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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

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!

New Toys!

New Camera, Camcorder and Software and not enough Hours in the Day!

(Shot on Sony A6500 and Sony AX700 using Cyberlink PowerDirector as Editing Software.)  Make sure you watch in HD!!!

Testing it all at the Solano Lantern Festival

Having fun with graduation pictures

A new software, Corel PhotoMirage, did not start our quite so well and I seem to have caused some major earthquakes around San Francisco!

Luckily, there were some good results, too!

Moral Dilemma!

I have always tried to limit my use of Lightroom/Photoshop to turn my raw files into what I saw with my eyes.  Sure, I will remove distractions and perhaps add a very discreet vignette to keep the eyes within the frame.  But should I worry more about making images pop and create attention?  Everybody else seems to be doing it with pride and is not adding physical polarizers and other filters really the same thing?  Did Ansel Adams not dodge and burn?  I am conflicted, but suspect I will eventually get over it and fall into the action/overlay/filter trap and maybe even love it!

Here are some examples of photos that do not quite reflect reality – what do you think?

Recognition – oh so good for the Soul!

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It is time to open a bottle of the bubbly!  This imagine sold yesterday on a stock photography site with an enhanced license!  The cat in me is so curious about the purpose – if anybody sees it in a book or magazine, please tell me!

Taken an early spring morning at a winery near the Silverado Trail a couple of years ago.

 

Last Days of Fall in Napa

The beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves are on their last legs, but I did manage to enjoy them one last time last week!  Here are some sunset photos from Screaming Eagle Winery on the Silverado Trail.  If you look closely, you will see a tiny rainbow in one of the photos!  There must have been humidity on top of the mountains.

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Fall has arrived in Napa!

The colors are not quite as spectacular as they will be in a couple of weeks, but a few little pockets around Oakville are showing colors ranging from vibrant green to stunning orange and red.  Andretti Winery is one of the most photogenic wineries that I know of!  It is located on Big Ranch Road which runs parallel to the Silverado Trail.  It is open to the public and tastings are available.  Grab your cameras and have fun!

Oooops!

Sometimes, technical mistakes can produce rather amusing results!

This photo was taken on a cold winter day and I had put my neutral density filter between my teeth while I changed my lens.  It was getting dark, so it completely escaped me that the filter was now all fogged up!

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I am not sure what happened with this one – probably a very dirty lens!

 

Arrrrrgh – Pirate Festival in Vallejo!

A new discovery in my own backyard – The Pirate Festival of Vallejo!  So impressive to see so many people and such elaborated costumes in the 105 degrees’ weather.  Luckily, ice creams, drinks and water melons were available everywhere, but the parrots and pet monkeys had to stay home!

First Sales on Shutterstock!

I started putting up my pictures on Shutterstock this week and sold this picture twice to people in Tel Aviv!  Thank you, strangers, for getting this project started!

This picture was taken in the early evening from a fishing boat.  The background is the town of Ilulissat way above the Arctic Circle.  And those are just the tips of the icebergs!

Icebergs in Ilulissat, Greenland

La Belle France

On this election day, a little hommage to my second home!:

 

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