The three wise monkeys are a nice pictorial maxim. 見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる which literally means “don’t see, don’t hear, don’t speak”. It got a negative connotation in the western world.
I really like the old interpretation.
Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.
It does not have this negative touch, if you see propriety in the eye of the beholder.
Find a “Three Monkeys” wallpaper in Full-HD (1920×1080) here:
Edit 1: There are pictograms of the three monkeys in unicode! See page 2 in the right column middle section.
Do you know Parkinson’s law? Well, maybe you do not know that you know it.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Sounds familiar? You know what happens if you give a task a certain amount of time. You will use it. Or fill the spare minutes with things you do not need to do. It seems that the application of Pareto’s law gets better when time is not available.
Maybe you take the wallpaper (which will fit a screen with 16:9) and let Mercury remind you that there are tasks which need to be done. Parkinson’s law and Mercury seems to be a strange combination – if you think of Mercury as a god of trade and travel, the importance of effectiveness over efficiency clearly makes sense. But this is a different story…
The uncropped version of the picture can be seen on 500px.com
Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer
One great situation to use the HDR technique is when having backlight. In this picture here I used 5 brackets +/- 1EV. I could have used seven or nine brackets, but then the effect would have been gone.
I threw in a polarizing filter and my trusted Sigma 10-20mm to catch the magic beauty. I left my tripod at home so I made the shot handheld.
In postprocessing Nik HDR color efex and the updated Nik color efex was to be used. They had this promotion so I bought the update. They finally added support for stacked filters, so I can skip some steps and win time. Some filter algorithms are also working smoother – until now it was worth the money.
I did all the processing in lightroom 4 beta, which works like a pearl. I cannot wait to see the final.
So here is the wallpaper I promised. Click on the picture and rightclick afterwards to save the wallpaper.
Sometimes pictures make you think. Especially at the end of the year, where it’s traditionally the time to reflect on the past year and think about what choices you made, which choice you did not take and what you learned.
The motive present is always the standing at the crossroads. I wanted to collect some thoughts on what you can do at such a point – using this photograph.
- You choose a path.
- You do not choose and wait for something (This might be the worst solution in most cases but can be a good choice on rare occasions).
- Maximize your options. If you look in the picture below, you do not see the path to the right because the camera covers a lot but does not give you the whole picture. Think of “The map is not the territory!“.
- Invent a path.
Whatever you do: Think first!
If you want you can use the picture below as a wallpaper (This one is 1920×1080 and creative commons). It might help as a visual anchor to think on what you want to achieve 2012. Use your brain and don’t let it be the other way around.
crossroads of choice by Stefan Steinbauer
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