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scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 01:25 PM
Went to an outdoor shopping center in Carmel this weekend and took the camera bag along for the ride. Thought I would share some of the shots.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/6784849.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/8254874.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/2984827.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/7724871.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/5684876.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/9754858.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/3694841.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/2594831.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66584866.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/6674902.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/5589850.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/2324764.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/1154418.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66984694.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66584690.jpg

Thanks for looking.

SwimStud
May 31st, 2007, 01:38 PM
Nice Shots Matt. I like the little purple flowers...they're very stark. Cute kids too!

I didn't take this one but I am in it! So is my sister!

Slowswim
May 31st, 2007, 05:42 PM
Nice Shots Matt. I like the little purple flowers...they're very stark. Cute kids too!

I didn't take this one but I am in it! So is my sister!

SS:

Nice Tie, but are you in a suit?

:rofl::rofl:

The Fortress
May 31st, 2007, 06:20 PM
Wow, very nice Matt. Are those flowers from your own garden? What were the purple ones? Anemones?

Although the real flowers were your daughters. I guess I'll have to figure out how to post something too. I think I have a flicka account, if I can remember how to access and use it ...

Thanks. I love looking at photos.

aquaFeisty
May 31st, 2007, 06:27 PM
great photos, Matt!!! the small purple flowers are very cool... they seem to pop out of my computer screen

and your girls are just adorable!

knelson
May 31st, 2007, 06:43 PM
I think the purple flowers are Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens).

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 07:25 PM
Thanks for all the comments. I think Kirk is right about the purple flowers. They are scattered around our yard and seem to come back year after year. Truth be told, they are not nearly as wonderful looking in person...at least not from afar. A true 1:1 macro would be interesting with them, that is for sure. The other flowers are from the Carmel Crossroads shopping center in Carmel, Ca..

The Fortress
May 31st, 2007, 07:28 PM
Matt, you've inspired me. I've thrown a few pics of my 6 year old on my flicka album. Also there are the pics from colonies zones, in case anyone hasn't seen them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/?saved=1

geochuck
May 31st, 2007, 07:30 PM
I think the purple flowers are Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens).

Are the related to Margarettas?

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 08:02 PM
Very nice Fort! What's with all of the cute kids around here anyhow?!!


Thanks for sharing.

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 08:04 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/456465465j.jpg

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 08:06 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/445578.jpg

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 08:10 PM
My avatar.

I am surprised that my IMG links are working, it seems like that never used to work. Operator error perhaps.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2403v.jpg

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 08:13 PM
This and the previous image are with my 10.5 Fisheye. The first image it is quite obvious, the second...not so much, due to placement of the horizon in the frame.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2407.jpg

ensignada
May 31st, 2007, 09:24 PM
Matt, those photos are gorgeous. I couldn't pick a favorite. You really have some talent at this. I'm a gardener and treasure moments in my garden that you have managed to capture on film. Please keep sharing.

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks. Here's a few more.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44587320.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2602.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2231.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66584734.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/23874890.jpg

If any are duplicates, I apologize. It's difficult to wade through the album and recall what has been posted where.

ensignada
May 31st, 2007, 09:46 PM
I especially like the shots with a little bit of wildlife (bees, hummingbird) in them.

scyfreestyler
May 31st, 2007, 09:54 PM
No flowers involved, but here is some wildlife from the SF Zoo. I have since upgraded my telephoto zoom so I am eager to go back and try again.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2466.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2543.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2443.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2507.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/33892449.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/4452509.jpg



And lastly, the wildlife my wife brought home last night.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/23284944.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44594954.jpg

A.K.
May 31st, 2007, 11:03 PM
What type of equipment do you use ( Camera, glass, filters...?)
Very nice shots with great clarity and color!

matysekj
May 31st, 2007, 11:53 PM
I am surprised that my IMG links are working, it seems like that never used to work. Operator error perhaps.

My mistake. :doh: IMG links aren't supposed to be enabled, but they were on this particular forum by mistake. I've disabled them now. Please use attachments instead so that the download size of the thread page isn't so huge. People can click on the thumbnail or link for the attachment to see the full sized picture.

scyfreestyler
June 1st, 2007, 12:31 AM
Awwww Mannnnn!!!!!!


Anyhow I am using Nikon equipment. To be specific, a D80 body accompanied by an 18-70 AFS, 70-300 AFS VR, 10.5 AF Fisheye, and a 50 1.8 AF. If the lighting gets bad I have a Nikon SB600 flash that can be commanded wirelessly from the D80 camera body or installed on the hot shoe. The wireless works great for reducing shadows in images taken near walls and such. As for filters, the only filter I ever really use is a circular polarizer and that is rather rare. I only use it if I have a very specific purpose in mind. All of my shots are in RAW, or NEF file format, and then "developed" if you will in Capture NX (A Nikon program).

knelson
June 1st, 2007, 12:59 AM
And lastly, the wildlife my wife brought home last night.

