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Sun? Who needs sun?


Taken whilst out walking near Cwmparc. A rough walking terrain but normally an area where you would get some lovely views, unless the mist descends of course. But every cloud has a silver lining!


I have found that when photographing sheep that a long lens is usually essential and slow movements so as not to frighten them. It is not always evident but sheep are quite curious and will stand and stare at you for some time (up to the point that they get scared that is). I am becoming a bit of an expert when it comes to photographing sheep as I see so many of them on my walks.


during post processing, i stumbled upon this effect :D

its called the magical waund selection...

the trick is to make a top level layer version of the original and make it bw + super contrasted to the point that only the essential shapes are there...

then use the waund to select the clearly defined shapes :D

you can use this to selectively lighten and darken parts of the picture.

the layer blend mode i used here is multiply. i also feathered the waund selection before cutting :)


this kinda looks faked, but i like it hahah.


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"Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!


Why do you stay in prison

When the door is so wide open?"

Rumi (The Essential Rumi)


A bracing stroll in the vast expanse...


Wide Open Series #1

This was a fun day......


"We have to become as simple and wordless as the growing corn or the falling rain. We must just be."

-Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed by Patrick Woodhouse


‘the most essential and the deepest in me hearkening unto the most essential and deepest in the other. God to God.’

-Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed by Patrick Woodhouse

Humanity has permanent need of supernatural power and strength. If our communication with the divine is stopped we begin to have strange dreams and set up false gods - success, people, new orders, and so on. I know this only too well. I have dreamed and yearned and loved and laboured, and it has all added up to a hymn of longing for something final and permanent. No one can get much further with his dreams and ideals - he keeps coming up against his own limitations and the insufficiency of his creative efforts. This, too, I have proved for myself. I know how often one discovers one is playing with shards while dreaming of shapely vessels full to the brim, and how the heroic song we set out to sing so often dwindles into a plaintive whimper. Humanity, left to itself, can accomplish nothing. And the purpose of this part of the prayer is precisely to make us realise that we need supernatural help and that all the power of the living God is at our disposal. I have proved this too - proved that a person can be instantly lifted out of his own inadequacy to the point where no harm can touch him and where he is and remains equal to anything even when things turn out very differently from what he had expected. The genuine dialogue becomes part of him.


The Kingdom of God is where humanity is in a state of grace and all things move in divine order. Human needs are met by God's abundance, human limitations are dissolved by God's power, human rashness is tamed by God's discipline - all this is part of the Kingdom of God. It is a quickening in our innermost heart, passing from person to person. It is a silent grace which nevertheless gives impetus to word and deed; it exists both as action and an order.


Father Alfred Delp, S.J.


Father Delp (died in 1945) was a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany.




Extract from The Essential Jung:


... Sometimes, indeed, it is a matter of life and death. Among many instances of this sort, there is one that has remained particularly impressive. It concerns a colleague of mine, a man somewhat older than myself, whom I used to see from time to time and who always teased me about my dream-interpretations. Well, I met him one day in the street and he called out to me, "How are things going? Still interpreting dreams? By the way, I've had another idiotic dream. Does that mean something too?" This is what he had dreamed: "I am climbing a high mountain, over steep snow-covered slopes. I climb higher and higher, and it is marvellous weather. The higher I climb the better I feel. I think, 'If only I could go on climbing like this for ever! When I reach the summit my happiness and elation are so great that I feel I could mount right up into space. And I discover that I can actually do so: I mount upwards on empty air, and awake in sheer ecstasy."


After some discussion, I said, "My dear fellow, I know you can't give up mountaineering, but let me implore you not to go alone from now on. When you go, take two guides, and promise on your word of honour to follow them absolutely." "Incorrigible!" he replied, laughing, and waved good-bye. I never saw him again. Two months later the first blow fell. When out alone, he was buried by an avalanche, but was dug out in the nick of time by a military patrol that happened to be passing. Three months afterwards the end came. He went on a climb with a younger friend, but without guides. A guide standing below saw him literally step out into the air while descending a rock face. He fell on the head of his friend, who was waiting lower down, and both were dashed to pieces far below. That was ecstasis with a vengeance!


- Carl Gustav Jung

I caught glimpses of the red sinking sun, but even with speeding along the narrow roads, I was too late to catch it reflecting in the water at Tring Reservoirs.

