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www.flickr.com/photos/jewellofdistressed/4382222581/ - 'With each sunrise, we start anew."
I had downloaded a bunch of distressed jewell’s textures a few weeks ago. I thought incorporating them into my work was going to be easy.
I was wrong. Her textures said, “Whoa, big boy, not so fast. You’re gonna’ have to work for it.”
They are strongly graphic textures with a real “gritty and coarse” nature to them, and they can make your imagery look more like hers than yours – not a bad thing, as her work is fabulous and extraordinary – but not necessarily what one might be looking for.
I didn’t quite stress over it, but I was getting a little perplexed. “Perhaps I haven’t got what it takes to use them,” I thought. “Perhaps they don’t compliment my style,” I mused, “or I don’t fit her style,” which I didn’t really believe, but was simply grasping at straws for some answers.
And, I must admit to a little embarrassment. Works with textures by Jill and Paul and Skeletalmess were finding their way onto my stream, but none by Distressed Jewell. She didn't ask. I would have answered honestly ("they be messin' with my head, girl. These be some tough textures to deal with"), but now I don't have to say that.
Yesterday, Feb. 24 or 25, she put up new texture (listed above). “Ok, I’m gonna’ make this work,” I thought. If there were to be a seduction of styles and images, I was up for it (so to speak).
There is a South African saying that sounds like “Olung tawa shee yara, thakaberi,” which means, “Let’s start, what we have come into the room, to do.”
I warmed my hands, moistened my lips, put on some music and poured a glass of wine. (I don’t know why food, art, and music are intertwined with sensual and erotic thoughts for me, but it always been that way – since I was a little boy).
My mind raced for an image of that was simple in the number of visual elements it contained, yet graphically strong enough to stand up to Jewell's texture, but it couldn't have so many colors in it, that they would either get lost or distract from the theme, during processing. OK, so it was on, and this texture and I weren’t leaving this room until we had a successful coupling.
I found this: a sunrise shoot at Jackson Park Beach, southside, Chicago, 5:30am from 1983. I was 32 or 33 at the time and experimenting with filters. It seemed to fit the critieria I needed. Gradually, the initial sense of helplesness and hopelessness faded, giving way to a feeling of collaboration.
Helped, of course, by the music – by Fela-Ransome Kuti & Ginger Baker! - is energetic, lively and passionate, meant for dancing and celebrating – as I feel each day upon witnessing a sunrise. It was the music that said "I am the one that FEELS this" and I listened to it - over and over, dancing and working - for at least the last 45 minutes as I fine tuned the image. ~ www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zWRjgathjA
The image got done, and up - and I am grateful to the Lady “Distressed Jewell” that her textures made me work for it. ;-) I think we're gonna' do grande work together.
Here is a single-frame image of the Northern Lights over Peyto Lake. No, the green tones are not fake… this is exactly what my camera captured!
This was the very first time that I’ve ever seen an Aurora (also called the Northern Lights). Unfortunately we were a bit too far south to be able to see them with the naked eye… but you could probably imagine my surprise (and delight) when I noticed all the green in the sky while viewing this image on my camera’s LCD!!?
This is what Wikipedia has to say about the Northern Lights...
An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Peyto Lake...
Peyto Lake (pronounced pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. Because of its bright color, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists in the park. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway. The lake is fed by the Peyto Creek, which drains water from the Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield), and flows into the Mistaya River.
Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f5, with a 249 second exposure.
Menyaksikan kerlap kerlip bintang dari gunung bromo merupakan pemandangan yang spektakuler dan tiada tara. Nuansa alam berpadu membuat saya takluk dan merindukan kembali menjejakan kaki disana. Epik bromo sebuah portret menakjubkan dari alam Indonesia.
6" x 6"
I painted this small version of a pond last week when longing for a cool break from the heat and having little time for painting. I'd like to paint this again in a larger format at some point - but for now, I"m considering this an exercise in methods ....
It's so funny how our moods and time allowances play into our artwork .... I suppose like anything else, we are all affected by events and emotions at the time we pick up our brushes. I'm finding these days that after a long day at work and after the high heat and humidity of the day, my energy stores are about depleted, and my paintings that night aren't as relaxed and energetic as they are when done over the weekend when leisure time is more available. Do you find that too?
