A few nice adobe how to images I found:
Bull Wrestling Bear Markets: Testosterone-driven
Image by ocean.flynn
The combination of increasingly complex high-risk financial instruments (unknown, under-acknowledged, under-estimated and/or misunderstood by public and private policy sector workers at all levels of governance) and a thriving culture of testosterone-driven traders with their hands firmly on the throttle of oil-dependent muscle vehicles, flooring-it on shared virtual highways with silently condoned (albeit) unwritten permission and even enthusiastic encouragement to exceed safe speed limits, the exponential growth in wealth of the upper quintile of the upper quintile accompanied by the exponential increase in poverty of the lower quintile of the lower quintile, the global expansion and implementation of the belief-system based on unfettered, self-regulated market political economies (loosely called market liberalism although best-served by political conservatism) promulgated around the planet through mass media content packaged to sell imagery of the invisible hand of the market as the right hand of the new secular god surrounded by soldiers of the user-pay, private-is-better, blame-the-poor, monetize-everything, blame-the-ill, social-justice-vs-economic-efficiency, base-minumum-wage-on-pin-money-workers, minimum-government, trickle-down-affect, legal-but-not-ethical, group-think-culture led by the Triad of Mises-Friedman-Hayek has led to market chaos that is not theoretical but Really Real.
According to Dan Mitchell’s article Trading on Testosterone" in the New York Times, "Movements in financial markets are correlated to the levels of hormones in the bodies of male traders, according to a study by two researchers from the University of Cambridge."
The Adobe Photoshop image was created by adding the Suit to the bull and layering my own mortgage meltdown digitage with the article’s illustration by Alex Eben Meyer in the New York Times. I saved this as a transparent .png file. (I am unsure of the licensing for the NYT image.) 
This is twisted curve in the winding road of ancient arguments that prohibited participation of hormone-driven women (emotional versus logical, intuitive versus deductive, feelings versus reason) in pivotal positions of decision-making.
Does this mean the invisible hand of the market should be wearing a glove? Should the use of Viagra be monitored on the trading floor?
1. In response to the interesting question from Ray Randall re: Creative Commons Licensing of this images which he used here :
www.ethosadvisory.com/articles/index.php?id=418 and herehttp://www.ethosadvisory.com/blog. Ray is using CC for the first time and was confused and concerned about following Web 2.0 etiquette. It can be confusing.
This image is my digital collage or mashup as described above which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License. Most of my Flickr images are under the Creative Commons License lets authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry while legally remixing and reusing fragments of the work of others.
When you add a Flickr image to your blog through Flickr’s menu options, it automatically generates this code (I’ve replaced with [ and ])
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[a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/2426434212/"]Bull Wrestling Bear Markets: Testosterone-driven[/a]
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By using Flickr’s code the image is linked to image, artist and textual info.
I notice a lot of people bypass this and simply thank oceanflynn or Maureen Flynn-Burhoe which is fine for me because Google makes the link. It wouldn’t if your name was not as easily identified by Google. And this method is not really Flickr-friendly.
However, Flickr has its own set of rules which requires that the live link to the Flickr-hosted image. This also accesses the accompanying explanatory text which describes how I added my own original mashups as well as remixing and reusing some of the work of other artists.
If you follow my links to the NYT’s article you can see where the bull and bear originate. I put the bull in a Wall Street suit and tie and added my own original Adobe Photoshop image which was quite timely and involved. When you crop to include only the bear and bull, it is possible that it borrows too heavily from the original NYT’s article illustration.
Webliography and Bibliography
Coates, J. M. and J. Herbert. 2008. "Endogenous steroids and financial risk taking on a London trading floor." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. snurl.com/250a7
Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2008-04-19. "Complex Financial Instruments and Testosterone-Driven Trading: Algorithm of Market Chaos." snurl.com/250a6
Palmer, Jason. 2008-04-14. "Traders’ raging hormones cause stock market swings." NewScientist.com. snurl.com/2508n
Rubel, Steve. 2008-04-17. "Study: A Billion Dollars in Internet Advertising is Wasted." Micro Persuasion. snurl.com/250au
Rubel, Steve. 2008-04-19. Twitter.
1. Algorithm: a "problem-solving procedure: a logical step-by-step procedure for solving a mathematical problem in a finite number of steps, often involving repetition of the same basic operation" or a "problem-solving computer program: a logical sequence of steps for solving a problem, often written out as a flow chart, that can be translated into a computer program," a term used in the late 17th century. It is an alteration, "after Greek arithmos "number," of algorism, via Old French and medieval Latin based on the Arabic al-?w?rizm? , the name of the 9th century mathematician who introduced algorithms to the West." See MSC (1998-2005) Encarta.
