A Web, A Spider, and A Prayer

A Spider's Prayer

A Spider’s Prayer

While visiting my ailing mother, I came across dozens of spider webs. Busy spider webs, solitary ones and colonies of spider webs. It was early morning; the light weaving through the spider’s web created all kinds of glittery landscapes. I spend a couple of mornings taking many pictures.

As the sun slowly crept up the sky, the spider web’s landscape changed too. It somehow brought home the saying that ‘time waits for no man,’ and yet time offers endless opportunities for those willing to be mindful of the present.

I was present and was gloriously rewarded.

I wish you well!

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The Not So Elusive ‘Power’ – Day 79

The never-ending pursuit of power, like love, intangible, yet its presence permeates everything that we are. I have power. You have it too, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So, doesn’t it make you question why the word ‘powerless’ is popular in human interactions?

Could it be that spectators are being fed useless notions by stage-managers who would have its audience believe that power is for the privileged few?

I love. You love. I choose to share with whomever pleases me. You can’t tell me with conviction that I’m ‘loveless.’ What does it mean?

And like love, being powerless is a choice, never the reality. Recognizing that ‘powerless’ mentality is a lazy excuse that accomplishes nothing is key.

So what to do? Accept the power that is within, or let others do the thinking for me. My choice is clear.

The accompanying photograph of the windmills and power lines were taken while traveling around the Austrian and Budapest countryside. It’s a collage of many different photographs taken from a moving bus. I found the juxtapositions of man-made lines upon the quiet landscape quite harmonious. Man’s ingenuity tapping into nature’s bounty is truly miraculous.

Elusive Power

Elusive Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Church, A Person & The United Nations – Day 78

The accompanying image is the Vienna United Nations building (in the background), with a small church in the foreground, and a person walking off the frame.

Initially, I just wanted to make a picture of the single standing light fixture against the wall of the church. I could have tried to zoom in, but armed only with an iPhone, I don’t use the zoom function. Instead, I position myself to accommodate the best possible shot. What you see is a cropped version of the original scene.

I like the overall composition now, but I reme
mbered wanting to wait until people get out of the way. However, I do like the solitary figure walking out of the frame.

The lesson here is…

‘Take the shot! Perfection happens to those willing to take a chance.

United Nations Vienna

United Nations Vienna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changing Skin Color – Day 77

Most of us keep the same skin color until we’re no more. Sometimes our skin lightens or darkens depending on our environment. Skin disorders aside, we enter this world one skin color and leave as we came.

Would you have it otherwise? If you had the choice, which color skin would you have chosen?

On a recent trip, I got a close look at a Lippizan’s skin coat. From a distance, its coat was a white color, but up close, I could see black lines and patches.

The Lippizans are magnificent horses. They are rare. They are born a dark bay or black and their coats change color as they get older. By the time they are 6 to 10 years of age, their coats are white; Not a true white, but a graying white. Which got me to thinking, if I had the choice to choose my skin color, what would it be?

It’s a fortunate thing that I don’t have the choice. If I did, I would have changed skin colors a few times. After all these years, I’m quite happy with being brown, but it was not always so. At one time, I wanted to be fair, brown, but fair (ok). At another time, I wanted be pearly white, living under the tropics heat (ouch!). Then it was black on black, a dark purple hue (whoa!). Absurd, yes, but it was so.

And now? I like brown.

Lippizan's Coat

Lippizan’s Coat

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The Simple Things In Life – Day 76

Don’t believe everything you hear.

No pain, no gain – Huh?
Nothing in life is free – Really?

I’ve completely discarded this kind of thinking.

Reaching a goal is a process. If you believe it’s a struggle, it will be a struggle.

The most precious commodity in life is love, and it’s free. If you think it can be bought, then you can’t have love.

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Fear of Heights – Day 75

Fear of heights is common. My knees know. Whenever I get close to the edge, something happens, my brainless knees start to quiver. And no matter how much I try to sooth and reassure our safety, it’s always to no avail. I have to give in, sit down and let it be.

We’re often told to confront our fears. What exactly does that mean? Of course I can visit the expert and try to understand why and hopefully win the height battle, but I don’t think so.

There’s nothing to confront. Do I fear heights? Well, my brain thinks not, but I can’t argue for my knees. I understand that if I’m foolish enough to get too close to the edge, my knees will betray us. So we, my brain and my knees, prefer to respect heights, which makes the experience quite enjoyable.

