I’m no philosopher but I can deeply relate to Buber’s sentiment, they don’t call our eyes the windows to the soul for no reason. When editing in Lightroom, specifically wildlife photographs, I’m always immediately drawn to the eyes of which ever animal I’m looking at and my gut instinct is always to enhance them. Without doing another single thing to the photo this immediately gives it more of an impact.
The example that I’ll be looking at is this image of the Tamboti female; the light was quite dim and there is a bit of grain so it is an image that will demonstrate quite nicely the impact of simply enhancing the eyes.
In order to bring out the best in an eye there are a couple of fairly easy steps that you can take. Firstly, I always lift the shadows off. The structure of an animal’s face can often create shadows that dull the colour and the shine, especially if it is not looking into direct light.
The best way to lift shadows in a specific area, rather than doing it to the whole image, is to
The SAND Conference
(aka Science and Non Duality
for those new to the event or concept) is one of my favorite events of the year. The event weaves in dialogue around consciousness, mind/body balance and meditation with science, art and technology all in one place — you are bound to think about the world in a new way by the end of the weekend. From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, breathing, and tantra, to lectures on Quantum Physics and everything in between, SAND
brings together an incredible group of smart and caring thinkers that will leave you more than just a little transformed.
Held every year in San Jose California, be sure to read up my recap of SAND 2015
, SAND 2014
and SAND 2012
Speakers range from Middle East-born Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)
who is an author and founder of the Diamond Approach
, a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization, world renowned guru Deepak Chopra
who has published more than 70 books on consciousness and spirituality, Matthew Fox
, an internationally…
If you’ve traveled long enough or are an art or glass lover, you’re bound to know about the world famous Bohemian glass. Truth be told, I’ve always been more of a pottery and ceramic lover than glass, but when you’re in Bohemia, you can’t not marvel at the artistry, especially since it’s a cut above other glass works you’ll likely see on your journeys. It’s such a cut above the rest, that I even bought myself a little bowl before leaving the Czech Republic
Where to go and how to find the best? There are no shortage of glass shops throughout the city, a large volume of them being in old town Prague, but the prices there tend to be a little pricier than if you find an out of the way glass shop or travel to nearby Moser Glass Museum and Glassworks Factory
. You can take day trips out to the museum however I’d suggest at least an overnight in the area since Moser is located in Karlovy Vary
after all, the oldest and most traditional spa town in the Czech Republic. I can’t marvel enough about the picturesque town along a storybook-like river and you can stay…
As I made my way down the Hradcanske nam, something about the walk seemed vaguely familiar, though I couldn’t put my finger on it. Of course I had likely gone this path before, but I doubted it was on my trip to Prague
five years ago, so was it the one 25 years ago or in a previous life? The smell, the sights, even the stone walls I passed felt like they were part of me. Given that more than half of my heritage stems from Eastern France
and Eastern Europe combined, it could be that my cells inherently remembered the soil I was walking on, as if my ancestors were in fact with me on that late night walk through the streets of Hradcany.
By the time I did the same walk three times to get to and from my hotel, it was so familiar that I began to think of it as my daily commute, and only wished my time in the Czech Republic
was two months, not two weeks.
Of course, the city has changed over the years, dramatically so since my first trip before the wall came down when…
You’d imagine that snorkeling and diving would be incredible in the Turks and Caicos Islands, right? Well, yes and no, but mostly yes. From Grand Turk and Providenciales, you can find some incredible reef and marine life, as well as West Caicos for deeper water diving. South Caicos also has some notable diving and snorkeling spots but less so on North and Middle Caicos where I hung my hat for the duration of my stay in August. That said, if you do find yourself on either North or Middle Caicos, you do have a few options.
Three Marys Cays on North Caicos are three limestone iron shore rocks found close off the north coast and it’s a great spot for picnics, swimming and lazy beach lounging. In other words, it’s absolutely stunning, whether you head to Sandy Point Beach or Hollywood Beach, or anywhere in between. Despite the fact that the waters were a little rough when we were there, we were surprisingly able to see some stingray, small colorful reef fish in a variety of vibrant colors, a black fin shark that some of us wanted to get closer to than I did, and lots of brain coral.
I recently discovered a wonderful sterling silver jewelry line that offers a variety of fun and diverse pieces, from statement chokers and elegant necklaces to bracelets, earrings and rings. What’s unique about these guys is their diverse offerings – you’d be hard pressed not to find something you fall in love with from their line. I find that most jewelry lines stick to one style, whether that be quaint and elegant or bold and loud — Sterling Forever
I don’t know about you but I don’t like being pigeonholed into one style or another and sometimes I’m in the mood for a more delicate look (when I’m traveling in New England for example) and sometimes I opt for a bolder look when I’m on America’s west coast or in southern Europe. Rarely do I love so many pieces from one line, so hats off to Sterling Forever’s designers and curators. I’m impressed!
Let’s start with my favorite, their Turquoise-Studded Choker
. I was surprised at the weight of this sure to turn heads
statement piece; wearing it made me feel like I owned any joint I walked into. Why? The first time I wore it was at…
If you’er a music lover, you’ll want to take note of three theaters doing some creative work in San Francisco. I’m a huge fan of Broadway, jazzy tunes and Cabaret and while New York might “own” that world, it doesn’t mean you can’t find some compelling performances elsewhere in the country. Recently, I took in three different acts all of which has great talent behind the productions. Let’s start with Cabaret vocalist Sandra McKnight
who has an act she calls Get Happy Now
, which is centered around happiness.
She sang at Society Cabaret,
an organization that is churning out some great performances in the heart of San Francisco. On piano was David Austin
who is also Musical Director. An uninhibited celebration of Happiness, Love and Joy!
Sandra brought her warmth, spirit and humor from Santa Fe, NM to perform her musical adventure of Broadway songs, Standards and Light-hearted Anecdotes. Tunes by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, Carole King, James Taylor, Sophie Tucker. All things Cabaret, she chooses very sensitive and emotional ballads on love, joy, relationships, including with yourself, and happiness. As part of her act, she also does a sexy red-hot tribute to Sophie Tucker.
While it’s still hard for me to understand astrology on an intellectual level, I’ve had enough mystical experiences with both top astrologists and everyday people who’ve looked me in the eye just to say “you’re definitely a Scorpio.” At this point I’ve accepted that astrology is a part of our lives and has, in my opinion, some sort of imprinting on our personality, countenance, and our relationship with both ourselves and the world at large.
While nothing is written in stone, I’ve found that is can serve as a good compass to explain things that otherwise seem much more confusing than they need to be. Time Passages
has, for me, been a very entertaining and enlightening app on my iPhone that I use sometime as a powerful tool and other times simply as a form of entertainment. The app provides detailed information about your birth-chart and any other cohorts you may decide to program in – the best part is the chart comparison – chart compatibility is rated from 1 to 10 in different arenas such as relationship longevity, sexual attraction, money, and communication.
While I may not always want to agree…
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