Thursday, December 30, 2010

Overpass artist

Overpass artist
Originally uploaded by spookmag
Street Photography Wednesdays

This is a 5 exposure HDR plus a shot exposed just for the stars. Like some of the other night shots from this outing I took a shot exposed just for the stars and made some levels adjustments in CS5. I processed the HDR and then masked in the stars shot for the finished photo. This is my brother in law(flickr member leppard717) taking some light trail shots from the Belvedere in Louisville. You can see the second street bridge and the new KFC Yum Center peeking out from behind the other buildings.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi
Originally uploaded by 16:9clue
Minimalism Tuesdays

Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎), in southeastern Morocco, is one of two Saharan ergs in the northwest African nation. Its distinctive ergs — large dunes formed by wind-blown sand — reach up to 150 meters high, and form a composite erg 22 km long (north-south) and 5 km wide. The village of Merzouga, about ten hours from Marrakesh or Fez, is located near the edge of the dunes. The dunes are a popular tourist destination.

The erg is located roughly 40 kilometers southeast of Erfoud. The locals believe that these dunes were sent as punishment for turning away a weary traveler from the desert. They say that shortly thereafter, the gods made the dunes pile up outside their town as a lesson never to send away another needy wanderer.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Elder

The Elder
Originally uploaded by Pete foley
Monochrome Mondays

I couldn't resist revisiting this stately gentleman. You can see a less formal candid of him here As with my last post, he is of the Akha people, a hill tribe of subsistence farmers known for their beaded handicrafts, who live in the border regions between northern Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (formally Burma)

Pete Foley

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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Shortest Day of the Year

The Shortest Day of the Year
Originally uploaded by Steffe
Weekend Showcase Theme

Up here in the north December 22 is the shortest day of the year. Took this at 14:27.


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

House of The Rising Sun

House of The Rising Sun
Originally uploaded by ·BigGolf·
Weekend Showcase Theme

It was a cold Saturday morning with a tiny bit of snow which hasn't melted since it came down on Thursday. Perfect weather to be in bed. I had a hard time trying to convince myself to get up and go out to take pictures. I did manage, though.

The house you are looking at is actually called Jones Point Lighthouse. I, instead, named this picture House of The Rising Sun just because I recently heard a song of the same name on this NBC show called The Sing-off (if you haven't heard of it, check it out. It's awesome.) and I love it.


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

TGIF Theme

Have a safe and fun holiday season everyone.

Canon 40D 1/6 ISO 100 F/8.0
Canon 70-200mm IS 2.8L @ 200mm
Nikon SB28 at 1/64 Camera Right
Fired by my JRX radio poppers

P Squared Pics

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Thursday, December 23, 2010


Originally uploaded by LukeDaDuke
Street Photography Wednesdays

Today, I went out with my photography students to take some snow pictures.

As most places in Europe, we had a lot of snow and I thought it was time my students went outside and tried to show me what they learned last couple of weeks.

Can't wait to see the results.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is it that time yet ?

Is it that time yet ?
Originally uploaded by ratulm
Monochrome Mondays

It is hard to keep up with the grandchildren sometimes. While they are out there at the park, running around, parents taking pictures of their little ones trying to catch every moment, these senior ones are just taking a break.... the young guy with the umbrella in hand is unable to join the party and hoping to get in action when the hell eventually breaks loose :)


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chosen Last

Chosen Last
Originally uploaded by las - initially
Weekend Showcase

Created for Our Daily Challenge 12/15/2010
Topic: LAST

"To those of us who knew the pain
of valentines that never came.
And those whose names were
never called when choosing sides
in basketball."

Janis Ian-At Seventeen

las - initially

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

I guess some turtles are luckier...

TGIF Theme

Whenever I am at home I am always looking for images that I can capture with my camera. My wife has given me so many of those opportunities that I have decided to start a set devoted to her (can you guess how many points I am going to score with this? hehehehe). They are all silly images yet, who said that photography is all about serious stuff?

Quimico Esceptico

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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Mirror Series

The Mirror Series
Originally uploaded by Srosh
Self Portrait Thursdays

Looking in the mirror as a child and seeing a stranger staring back at me always make me wonder, is that what I look like to everybody else????


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Guardian Of The Bikes

Street Photography Wednesdays

Taken in Tokyo, Japan.

I have never seen so many bikes on (narrow) roads and streets like in Japan. They're milling about really everywhere.
Thus, most bikes cannot just be parked on the street, cause there are cars, pedestrians and other bikes already. The solution is clear: A bike parking area. People can just leave their bikes there. Just around my station are about 4 or 5 of these parking areas.
The other day I also saw a queue of about 15 people waiting for access to the parking lot.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Silver and Gold......Explored!

