Tech Stillness

Rusting Relic - GMC - Nampa, Alberta
Rusting Relic – GMC – Nampa, Alberta
Rusting Relics - Nampa, Alberta 3
Rusting Relics – Nampa, Alberta 3
Rusting Relic - GMC - Nampa, Alberta 2
Rusting Relic – GMC – Nampa, Alberta 2
Rusting Relics - Greencourt, Alberta 1
Rusting Relics – Greencourt, Alberta 1
Rusting Relics - Nampa, Alberta 4
Rusting Relics – Nampa, Alberta 4
Rusting Relics - Greencourt, Alberta 2
Rusting Relics – Greencourt, Alberta 2
Rusting Relics - Nampa, Alberta 5
Rusting Relics – Nampa, Alberta 5

I returned to my computer late last evening. I confirmed that one of two family iPod Touch operating system updates was complete. My daughter returned home from an evening with friends – I had been waiting up for her. My day had held some writing – a proofread of my son’s resumé. An afternoon’s work would set him up for the world of work in a summer break between university terms.

Completing the proofread, I started on the iPod updates in late afternoon. I needed to allow time for download and installation. The wait recalled the conceptualization and practice of a technology sabbath. In the practice you would turn off all devices for a full day. You would power down all iPods, smartphones, computers, televisions from sundown on Saturday. On Sunday you would power them up after sundown on Sunday.

Sabbath is about this – gathering stillness, taking rest, gratitude for blessings, encountering others without interruption. Connection with family and friends occurs – seeing them, hearing them, enjoying them.

Without sabbath from technology we multi-task on several fronts. We occupy our waiting with other tasks or pursuits made possible by technology. The person on the computer looks from computer screen to smartphone and back again. Breaks at work, while taken with others, can become periods of silence among co-workers, all who stare into their smart phone. Life fills with tech busy-ness. So, for me, I ought to engage in and lead my family in a technology Sabbath … then I return to the computer and the iPods. The update is complete. On the computer I find image edits I have yet to post – rusting relics, images from a month ago in my return drive from Edmonton to High Level.

Listening to – Pico Ayer’s ‘The Art of Stillness’ and Krista Tippett’s ‘Becoming Wise – An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.’

Quote to Consider – “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry Thoreau

6 Comments on “Tech Stillness

  1. I think I prefer the sharper images, Alberta 4 especially. Although the abstract, almost mosaic effect in Alberta 2 is drawing me in. How does that work, is it an effect in Photoshop?


    • Hey there, Jim:

      The Alberta 2 image is created using three of the modules (editing steps) from Topaz Labs – Clarity (for sharpening, step 1), Adjust (decisions about colour saturation etc., step 2) and then because the picture still had a bland quality on its own, but because the content was valuable I took it into Topaz Impression (can provide an impressionist look, step 3) and found a preset there that I was drawn to and could adjust.

      Here’s the URL – ; it’s also possible to watch free webinars on its use.

      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the holder and organizer of all photos and the Topaz Suite plugs-in to Lightroom. So, instead of applying presets from Lightroom, Lightroom becomes starting point, holding the image while you take it through each step.

      The other thing to make sure you know about is that the NiK Collection for editing is now free; it can be used independent of Lightroom, but Lightroom allows you to save a copy of each edit and the original so you can always return to your starting image and try again.

      Many of the images within this photoblog were created with the NiK Collection using – Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro and HDR Efex Pro.

      I hope to see some images from you soon. Take care, 😉

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