A little in beaux reflets

Streams of light dance in every direction, refracting and reflecting, to illuminate a colourful living planet.

Providing moments to be captured and recorded through the art of photography.



Saturday, December 28, 2013

We are not Amused

 
With need to finance building work in the home while helping others I have finally decided to let this highly amusing "we are not amused" depiction go under the hammer on Ebay
 
Click the link for a closer look at this funny stamp
 

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Sugar's in the Crown




Wishful thinking perhaps, but like my camera they were certainly feeding.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Light Dances

 
 

and the breeze blows free

Blue Line With Sharp Bokeh

 
 

Light dances and the breeze blows free.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Autumn Gold





Lots of fun painting the light in with a candle flame


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Aliens in the Garden



Anyone know what this jelly form is?

Found stuck to a leaf after a shower of rain.

Egg sack maybe?

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Assessing Damage



Whatever the individual situation in the occurrence of Parkinson’s Disease is, it is fair to say that it is almost impossible to ascertain the extent of damage within the brain or central nervous system, and the only measure generally available appears to be how a patient feels or is enabled, towards a sense of normality in their daily routine and overall mobility.

While taking BocowoA, it was very easy to monitor the improvements on account of the speed in which the changes physically occurred. Assessing any long term effects or possible benefit gained through the trial of this treatment however is an extremely difficult task, and a matter perhaps made a little harder in the fact to a change in my Neurologist who had not seen my condition prior to the use of BocowoA.

It also has to be said that during the early days, post diagnosis and subsequent years of living with the disease, it was quite a depressing twist in life where daily monitoring only increased the sense in a hopeless doom, which is something I guess every one with this ill has to deal with. Even now, it is harder to write than when trying BocowoA, simply as the Parkinson’s still has a grip in my daily routine albeit with some changes; and documenting those changes accurately is perhaps hardest of all, as I do not want to fool myself (remembering that I went out on a limb experimenting on my own).

By its very nature Parkinson’s Disease creeps into one's life over a period of time, and likewise recording the changes or any results is perhaps bettered and more accurately defined as time goes on; Once the dust of enthusiasm settles and any aspects in intrinsic sugar pill syndrome are accounted for.

So has using BocowoA made a difference with any lasting effects?

In may ways as I still awaken to a tremor in my right arm and right leg and the tide of improvements has waned from the period of the trial, for the observer little may seem to be different. However, getting up out of bed is far easier than it used to be, but I still get the odd occasion when I have to concentrate myself into further mobility if I have paused in mid stream of a walk to feed the ducks, and of course the natural inbuilt lazy aspect within occasionally requires a good kicking.

I guess in all this, perhaps the most truthful monitor of where I am in regard to Parkinson’s, may be independently confirmed by the levels and the effects of the prescribed medication I am now back on. For in recording the On Off aspect (following each dose as part and parcel of my new Neurologist's need to know) it has been determined that I require a far lower dosage than that that I had well imagined, when reinstating the L-Dopa medication after the trial stopped.

Before the trial I was taking up to 500mg L-Dopa every 24 hours and now I am averaging on 225mg per day

So my initial reasoning that it looked or felt as if I had regained a bit of my youth, appears to be reflected by the need and tolerance levels in my current prescribed medication, suggesting a similar pattern or aspect to where I was with Parkinson’s Disease seven years ago.

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dance On

 
Now available as a print in various formats in the Beaux Reflets Boutique
or made to order in various sizes printed upon Canvas
 
 

Break In

 
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beaux Reflets Boutique

Exciting news

We have opened a shop mydesign.com  Beaux Reflets  where you will be able to purchase many lovely Prints and Clothing gifts as the stock in our designs continue to grow.



Please pop in and thank you for your custom.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Winning Design





One of our designs, the Bretagne Winning Flag, adapted for use as a company logo



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

BocowoA - A Lull before a Storm



Having enjoyed the first few hours in feeling totally free of all Parkinson’s Disease symptoms (while being completely free of Levodopa medication for over 15 days) the recent heat wave brought with it an unaccounted for twist; and coinciding with a shortfall in the main ingredient of BocowoA, I decided reluctantly to stop the trial while this additional adversity is being hopefully dealt with.

Everything had been going so well with the tremors rapidly fading and completely gone on waking up, when out of the blue and amid the humid heat, I suddenly felt aches, muscle stiffness, pain in the elbow joints and tiredness reminiscent to a few off days I had pushed myself through back in 1989 while on holiday in India, that appeared contrary to the strides in progress I felt had been made. And now midway through a course in treatment of Ivermectine; Going upon the medicine’s list of adverse effects for its various uses, it appears that I may be infested with the Strongyloidiasis parasite or host to a similar asymptomatic beast (that has possibly been having an additional effect upon my central and peripheral nervous system for quite some time).

While this setback may have temporarily knocked me for six, I am pleased that the changes or gains through taking BocowoA have remained. I am still enjoying all the increased sensory aspects and the freeing up of the pelvic lower back region, that has provided so much more agility and mobility, and the loss of the Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms that used to stop me sleeping properly is a cherished bonus that I hope I can maintain.

I guess the biggest benefit at present, is that in general, the muscles are not cramping in sustained contraction on their own accord; beyond the occasional tremors in the (right hand) limbs (that are systematic to both Parkinson’s and the apparent parasite infestation). Added to which, the newer reactions in, the stiff when static strands in muscle tissue and tendons to the left hand shoulder, forearm and thigh, the painful limb joints, change in lung capacity and cough, tremor, nausea, dizzy spells and hot flushes, and associated body rash (predominately around the extremities of both elbows and the tanned areas of both forearms) are more readily associated to the body’s response with the presence of parasites.

The deep set pain within muscles previously considered as not being effected by my Parkinson’s and the return in the tremor is quite distressing, noting that the tremor in the limbs now has a different resonance, and I have developed a periodic yet very faint spinal tremor causing short periods of longitudinal and lateral movement to the head

The main reason to stop the trial, was the inability to continue recording and monitoring any progress without the distortions from this turn in event. Added to which, with the subsequent loss of energy caused by the new reactions, the call upon Dopamine levels are such that I have had to revert to an increased dosage in Levodopa; No doubt in response to fighting the infection, temperature control and indeed the increases or gain in active nerve cells throughout previously injured areas.

Of course in all this, I have to consider that the substantial gains to the nervous system found in using BocowoA, may have been that it was actively working against the parasite infestation (in a similar fashion to Ivermectine) to provide its good effect without actually physically addressing any of the Parkinson’s Disease.

This said, I am now truly amazed by the results achieved in using BocowoA; given the fact that I am having to deal with two separate health issues. The periods during the trial where I was producing sufficient levels in natural dopamine to cope with the whole situation provide a real sense in potential promise. For now, while I enjoy life with the vast improvements to the right hand side of the body and overall agility still intact, I am looking forward to having another bash at combatting PD once the unwanted guests dining on my dopamine has been dealt with.

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BocowoA Reverse Domino Effect



If you define Parkinson’s Disease, as an illness caused by a loss in potency or an impotent signal in the Return aspect of the Synapse Cycle within the nervous system; Whereby, the quality of Energy within the synapse is diminished, to the point where nerve cells become inactive (no longer responding to kick start the Go aspect of the synapse cycle) and fall away, not to be replaced, thereby simulating ‘the falling Domino Effect’ in progression.

Then by definition, the opposite, found in the return of a more potent signal in the Return aspect of the Synapse Cycle; Whereby, the potency of Energy within the synapse remains undiminished, to the point, that the nerve cells remain sufficiently active, to maintain, replenish and heal, in a ‘Reverse Domino Effect’ (such that the brain governs and maintains the continuing pattern of bodily improvements) may then perhaps be described as a cure.

