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Finally, an image I didn't have to add clouds to. More of southern Illinois country side.

Update on my stolen images. That person has been kicked out of flickr. I was happily surprised at how fast yahoo acted. Also, I've tighten my security on flickr and made it harder for anyone do download my images. Thanks for all the support I received form everyone.

Here’s a photo of the amazing cloudy sunset that we had on Sunday evening… taken from Strand beach.


The mountain range that you can see in the distance is (just over 30 kilometers away) on the other side of False Bay. The right-most tip is at Muizenberg and the left-most tip is at Cape Point. From here it looks very much like someone decided to span a fence right across the bay… which would be too crazy to contemplate… and is fortunately not the case. This (now broken) fence is actually supposed to prevent people from wandering from the public beach area into the high-security military/government installation next door. It didn’t stop me from stepping through the fence though… despite the huge sign warning me that it was private property and guarded by large vicious dogs!!


You might be interested to know that the two images that make up this Vertorama were taken by my new entry-level DSLR… the amazing Nikon D3100!! This camera is just a fraction of the price of the D300… yet it includes (almost) all the same features… and quite a lot more!! I’ll be using this camera for the next few weeks while my D300 is in for a (much needed) service… and also as a second (spare) camera for a two-week trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies that I have planned for later this year!! Now that I’ve spent some time exploring the D3100 (and carefully checking out the image quality)… I can really recommend it to anyone who wants to take very decent photos… for a very reasonable price!


Nikon D3100, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f9, with a 1/10th second exposure.


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"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger."

Hammond Ines (British Novelist, 1913 - 1998)


Enhanced with the tiniest touch of one of Kim Klassen's fabulous textures.


Thanks for your visits! I'll be offline until Friday. Therefore pls. bear with me, if it takes me some time to get back to you. Hope you all have a great week ahead.


I had Friday off so I headed to the park with the camera after completing the morning chores. I was about to leave when Natalie arrived. I joined her for an afternoon of shooting before I left to take my wife to dinner. We (the wife and I) have a tradition of eating out every Friday night. After taking the wife to dinner I returned to the park to use my recently renewed annual pass (a gift from the wife).


We ended up in Carsland for the blue hour. The sunset fizzled despite teasing most of the afternoon with a few clouds on the horizon. While Natalie was interfacing with park security and battling her tripod (it bit her drawing blood) I took a few brackets. You should check out Natalie's photo at:


This is one very similar to a previous photo I did but this one is turned more to the south. Photo wise this is from a three image 4EV bracket run through the HDR software four times on different settings then blended in Photoshop. Oh that bright spot in the sky is the moon.

Here’s a shot from our 2nd night in the Yosemite Workshop. By most standards this was a pretty nice sunset…great reflective color, etc….but compared to the night before it wasn’t as nice. Sunsets like that spoil you.


I still like photographing that area, and seeing the great images our class came up with.


To read about the workshop check here.


Information for signing up for a workshop is there as well.

As far as my webpage update goes…its coming. Soon. These things often need a bit of troubleshooting, and testing before going live. I had to go get a seller’s permit yesterday…which, is an interesting process that I can only compare to a visit to the Social Security office in its bizarreness.


I have a permit now…so very soon the world will be seeing the new site.


I’m going to be super busy in the next few weeks. I have a workshop next weekend, followed by a little jaunt to the southwest to do some hiking and shooting for 7-days. I’m looking forward to getting that many awesome nights sleep in the Prius. My back is going to LOVE it.


I also get to have a cavity drilled at the dentist next week….which I am greatly looking forward to.


I’ve written about my love of all things dentistry before…but I can’t stress enough how much it pains me to go there. I opted on this last visit to go sans ‘happy gas.’ I WANTED the gas, but because my insurance won’t just get it for me…I have to shell out $47 for the stuff…and because I’m a cheap fool who sleeps in his vehicle on a regular basis, and skimps on luxuries to go out and shoot…I figured I’d rather eat a few roadside meals in the southwest and just endure the torture of my mouth being attacked by metal hooks.


My dentist has a new device for ‘cleaning’ now. This new hydro device is basically a smaller version of the tool they use to shoot out mountain sides looking for gold and other precious metals. Why this is good for me I do not know. It hurts, and it sounds like a million tiny demons shrieking inside my face. I wouldn’t have been shocked if the hygienist blew one of my molars across the road with that water canon.


