The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

July 31, 2011

Moments in Florence

Lion of Flaminio Vacca. 1594.  Loggia della Signoria

Ponte Santa Trinita




Happy Florentines

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

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July 29, 2011

Bernal







Bernal, is a colonial village in the Mexican state of Querétaro. It was founded in 1642 by spanish soldier Alonso Cabrera.
Bernal is located two and a half hours from Mexico City. It has a current population of 2909. 1377 are males and 1532 are females. 1014 persons are counted as Economic Active Population and there are only 630 inhabited homes in town.
It is known for its enormous monolith of massive rock, the Peña de Bernal, the third highest on the planet.   A natural pyramid believed (by some at least) to impart a cosmic energy. It’s said that Bernal’s residents enjoy extraordinary longevity.

Recently, the town of Bernal acquired the title of Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town). The Magical Towns are admitted for being localities that have magic symbolic attributes, legends, history, transcendental facts, that associate in each of his cultural manifestations, and that today mean a great opportunity for tourism. 




Fri Jul 29, 2011
This week's challenge:
'Enormous'.


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July 27, 2011

Blurred Blues







"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style."
Author Unknown

Dedicated to Sophia


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July 26, 2011

Point of View


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July 25, 2011

Pier 83




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July 24, 2011

Windoor

Window

Door
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July 22, 2011

Invisible


Are You in a Photography Rut? 11 Tips to Get Out of It!

Every photographer hits a wall at one point or another. Here are a few tips to keep things fresh and new.
1. Try something new, get out of your comfort zone. You’ve been photographing nature for years? Try some street photography!

2. Meet other photographers and go on photo walks. It doesn’t have to be a large group. Get together with two or three other people who share the same passion and experiment with different photography genres. Meet regularly and choose a different theme each time: Street photography one week, landscape photography the next! You will learn something new from fellow photographers and getting together will help keep the passion for photography alive.

3. If you own a DSLR, try renting a new lens for a weekend to experiment with something totally different. It can be a fisheye or a macro lens, a special effect lens or a super telephoto. They are big investments and renting for a weekend or a few days is quite affordable and the best way to know if you are ready to make the investment. Try your local camera store or any reputable online rental services such as borrowlenses.com. Check for special deals.

4. Write a list of things you’ve never photographed before and make it a point to learn the techniques to achieve those shots. I’ve been doing this for a while and my list still includes a lot of interesting things to discover such as panoramic photography or time lapse. I recently discovered macro photography and it opened a whole new world of possibilities in my own backyard. I discover something new every time I put the macro lens on my camera! There are many techniques you can learn that don’t require any new equipment and such as light trails, light painting, etc. Just be open to trying new things.

5. Get you hands on a film camera and a roll of film and limit yourself to 36 exposures for a day. You will learn the importance of getting it right in camera. If nothing else, you will realize how incredibly flexible digital really is!

6. Pick a theme and get out on your own. You can pick to only shoot things that are yellow, just feet, people with hats, dogs… The sky is the limit. This exercise will help you see things differently and the results may surprise you.

7. Mentor someone. Give a camera to a child. Take them out to shoot. You may spark a life-long passion and you may learn a thing or two about yourself in the process.

8. Give back to your community, volunteer to photograph a local event for a charity for example.

9. If you can afford it, sign up for a photography workshop in a field you are passionate about or to learn something completely new.

10. Start a project that will force you to shoot more, such as a 365 day project. Share your project through social media or a blog. The more you shoot, the more you are going to want to shoot. Push yourself and set a goal to put all those images in a book when you are done. Pat yourself in the back, it’s a big accomplishment!

11. Look at the work of others. They may be famous or unknown, the goal is not to copy their work but to draw inspiration from it.
This list is non exhaustive, please add some suggestions in the comments. Happy shooting!


And Happy Weekend!


Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/are-you-in-a-photography-rut-11-tips-to-get-out-of-it#ixzz1SnUdh4rl

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July 21, 2011

Games


"Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. 
Hunters, after all, aren't cooks."
Henri Cartier-Bresson

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July 20, 2011

The Party

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.”
~Jean-Paul Sartre

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July 19, 2011

No Expectations


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Images of 2010 - Cuernavaca,  Louvre, Mexico City, New York, Orsay, Paris, Tulum, Washington


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July 17, 2011

Light of New York





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Music: Forest Flower by Charles Lloyd and Keith Jarrett.

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July 15, 2011

Lines and Talks


"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art."
Ambrose Bierce

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July 13, 2011

Inner Voyage



A warrior-hunter deals intimately with his world, and yet he is inaccessible to that same world. He taps it lightly, stays for as long as he needs to, and then swiftly moves away, leaving hardly a mark.
For an average man, the world is weird because if he's not bored with it, he's at odds with it. 
For a warrior, the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable.
A warrior must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous time.
A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

Acts have power. Especially when the warrior acting knows that those acts are his last battle. There is a strange consuming happiness in acting with the full knowledge that whatever he is doing may very well be his last act on earth.
A warrior must focus his attention on the link between himself and his death. Without remorse or sadness or worrying, he must focus his attention on the fact that he does not have time and let his acts flow accordingly. He must let each of his acts be his last battle on earth. 
Only under those conditions will his acts have their rightful power.
Otherwise they will be for as long as he lives, the acts of a fool.
~Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda.


Travelers of Eternity or The Cosmic Ape


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Corner Stop


"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
Dorothea Lange

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July 11, 2011

Sunday At La Condesa

Delivering

Pipes

Lessons

Tango

Games

Musicians

Kiss Me Without Lips

No Comments

Portrait of a Duck

Angry Man With A Bible On His Hands


"The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."
Robert Doisneau




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July 8, 2011

Moving Umbrella




Fri Jul 08, 2011
This week's challenge:
'Gloomy'.


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July 7, 2011

Bored


"I'm always mentally photographing everything as practice."
Minor White

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July 6, 2011

Glimpse




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July 4, 2011

Inner Circuit


Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected'
(Ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)

Lyrics:

[deGrasse Tyson]
We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically

[Feynman]
I think nature's imagination
Is so much greater than man's
She's never going to let us relax

[Sagan]
We live in an in-between universe
Where things change all right
But according to patterns, rules,
Or as we call them, laws of nature

[Nye]
I'm this guy standing on a planet
Really I'm just a speck
Compared with a star, the planet is just another speck
To think about all of this
To think about the vast emptiness of space
There's billions and billions of stars
Billions and billions of specks

[Sagan]
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together
The cosmos is also within us
We're made of star stuff
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

Across the sea of space
The stars are other suns
We have traveled this way before
And there is much to be learned

I find it elevating and exhilarating
To discover that we live in a universe
Which permits the evolution of molecular machines
As intricate and subtle as we

[deGrasse Tyson]
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable
To phenomena in the cosmos
That makes me want to grab people in the street
And say, have you heard this??

(Richard Feynman on hand drums and chanting)

[Feynman]
There's this tremendous mess
Of waves all over in space
Which is the light bouncing around the room
And going from one thing to the other

And it's all really there
But you gotta stop and think about it
About the complexity to really get the pleasure
And it's all really there
The inconceivable nature of nature


Happy 4th of July!

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July 1, 2011

Skyline of New York



Views from The Hudson River



"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera."
Lewis Hine

"Photography is my one recreation and I think it should be done well."
Lewis Carroll

"The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same."
Wynn Bullock

"The pictures are there, and you just take them."
Robert Capa


Happy Weekend!


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