Defying Gravity

Here is a short video about an interesting Chinese photographer, Li Wei. Enjoy.

Thanks to Frizz for the tip about this talented man.

Got Ice?

The following video captures the largest glacier calving ever recorded. The glacier retreated one mile as a result of this event across its three-mile face.

Below is a trailer for the film, Chasing Ice, which follows the efforts of James Balog and his crew to use time-lapse cameras to document climate-change. At first a skeptic, Balog begins to change his beliefs as he gathers evidence about the state of the Arctic.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

…share a picture that evokes HOME for you. It might be the place where you live, or a more abstract representation, or something completely different…”

Living on the left-edge of the continent allows for some spectacular vistas of a place we chose to make our home. This is the view from the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California looking Southeast at San Francisco. Enjoy.

HomePhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Home
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 4 and made edits in Snapseed and Simply HDR.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Tagged “F” Challenge

This week, “F” is for Fake. That’s right, like Orson Welles before me, what you see is not what you see at all. Click on a photo and enjoy.

I am only showing a portion of John Pugh’s mural on the back side of the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California. At first glance you see a Utility worker reading an electric meter, when in fact it is just an illusion as the side view attests. I think that the shadow of the existing awning ‘sells’ the illusion as it falls across the ‘meter’.

I took these photos with my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed.

Tagged “F”

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

This week Cee’s challenge centers around the fifth of the Chinese 5 Elements: Earth

According to Cee: Earth/Harvest: Clay, Rock, Dust, Sand, Mud, Crystal, Powder, Shadow, Space, Darkness, Gravity, Bone, Silicon

I took this photo of a clay lion in a garden supply store in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy.

Clay Lion © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Clay Lion © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my Canon A620 Powershot camera and made edits in Snapseed.

Travel Theme: Shadows

“…get ready with your own shadowy post and let’s dedicate this week’s travel theme to groundhogs everywhere…”Travel theme: Shadows

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of Winter, allegedly— I’m just sayin’…

On a personal level, I will gladly take six more weeks of Winter if I can photograph scenes like the one below. There would be no shadows without highlights and the combination is serene. Enjoy.

ShadowsPhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Shadows
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 camera, made crops in iPhoto and added the frame in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

“…share a picture that says UNIQUE to you. Maybe the image itself shows something distinct from its surroundings, or maybe it’s a unique take on a common subject. Maybe it’s a unique person in your life, or a treasured heirloom that’s irreplaceable…”

Q: How do you catch a Unique Rabbit?
A: You ‘neak up on it….

A good sense of humor is unique in my estimation. What one person finds hilarious can often times be appalling to someone else. These days I find myself walking the line between what is funny to me and what is acceptable to the public at large. At times I just say, F—k it, and go with my gut. It doesn’t always work out, but I feel the way I feel. Do you feel me?

Here is a photo of a T-shirt that I feel captures a unique sense of humor. A Union brother out of Chicago is putting these out. No word if other chapters are available. Enjoy.

Sons of Electricity T-shirt

Unique
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

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