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50ft Radio Volume Fourteen

Finally, after over a year of its absence I think its high time to get the 50ft Radio series back up and running. I have had a few playlists in iTunes brewing this whole time and while at first they focused on specific genres, I ended up mixing them up for a more eclectic mix with a number of different genres making an appearance. Going forward I hope to keep the running time right around an hour and see what I can do about getting them out more often again, at least seasonally.

Please, respect the music, respect the mix, and respect the artists found here. If you love the music then seek out the artists and buy their albums, go see them live and shake their hand, support them in any way other than Apple Music or Spotify if you truly want to support them.

Now, on the backend. Starting with this mix I am trying out a couple of new things, first off there is now a podcast feed. It will not be broadcast to iTunes and the like, it will only be available here for those who want to follow along this way. Just pop this into your podcast app of choice: http://fiftyfootshadows.net/feed/podcast

Speaking of which, I am back to mp3 again and will most likely stay here for the foreseeable future. Now that there is a handy tool to add chapters to mp3 files I am making the move because Apple has clearly lost interest in enhanced AAC files. The only issue here is that you need a playback app that supports chapters in mp3 if your interested in the ability to jump around and see what you rare listening to. I am jumping into all of this untested so I may have to back up and try again but heres hoping everything just works for everyone, just hang in there while I iron out the kinks.

A direct link to the mix is here for those who simply want to jump in and listen or store it away wherever you would like. DO NOT link to this file, share this file, take apart this file, etc. Again, have some respect for the music it contains and I’m sure everyone will get along just fine. Simply enjoy it for what it is and if you want to share then point people here. Thanks for your understanding and enjoy!

On The Trail
Guest Desktop

On The Trail

Back with another beauty of a guest wallpaper for you guys, this time from Brian Kennedy aka sasquatchfuzz. He sent along a few images and this one quickly jumped out at me as such a peaceful moment, straightaway I knew I seen something special that should be shared. Heres what he had to say about the scene:

“I was born and raised in Phoenix as a third-generation native. As a kid I always loved our family vacations into the wooded wilderness that differed so much from the desert scenery I was accustomed to. Trees, greenery and water seemed so foreign, and I was drawn to them like a magnet. I have such fond memories of hikes through Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, Durango, Colo., the Hoh Rainforest, Rocky Mountain National Park and many others with my parents and sister. Fast forwarding a few years, my wife and I decided to leave the Phoenix area and headed up to the PNW where we find ourselves sharing the outdoor beauty with our two young kids. This photo of our younger son was taken on a recent hike over Memorial Day weekend in Moran State Park on Orcas Island in Washington. “

The North West is one of the few areas of the U.S. that I have not yet had the opportunity to explore and scenes like this one always make me jealous of those that live in the region. I hope you enjoy the desktop as much as I have. To find more of Brian’s work you can visit his tumblr page here.

Costa Nova 1
Guest Desktop

Costa Nova

Continuing with my Guest Desktop series I am happy to share these two beautiful images from Costa Nova, Portugal by photographer Ricardo Resende (or on instagram here). I like the understated colors that give these landscapes a chilly but somehow inviting feeling. Perfect for a contemplative wallpaper. Heres what Ricardo had to say about the above image:

“I took this photo a few months ago on a winter morning.  My girlfriend and I were exploring the beaches of Costa Nova (Portugal). It was a dew morning and while walking beside the sand dunes we could only hear the sound of the sea waves. Soon we decided to climb them up and at the top we were delighted with the wonderful view we had over the beach. A deserted and peaceful beach where there was no one and the only sound you could hear was that of the waves splashing on the shore, that rough sea. It was a unique moment recorded forever in this picture.”

He then took moment to speak of the sea to describe the second photo below which I thought was a worthy reflection of its grander.

“The sea. The sea is one of my biggest fears. I’ve been afraid of it since I was a kid. At the same time it’s one of the things I appreciate the most. Every wave, every texture, every color, they’re different. It fascinates me to see how something so simple can also be so complex and beautiful at the same time.”

And with that I will leave you with the images, links below and if you missed it above, you can follow along with more of Ricardo’s work on his Tumblr or Instagram feeds.

Costa Nova 2

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Dee
Guest Desktop

Dew

My life is still moving at lightning speed and leaving me struggling to find time to connect with the photographic side of my passions. In the mean time, however, I decided to reach out on twitter to find others to contribute to 50ft as guest photographers while I get my creative act back together. This week if all goes according to plan I will have a few new wallpapers brought to you by readers of the site. It’s something I have always loved doing and wanted to do more often so why not catch up and feature some others photographers work among these pages for a while? (If you have something to share then by all means, reach out.)

