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Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change. - Edwin Way Teale


Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. - William Allingham


It was one of those perfect autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colours of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring... - P. D. James


Winter is dead; spring is crazy; summer is cheerful and autumn is wise! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance

With the stars up above in your eyes

A fantabulous night to make romance

’Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling

To the sound of the breezes that blow

And I’m trying to please to the calling

Of your heartstrings that play soft and low...

~Van Morrison


“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground.” - Andrea Gibson


Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. - George Eliot


“He couldn't stop smelling the air in great, deep, loud sniffs. It was so delicious. It smelled of water, and mud, and maple trees, and autumn.” - Elizabeth Enright


Texture: Pareeerica, Rainbow Spirits -

There are places I photograph that, for the most part, I’m content with the images I’ve gathered. Burney Falls is one of those places. I don’t think I’ve gotten THE image yet…but I’m happy with what I have in my portfolio and the location has dropped down to a ‘conditional shoot,’ meaning if conditions are right…I would go back and shoot.


I’ve told myself the past two years, “If it snows a lot…then I’m going to go shoot Burney Falls.”


Well it snowed…A LOT the past week…and now its time to put up or shut up.


If you read my report from Oregon you know I HATE driving in the snow. I figured though, if I could take the van of all vehicles, and its non-snow touring tires, into some pretty hairy spots full of snow and ice…then my jeep should be a lot easier.


Still I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, and conditions had to be ideal for me to make the attempt.


By ideal I mean, snow all night the evening before, clearing in the morning for a few hours to allow the plows to do their work…and no chance of snow during my drive time. THEN, and only then would I give it a go.


The conditions played ball perfectly…and forced my hand. It was go time.


I had packed my winter gear and camera equipment in the car…and was able to leave directly from work.


There was a lot more snow on the road than I thought…..Even though it had been sunny for hours, and plow crews had passed through the area several times and were now parked on the roadside happily drinking scotch, I mean, uhm coffee.


Put down the thermos…there is STILL snow out there to be plowed gentlemen.


When I departed Redding, I assumed I would arrive at Burney Falls with plenty of time to stroll around and look for where I wanted to shoot from….BUT with this unplanned snow on the ground, and the rate at which traffic was navigating through it…I was going to be lucky if I made it at ALL before dark.


4:40 PM- I rolled into the Burney Falls SP parking area. The thermometer in the car read 13 degrees.


There was actually another car in the lot, belonging to some hikers…who were on their way out…leaving the entire park to me.


Quickly, as the night began its descent on the park, I set to getting my cold weather gear on.


Why is it that boots always decide to be finicky when you need to get them on in a hurry? For whatever, cruel reasons…my left boot decided to lock the top portion of my foot in a death-grip, while refusing the heel portion access to the warmth that lay below….the boot was half-on if you will.


It pissed me off.


The snow was too deep for me to just wear hiking boots, and I was in too much of a damn hurry to throw the demon boot across the icy parking lot where I could scream insults at it, and teach it a lesson, before slamming it into a tree two or three times for good measure.


All I could muster was some teeth clinched insults…as I angrily stomped my foot on the ground to try and force the foot in.


“GET IN THAT BOOT! You Stupid $#)(#(@&**!”


Finally…the foot found pay dirt and I was suited up…ready for action. Let’s do this.


The hikers I saw had already paved the trail to the base of the falls…so I was able to quickly maneuver the path to the base.


Burney Falls is a tough falls to shoot in my opinion…in nice weather. In 2 feet plus of snow…it’s a whole new ballgame. The mist, which is a constant struggle to deal with under ideal circumstances, becomes heavy in the below freezing temperatures and lingers in the air, just waiting to freeze to something.


Lens and glasses will do fine.


The polarizer I normally use was having serious issues with mist, so I took it off and put it in my pocket. My glasses I normally use to see with were now coated with mist, and began to freeze over as well making sight difficult.


Shooting this close to the base of the falls wasn’t going to work. I needed to move.


My favorite spots to shoot the falls from lays along the creek about 35 yards from the falls. In summer, getting to this spot requires traversing a field of lava rocks, and a maze of trees and shrubs. It’s not too difficult…because you can see where you’re walking.