Cute kitten! Love those whiskers.

knelson
June 1st, 2007, 01:14 AM
Here's a pretty iris in my yard I shot last week:
http://home.comcast.net/~steamboat_joey/purple-iris.jpg

And here are a couple my wife took at Nationals.
Here's me during the 200 free:
http://home.comcast.net/~steamboat_joey/kirk200free-02.jpg
(I ended up beating that guy next to me!)

and my relay takeoff in the medley relay:
http://home.comcast.net/~steamboat_joey/kirk-medley-relay-02.jpg

SwimStud
June 1st, 2007, 09:37 AM
I'll have to try scan up some of my B&W film stuff I did. It's mounted and framed though. I don't feel like taking it out of the frame.

Ivor
June 1st, 2007, 10:43 AM
Two pictures capturing different concepts of pain:

Post training camp session:
http://www.eyepi.co.uk/misc/ouch.jpg

Post paintballing:
http://www.eyepi.co.uk/misc/back.jpg

geochuck
June 1st, 2007, 10:50 AM
This one is from the Australian swim camp, Breath Control http://www.worldwideswimschool.com/catalog/samples/sample11.htm

scyfreestyler
June 1st, 2007, 12:44 PM
Good stuff! Well, except for George...not too sure what to make of that. :)

swimshark
June 1st, 2007, 03:26 PM
Wow, great photos all. Love the flowers.

Fort, the zones pictures makes me mad I missed it.

Let's see if I can post one or two.

knelson
June 1st, 2007, 04:05 PM
Alison, how did you get the photos to show up as thumbnails like that?

swimshark
June 1st, 2007, 04:15 PM
I added them as an attachment (scroll down to see the place to do it)

Alison

The Fortress
June 1st, 2007, 04:35 PM
Wow, great photos all. Love the flowers.

Fort, the zones pictures makes me mad I missed it.

Let's see if I can post one or two.

It was very fun. Some of us may try to get together at Muppet's meet on July 1. Are you going to that one?

I am now going to attempt to attach a picture from photo booth created by my 6 year old. Yes, you can look like an alien too.

swimshark
June 1st, 2007, 04:44 PM
It was very fun. Some of us may try to get together at Muppet's meet on July 1. Are you going to that one?

I am now going to attempt to attach a picture from photo booth created by my 6 year old. Yes, you can look like an alien too.

Cute picture. Yes, I'll be at the July 1 meet. I think I might do the *gulp* 400 IM. I'll see how my wrist is doing. Fly hurts it.

Alison

geochuck
June 1st, 2007, 05:03 PM
My favorite view in the am.

Slowswim
June 1st, 2007, 06:20 PM
I think these pictures are great! Thanx for sharing--especially the ones from meets and after.:wine:

I can't open youtube!:frustrated:
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ALM
June 1st, 2007, 07:25 PM
Here are a couple of photos from Nationals in Seattle. Actually, they're from the day after Nationals. We took a ferry to Bainbridge Island.

From left to right: Tracy Grilli, New Hampshire; Jeanne Ensign, Seattle; Jim Matysek, New York; Denise Brown, Ohio.

geochuck
June 1st, 2007, 09:27 PM
Here are a few of videos http://swimdownhill.phanfare.com/album/41256#imageID=18171742 These are from my Phanfare account. The third, forth, fifth, and sixth videos are of an Australian. I have just started to help him with his swimming. He is now swimming the 200m in 2:03.

Swimmy
June 1st, 2007, 09:55 PM
:cheerleader:QUOTE=swimshark;96831]Cute picture. Yes, I'll be at the July 1 meet. I think I might do the *gulp* 400 IM. I'll see how my wrist is doing. Fly hurts it.

Alison[/QUOTE]

:cheerleader:
I may be there to cheer you all on. I am not sure yet.
Swimmy :)

nancytris
June 1st, 2007, 10:01 PM
Nice Shots Matt. I like the little purple flowers...they're very stark. Cute kids too!

I didn't take this one but I am in it! So is my sister!

are you going to tell us which is you and which is your sister???:rolleyes:

SwimStud
June 1st, 2007, 10:06 PM
are you going to tell us which is you and which is your sister???:rolleyes:

Me Middle row on the right purple Speedo's. Sister Back Row 1 in from left Purple Suit (Purple was our "real swimming club" colours...this was just the schoool team)

poolraat
June 3rd, 2007, 12:30 AM
My daughter and I sightseeing while at Nationals.

The Fortress
June 3rd, 2007, 11:56 PM
That's a really nice shot, Floyd!

I updated my flickr album to add some photos of my runner/triathlete son, my daughter on goth day (yes, they had it at her school) and non-goth and two really old pics of me swimming. The 11 year old shot is hilarious.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/page1/

swimr4life
June 4th, 2007, 12:59 AM
My favorite view in the am.


