20171014: Fiesta San Juan de los Lagos style, fireworks in your face!

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Ground level in your face fireworks!

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sky to ground level…

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Mostly aerial bursts!

San Juan de los Lagos having a party…

20171014: Timing is everything!

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Yesterday, this Bimbo Pan man stopped to make his usual delivery to the Hamburguesa Stand, my manager of the new apartment.

He walked over and looked at some of my posters & photos on display. Since he could speak a little English & i get away with and even tinier bit if Spanish he told me he wanted a nice photo of him with his truck.

He then started talking of wanting the local river front for it but he was looking at my night scenes.

The night before I had taken a walk & seeing the reflection of the3 bridge in the river which is still quite full.

I pulled out the cellphone and  shot 2 frames of the reflection.

So I showed him those 2 frames and he just “Wow! Yes, I want me & my truck in front of that!”

So while he did the bread delivery I grabbed a camera & external flash and just before he drove off, I shot a couple quick frames of him & the truck. I showed him what I had shot and again he was happy with it.

Today he came by to do his delivery & I showed him the combined image, one framed as you see here & one without a frame.

He chose this one, so I will get him a print & in the next day or two of deliveries I will have the finished product for him…

So yes, I am slowly winning the hearts & eyes of these people as more & more are coming by & seeing what I can do for them.

Timing is everything, as any photographer knows, CAPTURE THE MOMENT!

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20170922: What I left behind to MOVE forward! My new apartment vs old

I recently moved out of my old Mexican apartment for the past 20 months.

It has been a trying time to be there & living here!

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Here you can see the foot of my bed, the desk and some of the stuff piled up waiting for me to find a place to sort through & see what was still good after the Dec. 2015 auto accident.

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The head of the bed, rain water drip catcher over it, blue water bucket for purifying my drinking water. That “white card stock” by the head of the bed was to slow down the mice & cockroaches that would run over my face as I slept.

So yes, folks this is what I did not want to show as I lived there. I do not like pity.

I worked to find answers.

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The small windows in the door, like my jail cells, not light. But sometimes a little is better than none.

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The corner of the desk to the door, not much smaller/bigger that one of my past jail cells too. The moving blanket was for winter, it would block out the colder air at night. Summer could hit 100F and was often 90F at 12midnight. So winter’s 55F was cold.

There was no sense buying any kind of heater, the other units used them and blew the whole complex’s electric box all the time.

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yes a tin roof with cement on top of it. Mexican construction yes that is a crack running down the wall.

My new place,

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This is a week or so ago. The laundry pile is smaller now. But here is the front rooms, Laundry sink in the left corner, place to let dishes dry, book shelves and a workstation to train people at.

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20 months later I am open for business “Locally”, sign on the street. Internet installed.

I currently have 7 different calendars to offer for sale on the street. Yes, just like an ordinary Mexican, selling in front of my house. I have even located some “wire racks the locals use to display their products on that I can use.

And a sign by my patio doors,

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Notice the cut step of the stairs… PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE HERE DRUNK OR ON DRUGS THAT IMPAIR YOU!

That is the area to step into my entry! ha ha… once again the “Gods” have given me a place that is hard to attack!

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Inside the NEW apartment, my workstation, and the reverse view. A studio for photography.

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My bed has some legs I had made for it after moving in too.

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& I even get to hang my night panorama of London!

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by the way, yes this is my chair… and you can see even in the new apartment the sleeping bag is hanging out of it!

(I ran around the old apartment trying to figure out where the 2nd warm sleeping bag was, till I stopped to straighten up the chair and remembered I used it to “stuff” the chair!

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So the next time some one tells you not to TRY, just remember that I came here NOT SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE, not having any friends, very little money, and quite a few people wanting to steal from me. PLUS no ability to return to USA other than to go to prison for BEING A WHISTLE BLOWER with corruption charges on the USA court system & a threat of death if I ever ENTER A USA COURT!

A one way ticket into Mexico & I Won!

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20170912: OK, all equipment is in the new landing zone, studio building time!

OK, so being a night photographer, yeah, I am working long & hard to make the place a working set-up for both the business I need & the house to live in. working till 4am, then back up at 10:30am… I have progress…

The 4am shot, yes, I am tired, the lousy photo is in part due to a dirty lens.

but at 3pm the next afternoon, progress.

I have clothes lines for wet clothes on the patio, above the laundry sink & in the banos. Keeping them full and moving stuff around as needed, the pile is growing smaller..

Yes, I can walk the whole house & not stub a toe if i stay in the middle of the rooms. But at least I can see where stuff is & organize it.

And I needed to finish the screening of the windows, here is the front door.

So yes, with a lot of patience & the forethought see what I can use where to make a business, I survived the 20 months of hell in that little room.

I am hoping to hang my signs of open for business in about 2 more days.

I hope I inspire a few people to “hang tough & be patience” to make their dreams come true too!

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20170718: New Toy! Graphic creative Fun!

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OK, this is just to show what kind of silly “Far Out Design” abilities I have here.

A simple logo of elements or a a special wreath of some design is all possible.

I just got this and was playing around last night, I have 1000s of elements to use, or can create to use my own “special elements” in this program.

Several setting of how many times the pieces are copied around the circle too so while this is 6 sided, 4 or just 2 is possible .

 

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And yes, they can be transparently added to other images.

sorry I just happen to love the overall of this image… the idea of adding some words in the banners is just too obvious to me & the fun of these flowers in this arrangement, well I am a nature & landscape photographer!

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20170706: Any donations to Keep a “Whistle Blower AGAINST CORRUPTION” alive & free?? ISS Creator.

OK, so I am not into begging, but heck I do need to survive.

Looking for work, OR YOU CAN JUST CLICK THE “DONATION” Button and give my PayPal account a couple of dollars.

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I can not use USA courts as they have offered to “Just Kill me.”

I do have to eat & pay bills, keep equipment running.

I did create the International Space Station, no small piece of Human History…

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just a couple people involved….

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Nope, the USA gives me nothing for my creation.

However just as I gave the USA the International Space Station to save it, so to this day do I continue to help… A Recent offer of Fresh Drinking Water for the Poor.

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So if you can spare a $1 or $2, think about helping some one who did so much for the DREAMERS of the World.

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Creative shooting.

20170608: Water Purifying by Sunlight! Rural or cities, cheap system, do it yourself!

Contact me about anything you need explained, I learned this trick some where close to 50 years ago. Desert survival trick. You can make these easy, and with basic supplies any where. Making roofless huts or areas of holes with fences around to keep animals out of the area. While it does not make huge amounts of water in a hurry, you can produce gallons in a day with a simple series of these all working for free of solar sunlight energy.

If you live in a city, put them on your roof tops, safe from theft & in the sunlight.

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This image is DOWNLOADABLE & prints to A4 size paper, or with tiny reducing to 8.5x 11 inch paper.