It’s so much less fun being aware of what’s going on in your mouth. I like the drug induced bliss much more.


My dentist also has ‘flavors’ for the tooth polish now. I chose Rasberry…but really I could’ve picked any of them….they all taste like horrible version of what I think a foot soaked in vinegar might taste like if it were given the pleasant aroma of a fruit it did not taste like. I had pleasant raspberry aroma and horrible sour tasting teeth. It took all my un-gassed concentration to keep my tongue from accidentally hitting a tooth covered in the paste and giving me the heebie jeebies. MMMMM JUST like a raspberry scented 9-volt battery.


I thought I was going to escape without incident, but at the last second my dentist noticed a miniscule cavity…and he has to fix it. Next week. This time I’m getting the gas.


I don't know about other LE photographers but I find shooting architecture much harder than water. The choice of clouds is important to get nice soft lines, you need full sun for contrast and of course finding the right composition without having security guards harass you :). I'm not too sure about the clouds with this one, a little too thick. But man, this building is sure photogenic!


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Stoated down the Hydro tonight...

Kinda struck it lucky with the cloud formation on this long exposure image

It took the whole width of my 17mm lens to get this in the frame

Met another Tog (Stevie Speirs) who was also down photographing it

The SECC security Fascists were for once not coming near to move people on...


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I cut my “serious” photo teeth on urban/industrial shots; not city landscapes or architecture, but the grungier sites around my side of town, where at the end of an 8-10 hour day, you looked, and smelled, liked you’d been working. I was still shy and introverted as a kid and I didn’t know how to, or wish to, confront people with a “may I take photograph this?” Now I am still introverted, but no longer shy, and I’ve an alter-ego extrovert I can call on whenever needed. – Dirty Vegas, “Days Go By” – music to photograph industrial sites by.


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So, I no longer see people as confrontation, but as negotiation - so I long since have been able to walk up to anyone and get some images (including talking women I didn’t know out of their clothes for pictures).


In the old days, the industrial areas around Chicago seldom seemed to have a scary aura around them, and even when they did, those working there tended to smile and wave at people with cameras – especially kids – instead of fear them as some sort of terrorist.


Few had meaningful fences around them; fewer still had barbed wire, dogs threatening one’s life or limbs, ill-trained, underpaid security guards with pepper spray or guns, or signs promising “prosecution to the FULL extent of the LAW!”, (which I imagine to be 30 years, hard time: days spent bustin’ rocks, layin’ down blacktop, finished off with a dinner of water, hardtack biscuits and a bowl of salt pork and beans).


So my friends and I would wander train yards, construction sites, junkyards, factories, mills, abandoned buildings and undeveloped fields, at will. Chicago was a manufacturing town back then: we had lots of places from which to choose.


So it is now that I STILL love doing urban/industrial shots. I still love to find them and wander around - with photo friends in tow or alone. I still love photographing them under any type of weather, and anytime of day or night. They were, and remain, endlessly fascinating to me with their varied and busy, layouts and structures, shapes, forms, interplay of textures, flicking lights and dark, slightly ominous shadows.


It just nowadays, in our post 9/11 times, I tend to need those negotiation skills to get in to a lot of places. I succeed more than I fail. However, I seldom find it worthwhile anymore, to talk people out of their clothes. Most of them wouldn’t look quite as good naked, as we used to, when I was in my 20’s. Maybe my eyes just see things a bit differently now.


This is the Chicago Skyway, shot along the IC (Illinois Central) train tracks, as both cross over the Calumet River, at 95th and South Chicago Avenue, southside, Chicago. The whole east 95th Street/Calumet Park area is a favorite of mine; lot’s of urban/industrial eye candy still to be had there. I think I’ve been to this particular location about 20 times in the last two years: usually in evenings when I think the sun is getting about right. But sometimes I go at night, in the morning, or at just about anytime on gray, overcast days. Never have been chased out… ;-)


And…Clouds by EVERYONE! You GUYS is/am/be the BEST :-)))


This is People’s Bank HQ in Downtown Bridgeport. I always wanted to shoot this in long exposure and finally found the perfect day in the way the clouds were moving. View it in lightbox

Canon 16-35mm


Only processing was an S curve added in CS4 to give that extra pop.