BEAUTIFUL!!! Where is that?

geochuck
June 4th, 2007, 01:18 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!! Where is that?
Melaque Mexico, it is the view from our motorhome. Overlooking the Laguna Del Tule, the other side was the ocean.

swimshark
June 4th, 2007, 08:13 AM
Melaque Mexico, it is the view from our motorhome. Overlooking the Lagoona Del Tule, the other side was the ocean.

Beautiful!!

Alison

Slowswim
June 4th, 2007, 10:01 AM
That's a really nice shot, Floyd!

I updated my flickr album to add some photos of my runner/triathlete son, my daughter on goth day (yes, they had it at her school) and non-goth and two really old pics of me swimming. The 11 year old shot is hilarious.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/page1/

Fort:

Great photos. A Triathlete son! You are blessed.:woot:

Thanx for sharing.

scyfreestyler
June 4th, 2007, 02:38 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/64824990.jpg


Take a bow...
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/1975035.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/1975056.jpg

SwimStud
June 4th, 2007, 03:19 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/64824990.jpg



Matt...that looks little more interesting than the garden variety feather duster...you have a foot tickling thing don't you?
*ahem*

:laugh2:

quicksilver
June 4th, 2007, 06:38 PM
These don't happen too often...

scyfreestyler
June 4th, 2007, 06:42 PM
That is an awesome photo.

The Fortress
June 4th, 2007, 11:27 PM
Absolutely gorgeous, Quicksilver!

ensignada
June 5th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Matt - What a beautiful kitten! And again, very nice photography.

Quicksilver - that's an amazing photo...when/where was it taken?

quicksilver
June 5th, 2007, 09:03 AM
Thanks. I wish I could take credit for that...it really is beautiful.

A friend of ours sent it over...she said it was taken in Northern Missouri last February after a few late day storms.
It was seen by people for miles around.

The Fortress
June 5th, 2007, 09:59 AM
I added some evilstroke shots. I spend a lot of time watching evilstroke.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/

knelson
June 5th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Not quite as cool as a double rainbow, but I saw a 22 halo (http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circular.htm) around the sun while swimming backstroke outdoors on Sunday.

quicksilver
June 5th, 2007, 05:28 PM
We get those around the moon during winter...right before a big snow fall.
Usually a falling barometer sets up the ice crystals... which can be a sure sign of precipitation.

After swim practice in the 1970's, I remember seeing rings around every source of light for hours.

knelson
June 5th, 2007, 06:37 PM
We get those around the moon during winter...right before a big snow fall.
Usually a falling barometer sets up the ice crystals... which can be a sure sign of precipitation.

Yeah, Sunday when I saw the halo it was in the mid 80s then yesterday it was in the 60s. Probably those first high cirrus clouds associated with the cold front were moving in and that's what caused the halo.

The halos caused by not wearing goggles are a whole 'nother animal! :)

Swimmy
June 5th, 2007, 07:05 PM
I added some evilstroke shots. I spend a lot of time watching evilstroke.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/

:dunno:
Fortress,
The evilstroke is Butterfly not Breaststroke! You must have made a mistake....
I think Studmuffin would agree with me.
Swimmy :wine:

scyfreestyler
June 5th, 2007, 08:17 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_1201.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_1166.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_1432.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/Show.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_0722.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/19.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/CaesarsSign.jpg

Blackbeard's Peg
June 5th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Matt, I have been doing a little :Lurking: around your photos - these scenes are great! Nice job.

aquaFeisty
June 6th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Matt, your photos are beautiful! I am trying (with varying degrees of success) to not hate you for living so close to such an awesome-looking beach! Ah, the ocean!!

knelson
June 6th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Where's this?
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/19.jpg


I take it you saw Jerry Seinfeld at Caesar's recently. My mom and sister were in Vegas last weekend and saw "Love." I guess it's really good.

scyfreestyler
June 6th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Thanks all. We have beaches galore around here. Some of those are from Carmel, Ca., some from Pacific Grove, Ca., and others from Asilomar, Ca..

While it can be nice to live near the ocean, it does have it's drawbacks. Looking at your location, the one that springs to mind is cost of living. One of our employee's is looking to move to Illinois in the near future to rejoin the larger portion of his family. For reference, an average 3 bed, 2 bath, 1500 sq. ft., 30-40 year old home in a nice area will sell for 600K around here. This time last year the number was closer to 650K but things have calmed down quite a bit. From what my co worker tells me, he can buy a very nice place in the outskirts of Chicago for 200K and have equity left over from the sale of his home here. While I would certainly miss the beach and the weather, there is a lot to be said for not having a mortgage payment!

scyfreestyler
June 6th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Where's this?
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/19.jpg


I take it you saw Jerry Seinfeld at Caesar's recently. My mom and sister were in Vegas last weekend and saw "Love." I guess it's really good.


That was at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Ca. this past March.

