Thursday, December 24, 2009

128 - Renew

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have an opportunity to start a new. Renew love, renew hope, renew courage and renew our soul.

Happy Renew Year, Michael Harris 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

127 - Sustainability

Sustainability isn't about the quick fix or the cheap solution. Generally it means making a commitment and trying, as best we can, to honor it. In any worthwhile enterprise, from protecting the environment to preserving a relationship, we are going to encounter difficulties. The good life is not a problem-free life. In point of fact, the process of overcoming adversity often produces some of the most rewarding experiences we will ever have. Human beings need to be challenged to 'test their mettle,' as it were. Throwing in the towel at the first sign of trouble or small inkling of distress may be the easy thing to do, but it doesn't help our self-concept. Most of life's troubles can be overcome if we are willing to work through them with patience. Michael Schuler

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

126 - Miracles

People are always looking for miracles. But I think the real miracle is to be on and part off this earth. Every day we are part of countless miracles which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, incredible clouds, mountains and rivers millions of years old, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

125 - The Present

The body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. Find a way to bring them together to enjoy the present. A place conducive for this is Rio Grande overlook in Big Bend National Park at sunset.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

124 - Delight

Imagine my delight when I saw this. Atlantic ocean on the right the Bahama bank on the left and a thin layer of clouds just like the island.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

123 - Happy Thanksgiving

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Thomas Moore

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Monday, November 23, 2009

122 - Friendship

Good friends, good sunsets and a quiet conscience: this is an ideal life.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

121 - Seeing

I know I'm not seeing things as they are, I'm seeing things as I am. Laurel Lee

This is taking a while to learn...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

120 - Future

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, October 29, 2009

119 - Pains

The pains which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided. II.16, Sutras of Patanjali

Past pain is finished. Pain that we are in the process of experiencing cannot be avoided, but can be reduced to some extent by yogic practice and discriminative knowledge. Unknown future pains can be prevented by adhering now to yogic discipline.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

118 - Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

And I think it takes all three methods to become wise.

Monday, October 12, 2009

117 - The Ancient Traveler

The most ancient traveler in the universe is love. It is love that travels from the unknown to the known, from eternity to eternity. From The Essence of Spiritual Life

Saturday, October 10, 2009

116 - Morning Peace

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. The Dalai Lama

Thursday, October 1, 2009

115 - The Sky Breathes

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/6 sec at f/13.0, +CPL

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

114 - Connections

Canon 5DmkII, 24-70mm at 35mm, iso100, 1/60 sec at f/9.5, +CPL

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein

Friday, September 18, 2009

113 - Coincidence

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

According to Wikipedia, Coincidence is the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection. The word is derived from the Latin co- ("in", "with", "together") and incidere ("to fall on"). In science the term is generally used in a more literal translation, e.g., referring to when two rays of light strike a surface at the same point at the same time. In this usage of coincidence, there is no implication that the alignment of events is surprising, noteworthy or non-causal.

I tend more to mystical teachings that insist on the view that there is absolutely no coincidence in the world. Everything that occurs can be related to a prior cause or association, no matter how vast or how minute and trivial. All is impacted by something related to it that is seen or unseen, cognized or unknowable.

This sunset had special meaning for me and I believe the universe set it to remind me; Number one, how blessed we are. Number two, There are connections that make all of this a lot of fun.

Yesterday with another photographer I was discussing photographing sunsets, I said "And don't ever rule out the east, things happen there that don't happen in any other direction." Well the image above, that I took the next evening (due east) is what I was talking about. This beautiful pattern of sun rays is called anticrepuscular rays. Coincidence???

The second image and don't get wrong I'm not a religious guy, speaks to how blessed we are. I've been to this location numerous times and I've never seen a Sister there. Sister Marisa has a beautiful smile and is very friendly. I asked her to pose for me and she graciously agreed. The anticrepuscular and crepuscular rays are also called God rays. Another darn coincidence...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

112 - Kindness

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 160mm, iso200, 1/45 sec at f/2.8,

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

At what age do we forget this?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

111 - Effortless

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

There is a feeling of effortless effort when passion is connected to a process. It is amazing to me that when I am creating images the aches and pains in my body seem to disappear for that time. Photography is my meditations.

Friday, September 4, 2009

110 - Blessed

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15, 1/4, 1 sec at f/11.0, +CPL

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it. Who was it who said, "Blessed is the man who has found his work"? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work--not somebody else's work. The work that is really a man's own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great. Mark Twain

Friday, August 28, 2009

109 - Quality of Light

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/20, 1/6, .7 sec at f/11.0, +CPL Combined in Photomatix

Last night I attended a discussion on the quality of light by professional photographer and artist Michael Thoennes. His presentation helped me better understand that all light, natural or artificial, has characteristics that are universal and with an understanding of these principles of light we can create impactive images with the power to evoke emotion. Michael has a complete understanding of this topic, his presentation was interesting and informative. If you get a chance give him a listen.