By its nature, Parkinson’s Disease is very unforgiving, and to be achieving, seemingly sustainable improvements without the need for any prescribed medication tells me something. Looking at the ongoing good results in the test trial I am upon, the four elements to BocowoA, appear to cleanse, stimulate, revitalise and increase the potency of the signal in the Return aspect of the Synapse Cycle, with a generally favourable response (following the periods of pain) in apparently reversing the disease, with the continuing improvement toward better health, even during periods when the treatment is not administered on a daily basis.

Accordingly, provided a healthy diet, with exercise and physiotherapy, towards healing the damaged nerve tissues, and maintaining a good decompressed spinal posture continues, it appears that the second scenario may well apply and I may currently be in the process of being cured.


 

In essence, while BocowoA is made up of a combination of natural ingredients and described as a herbal remedy; Because of the nature of Parkinson’s Disease, and the record of the effects upon the body, BocowoA must (in my humble opinion) be considered as a medicine; being sufficiently potent, as to warrant its usage under supervised prescription, and accordingly the ingredients are not being openly publicised.

Please note; the above is without scientific evaluation, as work has yet to be done towards full chemical analysis of all the ingredients in BocowoA, and further tests may need to be undertaken, in way of a full clinical trial.

As the current testing continues, BocowoA can only be described as, an alternative therapy in a patient led trial, that is showing some positive and significant potential in slowing down and possibly reversing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.


 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tail for success?



How I hoped that I could have written: With only mild symptoms of feeble tremor and a gentle finger wobble left (which appear to be speedily fading in their intensity as the nerves continue to sort themselves out) it looks as if BocowoA has done the job. The nightmare ill that crept up over forty plus years looks and feels as if it has vanished completely. But alas, such a conclusion is painfully eluding me right now, and is literally a pain in the butt.

Yet all is not lost, and a lot of thought has been spent trying to understand the full depth of Parkinson’s Disease, as I accepted to return in taking the prescribed medication in Levadopa once more.

Having felt to have been nearly there, this set back seems acceptable, upon reasoning all the other injuries that have been revisited as the nerve ways have been reactivated and or opened up.

The level in pain around the Sacrum and Coccyx area is very intense and penetrating at the line of each fusing, with perhaps the apparent heavy drain upon the natural Dopamine levels being partially due to the proximity of the central nerve.

In fact, I am rather glad it has happened in a way; As through all the pain and bodily responses, I am beginning to think that this particular area in the body, may well be the one common link to kick starting Parkinson’s Disease.

After all; How many babies totter and bump their bums when taking their first steps, to jar the Coccyx on a stone or unforgiving surface causing damage to the central and surrounding nerves, just at the time when bones are hardening and fuse lines are firming up the pelvis frame for the standing posture. Then to top it all, it is so much fun, to go Bump Bump down the stairs.

And the apparent rise in these types of disorders, is perhaps just a reflection of modern day living.

Further and in way of an interesting observation; I have seen dogs with cropped tails suffering from trembles and leg shudders as they get older and a Breton Spaniel with Epilepsy, that shook uncontrollably in fits, if it had not had its medication.

I guess dogs need the weight of a wagging tail to help keep their pelvis, central nerve and brain in tip top shape.

Which may add further weight to my belief that the Sacrum and Coccyx area is most relevant for many situations in PD.

 

While My Back Was Turned



Things all felt so good, with so much recovery of the nervous system regarding the increased sense of feeling, to the point that I attempted to wean myself off the prescribed medication (thinking that the residual gentle arm and finger twitching would fade, once the rise in natural dopamine peaked) and I have to say, initially everything seemed to be going very well.

I enjoyed the freedom of being totally free from taking any synthetic medicines for over 25 days, with continued improvement in progress, as the finger tips and toes appear to be so much more alive. My skin tone has become more elastic, and without doubt the speed of colour returning to depressed fingernails (as soon as the nail is released) is instantaneous once more.

Thinking success was very near I even increased the time spans between taking BocowoA and then the thing I did not want to happen appeared to be happening. My big experiment seemed to be about to collapse as the tremors and some lethargic movement started to creep back into the days.

Once the reality of an apparent failure tumbled into my thoughts, I revisited my daily notes, in readiness to consider throwing in the towel if necessary. However, I soon realised there had been a positive twist in the recent events.

While more nerves were opening up within the pelvic area, I had felt that there was still a dull area at the base of my spine effecting the sciatic nerve, and accordingly, I asked my physiotherapist to stretch my spine towards making it more comfortable. In hind sight, I also realised, that perhaps my enthusiasm from the vast improvements following each spark up, had propelled me; I was trying to run before learning to walk. And of course I had not bargained upon any other effects from the procedure, of stretching the spine.

Indeed, I had increased my intake of BocowoA just before my back was physically rotated by the Kinésithérapeute, which surprisingly resulted in more nerves than expected (or I had previously not known about) coming alive in the Sacrum and Coccyx area. For the first time in my life, the pelvic girdle felt that it was made up of more than one fused part. To surmise, I guess (as the Parkinson’s symptoms returned) it spelt out; that there was now insufficient Dopamine available in reserve for such a need, especially as this area still remains painful at times.

A day or two later after more physiotherapy, a synapse rush up the spine from the damaged lumber vertebra (as I dozed before sleep) confirmed that a return to prescribed Levadopa was now necessary for the time being, or at least until the balance is re-struck and all the nerve ways possible have opened up.

Of course, I still do not know whether I have found a cure by introducing BocowoA into my diet, but the apparent depth and continuing ‘waking up’ of the various areas in damaged tissue, appear to still point toward a general overall improvement.

While my right arm (that shows the most tremor when it occurs) having taken the brunt of many a hard knock, a wrench or two, and a couple of nasty breaks, will likely be the last to heal.

 

Confusion and Control



I can only write from experience; Having gained so much of my collapsed nervous system back using BocowoA, and with what looks to me like the possibility of real hope on the horizon, I can honestly say, I can appreciate the dilemma of both Carers and Doctors who attend those with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease.

For the Carers, one of the hardest things to deal with, is the periodic mental fallout or displacement a person with Parkinson’s is physically having to cope with; as their brain decides what parts of the remaining nervous system are vital, while also coping with any unwanted effects from any medication they may be taking. There is little that can be done beyond being there caring for the patient; understanding that it is simply a natural thing for the nervous system to re wire itself and these situations in mental disorientation to occur.

For the Doctors, the fact that they have to choose whether to treat the mental disorientation, or the physical Motor aspects that come with Parkinson’s as the main priority, is one hell of a challenge. Especially as some of the drugs for mental disorientation and anxiety, will likely add to the patient's mobility problems and visa versa.

Sadly (but understandable) the separation between body ailments and mental welfare through departmental separation can often cause more distress, especially when the tell tale signs of Parkinson’s are insufficient for diagnosis. That said, a good doctor should be able to realise what is amiss if they observe the effects of medications while listening to what their patient is saying about their own physical situation within.

Worst of all, for all parties concerned, what is going on inside a patient’s body is not necessarily visible as an external point in difference, leading to misinterpretations in understanding and even more stress for all. After all, there is nothing worse than the aspect in being pigeon holed by a misguided or uninformed mind by way of an incorrect stereotyping.

Yes, there may be times of hallucination for those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease, where the unconscious dream world is embroiled within the conscious state of daytime. Even panic attacks when family, friends or associates become the fictitious foe, but the unnameable aspects in dream always remain anonymous within the muddle of the known, and surmising variables bears no fruit for anyone.

The fact of the matter is simply understandable and thankfully not an aspect to contend with when the nervous system is being increasingly restored. When things are too hot you drop them, and when you can no longer hold such hot items for a similar length in time something has changed.

The immediate, almost instant effects from BocowoA, in switching the Peripheral nervous system back to On was breath taking and very lifting as the wave of a renewed intensified sense of touch took over. Although it must be said, that with so much of the nervous system under the stress and strain of Parkinson’s Disease, and the rush of the day, it is very hard for an observer to notice the immediate physical changes. For while the weakened one sided aspect levelled up within the first forty-eight hours, there is little way to prove that you are not simply applying more pressure in the greeting handshake, or indeed that a cup was simply more hotter than usual.



