Friday, May 20, 2011


Chapel by Jean-Michel Priaux
Chapel, a photo by Jean-Michel Priaux on Flickr.

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Ried - Alsace - France

Cascade near old mill

Cascade near old mill by Reporter1968
Cascade near old mill, a photo by Reporter1968 on Flickr.

Old Mill of Guilford (Oak Ridge, NC)

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In 1767 Daniel Dillon built a small tub mill on Bever Creek and went into business grinding grain for early settlers. The origional tub mill and dwelling was sold to Joel Sanders for $900 in 1908. In 1913 the mill was purchased by K L Hendrix who later converted the mill to a roller mill and replaced the wheel with a turbine. In 1932 state highway 68 was built between the dam and mill. To keep the mill in operation the long overhead wooden flume was replaced by a 26" steel pipe under the new road. Charles Bailes purchased the mill in 1954. Bailes removed the roller mill machinery and replaced the turbine with a 24' x 2' Fitz overshot water wheel which still operates today. In 1977 the mill was sold to the current owners who continue to operate the mill on a full-time basis today.
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Three by cemaine (Sarah Beard Buckley)
Three, a photo by cemaine (Sarah Beard Buckley) on Flickr.

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Who says three's a crowd ..


View by — Mike
View, a photo by — Mike on Flickr.

Don't You Rock My Boat! [Explored]

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Location: Pathio, Chumphon Thailand

The beach is located on the East side (Gulf of Thailand) of the skinniest part of Southern Thailand. Andaman Sea is on the West side. The Gulf color tends to be aqua or green due to algae and nutrients while the Andaman Sea is more blue.

Chumphon is a Thai Province not overly developed and bombarded with tourism yet. Since it's on the Gulf side, it's protected from Tsunami. The Gulf is also popular among scuba divers (like myself) and best visited in Summer and Fall. Andaman Sea is a more favorable choice among divers in Winter and Spring to avoid monsoon in the Gulf.

Side note: The locals consider their country a two-system climate: hot and f-ing hot, so I was told. In all seriousness, their cool season (our Winter) is just perfect.

[Explored 2011.05.16]

No rowing today at the Traunsee

No rowing today at the Traunsee by B℮n
No rowing today at the Traunsee, a photo by B℮n on Flickr.

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From Passau - Germany we drove to Austria. Do you wonder why it's always so green in Austria? Cause it rains now and than, not always good weather in these region of the Alps. We arrived at the Traunsee. Lake Traun is the deepest of the lakes in the Salzkammergut at 191 meters. In summertime the area is the perfect location for a lakes and mountains holiday. But no swimming today, so we visited Schloss Ort, a tiny castle on a miniature island in the Traunsee. Cross the bridge onto the island and wander around the picturesque castle whose courtyard is surrounded by arcaded balconies. One side of the courtyard leads to a pretty little chapel. Lake Castle Orth The palace is named after the Ort family -- powerful people in this region in the 11th and 12th centuries. When their power waned, the kingdom began changing hands frequently. More often than not, it was bought or sold, but occasionally gained new owners through death or marriage. Today, young couple flock to the island for wedding ceremonies, but are probably unaware of the most famous marriage that happened here. In 1890, Archduke Johann Nepumuk Salvator married Milli Stubel, right after renouncing his position in the Habsburg empire and changing his name to Johann Orth -- after this castle.

Schloss Ort is a castle located on a little island at the Traunsee near Gmunden in Upper Austria. Gmunden offers a beautiful walk along the lake. The view to the lake and mountain behind it are absolutely breathaking.

Van Passau-Duitsland zijn we naar Traunsee-Oostenrijk gereden. Nu weten we waarom het altijd zo groen eruit ziet in Oostenrijk. Het regent in het Alpengebied er zo nu en dan. De Traunsee is echt een aanrader. Omgeven door een fascinerende fraaie bergwereld werd de Traunsee al door de Romeinen het blije meer genoemd, lacus felix. En dat niet voor niets, want het meer en zijn omgeving zijn adembenemend fraai. Het berglandschap oogt als een fjord. Misschien wel een van de meest mooie meren van Oostenrijk! De Traunsee is het meest diepe meer in Oostenrijk en geldt dankzij zijn ideale windomstandigheden als het meer onder de zeilers. Elk jaar vinden daarom hier talrijke regatta's plaats. Ook andere watersporten als zwemmen, duiken, surfen, kiten, waterskiën en wakeboarden zorgen voor veel pret. Met dit weer bezoeken wij Schloss Orth te bereiken via een houten brug. Het kasteel is in 1080 opgericht door Hartnidus of Ort en kent vele eigenaren. In de jaren 1873-1875 in de stijl van de Renaissance gebouwd. Het kasteel waaraan een mooie liefdesgeschiedenis is verbonden wordt heden gebruikt voor het vieren van bruiloften.

