Georgia Bulldogs senior running back Nick Chubb had his number called with his team’s season on the line during the final minute of the fourth quarter on Monday and he didn’t let the moment pass him by.
After a pass interference call put Georgia on the doorstep, Chubb lined up in the Wildcat and zoomed into the end zone for the game-tying score, putting 45’s-all on the scoreboard.
Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Zion in the Clouds” by Laura Zirino. Location: Utah.
“I was driving home to San Diego from Kanab when it snowed unexpectedly overnight,” explains Zirino. “As I drove through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel, this is the view that greeted me. It was so breathtakingly beautiful that I pulled over for an hour, taking shots. I have yet to see a scene like this again.”
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As the cold weather approaches, flowers are no longer abundant. Don’t let this impede you from making great flower images. Rather than go through floral withdrawal, make a trek to your local nursery, florist or major grocery store and purchase some of Mother Nature’s colorful blossoms. Don’t overlook the idea of growing indoor species specifically for photographic purposes. Once you have the colorful rainbow of petals in hand, create some macro studio close-ups indoors. Below are some tips on how to get better pictures of flowers in a simple studio environment.
Good flower photography begins with finding a prime specimen. If you grow your own, monitor them daily and pick your subjects when they peak. If you rely on a florist or grocery store, purchase an assortment. Preserve them in your refrigerator so they last a few days.
Lighting: There are many options from which to choose to light small subjects. Flash, window light, hot lights, softboxes, tungsten bulbs can all be used with excellent results. Each has its own advantages. The easiest is window light, and it works quite well. Specular, meaning direct sunlight, can be used. Diffused light can be used when the window is in shade. Each creates a different effect and works well depending on the desired end result. Add a reflector to the shadow side of the flower to soften the contrast. This works better when specular light is the main source. Use a gold reflector to add a warm glow to the shadow side. A silver one adds neutral and specular fill. For a subtle amount of fill, use a white card to bounce light back onto the shadow side of the flower. Regardless of the light source you utilize there’s no wind, so if you have to stop down to get depth of field, wind isn’t a factor. Exposures will be longer, but as long as the camera is mounted on a sturdy tripod, all is good.
Hot lights and tungsten bulbs can be utilized, but be aware of your white balance settings, especially if you’re shooting JPGs. You can experiment and create some unique color effects. Mix window light with tungsten bulbs to get a warm orange glow to the part of the flower illuminated by the bulb. Hot lights will tax the life of the flower, so keep it moist and work quickly.
Flash: Straight flash creates contrast. Additional flashes can be added to act as fill lights to soften the look. An alternative is to mount a flash in a small softbox. It creates a light source similar to that from a diffused window. You’ll find that light from a flash tends to fall off quickly, which results in black backgrounds. If this happens, add an additional flash aimed at the flower from behind so if there are any dark parts, they won’t merge with the background. You can also add a flash that lights the background, but be sure the background isn’t busy or distracting.
Depth Of Field: Depth of field becomes an issue if you want to get the entire flower sharp. This demands apertures in the range of ƒ/16 or ƒ/22. As I already mentioned, wind isn’t an issue, so let the shutter run as long as needed. Place your focus point one-third into the flower to maximize depth of field. In regard to lens physics, you’ll attain maximum depth of field because sharpness falls one-third in front of the focus point and two thirds in back of it. This is known as the hyper focal point.
Get In Close: While full flower portraits can be dramatic, if you zoom in to just a portion of a single flower, you can create an abstract or intimate rendering of the petals. To get super close, a macro lens works well, but they’re expensive. Close-up filters also work and are a lot cheaper. Be sure to get achromatic ones that correct for edge sharpness. Extension tubes are another option. The size of the tube relative to the focal length of the lens determines how much closer the lens can focus. Try selective focus where you open the lens to its widest setting and focus on a single plane of the flower. Only the part on which the lens is focused will be sharp. Use this technique to great artistic renderings of the flower.
