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Dreamreflectionz by Lee Jorgensen

Passionate about people, travels, wine, critters, nature and all the other magic moments of life!

First blog post

Shanghai is a beautiful modern city, but it does have its backstreets behind the glitter.  I was lucky enough to get lost while searching for the YuYuan Tea Garden and came across some interesting characters:

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Featured post

Russian Models at Noe’s Nest Bed & Breakfast!

I had so much fun photographing these lovely ladies, their gorgeous dresses and the unique jewelry!

Models: Kamilia Amirova & Alina Tuhkbatshina
Jewelry: Miae Nelson/ BEL AMOUR JEWELRY
Dress Designer: Bernard Edward Burns
MUA: Celia Molina
MUAH : Jamie Huang
Photoshoot Location : Noe’s Nest Bed & Breakfast

Happy Halloween!

Fall has arrived and the Ol’ Ghouls are now roaming the streets of Benicia.  I am taking this opportunity to send good thoughts to Solano County, Napa & Sonoma which are severely threatened by wildfires this weekend.  Millions of people are out of electricity and several highways are now closed down.  Please keep people, critters and grapes safe!

Fashion Shoot at Stern Grove in San Francisco

Jewelry by Miae Nelson
Models: Jo Anne Olivera Puketza & Anastasiya Krymskaya
Designers: Anna Araceli
MUA’s : Maria Vasquez/ May Yanet

Happy Mother’s Day!

Please make sure to click the HD button in the lower right hand corner!

San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week

I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph all these lovely models honoring San Francisco’s Sustainable Fashion Week.  Here are some of the photos from two days in rather difficult conditions with Arctic winds!

Jewelry Design by Miae Nelson.  Models:  Julia Saori, Brandi Inocencio, Carlos Zandejas, Amethyst Huang, Sarah Peterson, Antoinette Louise, Solerena Ws, Fernanda Quieroz

Winter Wonderland Again!

I have seen snow in Squaw Valley before, but never for a full week when even getting to the nearest restaurant was a struggle!  It has been snowing ever since and there will be lots of spring skiing this year!  My safe haven since 1993!

No Fisheye Lens? No problem!

I was considering getting a used fisheye lens just for fun, but realized that I probably would not find enough use for it!  Still intrigued with the sometimes very odd results, I was wondering if it could be done in Photoshop?  Low and behold, of course it can! You can make your photos look like traditional fisheye lens pictures with the black border, but I discovered that you can create a bubble effect, too!

It is surprisingly easy to do!

Open a photo with dimensions of 1×1 (fully square image).  Go to Filter>Distort>Spherize and raise the amount all the way to 100%.

If you want a border, create a new layer and grab the Elliptical Marquee tool. Set the feather value in the Options bar to 15px. Create a circle selection as large as you can without going outside the image. Press Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I to invert the selection and then fill in black or the color of your choice!

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From the New York Times this week:

“Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.

The Arctic is warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet, and the new research adds to the evidence that the ice loss in Greenland, which lies mainly above the Arctic Circle, is speeding up as the warming increases. The authors found that ice loss in 2012, more than 400 billion tons per year, was nearly four times the rate in 2003. After a lull in 2013-14, losses have resumed.

The study is the latest in a series of papers published this month suggesting that scientific estimates of the effects of a warming planet have been, if anything, too conservative. Just a week ago, a separate study of ice loss in Antarctica found that the continent is contributing more to rising sea levels than previously thought.

Another new analysis suggested that the oceans are warming far faster than earlier estimates. Warming oceans are currently the leading cause of sea-level rise, since water expands as it warms.”

 

We must do so much better to help our planet!!!

Beach Blanket Babylon

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“Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating over 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!

Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.”  Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, Vladimir Putin, Lady Gaga, Wonder Woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sarah Huckabee, Ivanka Trump, Serena Williams, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.”

If you’re going to San Francisco, do not miss this absolute gem in the middle of North Beach.  I must have seen it 15 times over the past 21 years.  Here is the link to their website:  https://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/

Winter Wonderland!

Squaw Valley is my safe haven where I have been staying for 26 years and never get tired of it!  Whereas summer is gorgeous in the Sierras, seeing the majestic mountains all draped in white adds extra magic!

Proud to have my Photo Featured!

A Little Shameless Self Promotion!

Thank you to the Facebook Site “Bordeaux Ma Ville” for having chosen my photo of La Cite du Vin as their Photo of the Day!

La Cite du Vin

Bordeaux Video

Slideshow from my recent trip to Bordeaux including downtown, the Medoc and Hourtin Plage & Lac

Bordeaux Trip #4

Outside Bordeaux – The Hourtin Lake and the Atlantic Ocean

Only 1 hour from Bordeaux, or a straight shot to the West from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, you will find Hourtin with its lake and the beautiful Atlantic Coast.  Not as populated or affluent as Cap Ferret or Arcachon, it is a beautifully peaceful destination for getting out of the City of Bordeaux.

 

Bordeaux Trip #3

Bordeaux by Night:

Bordeaux Trip #2

Strolling through Old Bordeaux

Photos from Rue Sainte Catherine and Rue Notre Dame, Saint Pierre and Saint Michel

Bordeaux Trip #1

I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in my beloved Bordeaux, a town that I have loved and considered home for over 30 years, even though I have been living in the US for two decades.  I will be sharing some of my photos over the next weeks and am starting today with the world that has been mine since 1984; Wine!

Motion Still or Cinemagraphs?

I have recently been having a lot of fun creating partially animated photos.  It is actually surprisingly simple and the results can be quite striking:

 

But, it does not always go right!

Another world to discover and play with!

Fall has arrived in Napa!

It is impossible to get enough of these fall colors that currently grace Napa.  I found a little area in Carneros that seemed a little unkempt and it was not clear to me whether these grapes were still waiting to be harvested or if they had simply been left behind!  Whatever the case, I was grateful for their “plumminess” in the sun!

Digging up Old Photos!

I found some old photos taken in 2009 with an old point and shoot camera which probably had something like 4 mega pixels!

Lesson learned:  You do not actually need the latest and most fancy camera – ouch…

 

Spring Time in Scandinavia

I have never seen weather like this in May!  As a child in Stockholm, my mother would almost have to revive me after my swimming lessons in 16 degrees Celsius, but this year, everybody in Copenhagen and Stockholm was enjoying the weather and the water!

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