Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana - Person performs mystical "Sun Salutation" yoga stretching exercise on Morro Strand "Church of Kelp"

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    Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana www.yogajournal.com/poses/2489 - Person, performs mystical "Sun Salutation" yoga stretching exercise in profile in front of Morro Rock on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA, 07 Jan. 2009. The "Morro Strand Church of Kelp" claims many such individuals as members, where one finds meaningful connection with the unknown. Snapshot by Michael "Mike" L. Baird bairdphotos.com, Canon SD950 point-and-shoot.
    I had originally captioned this image "Man" but in looking in the full-sized version, I believe this is a female.

    19 Jan 2012 to be published in a new magazine called Empirical (www.empiricalmagazine.com)

    buddadvasu, J. D. Ebberly, yogacharya, and 44 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Steve Corey 64 months ago | reply

      You caught him in a nice comma shape. Nice contrast against the water.

    2. jimgoldstein 64 months ago | reply

      Great lighting. I can't help but think a lower perspective to get of his figure against the lighter reflected sand and water would get him to stand out more. It would also provide an even greater repetition in shape to Morro Rock.

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    3. mikebaird 64 months ago | reply

      jimgoldstein At www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/ you said "a lower perspective to get of his figure..." - that exactly the kind of critique that I love on Flickr - thank you for taking the time. He actually posed for several seconds so I did have the opportunity, not the thoughts! Best, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com.

    4. jimgoldstein 64 months ago | reply

      Mike glad the feedback helps. Never settle for one take on a scene. Always experiment going high, low, to the side, horizontal format, portrait format, etc. Often the great shot is the one you never see initially until you move around or experiment with format.

    5. ajdury 64 months ago | reply

      Mike - did your subject know you were taking his picture?

      I find that to be my greatest stumbling block when taking pictures out in public. Trying to be surreptitious while shooting what is very interesting - people doing their own thing.

      Your description of "Morro Strand Church of Kelp" had me laughing! I'm a member of that sect, but my "Church of Kelp" is in the Pismo/Avila area.

      See you at the next service, lol.

    6. mikebaird 64 months ago | reply

      ajdury at www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/ you asked "did your subject know you were taking his picture?" The subject did not see me, or if he did, gave no indication. Sometimes I'll ask if I can photo someone or their family during say the next 30 minutes, and try to become invisible to get a non-posed relaxed captures.

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      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    7. Bobby Siliato 64 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo!!!

    8. jkirkhart35 64 months ago | reply

      You sure caught the light just right. That great DOF sure shows with this point and shoot excellent photo.

    9. el__vaquero 64 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Fantastic scene.

    10. mikebaird 54 months ago | reply

      FruGal2009 Thanks for the Creative Commons use note - this blog rocks!
      re: What I lovely photo. I used this on my personal finance blog on an a post about exercise and gym membership. I have attributed it to you. I hope this is OK? What I lovely photo. I used this on my personal finance blog on an a post about exercise and gym membership. I have attributed it to you. I hope this is OK?

    11. Periegese [ timeout ] 50 months ago | reply

      Nice composition and beautiful light.

    12. jaguariana 48 months ago | reply

      This stretch looks like part of a yoga position entitled "Sun Salutation"

    13. Linda704 45 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing. I used this picture for a blogpost: twitterexercisemotivationteam.blogspot.com/2010/08/honor-...

    14. mikebaird 45 months ago | reply

      Nice message. Thanks for the Creative Commons use an use note www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/comment7215762... . Your blog at
      twitterexercisemotivationteam.blogspot.com/2010/08/honor-... rocks indeed.

    15. richardstupart 39 months ago | reply

      I wanted to leave a word of thanks - we have used this image in an article on matadornetwork.com/bnt/2011/02/17/photo-essay-inspiration... and it looks great!

    16. mikebaird 39 months ago | reply

      www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/
      Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana
      I really enjoyed your Yoga photo essay matadornetwork.com/bnt/2011/02/17/photo-essay-inspiration...
      Thanks for using one of my images www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/ as the lead "Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana" - and for leaving the Creative Commons use note www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/comment7215762...

    17. Thrive Natural Family Medicine 31 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing. I used this picture for a blogpost and newsletter: www.thrivenaturalmedicine.com/weight-management/four-step...
      Many thanks!

    18. mikebaird 27 months ago | reply

      19 Jan 2012 Creatiove Commons use note: theeagleflies2002 has sent you a message on Flickr. Subject: Empirical magazine; Date: 19th January, 2012; Hi Mike. What a talented photographer you are. We're starting a new magazine called Empirical (www.empiricalmagazine.com) and we are happy to say that we are going to use two of the photographs that you made available on flickr. (www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/327714040/) and
      (www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3178757768/).
      Thank you for sharing your talent. I very much hope to maintain contact with you in the future.
      Olav,Managing Editor, Empirical

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