Sony A6600 Hands-On And Opinion

Sony A6600 Hands-On And Opinion


Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. Today we’re
taking a look at the Sony A66000. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois for
let me try this out at their shop. The A6600 is a replacement for the A6500 that
came out quite a while back. They both have the in body stabilization. That
SteadyShot in them. They are aps-c cameras. Let’s go for some of the
handling and physical features of A6600. I did try this camera out with their new
f/2.8 zoom lens. The grip on A6600 is very different than previous aps-c
cameras. It is a lot wider. Now, it’s about the same height probably than a lot of
similar cameras in this lineup. But it is wider because it has a much larger
battery. It has the NP-FZ100 battery. Which is very interesting on this camera
and it’s a good improvement on aps-c cameras in general. The memory card slot
is right by the battery. But in this case it’s easy to access. It’s on the side of
the battery instead of the flap hinge area. So it’s a lot easier to access. If
it’s going to be down there definitely a good spot for it. The tripod socket on A6600 is in a nice position. You shouldn’t have any issues with quick release
plates. So the battery and memory card should be easy to take out with a tripod
connected. Sony tends to use the same design for all of their current cameras
of a given lineup. So with all the aps-c cameras you have that flip up screen.
Pretty nice, you get a full vlogging selfie ability with it. And it flips it
down a decent amount as well. Now, you can’t do any portrait stuff with that
screen to get a better view… All the ports are on the side of the camera.
They’re easy to access, and you have a door covering them. You have the mic port,
a headphone jack which is very nice, and also a micro HDMI and the USB port. You
can charge the camera with the micro USB port. When you’re using the screen
you flip it forward towards the lens. If you want to use a microphone, you
potentially want to put it on the hot shoe connection. In this case it’s not
gonna work well. So you’re gonna want to use some type of bracket system with
A6600. It’s the same case with all their recent cameras. The 6100, 6400…
So there probably are brackets available already. If not, definitely there will be
ones coming out for the 6600. The viewfinder felt pretty average. I think it is
better than some of the other cameras that I’ve used. But there are definitely
some aps-c cameras that have, in my opinion, a nicer viewfinder. Right
on the side of the viewfinder it has that diopter adjustment. Easy to access.
Also, I did a quick test with the viewfinder and the automatic switcher
between the viewfinder and the screen. The back screen on the A6600 is a touchscreen
as usual. Same situation with this camera as there other ones. You can touch to
focus, but you can’t do anything else with that touchscreen. Now, in this case
it felt much more responsive than other cameras for some reason that I’ve used
of the Sony’s. Making it a little quicker to touch your focus with this camera.
Also, it could have been the lens that I was using. The camera does have that hotshoe
port which is good for flash. Some of their accessories work with it as well.
Now, in this setup there is no built-in flash. I think at this level of
camera it’s not a big issue. Should be just fine. You can use an external flash.
Let’s go over some of the buttons and control on the A6600. Once you understand
Sony’s control scheme on their cameras it’s pretty easy to use. One of the key
buttons to use is the Fn button. That allows you quick access to a lot of
features. You can adjust that as you’d like. Basically a lot of things that you
need to change relatively often they’ll probably be in there. So you don’t have
to go into their big menu system. There is a dedicated video record button.
However, it’s difficult to access and it feels a little recessed. Which was
probably intentional so you won’t be pressing it accidentally. But it is still
hard to press in general. An addition to this camera, there is a switch with
autofocus manual focus and AEL. features plus a button inside. So that’s
good for people who like that back button focus setup on the camera. There
are multiple buttons on this camera that are meant to be adjusted as you would
like. C1, C2, C3, C4… that you can just with 25 pages of options. So definitely a
lot of customization on this camera. The mode dial is decent enough. It works well.
On the side of it you have an adjustment dial, and also there is a dial on the
back with the d-pad area. So you have two dials to adjust settings. I would have
preferred to have a third one in a camera of this level. But you’ve got to at
least. So with ISO you have to press the d-pad area. Basically a toggle switch and
then you can adjust it with a dial. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the back
dials that rotate to adjust a setting. They work okay, but I prefer the front dial
that this camera does not have. In this camera right on the mode dial you
have two memory recall settings that way you can push whatever
you want into there. If you have a custom setup where it’s for action or any other
situation with photography or videography. You can push those settings into
those custom save areas. Very nice feature. I’m always glad to see that on
the camera. I did look at the Android version of the wireless control app
for this camera. Similar setup to the A6100. I didn’t notice any differences
in function between those two cameras. With the A6600 and the app basically
you have it set up to connect. You get a little screen with a QR code. You can
take a picture of that through the app that they provide. And it works almost
instantly. It’s very quick I think this is the easiest setup for any type of app
