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  • Listening to: Rush 2112 on vinyl
  • Reading: Bible
  • Watching: Father Ted
  • Playing: records
  • Eating: Thai curry
  • Drinking: Absinthe
To all random deviants and to my loyal subscribers,

Hey everyone, I'm back for another round of nonsense with Deviantart.  As many of you have noticed (or bothered to notice), I left Deviantart quite a while ago, hoping to never come back.  I gotta admit, I got tired of Deviantart, I grew tired and frustrated with this community.  I came here to better myself in my art, but really got nowhere.  I was searching for ways to improve myself, to be the best that I can, hoping people would give me constructive feedback.  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate every comment, +fav, +add, feature, and DD I get.  It means alot to me that people out there even take a moment out of their lives to see what I've created, and I have always tried my best to give back to everyone in whatever I can.

But alas, even though I appreciate every comment and try to reply to everyones comments, I rarely got critiques from the community.  I can't really better myself with a comment that only says "Pretty!" or one that says "Amazing!"  But after months of pondering, and months of not being behind the lens due to my success at DJing, I began to pine for this community again.  I have since come to realize that perhaps, in order to watch my art grow and take shape, I will have to take myself to other reaches of the net, I will still keep this place in a special part of my heart.  

With this little rant said, I want to get back into photography once more, and here I am.  I would like to know if the community would be nice enough to pose a challenge on myself.  I want to hear some suggestions about what I should look to pursue in photography.  This could be a style (like landscapes, ect), postwork techniques, anything.  I know a couple people on this site right off the top of my head who love to challenge me, but I would genuinely like to hear your suggestions.  What should I pursue?  

Regards,

Chris B. Smigielski
  • Listening to: Rush 2112 on vinyl
  • Reading: Bible
  • Watching: Father Ted
  • Playing: records
  • Eating: Thai curry
  • Drinking: Absinthe

Journals

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 6, 2008, 11:37 PM
Journals bug me, I feel obligated to keep these things up to date...  ughh...

So here we go, short sweet and to the point:

i got new photos in, i dunno when i will be able to get them on here.  with the ridiculous cost of gas lately,  i cannot travel much to take more photos.  thus getting harder and harder to shoot new locations.

  • Listening to: Pink Floyd on vinyl
  • Reading: Bible
  • Watching: Father Ted
  • Playing: records
  • Eating: Thai curry
  • Drinking: Absinthe

I'm Back!

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2008, 4:26 PM
Yo.



First off:
Deviant *MushroomMagic  logout  | subscribed | 951 deviations, 472 messages

haha


to everyone nice enough to drop me a message, i WILL get back to you, gonna be a while though!





Let the photo uploading commence!

  • Listening to: Pink Floyd
  • Watching: Father Ted
  • Drinking: Absinthe

A Big Thank You

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 24, 2007, 1:12 PM
  • Listening to: Evave
  • Watching: Father Ted
Omg another DD!!  


Would like to make a special thank you :iconstraightfromcamera: for choosing my "Sidewalk Beethoven" for a DD.  Want to thank all the people who +faved it and commented as well!  Thank you all!


Sidewalk Beethoven by MushroomMagic  


Past DD:
Frozen Spirals by MushroomMagic


Personal Favorites From My Gallery:
Empty Spaces by MushroomMagic Facing Reality by MushroomMagic   Suburban Wonderland by MushroomMagic
Cohabitation by MushroomMagic   Play Me A Tune by MushroomMagic   Eureka by MushroomMagic



- Smig


MushroomMagic Live @ the EN Tonight!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 25, 2007, 6:08 PM
Yea, sorry bout the lateness of this announcement, but if you aren't doing anything tonight, drop by at the EN in Seattle!  Don't Miss it! Come for the food and drinks, but stay for the show!

Google this address: Address: 2429 2nd ave seattle, wa 98121

Hope to see everyone there, I'll probably be kicking things off at around 8:30, 9ish

21+

*edit*  I will be live tomorrow, July 26th!  

Happy 4th and See Me on the 5th!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 4, 2007, 11:34 AM
Happy 4th of July everyone who is in the US.
Hope its a safe and fun one!



On another note:

I'll be kicking off my DJ residency on Thursday @ the EN. Whoever is in the Seattle area should come by!

Address: 2429 2nd ave seattle, wa 98121

just google the address for driving directions.

Hope to see everyone there, I'll probably be kicking things off at around 8:30, 9ish

21+ only.

Like a zombie, I am back from the Dead

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 29, 2007, 6:52 PM
  • Listening to: Benz & MD
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
Thats right everyone!  I was gone for so many months.  I had to take a hiatus from all photography due to the enormous workload I had last quarter (all science classes), and 30 hour workweeks; I was left with 0 time for photos.  

I just got back from a photo excursion from Orcas Island and the photos are being worked on right now.  I will also upload some photos here and there that I did take a while back but never had a chance to work on.  

