Bella Vida by Letty


My Favorite Instagram Travel Hashtags

My Favorite Instagram Travel Hashtags

Instagram Travel Hashtags

I am officially hooked on Instagam. I love going through the images and being inspired by so many great photographers. It’s the best of the best that truly spark my creativity. I admire their works and instantly want to amp up my game and skills. It’s the best platform for sharing travel photography

There are countless travel hashtags to follow however these are specifically curated because of the high quality of photography as well as subject. I’m looking particularly for great storytelling by observing how the photographer is telling the story of the location they are visiting.

If you enjoy high quality beautiful images I highly recommend exploring the following hashtags. There are my favorite travel related hashtags.


1.     #instatravel  10,206,343 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags


2.    #travelgram  8,803,808 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

3.     #scenery     5,808,646 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

4.     #travelinggram   3,533,355 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

5.     #instapassport     2,609,812 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

6.     #neverstopexploring          2,280,555 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

7.     #travelphotography      1,680,355 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

8.     #wonderful_places     1,648,269 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

9.     #cityscapes     1,496,460 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

1o.     #lifeofadventure      1,361,906 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

11.      #letsgosomewhere       1,285,669 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags



How about you? What are your favorite Instagram hashtags?

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How to Start a Travel Inspiration Journal

How to Create a Travel Inspiration Journal

How to Start a Travel Inspiration Journal

An inspiration journal is central place where you can jot down ideas and other things that will inspire you to achieve your goals. It can help you get started, unstuck, or maybe lead you into a completely different direction but mainly motivates you into action.

You can create an entire journal of strictly inspiration or like me have a combination of places I’ve enjoyed and would love to revisit along with bucket lists of things I’d like to do and places I’d like to see.

When we travel the experience is usually over far too quickly. By journaling we get to explore how we felt about the places we went to and the activities we participated in. We get to know ourselves better by clarifying our thoughts.

Journals also serve as records. We can record our progress or expound on the places we’ve been. Sometimes it’s helpful to look back so we can realize all that we’ve accomplished.


These books will get your creativity started.
An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

travel journal

When we travel, we don’t want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who’s come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that’s exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience.

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

travel sketching

The book, Art of Urban Sketching by Gariel Campanario, takes you around the world by showing you the stylings of urban sketchers spanning every continent and into 30 countries. Filled with more than 500 full colored illustrations drawn on location by artists within their own cities, you will hear their stories while learning expert tips and ideas for tools to use for sketching, as well as how to participate through social networking and online activity.

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

travel journal

An artist’s journal is packed with sketches and captions; some rough, some polished. The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers. The cover may be travel-worn and the pages warped from watercolors. Open the book, and raw creativity seeps from each color and line. The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist’s mind: You get a direct window into risks, lessons, mistakes, and dreams.

A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks – 230 Artists – 30 Countries

travel journal

By nature, art journaling is a private activity. But when Dawn Sokol’s first book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, broke the fourth wall and shared the work of artists all over North America and parts of Europe, it created a ripple of inspiration throughout the art journaling community. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Sokol features more than 1,000 new, captivating pages, this time—by popular demand—from artists across the globe. Lists of techniques and materials used for each page, plus behind-the-scenes interviews, give readers a glimpse inside the minds of new and established artists, making this a stimulating compilation sure to inspire beginners and seasoned art journalers alike.
Books for  traveling writing inspiration.

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (Travelers’ Tales)

travel writing

Two major trends have recently swept the travel world: the first, an overwhelming desire (thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love) to write one’s own memoir; the second, an explosion of social media, blogs, twitter and texts, which allow travelers to document and share their experiences instantaneously. Thus, the act of chronicling one’s journey has never been more popular, nor the urge stronger.

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, will inspire budding memoirists and jetsetting scribes alike. But Writing Away doesn’t stop there—author Lavinia Spalding spins the romantic tradition of keeping a travelogue into a modern, witty adventure in awareness, introducing the traditional handwritten journal as a profoundly valuable tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, and spiritual growth.

