Monthly Archives: January 2010

Moonstruck – by a Blue Moon

On december 31, 2009 we experienced a Blue Moon. The next time New Year’s Eve will fall on a Blue Moon is 2028.

Exploring a Fantasy — When New Year’s fell on a Blue Moon and coincided with a partial lunar eclipse in most parts of the world, strange things can happen. Inspired by these events, and on the eve of a new year, I decided to construct a make believe fantasy.

Employing some unusual images, HDR photography and highly crafted software renditions, I set myself to create a surreal photo-montage of eerie views that could be seen from different parts of the world. Since the eclipse was not visible in the U.S. I had to contrive a way to show it. Artistic license was excercised heavily…

Elements Used in this Production:

  • Photographs, all @
  • “LupineHorror”
  • Dick Bulch
  • “Oneeighteen” Louis Vest
  • Werner Kunz
  • Leo Bar

Space photographs courtesy of NASA

Fractal (Chaoscope) and Art images (Paint.NET) by Leo Bar

Music La valle des cloches by M. Ravel, Piano – Felipe Sarro
You may see this video @ ::


Pix In Motion by Leo Bar

Creative Imagining

Background and Additional Information:

A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days compared to the lunar year. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon.

The extra moon is called a “blue moon.” Different definitions place the “extra” moon at different times. In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon’s timing was too early, they named an earlier moon as a “betrayer moon” (belewe moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.

Folklore gave each moon a name according to its time of year. A moon which came too early had no folk name – and was called a blue moon – bringing the correct seasonal timings for future moons.

The Farmers’ Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a calendar month, stemming from an interpretation error made in 1946 that was discovered in 1999.
For example, December 31, 2009 was a blue moon according to this usage..
Lunar and Future Events

=====> Blue moons between 2009 and 2016:
The following blue moons will occur between 2009 and 2016. These dates use UTC as the timezone; months will vary with different timezones.
Using the Farmers’ Almanac definition of blue moon blue moons will occur:
November 21, 2010
August 21, 2013
May 21, 2016

=====> Two full moons in one month:
2009: December 2; December 31 (with a partial lunar eclipse in parts of the world)
2012: August 2, August 31
2015: July 2, July 31

Street Art – New York

 As I was surfing the net sometimes in Novemeber ’09 and looking at NY scenes it struck me right between the eyes! The paintings were so vivid, capturing the escence of some old neighborhoods in New York. They were all oil paintings by Janet Ternoff. I got in touch with the artist, described what I had in mind producing and got a positive reaction. The rest was easy (so to speak  :-).

This piece came together after much editing, and recutting (6 different recuts). The challlenge was to keep it striking, dramatic, without losing the dynamics. I chose to include images of street musicians since the majority of the paintings were about steets/buildings but devoid of people. So, staying with the concept of art, what better way to depict people doing their thing…

Elements used in this production:

~ Music: Miles by Myron Walden

~ Paintings: Janet Ternoff
Janet Ternoff is a self-taught artist living and working in New York. She creates realist-style cityscapes paintings in oil. Most of her works are New York City scenes.
You may see more of this artist’s works at

~ Street Musicians Photographs: Jens De Groot @


Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining

Patagonia – Argentina

 When I started putting together my thoughts to create this video, I couldn’t have foreseen the beauty that was about to unfold in front of my eyes.The images and photographs that were sourced and generously shared with me were out of this world, as is the whole of Patagonia. Many of the images are in original HDR format, others I treated in post to create a pseudo HDR look and feel. 

The elements used in this project are:

Watch the video at

Background and History

Glaciers National Park
(Spanish: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) is located in the Santa Cruz Province, in Argentine Patagonia. It comprises an area of 4459 km². In 1981 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The national park, created in 1937, is the second largest in Argentina.. Its name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes range that feeds 47 large glaciers, of which only 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. The ice cap is the largest outside of Antarctica and Greenland. In other parts of the world, glaciers start at a height of at least 2,500 meters above mean sea level, but due to the size of the ice cap, these glaciers begin at only 1,500m, sliding down to 200m AMSL, eroding the surface of the mountains that support them.
Los Glaciares, of which 30% is covered by ice, can be divided in two parts, each corresponding with one of the two elongated big lakes partially contained by the Park. Lake Argentino, 1,466 km² and the largest in Argentina, is in the south, while Lake Viedma, 1,100 km², is in the north. Both lakes feed the Santa Cruz River that flows down to Puerto Santa Cruz on the Atlantic.

The northern half consists of part of Viedma Lake, the Viedma Glacier and a few minor glaciers, and a number of mountains very popular among climbing fans, including Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

The southern part has, as well as a number of smaller ones, the major glaciers which flow into Lake Argentino: Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier, and Spegazzini Glacier.

El Calafate
It is a place where steppes, mountains, lakes, woods and glaciers coexist with rich native flora and fauna.
Inhabited by 5,000 people, El Calafate is located on the southern bank of Lake Argentino, at the foot of the mountain under the same name. El Calafate is the main access to the renowned Los Glaciares National Park, one of the most amazing parks in Argentina with blocks of thousand-year-old ice floating in the lakes.
El Calafate is named after a small bush typical of southern Patagonia, whose fruit (a kind of berry) is very much used in local confectionery, especially for jams. It tastes similar to blackberries although it is less sour. It’s usually the main ingredient of cakes, pies, drinks and desserts, which are very difficult to resist.
The settlement dates from 1913, when a Spanish immigrant (José Pantín) and his family set up a bar, a grocery store and accommodations near the mouth of El Calafate stream.
These facilities became a staging post in the journey between the Cordillera region and Río Gallegos. A few years later, other families followed the example and in 1927 El Calafate was officially founded.

El Chalten
At the northern tip of Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of the Mt Fitz Roy granite massif (3.405 m above sea level) and the Mt Torre massif (3.128 m), may be found the small village of El Chaltén, Argentina’s youngest town, founded on October 12, 1985.
There are some 220 kilometers of roads that offer magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes, livestock farms, Lake Viedma and the overpowering presence of Mt Fitz Roy.
This mountain’s unmistakable profile is always capped with a cloud, mistaken for volcanic fumes by the tehuelche Indians, whence they called it Chaltén (meaning “volcano).
El Chaltén is one of Argentina’s prime climbing spots. It is also an ideal place for horseback and foot trekking, as well as sailing, and for communing with nature in all its beauty.
The granite spikes of Torre and Fitz Roy peaks offer an imposing and spectacular panorama when combined with the Viedma, Upsala and Moyano glaciers that empty into Lake Viedma, 106,000 hectares in area.


Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining

New year, new projects

Hi everybody,

The new year begun and I have piled a bunch of new projects. At this point they are just ideas to be developed and fleshed out. Typically they require research, sourcing of material, music, art, paintings, history and photographs.

I always endeavor to have my own material on each project. Sometimes I have to go and shoot pictures that will complement the story, other times the images may be more abstract in nature.

These are the concepts I will be working in the next weeks/months:

  • NYC Street Art
  • Oil – Boom and bust cycles
  • A new tango (milonga)
  • Tierra del Fuego, the most southern part of South America
  • The Danube River in Romania
  • A video about the moon, moonshine etc…
  • A follow-up on the  Money Puzzle, perhaps a compilation of one of the characters accomplishments

In the meantime, enjoy the winter ♥ and have a wonderful day!