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Inquiring minds want to know

How I Did It

Many decades ago when I had several years experience with photography, my goal was to have a huge collection of lenses for all purposes—fisheye, wide angle, super wide angle, zoom, ultra zoom, double ultra zoom, triple ultra zoom………

Although it might be nice to have all those lenses in today’s world, I find that I am completely satisfied with my Tamron 28-300mm lens and Photoshop. Photoshop has so many cool features that allow me to simulate all those lenses so well that no one would know what I had done unless I told them.

A good example is this Photographic Art creation:

Two ladies at the window

That is based on a picture of a mural in the Little Italy area of San Diego. Ah, but I lie to you. That is based on FOUR pictures of a mural in the Little Italy area of San Diego. It was a wide mural, so it would not fit in my camera considering I couldn’t stand across the street because cars and utility poles would have been in the picture. I could have stood in the street, but it’s a busy street, and I know what typically happens when a 200-pound human takes on a 4,000-pound car. My only choice, then, was to take four pictures while standing on the walkway, just three feet or so from the mural. Here are the four original pictures:

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Along with the mismatch in color contrast, brightness, exposure, etc., you can see that the perspective is going to be weird, especially for the two end pictures. This pretty much tells you where I was standing in order to leave cars, people, and poles out of the picture—right between the two ladies if you can’t tell.

First I corrected the perspective of the pictures, which gave me these four pictures:

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Then I used Photoshop’s Photomerge function to merge the four pictures into one picture, giving me this:

img_7133 panorama (Custom)

After that it was just a question of making it into Photographic Art.

The one question that Julian had is why does the woman who is sitting down have a mustache. The attire certainly leads to one believing that it is a woman… Do Italian women have mustaches? Inquiring minds want to know.

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SNIPPETS (8-16-14, #2)—WordAds revenue, and more

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

The earnings report from my WordAds came in. I got approved for WordAds on July 15, so the revenue is for 16½ days.

Drum roll please….

$16.62.

Yep. A measly $16.62. Wait! Measly? NOT measly! I did nothing other than allow their ads to show up on my blog. $16.62 is 97.76¢ per day! That $16.62 for 17 days in July equates to about $30 per month. Julian and I think we can get to $50 per month by the end of the year, if not sooner. And ever since I got WordAds approved, I have been endeavoring to do everything possible to increase readership and views to get us there. I have even……….

SNIPPET #2

………..caught up on my backlog of blog visits. Remember when I was using Internet Explorer 9 from January 2 to March 27 and got so far behind in reading, liking, and commenting on blogs because the LIKE buttons and the comment boxes wouldn’t load? I got nine months behind. I pleased to say that as of today, I’m exactly 30 days behind.Goats at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

I find 30 days to be just about right because not everyone publishes a blog post each day like I do (sometimes two, like today!). The one thing that really gets my goat in the blogging world is when I go to visit someone’s blog only to find that they have published absolutely nothing since the last time I visited.

SNIPPET #3

My wise old grandmotherMy wise old grandmother was a master gardener before there was such a thing. Everything I learned about gardening, I learned from her. So my memories of her are strong when I visit gardening sites and blogs.

Recently I visited a blog that was telling the reader to provide nesting materials to get birds to build nests in your yard. Twigs make great nesting materials, and the article said that the twigs and sticks should be under four inches long.

Hmmmm.

Nest-building osprey

SNIPPET #4

Photographic Art of a rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo:

Rhinoceros

Created by Julian. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

SNIPPET #5

Would y’all like a blog post by Julian?

If there is strong enough demand, I’ll force him to comply with that demand as part of his ongoing partnership agreement with Photographic Art, but I won’t put any restrictions on what he can blog about. That might prove interesting……….LOL

Let me him know with a comment.

SNIPPET #6

Suicide is in the mainstream news again due to Robin Williams.

About a year ago, Junior Seau, also known as Mr. San Diego, committed suicide.

For readers who might not know, my dad committed suicide when I was six years old, although I didn’t find out about it until much later. Much, much later.

I also have been depressed and suicidal at times in my life, so I get quite disgusted by people with such a cavalier attitude about suicide and the effect on the people it leaves behind. So disgusted that I unfriend, unfollow, and unlike them.

SNIPPET #7

Tony GwynnWith the recent death of Tony Gwynn (see stamp at right) in June at the age of 54 from cancer, and the fact that the San Diego Padres, for whom he played his entire professional baseball career, won’t be going anywhere in the playoffs, people are reminiscing about the best years of the San Diego Padres. Those years are few and far between, with the Padres playing in, and losing, the World Series in 1984 and 1998. Tony Gwynn was with the team both times.