Yet, BocowoA has transformed everything for me, to the point of (while being a smoker of tobacco) being able to now taste the moisture flavours in the air, and when my back was turned to stretch the spine, increasing numbers of nerve ways came alive!

More importantly to my mind, it is its ability, to switch On the redundant nerve cells that really provides some solid hope and a truer ability in control. Which makes me ask; If BocowoA can awaken numb areas in my arm, can it do the same for others who have lost feeling and control in their limbs?

 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

BocowoA's Bite



With pain at the base of the spine and spanning the inner wall of the pelvis, I am taken right back to an accident in my childhood, when a large section of prefabricated wall came crashing down on me. I had been assisting in holding large two and a half metre tall, board and concrete panels (used for 1960 prefab homes) in a vertical position ready for cleat bolting to the beams, when one had tipped beyond the holding point in balance. Knowing my speed could not match the toppling wall, my sixth sense put me into a ball, with my head planted to my knees, and my tail end up to face the oncoming whack!

The apparent end result at that time, was no broken bones and after a ‘chill spray’ to the area of inflammation, I was bed ridden for a week or two on painkillers, until I felt well enough to be up and about. While a more recent scan highlighted, that a vertebra in this region has a smaller channel where the central nerve passes through, which no doubt acts to restrict or bottle neck the synapse in a traffic jamb like scenario. The damage from the bash may well have contributed to hinder normal growth within the vertebra through the physical force of the blow. By separating or distorting the molecules sufficiently, and or a concentrated influx of protection fluid, for the growth hormones to no longer be able to make the right bonds.

 
Observing the return to a similar pattern and freshness in the pain, within the specific pelvis area in question after all this time (when I have not had a further whack or aggravation to the area, and I have been taking things relatively easy) is rather interesting.

If it was due to the exercises I have been doing, or indeed any muscular straining; then it would have reoccurred often over the years. Indeed, I can recall (a more recent) similar intensity in pain that ran through the Sciatic nerves, between the spine and entry points to the pelvis area (which led to a MRI scan of the lower spine to assess the condition of discs and highlighted the pinching of nerves) but the area in concern now, is much lower and within the pelvis, with a more lateral rather than radial feel to it.

As with other recent pain, it was preceded by the refreshing ‘spark ups’ and fluid trickling sensations in that area, leading me to believe that, a previous shut down of nerve fibres may have caused areas to be held in a state of ‘numbed animated suspension.’

While it seems strange to be describing these events in such way, it is exactly how they appear to occur, in making me ask. Can muscles have a biologically built in memory, that can in turn be switched back on in such a manner?

The only way I can fathom such an aspect as being a possibility in reality, is if the cells in the nervous system have a quadology or doubled duality, that work in a cyclic motion. Where two signal types, the Go and Return, plus two or more Controllers (governing and recording intensities of the signals, hard and soft, hot and cold and all the degrees between) exist in every cell.

This then gives way to the possibility that a single distortion in biochemistry, can cause an array of situations that eventually build into an undesired progression in disorder.

In such a scenario, I can also envisage that, when a nerve way eventually shuts down, the natural biological inclination for survival, will most likely engage the body in swapping or diverting the signal's synapse routes, so the essentials of heart, lungs and brain still function to the best available potential. While the effects of, motor freeze ups and tremors, may be caused by this aspect in re-routing now being along a shared nerve way, with the most dominant synapse being that on display. And in the brain, the temporary effect of re-routing, is the most likely cause of things like hallucination and natural anxieties brought on by the neurological losses, with that stress creating further stress.

Like wise, in the case of the areas of nerve tissue, that effectively closed down (almost completely) in the flux of ‘partially healed’ injuries. The residues that scribe pain may then naturally start up again as soon as those nerve cells are reactivated; and indeed utilise necessary, increased amounts of dopamine during subsequent repair and recovery process. The latter aspect, explaining the apparent one step back two steps forward progress I am experiencing.

Looking at the overall symptoms, the prolonged muscle tension, the undetectable nature in the early stages of the disease, and now, this apparent return to some unfinished business in healing, I am beginning to think that the initial missing link or thwarted synapse is two fold (in reporting via contact and in firing up the next synapse) and in Parkinson’s, the Returning signal’s inability to function properly in their normal circuitry (to the point where the circuit then no longer functions) is the primary problem. And it is only when these synapse mechanisms, take the easier route and starts to utilise the Go circuitry, that the tell tale symptoms for the diagnosis of the disease really start to show.

Based on the little I learned in school boy Biology upon the cyclic aspect observed within an amoeba, to the aspect in ‘a collective body in movement’ seen in a flock of starlings or shoals of fish, and my understanding through direct experience and the relative order of areas as they heal, I am inclined to believe that the missing biochemical link, is in my case, related to the tail rather than the start of the cycles in synapse. Plus the aspect in Destructive Pulse Syndrome from partially healed or scar tissues of physical injury, also plays its part in this neurological disorder. https://sites.google.com/site/beauxreflets/dps 

This theory in simplistic analysis and point of view, appears to fit in with all that I have experienced through my condition in Parkinson’s Disease, from the first signs of nerve cell incapacity to the apparent recovery process after using BocowoA.

I have been ‘blown away’ by the effects of BocowoA. From the first flush of better health returning, with the weaker side improving to balance things up, and the increases in the senses all round (within the first 48 hours). The tickling sensations of the face and mouth (associated to the surges up the spine in the 1980’s that caused the mouth and head to buzz as if I was having a fit). The huge increase in lung capacity, the increased sense in feelings to the inner surface of the cranium and scalp, the spark ups and crawlers in the back and limbs, plus the feeling returning to numb areas in the arm; With the ongoing pattern of things, now all pointing towards, being in the process of healing.

The list of gains keep coming, one after another (as I now fully realise the enormity of previous losses); While the only biological loss since starting the experiment, is a 'milk tooth' that (after over 50 years in service) loosened when biting on a piece of bread.

Having had times (recently) when there are no tremors whatsoever, and with the intense sense that the Parkinson’s has lifted, I am beginning to get very excited.

Although, some tremor has (temporarily it seems) returned in the apparent recent re-routing, I can now physically locate the various very small pockets in ‘previous physical injury’ that remain; which in turn tells me that; While I may have to screech round a few more hairpin bends, the home straight may well and truly be, just around the next corner.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sit Ups and BocowoA



At the last session of French Physiotherapy with my Masseur Kinésithérapeute, the changes were plain to see. I could feel the complete changes in muscle tone in my abdomen, legs and arms. The ‘spark ups’ have given new life to the muscle fibres

When describing Parkinson’s to family, I would say; It was like growing old fast when you are far too young. Everything is as though one half of ‘being alive’ has been swept out from under your skin. Now I am pleased to be saying that that lost youthfulness (all be it very painful at times) is returning in leaps and bounds.

Walking the last few days has at times been very awkward to say the least, but the cowboy legs and hip sway have gone, while I am getting used to where the feet will be as I tread, adapting with the constantly adjusting gait, generally improving posture, and the occasional numb buttock (Sciatica due to a spine injury in my teens) and a fair wind.

Taking care of the spine plays an important part in daily thoughts, and when the back muscles are not in balance, I readily straighten and stretch my spine with some floor exercises, https://sites.google.com/site/beauxreflets/keep-fit

I am becoming more convinced by the observation I recorded in the Coprinus fungi family, that a tiny tweak to the biochemistry changes everything. As a down rolling spitting mushroom evolves into a more dry umbrella ink cap that opens in the opposite direction; A tweak to the amino acids in the nerve cells will alter both capability and function.

