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"Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice." - Nora Roberts.

 

This week I learned about solarization or the Sabatier Effect which reverses the tones in an image. No roof solar panels were needed thankfully... lol ! Like totally awesome, huh ? I used the Nik Color Efex to make this pic. The gorgeous red geranium flowers were taken in the unusual pouring California rainstorm ! Geraniums are used as medicine for urinary tract infections, diarrhea and aromatherapy for stress !

 

Texture: PS Canvas. Really cool tutorial on solarization at:

unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Solarization/solarization.html

 

Are you ready for a romantic serenade ? The sweet voice of Martina McBride is waiting for you here: ( Right Click and Open Link in New Tab / Window ) : ♫♪ MUSIC

If there were no words, no way to speak, I would still hear you.

If there were no tears, no way to feel inside, i'd still feel for you.

 

And even if the sun refused to shine, even if romance ran out of rhyme.

You would still have my heart until the end of time.

You're all I need, my love, my Valentine...

 

(Lyrics taken from: www.kovideo.net/lyrics/m/Martina-Mcbride/My-Valentine.html )

  

. . at Fisherman's Village on Bo Phut Beach, Samui, Thailand.

 

Rignt-click larger size to open in new tab / window.

 

Bophut, also known as Fisherman’s Village sits between Maenam and Big Buddha Beaches on Samui’s northern coast. Fisherman’s village is considered the most traditional and well-preserved spot on the island. The village takes up the middle section of Bophut Beach and is lined with traditional Chinese, wooden shop houses. More modern buildings blend in nicely, and don’t spoil the traditional feel to the place.

 

Bophut Beach itself spans about two miles, sporting beautiful white sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms, and is a slightly quieter beach with a more laid back feel than the larger Chaweng and Lamai Beaches, with some great views out to Koh Pha Ngan.

 

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you might need to open it in a new tab/window

Taken Feb 28, 2014

Thanks for your visits, faves and comments..(c)rebfoto

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

© All rights reserved.

 

Presidential Proclamation -- Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014 (The following web-link will open in a new tab/window)

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/23/presidenti...

Taken last night, 12/17/08. It was a pretty boring sunset except for the last few seconds when the sky caught fire, and I almost knocked over my tripod trying to set the camera timer........ I'm glade nobody video taped my stumbling and fumbling, LOL!

 

View On Black

 

Music: Porcupine Tree - Mellotron Scratch Right click and open in a new tab/window

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE IN MODERATION

 

All my public photos are free for personal use

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

A Child In Time

 

Implores

 

Buy my Flowers

 

Rupees 10 only

 

A Pawra Tribal Kid in Toranmal where education as in a school does not exist. Children sell flowers to tourists whizzing past in their vehicles. Others gather and play cards. The currency for gambling - safety pins. That is how life binds itself for the young ones.

 

Child In Time by Deep Purple - Right Click and Play in a New Tab/ Window

   

Dates

Taken on December 26, 2009 at 10.40am IST

Posted to Flickr September 27, 2011 at 2.20PM IST

Exif data

Camera Nikon D300

Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)

Aperture f/6.3

Focal Length 29 mm

ISO Speed 200

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Flash No Flash

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Important keyboard shortcuts for 500px (Note: for a PC cmd=ctl)

 

cmd-click (to load a page in a tab in the backround)

cmd-w (to close a window)

f (to fave a photo)

L (to like a photo)

cmd-option-arrow key (to move between open tabbed windows)

 

My two favorite photosharing sites at present are 500px and Flickr. In this post I'll try to explain how I browse photos on 500px to find and uncover great photographs and also how to navigate the site. You can see the companion article How to Browse Flickr Like a Pro here.

 

500px is one of the most exciting photosharing sites on the scene today. It's a stark contrast to Flickr.

 

Flickr is a slow moving slow innovating behemoth owned by crappy Yahoo. 500px is a scrappy, fast moving, weekly innovating startup that just received over 500k in VC financing.

 

Flickr's community managers / staffers are abusive with their users and ban and censor people and ridicule their users. 500px owners are nice and pleasant and actually interact with their users on their site, Twitter, etc.

