Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
– African proverb
Month: March 2014
The Japanese term Shinrin-yoku may literally mean “forest bathing,” but it doesn’t involve soaking in a tub among the trees. Rather it refers to spending time in the woods for its therapeutic (or bathing) effect. Most of us have felt tension slip away in the midst of trees and nature’s beauty. But science now confirms its healing influence on the body. When you spend a few hours on a woodland hike or camping by a lake you breathe in phytoncides, active substances released by plants to protect them against insects and from rotting, which appear to lower blood pressure and stress and boost your immune system.
Published on Mar 22, 2014
LeeAnn McAdoo reports: recent studies show that nearly half of all Americans believe in at least one medical “conspiracy theory”. We take a deeper look and separate fact from fiction, answering questions like “Did the CIA inject African American males with the AIDS virus”. If you are wearing a tin-foil hat, you’re not alone. In fact, doubting the official government narrative could just save your life.
[ audio ] Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez on Steve Job’s Cancer & CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE is LIKE a RELIGION — “The NIH, NCI, or American Cancer Society has its TEMPLES, PRIESTHOOD. It has its IRRATIONAL BELIEFS. It has its own SPECIAL LANGUAGE. It has its TOOLS, it has its RITUALS. … The reason Linda McCartney went for a bone marrow transplant is not because she read the data…. It was a FAITH issue. … Conventional doctors can fail and still be considered HEROES. Alternative doctors succeed, and…”
This is fairly technical and not for everybody, but this article is a eureka moment for me, because I value accurate color rendition, and marketing honesty among the Japanese camera manufacturers is hard to come by. Hopefully, Phase One, a Danish, medium format camera company will challenge Nikon and Canon into improving their color, and not just going for high ISO.
Phase One even improved the high-ISO noise to be more pleasing to the eye!
From: Luminous Landscape
But Phase One is not a speed and feature obsessed company. They are a company that cares first, second, and third about image quality. So when Sony approached Phase One with an offer to build what would eventually become the IQ250 sensor there was one looming questions, could Phase One tame CMOS color?
Historically, CMOS has not had the best reputation for color rendition. But teasing apart cause and effect has been, up until now, very difficult. CMOS and CCD were being used by very different companies in very different systems. Most CMOS cameras are built for the broadest possible range of applications. They are built by consumer electronics companies with a volume sales business model, where features and price are higher priorities than image quality.
As one example, the selection of a CFA, the color pattern put in front of the sensor, is a choice between quality of color, and ISO performance. If the CFA allows each pixel to see a broader spectrum of color (e.g. for the green pixels to see a bit further into yellow) a camera’s ISO range can be modestly increased. The resulting loss in color quality is subtle – subtle variations in color are missed and a handful of specific colors become difficult to photograph. In a market where a ISO 25,600 camera has a leg up on a ISO12,800 camera, the engineers are under enormous pressure to pick the modestly increased ISO over subtle color quality. …
After several hours of talking about technical details I asked Niels [Niels V. Knudsen – Phase One’s Image Quality Professor – editor] what he has concluded from all of this work. He spoke like a proud father: “I have fought with color from CMOS cameras for many, many years. I’ve always assumed that CMOS itself was not the issue, but rather the issue was the priorities of the companies using CMOS sensors. Getting to test that thesis was very satisfying. When we first started this project we were not sure we could take a CMOS sensor and craft the color our customers expect from Phase One.” His gaze drifted, as if taking in the totality of the journey he has been through – or perhaps his eyes are just still adjusting to bright lights after entire days spent in front of a carefully calibrated Eizo monitor. His focus returned and, with a reassuring nod, he concluded, “But now we know: yes we can. We can make CMOS sing.”
The World’s First CMOS Medium Format Back: An Interview and First Tests A more pleasing noise is mentioned, making 6400 ISO very useable
Uploaded on Oct 6, 2011
A street performance in taipe by a man how dances with a ring as one with it …its amazing look till the end
Totally amazed by this street performance!!! I was travelling in Taipei.. and my new friend, Elaine brought me around! of the many countries i visited.. Never seen anything like this before..
