26 May, 2013

Shooting (with a camera) my dog

Hi all
Today, I would like to introduce you to Mindi which is our companion for the last years.
We picked her from a shelter ~4 years ago when she was only a puppy, and here is how she looked at 1st day:
She loves running
and running... 

Obviously after running, need to drink water. PS: this photo was taken at night! ISO1600, 1/8Sec - this shows the capabilities of the Sony A55

 But mostly she love sleeping in her bed
Good night

23 May, 2013

Spruce Goose

Hi all
I would like to share with the the first photos I ever took with a DSLR. Olympus E-510 was my 1st DSLR, small and beautiful camera with superb lenses. It is a pity that Olympus no longer support their 4/3 DSLR line...
I arrived in Portland, and looked for activities for the weekend. I learnt that one of the most interesting Space & Aviation US Museum is located not far from my place, so I decided to pay a visit to the Evergreen Museum located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Olympus E-510, 14mm, ISO100
The weather was fantastic, clear sky and warm temperatures:
Olympus E-510, 14mm, ISO100
The key attraction of this museum is for sure the once largest airplane ever built: the Spruce Goose:
This huge airplane was designed and built by Howard Hughes to address the need for supplying UK during WWII as vessels were targeted by the German U-boats.
However it was completed too late, and after performing a single flight was stored for decades.
It had 8 engines that needed in order to lift this beast to the air, to save weight and also as steel was scarce, it was built from lightweight wood.
The museum has more attractions such as NASA's experimental aircraft:
Space capsules and more:
So, it is highly recommended to visit Evergreen Museum if you're around 


15 May, 2013

The Windmills of Lasithi Plateau

Hi all
Lasithi Plateau is located in the central area of Crete. It is isolated from the rest of the island by massive mountains, making the access (especially in old days) very difficult. As such it was the several times the hide place of resistance forces during the occupations of Crete.
The road to Lasithi Plateau is foggy and covered with clouds, and the curves are lit day and night. There is a small Museum - Homo Sapiens located in mid-way to the plateau. You pass across toothed rocks and ruins, which, together with the fog add to the creepy feeling:

Suddenly when you reach the last curve you see the Plateau in front of you, like a picture from the past centuries:

At the very entrance to the plateau, there is a small church

The villagers at Lasithi Plateau used the constant wind for energizing their mills and irrigation system, but these Windmills look completely different from those of Western Europe:

They have white sails and are built from steel, most of them are not active anymore, some are kept in working state:

While others were abandoned

That's all for today