At any rate, work nights will have to be practice for the most part - something to keep the brushes wet and the ideas flowing .....
How about you?
This past weekend was BUSY. Super. Busy. We had three full Aperture Academy workshops courses in San Francisco. The perfect set up for a very long weekend. Keeping with tradition, here are the things you will not read on the ApCad site.
I left around noon on Friday. The goal was simple; Meet Stephen in a safe location we could leave the Mo-Ho, proceed to Berkeley to get the rental van, and from there set off to Baker Beach to meet our night workshop class before the 6pm start time.
If you follow my Facebook site (if you don’t you should.), you might recall me asking for help finding a ‘safe place to park the motorhome near Berkeley. I had a few suggestions, but many were along the lines of, ‘not if you ever want to see it again…’
Stephen and I did our research…and on Friday afternoon he sent me the Google maps link for somewhere in OAKLAND that, “looks like it will be a good place to leave the mo-ho”
We’ll see Oachs…
The first 95% of my drive down was uneventful. I ate some Taco Bell and listened to a radio show discussing Tiger Woods text messages. I think it’s safe to say Gatorade will be switching its “Is it in you” slogan. Just a hunch though.
When I got closer to the meeting point I realized that Stephen was going strictly off the Google maps street view, he didn’t bother to check the surrounding area very well. The drive TO the location was ghetto to be sure….and while the location we parked the motorhome wasn’t IN the ghetto…you could certainly hear, smell, and see the ghetto from there.
I think it took 4.5 seconds for use to be very afraid of leaving the motorhome there.
I really thought we were going to come back to find no tires, and some cool gang graffiti if we left it there.
However, it was almost 4 and we had to get back to Berkeley to rent the van, and into downtown SF…so finding an alternate place was NOT an option at this point…after the workshop was complete we would move it.
We actually got the van with no difficulty…and were on the road to SF by 4:30.
Then we hit traffic.
We arrived at Baker Beach at 5:57. Three minutes before class started.
Fridays night class was great….we had a SUPER enthusiastic bunch, and they wouldn’t stop taking photos…and we wouldn’t let them. The best part was when Stephen tried to get me killed. He’s NOTORIOUS for not telling me when he is going to turn, and nearly every time he turns across massive traffic…and if I’m to find the right area, I have to stick with him….this time he dodged across a train track, and nearly go me tanked by a TRAIN!!! Trains have LOUD horns.
It was 2:30am when we finally got back to the moho, exhausted. Neither of us were in any mood to go try to maneuver the ghetto streets to find a new spot…and there was no visible damage to the vehicle…so we opted to sleep there ….a mere Berlin-esque wall separating us from possibly being homicide victims in a street gang drive-by. The wall had obvious areas where the ghetto had dug under and come to have its way with parked cars…ugh.
Sleeping that night was very difficult. Not to mention that the place we parked was RIGHT under the freeway. It sounded just like a waterfall. I tried to imagine I was sleeping next to Dettifoss in Iceland…because not only was it noisy…but Stephen parked right next to something like 450 street lights…so it was VERY bright inside the motor-home as well. I was training for summer.
I woke, or I assume I was waking…I can’t recall ever sleeping, but at one point in the evening my leg had wedged in a peculiar position and fallen asleep (at least part of me was sleeping)…it hurt…but I was way too tired to rationalize how to remedy the situation…or if it was even really happening.
When morning finally came, we decided that the area was at best semi-safe…and opted to leave it there again while we taught our Saturday class. Starbuck’s was the first order of duty after we’d shook out the cobwebs of our lackluster sleeping experience. Stephen asked the barista working “on a scale of one to ten, ten being the war in Iraq…how close are we to the bad stuff?”
She said we were close…
Saturday’s as well as Sunday’s classes were both awesome groups. We were really fortunate we had fun, energetic classes…and even though the weather got a bit dodgy on Sunday night…the photography was still very good all 3 days.
We ended up never moving the mo-ho all weekend and spent the entire weekend in Oakland. I never slept well, and I just chalked the whole ordeal up to experience. I was mostly just thankful we never got shot.
