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The Most Beautiful Sunrise Photo I’ve Ever Seen

This was posted this morning by Rosa Golijan, a senior editor and writer at I believe she mostly covers tech.
I guess that’s the Brooklyn Bridge. Look at the symmetry. I don’t know if she planned it, but the Sun is in that perfect “rule of 3rds” position, at least horizontally. Vertically, it looks about in the middle, which is no matter, because the “rule of 3rds” is just a starting point, a jumping off point. But it’s just enough here, along with the color, the warm orange filling the whole frame, along with every part of the photo, from the river, to the sky, even the way the bridge is angled, everything seems to be flowing towards this focal point of the Sun. And that gives it a “3 D” effect, or more warmly, makes you feel like you are in the photo. And the real “Coup de Grace” is that perfectly straight, sword like, streak of Sun light that at the same time seems to come at you, and yet pull you in, and also act like a beam or a “ballast” that grounds the photo, not just in our eyes, or even our mind, but down into the soul.

Photo by Rosa Golijan:


I Met a Turtle This Morning


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A Turtle. He needs to find a pond.

Walking this morning with the dogs, we came across a turtle in the grass near the woods. I remember a friend of mine posted some photos recently of turtles, so I decided to sit down, take a break and see if I could snap him (no pun intended).  I like the last two the best when I got closer to his face. I wish I would have gotten even a few inches closer, but really felt like he was going to snap me! You know it was relaxing, just gazing at him there. I rarely think about turtles. There’s so many of them around here with all the ponds. But when I stopped to gaze upon him, I really felt the sense of another being there. What was he thinking? What was he feeling? It was sort of a “quasi” spiritual experience. Very relaxing. Maybe that’s what’s so addictive about photography, the relaxing feeling you get from really looking at things in a calm way. So I “beamed” the last photo straight up to flickr from my iPhone, which instantly “tweeted” it to my Twitter. It was ironic: when I came back home I had a couple of responses. One was: “perhaps he wants to lead you on a journey of self discovery” which I thought was rather ironic, considering the feelings I’d had while taking it. Lovely.

Iphone Photos

Fall Red Leaves


I used Auto Stitch on the iPhone. Hate how blurry it turned out. The individual photos aren’t. I think its because I began in the center. I should have started from one side or the other, I think for it to turn out better. Any thoughts on how to use Autostitch better?

Philosophy Photos

The Sun Like The Moon

Enough fog this morning to look directly at it. 93 million miles away and it’s as large in the sky as the Moon at a quarter million miles. A million Earths would fit in it. Every atom in our bodies was made in the very center of such a star. Amazing how literally acurate the myths are when the say we are it’s children. Who will be our Sun’s children? What will they do, who will they be, how will they feel? If digital is eternal will one of them happen to read this? I wonder if he’ll wonder how I felt just at this moment. Or is that moment and that one, and all the same?

My message? I think about you.

Sent from my iPhone

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Solar Eclipse Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China July 22nd 2009

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