While Michelle Flournoy has apparently taken her name out of the running for U.S. Defense Secretary, it’s worth noting that there are currently five female Defense Ministers in NATO: Italy’s Roberta Pinotti, Albania’s Mimi Kodheli, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, Norway’s Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide and Jeanine Hennis-Plasshaert of the Netherlands. That’s a record.
There are also female Defense Ministers in South Africa, Montenegro, Ecuador, Kenya, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Guinea-Bissau.
This week, here are a couple of HDR shots I like a lot, both from the busy, busy morning market in Hoi An, Vietnam. The very photogenic fish market, just outside this produce market, is enough to entice a photographer out of bed before the sun comes up. Then you walk inside, and there's another whole world of things to shoot.
Each photo combines three exposures from a single RAW shot, which were then tonemapped in Photomatix. Then in Photoshop, the backgrounds were desaturated just a little bit and given a little Gaussian blur, and in the bottom photo, the bright sun in the top left rear needed some toning down. We put a little lighting effect around each of the two women. Click each photo for a much larger version. And see nearly 400 photos in the Vietnam Gallery, and 200+ HDRs in the HDR Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.
Any guesses? Cute may not be the exact best word, so maybe we'll call it an amusing story: According to the Cranky Flyer, "It’s a route that former President Bush might call the Axis of Evil Express." And just to make it a little bit better, it stops in Damascus.
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