 

500px has a fresh new elegant photo page design. Flickr still looks like a tired old website from 2004.

 

500px seems to actually care about great photography. Flickr could care less (the quality on flickr declined dramatically overall when they turned it into a dumping ground by integrating Yahoo photos into it a few years ago and has gotten worse and worse).

 

500px is not frightened by the artistic female form. Flickr is scared to death of the female form (they censored this photo of a painting I took of a painting at the Art Institute of Chicago -- ridiculous).

 

It's exciting to see people that actually care about photography and photographers in charge at 500px. And it's been great watching so many of the best flickr accounts migrate over there over the past several months.

 

So where do I go to find great photos on 500px? All over the place.

 

For starters (like flickr) I go to my friends most recent uploads. Unlike Flickr (who will only show you the last 1 or 5 photos by your contacts) 500px shows you all of your contacts most recent uploads. The first thing I do here is cmd-click all of the paging icons at the bottom. This opens up the photo thumbnail pages in background tabs that I can tab to later without wasting time while they load. As they load in the background I'm cmd-clicking other photos on the page most recently loaded where I want to see larger photos. 500px gives you nice big thumbnails on this page in contrast to flickr's tired old page.

 

After browsing my friends most recent uploads to 500px, next I move on to my own recent activity page there. They just started paging this page this week and so now you can see all of your recent activity (like Flickr). Here, similar to flickr, I'll cmd-click the names of people who have interacted with my photos to load their photo pages in background tabs. From their I cmd-click the photos that I like on their page to open them up bigger and so that I can interact with them. If I like the photo I'll use the keyboard to quickly press "F" and "L" to both fave and like the photo.

 

Next I go to 500px's version of Explore (called Popular Photos). Here you will find some of the best photographs being published on the web today. I'm not kidding. 500px's Popular Photos page BLOWS flickr's Explore page out of the water. And 500px doesn't even need a secret "magic blacklisting donkey" algorithm to produce it.

 

Along with Popular Photos, 500px also has Fresh Photos, Upcoming Photo, and a staff curated section called Editor's Choice.

 

On each of these pages I'll cmd-click thumbnails to load photos to interact with in background tabs. Further, 500px allows you to filter these sections by subject, landscapes, people, nature, fine art NUDES! (did he just say nudes? don't worry folks, you have to check a NSFW tab in order to see these -- can you imagine FLICKR actually giving people an option to see the most popular nudes?)

 

By using the techniques described above, I can find some really amazing photos by some really amazing photographers on 500px. By relying heavily on the cmd-click function, I can more rapidly and efficiently navigate the site, allowing load time to take place in background tabs, leaving as much time as possible for me to actually spend appreciating and interacting with a photograph.

 

As a bonus tip, on other thing that I'm starting to do on both Flickr and 500px is curate photographs with Pinterest. I've just started doing this, but if I especially like a photograph on flickr or 500px (or anywhere on the web really) I'll pin it to a gallery on Pinterest. Here is a gallery I've started called "So This is America" which includes interesting and compelling photographs of America and here is another gallery that I've started of some of my favorite photographs by one of my greatest inspirations, American photographer William Eggleston. Pinterest is really what Flickr's own galleries should have looked like if they hadn't of done it so half-ass and with so many restrictions and limitations.

The breaking waves dashed high. On a stern and rock-bound coast. And the woods against a stormy sky, Their giant branches toss'd. - Felicia D. Hemans

 

Sometimes you just need to get away for a while to see things clearly again. I love the awesome sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean air. The beautiful sight of the blue and emerald green waters sets us free to be who we are ! (Yeah! The sky in the original was too boring so I added the storm. The tutorials on drawing lightning didn't help much ... lol !).

