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Do you tweet?Where else are you, online?
Lately I've been really enjoying reading other people's blog/journals/diaries/whatever-they're-being-called-now. So, my question for you, dear readers is... where else do you have an online presence? Care to share?
I've been getting a little carried away myself... Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr... they all get a decent amount of attention from me. Or at least get updated more often than I update most things here Those status update things are awesome... and the ability to directly upload a photo to your blog/facebook/site from your cell phone?! how cool is that?!
You can find links to most of my other online homes in the column to the left
Yep... it has happenedObama is the next President of the USA
"We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. And they will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks and months to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
"For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.
"It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward agains
Just a quick note to see how everyone is doing.
I went on a photo-meet/group shoot thing last night that was pretty exciting... got a chance to really learn how some of my lights work... and found a really excellent location to do some shoots of my own in the future.
So, I was listening to this show called Wiretap on my headphones at the gym. It's rather similar to This American Life, in that it's a radio show, that's not about the news, or debating current affairs... it's amusing and poignant at times. And the hosts sound quite alike. Anyway... on this particular episode I was listening to, I heard this:
According to the Greek philosopher Archilochus, people are either foxes or hedgehogs. Foxes know a little about a lot of small things, and hedgehogs know a lot about one big thing.
So what are you?
PS - I'd really
Anotherlong overdue update
So, since my last journal entry at the end of May
spent another 2 and a half months in India, travelling
Went to Pondicherry, a former French colony in India
Went to Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama
Travelled a lot in the state of Punjab
Went to BURNING MAN!1!eleventyone11!!
Had my cousins visit from India as soon as I got back from Burning Man
Went to Vancouver and Victoria in Canada
Went to LA, Disneyland, Universal Studios etc..
Went to Vegas
Went to San Diego and saw Shamu
What's new in your life?
Got any good ideas for a Halloween costume you feel like sharing?
So I usually like writing a short thing about some movie or the other that I've seen and enjoyed recently... but while I've been traveling I've really been out of the loop... so... anyone got any suggestions? See a good movie recently? Tell about it.
Holy Crap!it's a journal update!
Theres been a decent amount of stuff going on in my life
In the recent past I:
Completed my thesis
Am finished with grad school.
got a new camera. (yay D300!!)
Left for a long trip to India.
Did a whole bunch of traveling in India.
went to Goa
just got back from Jim Corbett National Park where I got some of the coolest photos I have ever taken
saw 7 tigers and any number of elephants and other cool animals.
Whats new in your life?
I guess Ill leave you with what I think is a fairly appropriate song at least nominally.
How to become a dA power browser.So you know how every once in a while you'll click on a news item or journal that has nothing but thumbnails... like 100 or 200 or even more?
Or perhaps you let your devWatch section get out of control to a few hundred or even few thousand unseen deviations?
Usually I just look at that huge number of thumbnails and freak out... all the clicking and then clicking back and waiting for the entire page to load again and then again... and again
Well, not anymore.
I thought I'd write a quick little guide on how to take care of that huge number deviations in a much shorter time.
It's all done using a handy little browser plug-in/add-on called PicLens. (and before any of you hard core Internet Explorer or Safari users start moaning... don't worry, they've got you covered too )
Probably about time I updated this thing
Not much to say. Been busy trying to get things done. Taking pictures when I can, though not really processing any of them. So now I have huge backlog of photos that are pretty cool, and that need to be processed and uploaded somewhere.
Acquired a bunch of lighting gear since I wrote here last. I've only had a chance to play around with it a few times, but wow... does proper light make your final product so much easier to deal with! A couple minutes of thought while taking the photo, with a decent lighting setup, and that cuts down the amount of time I'd have to spend processing the photo to barely a minute or two.
In other photo news, my camera's been acting up lately. Really rather irritating. I mean, I guess I have really pushed it to its limits(probably shouldn't have taken it on that snow shoeing trip in the freezing rain a year ago)... but it's still pretty disheartening to look at photos that are all noisy and out of focus com
Just a reminder about my 10,000 page view competition thing... only 50 or so to go. Still not sure what prize I'm going to give... but there will be a prize that I will send out/make/give/do to the winner. I've won too many of these little page view grab things where I haven't been given the promised prize. I'm not going to be like all those slackers
Great movie. Go see it. I've been describing it to people as late 1980s high school movie meets film noir. (Nouveau-noir high school movie?) It's really cheaply made, quick paced, witty and beautiful and what is really interesting is the crazy language. (Supposedly the director/writer was trying to channel certain aspects of Shakespeare.) Now, English is my first language, but there were times when I was tempted to turn on the English subtitles to just catch up with what they were saying so I could parse things. Once your brain has gotten used to it though it becomes easier. (Somewhat lik
Tweak Knave Zealot Token - UpdatedJust a reminder about my 10,000 page view competition thing... only 50 or so to go. Still not sure what prize I'm going to give... but there will be a prize that I will send out/make/give/do to the winner. I've won too many of these little page view grab things where I haven't been given the promised prize. I'm not going to be like all those slackers
So, I originally posted this elsewhere, but I figured I had
wastedproductively spent too much time playing with this in Illustrator not to share it with you, my dear readers.