Spring is here, and I will be using that to finally come out again and display my work.  This is the real thing.  I missed DA too much!



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

Ascension

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 12, 2007, 6:51 PM
  • Listening to: Benz & MD
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Water
Yeap.  I haven't had a chance to post much or do much with my photography for one reason:
my love for music.  

I have been working hard on my DJing, and its starting to pay off.  I was able to get a spot on an online radio station called faderwave.net.  its hosted by one of the many forums I frequent: djforums.com.  

photos will be coming back soon, hopefully.  DJing, work, and three science classes this quarter is taking its toll on how much time i have free to wander and shoot.  Hopefully I can get some time on the weekends!






*Update*
Date changed to Monday @ 10pm PST
















Tune in here:





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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

Top 10 of 2006

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 31, 2006, 3:26 PM
  • Listening to: Benz & MD
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Water

Yeap, that time of year again.  Here is my top 10 for 2006:

01. :thumb37031987:
02. :thumb40751552:
03. Finlandia by Bavenmark
04. Eiffel Tower by xMEGALOPOLISx
05.

Mature Content

Le philosophe by amartinsdebarros

06. The Girl and Boy.............. by YuriBonder
07. MULTI CITY by JJasso
08. :thumb41586930:
09. Public Toilet - interior night by zmoodel
10. pretty in pink by TrishaMonsterr



Have a great New Years!




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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

Wind Storm

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 23, 2006, 11:17 AM
  • Listening to: Conjure One
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
I haven't been online since Thursday night due to a huge windstorm that we had here in Washington.  My house had wind gusts of upwards of 80mph, and the damage around here is horrible.  It looks like a bomb went off.  Needless to say, the power is slowly being restored.  I still have no power, due to several huge trees took down power lines on my street.  I will post the pictures in this journal once I get my internet back on.  Until then I might not have power until the week is out.  Luckily our house suffered minimal damage.  We had a little flooding in my back yard, and we lost a 35' tree, but that was it.  My neighbors had a tree crash through half their fence.  Other then that, the driving is horrible, due to the debris on the roadway; but life goes on.

I'll be back online when I get full power restored!

Till then,

- MushroomMagic

*update*

Well I finally got everything restored last night.  All the power was finally back up, as well as the cable.  When I was finally able to log in last night, and found  140 deviations, 167 messages, 3 notes.  So I have my work cut out for me for the next few days.  But here a few quick snapshots I took of the damage.  These were taken about 2 days after the storm:  (All photos taken from the street I live off of within a 1 mile area)
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But it's good to be back online!
:)



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Theft

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 8, 2006, 11:39 PM
  • Listening to: Conjure One
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
I come out of my classes last night, just having finished my finals and final projects, only to find my car broken into.  someone broke my lock, my door, and my console.  they tried to take my cd deck, but they didnt get it.  so instead, they took a screwdriver to it and smashed one part of it.  then they ran off with a pair of sunglasses, my cd faceplate, and my remote.  i'm looking at upwards of $500 in damages because some punk kid wanted something he couldnt have.  

people suck.


to help cover my losses, i'll be selling prints here on deviantart.  note me on which photo(s) you would like printed.  All photos are on sale.  due to the costs of new postwork, printing and shipping, prices are according:  (i don't use deviantart's printing shop)
prices are USD

4x6 - $5
5x7 - $10
8x10 - $20
16x20 - $50



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

Dreams Set

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 30, 2006, 12:52 PM
  • Listening to: Conjure One
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: The Office Season 2
  • Playing: CS 1.6
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
First complete progressive trance and house set tonight, around 10pm PST tonight on stickam!

Dreamy, relaxing music is the theme this time.  If you just want to chill out, this will be the place to be!   Link to my stickam page is just below!  



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

My Apologies... and Ramblings...

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 17, 2006, 10:07 PM
  • Listening to: myself, duh!
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
To my watchers and fans:
I apologize for the lack of photos this month.  I have been swamped with work and various other activities that consumed all my time.  I have shoots planned for next week and will hopefully be able to carry them out, weather permitting.

One of the biggest things I've been working on the last few months was a document that I am writing.  If your one who doesn't like religion or theology, stop reading right now.
Some of you might remember a time long ago when I was dating a girl who was Mormon.  However, I am Christian, so our views on theology do differ in quite astounding ways.  I have been studying Mormon religion in order to better understand them and where they are coming from.  I have learned so much in the near year or so of my research.  The vast differences between the two sects is amazing, and I plan on hopefully getting this document published sometime soon when I am completely finished with my studies.  And to that person who sparked this all:  despite what has happened, you have sparked a great interested, and I thank you for that.



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

Stickam

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 24, 2006, 6:44 PM
  • Listening to: myself, duh!
  • Eating: A Sandwich
  • Drinking: Smirnoff
So I came across this site from another forum, and I figured I'd give it a shot...

