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Explore Utah in a week

DISCLAIMER: It’s sneaky hot and the altitude is as high at 10k. I got myself in a little trouble not having enough water on one of my hikes. Please have backups of water and protein bars! I don’t know everything so please just use this part of your research.

If you fly into Phoenix, Las Vegas or Salt Lake I would use the same route.

This is based on a 5-7 day trip.

Start in Page, Arizona.

Famous slot canyons. Upper and lower canyon.
Note: There are no unguided tours. The canyons are located on Navajo Nation property.

Best times to shoot. Upper Canyon 11am-2p, Lower Canyon, early morning. If you have the choice to start at north or south choose north.

Upper canyon can be really crowded. I paid for the photography tour which definitely benefited me when the light started to pop through. There were people actually fighting behind me trying to get closer. For upper, the light only pops through the canyon in the summer months when the sun is at it’s highest peak. Please call the guides to make sure your trip lines up with those time lines.

Don’t forget to get up extra early and head to Horseshoe Bend.

Next head to The wave: Vermillion cliffs.
It’s impossible to get in if you don’t book a reservation way in advance.

 

 

 

Bryce Canyon:
Well worth the visit. Get there for sunrise and do the hike in the hoodoos before it gets warm.

 

 

 

 

Willis Creek Slot! I loved this canyon. I hiked it an never saw a human.
Willis Creek Trailhead – From Mount Carmel Junction, follow US Highway 89 north, to Glendale, Utah. Make a right turn on 300 North, also called the Bench Road. It’s directly across the highway from the Buffalo Bistro. Travel the graded dirt Glendale Bench Road (road #600) for 15 miles to a marked junction in the road. There is a kiosk at the junction with a map and other information. The road goes in two directions from the Glendale Bench Road. One road is the Johnson Canyon Road and the other is the Skutumpah Road (road #500). Take Skutumpah Road. It’s 14 miles on Skutumpah Road to the Lick Wash Trailhead. To find Willis Creek continue down Skutumpah Road 11.8 miles past the Lick Wash trailhead. There are two parking areas for Willis Creek. The trail starts on the opposite side of the road from the registration box.

Escalante:
Where the locals like to go to get away from tourists.
There are a few slot canyons such as Zebra, Peek-A-Boo and Spooky. It’s endless what you can hike and see here.

 

Always be aware of the weather conditions and never enter a slot canyon during stormy weather. Although flash floods can happen anytime of the year, hiking in July, August, and September carries the greatest risk. Do NOT drive the road in the rain, it can be very sketchy. Clay and mud on this road are a major issue if it rains, and ya you’ll be 26.2 miles from the pavement if you do get stuck, the identical distance of a marathon.

Always hike with plenty of water in the desert and keep an extra supply of water and food in your car. Let someone know when you leave and when you are to return. Watch for rattlesnakes!

Ocean Art

Scott Papek releases: Seabed La Jolla Shoreline, San Diego, California

It has been said that the best art is created from pain. I never followed that path. My art comes from things I seek. When I first started this journey, photography provided a path to escape a stressful, energy-draining job and stay creative. While on this chosen path, I learned much about myself, ultimately transforming my life forever. Although time continues to go by, the feeling has never changed. Photography is my safe spot, and the place where I feel most at home. To buy ocean art please click here

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Interior Design and Human Behavior

 

Do you think of interior design as a science or an art? Well, it might be a quiet difficult question; but in fact a combination of both. Interior design can be defined as an applied art where creativity skills and technical knowledge provide solutions. These solutions are applied to achieve a more convenient habitat.

Interior design provides answers that are both functional and attractive and enhance the quality of life. Interior design reflects and interacts with the cultural background and traditional heritage of the occupants.

The design process itself runs through a systematic and interactive methodology to create an innovative and functional design solution whereby the needs and resources of the occupants are satisfied.

To achieve a well designed environment many elements contribute together thus innovating the overall theme e.g. color, light, texture…etc. interior design provides solutions for residential, commercial, educational, healthcare, office and hospitality projects consequently affecting our daily way of living or in other words; our behavior.

