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Ted Grussing: “Life … Ours and Other Creatures”

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

logo_sedonaphilosophycircleSedona AZ (August 30, 2014) – Photography is capturing and creating images. Philosophy is the love of wisdom. How are they connected? Find out with photographer Ted Grussing and philosopher Andrea Houchard in a series of discussions that explores how we frame images, and how we frame our lives.
 
Sedona Philosophy Circle is proud to present a three-part discussion series with local photographer Ted Grussing. The first in the series will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and is entitled: “Life … Ours and Other Creatures”. Attendees will have a chance to view Ted’s work in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre and to discuss how what we see and read affects the way we think about our lives. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: If…

Friday, August 29th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… it were necessary to come back to earth as another creature after our human experience I think one of these magnificent creatures would be a good choice. They are near the top of the food chain among creatures that fly; just check that cutlery out … those talons are about an inch and a half long … they hang out near water and have perches overlooking some of the most beautiful waterfront property you can imagine.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
In time…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… the new and fresh becomes the newly departed or nearly so … mostly we are used to seeing the vibrant blooms at the peak of their life cycle and when that passes we forget them … we go for the blooms just coming into their full beauty … yesterday’s bloom a memory soon added to the compost pile.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The pillow

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… it only seems appropriate to find One taking a dreamy rest on the softest pillow you can imagine and clutching another pillow to rest her paw on. Such is life in the ether and the unknown is just a few thousand feet away from us … maybe closer … I successfully negotiated an 80 degree bank to get the heck out of the way and there was still a lot of sky left for me to play in. One has made things a little difficult for me tonight as she has been crashed on my Wacom Tablet for the past hour so I had to use a mouse instead of my pen to complete the merger of images … oh well, here she is. NO, it is not an option for me to move her off the tablet … I do have to sleep sometime and the fear of her wrath would prevent sleep if I did move her … check those claws out … smiling.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The dance…

Monday, August 25th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… with engine silent the dance begins thousands of feet above the clouds … paths are chosen as you descend to cloud level and then the fun as you wheel through cloud canyons picking paths, cranking and banking to music only you can hear and then you emerge below them … engine back on and climb another five thousand feet to begin again …

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Living within…

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… orchids are strange creatures and their various parts function to oversee the pollination and continuation of the species … thought of a few other descriptions, but will let them go for now. Looked up the parts of an orchid and they take away the mystery of this beautiful flower and describe the living mystery as though it were just another item in a Sears Catalog … remember them? Anyhow, enjoy the inner beauty of this orchid … pure function is always beautiful.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Simplicity

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… when all is said and done the beauty around us is simply there like this rose bloom, sharing its little role in creation … maybe it is a big role though in the calming of humans … it is beautiful … it is simple … until you peer inside.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
It rained …

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… and I lounged around this morning drinking espresso, listening to the rain and making major revisions in my book. Talked to my friend Alice tonight who was expecting a proof to begin her meticulous and inspired editing last week … alas she received nothing, but next week it will begin and the focus has changed completely … I like it better too. As we discussed tonight there are things you just have to write, but then come back and say goodbye to and that has been the process I have been going through the past several months.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Moving out

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… this is a shot I took of a Great Blue Heron earlier this year and he is moving out with grace to wherever … feeling the same as a trip back east is coming up. A long day in Phoenix and Scottsdale today, but fun; visited with friends, picked up a number of jobs at my goldsmiths and dinner with a friend before heading home. I was quite full, but made a stop at In N Out Burgers anyhow as I needed a fix of their fries and a chocolate shake. I am currently paying the price with that uncomfortable feeling you get when you have eaten too much and question whether or not it was worth the price … when I am feeling better in the morning I will declare that it was.

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By Ted Grussing

… in geologic time … nourishment … refreshment … the continuing evolutionary process sculpting the earth and presenting new vistas if only we were here long enough to appreciate the beauty see it all unfold. What some see as rain providing nourishment to the forest, others relief from the heat, some a beautiful airscape of a beautiful part of this planet is all of that and more … it is the slow and continual shaping of the planet evolving from what we see to a much different vista in perhaps a million years … a sculpture in progress. Just as I enjoy watching John work on the clay forms removing a little here and adding a little there and eventually the clay lump becomes a beautiful piece of art I also enjoy watching nature sculpt the earth. Though I will never see the final version I do believe it is beautiful now and I can only imagine what it will look like eons from now. So I enjoy the now … this is a moment I have and can appreciate.