Yes, we saw Jerry Seinfeld the day after Christmas last year. It was a great show...a little long, but great. A comedian who does not need profanity to entertain his guests is so refreshing. I think another one of those photos was from an earlier trip that year. We went to see Elton John in July last year. Awesome show for sure. My wife and the wife of the other couple who went with us were not big fans of Elton but even they admitted that it was a great show to see. The man is a legend in his own time.

knelson
June 6th, 2007, 12:54 PM
While I would certainly miss the beach and the weather, there is a lot to be said for not having a mortgage payment!

It probably sounds better than it is. You'd would really take it in the shorts come tax time. Just because you can pay off your mortgage doesn't mean you should!

ensignada
June 6th, 2007, 12:59 PM
One of our employee's is looking to move to Illinois in the near future to rejoin the larger portion of his family. For reference, an average 3 bed, 2 bath, 1500 sq. ft., 30-40 year old home in a nice area will sell for 600K around here. This time last year the number was closer to 650K but things have calmed down quite a bit. From what my co worker tells me, he can buy a very nice place in the outskirts of Chicago for 200K and have equity left over from the sale of his home here. While I would certainly miss the beach and the weather, there is a lot to be said for not having a mortgage payment!

Matt, that would be the far, far outskirts of Chicago where I used to live. We sold our 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house 7 years ago for $176k. Unfortunately, urban sprawl is pushing those prices up to, but nowhere near CA prices. My cousin's daughter is moving to VA/DC from the Bay area and can't believe how "inexpensive" it is LOL.

scyfreestyler
June 6th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Yeah, the bay area (as in San Francisco, etc.) is obscene with respect to housing prices. Were I not born and raised in this area, I would NEVER have moved here. It's nice, but not nice enough to justify the price.

The Fortress
June 6th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Matt, that would be the far, far outskirts of Chicago where I used to live. We sold our 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house 7 years ago for $176k. Unfortunately, urban sprawl is pushing those prices up to, but nowhere near CA prices. My cousin's daughter is moving to VA/DC from the Bay area and can't believe how "inexpensive" it is LOL.

Depends where! Some areas of Fairfax County are outrageous. Where's she looking to live? Half acre vacant lots in my neighborhood can go for $600,000 and I don't live in McLean or Great Falls, land of mega McMansions.

SwimStud
June 6th, 2007, 01:54 PM
:violin::violin:
Fairfield County, CT.
'nuff said.
...there is never a recession here...

ensignada
June 6th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Depends where! Some areas of Fairfax County are outrageous. Where's she looking to live? Half acre vacant lots in my neighborhood can go for $600,000 and I don't live in McLean or Great Falls, land of mega McMansions.

I'm not sure where exactly - her mom told me she and her husband will live where FBI agents usually live (he's an agent).

ensignada
June 6th, 2007, 02:37 PM
It probably sounds better than it is. You'd would really take it in the shorts come tax time. Just because you can pay off your mortgage doesn't mean you should!

Well, you pay your bank interest or you pay higher taxes.

I wouldn't get all that attached to the mortgage interest deduction - if Congress manages to change the rules for the AMT (alternative minimum tax), that deduction is likely to go to help fund the change. They'd probably raise the standard deduction for homeowners, but folks with big mortgages would probably take a hit.

scyfreestyler
June 6th, 2007, 02:46 PM
I have always heard that DC is a high crime area...it would not seem that property values would be high where crime is also high. Perhaps the crime is more localized than I have heard. I always found it interesting that the weapons so often associated with crime, handguns, could be banned yet the area still maintains one of the highest crime rates in the country.

SwimStud
June 6th, 2007, 02:46 PM
:blah::blah::blah::blah::whiteflag::whiteflag: :snore:

Enough with the tax and interest battle you guys...

You take an aesthetically beautiful thread and twist it in to something vile and demeaning to us all...

shame on you...

:lmao::lmao:

Now we're off into politics...
Let's all be allowed to arm ourselves... Please everyone, nice, normally smart people included, aren't all logical and responsible drivers when they get behind the wheel...but then again fear of getting shot up might foster cautious respect for all other road users.

scyfreestyler
June 6th, 2007, 02:48 PM
The interest I pay reduces my taxable income each year. I would much prefer to not pay interest in the first place, not to mention that loss of a mortgage payment every month would be the best thing since canned beer.

ensignada
June 6th, 2007, 02:50 PM
I have always heard that DC is a high crime area...it would not seem that property values would be high where crime is also high. Perhaps the crime is more localized than I have heard. I always found it interesting that the weapons so often associated with crime, handguns, could be banned yet the area still maintains one of the highest crime rates in the country.

When I referred to DC, I meant the DC Metro area which includes parts of N. VA and MD which is where property values are steep. My sister-in-law lives in the District though and has listed her tiny but nice condo in Anacostia (not the nicest area altho her neighborhood is decent) for $189k.

knelson
June 6th, 2007, 02:53 PM
I have always heard that DC is a high crime area...it would not seem that property values would be high where crime is also high. Perhaps the crime is more localized than I have heard.

