Around Horseshoe Lake in Woodland WA !
I often find myself just walking the streets, sometimes the plain desert, in search of nothing. Just moving along, in line with my thoughts towards the nothingness that floats above everything. I see, I touch and I wonder what would all be if I wasn’t me. What if I was you? Would everything look the same?
I swim in the reality of my perception, in the reality of my mind and I know when I will get to the shore I will cease to be. But the shore looks too far away, and that is a good sign as I can keep swimming in these troubled fields of my imagination and carry on with being me.
I open my eyes and see the light reflecting and giving shape and colour to the ever floating multitude of atoms that pulsate and vibrate creating the matter that I call my reality. Weirdly enough, nobody else calls it the same. Some call it my madness, others my dreams, but not me……I call it reality. My dreams are much more than the mere daily nothing. My dreams are even more nothing…but yet are mine, I cherish them and strive to achieve them ,which I might very well do one day. But then they will still be nothing. When I will get to the shore, tired of swimming, while waiting for my cessation, I will not be able to take them with me, I will have nothing and nothing will follow me any further.
The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. I shot this in September 2010 in Sri Lanka, from Heritage Kandalama Hotel terrace. This photo doesn’t do justice to the actual view…
This sunset gave me goosebumps …it left me speechless…it looked like the sky was burning…it really changed the way I looked at life and it made me enjoy the beauty of the world around us, the beauty of the most simple things in a much more profound way. This sunset made me realize that life is much more than we think it is…we get so lost in routine that we forget about us, we forget to enjoy the small pleasures in life, we forget how to appreciate the beauty of a flower, of a cloud in the sky..the beauty of a sunset. We live once and we should make the most of it…we have to live every second…we have to love and be loved, we have to argue, be upset, be happy, be disappointed, laugh, cry,sing, scream ….and all the feelings that we come with at birth because this is the meaning and the beauty of our life
I hope the poor image quality (had to shoot trough couple of centimetres of dirty glass on the 55th floor – handheld) doesn’t take much away from this amazing fireworks show on Qatar National Day ’12
Another two takes on Doha’s Skyline. While first one is eye-pleasing with amazing colours,the second one stays more true(in my opinion) to the beautiful ever-changing image and essence of this beautiful city and country. Despite all the negatives like an enslaving sponsorship system that is taken advantage of by still nomad minded company owners (yes…they are few of them left in existence..despite the progress) you can not overlook the good parts…the ambition of a young nation of catching up to speed with the rest of the world and even going way ahead comparing with many of its global competitors . Despite having a high cost to pay, financially and socially speaking, for the progress they made in the last ten years or so…this little country in the Persian Gulf has managed pretty well so far to blend in the old with the new , traditional views with secular views (those nomad minded enslaving individuals make an exception to this…and there are promises that the sponsorship system will be tweaked a bit to step into the 21St century). Anyway sheer perfection exists only in our dreams…therefore I can say it loud that I really enjoy this little corner of “fusion civilization”.
I am sorry for the poor quality of this night shot. I was lazy to carry a tripod that evening. My ISO was way high and I was in a cable-car.
I wish I had more time in this amazing part of Romania !!! Unfortunately it was a bit on the run !!!
For quite a while I was a bit “afraid” of HDR photography. Maybe because I was just at my beginnings in photography and I couldn’t quite understand it and also because I could see a lot of photographers just overdoing it and the resulting images looked rather artificial.
Browsing the net one day, looking for all sorts of photo tips and tutorials, I stumbled upon some beautiful HDR images created by an amazing photographer called Philipp Klinger. My interest being awakened ,I slowly discovered that this is a very old concept in photography dating back to 1850 when Gustave Le Gray ,also called “the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century”, pioneered the idea of using several images shot at different exposures to fix a too-extreme range of luminance.
High dynamic range imaging original developing is attributed thou to Charles Wyckoff who’s detailed pictures of nuclear explosions were published on the cover of Life magazine in the mid 1950s.
In time the desirability of HDR has been recognized but it wasn’t until the introduction of digital photography , the rising popularity of digital cameras as well as the increase in computing power, development of photo editing software and other technological advances that high dynamic range imaging really took off.
The photos in this post are two of my high dynamic range images that I worked on when I found my interest for this technique and I was trying to learn and understand it. Even thou I did got carried away and “over-HDRed” them I still love them as working on these two images made me comprehend and appreciate the entire set of techniques that goes into HDR creation .
It is the beginning of March and we are still stuck in winter here. It is wired for this time of the year to not see any of the beautiful spring flowers. It seems that weather changed, winter starts later and finishes later. I was told it is the global warming phenomena. I did some reading about this global warming …and it just doesn’t seem to be that. It just looks like every year the seasons just shift a bit. They still last more or less three months each , they just don’t start anymore when they used to. I observed that every few years, seasons seem to be starting a bit later and finish later . My own observations make me a bit reticent to the entire global warming theory. And the fact that it kick started a billions dollars business like Emissions Trading (that didn’t proved to be particularly useful other than make millions for some organizations ) doesn’t help in making me a believer. That doesn’t mean that I am not against pollution.
Anyway , I diverted a bit to a subject I am not very familiar with…!!!
About the photos…I took a short trip today with my best friend and I had the chance to take some landscape photos. The weather was not as good as I wished for . I was hoping to see a bit of the long awaited spring out there in the country, but it seems that winter doesn’t want to leave just yet. Nevertheless the scenery was still breathtaking.
In this post are a few of the images. I hope you enjoy them…!!!