connection that I’ve ever used on a camera. It’s quick, it works very nice. For
whatever mode you’re in and the camera you can basically control most settings
through that app. So if you’re in manual you can adjust aperture, ISO and, all that.
If you’re in a different mode change those settings. Same situation with the A6100, I didn’t notice any way to change this to focus point. Now, I probably
needed to go into the camera itself and they’re just things there. But I didn’t
try that out. You have to see for yourself but in general this app is okay. It is
not the best out there, in my opinion, but it has a decent amount of features to it. Let’s go for some of the general features and functions of this camera
that I noticed. Does have a lot of focus assist features. You can magnify. Peaking.
All the good stuff there. Autofocus wise, you’ve got a AF-S, AF-A which is automatic.
Probably want you use that one most time. Also AF-C, DMF which is direct manual
focus that way if you use autofocus half-press and then you can use the
manual focus ring if the lens supports it… to adjust it from there. And also standard manual focus. For auto focus areas you’ve got wide, zone, center,
flexible spot medium, flexible spot large, and expanded flexible spot. So definitely
quite a few options with auto focus areas on that camera.
The A6600 of course has their most advanced auto focus Features, so you’ve got the
animal auto focus. You have the human auto focus with the eyes or the face. In
the case of this camera it’s probably one of the most advanced at the moment
for those features. You do have some of the standard photography features like
bracketing, interval mode, silent shooting… Which are all nice to have
in camera. The camera does have various creative styles you can apply to your
JPEG photos if you’re into that. I did quickly cycle through those. For more
advanced photographers and videographers you have the picture profiles in this
camera. So various ones that give you flat profiles or custom ones. They are in
this camera. Let’s go over some of the video features of camera. Definitely a
lot here. You’ve got zebras, which is very nice for adjusting exposure. Picture profiles
as I mentioned. You are able to see audio levels on the screen. It’s very nice to
have when you’re recording. Of course, this camera does have the headphone jack and
mic jack. You do have 4k recording at 30 and 24 frames a second. With the 24 it’s
Super-35 crop, which is just a slight crop I assume on the aps-c format. And
standard for 30 frames a second. At those two types of video files you have 100 megabit and 60 megabit for the recordings. You also have 1080p video
that goes up to 120 frames a second. With the 120 frames a second I did
test it out and it does have audio recording with that mode, which is very
interesting because a lot of cameras don’t have that. I also think it has
decent enough autofocus. I didn’t test it too much… And the test that I did do with
autofocus kind of didn’t work amazingly well. But it appears to have that and I
was able to touch to focus at 120 frames a second. I did take a few sample Clips
so let’s check those out… The HDMI port seems very featured in
this camera. It is a little tiny port, which is not great. It’s the micro
instead of the mini or the standard one. So you can do 4k output, 2160p and
also 1080p at 60 or 24 frames a second. You can control through the HDMI port,
but I think that’s just a TV only feature. Also there is timecode output
through the HDMI port which is very nice. With this specific sensor it’s getting
older. It’s been used in their previous cameras. It’s in their current ones
besides this A6600 and it does have a very slow readout. So what that means
is in 4k if you shake the camera side to side or there’s situations where it’s
moving a lot. You will have some warp-eness to your footage. Just something to
keep in mind. Let’s take a look at the sample photos that I took. I’m going to
show you 100% crop and also a standard view of each photo… This camera does a lot of stuff, but in
context it can be a good or bad option for you. If you have the A6400 which is
relatively new. You’re getting some things like the in-body stabilization,
but it’s similar a lot of features. So it’ll be up to you if it is an option that you
want to consider. Of course, I mentioned with the slow readout on the sensor. It’s
getting older and there are some negatives to that sensor in this camera.
I think the standout feature of this camera is actually the battery. It’s
really great for people that are into the A7 series of cameras. So they can use
this as a second body or a third body for backup purposes if they’re doing
professional work. It’s a really great option because of that same battery. It
does have the shake reduction, so if you’re gonna get into vlogging or
situations where you’re hand holding a lot of footage it might help a little bit
here and there. But Sony’s stabilization isn’t like Olympus and similar cameras.
Of course, it’s the most expensive camera in this lineup. It is my favorite camera
at the moment for the Sony aps-c. Nice large grip. That big battery a lot of
features. However at this price. Especially with that new lens that’s
very expensive… You might want to consider full-frame
cameras. Getting into that side of it instead of the aps-c stuff. But if you want
something as small and featured as possible at the moments the a A6600 is a
good option. I’m Scott from Photography Banzai. Again, thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford
Illinois for let me try this out at their shop. Hope you enjoyed the video. If
you did, please consider subscribing. That helps me out a lot.
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how to ORGANIZE your LIGHTROOM PHOTO collection!