Writing Away teaches you to embrace mishaps in order to enrich your travel experience, recognize in advance what you want to remember, tap into all your senses, and connect with the physical world in an increasingly technological age. It helps you overcome writer’s block and procrastination; tackle the discipline, routine, structure, and momentum that are crucial to the creative process; and it demonstrates how traveling—while keeping a journal along the way—is the world’s most valuable writing exercise.

Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)

travel writing

Most travel diaries fizzle. By day six of a big trip, people are struggling to recall what happened on days three, four, and five. They return home with mostly empty journals, or bland writing that fails to capture the full spirit of their journeys. Award-winning travel humorist Dave Fox comes to the rescue in this book that’s both informative and irreverently funny. You’ll learn to: Bring destinations to life with bold details.Splash those details quickly onto your pages so journaling doesn’t gobble up your precious vacation time.Elude your Inner Censor and write with confidence.Weave together your outer and inner journeys, using unfamiliar places as a backdrop for self-discovery.

Dave shares his favorite journaling techniques, shows how to find time to write in the middle of an exciting trip, and infuses it all with a generous dose of his off-the-wall humor. Whether your journeys are weekend road trips or excursions around the world, this book will help transform you into a travel journaling superhero!


Once you’ve found some inspiration to get you started choose the type of sketchbook, binder or journal you would like to use.

journals binders

Carolina Pad Studio C Zip-it Notebook with Zipper Pouch Cover 

Pocket Leather Journal with Owl Handmade Blank Craft Paper Brown  with Gift Box 

or binder

Kate’s Paperie Binder with Set of 3 Journals, The Art of Travel 

Genuine Leather Journal Notebook Refillable with Cool Lock 6-ring Loose Leaf Binder

UniKeep Travel Binder – Ocean

I’m inspired by colors, textures, mixed media, positive quotes, photos, places, travel, sewing, fashion,jewelry, music, art, painting, movies, stories . . .

travel journal entry ideas

Ideas to get you going.

Top ten list
Bucket list
Favorite travel quotes
Favorite places
Start with a map
Start with a ticket stub
Start with a postcard
Cut out magazine photos
Start with a photo you took
Favorite thing you ate
Describe the smells
Describe the texture
Describe the taste
Most exciting
Least exciting
I’ll never do that again


Do you have a travel inspiration journal?


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Things to do in Chicago Take in the Willis Tower Views

Things to do in Chicago

The Willis Tower was originally built and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower. This 108-story skyscraper is one of the most famous landmarks in Chicago, Illinois. It took 2,000 workers three years to build and has been open to the public since 1974. It’s the second tallest in North America and the Western Hemisphere and the eight tallest building in the world.

Skydeck Willis Tower

If you’re visiting Chicago I highly recommend checking out the views from this iconic skyscraper. The Skydeck is the highest observation deck in the United States and from the 103rd floor features expansive views of the city and lake front. Visibility from the Skydeck is approximately 40-50 miles. On a clear day you can see four states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Fun Fact

The average sway of the building is six inches from true center. But don’t worry the building is designed to sway up to 3 feet and you won’t feel it anyway.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Insider Tip

The Willis Tower Skydeck is a popular attraction, which receives about 25,000 people each day. The best times to visit are either early morning or evening. One way to beat the long lines and save money is to purchase a Chicago CityPASS. If you purchase the booklet ahead of time you can totally by pass super long lines and go straight to the elevator that swoops you up to the Skydeck.

The CityPASS also includes entrance to Chicago’s most popular attractions, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute, Museum of Science, Planetarium, etc. It comes out way cheaper than purchasing tickets for each individual attraction. Especially if you’re traveling as a family.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Chicago CityPASS  ~ See the Best and Save Money


Have you visited the Skydeck at the Willis Tower?

Where you brave enough to step out onto the platform?

Willis Tower related products.

