2011-02-26

The Torqued Literature

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CAMERA INFO
Hand-held Canon 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens @ 55mm; Aperture Priority Mode; 1/5000s; f/5.6; ISO 100

Greetings—

Ask how long
The refugee
Seeks his way
All through his life
The feeling is born
Darkening, unseeing
Weird and murky above the
Time
Splintering under the shadows
He'll transform symbols
Near the heart
And the mind follows

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LISTENING TO
"Soft Lights And Sweet Music" from the 2006 album Fearless Leader by John Coltrane
(From The Celtic Camera collection of fine tune-age)

Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-23

Memories of Happy Shape - R. W. P. #8

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CAMERA INFO
Tripod-mounted Canon 20D; Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 160mm; Aperture Priority Mode; 1/25s; f/11.0; ISO 100

Greetings—

Yeah, we're still working on the ol' rehab and dealing with the winter weather over here at the Celtic Camera studios, so I give you #8 in the "Rear Window Project."

LISTENING TO
"Running Away From You" from the 1981 album Camera Camera by Renaissance
(From The Celtic Camera collection of fine tune-age)

Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-20

Vanishing Shade of Sorrow

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CAMERA INFO
Hand-held Apple iPhone 4; 3.8mm; Auto Mode; 1/1900s; f/2.8; ISO 80; Average metering; Faux HDR

Greetings—

We are poisonous on the spirits
Sinister and glowing in the ground
You gather, humming within the grave
We speak to mournful inspirations above the gods
Awaken!
turning away
no way out
With no regrets
I reach and the end is done
Very cold are the gods

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LISTENING TO
"All You Need To Know" from the 2009 album 3000 Days by The Pineapple Thief
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-17

Impression of Incidental Sadness

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CAMERA INFO
Hand-held Apple iPhone 4; 3.8mm; Auto Mode; 1/4300s; f/2.8; ISO 80; Average metering

Greetings—

So mournful about the flowers
Very red over the tomb
You excrete lustful illusions beneath the grave
Evil and dank beyond the bullshit
I destroy the light against the clouds
Atone!
The passion is hard
With what regrets
A stranger
Take another road
Not knowing why
On what journey
The traveler
Seek shelter
In the late light


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LISTENING TO
"Exit Wounds: The Soldier" from the 2004 album Subconscious by Hourglass
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-15

St. George of Despair

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CAMERA INFO
Tripod-mounted Canon 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens @ 22mm; Aperture Priority Mode; Bracketed HDR merge: 1/250, 1/500 & 1/1000s; f/9.0; ISO 100; Pattern metering

Greetings—

Seabury-Western Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Episcopal Church, located in Evanston, Illinois. It was formed by a merger in 1933 of Western Theological Seminary of Evanston (founded in 1883 in Chicago), and Seabury Divinity School of Faribault, Minnesota (founded in 1858). The new seminary endeavored to hold in tension the "High church" and "Low church" identities of its predecessors. However, for most of its history, SWTS occupied a place within Anglican churchmanship akin to that of General Theological Seminary in New York City: a liturgical bent toward Anglo-Catholic practices and an acceptance of modern theology and social tolerance. (Via Wikipedia)

LISTENING TO
"Faith Without Works" from the 2009 album Mind's Eye by Hybrid Ice
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-14

Architectural Self-Indulgence

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CAMERA INFO
Tripod-mounted Canon 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens @ 18mm; Aperture Priority Mode; 1/1250s; f/7.1; ISO 400; Pattern metering

Greetings—

One can almost hear the, "Ooo's," and "Aah's" from the ribbon-cutting ceremony ... from the passersby and tourists visiting the fair city. Rest assured, the architect involved in this one surely hears them to this day (or took them to his grave), his heart and mind swelling with pride from all the adulation ... along with a sense of self-importance. It's the way of these folks.

I can guarantee that most of the folks who have to work in this building hate it. It's a perfect example of form over function.

You know what I hear? Not the "Ooo's," and "Aah's." I hear the carpet installers, swearing a blue-streak as they search in vain for a right angle. I hear the frustrations in the workers as they rack their brains to figure out a workable configuration for their offices — assuming they weren't subjected to a "Committee" who decided it for them — and are now struggling with their daily work. I hear grumbling from folks who have to walk to the middle of the building just to access the upper floors.

And the chances are good that the "Designer" of this won an award or two, most likely for "Artful Innovation."

I will grant that, aesthetically, it's a much more ... interesting view then the steel and glass monolith's that became popular from the '60's on, but I know that "Old-School" architecture produced gorgeous looking structures on the outside and functionality on the inside.

This is nothing more then a monument to an ego.

Can you tell I have some strong views on architecture? ☺

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LISTENING TO
"Bilbo Medley" from the 1999 album Live In America by Par Lindh Project
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-13

Exclusion in Vision

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Greetings—

Here's a blast from the past; was digging through the archive and found this shot of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Frat house on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University and decided to give it the treatment: brought it into ACR and made three "bracketed" shots and tonemapped them for a faux HDR effect. Then I brought it into Nik Silver Efex for the B&W, where I also added a bit of structure and targeted the sky for a touch of drama. This was also my first use of Content Aware Fill in Photoshop; I removed two car roofs from just behind the bushes towards the left of frame.

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LISTENING TO
"Kings Of Infinite Space" from the 2009 album Aurora by Litmus
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-11

A "Two-fer"


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CAMERA INFO
Hand-held Apple iPhone 4; Instagram X-Pro II process; Vignette & Fuji Velvia effect via Photoshop

Greetings—

A small trip down memory lane, as I was digging through an old box of photos and came upon some old Polaroids and thought I'd try to replicate the look. I leave it to you to decide if I've succeeded or not

LISTENING TO
"Kalynda (A Magical Isle)" from the 1979 album Azure D'Or by Renaissance
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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2011-02-09

Sinister Sadness

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CAMERA INFO
Hand-held Canon 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens @ 18mm; Manual Mode; 10s; f/3.5; ISO 100; Pattern metering

Greetings—

What makes you think you're really free?
Because they keep telling you so
We envision big schemes
And amerikan dreams
translucent wanting
on the edge of the world
The edge we cut
blurring at the edges
A third world created
That brought no more then suffering
And riches to few
Now knocks upon our own door
The insanity has
Captured
The masses imagination
We are now them

LISTENING TO
"Sinuous" from the 2000 album Ecliptic by Paradox
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Slainte,
Gareth — The Celtic Camera Photography

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