First up is a friend of mine, Alex MacK from up north in Canada who inadvertently kickstarted the idea of asking for guest submissions while I get settled into this next big phase in my life. He sent me a photograph that he thought would help calm my busy mind and sure enough, it managed to do just that. I always like to share a few thoughts on photos posted here and guest desktops are no different so in Alex’s own words:

“I don’t have a name for the photo. I looked out my basement window this week one morning to see something I honestly don’t know that I had ever noticed before. It was like every blade of grass had its own bead of dew resting on its back. This likely happens all of the time – but being in the basement – the grass was at eye hight, so my perspective was vastly different than a mere glance down from above. I zipped outside, and pressed my whole body down on the ground while still wearing my slippers. It can be really quite awkward to look through the view finder when it is closer to the ground than you can have your eye while still operating the camera with two hands. “

After doing my fair share of awkward poses to frame the image I was after I know exactly what he means. To find more photography by Alex be sure to follow along on his stellar instagram stream here.

Enjoy the new desktop and keep an eye out for more soon from other guest photographers! As always, thanks for stopping by.

Anchor 2

Anchor

Spring is a lot of things, it is growth, renewal of spirit, and a great excuse to get outside and remember how nice the world away from our day to day hustle can be. The shots here were taken while exploring Ocracoke Island off the NC coast last year. One of many in my archives that I never got around to sharing here for whatever reason. Low perspective, shallow depth, and an unassuming subject, my calling card. Enjoy! (more…)

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Beach Dream

Beach Dream

Take a deep breath for me, it’s OK, go ahead. Our lives are filled with noise so it can be good to take little unexpected breaks from time to time. The weather is warming up around here so I looked back through my archives and found a few shots from the coast to share. Messing about with focus and perspective as always. The odd image out is the oddly tinted one which was shot through a pair sunglasses for a simple effect. Thats all for now, I just thought I would share something fresh for your screens while I had some time today. Enjoy!

Beach Dream 2

Side note for the geeks, I’m using a new resolution for the iPhone 6 Plus. I’m probably the only one using it but I prefer it. It matches the iPhones resolution better in my testing and allows me better control over the end result as it appears on your screen. You will notice it latch back into the stay place any time you try and shift it from left to right and then activate perspective again. This unfortunately does not extend to the vertical field and there is a bit of give to where you choose to position the image vertically but its the closest I have gotten to a properly behaving image resolution on the device. 

There is a common misconception that I have played into that the 6 Plus should use a square wallpaper because of its orientation changing capabilities but the way the feature is coded does not take into consideration a wider image, it simply zooms to adjust to the wider perspective making a square wallpaper pointless. 

Also, standard desktop resolution from here in will be increased to match current 15 inch macbook models. Future changes here on 50ft will include iPad Pro models as well as the frequently asked for giant iMac resolutions which is tricky for me for reasons I will get into another day. 

Beach Dream 3

Birth And Balance

Birth And Balance

The time has come, and we’re as ready as we will ever be. Stepping into another dimension of adult life in the coming week I honestly have no idea what to expect next. I am ill-equipped for this humbling new variety of lingering anxiety blanketed with excitement and blurry expectation. It’s hard to put into words, really. Bringing a new life into the world has given pause to my projections of the future.

My world is becoming both smaller and much larger at the same time. Instinct tells me to protect what I am responsible for so my senses are tuning into much broader frequency ranges than simple self preservation. Because we can not predict the future, now more than ever I recognize the conflicting nature of being human and the need to find balance between self, family, and society by looking beyond personal philosophies to create a world that we can all live in peacefully together so we are able to protect ourselves and each other from our darkest tendencies.

For me, this year is packed full of the kind of huge decisions and responsibilities that I don’t often have to weigh in on, the rare ones that alter the course of my life in distinct ways. A child, a home, a growing responsibility at work. I am buzzing with curiosity and hope for the future… but then I read the news and see never ending stories of terror, racism, violence, intolerance, hate, fear; things that have always been among us but seem to be steadily increasing in weight as my stake in the world continues to cement itself into what is considered adulthood.

Closing my eyes I can still feel joy in the warmth of sun on my face and the smell of spring coming into bloom so I know the potential for true moments of happiness is still alive and well among us, but this rumble under the earth is starting to rattle in my bones and echo into my heart as I worry for tomorrow and the next generation we are welcoming to this world. What fears and uncertainties will they know and how will they be taught to love and help us continue to evolve and discover new kinds of happiness. Will happiness have a different meaning in the future?