This image was taken on Sunday nights’ class. A portion of our class made the journey to the beach, while the remainder shot from the bluffs. On my way to help a student I noticed the sunset was getting a bit of color…and grabbed this. I shot it hand held, because I left my tripod on the bluffs. I used a 3-stop soft grad filter as well. I used my timer so I could minimize the camera shake, and hand hold the filter….it was a tricky shot for sure…I also had to jack the ISO up a bit to help get a usable shutter speed. I still like how it came out. I’ve seen a few of the student shots from this night as well….and they came out nice too.
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New!! Challenge 68.0 - Autumn Artistry Challenge**
explore #497 on 2/08/08
Happy birthday to steve
I worked on the textures for this one for a long time. The first one below is a snippet from a throw-away photograph which I liked. I then duplicated and rotated and superimposed. The last one is several layers of this rotated first layer and then processed in PS. I then layered another texture onto this one thanks to Vaneska and then added the photograph of the flower ontop of that.
FORGIVE ME FOR NOT VISITING YOU YESTERDAY I AM LOOKING AFTER MY FUR-GRANDCHILDREN AND THEY ARE VERY ENERGETIC - UNLIKE ME
Another swirly sparky orby thingy.
One exposure, no editing.
Another version of a previously posted image from the Cot valley. I uploaded this partly because I just like it, and partly to illustrate the difference between just a few seconds when taking a seascape shot. The comp is completely different. I suppose I have cropped this 4x5 instead of square, but the fg is much more energetic here. I am also uploading this, because I haven't been out to shoot for a while with any success.
My failed attempt the other day found me under perfect skies only to find the tripod plate was missing the screw to attach to my camera! I had taken the plate off as it digs into my side when carrying it and I wanted a few handheld shots on the beach. So with no tripod I had to make do with holding steady as I could on the slippery top. I had to cancel meeting a friend the next day, couldn't find the Giottos replacement 1/4 " threaded screw to replace it. The company are now going to send me one. I ordered a Manfrotto quick release plate but it didn't fit my ball head! Sent that back, only to find I had lost my original plate out in the field. That then turned up later in my camera bag, I must have missed it. I took a different screw off another tripod, which sort of fitted. My new Giottos Arca compatible plate has now arrived, bu the ball head has two notches that the flat base of the new plate doesn't locate on! I just filed these off in frustration, but then remembered you can get converters for just that thing. Ahhhgghhh what a saga! At least the build quality is excellent on the new Giottos MH 658. Still not sure which way around I prefer it, but the tightening knob is much easier than my old 621 plate. Messy!
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Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length 29 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Bias +1 EV
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Cuando caminamos entre los árboles en un bosque, podemos comenzar a sentir la energía de estos maravillosos seres.
Ellos nos ayudan a establecer contacto con el poder de la naturaleza, trabajar para sanarnos, relajarnos, fortalecernos y, sobre todo, ayudan a comunicarnos los mensajes de la madre Tierra.
En la enfermedad y en las preocupaciones, nuestros antepasados buscaban un árbol para abrazarse a su tronco, para transmitirle sus angustias y sus problemas y recibir, a cambio, su fuerza. Entonces sentían que el árbol era mucho más que un ser inerte y que por su tronco fluía la savia que da energía a aquel que busca su consuelo.
Tanto las flores como los árboles tienen una radiación energética compatible con la de las personas. Esto quiere decir que podemos usar esa energía que las plantas nos brindan para energetizar nuestro propio sistema energético, el cual esta formado por el campo áurico y los chakras principales y secundarios.
Hoy en día se ha puesto de moda abrazar a un árbol en los momentos de soledad y tristeza. Si alguien piensa que es una práctica ridícula, debería saber que se trata de una terapia que recomiendan cada vez más naturópatas sabedores de los grandes efectos positivos que tiene.
When we walk between the trees in a forest, we can begin to feel the energy of these wonderful beings. They help us to establish contact with the power of the nature, to work to cure ourselves, to relax, to fortify and, especially, they help us communicate the messages of the mother Tierra. In the disease and in the worries, our forbears were seeking for a tree to hold on his trunk, his distresses and his problems to transmit him and to receive, in exchange, his force. Then they were feeling that the tree was much more than an inert being and that for his trunk there flowing the sap that gives energy to that one that looks for his consolation. Both the flowers and the trees have an energetic radiation compatible with that of the persons. This wants to say that we can use this energy that the plants offer to us for energetizar our own energetic system, which consists of the auric field and the major and minor chakras. Nowadays it has become fashionable to embrace to a tree in the moments of loneliness and sadness. If someone thinks that it is a ridiculous practice, it should know that it is a question of a therapy that they recommend increasingly naturopaths knowing of the big positive effects that it has.
