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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

Dispersion Effect

I discovered a fun little trick in Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector called dispersion effect – make sure you click HD in the lower right hand corner of the video screen for a better viewing pleasure!:

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Birthday in Napa

Being 8 and having a birthday during the Coronavirus is not easy!  My little friend Hailey got some help from the local First Responders in Napa who showed up en masse and made her day so special.  The music is by her father and it was played on local radio stations during this morning!  What an uplifting experience during these difficult times!

Needless to say, this movie will not be winning any Pulitzer price, but I am sharing it to show how a community in Northern California came together to help a loving father while remaining responsible during confinement!

Make sure to click the HD icon at the bottom of the screen for a better viewing experience!

Missing Spring in Napa!

Who would have guessed in early March that this was the last visit to the Wine Country before we started Sheltering in Place, or SIP’ing , as I prefer to call it (no pun intended, of course)!  Spring had already started, but it pains me to have missed the gorgeous mustards and cherry blossoms this year!

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Please stay safe and healthy – we are all in this together!

Message from the Dalai Lama

This article was published yesterday and really hit the spot.  Whatever your faith or politics, I thought it might give hope to others, too.

‘Prayer Is Not Enough.’ The Dalai Lama on Why We Need to Fight Coronavirus With Compassion

 

Sometimes friends ask me to help with some problem in the world, using some “magical powers.” I always tell them that the Dalai Lama has no magical powers. If I did, I would not feel pain in my legs or a sore throat. We are all the same as human beings, and we experience the same fears, the same hopes, the same uncertainties.
From the Buddhist perspective, every sentient being is acquainted with suffering and the truths of sickness, old age and death. But as human beings, we have the capacity to use our minds to conquer anger and panic and greed. In recent years I have been stressing “emotional disarmament”: to try to see things realistically and clearly, without the confusion of fear or rage. If a problem has a solution, we must work to find it; if it does not, we need not waste time thinking about it.
We Buddhists believe that the entire world is interdependent. That is why I often speak about universal responsibility. The outbreak of this terrible coronavirus has shown that what happens to one person can soon affect every other being. But it also reminds us that a compassionate or constructive act—whether working in hospitals or just observing social distancing—has the potential to help many.
Ever since news emerged about the coronavirus in Wuhan, I have been praying for my brothers and sisters in China and everywhere else. Now we can see that nobody is immune to this virus. We are all worried about loved ones and the future, of both the global economy and our own individual homes. But prayer is not enough.
This crisis shows that we must all take responsibility where we can. We must combine the courage doctors and nurses are showing with empirical science to begin to turn this situation around and protect our future from more such threats.
In this time of great fear, it is important that we think of the long-term challenges—and possibilities—of the entire globe. Photographs of our world from space clearly show that there are no real boundaries on our blue planet. Therefore, all of us must take care of it and work to prevent climate change and other destructive forces. This pandemic serves as a warning that only by coming together with a coordinated, global response will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.
We must also remember that nobody is free of suffering, and extend our hands to others who lack homes, resources or family to protect them. This crisis shows us that we are not separate from one another—even when we are living apart. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion and help.
As a Buddhist, I believe in the principle of impermanence. Eventually, this virus will pass, as I have seen wars and other terrible threats pass in my lifetime, and we will have the opportunity to rebuild our global community as we have done many times before. I sincerely hope that everyone can stay safe and stay calm. At this time of uncertainty, it is important that we do not lose hope and confidence in the constructive efforts so many are making.
Published by Time Magazine – April 14, 2020

Shoot at Blink Studio

Little did we know when we had this gathering in March that it would be the last outing for many of us before we started Sheltering in Place.  The virus had just gotten started, but it was “elsewhere” and we felt relatively safe so far.  With hindsight, it seems like a lifetime ago when 15 people could gather in a small studio and just worry about make up and shutter speed!

Today, I lost a friend of almost 30 years to Covid 19 and it made me snap out of my self-pity and cabin fever and realize how lucky we are just to be alive and surrounded by friends, even when our families are far away.

I dedicate this post to life and a better and more caring future.

Cheers, Merrick – we will share bubbles again in the next life!

Models: Hope daCosta, Chris Gleckman, Joshua Chan
Jewelry design: Miae Nelson
Dress: Bernard Edward Burns
Hair: Messay Wondi Cosmo
MUA: Gita
Facilitator: GM Schauer

 

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

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