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2017 has graced us with a plethora of unsavory individuals and businesses. In the span of 12 months, we’ve seen everything from misogyny to the US President’s Twitter handle being used to peddle goods. All said, our second annual ‘Biggest Tech Douchebag’ recipient was a bit tricky to pin down. Maybe it’s Facebook… After all, it didn’t take too long to go from “should the social media platform morally intervene” to “give us all your advertising money.” As recently as September, the social media giant acknowledged $150,000 worth of political ads were purchased by fake accounts linked to Russia, including 470 accounts…
You’re only as good as your last good idea, right? This is as true for companies as it is for the employees within it. A company’s value lies in how much it can deliver to its clients and customers. So, who better to create new products and services that would be beneficial to their businesses than the teams that already work with them? I feel it’s obvious that giving employees the space, freedom, and support to think beyond a company’s core product range is paramount to continuing to deliver value to clients. But how can you support and encourage your…
NASA cleared a significant milestone on the path to reviving supersonic passenger jet travel in the U.S. with the completion of the preliminary design review for its low-boom experimental airplane. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane, or LBFD, is designed to create a soft “thump” rather than the loud sonic boom typically associated with supersonic airplanes. The boom is what led federal authorities to ban supersonic passenger flight over land in 1973.
Amazon surprised nearly everyone in September when it announced that the tech giant would open Amazon HQ2, a second headquarters in North America that sent political and civic leaders across the continent into a frenzied scramble to lure the fast-growing technology powerhouse. The Seattle-based company is expected to make its decision on Amazon HQ2 in 2018.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in January against President Donald Trump, officials in his administration and the Department of Homeland Security, claiming the president’s executive order barring some immigrants from entering the country was unconstitutional. Washington was the first state to sue President Trump over his immigration order; Ferguson had the support of local tech companies like Amazon and Expedia. Washington state later secured a temporary restraining order that immediately halted implementation of President Trump’s executive immigration order nationwide.
Microsoft Xbox 360 console controllers have replaced the helicopter-style stick used to control the periscope on some Virginia-class submarines. The periscope itself is not the rotating tube most people think of thanks to Hollywood movies — nowadays, subs are equipped with two photonics masts that rotate 360 degrees. High-resolution cameras send back images that are displayed on large monitors that everyone in the control room can see.
Dana Lewis built one of the more impressive DIY products we saw in 2017: an open-source artificial pancreas system (APS) that monitors her blood sugar level and gives her body insulin as needed, building on the insulin pump and glucose monitor that she’s been using for years. Lewis is known as the founder of the open source APS and leads a community of DIY diabetes patients who are constantly innovating new technology to help manage the condition.
A fledgling venture called Pacific Hyperloop kicked off an effort in March to win support for a high-speed transit link between Seattle and Portland, using the Hyperloop system envisioned by SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk. The plan calls for creating a network of tubes capable of zipping passengers from the Jet City to the Rose City in 15 minutes, thanks to pods that travel at the near-supersonic speed of 760 mph.
A researcher at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories played a key role in discovering the species known as the Mariana snailfish, the deepest fish in the sea. It now has an official scientific name: Pseudoliparis swirei, a Latin-inspired designation paying tribute to Herbert Swire, a navigator on the 19th-century expedition that discovered the Mariana Trench.
Jon Chambers, a Seattle tech veteran with time on his hands after stepping away from his most recent job, built a sizable recreation of Diagon Alley, the London shopping area for wizards that is accessible through a secret brick wall located behind a pub.
During a Q&A with kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Amazon billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos went into more detail about his space aspirations when students asked him questions at the Museum of Flight’s “Apollo” exhibit. Bezos’ backdrop for the event included the decades-old pieces of Saturn V rocket engines that he arranged to have recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, plus an intact, never-flown engine of the same type.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in response to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s claim that the first people to set foot on Mars will arrive on a Boeing rocket, tweeted “Do it,” in one of many two-word comebacks that might have come to mind.
