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Birthday 300points Giveaway!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 4:38 AM

Hi guys, the last giveaway went so well figured I'd hold another! This time with more points and a longer time period.


1. Fave this journal (this is how you will be selected for the giveaway)
2. Watch me (if you are already a watcher remain so, this is incase of important updates to the journal/etc)
3. Share this journal (simply copy the link or thumb code and place in a journal which is visible on your profile page for a minimum of 5 days)
4. Comment on this journal with a link to where you have shared! 
5. Multiple accounts are not permitted.


1st place. 300 points!
2nd place. 100 points!
3rd place. 50 points!
5 Runner ups. 10 points!

Giveaway ends 12-noon (UK) 24th August (my birthday!)  

Winners will be selected via for fairness and will be announced on the same day as the deadline!

Graphics by tyleramato
CSS by moonfreak
  • Mood: Lazy
  • Reading: Legend of Zelda (manga)
  • Watching: Hetalia Paint it White!
  • Eating: strawberries
  • Drinking: Iced berry smoothie
You know you can't resist it

        The rhthym isn't out to get you, the flash is!

                                and we don't mean the very fast super superhero

The Flash by clefchan

                                                               YOU WILL BE THE SUPERHERO!

And why is that? 


Bullet; Blue What is Flash Fiction Month? 

A very awesome article was written a few days ago. Which really tells you all you need to know about flash fiction. The short version is this: For every one of those 31 days in July, write a piece of Flash Fiction. We can also pretty much guarantee you'll have a good time, meet new people, and learn some stuff.  We'll hit you up with some brilliant unusual prompts, tricksy (optional) extra challenges, and bonkers chat sessions guaranteed to take your writing somewhere it's never been before. 

Bullet; Blue"I'm interested. Where can I learn more?" 

Oh look there is a wonderful explanation of everything Here.


Bullet; Blue"I'm excited. Where can I sign up?" 

Sign up here


Bullet; Blue"Where is all this absurd, frantic chat entertainment going to happen?" 

In the chat room Here. Join us any time, any place and I am sure you will find some friendly faces to challenge to look at each other's daily attempts!


Bullet; Blue"I'm busy during July/afraid of commitment/not a writer, but I still want to help. What can I do?" 

First off, none of those has to keep you from participating. But there are other ways to be a part of Flash Fiction Month: contribute to the 2015 prompt bank (opening for business later today!), join the chat and encourage participants, and watch the Flash-Fic-Month account, so you can read and comment on the awesome flash fiction pieces created this July. All of those are awesome things to do.  This year, we're also looking for judges prepared to read a few pieces of flash fiction every week and say which they like best.  If this sounds like something you could do, send a note toFlash-Fic-Month


Bullet; Blue"What's happens next?" 

We'll be having a Flash Fiction Month Pre-Game chat session


Tuesday June 30th, from 8.30pm GMT onwards (that's 3pm EDT, 8pm BST and noon PDT). We'll flex some flashing muscles, explain what's involved for those who don't know, and have a few flash fiction-related minigames. There might even be points involved. Spread the word!

After that, the prompts start rolling.  Be sure to watch this account for the journal updates and challenges, where you'll be able to post your fictive flashing efforts on a daily basis. 

Flash Fiction Month is almost here! VIVA! *fistpump*l

Happy Birthday  Usagi  By Amai Kawaii-d6bek55 by techgnotic

Little Felicia 2015 by Thiefoworld

Today's Inspiration

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

Lost Voices

Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley are both students and poets at Eastern Michigan University. This is their joint spoken word performance they delivered during a poetry slam invitational and it's unbelievably powerful. The message? There is a thin line between supporting someone and speaking for them.

Happy Birthday, Usagi! by Amai-Kawaii

Happy Birthday, Sailor Moon!

Today we celebrate the shared birthday of Usagi and Chibiusa! Thanks for always saving the world... even when you didn't want to. Grab some cake and settle in for a celebratory Sailor Moon marathon! Which is your preferred version of our beloved Sailor Senshi, the classic Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon Crystal?

Troll by ken-wong

How To Care For Trolls

This is an old post but it's just as relevant today as it was when it was first posted. Internet trolls are a rare and mystical beast and without the proper care and feeding can make your life miserable. Not to worry though because FantasyStock has put together this helpful guide to assist you.