However interior design leans on our cultural heritage, yet it still can directly or indirectly shape our behavior and definitely it influences our reactions. For instance a room painted in red feels warm than another painted in blue! However it’s the same environment but the color which is an important design element has altered our behavior and way of thinking. The same color itself can trigger different emotions depending on its reference to either symbolic or psychological functions considering the linkages that vary with time, place and cultural background. While white color is worn at weddings and may represent purity, sterility, virginity and peace for some nations, it was the color worn at funerals for others during certain periods in history.

Another noteworthy proof of how interior design can affect our behavior is light! It has to be customized according to the function performed by the occupants. That major element can ensure and highlight a certain frame of mind! For example in a work environment an inadequate light amount would cause annoyance and discomfort. On the contrary you would enjoy a nice dinner or a romantic movie on a dimmed light.

I do believe that the relation between mass and space creates the greatest impact on human behavior. Minimalism where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and the subject is reduced to its necessary elements was an approach for better living environments. A cluttered habitat is definitely irritating while fine organized minimal but yet function environments promote serenity and comfort. A good design coordinating mass and space can elevate the sense of creativity and innovation.

Again cultural variations transform occupant’s vision to surrounding space. For instance a minimal designed interior seems less and for some nations less reflects poverty.

The influence of interior design on human behavior is apparent while working for instance on educational projects like nurseries where children experience a phase of mind shaping. Color, light and texture integrate together to encourage creativity. Safety is another dimension that could be enhanced.

From my point of view a global standard design code for interior environments is not applicable since occupants respond in a different way in accordance with several factors such as cultural background, social heritage or climate conditions. Interior design could effectively develop the quality of life in accordance with formerly mentioned factors; focusing on the basics of creating an ideal habitat for living.

Source by Mohamed M. Khalifa

Tips on Framing Black and White Photography

“Zen Movement” Click here for pricing and sizing.

Black and white photographs have remained popular since their inception roughly 150 years ago. The ability of black and white images to fit many decorating styles has contributed to their increased popularity. As such, people have become more open to alternative, more sophisticated framing designs for these items.

How to best frame a black and white photograph is a subject for much conjecture. Plain and simple to take nothing from the art, or more ornate to complement the subject matter? Add colour in the frame design to help draw the eye to the picture, or stick with a rigid two-tone approach to ensure dramatic elegance?

So where does that leave us? Well to be honest somewhere in the middle. The fact is that there is as much variety in black and white photography as in any other art form. Think of it this way, if we asked everyone to dress in the same way the look would suit a few but be terrible for most. However, there are some simple rules and techniques you should keep in mind when framing black and white photographs.

– Some framers believe a pristine white mount is best for all black and white images, on the basis that it does not detract from the picture itself. However, for pictures with a white focal point, a pristine white mount can be too bright and will compete with the image for attention.

– Another common mistake is to try to ‘lighten’ dark art by surrounding it with a light mount. In reality, a light mount border causes the dark colours in the photo to look even darker.

– Mounts should be black, white or grey. Any other colour adds an element that isn’t present in the picture. If you have a customer who insists on a colourful mount, a common suggestion is to go for a white mat with a small accent of colour as a second mount. However, this accent actually pulls the eye away from the photo. A better solution is to use the colour as the predominant top mount and place the accent of black or grey below it to work as a transition into the photo. With all that colour surrounding the photo it isolates the image, in affect, drawing attention to it.

– When it comes to the moulding, consider the era, style and location of the photograph. As in framing any art piece, each frame must enhance the style and mood of the photograph itself. Many framers believe you should stick to a narrow, basic frame for black and white photographs, but this may not co-ordinate with the subject of the photo. For example, a picture of an ornate piece of architecture may look better with a more classical moulding design.

– Elongation is often a good treatment for portrait photographs, images with vertical subjects or strong vertical lines. By making the top and bottom borders wider, it dramatises all those vertical elements.

