Yoda & Darth Vader at the Tech Museum

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Star Wars where Science meets Imagination! That billboard is cool with Yoda fighting Darth Vader to introduce this old Star Wars Exhibition in the San Jose Tech and Innovation Museum. In actuality, the two never fought as seen in the billboard.

The last battle fought by Darth Vader as a man was against Obi Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan had a better fighting position and warned Anakin Skywalker to stop fighting to save himself. But Anakin’s arrogance would not let down, and he did not heed this warning. As a result, Obi Wan swooped his light saber and severed Anakin’s two arms and legs. The last photo above is a model depicting Darth Vader being put together with new arms and legs as the Evil Emperor allows his new technological assembly.

Obi Wan Kenobi said

He is more machine than man, twisted and evil.

Yoda said to Anakin Skywalker (in The Phantom Menace) during his training which became true –

Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.  

Do you remember how Obi Wan trained young Luke Skywalker with the Jedi Training Remote? Luke was like his father – impatient and angry. Obi Wan instructed him to let go of his anger to succeed in his training.

I can relate to Darth Vader’s anger. We may not have Darth Vader’s machinery and technology inside of us. But we could be a little more machine inside if we do not allow compassion and grace to grow instead.

When I allow anger to brew, I suffer headaches and physical pain due to this negative emotion. True success is having a spirit filled with grace.

Allow Grace and Kindness to grow instead Anger

This is something I need to learn!

Find photographs to teach us valuable lessons!

Fastest Hunk o’ Junk in the Galaxy! Millennium Falcon for Star Wars IV – VI

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Here are more photographs from my visit to the San Jose Tech Innovation Museum during the Star Wars exhibition.

I love the Millennium Falcon ship. This was my favorite part of the exhibition. The actual size of the model was larger than I expected. There are several models of the ship. There were smaller models used for certain scenes. The display lighting for the Millennium Falcon was good for shooting these photographs. Unfortunately, there was a display case that creates unwanted reflections in the pictures. But of course, the case was there to protect the model. Everyone would want to touch the model which could cause damage.

It is interesting to note the Millennium Falcon, Rebel Blockage Runner, and the Imperial Star Destroyer were all displayed at different locations at the exhibit. Unfortunately, I could not take pictures of the models together.  The models are roughly the same size as per the description in the above picture. They just filmed the models away at different distances to give the illusion of different sizes.

Do you remember Lando’s quote in reference to the Millennium Falcon?

“You know, that ship’s saved my life quite a few times? She’s the fastest hunk o’ junk in the galaxy!”

See above Hans Solo’s quote about the Millennium Falcon?

“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.”

Here’s another one of Hans’ quotes about this ship.

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!”

So even though, this ship may not have had a polished finish or maybe even the latest technology, it was able to perform quickly and efficiently. It still could race thru and get its crew to their destination and win the important battles.

Luke Skywalker’s initial reaction to seeing the ship was “What a piece of junk!”. Why was the Millennium Falcon able to perform? Well, thanks to the expertise of Lando Calrissian, Hans Solo, Chewbacca, and Rey’s special modifications to the ship, it was able to exceed expectations for speed and maneuverability.

Even in “The Force Awakens, Rey said “That one is garbage” when she first saw the Millennium Falcon. When the other ship they ran to blew up, she exclaims “The garbage will do”.

So appearances can be deceptive.

Be careful not to judge that all Junk is actually Junk!

Interiors can be better than the Exterior – Understand the inside and outside of people and objects

Photographs Teach Great Lessons! Keep photographs to teach!

Star Wars Tie Fighter at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose

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I love models! I especially love the models used in the Star Wars movies.

Here’s a photo of the original Imperial TIE fighter from Star Wars Episodes IV-VI. It was on display at “The Exhibition” Star Wars Where Science Meets Imagination at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The Exhibition was from October 19, 2013 to February 23, 2014. I am hoping that there will be more Star Wars Exhibits of actual movie models and props in the future.