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Fire Dancers Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

The solstice marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  Today we celebrate the longest day of the year and get ready for some warmer days to come.  I am reminded of a photo shoot I did during a summer solstice.  Several years ago I headed to a drum circle to celebrate the summer solstice when I ran into a group of performers.  They were fire dancers.  I remember them being very polite and humble about their skills.  They answered my questions and I watched them borrow each others equipment to practice before their performance.  The show was great and was the perfect opportunity for me to do some light graffiti.

Light graffiti is also known as light painting.  Basically you keep your camera’s shutter open as long as possible to capture light.  Here’s a round up of photos I took that wonderful warm summer evening.

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

fire dancer

How are you spending the longest day of the year?


“The festival of the summer solstice speaks of love and light, of freedom and generosity of spirit. It is a beautiful time of year where vibrant flowers whisper to us with scented breath, forests and woodlands hang heavy in the summer’s heat and our souls become enchanted with midsummer magic.” Carole Carlton

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…” Margaret Atwood

“There is a Zone whose even Years No Solstice interrupt – Whose Sun constructs perpetual Noon Whose perfect Seasons wait -” Emily Dickinson


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What to Wear to South Beach #DestinationSummer #Sponsored

South Beach


South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida.  Located due east of Miami city between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean it is known for being trendy and attracting rich, famous and beautiful people.   This place is always bustling with locals, visitors and things to do.  Sobe is high energy and attracts large crowds especially on holidays.  I would describe it as stylish, extravagant and luxurious.  At night it is the hottest club scene I’ve ever been to.  Fashion and music merge on the beach with influences from Latin and European cultures.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you bumped into a celebrity or two during your visit.  

South Beach is also known as the historic Art Deco District.  A trip to Miami is not complete until you visit and experience this area for yourself. You will be transported to another time surrounded by the interesting architecture which dates back to the 1920’s.  Everywhere you look you will find fancy details from that long ago era.  Today there are over 800 Art Deco Structures lighting up South Beach in a rainbow of neon and pastel.

What is art deco you might ask?  The Miami Design Preservation League defines art deco as:

“Art Deco was a product of new ideas and movements and found its inspirations in many distinct early 20th Century European design styles such as Cubism, French Art Deco, German Bauhaus and Expressionism, Dutch de Stijl and Amsterdam School, Vienna Secession and others.”

They offer a free historic district sites map on their site.  You can take a guided tour or do it yourself.

Ocean Drive

When visiting South Beach I highly recommend both driving and walking Ocean Drive.  This street has served as the backdrop of countless movies.  You will see grand hotels, interesting art deco architecture, the gorgeous beach and when the sun sets the famous neon lights come on.  There are plenty of shops, restaurants and places to stay.  Most restaurants offer outdoor seating.  A great way to do some people watching or just enjoy the ambience and beautiful weather.

Be warned shopping here is more expensive than other spots.  A mixed cocktail can easily cost over $20.00.

A few famous places on the strip are Casa Casaurina, also known as the Gianni Versace Mansion, the Clevelander, Park Central, the Tides Hotel, the Cordozo Hotel and the Waldorf Towers.

Be sure to park your car and hit the beach.  Lummus Park Beach is on the list of world’s most beautiful beaches.  On the boardwalk you can skate, bike, run or take a stroll.  There are places for the kids to play as well as places to exercise and work out.  Out on the sand you will see Miami’s iconic colorful lifeguard stands, soft white sand and gorgeous blue and jade waters.

I’ve styled some fabulous clothing, shoes, makeup and accessories to give you some ideas on what to wear on your visit to South Beach.



What to wear to iconic South Beach.  Greens and blues.

Soaked Striped Caftan Cover-Up, Croft & Barrow® Fit For You Tummy Slimmer One-Piece Swimsuit – Women’s, SONOMA life + style® Banded Platform Wedge Sandals – Women, Candie’s® Tie-Dyed Backpack, Fantas-Eyes Rimless Aviator Sunglasses, Croft & Barrow® Simulated Crystal & Square Bead Multistrand Necklace & Drop Earring Set


What to wear to iconic South Beach.  Pinks and yellows.

