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Vipassana bhavana, or "higher vision's development" (implied, the reality not only conventional, but ultimate also) is a meditation's method discovered by the Buddha. It consists to simply pay attention to the reality.

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Given 2012-04-02
Vipassana by ~Azaleos ( Suggested by Miguel-Santos and Featured by DpressedSoul )
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kingwen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Artist
Since no one else has pointed it out, I thought I should add to all the compliments you received that 
this is an amazing representational image of the vipassana process. The fact that you combined a day
image and a night image is also perfectly appropriate.

The first remarkable thing about this photo is how it "clicks" with the title intuitively. "Nil admirari," as
you have on your tag above. During the first part of vipassana (shamatha), as you know, the various
visual experiences occur behind the closed eyes. The photo represents that very nicely with the darkness
and the flecks of light that are the star trails. As shamatha moves down (as alpha goes to theta), I
generally see a bright spot of light (and, oddly enough, in the lower right of my visual field). The light is
surrounded by a hazy glow (sort of like the sun behind the tree silhouette), and it slowly moves to the
center of my field of vision as the meditation deepens. Once it is centered, the light becomes intense,
and that is when thoughts may be individually stopped and "examined" (or followed to their initial
neurological source down the chain of skandhas). 

As symbolism, the photo is also very rich, since it includes the tree (Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge,
Bodhi Tree, vagus nerve) and the implication of the sun, moon, and stars takes one to Western
Alchemy while the degrees of light and dark and their placement in the composition is nicely Taoist.

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vilieto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Photographer
This photo has been featured here!
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illegalpoet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Habibahmadi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
perfect
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
This beautiful image has been featured [link] :rose:
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kayjensen Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Poison feature here :blackrose: [link]
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TheAppleScientist Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Featured here [link] . :iconheartinvisibleplz:
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Doodelay Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
Brilliant
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ZakHarrar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here : [link] .. =)
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monazul Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
es muy bello y tranquilo
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JimmyWhiteEdge Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is awesome :) Was it edited at all? Either way, its a spectacular image
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wowurnotkidding Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Brilliant
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tuminka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
nice:)
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miserabel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All I can say about this is: wow. Amazing picture.
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sincerest congrats to you. :heart:
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work! I love you!
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
This EXIF is not authentic, is it? o.o
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Frozx398 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
pretty!!! nicely done!
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metusatrox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Conrats dear friend :aww: :ahoy:
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refinedjester Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
that's quite a sight. :)
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rokamill Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
So beautiful and it embodies the purpose of its name. You can look at this landscape to clam your mind in order to meditate. Thank you!!
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groovyjeff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was looking at your metadata and am surprised that you had star lines when shooting at those speeds!
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Aw man, he hid his reply (actually, every single one he posted in this). Could you spoil what he said about the shooting speed?
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groovyjeff Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry, I don't quite understand what your asking me?
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh, I was reading the comments in this deviation to see what the artist had to say about it, but he hid everything he replied... so I thought I'd ask you for what it was.
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groovyjeff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He said that it was 2 shots. He shot that at 1/4000 and I thought it odd that he had any star trails at all. I did nature photography for years, but the thrill was gone and I sold all of my gear. I would like to learn graphics and do some art; however time is an issue.

How about you?
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh, I just started photography classes a month ago and am pretty much excited about all the possibilities. x)
Still gotta buy a camera though.

About this shot, even with 2 pictures taken it would not make this trail... maybe there was some kind of post-production interpolation between two star positions to create the in-betweens?
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groovyjeff Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps you are right; with the metadata submitted it didn't look correct. If you want great shots of the moonless night sky speed is important; aperture not so much.

Good luck on your new hobby. What kinds of things will you be shooting? Have you thought about which camera yet?
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Azaleos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I must unveiled the secret then... : )

This is not the moon... but the sun, so 1/4000 and f22 for the first shot, and for the last one, it was at night with an exposure of 60 seconds.
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh, things are kinda expensive here in Brazil, so I'm thinking more with my pocket for now, since I don't have any field experience.
I'll probably get something around 600 U$, maybe a Nikon or Canon and buy some lenses when I get more money.
About the theme of my photos... I like urban landscapes to work composition, I'm just a little afraid to take my not-even-bought-yet camera to the streets here, I've been robbed before. xD
Abstract photos are also very nice, but I'll probably go deep into it when I get a macro lens.

Went to your profile to see your pictures, where are they? D:
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aquamarinetiger98 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely gorgeous!
~stars on a clear, dark night :)
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Avey13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, this is going to sound totally cheesy. I've been thinking of taking a 10 day Vipassana meditation course, and now here's this photo like some sort of cinematic sign, but it's gonna be really inconvenient. Has anybody ever done one of these courses? What was your experience like?
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TheEpicMeow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so aweosme
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ehruhl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
that is amazing
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This is stunning!
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