Return to Daventry

If you're a child of the 80s and you love video games, chances are you've heard of King's Quest, the world's first animated adventure game. Whille the game had seven successful sequels, it came to an unfortunate end in 1998 when Sierra Games hit it's own trouble. Fast forward to today - Sierra Games is back and a new King's Quest will be it's first launch. The Odd Gentleman is developing the game and staying true to the hand-drawn feel of the original so much so, that they have printed out each scene and hand-painted it with watercolours. Whether you're nostalgic for the original or just discovering the game for the first time, we're almost certain this game has something for you.

I Am Chris Farley

This is our first look at the documentary about comedian Chris Farley, who passed away in 1997. We're sure there will be plenty of laughs and just as many tears.

Hand and Fingers Resource Tutorial by ConceptCookie

Being Resourceful

There is a treasure trove of resources to be found on DeviantArt but it can be overwhelming finding what you want and then figuring out how to use it. Cue this helpful tutorial by managoddess to lead you in the right direction.

The Yeti Crab is Real

In 2005, the first Yeti crab was discovered, deep in the South Pacific Ocean. Now a new species of Yeti crab has been discovered and it's the first to be found in the extremely cold waters of Antartica. They live near hydrothermal vents in the ocean floor where hot water gushes into the cold water of the ocean. They get their name from the bacteria that lives on their body which gives them a fur like appearance proving that the bottom of the ocean is a weird and wonderful place.

Seyutana Castle by mythrilgolem1

Discover a New Artist

It's time to discover a new artist on DeviantArt! here are 5 that deserve your attention. Have you found someone new today? Let us know in the comments below.

UFO Sighting?

Last night there was a huge flash of light that lit up a giant area of the lower Eastern states, about 12 to be exact. So what was this phenomena? It wasn't aliens, meteors or Superman but rather space trash, returning to where it came from.

Debates. by ArtisticWarrior0

Debate It

CRLiterature has sparked a new debate! Critique vs Critism - What is the right balance of positive and negative when critiquing? Do you really need both? Join the discussion.

Journal CSS Creator by Darqx

Journal CSS Creator

Have you wanted to create your own journal CSS but have no idea what CSS stands for nevermind how to code it? Well lucky for you, Darqx has created the Journal CSS Creator. You simply choose a template, plug in the requested info, click the button and like magic, you have the CSS ready to be copy and pasted. It's also free to use because Darqx is awesome like that.

Dogs Vs Cats by TheMunchbot

Cats or Dogs?

Splatoon is having a 4th of July team compeition to decide once and for all which is better: Cats or dogs. Pick your team, kids and squids, and fight for the glory and honor of your favorite furry friend! Get ready, the battle begins July 4th at 12:00 AM PT.

One Summer's Day by arefin03

In the Forums

For some of us it's summer! What are you looking forward to this summer? Share here.

Bupkis Bunny by FontesMakua

Happy Birthday

Join us in celebrating FontesMakua today! Be sure to visit his excellent gallery while you're over there.

The Unseen Stock - June (II)

