Tuesday, December 30, 2008

100 Days In Photographs

Very happy to have it, thanks to my father.

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - December 29, 2008

Photographer Ceslovas Cesnakevicius
Caption Visiting winter
Views 30348 times
34 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.29/7 Originality: 6.38/7
Equipment Unknown
Technical Details Olympus C730, PS
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Monday, December 1, 2008

Apple: The Genius Behind Steve Jobs

Source: Fortune Magazine online (CNNMoney.com)

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - December 1, 2008

Photographer David Clapp
Caption We Have Been Waiting for You
Views 3964 times
Ratings 0 ratings, Aesthetics: None Originality: None
Equipment Unknown
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Friday, November 28, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - October 13, 2008

Photographer Giedrius Neturiauskas
Views 14507 times
79 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.47/7 Originality: 6.58/7
Equipment Unknown
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - August 18, 2008

Photographer Tuan Trinh
Caption Being Protected.
Views 4769 times
49 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.55/7 Originality: 6.59/7
Exposure Date 2006-05-20
Location Street: Vietnam City: Dalak State: Texas Zip code: 75081 Country: Vietnam
Equipment Camera Canon 20d Lens Canon 28-135 F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Who Will Rule The New Internet?

Apple, Google and Facebook all want to build the next great platform. Inside the struggle for Web supremacy

by Josh Quittner/San Francisco

Source: Time Magazine of June 16, 2008

WWF For A Living Planet

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Wimbledon In The Past

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Pelè For Aspire

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Agassi For Longines

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Travolta For Breitling

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Woods For Accenture

Source: Newsweek Magazine

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dimitrov - The Boys` Champion

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria secured the 2008 boys' singles title with victory over his Finnish doubles partner Henri Kontinen.

Grigor Dimitrov beat Henri Kontinen of Finland in straight sets on No.1 Court to win the boy’s singles title and become the first player from Bulgaria to lift the prestigious title.
And it felt pretty good, he said after his 7-5, 6-3 victory. “I didn’t expect it. I’m proud I could fight through the match – it was the biggest court with the most people I’ve played on. Perfect.”

His opponent, the Helsinki born but Florida based Kontinen, ousted the favourite and top seed Bernard Tomic in the semi-finals in what was the biggest upset of the boys event. As such, the 17-year-old arrived in the final with a giant-killing reputation but still very much an unknown quantity having never gone past the second round in his previous Grand Slam appearances.

Nevertheless, Dimitrov, also 17 and seeded nine, was favourite, having not dropped a set en route to the final and having removed third seed Cesar Ramirez of Mexico in the quarter-finals.

Close friends and doubles partners – they lost in the first round here – the two finalists displayed very different approaches to the game, the Finn playing a classical grass court game against the more modern baseline style of the Bulgarian.

And in the blustery conditions following a delayed start, it was Dimitrov who always looked to be more in control, although he had to stave off two break points in the third game.
“We were both nervous and maybe I was a bit lucky in the first set,” Dimitrov said afterwards.

What followed was an excellent display of serve and volley from Kontinen and assured baseline tennis from Dimitrov, although the Bulgarian’s right shoulder required the trainer’s services for a problem picked up during his semi-final victory over Filip Krajinovic.

“The injury was quite serious,” Dimitrov revealed: “And I must thank the Japanese who gave me the therapeutic necklace. It helped me. The trainer was just relieving the pain.”

Whatever the problem, it did not seem to affect his movement or service action as he was rarely extended in the first set. He was able to increase the pressure on his unseeded opponent, raising the ante in the ninth game when Kontinen had to dig deep to hold serve.

With double faults and unforced errors mounting, it was not surprising that two games later, after 27 minutes of play, Dimitrov broke to claim the first set thanks to Kontinen’s sixth double fault of the match.

The two protagonists approached the second set with caution and for a brief moment Kontinen gained the advantage with a forehand pass down the line (confirmed by Hawk-Eye) to go 3-2 up.

But Dimitrov, runner up at the last year’s Orange Bowl, came storming back in the next game and levelled when a pass down the line hit the net cord and sailed over the Finn’s racquet for a winner.

Following some more treatment to his shoulder at the next changeover, Dimitrov returned to the attack and broke for 5-3 with another pass down the line leaving the incoming Kontinen stranded at the net.

With the title now well within his grasp, Dimitrov was not going to let the opportunity pass and he sealed the match at the first opportunity, a cross court pass attempt by Kontinen just nicking the net cord and skipping wide.