I think your last statement probably sums it up. Otherwise it would be like saying the property values in the Bay Area shouldn't be high because there's crime in Oakland and San Francisco.

SwimStud
June 6th, 2007, 02:56 PM
the best thing since canned beer.

is the empty can...and a second can that's cold...

ensignada
June 6th, 2007, 03:03 PM
The interest I pay reduces my taxable income each year. I would much prefer to not pay interest in the first place, not to mention that loss of a mortgage payment every month would be the best thing since canned beer.

I am with you, Matt - I don't think I phrased my earlier post well. I hate having a mortgage (any debt, really), but I wouldn't be living in my home without one, and in most places, homes are still decent investments. That there is a tax break for paying interest is nice.

(Stud - I just kinda forgot what thread I was in :doh: (see Fort's Forgetfulness thread). I can't even be trusted in an NSR thread now. :shakeshead: I'm ready to ooh and aah over Matt's photography again.)

scyfreestyler
June 10th, 2007, 02:15 AM
Posted these in the wrong thread somehow. Anyhow, my daughter swam her first LC meet and scored 2 new B times out of 3 events! 50 and 100 Free's.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/64585175.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/56875179.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/6585090.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/3695095.jpg

swimr4life
June 10th, 2007, 02:49 AM
What a cutie pie! :)

The Fortress
June 13th, 2007, 06:36 PM
Matt: Those are great photos! The starting block is almost as big as her.

While I was making a scrapbook for my "graduating" 6th grader today, I found a picture of her from her very first swim meet at age 6, doing what is now her worst stroke by far. Still, very cute.

The Fortress
June 13th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Here's another picture of my two girls from the archives. Soccer game, fall 2000. Time flies! Now, my baby is 6 and just joined her summer league swim team and the other one is a 12 year old evilstroker.

geochuck
June 13th, 2007, 06:41 PM
What is her favorite stroke now the Crawl???


Matt: Those are great photos! The starting block is almost as big as her.

While I was making a scrapbook for my "graduating" 6th grader today, I found a picture of her from her very first swim meet at age 6, doing what is now her worst stroke by far. Still, very cute.

The Fortress
June 13th, 2007, 06:44 PM
What is her favorite stroke now the Crawl???

NO! She's an evilstroker. That's even worse than crawl. Unlike me, she is not a sprint freestyler. Awful starts. But I still love her despite her non-sprinting evilstroke ways.

:bouncing:

Blackbeard's Peg
June 14th, 2007, 12:15 AM
NO! She's an evilstroker. That's even worse than crawl. Unlike me, she is not a sprint freestyler. Awful starts. But I still love her despite her non-sprinting evilstroke ways.
Leslie, I think you planned this evilstroke thing. Some time a few years ago, you resolved that you'd get back into swimming soon, and try to groom your kids for the next ~15 years so that when they're all old enough, you can have a smokin fast USMS Fortress Family medley relay. :violin:

The Fortress
June 14th, 2007, 12:29 AM
Leslie, I think you planned this evilstroke thing. Some time a few years ago, you resolved that you'd get back into swimming soon, and try to groom your kids for the next ~15 years so that when they're all old enough, you can have a smokin fast USMS Fortress Family medley relay. :violin:

I'm sure you'll do the same Muppet!! :party2:

Alas, Fortson is not swimming this summer b/c track extends into mid-July and he's too obsessed with running, running, running. Mr. Fort only does open water. So I may have to team up with another family for a smokin' fast medley relay. Or, do the fam aquathlons that we have done in the past.

(Are we on for the 50 fly showdown with me getting the 2 second handicap? Are you swimming your new fav event on July 1? I'm sure you can arrange adjacent lanes ... How many SDKs on the start? Maybe SwimmieAvs can take an nsr photo.)

knelson
June 14th, 2007, 01:45 AM
Summer approaching has got me thinking about open water swimming. Here's me finishing the Big Shoulders swim in Chicago last year. Dig that tan line!

Big Shoulders is a fun event. The weather was a little dicey last year, though.

The Fortress
June 18th, 2007, 11:28 PM
Summer approaching has got me thinking about open water swimming. Here's me finishing the Big Shoulders swim in Chicago last year. Dig that tan line!

Big Shoulders is a fun event. The weather was a little dicey last year, though.

Great pic. You look very fit -- the tan lines are hilarious.

The weather looks very dicey. Cloudy and cold. I love Chicago, but it's a little chilly for open water swimming! What month was this in?

knelson
June 19th, 2007, 02:58 AM
The weather looks very dicey. Cloudy and cold. I love Chicago, but it's a little chilly for open water swimming! What month was this in?

It's in September in the first Saturday after Labor Day. Usually the weather is good, but last year was an exception. There was a chance of thunderstorms, so we were just lucky those didn't materialize. Still, it was pretty blustery out there. The water temp has been fine in my experience. Probably high 60s, low 70s on average.

