winds completed their 180 degree shift and started to pick up once again.
They will try again on Sunday, but some weather is suppose to move in this afternoon and stick around on Sunday as well. Hopefully it will work out for them. I was able to get a couple of images however the one below pretty much sums up the morning.
Take me out to the ballgame.
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks.
I don’t care if I ever get back
For it’s root, root, root
For the White Sox.
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s 1 – 2 – 3 strikes you’re out
At the old ballgame!
Pitchers and catchers for the Chicago White Sox reported today in Tucson, Arizona. With a storm moving through on Friday dropping snow in the mountains it must be a nice sight to see. Only 11 more days until the White Sox play their first spring training game, with opening day only 44 days away.
I was looking at some images I took in Hawaii in January and picked one of those images for this week. While photographing Akaka Falls, located about 20 minutes north of Hilo, the options to include the entire falls was a little more challenging since they are doing some construction on the path. Thus instead of trying to get the complete 442 foot falls in one picture, I pulled out my telephoto lens and looked at how a portion of the falls may look as the photograph. I took quite a few pictures doing this, and quickly found you lost the whole perspective of 442 feet. However in the following image by including part of the depression in the rock wall you start to get the perspective of size once again showing two images how two captures can tell a entirely different story.