The following pictures are the stairs within Diamond Head crater. One is outside the crater and the dark stairway is inside the crater. .

Endless StepsIf reaching nirvana means climbing these seemingly endless steps, the whole world will be here.
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Spiral StairwayIf descending into darkness is the only way, it would be simple, with eyes close, I’m there.
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Photographing Hands – Day 74

Lovely hands is big business. A priceless heirloom ring might get the observer interested, but put that ring on a finger and the emotional connection dramatically increases. However, hands are much more than mere decorations. Hands are workers, creators, communicators and much more.

We offer our hands in friendship. We open our arms, use our hands to comfort. We reach out to the world, to our fellow travelers, hands wide open in acceptance. Our hands subconsciously interpret who we are.

Many years ago, I remembered visiting with my father. He was holding my hands, seeming to examine them. He said that they were like his oldest brother’s hands. A pause, and then he murmured ‘I wonder what these hands will do.’ I never forgot those words.

Hands reaching out in compassion builds character.

Hands Holding Strong

 

 

A winning touch is
sensitive, a solid rock
no expectations.
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Hands Reaching
 

 
Reaching out, trusting
that the universe will be
always there for you.
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Photographing Nature – Day 73

Photographing nature is a win-win situation. Endless variations of colors, textures and form to choose from. How the camera interprets light and form is another matter.

Lately, I’ve been photographing various rugby games. The playing field is Kapiolani Park. The background is the formidable Koolau Mountain range. Majestic with changing clouds halo, its presence often times trying to compete with the games. It’s a joy to watch both. This photographer can’t ask for more.

Rugby BallThe formidable Koolau Mountains beckons Perhaps she’s lonely.
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Rugby BallClouds descends, the rugby ball rises, kissing the sky.
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Photographing Sensuality – Day 72

Using photography to express sensuality is dependent on the photographer’s skill. Personally, if my photograph evokes an emotion, it’s done its job. Irrelevant of whether it’s the reaction that I envisioned or not, a photograph is meaningful only if the observer is engaged.

However, I’m not keen on making and sharing my creations just to get attention. What would be the point?

Rather, I make an image with a set goal in mind. It’s not to prove a point, but rather to direct the observer’s eye/emotion in a given path. It’s up to the viewer to explore or reject.

Art is not about bullying, it’s all about ideas worth sharing.

TexturesAll sucked dry, stunning lifeless leaf against smooth skin.

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CactusWhy nature engages without trying will always amaze me.

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Photoshop Filters – Day 71

Photoshop filters are lifesavers in my creative journey. They can enhance or change the original photo in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.

In the following two photographs, I used Fractalius filters and then blend the effect with the original image. I like the result.

Both shots were taken inside the Diamond Head crater. It was early morning. The soft warm orange light on the dry vegetation, dotted with green, was wonderful. However, what I saw was not what the camera captured.

Filters helped me find that happy medium between what is seen and what I wanted expressed.

Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head Crater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I look at you, words escape. You are beautiful!
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Brown Canvas

Brown Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple brown canvas
peaceful green,
silence.
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Who Are You? – Day 70

In portrait photography, the subject has expectations and the same goes for the photographer. Not all expectations are realistic, however, both parties, in an ideal situation, should find semblance of happiness with the final product.

In the following two photographs, I’m the subject matter.

Because I’m a photographer, I try to capture the essence of what is being photographed in its totality. A tall undertaking indeed.

My portraits were rather dull. I decided to experiment. I printed one in black and white before using pastel to trace the facial outline and colorings. The other photo, I used Photoshop filters to render the outlines, then used watercolor brushes to add depth.

Was I happy with the result? Of course!

A vague question emerged…

Who are you?

Portrait Photography - Taueva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could live with the facade. This pleases me.

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Portrait Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My faithful companion. Just another stranger.

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Contemplating Reality – Day 69

The word ‘reality’ gets tossed about in conversations and in my own reality, but what is reality? If I go by the dictionary’s rendition, does it mean that what I feel right now, which falls outside that interpretation, is not real? How can I explain the joy or sadness that explodes within from witnessing something that I created out of the ether? Is reality created out of nothingness? Is reality nowhere and everywhere?

So what do I think is real? Reality is you and me. Our collective actions, thoughts and dreams. We are not a byproduct of reality; rather we create our reality. So when I create a butterfly out of old newspaper, what is it called?

It’s old newspapers.
It’s a butterfly.
It’s beautiful!

Nature showing the passage of time, gracefully.
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Creation unfolds

Creativity flows naturally once we let go.
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Smart Phone Photos – Day 68

Today, I was looking at some of my old smart phone photos and I’m truly amazed. Sometimes, I surprise myself. I thought they were quite interesting.

The following two photos were from my early morning coffee-making ritual. One is the coffee cup showing the ceiling light reflection, and the other is of the coffee filter.

Coffee Aromas

Coffee Aromas

Being grateful for another opportunity to create my reality. A new day starts!

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Coffee Filter

Coffee Filter

To see ordinary matter in new ways is truly a gift.
Thank you!

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Photography and Art – Day 67

Is photography art? It’s a question that many photographers encounter. When I first started photography, I was confronted with the same question. Did it bother me? Never. Why? Because art, I believe, is a private experience. After all the studying and philosophizing about what is or not art, it always comes down to how I personally experience art.

Recently, I submitted work for consideration in an upcoming exhibition. None of my pieces were accepted. Of course I was saddened; OK, I was shocked! A lot of unwanted emotions surfaced. Of uppermost was the nagging suspicion that perhaps my work is not good enough. I refuse to believe that. After all, I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing. So in the end, if I’m the only one that finds joy in my work, than that’s good enough for me.

What happens now? I’m going through the grieving period, but in a few days, time will heal the wound. It’s call art ‘growing’ pains and life goes on.

Koa Wood Chair

Koa Wood Chair

 

One man’s treasure is someone’s trivia, and so is art.

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Pacific Hall Stairway

Pacific Hall Stairway

I see art everywhere.

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Portrait Photography – Day 66

Why take portrait photography? Because I love to look at them. Like other mammals that are drawn to their own kind, I am drawn to other human beings. It’s my nature.

But is there something to be gain by taking other people’s portraits? Well, I can recommend a few books about the aesthetics and value of looking at portraits, but this is my personal take on why I’m doing it.

I love looking at close-up pictures of people. There’s a little bit of voyeurism here. When a portrait resonance with me, it’s almost like a stealing glance into the subject’s soul. It’s both powerful and beautiful.

The following portraits are of my nieces. I use layers to create what I wanted to highlight.

This Moment

This Moment

All that I have, all that I will ever be, is right here, this moment, right now.

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Inquisitive Eyes

Inquisitive Eyes

The ever inquisitive eyes of a child; watches and learns, yet never condemns.

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Siblings – Day 65

Children photography can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. Unlike photographing adults, children aren’t particularly interested in how the photograph will come out. They are either interested in what the photographer is doing or they don’t. So developing a relationship with the subject is vital. Once a sense of trust is accomplished, getting the picture will be easier.

The two pictures below were taken while I was in Tonga in 2012. The older sister was not keen on being photographed; however, her younger sister was happy to have her picture taken. That was all it took for the older sibling to smile.

Sisters

Sisters

The innocence of youth; to love and trust without reservation.

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Smile

Smile

Smile and the universe will worship you.

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Nature’s Ways – Day 64

Nature Naturally

Nature Naturally

In stillness, exquisite nature unfolds without effort.

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Tree Bark Macro

Tree Bark Macro

Ravages of time has finally revealed your true essence.

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These two images are macro capture of a taro leaf and the bark of an eucalyptus tree.

It’s amazing how nature reveals its beauty without effort. Everywhere I look, nature seems to openly and without reservation, share its bounty with anyone who cares to pause and take in its beauty.

So I got to thinking, if nature can reveal its essence without trying, why can’t I do the same? After all, I’m part of nature.

So I’m on a mission; letting go and let nature be. It’s going to be tough. I’ve been trying to control ‘my’ nature for too long. Will I be able to be still?

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Beauty Blessings – Day 63

Fish Fins

Fish Fins

To see beauty everywhere, that is art!

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Fish Scales

Fish Scales

 

If all you have left is your ability to see, you are truly blessed.

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These macro photographs of fish scales were taken at the Honolulu Fish Auction market. The textures and colors were beautiful. I couldn’t capture its true essence, but there was every reason to try.

Next time you see a fish up close, take a good look. You’ll be amazed!

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Poor Ocean Creatures – Day 62

Honolulu Fish Market

Honolulu Fish Market

Once upon a time, we were healthy…

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Fish Textures

Fish Textures

Dazzling textures, mysterious, even in death.

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The Honolulu Fish Auction is a fascinating place to visit. There are people to watch as they inspect the array of fishes. There’s the environment itself; it is a huge storage freezer, cold and wet. There are boots available if you come unprepared. And then there are different category fishes all separated on pallets on the floor.

I’m interested in taking photographs of the fish. Even in death, they’re impressive. I take pictures of the eyes, skin, tail and anything that catches my eye.

It’s time to go back for another visit.

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Anticipation and Expectations – Day 61

The Future

The Future

The world is yours, but you must reach out first.

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Young Minds

Young Minds

Trembling with anticipation, fertile young minds, and the Universe lays waiting.

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These children live around my old neighborhood. Materially lacking but oh, what bright potentials shines through their eyes. They believe that they ‘can do it,’ and I also believe they will.

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The Journey – Day 60

Purposeful Life

Purposeful Life

We have a purpose. We’re special, and we’re on a mission!

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To Start

To Start

Not knowing is as good a place as any to start a journey.

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Our Future – Day 59

For You

For You

It’s all that I have. Now it’s yours.

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Mirrors

Mirrors

 

Through your eyes; countless possibilities.

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Pictures were taken while I was visiting my family in Tonga. My little nephew giving me some flowers and the neighborhood children. Their eyes and expressions are like mirrors, nothing hidden, transparent. I was in awe.

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Vintage Tapa – Day 58

Vintage Tapa Pattern

Vintage Tapa Pattern

Ancient tapa patterns stirring memories of my father.

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Vintage Tapa Pattern

Vintage Tapa Pattern

 

Why create beauty only to be discarded?

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These vintage tapa patterns (kupesi) are on display at the National Center in Tonga.

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Irresistible Danger – Day 57

Prickly Cactus

Prickly Cactus

When you sense danger, listen!

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Irresistible Cactus

Irresistible Cactus

It it’s irresistible, stop and pray.

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This blog is going through major changes. Not so much in what you see, but in how I feel. I started out trying to write longer poems; three lines is long for me. And for whatever reason, I’m slowly drawn to cutting down to a few words to describe how I feel about the accompanying photo. I like that.

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My Diamond Head – Day 56

Going for a stroll along familiar paths is visiting an old lover.

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I uploaded this post and photo from my iPhone. The Word Press app worked, but it was a bit cumbersome. However, it’s better than nothing. For that, I’m grateful.

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Pure Soul – Day 55

Through a child's eyes...

Through a child’s eyes…

Through a child’s eyes, I get a glimpse of a pure soul.

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Look into my eyes...

Look into my eyes…

There are no mysteries, just look into my eyes.

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Today, my computer wanted to take a break. Never mind that I had work to do. There was limited access to my Photoshop portfolio. However, I was able to use some watercolor brushes on old low resolution photographs.
The above pictures were the result.

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How It Feels – Day 54

Yoga Abstract

Yoga Abstract

Try to see, to feel,
Is my yoga practice goal…
Reaching out to you.

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Yoga Silence

Yoga Silence

If I stop thinking,
And simply be, in the pose…
Miracles happens.

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These were originally pastel drawings, then scanned into Photoshop, and finally applied Fractalius filter.

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Fog and You – Day 53

The Mask

The Mask

It is always wise,
To wait, do nothing, or let go…
Until the fog clears.

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Caress

Caress

Today, I belong!
An exquisite sense of being,
All because of you.

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Without You – Day 52

Will You Stay?

Will You Stay?

If I close my eyes,
Imagine a world with you,
Would you want to stay?

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To Serve

To Serve

Freedom is a choice…
My responsibility
Is simply to serve.

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These two pictures of my nieces were taken in 2001. Precious moments to capture and enjoy.

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Simple Me – Day 51

Simple Me

Simple Me

Complicated, not…
What you feel is what you get,
No excess baggage.

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Rugged Green

Rugged Green

You think you know me?
I sincerely hope you do…
Now stop and explain.

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The two pictures were taken at a friend’s garden. I use Fractalius filters. It does give them the softness that I want. The big leaf make me think of a rugged green landscape.

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One Man’s Art – Day 50

Street Art

Street Art

It is not absurd
To presume one’s art is trash…
We are all different.

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Street Art

Street Art

You are color blind,
But your senses are intact…
Tell me how you feel.

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The two pictures were taken on a recent visit to Aotearoa. They do not represent the full installations. One was taken in Auckland and the other in Wellington. Both are street art.

When you travel, some locations have ancient remnants of of the past, and we call it art. And other places reproduce memories of the past, and we also call that art. Does it matter whether it’s the ‘real’ thing or a rendition of an old idea? I don’t think it matters one iota. Art is personal.

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Man-Made – Day 49

Portals

Portals

Today, this window
The only consolation… To at least see you.

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Roof

Roof

This colorful roof,
Trying to outshine nature, lovely…
No comparison.

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These two photos were taken in Ala Moana Shopping Center. It was early morning. I wanted to capture bits and pieces, not landscape or traditional architecture. This was a lesson in ‘seeing.’ I was happy with the ‘abstract’ conceptual image of the place.

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Litter Me Not – Day 48

Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint

Wandering the city,
An old building, peeling paint…
Was once beautiful.

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Green Heart

Green Heart

 

Pale grey, black and white,
I know what will cheer you up…
A dash of color!

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Eucalyptus World – Day 46

Purple Eucalyptus Macro

Purple Eucalyptus Macro

This will always be
My home, eucalyptus world…
Purple orange sea.

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Macro Landscape

Macro Landscape

If you wish to be
Captain of your destiny…
What is stopping you?

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There’s an eucalyptus ‘forest’ close by where I spend many hours taking macro photographs of the eucalyptus tree-trunks. The colors and textures speak to me. It’s like being a kid in a candy store. Thank you eucalyptus tree!

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Worthy Weeds – Day 45

Cassava

Cassava

Hardy cassava!
Steady, worthy companion…
A true friend indeed.

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Ordinary Weeds

Ordinary Weeds

Poor discarded weed,
Often overlooked, unloved,
And now, look at you!

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Sometimes using filters does bring out what the eyes sees. In this instant, I uses Fractalius filters.

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Simple Lines – Day 44

Leaf Macro

Leaf Macro

Looks are misleading,
Nice simple lines in a row…
Would make me believe.

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Green Leaf

Green Leaf

I could gaze at you,
All day, and never tire…
So much to explore.

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Ancient Wisdom – Day 43

Tree Trunk

Tree Trunk

Ravages of time,
Lines crisscrossing sun-baked skin…
Your wisdom lingers.

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Tree Trunk

Tree Trunk

Your eyes, like magnets… Forceful, urging, questioning
The choices I made.

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Abstract Reality – Day 42

Cactus Macro

Cactus Macro

With a little tweak,
Add a dab, magic color…
Emerges, a new you.

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Cactus Macro

Cactus Macro

 

We all have a twin,
Roaming freely in our dreams…
Spirit calling me.

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These two macro shots of a cactus were tweaked in Photoshop. I used a couple of filters to that enhances the outlines. I had named them the ‘Dancing Cactus.’

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Intricate You – Day 41

Cactus Flower Macro

Cactus Flower Macro

Infatuation
Does not begin to describe
How I feel about you.

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Cactus Macro Photography

Cactus Macro Photography

What more can I say?
Whenever I look at you,
My spirit soars.

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Sometimes, after I manipulate an image, like cropping or enhance the color, I find myself emotionally drawn in. My poetic mind takes off and I let it be. It’s a wonderful way to let go and enjoy the moment.

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Into Green – Day 40

Green Landscape

Green Landscape

When I think of green,
I imagine a landscape…
Vales and hills, like you.

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Into Green

Into Green

If I close my eyes,
And just listen to your story,
I think of summer.

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No Exit – Day 39

Arlington Memorial

Arlington Memorial

Your headstone shimmers,
I see why you chose this spot…
It is peaceful here.

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No EXIT

No EXIT

Hello there, EXIT sign!
Isn’t it awkward here? Where
No one ever leaves?

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Love My Taro – Day 38

Taro Leaf

Taro Leaf

delicious taro…
myths abound, but who are you?
lovely taro leaf.

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Dewdrop Heart

Dewdrop Heart

my shimmering heart,
dewdrop on a taro leaf,
greeting the morning.

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Natural Beauty Poetry – Day 37

Bird Of Paradise

Bird Of Paradise

impossible you!
nature’s lover, exquisite
bird of paradise.

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Polka-Dot Leaf

Polka-Dot Leaf

 

my polka-dot leaf
even as you lie here, dying…
you are beautiful.

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The Competitors – Day 36

The Paddlers

The Paddlers

the winner takes all
I know what you are thinking,
patiently waiting.

