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Introductions / Re: Hello again
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:43:49 PM »
That is kind of odd when you think of it, especially from the perspective of a practicing nudist.
I suppose it was up to the model to say yes or no.

There are several things going on all at once.  The model may or my not be a nudist/naturist and may not see a problem with nudity for art's sake but be unwilling to be nude in a room full of clothed people when not posing.

The artist's themselves may see the naked human form from an artist's viewpoint but not necessarily a personal one where a naked person might be standing right next to them in an everyday setting.

Or maybe it was simply a courtesy they extended to all naked models to be excepted or not.  If the model is not a nudist they might feel out of place being the only one in a room full of clothed people.

If the model is a nudist they may not want to cause anyone to be uneasy.

It is a weird sort of situation.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Things that try eating you when out and about
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:01:05 PM »
Quote from: Karla
Ticks are loathsome as well but we put plenty of raw garlic in our food, chucked in at the last second and this seems to stop the ticks from biting. It's possible that it might disguise the smell that would attract mosquitoes as well but I need to do more tests.

I grew up in East Texas and we dealt with all sorts of flying bugs and other biting critters, including snakes.  My sister claims to be immune to mosquitoes because her ph levels make her less tasty to them.  I can't speak to the acidity of her metabolism but I can to her personality.

Quote from: Karla
I'm also a bit cautious of having water from streams splashed near my eyes in case it contains Acanthamoeba. There have been a few scare stories in the UK press about eyeballs being eaten away, but this is mainly aimed at contact lens wearers who use tap water.

Here in Nevada, and the southwest US we have another amoebic problem.  Naegleria Fowleri.  It prefers warmer water and if there is an infestation usually there will be a sign posted.  It's referred to as the "brain eating amoeba".  It also gains access by the eye and/or the ear.

Generally I steer clear of hot springs and am careful of gettnig water on my head if I am in warmer water.


Photography / Re: What equipment do you use?
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:40:05 PM »
Yeah, I have two film cameras.  A Nikon and a Canon.  I love using them but I don't use them for any of my naked shots as I don't develop film and I wouldn't want to take a roll of film of naked hiking to a photo shop.

Since film is becoming scarce maybe I should finally learn how to develop my own pictures.  I took a class once on the basics but never pursued it.

I read a few years ago that Kodak no longer makes Tech-Pan.

Man!  Times they are a changin'.


Photography / Re: What equipment do you use?
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:54:34 AM »
I have an old Canon Powershot A640 my wife used to use.  She abandoned it when her iPhone became more automatic than a point a shoot.  It's old but still does a good job.

I also have a single lens Panasonic DSC-FZ200 f2.8 with a 25-600 Leica zoom lens.  It's a better camera than the old Canon, it's more bulky but makes better images.  When the Canon dies I will switch to the Panasonic.  I prefer to carry as little equipment as possible.  I do not carry the camera bag, so I have the camera, batteries, extra memory and a small pocket size tripod.

All that goes into my daypack along with my essentials.  I try to keep the pack light enough that I can carry it on only one shoulder, switching every so often to ease the stress on my back.  I don't like the pack hanging on my back and making me sweat.  I also don't end up with stripes on my shoulders where the sun didn't hit the skin.  I only carry the pack with both straps on if I am climbing or rock scrambling.

I helps make the sensation of wearing less more noticeable.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Naked cycling
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:35:46 PM »
If you are trying to work up a sweat, anything will work.

Like this guy in London I spotted online while looking for freehiking information: Naked free runner .

Maybe those in the UK have heard of him.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:25:04 PM »
I have favorite places I like to go, which I do when I am looking to go on a day hike.

My favorite types of places are any that are quiet, remote and devoid of human traffic, mechanical or otherwise.  Here in the southwest that usually means the desert.

Like Karla, I like rock scrambling, but I have little to no water for skinny dipping.  There are hot springs around but those that are nearby tend to be busy with visitors.  For me, standing alone in the middle of a desert valley with the only companions being those that live there, is remarkable.

If it's possible to be calmed and invigorated at the same time that describes what it feels like for me.


Suggestions / Re: Spam
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:04:40 PM »
 I suppose having a internet connection of any kind implies a risk of getting hacked or spammed.  It just comes with the territory.

It just about popped my eyeballs though when I clicked on "Show unread posts".  For a split second I thought I was going to have a full day of reading.

This has happened to me a couple times.  I clean it up and change or beef up my protection till it happens again.  I'm happy to see everything is still working.


Photography / Re: Nude in Milky Way
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:39:20 PM »
There are 3 ways to get a shot of the night sky.

Use a tripod, you will get star trails on long exposures

Mount the camera on a telescope that is polar aligned, you would have to have a good telescope that tracks smoothly.  Can be expensive.

