Friday, May 25, 2007

Winner: Week 92 - leesure

Portal to the Blue Storm
Originally uploaded by leesure
This Weeks Winner: leesure
Week #92: 05/25 - 05/31

Photo: Portal to the Blue Storm

Like the Best: The feeling of being drawn inexorably toward the center.

Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DC @ 18mm

Like the Least: The wires.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Winner: Week #91 - javier.izquierdo

Great Salt Lake, UT
Originally uploaded by javier.izquierdo.
This Weeks Winner: javier.izquierdo
Week #91: 05/18 - 05/24

Photo: Great Salt Lake, UT

Like the Best: The colors turned out to have an otherworldly intensity

Camera: Kodak DX4530 Zoom.

Like the Least: The unfortunate tilt.

The Great Salt Lake, second in salinity only to the Dead Sea, was believed to be as 'dead' until very recently. However, halophilic microorganisms strive in these environments having developed mechanisms to endure high salt concentrations, dessication and constant UV radiation.

The colorful, characteristic pink carotenoids responsible for the amazing view shown here are actually believed to be a mechanism of protection against the constant, mercyless radiation. Additionally, many of these organisms actually require high salt concentrations to grow (36% w/v salt) only found in hypersaline environments like this one.

David Bowie had it right: "Life in Mars?"

Friday, May 11, 2007

Winner: Week #90 : Ollik

Silent Speakers
Originally uploaded by OlliK.
This Weeks Winner: OlliK
Week #90: 05/11 - 05/17

Photo: Silent Speakers

Like the Best: Composition

Camera: Nikon D200

Like the Least: Color of the edge of the tin roof

Friday, May 04, 2007

Winner: Week #89 : Brown Jenkin

This Weeks Winner: Brown Jenkin
Week #89: 05/04 - 05/10

Photo: Sensualità

-- from Brown Jenkin

Like the Best: Light is good, and It is really warm.

Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax / Maxxum 5D

Like the Least: Too abstract, it's difficult to understand what's the object portraited.