The Amazon CEO and founder published his annual letter to shareholders in April and gave a detailed answer to a question he recently received at a company all-hands meeting: “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” Obsess over the customer; resist proxies; embrace powerful, external trends; and make high-quality and high-velocity decisions — those are some of the ways a company can avoid becoming a “Day 2” organization, according to Bezos.
Several of these programs ignited outcry from the tech industry, for which immigration is a flagship issue. Immigrants are generally considered to be a boon for tech, helping companies fill their talent needs and fostering entrepreneurship. A study from early December supports that notion. It revealed that 43 percent of last year’s Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants.
To shine a spotlight on the role immigrants play in the tech ecosystem, GeekWire invited foreign-born members of the technology community to share their incredible stories in a series called “The Immigrant’s Journey” at this year’s GeekWire Summit in October. To underscore the series, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sat down for a fireside chat during the event.
Ferguson was the first attorney general to sue the Trump administration over its original travel ban, securing an injunction that halted its implementation nationwide. He is advocating for immigrant rights in several ongoing lawsuits.
Continue reading and watch the videos below to hear remarkable stories of grit, courage, and entrepreneurial drive from Leslie Feinzaig, Reetu Gupta, and Citlaly Ramirez.
Leslie Feinzaig, CEO of Venture Kits
Leslie Feinzaig’s family history traces back to Poland where her ancestors were persecuted for being Jewish. They immigrated to Costa Rica after they were rejected at the U.S. border.
“It was a chapter in American history when prejudice against people from other nations was codified into law — a little bit like today,” Feinzaig said on stage at the GeekWire Summit.
They settled in Costa Rica and generations later, Feinzaig was born. She moved to the U.S. for college and was eventually able to earn an H-1B visa working for Microsoft. But her immigrant’s journey was far from over. Watch below to find out the rest of Feinzaig’s story.
Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled in
Reetu Gupta arrived in the U.S. in 1999 with two suitcases and $2,000. She grew up in a tiny town in Northen India where amenities like electricity and running water were far from consistent or guaranteed.
“Inefficiencies of systems used to boil my blood,” she said during the GeekWire Summit. “I broke all norms of society and I was always getting in trouble.”
Defying expectations, she earned an engineering degree in India and immigrated to the U.S. in search of opportunity. She took a job with AT&T and then moved into aerospace, where she filed five patents for the user interface pilots use and helped design the FAA’s next-generation air traffic control.
Watch below to find out how she made the leap to entrepreneurship and how her experiences inform her daughter’s dreams.
Citlaly Ramirez, WSOS Scholar at Western Washington University
Citlaly Ramirez is fulfilling a lifelong goal of becoming a the first person in her family to graduate from college. She’s well on her way, studying information systems management and double-minoring in computer science and theater at Western Washington University. Ramirez got there thanks to a combination of hard work (studying coding as a child and interning at Code.org) and financial assistance from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
It isn’t only Ramirez’s ambition that makes her a Dreamer. She is one of approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants allowed to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act. The clock is running out for DACA recipients, as Trump decided not to renew the program when it expires in March.
“Dreamers are so-called because they have dreams to fulfill,” Ramirez said on stage at the Summit. “My ultimate dream is that one day we treat all humans equally regardless of status and race. This is why I’m proud to be a dreamer and I invite all of you to dream along with me.”
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Plenty of Pacific Northwest startups raised big funding rounds this year to fuel their growth in 2017 and beyond.
The largest round was a $115 million cash infusion for Remitly, which operates a mobile remittance platform in 10 countries. The Series D round was led by PayU, an international online payment service provider and the fintech arm of Naspers, a global investment company with equity stakes in tech giants like Tencent and Flipkart, among hundreds of others.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10 funding rounds by dollar amount for 2017, according to data provided by PitchBook. (Note: PitchBook has not confirmed Remitly’s entire $115 million round as complete, thus did not include them in its list)
Portland, Ore.-based Vacasa announced a $103.5 million Series B round in October led by new investor Riverwood Capital. Vacasa bills itself as the “largest U.S. vacation rental management company” and offers various services — marketing, rate optimization, reservations, guest services, housekeeping, maintenance, etc. — to help homeowners earn money off their property. It has more than 6,000 vacation homes listed on its site across 17 U.S. states, Europe, South and Central America, and South Africa. Revenue and total home count has nearly tripled in the past 18 months.