Syd
June 19th, 2007, 05:13 AM
Summer approaching has got me thinking about open water swimming. Here's me finishing the Big Shoulders swim in Chicago last year. Dig that tan line!

Big Shoulders is a fun event. The weather was a little dicey last year, though.


Fixed that tan line for you! Hope you don't mind. ;)

Syd

Syd
June 19th, 2007, 08:27 AM
Thanks. Here's a few more.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44587320.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2602.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_2231.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66584734.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/23874890.jpg

If any are duplicates, I apologize. It's difficult to wade through the album and recall what has been posted where.

Great photos Matt! I like the macros of the flowers. Excellent color and clarity. If you are a keen photographer you may want to check out this site:http://www.radiantvista.com/ . Yoiu may even want to submit one of your photos for the Daily Critique.

What camera are you using?

Syd

scyfreestyler
June 19th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Thanks...I'll have to check that website out. As for a camera, I am using a D80.

Slowswim
June 19th, 2007, 03:48 PM
I'm sure you'll do the same Muppet!! :party2:

Alas, Fortson is not swimming this summer b/c track extends into mid-July and he's too obsessed with running, running, running. Mr. Fort only does open water.

Sounds like Team TriFortress. Fort as Queen says, "Get on your bike and ride.":banana::banana::banana:

The Fortress
June 19th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Sounds like Team TriFortress. Fort as Queen says, "Get on your bike and ride.":banana::banana::banana:

NO. I refuse!! I don't like bikes unless I'm far away from home. To tell the truth, I'm scared of biking in the traffic here. I'm just a for fun biker. Besides, the swim/run obsession in my family is currently at sub-atomic levels. Even my 6 year old does the 1 mile fun run when we go to 5 and 10K races.

We do enter an aquathlon every year as a family and do relays. Last year, the kids did the whole thing and Mr. Fort and I did the relay. This year it was Fort and Mr. Fort vs. Fortson and Mini-Fort. It was very very close! But Mr. Fort plans to become a biker when he retires, so we may have a Team TriFortress in the future. My daughter is also very interested in tris. So she may be an adult onset tri. At least we'll all be healthy.

And where are your tri pics, Bill? :bouncing:

SwimStud
June 19th, 2007, 11:53 PM
I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride my bike! I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride it where I like!


All the way to Nats perhaps?

newmastersswimmer
June 19th, 2007, 11:59 PM
I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride my bike! I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride it where I like!


All the way to Nats perhaps?


.....Its got a basket, a bell that rings, and things that make it look nice....I'd let you have it but I borrowed it.

Slowswim
June 20th, 2007, 12:02 PM
.....Its got a basket, a bell that rings, and things that make it look nice....I'd let you have it but I borrowed it.

No playing cards in the spokes to make it sound cool?:groovy:
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newmastersswimmer
June 20th, 2007, 12:33 PM
No playing cards in the spokes to make it sound cool?:groovy:
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Playing cards in the spokes was for the cool kids LOL! I was sticking to the lyrics from that Queen song that Richie Rich started. I actually did put playing cards in my spokes though since I was, of course, as cool as they come LOL!

Bork

Slowswim
June 20th, 2007, 01:13 PM
And where are your tri pics, Bill? :bouncing:
St Anthony's Oylmpic distance (St Pete FL)

scyfreestyler
July 1st, 2007, 02:17 PM
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66425679.jpg

Butterfly debut..
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/33565659.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/52535587.jpg

Best times again in all events! Woo Hoo!


Photo from music recital on Friday night...
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_5545.jpg

Quite possibly there will be some photos of me in my 200 Free LC debut this time next week. I can feel the pain already, ouch!

The Fortress
July 2nd, 2007, 10:20 AM
Great pics again. I just loved the one of the butterfly debut! :applaud: I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your freestyle!

scyfreestyler
July 2nd, 2007, 10:54 AM
It will be up to my wife to snap those shots so I will post what she provides..maybe even the ones of me on a stretcher.

These are from yesterday...there are more but I am on my way out the door to LC practice.


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/13895827.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/45885825.jpg

scyfreestyler
July 2nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
Had horrible seats and fought for a clear line of sight to the pool often times, but here are some of the photos I was able to obtain yesterday.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/332085739.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/62875746.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/62105738.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/258965793.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/456885795.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/658885783.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/25895781.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/10255751.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/46485747.jpg

The Fortress
July 3rd, 2007, 11:47 PM
Those are fabulous pictures!! I can't believe you had a bad angle. You definitely have a gift. You were lucky to see that meet!

I put some pics of my 6 year old swimming at her first meet on my flickr album. I love her bellyflop start.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7903403@N05/

scyfreestyler
July 4th, 2007, 01:49 PM
Thanks. We were the second row from the last row of seating. I have always had better seats in years past but never had very good camera equipment at the time. Maybe next year I'll get it all right.