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Waiting To Paddle

Waiting To Paddle

pretending non-caring,
outwardly calm and carefree…
let us see who wins.

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Contemplating Waves – Day 35

Wave Meditation

Wave Meditation

serene and graceful,
I never tire watching you…
calm and soothing waves.

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Footsteps and Waves

Footsteps and Waves

clear and well defined
your footsteps leading ahead…
waves are coming, beware.

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Tough Love and Fine Days – Day 34

Tough Love

Tough Love

we do need each other
tough love is not the answer
loosen up a bit.

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Gloomy Face

Gloomy Face

 

 

 

why the gloomy face?
it is a fine day today,
and I’m here with you.

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Eucalyptus Landscape – Day 33

Eucalyptus Macro

Eucalyptus Macro

alien purple
orange flames spewing green
lava melting dreams.

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Eucalyptus World

Eucalyptus World

 

black hole beckoning
enticing me to enter
perfect purple world.

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Leaf Macro – Day 32

Ti Leaf Macro

Ti Leaf Macro

your beauty shines
yellow seems to suit you well
my lovely ti leaf.

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Banana Leaf Macro

Banana Leaf Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

my banana leaf
slowly giving in, life’s cycle
taking you away.

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Wave Riders – Day 31

Wave Riders

Wave Riders

unpredictable,
your awesomeness rushing in,
thrilling perfect wave.

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Waiting for Wave

Waiting for Wave

it would be splendid
if we could be still, together
wave-riders and wave.

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Cactus Attitude – Day 30

Sharp Fellas

Sharp Fellas

 

sharp little fellas
tiny soldiers in a row
it’s a trap, I know.

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Cactus Needles

Cactus Needles

 

intimidating
yet, I do admire your stance
cactus standing guard

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Rocks and Dew Drops – Day 29

Rocks Meditation

Rocks Meditation

if only I could be
impenetrable as you
seems to be, I would…

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Dewdrops

Dewdrops

perfect little dewdrops
like star dusts on green canvas
please stay for awhile

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Should I Enter? Day 28

Red Door

Red Door

you’re hard to resist
your vibrant red color beckons,
but your peeling paint…

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Transparent Doorway

Transparent Doorway

 

little yellow boots
exploring, running inside
Bishop Museum

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Urban Coconuts – Day 27

Coconut Trees Impression

Coconut Trees Impression

just an impression
perhaps was once a coconut tree
that was, but no more

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Urban Coconut Trees

Urban Coconut Trees

 

show yourself coconuts
or are you so urbanized,
nothing but facade?

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Me and My Shadow – Day 26

Tree Branches Silhouette

Tree Branches Silhouette

your silhouette, breathtaking
no place to hide, no relief
hot summer days

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Tree Branches Shadow

Tree Branches Shadow

play chasing shadows
I couldn’t hold you still for long
except this photograph

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Toxic Feeders – Day 25

Toxic Water

Toxic Water

you’re a tough one
how can you survive in here?
heavy metals crab

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Aqua Reflections

Aqua Reflections

pretty little fish
if I could, I’d rescue you
this toxic wasteland

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Perceptions and Reality – Day 24

Tapa Design

Tapa Design

I know you’re not real
and yet, it doesn’t matter
I still remember

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Tapa Design

Tapa Design

your beautiful lines
graceful chaos, together
elegant, earth tapa

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Ordinary Cycle – Day 23

Bird Skeleton

Bird Skeleton

what happened to you?
the hot sun has sucked you dry
poor little birdie

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

you’re brilliant
in the vase, but not for long
bird of paradise

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Waikiki Facade – Day 22

Waikiki Architecture

Waikiki Architecture

hello there, pineapple!
you’ve made it to the top
Waikiki facade

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Waikiki High Rise

Waikiki High Rise

you may come out now
you know I can see you there
Waikiki high rise

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Blue Green Scenery – Day 21

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

it’s a beautiful day
blue skies chasing away blues
shifting sand caresses

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Moss Rocks

Moss Rocks

it’s all decorations
mossy green seems to dominate
my beautiful rocks

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Shifting Shadows – Day 20

Coconut Tree Shadow

Coconut Tree Shadow

a dash of green
showing your true colors
all shifting shadows

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Misty Mountain

Misty Mountain

misty cloud shadows
better hurry with your chores
the sun is rising

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Life Lines – Day 19

Green Life Lines

Green Life Lines

deep green shelter
gives shade thrashing sunlight
reveals hidden lines

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Palm Life Lines

Palm Life Lines

this path that I’m on
seems to meander without aim
like my palms lifelines

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Golden Sky – Day 18

Black Sky

Black Sky

golden sky rises
making its way across
back into darkness

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Waikiki Sunset

Waikiki Sunset

sunset glows beyond
the city tries to separate
your warm embrace

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Expanding Horizon – Day 17

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

linear infinity
paradise
encompassing

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Ship's Mast

Ship’s Mast

expanding perceptions
delicate
exceptional

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I Need Water – Day 16

insanity reigns
raindrops and miracles
water

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Parched Earth

Parched Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flowing ocean carves
sandy shores
I need water

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Flowing Sand

Flowing Sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taro Leaves – Day 15

tracing lines
gods and ancestors
taro leaves

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Green Taro Leaf

Green Taro Leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nature’s treasures
woven stories
intertwine

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Taro Leaf Macro

Taro Leaf Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiet Sea – Day 14

calm waters
floating free

Dragon Boats

Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pride
of aloha

Pride Of Aloha

Pride Of Aloha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeing and Reality – Day 12

shifting shadows
reality

Macro Eucalyptus

Shifting Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seeing
what I feel

I See

I See

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Beginning – Day 11

into green
a new year
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Into Green

Into Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

once green
colors
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Ravages Of Time

Once Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capturing Moments – Day 10

imprints
gone

Footsteps in the sand

Footsteps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

footsteps
together

Leisure Walk

Leisure Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water Reflections – Day 9

precious water
elegance

Water Meets Ocean

Water Meets Ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

coconut trees
graceful

Coconut Trees Reflection

Coconut Trees Reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contemplating New Paths

clear and focused
new paths
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Green Path

Green Path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

surrounded
rainbows
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Rainbow Over Waikiki

Rainbow Over Waikiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light and Shadows – Day 7

lights play
shadows dance
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Coconut Trees and Shadows

Coconut Trees and Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guessing game
dissipates
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Shadows on Grass

Shadows on Grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clouds and Prickly Lines – Day 6

clouds reflection
dewdrops

Clouds In A Dewdrop

Clouds In A Dewdrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prickly lines
naturally

Thorny Cactus

Thorny Cactus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflecting – Day 5

reflecting
memories
fading
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1952 NYC Ballet

1952 NYC Ballet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is no more
what was
gone

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1875 NYC Central Park

1875 NYC Central Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taboo – Day 4

words whispers
shadowy images
taboo

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Shadowy Images

Shadowy Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shadows play
among the living
green meadow

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Shadows Play

Shadows Play

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Heroes – Day 3

you’re all heroes
reflecting
thank you

War and Memories


War and Memories

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Beer – Day 2

possibilities beyond
what is seen

Beer Nautilus

Beer Nautilus

 

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365 Photos

reflections and reality

is it what I see or what I feel?

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iPhone 5 Hiking Photos

On a recent hike on Tantalus’s many trails, I decided to use only the iPhone as my camera. First off, it was lighter to haul and easy to use. Without further ado, here are the photos.

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Cactus Garden iPhone Photos

delicate cactus

Delicate cactus

Cactus iPhone Photography

Monolithic cactus

Cactus iPhone Photography

Cactus attitude

The cactus garden at Kapiolani Community College is a hidden gem of a place to photograph and relax. The garden itself is well-maintained and there are tables and chairs in various nooks around the garden. One of my favorite places to wander, take photographs or just relax.

Across the street is the Diamond Head crater rise. It’s within a leisure walking distance from the garden to inside the crater. Often we will park by the garden, walk up to the top of the crater, back to the garden and enjoy a picnic lunch. Who would ask for more?

The following pictures of the cactus garden were taken with my iPhone camera and using the Tadaa photo app filter. If you need more information about the effects, stay tuned. Next post will be about the various apps that I use and most are free.

Happy shooting…
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In Focus. Simple Steps To Taking Sharp Pictures

Flower offeringGolden leafOrange Leaf

Enough light, get close and keep still.

Now that most smart phones have high camera resolution, it’s easier to achieve what the eyes sees. However, to get focused pictures, there must be enough light illuminating the subject, frame the shot by moving closer instead of zooming in, and avoid hand shakes when pressing the shutter.

Some smart phones allow some manual camera control which helps speed up the learning curve; however, remembering the three things above will ensure pictures that are sharp and in focus.

Happy picture taking!

The photos accompanying this post were taken with a Blackberry Bold 9780.

