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Sunday May 05, 2013
I Dream of Samadhi
Last night I had dream.
I was in a state of awareness where all was in the present moment. This welcome absence of ego and conceptual propaganda brought about a tranquility and exhilaration of the mind and body. This was samadhi, or the freedom to see what is beyond the maya, the illusion of the material world. Samadhi was what the Buddha desired for humanity.
Samadhi is also the gateway to great art, which is making a waking dream manifest.
Monday Apr 15, 2013
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta Now Available
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta Now Available
Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 beta for Windows and Mac. Adobe Lightroom is the essential photography workflow application allowing photography enthusiasts and professionals to enhance, organize and share photos. The Lightroom 5 beta offers a free, public preview of new features and tools that will be offered in the final release, expected later this year.
Lightroom is the essential tool for busy professional and discerning amateur photographers, who are uncompromising in the pursuit for image quality or searching for artistic expression, said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of digital imaging products, Adobe. The Lightroom 5 beta is highly valuable in ensuring the new features support and address the needs of our customers and we look forward to hearing feedback.
Lightroom 5 beta offers photographers and enthusiasts many new features including:
· Advanced Healing Brush allows customers to heal imperfections and remove distracting elements
· Upright tool analyzes an image to automatically level horizons and straighten objects like buildings to correct a keystone effect
· Radial Gradient tool creates off-center or multiple vignette effects
· Smart Previews allow customers to edit images without needing the original raw file
· Video slideshow enables customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow
· Upgrades to the Book module enhancing the ability to create, customize and order elegant photo books using a variety of tailored templates
Lightroom 5 beta marks the fifth consecutive version Adobe has offered the software for public preview and testing prior to the final release. Adobe encourages customers to provide comments through its community forums on both new and legacy features. Feedback offered may be integrated into updates added before the final version of the software is released.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 beta is available immediately as a free download on both Windows and Mac at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/. Customers can submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: http://feedback.photoshop.com. Customers can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lightroom), via Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/lightroom) or on the Adobe Lightroom blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal). For Lightroom how-to videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/lightroom.
Sunday Mar 17, 2013
Disappoint me Not
Here’s a repost from 2011:
By midday in Santa Fe, things as nuisances, and some more serious, had already invaded my time and energy.
My haircut was long overdue. My cutter told me shed be with other clients for at least an hour. Id come back.
As I now had some time, I thought Id try Java Joes, which was in the huge shopping center. Could they make a cappuccino the way I like it? The steamed milk must settle so it is creamy, not full of foam-like bubbles. This simple instruction eludes many a barista.
As I was entering the cafe, two men were leaving. One man turned to the other: I cant believe itits been one thing after another. These problems are getting me down.
There it was again. Another reminder to see beyond my own limited drama, to perceive events through awareness, not fearful ego.
Recall my object lesson: instead of being disappointed, say thats revealing and lift yourself beyond the fray. When the problem seems overwhelming, remember that the problem is the teacher. The lesson is there; it is up to you to grasp it, as it is in the Zen tradition of learning.
With these perceptions you will triumph with gratitude, leaving any notion of victimhood in the dreary dust.
Java Joes passed the steamed milk test.
Sunday Jan 20, 2013
Here’s a challenge worth taking.
You’ve mastered a way to do your art. You find yourself sailing and tacking beautifully into the wind.
This is good time to forget how you make art. Begin again without being so adept. This will take you to your next level of creation.
See you there.
Monday Dec 24, 2012
Someone advised me with this: If you don’t post daily or very often, you will lose visitors, your audience.
While this may be a fact, I know my audience realizes that the point of language, of speaking up is to do so when you have something of value to offer. This awareness demands discipline, and the reward is a magnificent silence between the need to talk.
Talking pollution is a daily artifact of nervousness and nonsense, which can do harm.
Happy Holidays! Now that’s worth saying.