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Antarctica Crossing The Circle 2013 – Day By Day




My daily log of my most recent voyage to Antarctica is now live.
Feb 10 – 20 Seth Resnick and I lead an intimate workshop aboard the Sea Spirit to cross the Antarctic circle with many highlights along the way including sites we’ve visited many times before Deception Island, Half Moon Island, La Mer Channel, Plenneau Bay, Cierva Cove, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay and others we’d never seen like Torengsen and Cuverville Islands. The locations never look the same twice, changing dramatically with season, weather, and light. On this voyage, at first calm and sunny, the weather turned windy offering many moody images.
You can see many more images and read the stories behind them here.
Plus, you can compare them with images and stories from 2011 and 2009 too.
Find out about our next voyage Fly To Antarctica / Cross The Circle 2014 here.

Free Screensaver – Antarctica


My free screensaver features beautiful images and fascinating facts on Antarctica.
Download it here.
Antarctica is stunningly beautiful! Explorer Roald Amundsen said, “The land looks like a fairytale.” The coldest, windiest, driest, highest, most isolated continent contains 90% of earth’s ice and 70% of its fresh water, regulating global climate and sea levels.
Learn more about Antarctica here.
Preview my book Antarctica here.
View my Antarctica alumni’s work here.
Find out about my 2014 Fly To Antarctica Sail Across The Circle workshop.

24 Quotes On Motivation


Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on motivation.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
“God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.” – Beecher, Henry Ward
“Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.” – Lee Iacocca
“Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man’s moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightning.” –  Edwin Hubbel Chapin
“There is only one way … to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“No one does anything from a single motive.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.” – Donald Trump
“In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti
“There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“Why did I want to win? because I didn’t want to lose!” – Max Schmelling
“The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.” – Mike Ditka
“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley
“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” – Harriet Braiker
“The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.” – Nolan Bushnell
“Am I motivated by what I really want out of life – or am I mass-motivated?” – Earl Nightingale
“If it doesn’t come from within, it doesn’t come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.” – Herman Cain
“Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else …’ – Archibald Alexander
“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” ― Zig Ziglar
“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.” – Peter Davies, Peter
“The most important thing about motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal.” – Francie Larrieu Smith
“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown
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Make Movies That Matter – Jeff Knoll


“Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who’ve inspired him to do good.
Jeff Skoll was eBay’s employee number 2 and president number 1. He left with a comfortable fortune and a desire to spend his money helping others.
The Skoll Foundation, established in 1999, invests in, connects and celebrates social entrepreneurs – offering grants to people who build businesses, schools and services for communities in need. Every year, it presents the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurshipat Oxford, and runs Social Edge, a networking site for social entrepreneurs.
His production company, Participant Productions, is what Skoll calls a “pro-social media company,” making features and documentaries that address social and political issues and drive real change. His film North Country, for example, is credited with influencing the signing of the 2005 Violence Against Women Act. Participant’s blockbuster doc, An Inconvenient Truth, is required viewing in classrooms around the world, and has unquestionably changed the debate around climate change. Other Participant films include The Kite Runner, The Visitor, Food Inc., The Cove, and the recent Earth Day release, Oceans.”
Find out more about Participant Media here.

What You Eliminate Is Just As Important As What You Include

Path I, Death Valley, California, 1999

You may have heard the phrase, “You’re responsible for everything that’s included within the frame of your images.” Few stop to consider that this also means, “You’re responsible for everything that’s not included within the frame of your images.” We can eliminate objects in the frame in many ways – moving the frame, moving objects, and retouching are the three most common and progressively make pre-visualization more challenging. All three practices came into play while making this image.
One day, I drove to a remote corner of California’s Death Valley National Park called the Racetrack a location famous for the unusual paths that rocks made on the clay playa’s time-cracked mud. Theories about the cause of this mysterious phenomenon include ice, wind, magnetism, and extraterrestrials. The playa was wet when I arrived and couldn’t be walked on without leaving new tracks. (The park requests that people not make new tracks and only walk on the playa when it is dry.) So, I made exposures without tracks and later made new ones virtually, digitally removing cracks from the image selectively to form the appearance of a path. By removing something old you can create something new. Elimination can be more than a matter of hiding, it can also be about revealing.
The art of composition and storytelling is indeed as much about what is not included as what is included. Making these decisions is more than choosing an angle of view, it’s the beginning of a point of view.
Questions
How many ways and to what end do you typically eliminate things from your images?
How many other practices of elimination can you imagine?
How would practicing other forms of elimination change the nature of your images?
The Story Behind The Story Behind The Image
(Years later, photographer Jay Maisel commented on this image, “That’s a good one. I’ve got one just like it. Only, mine’s more pure. I drove my car out on the mud.” (I assume he did this at another location.) “Mine’s more ‘environmentally friendly.’” I responded, only half in jest, as I consider a majority of my work a form of virtual environmental sculpture. I do this kind of work virtually and ephemerally because I’m working in a culture that doesn’t have a common land use ethic and I don’t want to impose my interpretation of the land on others and future generations, particularly in pristine places, whether public or otherwise.)
Find out more about this image here.
Read more The Stories Behind The Images here.
 

29 Quotes On Beauty


Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on beauty.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
“If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”- Ernst Haas
“Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.” -Socrates
“Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.” – Aldous Huxley
“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” – David Hockney
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.” – Khalil Gibran
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men’s souls.” – James Russell Lowell
“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” – David Attenborough
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold
“The perception of beauty is a moral test.” – Henry David Thoreau
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” – Anonymous
“Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.” – H G Wells
“Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.” – David Hume
“It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.” – Voltaire
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.” – Albert Camus
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” – Dante Alighieri
“Beauty without expression is boring.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.” – Victor Hugo
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka
“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” – Khalil Gibran
”‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’-that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” – John Keats
“Beauty will save the world.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Find more Creativity Quotes here.
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Mobile Masters eBook – The Art Of iPhoneography


Mobile Masters, an iPad eBook by Dan Marcolina features 50 of the worlds most notable iPhoneographers. (Caponigro, Eismann, Hollingsworth, Kost, Marcolina and many more.)
Priced at $2.99 this iPad eBook features…
– Over 50 varied Artists from around the world are represented
– Many step-by-step “app-stacking” secrets revealed with a swipe of the figure
– Personal video interviews from 30 artist discussing how iPhoneography has changed them and photography
– Many image tutorial video
– Over an hour of video included
– In-depth text descriptions with direct links to each app mentioned
– Hand selected portfolio of additional work from each artist
– Direct links to each artist websites, blogs, and even email address
Find it here.