Please click each of the above photos for a larger pop-up version. They were both digitally altered in Photoshop using the "Amelie Effect" by Dawn Mikulich. The photos were taken on April 2, 2005, at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL.
This past weekend we joined Dan, Stacy and family and took our baby boy to the zoo for the very first time. After several weeks of feeling like in the third trimester, it was a much-needed outing in the gorgeous Florida sunshine for all of us! Since the wee one is just starting to get comfortable with his land-legs, it was also the first time we've been able to make a family-chain while walking through a public place. That was so much fun! And by the constant babbling and screeching, you could tell he was having the time of his life. His absolute favorite stop was the Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center. He would slap the glass with glee as fish larger than he was zoomed right by his face. Quite a contrast from Pip and Pop, the two goldfish currently residing in his room!
The boy got me good earlier this afternoon. We were having our daily "please take your vitamins" throw-down, and I'd have to say he put up a "W" in the win-column for Wednesday. After he turned a year old and moved from formula to whole milk, his pediatrician placed him on Poly-Vitamin drops with . Not only do they stink to high-heaven, they also stain like you wouldn't believe. Naval carrier air traffic controllers have an easier time planning out an approach than I do getting these things down him. Today I had my mouth open trying to talk him into taking them yet again, and he grabbed the dropper and flicked it at just the right time. Perfect shot, too. He couldn't have choreographed it better if he tried. Went straight in my mouth. But now I have to say the kid isn't exaggerating that stuff is foul and more bitter than you can possibly imagine! I was gagging and had to run for my drink not to hurl all over him. Now I know why he makes the almost cartoon-like face each day as I draw near... I think it's time to request something a bit tastier from Dr. Feelgood!
And yet another great photography link from Mr. Todd to pass along...The Imaging Resource "Comparometer" ™ Digital Camera Image Comparison Page.
This tool lets you compare reference images from digital cameras side-by-side. These images were taken under carefully-controlled conditions, to provide valid comparisons of camera capabilities in actual shooting situations.
It was quite interesting to check out my old G3 against my new D70. If you're having trouble deciding between different camera models, this site is definitely for you!