Last Nights Shots

Been a while since I have posted, or feels like it. Have quite a few shots in the mix these days. Here is the first set of a few night shots. I thought I better post these before I post some more cemetary night shots again (I know, I know, I vowed to not go back for a little while…a little while).

I know that a lot of people do not like the “streetlight orange/city light glow” but that is really what these shots are. I find that it brings an interesting look, or at least can. All in all I think that is what I enjoy about night photography, just letting the sensor saturate the light in different ways to get various effects.

Deer Staredown

Deer Staredown

Pedestrian Walkway

Pedestrian Walkway

Starlight Bridge

Starlight Bridge

I have found the propect of a B&W HDR very appealing these days, so here is another one…I like the effect, especially with night shots, the grain and all looks like a pencil drawing. Would love to hear some comments…

Starlight Bridge HDR B&W

Starlight Bridge HDR B&W

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Windy Night in the Cemetary

The wind was howling and roaring as we shot in the cemtary last night and our eyes played tricks on us. Seeing glowing lights in different areas of the area, we never did go far enough in to see what the light was. It seemed the longer we were there, the more the wind was working up the courage to ask us to leave. We took the hint and left after an hour or so. Some nice shots, or so I think. An interesting night and a good reason to go back there on a clear, non-gusting night.

So I Finally got back to the cemetary last night to shoot. I was also able to borrow a FiSh EyE LEnS to take the shots which was wonderful. I love the effect and the angles you can get with a fish eye, so wild. Here are a few shots, I only did one HDR which is the first shot in the series and remember you can always go onto flickr to view in a larger format:

Pathway to Darkness HDR

Cemetary Tree

Flowers and Headstones

FiSh EyE TrEe

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More HDR Remakes

It seems as if it has been a really long time since I have done this…anyway, I (as is seemingly looking like the case) am still going through old shots that I have not looked at in a while, and am finding that they are pretty decent (or at least some of them) and since I would shoot alot to try and get the various meanings of; apeture, shutter speed, metering, white balance, and all the other interesting jargon that goes along with digital photography and photography in general. I found I can turn some of the shots into HDR. Hdr rather.

Just a quick note, I tend to see the compositions, not the technicallity of it all. I am still learning how much I can actually do with a good lens and a camera that is for sure. And in all that I complain about processing shots, there is definitely an art to this as well, that I dont really know well. But we are all students in life arent we? Okay, so maybe not everyone.

Back to the original story here…So as I am looking through these shots I am noticing, again, that I tend not to look at shots on the computer after I go out t shoot, cause I dont like processing photos at all. It takes alot of time, and I dont have any luck with computers, at all, so I am stuck with a working space that takes anywhere from 2-10 mins to load a picture into photoshop or capture nx (which are the two programs I use the most, although photomatrix has been a fave for a while too). All that said it does not make for a “good time” processing, so I usually end up painting or going out to take more shots instead. Im into a more embodied style of creativity, I suppose (whatever that means??).  But here are a few that I have been chipping away on…

The first two are from a late night industrial adventure in Calgary with my brother-in-law, upon which, we witnessed a truck pull up and a transaction (a more embodied one) took place between two individuals a little ways away from where we were shooting. Although my brother-in-law disputes the type of transaction that took place, never-the-less, a transaction of sorts took place….

Industrial HDR 1

Industrial HDR 2

Here are another couple shots from that night as well…

Conventional Pespective

Perspective I like a Whole lot More

So I may as well share the last HDR (although Im sure that I will post many more in the near future). It is from Park Lake (which is more of a scummy pond than anything else when it comes to swimming) which is a favorite spot of mine, not only to shoot, but just to collect myself and have some introspective time, or to write. Enjoy…

 

Park Lake HDR 1

As Always, You can also view these full size on the flickr link on the right of the screen…

The Phoenix Rises Again…& Again…& Again…

My life, and I suppose most peoples lives in one fashion or another, is filled with change and death. Death is change, and change is death. I dont mean death only in the traditional “dead body” sense. No, no, no, I mean like each moment dies into another moment and is then reborn to the next, no holding on to anything, just dying. Each and every moment. Now while the phoenix itself, is of great symbolism in my life*, is maybe not nessisarily representative of the whole “die to each moment” part of rebirth; it seems to hold that symbolism for me. So as I think about the phoenix I can only say that it is a symbol which pops up in my life over and over and over, hence the name of the blog, website, and so on. So here is another visual piece that has come up today. It is a digital art sort of piece I guess, abstract, deep and dark. But I feel at home in the dark and in the light these days (there is always solice to be found in both darkness and light) which is a nice change. As Jung talked about the shadow being such a driving force in creativity, all of the red, orange, and black that I am drawn too, is also a testament to that. As Nietzsche states, “We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” And thus, reality, is what we all really run from isnt it? Look at all the paradoxes of life:

Paradox

 

As the globe is illuminated by a pale magenta glow,

A women is raped.