Soaked Tie-Dye Chiffon Sarong Cover-Up – Women’s, California Waves Crochet Monokini Swimsuit – Women’s, Mudd® Crochet Wedge Sandals – Women, La Diva Laced Scoop Shoulder Bag, Croft & Barrow® Silver Tone Bead Stretch Bracelet Set1928® Gold Tone Beaded Multistrand Necklace, Converse Pedal Round Sunglasses, David & Young Straw Striped Edge Floppy Hat

South Beach Style Rocking Studs

What to wear to South Beach rocking the studs.

Journee Collection Taffy Platform High Heels – Women, Jennifer Lopez Embellished Tee, Jennifer Lopez Skinny Ankle Jeans, Everlasting Gold 14k Gold Bead Chandelier Earrings, GS by gemma simone Gold Tone Openwork Dome Stretch Ring, LORAC Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15 Leading Lady, ELLE Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Crimson Sunset, JLove by Jennifer Lopez Eau de Parfum Spray – 1.7 oz.


South Beach Evening Outfit

What to wear to South Beach evening.

Speechless Sequin Chiffon Dress, Exchange by Charles David Octavia Peep-Toe Platform High Heel, Sterling Silver Black & White Diamond Pendant, Ring & Drop Earring Set, Bulova Stainless Steel Crystal Watch, Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock Origami Flap Clutch, CARGO Eye Shadow Color: Babylon, essie Encrusted Treasures Nail Polish

I’ve styled these four fabulous looks as part of Kohl’s #DestinationSummer campaign.  Which did you like best?

Have you been to South Beach?  What’s your favorite South Beach spot?


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Photo Essay Wynwood Walls Graffiti Murals

wynwood walls

I had family visit me recently and it since it was there first time in South Florida I had to take them to see Wynwood’s famous walls.  You know it’s one of my absolute favorite places to be.  And guess what?  They were blown away.  It is a very special feeling when you step out of your car and are completely surrounded by huge colorful beautiful images. The atmosphere is fun and casual.

wynwood walls

wynwood walls

Most of the time you can catch the artists at work.

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This one is my favorite.  It’s beautiful, colorful, creepy and mysterious.

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Wynwood Walls is famous for it’s graffiti murals.

Have you been to Wynwood, Florida?  Which is your favorite mural?

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Visiting Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is a great place to stop and stretch your legs.  Located in a beautiful setting in Key Largo beside the gorgeous Florida Bay is a maze of boardwalks taking you past an incredible amount of bird species.

What is it?

It’s not a zoo or a theme park but a bird rehabilitation center dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating ill, injured or orphaned birds with the goal of releasing them.  The birds at the center are either recuperating or unable to survive in the wild.

The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is a charitable organization and relies on donations to keep the Wildlife Hospital running and all the associated expenses of caring for the birds.

Things to do.

Take a self guided tour along boardwalks and nature trails for a close up look at a variety of bird species like hawks, ospreys, spoonbills, owls, egrets, etc.  On the day I went they even had an adorable little hummingbird.  You never know what you might see.  The employees are very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions.

The resident birds live in spacious creative screened enclosures but you will see free birds like pelicans and egrets hanging around as well.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

At the end of the boardwalk you will find an amazing nature trail along a wetlands area with some of the most beautiful views of the bay.  There are even places for you to sit.  It’s the perfect spot for photography lovers.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

The center is free to visit but you are welcome to make a donation.  You will really want to do so if you get the opportunity to visit.

Helpful Travel Tip

The best time to go is early morning.  There is a pond off the bay where you can photograph wild birds coming to feed.  Morning is also the best lighting for your photographs.  I went around four pm and had to deal with very harsh bright lighting.

Helpful Travel Tip

You cannot see the place from the road.  A medium sign directing you to the place is all you will see.  Drive down to the end of the road to reach your destination.

 Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Have you been here yet?  What did you see on your visit?

Can you tell from the photos I absolutely fell in love with the bay?