Change is inevitable, it’s evolution. Some of us fight to keep things the same, some of us fight to adapt and grow as society demands it. All I know for sure is that the only way to find balance is to allow ourselves to be conscious, alert, aware and understand that our personal viewpoints may not be the only answer for the greater good of our society. There are always two sides to every story. Be sure to hear them both before passing judgement. Assumption is a dangerous precedent and the increasingly casual nature of our consumption and acceptance of information has weakened our deeper understanding of the complex world we now live in. It’s not possible for any one of us to have all of the answers. It takes trust and a balance of conflicting ideas to find realistic solutions to any given problem, not radical emotionally charged rhetoric.

When I woke today and read news of attacks in Brussels my heart sank in disbelief as I worried for those who I know in the city. I felt ill at the thought of them having to navigate that situation and stay safe among the chaos. These events compounded against my already full mind and left me feeling deflated and hopeless for a time. Yet the world is still spinning. Work is still being done, hope is still viable and joy, even in small doses, can still be discovered when we pay close attention.

As small as we may feel at times we must understand that modest acts of kindness and compassion are contagious and as confused, lost, or angry as we may get at times, there is never a good excuse to spread that anger beyond rational discussion. Rather than focus on what makes us different, we should be focusing on common philosophies that we share to bring us together. We let our differences define us and guide us to conflict because we are too stubborn to listen to each other with our common foot forward. How is anything ever going to change for the better unless we make the choice to listen to our rational selves along side our emotional selves?

Balance is life’s simplest philosophy, one I can easily suggest you slip into your daily rotation. As shaky as the ground under my feet feels after todays news, I still somehow see hope that together we can manage to find such a balance, one that may help pull so many opposing forces together and bring us to a future we can believe in, one that encourages happiness rather than fear.

Impossible

Impossible

Listening to Lyla Foy and reflecting on this view and those like it; considering its transformative significance in our lives. Travel is a gift and has brought my life meaning beyond what I knew possible before I started to explore what the wider scope of the world had to offer. Within it I learned so much about what I now know about myself through maddening fits of love and regret, the overwhelming joy of witnessing something new, and that familiar and haunting feeling of being lost. Travel can tell us more about ourselves than you can possibly know without buying a ticket and seeing what you may find waiting for you on the other side. The great and terrifying unknown, true beauty and joy.

But hey, I know a lot of you are here to geek out about photography too so what about this photo? It’s one of those that I nearly didn’t bother sharing because I felt so lazy capturing it that I didn’t feel it was honest enough, almost embarrassing!? Enough contrast and tonal tweaks to make me queasy, not to mention a spot of noise to accent what the X-Pro had already given me.  So, this image is hardly a photo anymore, more an illustration captured from the ghost of a photograph forgotten and not given enough love on the shooting end.

Still though, I like it well enough and it reminds me of a fleeting feeling fueled by hazy cabin pressurized daydreams of what may be waiting for me when the plane lands. Nothing quite like it.

Midnight Diner

Midnight Diner

I’ve had Japan and Korea on my mind a lot lately. Places that are important to me because they have done so much to fuel my imagination and inspiration for so long now. When I am unable to travel, books, film, and TV are the best ways for me to get lost without leaving home. A couple of weeks ago I saw a Japanese film called Midnight Diner that I really enjoyed watching. It’s a film based on a TV show based on a manga comic, I think.

The basic premise is there is a small diner, only big enough to fit maybe eight people inside, on a back alley street in a neighborhood in Tokyo which only opens from 12 midnight until 6am in the morning. The man that runs it has a backstory that is never fully explored, he is left to be an understated presence in the lives of those who visit his shop which is what the film is really about, the late night visitors. There are three different stories that loosely tie together in the overall arch of the plot but in my opinion the film is held together and made enjoyable by an overall calmness that I admired quite a bit. It promotes positive choices and looking out for one another within a community, no matter how big or small. There is an underlying sense of joy and acceptance that left me feeling good after watching.

It made me feel naively hopeful that somehow or another we are all equally capable of looking out for each other and respecting each others beliefs, ideals, and personalities. A joyful life contains a delicate balance of self preservation and a mutual respect for others that work hand in hand. It’s easy to forget that we as individuals are not islands and the way we treat each other is paramount to building a sustainable future.

One way or another, this is where my thoughts took me after seeing Midnight Diner and I could easily recommend it to anyone looking for something easy going to watch. That is if you can manage to find a copy of it… Japanese films that aren’t anime or award winning sure are hard to come by in the US. I first saw it on a flight to California and later again after finding it through alternative means. Good luck with the search.

The wallpaper was shot will in Japan at the end of 2014 during a weeklong trip to Kyoto with YoungDoo. I have been hoarding images from that trip for a full year now and I’m starting to feel a bit guilty about it! Expect a nice Kyoto wallpaper pack int the future.

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