Rabat - La Kasba degli Oudaïa 2

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*** by AnaMontreal
***, a photo by AnaMontreal on Flickr.

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Mimosas make me think of ink brushes , they also bring to my mind a Haiku by Saryu :

Without a brush
The willow paints the wind


DSC_1097 by flemming. d5000
DSC_1097, a photo by flemming. d5000 on Flickr.

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( Roskilde ) Denmark.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Magical Fire

Magical Fire by Wojtek Toman
Magical Fire, a photo by Wojtek Toman on Flickr.

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Shooting fire with fast shutter speed reveals some amazing details we are not really used to seeing. The colours and shape of flames is simply amazing, fascinating and for me - magical. For me some parts of the flames resemble images by NASA depicting birth of galaxies.

Viewing in large on black is really recommended in this case as it simply looks much better :)

I also created a slideshow from all my shots from trip to Rome which you can see here.

Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4 IS L
Focal length: 45 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: 6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 800
Post-processing: curves adjustments and sharpening in Photoshop CS5

For anyone interested you can download some of my HDR presets: here.

My tutorial on using Photomatix for HDR
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Hobart Sunset

Hobart Sunset by Celtics24
Hobart Sunset, a photo by Celtics24 on Flickr.

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

A trio of Seagulls take in the beauty of sunset at Hobart's scenic waterfront.


Vans by danny john
Vans, a photo by danny john on Flickr.


Davenport by ec808x
Davenport, a photo by ec808x on Flickr.

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Davenport Beach. Many cases of beer, bonfires, and long discussions with friends regarding "the meaning of life" here in my teenage days.

Flickr's white background sucks!

after the storm - Porz Bara

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With the lee big stopper...

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

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Different editing technique. Thoughts?

Happy Monday Blues

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Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle by {CP}
Windsor Castle, a photo by {CP} on Flickr.

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A little bit fact of the castle:
It is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the Queen's preferred weekend home.


Untitled by ietion
Untitled, a photo by ietion on Flickr.


soft by breeze.kaze
soft, a photo by breeze.kaze on Flickr.

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Minolta X-700, MC Rokkor 85/1.7, Fujicolor Pro400.

Got my own 85/1.7! It was sold as a junk item (so quite cheap) -- glasses are beautiful, but oil leaked heavily onto the shutter leaves and therefore they stuck at wide open :O. Asked my friend to clean and it works perfectly now. :))

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waalbrug (snelbinder)

Waalbrug (snelbinder) by Tim Freh
Waalbrug (snelbinder), a photo by Tim Freh on Flickr.

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*Voor (creatieve) mensen uit Nederland/Belgie: Ik ben een jonge twintigjarige fotograaf en ik zou graag met iemand een youtubefilmpje willen maken over (al dan niet mijn) fotografie. Een samenwerking met een ander 'jong persoon' (het liefst iemand met al enige ervaring) zou ik heel prettig vinden, maar ik sta voor iedereen open. Mail of contacteer me at als je interesse hebt :) . Zie het maar als een uitdaging om foto's zo mooi mogelijk weer te geven door middel van film. Niks moet, alles mag. Alvast bedankt.*
Best picture of the evening. It was raining and the conditions were bad.

One of my best pictures so far here in Nijmegen.

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Love At First Light (Light Painting), Kent

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First attempt at light painting having invested £19 in a remote shutter release. I took five or six attempts to get the man worked out, using a basic flashlight/torch, dressed in navy and thoroughly hooded. This was my first attempt at the couple and the hearts. I'm delighted with it! Lots more long exposure work to come.

It was taken around 2:00am last night in Loose valley just above the village. The scene is lit across the grass with light from a bright moon, with fluorescent light from Maidstone on the horizon, which is tweaked only with the camera's WB. I cropped slightly in from the left as a third heart had strayed half off frame, and gave a minor boost to vibrancy and blacks. Lightroom 3 did a great job with noise reduction - a fair number of random (single) bright green/red/blue pixels from the long exposure were pruned without hassle.

Details: 229 seconds ¦ f/8.0 ¦ ISO 100.

Thanks for viewing! To see my second light painting of reindeer please see Light Harted.

Update: Explored #14 and front page! Many thanks to everyone who has commented, fav'ed and viewed. I massively appreciate the attention and insights offered, and will be working through everyone individually as soon as I have a chance. Thanks to all!


Vein of Gold

Vein of Gold by hipydeus
Vein of Gold, a photo by hipydeus on Flickr.