I thought it was the perfect day choosing a Sunday and no crowds of people until I had a run in with a Security Guard from People’s. He told me I cannot take a photo of the building or where I was standing at the curb on the sidewalk I wasn't allowed to shoot. I inform him of my rights and that he is wrong. He said the President of the bank doesn’t want anyone taking pictures of the bank. He continued to argue with me that I’m wrong and since 9/11 you can’t take photos without permission. I told him, I’m not moving and to call Bridgeport PD. The Police never showed up. I’m involved in Law Enforcement and know the rights of a photographer. If I was shooting on their property they have the right to tell me not to shoot there, but on the sidewalk you have that right and if the building is not copyrighted you have that right. He also told me I couldn’t shoot the Barnum Museum as well, since that is part of the Banks Property. Again, he was wrong in that as well.

Here is a link to your rights as a Photographer in the U.S.


Clyfford Still was an abstract expressionalist painter. I findhis works very effective...very visceral, and very emotional. The original reason why I visited Denver was to see the Clyfford Still museum there as he was very selective about his art and they have almost all of it.


My husband Cinchel used to work as a security guard for the Albright Knox art gallery in Buffalo, NY where we both went to university. He wrote some things about the experience of visiting the museum and I contributed more photos.


The above shot is actually a multiple exposure shot of a Clyfford Still painting with the clouds and (at the bottom of the frame) mountains of Denver. I like the way you can really get a sense of Still's layers and textures.


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With the heavy clouds coming fast and quick that it covered the sunset in minutes.

These golden rolling fields normally are locked up behind a security gate but we were lucky that it wasopened due to the farmers were busy harvesting.

Hipstamatic: shaken, not stirred.


It's as though Colorado were lulling me into a false sense of security by giving me this ridiculously beautiful sky this morning. On the menu for tomorrow: 33°F & snow.

Originally constructed in 1833–34, and officially opened on June 1, 1835 as the "Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada," it was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world at the time of its closure. Kingston Penitentiary was one of nine prisons in the Kingston area which range from low-security facilities to the maximum-security facilities Kingston Penitentiary and Millhaven Institution (which was initially built to replace Kingston Pen).


This view have been record millions of time by photography enthusiast but though I am a local here, this was my first time shooting from this POV. I have been meaning to shoot here since last year but was keeping it on hold as I was worried of the security during shooting here. The morning started with stars and the moon lighting up the sky but as the sun starts to rise, the clouds and fog started to build. Certainly this month is a great month for time lapse session. Do visit my youtube later for the TL result later.


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A quick take before the security guard came and shoo'ed us away.


Well it took more effort processing this than taking the shot ;-) !


Worth it I guess.


What a lovely time we photoons (goons) had ;-)


My good pal and bud - Daniel came over for a visit and shoot. We , including my pal here - Sai , drove out to KL and met the flickr photoons. - Vedd , acidsulfurik, awe2020, firdaus , fairuz, irwanizam, virginie


DRI ......all the way ! Used "content aware scaling" for left and right flank. Also free transform before that to get it a little more square. the towers are same scale.

". . . one must accept the security of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency." - from Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh




my Abstract Series resumes tomorrow.


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This building is next to London Bridge. I had to take it handheld as the security officer was sitting right it front of the door and know if i even tried to unfold my tripod he would have of come straight out. Ideally i would have of wanted to do this as a Long exposure to get the clouds burred but as i wasn't using my tripod this wasn't possible. I am pleased with the result tho.

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The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America


When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.


There's more, of course, including a lengthy list of "the causes which impel them to the separation", but you get the picture.


I try not to take the amazing privileges this document bestows upon us for granted.


Brick Township New Jersey..The skies seemed disturbed today


i had two security guard coming to me and asking me to leave the ground, adding that it was a private property. well i made two step and i sat my tripod on the city side walk, but then another security guard came to me and ask me to leave .... my answer made him speechless (yes i was in a city property time and i shouldn't be harassed anymore)


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From my last morning in Chicago. Had to wake up pretty early to get this one, but was kicked out of the park after only a few shots. I guess I was causing a ruckus. Security was pretty rough as I was shouted at for about a minute straight while I was packing up my gear. Sadly I walked past 20 or so people on my way out. Wasn't a great way to end that trip, but still loved Chicago.