All of this reminded me of balancing the three qualities of nature. They are
called gunas. Roughly translated as (mass or inertia), (vibrancy or dynamism) and (luminosity or the quality of light). When I am able and I remember to balance these qualities in me my photography is fun and I get better results. When my images convey these qualities in a way that connects the viewer to nature's dance to balance the gunas I am grateful.

Namaste, (The light within me honors the light within you.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

108 - Patience

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 20mm, iso50, 20 sec at f/16.0, +CPL

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

This image was one of a very many 20 second exposures, no special lightning capture equipment just patience.

Monday, August 17, 2009

107 - Procrastination

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 125mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/11.0, +CPL

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time. Fred Brooks

Found out what can motivate me, "FREE"!! I've been wanting to put together a book of images of Eleuthera for a least a year and it's now done. No you can't buy ten of them, I just had to get it out of my system. Now if you have this problem here's the deal. You pay only shipping (4.99) and you get a hardcover 26 page 8x10 book. The web based software is resonable with plenty of options, so give it a try. Here is the link to AdoramaPix and here is the coupon code PXBKSB had to call them to get the coupon to work, cart software was acting up. So if you've been procrastinating like me give this a look...

Monday, August 10, 2009

106 - The Sky is Enough

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15, 1/60, 1/250 sec at f/13.0, +CPL Combined in Photomatix

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hoffman

When the sky is like this I promise to give it more coverage as it will never be like this again...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

105 - All Aboard

Canon 5DmkII, 24-70mm at 70mm, iso100, 1/20 sec at f/16.0, +CPL, converted to B&W in LR

To follow up with 104, another rule of creativity from Julieanne Kost that I like is number "8. View every challenge as a possible discovery." This shoot of a railroad museum started as an HDR blue sky venture and ended as shown, possibly the best image of the day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

104 - Be Open

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso200, 1/180 sec at f/9.5, +CPL

I've been working on creativity lately and came across 18 lessons from a book by Julieanne Kost. Kost is a Photoshop evangelist for Adobe, her tutorials are the best. This excerpt is a PDF file. To open the PDF file in your Web browser, click "Window Seat."

This image is a direct result of her rule # 3 "Be open to whatever comes your way." and rule # 4 "Share what you know and learn from others."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

103 - History

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 27mm, iso100, 1/90, 1/20, 1/6 sec at f/16.0, +CPL

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford

A scene out of the 1930's on South Beach (Art Deco District). One of Miami's famous tourist destinations. Took this image yesterday, there was some processing...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

102 - Passion

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso100, 1/1000 sec at f/4.0

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” T. Alan Armstrong

Monday, July 27, 2009

101 - Colored

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso200, .7, 3 & 10 sec at f/13.0, Combined in Photomatix

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain

This car is unique in that it is one of the few remaining examples of a "Jim Crow" car. In the segregated South, the Seaboard Airline Railway was mandated by law to provide "separate but equal" facilities. The coach section of the car is divided into two, identical sections; one for white patrons and one for blacks. A small, "flip-over" sign, mounted on either side of the bulkhead separating the two sections, reads "WHITE" and "COLORED." In the convoluted thinking of the times, this sign made the accommodations of the car suitable for white passengers. Few realized that at the end of a run, the car was not turned around; only the signs were flipped over. The seats that were "good enough for blacks" now became perfectly acceptable for whites.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

100 - Health

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15, 1/4 & 1 sec at f/13.0, +Polarizer

Listened to the President tonight, talk about his plan to revamp our health care system. Then I came across what I think is an appropriate quote for this evening from a great American.

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. Walter Cronkite

The best of health to you all...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

99 - Blue Summer 3 or The Pink Beach

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/125 sec at f/13.0, +Pol.

When ever I see one of the shows "Top Beaches in the World" I have to chuckle, they haven't found some I've seen and their rating system seems to be a lot different than mine. Isolation, crystal clear water, warm water, soft pink sand give it a 10 in my system.

Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

96 - Titan - Largest Moon of Saturn

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1, 4 & 15 sec at f/13.0,

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

Titan is the sixth ellipsoidal moon from Saturn. Frequently described as a planet-like moon, Titan has a diameter roughly 50% larger than Earth's moon and is 80% more massive. It is the 2nd largest moon in the Solar System, after Jupiter's moon Ganymede, and it is larger by volume than the smallest planet, Mercury, although only half as massive. Titan was the first known moon of Saturn, discovered in 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens.

