Why?Why is it when a rock gives us a crush it hurts or kills but when we have a crush it's one of our greatest thrills?Why?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Why is it when we fall from a cliff we usually die but when we fall in love (a much higher fall) we usually fly?
What I do know is when your love sick its worse than being real sick.
Love is crazy!
Food for ThoughtTodays society;Food for Thought1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Multi-million dollar pieces of equipment surrounded by 10 dollar educations, what a waste of good people.
Life Lesson #1Never argue with a rock, you may be right but you'll never never win the aurguement.Life Lesson #12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Lessons from Sharing the Story of My (Possibly)...... Gay 6-Year-Old Son.Lessons from Sharing the Story of My (Possibly)...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Editor's note: "Amelia" is a pseudonym chosen by the author in order to keep her family's identity anonymous.
On August 16 I learned what viral meant.
I wrote an essay about my oldest son and his love of a popular gay television character, Glee's Blaine, and how this crush led to him telling me he wanted to kiss boys, not girls. I naively posted it to a blog (http://getstooobsessed.tumblr.com/post/9004061623/mommy-they-are-just-like-me-my-oldest-son-is), thinking some fans of the show might think it was cute.
Within 24 hours it had been reposted and "liked" over 30,000 times on the blog's website. It wasn't long before messages started flooding in, other websites began posting it and people were commenting. The response was overwhelming positive. What I thought was a simple story about my kid and our family had clearly stuck a chord with a lot of people.
It also made some people uncomfortable. Of the criticisms, the most common is that my son is six years old an
Back to NOLAI must admit that I am still just as fascinated, and completely in love with New Orleans. It is just so full of life, that it literally breathes on it's own. While I doubt that a full month would allow me the opportunity to do and see all of the things I want to, a few days just makes my soul happy.Back to NOLA1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I saw a different side to the Quarter this time, meandering the streets at 4:00 am, watching the absolute quiet side to what most people perceive only as a place to get drunk, throw beads, and eventually throw up the Hurricane's, Mint Juleps, and Dixie beer that was ingested too fast and in too great a quanitity. There are no live bands at 4:00 in the morning, just a few notes that flitter across the air from the hotel lobbies. Waste workers are busy sweeping up plastic cups, and powerwashing sidewalks. The street sweepers offer that motorized hum as their make their way down the uneven streets. The little diners start to cook and the
The Importance of Lens ChoiceI take a lot of my cues from cinema and in particular filmmakers using DSLR for their work. I don't think it's useful for me to tell someone to go out and by this lens or that lens because ultimately what you use will be a matter of the right tools to help achieve the expression that you want to share. Therefore what you choose to shoot with will be different than what I choose to shoot with.The Importance of Lens Choice1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Instead of going into detail explanations I think the substance of what I'm trying to share can be found in these videos:
stillmotion's guide to lenses for weddings and events
More important than what the lens does is why you are using it again, Stillmotion gives a great explanation here:
deconstructing the story // a lens & composition tutorial
Hope this provides some insight for you.
Edting ShootsI was recently asked about how I go about making selections (the edit) for my shoots. I do two passes for the edit usually the next day or within 72 hours of the shoot. If trade, the team gets 1 week from the posting of the online gallery (now using Zenfolio) to get their selections to me.Edting Shoots1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Working backwards, I make my initial edit using only the flag in Lightroom. I find that working backwards gives me a fresh perspective without having to wait a few days for my emotions from the shoot to clear. It also caters to my thinking as I'm often shooting multiple shots per pose so I find the one that I want faster because I was working the pose.
Viewing on the flagged images, I will rate them according to the following scale:
1*=client gallery (all images that are worth sharing with my clients)
3*=social media/blog worthy
4*=online portfolio worthy
5*rint book worthy
If it's a trade shoot, team (Model and Stylists) get color codes for their selec
Pieces of WhiteI've just published a book with 37 (39 if you include the covers) of the best images out of the 300 or so I have so farPieces of White8 months ago in Personal More Like This
It can be found here: http://www.blurb.com/books/3666453
(the link above leads to the book preview (13 pages), details on the book can be found here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3666453)
Included are both black/white and colour pictures, a few manipulations, a variety of high- and low- key images, both explicit and not-explicit... As well as the story behind my photography.