My goal is rarely to capture just one image that purely stand out on its own. My personal goal is to tell a story across many photos. A story that leaves the viewer feeling like they were actually living the moments captured in the images.
Recently when I spent a week in Israel thanks to "Vibe Israel" and Kinetis, I set out to tell the story of my journey. We criss crossed this country which is the size of New Jersey seeing everything from ancient Biblical places to the new modern cities.
I consider myself to be a very selective photographer. Where many photographers are snapping away at everything that moves I find that I have to get into the shooting mood before actually doing so. Generally I get inspired by people in locations that are interesting. When I am not rushed or being bogged down I tend to get into shooting mode.
Shooting mode for me means I get quiet, I start to observe the situation I am in and I prepare to capture the moment. This is an interesting place to be, I am not sure if you have ever experienced this but if you have you know what it’s like. The rest of the world fades away and your focus kicks in. You are hyper focused on what is around you and it almost seems like it’s moving in slow motion.
I took just over 400 pictures in the eight days I was in Israel and out of those 400 I edited it down to my final 37. That doesn’t mean that other images that I captured weren’t good enough it just meant the didn’t fit into this photo story.
See, you have to understand that not every photo will fir the story you are telling. Sometimes you have to let go of certain images for the betterment of the story.
Am I pleased with the final images I captured, the answer is absolutely. Is there room for improvement and the answer is a big yes. There’s always room to get better and to learn from the images you took, missed or did not were there.
What would I have done differently is spend more time focused on a specific type of image to capture. I didn’t really have a desired story in mind to capture, I pretty much went with the flow and considered myself the behind the scenes guy. The guy that helps tell the stories of everyone who was on the trip.
It’s really funny that I classified myself as the guy to help tell the others stories being that the only other photographer you see is Adam.
Let’s take a visual walk through my Israel images. We started off walking through Jerusalem where the faces, stores and history is alive and well. This city is thousands of years old and holds a diverse group of people who practice many different religions. You see a mix of the Jews, Muslims and Christians all within the city walls.
There are shop owners sitting out front, some wanting their pictures taken and others who shun you if you even look their way. You see the old the young, the locals and the tourists. You can see this mix in the images that I captured.
We than move to the Wailing Wall where I did not spend a ton of time but I was able to capture a nice cross section of solid images. You have the soldiers praying at the wall. You have the ultra wide angle showing people in prayer to people walking around. The story that is being told in the Black And White’s just feels right.
We shift gears to the Dead Sea where a few model photo shoots were set for the day. I considered it my job to capture behind the scenes images of Adam photographing his model. Beyond that I also doubled as his assistant when he needed some help.
The story being told was all about Adams photo shoot. I wanted to capture wide shots of Adam with the model as well as images that showed the beautiful scene we were in. I did film a behind the scenes look at this photo shoot that I will post as soon as it is fully edited.
Moving on form the Dead Sea into Tela viv which is considered the most modern city in Israel we woke up early to photograph fisherman at work. Again I spent time photographing Adam while he had the pleasure of doing an impromptu portrait session with a good 20 or so local fisherman.
I also found myself walking around trying to capture the story of the location. I wanted to capture the wider detailed shots showing fisherman at work in their surroundings. I am very happy with the resulting images from the morning spent on the docs.
As the trip was winding down I was able to interview Ziv Koren as well as capture some behind the scene candid images. As you can tell from the images Adam was dong a portrait shoot and I was jumping in where I could to capture a few moments. In an ideal world I would have spent more time but honestly I am very happy with the few images I did capture.
Even if I did have extra time i’m not really sure what I would have captured beyond what I was already able to. I love the black and white’s, I love Ziv in front of his bookshelf and having a discussion and the pool table with Adam. I love the shots of him at his desk even when he is making deep eye contact with the camera. The scene that is there is what drives me as a photographer.
As you can tell from my photo story I generally capture people in their natural environments. I am very pleased with what I captured. Like I said above, if I had more time to spend in these locations I would have come out with more keeper images.
I seriously could have spend three to four hours hanging around the markets just observing the situation, finding the light and capturing the moment.
These images tell the story of my journey and I hope you were able to feel like you were there with me. Click Here to view the FULL RES exports.
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Image by reiver55