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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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…)

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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HDR Frenzy

Cemetary Gate HDR

The last couple days, the sun has decided to come out to say hello, so I decided to go and greet this wonderful entity. The interesting part of it all was, the sun decided to play hide and go seek all day long. The lighting changed drastically from moment to moment, a lot like life. Nothing remains stagnant, only movement, death and rebirth. So I spent the afternoon in a cemetery. What a beautiful place to go. The trees all have so much character and depth, while even situated off a busy road (although the other side backs onto the huge coolie in Lethbridge) it was silent. Giving me lots of time to reflect and appreciate the interconnectedness of life and death, family and attachments. There is so much wisdom that can radiate from a tree. I think that we can learn so much from a tree when it all comes down to it. When a storm comes, they just go with the flow, roots grounded and balanced. Not trying to resist what is.

 

I want to face life like a tree…Tree in a Puddle

So this shot up top is one of the few that I took for an HDR. Then I thought I would try to unwrap it all in photomatrix as well. Quite happy with this shot here as well….

Psychedellic tree

Also did a decided to take my orange cokin filter to see what it could do with HDR, the orange filter seems to pick up very well when it is a little bit cloudy or has that grey lighting outside; which was the case when I took the shot. Its a little weird, but it is what it is.

Walkway to everyones fate

And last but not least, I ripped home after the cemetary in the afternoon grabbed some food and when out to an area I have never been before that is a few minutes away from my house. The colors were sort of muted, so I thought that I would also have the HDR reflect that, it sort of fades in and out of color and is really surreal. I posted a bunch more shots on flickr, if you are interested as well as these shots in full size.  Please enjoy and comment if you like it or hate it or what, I am good either way.

Going Southwest

 

 

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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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Whoop Up Hill

Unbalanced lighting

What a beautiful night last night, so open and free. The warmth was also a nice change from the -20 that it has been lately. Getting out of the truck at the top of the hill, while walking to the destination it was pointed out that the lights were flickering, and they were. It was wild to see the energy of the lights moving like a pulsating beast. I cant remember seeing the pulsing that clearly for a long time, amazing. It is very easy to take joy in the little things and sit back in awe; but just as easy to forget how mind blowing and amazing this world really is. The layers of truth, reality, and consciousness. And two of us are just out on the top of the bridge taking it all in, the sounds, the lights, the patterns, simplistic, multilayered, intense. Unfortunately I was the only one with a functioning camera (forgotten batteries) so we were only there for a short while. Here are a couple of the shots, or I guess a few. After using a nice carbon fibre tripod, I am even more unhappy with my run of the mill tripod, such is the nature of grapsing and craving of the mind. One day, but no use to pine.

All in all, I will be going back to shoot sometime this week…

 Here is the HDR

Hdr

 

And here is the ambulence that ripped up the hill, I didnt get the shot I wanted to cause I was trying to set up another shot at the time and am generally very slow moving when it comes to much of anything. Hope you enjoy.

Rushing Ambulence

 Check them out in Flickr if you want full size..

 

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