It is interesting to see the progression of technology for using the models with a blue background made it difficult to distinguish a blue TIE fighter. Thus the TIE fighter had to be grey to be seen with the blue backdrop. Fortunately, technology improved and the color of the TIE fighter became bluer.

Poe Dameron was excited to fly one of the new TIE fighters with Finn in the new episodes of Star Wars. He knew about this fighter’s reputation for being fast with great maneuverability. So he had been itching to try out this fighter. The Force perhaps influenced Finn to make the drastic decision to end his life as a Stormtrooper and get out with Poe. They were fortunate to come across a fighter at a convenient time during their escape from Kylo Ren who was seeking the map to find Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. They crash on Jakku and are thrown from the ship, before it is sucked under the sand.

I am reminded it is always a blessing to have someone to help pull you out of difficult situations. Having someone around to support you when you are down or facing a big problem is a wonderful thing. It would be pretty cool especially if they had a speedy TIE fighter to quickly fly you out.

When I was single, my good buddy was always around to go out to eat dinner with me on Valentine’s Day. He knew I would be blue about facing another Valentine’s Day as a single person. In fact a month after I met my “future” wife, I still went out on Valentine’s Day with my good buddy instead of my new girlfriend. I made the announcement I met someone. He was excited and perplexed why I was going out with him instead of her. I obviously was not thinking about my logic for this action either. I guess I am a creature of routine. Fortunately, I did make it up to my girlfriend later.

Learn to be a wingman to someone. Be consistent and faithful.

Be Speedy and Flexible to go with the flow. Life is unexpected, and we need to adapt to the changes. The TIE Fighter is known for being speedy and easily maneuverable. This is a good lesson for me since I love routine a little too much.

Stand out from the background colors – learn to distinguish yourself. I am trying to figure out how to do photography with my own style. I would like to distinguish myself as a photographer which is why I do not alter my photographs to make them brighter or colorize the images – etc.

Photos Inspire! Learn from photographs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Skywalker’s T-65 X-wing Starfighter

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This is an actual movie model prop of Luke Skywalker’s Rebel Alliance T-65 X-wing Starfighter from Star Wars A New Hope. You can see R2-D2 mounted on top of the X-wing. The model was on display at the Star Wars The Exhibition at The Tech Museum in 2013 in San Jose, CA.

I had so much fun examining and photographing the many movie props on display at this exhibit. I spent the whole day shooting pictures while my friends were waiting for me.

Many of us have grown up watching the many episodes of Star Wars. Watching the new generation of characters in “The Rise of Skywalker” was enjoyable. We planned our outing to go on 12/26/2019 with our group of friends and bought our selected seats a couple of weeks in advance. I did not want to even read the movie reviews to tarnish my enjoyment or expectations for this anticipated event.

One unexpected event was my mother-in-law did not want to stay home alone. She wanted to go too, even though her English comprehension would not allow her to understand the movie. We have good friends who love my mother-in-law and welcomed bringing my wife’s 99 year old mother with us.

Our friend did the last minute arrangements, so my mother-in-law would sit with her a few rows lower to make it easier for accessibility. My wife sat with me, while our friend sat with my mother-in-law.

My mother-in-law watch movies at home with us and just takes a nap or watches quietly, even though she does not understand the English. This was our expectation for this movie. Well, unfortunately this was not the case. Since the movie was naturally loud and the screen was big, my mother-in-law was alarmed and uncomfortable. Plus my wife was not sitting with her. So, my mother-in-law did the unthinkable during the movie – she talked every 30 minutes or so asking for my wife. Fortunately, there were not many people around where she was sitting. Our apologies to our friend and anyone else who heard my mother-in-law who has a pretty loud voice.

Fortunately, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie thanks to a good friend watching my mother-in-law.

I look forward and hope for the opportunity to photograph the new models and memorabilia from this last Star Wars movie in the future.

What did I learn from this last movie that I will seek to achieve in 2020?

