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Three little corys of the Brazilian Shield

The evolution of dwarf fish forms has taken place independently in many different regions of the world. Among the armored catfishes (Corydoradinae), there is a small group of species that are believed to have evolved millions of years ago. These dwarf Corydoras live in the great clearwater rivers of the 500-million-year-old Brazilian Shield.

The South American continent is comprised of very different geographical regions. Large mountain ranges created by tectonic plate shifts, such as the still-young Andes or the 1.9-billion-year-old formations of the Guiana Shield, frame the three major river basins of South America. Between the Guiana Shield and the

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Sunsets and Sun Rises.

If there is one thing I don’t photograph much, it’s sunsets.

Don’t get me wrong, I have seen and enjoyed some stunning sunsets in my time, it is the boring uninteresting ones I see displayed on various photographic sites, magazines or newspapers — the total lack of imagination — that really irks me.

There will be the sun going down over the sea and it is titled, ‘Sunset, Bloubergstrand». Good grief, it’s the sun going down over a blank sea and a featureless horizon (oh, and it’s skew!) — I’ll have to take their word for it that it’s Bloubergstrand,

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Sony Vaio Duo 13

LAP DANCE Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? Is it any good?

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Sony’s Vaio Duo 13 is a huge Windows 8 tablet. However, it packs a rather neat little trick up its sleeve: lift the back of the screen and it smoothly slides up and back, revealing a laptop-style keyboard and trackpad. It straddles the middle ground between tablet and laptop, but it still meets Intel’s Ultrabook laptop specifications.

When it’s in tablet mode, it’s definitely the Windows 8 device we’ve been waiting for. It’s capable of running Photoshop, Illustrator

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SIGMA

35mm f/1.4 DG ull frame 35mm wideangle le

HSM £699

Sigma’s new 35mm f/1. If that sounds a little vague then let’s cut straight to the bottom line: this is simply one of the very best lenses currently available.

Unzipping the padded case reveals a broad manual-focusing ring filling the front half of the barrel with a focused-distance window and a focus-mode switch in the rear half. The lens feels a little weighty but very solidly built.

A really nice little touch is the white panel that is unveiled when the lens is switched to AF mode, saving the user

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Q Acoustics 2020i

£165

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the addition of an ‘i’ would indicate only a minor update to a product. Yet the ‘i’ added by Q Acoustics to the already accomplished 2020 speakers back in 2011 brought with it a raft of changes, from a brand new tweeter to a carbon fiber-featuring mid/bass cone, plus a revised crossover to tie it all together.

These changes were designed to put the 2020s back on top of the budget stereo speaker pile, and with two Awards now tucked into their belt it’s fair to say they worked.

The secret is the

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PAINTING THE TOWN RED

By Catherine MacBride

Camera: Nikon D5200

Lens: NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5

I HAVE TO SAY that the challenge of coming up with some quirky and interesting ways of using paint for Creative Eye really got my imagination buzzing! The theme of paint gave me so many options. I could throw it.drip it, splash it, smudge it… The options were endless But what became apparent very early on was that whatever idea I came up with, I’dbe the one doing the cleaning up afterwards.

After a little time spent wading through various ideas, I remembered the saying

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MAGNATE OF TASTE

THE Visionary President OF RALPH PUCCMNTERNATiONAL DISCUSSES THE INSPIRATIONAL POWER OF ART, THE BEAUTY FOUND in imperfections AND THE NEXT Big Thing.

WHEN I JOINED THE family mannequin business in 1976, all the other companies were doing very ladylike and elegant mannequins. So we sprayed ours out in high-gloss colors. We went where someone else wasn’t, and that became the design philosophy of Pucci from there on out.

I LOOK FOR PIECES that are unique, simple, timeless and, most importantly, that have soul. I don’t look for furniture that’s been mass-produced; I look for special pieces that have been touched

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LITTLE STORIES

Using an iPad as a camera might not seem the most logical step, but for Carolyn Quartermaine it’s her second best tool — her first being her discerning eye. Tim Clinch discovers a photographer who is following in the footsteps of some of the great and undiscovered masters of their day.

Karl Blossfeldt and Charles Jones are two of my favourite photographers. What do they have in common? They weren’t ‘photographers’, that’s what. They had little idea about the beauty of their work during their lifetime, never considered themselves to be photographers (they were, respectively, a botanist and a gardener)

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Little owls

The little owl is one of the most widely distributed species of owl, native to warmer parts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia east to Korea. It was introduced to Great Britain in the 19th century, and to southern New Zealand in the early 20th century. As the name would suggest, it’s not the largest bird, measuring from 230-275mm in length. It is recognisable by its white speckled brown plumage, large head, long legs, yellow eyes and its distinctive white eyebrows’ which give it a somewhat stern expression. The little owl is partly diurnal, so you don’t have to go

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Light-hearted.

INTERIOR DECORATOR, LIGHTING DESIGNER AND AUTHORITY ON ALL THINGS HIP, AMES INGHAM DIVULGES HER SECRET ENERGY-BOOSTING ESCAPE, LUST-WORTHY HANDBAGS WITH L.A. ROOTS AND AN Inviting FURNITURE Shop with Accessories GALORE.

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FRESH SQUEEZED

I rarely have down time as I am usually working or playing with my two boys, so when I do sneak off for a little «me time,» my secret indulgence is Erewhon on Beverly Boulevard. While rushing around town, I slip in for a quick 100-percent organic cold-pressed juice, and for those few moments of pure bliss, I feel completely rejuvenated. Choose this over coffee in the

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