As the snowflakes float down to tickle my face,

A man has been beaten and killed.

As the unity of all universal beauty commences in my heart,

A child has been struck.

A dying breed, that continues on…

 

2006

 

I suppose it is quite a nihlistic view of the world, but none the less, it is a picture of expression for that time in my life and how I felt in the world. I would not say that I still feel the same, but I would not say that I dont either. So here is the piece I have been talking about, Enjoy…

 

phoenix

 

“Phoenix Taking Form” 2009

 

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*I have one tattooed on my left shoulder which was designed by a good friend (check out Rion-art link if you want to see his stuff).

Here is a self-portrait of my tattoo:

Phoenix Tat

Tattoo done by Mike Peace, Calgary, AB, (cant tell you the year, but it has been a while…)

Going Through Old Photos

Since it is so ridiculously cold I have decided to go through a bunch of old photos to see what I can come up with. I have been trying to make my way through all the shots on my external hard drive, but still have not gotten very far. I tend to take a bunch of shots, upload them, look at them quick, process one or two, and then leave the whole batch of em for some other day. I dont really like to process on the computer, it is way too slow (on my piece of shit computer) and I dont feel like I am doing anything (unlike when I am shooting, sculpting, painting, writing and what have you). So I have been doing nothing (editing photos) off and on today and last night, so here are a few.

These shots are from the Huge Garden in Summerland BC up in the Hill (I cant remember what it is called). They are also some of the first shots I had ever taken with my D40x in summer 2006. These were not shot in Raw cause I did not have much of a memory card back then, and was mostly using the “closeup” or “landscape” setting as I was still trying to learn, but some of them arnt half bad. Let me know what you think (and as always you can click on my flickr photo link to see them screen size and many more shots from the Summerland Garden of 2006):

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Grasshopper in a Flower Bed

 

Web of all Webs

 

Bee on the Move

 

Glowing Red

 

Detail

A Simple Koan

I have been doing a lot of responses to what my unconscious mind seems to put down on a canvas or paper or whatever I am using at the time. This is just the simple process of expressive arts and using art as a path in itself. Anyway, the piece iself is oil pastel, and is called

 

Fluffy Bunnies: Theres Heaven, Theres Hell, then there is the Balance of NOthing that lies in-between. 

Fluffy Bunnies: Theres Heaven, Theres Hell, then there is the Balance of NOthing in-between

So that is the piece itself, here is the response to it, note I tend to have many images of faces turn up in almost everyone of my paintings. The unconscious is an interesting thing.

A Simple Koan:

 

Faces,

            Faces,

                        Faces with no face at all,

 

To whom to come;

            To whom to fall,

                        For they have no names at all,

 

The Faces…

                                       So many Faces,

                        Eyes seem to call,

 

“nothing”…

                        “nothing at all.”

 

For it is only in my mind,

            That there is such a grind,

                        To create such a scheme,

                                    Or,

                                                Is it all just a dream?

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One

One

Pulsating pathways,

                A flexible muse

                                Rolling & twisting,

                                                Cracking and vulnerable.

 

The Rhythm is earth,

                The world interconnected.

                                Weaving the pearl within,

                                                Aching waves of movement.

 

Ancient unions,

                Historic relationships;

                                Journey.

                                                Far reaching strength.

 

Wisdom and guidance,

                Braiding ball and chain

                                Intertwined forever;

                                                Life.

Balancing noose,

                Fluid breath,

                                Shaking in infinity;

                                                Beyond.

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Walking the Dog

Thought I would take the dog for a little walk on the ridge yesterday and brought my camera along to see what I could see. Was a nice walk although the wind really picked up and you can tell in some of the shots. But all in all, a nice little outing. Enjoy…

 

Just in Case

 

Icy Blue Bridge

Ridge Walk 2

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A Few Quick Shots on a Monday Afternoon

Here is a couple shots I took yesterday on my class break and while setting up my class. I have brought my camera out before but never tend to use it. It is a very different place as it is on a First Nations Reserve and the college building is the old residential school. I do feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach out there for a couple years now, giving me a window into the First Nations culture and struggles that they face.  Sunspots

And here is a chair out back surrounded by bags that are blown there during the crazy wind that blows through the Southern Alberta plains a lot of the time.

Residential Remains

 

And greyscale conversion of a different angle

Sunspots B&W

Hope you enjoy! I will leave you with a shot of a Sundance Pole that I took last year when teaching my Healing through the arts class. We went to the site to take it in and learn to see with different eyes, eyes of the sacred, deeply seeing. Check out http://www.alexgrey.com/ or his book The Mission of Art for more info on that.

Sundance Pole 2

Again, please click on the right hand side to go to Flickr to see these shots in full size if you are interested…

 

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