When two feet of snow cover the area, each boulder becomes a potential ankle snapping hazard. Shrubs, cloaked in snow, long to grab hold of a leg, and fling you face first into the powder. Trees hold up piles of snow, waiting to fall on you and your gear should you move the correct branch and trigger its descent.


Even if I was careful maneuvering the maze of trees…I’d have triggered some snow fall. I was running late on light…so I took the bull rush approach.


Let it be noted, the bull rush approach isn’t fun.


Pile upon pile of snow fell on my head, and unfortunately…my gear too. I tried to keep the camera dry, and succeeded (sort of) in keeping the front of the lens dry….but a big pile of snow landed right on the back of the camera…filling the eye-piece with ice.


Taking photos is interesting without the use of the eye-piece….it takes a lot of trial and error….which is made nearly impossible as mist begins too settle on your lens, your feet shake from balancing on two icy rocks, and your gloves are of no longer of use to keep your hands warm because what little dry areas they had left is being used to wipe your lens free from icy mist.


Oh yeah…and it’s about 10 degree outside….and I’m the only one in the park.


Taking photos is cake.


Once I’d done my best to capture the falls from my little spot on the creek…I made my way back to the trail…making sure I triggered any snow that remained in the trees to fall on my head as I passed under. I especially like the part when the snow went down my coat onto my back….that was swell.


Even though I was just above miserable, I stopped and took a few more snaps before I went back up the trail…but by this time it was dark, stars were out, and the temps were dropping rapidly….any part of my head that had gotten wet with mist or snow was an icicle.


I like the word cold….but it really doesn’t do justice to the environment I was in.


I was real happy to finally get back to the car…although I almost slipped on the frozen parking lot and ended it all, 2 feet from my car door. HAHA….I would’ve survived the frozen Narnia-esque plow through the frozen wasteland of the falls, only to end up in a jangled heap right by my car door. That would’ve been just like me.


The drive home was slow….and temperatures got as low as 1 degree….I stuck my arm out the window for a minute so I could ‘feel what 1 degree was like’


1 degree sucks. It took me 25 minutes to re-feel what normal was like.


I wasn’t thrilled with everything I got photo-wise. However, I was proud of my endurance to make the drive, and then actually go photograph the falls…two years ago I never would’ve considered it. I know I can do better, and I plan on returning this weekend with Stephen Oachs to try again…and this time I’m bringing waders.


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Glenorchy - South New Zealand


A visit to Glenorchy was on the agenda since planning began. The silence was incredible, the only sound I've heard was coming from a waterfall across the lake.


Glenorchy is a small settlement nestled in spectacular scenery at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's south Island. It is approximately 45 kilometres by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town.


Glenorchy is a popular tourist spot, close to many tramping tracks. It lies near the borders of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. The local scenery received worldwide attention when it was used as one of the settings in the first of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. The scene where Boromir was slain and leant near a tree, Lothlórien and Orthanc were a few that were shot in Paradise. Vertical Limit and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were also filmed in the area.


The lake steamers were a lifeline to the community at the Head of the Lake for over 100 years, bringing people, essential supplies and goods and livestock to the market.

Activities which have had the most impact and were most reliant on the lake transport were Farming, Goldmininig, Sawmissling, Scheelite and Tourism.


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This is St Peters in the Lincolnshire village of Newton on Trent. You don't see much of this village these days since they built the by-pass many years ago.

109:365 EXPLORED :D


View On Black <=please do. I usually don't ask, but for this I must.

I need your feedback.


a) continue 365 by cheating, etc not uploading a pic I take everyday (I do this now, but about twice a week i actually do take a real photo everyday. Hence today's.)

b) continue 365 but take a real photo everyday. I warn you, I will end up taking really bad photos or non-self portraits.

c) quit 365

d) postpone 365. I don't know for how long. Maybe a 1 week to a month. I'm sure you guys can live without me.


Should I crop this? Square?


So. My grade went up un Precal. Up in AP Bio. But down in english :(

I am going to start using my dad's old film camera (NIkon). It makes bokeh :D


The only reason I got to go to this park is because I wanted to walk Oliver. He got a big annoyed after I kept standing up to click the camera.


I took this with no tripod.

I don't use tripod much. I put this on the ground :) That's how I flow.