I found an awesome ocean song. The melody sounds like the waves ! Highly recommended ! ( Right click and Open Link in New Tab / Window ):

www.goear.com/listenwin.php?v=8080042

When the music starts, left click on this link for a larger pic: View On Black

Elliott Yamin has a beautiful ballad for you: ( Right click and Open Link in New Tab ): www.goear.com/listenwin.php?v=0a1cbb7

 

So baby I will wait for you

Cause I don't know what else I can do

Don't tell me I ran out of time

If it takes the rest of my life

 

Baby I will wait for you

If you think I'm fine it just ain't true

I really need you in my life

No matter what I have to do I'll wait for you

 

( Lyrics taken from: www.lovesongs.com/lyrics/E/elliotyamin/WaitForYou.htm )

 

This is actually an indoor shot, but with windows all around. The grey on top is ceiling, not sky... but you are welcome to feel all rustic and outdoorsy, if you wish. :-)

 

View larger on white...or black -- I'm not sure which looks better. (Any opinions?)

 

A song choice for this photo is all too obvious: Willow weep for me (opens new tab/window), here performed by Jeanie Bryson. And what a fantastic voice she has. Song composed in 1932 by Ann Ronell, and there are many, many versions.

 

If you could just wash away the guilt as easily as this. How different things would be. Just wondering.

 

Update: More pictures from this shoot on my FACEBOOK page. Click. It opens in a new tab/window.

 

Facebook | Photo Blog | Flickr | 500px

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Jessy from the A-Team of

1. TSC "Tanzkreis Schwarz - Gold Altenburg" e.V.

 

EXTERNAL LINKS:

www.tanzkreis-altenburg.de/

 

Follow me on Instagram @ingokwiat/

 

HOLD THE CTRL OR CMD KEY TO OPEN IN A NEW TAB/WINDOW.

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Important keyboard shortcuts for 500px (Note: for a PC cmd=ctl)

 

cmd-click (to load a page in a tab in the backround)

cmd-w (to close a window)

f (to fave a photo)

L (to like a photo)

cmd-option-arrow key (to move between open tabbed windows)

 

My two favorite photosharing sites at present are 500px and Flickr. In this post I'll try to explain how I browse photos on 500px to find and uncover great photographs and also how to navigate the site. You can see the companion article How to Browse Flickr Like a Pro here.

 

500px is one of the most exciting photosharing sites on the scene today. It's a stark contrast to Flickr.

 

Flickr is a slow moving slow innovating behemoth owned by crappy Yahoo. 500px is a scrappy, fast moving, weekly innovating startup that just received over 500k in VC financing.

 

Flickr's community managers / staffers are abusive with their users and ban and censor people and ridicule their users. 500px owners are nice and pleasant and actually interact with their users on their site, Twitter, etc.

 

500px has a fresh new elegant photo page design. Flickr still looks like a tired old website from 2004.

 

500px seems to actually care about great photography. Flickr could care less (the quality on flickr declined dramatically overall when they turned it into a dumping ground by integrating Yahoo photos into it a few years ago and has gotten worse and worse).

 

500px is not frightened by the artistic female form. Flickr is scared to death of the female form (they censored this photo of a painting I took of a painting at the Art Institute of Chicago -- ridiculous).

 

It's exciting to see people that actually care about photography and photographers in charge at 500px. And it's been great watching so many of the best flickr accounts migrate over there over the past several months.

 

So where do I go to find great photos on 500px? All over the place.

 

For starters (like flickr) I go to my friends most recent uploads. Unlike Flickr (who will only show you the last 1 or 5 photos by your contacts) 500px shows you all of your contacts most recent uploads. The first thing I do here is cmd-click all of the paging icons at the bottom. This opens up the photo thumbnail pages in background tabs that I can tab to later without wasting time while they load. As they load in the background I'm cmd-clicking other photos on the page most recently loaded where I want to see larger photos. 500px gives you nice big thumbnails on this page in contrast to flickr's tired old page.

 

After browsing my friends most recent uploads to 500px, next I move on to my own recent activity page there. They just started paging this page this week and so now you can see all of your recent activity (like Flickr). Here, similar to flickr, I'll cmd-click the names of people who have interacted with my photos to load their photo pages in background tabs. From their I cmd-click the photos that I like on their page to open them up bigger and so that I can interact with them. If I like the photo I'll use the keyboard to quickly press "F" and "L" to both fave and like the photo.

 

Next I go to 500px's version of Explore (called Popular Photos). Here you will find some of the best photographs being published on the web today. I'm not kidding. 500px's Popular Photos page BLOWS flickr's Explore page out of the water. And 500px doesn't even need a secret "magic blacklisting donkey" algorithm to produce it.