“I wanted to win it so much” he said. “It is a great tournament. To win Wimbledon is great, especially as I heard the winner gets a wild card into next year’s senior event.”

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Unicorn-Deer Born in Italy

Marta Falconi, Associated Press
June 11, 2008 -- A deer with a single horn in the center of its head -- much like the fabled, mythical unicorn -- has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.

"This is fantasy becoming reality," Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, said. "The unicorn has always been a mythological animal."
The one-year-old Roe Deer -- nicknamed "Unicorn" -- was born in captivity in the research center's park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near
Florence, Tozzi said.
He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.

Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.
"This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly," he said by telephone. "It's not like they dreamed it up."

Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of -- but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn, experts said.

"Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case," said Fulvio Fraticelli, scientific director of Rome's zoo. He said the position of the horn could also be the result of a trauma early in the animal's life.

Other mammals are believed to contribute to the myth of the unicorn, including the narwhal, a whale with a long, spiraling tusk.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - June 2, 2008

Photographer Mike Curtis
Caption Round 'n Round
Views 1646 times
27 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.33/7 Originality: 6.52/7
Exposure Date 2007-06-03
Location City: Rockingham State: North Carolina Zip code: 28379 Country: USA
Equipment Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ20
Technical Details This is a picture of my daughter Alyssa as she is being spun around in the backyard. Exposure details. Shutter priority at 1/80 second f/2.8 with -1/3 Exposure Bias. No flash used. ISO 80. Post processing included slight crop and rotate, overall levels adjustment for contrast and then slight PWL. Also, overall saturation and color were boosted as well.
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes (Read
this for more information)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Meraviglia o terrore?

In Italian only
Source: www.focus.it

Meraviglia o terrore? Quale delle due per la nuova scienza che progetta di costruire macchine delle dimensioni di una molecola, o più piccole, capaci di gareggiare con gli atomi? Macchine, e non per modo di dire: hanno motori, computer di bordo e strumenti per "fare qualcosa" (anche dentro di noi!). Tutto proporzionato, è naturale, e tutto in violazione alle comuni leggi della fisica: la gravità, la forza di van der Waals (attrazione intermolecolare), la seconda legge della termodinamica (il calore fluisce da un corpo caldo a uno freddo), la tensione superficiale... contano poco o nulla per un robot grande un atomo. È ANCORA FUTURO Il primo a sognare macchine così, nel 1959, è stato Richard Feynman (Nobel per la fisica 1965), quando ancora non esistevano né la parola "nanotecnologia" né gli strumenti per assemblare nanostrutture, come il microscopio a forza atomica (1986), uno dei principali attrezzi per l'osservazione e la manipolazione della materia in scala nanometrica (vedi "La scienza incontra l'arte"). A che punto siamo oggi? Per le idee rappresentate in queste pagine dai disegni di tre artisti è ancora piena fantascienza. Sono però "mondi possibili" e la nostra domanda è, di nuovo, sogno o incubo? Che cosa ne pensi? I MANGIA-LIPIDI Non c'è tempo da perdere: quest'arteria è ingombra di placche di grasso! Da smaltire, prima che succeda qualcosa di peggio. Una flotta di nanorobot rimuove il materiale lipidico e lo digerisce direttamente sul posto.
(© Tim Fonseca)
[Elisabetta Intini, 15 maggio 2008]

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Photo.net's Photo of the Week - May 12, 2008

Photographer Kevin McNeal
Caption A Rare Perspective Of San Francisco Under The Bay Bridge
Views 655 times
25 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.72/7 Originality: 6.80/7
Exposure Date 2007-03-29
Location City: San Francisco State: California Country: U.S
Equipment Camera Canon Canon 5D
Technical Details I know this is an icon but I had never seen it ever from here until I saw a similar image. I owe this image to Ed Nunez who I had visited to shoot the Big Sur Coastline with. I wanted to get to this location but he told me it is almost impossible as this is on government property and has pretty tight security due to obvious reasons of late. I told him I had to have it for myself and I would do whatever it took. So we drive there as the sun set and he asked me to jump out the car without stopping and make my way down the steepest embankment of my life all the way down to the water. He could not stop as the police were constantly patrolling the area and I only had a matter of seconds to get out of sight. Once I finally got to the spot I could not setup my tripod due to the steepness; So I dug a deep hole to get my tripod legs into. I could not even put my bag down as it rolled down the hill. I know that a lot of people will disagree with this but when you are desperate to get a rare perspective you will do anything !!! Thanks again to Ed Nunez who made this possible. Thanks for looking ! Canon 5D 17-40L f/11 25 seconds ISO 100
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Friday, May 2, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - April 28, 2008

Biliana`s note: *W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L*

Photographer Don Paulson
Caption Japanese Garden ~ Royal Roads University
Views 54545 times
34 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.09/7 Originality: 5.82/7
Exposure Date 1996-11-04
Location Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Thursday, March 27, 2008

In the Middle of a War Zone...