Thank you for stopping by!
Comments are appreciated.

I wish you well,

Taueva Faotusia

 

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Photography Critique

Yesterday, I participated in the University of Hawaii, Pacific New Media, ongoing photography critique session. It’s always interesting to see what other photographers are doing, listen to their vision, their stories, and receive valuable information at the same time.

David Ulrich, Pacific New Media faculty member, led the session. He’s also a photographer and author. I gain a lot from just listening to his own vision, or why something works or doesn’t work.

I come away from these photo critique sessions full of ‘new’ ideas. It’s always a surprise when the observer disregards something that I personally like, or rave above a photo that I would toss aside.  It never ceases to amaze!

The following photographs were the ones I took to the photo critique session. They were recently taken at the Diamond Head Crater trail. The diptychs were taken with my smart phone. The rest were taken with my Nikon DSLR.

If you want to leave your comments, please do so.

Thank you.

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Friday Photography

On Fridays, I volunteer at the Bishop Museum. The museum houses the largest Pacific collection in the world. It’s a favorite spot for both visitors and locals.

One of my favorite thing to do is to take pictures of the various plants and flowers surrounding the museum grounds. The following pictures were taken Friday, 5th October 2012.

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Saving Digital Data

 

School Children

Tongan Children

Tragedy is a fact of life. We know how it feels. Loved ones gone. That’s how life goes. We may or may not accept the fact, but loss is an eventuality that we, human beings, must all face.

But there are tragic events that we can prevent from happening. I’m talking about our digital data, files that are critical to our business, our well-being and more.

I’m a voracious photographer. Some images are irreplaceable. They contain memories of loved ones, of special events. I can just image how I’ll feel if I ever lose them. It will be like mourning all over again.

School Children

Tongan Children

So, I’ve finally joined the online data storage crowd!

Why? Since I’m an avid photographer, I’ve accumulated a lot of digital data. I’ve used CD-ROM, DVD, external drives to back-up my files and they worked for a while. That was until I had to find ‘space’ to store those tangible boxes of data.

School Children

Tongan Children

Before you decide where or how you want to backup your files, check out what previous customers have to say.

Do they offer tutorials? Read the FAQ and get your concerns answered before committing your valuable assets.

The school children photos were taken during a visit to Tonga, June 2012. I will be sharing more of those pictures soon.

As always, if you like the post, please tweet and share with your favorite social media.

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Phone Photography 101

The following walk-about mobile pics were taken around my Honolulu neighborhood.

Taking good photos with your mobile phone device is easy, but you have to do two things:

  • Know your phone camera!
  • Practice, practice, practice!

If you are like me, I tend to jump right in and just learn on the fly. Nothing wrong with that!

But, if you want to add the WOW factor to your phone photography, than take the time to know your phone camera’s capabilities.

Have fun!

Photography fundamentals, tips and tricks coming soon…

Thank you for visiting,

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Dreamers As Creators

Creativity

Creativity


Often times, being called a ‘dreamer’ has a dubious ring to it. Most of us have heard the saying, ‘Dream Big!’ and other times, it’s ‘Stop Dreaming!’ so it’s no wonder we can never be sure if it’s meant in a positive or negative way. But no matter, we can all agree that dreamers value their dreams.

The accompanying photograph is a spider’s web. Using various filters in Photoshop, I tried to enhance the web so that it is the dominant feature in the photograph. I tried to show what I saw when I took the photograph. And what I saw was a landscape. An abstract landscape, but I thought of shapes rather than clear cut crisp landscape.

As for the short play, it’s two characters, the Beloved and the Dreamer is taken from personal experience. It’s neither happy nor sad, it just is.

I wish you well.

I would love to hear your comments.

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One Day To Live

One Day To Live

One Day To Live

Life is the greatest work-in-progress. One day we vow to do this and that and ended up doing absolutely nothing. So what are we to do? Do we sit and play the guilt game? Do we blame our loved ones for our lack of ‘doing?’ Or do we go on as if nothing matters?

The reality never wavers.
We get what we put out.
We create our today, our tomorrow and our reality.

It’s not a death sentence, it’s a powerful gift.

We.Create.Our.Reality.

So even though I had not kept my vow to share a ‘picture-a-day’ on my blog, I know that other important events had intervened and it’s OK to restart.

So today’s picture and words are my way of saying that life is not yesterday or tomorrow, but right this moment.

I wish you well.

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