Waiting for Mr. President

Dallas yesterday. Dallas strong. Dallas united.

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One morning in Marfa, Tx

Singing birds, music

Light spills on the cold pavements

Oh, glorious sun.

This week’s photo challenge, Opposites, inspired me to look back to the images I made in Marfa, West Texas one glorious early morning. It also inspired me to write this ‘almost’ haiku. If there is something precious I have learnt in Marfa, was to embrace the ‘dark side’ of my images. We are often afraid of dark, underexposed negative space in our images, and try to fix that in post processing, but to me this was exactly the message that morning was sending – light and darkness are one, they exist in real life, they reveal and hide, they warm us up and cool us down, they must co-exist.

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Piano music could be heard from this chapel, while the sun was raising above town.

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And just to prove a point, a sunset in Marfa:

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Twinning in Texas

I wanted to include this photo in my previous entry to ‘Partners’ challenge, but I felt it didn’t fit in that post. Today is the last day of the challenge and this is the 4th of July weekend, and looks like a perfect fit this time.

I took this shot while walking in historic downtown McKinney (my favorite little town in DFW / North Texas area). When they saw me with the camera, walking by, they suggested I wanted to take a photo of them. I did, and then they wished me I sell the photo and make a lot of money. ­čÖé

If it was that easy… ­čÖé

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Sky on fire

Days are long, sunsets are spectacular in Dallas. Made last night with Fujifilm X-T1, xf 14mm 2.8.

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A kind of revenge

That’s exactly what I felt I was doing today when I went for a walk in Dallas Uptown without taking my camera. I did it on purpose, I was annoyed about how I felt these past days… uninspired. I wasn’t planning to take any pictures, but I just couldn’t. I took my phone out and took these shots with Hipstamatic app. I added to this gallery few images I made a couple of weeks ago in the same area (the ones where the sky is blue, without clouds), to complete this picture of this part of the city. I’m still annoyed, but obviously stopping taking pictures is not an option for me.

This too shall pass…

What a day…

My head was about to explode from so many thoughts about the latest international events, and there it was, this week’s photo challenge – Partners – coming to my rescue. Just a kind reminder about who the future belongs to and that love and togetherness is stronger than hate and division.

Peace and love ÔŁĄ

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Structures. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Inspired by this week’s photo challenge Curve.

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Going wide

Finally I got myself a wide-angle lens for my Fujifilm X-T1 (the xf 14mm 2.8 – there is a sale going on right now on this lens on Adorma, Amazon, Best Buy), and these are some of the first images I experimented with. First impressions: I love the wide-angle (obviously), the clarity and sharpness, the fact that the lens is so small and light. It is really impressive how close it can focus and I like that so much. The downside is that it needs a lot of light, especially that usually when shooting wide-angle you want a small aperture. I’m not a fan of tripods, but I can’t wait to try this lens on landscape with a tripod.

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f8, 1/4, ISO 1250

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f14, 1/125, ISO200

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f14, 1/180, ISO 250

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f5.6, 1/125, ISO 1600

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f11, 1/125, ISO 4000

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f8, 1/125, ISO 5000

Everywhere you go…

I am really behind with sharing images from my California road trip and it is time to release this set from San Francisco. My first ‘memories’ of San Francisco were made while watching Full House – one of the first foreign TV series I watched back in Romania. I’m always amazed about how it feels to actually see the places that were only imagined.

Everywhere you look (everywhere you go)
There’s a heart (there’s a heart)
A hand to hold onto.

Everywhere you look (everywhere you go)
There’s a face
Of somebody who needs you.

When you’re lost out there and you’re all alone,
A light is waiting to carry you home,
Everywhere you look.

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/fullhouselyrics.html

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Light, pure light

I love, love backlit photography and I think I am obsessed with sun flares (I don’t use Photoshop so they are all created with the camera). These were made a couple of days ago before sunset – I love the sun flare in the first image and the mood it gives to the scene, but the two flares in the last images make me smile. The sun was reflecting in Trinity River and from behind the trees it looked like there were two suns.

Entry for Pure.

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