Sunday, September 30, 2007

Peaceful Intentions?

I took a picture of a large 'dove of peace' puppet being marched in a parade. When I reviewed it later, it wasn't really that interesting. When I narrowed it to this crop however, I began to chuckle. The peace dove looks decidedly hostile towards that unsuspecting smiley face balloon. Call me warped...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Contact Improv

Contact improv...
What other dance form is so egalitarian? Women and men have the same role: Dancer. There are no "mens moves" or "womens moves". Each dancer brings to the dance what she or he is able to bring. With no rules, the dance is governed by the desires of two bodies in motion around a shared point of contact. It is the form I love - the freedom of expression.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Why I Bought My Nikon

It was for photos like this that I bought my Nikon D40. I was at an outdoor concert on a cool, rainy night. Every E-Z Up that could be found was hastily arranged into a labyrinth of pavilions and the show went on. It was a great time and everyone was damp but happy. As the last bank of stage lights was about to be powered off, I took this shot. The colored light makes it novel, and I tried it as a B&W image too but ultimately settled on this one. I realize that dodging out her hair at the bottom in the shadowy part would make this a better photo. I'm still working on the "get it right before the shot" phase of my development here, so I'm avoiding post-production other than crops and some brightness/contrast tweaks.

There are more photos from that evening in the 'Mug Shots' set at my Flick'r site. Clicking on the title of this post should take you there.

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eyePatch, Part II

I received a few requests for the follow up photo to the original eyeDance post, and so I have updated the post. While it should still be displayed on the main page for a few more days, you can always come back to the post using this link:

Or you can look for it later in the archives, by title.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

riding the moment


Alternating with
rapid transitions; sudden falls,
invigorating transitions of weight on the fly.
Both dancers listening to the voice of the other's body; each whisper, each shout.
Dance of life with no beginning and never ending
Embracing the force of chaos
riding the moment
back down to

This poem is based on the mathematical progression known as a Fibonacci series. This progression starts with 0 and 1. Each successive number in the progression is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Thus, the first few numbers are: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, and so on. I chose to interpret the progression as the number of syllables present in each line rather than a word count. Rather than work with an open-ended progression and quickly reach lines of ridiculous proportions, I chose instead to mirror the progression. I attempt to include the zeros by indicating a deliberate breath.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Face Book

I also take the view that it's a mistake
to try to look younger than one is,
and that the face in particular ought to be
the register of a properly lived life.
~ Christopher Hitchens

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Bubble Vision

Looking through the soap
does one see a cleaner world?
It's a Fair question.

Making giant bubbles at the Willy Street Fair. The bubble car is a staple in the parade, but this year there were bubble machines everywhere. While Reena hopes we win one in the raffle, I'm pondering the surface of the street at the beginning of the next rain. Motorcyclists beware!

UPDATE 9/23: Reena DID win a giant bubble machine. Funny. Now where can we use it..?

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fall crashes the party

Fall crashes the party
Last week, 90 degrees.
Last night, 50 degrees
with a twenty-five mph north wind.

Grab your hat and gloves!

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Yet another Kook for Jesus?

State Street, Friday night, a man hands out his tract.
Is it the ususal screed exhorting me to
Believe!!! or die in the Fiery Place?
I brace and say 'No, thanks', passing by.
I glance, curious, and see the paper is
an anti-war plea.

My kind of guy after all.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I'm thinking this is like the poster boy photo for eyeDance:
Reena chose this eye patch as a gift for our piratical friend, Jon. Being piratical, he promptly put it on and continued sipping his Salvatore (hic!). There is a MUCH more amusing photo involving the eye patch, but I'm not going to post it unless I get some comments on the eyeDance page requesting it.

Added 9/22: It turns out that people are finding it inconvenient to post here, and more convenient to post to me via email. So, while there are no comments here, I have received requests to show the other photo. So, without further warning I give you the creepy, but hilarious...

[For those who are getting these posts via the Google group email, I notice that the links don't work. You might consider visiting the eyeDance page and only use the email as a notification. Your choice, of course.]

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Our B&B in Sedona - The Penrose

Here's a dramatic shot of our B&B - the Penrose - in the Village of Oak Creek, just south of Sedona. (I highly recommend it.) There was nothing done to this photo - straight from camera. Amazing. The views from this place are stunning, and the rooms were comfortable.

When we checked in and they showed us to our room, they pointed out a couple of flashlights. They were to "check the floor for scorpions in case you need to use the bathroom during the night." Now understand, this is a $225/night, NICE bed and breakfast. Imagine what you get in a dive? So, here's the unwelcome visitor from our last night:
Reena found him. No screams, but I had to first photograph him, then smoosh him.

The other guest were way more fun:

Click any of the photos to go to my Flickr site and see more, many more.

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Friday, September 7, 2007

More Sedona...

Here's a teaser of what I'm seeing in Sedona. More to come.
It's amazing here.
Outside Sedona 1

Quick Friday night uppdate: Reena found a scorpion in our room. She said, "Hey, here's a scorpion." No shriek. No 'eek'. Whatta woman! (rest assured, a photo of the now deceased/squished scorpion will follow)

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Thursday, September 6, 2007


I have been meaning to assemble all the portrait type shots of friends, family, and strangers into a group. I think it lends something to each shot to be part of a larger whole. It's done, and if you click on the title "Portraits" above, it will take you to that photoset at my Flick'r site. I really like taking this sort of photo. As always, your comments are appreciated.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hummingbird Moth

I was taking some flower pics, and this hummingbird moth flew into the frame just as I snapped the picture.
I thought that was pretty cool, and asked if maybe he'd come back for a nicer portrait. He obliged...
If you click on that second image, it will take you to my Flick'r site where you can view the image in larger sizes. You can even see his "tongue". Nice of him...

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I think I'll sit in this chair.

Long day.
Siesta, in this chair.
Sunset photography.
Martini with starry sky.

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Smoochin' in Sedona

Smoochin' in Sedona
Sitting in the courtyard of the Penrose B&B just outside of Sedona, AZ. The sites are spectacular!

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