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Brain-Freeze Immunity

Posted in Photos, zombies with tags , , on July 10, 2010 by trapperKeeper

In life, there are some things, you have little control over.  This problem is presents in all human endeavors, whether it be a rainstorm on a hike or human transportation needs cluttering the visual landscape.  One way to overcome these issues is to, first, accept there are some things we have little control over and, then, move on to figuring out how to make the situation work best.  In regards to photography, sometimes the solution is to just walk away and try it again at a more favorable time.  For example, shooting under the mid-day sun is a total pain in the ass if you have no shade to work with.  With the sun directly overhead blasting UV rays, getting a workable picture is difficult to impossible, if you lack a proper UV light filter.  Even then, you still lack the warm and engaging light of dawn and dusk.

Other problems, such as waiting for a bus while a warm, vibrant sunset is painting the sky can be worked around by viewing the intrusions not as clutter but as .  Living in an urban environment, even one as park-friendly and lushly green and gardened Seattle, makes escaping the sights, smells, and sounds of human ingenuity impossible.  Humming electricity may not be my preferred sound of choice, but without electricity I wouldn’t have a computer capable of providing me with audio and video stimulation while editing photos taken with my battery-powered digital camera.  Our desire for electricity, as well as communication, has also given us a landscape full of towers, poles, and wires.  Sometimes these objects can ruin a potential picture, but with patience and persistence it is possible to find perspectives where the previously eyesores are transformed into key elements of the picture.  Or you can just use photoshop to magically make them disappear.  I’ve used both approaches.

Other times, like in the one above where the intrusions certainly aren’t adding anything visually to the picture, I’ll keep the objects since they present a truer picture.  When I was working on the picture, I had to deal with all the optical information.  Obviously, I could successfully eliminate, at least, a decent amount of the evidence of human transit.  But it’s not as if the power of the sunset is any less because of the presence of cars, traffic lights, and other human generated infrastructure.  Unaware and unconcerned with the temporary illusions of the animal population below, Sol, our life giver, is part of Earth’s daily pattern until it becomes a white dwarf and burns out.  Death is inescapable as our the patterns that make up our limited existence.  As animals, we must drink, eat, and sleep, among other things.  Leaving the photo essentially untouched is a reminder that I simultaneously exist in a man-made material world constructed around our programmed genetic patterns, things I can only do so much about, and as a free metaphysical entity capable of exploring as far and wide as I feel comfortable.  Like creationism and evolution, free will and destiny exist concurrently, as opposite ends of the same spectrum but, by no means, isolated from interaction.

On the below one, removing the whole male wasn’t working so well; moreover, replacing him didn’t produce a more engaging picture.  Having eliminated his head first, due to it’s convenient placement in front of the white background of the shop, I decided after several attempts to remove the whole body to leave the body without the head.  Anyone closely looking at the picture will notice the visual discrepancy.  Anyone who’s not may still notice due to the brain’s inherent pattern seeking nature noticing something off.  Or it could just fill in a head.  I have yet to read about the brain’s processing of optical stimulation; however, I am paying off my library fine this week so I can get to work devouring books.  This past week I finished a great book on silence (, which obviously discussed human aural abilities.  The author also has a blog ( Reading how deaf individuals see differently has got me thinking about trying some sensory deprivation experiments.

And just as there are those who have better abilities to see or hear, there are those who have superior abilities to feel.  Benny, as you can tell by his rock stacking abilities, is one of those individuals.