how to ORGANIZE your LIGHTROOM PHOTO collection!


How to Organize Your LIGHTROOM Photo Collection Have you ever got to a point where you feel
like your Lightroom catalog is such a mess that you just want to declare a Lightroom
bankruptcy and just start all over again. Well, what I’m going to do is I’m actually
going to show you how to organize your Lightroom library without having to just ditch everything
and start again. And this is actually coming from a request
I just received, and I won’t say his name, but I’m just saying that he needs to– This
is what he said, “I need to resolve my problems with Lightroom. My problem is I never set up Lightroom as
recommended. My folders are all over the place and I find
images in more than one folder, and bottom line, I need to reload Lightroom and essentially,
start from scratch. How can I accomplish this and not lose my
images?” So this is a common question I actually get. Well, here’s the good news. The good news is you’re not actually going
to lose any of your images because none of your images is stored in Lightroom. Your images are actually stored on your hard
drive and they’re just managed in Lightroom. And, in fact, there’s a few areas I’m going
to show you here which is going to help you just restructure and reorganize all your images. So if we look on the side here, we’re in the
Library module right now, and if you’ll look at the catalogs, the first thing you want
to do is click on All Photos. So this is loading in every single photo right
now that I have loaded into this Lightroom catalog. So, then, you’re going to go to Folders. And then, when you look at Folders, I’m just
going to put the Navigator up so we can see it better. So these are my folders, so you can see, you
know, there’s a lot of different stuff going on here. This is the actual directory structure. You can see this is Macintosh HD, which is
my Macintosh hard driveómy main hard driveóand, you know, there are other drives in here. Here’s my G-RAID, which is my external drive. Okay, so here’s the thing about this. If you’d try to go in here, this is where
they are stored on your computer, and if you’ll look in your Finder or you’ll go into your
File Manager, you’re going to find them stored exactly the same as they are here. Now if you try to move these images around
on your computer, like going in Finder or anything like that, what’s going to happen
is it’s going to mess it up because Lightroom is not going to know where those images are. So if you are going to move them around, what
you want to do is you want to make sure that you do it through Lightroom. So, say for example, I’ve got my MacDrive
here and I can see, you know, I’ve got 19 images on the desktop, I’ve got 12 on the
Pictures folder. Let’s click on pictures, and I can see those
are 12 there that are stored on my hard drive under the Pictures folder, under Mac HD. But if I want to move this to a different
location, what I’m going to do is I’m going to select them here, and I want to move these
or relocate them, Ctrl A or Command A to select them all, and I drag that into Drag Racing. Now, I’m going to move these, I’m going to
click here. Now notice what’s going to happen. Two things are going to happen. One, this Pictures folder, they’re going to
start moving; you’re going to see up here. I’m moving files, you’ll see them move. Notice that number is getting less in there
because it’s actually moving these, relocating them, and if we look down at the drag racing,
notice that number is increasing. So what’s happening right now is we’re moving
the images from that hard drive that’s on my computer to my external hard drive. So if you want to move your images around,
this is the best way to do it. Do it right here. Notice the pictures folder, there’s nothing
there. I can delete this folder now if I want because
there’s no pictures in there, see that? And if we go back over here now, and this
is a G-RAID Studio, which is my external drive, and I go down here to the drag racing, notice
these 12 images, these are the same images; I’ve just relocated them. So what you can do is go through different,
like, say for example, I’ve got two, ones here from Balboa. If I want to put these together, I’m just
going to go in there, Ctrl A or Command A to select them all. There’s 97 images, and, maybe, I just want
to drag them into a Balboa 15, and I’ll just click like that and we can turn that off or
you can just choose Move to confirm it. And notice, right now, I’m moving all of those
out of that Balboa into this Balboa 15 folder now. See that? There we go. That folder is now empty and I can safely
remove that folder now, and those pictures are now living in here with those other ones. So you can start to organize your photos like
that. Now what that is doing is it’s actually cleaning
up what’s on your hard drive. It has organized them into proper folders. Lightroom is still seeing these photos because
you moved them within Lightroom. Once again, I’ll emphasize, do not try to
move these outside of Lightroom. If you try to move these outside of Lightroom,