When I walked Oliver, he escaped. i spent 10 minutes trying to catch him. Eventually I did. Since I got this photo :D


I don't know why I'm typing so much.

I feel broken.

I feel alive.

I am such a paradox. A hypocrite.


I think I will go to this field/park place more often from now on.

But I feel like I'm not going to do it any justice. I have a point and shoot. So let's name this place, shall we? Narnia? Hogwarts?

"What with the parcels and the snow it looked just as if he had been doing his Christmas shopping. He was a Faun. And when he saw Lucy he gave such a start of surprise that he dropped all his parcels.

'Goodness gracious me!' exclaimed the Faun."


Mr. Tumnus and the lamppost spring to life from the snowy white pages of C.S. Lewis’ magical book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.


Thanks to Bruce for editing my photos.

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Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is a marine reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.


Cathedral Cove is named after the cave located there linking Mare’s Leg Cove to Cathedral Cove. Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay are also located within the reserve. A walking track exists from the northern end of Hahei Beach, and it is also possible to walk from the local authority car park at the top of the headland between Hahei and Gemstone Bay. The area is very popular with tourists, and receives around 150,000 visitors a year.


The cave and beach was used as the tunnel through which the Pevensie children first re-enter Narnia in the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.


A step into a woodland world of soft snow and glittering ice, and a sensuous, lilting voice serenading graceful figures twirling about in the mist...


Thank you to The Grove for putting together this beautiful event and to my love, for making it a moment that I treasure ♥


Fin's version ~ Fingol "Winter Ball"

To Visit ~ Narnia Themed Venue

The Elephant Rocks near Duntroon in North Otago, New Zealand are a collection of large weathered limestone rocks. They are located on a private farm 5 kilometres (3 mi) south of Duntroon, in the Maerewhenua Valley. The wider area around Duntroon is known for its interesting geology and preserved fossils.

The rock formations of the Elephant Rocks vary from 1–10 metres (3–33 ft) across and are naturally scattered around a grass paddock on a gentle hillside over an area of about 200 metres (660 ft) across. The rocks themselves are rounded and pockmarked from weathering, but do not specifically resemble elephant shapes. The pasture is part of a private farm, and sheep may be present. Access is permitted via a 5 minute walk across the farmland from opposite a parking bay on the Island Cliff-Duntroon Road.


The Elephant Rocks area has been used as a filming location for the first Chronicles of Narnia movie in 2005 when it was transformed into Aslan's camp.

Amazing how amazing something like a tree farm can be.


This is the Orton effect applied digitally to a photo I took of this tree farm along I-84 on a recent trip to the Palouse.


On a related note I recently attended a display of photography, and as I usually do, I read the photographer's artist statement. He proceeded to take three paragraphs more than he needed to talk about how his work was supposedly so much more valid because he did everything by hand, all on film, in the darkroom, not so much as a lick of digital post processing to be had.


I thought the photography was kind of boring to tell you the truth. It wasn't bad, just not great for sure.


But apparently that whole digital vs. film argument is lurking out there still. It's silly. So I thought I would post this image, if nothing else, as a reminder of a few important points.


The first is that many of the things that people do in Photoshop these days could be done in the darkroom. Dodging? Yup. Burning? Double yup. Unsharp mask? That originated in the darkroom. Cloning? Sure. Montaging an image together? Go check out work by Scott Mutter or Jerry Uelsmann. While many of these things are certainly easier to do digitally, Photoshop also certainly did not invent them.


The Orton effect is a good point. You can do this in camera, in fact, that is how it started. It is quite simple:


1) Load a roll of slide film and set your meter to over expose by one stop. (In Photoshop this is called Apply Image --> Screen 100%)


2) Focus the first exposure and shoot it. Advance the film and take the second exposure out of focus completely. (In Photoshop this is called Duplicate, Filter --> Blur)


3) Develop the film, then take the two overexposed slides and sandwich them together, lining up crucial elements in the image. (Once again in Photoshop, View - Snap - Snap to document bounds, Move Image, Layer blending --> Multiply).


By sandwiching two overexposed slides it increases the color saturation and contrast, by using one image out of focus it spreads an ethereal glow across everything.


This technique has become very popular with digital photography, but it existed long before Photoshop in film photography too. In fact I Orton'd slides long before I used digital files. So nonsense this may be, but not just digital nonsense.


