Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
Global Warming - the debate

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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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reflections, shadows and a bike

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Taken as I walked to Holborn station from my Beginners Photography Course

cross posted with instagram and facebook


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I've neglected my moblog for too long, so am cross posting this.

Wishing all mobloggers, wherever you are, all the best for 2017 xxx

"To blog, or not to blog, that is the question:
Whether ’tis better for my work to suffer
the Slings and Arrows of neglected blog posts,
or project plan against a world so troubled,
and reduce risk by understanding: to start. To launch
and more;..."

11 years!

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Thank you everyone who made the wonderful community of moblog possible.

Goa via Amsterdam and @motelone for @queenofretreats

Travelling to Goa from Amsterdam was so much less expensive than from London that I have flown out the night before, met a friend for dinner and am now at this hotel and still haven't spent the difference.
I have a stunning corner room with huge windows at Motel One. It's a budget hotel with a stylishly comfortable feel.

please help

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I've been trying to write about how Tabanka - a
fantastic group of dancers have overcome an amazing level of racism for 3 years.

It has been so difficult that I decided to visit Oslo to research the story, then hopefully sell it on my return to England.

It's my first day here. Oslo is horrendously expensive. A glass of tonic water - had I bought it - would have cost me £12 ($18.50 ish or 17 Euro). So I need your help.

Contributoria is a site that enables journalists to bid for and get funded for projects through a system of votes. If I get 8125 votes by the end of the month they will fund my work and you will get to see the results.

So please join and vote. Health concerns since chemo mean I don't have much money, so getting the votes and the paid commission will make an enormous difference.

On Sunday I gave a lifestyle photography class

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These are a few of the shots I took to illustrate various aspects of what I taught

-soft focus panning
-in-image framing
-leading lines, the rule of thirds & considering the background
-using the composition to tell a story & using colour

hoop la la

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taken as an illustration to my students a while ago

Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival 2015

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This is part of the Alegrias danced in the opening productio of the 2015 Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival: Gala Flamenco