“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

 

I decided to scope out our exit strategy from the Latin Quarter first thing in the morning by filing up on a quick espresso from the local cafe and taking a quick stroll up a few blocks to see if the taxi stand that I googled was in fact there. The last thing we needed to do was wander aimlessly looking for a taxi on a day that was going to consist of hours of train travel. Plus, it was just a beautiful morning…..(you can almost hear the birds chirping right through the picture can’t you?)

Of course, I took the camera and sticks along for the morning journey:)

You see, for me, leaving a place while solo traveling usually means grabbing the pack and a small bag and just heading out the door. Most likely that trip out the door would have been to the first Metro Station. Easy to navigate as a solo male for sure. As this trip had a couple other people on board, (special people in my life I must say), a train to catch, and what can only be described as an excessive amount of luggage that no sane man would ever want to oversee the navigation through 3 metro changes and several staircases……the taxi was OBVIOUSLY the best option.

The trip to make sure that the taxi station was in fact where it was SUPPOSED to be was kind of an insurance plan for a stressless day of travel before it unfolded. (and a great excuse for a solo morning stroll)

Man, I really do love Paris:)

Place Monge

I played a little with this one. My initial plan was to take all of the color out and process that way. After a couple layer masks and blending strokes to see what a little color did to the far distant buildings, I decided to take it a bit further.

The foreground detail actually had me wanting to try something different. It was too gritty and really distracted my eyes as I tried to figure out how to direct the viewers eyes through the image. I then popped a copy of the image into a Topaz filter I liked and have used quite a bit before and found exactly what I was looking for!

If you haven’t tried these plugins yet, I highly recommend taking them for a ride!

I’ll do a few videos soon on the youtube channel about them, but until then, check them out here or the banner below to get started exploring!

Its a great addition to the creative toolbox:)

“You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” – Frederick Terral

As the season is right around the corner, its almost time to dust off a few hundred lighting fixtures and get back to lighting events with the team! Still amazes me that I can actually make a living while doing what for the most part feels like play. With the ballroom our canvas and the lighting fixture our paintbrush (that doesn’t sound TOO stupid does it?”), we helped transform this amazing space into what you see here.

More to come from this world of event illumination soon!

Reception #11

So about this blog…..

It’s been nice having a little time to get caught up this summer! I know I have personally taken some recent blocks of time to get creative, finish and edit my first online course, and work on a few personal projects, …… this blog being one of them. The behind the scenes inner workings of a WordPress site like this can get a little bit challenging from time to time. One step forward, two steps back…you get the idea. But to enjoy the process and the art of the journey….thats what its all about:)

That being said, I am tweaking the RSS feed of this site a little. I noticed the other day that there are quite a few people signed up to receive these posts that way, myself being one of them (just to monitor the feed). I noticed a while back that when I upload my images at the size that the blog template likes (it resizes automatically for Apple retina displays and the 900px wide template here), the image that came out on the RSS feed was HUGE! And lately, although I usually place a link to the video I am sharing after the video as the video was never embedding or showing up in the RSS feed, recently those links have been missing as well. For example, I shared a couple videos in last nights post and they never made it to the feed email I got this morning…..and neither did the links!

Now, coincidenlty, I have started using another plug in that resizes the main images I share and crunches (now thats a harsh word) down to about 500px wide, so not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. It resized them quite nicely last night though……the pictures that is. The videos however continue to be a challenge……

MAN is this a boring post! Sorry…..

It started out as one about creativity and enjoying the process of sharing your art.

I guess taking those 3 steps back into all of the never ending tech madness is what is needed to enjoy those 2 creative steps forward right?

I guess you can apply that to just about any creative endeavor right?

So anyway, make sure and subscribe to the newsletter! You know, the one I have YET to deliver! Again, I have taken a couple steps back on that too, but about to take the first one ahead……

(all right Mike, thats enough for tonight…..you’re rambling!)

Oh yeah, one more thing. Here are the 2 links below for those videos I shared last night (again). I’ll then embed them again right after that just to see if my little tweaks let them show up in the RSS feed. If you can’t see them at all, make sure and head back to the blog to see them!

Enjoy:)

Burningman Video right here

Quicktip Video right here

Lake of Dreams from roy two thousand on Vimeo.
 

The Playa….

Thousands are either there now or on their way. Wow, can’t believe its been 2 years since I was there. Still cleaning out some of the dust off of the D800 to this day actually! Man that stuff gets EVERYWHERE!

Burningman…..make the journey once and it will forever be a part of you.

Time to block the calendar for next year while I’m thinking about it!

I grabbed this one while I was out testing out my newly received D800 for the first time….out on one of the dustiest locations on the planet! Not my brightest move ever to take out a new camera body and try to learn it in a dust storm. I’m pretty sure I shot most of my images at an insanely high ISO the whole first night I had it out there, without even knowing it.

I can only chalk that up to the sensory overload as a first time burner….

My wheels for my evening wandering about this vibrant illuminated jungle every night was that bike off to the left. (Thanks Steve!) As this was my first burn, I had no idea how important a bike would be to cover this huge playground. Again, thanks to my friend Steve LaRose for bringing as extra one out there for me! A few bands of fur, some e-light strands, and a couple of battery powered lasers and I was set for the night. I miss that bike…..

What an amazing place to be. Kinda sad I didn’t plan on making the journey out there this year.

Like I said, next year:)

Night Biking on the Playa

This cool clip came across my stream the other day. A beautiful combination of natures art and humanities gift shared as last years Burningman. Check out the amazing time-lapse and hyper lapse work. One of the few out there that I am sure you will watch from start to finish.

Enjoy:)

Lake of Dreams from roy two thousand on Vimeo.

 

And then of course, its Tuesday! Here is another quick (and this one is definitely quick!) video for ya:)

Or Watch the Video Here!

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” – Pablo Picaso

Since 2009, Elia and his wife have taken on a “Location Free” existence. Traveling the world, one country at a time, sharing the beauty of this amazing planet with the world. While searching for HDR photography inspiration a few years back, I came across Elia and his art on line and have been a faithful follower ever since.

This style of living as a somewhat nomadic artist has of course always interested me as well ever since my early European backpacking days!

As you can see below, his art is AMAZING! I am pretty sure that the jaw dropping shot below from Metora (a place I have always wanted to visit!) was my first introduction to his passionate work. Worth a book mark and a follow as he is always traveling somewhere cool!

01_elia-locardi-620x461Elia, Fujiyoshida, Japan 2013 | Photo Credit: Naomi Locardi

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Valley of Fog – Meteora, Greece 2010

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Radiant Flow – Selandjafoss Waterfall, Iceland 2012

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 Beyond The Rialto – Venice, Italy 2013

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Heaven and Earth – Western Iceland 2012

Or watch the video right here!

 

Right from his blog, here is a little bit more about the artist:)

Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated an engaged social media following of nearly 2.5 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 45 countries and flown over one million miles. Throughout the journey, he teaches the Art of Photography on his website www.BlameTheMonkey.com, shares his images and stories across social media outlets, collaborates with various brands, sponsors, and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

For more from Elia and his amazing art, make sure and check out his website here, follow him on Twitter here, watch his updates on Facebook here, enjoy his Instagram posts here, read his blog posts here, or admire his art on Flickr here!

“To love beauty is to see light.” - Victor Hugo

Light.

Always searching for the light!

After spending the afternoon exploring the river under the foliage canopy, it was time to head out to see what the sun was doing. As luck would have it, the sky was about to unfold. But where to go?

Sometimes that’s the biggest challenge…….

As is often the case when bumbling about a new location for the first time, its actually more like “scouting” the area. Look around for a while and come back to the best spots during the best light. Well, I had nowhere “amazing” planned, and since I had a flight the next morning, it was now or never! Find something….anything……

The sun was fading fast so I scrambled to find the first subject I could find. Not exactly an epic find, but it would have been a shame not to at least capture the light!

A perfect subject to create an HDR though!

Stopping for the light

As is often the case, I found myself not only looking into the light, but in fact shooting right into it! The grungy little shed to the right in complete shadow as I exposed for the sky, but as the camera bounced through the brackets, I could see in the view finder that I had captured a lot of detail in the last frame.

Perfect, another series of brackets to process later, now where did I park the car!

I share a few tips (hours of them in fact) in a new course I quietly launched recently called Get Started With HDR. I am sure I will mention it from time to time here as well as share a few more details, but for now, you can head over here to learn a little bit more about how I create images like these and how YOU can as well. It’s my first (of many) releases that I plan to share here from time to time, so I definitely appreciate any feedback at all!

As always, more on ALL of this later.

(seriously, where DID I park the car……?)

 

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