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:27 AM
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Supplication by eleutheria-stock Ghoul 1 by CathleenTarawhiti Stock by La-Catalina 2014-10-03 Behind the Camera 25 by skydancer-stock
snow III by Dageeling007
The Conjuring by TheGhostSiren in red and black 03 by Anna-LovelyMonster Post Apoc Warrior 73 Mizzd-stock by mizzd-stock fortuneteller girl stock female model by Laternamagica-studio
2015-06-14 Sunday Afternoon Browse 08 by skydancer-stock Marilyn Stock 17 by TrisStock Major demoness (stock) by QueenWerandra Soldiers 3 by eleutheria-stock
Summer Swim 4 by TrisStock
Aleida pink dress 3 by CathleenTarawhiti Back turn by justmeina On flowered field 9 by anastasiya-landa Cut-out stock PNG 125 -  US NASA astronaut by Momotte2stocks
Le trone de Morgane2 by MelieMelusine Mountain landscape stock by Aqua-Stock Clouds over snowy mountains aerial by magpienerd
Beach sunset by midodellouche Red sunset stock by Aqua-Stock River Side by Olgola
Dartmoor 2 by OghamMoon
Colorado 14 by PirateLotus-Stock Cool Clouds by JewelsStock Smoke #2 by CrateboySTOCK
Iguazu waterfall stock by Aqua-Stock Sunset over ocean stock by Aqua-Stock Dirt road stock 6 by Aqua-Stock
Milky way, cygnus by alkhor
Mountain - streamy-stock by streamy-stock Sandhills Stock 1 by Cassy-Blue Kirna waterscapes 71 by MASYON Stock1 - River by urbania13
Stock image 16maj2015 (35) by Euselia Stock image 16maj2015 (19) by Euselia Coral and starfish by Mattlis
Mountain - streamy-stock by streamy-stock
Stony Creek 46 April 12 2015 by analillithbar Parnu seaside 123 by MASYON River 2 by CalliRain
Background 20 by suntwirl Fallen Lebanon Cedar Tree (Reference) by LucanPern Forest Smoke #1 by CrateboySTOCK
Colorado 1 by PirateLotus-Stock
Haapsalu nature 60 by MASYON IMG 100 3974 by nudagimo Cliff top by TinaLouiseUk
Gorgeous Mountain Landscape by DamselStock Large Boulder in the Animas River by DamselStock Stock 86 (Stormy Landscape) by Einheit00
DSC6553_eligodesignstock by eligodesignstock
STOCK Frame house by Inilein Fishing village by imargarita old barn stock #1 by RazorbackMoth-Stock
DSC 0082 West Kennet. Avenue Avebury by wintersmagicstock Stock 101 by EvilHateYouAllStock Ruins of Castel Dubuc 7 by A1Z2E3R Garden 02 by Ylliny
Village Life 4 by fuguestock
Stock 4  Route Africa by pranile Old wooden portal by A1Z2E3R Stone Wall 1 by Jeni-Sue
FactorySite 09 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK Farmhouse by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK FactorySite 03 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Stock6 - Stone wall by urbania13 Kloster 4 by Civetta70 Castle Door 2 by eleutheria-stock
PreMade BackGrounds by CrossProcessor 0030 by CrossProcessor
Grand Mansion 10 - Back of house by fuguestock cute vintage church New Zealand by Laternamagica-studio Villa 01 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Prison of slaves of Castel Dubuc by A1Z2E3R Lanhydrock 9 OghamMoon by OghamMoon Dartmoor 10 by OghamMoon Beelitz 59 treatment Room by DarkMysty-Stock
butterfly 05 by Pagan-Stock Starfish 3 Stock by Aqua-Stock antelope at water by Nexu4
Grevy's zebra by Mangalarga-Stock Butterfly by Mangalarga-Stock Lioness stock 8 by Aqua-Stock
free stock link back by carolinesphotos
DSC_0453-eligodesignstock by eligodesignstock She Wolf by Ylliny Lemur 02 by pythos-stock
Grey Parrot by imargarita Eagle 01 by MelieMelusine Brown Horse Stock 3 by jojo22
Border Collie 2 by fallen-cherubim IWC 131 by CastleGraphics Very cute the other side by Mattlis
Takoda - full body 15 by Livinja-Stock
Leopard I by silver80 Pig by ArtistStock Kitten Looking Up by ArtistStock
Barn Owl 04 by MelieMelusine Flying Fox 01 by NellyGrace3103 Stock: Playful Malamute 3/5 by Oniendra Oriental small-clawed Otter 10 by blackkurai
Pygmy Owl by Ylliny Takoda - Full body 04 by Livinja-Stock Black Bear 2 by xxsimplicity-stock
Fairground 50 by OghamMoon
Blue Blossom - Flower Stock2688 by Jassy2012 Free Stock 150623 by RaccontoUrahara Jessamine 3 by jesterrysources
Fairground 29 by OghamMoon Gravestone by fuguestock Glamdring 3 by eleutheria-stock Fairground 25 by OghamMoon
Stock image 16maj2015 (38) by Euselia Bulldozer 01 by fuguestock Pumpkin Stock by AzureWindProductions
Rose 01 by XiuLanStock
Fairground 64 by OghamMoon Stock 14 Route Africa by pranile mushroom on carpet by imargarita
rose white stock 2 by Alena-48 Land Rover cutout by pranile Garden Swans by Elsapret
structured wood texture by WingsOfKaviel Damage62715 by carlyartdaily rain texture 003 by koko-stock
Texture 165 by AsiaAndEric-Stock
Captain060915 by carlyartdaily Rust 49 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK Trzebiatow Tex by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Minty62515 by carlyartdaily woo by mistyt-stock Rusty62315 by carlyartdaily
Sage62215 by carlyartdaily Cookie41 by jojo22 Texture 5 by b-no

My own new stock

Deer Stock 26 by Malleni-Stock Ruegen island Stock 78 by Malleni-Stock Ruegen island Stock 73 by Malleni-Stock

