Antique Oil Painting of Jill

Oil painting of Jill
Well no, it isn’t an oil painting of Jill. It is just one of my old photographs of her that I ran through Funny Photo’s Antique Oil Painting effect. After cropping a photograph of Jill so I just had her head, I produced the antique oil painting above with just a few clicks. You don’t have to register to use the Funny Photo website.

JillIf you click on the image you will see that the antique effect is somewhat over done. This makes the “painting” appear to be three hundred years old instead of just three decades.

Of course Jill looks good at any age.

Opposite is the original untouched photograph, circa 1980.

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15 Military Action Photographs

The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States of America.

Largest Employer

The Department of Defense is America’s oldest and largest government agency. With over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel, the Department of Defense is the nation’s largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces.

The Pentagon

Headquarters of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York.

Built during the early years of World War II, it is still thought of as one of the most efficient office buildings in the world. Despite 17.5 miles of corridors it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building.

The Department’s physical plant is huge, consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. When all sites are added together, the Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.

Fifteen Photographs

The following photographs show the United States military in action while training and in combat. The only criteria for selection was that a photograph showed weaponry in use and that I liked the image.

Detonating a controlled disposal of an improvised explosive device
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Rigsby and Air Force Staff Sgts. Devlin Long and Scott Underdoll detonate a controlled disposal of an improvised explosive device near Espandi, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011. Rigsby, Long and Underoll, all explosive ordnance disposal technicians, are assigned to Forward Operating Base Ghazni.

A blast during the Dynamic Entry course
U.S. Marines, Reconnaissance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, take cover from a blast during the Dynamic Entry course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Oct. 29, 2008. The 10-day course is held semi-annually, by the III Marine Expeditionary Forces Special Operations Training Group to teach Marines how to breach buildings, through various techniques.

Live fire range qualification
U.S. Army Pfc. Mark Ayers stands ready to dispose of spent brass during a artillery live fire qualification range on Memorial Range, Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, May 21, 2010. Ayers is assigned to Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery. The soldiers are required to conduct range qualification to keep the fire team’s accuracy and timing at its best.

Supporting machine-gun fire
A U.S. Marine with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment provides support by fire during Operation Cobra’s Anger in Now Zad, Afghanistan, on Dec. 5, 2009. The Marines are clearing buildings occupied by insurgents.

Modified Standard Missile-2 Block IV interceptors
The U.S. Navy launches two modified Standard Missile-2 Block IV interceptors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie during a Missile Defense Agency test to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target, June 5, 2008. The missiles intercepted the target approximately 12 miles above the Pacific Ocean 100 miles west of Kauai, Hawaii, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

Operation in the Helmund province in Afghanistan
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit (left) and Cpl. Matthew Miller with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire their service rifles during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2009. The Marines are part of the ground combat element of Regiment Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Firing MK-45 5-inch 54-caliber lightweight gun
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun during a gun exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 22, 2011. Mitscher is conducting a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment.

Firing M119 Howitzer
U.S. Army soldiers from Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery train on firing points with an M119 Howitzer outside Camp Liberty in Iraq on Dec. 23, 2005.

Firing M4 rifle
U.S. Army Pvt. Adam Eggers shoots his M4 rifle at a live-fire range on Camp Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. Eggers is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade.

Firing AT-4 light anti-armor weapon
Marine Lance Cpl. Gary R. Nichols fires an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon at an old tank during fire and maneuver training near Camp Bucca, Iraq, on July 18, 2005. Nichols and his fellow Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are operating out of Camp Bucca to conduct various force protection missions.

Ground-based interceptor of the Ballistic Missile Defence System
A ground-based interceptor lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 5, 2008. The launch is a test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which successfully intercepted a long-range target launched from Kodiak, Alaska.

Firing 120mm mortars from Stryker MCV-B
U.S. soldiers fire 120mm mortars from their Stryker MCV-B during crew certification at Fort Lewis, Wash., May 30, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.

Deploying a MK-154 Mine Clearing Charge system
U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment deploy an MK-154 Mine Clearing Line Charge system during assault training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2009.

Controlled donation during a clearing operation
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Page, right, and an Estonian Defense Forces member make their way over rubble as a controlled detonation explodes behind them during a clearing operation in Northern Now Zad, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2008. Page is a team leader with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
Firing a M-198 howitzer
Smoke spews from the muzzle of an M-198 howitzer as a projectile is launched down Artillery Firing Area 8 at Camp Pendleton, Calif, July 7, 2005. With the reality of guerrilla warfare in Iraq, Marines from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, broke in the new firing base tailored to what they’ll face in Iraq.