The book starts at USD $28.95 for a softcover 10-by-8 inch book (translates to $33.33 after tax and shipping within the States), which is more worthy than buying individual prints, since it's less than a dollar per image You can choose between softcover/ hardcover/ hardcover with dust jacket (the dust jacket is the only one that includes the book flaps), as well as the paper quality.
So... If you're fishing around for Christmas present ideas, here is one!
Answer: you shoot like a girlHi againAnswer: you shoot like a girl9 months ago in Personal More Like This
and thanks for all the responses to my last journal entry.
First I have to clarify: I think that most people that say that i shoot like a girl, don't mean it in a negative way. They often express it by adding that my pics are so romantic and fragile or something like that.
I just always wondered why ppl think that this might have something to do with me being female. When ppl learn about my job, meaning that I am a mathematician, they seem to be surprised, like that wouldn't be typical female. Although then my photographic work looks typically female to them. I was wondering if that idea came up before or after knowing that I am a girl.
Regarding my models: I think it's true that they feel more relaxed with a girl as a photographer and that it helps with the photos then. But I also think that it is a real benefit for my work as a photographer that i used to model myself (well and sometimes still do), 'cause I usually know exactly what poses and expressions I want and how to ge
Real LoveThe romantic in me believes love wins in the end.Real Love1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The realist in me should be shot!
RejectionI made my first “serious” photographic attempt when I was in third grade. I got yelled at by my mom and dad for “wasting” film. By seventh grade, I’d borrowed my dad’s old army days camera loaded with black and white film and was roaming the northern Minneapolis suburbs on my bicycle looking for photographic opportunity. I’m fifty six now, so you do the math. Not all that time have I photographed. Like all my interests, it waxes and wanes. Still, that’s how long I’ve been making photographs.Rejection2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Somewhere in there... really only twenty to twenty five years ago, I started showing. I entered exhibits, I put on one man shows, I submitted to magazines. All the things an art photographer does to get seen. Do I need to tell you that many of those attempts ended in rejection? Costly rejection at that! This goes back to the film days of course, but let’s not even count the costs of film, processing, and printing. Let’s ju
Victory is mine!In the words of Family Guy's Stewie, "Victory is mine!" Over the last 18 months on this site I've noticed the number of little contests run by Groups and totally ignored them. But in February I decided fuck it, and set about to enter someVictory is mine!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
And guess what?
I won one and came second in another!
The second place position was in a contest from :iconBareYourSoul: with the theme "Celebrating our differences". I entered with this photo - and I'm sure you'd agree that clearly I was robbed of first place. Poetry!? POETRY? Really!? Just kidding. Kinda.
The first place position was in a contest from :iconPhotoSubmit: with the simple theme "Chocolate". I entered with this photo - and completely ROMPED home with 39% of the vote!
At this point I would like to point out that winning the contest is a little bit hollow and it's one of the problems with dA. Essentially, dA is simply a popularity contest. If the contest is a fr
2013 Calendar!David :icondwingephotography: has put together a collection of our pictures as a 2013 calendar, we'll be really grateful if you support us by buying it or sharing the news!2013 Calendar!9 months ago in Photography More Like This
The calendar is 11 x 8.5 inches (28x22cm) with sepia/monochrome pictures, and contains some of our best work.
David Winge Desert Nude CalendarDear Watchers,David Winge Desert Nude Calendar9 months ago in Personal More Like This
David Winge and his amazingly talented and beautiful muses create some of the best desert nude photography on Deviant Art. I have admired the work they create for several years now. It is important to support the artists you enjoy watching and collecting so the work can continue to please art lovers everywhere.
If you're not already watching him, you should.