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How to Embed an Instagram Photo

Three weeks ago Instagram announced the capability to embed photos because it was its most requested feature since they disabled the twitter share capability.  This is fantastic because now I don’t have to download the photos from my phone then upload them again to my website.

 How to embed an Instagram Photo


On the Instagram website it says you will see a new share button but for some reason I don’t see that share button on my laptop.  I do see three dots.  So whether you see the share button or the three dots when clicked, you get the embed option.  Simply copy the code and paste it into your preferred editor.  I currently use WordPress.


How to embed an Instagram Photo


When you use this code you do not have to worry about photo credit, a link right back to your instagram profile appears right above the photo along with creator’s username, the number of Likes and comments it has received.  Regardless of where it is embedded everyone can see who the content belongs too.  Another important note is ONLY photos marked public can be embedded.

10 Reasons to Use Instagram

10 Reasons to Use Instagram

  • Photos are powerful.
  • To build your Brand.
  • Shows your unique personality.
  • Encourages conversation via hashtags.
  • Tell your stories.
  • Share behind the scenes.
  • Share a project.
  • Teach.
  • Inspire.
  • You just might go viral.

How to Embed Instagram Photos


Have you used the instagram embed feature yet?  What do you think?

 Are we connected on instagram?  If not, leave your links in the comments.

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Amazing Spot for Photo Ops Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

Florida is a huge state with two spectacular coasts donning some of America’s most beautiful beaches.  On one of my many road trips I discovered an amazing spot perfect for photo ops.  The place is called Blowing Rocks Preserve.  I found it because the town it’s in has a wacky name so of course I wanted to explore it.  The town is called Jupiter and located in Palm Beach County Florida.

Blowing Rocks Preserve was named for the rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline.  This one mile stretch is special because most of it is either underground or underwater.  It’s one of Florida’s rarest surviving landscapes.  There is a dune habitat with beach sunflowers, bay cedar, sea grapes and sea oats.

During the summer months the beaches provide important nesting habitats for endangered sea turtles.  The sea turtles and the nests are protected by federal, state and local laws to prevent extinction.  Do not touch them or their nests.

On the day I was there a rain shower passed through causing giant splashes as the Atlantic Ocean slammed into the hard rocky surface.  Don’t be afraid to get wet.  It’s a really fun sight to see and makes for some wonderful photos.

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

While researching I found it turns out that a bunch of famous people have homes in Jupiter, Florida.  Burt Renolds, Tiger Woods, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Michael Jordan, Dara Torres and Camilo Vargas just to name a few.  If you’re interested in history the Town of Jupiter has a website with a timeline dating back to prehistoric times when the Tequesta lived there.

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

I recommend this spot whether you just have a few free minutes or an afternoon to spare.

Have you been to Blowing Rocks or Jupiter?


“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”  Robert Frank

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”  Ansel Adams


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Photos of Wynwood Graffiti Murals

Imagine a place where art is all around you. Yes art.  Art is expression.

Wherever you look, someone left traces of their creativity.

Leaving no place overlooked, it’s on the walls, on the street, windows, light poles even trash cans.

Where the wind carries the acrid chemical smell of spray paint but you don’t really mind it.  It’s a welcome relief from the humidity.

Where you have to be careful where you walk, lean and sit or come away with wet paint.

Where the streets are slanted, side walks broken, but you can still appreciate the beauty of decay on crumbling industrial buildings lovingly wrapped in barbed wire.

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Where mystery and the mysterious are not uncommon.

The Miami neighborhood of Wynwood is an ever changing canvas where you are sure to be uncertain what you will see or experience next.

Sometimes people are the art.  You will find them costumed or painted into the most interesting characters you never thought of.

Performance art is everywhere; a group of kids dancing on the corner, a DJ spinning creating an impromptu party on the sidewalk or  an acoustic duo playing outside a fancy new gallery.

You can get food from a truck or the ghostbusters station wagon inside a bar sometimes flea market.

This place inspires me.  I come away feeling the passion expressed in artists works.  It reminds me of the passion I have for expressing myself.