Very nice additions there Fort. Watching the 8 and under racing starts is always interesting.

scyfreestyler
July 14th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Took my eldest and two of her friends to the Monterey Aquarium this AM for her 8th bday. This is the underwater explorers program for kids 8-13. The program runs about 90 minutes, 30 of which are spent in the water.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66286294.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66886298.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/65896270.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/61246220.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/62586225.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/6625277.jpg

ensignada
July 17th, 2007, 05:53 PM
What a neat way to celebrate your birthday!

The Fortress
July 21st, 2007, 03:10 PM
[quote=scyfreestyler;99945]Took my eldest and two of her friends to the Monterey Aquarium this AM for her 8th bday. This is the underwater explorers program for kids 8-13. The program runs about 90 minutes, 30 of which are spent in the water.

What a fabulous program! Looked like much fun.

I have a funny vid of my 6 year old swimming the 25 meter free at a summer league developmental meet. Still bellyflopping! :cheerleader: (That is my Mom, not me, yelling in the background. Her BF took the vid with a digital camera.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOo_9GuOYI

CreamPuff
July 25th, 2007, 02:06 PM
I enjoyed watching this!! She's got the fast twitch muscles just like momma!
I'm now ready for my own 50 m free and 50 fly races at my upcoming meet in Orlando!!


[quote=scyfreestyler;99945]Took my eldest and two of her friends to the Monterey Aquarium this AM for her 8th bday. This is the underwater explorers program for kids 8-13. The program runs about 90 minutes, 30 of which are spent in the water.

What a fabulous program! Looked like much fun.

I have a funny vid of my 6 year old swimming the 25 meter free at a summer league developmental meet. Still bellyflopping! :cheerleader: (That is my Mom, not me, yelling in the background. Her BF took the vid with a digital camera.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOo_9GuOYI

scyfreestyler
August 27th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Went out to Laguna Seca yesterday afternoon to photograph some of the Porsche Owners Club races going on. If you are into Porsche automobiles you might enjoy.


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44583900.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/55896873.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44586864.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/46876854.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/25876847.jpg

smontanaro
August 27th, 2007, 01:21 PM
Went out to Laguna Seca yesterday afternoon to photograph some of the Porsche Owners Club races going on. If you are into Porsche automobiles you might enjoy.

I did a double take when I saw the email about your post. I own a 914/6. For a moment I
thought I was reading a post in the 914world discussion forums... Nice pix...

Skip Montanaro

scyfreestyler
September 17th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Some shots from the meet this weekend taken by my wife. I'm in the black/grey FSII and blue Vanquisher goggles. It's weird being on the other end of the camera!

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7239.jpg


2nd lane from the bottom...
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7209.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7270.jpg


swimmer on bottom...
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7218.jpg


2nd from bottom...
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7245.jpg

knelson
September 17th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Your stroke looks good Matt!

geochuck
September 17th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Yes good syle.

One comment re this pic http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/DSC_7218.jpg At this point during your stroke I would still like to see the hand even with the elbow rather then ahead of the elbow.

scyfreestyler
September 17th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Thanks for the comments.

scyfreestyler
October 1st, 2007, 01:23 AM
Where I have been this past week....

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/44577757.jpg

scyfreestyler
October 1st, 2007, 04:10 PM
Didn't even realize we were dining in the same restaurant as this guy until we walked out and saw the group of photogs waiting for a celebrity. As you can see, we waited around for him to depart.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/55877661.jpg

goggles
October 9th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Not sure how to upload link but if you copy and paste this into your web browser it should work.



http://www.texasjim.com/NASApix/NASA%20pix.htm



Hey it works!!!!

scyfreestyler
October 9th, 2007, 05:37 PM
Thanks for sharing...that was great!

stussy96
October 9th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Why not...I have a concentration in photography.:dunno:



Haha, just found out ALL my pictures are too big, and I'm too lazy to resize. So I have 2 pictures to share. One of them is only edited with colors, the text you see was NOT edited at all. By far, may favorite picture EVER when it comes to funny things I have captured. And it's actually a picture of a printout of the picture, so the quality is awful. I have lost the negative of it. =(

goggles
October 10th, 2007, 04:19 AM
Thanks for sharing...that was great!

Thought you would like it, spectacular or what?

wolfie1961
October 17th, 2007, 02:20 AM
Here are some pics from Sundance a few weeks ago. They look better in full size.

The Fortress
October 21st, 2007, 10:26 PM
Because of threatening PMs I have received from a poster, I have permanently deleted my flickr account and will no longer be posting any photos, videos, etc.

wolfie1961
October 22nd, 2007, 12:30 AM
Because of threatening PMs I have received from a poster, I have permanently deleted my flickr account and will no longer be posting any photos, videos, etc.

Dang...who would have thought posting some pics would cause someone to do that....you need me to send my buddy Mario to talk to them????
Just Kidding.