It was also probably about time for me to update this journal... more literary nerdiness
Oh yeah!! In your face boggle board!!!
how cool are those boggle words?!(the ones in the title of this journal, also shown with the colored arrows above)
How about, vane mine mint neat teen wane wean toke walk wake take lake talk
or mink veal zeal ? You guys se
Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Nelson Mandela, Images Speak for The Silent VoiceWatch depthRADIUS
When image must speak for the silenced voice
Ruth is the Editor-In-Chief of MILK Books and PQ Blackwell Ltd., based in Auckland, New Zealand, publishers of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait—a photographic history of the great man. Ruth's heartfelt and insightful article represents the intersection of the artistic and the newsworthy. De
Batgirl's New Redesign has Lots of Fans (art)
DC just released images of Batgirl's new costume, and deviants have been creating fan art like crazy!
Deviant babsdraws is the artist behind Batgirl's stylishly cool reboot!
Enjoy 60+ pieces of fan art!
commission - Batgirl by marciotakara
Batgirl by Nicohitoride
BATGIRL by li-jean
Batgirl by muzzillustrations
Batgirl! by Tono-x-Tono
The New Batgirl by MattSimas
Batgirl by squeegool
Batgirl by GeorgeCaltsoudas
NEW Batgirl by Hodges-Art
Batgirl and Amazi-Girl by itswalky
New Batgirl by Y0KO
Batgirl by halwilliams
Batgirl 2014 by LucianoVecchio
New Batgirl by Robaato
Batgirl by bear65
Withdrawal by LAlight
Solitude by sodisenchanted . . . by sandrawiklander
no expressions by Aisleyne
Sunny day by AStoKo lilie by Bodghia
silent evenings by laura-makabresku
*** by Fatalv
Poppies by PassionAndTheCamera
The Unseen Stock - JulyModel
Dark by LadyAquariusStock Mucha Inspired - Midas 10 by HiddenYume-stock Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger 10 by PirateLotus-Stock Free Stock Photo by ElectricSorceress
September Sky 11 by adarkerpurpose-stock
Bottom of Waterfall Stock 2 by BeccaB-Stock-N-Art Waterfall 2 by AircatSkylion Red Rocks and Trees by dollieflesh-stock Snow Scape by Ardenstock Another Sunrise Stock by Cinnamoncandy-Stock
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait Photography
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
Lighting in Portrait PhotographyPeople and Portraits week
I'm writing this tutorial of sorts, for all of you portrait photographers out there seeking advice about the lighting in your photographs. First off let me be clear in saying that I am no expert, or rather I do not claim to be, I sometimes do things in unusual ways, and my tips and advice are definitely not the only ones you should follow. This journal is just me giving you my take on how to get great lighting for your shots
1. Never shoot when the sun is at its highest peak.
Depending on where you live and your climate, this might vary, but I usually never shoot between the hours of 12-4 unless I'm shooting indoors, or it's a cloudy day. If you're doing an outdoors shoot and the sun is blasting on your model, you are very unlikely to get good results. Not only will it be uncomfortable for your model, and make it difficult to pose with a natural expression (sun in your eyes, worst feeling in the world),
Feature Friday: Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! (ハイキュー!!), a manga and anime series that focuses around volleyball player Shoyo Hinata as he strives to become the best he can, has gained popularity both in and out of Japan since its manga debut in 2012, and more recently due to the anime adaptation that began airing in April 2014.
Deviants around the globe have taken to Hinata and his team, and have made a variety of incredible creations in homage to the series. Check out these deviations!
Haikyuu!! by Rui05
Haikyuu - Hinata Shouyou by Shumijin
King of the Court - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
Haikyuu- Tobe! by Gin-Uzumaki
Haikyuu! Karasuno Senpais by AmenoKitarou
Murder of Crows - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
How to tell a story through portraiturePeople & Portrait Photography
I'm sure many people will agree with me that the People & Portrait Galleries here on deviantART are often dominated by Expressive, Emotive and (depending on taste!) beautiful portraiture captures. Photographs capture a moment and can tell a story, but often these kind of shots are predominantly to showcase clothing, makeup, features or bodies. There is another level to Portraiture and knowing how to tell a story through your camera lens is one of the key elements of documenting a person
"It's not just about an image, it's about the person in that image, who they are, where they've been - what they're doing."
Here in the UK, particuarly in the Summer months, there's almost a daily opportunity to go out and capture a story. I recently wandered around an Art Exhibition and managed to snap a fair few artists at work. To tell someone's story without relying on emotion within their facial features and body language,
Happy Independence day - Photos from India:iconsharadhaksar:
khajjiyar by dakoo Fields in a storm by dakoo
Holy Man by shekhar A kid by shekhar Creek at Waghbeel by shekhar
India Rocks... by Parikhit A girl with Taj Mahal. by Parikhit
Kathakali: Laxman 2 by PhotogrartistKathakali: Make-up session 2 by Photogrartist
Anybody Home ? by maggiUttranchal by maggi
H O P E by dabralbmBoating_by_Priyamvada by dabralbm
Spread the love-2 by derozioLord Ganesha-III by derozio
The angry Cross..:D by voidrummerCrack in the Sky... by voidrummer
Mehndi. Haldi. by nikhil
negative 1 by eulbeht
Golden Eve. by SachN
River Yammuna by Priyamvada
Dadima by Ravinss
Stamp - Love India by akkasone
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