Has your photography bug ever gotten you in trouble with family? How many times have you heard:Can you please just put the camera away for once?!Recently, while going to a restaurant near Lake Oconee in Georgia with my family, I spotted several active Osprey nests. How badly I wanted to stop the car for some photos! But I didn’t want my photography addiction to get me in trouble once again. Just have patience. Enjoy dinner with family. An opportunity will arise later, I told myself.... continue reading
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Importance of backgrounds cannot be underestimated. They make the impression (first impression is the last impression, you know! :-)), they highlight the text/images, they attract readers, and they create an environment related to the subject.Usually, backgrounds are 'soft' - so that they do not interfere with reading. Of course, a "background" has to be "back-ground" only and should not override the subject matter.Here are a couple of examples of 'soft' backgrounds: But, there... continue reading
The architectural development of Abu Dhabi was fast. It was planned carefully with some specific characteristics emerging in different periods. Until 2008 the main characteristic of the city was regular 3 dimensional lines and geometric forms: all streets were perpendicular to each other creating blocks of buildings within this regular pattern where 20 floor skyscrapers , all the same height, are constructed at the perimeter edge of the block looking toward main streets, while inside these blocks... continue reading
I am using this for quite a long period already. It us such a big convenient thing to manage my pictures during holidays, long trip etc...It is a simple item which is a Secure Drive to Compact Flash converter commonly called SD/CF converter. The unit has the same size that a IBM Microdrive or CompactFlash II model.Why this unit is so convenient ? Firstly, the CF memory is well know (from the beginning) as capacity limited, as speed transfer limited and mainly for me as an expensive memory... continue reading
I started at DT with photos but got interested in illustrations after seeing what other DT contributors where doing and the success that some illustrations have had.I taught myself the basics using Inkscape and GIMP and started making my own illustrations.I have found that my acceptance rate for illustrations is higher that for photos.Each time I go on a illustration creating spree my acceptance ration goes up.My photos sell better than my illustrations, however, as my skills are still not... continue reading
From my engineering background I find the quality versus quantity discussion interesting.What seems to be missing from the discussion is a third variable: time.It is kind of meaningless to talk about quantity versus quality as if both can't be accomplished!A simple example illustrates the point.If spending twice as much time on an image produces an image with better 'quality', then I can either spend the same amount of total time on images and produce half as many of higher quality, or I... continue reading
I too often stuff up photo opportunities by not being prepared in the excitement of a chance to photograph something new, exciting or shiny!If you are quality obsessed then you will likely try and have the lowest ISO, and struggle to accept a hopelessly shallow aperture and an exposure that will be hard to hand hold. Then you iterate through compromising on faster ISO while you watch/realise how your overall quality will plummet. It is comforting that noise artefacts are not as terminal from modern... continue reading
Which would you rather have? A hundred images that will earn 100 sales per year or ten images that also have the potential for earning 100 sales each year? That is the difference between Primary and Secondary images.Primary images are those "winners" in your portfolio that have steady sales and slowly climb up the levels. Secondary images therefore are the ones that sit for a long time before they ever see a sale, and that's IF they will ever see a sale.What is a Secondary image? Essentially,... continue reading
I wrote this blog on my own blog a while back, but reading Rebecca's post today made me think of this again and thought it would be useful on DT:My mother is taking a course on photography and she was commenting on how her teacher was touting the advantages of shooting in manual. While I am no stranger to manual I really think this argument is directed to people who set the camera to program and then don't notice what settings the camera picks. This is a crucial point - there is not an iota of... continue reading
Let me preface this blog by saying that I belong to an active and varied group of artists in my area.These talented, skilled artists produce works in all different mediums.I feel blessed to be part of such a talented group of people and have learned much from them.As with other people in all types of occupations in the U.S., the talk within the group invariably turns to earning a living and the lack of jobs and new opportunities in today's current economy.Within this group are a number... continue reading
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