Eating BocowoA just on the occasions when I need the boost (having already faded out the synthetic Levadopa completely) appears to be working exceedingly well, provided there is sufficient water on board. Through all the changes (from the initial revitalising gut sensation onwards) to each arrival at a new stage or plateau, it is clear that Natural Dopamine is being produced and retained. Added to which, I now appear to have a measure in control that allows me some choice to govern the speed in this apparent rapid recovery.

The bug bear of managing the medication times (while predicting what the day would bring in regard to achieving an acceptable balance) seems joyfully so far away, while each new day brings progress and the sense of recovering even more of my youth, as the spark up and waves ripple along old nerve ways, opening up the muscles with more vitality.

In the space of one month, the combination of BocowoA with the well-suited form in Physiotherapy, have provided the apparent gain of twenty plus years.

Well, how many folk even without Parkinson’s, can lay flat on their back, with their arms held straight (hands hovering over the thighs) and gently raise their head and torso upward into a sitting position? The last time I recall being this fit was in the 1980’s, when I knocked five out of six balls into the back of a five a side football net defended by Pat Jennings (International goal keeper for Ireland).

There are of course days in apparent contradiction to the claim of ‘active fitness,’ times when it outwardly appears things are just as bad or worse. This is when the brain is sapping all the energy necessary to reassign and reconstruct itself to the changes occurring in the body. The mind is willing but the body is weak, just as it feels like when recovering from a heavy bout of Flu. And I think it fair to say, that recovering from years of being ‘in decline’ will require some moments in meditative rest, as well as the usual nights sleep.

Knowing my personal history like the back of my hands, I have observed the reversal process so far, both physically and mentally; As the going truly reflects the way of manifestation, although not necessarily in the same chronological order, as the body heals to the building blocks of biological order, and one apparent major difference; in that the gain does not breathe the same sense in panic brought on by the shock factor of the earlier losses, when nerve ways effectively close parts of the body down, or indeed the aspect of hallucination (that occurs when areas of the brain normally associated to the role for the subconscious dreaming are commandeered to maintain different roles in conscious day time).

In all of this I know sufficient to say that, I still have a little further to travel before the full clean bill of health box can be ticked, but the level of partial control over the whole healing process is a huge personal assistance, provided those around you have a similar trust and faith, that the ill can and will be overcome with time.

As I write I am very conscious of the fact that I may not have found the total Cure; but a way that seems to suit, in arresting my current situation. I am equally aware that there are some people who are way beyond "the early onset stages" and more badly effected and in need of their current medical regimes; hence my reluctance to provide full details of the ingredients in BocowoA via this blog.

All I can do is openly invite a fresh approach to tackling the disease through sharing these thoughts, in the hope that something just as positive can arrive for others living in the hell of akin neurological disorders.

 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

In The Genes



In an effort to get my lively five year old daughter into her bed, I suggested that she should try to get her head on her pillow before her shadow did.

Of course this failed; resulting in a series of races, where I had to say who had won each time.

Realising my mistake, I thought it was a cool idea to say, "Now see if you can fall to sleep before your shadow does."

Well, that worked; for half a minute! Before my daughter jumps out of her bed, and wandered around the bedroom with her eyes firmly closed declaring "I win, I’m sleep walking."

When my joyful mirth for such humour and sight in intelligence waned, I was transported back in time to recall, how I thought the teacher was incorrect, when I was told (at a similar age) that there was nothing in the universe that was faster than the speed of light; especially when I was running around the school yard in the midday sun.


 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

BocowoA Breakthrough



While I write before the arrival of a more complete remission: As more nerve cells reconnect with apparent ‘corrected synapse,' and the shackles that bound and imprisoned me for so many years finally fall away. I am starting to realise the enormity and full potential that may be found in BocowoA.

I am mindful too; that as with any new discovery, there is a responsibility that comes with it.

I fully realise that every ill under the umbrella of Parkinson’s Disease, will no doubt have differing roots (relevant to the individual’s genetics and biochemistry) and treatments utilising BocowoA, may well require particular medicinal modifications and additions to suit each individual patient.

Given the journey I am experiencing, it also has to be said, that the assessment of each individual’s fitness and case history will play a vital role; Simply because, once the healing process has kicked off, the body takes over with its own autopilot.

There is no way to stop or stall the process, or indeed predict the overall outcome, as apparent Natural Dopamine, springs into increased production and action throughout the whole body.

Once the switch has been thrown into ‘On.’ All you can do, is to try and regulate measures in comfort; balancing the fluctuating shortfalls in Dopamine, by adapting the levels of Levodopa on a daily basis. It is certainly a rocky hard road, when nerve clusters suddenly awaken in large areas of muscle, and the ongoing demand gobbles up the current production and all the balance in reserves. As too; when reserves outweigh the daily demand and you have to cope with the aspects of overdose.

During the process, as more of the nerve ways opened, it came to a point where the prescribed medicines I was on, seemed to be making matters worse; While more healing speedily followed as the dosage was gently reduced (all be it perhaps restricted and hampered by the slow release aspect of the tablets). But before the drug companies start to panic, the two go hand in hand; and I can see new drugs being developed (for the regions around the world where BocowaoA cannot be provided as a fresh medicinal food).

Added to which, there is still no way of knowing whether BocowoA is the answer and the Cure. What works for one may not work for others, and I still have some way to go before all the receding symptoms finally go. Indeed, I may require additional or new medicines, to cement any permanence towards Complete remission.

In regard to other ongoing Research programs, and the strides being made towards eventually treating Parkinson’s with Stem Cells, for those who will require it. Perhaps BocowoA, and or its potential variants, may provide the means to ensure ‘corrected synapse’; So that these forms of intervention will be wholly productive, and accordingly cost effective viable treatments.

As I am not personally a neurologist or a scientist, I am unable to provide more in-depth knowledge regarding my discovery at the present time. However, all I can say is, that I believe BocowoA should become another weapon in the arsenal. For the fight to beat Parkinson’s will always be a Team effort.

Upon which note; I am eternally grateful for the assistance I receive from, my GP, the Neurologists, most importantly my Masseur Kinésithérapeute, and finally my family and friends supporting me along the way.

Thank you.

 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Spark Ups and Crawlers



Working away in a body of apparent out of control indecision, I am finding the return of clumsy movement extremely hard.

Just as when, the closing down of nerve ways caused muscle imbalance during the onset of Parkinson’s, it appears that I have to walk the same painful journey once again.

A tilted pelvis means hours of pain, until my back exercises and walking have corrected the situation for each occurrence.

For the outside observer, it may appear that things are getting worse, especially if they know that all the prescribed medicines were completely stopped over five days ago.

However, the most exciting things are all the aspects of real change, including those that make me want to (non-figuratively) say,
"If I had a tail, you would be able to see it wag !"

For, through all the periods of pain, discomfort, wobble and shakes, there are ‘spark ups’ and ‘crawlers.’ Pin prick bursts and little rushes of revitalising Energy, as nerve ways reawaken and reconnect. Followed by; an improved ability to relax, increases in sensitivity inside and out, greater agility and more mobility, as I feel things may be slowly improving at quite a rapid pace.


;)
 

Friday, May 24, 2013

BocowoA



To date, all the Research and Development, and product trials have been self funded and in house.

Now, with some astounding and very positive results beginning to show in the current data and ongoing trial; it is believed that significant advances have been made.

We are currently developing the recipe further, towards bringing this product into the Marketplace, as an Alternative Medicinal Food.

To speed this process (bearing in mind Patent, Production and Marketing costs) we are accordingly; Actively seeking a substantial investor to help bring this potential cure into full fruition.


 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

No Blue Print



Having come across Natural fresh plants and ingredients, that when combined together, brought almost instantaneous relief and vast improvements; Over and above the ‘topsy turvey’ comfort, and inability in regulating prescribed Levodopa to suit daily needs (providing the unbearable unpredictable seesaw of reasonable and very bad days). With an ample supply to hand, it seemed a natural step forward to try and make good use of such a discovery.