Sources

Photographs and descriptions: U.S. Department of Defense.
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12 Free Dual Screen Wallpapers

These dual screen wallpapers can be used for any purpose, without attribution. The 3840 x 1200 resolution photographs are intended for use with two monitors, each set to 1920 x 1200. To rotate my wallpapers at timed intervals I use DesktopNova running on my Ubuntu system. I used a Canon PowerShot SX200 IS to take the photographs.

Click on the photographs to enlarge to their full resolution for download. Or download all 12 in this 16.4 Mb zip file.

Sunset

Sunset In Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunset In Rocky Mountain National Park

The story behind the photograph: Rocky Mountain National Park

Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Passenger Waves Goodbye

Hot Air Balloon Passenger Waves Goodbye

The story behind the photograph: Hot Air Balloons Over Ponds Park

Beach

Great Salt Lake Couple

A Couple walking on a Great Salt Lake beach

The story behind the photograph: Spiral Jetty At Rozel Point

Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

The story behind the photograph: Rocky Mountain National Park

Battleship

Battleship Texas

Battleship Texas

The story behind the photograph: Battleship Texas

Monument

Cedar Breaks National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

The story behind the photograph: Cedar Breaks National Monument

Lake

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The story behind the photograph: More Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocket

Saturn Rocket

Saturn Rocket

The story behind the photograph: Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Jetty

Spiral Jetty

Spiral Jetty

The story behind the photograph: Spiral Jetty At Rozel Point

Temple

Jordan River Temple

Jordan River Temple

The story behind the photograph: Temples from the Air

Jeep

Jeep At Rozel Point

Jeep At Rozel Point

The story behind the photograph: Spiral Jetty At Rozel Point

Falls

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

The story behind the photograph: More Rocky Mountain National Park

See also: 15 Free Dual Screen Wallpapers.
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People of India

The Republic of India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area with the most populous democracy in the world. According to Wikipedia, India is home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires.

Four of the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—originated in India, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium.

Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early eighteenth century and colonised by the United Kingdom from the mid-nineteenth century, India became an independent nation in 1947.

India, a pluralistic, multilingual and multiethnic society, is the second-most populous country with over 1.18 billion people. Traditional Indian family values are highly respected, and multi-generational patriarchal joint families have been the norm, although nuclear families are becoming common in urban areas.

An overwhelming majority of Indians have their marriages arranged by their parents and other respected family members, with the consent of the bride and groom. Marriage is thought to be for life, and the divorce rate is extremely low.

All women are respected in India and visitors should keep this strictly in mind. (Kake) 

India is the world’s fourth largest economy (PPP). Since the introduction of market-based economic reforms in 1991, India has become one of the fastest growing major economies in the world.

It is the world’s sixth de facto nuclear weapons state and has the third-largest standing armed force in the world.

Eleven Photographs

The Eleven photographs here were selected for variety and because I liked them. They may or may not be representative of India and her people but I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did finding them.

Darjeeling West Bengal India

Children walk home from school past tea fields in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Photo Credit: Daniel Peckham

Bearded Indian

In ancient India, the beard was considered a symbol of dignity and wisdom

Photo Credit: Steve Evans

Children doing homework in Manek Chowk slum

Children doing homework in Manek Chowk slum

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Miss India

Miss India

Photo Credit: sokole oko

The Guardian of the Tomb, Taj Mahal

The Guardian of the Tomb, Taj Mahal

Photo Credit: Trey Ratcliff

Punjabi bride and groom

Punjabi bride and groom

Photo Credit: Deepak Sharma

Family ride, Hyderabad, India

Family ride along the Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad, India

Photo Credit: Janet and Phil

Tool trader at the Ravivar Bazaar in Ahmedabad

Tool trader at the Ravivar Bazaar in Ahmedabad, India

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Ready for harvest, Northern India

Ready for harvest, Northern India

Photo Credit: Andries3

Girl clearing rubble at Kochrab, India

Girl clearing rubble at Kochrab caused by the 2006 monsoon flooding

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Camel ride in Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

A guide gives tourists a camel ride in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Photo Credit: swamyski

These photographs carry a Creative Commons license that permits copying, distribution, and transmission provided that they are not used commercially and attribution is given. Other restrictions may apply, follow the photo credit links for details.
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Photos on the New LDS.org Website

San Diego Temple Flowers
I have been participating in the Official LDS Church Call for Photos on flickr. I was pleased to hear at least one of the photographs I uploaded has been used. The temple flower photographs were taken by Jake and he had me upload them to flickr along with photographs of my own. Today I got this email from the Audiovisual Department of the Church:

We wanted to make sure we let you know that at least one of your photos was used on the new.lds.org. The designers are still compiling some of the pages, but your photo of the San Diego temple appears on the Temple homepage. You can find it here: http://new.lds.org/church/temples
Thanks again for sharing so many wonderful photos with the Church.

