Joe Connors
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After spending some time overseas and witnessing so many interesting & new visuals, I decided to engage in Photography to capture those still moments. I chose to document Medical and Environmental issues, which also provided more people and places to see, as in SE Asia, East Africa, Morocco, India, Nepal, Costa Rica, etc. To me, Photography of any type seems best accomplished by practicing each type(portrait, night, landscape, etc.) until excellence is achieved in each; then apply the same rules to all other types(exposure, depth of field, composition, etc. ). Also, to me, the same "eye" that sees the world in all aspects will find a great shot via the Camera, like the right ingredients that will make a great meal. What bothers me the most is "overexposure." What I like the most is obvious intense "effort", whether for a quick shot or a long studied work. For all of us who collectively benefit from this engaging site, I am sure we can all join up in thanking the geniuses from Google in providing Panoramio free to us, & the link-ups it creates with each other through Photography; as well as especially appreciating those who actually implement it currently and previously. The elaborating aspects of Panoramio illustrates a creatively organized concept.... As to "my" little Panoramio Gallery here, many more photos will follow and your comments are welcomed. All images here are a result of that great invention we all owe so much to and those who came before us, that created it: The "Camera." - Joe

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I can't remember if this sunrise or sunset. These days, I like to watch the late night comedy shows, so you early Rabbits, who want to be "seen" will have to adjust your schedule....

Joe, The Photographer

120 miles by road from San Jose, going N.W., is the Cano Negro river and refuge. With no tourists in sight, we took a small boat up the river, well stocked with birds, monkeys and Caymans. This Cayman came down to the edge to inspect me. Like the larger Crocs and Gators, the close you get the more amazing and intimidating they become. Costa Rica has some parks not so abundant with wildlife, but not this one. Cano Negro gets a thumbs up!

Joe, The Photographer

Trying to get this giraffe to pose against this appealing background required strange sounds and arm waving. Perplexed, he stop and started, and finally gave me the spot and the pose one late afternoon in Northern Tanzania.

Surrounded by muted colors and low sunlight, this bright butterfly easily captures enough rays to standout for shot without a flash.

A pair of giraffes walk elegantly beneath an umbrella of tropical birds, each on their way to get ready for nightfall. With not a man-made object in sight(provided I don't turn around and look at my jeep), one looks out to a picture that could harken back the image of primeval days, when the intense beauty rivaled the fierce predators, as it does now.

With window open and a bird feeder nearby, I am ready with a pre-set underexposed flash to catch only the bird in the early evening who came down for a last meal before bed.

A slow stream with forest green reflection hosts a passing contrasting red leaf--with a drop of water on the leaf and a shaft of narrow sunlight. A hint of gold appears to complete the trilogy of colors.

On Lake Geneva in Switzerland, swans adorn the water scape, like bulbs on a Christmas tree. Snuggled into itself for a rest, this swan floats near the shore with one eye open; I was told they do that, just in case you're French.

A passing gull came down for a look as in the past when many of that odd species he sees so often, hold up food for for him to grab in flight.

Patterns of even blue not only caught my eye, but the glance of a gull, who had a seat for one, a supper below and an unknowing moment captured behind him for all the world to see, thanks to Google Earth.


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