Minimalism Tuesday's

Brisk, cold fall day. Perfectly still moment discovered while looking down.

Thank you everyone!


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Old man

Old man
Originally uploaded by -clicking-
Monochrome Mondays

- Front Page Explore Canon 50D (11 December 2010).
- Displayed on Front Page of Flickr Photocontest group.
- PHOTO OF THE DAY OF DECEMBER 12, 2010 and to be featured in the Front Page of Flickr Travel Award Group.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Yosemite's Wonderful Valley

Submitted into the TWTME gallery

A famous spot for a typical Yosemite photo op. Still one of my favorite spots to shoot from. Located along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California.

Dave Toussaint

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Originally uploaded by Drumy the Fire
Favorite Me theme

This was taken in Aandijk, North Holland, the Netherlands, in late spring. The town name "Aandijk" literally means "on the dike". We were in fact walking on the dike, and behind the dike is Lake Ijssel, which used to be a sea (Zuiderzee i.e. Southern Sea).

This is just a part of thousands of km of dikes in Holland.

Drumy the Fire

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

He was different...

He was different...
Originally uploaded by Island-Life
Submitted into the TWTME Gallery

The boy in focus, he was different than the rest of the Afghan children that gathered around us. He seemed stronger and more aware and suspicious of our intent. He walked around with a swagger that told you he wasn't afraid and seemed to have an attitude of almost challenging our presence. As he stood there in the crowd of his peers he stood out like he was standing alone. I instantly noticed him and knew he was different than the rest.

It wasn’t the boy’s age, his looks or what he wore, but instead it was his body language that suggested this kid has a different outlook on his surroundings than the other kids around. He seemed to possess a smarter, more educated view of his country and the conflict brewing day in and day out. When this boy grows into a man, he will become a leader. I just hope his potential is not wasted upon the likes of the Taliban and other religious fanatics.

I found it disheartening as I stood there amongst my peers, wondering if I was the only one capable of sensing the boy’s imminent future, as I feared that he would fall into the hands of the enemy, becoming my enemy.

Why don’t we have teams of men and women out there in the Afghan economy trying to catch these young Afghan future leaders before it is too late? If we do have them in the form of a “secret” operation, we do not have nearly enough to even hope to be the start of that first drop in the bucket.

Sometimes it all seems like such a waste; a waste of human potential, ability and life.

Photo taken by me in Southern Afghanistan in 2010, using a Canon 7D and 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM.


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Project 366 - 1 | 2010.12.8

Weekend Showcase

I remember that night 30 years ago. It had just made the 11 o'clock news and I was stunned. The next morning at school it was all we could talk about. I remember my Grade 8 history teacher, Ms. Chapdelaine, her voice quivering when she mentioned it in class. She grew up listening to The Beatles and Lennon and I could see his death had profoundly affected her. I knew The Beatles's music at that age having spent the previous summer listening to as much as could of them on the radio. After his death I became even more obsessed with knowing their history. They still are one of my favourites.

Phillip Chee

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lit by Sky

Lit by Sky
Originally uploaded by Lauren Barkume
Weekend Showcase

We came across a few griaffes just as the sun began setting in Kruger National Park, South Africa. We spent about 15 minutes in our little Picanto reversing and then driving back and forth to get the perfect sunset shot.

Lauren Barkume

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas: COMMENCED.

Christmas: COMMENCED.
Originally uploaded by Samantha T.
Self Portrait Thursdays

This week we pulled out all the Christmas crap from the attic to start decorating. I am not a holiday decorator kind of person. My mom is, but somehow it didn't rub off on me. I guess out of all holidays..... I do like decorating for Christmas the most, but getting started and finding the energy and desire to is always a chore.

Every year its the same fight with the tangle of lights and the Christmas tree and what to put where and who is going to do it. I thought this photo would be a fun display of my love/hate relationship with Christmas lights. I think they slowly knot themselves all year long inside the box in the attic to spite me. I have little patience when it comes to untangling them.

I know this "Christmas-lights-wrapped-around-you" photo has been done before, but here is my take on it. :) And holy crap, this took some abdominal muscles! Not to mention I had a stomach full of Thai food....


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stay here and never leave.

stay here and never leave.
Originally uploaded by
TGIF theme

tree, oh tree.
edited with Flypaper textures, from box 1: Dangerous Liasons, White Shagreen and Lamp White Brush, all of them in overlay mode and in the range of 25 to 35 % opacity.

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Nanjing # 16 : Lunch on the move [Explore]

Street Photography Wednesday's

Grab them, Eat, Continue walking.
Taste very good!! :-L

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Saturated smile :D

Saturated smile :D
Originally uploaded by mostakim timur
Monthly Showcase - November

This image has been captured from Shimuliya, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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