Sillons au pays de la lavande- in Explore

Chapelle de Lure

Chapelle de Lure by dubusregis
Chapelle de Lure, a photo by dubusregis on Flickr.

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L’abbaye Notre-Dame de Lure est une ancienne abbaye fondée au XIIe siècle et située dans la forêt de la montagne de Lure sur la commune de Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues, à 1 200 m d’altitude[1].
La légende rapporte que l'ermite saint Donat, vivant près de Peyruis, serait venu se retirer dans ce lieu particulièrement isolé et y fonder l’abbaye Notre-Dame de Lure au VIe siècle. Elle aurait été détruite au XIe, puis donnée à l’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Boscodon qui la refonde en 1166[2].

Plus probablement, elle a été fondée ex nihilo en 1165 par essaimage de l'abbaye de Boscodon, elle-même filiale de l'abbaye Notre-Dame de Chalais (l'abbaye-mère, près de Voreppe en Isère)[3].

Ses abbés ont une haute réputation, ce qui permet à l’abbaye d’attirer de nombreux dons. Elle est rattachée au chapitre d’Avignon en 1318, ce qui aggrava la décadence déjà commencée. L’abbaye est sécularisée au début du XVe siècle[2].

L’église est abandonnée, et tombe en ruines au début du XVIIe siècle. Elle est reconstruite de 1637 à 1659[4],[2].

Elle est aujourd'hui composée essentiellement de l'église abbatiale, vestige le mieux conservé de l'ouvrage initial. Le cloître et les bâtiments conventuels ont été détruits par les effets conjugués des ans, du climat et des hommes. Ne reste des communs de l'abbaye plus que deux salles voûtées. L'une d'entre elles constitue le sous-sol de l'ermitage actuel[5].

Une nouvelle campagne de restauration s'est ouverte en 1975 sous l'égide de l'association des Amis de ND de Lure qui a organisé pendant plus de trente ans sur le site un chantier de jeunes bénévoles sous la direction de l'Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques.

Devant l'église s'ouvre une esplanade, ornée de magnifiques tilleuls et d'un immense noyer certainement plusieurs fois centenaires.
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Rock by Vale Boy
Rock, a photo by Vale Boy on Flickr.

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A mountain stream near blaenavon. On the map it was noted as a waterfall. So I made the most of it. I am trying.
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Falling in Love

Falling in Love by Ar'alani
Falling in Love, a photo by Ar'alani on Flickr.

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This weekend, Jenna and I made a trip to Southern California to shoot a wedding. We had some time on Saturday to visit one of my favorite places in the whole world, La Jolla (just north of San Diego). What a night it was.

I even got to meet Aradan (Patrick), a splendid fellow who was one of my very first Flickr contacts. He's such an inspiration to me, and has always helped me see the world in a new and poetic way. Spending time with him was wonderful!

This is one of those places on my list for photography where I don't cut myself any slack. You must realize that I haven't been here since I had an SLR camera (last visit was with a point-and-shoot). Determined, I took on the fairly flat sky with a small internal battle cry. I wasn't walking away before I had something I could hang on my wall that summed up at least a bit of the fantastic memories I have of this place.

When I first visited San Diego, I was broke and barely out of college. My co-worker took me all over the town, showing me everything he loved. I loved it too. His second job at the time was as a valet at La Valencia, one of the oldest and most beautiful hotels in the area. He got me an $800/night room for a pittance, and I spent an evening I will never forget in a room with a balcony overlooking what's in this picture. The room had geranium pots, french doors and a beautiful bathtub, and I went downstairs to the parlor and talked to multi-millionaire horse barons for a couple of hours. I slept with the windows open, wakening in the morning to the sound of sea gulls. It was totally surreal. It changed the way I looked at the world.

This is the sincerest truth I have about photography: It allows me to re-live my life and all those precious moments in technicolor, as vivid as the day I stood there. I have regretted for years that I didn't have a picture from this spot. Now that I'm able to bring places back with me, checking these off is important. I want to hear the waves and feel the warm breeze on my cheek. Feel the lights of La Valencia sparkling next to me, welcoming me to a place I'd readily call home. Remember the night Nathan and I took a long walk along these shores, when we still weren't together but were head-over-heels in love, and the distance between Portland and San Francisco seemed insurmountable.

Shooting the wedding this weekend was a joy, and it falls into what I said above. These memories are sacred, whether mine or yours, his or hers... so precious. Ever more and more, I feel so lucky to be a photographer.

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#008007 - channel islands on the rock, santa cruz, january 2011.

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sunset session during the 8+ days long of non-ending amazing west swell we got at the end of january.

info: hasselblad 500c/m / carl zeiss sonnar 250/5.6 + 1.4 extension / fuji velvia 100.
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Isla mujeres

Isla mujeres by Brown Wombat
Isla mujeres, a photo by Brown Wombat on Flickr.

Una entre todas

Una entre todas by --- KORGAN ---
Una entre todas, a photo by --- KORGAN --- on Flickr.

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---- Entre todas la elegí a ella ----

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


042.365 by k88rock
042.365, a photo by k88rock on Flickr.

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May 12, 2011

ds543: Make a photograph dominated by the color red today.

Going Down

Going Down by photomek
Going Down, a photo by photomek on Flickr.

Nohavicka pond

Nohavicka pond by Stevacek
Nohavicka pond, a photo by Stevacek on Flickr.

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Shocking to think this is my first post of 2011. Will try to do better... :-)

This is a bit minimalistic, but I liked the cloud formation.

Works better on Black

IR #03

IR #03 by billy_boy_35
IR #03, a photo by billy_boy_35 on Flickr.

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La Claire Noë - Thorigné Fouillard

The Ethereal Street Corner

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NIKON D700 & Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 Model A09 II
Hand-held and RAW


IMGP8878 by UncleAV
IMGP8878, a photo by UncleAV on Flickr.

From Iceland.

From Iceland. by Tóta.
From Iceland., a photo by Tóta. on Flickr.

Dragon fly

Dragon fly by .Guru.
Dragon fly, a photo by .Guru. on Flickr.

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taken at a lily pond, padappai , India

Coming out [Explore]

Coming out [Explore] by IngaPlinga77
Coming out [Explore], a photo by IngaPlinga77 on Flickr.

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Detail from a tree popularly called The Monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana).

For 52 Weeks of Pix 2011, Week 16. Theme: Bokeh

#31 in Explore

032611-Malone, Texas - 067

032611-Malone, Texas - 067 by J u n g a
032611-Malone, Texas - 067, a photo by J u n g a on Flickr.

Monday, May 16, 2011

greylag 25

greylag 25 by imnotatwitcher
greylag 25, a photo by imnotatwitcher on Flickr.

黃山-步道 (Huangshan)

黃山-步道 (Huangshan) by 號獃
黃山-步道 (Huangshan), a photo by 號獃 on Flickr.

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thanks for your visit , my friend~^^

Right direction

Right direction by Mr.Pixel
Right direction, a photo by Mr.Pixel on Flickr.

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I like to thank you all for your comments, favs and awards.

Morgenweg - in the morning

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thanks for all visits and comments
View On Black

End of Times

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Press 'L' and F11 for best view. VIew the Original 1400 px size here.

Note: If you know where this is, please don't mention it in the comments. I don't want to promote more photographers going here until the law is on our side.

Two years ago today, I posted an image here on flickr with an accompanying story of lost coastal access. Maybe it is the time of year that does it to me as my interest renewed in at least getting one opportunity to photograph this location. Under cover of darkness, Diego, Cripps, and I walked down to the beach to photograph sunrise. And a beautiful morning it was. It was every bit as magical as I expected with volcanic rocks, massive sea caves, and of course, the unique rock formation in this photo.

I really can't get into details about it as I don't want to stir anything up. All I can say is that I plan on doing my part in contacting the California Coastal Commission to express my sincere desire to have access to this stretch of coast open once more.

(And the map is not accurate, just felt like putting it somewhere that IS open to the public)

17/52 I'm so so misunderstood

17/52  I'm so so misunderstood by Ciscolo
17/52 I'm so so misunderstood, a photo by Ciscolo on Flickr.

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Me thinks I'm almost neglected. Poor poor walks are NEVER long enough, and they don't take me to the beach as often as I would appreciate it and do you think they feed me the liverwurst sandwiches I like so much? Oh no no, all I get is ordinary dog food. Oh woe is me, this is really a dog's life...sigh...

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The Durian Shell

The Durian Shell by Trim Reaper
The Durian Shell, a photo by Trim Reaper on Flickr.

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Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade, it contains a Concert Hall which seats about 1,600 and a Theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts.

The unique architectural design has been said to have an appearance similar to either a durian (a tropical fruit) or the eyes of a fly. Some Singaporeans casually refer to the Esplanade as "The Durian" or "The Big Durian" or also "The Durian Shell". - Wikipedia

SOOC except resizing and minor contrast/saturation adjustment. No crop.

Canada Gosling at Clumber Park,Worksop.

Caracol en la via

Caracol en la via by Deivysv
Caracol en la via, a photo by Deivysv on Flickr.

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For my flickr friends

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Explore # 343

Thank you.