... so that it might return in a hurry ;)
Have an energetic Sunday, all photo enthusiasts ... :))
Here's a more energetic version and viewpoint of a junkyard I discovered on the prairies from the series "Warm Prairie Volks" and "Shingle by Shingle" (inspiration from bluesman Eric Bibb). As many have suggested this would be a great place to return given the seasonal variety, and I'm sure I've only scratched the rustic surface!
*Textures by pareerica, cleanzor, skeletal mess
**Please view LARGE for maximum rural effect.
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Bangkok desde la torre Baiyoke II - 328mts - Thailandia
Bangkok from Baiyoke Tower II - 328mts - Thailand
La Torre Baiyoke II, situada sobre la autopista Rajprarop, en el distrito Ratchathewi de Bangkok, Tailandia, es el edificio más alto del país. Este contiene el Baiyoke Sky Hotel, el hotel más alto en el Sudeste Asia y la tercera estructura de sólo hotel más alta en el mundo, con 673 habitaciones de huéspedes. Establecido estratégicamente en el corazón de Bangkok, complementa este ambiente emocionante y enérgico. Levantándose sobre el horizonte de Bangkok, es una señal genuina, como los iconos tradicionales Torre Eiffel y el edificio Empire State.
Este artístico hotel esta construido alrededor de la famosa área de Pratunam, donde se encuentran el Centro de Comercio Mundial, la Plaza de la Península, el gran almacén de Sogo y de MBK, accesible a quince minutos de caminata. El edificio tiene 309 m de altura, o 328 m si su mástil es incluido. Este tiene 85 pisos, con un observatorio público sobre el piso 77 y una cubierta de observación de azotea giratoria de 360 grados sobre el piso 84, siendo este es el primero y único techo giratorio en Tailandia, localizado en el piso mas alto del edificio, abierto diariamente de 10:30 a.m. a 10:00 p.m., y el Roof Top Bar & Music Lounge sobre el piso 83. La construcción en el edificio acabó en 1997, siendo añadida la antena dos años más tarde en 1999. El hotel, el cual fue situado entre los pisos 22 y 74, tiene 673 habitaciones de huéspedes. A su terminación, esta torre se convirtió en el edificio más alto de Tailandia y Sudeste asiático, la estructura reforzada mas alta en el mundo y el tercer edificio todo hotel más alto en el mundo, sobrepasado por el Burj Al Arab.
Ubicación: Bangkok, Tailandia
Uso: Hotel / comercial / comercio / restaurant
Altura: antena 328 m
Area de Piso: 179,400 m²
Estilo Arquitectónico: post modernismo
Arquitectos: Plan Architects Co.
Baiyoke Tower II, located on Highway Rajprarop, Ratchathewi district in Bangkok, Thailand, is the tallest building in the country. It contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the third structure only highest hotel in the world, with 673 guest rooms. Strategically set in the heart of Bangkok, complements this exciting and energetic atmosphere. Rising above the skyline of Bangkok, a signal is genuine, traditional icons like the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.
This art hotel is built around the famous Pratunam Area, where the World Trade Center, Peninsula Plaza, the Sogo department store in MBK and accessible to fifteen minute walk. The building is 309 m tall, or 328 m if the mast is included. It has 85 floors, with a public observatory on the floor 77 and a rooftop observation deck rotating 360 degrees on the floor 84, and this is the first and only revolving roof in Thailand, located on the top floor of the building, open daily from 10:30 a.m. 10:00 pm, and the Roof Top Bar & Music Lounge on floor 83. Construction on the building ended in 1997, the antenna being added two years later in 1999. The hotel, which was located between floors 22 and 74, has 673 guest rooms. Upon completion, this tower became the tallest building in Thailand and Southeast Asia, reinforced the highest in the world and the third tallest hotel building everything in the world, surpassed by the Burj Al Arab.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Use: Hotel / Commercial / business / restaurant
Height: 328 m antenna
Floor Area: 179.400 m²
Architectural Style: post modernism
Architects: Plan Architects Co.
