Sunday, November 17, 2013
Many of the questions kids have about digital photography are easily answered. Here's some easy remedies to some of children's most popular questions aboout taking better shots. Q) Is the sky in you picture kind of dull and could use more color? A) Try puting your sunglasses over the lens when you take the picture. This is called POLARIZING and can be used to draw out the color in other types of shots, too. Q) Is your camera having trouble focusing while you are trying to get a closeup of a flower or other small object? A) Try moving just a little further back. Sometimes if you are to close to an object, the camera has a hard time focusing. Q) Did you ever wonder how to make small objects such as toys look really Big? A) Trying crouching down really low and shooting a picture of that object from really low. The lower the angle, the larger the object will look. Now try making that object look really big. That's right, shoot the object from above so that you are looking down on it. These tricks are called PERSPECTIVE, meaning another way of looking at something. Q) Can't find a good deal on a tripod or a tripod just doesn't seem to work for what you are trying to take a picture of? A) One really cool (and cheap) solution might be to use a large beanbag. Place the beanbag on a firm surface and gently let the camera sink into it. The beanbag will keep the camera from shaking which makes you photos sharper.
Did you know that Monarch butterflies Migrate for the Winter just like some birds do? Monarchs do not like the cold so the fly deep into Mexico where they will me close the equator. After the cold spell is over, Monarch butterflies make that long journey into North America and even some parts of Canada. As they begin their journey South, they will make many stops at their favorite places on they way down south. Many of these places are full of trees such as Pine Trees or Eucalyptus Trees. They travel in colonies and during the night or when it gets too cold for them, they clump up together to keep each other warm. As they clump up together they will often keep flapping their wings to help keep their temperature up. Butterflies actually shiver when they are cold, just like people do.
Just off highway 1, approximately ten minutes north of San Simeon California, is one of the Largest colonies of Elephant Seals in America. During the month of February, the females spend most of their time on the sand giving birth to the new pups. The best time of year to see this event is mid month as the population is at it's peak. The beach is full of Elephant Seals during this season. The pups weigh 60 – 80 pounds at birth and are 3 - 4 feet long. At this point the new pups are black because they haven't grown their fur yet. The Adult females range from 900 -1800 pounds and are from 9 – 12 feet in length. The males are considerably larger tipping the scales anywhere from 3000 – 5000 pounds and range from 14 to 16 feet in length. Survival rate of the pups in the first year is 37% and by the forth year the rate has decreased to 16%. If they survive the first 4 – 6 years, their life expectancy is approximately 20 years. Weaning of the pups takes about a month. The pups have increased to an astounding 250 – 300 pounds in this first month and have already quadrupled in weight. Female Elephant Seals have grown to full maturity within 6 years while the males continue to grow for a little longer and do not mature quite as quickly as the females.
In today's world of cell phones, texting, video games, television, and other media devices, it's tough to get kids away from the distractions of the techno era. In a world of ever increasing diabetes and obesity at an earlier age, it's crucial for kids to get up and exercise. (more than just their fingers) While some children are into sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, or other activities that burn calories, boost the metabolism, and increase the sensitivity of the insulin receptors, other children do not enjoy sports that much.