Some of Detroit's steamvents were spewing steam yesterday at a rate I've never seen, probably because it was 17°F. Ed and I just had to stop and mess around in it.


We got some funny looks from people driving by, one lady stopped to ask me directions (me wearing a gasmask didn't even phase her), then a security guard told us we had to move on.


Take a look at this video compilation from Ed. At the end you'll see how crazy thick the steam was.


ODC - water

I had a blast racing out to this decommissioned nuclear generating station with Matt, Miguel and Paul, to find some clear sky for the lunar eclipse. The original plan had us meeting up in Rio Vista for some wind turbines, but I just really think we needed a more powerful source of energy. ;)


I'm gonna just come out and say that this image is loosely based on fact...let's leave it at that. I did actually shoot everything you see in the photo, just not necessarily at the same moment.


There was an eerie glow over Geiger Family Vineyards tonight...or was that the search beam of the security guard who was trying to find us amidst the grapes? Afterall, I wouldn't need to outrun the guard, just my amigos.


This is a long exposure AND a short exposure. Lens is the FA31...or is it? Camera is the Pentax K5..I think. Lots of processing and other pixel hijinks to remove power lines, boost star intensity, etc.

...all in the name of art.


I hope you like it!

A little late night/early morning experimentation at Sculptures by the Sea in Bondi.


Taking advantage of Cave Urban’s “save our souls” sculpture on the headland at Bondi and the lack of any cloud cover, off we headed to attempt some star trails – even with the light pollution from the city we were sure to get something, particularly when the moon dipped below the horizon at 1am – through in some light painting for good measure and this is a rough edit of what you end up with . Just watch out for those security guards and people checking out sculptures in the dark – they like to shine their torches where you don’t want them.

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I have been wanting to do this shot for a while, but because they don't allow tripods in the museum it took me a few tries to get away with it. I had to go there on a quiet day and got the shot done before the security guard told me to fold it up.


This Mammoth frightens patrons at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. It is quite a good diorama. This is a 5 exposure, tonemapped HDR image that has been flooded with the Flaming Pear Flood filter.

The Circle Of Life

Elton John


From the day we arrive on the planet

And blinking, step into the sun

There's more to be seen than can ever be seen

More to do than can ever be done


Some say eat or be eaten

Some say live and let live

But all are agreed as they join the stampede

You should never take more than you give


In the circle of life

It's the wheel of fortune

It's the leap of faith

It's the band of hope

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the circle, the circle of life


Some of us fall by the wayside

And some of us soar to the stars

And some of us sail through our troubles

And some have to live with the scars


There's far too much to take in here

More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

Keeps great and small on the endless round


Went off down to La Perouse this morning nice and early. No cloud around whatsoever, so I decided to go with a single frame LE. This image took 7 mins and 20secs, and was taken 40 mins before sunrise. I Love the hues here. Its amazing what the camera picks up compared to the naked eye. It was so dark whilst setting up to take this, I had to use my headlamp on full beam to see the camera settings. Theres usually a really bright security light on the island, but for some rason, it wasn't on this morning. Used no filters for this shot, camera only. When the image is blown up, theres actually a few star trails in there as well. Hope you like "The Circle Of Life". Cheers, Mike

This is a shot I've wanted to try for a while.Lack of cloud(in the right places) and strong light made it difficult to get the shot I wanted,but next time I will have a better idea of whats needed.Thanks to the security guard for not throwing me out :-)


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Have two versions of this shot one is heavily cropped , this beach has a lot to offer considering its next to port talbot steel works ;-) The sky was something special tonight shame security interupted my concentration !!!!

I really loved shooting this thing. I got up at 5am in the morning in order to shoot it at sunrise with no people around. When I got there a security guard told me that I couldn't shoot it until 7am. He let me fire a few quick shots off. I came back at about 6:50am or so and spent another hour or so shooting it. It was really nice being able to shoot it without all the crowds around. The 14mm is amazing with this sculpture. Many more shots of this coming in the days ahead. It's a magnificent work of public art and definitely one of my most favorite things that I shot in Chicago.