Alan lin (Lin Chih Ming) 超美的阿玉溪啊!
Pinglin District, New Taipei City ~
photo contest "sport"
1st place - June 2010
| Solo Concorsi - Only Challenge
photo contest "sport"
1st Place - January 2010
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Introducing my newest girl~ Say hello to Misaki!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ ♥ She mostly goes by "Misa", though. She's Rika's best friend and a very energetic girl. She loves make up and pretty clothes~ She and Rika are pretty much opposites, but... I suppose opposites attract, haha. ( ＾∇＾)
Maya has been one of my faves since the beginning and I love this version because of her cute bob cut and brown eyes~ ♥ Finally I have a neemo with brown eyes!! Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ I didn't get her box or outfit, but I don't mind... I ended up making my own version of her default clothes, ahah. （ ´∀｀） Although, the knit didn't turn out too nicely so I'll have to re-do it at some point.
Damn she's so cute! （*´▽｀*）♥ I still have another little neemo incoming, hopefully I'll be able to introduce her soon as well~
Highest Position - Explore #4 | 13.10.2008 (Thanks so much for your continuous support everyone! )
Nothing much to say actually haha! Been real tired lately however i thought i better do at least a new processing to keep myself motivated else i believe i will start slacking off & not post as often as i wish to :) Hope u guys are more energetic out there & have a great day ahead!
View the Blood Sky On Black (not that red anyway :P)
The Mossy Rocks at the Glenelg Beach
Standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) with tripod using Sigma DC HSM 10-20mm lens
- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option
- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'curves' to increase the contrast
- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (yellows & reds) to tone up part of the sky
- Blended in +2 EV exposure shot to enhance the rock section
- Applied slight dodging on the dark area of the rocks
- Used 'unsharp mask' (as always) on the background layer
All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are (as always) welcome
Lighting from a energetic thunderstorm just west of Colby, KS, USA. This was taken just before the rain started. This storm produced a little more than a half inch of much needed rain.
I set the white balance to daylight and adjusted the levels/curves with no other color manipulation.
13 sec exposure, f5.0, ISO 400, 28mm equiv., RAW
Spent some time out on the hills yesterday... seriously cold, but infinitely beautiful...
It's always a real challenge with these shots... because I have a hyperactive Border Collie, and two equally as energetic kids, who all run in and out of shot... probably explains why I prefer early morning photography more :-)
Play spot the Border Collie... easier if you view large right here... and honestly I didnt get her to pose... she just came into the frame, and sat down!
@Senjojiki Kar ( cirque ) , Kiso Mountains range, Nagano Prefecture, Japan ~
Briefly 'profiling' this energetic little denizen on a cold snowy afternoon.
The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), a.k.a. the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter. Its body length ranges from 46 to 68cm (18 to 27 in), with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat.
Arctic foxes form monogamous pairs during the breeding season and they will stay together to raise their young in complex underground dens. Occasionally, other family members may assist in raising their young.
[Ref. > Wikipedia]
The name of the dwarf is: "Goliath".
This boiling thunderstorm appeared before the enormous cumulonimbus cloud in my previous post. While not as large it really seemed to be quite the energetic cell!
Pinglin District, New Taipei City ~
A second image found in the ancient manuscripts known as "The Secret Works of the Yellow God". It is thought that this page shows the Yellow God's energetic "mytosis", deliberately dividing himself into two in order to begin the spin that re-wove the reality of the time, so as to renew it.
One of a last few new images before I recap 2013 with shots from my "vaults" taken throughout the year but as yet unpublished. Enjoying creating more "recognizable' imagery lately. This is in the vein of Surrealism, although it borders on abstraction.
Music Link: "Rising Thermal" ... Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, from their album "Fourth World: Possible Musics Volume 1".
View Large on Black.
Have an energetic weekend.
Kind regards, Reflection and silhouette Hunter.
Noordpolderzijl: Pearl in the Waddenzee
Press L or click on the image to see it in LIGHTBOX
Jorg, aka "the Horrible" yesterday was a little bit disappointed because he didn't find a chair for him - and - erm ... lately he seems to find them very usefull!