There have been some highlights beyond the team itself, though, such as when Tony Gwynn got hit #3,000 (see stamp above).

Here are two other players who provided lots of highlights for the Padres:

Steve Garvey
Home Run in the 1984 NLCS,
winning the game and sending the Padres to the World SeriesIMG_6979 steve garvey faa stamp

Trevor Hoffman
Save #500Trevor Hoffman

SNIPPET #8

When Jim and I went to watch the Big Bay Boom! fireworks downtown for the fourth of July, the San Diego Country Administration Building had been made into a Tony Gwynn memorial:

Tony Gwynn memorial on the San Diego County Administration Building

SNIPPET #9

A mural, titled “Escalera After Bechi,” in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego:

Escalera After Bechi

SNIPPET #10

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post today!

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post and SNIPPETS today

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Little birds, pretty birds, ugly birds, big birds, not-birds, and really big birds

I livew in my own little world

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A selection of birds from the past couple of months, some from Balboa Park, some from the Zoo, some from Mission Bay Park, some from Little Italy.

Hummingbird in storm clouds at Balboa ParkHummingbird and storm clouds

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Mallard at Balboa ParkMallard

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Not-bird (Bird of Paradise flower)Bird of Paradise flower

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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooIMG_3124 framed

Blue-crowned hanging parrot

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Mallard ducklings (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooMallard chicks

Mallard ducklings

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Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove at the San Diego ZooYellow-breasted Fruit Dove

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Flamingo at the San Diego ZooFlamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo mommy and egg at the San Diego ZooFlamingo egg at the San Diego Zoo

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Always someone who has to stand out from the crowd
San Diego ZooFlamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Mandarin Duck at the San Diego ZooMandarin Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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California Condor at the San Diego ZooCalifornia Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego ZooSecretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Steller’s Sea Eagle at the San Diego ZooSteller's Sea Eagle at the San Diego Zoo

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Great White Pelican at the San Diego ZooGreat White Pelican at the San Diego Zoo

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Great Blue Heron visiting the San Diego ZooGreat Blue Heron visiting the San Diego Zoo

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If you’re not going to share….
Chollas Lake ParkRock Pigeon and Ground Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park

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Unknown bird at Mission Bay ParkUnknown bird at Mission Bay Park

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Flash video of the unknown bird fishing at Mission Bay Park

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Black-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay ParkBlack-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay Park

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Surprise
Rose Garden at Balboa Park

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Really big bird flying over Little Italy

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Little Italy

San Diego’s Little Italy

Out & About

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At last count (this morning), 120 neighborhoods make up the City of San Diego. That’s 19 more than the last time I counted about five years ago. Some are residential communities while others are business communities or mixed use communities. One of the more vibrant mixed use communities is Little Italy, a wonderful collection of residences, restaurants, and especially home design and arts businesses.

Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy was an Italian fishing neighborhood founded in the mid-19th century and thriving through the 1970s, serving the tuna fishing fleet and canning industry in San Diego, at that time the tuna capital of the western United States. Pacific Tuna Canning Company, the largest, was founded in 1911, and by the mid-1930s, canneries employed more than a thousand people. Sadly, foreign competition and rising costs caused the last of the canneries to close in the early 1980s.

House in Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little ItalyToday it’s a neighboorhod full of life, seemingly 24/7 — it’s the only place I’ve found where I can eat out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I have yet to eat at a bad Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Along with great Italian food, Little Italy has a reputation for having fun. Annual events include:

  • Little Italy Carnevale on the Saturday before Mardi Gras
  • ArtWalk in April (the largest art event on the West Coast with over 120,000 attending each year)
  • Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego, the “Big Ride” where 3,000 cyclists start and end under the Little Italy sign
  • Sicilian Festival in May
  • Taste of Little Italy in May and November (if you ever go to one you’ll come home 20 pounds heavier)Mona Lisa Italian Foods in Little Italy in San Diego
  • Labor Day Stickball Tournament in September
  • Little Italy Fiesta in October (the largest Italian festival outside of New York City)
  • Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy in October — see more than 50 Lamborghinis on the streets of Little Italy
  • Little Italy Christmas Village and Tree Lighting in December where you can see Santa riding in historic Fire Engine #3 from the San Diego Firehouse Museum located in Little Italy.

Little Italy Mercato is every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There you can find freshly caught fish, locally grown fruits and vegetables, pastries from local bakeries, and, of course, art from local artists.

The Little Italy art scene is like no other, and that’s where I found myself late last month, at the Little Italy Art Walk.

Little Italy Art Walk in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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Little Italy in San Diego

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