If you love David's work, click the link below to purchase the 2013 Desert Nude Calendar.
Save one for me, David!
New LensesOkay, so I am hoping to get some new Canon lenses... I have the two kit lenses but I want MORE!! I really want the 50mm f1.4. I will probably buy that Friday.. What other lenses would you recommend? Keep in mind that I am on a tight budget. But... my birthday is coming up in August I am photographing a wedding coming up in August as well. I have started shooting people rather than just nature. I just haven't gotten around to making another deviantart for the people photography. (I don't want to mix nature with people). What do you guys recommend?? Also, how do y'all feel about putting film lenses (with adapters) on digital cameras? I have heard from some that it's a cheap alternative that can work nicely if you get a good film lens. I also understand that I would be shooting in manual mode and I have no problem with that. (I would be using these lenses on other shoots that aren't so dependent on timing).New Lenses1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As a side note, I start my second photography class in August. It's the digital
InspirationMore than just a photo...Inspiration1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously intense reaction of happiness to this comment.
This is why I stay true to who I am and what I love.
Writing on SkinAnyone have a suggestion for a type of pen/ink to be used on a model's skin that will not irritate the skin nor make it difficult to remove?Writing on Skin1 year ago in Personal More Like This
plagiarism goes by the name : Josafat MirandaI know there are ALOT of you DeviantArt peeps just love to draw photos as references .plagiarism goes by the name : Josafat Miranda6 months ago in Personal More Like This
While some of you people think its okay ... There are times it isnt :
Jason Levesque ( aka stuntkid ) :iconstuntkid: is a friend and I wanted to share this with you … :
150 points giveaway! The winner:Hello, sweeties150 points giveaway! The winner:5 months ago in Contests More Like This
I joined ask.fm today, and it's rather fun and addictive.
If you are on ask.fm and have any question for me, you can ask me here:
I like fun questions
I decided to give another 150 points to one lucky deviant again!
All you have to do to participate is:
favorite this journal
You don't have to visit my gallery nor watch me, but if you do thank you!
Thank you everyone for participating.
The winner is
Congrats, and enjoy your prize
Christmas Giveaway : 4000PTS, Premium Membership!THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSEDChristmas Giveaway : 4000PTS, Premium Membership!6 months ago in Contests More Like This
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
Winners can be seen here: http://fav.me/d5p4te2
Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! This is going to be by far my biggest giveaway ever! Every month since September you've had a chance to win points or premium membership. Now you have a shot to win a share of 4000 points or a premium membership!
Grand Winner: 2000 Points!!!
First Runner-Up: 1000 Points!!
Second & Third Runner-Up: 500 Points!
(2) Three-Month Premium Memberships
How to Win
To enter, simply this journal entry!
Winners will be chosen by random drawing on December 24th, 2012.
For more chances to win and for getting notified about upcoming contests and giveaways, please follow @AutodidactLaura on Twitter! Don't forget to retweet!
Mythical Cartography, The Artistry of MapsMythical Cartography, The Artistry of Maps10 months ago in deviantART Blog More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 15, 2012 by $techgnotic
"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore
Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian t
311 points giveaway. The winner!Hello, sweeties!311 points giveaway. The winner!6 months ago in Contests More Like This
It's cold here, so I didn't go out today and I'm sitting in my room browsing dA...
I decided to make someone smile by giving one lucky deviant 311 points!
(+ I just realized I've reached 400 000 pageviews )
*prize updated to +200 points which were kindly donated by *weremole
All you have to do in order to participate is:
fave this journal...
well, that's all
You don't have to visit my gallery nor watch me, but if you do, thank you
deadline: 7th January,2013.
I will pick the lucky winner with a little help from random.org
Thank you everyone who participated (:
This time the winner is
Congrats and enjoy your points!
Have fun, stay warm and good luck
I hope you like my newest one:
+ my latest:
Holiday Card Project 2012Holiday Card Project 20127 months ago in deviantART Blog More Like This
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA