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(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200)

I’m on a well-deserved vacation this week, but you can get your new pix fix at the following links. I’ll be back on July 30. Enjoy!

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Leapin’ lizards!
Photographer/artist Kem McNair of New Smyrna Beach, Florida was at the right place at the right time. He caught an image of a shark leaping out of the water near surfers catching a wave. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

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Tall order
There have been times that I needed a little more altitude for some shots. A ladder or even a chair would have helped on many occasions just to get the right angle. But
you know what I really need? I need a weather balloon. A bunch of guys in Canada have taken getting a high angle to the extreme by using a weather balloon. I don’t think my bosses would approve if I did something like this with my (company-owned) camera.

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The natural world

National Geographic has some pretty cool pictures, as you might imagine. The magazine’s website has a Photo of the Day feature that showcases some of the great pictures taken on assignments for the magazine.

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Making a point
I saw this on the Reuters photo blog. The Olympics help to promote peace, cooperation and understanding between nations. One guy is going the extra mile to prove that point.

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Pull over! I said pull over!
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture feature on its website is great. You get to view in a larger format than most places on the Internet. I found these photos of Chinese security forces participating in an anti-terrorism exercise for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Beijing. My favorite shot is the SWAT team on Segways. It looks like something out of a James Bond movie (or maybe an Austin Powers flick)

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The grass is always greener
This year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships in England featured a unique art installation that used grass as a photographic medium. Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey projected a black and white negative onto some grass in a darkened room using the chlorophyl in the grass to create the images rather than a silver emulsion. No digital special effects, just old-school photography applied in a new way for a cool, creative effect.

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