they’ll not be erased but you’re not going to be able to find them. So there’s the first step is going under the
folders, organizing your folders. The next step you want to do is go into Collections
and collections are great. This is where I organize my individual shoots,
you know, I’ve got one under here, under Places, and you can see, I’m able to create, you know,
harbor, and Laguna, in here, you’ll see I’ve been there multiple times or I’ve been to
Laguna multiple times, and I can click on there and I can see the images. Notice I’ve got everything organized under
Shoots and Locations. Now, in order to do this, it’s really easy. You can do it a couple of ways. One, is you go to a folder, and you want to
actually make a, so like I say, here’s my Osmo. These are my position on Osmo. If I want to create a collection of all my
Osmo works, I could just actually just click and drag that down there, and that will actually
create a collection here. So these collections, all they do is referencing
the images. If you wanted, another way you could do it
is if you’re trying to organize this, maybe you’ve got everything under this Phantom folder
and you want to organize by beach or whatever, you know, you can go down, you can hold the
Shift key, you can select, and then, you can drag these into the collections. Or you can go under a collection here, for
example, and I could select these and I could drag those into other collections. See, that’s how you can organize things by
just dragging them around. So one of the strategies I do is I just create
a collection called Unsorted and I just dump everything into that unsorted collection. And then, you can use things like Filters
here by using text or attributes, maybe, you know, metadata, these different things. Sometimes you go by camera type. So here I can see, you know, hey, if I click
here, there’s the FC300, which is, you know, one of my Phantoms. And if I hit that 350 look, there’s my Inspire
1. So I can use this to go through the different
cameras to organize those. You can go by focal length. You can go by different things to help you
organize. You can use keywords, but the key here is
to put them into collections. Here’s another way you can do things, is if
we create a collection, we’ll just call this one “testing.” And this is another great tip you’re going
to love. So what I’m going to do on this testing one
is I’m just going to right click and I’m going to choose Set as Target Collection. Okay, so that means that this is now a target
collection, so I can into all my photographs now, and anything that I want to add to there,
all I got to do is, see that little circle up there? I click on that little circle and that will
add these into that collection, so if I’d go there and we go down here, and we’d go
back to our collection, and we’d do that testing one, look at this. Those ones that we’ve clicked on are now added
to that collection. So you could always go back there, turn that
off, and then, once you’ve done that, it just goes back to the very top here, which is Quick
Collection or, you know, we can also right click and set it as our target, so we can
do that on any folder. And to remove it, just simply click on there. And then, when we do that, that will be removed. You’re not removing them from Lightroom. Just remember this, everything in your Lightroom
catalog is here. This is the actual location. Now we can make collections. Now these collections don’t move the images,
they don’t duplicate images. All we’re doing is we’re just organizing them
where we could find them. So when I click here, I go, “Oh, wow, here’s
all these photos.” The collections are things that you create
to help you find things. The folders are where they actually live on
your hard drive. So, hopefully, this helps, and you don’t have
to restart, you know, just wipe out Lightroom and start all over again because it’s such
a mess. You can actually go through and you can use
different strategies, and organize this yourself. Now I have a really comprehensive training,
the Lightroom for Digital Photographers Series. Check that out. I’ll put a link to that. It’s a 13-hour video that has everything you
need to know about Lightroom, and to help your organization, and also, adjusting. So, a little tip though. When you’re importing things, maybe you want
to, when we click on Import here, you have the options here to add to a collection when
you’re importing. That’s one of the things I would definitely
recommend doing, and I do that now all the time. And the other thing here is I’ll add some
keywords, just some basic keywords while I’m importing, and that will help me avoid those
big, massive amounts of work at the end. Do me a favor. Hit that Subscribe button right now and you
can become a subscriber and you’ll get my weekly tutorials and different tips that I’m
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suggestions. For example, this particular tutorial came
out of a question, so I’m very happy to do that. So, anyway, thanks guys. I hope this was useful and until next time,
I’ll see you at the CAFE.

