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Cik Leyta
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Whovians? Anyone? Everyone? Via ►

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learn to be honest~hahahaha

How To Prevent Cheating.

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Edison’s Cradle. A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light by Yasutoki Kariya. Entitled Asobi (which translates roughly as “playing“) the 11-bulb installation creates a visual interpretation of the popular toy named after Sir Isaac Newton demonstrating his third law of motion regarding momentum: that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. 
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No. ., but happy #caturday  anyway^^

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"Sandstone and Sky #2" La Jolla, California

Here is a companion photo to yesterdays upload.
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Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @ 20
0.2 -second exposure @F11
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.6
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
ISO 100
No polarizer
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

After I made the photo that I uploaded here yesterday, I continued down the beach until I found these sandstone formations. They were pointed even more directly in line with the formations in the clouds. For this view, the layers of rock were more important than the waves in the ocean. The coincidence of the direction of the layers makes a strong effect of a vanishing point in the distance.

The only bit of timing that was involved here was waiting for a wave to break in the distance. There were surfers out there as well, though they are too small to be seen in this photo except for at full resolution.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website


I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.

A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)
Google Earth

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.


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An alternative composition to the previous photograph I made of the Sparrow at Dungeness. This is actually a long exposure, largely because I wanted to reduce the texture of the sea so as to focus the image on the boat itself. The shingle seems to lend itself to a relatively high contrast post-processing treatment, so have treated this version in a similar way to the previous post. That's about it for this image, other than to say I really don't like the new Google+ interface, definitely in grumpy mode over it!
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