This is what the temple homepage looked like in October 2010. It was thoughtful of the Audiovisual Department to send me the email and it was appreciated. If you have a few photographs that you are particularly fond of, upload them to the Church flickr group pool. They will then be made available for use on Church Internet sites — as demonstrated.

Update

Photographs are now contributed through Helping in The Vineyard.
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A Collection of Videos

Apollo 11 cameras

Stan Lebar holds an Apollo 11 command module color television camera (left) and the moonwalk camera

Since my first post on this blog in May 2008 I have used a number of video clips to add variety to my articles. Because most everyone enjoys watching video over reading plain text, I decided it would be useful to collect all the videos in one place. I have linked each video to the original post.

The videos are in groups of approximately 10 and I have called these chapters. Chapter 1 contains the earliest published videos.

Update

I have discontinued the video collection and instead there is an Index of Posts Containing Videos.
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Responding to the Official LDS Call for Photos

Las Vegas Temple MoroniAfter reading about the Official LDS Call for Photos in Mormon Times (now the faith section of Deseret News) I responded. After all, what use are great photographs of temples, families, and church history sites if no-one sees them? Sure, I can put them on my blog, and I have, but who reads my blog, apart from you?

The Church needs all kinds of photographs — there is a list on their Official LDS Call for Photos Flickr page (submit photographs now through The Vineyard.) Your submitted photographs will be used by the Church and Church members for Church-related purposes. You still retain the copyright of your images though there will be no attribution.

I already had a Flickr account but if you don’t, join Flickr for free and give it your best shots. After uploading six photographs, join the group, Official LDS Call for Photos. Now add your photographs to the Church’s site. You can upload six a day. With a free account I found that my photographs were limited to 1200 pixels wide. The full resolution has been uploaded, you just can’t see it with the free account. You don’t need to because you will be contacted via Flickrmail with instructions to submit your originals to a separate Church site. This may take a few weeks.

Christus in the Oakland Temple Visitors Center

Christus in the Oakland Temple Visitors Center

If you have a tough time with rejection the safest route is to submit temple photographs. If there are people or private property in your photographs you will have to deal with model and/or property releases. All recognizable individuals need to sign a model release. Participants under the age of 18 will need a signature from a parent or legal guardian. You do not need a release for LDS Church-owned buildings. Before you share your photographs read the Church’s Flickr site thoroughly.

To date I have submitted 18 photographs and had one rejected, the one with the Christus. It is not a very good photograph to begin with and I guess it depicts a sculpture, which we are specifically told not to submit. However, when you run your own blog you can post as many bad photos as you want. And remember, when it comes to photographs Many are called but few are chosen.

With a limit of 100 MB per month, the 24 photographs uploaded in June have used 69% of my allotment. However, a Pro account ($24.95 a year) allows unlimited uploads.

To give you some idea of what is being accepted, if you don’t want to head over to Flickr, here are my seventeen photographs. You probably have photographs that are just as good or much better. On the Church’s Flickr site they have more than just temples. If you do upload some photos, let me know so that I can check out what a real photographer’s work looks like.

FresnoLas VegasLas VegasLas VegasLas VegasLas VegasLas VegasLos AngelesOaklandRedlandsRedlandsSacramentoFresnoLas VegasLas VegasOaklandRedlands
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15 Resplendent Temple Flower Photographs

Lo! in the desert the flowers are springing;
Streams, ever copious, are gliding along.
Loud from the mountaintops echoes are ringing;
Wastes rise in verdure and mingle in song.

Jake took photographs of the many flowers on the temple grounds while on our recent California Temple Trip. The weather was very agreeable for man and bloom. I don’t know the names of these flowers, just the temples where they were nurtured.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Las Vegas Temple flower

Las Vegas Temple

Las Vegas Temple flower

Las Vegas Temple

Oakland Temple flower

Oakland Temple

Redlands Temple flower

Redlands Temple

Redlands Temple flower

Redlands Temple

Redlands Temple flower

Redlands Temple

Redlands Temple flower

Redlands Temple

Reno Temple flower

Reno Temple

Reno Temple flower

Reno Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple

15 Beautiful Temple Flower Photographs

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

On our recent California Temple Trip I took many photographs of the temples. Meanwhile, Jake was busy in the temple grounds photographing the flowers. I don’t know the names of these many blooms, just the temples where they were nurtured.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Fresno Temple flower

Fresno Temple

Las Vegas Temple flower

Las Vegas Temple

Las Vegas Temple flower

Las Vegas Temple

Oakland Temple flower

Oakland Temple

Oakland Temple flower

Oakland Temple

Redlands Temple flower

Redlands Temple

Reno Temple flower

Reno Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple

Sacramento Temple flower

Sacramento Temple


This San Diego Temple flower photograph was chosen for the Church’s temples web page.
San Diego Temple flower

San Diego Temple

San Diego Temple flower

San Diego Temple