So I had to make do with this cloud.


Essential to View On Black


Even possible Larger.

View On Black


"Every mother should inform her offspring that it is essential that they understand tidal datums prior to their 15th birthday. Otherwise, they will risk being a part of the population that never understands tides and own wealthy beachfront property." - Steacy Hicks

~ D. Ackerman


Picture taken on May 10th 2010.

Uploaded to Flickr on 31 May 2010 at 14.55 hrs

This was the scene presented to me as I stepped over the dunes onto Yellowcraigs Beach. I just wanted to capture the moment without setting up or finding a good comp. So shot handheld and not that sharp.


Taken a couple of hours before my last post. Unfortunately it was raining slightly so couldn't use any filters. I didn't even bother using the tripod and was quite pleased how it turned out when not using both these essential items. I need to add an umbrella to these me thinks.


I was hoping the rain would stop for long enough to get the filters out and capture this scene properly, but the light rain lasted for another half an hour and by then most of the good light had gone.


Got the weekend off for shooting, but rains forecasted again.. Scottish summers- I just love them.

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

— Henry David Thoreau, in Walden : or Life in the Woods)


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the temperatures dropped during the night & as the sun rose the warm water gave

off a misty cloud........


see another vantage point below...........enjoy your Friday & weekend....:))





A piece created for Steven Dean's exhibition "You Say...I'll Be" using his pose created specifically for the expo. This whole picture is actually a prop so the sky and rocks are not stock, they were created by Steven himself.


Plant brushes Lady Victoire on DA

Sparkle brushed DA (not sure who sorry)


It really is a hugely moving exhibition I would encourage you to take a look ;-)

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雖然幸福這麼遠 但那麼甜


A pair of eyes can see the superficial world

But never able to see the other side of life

Where a beautiful light is beaming


A heart that takes the place of the eyes

The truth of the world becomes clearer

If you believe in yourself

If there's love, there will be tomorrow

Even though happiness is so far away, yet so sweet.....












那份愛 一閃電




It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

~Le Petit Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint Exupéry


© All rights reserved Anna Kwa. Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit written permission.




Socorro, New Mexico.


"Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends. "

~ Ruth Bernhard


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The last few moments of the direct sunlight.


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And much better LARGER


(You surely don't want to know the usual story of the scramble to get this before it melted into shadowless twilight.)


And there is a bit of a panorama, involving scrolling -- See ALL SIZES -- ORIGINAL

The other evening the sunset was quite colorful so I decided it was a good occasion to test my new back-up camera.So far I am really pleased with it. If only for the reason that I can shoot raw with it that for me has become essential in the last couple of years with the Canon. Better on black (press L).


the flower silhouette juxtaposed on this sky

makes you look many times with your eye

unusually radiant reddish clouds

glide along like billowing shrouds

Iris has graced once again my shot with her beautiful words! Thank you!!


Have a great week-end friends!





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The walk ahead of me on the way out this morning for some essential supplies. This was actually one of the better streets in our area. Its much more passable than my own street.

With the extended forecast showing a whole lotta gray featureless clouds in the region's future, I decided to make a run to the Oregon coast on Friday, thinking it could be my last opportunity for decent photography for a while.


Despite me zipping along at exactly 6 mph over the speed limit all the way to my first location, I missed sunset and had to settle for some twilight shooting. I was a little bummed at first, until I realized that I was seeing zodiacal light (also known as false dusk, in the evening, and false dawn, in the morning) for the first time in my life. (You can read more on zodiacal light here.)


The night turned into a real score, as the clouds stayed away until dawn and the temperatures were actually quite pleasant. Terence Lee (check him out) showed up a couple hours later to enjoy what turned into a productive night of shooting.


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UPDATE: This photo ended up winning second place in The World at Night's (TWAN's) Earth and Sky photo contest, 2014. This is a huge honor, as I've been admiring the photos in this contest for years now, and the competition represents some of the very best landscape astrophotography being produced.

