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25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Green, Quarter, Knife, and Button

OK, the next batch of amazing images has been announced!

I am rather envious of some of these...
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-green-album/  *

And I do look forward to having a fraction of the skills shown here
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-quarter-album/

Some real cutting edge work
https://scavengerhunt.photography/the-knife-album/ *

And then there are so many buttons!
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-button-album/ *

As before, ones I have a shot in are marked with a "*".



25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - A catch-up!

I've been remiss in posting reveals for several days now, so here's a catch up post...

Starting with

Underwear - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-underwear-album/

Followed by

Newspaper - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-newspaper-album/

And

Tire - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-tire-album/ *

Then

Leaf - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-leaf-album/

Next up is

Olive - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-olive-album/

That lead to

Vase -  https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-vase-album/

Which somehow brings us to

Earring  - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-earring-album/ *

And as we're burning though them

Fire - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-fire-album/

On to the sky and

Moon - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-moon-album/ *

Back down to earth for some

Chocolate - https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-chocolate-album/ *

And for the sweet tooth, follow…

Improved mottos

After playing with http://www.mottogenerator.com/ for a while, I have concluded that *any* motto is automatically made better(1) by adding "and wind" to it.
(1)For humourous values of 'better'.

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Whistle, Sponge, and Hamburger

Reveals 4-6 are now up! We've got the words Whistle, Sponge, and Hamburger. I've got a shot in one of these :)
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-whistle-album/
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-sponge-album/
https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-hamburger-album/
There continue to be stunning and inspiring works to be seen in all of these.

Eurovision or Anime? (Greece 2019)

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Leece and I saw this in the semi-finals this morning. Live action Utena, anyone?











25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Z and Xylophone

I have nothing in either of these - but I'm going to share all 26 over the next couple of weeks, as they get revealed. There are some awesome photographers taking part!

https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-z-album/

https://scavengerhunt.photography/round-25-the-xylophone-album/

25th Photography Scavenger Hunt Reveals - Acorn

The first reveals for the 25th Photography Scavenger Hunt are up! Today we have 'Acorn'. https://scavengerhunt.photography/25th-round-the-acorn-album/

Australian Federal Election 2019 - The Biggest Question

I was looking at the ABC's summary of the various Senate parties ( https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-10/federal-election-your-guide-to-the-wa-senate-ballot/11080108 ) and I was struck by how balanced the field is.
There are the big parties, the minor parties, and the micro parties.
There centrist, far left, far right, and plain fruitcake parties.
There is something for everyone.
But.
With all this choice, every Australian voting will have one incredibly difficult decision to make (assuming they don't go for single above-the-line voting). One that is much more difficult than choosing who to vote for.
Who to put last?
If you are of a right wing bent, do you put the Greens below the Hemp Party? Or Labor? And what about the Pirates?
Those of a more leftwards leaning have work out if One Nation is worse or better than Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party, or if the Liberal Party is worse than both. Social progressive folks have it just as hard.  IMOP or Shooters and …

Hellboy 2019

We finally got around to seeing the 2019 Hellboy movie. The one without del Toro and Perlman. Instead we get Neil Marshall and David Harbour. As an added bonus, we also get Lovejoy - I mean Ian McShane - as Prof Broom, and Thomas Haden Church as Lobster Johnson.This is not like the earlier movies - it is much, *much* closer to Mike Mignola's graphic novels in feel, and this is reflected in the R-18 rating. Mike's novels have a very distinctive flow to them, and are meticulously researched. This movie reflects that research and the somewhat odd pacing, which some people may find a little off-putting. The research takes you across a dozen mythologies and legends, and binds  them together to make a magical tapestry of horror and wonder. The pacing leaves you breathless when you are expecting respite, and still gives you a few moments to catch your breath - but  by the time you've realised it, it is too late. Laws of physics are routinely ignored - and the  characters are awar…

Playing with a Theta and a cheap pano head

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I have one of those cheap powered Pano heads. I also have a Ricoh Theta S (I have a V as well, but that's not what this is about).

The Theta S has a composite interval shooting mode, so I set it for 10 second exposures, for several minutes.

Then I mounted it on a tripod on top of the Pano head. The head I set for 15° an hour - which approximates the Earth's rotation, and pointed it roughly at the South Celestial Pole. I say roughly, because it is a tricky thing to do right, and this was really just a PoC.

The end result has a little streaking, but much less than I would otherwise expect, and much more detail than would otherwise be available.

Overall, I'd call it a successful experiment, and I look forward to trying again with better alignment.


The Show's Not Over Yet (on G+)

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So Friday March 29 was International Mermaid Day...

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Which lead to the creation of this.


How better to begin anew than with a cover?

Robyn Adele Anderson (best known by me through PMJ) has this wonderful cover of "Blue (Da Ba See)".https://youtu.be/VJvEOPvKdIU

Carmen Sandiego is at it again! This time in Google Earth!

Carmen Sandiego is at it again! This time in Google Earth!

Originally shared by Adafruit Industries

Catch Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth
https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/03/27/catch-carmen-sandiego-in-google-earth/

via The Verge

Google has partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to launch The Crown Jewels Caper, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games in Google Earth. It plays just like the old Carmen Sandiego PC games you remember: visit different landmarks, talk to the locals, and figure out Sandiego’s next destination from their clues.

Though the game is made for promoting the animated Netflix show, it’s still a great collaboration, combining the fun, adventurous aspect of Carmen Sandiego with the immense 3D map resources of Google Earth. The pixel art is charming, though it’s too bad the game is missing sound. I miss the “Fly by night” theme songs from the PC games that played when you’re traveling.

See more!
https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/03/27/catch-carmen-sandiego-in-google-eart…