~How to take pictures that show a little more..~
Shooting pictures of a different
The oldest pictures on this website were taken with
3 megapixel compact camera from Canon. Later on I used a 7 megapixel
superzoom compact from Olympus. Nowadays I mainly use a 10
megapixel Olympus reflex camera with several lenses. I started this
"hobby" as soon as the digital era in photography came into reach for
I probably wouldn't have discovered this without a digital camera,
because of all the possibilities of examening the pictures on the
computer (e.g. zooming in) that weren't there before. I've developed
some techniques I use when taking these pictures. I've learned to create
the "right" circumstances, like taking pictures in smoke or water.
But actually, the most beautiful pictures turned up unexpectedly...In a number of cases I used the macro mode on the camera and then shot a picture of plants, trees or whatever. The camera focuses on the nearest object and the rest becomes a bit blurry. Often I discovered anomalies in the blurry part of the picture. That is what struck me. Thereís an analogy with people who can sense or see these beings.
They seem not to focus on our own reality but on "the other side". They defocus. Thatís a key-word in my opinion. You might say we need to defocus from every day life if we want to be able to see this with our own eyes. And defocus from our fixed idea's as well. Because you can expect the weirdest things that may not match your conception of nature or life in general at all.
The picture below is an example of how plant spirits or
nature spirits may show themselves, probably making use of unsharpness of the
picture. It is a picture of a bracket fungus, using the macro mode of the
camera. It's just as if the phenomenon is teasing us. The blurriness will,
no doubt, cause the unwilling sceptic to ruthlessly reject it. But if you
look just a tiny little bit better, you may be able to see several
figures and amorous couples sitting on the funguses....
Maybe we all can see them and
maybe we even do sometimes, but these split second images are filtered out
by our brain thatís programmed not to believe these kind of things,
without us even noticing. Well, a camera doesnít have chip that says: you
canít show this and you canít show that.
Something that may play an
important role in this are lighting conditions. Light
is an important
source of energy these beings play with in order to show themselves. The
higher the intensity of sunlight, the more likely it becomes that they
show themselves (although this is no law and order). Even, or should I say especially, in over-exposed
pictures, just on the edge, where the light starts to become blinding
anomalies can often be discovered.
For those of you who want to experiment themselves: As for possible locations to shoot: I did not wander off to remote locations or rainforests to take these pictures. A number were taken in my own garden and the rest in nature areaís not far from where I live.
Your own attitude is of course also very important. Think of nature and all it's beings with respect and gratitude and...just ask for assistance and help. Try to connect to nature, feel a part of it. Listen to your intuition, give in to a sudden hunch. If you are in resonance with nature, things may start to happen.
A book I ran into, problably not coincidentally, is:
"Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants" by Eliot Cowan (ISBN:
1893183114). It taught me a lot about nature and plant spirits. I warmly recommend it. It gave me a better understanding of plant
spirits and ancient shamanic practice.
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