Monday, February 25, 2013

Buzzard on the Lookout - Postcard from Brazil

     I came across this Black Vulture as he was perched on his lookout just at the edge of our suburb.  He didn't seem to be at all afraid of me, but this was the closest I wanted to get to take his photo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Diane - Faces of Brazil

       We enjoyed getting to talk to Diane again at Family Camp this year.  Her sweet, quiet spirit made it a joy to be around her.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Praying Mantis - Postcard from Brazil

     This is actually a tiny baby Praying Mantis that we found here.  It's entire body was hardly half-an-inch in length and so I it was a challenge to get a macro portrait of him, but he finally looked into the camera - not sure if he's smiling or not, though!

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Jacaré

Here in the center of South America, we have plenty of Jacaré, a type of Caiman of the Crocodile family. (Wiki)  Although we don't necessarily have them here in our suburb of Cuiabá, you don't have to go far out of town to start seeing them!  They supposedly do not harm or interfere with humans, but I prefer to keep my distance just in case!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cuiabá Arsenal - Football! (Futebol Americano)

   I was pleasantly surprised to find, after we arrived in Brazil, that there is an American Football league in Brazil, similar to the NFL of the United States.  While much younger, and smaller, than the NFL in the U.S., it is definitely growing in popularity.  With the formation of the Asociation of American Football of Brazil (AFAB - Assoçiation de Futebol Americano do Brasil) in the year 2000, the league has exploded into what it is today - a championship of thirty-four teams from all across the country.

   You can imagine how happy I was to find out that our city of Cuiabá, near the center of Brazil, is home of the "Cuiabá Arsenal" one of the winningest teams of this league and currently at the top of the rankings. 

    I was fortunate enough, recently, to be able to get a press pass to photograph a home game and had a great time!  You can see more of my photos on the Arsenal's facebook page.

The team is led by Coach Clayton Lovett (pictured below, in the white hat), a Nebraska native.  There are also a couple American players on the team, but the majority are Brazilians who have somehow fallen in love with the sport!

On this day, the Arsenal was challenged by the "Weilers" (short for Rottweilers), from São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, over 1,000km away.   Our city's large stadium is under construction for the 2014 World Cup, and so this match was held at the smaller "Dutrinha" stadium.

The game was packed with exciting plays, excellent runs, and great touchdowns!


Ah, the joy of victory!   Our team won with the final score of 55-0!  You can read the full report of the game in our local newspaper FolhadoEstado here.


What a great game it was!  I am already looking forward to the next one!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bulk Editing with Adobe Camera Raw

  Here are a couple screenshots with tips for using ACR more effectively - Especially batch processing.   (Notations done in Skitch)

And for batch noise removal:

To edit additional photos:

Be sure all the desired Raw files are selected in the left-hand column and click "Open Images" to open all of them in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maria Eduarda - Faces of Brazil

  This little girl was a faithful visitor of this year's Vacation Bible School here in Brazil and seemed to greatly enjoy herself the entire week!
  The VBS had a Global Mission's theme and so on the last day there were prizes for people who dressed up as being from another country.  I would say this girl definitely deserved first place!

Quote of the Day:
     We are immortal until our work is done."
                 - George Whitefield



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