Was man meant to conquer this planet and spread indefinitely? (Week Five of Fifty-Two)
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Only rarely to envision a shot long before I take it. This is one of those rare occasions. After I started thinking this photo up, I started to realize it was a lot like a semi-famous photo that David Hobby took. Anyway. This book is simply amazing and blows my mind every time I turn the page (although I must admit that I say that about a lot of the books I read). I wanted to capture that by showing the book emitting light. I wanted to light the cover a bit, so the title could be seen.
My first few attempts involved a flash hitting the cover and me using a bike light hidden by the book to have light "emitting" from the book. That just ended up looking like all the light involved was coming from one flash, and didn't give the effect I was looking for.
I almost couldn't figure out a way to get the look I was going for, then I decided to pick up a snooted flash and aim it at the book. Although I didn't know it at the time, that was the same thing David did in the photo I linked to above. The book turns into a reflector of sorts. It becomes a wide,diffused light source that gives really soft shadows.
I also like how my head blends into my shadow and really gives the impression that my head is exploding. My mind really is being blown!
A quick note on Ishmael (because I'll end up reciting the whole book if I don't limit myself). The most impactful idea presented in the book so far is this: Our culture tells us (indirectly) that the world was made for humans, that we were made to conquer it and that we should reproduce and spread indefinitely. Most people operate with this idea in mind and they don't even realize it. Unfortunately, spreading indefinitely is an ability only humans have, and it's contrary to the rules of nature that have allowed life to exist on this planet for millions of years. If we keep it up, we might not only kill ourselves, but we could remove so much biodiversity from the system that we kill all life. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
I got into geocaching this week and let me just say this: It's a fantastic and relatively cheap way to have a lot of fun! A friend of mine was talking to me about her experiences with it, and I figured it would be a great thing to try with a girl that I'm dating. We both had a lot of fun geocaching around the Eugene Saturday Market and we're planning on going to Spencer's Butte to do as many of the caches as we can find there. I bought a cheap GPS receiver from craigslist, and if I'm still doing this in 6 months, then I might invest on a smaller, more accurate one.
Evolution: Theory or Fact?
I've been reading a lot about science lately. That may sound silly, but there are a few basic things in science that I didn't know. One example is the idea of a theory. I had the same view that most of the public does, that a "theory" means it hasn't been "proven" and could be wrong. A theory in science is basically a "law" but we don't call them that anymore. There is no absolute truth in science (because that only exists in mathematics), but the accepted theories are what we believe to be almost certainly true. I researched all these things in reference to evolution as theory and fact.
Looks fantastic large on black.