2011 October

‎..heading to Orlando to deliver the first part of the Avatar Course to my sister this weekend

preparing to leave my home for a day and head back toward Tampa Bay..

it was beautiful to wake up in the middle of the night to nothing but the continuous sound of the waves of the atlantic ocean crashing into the beach

taking a short break while driving through the Ocala National Forest..

..and first time-lapse shot from the roof:

Made it back to Florida last night / this morning.. It's amazing how much different a feeling there is in the air here!

Last night when I cracked open the windows on my truck, there was such a beautiful familiar feeling of the cool breeze as I left the interstate and got onto a smaller road (U.S. Highway 301).. I'm not sure if it was the beauty of an old familiar feeling or the beauty of nature here.....probably a little of both. I could practically taste the ocean breeze while driving south in Georgia..

Goodbye Chicagoland.. the time has come for us to part as I embark on my journey to pick up my camper..

I am grateful for another day of increased awareness! Earlier today while walking through a park I found [myself at], I felt very connected to nature and all the plants around. Everything was beautiful. Even the dead or dying trees/plants. I experienced the world around me in the moment, without judgment or resistance. When I did notice the mind’s comments or realization of beauty / awe, I continued to feel the world around me and stay present in the moment. […]

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ feature film release America’s Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

The Awakened One sees everything as perfect. The unawakened one sees everything as imperfect.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

where I woke up on Crescent Beach..

decided to head north from where I slept at Lake Apopka to the Ocala National Forest and Palatka.. leaving the parking lot at Ravine State Gardens where I worked, and heading toward Crescent Beach on the east coast.. drove a little south to a spot just south of Marineland:

searching google maps, I found Lake Apopka not too far from the hotel where the Avatar Pro Course was.. after making a stop on the way there to catch up on some work, I made it to the lake just in time to shoot a few photos around sunset (still gotta upload those), and met a guy who lived nearby who loved to fish there.. After doing some more work, I decided to spend the night there as the guy I met said the park didn’t close..

Mike at Xtreme Campers sent me over to the Oak Hollow Campground after him and Dave finished installing the camper on my truck.. I got a nice spot right by the water.. Here are a couple quick shots of it.. (yes, the first ones are unexposed as I was avoiding digging out the tripod at first)

[more photos of the camper to come soon.. I’ve been super-busy these last few days]

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

Jami Lula performed his original composition “Perfect” at Agape on 8-1-2010, and is joined by Michael Bernard Beckwith towards the end of the song.

I am grateful for increasing my awareness! Earlier today, shortly after beginning to drive, I realized that I felt more aware and the trees and everything appeared clearer (all of a sudden)! I realized it may have been that I had gotten further away from Chicago and its suburban sprawl. It’s funny, I was around 50 miles out from the center of the city, and I remember having a thought/feeling not long ago that I’ve got to stay at least […]


the sounds of wind and waves nearby while sleeping under the stars at crescent beach

stopping for some photos on the beach just south of the old Marineland.. [yes, these shots will be uploaded soon too! been so busy these last few weeks]

Perhaps a part of the feeling is relaxation as my intentions unfold and I release the attention that was being held.. Again, a reminder to self (and to those of you reading).. do what you must to relax. It’s your natural state and it’s beautiful. Peace is just a choice away.

Steve Jobs narrates the first Think different commercial “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”. It never aired. Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover for the original spot that aired. However Steve’s is much better 1997

my truck nice and clean, still dripping a little water after Jay had the guys wash it for me!
Jason Hopkins was very helpful throughout the entire process of getting my truck!

(the caramelized peach salad with salmon at cpk is really good!)