The Fortress
October 22nd, 2007, 08:52 AM
Dang...who would have thought posting some pics would cause someone to do that....you need me to send my buddy Mario to talk to them????
Just Kidding.

It wasn't the posting of the pics that caused the threats. I am deleting them because of the threats of "burial" I received merely for posting. I don't need the grief.

scyfreestyler
October 22nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
Sorry to hear about those PM's Fort. Via IP logging, you might be able to pursue the offender.

Some shots from a walkabout with the fam this weekend.


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66548319.jpg


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/6688778289.jpg

swimr4life
October 22nd, 2007, 03:24 PM
Because of threatening PMs I have received from a poster, I have permanently deleted my flickr account and will no longer be posting any photos, videos, etc.

WOW! I'm so sorry Fort. Some people really need to get a life. They obviously have too much time on their hands. Fort, I hope you figure out who it is and that they get banned from the Forum for life.:mooning:

To the person that threatened Fort......you know who you are....just remember...you will reap what you sow.

swimr4life
October 22nd, 2007, 03:26 PM
Matt,
Those pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS! Where were you?

geochuck
October 22nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
Fort I was told that we should not post our own pictures anywhere. After you being mistreated it is probably true.

Whenever just anyone can see the pictures it can be dangerous. My son in law just asked me to remove all pictures from any where they are posted.

The Fortress
October 22nd, 2007, 05:24 PM
WOW! I'm so sorry Fort. Some people really need to get a life. They obviously have too much time on their hands. Fort, I hope you figure out who it is and that they get banned from the Forum for life.:mooning:

To the person that threatened Fort......you know who you are....just remember...you will reap what you sow.

No, it is apparently quite permissible for people who think they are very, very important (why? who knows?!) to atttempt to throw their weight around and threaten other posters via PM. Nice little forum we have here. Lotsa fun lately.

scyfreestyler
October 22nd, 2007, 05:29 PM
Not surprising really, after all people are calling in death threats over Ellen's confiscated dog.

scyfreestyler
October 22nd, 2007, 05:31 PM
Matt,
Those pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS! Where were you?

Those were taken at Point Lobos. It's just about 3 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. While it looks nice the weather was rather cool and the wind was really giving us the business there for a while. Needless to say, it was a quick trip.

I have some family photos but for fear of being killed, I won't post them.:shakeshead:

The Fortress
October 22nd, 2007, 05:48 PM
I have some family photos but for fear of being killed, I won't post them.:shakeshead:

Well, you never know. I got a crank call the other day, a text to land line message asking, in a sinister voice, whether I'd checked my kids. Turned out to be kids thinking it was somehow a funny joke. I guess they hadn't heard about *69. And I don't think they realized that that kind of BS is actually classified as a terroristic threat for which you can be prosecuted.

SwimStud
October 22nd, 2007, 06:16 PM
Not surprising really, after all people are calling in death threats over Ellen's confiscated dog.

Why, what did the dog do? Leave the dog alone!

The Fortress
October 23rd, 2007, 03:54 PM
To the person that threatened Fort......you know who you are....just remember...you will reap what you sow.

Well, thanks to supportive sleuthing, I perhaps now know who he is -- unless he has created the perfect alias through a stolen identity.

So if the self-professed foe of "women's lib" singles me out and threatens me again, I will sic LBJ's Republican Serial Killer Army on him. Muhahahaha.

scyfreestyler
October 23rd, 2007, 04:33 PM
How does Lyndon Johnson figure into serial killers? :)

Glad you have it figured out regarding the threats.

aquageek
October 23rd, 2007, 04:36 PM
Well, thanks to supportive sleuthing, I perhaps now know who he is -- unless he has created the perfect alias through a stolen identity.


For those of you thinking it's me, it's not. I don't have the time or interest to do that, nor the disposition. Why don't you call the police if someone is threatening you and your family or calling you at home, and ASAP? That would be the first thing I would do. Well, the second thing, I'd check gull's whereabouts first.

The Fortress
October 23rd, 2007, 04:55 PM
For those of you thinking it's me, it's not. I don't have the time or interest to do that, nor the disposition. Why don't you call the police if someone is threatening you and your family or calling you at home, and ASAP? That would be the first thing I would do. Well, the second thing, I'd check gull's whereabouts first.

I did call the police when I got the threatening cell phone call. Then I spoke to the kids' parents.

As for the nasty forum bully out there, I reported his PMs to the mods.

SwimStud
October 23rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
...and if there is anymore of it I am volunteering to go and demonstrate backstroke to the perp...punishment enough for anyone!

scyfreestyler
October 23rd, 2007, 05:28 PM
Jumping junipers Stud! What's next...Waterboarding?

scyfreestyler
October 28th, 2007, 10:45 PM
A few random shots from this weekend...

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/665888445.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/scyfreestyler/66878442.jpg

ALM
May 30th, 2008, 12:37 AM
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