Gentrification has me worried about how much longer this place will exist.  Wherever these artists flee I will follow.


Have you been to see Wynwood walls?

Is there a place you always go to for inspiration?


“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”   Deepak Chopra

“One line placed on the canvas committed her to innumerable risks, to frequent and irrevocable decisions.” Virginia Woolf 

“I like that about art, that what you see is sometimes more about who you are than what’s on the wall.” Cath Crowley

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.”  Banksy

“Graffiti is not about clean lines, pretty colors and beautiful blends. Graffiti is my life’s turbulence exploded on a wall.” Mint Serf

“This world is but a canvas for our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

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electricity ~ Light Graffiti Photography and a Poem

law of conservation of energy

energy in an isolated system remains constant over time

The only thing that can happen to energy in a closed system is be transformed from one state to another.

Energy is not a material substance.

light graffiti photography bella vida by letty

ATP molecules

human kinetic energy
human voltage
Superconducting Quantum Interference Device
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electro          electric              electricity

electrical signals sodium-potassium gate between 10 and 100 millivolts

Superconducting Quantum Interference Device
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if electricity could be seen with the naked eye what would you look like?
light graffiti photography bella vida by letty



Pronunciation: /i-ˌlek-ˈtris-ət-ē, -ˈtris-tē/
fundamental entity of nature consisting of negative and positive kinds,
observable in the attractions and repulsions of bodies
electrified by friction and natural phenomena


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How Do You Find Cool People to Follow on Instagram?


I recently joined Instagram and am looking for cool people to follow. Things I find interesting are works from other photographers, nature, places, fashion, etc.  In summary I really enjoy looking at great photography.  Not only is it inspiring, there’s much to learn by studying a great photo.

I’m following my family and friends, a few magazines, celebrities, musicians and stores.

Who do you follow on Instagram?
How do you find Cool people to follow?

“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer.” Walter De Mulder

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” Diane Arbus

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” Susan Sontag

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What is Art? Graffiti Photography

ART: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”Abraham Maslow

Wynwood Walls 2010

Knowing The Elements of Art will enable you to describe and analyze a piece

Line: A moving point. The path a viewer’s eye takes as it follows shapes, colors and form along a path, not necessarily continuous or physically connected. Lines lead around the composition communicating information through character and direction.

Shape: Shapes are defined by other elements of art: Space, Line, Texture, Value, Color and Form. Shapes have two dimensions–height and width–and are usually defined by lines. Forms exist in three dimensions, with height, width, and depth.

Form: Three-dimensional showing height, width and depth. Three-dimensional form is the basis of sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts and can be seen from more than one side.

Texture: The quality of a surface which can be real or created.

Color: Color has three main characteristics: hue (red, green, blue, etc.), value (how light or dark it is), and intensity (how bright or dull it is). Colors can be described as warm (red, yellow) or cool (blue, gray), depending on which end of the color spectrum they fall.  

Value describes the brightness of color. Artists use color value to create different moods.  
Intensity describes the purity or strength of a color. Bright colors are undiluted and are often associated with positive energy and heightened emotions. Dull colors have been diluted by mixing with other colors and create a sedate or serious mood.

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” Pablo Picasso

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” Henri Matisse

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” Michelangelo

“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” Vincent van Gogh

Synonyms: abstraction, carving, description, design, illustration, imitation, modeling, molding, painting, pictorialization, portrayal, representation, sculpting, shaping, simulation, sketching, symbolization, artwork, oil, picture, piece, portrait, still life, watercolor

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Photographing Action ~ Action Photography

Action: 1. the state or process of doing something or being active; operation. 2. movement or posture during some physical activity.

“Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history.” Cornell Capa

Seagull checking me check him out 2011

A great photo tells a story without words. Photographing your subject in action is a great way to visually tell a story.  In addition to being artistic, action photos are about documenting life precisely as it happens in a given moment.