I'll be doing some live mixes every now and then on this page,  so tune in!  there will be quite a few of them  :D


go here:  www.stickam.com/profile/solarc…;




*edit*

next mix is tonight (10.24.06), around 8:30 pm pst till about 10pm pst, it will be a chill out mix of progressive trance



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Announcement

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 27, 2006, 8:38 PM
More info coming in the next few days.  :)

time to go back to learning css  :p  




(revamp of journal in progress, bear with me)



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The Ramblings of a Bitter Young Man

Fri Sep 1, 2006, 3:04 PM


To all whom it may concern; yes, this is a rant.




I haven't been on at all this whole week.  just said fuck it, i need to get away from the net.  been in a slump lately with the photos, mostly due in part to some issues around the house.  it was quite a change having to hook up my machine again just to check emails and messages on da.  ahh da.  yes the amazing da.  i have started posting some stuff on a different site and its really brought into perspective the things i see on deviantart.  

you know people, this isnt fuckin myspace or some cheap knock-off.  i have seen tens of thousands of pages here on deviantart, and out of those pages, i have come across maybe a thousand that are actually good.  im tired of seeing stuff that is just "here is my cat fluffy" and "heres me and a friend in my car".  i mean seriously, what is that?  a snapshot of what?  does it express anything other then a moment in time?    the overwhelming snapshots i see here is really depressing.  the comments i see here, 99% are not even critiques!  i mean yea, you cant expect everyone to give a critique on each thing you see, but every now and then, you know?  there are people out there who really want to progress in their medium of choice.  

from what i see here, most people i've seen dont really care about what they post.  but thats just my own opinion, take it however you see fit.  



meh, whatever....  



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."




  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom - Symphonatic
  • Reading: The Bible

Mmmmmm Smokey....

Wed Aug 16, 2006, 7:17 PM


I was at work and my friend (mike) called me up telling me he just bought himself a new car. 1998 Audi A6 2.8L. anyways, he needed someone to help him take his old car back to his house. his old car was a 1991 Olds Cutlass. So we meet up at the dealership after i got off work. After congratulating mike on his new purchase. we go to where his olds is parked. this car was trashed.

it was covered in dents (been flipped several times), it had no exhaust system whatsoever, and a completely shot alternator, ground up brakes, and some other problems. mike explained to me in order to keep the car alive, one has to constantly rev the car while in park or nuetral. so we set off. soon, the car dies on me. we push the car to the side of the road, and jump start it. right after that, i put it into reverse, and it died again. the olds did that a few times, and mike got fed up. he threw me the keys to the audi and hopped into the olds.

after doing a burnout, we got the car into drive and it actually moved. we hit the first stoplight, and mike started furiously revving the engine, in order to keep this damn thing alive. people looking around had the look on their faces that said "what is this idiot doing?" it was a long light, and after watching his car for a few min, i noticed something coming from under the car. there were nonstop flames shooting from where the exhaust system should be. after a quick call to mike, we determine its alright to drive this final drive. lights green, we go. after a while, we are on a two lane road, stuck in traffic. mike is doing the revving routine again, and i see that the car's situation has gone from bad to worse. soon there is thick black smoke billowing from underneath the car. the people behind me kept their distance becuase they didnt want to be in the smoke.

mike tried popping the hood to get some more air in, since the smoke was also coming from the front of the car. eventually, mike calls me and tells me he lost power to the car, and is wondering why the car is still moving. right away, i notice there is a thick patch of oil coming from the car on its right side. i tell mike we need to pull over asap. just a few ahead there was a dirt lot. we pull in there, and just when the car is put in park. it finally died. we popped up the hood, and had this nice smell of burning oil, and rubber. the engine was saturated with oil, and the radiator was pooling oil on the bottom. it took us about 20 min to remove all valuables from the inside of the car, in the meantime, the thing would not stop smoking. then we just left it there, to pick up on a truck tommorrow....

i still cant believe the luck of mike, he just bought another car, less then 2 hours before, then boom, his old one is dead.



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  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom - Symphonatic
  • Reading: The Bible

im back

Sun Aug 13, 2006, 7:59 PM


im back for another round of nonsense.  had a good time on the islands, wish i didnt have to leave.  but on the plus side i was able to take several shots, so we'll see which ones make the cut for going up here.  



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom - Symphonatic
  • Reading: The Bible

Island Hopping

Thu Aug 10, 2006, 10:06 PM


Going back up to the San Juan Islands.  Going to Orcas Island, Friday Harbor, and Roche Harbor.  maybe ill be able to break this rut.  Anyways, need to get some sleep since there is a big trance party on friday on Orcas that I heard about :p

See you in 3 days.



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Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom - Symphonatic
  • Reading: The Bible