While the Shuttle crews were on route to deliver bagels and toys they had time to take some pictures:


Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa – 2/5/2008 (Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)


Moonset, over the Caribbean – 10/10/2007 (Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

More at The Boston Globe*

* Link thanks to the Digital Aviator

Out of Bounds photos are “post processed photos where the contents are taken outside the boundaries, presented in creative 3-dimensional perspective. OOB photos can be achieve with some basic photo editing skills. Getting an interesting OOB photo depend largely on the photo angle and individual creativity.”

Here are the 70 best


Some traveled solo, some were in herds…


Green Activism: A dying tree fell onto an (empty) SUV in Hoboken last Friday


Photos from the California coast and backroads are up at Zenfolio


While going through old photos, I noticed that I never miss an opportunity to take candid camel shots. So I posted them on flickr & zenfolio.


I’ve just signed up with Zenfolio to sell my photography online. If you’re in the mood for desert scenes, I’m currently uploading Lawrence of Arabia’s “clean” desert, Wadi Rum.

Take a look -

Thanks to Air and Space Magazine

1. Anticipate. Learn the performers’ routines, listen to the announcer, and be ready to trip the shutter at the right moment..

2. Set a slow shutter speed and follow the aircraft. The result: a photo of fast—the airplane in focus, the background blurred.

3. The chance for air-to-air is rare, but an offer to buy the gas can sometimes earn a ride…

4. To get a full propeller arc (like the ones in the photo on the opposite page), Bowen says to try a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second. But use your airborne time wisely: As you fly to a site, make test shots, checking various exposures and settings….

5. Show up at small fly-ins, where the people are friendly and the mood is laid back.

6. I like to position myself strategically near interesting aircraft, and wait for the fans to show up. People interacting with aircraft adds energy to an otherwise static photo…

7. Experiment. A single airplane shouldn’t fill every frame; focus now and then on details. Look for strong geometric shapes, symmetry, patterns, and repetition….

8. Also, vary your perspective: Get up high and look down, or get on your belly and aim up…

9. Light is magic. It can transform an average scene into art.

10. Professional photographers love dawn and dusk because of the soft light and strong shadows…

More, with photos -


Buttercream frosting

1/2 c. butter (or margarine w/some shortening) softened
1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk
Food coloring (optional)

In large bowl, cream the butter. Add about 1 cup of the sugar mix till smooth. Add the vanilla and a bit of milk, then more sugar, alternating while mixing to keep smooth. Keep adding a bit of sugar, then about a tbs. of milk, till you have enough and it tastes sweet enough. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring. Mix everything well.

Chocolate buttercream frosting – add 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa or 1/2 square unsweetened chocolate.


I first saw paddle surfers in Hawaii. Now the idea has come to Long Branch…

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