Monday, September 24, 2012

Cuiabá Arsenal - Football! (Futebol Americano)

   I was pleasantly surprised to find, after we arrived in Brazil, that there is an American Football league in Brazil, similar to the NFL of the United States.  While much younger, and smaller, than the NFL in the U.S., it is definitely growing in popularity.  With the formation of the Asociation of American Football of Brazil (AFAB - Assoçiation de Futebol Americano do Brasil) in the year 2000, the league has exploded into what it is today - a championship of thirty-four teams from all across the country.

   You can imagine how happy I was to find out that our city of Cuiabá, near the center of Brazil, is home of the "Cuiabá Arsenal" one of the winningest teams of this league and currently at the top of the rankings. 

    I was fortunate enough, recently, to be able to get a press pass to photograph a home game and had a great time!  You can see more of my photos on the Arsenal's facebook page.

The team is led by Coach Clayton Lovett (pictured below, in the white hat), a Nebraska native.  There are also a couple American players on the team, but the majority are Brazilians who have somehow fallen in love with the sport!

On this day, the Arsenal was challenged by the "Weilers" (short for Rottweilers), from São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, over 1,000km away.   Our city's large stadium is under construction for the 2014 World Cup, and so this match was held at the smaller "Dutrinha" stadium.

The game was packed with exciting plays, excellent runs, and great touchdowns!


Ah, the joy of victory!   Our team won with the final score of 55-0!  You can read the full report of the game in our local newspaper FolhadoEstado here.


What a great game it was!  I am already looking forward to the next one!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bulk Editing with Adobe Camera Raw

  Here are a couple screenshots with tips for using ACR more effectively - Especially batch processing.   (Notations done in Skitch)

And for batch noise removal:

To edit additional photos:

Be sure all the desired Raw files are selected in the left-hand column and click "Open Images" to open all of them in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maria Eduarda - Faces of Brazil

  This little girl was a faithful visitor of this year's Vacation Bible School here in Brazil and seemed to greatly enjoy herself the entire week!
  The VBS had a Global Mission's theme and so on the last day there were prizes for people who dressed up as being from another country.  I would say this girl definitely deserved first place!

Quote of the Day:
     We are immortal until our work is done."
                 - George Whitefield

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Adalia - A Maine Girl

     We had the privilege of visiting some friends in Maine.  I was just going through some photos I took of their daughter and came across this gem.  She is a sweet girl from a great family. I wish I'd have a picture of the entire family to share here.

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge –

Photo Challenge Submission

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fusbol Girl - Faces of Brazil

    This shy, young lady seemed to really enjoy herself at youth camp this past summer.  Here she's enjoying some friendly competition at the fusbol table.



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