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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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I see 39 color bars. I guess that goes well with the career choices I've made. (Or, perhaps, the monitor and calibration choices.)

How many do you see?
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Dr. K and I went to a cheese tasting class last night, and it was fabulous.

Blessed are the cheesemakers.  ;-)
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Quite!  And the winemakers, too...
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As some of you have probably already figured out from pictures such as this one, I have a fascination with sleeping animals and people. I like the way that certain aspects of them fall away and others shine through. I find sleeping people and animals lovely.

For a while now, I've wanted to do a project photographing people sleeping in public places. I see them often – on the train, on the beach, on the lawn at the park, in cafés, etc. Just a little while ago there were two people wonderfully sprawled, sleeping in chairs at the library. 

I'm concerned that some of these people might be bothered with me making photos of them sleeping, and then likely posting them all over the internet, perhaps selling fine art prints, and maybe a collection of them in a photo art book. So, I'm wondering if I should embark upon such a project – and if yes, how I should handle it.

I'm thinking I should print up some messages, letting folks know I made fine art photos of them while they were sleeping, and letting them know how to contact me if there's anything they'd like to discuss. I could put these notes on or near these people while they sleep, after I make my photos and before I leave.

What do you think? Should I proceed with this project? If so, would this be a good way to handle it?

Thank you in advance for your thoughts on the subject.
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Thank you, +Berndt Weissenbacher.
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I think "Writer's block" = "It's not coming to me instantly. Thinking things up and writing them well is actually hard work. So, I'm quitting at the first encounter with difficulty, instead of doing the labor of working through the challenge." 
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"I don't have writer's block. I have a mortgage."

- Jim Butcher
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It's great to see one of the writers in our local writing group, Shut Up and Write!, has found some inspiration from our group.
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This seems pretty slick. I don't see it as a replacement for skill and vision for serious aerial photography and videography, but it looks like a great toy camera for casual snappers, and a useful tool in a photographer's arsenal, for certain kinds of situations.
Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It's the world's first "throw-and
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I like it!  Waterproof, simple to pack and use, very flexible...  I use my DJI Phantom 2 Vision + for photography in remote places far away from where I'm standing, but I can see lot's of people taking advantage of this simple use drone with nice camera specs.
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This made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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This was interesting and worthwhile, particularly in regard to the role of meaning in remembering and learning. 

This also fits in well with what I've been writing in Notes for Aspiring Photographers.

Thank you, +Renata Davidson, for bringing this to my attention.
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Here's a video of Dean Potter slacklining.

I knew Dean. We weren't friends, but we were associates. I doubt anyone who knew him is surprised to see that he died young, but it's still saddening to see that he died yesterday. At least he died living the way he wanted to.

http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident
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Mike My husband Albert Root died on march 10, 2015.

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Well done, Google.

I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.

I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.
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This can't come fast enough. The more time I'm on the road the more obvious it gets and the more I really hope they make humans driving on the road illegal. 
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I finally got my websites working again. To celebrate, I'm going to share some of my blog posts. This one, Dreaming of Middlemen, explains why I'd rather publish my books independently than with a big publisher – and why you (fellow writers) might, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.
Long-Eared Owl Stare ©Mike SpinakImagine you start a small business. You make something, intent to sell it to earn a living. How many layers of superfluous impediments would you like to put between you and your customers?…
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Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents an engaging case against Christian faith, and religious faith in general. 

What I like most about this video is his discussion of how these changes affected him. Like in the other video, the loss of faith was at first devastating for this fellow. However, he doesn't stop there. He discusses getting over that, and discusses how he is happier and better off now than he was as a believer. 
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Except that any intelligent loving being setting this up so ambiguously as to allow for a shot in the dark idea  like "if my guess is right..." would eternal consequences be based so loosely on opinions, beliefs and guesses?  I think not.
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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