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Geoff Hammond
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Animated gif from photos used for a composite image. Too fun to just leave it alone. :)
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Come read about the inaugural Discovery Tour itinerary:
http://www.hammondovi.com/phototours
Be sure to make contact now for the October trip!

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What Success really looks like for a photographer. Thanks +Jeremy Cowart for sharing.
My career is full of mistakes.
To be more specific, here is a full list of them:
http://jcopho.to/mistakes

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From my blog - photographing large cities without the tourists and businesspeople traffic.

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Czech Photo Tours - The Discovery Tour is only available once. The deadline to sign up is 15 August 2014!

"...with the power only to amuse a mob.
THAT is power. The mob is Rome. And while Commodus controls them, he controls everything."
~ 2000 Film: Gladiator

"Suspension of disbelief... is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres. Cognitive estrangement in fiction involves using a person's ignorance or lack of knowledge to promote suspension of disbelief."
~Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspention_of_disbelief

A modern film, an 1800's poet - these are just two small confirmations of many that confirm that entertainment does in fact affect our thinking and perception of our world, intentionally. I do not suggest that after watching a movie that you believe everything you just saw as factual. However, during the film, to be entertained, we do allow ourselves to believe the story being told so that we engage it for our own entertainment. It is during this time of willing impressionability that we are vulnerable to the inception of ideas we might normally question.
Please do not deceive yourself into thinking that TV, movies, books, etc. are all just entertainment without consequence.

I love to be entertained, even to a fault. Star Trek movies and TV series will always leave me in anticipation of the next release.
I do not believe that Vulcans exist nor that there are many advanced alien races just waiting for us to achieve warp speed technology before making contact. This is not the level of the stories that can affect me. There are subtleties of which I am aware, however, that could affect my views if gone unchecked.

One example is the way Star Trek wants me to believe that God is not necessary and that humans have the ability to achieve peace on their own power. These are arguments that are easy to defend in a one-sided forum such as in a film or TV series or even in a sweet melody ("Imagine" by John Lennon).

My point is to not to begin a conversation about your belief in God or Mankind, but rather to show that the entertainment industry can and does affect your perception of the world. The more a view is accepted, the more it is purported by entertainment and thus engrained further into our culture.

My warning is just to be aware or what you are watching and contemplate the message you are being told.
Want a movie to practice with? Watch Happy Feet 2 and listen for the not-so-subtle self-help and spiritual messages. Do you believe their message?

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I know you all were jealous of Scott Kelby going to Prague. So do something about it! :)
I am leading a tour in October when the leaves are turning colors. It will be gorgeous. Join me!
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