Idaho-based Cradlepointraised a $82 million Series C round in March from TCV, a top Silicon Valley firm that has backed companies like Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, GoDaddy, Netflix, Spotify, and Zillow. The 6-year-old company helps customers bolster their cloud-based networks over wired and wireless broadband. Cradlepoint, which counts more than 15,000 customers, calls itself “the leading provider of 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, governments, and mobile operators.”
Seattle-based Rover raised a $65 million round in July led by Spark Capital, an investor in companies like Slack, Twitter, Oculus, Warby Parker, and Trello. Founded in 2011, the company runs a pet services marketplace that helps match more than 140,000 vetted sitters across 10,000 cities in North America with pet-owners looking for someone to take care of their dogs and other animals. Rover is still on track to reach initial profitability by the end of this year, and CEO Aaron Easterly said that an IPO is still the “most likely eventual outcome.”
Seattle-based Convoy in July announced a $62 million funding round led by Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, the investment arm of Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator. Cascade Investment, the private investment vehicle of Microsoft co-founder Gates, also invested. The cash will help Convoy, founded in 2015, expand across the U.S. and build the infrastructure required for its on-demand, technology-fueled network that matches trucking companies with shippers that need to move freight. Its smartphone-based, Uber-like system lets truckers find jobs in minutes without the traditional legwork and monetary cut required when using a broker.
Avalyn Pharma raised a $62 million round in May led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners. The biopharmaceutical company, which changed its name in July from Genoa Pharmaceuticals, is working on treatments for respiratory diseases. The Seattle-based company said the round will fund its lead treatment called Aerodone through Stage II clinical trials. Biotechnology veteran Bruce Montgomery took over as CEO after the funding announcement.
Seattle-based Just Biotherapeutics raised a $59 million Series B round in August led by Temasek, a Singapore-based firm that oversees a $275 billion portfolio. The company, founded by a group of former Amgen scientists, focuses on technological innovations to reduce the cost of producing protein therapeutics and make them more accessible worldwide. That includes everything from developing therapeutic molecules to designing the manufacturing plants used to produce them. The company created a joint venture in 2016 with China-based Just China.
Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet raised a $52 million round in May led by existing investor Insight Venture Partners. It was the largest round to date for the project and work management tech company, which is now valued at more than $850 million. Smartsheet, founded in 2006, has a $100 million business and is expanding around the world as it delves further into automating recurring business tasks.
Seattle-based Skytap raised a $45 million round led by Goldman Sachs in August. The company helps companies that never thought they’d be able to take advantage of cloud services move their applications out of their data centers without a massive overhaul. Skytap has raised $109.5 million for its public cloud services, and planned to nearly double its staff in both engineering and sales as a result of the fresh funding.
Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is looking to raise as much as $150 million, according to an SEC filing from November, which noted $40.6 million raised thus far. Spaceflight Industries has two main lines of business: Spaceflight focuses on launch services and mission management for rideshare payloads, while Black Sky is building a constellation of Earth-observing satellites and a software platform that would let customers acquire low-cost imagery from orbit in as little as 90 minutes. The company’s backers include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, RRE Venture Capital and Razor’s Edge Ventures.
Nativis raises cash for medical technology platform that uses electromagnetic fields to mimic the effects of drugs
PitchBook’s data shows a $35 million investment in November for Nativis, a Seattle-based bioelectronics startup that uses electromagnetic fields to replicate the effects of chemicals and drugs. The company, which raised $10 million in February, was founded in 2002 by brothers and entrepreneurs John and Mike Butters. After a decade developing the underlying technology, Nativis has started to test its device in human patients.