... and an incredible artwork of Eric Feferberg.
Source: Time Magazine of March 24, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - March 11, 2008

Photographer filip bogdan
Views 20722 times
140 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.49/7 Originality: 6.70/7
Location City: bucharest Country: roumania
Equipment Camera Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - February 25, 2008

Photographer Max Billder
Views 70294 times
120 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.62/7 Originality: 6.62/7
Location Country: Spain
Equipment Camera Canon EOS 30D, Lens Canon EF 70-200/2.8L IS USM
Technical Details iso100, 1/100, f22
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Friday, February 1, 2008

Where Hunger Will Hit in 2030

Marshall Burke
Uncertain FutureA rice farmer in strolls in Bali, Indonesia. A new study looking at the effects of climate change on crop production suggests rice systems throughout Asia will likely suffer in future decades.
Sarah Gofort, Discovery News
Jan. 31, 2008 -- Some of the world's poorest regions could face severe food shortages in the coming decades thanks to climate change, say researchers who have consulted the most sophisticated climate models to predict where crop losses are likely.

According to those models, the world's average temperature could rise by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 20 years. The difference may seem small in abstract, but coupled with changes in rainfall, it could have dramatic effects on the growing seasons of important crops.
Most of the world's 1 billion poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, points out David Lobell, lead author of a new paper on the predictions and a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE).

"Unfortunately," he said in a statement, "agriculture is also the human enterprise most vulnerable to changes in climate."
To figure out which regions might be hit the hardest, Lobell and his colleagues used 20 climate models, focusing on poor regions in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Their findings will be published in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Science.

"We decided that a systematic look at the data might be helpful in identifying which crops and regions have the worst, or best, prospects," Lobell told Discovery News.
Though more rain -- and more crops -- are predicted for a few of those regions, the vast majority are drying up.

The researchers also compared the climate projections to past data on what people eat. Like a farmer's almanac, information on how temperature swings and rainfall patterns have affected growing seasons in the past gave them an idea of what to expect in the future.
The prospects are grim.
Their analysis revealed two "hunger hotspots" -- southern Africa and South Asia -- where regional staples such as maize and rice could drop by 10 percent or more.
Dealing with the problem could be cheap in some places, where farmers can plant earlier or later in the growing season. But the best solutions, said Lobell, require investment in technologies to pipe in more water and turn fallow land fertile.

Aid agencies, said Lobell, need advance warnings of potential hunger situations. To make this happen, the United States Agency for International Development has created a discipline-crossing program called FEWS NET (for Famine Early Warning System).

"Climate change is an opportunity to do the work we should have been doing all along, helping farmers to increase their agricultural productivity," said FEWS NET researcher Molly Brown, of the Biospheric Sciences Branch at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

In a paper accompanying Lobell's study in Science, Brown and co-author Chris Funk of the University of California, Santa Barbara, call for more attention to predictions like Lobell's.
"A changing climate will force the political and economic systems to change so that people can continue to live and work in semi-arid regions. We see it as an opportunity to improve the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable," Brown told Discovery News.

"The Lobell study highlights some very significant red flags in terms of global food production," said Funk, adding that his own work suggests an even "more pessimistic precipitation outlook" than Lobell's.

"On the other hand, I firmly believe that effective responses to these issues are possible," he said. "What will be needed, however, is real political commitment to change, both by the international community and by individual countries in the developing world."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - January 14, 2008

Photographer Aaron Brown
Caption A certain gleam in her eye
Views 1826 times
43 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.12/7 Originality: 5.74/7
Exposure Date 2007-09-14
Location City: Cedar Park State: Texas Country: USA
Equipment Camera Canon EOS 30D
Lens Canon EF 100 f/2.8 USM Macro
ISO 100
Exposure Time 1/250 second
Time of Day 4:11 PM
f/stop f/6.3
Focal Length (mm) 100mm
Technical Details 2 studio strobes & a silver reflector :) Shot RAW, developed in Adobe Lightroom 1.3.1
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes