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This is TV Snow with Triple Crystal Vision.
If you want to learn more about Crystal Bill's Crystal Vision -
go to http://www.elegantcrystals.com/
You may not see anything about it there but you can ask.
I got a very Special Preview.
Check out his "Rainbow Secrets of the Crystals." 2 min promo video.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sterling Johnson is a bubblesmith who resides in Faifax, CA. He has been blowing bubbles with his hands since John Kennedy was president. He co-hosted the first international bubble conference at the Exploratorium in 2009. He has performed extensively in the Bay
Area, in Tokyo twice, Dubai, and the White House. He is most interested in helping people see bubbles freshly, to be in the moment and experience a true wonder that nature gives us from soap and water.
Roger Vosberg, a lawyer in my BNI chapter introduced us.
He had an inkling that we'd really enjoy meeting so he connecting us together.
Hear are some questions that Sterling answered about the bubbles.
1. What are the bubbles made of?
The bubbles are basically water and soap. The soap is a mixture of detergents tweaked with some other things like glycerine to help the bubbles perform better. When you see a bubble, what you are seeing is 95% liquid by weight, 99.99% air by volume, and it acts like a solid. Nothing else quite like that around us.
2. How do you get the bubbles in bubbles
Bubbles inside bubbles: short answer: I blow at the side of the bubble, and if the bubble mix is sufficiently elastic, the force of the air will push the film of the bubble inward until the film, seeking a smallest surface (which is also the lowest energy state), will find it better to form a separate bubble inside, with the hole that remains on the outer surface healing itself . I know of at least 5 distinctly different ways to put a bubble in a bubble. What allows bubbles inside bubbles and what makes bubbles try to be spherical is a wonderfully deep principle in natural things that they naturally try to find a lowest potential energy state; it is a way to understand gravity, chemical reactions, and lost more, and bubbles are the most beautiful example of concept.
3. What makes you do something so beautiful knowing it will disappear?
Evanescence: Bubbles are like people: every one if different and everyone is mostly the same. They all live too short of a time, though a few unexpectedly and often unexplainably live much longer than the others. There can be a sadness at how quickly they leave us (bubbles and people), particularly for those which seem exceptional; but in the end, it is greatly more helpful to give real focus to them while they are with us, marvel at their beauty, and accept that they will not be with us for long. A really good reminder about a life well lived. And besides, if the bubbles all lasted for years, they would get messy, pile up, accumulate and we would not treasure them so. That they are short-lived is really a part of what makes them special.
I'd love to hear any of your questions and will connect you with Sterling if you'd like to ask him yourself.
Perhaps he can answer them right here.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Hummingbird will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here, there, and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy, which may send your senses reeling.
The Medicine Cards
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This image is painted with the moon.
What I mean by that is, I took my camera, I looked at the moon and painted and pulled that light.
I love moving light, shaping it, bending, swirling and dancing with it.
- Stefanie Atkinson
Canon Rebel (film)
Monday, September 7, 2009
We were hoisted up 100 ft. to have a lovely breakfast in the tallest tree in the jungle at the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru. We were well above all the other trees and this was the view above us.
- Stefanie Atkinson
Canon Rebel (film)
Adobe Lightroom - love the color corrector
Sunday, September 6, 2009
One evening I was walking back from the Estuary below our house. It was getting dark. My eyes were drawn to the top of a nearby pine tree. I felt there was something there, but I really could not see well enough to know for sure. Curious, I took a very long exposure.
When I brought my camera down and looked back up, there wasn’t anything there. Yet, I really thought I had seen something.
I went inside and uploaded this image. I had to crank up the exposure in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Sure enough, I had captured an owl and its trail.
- Stefanie Atkinson
200 L series lens
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We were at the twins’ club garage sale surrounded by a sea of double strollers, high chairs, car seats, and bouncy things when my cell phone rang.
The man on the phone told me I had won a trip to Alaska. I was one of six photographers picked to be part of a Grizzly Bear Photographic Expedition to the Katmai Coast leaving in a little over two weeks. I was chosen for my unique photographic style, which he had labeled “Naturalistic Impressionism.”
I would fly to Alaska, take a seaplane to the Katmai Coast, and sleep on a live aboard for seven days.
It was what I had been dreaming about. So I thanked him for the honor and accepted the invitation. At that moment, surrounded by my and other families, all I focused on was the honor of winning the trip and photographing birds in Alaska. I didn’t think about the Grizzly Bear part, at first.
But then, while still incredibly excited, I was a bit nervous before I left. Why do I want to photograph Grizzlies anyway? I know I like adventure, but it all sounded a bit risky.
It didn’t stop me though and before I knew it, I was standing 25 feet from the bear in this picture. It sounds strange, but the moment we looked at each other I felt safe. I was curious, grounded, my monopod in hand, my feet planted in the mud. It had been misting all day and my camera was under a rain cover.
For some reason, I felt the need to wave and say hello.
We looked at each other.
In that moment, I felt we were equal. Until I remembered that that Grizzlies can run up to 25 miles per hour, stand at about 8 feet and weigh around 500 pounds.
But, I reminded myself, for all she knew I had a gun.
We were face to face.
Six photographers and a guides were with me, but all were looking the other way. The bear went back on 4 legs and all turned and yelled in hope that someone got the picture.
My friend Andrea got one. But she was too close and as she said, “That bear was looking right at you.”
The bear stands in front of me now, like a hologram.
She has been the topic of many conversations.
Those that live with her, who place her image on their walls, often tell me of her lessons.
To me she is a symbol of "Mother."
She is powerful, strong, protective, graceful, courageous, curious, and grounded.
And as a mother myself, I appreciate and honor those attributes.
* Stefanie Atkinson