 

Along with Popular Photos, 500px also has Fresh Photos, Upcoming Photo, and a staff curated section called Editor's Choice.

 

On each of these pages I'll cmd-click thumbnails to load photos to interact with in background tabs. Further, 500px allows you to filter these sections by subject, landscapes, people, nature, fine art NUDES! (did he just say nudes? don't worry folks, you have to check a NSFW tab in order to see these -- can you imagine FLICKR actually giving people an option to see the most popular nudes?)

 

By using the techniques described above, I can find some really amazing photos by some really amazing photographers on 500px. By relying heavily on the cmd-click function, I can more rapidly and efficiently navigate the site, allowing load time to take place in background tabs, leaving as much time as possible for me to actually spend appreciating and interacting with a photograph.

 

As a bonus tip, on other thing that I'm starting to do on both Flickr and 500px is curate photographs with Pinterest. I've just started doing this, but if I especially like a photograph on flickr or 500px (or anywhere on the web really) I'll pin it to a gallery on Pinterest. Here is a gallery I've started called "So This is America" which includes interesting and compelling photographs of America and here is another gallery that I've started of some of my favorite photographs by one of my greatest inspirations, American photographer William Eggleston. Pinterest is really what Flickr's own galleries should have looked like if they hadn't of done it so half-ass and with so many restrictions and limitations.

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Goleta Beach Bikini Beauties

 

If you like this photo I made T-Shirts and other products with it. See them on

Zazzle. (opens a new tab/window)

  

Each time I look I keep seeing something in this photo. I just figured out what it is. Or isn't really but is in an abstract way. The curves of these girls backs and especially the rise of their butts are just like ocean swells just before they're ready to break. I expect to see surfers about to catch one of these great looking waves. Look for a modification to this picture, soon hopefully.

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Important keyboard shortcuts for flickr. (Note: for a PC cmd=ctl)

 

cmd-click (to load a page in a tab in the background)

cmd-w (to close a window)

f (to fave a photo)

c (to comment on a photo)

cmd-option-arrow key (to move between open tabbed windows)

 

One of the things that I've learned over the years is that how you browse photosharing sites matters quite a bit. Not just where you go to find great photos to see and interact with, but specifically *how* you navigate the site with maximum efficiency.

 

My two favorite photosharing sites at present are 500px and Flickr. In this post I'll try to explain how I browse photos on on Flickr to find and uncover great photographs and also how to navigate the site. You can see the companion article How to Browse 500px Like a Pro here.

 

The first place I go to browse photos on Flickr is in my contacts/friends most recent photos. Here you can toggle between friends/contacts (I keep people I actually know or whose work I super admire in my closer circle of friends and I pretty much add anybody who adds me as a contact back in the contacts grouping).

 

This should probably be your starting page on Flickr for looking for new flickr photos.

 

One of the most important ways to increase efficiency when browsing photosharing sites is to avoid wasting time while pages load. So typically what I do first after loading this page is cmd-click on each of the paging icons at the bottom of the page -- this loads me the most recent 7 pages of my friends/contacts photos in new background tabs.

 

Next I go through each of these thumbnail pages and cmd click every thumbnail that I want to see larger. What this does is opens up many, many tabs in my browser of choice Chrome (doing the page loading while I'm doing something else). Once I finish with a page I cmd-w the page to close the page and it automatically starts taking me to the photo pages that I've opened.

 

On a photo page I can see the photo larger and have more choices of things I can do. If I want to fave a photo, rather than use the mouse, I'll simply press the F key. This is much faster. If I want to comment on the photo, I'll simply press the C key. This will automatically jump my browser right into the comment field where I can start typing a comment.

 

Because I have Dan Pupius FittrFlickr installed, I can also easily see (very unobtrusively) the major EXIF data for a photo right beneath the photo. I also have links to different sizes (including large and original if available) that I can cmd click to load an even larger version of the photo in the background if I need a closer look.

