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General Discussion / Re: Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:39:02 PM »
To make it a little easier on anyone who wants to do their top 10, here are all the movies Clint both acted in and directed:

Play Misty For Me
High Plains Drifter
The Eiger Sanction
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Gauntlet
Bronco Billy
Honkytonk Man
Sudden Impact
(Eastwood may not have official credit for directing, but he directed this one)
Pale Rider
Heartbreak Ridge
White Hunter, Black Heart
The Rookie
A Perfect World
The Bridges of Madison County
Absolute Power
True Crime
Space Cowboys
Blood Work
Million Dollar Baby
Gran Torino

On my way back from Alaska, I had a few hours layover in Seattle. I only had a few hours, and there wasn't much time to explore the area, but I knew the spots I wanted to hit, so stuck with those. Seattle was beautiful, and I'm convinced that I was there on the most beautiful day Seattle ever had, and the most beautiful sunset anyone there has ever seen. It was pure luck, and it will go down as one of my favorite photography days ever.

This is from Kerry Park, the best vantage point to view two iconic figures in one shot: one man-made, the other not:

The only thing I could have wished for on this little layover was that the crane ruining my shot wasn't there that day. But, oh well...

This view was from the highway where there was a traffic jam. With traffic completely stopped, I had time to get a few shots of the Great Wheel.

Mt. Rainier from Seacrest Park:

I'll save a few for another post. I'm running low on photos to share.  ;)

Quality probably isn't going to be much different between iPad and iPhone. What I meant to say to Jed Cooper is that since you like photography, and you live in such a beautiful area, get a camera... not one connected to a phone or tablet. Not only will it help you develop your eye just by looking through the lens, but you'll get better results. If you go with a DSLR, you'll be able to get extra creative with your camera. But, even just a point-and-shoot camera will give better results.

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:53:16 PM »
... and how about Bronco Billy?

Yes! Missed that one.

You live in a really picturesque area, so you're really lucky to have so much opportunity for great photography. I do like these pics a lot, but I notice that when you zoom in, you see more grain and they're a bit out of focus. Are these taken from the iPad, or your phone?  Maybe you could put a camera on your Christmas list. I'm not criticizing at all, or I hope it doesn't sound that way. But, a camera will really help you develop your eye and you'll get better results too.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:46:11 PM »
I was thinking of this too - maybe after we get past all the holidays, we'll come back and put together a schedule again.

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 26, 2017, 12:27:19 PM »
Stretching the definition of Road Movies with these from Eastwood:

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot is a road movie of sorts
Definitely Honkytonk Man
A Perfect World
The Gauntlet
Two Mules for Sister Sarah
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
The Outlaw Josey Wales

(last three are Trail Movies ;))

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Gant!
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:26:11 PM »
Happy birthday!  8)

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:45:52 PM »
Western: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Police/Crime: Dirty Harry
Comedy: Bronco Billy
War: Letters from Iwo Jima
Biopic: Can we go with White Hunter, Black Heart?   ???
Drama:  A Perfect World
Bonus film favorite (one film that doesn't make the #1 spot in a genre, but deserves special recognition):  Gran Torino

General Discussion / Re: High Plains Drifter and Sudden Impact
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:48:07 AM »
They're both the fourth installation of Clint's most famous characters:  Harry Callahan, and The Man With No Name (stretching a bit on this one, since Stranger isn't the same person as MWNN, but he is a no named stranger in a western setting -- right up to the last moment on screen anyway).

 ;D Rats!


They are capybaras, "the largest living rodent in the world," according to Wiki. (And who would want to be confronted with the largest dead rodent?  :o )

Correct, of course. That link you posted had some interesting information. Apparently, capybara sightings are common in Florida (never saw one in all the years I lived there).  Another interesting factoid -- they're pictured on a Uruguayan coin, which has to make them the only rodent featured on currency.

More Happy Halloween:

I love your street photography. I love the un-posed spur-of-the-moment everyday people shots that you take. I've never done that type of photography. In my photographic world, people don't exist -- it's just animals and landscapes, though sometimes there's a silhouette or city skyline. So I have a good degree of appreciation for this kind of photography, and just capturing people as they are, forever preserved in that one moment.

I looked at the zoo map for your Central Park zoo, and you have some great animals there -- though your photography of the people at the zoo might be more interesting!

I'm actually pretty disappointed in that last photo. I thought I got the best shot of Red Pandas ever. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera set with a fast shutter speed for capturing action, and the lens was too slow to capture the playing. It came out with motion blur, and I couldn't tell when looking at it on the little camera screen. I thought I had captured an action shot perfectly, and was really happy with myself.  ::)   To me, photography is like hunting, only you appreciate the animals, you don't hurt them. So getting that "prized shot" is as rewarding as I suppose it would be for Wilson to shoot the elephant.

It's that Irish animal ... an O'Kapi! :D

And they looks like they're half zebra, and half (short and unspotted) giraffe, so I guess that's the answer. I did take a quick peek at Google, but only to see if "okapi" was spelled right.  ;)

You get the gold star for that -- Okapi it is! And Giraffe and Zebra is also correct!

If you're still having fun, how about this one? There's no scale included to see the size, but they are about 2.5 to 3 feet long.

(^ Not a very artistic picture, so here's a few more):

I haven't been to the Cincinnati zoo since I was a kid.

Are you close, Christopher? I know you're in Ohio, but not sure what city. In any case, it's a great zoo -- and as adults, I think we can appreciate the zoo more than kids, if we allow our inner child to enjoy it.  I don't think kids would get how rare it is to see these animals in person when they're as young as they are. To them, the goat in the zoo's petting zoo is as novel as seeing the snow leopard. But as we get older, we appreciate that some of these animals are near extinction, and that we miss out on how gorgeous our planet is if we don't see them. There's this quote from Rocky, Christopher you may know it -- so I won't quote it yet -- where Rocky is going to take Adrian on their first date, and the local mob boss's bodyguard tells Rocky where to take her and why.  It's a funny quote, and it runs through my mind at least once when I go to the zoo. It's a laughable quote because it's ridiculous, but I think a lot of adults miss out on seeing these things because they're thought to be more for kids. The Cincy zoo has beer and wine sales. So, grab a camera, and go. It's a great day!


Lycaon pictus, or African wild dog, African hunting dog, African painted dog, painted hunting dog or painted wolf. It is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

(I didn't know, but Google Image Search did.)

Yes to all of the above.  Now let's see if you can guess this one (without help from Google):

If you can't name the animal, then what two animals are his closest relatives? One is more obvious than the other!

And here's a few more pics:

With zoo pics, I like to zoom in very close or else it looks too much like a zoo pic. I try to avoid showing glass enclosures or fences in or around the area, or feeding dispensers. The one thing that's hardest to get around are the tags they use on some of the animals -- I notice them on all the birds, but not on the other animals.  So shooting Ostriches, Flamingos and Penguins were definitely close-up photos.  I got lucky on this picture, because although there are huge tags around the entire wing of the penguins, they were turned toward me in a way that they weren't shown:

Zoo pics from the Cincinatti Zoo:

The world-famous Fiona with her mother (her father died this week)

I've never seen this animal in person or online before this trip. Anyone know what it is?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Uncle Fred, Rest In Peace
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:37:52 PM »
Sorry for your loss, Brian. I know you were close to your uncles. May he rest in peace.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, AKA23!
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:18:15 PM »
Happy birthday, AKA! Hope you're having a great day!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:46:31 PM »
Not bought.. but a pal just lent me the Eddie Murphy comedy  Coming to America .. I've never seen it so here gos..

I love that movie. Classic 80's.... but don't know how well it holds up.

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