Peace out

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” Ernst Haas

When I talk about taking action photos I’m not only referring to sports or nature but to life in general.  For example, when photographing a child’s birthday you may want to capture their reaction upon seeing or tasting the cake. Something that made them laugh, a kiss or hug, etc.

Four tips for better action photos:

Aim the camera at a spot where the action is likely to occur

Take lots of pictures. Sometimes it takes many clicks to capture the perfect shot.

Anticipate when and where it will occur.
Zoom in to capture a detail.

“When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!” Ted Grant
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Brandon Boyd

During live musical performances you can count on a spectacular moment during the chorus or guitar solo.  In both these examples the camera is zoomed in on it’s subject eliminating the unnecessary.

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Michael Jackson & Slash

Capturing movement such as dance requires anticipation.

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Rita Moreno

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“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” Paul Caponigro

Capturing people interacting can be tricky.  The photographer should make the subject feel comfortable and at ease.  Your goal is to have them forget the camera is there.

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Coretta and Martin Luther King

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Jay-Z And Beyonce

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” Aaron Siskind

Sometimes the photographer can provoke a reaction becoming part of the story.

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Anna Paquin And Stephen Moyer
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Joan Jett

In the next photos life is documented through the eyes of the photographer.
We see what the photographer is seeing.

I could look at these pictures over and over and not get tired of dissecting them.

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Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette, being arrested outside Buckingham Palace, London, May 1914.

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A woman is struck down during a suffragette demonstration in 1903.

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Arrests on September 24, 2011 Occupy Wall Street

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” Ansel Adams

If you enjoyed these tips here’s a post with tips for taking Fabulous Portraits.


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September Fall Crawl Theme: All things Fall Inspired

From September 19th to the 30th this crawl will highlight talented bloggers for you to discover. Each post will feature Fall Inspirations ranging from fall crafts, DIY projects, Food, Recipes, Decor and much more.

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Today’s featured blog is Photography by Lars & Kim where you will find great photography as well as unique and interested crafts, gifts and jewlery.
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Cosmopolitanism & Photography of Downtown Miami

Cosmopolitanism: 1.the theory that cultural and artistic activities should have neither national nor parochial boundaries. 2.the ideology that all human ethnic groups belong to a single community based on a shared morality.

A cosmopolitan is someone not subservient to a particular religious or political authority, someone who was not biased by particular loyalties or cultural prejudice.

Miami Skyline

Cosmopolitanisms have insisted human beings have a duty to aid fellow humans in need, regardless of their citizenship status.

Downtown Miami

Cosmopolitan duty is not restricted to duties of beneficence but also requires justice and respect. Cosmopolitan morality opposes slavery and apartheid, defends the emancipation of women and demands better treatment of animals.

Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower
Downtown Miami

“Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto. 
I am human: nothing human is alien to me.”

Downtown Miami from inside a parking garage

I recently caught a piece of a documentary called “Examined Life” by Astra Taylor which reignited my passion for philosophy.  I must make time to watch the entire movie.

While listening to several different philosophers, specifically Kwame Anthony Appiahspeak, speak of his philosophical ideas and ethics I pondered cosmopolitanism.

While I can fully embrace the idea of moral Cosmopolitanism I cannot commit to political or economical cosmopolitanism.  I do feel that the mere fact that we are human makes us related regardless of any other categories you would like to attach to it.  I have great compassion and caring for all children.  If I could have just one cosmopolitan wish granted it would be that each child on the planet receive an equal education because regardless of location or economics it would empower them to create changes.

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September Fall Crawl 
Theme: All things Fall Inspired

From September 19th to the 30th this crawl will highlight talented bloggers for you to discover. Each post will feature Fall Inspirations ranging from fall crafts, DIY projects, Food, Recipes, Decor and much more.

Today’s inspiration comes from
Kimberly of Kimbas 2 Cents.  
Kimbas2cents is a lifestyle blog where she focuses on recipes, fashion, career, and beauty. Her Fall Inspiration has me salivating it looks sooo good! She’s featuring the recipe for delicious spice cupcakes with yummmmmmmy cream cheese frosting! I want one. : )

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