Udhayam NH4 Siddharth Movie Fight Scene | Kay Kay Menon assaults Siddharth | Ashrita Shetty

Udhayam NH4 Siddharth Movie Fight Scene | Kay Kay Menon assaults Siddharth | Ashrita Shetty


You go ahead
I’ll come with my friend Welcome, Rithika! P.G owner won’t mind? She won’t
Just come! Prabhu! You know
guests aren’t allowed Five minutes aunty
We’re just heading out These past few days,
I’ve been having such weird thoughts I’ve been thinking
about you every second! And I’m finding excuses
to talk about you If you’re with me, my life- Just wait for five minutes I’ll change into something else
We can go out and talk Prabhu, you really want to go out now? Rithika, you’re emotional now
If we talk here- I haven’t come here to just talk I want to hug you
I want to kiss you! I- Rithika!! I’m even more fired to do
everything you said than you are But not now You’re such a boring person!
Always giving advice But this boring person is my most
favorite person in the entire world Rithika, there’s so much
you need to know about me My friend’s dad built a house
with his retirement money The area’s S.I tortured him,
demanding a bribe My friend’s dad was on the verge
of committing suicide My friends and I went
and bashed up that S.I The problem was diffused then
and the house was built But the case that S.I filed
against us still holds I need to appear before
the court once in two months Don’t know when it’ll get solved You didn’t have to tell me this
But you did! That’s what I like about you When you’re with me,
I feel so happy I want to share
that happiness with you I understand, Rithika But we shouldn’t do something
now that we may regret later That’s why we
should be patient, get it? What happened? Nothing! Why are you crying? I love you!
I love you so much That moment, I’d have done
anything he asked me to ‘But he didn’t try
to use that against me’ ‘Instead, he explained
everything to me very clearly’ Come in, dude! Just came in? Yes You should have knocked Okay, I’ll wait Don’t talk to him He said really bad things
about you to me He’s a really bad guy He likes you a lot
But he doesn’t know how to express it He lies sometimes,
not knowing what to do That aside, he’s not
a bad guy at all You’re a really nice guy Judging from what you’ve said,
he doesn’t love you He’s trying to exploit you Any guy who doesn’t want to sleep
with his girlfriend has an ulterior motive If that’s the case,
he wouldn’t have refused… ‘…when I begged him
to take me away with him’ Prabhu please take me with you! Dad said they’re sending me away
to aunt’s place after exams But this evening he gave my passports
to someone and was talking about a visa! I’m scared that I may never be
able to see you again Take me with you right now Rithika, I haven’t come here
to take you away You said you’d die
if you didn’t see me, right? That’s why I came If you die,
I definitely won’t kill myself But it’ll hurt me so bad, every second
that I live are you okay with that? I want to be happy
with you forever I’ll always be with you
Wait for a bit longer My dad’s men took
to the police station the guy… …who told me that we shouldn’t
run away; that we should wait He sent word across through Nisha that
he’d take me on the last day of the exam Did you get scared? Come He’s planned everything So believe me when I say,
he will save me from you You girls just don’t get it Boyfriends aren’t superheroes He’s different!
He’ll come for me Oh no! Please don’t! No Prabhu, move! Go away! Move Move Please don’t do this, please! Prabhu!! No Sir, sir no! Sir, don’t hit him, sir Sir, please don’t! No – Get inside
– No Get inside I said No
Please, leave him Don’t Don’t hit him, please Get in! I won’t do
anything to him Fix the stepney tyre Fix it! Prabhu don’t worry This man has been hired by my dad
He won’t hurt me! Is that so? Fix it! Punk! Making me run from
one state to another? Don’t worry, he won’t die
He’ll be okay in some time Then you should be worried

