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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Dog Story
May 24, 2009
Who needs them? as would say Estorbo. Granted, it's not like me to post about dogs. But these ones are special. They are therapy dogs. The two corgis dispense good vibes like the sun its rays on a beautiful spring day. And they live in a special place, with special people. 'Bottom line is, we love them to bit(e)s. On the day these pictures were taken in Hout Bay, near Cape Town, the dogs were joined by many of their kind. We carried plastic bags - need I say more? It's a do...
Tweeting from Space: The NASA Prank
May 22, 2009
As it turns out, good old astronaut Massimino wasn't actually tweeting from the orbiting space shuttle Atlantis but rather sending emails to Houston where some twit entered them into his Astro_Mike Twitter account between two bites into a Big Mac. Never mind the fact that they actually labeled his tweets "From Orbit", I am most disappointed by the crushing realization that for all we know, maybe the space shuttle was never up there in the first place. It could al...
The state of things
May 21, 2009
It had been a while since I last visited the very cool world of Wordle and I was thrilled to find an option that I did not remember from before: the applet now analyzes not only your own submitted text but also an entire web page as per the given URL. So I ran Coriolistic Anachronisms through it as a test and as always, I like the looks of it so much I feel compelled to show it.  Here, hence, is Wordle's rendition of this very blog's main page, based on pure word frequ...
Another French astrophotographer attempts to duplicate Atlantis pictures
May 20, 2009
The first round was quite a success. The pictures by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault of the space shuttle Atlantis transiting in front of the sun on its orbit to rendez-vous with Hubble are now all over the internet. Inspired by such beauty and motivated by his talent, I decided to attempt my own experiment with the shuttle's sun transit. My gear is nowhere close to his, but I figured that ingeniousness and creativity would compensate. With transit times shorte...
The Shop & Print section goes live!
May 19, 2009
It was long overdue. I've just put the finishing touches to the new "Shop & Print" page that will allow visitors (yes, you!) to buy select prints from the main galleries. Granted, the current selection is rather limited but now that I have a functional site, I will be adding more pictures as time goes by. The service is provided by SmugMug straight from my site, and most prints are done by Bay Photo, a professional California-based photo lab. Not all who wan...
French astrophotographer captures Atlantis silhouette against the sun
May 17, 2009
Ok, I rarely do plugs like this, but I found multiple references to these photos on Stumble Upon and they are truly amazing. I'm sure I won't be the only one. Voyez plutôt. Thierry Legault, a French (cocorico) astrophotographer, has managed to take incredible photos of the space shuttle Atlantis during its transit in the company of Hubble in front of the sun. He shoots with photo and astronomy gear that is quite beyond my understanding, except for the Canon 5D Mark II,...
An A for (Macro) Effort
May 17, 2009
Up at 4:15 AM this morning again, I headed for Stanley Park long before sunrise - only to find out the wind was blowing 5 or 10 km/h over Lost Lagoon. How ironic! Went I'm not waiting for the wind to pick up in order to fly my paraglider, I'm hoping for it to die down to do some macro photography. I ended up in the rhododendron garden. These pictures are the result of multiple focus-bracketed exposures blended together for a small bit of extra depth of field. Mixed results...
June 5th is World Environment Day - Home is Free
May 15, 2009
Next June 5th will be World Environment Day. The environment. Our planet. Of all the issues we can chose to address or ignore, to embrace or discard, to concern ourselves with or to make fun of, none are more critical. Make no mistake about it, our very survival as a species depends on them. Well, found over at Orcas in the Mist (thanks for the scoop, Elo), here's the upcoming eye-opener: a movie called Home, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by no other than t...
Kalk Bay, South Africa
May 13, 2009
This quaint little fishing town on the inside of the Cape Peninsula is home to the Almighty Harbour House restaurant, the more modest Olympia Cafe and its fantastic - if rare - polenta, and a small lighthouse at the end of the port's jetty that has been known to throw waves up in the air to incredible heights. Every establishment - and probably every soul - in Kalk Bay has a picture of some gigantic wave crashing on the pier and exploding upwards. But it can also be quiet a...
From Top Gun to Atlantis - The story of a... bird
May 13, 2009
The year was 1986. I was 24 months out of flight school and though things looked gloomy, I still had hopes of finding a job for some loser airline that would bank on my commercial pilot license and give me a right seat on a small commuter plane and help me build up my miserable 300 hours of flight time. When Top Gun came out, it instantly became a cult movie for anybody who had - or wanted - wings. Technically, it was rather daring and it featured lots of actual in-flight ...
Home page revamped
May 12, 2009
Well, if one didn't get the message before, visiting the home page now will definitely convince even the most stubborn mind that this place is about photography. I've overlaid more Flash on top of the original - and rather plain - SlideShowPro driven short Flash intro and attempted to recreate the look and feel of my DSLR's viewfinder. The debate remains whether or not to use an entry page instead of opening directly to the main gallery; but I have to assume a first-time v...