With no blue print (as with any new adventure, there is no map or model to follow) I set about designing one on the hoof. It may not work, but at least by making notes and jotting things down, it may provide an insight to assist others, as other treatments come into being; For like it or not, I do not think there will ever be an instantaneous Cure, but cures that will have to be purposely designed for each individual and the treatment being utilised.

In essence, I am trying a new approach to the treatment of my Parkinson’s disease by combining the conventional medicine with dietary changes, using additional herbs and oils, in an effort to coax and retrain the body, back into normal health and action. Accordingly, the synthetic drugs are specifically being kept on the lowest level, to try and encourage the body to bridge the shortfalls in natural Dopamine, and to help monitor and pinpoint any physical improvement and progress.

Monitoring things throughout the day, I hope to be able to learn and move forward from each aspect and pattern in observation; While in the main, I will be going upon gut feelings, intuition, and of course any sign of improvements, like the ones that kicked this journey into being.

To date while things have generally appeared onward and upward, there have been some (and no doubt there will be more) very hard periods to ride through.

 Like a long bout of chronic pain in the groin area running down into the inner thighs for hours on end. That was something I had not felt since being kicked in the very same area by a pony as a child, and later receiving a blow in that region, from the crossbar on my bike (when pumping up a hill, up off the saddle, when the gears slipped). Strangely the pain was just as if I had been hit there once again; That fresh Ouch!, rather than the duller pains I have come to associate with my form in Parkinson’s.

Thinking about the tingling the other day in my forearm, I am now wondering whether the tension felt at times in the inner scalp, are akin to the very same tensions felt there as a child, when I carefully tried to use a solvent to get a thick bright green paint (used on metal) out of my hair, that resulted in the removal of the paint and a very heavy nose bleed!

While not in chronological order; The recent chronic pain in the right thigh muscle, appeared reminiscent to the dead legging received in the school playground. Now, I know it’s a crazy thought, but could this just be, all part of some process in a reversal of the one step forward two steps back?

What I am trying to say is. Could Bocowo in the diet be healing nerve cells in a specific manner; As to awaken them into sending new encrypted synapse response signals, back to the brain with a message calling for further healing processes? While before, the previous trapped and or un-encrypted synapse, will have been telling the brain that healing was no longer required. If you like, restarting a previously stalled healing mechanism and process, by re-igniting previously inert clusters of nerve cells, that had remained dormant, or reporting a distortion in falsely coded synapse; due to the earlier local genetic biochemistry differences, or the physical form in individual nerve cell damage.

Could Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone disease be the result of; An accumulation of a number of these inert nerve cell clusters in tiny partially healed areas, and accordingly diagnosed, given their specific attributes too and upon the location of these inert clusters within the body? An aspect I was trying to touch upon when writing the article Destructive Pulse Syndrome. https://sites.google.com/site/beauxreflets/dps

Of course if this theory of the damage to nerve cells around the body, eventually diminishing the production of Dopamine in the brain (as the requirement levels are apparently distorted and continuing to fall) then my idea and attempt in nurturing a reverse process, reactivating the good synapse using herbs, may be beginning to stand on some solid ground. Even towards, perhaps opening up new ways of looking at such aspects in nerve disorders without having to burrow into the brain.

For example, by comparing cells in an inert cluster of nerve cells in a right biceps muscle to an active cluster in a left biceps muscle, it may highlight the absence of a particular amino acid; And by administering that missing element locally into the effected area, may then reactivate a corrected synapse, so that the brain cells are informed once again that their function to produce more Dopamine is required.

It will be interesting to find out whether such Medical Research has been undertaken and what the results are.

In the meantime, with the to be expected smiles, and advice to keep on taking the prescribed drugs response, from Neurologists (when I first talked about investigating various food stuffs for my condition) I will continue upon the journey mapping and recording as I proceed. Knowing that perhaps many old injuries will seemingly be revisited more than once as the process continues, as all the minute jigsaw pieces in biochemistry are re-correlated and rearranged.

Hopefully as time goes on, the jerky involuntary movements and painful areas will diminish in size to subside as the various areas of nerve tissues are revamped and healed.

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bocowo - Determining What Is Going On


Two weeks into the trial.

Well, it appears to be still working, but with some doubts that made me stop and think; until I remember how all the newly awoken areas, are perhaps now utilising any increase in Natural Dopamine levels, and it will all take time for any developments to really show and determine any real long term progress. Most importantly, my body feels as one and not as two unbalanced halves. Getting up in the morning still remains like a fresh breeze, so I feel I have turned a page.

I am having to tell myself to slow down, as a bit of patience is called for; plus a whole lot of occupational therapy to adjust too and with the changes that appear to be occurring. The hardest thing being, in identify, whether these felt changes are physical improvements or just, on apart of my wishful thinking.

Like being tired most of yesterday. After waking up in the morning rubbing my right elbow to relieve a modicum of pain in the radial nerve, I felt rather uncomfortable all day until around 6.30pm; When I then got up from a light ‘late afternoon nap’ and took the dog for walk, to once again feel back on top of the world again.

During the walk, rather strangely, my right forearm suddenly felt itchy and tingly inside; In a dulled area left over from previous surgery (where some years ago, an incident with a fully extended ladder, caused me injury and a subsequent operation to release the trapped radial nerve). What is going on?

In a numb area below where the incision was made, there had been physical tingling sensations followed by some twitching in the wrist. The operation on the arm was in 2004, way before Mum died (perhaps early with a form of Motor Neuron Disease), and over seven years after I gingerly wrapped a rope over my left arm to help lower her into the ground. These tingling sensations are like those felt when an area is healing. Does the span in time before more healing, indicate or suggest that the change could be down to Bocowo in the diet?

As for choosing to be a human guinea pig; I have a philosophy that Life on Earth is balanced. If something has naturally switched aspects in the nerve cells off, then there will be something to naturally switch them back on again. Comparing the risk beside those others take on the various front lines; While working blind so to speak, I feel I know the enemy within as my body responds, and although perhaps still a shot in the dark, with due care and attention it may well be worth the risk.

Perhaps I have always been a bit of a wild card, but I am pacing myself and keeping a daily record, with a little Bocowo every now and again as more areas hopefully knit back together. And given that the fresh herb in the mix is available all year round, I am in no rush.

 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bocowo - In The Cold Light of Day



When the apparent initial whack in "the feel good factor" that inspired this Bocowo trial into being seems to wane a little, I find myself asking typical questions like; Is this all part of the effects Parkinson’s has on patients in form of compulsive behaviour?

Am I imagining that I can find something that others, more knowledgeable and qualified, working in this area of neurology have missed?

Am I responding to my condition by trying to convince myself things can get better, acting out of desperation to the over riding feelings of hopelessness akin to the affliction in progressive illnesses like Parkinson’s? Being typically stubborn, full of British Bull Dog spirit; that may end up becoming, a load of foolish Bull shit, or turn out to be one almighty victory.

Worst of all, could Bocowo be silently and actively working against any built in bodily protection, by opening up the nerve ways in a quiet before the storm, that will then allow the Parkinson’s Disease to advance with greater speed and devastation?

The truthful answer is simply; I just don’t know!

What I can say is, that the ingredients have been selected because of the reported and apparent properties they seem to hold. As a combination of Naturally occurring food stuffs, Bocowo is therefore targeted; Designed to maximise and encourage an increase in the production of Natural Dopamine within the body, in a determined effort to reduce and or knock on the head, the reliance upon synthetic drugs.

As the trial proceeds, the daily record will possibly provide some enlightenment, along side perhaps a few no no’s, but the Natural aspect (hopefully moving away from synthetic medicine) somehow feels a bit more user friendly.

If nothing else, I feel it will underline the importance of targeted ‘massage de kinésithérapie’ and dietary healing from day One, more especially for spinal injuries and chemical poisoning, so that young bodies are not remaining damaged or holding onto poor health aspects, that then accumulate to aspire into such awful situations.