– A mountslip which matches the moulding can create a strong, classic outline around the photograph. This helps pull the viewer’s attention in from the frame to focus on the picture. Mountslips can also help enhance the customised appearance of the design, adding character and perceived value.

When any item is framed properly the frame design should add a sense of value to the finished product. So a good frame design will help a mediocre shot look good and an unimaginative framing job will bring even the best picture to the level of a cheap poster.

Remember, just because the subject lacks colour doesn’t mean the framing should lack imagination.

For more help or to discuss any of the points raised above please do not hesitate to contact us or visit us in person.

Source by Mark William Johnson

7 Chakra Colors in Your Home Design

Implementing the 7 chakra colors into your surroundings is a simple and effective way to bring change into your life. If you have one (or several chakras) that are out of balance, add that chakra color to your home.

Here’s the quick chakra colors guide:

Red: The first chakra is about stability, balance and community. Signs that you might be out of balance in this energy center include feeling fearful, excessive worrying about money and finances, and a sense of being “apart” from those around you. Consider adding shades of red to your home. On a small scale consider a red candle or candle holder, a painting or poster with red elements in it, or red flowers such as roses. If you want to do a lot of work with this energy center, buy a vivid red bathrobe to snuggle up in every evening, a red bedspread for your bed, or red curtains. For crystals consider garnet or ruby.

Orange: The second chakra is related to creativity, sensuality and sexuality. Signs of an imbalance include feeling bored with life, stuck in a routine, inhibited sexuality with your partner, or lack of excitement in your life. For a quick lift decorate with a bowl of oranges in your kitchen, amber or carnelian stones in your living room, or a splashy orange rug. If your creative side seems thwarted, add shades of orange where you do your work such as near your computer desk or in an art room if you have one. If it’s the sensual side of life that seems lacking, add lots of subtle orange accents to your bedroom to spice things up. Consider bergamot scented potpourri with dried orange slices in it and an orange colored night-gown.

Yellow: The third chakra relates to self-esteem, self-confidence and boundaries. Signs of an imbalance include letting people walk all over you, being a “people pleaser”, feeling like you’re not good enough, or feeling lack of success in your life. Yellow is the color of confidence. Consider yellow accents in jewelry, ties, and scarves. For crystals give tiger’s eye and yellow calcite a shot. In the home and at work add splashes of vivid yellow in decorative accents, especially in places where you tend to feel dis-empowered.

For flower think daffodils and yellow daisies. Around the home add a cluster of yellow candles or a yellow vase. If there is any area (such as at work) where you often feel low self-esteem, blanket the area in yellow. Add picture frames, pictures, rugs, even lamps in yellow and see your self-esteem rise.

Green (and Pink): The fourth chakra is all about matters of the heart. It is about self-love, love for others, compassion and gentleness. Green is the traditional color associated with this energy center, but pink is often considered appropriate for it as well. If you have difficult relationships with friends, family and loved ones, you could work on this chakra. Other signs of issues include holding on to painful memories, being stuck in the past, and being critical of yourself or others. For stones add serpentine, malachite or rose quartz to your home. Household accents could include decorative green grasses, bamboo plants, green or pink candles, and jade.

Turquoise or Light Blue: The fifth chakra is the communication center. It covers all realms of communication with others. Imbalances include being overly reserved or shy, having a hard time expressing thoughts and emotions, having your words be frequently misunderstood, or talking excessively.

The best strategy for this energy center is to get a turquoise pendant and wear it frequently. Around the home add light blue elements and sky colors. If there is an area where communication always seems to be an issue, make sure to add a large blue element such as a poster, painting, curtains, or even couch cover in a light blue or sky blue color.

Indigo or Dark Blue: The sixth chakra is the intuitive realm. It’s following a hunch in the right direction or getting a nudge that says “don’t go that way”. Signs of imbalance include feeling cut off from your intuition, confusion about what path to follow in life, frequent indecision, and an inability to make up your mind about small or large matters. It is also related to dreams and night-time, so another sign of imbalance is having nightmares, insomnia, night terrors, or restless sleep. Stones for this energy center include lapis and azurite. Get an indigo sleep mask to wear to bed at night, dark blue sheets for your bed, paint your bedroom a deep, deep blue or purple, and indigo curtains for your bedroom. On a smaller level, get a few indigo decorative elements and keep them on your nightstand for sleep issues or wherever you have the most frequent bouts of indecision.