The mid day sun burning through fast moving clouds over Godrevey beach on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall. A fresh look at my local beach using the Lee 10 stop. I was surprised what I could shoot even when the sun was so strong. On this shot, I just wondered what I could 'get away with' as an experiment. As it turned out, I could get away with more than I thought! A narrow f stop gave me a sweet sun burst and the clouds were perfect for this type of long exposure. Apart from spending FAR too long cloning out flare from around the sun area, the rest of the image has only had minor touches from the RAW file. For me it looks like a moonlit scene, but with more punch. I liked the way the clouds made some giant 'wings' coming in diagonally to the frame like that. I have some more seascapes from this session that I quite like and will surely post in the near future.


It is nice to be able to push the boundaries a bit, especially as it is so easy to just delete the miss cues. I say easy, but actually I get weirdly attached to shots even if they are far from perfect. It is like deleting your own child at first, but then wait a few weeks, look again and think 'why is that thing here cluttering up my hard drive?' Anyaway, I hope you like it, and thanks for all of the recent comments of support and encouragement. I plan to offer some workshops in the near future, very small groups or 1 to 1, so if you are interested get in touch :)

I would love to know what you make of this shot.

17-40, Lee 10 stop, polarier, 0.6 h and 0.9s Lee Gnd's.


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Exposure: 44

Aperture: f/20.0

Focal Length: 22 mm

ISO Speed: 100

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- Canon 5D Mark II.

- ISO 100, f9, 30 seconds, 18mm.

- Canon 17-40 f/4 L Lens.

- ND 400 Filter.

- Tripod.

- Cokin p121s Grad.




- Blacks increased in Photoshop 6.0.


About Time


Time is an essential part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify the motions of objects. Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a non-controversial manner applicable to all fields of study has consistently eluded the greatest scholars.

The sun came up behind some clouds, providing a soft warm glow to the red rocks of Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado river just below Lake Powell. The river lies 1000 feet below the edge of the canyon rim, and feeds into the Grand Canyon downstream. A morning visit was essential, as the temperature in the afternoon rose to over 110 degrees.


Happy Fourth of July from the road! On to Bryce today. Hopefully it will cool off a bit. I'm way behind but will try to keep in touch.


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And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.


~ Richard Avedon - 1970



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Shot taken at Karekare. Was essential to get wet to take this shot.


DRI blending of 3 different exposures by using 10mm winde angle.


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I’m not quite finished with all my Skye images yet but I’ve come back to this picture of Glen Coe for a bit of an editing spruce up. This was one of the first pictures I took with my 5D MKII back in Nov 2009 whilst meeting up with some friends from uni for a weekend of walking, and shows the River Coe making its way through the spectacular Glen Coe Valley.


I’ve been meaning to re-edit this image for a while as the composition is strong; I particularly like the way Aonach Dubh cuts off the sky on the right and frames the scene, and further down the valley there’s some nice light through the passing shower. Technically though it’s a lesson on how not to do it! I shot this hand held (I hadn’t got round to buying a tripod yet- essential!) and so selected f/11 and shot iso 6400 to keep the shutter speed high and therefore the sharpness. Although the resulting image was noisy and had clipped highlights at the head of the valley- I hadn’t even bracketed, I feel that the composition, light and colour make up for it. I’d like to get back to this point and use my 0.9 (and a tripod this time!) to get a longer exposure to make the most of the river and any passing clouds; of which there are bound to be a few!


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The Giants Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens – an area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery. An area whose breathtaking and rugged coastline merges into the romantic landscape of its deep silent glens and lush forest parks.


The wonders don't stop there as the region has been made famous by the Causeway Coastal Route which is seen as the 'Essential Irish Journey' and one of the most outstanding scenic drives in the world featuring the Giant's Causeway. It's a voyage not to be rushed and provides a journey of exploration, where imagination meets reality and where every village and town, castle and rocky shore are waiting to be discovered.

Art and picture making with a camera are fundamentally the same, requiring such essential qualities as good taste, beauty of line, and perfect juxtaposition of tone, together with atmosphere that stirs the emotion.. ..With vision and imagination in the mind of the operator, the most exquisite results can be obtained with detail that no other medium can record with such precision. -- Gilbert Adams