 

After going to my contacts photo uploads page, next I'll go to my recent activity page. This is where reciprocation on flickr takes place. Looking at the most recent activity on my photos I see who has been interacting with them - who has been active on the site recently with my work. From here I start cmd clicking on their names. This loads up their photostreams where I can see their first page of photos. From here I'll cmd-click the photos that I want to see larger and possibly interact with.

 

The next place I go to find great photos is to The Hot Box. The Hot Box is a group that I'm active on in Flickr where great photos are voted into a pool of winners. Here, again, I'll cmd-click the photos that i might be interested in and then interact with them.

 

After this I might go favorite diving. Here I will look for some of the people on Flickr whose taste I admire the most, and go through their favorites and cmd-click anything that looks interesting. This is such a superior way to find new contacts and photographs vs. Flickr's crappy Explore section which not only blacklists photographers but is full of mediocre photos by strangers with the worst signatures, watermarks and borders humanly possible.

 

By using the techniques described above, I can find some really amazing photos by some really amazing photographers on Flickr. By relying heavily on the cmd-click function, I can more rapidly and efficiently navigate the site, allowing load time to take place in background tabs, leaving as much time as possible for me to actually spend appreciating and interacting with a photograph.

 

As a bonus tip, one other thing that I'm starting to do on both Flickr and 500px is curate photographs with Pinterest. I've just started doing this, but if I especially like a photograph on flickr or 500px (or anywhere on the web really) I'll pin it to a gallery on Pinterest. Here is a gallery I've started called "So This is America" which includes interesting and compelling photographs of America and here is another gallery that I've started of some of my favorite photographs by one of my greatest inspirations, American photographer William Eggleston. Pinterest is really what Flickr's own galleries should have looked like if they hadn't of done it so half-ass and with so many restrictions and limitations.

Important keyboard shortcuts for flickr. (Note: for a PC cmd=ctl)

 

cmd-click (to load a page in a tab in the background)

cmd-w (to close a window)

f (to fave a photo)

c (to comment on a photo)

cmd-option-arrow key (to move between open tabbed windows)

 

One of the things that I've learned over the years is that how you browse photosharing sites matters quite a bit. Not just where you go to find great photos to see and interact with, but specifically *how* you navigate the site with maximum efficiency.

 

My two favorite photosharing sites at present are 500px and Flickr. In this post I'll try to explain how I browse photos on on Flickr to find and uncover great photographs and also how to navigate the site. You can see the companion article How to Browse 500px Like a Pro here.

 

The first place I go to browse photos on Flickr is in my contacts/friends most recent photos. Here you can toggle between friends/contacts (I keep people I actually know or whose work I super admire in my closer circle of friends and I pretty much add anybody who adds me as a contact back in the contacts grouping).

 

This should probably be your starting page on Flickr for looking for new flickr photos.

 

One of the most important ways to increase efficiency when browsing photosharing sites is to avoid wasting time while pages load. So typically what I do first after loading this page is cmd-click on each of the paging icons at the bottom of the page -- this loads me the most recent 7 pages of my friends/contacts photos in new background tabs.

 

Next I go through each of these thumbnail pages and cmd click every thumbnail that I want to see larger. What this does is opens up many, many tabs in my browser of choice Chrome (doing the page loading while I'm doing something else). Once I finish with a page I cmd-w the page to close the page and it automatically starts taking me to the photo pages that I've opened.

 

On a photo page I can see the photo larger and have more choices of things I can do. If I want to fave a photo, rather than use the mouse, I'll simply press the F key. This is much faster. If I want to comment on the photo, I'll simply press the C key. This will automatically jump my browser right into the comment field where I can start typing a comment.

 

Because I have Dan Pupius FittrFlickr installed, I can also easily see (very unobtrusively) the major EXIF data for a photo right beneath the photo. I also have links to different sizes (including large and original if available) that I can cmd click to load an even larger version of the photo in the background if I need a closer look.

 

After going to my contacts photo uploads page, next I'll go to my recent activity page. This is where reciprocation on flickr takes place. Looking at the most recent activity on my photos I see who has been interacting with them - who has been active on the site recently with my work. From here I start cmd clicking on their names. This loads up their photostreams where I can see their first page of photos. From here I'll cmd-click the photos that I want to see larger and possibly interact with.