Purple: The seventh energy center is the crown and it relates to spirituality, upliftment, enlightenment, and peace of mind. Signs of imbalance are depression, “feeling down”, nervousness, feeling alone in the world, and anxiety. Stones for this energy center are amethyst, lepidolite and clear quartz. Add shades of purple from violet to vivid royal purple to your home and watch your mood lift itself up naturally. Think of shower curtains, couch pillows, table-cloths or vases in purple. To get a big boost to this center, wear a purple dress, tie or hat.

Source by Patrick Ray

Characteristics of a Modern Office Interior Design

A conventional workplace is no longer the norm, as many companies around the world are seeking more creative interiors for their offices. As a result, most of the top corporate organisations have given up the traditional concept of having plain walls and individual cubicles. Instead, they are opting for an office interior design that creates a more open work environment, where their employees can simply plug in their laptops anywhere to do their work. A creative interior design can help the overall environment in the offices as they fulfil the following purposes:

Encourage an Open Work Culture: Today, many businesses are letting go of the traditional concept of individual offices and are introducing more creative and stylish work spaces for their employees. One such revolutionary concept is an office without walls. It encourages transparency and team spirit, whilst making it easier for managers to supervise their sub-ordinates and communicate with them.

Ensure Optimum Utilisation of Space: At times, there is a possibility that a workplace may occupy less space than the original planned work area. No organisation would want to pay for the extra space, and besides, many businesses today allow most of their employees to work from home. This is the reason why it is necessary to plan the required amount of space before designing the office interiors.

Create a Warm and Friendly Reception Area: When clients visit the office of a business enterprise, the reception area is the place that they see first. The reception will create an image of the organisation in the client’s mind and can also leave the client with a lasting impression. It is, therefore, essential for businesses to get the reception area of their offices designed in a way that creates a professional and welcoming atmosphere.

Provide Some Private Spaces: Having an open design is a great idea, but certain private spaces may be required for a private meeting between a manager and sub-ordinate or for an interview. Such spaces would also help some individuals at times to work without any distractions and enable them to be more focused on their work, thus enhancing their productivity.

Inspire Positive Employee Behaviour: It is easier for companies to inspire a particular behaviour in their employees by incorporating certain elements into the office design. Installing recycling stations throughout the office would encourage employees to recycle. A centralised breakout area would encourage employees to build relationships and bond with each other during their breaks.

Allow Flexibility of Space: Keeping the workplace as flexible as possible can be helpful when it comes to adding new employees. Dividers can be used to increase or decrease the space between work stations. The organisation can buy desks and tables that facilitate easy movements, while certain areas lying vacant can be used for team meetings.

When an organisation wants to create a new office or remodel the existing one, the emphasis must be on flexibility, productivity and creativity with less clutter. Hiring an interior design consultancy that uses holistic design principles and the latest technologies in their projects would help companies to create great office interiors.
Source by Sachin Boradia

Scripps Pier in Lajolla

Scott has spent many hours around the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California. He is drawn to the pier because every visit is different. Between the tide, weather, and time of day, the view is never the same. This particular evening, Scott was enjoying a rare moment in having the pier all to himself. The sun had just dipped behind the ocean. As he continuously clicked the shutter, he captured this perfect moment when the sand, sea, and sky became one. Please click here for sizing and more info.

Research for Landscape Photography spots

I get asked often how do I know where to go shoot next? I don’t want to discredit the research and vision that’s put in but it’s pretty simple. I’m pretty sure the things you photograph or paint is what you care the most about. I care about water. It could be an ocean, stream, lake, river or waterfall. Everything about being around water hits all my senses at once and instantly puts a spell over my body. Not like voodoo shit but it’s pretty incredible. For more info with this print please click here.