Gay Athlete Finds Love

Gay Athlete Finds Love


– [Jordan] My name is Jordan Vega. I started wrestling when I was 14. I was good. It was something I was good at. You step on the mat and
nothing else matters. Time melts. The entire world fades away. You learn to shed the fear of defeat. You play to win. I learned to win. But when you’re alone in that world the real one always fades back in and then you’re really alone. For so long I was afraid
of being vulnerable. I was afraid to feel what I felt. Afraid of reality. Afraid of myself. But in love, you have to be open. At first, it feels like
a wound that won’t heal. It feels like losing. Maybe that’s what I needed to do, lose. I thought I knew what it meant to win. That I always had to. But love is a game that no one can win. It’s so strange and beautiful. When the world disappears around you, you hear his familiar voice and you know that you
don’t need to be anywhere but here, always here.

Roxane Gay on using art to confront history | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT

Roxane Gay on using art to confront history | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT


Roxane Gay: My name is Roxane Gay, and I’m
a writer. Paul Kobrak: Can you tell us what you’ve
chosen from the MoMA collection? Roxane: Yes, I chose Christ’s entry into
journalism by Kara Walker. She has managed, in a series of figures, to
depict the whole of African American history on one canvas, and that’s a pretty incredible
thing to do. We see bodies always in motion, bodies oftentimes
being subjected to the whims of others. And so, it’s quite a portrait, and what’s
really interesting is that there’s all this white space, so that you’re really forced to take each
image in isolation before you can take them as a whole. A piece like this demands that you linger,
because you want to take it all in, and you want to see some of the nuance and the details
that emerge. Yasmil Raymond: It asks for a bench. Roxane Gay: It does. Yasmil: What I’ve always appreciated about
Kara’s work is that she lures you in with one image and then tries to hold your hand. I always feel like she wants to hold my hand
and say “it’s okay, we’re going to now go through some difficult thruths, but stay
here, because the longer you stay, the better you
will understand what I’m after.” Paul: How does it make you feel? Roxane: Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed because of the scope, and also, many of the images are difficult. They’re painful, and they’re supposed
to be. And I think that it’s important that you
don’t look away, that you sit in that discomfort. There’s a lot of, I think, productive work
that happens in these uncomfortable spaces, where we’re forced to confront history. There’s a woman who’s bare chested, and
there’s a smile on her face and she’s shrugging. She’s insouciant, really. And that’s an incredible detail. That even amidst so much pain, she still manages,
the artist, to capture joy. And I think that’s an important thing when
you’re telling the story of black history. That as much as there has been suffering,
there has also been joy. Art doesn’t ask you to just react, it asks
you to move towards something different, and that’s important. So, I think I feel more motivated to continue
doing the work that I do, than to just, sort of, sit in anger. It’s always great to see something of your
life and your ideology reflected back to you, especially as women of color, we don’t get
to see that a lot. Kara always prioritizes black bodies, and
that there’s an absurdity to some of the things that black people have
been subjected to, and that she is playing with that absurdity. It challenges me. It’s like, how can you have that a few feet
away from a hanging black body. And yet, it’s there, and I like that challenge. And I like that she’s willing to do that
in her work. And I think there are multiple narratives,
but the whole narrative is just the sort of push and pull toward and away from freedom. And you can see that in a lot of the choices
that she’s made in terms of the figures that she represents
across the canvas. It’s not a piece that wants to be contained. And I don’t think its meaning can be contained
either. I think that’s what all artists and certainly
that’s what I try to do as a writer. Like, if you can summarize what I’ve done
in one neat and tidy sentence, then I have failed. And you can’t summarize this in one line. Thank God.

Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (2019) | Belichick & Saban Discuss Draft Picks (Clip) | HBO

Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (2019) | Belichick & Saban Discuss Draft Picks (Clip) | HBO


One thing that you do, that
a lot of the NFL guys don’t do, I don’t know that you’ve ever
picked one of our players that you never talked to me
before you picked ’em, and there’s a few other guys
in the league that do that, but then there’s another 30
teams that I never hear from and they pick somebody
and I’m saying, “How could they pick that guy?” (LAUGHS)
You know, or whatever. You know, and then they
come back and say, “Well, we didn’t know this.” -Well, all you had to do
was call, you know?
-Yeah. I would’ve told you
the good stuff and would’ve
told you any issues. I’m an “and” and “but” guy. All right, so whatever comes
behind “and” is usually good, and whenever they give this
great recommendation, and then you get “but”,
all right, it’s never, ever
not been correct. Whatever comes behind “but”
usually isn’t good and it always turns out
that it’s there. Mm-hmm.

The Picture Behind the Picture

The Picture Behind the Picture


Good morning. Good morning. Yesterday on
Facebook Messenger, actually it’s been a couple days.
There’s this woman who is not a student, and she messaged me and I went back and
forth with her for a couple days, and she was arguing to stay sick. She had some
illness and she was asking, “Help me, help me.” And I was making suggestions but
she kept going to, “Oh that’s not gonna work.” So I’m reading
this and it was fascinating, usually I would just drop a conversation like that
and not keep engaging. I wanted to see how far she would go for arguing and
she went a few days going back and forth with me. As I kept reading
this energy I kept seeing there’s something else behind her pattern of
arguing. In a lot of ways we termed that picture behind the
picture. This is a great concept to understand because a lot of times you
have a belief that X is the truth, or X is the cause, or X is my plight in life.
And one of the great parts about all the tools in Mastering Alchemy, particularly
when you start playing with that eighth Ray concept, and you start to recognize a
whole series of words, for example. My word is resentment, or jealousy, or
disappointment, and that’s my belief. That’s what happened, I was
disappointed and the relationship did this when. But.
There’s always a picture behind the picture. You mentioned that woman
in that conversation to me and even though it was fascinating, because you’d
say, here’s a tool, have you tried this? I’m sure that won’t work because my
circumstance is. And particularly right now in these times, these huge
waves of change. You can focus on them as disruptive and how dare they, and
democracy is at risk, and all the things externally. Or you could begin to
look at them like wow. If everybody is in agreement but
you, with this course of action, kind of changing the flow of the river is pretty
challenging under those circumstances. When you get to a situation like we
are right now, where you have so much transition and turmoil. If you can begin
to recognize that maybe my circumstance isn’t about this belief that I have, is
it possible that there is a picture behind the picture? When
I was looking at her, I saw a picture, like I said, it was fascinating
how it was unfolding. And when I looked at it, the picture behind her arguing
was that growing up she was never listened to.
She would have an opinion as a little kid, and poopoo you know, she was not
given any validation or credibility. So you have to argue,
this is my situation and it can’t change. That’s a tough one.
So many, so many of you, so many of the people that listen to
this, have those same kind of opinions. Some of them are glaring and some of them are
as simple as I just don’t deserve because I got a C on
my geometry test. As illogical, irrational is that is, now that you’re 40 years old,
and you’re not 14 years old. It still is the driver. One of the other
aspects of all this work is present time. Does that belief support me right now? Is
this still real? It’s hard to get an answer for that because it’s like right
there in your face. This is my truth. If you can step back and start to look
at it like, again so many people playing in Mastering Alchemy have that opportunity
to perceive a reality different than the reality. You start to see a picture