For while it may be just my opinion, the rise in these types of progressive disorders may well be a reflection of the past quick fix attitude. When additional expense in treating the knocks and bruises in the very young would have been a good investment, against the increased and multiplied costs incurred, caring for the ailments that transpire in later life.

As the diagnosis, for such progressive disorders like MS and Parkinson’s seem to be increasingly occurring in younger generations, perhaps the call for the need for change is getting louder, but sadly perhaps, harder to achieve, in the economic climate of Austerity and apparent need for cuts in Health Care; Although, even the young can be educated in some of the arts of healing, and the necessity for diet changes suited to their ever changing health and well being.

Having digressed, given the apparent effects, there are of course other thoughts regarding Bocowo that have to be considered. For while not directly containing Levodopa or Dopamine, has Bocowo inadvertently identified one of the missing pieces in the overall jigsaw? And or is it, simply, just making the prescribed medications more effective for the moment?


 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bocowo - The Big Question

If you define Parkinson’s as an illness, where something or a combination of things have switched off an aspect in the nerve cells, whereby, the renewing replacement nerve cells then replicate that ‘switched off mode,’ generating a spiral or progression in further nerve cells and their functions closing down. It stands to reason, that if, those nerve cells can be switched back on again, they will hopefully be replicated in the ‘switched on mode,’ generating a progressive awakening and eventual cure; provided there is no permanent physical damage in the said tissues, like severed nerves or a genetic aspect, that may prohibit the switching on process, and or the subsequent healing taking place.

So at best, Bocowo may be an eventual cure or just act by stalling the progression of ills. At worst, it may be providing a good ‘false illusion of well being,’ masking the inevitable, in the reliance, and ongoing need for prescribed medicines due to the permanent physical damages in my nervous system. Of course, if Bocowo just turns out to be one of Nature’s jokes, that will be fine by me as well, since laughter is meant to be the best medicine and life should be full of happiness. And if the latter turns out to be the true reality I most humbly apologise to all whose hopes may have been raised through my endeavor and good intentions.

This said, the benefits I am experiencing are beyond doubt; an increase in the senses of, smell, taste and touch, an increase in appetite for fresh foods and water, improved sleep and so much more energy during the day, plus an overwhelming mental sense, in happily feeling, things can only get better.

In truth, it is the first time in over seven years, that I have predominately felt like dancing. Getting up in the mornings is now a joy, and I am looking forward to what each new day may bring.

The testing of Bocowo goes on and I will continue to monitor and record daily findings.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bocowo (Boldly Going part 2)

Bocowo is the name I have given to the Herbal Remedy mix I started ten days ago; and I am getting a very pleasing result!

My movement and sensitivity seem markedly improved and I am again typing with two hands. Co-ordination has definitely improved although I can feel how unused the right hand had become (considering the muscle ache in the fingers while in action). The taste and smell aspect have improved and it feels really good to be ‘speedy’ and youthful, rather than sluggish and worn out!

It has to be said, that my mental alertness and will upon getting up in the morning has definitely improved, as I am able to move instantly and far more freely.

In addition, the reflex action in response to a falling item was far quicker and accurate (actually catching things with my Right-hand yesterday). High kicking my body up and over the pony fence (while carrying things) and bending down to pick an object up off the floor, also felt much easier!

During my weekly ‘massage de kinésithérapie’ that concentrates upon bodily injuries (although perhaps naturally willing it) I definitely felt that there was a real change occurring; It felt like small areas of muscle tissues were being awoken in the areas being worked on, along with those in adjacent and opposing areas of muscles stimulated by said areas. This ‘awakening’ feeling in different locations is not a new sensation, as it was felt when I first started the Bocowo program and occurs from time to time during and after exercise. Like sparks in pins and needles in reverse.

For so long now, this dark storm in Parkinson’s has been dragging me down. Yet deep down, I am suddenly feeling a real sense of hope. Do you know, that feeling when things seem right? When aspects in life suddenly fall into place! Well, I have a sneaky suspicion, that I am finally riding this beast out of its living hell and looking forward for the next hurdle I have to jump.

Up date 16th May. My health seems to continue on an upward path, and as I fill in my daily record, and look back, it occurs to me that I may have hit a real Eureka moment.

Normally when I have accidentally missed a dose (as others on prescribed Levodopa may have experienced) sooner or later I hit that brickwall, and have to struggle on, until I have caught up and got back on track.

This said, having cut the prescribed Levodopa by 125 mg  and having not indulged in Bocowo for over 32 hours there has been no such brickwall, no drag back or slump, just more gentle improvement!

This tells me one thing; I am now enabled to produce increased levels of my own Dopamine.


Finally there may be light at the end of the tunnel to spur me on.

 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Boldly Going


Parkinson’s Disease is a real nightmare when it comes home to roost. OK. So it is not a direct killer, and can be treated with a variety of drugs that make the deterioration, life a little easier to cope with, but, it is a progressive disorder and the forecast is rather bleak to say the least.

Following the diagnosis and subsequent progression in disabilities, and of course the exclamation "Why me" when the news of such a cold reality really hit home. There has been the one thought (that there has to be a cure to be found in Nature) constantly ringing in my mind; the search is on!

Obviously, the Holy Grail (so to speak) would be to identify a natural occurring medicine, that has its own inbuilt genetic formula and mechanism, with the ability to rebuild and potentially grow new cells (that can then be transferred into the human body to treat the effected areas). Perhaps compared to looking for a needle in a haystack, finding such a remedy in the plant world will no doubt take some doing; but with a concentrated effort and perhaps a stroke of luck, I think I may have just stumbled upon a potential candidate.

This particular plant (that will remain unnamed for the moment) has some very intriguing properties. So much so, that if the researched data proves to be correct, I have to consider the possibilities that this plant may have real potential towards combating and reversing Parkinson’s; to the point of repairing damaged nerve tissues, and more importantly perhaps, evoking changes within the human cells to secure a permanent adjustment, similar to that which is hoped to be achieved via current Stem Cell Research.

Reaching a point in my research where data stops, there seems to be only one way to find out more about this plant; and that is to try it for myself.

Introducing this plant into my diet, to cash in upon any benefits it may bring, is of course something that raises a few questions.

While the plant is not generally considered as a toxin, will there be some undesired consequences, a bad reaction with the medicines or substances I currently take? I am heading into unchartered waters! A small nibble tasted OK; so I guess the answer is, the same as for any new food stuff, proceed with Caution.

Beyond this first step; How does one decide upon things like, the optimum dosage to take? Or indeed, determine whether or not the treatment is actually working?

And if the treatment is having a good effect. How long will it take to determine and measure any completeness in findings towards announcing such as a recommended treatment or Cure? After all, my "Idiopathic Secondary Parkinson’s condition" has crept slowly and relentlessly in over a number of years.

Well, with this first trial underway, and a few days into the treatment, it is easy to say that I am feeling rather optimistic. That said, the current pleasant ‘feel good’ factor may simply be one inherent with having a bash with renewed hope, the dream of combat armed with a new weapon.

While I feel there is a marked change in my general condition, with an apparent smoother mobility and an improved skin tone, I hope any definite improvement will be more noticeable as time goes on, and perhaps then on display, to be confirmed by a second opinion.

The real improvement sign I am looking out for, is an evening up in the one sided aspect of Parkinson’s Disease. I am hoping that there is going to be a good measure in physical healing, such that my right-hand side improves, and becomes more in balance with the (lesser affected) left-hand side of my body. Perhaps in particular, finding that the Restless Leg symptom and cramp have been conquered and vanished; For only then, will I believe that things are going in the right direction.

Finally, there is also another aspect requiring very careful observance and scrutiny, as I am still taking the prescribed forms in medication. Namely, as I expect, there may well be a hard kick back, if and when my body starts to improve with this additional new treatment, by actively producing its own natural dopamine.