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Big Bear Lake, California


Tasman Lake Mount Cook National Park This is the view in the opposite direction 50m upstream at the south end of Tasman lake from where I was photographing the previous scene. The original plan was to wade across in waders to the other side where the icebergs were having waded across Hooker lake a couple of years ago back when the trail ended on the left side only. A few metres in and I realised that the current was way too strong for me to attempt this venture so I set up on the west side of the river mouth where I've always found Mount Cook to be in an awkward position. No close up icebergs but the sky was beautiful :) [hmm, if I could replace this photo with the correct version like in flickr , that would be great but for now, apologies for the rightward slope!] [Essential Field Guide Ebook] [Focus 11 ebook] [Prints and Tutorials] via 500px

Tasman Lake Mount Cook National Park This is the view in the opposite direction 50m upstream at the south end of Tasman lake from where I was photographing the previous scene. The original plan was to wade across in waders to the other side where the icebergs were having waded across Hooker lake a couple of years ago back when the trail ended on the left side only. A few metres in and I realised that the current was way too strong for me to attempt this venture so I set up on the west side of the river mouth where I've always found Mount Cook to be in an awkward position. No close up icebergs but the sky was beautiful :) [hmm, if I could replace this photo with the correct version like in flickr , that would be great but for now, apologies for the rightward slope! for those interested, the proper version here on our smugmug [Untilted!] [Essential Field Guide Ebook] [Focus 11 ebook] [Prints and Tutorials] via 500px

I went for a wander this morning with a view to giving my new toy a 2nd outing and this was my first port of call as i'd had this shot in mind ever since my visit here with andy.searle a couple of months ago. I was holding my breath with the weather, particularly the cloud formation…an essential element for this type of shot..i was in luck :-)

To me Montana is a symphony. It is a symphony of color. It is painted by a thousand different plants and shrubs which set the hills ablaze, each with it's own kind of inner fire, during spring and summer.

Montana is the intense blue of the big sky reflected in the deep blue mountain lakes and the ice-blue of the tumbling streams. It is the solid white billowing clouds and the haze-white of the snow on a hundred mountain peaks. It is the infinite themes of green in mile after mile on farm-rich valleys and in millions of acres of forest.

Indeed, the virtues of Montana's space, clean air and clean water, scenery and unparalleled recreation opportunities are becoming better known and look ever more inviting to the rest of the nation.

In short, Montanans have room to live, to breathe and, above all, to think - to think with breadth of view which goes to the far horizon and beyond. Vast and empty space and high mountains may isolate a population, but they open the minds of a people. The minds of Montanans dwell not only upon community and state, but upon the nation and the world and on the essential unity of all. This sense of unity is buttressed by the harsh uncertainties of an all powerful enviroment which has taught us to draw together in a mutual concern for one another and to be hospitable to all who come from afar....


an excerpt from a speech in 1967 by Mike Mansfield, Montana's U.S. Representative (1942-1952), U.S Senator (1952- 1977), and U.S Ambassador to Japan (1977-1988)


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Another one from the Saturdays walk around Lochindorb. I'd been here before but never ventured to the North side of the Loch which is a fair walk from the road.


I've recently upgraded to photoshop CS6 (an essential for work apparently so its on expenses lol). The new raw processing sliders really help me with controling highlights and bringing out shadows.


This is a single raw file, processed in ACR then ran through Topaz de-noise. I took an HDR shot too but I've decided to keep that mono as the colours look a bit painterly and unnatural.


This was pretty much what I saw. Lucky with the weather and calm conditions,

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Once a forest, now a windbreak? Tall and thin, these trees have always had a beauty to me, that called out to me and made me photograph them often. Why the loggers left these few tall trees is a mystery; the wind is sure to blow them down eventually. Sentinels of sky, valley and mountains , showing the flowing fog line or cloud that caught my eye in an earlier pic....... they will be etched upon my memory long after they are gone. Should I outlive them. I am a logger's daughter...........but now I know that trees are essential to all life, as the lungs of the earth. Maybe that is why these trees call to me. Loggers have killed all their neighbours, and they cannot survive long without that support. Yet they still stand proud and vital, stretching up to the warmth of the sun, as I love to feel the warmth of the sun. We are all neighbours on this beautiful blue planet..........all life forms. We are all connected. I pray mankind will come to understand this interconnectedness before it is too late. textures were added to this shot..........the clouds themselves provided all that texture in the sky.


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I dream of inside and outside, top and bottom, here and there, today and tomorrow.

And inside, outside, top, bottom, here, there, today, tomorrow mingle, interweave, dissolve.

This lifting of borders is the way that leads to the essential.

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"The cloud pumps"

Hans (Jean) Arp & Sophie Taeuber-Arp

29th. January 2012 through 2th. January 2013


"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." ~ Douglas Pagels


Managed to catch this hint of a rainbow in the sky as we were hiking along the North Loop Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional Park just northeast of Phoenix. Thought it was fitting to post this with all the crazy storms we have been having this week...some quite devastating across the entire MIdwest; and if this week's any sign of what's to come this spring, we may be in for quite the ride.


TGIF...long week & battling a nasty cold on top of that...hope everyone has a fantastic weekend; relax, enjoy, and be safe!!!! And as always, thanks for stopping by to visit :-)


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After the accident he walks calmly in the light showers, past the body of the dead owl lying on the asphalt, the front tires blown against the concrete's edge. The car like a drowned whale, mutilated, bites the black floor.


He walks for a while, he turns, guesses from signposts and past memories, focuses on a small house. A curtain hangs over the doorway. He leans comfortably on the edge, behind him the weak mist of light pouring through clouds, inside of him darkness.


He pulls the glasses from the pocket of his shirt, holds them in his hands then throws them throughout the floor... the lightweight coloured frames screech away and bounce twice then cling to a human body... the legs of a woman. He follows the bounce of the rigged aluminium against her quads, indifferent. He throws what he has hanging from his other hand, an old black Samsonite with fake 1970's gold inserts and overly sharp edges, to the other side of the room... a bed, an old bed. He scans the familiar headpiece, an ornate wooden bannister, then his eyes fall to the floor again... the woman is moving.


As the man's legs quickly transverse the room and his hands run to open the suitcase his eyes see the woman's fingers, half covered in darkness, encroaching then grabbing on the glasses: she is half conscious… her knees are shaking. The woman has large bones, strong wide hips and long hair, dark.


The suitcase clicks; the woman shaking on the floor does not alter the man's indifferent, stolid face. The woman's eyes are blank, large and void. She grabs herself with enormous effort, her legs twisted, her spine compressed against a wall… she stares at the man. The man looks at her, smiles, gets caught by the suitcase again, finally open.


The woman is tired, in pain, confused, shakes her head, held together by memories of the frames in her hand, she belongs to the house, a stones house, four enclosed walls and a bed, a table, small essential intimacy, the floor clean, a corner where to cook. She stares at him through her own gaze, her tired limbs, the air that makes her lungs vibrate. The man examines the content of the suitcase, a shroud of hate can be seen, shards of a past. The suitcase is full of knives, all sort of knives, to cut away, to rifle, to debone, to break down, to make ways, to ease, to simplify.


He does not know what he wants to do. His eyes wander. He is puzzled. She focuses on him, she gets defined, she collects her feelings and her feelings together make a wish, a wish for him to touch her in ways he knows how, ways she is used to, ways of before, ways of yesterday, the ways of today expected… but he has a different gaze, something odd throughout his indifference, the surge in his eyes resisting.


He closes the suitcase, he gazes at her compassionate for a moment, then he walks away. She rushes towards the door in panic, leans on her weak legs and watches as he walks out of the house, soon a shape suspended in a cloud of droplets. As she sees his shade fading she grabs the corner of the curtain and dries her lips on the drapes.


The woman retracts from the arched doorway nodding with herself in greeted understanding the shape of the path. She will cry, whispers, and her fears will return to get satisfied. With her chin the woman draws the path. Through this path he will return.


NOTE: The author of the text is myself.

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It was an extraordinary sight with the combination of the sunbeams and the vertical shafts of rain falling in the distance.


Our storm season is coming to an end, I wasn't about to miss out on one of Mother Natures last showing of Electrical South Central Nebraska.


First round of storms hit about 5am. Sound asleep, my wife was shaking me, get up, get up.. I understood immediately, due to the fact that there was so much lightning, it illuminated everything, Grab essentials, opened garage door and it was hailing. 45mph winds made the rain go horizontal, and the pea sized hail was ferociously pounding my house. I was disappointed, thinking that I had probably missed my last good opportunity.


Hence living in Nebraska, that is not always the fact. In reality, I was about to capture some of my best of 2013, due to some strong thunderstorm redevelopment. I'm hoping that these won't be the last, but if they are... they were worth catching! Enjoy!


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