behind the picture and quite often the picture is not even yours.
It’s somebody saying you don’t deserve, you can’t have, you’re not worth anything
and we agree to it and then we begin to proceed accordingly. When you get to
that place you start to realize that what you’re really resentful for, like in
this lady, is I had opinions, I had excitement, I had dreams, I had creativity
and nobody listened to me so therefore, I’m not worth anything. Nobody
listened to me, therefore I have to push really hard, I have to argue and go
against. She wasn’t even considering other possibilities.
She was just arguing for her limitations. I get it, you know,
when you’re a kid you’re vulnerable, you don’t know. Sure you believe
the grown-ups because they’re grown-ups. And little kids they don’t
know, they just believe it. And then that becomes our reality.
We should do another one of these conversations about, “What is Your
Reality,” sometime soon. We just assume, we’ve
lived in this house for 40 years, this is my life. Really, is it?
Have you considered another option. A net falls into the picture behind
the picture too. This is my truth and this is all I am.
We should also do another one on arguing for your limitations. In fact,
let’s do that next week because I think that’s important. This whole issue of
the picture behind the picture, if you can just pause, get into present time and
ask the question, “I know this is my truth and is there something else that goes on
with this?” And just for a piece of information, one of the things, if you can
get to that place, just ask that question. Then take pencil or pen
and say, “What other words are similar to this?” Jealousy, resentment,
disappointment, what else goes along with this? What are the other words that I
have been aware of in my life and just start writing them down. What
happens is you get a word and you realize this isn’t the issue,. This is the issue. And amazingly, unraveling this, in that point of
awareness, is actually pretty simple. Because you’re no longer arguing for all
the charged belief that this is the cause. And doing that exercise, when I’ve
done it, I get a physical sensation when I hit on the right word.
It’s a ahh, uh-huh, kind of feeling. There’s an opportunity here to recognize it and
then some people will go, oh no, this is what’s been going on. And then they’ll
start building a story around that. The opportunity is to recognize this isn’t
the story, and this isn’t the story either. I can begin to let go. Another session we should do in the context of what is your
truth? What is it you want? When we ask that question it’s
amazing. People don’t know. People don’t know. Because I’ve been so
consumed with my… I don’t know what I want anymore. That’s
a good one I could say more about that one but let’s save it for another
morning. What’s the
picture behind your picture? One more thing about the picture behind the
picture. I have kind of a trick where I don’t
necessarily say, what’s the picture behind the picture, I ask myself, when has
this happened to me before? So I’m looking for the
pattern. Okay, I just noticed I do this odd thing. When have I done that in the
past and when have I done it again and again. I’m looking for a thread.
There’s a kind of double-edged sword in a way because without some skills,
without some knowledge, you look at where else have I failed, and when did I
do it before, and when did they do it before. You’re not looking for the
blame or the guilt, you’re looking for hmm, isn’t this an interesting pattern.
And when you really begin to look at it that way, very little truth is held in
the old stories. You just keep accumulating,
this happened and obviously that was true. Well no, obviously it was not
necessarily true. And that’s where the Mastering Alchemy tools are just so, so
valuable because once we, I, find that picture, I have a tool to de-charge it.
And when you bring it in to a point where you’re looking at it, it’s simply
not a truth and so it doesn’t sustain itself. We never examine or never
even pause to look, we just move right through the whole process. A good
suggestion. Play with that and you might find some really valuable
opportunity in these times particularly because this is going to get more
challenging and more opportunistic. Depending on if you look at it from is
the glass half-full or half-empty. We’ll talk about that too. What
would you like to do now? Breakfast! Breakfast, okay.