"Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny." [Camus]
My original intentions were to make this a photoblog, but fate seems otherwise determined. I live not far from an existential lifestyle and tend towards misanthropic beliefs. This is my blog.
Whether you read it or not is up to you. Whether you agree or disagree is up to you..for I do not care. Enjoy..or don't.

I can hear, hear something... 19 March, 2009 | comment

Okay, this is extremely experimental. I am aware this isn't exactly an amazing photo but I had loads of fun trying to capture one of these. I've been and still am trying loads of different styles of photography and am having a ball in doing so.

I would greatly appreciate some constructive criticism. What do you like, what do you not, if it was you trying to capture/ post process something similar, how would you do it?

I've started doing something I promised myself I wouldn't here on my blog. I've made this blog a self-centred site. Well of course, I did expect to talk about myself and my life a little here and there. But seems like that is all I have done in the last couple of posts. Nothing I say can be applied to anyone else than myself. So I will try to step away from that again and make today's topic:

More specifically; noise.
Everywhere we go there is this phenomena. Birds, trees, wind, sea, lakes, walking feet,,, cars, factories, horns, a vacuum cleaner, screams, machinery, explosions.
There are different sounds in this world. And in contemporary society it is mostly about the artificial ones. We can rarely go for a stroll and enjoy 'the sound of nature', the natural. The infinite time of development to come to its balance of sounds. The human conscious mind has its consequences, we create the unnatural and produce the artificial. We invent, we create, we fight to break free from the 'flow' of things.
For nature is not the inorganic body of homo sapiens. We decided against that centuries ago. Instead it has become our "tool" of sort and we reap what we sow.

Stop, don't move, just listen for a moment. Can you hear the silence? Neither can I. Is the blowing wind and the singing birds all you can hear? I didn't think so. Most of us have to travel for hours to experience this, because we have not only occupied land, not even just air and space, for we have occupied sound as well.
When was the last time all you could hear was yourself? Though this is a little far fetched for the wind and the trees create sound too, but if I had the chance to I for one would want to experience the sound of nothing but myself, but I am more than happy for just a moment of experiencing nature, the natural nature.

So here is my tip of the day if you who read are interested;
escape the town, escape all roads, all buildings, maybe all of humanity for perhaps just a few minutes, plan a few hours, it is up to you, and feel that you are part of nature and understand that nature is not a separate being. Listen to the balance that has been created through millions of years of development.

I am not a particular environmentalist neither am I a "tree hugger", I am just an individual who enjoys a little calm and peace.

EDIT: As a temporary measure for not having set up an "Older/Newer Posts" link yet I've set the main page to display 10 posts instead of 5. It'll mean a bit longer loading time but at least you'll be able to look a bit further back in time.

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Another day in another week 16 March, 2009 | comment

There were beautiful wisps of clouds in the sky that dissipated all light neatly across the sky today. I like how they create something like lines in the sky. They're also the reason to the sun's pretentious size.
I'm also trying the new polariser here.

View On White (not sure whether it fits well or not so I'm leaving the link here)

I've been lurking around the library and swimming through books so much lately that I haven't even found the time to pick up the camera for a couple weeks now. That was put to an end on Sunday.
I recently made the decision to (almost) always carry the camera with me whenever I head out and know I won't be professionally preoccupied. So on Sunday after dinner and some book scrounging I broke away from the crowd I whence started out with and went for a walk along the beach; camera in hand and finger on the button, photo ready. Not a bad idea I'd say. I spent most of the afternoon enjoying the lovely-slowly arriving summer.
Used up a full battery and put the second in... which turned out to be a stubborn one, refusing to work. I had it replaced today with a working one so all is good.

Speaking of electrical things breaking. My laptop decided to take its last breath on Saturday (or was it Friday?). Oh the horror. Harddisk is fine so it didn't completely jump off the ledge. I've narrowed the problem down to motherboard or cpu. Hoping it's the cpu for that I can at least replace. The motherboard would be a lost case with all these customised motherboards for laptops and all.
Fingers crossed it's an easy fix. My wallet is not allowing me to afford a new laptop so soon. Been looking at those ultraportables though.

More flickr updates will be up soon. One thing I (probably should have earlier) discovered that is pretty silly for me not to have realised till now is that there is no rule saying that I have to finish post-processing and post all the photos from one collection right away and at the same time. This makes post-processing and shuffling through photos from a day much more enjoyable. I'll stop whenever I feel like it and post whatever I have and save it for later whenever. Enjoyability and convenience aside, it gives a larger chance and more time for flickr'ers to see all my new uploads.

Time to go back to my another day in another week of another month in yet another year.

(Note; I'm testing a different comment form that will pop up if you click the "leave a reply" link under this post. Blogger doesn't allow me to create a different comment form for the "comment" link to the right but I'll try to figure it out.)

EDIT: I've changed the comment form back to how it used to be. Normal link to the right of here does the trick again.
EDIT2: New upgrade to the comment form. It has now been implemented both under each post and under the comment bar to the right depending on which link you click, with user friendly-interface in the spotlight.

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