A Great Stock Provider - SpecialHow to be a Perfect Stock Provider
When I was writing the Tips for Beginners Members - part 2 (stock) I would add a part with tips about how to be a perfect stock provider, but I was talking to some providers and decide to make a special journal with the reply from CD-STOCK and EveLivesey as are sufficient for a special journal :happybounce:
First, you need a good camera, basic photography skills, imagination and creativity.Take a look at some of the popular photos on stock photo websites like DeviantArt, Fotolia, Shutterstock, Dreamstime etc.
You can learn a lot from these photos.Photography literarily means "drawing with light".
Learn the basics : what is good composition, lighting, exposure, white balance etc. Look for emotion and gesture if you are photographing models. CD-STOCK
  Dinomania - Challenge                                               
Ahhhh, it´s time for my this year summer challenge :D
Theme :"Dinomania". 
You can create what you want (you have to use 2 of my stocks below- see the rules), you can make a summer-fun-work with the dinos, you can create a dark and bloody one. Maybe you are inspired by "Jurassic Park" or the new film "Jurassic World". Below there are some examples for what I´m looking for (please no fairies, this is not a fairytale-contest). I had so much fun arranging my Dino-Stocks and the plants for this challenge. Please be very creative and read the rules carefully.
  Sunken mysteries - new contest ! great prizes ! Hey guys!
Occie Dance I think it's time for a new contest ! Occie Dance
The theme is:
 Gem Sapphire SUNKEN MYSTERIES Gem Sapphire 
To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean.
95% have never been seen by a human being.
So, what is down there, in the deep ocean? What mysteries could we find?
Mermaid cities, shipwrecks full of treasures, ruins of ancient kingdoms, unknown creatures ?
Dark secrets that may never be revealed ?
Let your imagination run wild !

The rules
Blue Square Bullet your entry must be a photomanipulation
Blue Square Bullet your entry must be created exclusively for this contest
Blue Square Bullet all used stocks must be from legitimate resources

This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast

General Photography DDs - June 2015

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 9:24 AM
:iconcommunityrelations: Welcome!

This month the general photography CVs - Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden, and (as of the 13th) myself - set a total of 67 DDs across nearly every gallery we cover! Many thanks to everyone who's suggested to us, and as always we need more suggestions so don't be shy! Our guidelines are linked at the bottom of this article, and we tend to get a lot more People and Portraits suggestions than anything else so bonus points if you send us great pieces from the "weird" galleries. Self-suggestions are always welcome if you have a piece of your own that you think we should see!

:iconkaz-d: Features by Kaz-D

Red Wine by ArisHorizon Bottled Dream by arefin03 My favourite view by stevehood1 Fritillary flower in water with reflection by Sergey-Ryzhkov The Witch of Salem by BardoPhotography Have No Fear by sandas04 Found by KevinRossatty 21 days of Drought by Catosan Wine and Cheese by Awesomealexis1 Simulacres et Simulation by MARX77 Every breaking wave by iTaylie An apple a day by SamanthaPaigeImages Good morning! by FiorOf Colourful Beach by PhotoYoung Look up by Mafia--Hitman Young Rebel by Miguel-Santos summer days by Rona-Keller Bon apetite by Leon13th A Warm Place by Mrs-White Civita di Bagnoregio by roman-gp Regards by MD-Arts Colors of Ramadan - 2 by hotamr Waiting for lunch by egypt04

:iconmrs-durden: Features by Mrs-Durden

Juliette on a balcony by AyuAna Nights Out by deerArylide Strict supervisor~ by ieatnoodle The Devil's Bridge by bamboomix Warm evening in a cold winter by HoldW high expectations by irremedios Spring Dream by Yureya The Orange Curve by sullivan1985 wildflowers by bebefromtheblock .... by vvola Hot Seat by valkeeja Getting lost in Venice... by Ssquared-Photography Intrigued by C-h-r-i-s-P Untitled by Ddenisee Red Leaves by nikicorny loving the sea by elle-cannelle Backalley by YongL After the War (In My Mind) by DpressedSoul Pink cloud sakura by Snowfall-lullaby Castle Berlepsch by artmobe fade into dark by esmahanozkan Paul and Danielle Steampunk Wedding by HyperXP Hong Kong Lights by Furiousxr Sorrow Garden Tale vignette by iomaSaty Ad nauseam by Sei-Zako ... by absentii shadow on the wall by augenweide The Saga Begins by Balakov

:icontiganusi: Features by tiganusi

All of us know history by masyaka-kusyaka *** by winonaramon The girl and the cello by elyssa-obscura Metu by analogphoto Gone to lunch break by TibereMedori The Daydream by NickChao Melted by dinabelenko once upon a time in anatolia by cPaos 1952 Chevrolet Kustom Car by AmericanMuscle Jinshanling, Great Wall of China by TimGrey another day another debt by davespertine Alysia by EmilySoto Orange marmalade breakfast by VinaApsara Guy with Coffee by MirkoStoedter I don't smoke by nex Ruslan for Insideme by alissatim