  • Learn to Forgive my past hurts to obtain victory for today
  • Strive to win no matter what are the adversary odds against you
  • Do not bring my mother-in-law to the movie theater

Photos inspire and remind us of important memories and lessons!

Display the photographs that matter!

Candlestick Park Red Chair Flare

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This Candlestick Park Red Chairs photograph was shot in the later afternoon before a night game. These chairs are the best memorabilia to remember the Stick! Maybe one day my wife will allow me to own an actual chair. I did buy an orange seat to use as a background for shooting my photo products.

Notice the light flare on the upper right corner. As per 2nd previous post where I mention about most of the time, a photographer will avoid this light flare in a picture. Well this is an example where I wanted the flare to show the light rays over the rows of chairs. The flare also reflects a nice glow on the bright red chairs.

A photograph should show off the best features of the subject. This light accentuates and highlights the good attributes for these chairs at the Stick. The natural flare also gave a great glow to these classic red stadium chairs.

Natural lighting is an important ingredient for a good picture.

My mother-in-law (who is only 99 years old) has a habit of wanting to save money and close the lights. If she gets up in the middle of the night, she will not turn on the light. She already does not have perfect sight, and light will illumine her path to prevent an accident. I have tried to help by putting night and motion lights to help her.

Just like my mother-in-law – we forget how important light is and how much we need it.

Practice shooting pictures with different degrees of natural lighting to see the reflection, flare, and glow in your results.

As always – my photos are not altered via software to give the “glow”.

Get the glow on in your photos!

 

 

SF Giants Opening Night at Candlestick Park Against the LA Dodgers

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The fans were getting ready for the SF Giants Opening night game on April 15, 1991. This was before the game started as the stadium crew were getting ready for the pregame fireworks show.

It is always fun to attend a SF Giants Opening game. I cannot say I attended an opening game every year. But it is an exciting time to anticipate the beginning of a new season and the possibilities of victory.

This game was particularly exciting since it was against the Dodgers. You can see in the  photo how the seats were filling up with hopeful fans. Unfortunately, the SF Giants did not get a win that night.

Despite the outcome of the game, fans remember the good times they spent together with family and friends watching either baseball or football.

Even though, there were many games when the SF Giants did not do well, somehow we do not talk as much about the defeats. Instead we reminisce about the relationships we built as we spent time together at the Stick.

Candlestick Park taught us the importance of spending time together to create good memories. We get too busy with work, chores, and just life.

Prioritize to find a way to spend time with those you deem important. Don’t allow our excuses to prevent gathering with friends and family. Find a way to build stronger relationships in 2020.

Photos Inspire me to remember my good memories at Candlestick Park!

Destress with Photos!

 

Setting Sun at SF Giants Batting Practice at Candlestick Park

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I arrived early to attend an evening SF Giants Game at Candlestick Park. It was nice to go earlier to watch batting practice in the late afternoon and relax by shooting photos at the Stick.

Notice the late afternoon sun created a flare at the upper portion of this photo. This occurs with sun’s light and reflection from the camera’s lens. We often would want to minimize this effect to not obstruct your photograph. Or you could use this effect to accentuate an aspect of your picture.

I took this photograph about 25 years ago. Today we can buy lenses that can help minimize the sun’s flare in our photographs.

Light is always important when we take pictures. But we need to be aware of the effects of the sun with the surroundings of the picture as well as the reflection from our lenses.

Just as we need good lighting and reduction of flare to get a good clear picture, we need “good lighting” to see ourselves.

I am thankful to celebrate a new year and am looking forward to continuing my quest to achieve my goals. It is hard to look at ourselves to see the reality of our strengths and weaknesses. Reality is sometimes hard to face. We can be blind to our personal reality especially in seeing our weaknesses.

I hope I can get “good lighting” from my personal reflections as well as from family and friends to have a good look at my life’s reality. I hope to reduce the “flare”effect, so I can see reality to improve in 2020!

Here’s wishing you a great 2020! My Candlestick Park photographs have always been a great inspiration to me in so many ways. Hope you can find photos to inspire and reveal reality in your life.