قال تعالى : وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِلنَّاسِ وَأَمْنًا وَاتَّخِذُوا مِنْ مَقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَنْ طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ (125) وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَذَا بَلَدًا آمِنًا وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُمْ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ قَالَ وَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَأُمَتِّعُهُ قَلِيلًا ثُمَّ أَضْطَرُّهُ إِلَى عَذَابِ النَّارِ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ


سورة البقرة ، الآيات 125 و 126


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Allah (God) said : And remember when We made the House (Ka‘bah at Makkah) a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety. And take you (people) the Maqâm (place) of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) [or the stone on which Ibrâhîm (Abraham) stood while he was building the Ka‘bah] as a place of prayer, and We commanded Ibrâhîm (Abraham) and Ismâ‘îl (Ishmael) that they should purify My House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah) for those who are circumambulating it, or staying (I‘tikâf), or bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in prayer).


And (remember) when Ibrâhîm (Abraham) said, "My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allâh and the Last Day." He (Allâh) answered: "As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!"


Holy Quran [Sûrat Al-Baqarah (The Cow), verse 125 & 126]


Listen to what God said


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I wished to take a long exposure shot of these poles with the gorgeous sky at this very angle. Sadly after I finished setting up my tripod and camera and took this one shot, one security guard came and told me that I need permission.....I thought it was a public place and nowhere I saw any sign that mentioned "photography prohibited". I was with my two year old (who was patiently watching me from his stroller) and did not want to argue with the I folded quietly. Weird and unpleasant experience. Anyways...please view in lightbox. Thanks for your views and comments.

If you drive up a little in elevation, you can find a little snow. You can also see how plain looking the forest can be with no snow on the trees. Not quite a Winter Wonderland... yet.


However, no security guard came up and made me leave! :)


Have a great weekend!

I definitely stepped 1000 miles out of my comfort zone with this shot. Not because I was that far away from home, but because of how rushed I was when I captured it, and due to it not having colour! Justin Grimm Photography Buy a Print Typically for me to be happy with an image, I need to spend a good amount of time in an area scouting and figuring out my favourite comps. Then I'll usually post up and wait for something exciting and colourful to happen, then run between my spots... Uneventful for the most part, but I have learned that photography is a waiting game if you want something worthwhile. In any case, after shooting sunrise at a wave formation nearby, my friends and I got to talking about all the little black marbles of stone on the ground here. Having never visited the SW before I had no idea they would be everywhere we went. As I looked at some of them, wondering how many I could fit in my baggage without airport security taking them from me, the sun peaked through the clouds and started to light up this circular patch of swirls. In less then 1 minute, I grabbed my packed up camera, put together a decent comp, rattled off some shots, and the sun dipped behind the ever prevalent mid-morning haze before I could even shoot my typical f8 focus stack. I made a conscious effort to study what the light was doing just above the horizon for the rest of the trip because of this shot, so get used to seeing direct lighting in my images! At least for now, until I get more atomic colour. ....Oh wait, we did get atomic colour a day later. Well, never mind then! Thanks for looking and following. via 500px

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Greetings Stumblers! Ahalanui, on the Puna coast of the Big Island of Hawaii is home to an incredible volcanically heated hot pool with water that is nearly body temperature. It also has some excellent coastal scenery and large breaking waves. Sunrise is the best time to see the drama at its best! No HDR.


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Settings etc.:



Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @25

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Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

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ISO 100

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TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod

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It seemed like it would be an easy sunrise to shoot. Merely go around the hot pool, over the top of the rock wall blocking the ocean, and around to the cliffs and lava pools. However, the rocks are extremely slippery and you don't expect that when all of the lava is just a few decades old at most and very sharp. So, you walk along experiencing a reliable grippy surface and suddenly it is as slippery as ice! So if you go here, especially in the dark before sunrise, be careful!


The problem gets worse because I wanted to get close to the little reflecting pools in the foreground, but it was difficult to even move, let alone run from these unobstructed waves which pound this spot every 20 seconds or so.


The weather was warm and about as perfect as it can get, and this can lull you into a false sense of security. I mean, how can there be danger in such a paradise? Well, with no coral reef in front of many Hawaian beaches, it seems like every 4th wave is a sleeper wave, so be careful photographing any non-reef beach. Seriously!