 

The next place I go to find great photos is to The Hot Box. The Hot Box is a group that I'm active on in Flickr where great photos are voted into a pool of winners. Here, again, I'll cmd-click the photos that i might be interested in and then interact with them.

 

After this I might go favorite diving. Here I will look for some of the people on Flickr whose taste I admire the most, and go through their favorites and cmd-click anything that looks interesting. This is such a superior way to find new contacts and photographs vs. Flickr's crappy Explore section which not only blacklists photographers but is full of mediocre photos by strangers with the worst signatures, watermarks and borders humanly possible.

 

By using the techniques described above, I can find some really amazing photos by some really amazing photographers on Flickr. By relying heavily on the cmd-click function, I can more rapidly and efficiently navigate the site, allowing load time to take place in background tabs, leaving as much time as possible for me to actually spend appreciating and interacting with a photograph.

 

As a bonus tip, one other thing that I'm starting to do on both Flickr and 500px is curate photographs with Pinterest. I've just started doing this, but if I especially like a photograph on flickr or 500px (or anywhere on the web really) I'll pin it to a gallery on Pinterest. Here is a gallery I've started called "So This is America" which includes interesting and compelling photographs of America and here is another gallery that I've started of some of my favorite photographs by one of my greatest inspirations, American photographer William Eggleston. Pinterest is really what Flickr's own galleries should have looked like if they hadn't of done it so half-ass and with so many restrictions and limitations.

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Open in a new tab/window:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0o5Q31Oac

 

Wealth is power. With wealth many things are possible.

George Clason

 

Power is not all bad, if wielded properly, you can change the world for the better. It gets a bad name from those who abuse it.

 

For those who may think power is bad, remember the power of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana, and others who sought to bring positive changes to the world.

Open in a new tab/window:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0o5Q31Oac

 

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”

--John Ray

 

Power is not all bad, if wielded properly, you can change the world for the better. It gets a bad name from those who abuse it.

 

For those who may think power is bad, remember the power of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana, and others who sought to bring positive changes to the world.

View Big On Black

 

Music: Ben Godwin - Skin and Bone Right click and open in a new tab/window

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE IN MODERATION

 

All my public photos are free for personal use

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

open in new tab/window:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0o5Q31Oac

 

James Russell Lowell:

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.

 

Power is not all bad, if wielded properly, you can change the world for the better. It gets a bad name from those who abuse it.

 

For those who may think power is bad, remember the power of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana, and others who sought to bring positive changes to the world.

Open in a new tab/window:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0o5Q31Oac

 

Kathleen Turner:

"I know there are nights when I have power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there is a man who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay."

 

Power is not all bad, if wielded properly, you can change the world for the better. It gets a bad name from those who abuse it.

 

For those who may think power is bad, remember the power of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana, and others who sought to bring positive changes to the world.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Stairway to Heaven right click and open in a new tab/window

 

3-exposure HDR processed using Photomatix

Used the Gimp to increase the contrast and sharpness, then desaturated a layer copy to decrease the pop and to to add a bit of drama, finally I added the vignetting and logo.

 

Used Topaz clean to de-noise.

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE ALL THINGS IN MODERATION

 

All my public photos are free for personal use

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Anne Brun - To Let Myself Go Right hand click and open in a new tab/window.

 

View Large On Black

 

3-exposure HDR processed using Photomatix

Used the Gimp to increase the contrast and sharpness and added the vignetting and logo.

Used Topaz clean to de-noise.

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE ALL THINGS IN MODERATION

 

All my public photos are free for personal use

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

...or is it pink?

 

hoverfly Platycheirus manicatus

  

reversed 18-55 @ 35mm

1/200

f5.6

iso 100

handheld, flash, stack 4

 

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more Platycheirus pictures

 

this looks to me like a baby crab spider, about 2mm body length

 

a real cutie

 

crab spider

 

reversed 18-55 @ 24mm

1/200

f7.1

iso 100

handheld, flash, stack 4

 

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Night Time Is The Right Time - Ray Charles (right click and open in a new tab/window)

 

Have a great day everyone!

