Softly Opens the Clouds

Softly Opens the Clouds

When making the images I think a lot of space and what is out there no one has ever seen. What if this was looking out the window of our ship as we fly past clouds of space dust. What would we see be for we find a new world or more beings like us out there. It is fun to dream of the unknowns.


Father and son collaboration

Our photographic art is a kinetic motion study, from the results of interacting with my son A.J and his toys.

He was born severely handicapped much like a quadriplegic. On December 17,1998. Our family’s goal has always been to help A.J. use his mind, even though he has minimal use of his body.

A.J. likes to watch lights and movement. One of the few things he can do for himself is to operate a switch that sets in motion lights and various shiny, colorful streamers and toys that swirl above his bed.

One day I took a picture of A.J. with his toys flying out from the big mobile near his bed like swings on a carnival ride. I liked the way the swirling objects and colors looked in the photo.

I wanted to study the motion more and photograph the whirling objects in an artful way, I wanted my son A.J. to be a part of it. After all, he’s the one who inspires me. When A.J. and I work together on our motion artwork, A.J. starts his streamers and objects twirling, I take the photographs.

Activating a tiny switch might not seem like much to some, but it’s all A.J. can do. He controls the direction the mobile will spin, as well as when it starts and stops. The shutter speeds are long, and sometimes, I move the camera and other times I hold it still.

I begin our creation with a Nikon digital camera. Then I use my computer with Photoshop to alter the images into what I feel might be an artistic way. Working with Photoshop, I find the best parts from several images and combine them into the final composite photograph. I consider the finished work to be fine art. The computer is just the vehicle that helps my expressions grow.

I take the photographs and A.J. adds the magic. It’s something this father and son do together. After I’ve taken a few shots, I show him the photos in the back of the camera. When the images are completed, I show him from a laptop. He just looks. He can’t tell me whether or not he likes the images, but he’s always ready to work with me again.

It offers me my only glance into A.J.’s secret world. We’ve built a large collection of images and I hope the motion and color move you as much as they do me.

A.J. inspires me to work harder to understand my life in the areas of art, photography, people, spirituality, and so much more. He truly sets my mind in motion and helps me find the beauty in everyday things.

Abstract Art set:

AJ Patnode – A Journey of Hope (documentary):

This shows how I do the Camera work:

AJ’S blog:

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“Toolbox Murders” – Inspiration for the Nuclear Powered Combat Chainsaw

This pathetic little plastic toy chainsaw, a relic of a brief period of "kinder, gentler" weapons, could not even cut through a warm stick of butter. Properly "scaled up" , though, it inspired the Nuclear Powered Combat Chainsaw, capable of cutting a Main Battle Tank in two with one lazy stroke.

1) upgrade the bar from under 2 inches to 8 feet

2) upgrade the cutting teeth to 5-inch razor sharp "shark teeth" fabricated from diamond dust coated titanium carbide

3) upgrade the spring motor to a computer controlled high torque electronically commutated 12-phase electric motor powered by a 100 megawatt portable nuclear reactor

4) offset alternate cutting teeth laterally to maximize cherf removal rate

5) add piezo-electric actuators to vibrate the teeth sideways to prevent seizing and stalling

After these simple upgrades you have a saw that is capable of producing more than "minor temporary inconvenience". Featured in the upcoming motion picture "Blood Bath Beach Meatcleaver Machete Toolbox Murder Chainsaw Massacre: A Love Story".

"Who will survive and what will be left of them?"

"You can’t take it any more.
The arms are spinning on the floor.
That’s what the chainsaw massacre
……………………………………… for"

(As performed by me in a hotel lobby in Seville, Spain on New Years Eve 1988 along with appropriate insane cannibal mass murderer gestures.)

Added December 2013 — the performance was 25 years ago today!!

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My View at Work

My View at Work

Camp Julian, Afghanistan.
ISAF Helicopter after re-ammunitioning.
These guys always flew by my place of work on the base covering my computer with an inch of dust everytime. :S
Figured one day I better take a picture just in case I had to explain to my boss when I got back home why my computer blew up due to dust contamination.
Still pisses me off to this day when I think of all the pictures I lost on that computer when it did finally go. I am just glad I was smart enough not to bring my own camera (only the company camera), didn’t need that destroyed as well from the dust.

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Big Ball of Fire

Big Ball of Fire

266 photos merged into one image. I broke out the telephoto lens for this one. (I’ve been using my wide angle a lot lately) I need to clean both of these lenses. There’s dust on the inside of the glass. Not cool. Has anyone taken apart a lens before? Should I just send it to the pros? I’ve sent my camera to Canon to be fixed, hoping the $200 minimum will cover the damages. My computer is working now, there’s still some kinks but I’m hoping I’ll be able to work them out. It’s a lot faster now, with twice the ram and processing cores.

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