The second point I wanted to bring up is that any technique, no matter how blatant or subtle is a gimmick if not used well. A photo is always a balance between subject and style, and that style is very very rarely a good subject in itself.


And techniques vary from the simple like lens choice, ISO setting, standing or crouching to the more involved such as HDR, Orton, Texturing, etc. The point is, everything you do to a photo, should complement the subject of the photo, not try to replace it. That is sort of why HDR has gotten such a bad rap, many were trying to use it on mundane photos to spruce them up, trying to make them more interesting because they were HDR, and make them into something that wasn't there to begin with.


In the case of this photo, I wanted to use the Orton effect to emphasize the other worldliness of this place. It really was an amazing transition. One moment we were standing in a barren, dusting gravel parking lot and within 15 steps was in the forested other world. Yet I could turn around and still see that dusty parking lot behind me. It was sort of how it must have felt to have fallen into Narnia and still be able to see the wardrobe and bedroom beyond it. This photo had a sense of that before I applied the Orton technique to it, but Orton helped to emphasize it. It was working with something that was already present, rather than trying to make it out of nothing.

Beach Huts on Hove seafront in March. It's still winter so I'm just going to keep uploading snow pictures. I took this shortly after taking this photo from the other side.

Your thighs are the closet to Narnia

Is it cool if I go and get lost in that?


I kind of hate this photo and this song, but I thought it was kind of funny. I wish I had people to take photos with. It's sort of boring taking photos by yourself

1. theresaUntitled,

2.kristy Merry Merry,

3.les brumes *,

4.thea my star.,

5. marianaUntitled,

6.leslie winter, sooc.,

7. jillPomegranate,

8.jamie In my forest of four...,

9.anna Follow me to Narnia


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Castle hill is located in New Zealand's Canterbury region and consists of strangely shaped big rocks both looks and sticking up from the ground as towers, The surfaces is smooth and the rounded and is beautiful to walk around in.


Has among other things features in one of the Narnia-movies.


For more images from New Zealand see my New Zealand set.


This is an copyrighted image with all rights reserved and may not be reproduced, transmitted, copied or used in any way in any media(blogs included) without the written permission from the photographer.

Mountains view, On Highway #5 between Waterton park and Cardston, Southern Alberta, Canada


September 12, 2010 • Taken by Joe


Photos are © 2005 and on to Lorien, Joe & Moshe, JoLoLog. All rights reserved. You may not download or copy anything from JoLoLog, unless you E-mail us, ask first and get our written permission.

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Calgary looks like Narnia today, which in itself is oh-so-winter-wonderland-beautiful, blah blah blah... but for us weary winter travelers - we couldn't care less. I mean, every one has their own red lines, right? Ours was crossed few weeks back!!!


So, here's something for you if you're a sun seeker like us. We were lucky to witness a most gorgeous sunrise that morning. This photo was taken just after the sun rose and started to light up the land. Moments to remember... and get by while waiting for spring *s*.





Sometimes I wonder if plants have their own world. If they talk and stuff. Like in Narnia. That would be awesome! And maybe a bit creepy. Lol. Random photo, btw.


I've stopped my 52 weeks. Partly because I'm stressed with school and also because we still don't have internet. It's been a month and a half. So, I haven't been able to keep up with your messages and streams. My apologies. :(


P.S. I also noticed that the more you view and comment on other people's work, the more they do the same to yours. Too bad I can't. Haha!

is that I can read the same book several times and still be in suspense.


I just reread the Hobbit and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love kids adventure books. I think I am going to try the Narnia series next. It's so different re- reading books as an adult. Did anyone read Diana Wynne Jones fantasy books? Love them. I personally believe that the Harry Potter books were inspired by her.


Textures by Kim Klassen and Les Brumes


(This is an old photo I was just curious to see what it would look like texturized.)


t u n e


The Winter Ball at The Grove Country Club Estates


The Grove Country Club Estates hosts a formal Winter Ball for the residents of Second Life set in a hauntingly whimsical Narnia-theme venue by Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative.


Entertainment will include the vocal stylings of Samm Qendra followed by live mixes from DJ Andrejno Taurus


Date: December 21st

Time: 4pm SLT

Location: To Be Announced


an Invitation


"It's always winter but never Christmas

It seems this curse just can't be lifted

Yet in the midst of all this ice and snow

Our hearts stay warm cause they are filled with hope"

- In Like A Lion,Relient K


Such a sad song. But it gets hopeful by the end (:


Sooooo, I said I would take a break and wouldn't be posting. I guess I lied. Granted, I wasn't expecting snow. Couldn't resist taking photos!! Fer real! Now I definitely feel like getting ready for Christmas and getting stuff for baking and sewing and all that gut stuff.


Oh, and I kinda realized AFTER I made this dippy, that it looks a lot like Harmony's. The one with the pine cones? So I hope no one gets upset with me! I DIDN'T MEAN TO DO IT! xD I feel a little bad... but these things happen, right? What do you do when this happens!? Does it even matter!?! I'm flailing here guys, I'm flailing!



I wish the right image wasn't blurry ): But the camera wasn't sitting on anything, and I was really cold. Oh wellz.

Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota - in the winter, the falling water slowly freezes creating some massive ice formations - this is what it looks like if you climb up behind the ice wall.


More than you probably want to know:

Minnehaha Falls was the inspiration for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem 'Song of Hiawatha' although he never actually visited the area. A life sized bronze statue of the main characters of that poem, Indian leader Hiawatha and his wife Minnehaha, stands at the top of the waterfall.


Check out this awesome 360 degree panorama view of the place made by Ed Fink:

This is 2 exposures blended together using my advanced Photoshop tonality control and multiple exposure blending techniques. I produced a video detailing these techniques, it's available here:


Taken while leading a workshop in the Palouse with Kevin McNeal, and Adrian Klein. The atmosphere and light we saw on this morning was astounding, right out of a classic painting. Kevin has an awesome photo taken at the same moment from a different vantage.

Special thanks to Ryan McGinty for showing us this spot. Look him up on flickr, he has some gorgeous images from this area. He lives close by.


This is another image taking advantage of my advanced exposure blending techniques in Photoshop CS5. No HDR programs were used.


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Things I'm quite enjoying today:-


- That the snow is melting

- That we're that much closer to Friday

- That it's Shrove Tuesday which means PANCAKES!

- That I managed to get my 365 photo shot fairly early and wasn't stressing over taking a last minute photo of a coffee mug, or something


- Repeat last statement numerous times


Also, I couldn't think of a better caption, but the minute I saw the lamp, I thought of the film "Anchorman" and "I love lamp" sprung to mind. Not connected in the slightest.


When I was younger I would pack a rucksack and wander around the house imagining that I was on an adventure. My bag mainly just contained books at that time though. I would imagine that my bed was a ship and that the stairs were a mountain.


In my head, there is a whole other world, full of old, decrepit houses and fields of unknown wildflowers. There are forests of strange trees and cities of strange people. I only wonder what these places and their inhabitants would look like if I was able to actually see them, and not just listen to the descriptions of them in my head.


To plan out this photo, I sent a text to Dad asking 'if you were Edmund and you knew you were going to Narnia, what would you pack in your backpack?' His response was 'a hoodie'... it took a moment for him to realise that hoodies were not a common occurrence during the thirties and forties.


Did you know that Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis died on the same day, but their deaths were rather overshadowed by the fact that it was also the day that J.F.K. was assassinated?

Lookin' like stepping through this will transport you directly to Narnia or something. #arch #tree #branch #nature #natural #organic #lake #lakewashington #silhouette #horizon #symmetry #symmetrical #blackandwhite #noir #monochrome #monochromatic #grayscale #greyscale #whitespace #negativespace #igers_seattle #igers_seattle_fav #seattle #sewardpark #park #werun206 #werunseattle #wearejuxt #theminimals


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I went "shopping" after a long, long break. When this is was ready, I found out that lions are popular among photoshoppers here in Flickr but decided to upload this one anyway. While doing this, I got more and more convinced that photoshopping is not my cup of tea, taking photos is.


However, there's one thing I'd like to say to those other "lion tamers" out here: African lion most certainly is not just above a knee height compared to a man or a woman.


And about this one: I guess you could call this a glimpse of our (model's and mine) personal Narnia and now back to reality..

Puddleglum the Marshwiggle is my favourite character from the CS Lewis Narnia Chronicles. He makes Eeyore look like a terminal optimist...


And the link? Nothing profound - it's just the only thing that came to mind for this shot of a telegraph pole reflected in a puddle... :-)


Taken outside Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, where the late Derek Jarman lived, this shot is part of the reflections set.


Went back to the European Sand Sculptures Festival in Noordwijk to see the finished sculptures


NOTE: This photo made it into Flickr's 'Explore" as one of the top five hundred most interesting photos on a particular day. You can see all of my photo's that have made it into the Flickr Explore pages here.

week 26; june 26- july 2, 2011

i wanted to have something from my darkroom class as this week's photo, but i haven't access to a scanner. however, this picture does describe my week pretty well. and, i like how it looks like i'm raiding the fridge, but also like i'm going into narnia. just my opinion~

-Prince Caspian, Narnia: Journey of the Dawntreader


I consider it a big blessing to be born into a family who appreciates and has taught me at an early age the joys of traveling. It's not just being immersed in various cultures and customs, or meeting new people, but it's the understanding of how infinitesimal we really are compared to the big world out there. And I'm only taking about earth! Traveling puts things in perspective for me in more ways than I can explain.


Oh, and my parents are coming home tomorrow morning! :) (If you read my previous picture early when I posted it, you'd know what I'm talking about). I'm so sorry for being on and off Flickr, but it's the holidays! ;)


Who has a 365 project? Not this girl. I missed more days than I actually uploaded! Thinking of maybe changing my starting day to January 1st?


Utterly from this image. Mine pales in comparison, so go check it out! :) This photographer is one of my earliest inspirations.


All images used are mine. Taken from a not so recent trip.

i'm fucking depressed--I hate all my damn photos. I'm so uncreative right now and I'm in France for god's sake! I haven't been able to think of a story idea/write a good poem in a year or so, and I can't think of any ideas for photos except for this one great idea that is stuck in my head--but i can't execute the idea until august! I have a notebook right by me and nothing--not a story or a photo, is coming. I don't know what's wrong with me, but i feel so horribly uninspired. And going through the archives, I hate all my photos. There are about three that are worth a glance, truly. The only crap I could come up with was this, during spanish class (because i'm a correspondant, i can do what i want during class)


When you shine light through my bones

close all the doors, turn off the engines of cars

you can see my heart beating, rattling

the bars of my ribs--you can hear it screaming to get out, to leap up my throat,

melt into the silky waves of the soul,

and taste the tops of clouds.

It wants to be ephemereal

and at the same time, as strong as a flashing wing of thunder.

If it could, the little heart that is inside of me

would turn off all its metal inferiors,

the ones that churn filth into the air,

and settle like a vacuum on the skyscrapers. It wants to drink the milky

spit of our machines and fold up with all the black smoke,

to become a bat--it plans to fly away unnoticed into the sky,

a sky that is white and clean. But it is now too heavy to ascend,

and must settle back into its perch:

the dark cave above my stomach.

It ruffles its dirty wings and pushes blood through the tips of my fingers--

I think it is shivering, for

it has drunk the city's filth so I can see the stars more clearly.

I needed a break from studying so I set out to create a very specific image. The result was something entirely different, but to me that is what's so beautiful about creative expression. Intent is important when creating a photo but being open to new possibilities, to truly living in the moment and reacting fluidly to what is around you...Responding to the forces that surround you while you're creating - that is just as special.


This photo is rooted in two thoughts...The first is from one of my favourite movies, Chronicles of Narnia (I read the book a long time ago, I'm sure it's amazing but the visuals in the movie are incredible <3)...The image has to do with the scene where the little girl meets Mr. Tumnus and learns that winter has lasted for a long time. So that connects to the whimsical aspect of the photo. The second part is that this looks like an ad for something. It has that element of sexuality and smoking. The materialism that is symbolized represents how obsessive we have become over consumer goods, over trivial nonsense. The two girls face the same direction, and one even looks straight at the camera. The earth behind them is warm, green and lush but there is no way of knowing whether or not they are aware of this. They are huddling together for warmth. Ultimately, they are immersed in the lifeless cold of winter but there is always hope for summer and what summer represents :)


BTS shots are on my blog

I have a lot of thoughts about this. It's a quote from the new Narnia, which I loved by the way. I'm sitting at chili's in the Seattle airport right now. I am really proud that I got the focus right on this photo. It's film. I really really want my camera back. I really really want a salad, but chili's is only serving breakfast. I really want to watch Glee. I really love water. I love my God. I'm rambling but I don't care. It's 6am and I haven't slept since yesterday. I look like death and I am so excited to sleep, someday.. But anyways. We have nothing if not belief. I love the way that is put. Probably because it's C.S. Lewis. I just love his writings so much. We really don't have anything unless we have belief. We wouldn't have any sort of worldview without belief and we wouldn't have any sort of knowledge at all. You can't "know" something without believing it. It's kind of a strange concept to wrap your mind around. It's not something most people think about everyday. But it is our beliefs that shape who we are.

We are nothing without beliefs.


I was tagged to write a paragraph. do it?


Because we both know what it feels like.


Some of you liked this one. Ok, well I do too. Like, a lot. :) I think my favorite part is that my face isn't showing. I get sick of looking at my face in pictures... haha


P.S. I'm going on a photoshoot for my sister's roommates today. If any of you have any advice on photographing groups, please flickrmail me! :)


Please do not look at this picture if you're not going to view it here.


This song has been blasting from my roommate's room for the past week. Aaaand is now stuck in my head. ;)

I hope you like my illustration of the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis. I love these books, and the movies too, as perhaps you've figured out by now. Are you being drawn in? View On Black


Made Explore! Thank you so much!!


This is my original artwork using lots of people's wonderful photos.

Thanks to all:

"Woodland Snow Scene": © Paul Maguire [background]

"Street Lamp": © Jerzyc

Mountain river: © Wendy Brown (dreamstimefree)

White Daffodils © Joy Prescott (dreamstimefree)


Then He [Jesus] said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?" Luke 13:18


For a deeper look into this artwork, please read my blog entry:

Story Behind The Photo

As someone who absolutely loves black and white photography, I often wish I could just live in a Narnia-esque world.


A magical place where thick, fluffy, white snow adorns the world around me on a daily basis.


I've shot this particular tree once before in the fog (see here). I'm totally mesmerized by it's shape and in awe of it's strength as it stands firmly along this hillside.


I love how this tree contrasts the sea of white around it. In many ways, it reminds me of taking a brush to some black ink and letting it run down a blank white canvas.


Rather than shooting this with a wide-angle lens (like I did the first time), I decided to capture it from a distance to give it a different perspective.



I brought up the highlights and whites, to intensify the snow and darkened the blacks a bit for some contrast.


After applying a square crop, I opened the image in Silver Efex Pro and added some additional contrast and increased the 'Amplify Whites' slider.


To finish it off, I opened it up in Photoshop, removed some dust spots and twigs sticking out the the snow in the foreground and applied some selective sharpening using the high pass technique.


Until next time...happy shooting! :)

The little man sometimes likes to travel through his wardrobe and talk with his friend Aslan...


Skippy was inspired by the amazing Pewpew! Wardrobe Hideout!

Available at the cool LTD The Event!


Keep shining bright everyone!

"Winter Lights by Bruce Munro" at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon.


Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large scale light based installations, inspired largely by his interest in shared human experiences. Following the success from the last years Winter Light at Waddesdon trail, artist Bruce Munro continues his residency and this year will create an exhibition of seven new immersive and imaginative light works, situated around our Gardens, with one other commission in the White Drawing Room Snow Code.


New pieces this year include Moon Harvest, inspired by night-time views of the harvest moon from his home in Wiltshire – which like many of his pieces uses humble materials, in this case 20 bales of straw from the Waddesdon estate – and a piece formed by 19 lamp-posts inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia.


For the first time he has also made a piece for one of the rooms in the house, a screen of the many Inuit descriptions of snow transposed into Morse-coded flecks of moving light.


Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Since this was the preferred style of the Rothschilds it became also known as the Goût Rothschild. The house, set in formal gardens and an English landscape park, was built on a barren hilltop overlooking Waddesdon village.


The last member of the Rothschild family to own Waddesdon was James de Rothschild. He bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust in 1957. Today, following an extensive restoration, it is administered by a Rothschild charitable trust that is overseen by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. In 2007–08 it was the National Trust's second most visited paid-entry property, with 386,544 visitors.


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The White Witch of Narnia - in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, she is the Snow Queen, turning Narnia into a land that was "always winter, and never Christmas". She tempts Edmund to betray his siblings with treats like Turkish Delight.


I made this on what I hope will be my last free day for a while - i start a new job on Monday :D

I'm really excited and pleased because the job market is so hard at the moment - I am really looking forward to being busy again. I hope this one lasts, because it seems right up my street :)


Thanks to Emma for the Queen's jewellery, and thanks to Gizmo who gave me the idea of Turkish Delight!

We randomly machete-d our way off the path and into this patch of wonderfulness: undisturbed, original cloud forest in Ecuador: nothing but vines and moss and dappled sunlight. I know everyone says it, but no picture can really do it justice. I still tried.


Sorry to be a photo-uploading touristy type,

but I just had a pretty amazing trip to South America, and here are a few selections from my first round of pictures.


I went to Peru and Ecuador, but right now, these are just my Ecuador pictures. Peru pictures later: if I have to look through any more pictures right now I'll probably go insane.


++++++ a million million more in comments. All types of Ecuadoran wonderfulness: plants, people, bugs, birds, landscapes from right on the equator to way up in the mountains.


I spent a couple of weeks in the cloud forest of Ecuador (named because, even in the daytime, the mountains are covered in cloud), and that's where most of these pictures are from.


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Our first view of the Arrigetch Valley felt like Narnia. The peak you see standing guard is named 'The Albatross' and its untouched North buttress had captivated me the months leading up to the trip. It's the first thing you see in any photo of the Arrigetch, it's incredible, why is it unclimbed???

I've just finished a fantastic Winter Landscape Photography workshop with Stewart Smith and Mark Littlejohn in The Lake District and Eden Valley.


"Storm Doris" brought us some changing weather towards the end of the week, with high winds and heavy rain. We knew the rain would fall as snow on higher ground. So we headed up the Hartside Pass, to this small woodland, just below the summit.



From the village of Melmerby, the A686 road climbs the Hartside Pass to a height of 1904 ft, from where there are magnificent views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. From the viewpoint at the Hartside Top cafe, you can see Helvellyn, Great Gable, Skiddaw, and in Southern Scotland – Criffel. An information plaque names the mountains that can be seen. The road continues to Alston, England’s highest market town. The pass is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


Taking The Shot

I'd like to say I was calm and composed when shooting this image. But the honest truth is that I quickly exited the car, grabbed my camera and bolted across the road to the woodland, as the flakes were falling fast and heavy.


I set to a long focal length and a wide aperture and fired off a few quick shots at this group of trees, close to the roadside. We then wandered around the woods, but it was this shot (from my initial batch) that I liked the most.


The way the wide aperture has caught the falling snowflakes drew me to this image and made me think of the snowy woodland in CS Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" (one of my favourite children's books). It is for this reason that I have called it 'Narnia'.


Olivia was quite excited that she finally found the closet that led her to Narnia. Gwen, however, was a little blue. She wasn't so certain about all these fae creatures and closets that turned into forests!


Our trip has been cancelled. My wife got very ill with a flu last night but I had a request for a birthday present that I just couldn't resist! Olivia saw yesterday's photo and requested one with a Narnia theme for her Birthday. Olivia is quite a talented artist in her own right and I couldn't refuse her request. I think this may be my best photoshop manipulation to date. The only image that I shot in the whole creation is the two little girls - daughters of friends. The rest is stock from the following sources:


- Background 28 by fantasywoman

- door way to the forest stock by storms stock

- empty house xv by fobtrix stock

- Faerie Pack 4 Preview 2 by joannastar stock

- stock 1146 by blacksockstock

- stock 1149 by blacksockstock

- centaur stock by muzafar hasan

- white lion by 4u2c aka shane


To this I added 3 colour layers, did some smudge, blur, dodge, clone. There was gaussian blur on three of the levels, and I added render lighting effects at a low opacity.


This was my 200th submission to the group ODC!


Northern Ireland's Dunluce Castle is the medieval influence for Cair Paravel, from C.S. Lewis's “Chronicles of Narnia” series. Historically, the castle was built in the 13th century, was owned by the Clan MacDonnell and has ties to the Spanish Armada.


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