 

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a window into the caterpillar world

 

Canon 100mm macro

1/200

f5.6

iso 100

handheld, flash

 

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Tuesdays are pink right? not really up on the themes this year but I'll step up to the plate next year for sure (maybe;)

 

Music: Sonya Kitchell - I can't get you out of my mind Right hand click and open in a new tab/window

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE ALL THINGS IN MODERATION

 

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A young cowboy tends to his herd of cows and cattle in Toranmal.

 

From time to time, I have put up photos of this beautiful land. You can see them in the set marked as. Toranmal

 

This and other photos of more recent vintage are also on Facebook

 

Not only is this place easy to roll around on the tongue but it has some of the most vivid memories and visions on my mind. From the abject poverty of the place to the young kids gambling with safety pins to the Nabakovian vision of a true Lolita. I have seen them all here.

   

Child In Time by Deep Purple - Right Click and Play in a New Tab/ Window

 

Dates

Taken on December 26, 2009 at 3.21pm IST (edit)

Posted to Flickr May 20, 2012 at 3.36PM IST (edit)

Exif data

Camera Nikon D300

Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)

Aperture f/8.0

Focal Length 62 mm

ISO Speed 200

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Flash No Flash

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What a beautiful bird!

 

And it brings to mind a song from a favorite group of mine. The link will open up a new tab/window and will not direct you away from Flickr. Try not to be distracted by the kid dancing around. =0)

Bluebird

Various post-apocalypse parts.

 

The code is big (1.62 MB), so what I would recommend is having 2 0.7 tabs/windows open - one with whatever you are working on and one with this parts set, then delete what you don't want from this set, then export what is left and import it into the main tab/window.

 

There is a white shape at the end of the barrel.

An old shot, reworked with some new toys :-)

 

Music: Kaki King - Gay Sons Of Lesbian Mothers Right click and open in a new tab/window

 

INVITES ARE GREAT, BUT PLEASE IN MODERATION

 

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.....

But touch my tears with your lips

Touch my world with your fingertips

And we can have forever

And we can love forever

Forever is our today

Who wants to live forever

Who wants to live forever?

Forever is our today

 

Who waits forever anyway?

.....

  

~dive in large~ and listen to ~Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever~

 

ok: first click on song link with right mouse button and choose option open in new tab/window. then- click on the large or don't ;-)

  

-not manipulated-

   

Photo Mirna Bronić © All rights reserved

 

... showing how they all loved smoky bacon. Of course, one of the problems with group photography is trying to make sure (or at least hope) that nobody moves as you take the photo - but there's always one, isn't there? And sometimes more!

 

Here (click right for new tab/window) is a very short video(22s) to show how at least one of them loved honey too! ;-)

 

I think they are black carpenter ants and if you click on the picture to make it grow you will be able to see just how much they vary in length (5mm - 11mm) within the same colony.

 

The very latest in camera technology was brought into play for both the photos and video! Shh! Mum's the word! ;-)

 

Best viewed in lightbox and on full screen (F11), of course!

 

Take care and many thanks for calling,

 

Colin ... (ツ)

 

Back to photo page : Smoky bacon! Mmm!

   

Trees, sky and um clouds...... I got nothing :-)

 

Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (right click and open in a new tab/window)

 

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Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

insects would never be this stupid...

 

would they?

 

swallow Hirundo rustica

  

Sigma 50-500 @ 500mm

1/640

f8

iso 400

handheld

 

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Still taken from The Afterthought's music video for their song Legs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJcqa4TLd0

Note: You might have to right click the URL (open in new tab/window) to get the video to play as Flickr seems to block links.

 

I'm loving Google Chrome in Windows 7. The speed, sleekness, security tied to Google database of malicious/phishing sites, new tabs which display most visited sites, dynamic tabs (ability to pull tabbed windows out and put them back in the tabs bar), download, status bar, multi threading/processes stability... all features that are very nice. Now if only it had an RSS update notifier similar to Safari.

first ringlet of the year - it was sometimes sunny today

 

ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

 

reversed 18-55 @ 35mm

1/200

f8

iso 100

handheld, flash, stack 2

 

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