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"My family went to Norway, and all I got was this friggin' balloon :|"

Another shot from Bergen, Norway (you'll probably see a couple more ;)). This time, I caught a little brat, being mad because his parents got him a balloon instead of a PSP.

Ahh, you gotta love the youth of today.

(PS: I have a soft spot for balloons, so that's not the last one you'll see either :lmao:)


Because I have a soft spot for children. And balloons. Mix the two, and you got me chasing this kid down the street to get a clear shot (I'm not kidding, I got *crazy1ady as my witness). Then, when I finally caught up with him, I kneeled in the middle of the street and waited for him to notice me. He did. Several times. This being the last, when he was clearly annoyed with me! The Street Photography contest says I need to tell what motivated me to make the photo... Well, to be honest - I didn't think about making it. There is no time to think in cases like this - just act.

I guess it was all in the moment. A moment, I'm glad I didn't think twice about before shooting.

Where and when taken:
Bergen, Norway - August 24th, 2006.

Technical info:
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/320 second
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100

- Simply Channel Mixer to convert to black and white
- Curves for contrast
- Slight dodge and burn to certain areas
- Vignetting
- No cropping, straight from camera

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Print: [link]
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Symmetry is a state of mind.
Where you come to realization that everywhere you go, there will be more of the same. You relax. It's the fact nothing is surprising that calms you. That's the oasis.


Leaving the Oasis
Eilat, Israel.
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Once upon a time, there was a boy on earth who liked a girl on the moon... He was good at making paper airplanes. She was suppose to put the stars up in the night sky. He was industrious and hardworking. She liked to take naps. This is their story of a long distance love.

My entry for the Multi-Monitor Mayhem contest~! I actually do use two monitors, but I don't have a multi-monitor wallpaper, which is kinda sad, so I wanted to draw something that could replace the flying giraffee [link] (my current wallpaper ^^). I've always liked the idea of having two related but different pictures on each monitor, so that's how the idea of a boy on earth and a girl in the sky came up. As for the long distance love idea--many of us live so far away from each other, and yet we can still communicate, share words and pictures and stories and bits and pieces of our lives with one another--all through the use of our computers. So with this wallpaper, I wanted a reminder of the computer (and sites like DA) as a way to form connections and relationships. :)

I wish I had a bit more time to spend on this, as the clouds are totally sucky and I would have liked to add in some more detail, but... had a plane to catch to NYC and I sure wasn't going to spend my spring break vacation staying inside and finishing up artwork. ^^ This was roughly sketched in my sketchbook, inked and colored mostly in Painter 7 and a bit of Photoshop CS2 with a wacom tablet. Hope you like! :heart:

Oh... and uh... full view to see the actual wallpaper. ^^ I just cut out the characters for the preview since the default preview would have been too small to see anything.

Another picture in a similar style -- "Triangle Love" [link]
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I take a deep zip of air
It tastes the same, only colder
My soul is standing in line
Waiting for the white curtain to rise

The one before me seems to be in a hurry
Like time has some sort of a meaning here
Well, I guess habits are hard to break
Even when everything is different

I guess I have all the time in the world
This one and the next
I just wonder what it will be like
At the end of the line, for me.


I'm very happy about this contest.
Surreal photography is my greatest passion.
The use of shadows, reflections, Infra Red, panning techniques...
The mind can go free in this world, to portray an alternative one.

This shot was taken at 3:00AM at the old city of Jerusalem, on the night of Yom Kipur.
The atmosphere that night, walking the streets was surreal, so easily enough, this is what I was photographing.
What you see is actually people climbing the stairs to a roof top, but while they were walking I was panning them, and gave to strokes of soft flash to get small freeze in the frame, and allow the 'ghost' like figures.

I love this shot, and I hope you will like it too.

There are FANTASTIC submittions to this contest.
You have to check it out - outstanding stuff!
Here are a few - Towards the Moon , The Circle , i dont want to fall. Check it out!
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One of my inner child's dreams.

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Please read the great poetry 'To the Moon' by ~Sea-of-Sand inspired by this deviation

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Remedello, Italy
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(Full view is a must)

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This is my submission for 'Surreal. A Contest For Photographers'

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'Children detail', half of print resolution.
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