Titan is primarily composed of water ice and rocky material. Much as with Venus until the Space Age, the dense, opaque atmosphere prevented understanding of Titan's surface until new information accumulated with the arrival of the Cassini-Huygens mission in 2004, including the discovery of liquid hydrocarbon lakes in the satellite's polar regions. These are the only large, stable bodies of surface liquid known to exist anywhere other than Earth. The surface is geologically young; although mountains and several possible cryovolcanoes have been discovered, it is relatively smooth and few impact craters have been discovered.

The atmosphere of Titan is largely composed of nitrogen and its climate includes methane and ethane clouds. The climate—including wind and rain—creates surface features that are similar to those on Earth, such as sand dunes and shorelines, and, like Earth, is dominated by seasonal weather patterns. With its liquids (both surface and subsurface) and robust nitrogen atmosphere, Titan is viewed as analogous to the early Earth, although at a much lower temperature. The satellite has thus been cited as a possible host for microbial extraterrestrial life or, at least, as a prebiotic environment rich in complex organic chemistry. Researchers have suggested a possible underground liquid ocean might serve as a biotic environment.


The above from Wikipedia for more Titan

Monday, June 29, 2009

94 - The Queen's Bath

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/8.0, +CPL. 3 image composite.

A beautiful place on the eastern shore of North Eleuthera, Bahamas that's called The Queen's Bath.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

93 - East

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/20 + 1/6 + .7 sec at f/11.0, +CPL Three images combined with Photomatrix

Looking east from a place called Whales Point. Haven't seen any whales yet, but have heard they pass by here on their migration north and south.

Monday, June 22, 2009

92 - Always take the Weather

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/125 sec at f/9.5, +CPL

It's tropical wave time, pretty dramatic skies during the day but be ready to run for cover.

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. ~George Carlin

Friday, June 19, 2009

91 - Mystery

Canon 5DmkII, 25-70mm at 70mm, iso100, .7 sec at f/16.0, +CPL+ND4

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

90 - Peace

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1.5 sec at f/11.0, +CPL

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. HH The Dalai Lama

Monday, June 15, 2009

89 - Time

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso100, 1/1500 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Saturday, June 13, 2009

88 - Intuition

Canon 40D, 10-22mm at 20mm, iso100, 1/800 sec at f/4.5, + ewa-marine wp bag

Learn to listen to your intuition it comes from close to the soul, trust the small voice inside you it will tell you exactly which way to go...

Friday, June 12, 2009

87 - Travelers

Canon 40D, 10-22mm at 10mm, iso100, 1/200 sec at f/9.0, + ewa-marine wp bag

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend and a few good places to photography. Robert Louis Stevenson (modified)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

86 - Wingman

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 20mm, iso800, 1/15 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

Cruising at 1 foot below sea level two stealth spotted eagle rays do reconnaissance in search of enemies (food).

Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key. Alan Bennett

Monday, June 8, 2009

85 - A Creative Path

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/6 sec at f/9.5, +CPL

I feel like I'm in a creative rut maybe it's the rain, pretty much straight for 3 weeks. I want to think that's the reason but it's probably not. It is to easy to go back to the same place with the same equipment and shoot the same shot with a different sky. I don't want a break I want an idea. So I'll go searching...

I know this is a universal phenomena, any comments would be appreciated.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

84 - The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso400, 1/125 sec at f/8.0

While having brunch at our favorite Key West restaurant "Blue Heaven" these guys were entertaining the patrons. They call themselves The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and they are very good. Listen to their version of When You're Smiling, click in the box under the word Music.

Friday, May 29, 2009

83 - Rays

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso200, 1/20 sec at f/13.0, +EF12 ext tube

Allow your intelligence to penetrate evenly throughout the body to its extremities, like the rays of the sun. B.K.S. Iyengar

Thursday, May 28, 2009

82 - Boca Chita Lighthouse

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 35mm, iso100, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

What I was is unimportant, what I am now is important. B.K.S. Iyengar

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

81 - Octopi Need Homes Too

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, +CPL

This is a Stiltsville house in Biscayne Bay about a mile from land, of the seven that are left this is the most colorful and the best maintained. This is a sunrise shot so boating there requires leaving the dock in the dark and crossing the bay with little light, but its well worth it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

80 - Opportunity

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 150mm, iso200, 1/15 sec at f/16.0, +EF12 ext tube

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. Hugh Miller