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By Ted Grussing

… this was my last morning to feed the hummers in Eric’s yard and I decided to try a new lens combination to see if I could get a little more depth of field and also get closer to the birds so that I could make up for the loss of long glass reach. I used the EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 IS II USM telephoto lens with the Series III 1.4 extender to give me an effective 98 – 280mm  zoom lens. I took the shot from about 12’ at 280mm f/5.6, 1600th second. ISO 400 and with an effective depth of field of 2.1 inches which is more than double what I was getting with the 400mm lens.

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By Ted Grussing

… you are looking at a somewhat agitated Rufous Hummingbird beginning enforcement action against a horde of invading bees. The bees tend to block the holes in the feeders and these little guys clear them out … they are in charge … for a few minutes and then it all begins again.  I had to get away from the area as the bees were pretty aggressive … I did get quite a few nice shots though. Thanks to Terry for getting me straightened out on the spelling of these beautiful creatures … Rufous, not Rufus … smiles.

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By Ted Grussing

… a photographer who lives in Anthem commenting on her favorite photo articulates that “it is usually the next one I take” … or something close to that. That is one of the things that keeps you going because you know that the next shot you take of a subject will be better than the last shot you took of the same subject … perhaps the lighting is better, fewer shadows, whatever. So on the morning walk up to Eric’s house to feed the hummers I gave some thought to getting a shot of a hummer feeding on a flower.

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By Ted Grussing

… and another day is underway whilst savoring the moments of the day just past. Few things went as planned, but in the end it all worked out and life is good. Painting for sure in the morning and a friend coming over late afternoon to join me for a steak dinner … grass fed flank steak barbequed and a salad … the day will go quickly … I think.

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By Ted Grussing

… with a smile or two … what a fabulous weekend it was with two photo shoots, dinners and lunches with friends and  much progress on the house painting. Sitting the hummers for my friend Eric who is out of town on a shooting trip and getting some good shots while I’m at it.  Actually kinda blew a lot of good diet today when a friend and I got large Orange Smoothies from Zaneys which were followed up with large sugar free vanilla lattes (sugar free … not bad huh?) at Wildflower Bakery and split a large oatmeal and cranberry cookie :+) Oh well, they were all good.

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By Ted Grussing

… can’t think of any other kind of day to have … I tried to have a crappy day a couple of months ago and that didn’t work out so well … try as I might, it just didn’t work and the only thing that gave me a partial success is that I couldn’t have a crappy day and by default not being able have a crappy day could be considered a success and achievement of my objective … but it didn’t feel that way … it was a good day too.

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By Ted Grussing

… late afternoon Eric invited me to join him in a Hummingbird shoot in his back yard … the light was fantastic and the hummers were numerous. The constant issue with hummers of course is getting a fast shutter speed on them and being able to get a focus on them. I was shooting with a 400mm lens and a combination auto focus and manual focus. Eric was using a 500mm and his body used the C sensor giving him the equivalent of a 700mm lens. He uses a tripod and of course I hand hold … haven’t really figured out how to use tripods yet :+)  

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By Ted Grussing

… nearly everywhere in the world … the bay area is especially so and the magic that is Sausalito invites wonderment and an imagination that drifts with the wisps of fog flowing down the hill … spirits fill the air and homes absorb the fleeting moments of sun before retreating into the coolness and quietude of the mists. Sus and I spent Friday afternoon in Sausalito and memories of times long ago now absorbed in the mist flooded back in the present. Corky and I used to enjoy weekend trips up the coast and we spent several weekends (and longer) each year exploring and enjoying the beauty that is San Francisco and environs. Tiburon and Sausalito were always high on our list.

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grussing_20140804By Ted Grussing

… what a beautiful flower it is. I took this shot Sunday afternoon at Filoli Gardens in the Bay area … met some truly neat people over the last several days and truly had a fun trip … didn’t get home until after midnight so this will be a wrap so I can get some sleep. Have a joyful day … smile a lot … and please continue breathing, it is such a cool thing to do.

Cheers

Ted

The growing grain and the placid sky have a kind of voice; and though you are
alone, the boundlessness of the universe is with you.
— Max Ehrmann

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By Ted Grussing

… it is late … not done packing … leaving for the airport in eight hours … where am I going … must be on the ticket … I forget … the sweet looking Ostrich in  tonight’s photo has that problem a lot. She was blessed with a heart larger than a lions … she can run at more than fifty miles per hour for forty five minutes which is nearly twice the speed as the predators which go after her … she has a foot with nasty claw that can disembowel a lion with one kick … she only has the one main flaw … no short  term memory. So as she is fleeing and out distancing the predator after her … she forgets why she is running and stops …not even those beautiful eye lashes can save her. Such is life? I forget :+)

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