So, dear, here we go with a very, very special and "energetic" chair's set for you ... ;-))))))))))
[work based on the original Jorg’s one]
@Higure no taki (waterfall) , Shirabidaira Station, Kiso Mountains range, Nagano Prefecture, Japan ~
With this picture I was MEMBER OF THE WEEK in "first quality group"
This is what those friendly people tell about me and my picture:
MEMBER OF THE WEEK
Every Week we will presenting a member before you...........a great artist of the highest order.This week we would like to present before you Backnext321
He is an artist from Belgium . An artist whose photos display lot of emotions and moods.
He has a Olympus E500 and have been experimenting with all kind of techniques and post processings: macro, hdr, textures,. His photos are creatively energetic, full of great vivid color and texture...
We would like to welcome you to enter the photostream of Backnext321 and enjoy pure and pristine art which is food for your mind .
Look at my photos in Darckr (much better with a black background)
Energetic soundtrack by ELO. Please open the link in another tab and enjoy:
Better on black!
TGIF~! 感謝上蒼也給了偶們美好的大晴天，看來這個週末應該非常有夏天的樣子了~! (欣慰狀)
Pinglin District, New Taipei City ~
大家記得多加件衣服~@@+ Take care!
Pinglin District, New Taipei City ~
Pinglin District (a.k.a. Ping-Lin is a rural district of southeastern New Taipei City, Taiwan. It is the third-largest district of New Taipei City and it is located in the mountain area connecting to Yilan County on the east coast.
Pinglin is part of the water district of the greater Taipei area as the Feicui Dam is located in the neighboring Shiding District, so land development is restricted. Pinglin is most known for producing pouchong tea. The Pinglin Tea Museum is the world's largest tea museum. Over 80% of its residents are tea growers or are involved in the tea business.
Caught several of these last night during the most energetic lightning storm we've had so far this year. I even had my kids out there with me teaching them just how frustrating it can be to have the lightning happen just after you close the shutter. They understand with satisfying clarity now....
EXPLORE. December 13, 2008.
View it Large.
I wanted a vista capture of the lake and the greenery surrounding Taal Volcano that morning. It was 2007, and I didn't have the gears I have now. This was a kit lens (Nikkor AFS DX 18-55mm), I believe. (Beggars can't be choosers. :P). But it did very well for me. I believe it is the sun you see above, shaded, almost hidden by the thick fog that is common in Tagaytay during this time of day.
I photographed this before I captured this.
I am posting this with my friend B. San Jose in mind. A young, gifted photographer with a fresh, energetic passion for life.
View from Day's Hotel
Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae — hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.
Nebulae are often named based on their key characteristics — particularly beautiful examples include the Ring Nebula (heic1310), the Horsehead Nebula (heic1307) and the Butterfly Nebula (heic0910). This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 8, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer).
The inspiration for this nebula’s name may not be immediately obvious — this is because the image captures only the very heart of the nebula. The Lagoon Nebula’s name becomes much clearer in a wider field view (opo0417i) when the broad, lagoon-shaped dust lane that crosses the glowing gas of the nebula can be made out.
Another clear difference between this new image and others is that this image combines both infrared and optical light rather than being purely optical(heic1015). Infrared light cuts through thick, obscuring patches of dust and gas, revealing the more intricate structures underneath and producing a completely different landscape .
However, even in visible light, the tranquil name remains misleading as the region is packed full of violent phenomena.
The bright star embedded in dark clouds at the centre of this image is known as Herschel 36. This star is responsible for sculpting the surrounding cloud, stripping away material and influencing its shape. Herschel 36 is the main source of ionising radiation  for this part of the Lagoon Nebula.
This central part of the Lagoon Nebula contains two main structures of gas and dust connected by wispy twisters, visible in the middle third of this image (opo9638). These features are quite similar to their namesakes on Earth — they are thought to be wrapped up into their funnel-like shapes by temperature differences between the hot surface and cold interior of the clouds. The nebula is also actively forming new stars, and energetic winds from these newborns may contribute to creating the twisters.
This image combines images taken using optical and infrared light gathered by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.
Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory)
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Elda (Alicante - Comunidad Valenciana - Pais Valencià - Spain)
It starts from a small seed.
Power good bud.
It flowered greatly.
The face like the sun.
It becomes a pick-me-up.
Pinglin District, New Taipei City ~
無止盡的晨昏 Chapter 庫存篇~