StoryBoard V39 Urban Stories

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:25 AM

Zueri by dasTOKC II by ra-gro

C by ra-groaswas by davespertine



increase by mabuliUnder the surface by astridle

D-Minor 159 by alisinwonderThe Epiphany by drkshp



Robotics by leoatelierpostponing again by EintoeRn

tres palas by MarcCopelandOrange face by Sei-Zako



Vertical Sprawl by chromevanadiumImage by dasTOK

Ostendum by Sei-ZakoStand By (P1200082) by crossfading



Cowtastrophe in Brown Meadow by tholangPeople by slatkatajna

Walk This Way by AlexandruCrisanSawtooth by Ragnar949



squares in a square - captured by scheinbar6:31 by fatboyslimgirl

little motel by thicktheoLa gran ciudad chiquita by ensilencio



welcome, ghosts by Dignacker..gardeners delights by weltengang

Parking Deck 06 by HorstSchmiera funny thing happened by Birgit-Zartl-Art



consider me your worst lover by NuSuntwiener chic IXX by ChristianBurtscher

Backyards by DominikKucerasilence mode by covanea

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Photography Exposed: Still Life

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 11:41 PM
Photography exposed is a brand new series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. This is the second issue, and I chose to focus on showcasing some recent shots from the still life gallery! Please feel encouraged to go browse it and give these artists some love :love:

Thief!! by ZahirBatin

Just a little taste... by Grishnakh666

still life 9 by Demissione

lace and flowers by liveandlove15

Vegan rhubarb cupcakes by pimeydenmorsian

Canapes with smoked salmon and cream cheese by BeKaphoto

brot by stachelpferdchen

Peanubutter-Nutella-filled double Cookie by alina-ay

Vitamine C by Alienette

Summer Trifle by FlabnBone

483 by richys

Sparkle by BronKatzke

By chance to fall down ... by Csyyt

Yard Tuesday: Man's Best Friend

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:01 AM
Journal by niklin1

Qa6... by iangrahamimages

Instant 3499 by SUDOR

The puppy market by sandas04

A Dog's Dream by ZiaulKareem

Caution by Vermontster

Scent Of A Woman by Vermontster

Walking together by mariomencacci

Friends by JACAC

Man's Best Friend

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Street Photography Week

Many street photographers use the technique of photographing people against the light to get silhouette images. I love taking silhouette photos because they are featureless and provide enough food for thought. Silhouettes are not about specific people but about human beings in general. Their solid black color brings weight, drama and emotions. Silhouettes make images look more artsy and painting-like, leaving viewers to use their imagination to complete underexposed details. It is very easy to take silhouette photos if you know couple tricks. I want to share some with you.

The general rule is to find a light background, it can be sunset, doorway, open sky or sunny wall with shadowy area in front of it (see the image below). Your object will be black-lit, photographed against light.

Untitled by IFedorovskaya

Use manual exposure mode on your camera. Set aperture on F/8-11 to get in focus both subject and background and meter the brightest part of your picture. Don't meter the dark area. You want the light part of your image to be exposed correctly and the dark part to be underexposed to create a greater contrast between light and shadow. You don't need any details within desired silhouette area:

Untitled by IFedorovskaya

Now wait for the "right” person to pass between you and your selected background. The key element of the process is to find well-shaped objects. The shape of body should and well recognizable. Many elements (hats, umbrellas) can add dynamic as well but only if they are well-shaped. If you are taking a picture of a group of people try to keep them separated to avoid a messy outcome. If your objects merge into one figure it will be difficult for viewers to understand what this is about. Also it is better to photograph silhouettes of people in their profiles:

Untitled by IFedorovskaya

Your subject should be positioned in the dark side. When the light hits the object it turns an abstract silhouette into a real human being and destroys the magic. Here you can see the difference between one person stepping from dark into the light and another one remaining in the shadow:

Untitled by IFedorovskaya

When it comes to silhouettes, any source of light behind your subject can provide a great background. If you want a crisp silhouette with no distraction on background put your subject against sky, using the same technique: meter the brightest part of your picture and underexpose desired silhouette area:

Green Day by IFedorovskaya

Since your object is not the background but the silhouette you can blow out background leaving blank space:

Birds on the Roof by IFedorovskaya

Silhouettes are fun, creative and eye-catching. Generalization and abstraction are some of most loved techniques in street photography. 
Happy shooting :) (Smile)