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Dreamreflectionz by Lee Jorgensen

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

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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…

 

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?

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!

 

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!:

 

Slide Show of the Nordic Diaries

Watch this new video I made with Ezvid:

If anybody knows of software with better resolution, please let me know!

The Many Faces of the Buddha and other Deities

Asia brings me inner peace (I can prove it – my Fitbit shows BPM numbers that I never see in the Western World)!  The colors, the smells, the buildings, the temples, the food, the people – everything feels like a comforting blanket and I feel strangely safe and calm.  I can spend hours in temples and gardens looking at the many faces of Deities of the East.  I still have not figured out if I prefer the Japanese version of the Buddha or that of Southeast Asia.  Regardless of the origins, they are all very photogenic!

Odd Formats

Greenland seems to be made for Odd Format Pictures!  With gorgeous landscapes all over, the pictures are almost beginning for panoramic formats.  I had these pictures done in 20 x 10 prints and must say that they look completely at home like that!

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Fall is Here!

Fall used to make me sad.  Being Scandinavian, I could not bear to lose the sunshine and the long days.  Now that I have lived in California for almost 20 years where the weather seems to get warmer every year, I treasure the cooler temperatures and the many photo ops!

I went to my beloved Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago where the colors where just beginning to turn.  How can these warm colors not put a smile on your face!?

The Sled Dogs of Greenland

Once you cross the Arctic Circle, only the Greenland Sled Dogs are allowed (and they are not allowed south of the Circle!).  These beautiful creatures are definitely not pets, but working dogs.  They do get to vacation during the summer and you can see hundreds of them lying around the hills and towns.  Naturally, I could not resist approaching two tail wagging sweeties and was rewarded with joy and kisses

 

And so it begins!

This marks the official start of the Nordic Diaries!  I have landed in Copenhagen after close to 24 hours of travels from San Francisco via my beloved France.  Such torture to only stay 3 hours!  Saturday morning, we start very early early in the morning when we fly to Iceland to spend 6 hours of sightseeing and then…… Greenland!

The Nordic Diaries

In August of this year, I take off on a Nordic Adventure!  Although I have been traveling to many exotic places, this trip may well be THE Once in a Life Time Voyage!

We start out with 6 hours in Iceland after which we fly to the West Coast for our 9 Day Cruise on board the Ocean Diamond.  In order for us never to forget this trip, and to share it with friends and family, I though I would create a little diary on this page.  Please be aware that the photos will be straight out of the camera, so just a preview!

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I will also spend some time in Copenhagen and Stockholm and will be sharing photos and adventures from there, too!

Follow the Diaries here.

Announcing the Greenland Trip!

In August this year, my favorite travel companion, my mother, and I will be going on a cruise in the North.  The adventure starts out in Iceland after which we fly to Kangerlussuaq to board the ship where we will spend 9 days touring the West Coast of Greenland.

Stay tuned for photos and stories!

Let’s do the Time Warp again!

One of the aspects of Japan that I find so captivating is its ability to combine East and West, Old and New.  Anachronisms live in perfect harmony with one of the most modern countries in the world and it is a joy to experience!

The first four photos here are from Asakusa (take the Ginza or Asakusa Line by subway) and the last one is from Kyoto (take the Shinkansen, the Bullet Train, from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station).  Please note that it is less expensive to buy the Shinkansen tickets on-line outside of Japan!)

Hiroshima

A very moving visit to the city that was hit on August 6, 1945.

We owe it to history and ourselves to witness important moments in time.  While it was very difficult to see the Atomic Dome and visit the Museum of Peace, I felt an immense sense of dignity and hope for a better future.
Tip:  All Nippon Airlines is currently running a promotion on domestic flights making it faster and less expensive to go to Hiroshima from Haneda Airport.
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The Tsukiji Fishmarket

I love walking around the rustic fish market in Tsukiji in Tokyo.  Only a subway stop away from Higashi-Ginza and you find yourself in a different world and different times.  Sadly enough, the Tsukiji has outgrown its space and is moving to a different location in Toyusu.

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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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