I suspect, that when this happens, the body may naturally want to expel the substitute man made drugs; and there is likely to be an increase in the Dyskinesia symptom (as to be expected with a situation in overdose), or at the very least, similar discomfort as endured when I first started that medication.

Akin with this, I am mindful of the real loss in muscle tone I have experienced, and on skinny pins, realise the size of the mountain I now hope to climb. In essence, I am nervously treading new ground.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Point of View




There has to be far more to photography, than just recording a moment in event, or creating pretty picture postcard shots of animals, flowers and scenery. After all, almost everyone can point and shoot a camera, grab a quick shot with a mobile phone or similar device, yet some photographers seemed destined for acclaim, while others sit amid the sea of 'want to be,' almost drowned in the oceans of images swamping our world.

What is the secret, that determines whether a photograph is a good or poor shot? More importantly perhaps, what can be learned towards honing photographic skills to propel and encourage acclaim, fame and perhaps fortune.

Knowledge upon the basic principles of Composition is possibly the key place to start looking for some of the answers, and the Rule of Thirds and Centralisation are probably the two most common principles that spring to mind; quickly followed by, those 'questionable errors' of Halving and Distractions. Yet all these aspects in composition may be more simply described as Comfort and Discomfort, and it is ultimately the use and or combination of these and other compositional elements, that determines whether the image gels together and or screams out an inevitable "Wow."

So here are a few itemised thoughts towards achieving a good composition in photography.

Rule of Thirds - Where a main element or subject within the image is placed vertically or horizontally a third of the way in from an edge of the view. There is no Law towards an exact measurement, simply as the placement is in an area described as a comfort zone, defined by the brain as it determines; to the right or to the left, to the top or to the bottom.

Centralisation - A main element centred in an image draws immediate attention. Again in an area the brain generally considers as a comfort zone, with perhaps the exceptions being where the element is considered to be alive, or moving in a particular direction and naturally like us, requests an additional element of space to the fore.

Halving - Where an element divides the image into two similar sized areas either side, causing the brain some un-requested disruption to question where to look next, right or left, up or down. Normally described as something to avoid (as it can be consider detrimental to split the whole) sometimes, this apparent negativity is exactly what the image requires, expressing what it is all about, and there, to make the viewer think beyond their initial impression.

Distractions - The bits in an image that jar on the eye, interrupting the flow as you survey the scene. Like the little areas near the edge of a photograph that trap and trip, holding or throwing your gaze away from the main subject. Generally, such distractions provide negative imbalance within a composition, underlining the importance as to how a shot is lined up or edited. Sometimes, it is simply a matter of using a little Dodge or Burn to alter a tone value, with perhaps a gentle blur to soften a crisp contrasting edge. While at other times, it maybe more appropriate to use harsher methods, from over painting with an Airbrush or Clone tool to cropping and re-sizing the image.

Sometimes a pictorial distraction may be a question of personal taste, subtle in nature, or overlooked first time round. Post processing subjectively and objectively at the same time is an art in itself, and rushing at the job in enthusiasm for a shot, is something I personally have to discipline myself upon.

Lead in Lines and Perspective - These are useful aspects towards directing or drawing the viewer's eyes to areas in a composition. Subtle changes in tonal values may also act in a similar fashion, catching the voyeur's attention and encouraging their eyes to roam or weave around a photograph. Combining such elements can increase interest; while a too busy image, may inadvertently confuse and drive the audience away.

DOF - Depth of field can also play an important role in a composition, defining the areas you wish to be in sharp focus. I still find myself using a central or spot focus (with AF/AE lock) and swinging right or left (towards the rule of thirds) to determine the compositional balance I desire, before taking the shot. Coupling DOF with some interesting lighting, and images can become very atmospheric.





For this shot, a ground marker (for AE/AF lock) and a 10 second shutter delay was used. Giving me the time to get into position, call the dog to heel, and adopt a pose..



Crops - The term "too tightly cropped" is often used in form of critique, to describe images that appear trapped, cut off by, or squeezing some imbalance into the viewed frame; where there is no apparent reasoning for leaving an area to be kept out of the image. Likewise, "a tighter crop might be better" is usually followed up by some reasoning to perceived unnecessary space, or the sense of a dead area providing an imbalance in the composition, drawing the eyes away, or detracting from the main subject being portrayed.

Cut Off - I'm throwing in the term 'Cut Off,' to highlight the 'in vogue' aspect of the so called trendy portraiture shots; you know, the ones where the tops of heads are missing! Of course I am not against tightly cropped portraits that highlight a pair of beautiful smiling eyes or a watery wart on the tip of an old gent's nose, but the shape of the head, hairstyles, etc., form a Natural frame in themselves. So that sometimes, less is not necessarily more; and just because one 'tightly cropped' model shot works, that does not mean that every cropped portrait will be the bee's knees.






The emphasis here, being the unbothered expression with a tiny insect sitting on the bridge of the nose.



Light - The most important aspect to any composition is the Light, its direction and effect upon the scene before you; and of course the selection in Aperture and Shutter Speed used to make the image. The following photographs, were shot in bright sunshine, and required no post processing trickery to achieve the dark background. Translucent structures can often be very interesting, and seeking out areas of interesting light as you compose the shot may make all the difference.










While a good Exposure is the expected norm in producing or achieving good results; As ideally every pixel (or part of film) in a Landscape scene should hold colour information. Stepping down or up a stop or two to alter the Exposure can provide interesting effects, and I have no problem with achieving the picture you desire in camera, towards reducing the amount of post processing work in the darkroom.

Balance - Most compositions require a sense of balance, through line, shapes or pattern. Incorporating aspects like, symmetry, reflection, echo of lines, textures and patterns, are easy ways towards achieving a balanced photograph. Using the foreground to frame the subject (shooting through an architectural or natural opening) is another. There are a few other, perhaps more intriguing options that include more subtle detailing; like utilising lighter and darker tones of colour to provide the complementing shapes to achieve the balance, either during the shoot, or later in the digital darkroom.

While on the subject of balance, a few thoughts upon wonky uprights, sloping horizons, and the sense when things do not look quite right. Out at sea, a sloping horizon may add to the drama of events; while large ships 'sliding down or facing an uphill' on the distant horizon in a beach scene detailing the shoreline, may appear odd. That said, employing a 'Dutch' or jaunty angle for a shot, can help to emphasise the subject in a creative spirit, and it can be simply a matter of providing sufficient exaggeration to strike the right balance or appeal.

Shots taken from unusual angles or perspectives are always popular in catching attention.







Of course non of the above really answers the earlier question; As a good or poor photograph is simply, subjective to the thoughts and opinion of the audience! No one, can teach you how to become a great photographer, you simply have to train and discipline yourself, and never stop learning!

Finally, here is a photograph that really grabbed my attention. The following paragraph charts my chain of thoughts to the conclusion, that it is one of the best photographs I have seen in quite a while. (Safe to say, permission of use was granted by Alan Abercombe prior to writing this article.)







Drawn by the overall intensity of colour, the lone figure speedily stood out - a dark stilled poise {observer/relative) wearing red hat and shoes standing in an area of shadow - The red wreaths of Poppies - 'Yowh!' If it had been me, I would have included all of the wreath on the left. (Fortunately) The dominant uncluttered light blue area to the right calls, and I notice the carved details, the poppy crosses, and the place names; while withdrawing to view the whole again. - The intense blue strip and cropped wreath appear to battle away on the left, while the almost empty light blue block halving is almost soothing? - Instinctively, half closing my eyes (to shut out the effects of side light, so that I am just observing the differences in tone) I indeed see two distinct halves; Clever photography. - War & Peace, as my eyes temporarily meander in the light block - the place names - and the autumn leaves lead back to the shoes. - The sadness - the scale of place - lives lost and shattered - walks of love - names - personal names - Innocent children buried in rubble - the cycle in the historical reality of Life - Peaceful Blue sky reflected in polished granite - Red Shoes and Granite.

Obviously, the above pattern in thoughts led to my own personal opinion and conclusion, that the photograph is one of merit able worth; It physically evokes thoughts beyond that which it contains and portrays. The well-executed post processing provides sufficient means to remain observing the view, while the imbalance has purpose; with the photographer's knowledge, skill and creative ability, combining to provide a fine balanced composition, strong enough to inspire this article into being.

Others will have their own view and opinion upon the shot, simply as we all come from different backgrounds and interpret things in our own personal way, likes and dislikes; Photography is subjective.

However, the reason for including it in this article, is that it demonstrates, the ability to identify, and cash in on the full potential seen and recorded through the lens, using accentuated processing techniques that only come through experience, experiment and practice. Striking the right balance in each composition is all part of the Art, and taking the time to thoughtfully post process a photograph can make all the difference.


You can see more of Alan Abercombe's photography here http://www.alanabercrombieimages.co.uk/

© Article Copyright all rights reserved Andy D Kemp 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Have You Been Framed

Framing photographs is often a difficult task to get just right, and in many cases the images are simply planted within a thin dark traditional photo frame associated with the black and white portraiture of stars on the stage, that line the corridors of a theatre or hotel boasting its patronage.

The initial function of a frame is to protect the edges of an image and to isolate it from the surrounding external environment, while at the same time hopefully attracting some audience; perhaps drawing the viewer into or away from the scene as their mental response engages and interacts with the subject so framed.

Photography Exhibitions may plump for a similar thin black framing style, insisting upon a well-proportioned plain mount board to form an inner frame. Often unlined, neatly cut with an even bevel and a broader width at the bottom of the mount; sufficient to determine the base or proposed orientation of the shot, and perhaps providing room for the photographer's name to be lightly penned in with its title and date.

In exhibitions for Competition purpose, there will likely be a standard gallery format, to the colour style and overall outer framing. The Print size, and a single mount colour (sadly usually a white) may also remain constant; save the way the mounts have been cut regarding portrait or landscape orientation.

In these situations, where the photographer simply supplies the image file for others to print and mount, a cautionary point may be worth noting in regard to the editing of the image. Always try to obtain the relevant orientation cut-out size of the mount and edit the photograph accordingly. For while every effort may be made to make the most of your image by the gallery staff, there is nothing worse than a distracting element throwing the viewer's eyes towards the next image on display. Of course, it maybe all well and good that a broad framing mount acts as a safety net (just as a wide margin in a book helps to prevent the eyes dropping off the edge of the page) when the eyes meander to your next shot; but in a competition, 'See the frame and it's Game Over!'

It is always wise to consider 'frame or mount cover' when framing your shot, before pressing the shutter. Especially where there are items or details at the edges in the photograph that may jar on the eye, distract or grab unwanted attention when the image is finally framed. That said, the use of the Burn tool and other post processing techniques can often be used to re-balance the composition or tone down an offending area.

While the editing of a photographic composition plays an important part as to how it may look within a mount and frame, the choice of mount and frame may equally play an important role in enhancing or emphasising the photograph and imagery portrayed. Selecting an off white or a lightly coloured mount may assist to emphasise highlight areas in a photograph, while a brilliant white mount can help to bring out mid tones, and a black mount added depth in colour.

A correctly proportioned picture showing equal mount widths top and sides with a broader width at the base.


When it comes to deciding upon the mount and frame, the choices seem to be endless; Form Single, Double (providing two bevel edges separated in proportion to size and thickness), Triple, Shadow mounts (that require spacer boards separating each mount board surface to provide the added depth) to Framed Block mounts (that require a spacer to prevent the glazing from touching or getting attached to the print).

Selecting and mixing different coloured mount boards adds even more choice, as does the variety of Pressed Lined mounts, including those with Silver or Gold inlay, and if you are adventurous and of steady hand, DIY Pen Lining can add that special touch; especially where the chosen colours match an element in the photograph, so as to hold the viewer's eyes that little bit longer.

Choosing simple profiles for the outer frame may help to keep the focus on your Print, and again the colour and weight (width) of the frame may assist to suit the imagery, while complementing with a room's decor; where even ornate swept frames with a little gold leaf may not go amiss.

The choice of glazing often depends upon the overall size of the picture and one's purse. From single float glass, non-reflective glass to Acrylic stabilised plastic Styrene (that are not effected by Ultra Violet light). Quite often Photograph frames are hung so that they canter forward off the wall at the top (usually around 3 degrees) to minimise reflections of external surround and room lighting.

Finally, you can consider the big and the bold by going 'frame-less,' with a Block or Canvas Print. Where the photograph stands out off the wall, printed with very durable inks directly onto the substrate, often with a protective vinyl lamination, so that the final product may be kept free of dust, and the grease from an admirer's finger, simply wiped away with a damp cloth.



© Andy D Kemp 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Burning Desire

How an image should be processed is subjective to the overall effect you are seeking to achieve. Your idea of what makes a good photograph, will often differ from the ideas others may have upon what makes or breaks a particular image. The important thing is to rely on your judgement, while being open to ideas and critique, so that you are always striving for self improvement and constantly learning with your photography.

Subscribing to any notion, that the 'quick fix' Auto Level or Auto Contrast post processing options, may address any abnormalities making the most of the captured digital data in your image, is all too often detrimental, to what can physically be achieved with a little more thought given to the quality of light and the tonal aspects within the photographic image. Quite often these blanket processing options will appear to flatten areas in an image as tonal contrasts are changed, stretched and ironed out by software logarithm.

The tonal aspects of an image (the mapping of "the intensities in Saturation and Hue" of all the colours) plays a fundamental part in the Composition of an image, simply because our eyes are naturally drawn to the intensity of light. Similarly (at the other extreme), a block of dark colour surrounded by a lighter area, may become an unwanted focal point at the side of a picture, drawing the eyes away from the main subject or theme within an image.

Again, (as it is worth a mention at this point) there is another 'quick fix' that is often over used, namely the Vignette tool; where the tonal values at the borders of the image may be intensified or subdued, feathering out the effect in its 'blanket cover' towards the centre of the photograph. That is not to say that a vignette should be avoided, but that it should be used to enhance the image, rather than to address any unwanted distraction that may or may not exist (depending upon the audience's taste).

So how can we identify or decide upon, the less obvious tonal areas that we may want to adjust in an image, towards any burning ambition for accolades?

One of the quickest methods I know for "seeing" the tonal map of an image; is to observe the image literally with half closed eyes, narrowing the eye lids until, the only light entering your eyes is that which is bouncing off or emanating from the image. In doing this, you should be able to then observe the 'intensities in Saturation and Hue' (tones) as blocks of colour (without the finer details). So all those folk in the Exhibition Galleries with squinting expressions, are pulling faces for good reason.

Viewing an image in this manner, will help to determine the various planes of depth (distance) tonally, and much in the same way as Perspective and aspects in Depth of Field convey distance, Dodging and Burning areas may assist in adding more visual impact to your photograph, propelling objects forward or further away as desired. Effectively controlling the viewer's eyes without their realisation.


In the first image below, a gentle Vignette was applied to a Duplicate Layer allowing the top right hand corner of the vignette effect to be removed with a feathered Eraser to help graduate distances.



In the second image, a little localised Burning of the brighter areas in the background to the left hand side was applied, and similarly, with a smaller brush size, an additional light Burning was applied to the left hand 'edges' of the Catkins to correspond to the reflected light within the image.


In the third image, the same principle of utilising the tonal aspect to convey more distance has been applied but in a different manner. Using three Layers, the Exposure levels were altered to deepen the foreground and middle ground areas, again utilising a feathered Erasing brush to graduate and soften the effect in changes; Before a final and faint localised Burning was applied, to address an imbalance in a small area of the sky between the branches on the left hand side.



© Andy D Kemp All rights reserved 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013