Anyway, even if you do not make it to the beach during the day (the hot-pool lifeguard has a bullhorn to keep people away from the waves), definitely visit this hot pool. It has an opening for the 78 degree (28c) ocean water to mix with the 94 degree (34c) hot pool water. Suddenly, the oean water feels as cold as California! The breeze off the ocean is cool enough so that you can relax in the hot water without getting too hot. It is perfect!


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The state Gov. of California website. Have a look! It is Flash with my pics cut into layers for a 3-d slideshow. If you are into building apps, the State has opened up lots of data to the public, so check it out!






Google Earth


Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)


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Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

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The world famous lobby view in the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, located in the Jin Mao Tower. Shot downwards from the 85th floor. See where this picture was taken. [?]


Sort of a "must have" shot (if security lets you...) that was long missing in my photostream - especially considering that I have been living in Shanghai so long and have frequently visited the "Cloud 9" bar in the 88th floor. Well, this was corrected during my stay in Shanghai for Chinese New Year 2010.


Shot with the white balance set to "Auto" and slightly exaggerated the color to get the golden tone - "Jin" (金) means "gold" in Chinese. And here is a shot with the colors appearing more "natural".


Explore #246 on Friday, March 12, 2010


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Zero2000 pinhole camera

Fuji Acros in HC110

exposure in the region of 10-15 seconds.




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More London Estate, London, England


Wow what a busy few days. I have just returned from London after going down for a friends surprise birthday party which was great fun. Had a little time to get some photos too and this was one of them.


This is some of the buildings of the 'More London' estate. I didn't originally intend to go here to take this image but another of the building you see on the right of this picture, not 100% sure of the official name but its referred by a lot of people as the 'Batman' building because as you look up it looks like a bat. I got all setup with the tripod and you guessed it, Mr Security man came out and told me I couldn't take photos at a weekend here and that I had to have permission. I asked if I could gain permission and he said no and come back Monday. I was short of time so moved on and took this image but I have heard from many other photographers that normally that building is fine.


Anyway, this is a 16 stop image of the other buildings of 'More London'. The light was quite harsh but I think I managed to pull it off and get a photo I am happy with. Something that I experimenting with is turning off my in camera long exposure noise reduction. This allows me to save time when taking long exposures as it doesn't have to take a black frame image therefore doubling the exposure time per image. I thought this was great but when getting the image back on the computer I found it to be full of 'Hot Pixels', loads and loads of them. They have been a right pain to remove and edit out. I think there is a link between bright harsh light that creates more of these then diffused light although I am not sure. Any one else get this issue and any work arounds?


Hope you all have a great day!


Photo Details

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 / ISO100 / f/14 / 481s / Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM @ 16mm


Software Used

Lightroom 5


Location Information

More London is a development on the south bank of the River Thames, immediately south-west of Tower Bridge in London. The southern exit is on Tooley Street.


It includes the City Hall, a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, office blocks, shops, restaurants, cafes, and a pedestrianized area containing open-air sculptures and water features, including fountains lit by coloured lights. The Hilton London Tower Bridge hotel opened in September 2006.


More London is 13 acres (53,000 m2) in size and has planning consent for 3,000,000 square feet (280,000 m2) of mixed use space, of which up to two million square feet will be offices, accommodating up to 20,000 people. The buildings were designed by Foster and Partners architects and some are still under construction. The buildings are known as 1 & 6 More London Place, and 2, 3, 4 and 7 More London Riverside. The public realm, which includes The Scoop, water features and planting areas were designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.


The area contains many professional services and financial services firms, including Ernst & Young whose headquarters is 1 More London Place, PricewaterhouseCoopers at 7 More London Riverside, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co., Norton Rose Fulbright, Markit Group Limited, Terra Firma Capital Partners, Cargill Investor Services, Hewitt Associates whose European headquarters is 6 More London Place, HgCapital, Actis, Aureos Advisers and TNS Research International. Other types of firms in the buildings include Teach First, Truphone, Visit London, Globeleq, the restaurants Strada, Gaucho and DIM T, and the Unicorn Theatre for Children.


There are frequently outdoor exhibitions and cultural events in More London, usually associated with City Hall. For most of 2005 there was a popular open-air exhibition of large environmental photographs called Earth from the Air.

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