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Simplicity of reality can warm your soul

By by FRANK TILLEY - FTILLEY@VICAD.COM
Jan. 10, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

This sunset scene is actually two different shots merged into one using an iPhone application called  Photo Wizard. The top layer was shot at a cemetery late in the afternoon, while the foreground highway was taken driving to work one morning.

Somewhere between the first rays of daylight and the last flicker of an incandescent filament, there are moments of time rising to exist in the here and now before fading into the past.

Hues of color saturated by the sun and some by the hand of a madman with a Snapseed app flow in and out of our consciousness.

Photographers work their magic when they bend light waves into an image.

Photo imaging takes that process to the next level where the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination.

The simplicity of reality can warm your soul with its enduring beauty while a manipulated image can challenge your faith.

What is reality? What does it look like? How does it taste? Is it stark or subtle? Light or dark? Does it really matter?

In 1619, philosopher Rene Descartes wrote "Rules for the Direction of the Mind." Rule No. 4 stated, "There is need of a method for finding out the truth."

That's pretty deep.

I just want to watch the sun slowly go down with a camera in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

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