A quiet blog…

I have been incredibly quiet over the this Easter period.  I haven’t done much photography at all, and when I do, I’m not happy with what I have.  Perhaps that is not all that bad that I am selective of what I put out there.  I enjoy blogging, and it is definitely something that requires persistence.  I see the stats to my blog when I am active and its encouraging to see new people viewing your posts, but when you feel uninspired and you have left your blog to its own devices for several days, you notice the numbers dropping.  That is not very inspiring.  I don’t like the idea of posting a post, just for the sake of blogging.  You could end up sacrificing content for viewing numbers, and that is not me.  I prefer to hold my tounge if I have nothing of relevance or importance to say.  Blogging has become a way of earning.   A job.  A blog could be an extension of you and you can use that extension to reach millions and billions of people around the world, sharing your culture, thoughts and beliefs.  Money has corrupted everything, because now instead of being ourselves, we have exchanged and sacrificed ourselves for earning money.  Now we blog about whats popular.  Without us knowing we have given up our individuality, and joined the masses shovelling and blogging about Hollywood entertainment, celebrities lives and a whole host of other “relevent” topics.   I’m happy to report that I do follow a lot of great blogs, that are full of character and individuality.  They share their views, thoughts and art, sharing their individuality for others to read, see and try understand.

My blog has been quiet, but I will still choose what I post and won’t blog for the sake of blogging, especially blogging for popularity or views.  Ultimately at the end of the day none of that matters.  No one will care if I get 800 000 views, but what does matter is who I am.  Who I am can influence and inspire others.  Who I am, who you are, does matter.  Our interactions with each other matters.  Our intentions and the way of our interactions can potentially linger with those we interact with, affecting their mood and possibly even actions.    Just a thought.

Anyways, I created a new page on my blog which has some of my prints that are available.  For some reason WordPress wont allow me to set up the images on the page as I hoped, so I had to insert a slideshow.  The images on the page will change from time to time to showcase my other prints.  Hope you guys enjoy!

A thought on Marijuana and hemp…

image from  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/medical-marijuana/

I came across an article a few days ago about the Oaksterdam University that was raided by the D.E.A.  Oaksterdam University is probably the only university that teaches people how to cultivate marijuana in the hopes to “legitimize the business and work to change the law to make cannabis legal”, which is their mission statement.

Oaksterdam University is situated in California, a state which legalized marijuana back 1996.  The problem is that medicinal marijuana is legal in state law, but federal law makes it illegal.  Confusing much?  Oaksterdam is not the only institution that has been raided, numerous other legal marijuana dispensaries have been shut down, causing many to lose jobs and many patients unable to receive their medication.

So much of tax payers money gets wasted on something that is less harmful than cigarettes and coffee.  I think there is a lot of misinformation on marijuana and personally I don’t think it should be made illegal.  Along with marijuana, its cousin, hemp is also made illegal.  Hemp has literally, thousands of uses.  We could harvest hemp for paper instead of forests, it can be made into plastics, paper, oils and even bio fuels.   It has so much to offer, yet people from all around the world pay taxes to “protect” themselves against this harmless plant, often with much collateral damage.    Just because something is made available doesn’t mean you have to use it.  Take responsibility for yourself and your actions, and allow others to do the same.  We get so caught up in being right and wrong that we end up projecting our beliefs onto those who see things differently to ourselves.  Can we not respect the next person enough to allow them to explore possibilities so they can arrive at their own conclusion?  We need to understand that another person’s decision and belief does not have to affect us.  If you really respect someone, you would allow them to live their life freely as long as long as they cause no harm.   Marijuana poses no threat, and if you feel it does, then stay away from it.  Just let it be.

For more information about a brief history about marijuana have a read here.

 

 

Food Photography

I am lucky to assist for a very good photographer, whose specialities include, among others, food photography.   I have had the pleasure of assisting some fantastic shoots, which included fantastic food.  I get to eat our work.  Awesome.  I have learned some neat tricks on food photography, which the photographer I assist, learned from his photography mentor.  Sweet food photography knowledge being passed down.  I have noticed that since I have been blogging, I have not once included a food photograph.  So these are two really rushed shots I took at one of our shoots last week.  I had no tripod and didn’t want to waste too much time on shoot randomly taking photographs on other people’s time.  One of the reasons I havent posted a foodie post yet is because food photography comes down to the food.  It has got to look good and appetizing, hence I took some photographs while I was on shoot.  I knew the food was going to be good aaaaaand I also knew there was going to be a stylist.  Sneaky sneaky.  A food photograph really does make a difference if it is styled well.  It can be the difference between a beautiful tasty photograph or a bland, lifeless, ordinary image. 

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These images were, I’m sorry to say, rushed.  When we shoot we mostly use natural lighting, which can prove to get tricky especially on an overly over-cast day…Like this one.  The shutter speed was quite low and I didn’t want to “grain up” the images with too much of a high ISO.   I found myself shooting on F1.8, which gives you an incredibly narrow depth of field, so the slightest shift in movement could cause an out-of-focus image.  I also lacked a tripod, which many a food photographer will tell you is essential!  So these images may not be pin sharp, but they were the best out of the batch.  The food was far too good to not share at least one or two photographs with you kind people!