I would like to present the following photo, entitled “Ichinen-sanzen”.  Ichinen-sanzen is a Buddhist concept meaning “3,000 realms in a single moment of life”.  This concept relates to the interconnectivity of all phenomena.  The Buddha’s teachings, as expounded in the Lotus Sutra, illuminate the “true aspect of all phenomena”.  This true aspect is somewhere between existence and non-existence, encompassing the idea of dependent origination, which means:

“A Buddhist doctrine expressing the interdependence of all things. It teaches that no beings or phenomena exist on their own; they exist or occur because of their relationship with other beings and phenomena. Everything in the world comes into existence in response to causes and conditions. That is, nothing can exist independent of other things or arise in isolation.”  Source: SGI Dictionary.

With clarity of mind we can see that each moment of our life arises in relation to all other phenomena.  The phenomena of which I speak could mean past and present joys, sufferings, relationships, environments, etc.  Additionally the phenomena in the material world (trees, wind, societies, war, Spongebob) all exist in an interdependent web of energy based on the laws of cause and effect.  To me this photograph illustrates the dynamic nature of existence, characterized by beauty, life, and constant change.  I feel so fortunate to be able to take photographs in such beautiful places as the California Coast.  This shot was taken near Malibu in Southern California.

Well, enough philosophy for today.  Enjoy the photo:


"Ichinen-sanzen", Malibu, CA

 Tech Details:

Nikon D300, Tokina 12-24mm lens

Luminosity blend from 3 images (using iHDR technique) – one for the sky, one for the ocean, and one to get more detail in the foreground rocks.  A Grad ND could have been used here but I still would have needed to bracket to get the full detail in the rocks so that there would be detail in the mussels.  Using this technique creates a very natural looking scene, similar to what I saw (except for the blurred water, which is due to using  a slow shutter speed).  There are no artificial halos or excessive contrast/saturation unlike other techniques (i.e. Photomatix).  This technique can be learned from my friends Jay and Varina Patel in one of their workshops or webinars.

~ by aaronburdick on March 24, 2010.

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