Look at his body and muscles… must have lot of training & discipline!!!
Magical New Zealand
from Shawn Reeder
I have always wanted to travel to New Zealand for as long as I can remember, and so when I decided to move out of my home of 10 years and start pursuing film making around the world, I knew the time had come. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made to leave my beloved home, but I was more ready than ever to embrace the unknown and explore the world. I spent 3 months in New Zealand traveling in a Camper Van having one of the most incredible times of my life. I enjoyed countless nights under the stars, towering mountains, magical rainforest, stunning ocean, and meeting people from all over the world. It changed my life forever, and I know I’ll never be the same.
Magical New Zealand is comprised of 8640 individual images from over 150,000 that were taken as I traveled around New Zealand for 3 months last spring. The inspirational music of Shaun Diaz is the perfect complement to this magical landscape. If you enjoy, please share!
This piece and footage clips from it are available for licensing at 4k and 1080p.
I originally created this piece with beautiful spoken poetry accompanying it. Recently I prepared this without the spoken word for my stock agency and since it has such a different feel I want to share it here as well. You can see the original piece here:
Oneness New Zealand – vimeo.com/shawnreeder/onenessnewzealand
My Website: ShawnReeder.com
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Shawn Reeder, Timelapse Pioneer/Master: “MY MISSION in life is to SPREAD LOVE to others” – “My path is to SHARE THIS BEAUTY with others” — “If we never take RISKS we’re never going to achieve our HIGHEST VISION of who we are” • “With the right, perfect balance of being IN THE FLOW and working hard, and having a vision, OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!”
The inspiring attitude behind Shawn’s magnificent and inspiring work!
“My mission in life is to spread love to others.”
“Something hit me…that my path was to share this beauty with others.”
“By following my own passion, by following my heart, it’s actually enabling me to make a living by just living. … That’s something we can all do. … And it takes hard work. … By being true to our heart, by being true to our truest essence that there is this synchronicity that comes with it all, that helps everything just flow. And that by tapping into that flow, with the right, perfect balance of being in the flow and working hard, and having a vision, that our dreams can come true.”
“If we never take risks we’re never going to achieve our highest vision of who we are, because that takes stepping outside of our comfort zone. It’s so easy just to stay in this little comfort zone of what we know. But I feel like whenever we step outside of our comfort zone, when we take a risk, that the potential for something beyond what we ever could have imagined is there waiting there for us.”
“I haven’t felt nervous at all; I just feel like I’m on my path. I’m living the life that I’ve come here to live.”
“When you are thankful in advance….”
“The character traits that we develop by facing those challenges….”
– Shawn Reeder
Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from this podcast [Note: For the record, I have a different idea of what oneness should be, which I explain in my spiritual blog, ONEcanhappen.wordpress.com]:
The man behind this fascinating Travel Channel TV show.
Best coffee from 7-8000 feet. Ethiopian best producer. Blue Bottle Coffee in the bay area and NYC, his biggest competitors for the best coffee.
My favorite show on TV, currently. Airs on AWE channel.
I LOVE this series, and am even watching some shows a second time. I fell in love with sailing while reading The Dove, many years ago; though, I still haven’t been on a sailboat. Maybe someday.
Paul and Sheryl have so much fun, together, sailing, sightseeing in town and country — adventuring!!!
Bahamas – Distant Shores Sample Episode (Season 5)
from Paul Shard
Sailing adventure in the Southern Exumas! Paul & Sheryl first stop in the remote Brigantine Cays where they dive in a cave which is home to huge tarpon. Seeking shelter from an approaching “norther” they discover an unusual characteristic of starfish. In Cave Cay they meet a retired oil baron whose retirement project is to develop an environmentally friendly haven for boaters. In Little Farmers Cay they explore a cave and learn the importance of the mail boats to survival in the out islands. Their final stop is Black Point where they meet the artisans of the straw market whose weaving is crucial to the economy of the settlement.
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Paul and I feel blessed that our work as authors, speakers and the producers of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series as well as other travel documentary series has enabled us to earn our keep while living the cruising lifestyle for 24 years now. (source)