Use a camera mount tracker on a tripod, it's a motor driven mount for cameras that can be polar aligned.  I've seen one advertised for $350-$450 in my astronomy mags at:

You could probably find it cheaper at one of the discount camera websites like BH Photo or Adorama, or maybe a used one online.  I also remember seeing articles, years ago in either Sky & Telescope or Astronomy, on how to build one from scratch.  I guess it depends on how much effort you want to put into it.

I've seen night shots of the type Stuart is describing.  You do the time exposure and then right before you end it you put the person in and hit the fire button on your flash, trying not to send any direct light into the camera.  Only reflected light if possible and not to close.  You would have this amazingly bright naked body detracting from the picture of the Milky Way.

Do several shots at different brightnesses and distances.  Otherwise you could just have a silhouette.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Naked Tourists vexes government
« on: May 09, 2014, 07:52:01 PM »
Sort of like a flash mob, only with outdoor nudity?

Why are they all pointing up, and why are the majority pointing to the right and only a couple pointing to the left?

Are they members of a group, or is this some naturist/naked sign that has meaning.
The peace sign had meaning, does this?

It does look like a fun way to go sightseeing.  I wonder if these were just quick episodes of nudity at a sight or were they wandering around naked full time.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Ultra Light Backpacking
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:16:02 PM »
How're your imaginations?

Actually, pretty good.

Some of those actions you described I've done, some nude, some not.  Still looking forward to the action shots though.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Ultra Light Backpacking
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:51:06 PM »
I have read articles before about how much the health of your feet affects your body.  This has to do with gait, posture, muscle tone and how flexible your tendons are.

I agree that you can do this without boots.  You just have to work your way slowly till your feet are accustomed to the new world.

Good luck!


Oh, and don't forget to keep posting those great pictures.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Ultra Light Backpacking
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:53:16 PM »
Sounds like you had another good outing, too bad about the crowds.  I've had that happen to me before and I always am disappointed with the lack of QUIET I was hoping for.

It looks like the equipment worked out great.  Your feet hurt?  I am assuming you have hiking boots and not some sport shoe.  A pair with good arch and ankle support is a good idea especially if you are carrying a significant load.

Plenty room for you toes is almost a necessity, the last pair I had were a bit tight around my big toes.  It wasn't an issue until I started going everywhere either barefoot or wearing only sandals.  My feet started returning to their normal shape and the boots are now too tight.  I'll need another pair before I go on another backpacking trip.

Hope the trip on the real hike is as quiet and devoid of humans as you expect.


Suggestions / Something weird!
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:07:55 PM »
Karla & Stuart,

Wasn't sure where to put this, so I stuck it here.

Lately when I log in I get an incorrect password or login name message.  At the subsequent screen, I carefully type in my info and I am logged in.  I have noticed that I am certain I was making no mistakes.

Today, I was very careful in typing in my initial information.  I typed slowly and made sure of each keystroke.  I got the error message.  I repeated the same information and was logged in.

Wie gehts?  Anyone else having this issue?  Or is it something I said?
Strange days indeed!


P.S.: As long as I can log in, there is no problem.  At least I get to participate in the site.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Encounters...what to do?
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:17:22 PM »
I have been seen, I think 3 times.  Two I am not certain and could have not been.  One was full on face to face on the trail.  To this day I still do not know how I was so unaware that someone was approaching that I was unable to do anything.  By the time I saw him we were maybe 100 ft. apart.  By then it was pointless to do anything, so I didn't even attempt to cover up.

He made a comment about trying to get an allover tan and I mumbled something.  It was the 1st time I had been seen naked out on one of my hikes.  I continued on and so did he.  It was kind of a relief.  I got seen and nothing happened.

I agree with Bob.  Behave as though you are dressed and all is normal and people will not think you are up to something and feel uneasy.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Urinating while naked in free range areas
« on: February 27, 2014, 04:57:37 PM »
I have always taken the position that if needed, water a plant.  I always step off the trail and have only needed once or twice to dig a "cathole".  I live in a desert.  The bio layer is thin and deposits on the top will be dessicated within a day or two.  Degradation takes much longer than a wet environment.  Surface damage to the cryptobiotic layer will destroy the deserts ability to maintain a binding layer to prevent dust.  It takes years for the layer to be restored.  Cattle are not indigenous and will destroy this natural layer.

I am not bothered by the necessity of either of the body's functions.  I realize that most people are and will take precautions to avoid offending someone.

I have wondered whether the need for privacy is increased depending on the body's posture.  Standing up in a normal stance can be seen as confident.  Squatting puts you in a more vulnerable position.  You can't react quickly.  Crouching is one thing but squatting and being caught in the middle of relieving yourself leaves you few options.  Men stand while peeing.  Women don't, although I have seen devices in camping and backpacking catalogs that will allow women to remain standing.  I have no info on whether they work as advertised.

Does being vulnerable in that way have any connection to the desire to seek privacy? We try to ensure that we won't be caught out and can't easily react if approached.  If approached by someone we always turn to meet them and look them in the eye.  If we are in a vulnerable position, we can't do that.

What a strange set of inhibitions and motivations make up the human being.

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