 

Night SF Giants game at Candlestick Park in 1988

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The SF Giants played the Montreal Expos (Now the Washington Nationals) in 1988 at Candlestick Park. I took this picture from the back of the lower reserved area behind home plate.

We can see this was not a good year for the SF Giants, since we can see the upper deck and center field seats are empty. Often times there were lots of empty seats during the weeknight games.

Notice also the red glow due to the incandescent lighting over the people in front of me in the photograph.  This lighting accentuates the vintage appearance to this photograph.

The fans who are willing to attend a weeknight game are special and important. It shows their desire to be faithful to their team even when the SF Giants were not performing well. These fans are willing to be an encouragement to the players who are stressed about their ability to score to get a winning game.

It is a good lesson about loyalty to a family, spouse, friend or any association entity group. How faithful are we to stick with someone thru good and bad times. When our relationships get difficult, are we willing to endure and find resolutions to situations. Often times, we prefer an easy way out and leave to avoid difficult times. We need to be available to those who are important to our life. Do your loved ones know they can count on you when they are in need? Do we find ways to serve and help even when we are not asked specifically.

I have been a loyal SF Giants fans since my days of shooting pictures at the Stick. I was depressed in their bad years. I was super excited when they achieved their great triumphs and victories. Their championship wins were even more exciting since I (like many other fans) waited patiently many years.

Whether you are a faithful SF Giants fan like me is not as important as answering the following question — Are you as loyal and faithful to take care of the important people in your life?

Learn Lessons from Pictures!

 

 

 

Glorious Afternoon before Game 4 of the NLCS at Candlestick Park

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Being at Candlestick Park in the afternoon was a treat when there was sunshine and not fog. There was excitement in the air, since we were waiting for Game 4 of National League Championship Series with the SF Giants playing. We can see the fans are slowly filling up the stadium

I love the striped fields with the plaid pattern behind home plate. I noticed that this pattern is much less pronounced at Oracle Park. It would be cool if the Grounds Crew spelled out SF Giants on the field at Oracle Park for a special occasion.

Do you ever imagine crazy ideas and dismiss them thinking they are dumb. As I was writing this post and imagining field patterns at Candlestick Park, I was realizing how we need to relax and spend time daydreaming ideas. Do we allow ourselves the luxury to dream?

When I started roaming around the Stick, I never dreamed this stadium would be gone one day. I had the best time of my life looking for my art before watching the SF Giants play baseball. I never imagined that I would even share my photographs in any way like I am doing today.

My attitude is not always very optimistic. I do not like being disappointed, which is why I am more cautious with my dreaming. We do need to “let it go” and dream. I’m sure there are many successful individuals who were not afraid to dream and “go for it”. This is a lesson I am trying to learn.

If you have seen any other interesting field patterns, please share with me.

Hope this photograph encourages you to dream your own “Field of Dreams” and let your imagine go wild!

Find your inspiration in a photo!

Upper Box Looking Down at the Luxury Box Windows and Field at Candlestick Park

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I took some pictures back in the late 1980’s with my 35mm Canon film camera. I used high speed Kodak 35mm T-Max 3200 black and white film. This type of film produces fairly big grain in the pictures. I processed the film myself in my darkroom. I no longer have the darkroom, but scanned the negatives with my Epson flatbed scanner.

I took this picture from the Upper Box section down the first base line at Candlestick Park during batting practice at a SF Giants game. It was cool to see the reflection of the playing field on the top windows of the Luxury Box section just below.

Using window or other objects which show a reflection add another dimension to ones photographs. Span a perspective scene to see what you can shoot to add an interesting view. Look for any shiny surface where you can catch an interesting reflection.

Reflections remind me about how we look at own reflections to see either our flaws or attributes. Often we are more concerned with our flaws instead of our good features. A reflection can show off a scene favorably.

So can we be less critical about our reflection and appreciate who we are?

#PhotosInspire