The Okavanga Effect v2The infrared images below were taken only a few seconds apart and, with only one difference between them, they have been treated in post-processing in exactly the same way. Yet that single difference has caused the very substantial change in the character, colours, and tonality of the images, with bright yellow areas dominating the visual space. It is this that I call, rather immodestly, the Okavanga Effect.The Okavanga Effect v21 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The images have the following in common. A Canon 40D camera converted to full spectrum capabilities was used, fitted with an R72 infrared filter. The camera was tripod mounted. A custom white balance was employed, this having been obtained by shooting with the R72 filter in place against a standard grey card. Other than the R72 filter, no other filter was used. Light conditions were identical with the shots
Infrared Gradients Project - Fractals by JennyJenny, Lady-Compassion :iconlady-compassion:, has been a long-time supporter of the :iconinfrared-club: often working behind the scenes to promote the Group and infrared photography. One of her insights into our kind of photography is that as well as its surreal air, there are endless ways to present images in terms of colours and textures - there is no correct way of presenting colour in infrared work. We only have to think of and look at the works of, for example, myINQI, helios-spada, mIkeschwaRz, and occasionally of myself Okavanga to see the possibilities of colour presentation. Jenny saw the possibilities of taking these unique colour palettes and using them as gradients in fractal art. Without going into any detail, fractal art involves generating a space that is visualised by using colours, sometimes a very simply array, sometimes computer generated, sometimes abstracted from other images, in order to "colour in" that fractal space. Jenny uses, maInfrared Gradients Project - Fractals by Jenny5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
A Quick Guide to Publishing ResourcesPublishing WeekA Quick Guide to Publishing Resources2 months ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of you are probably familiar with my extensive Publishing Resources List, and if you are, you probably know that it’s gotten rather…unwieldy. This article will serve as a quick guide to the most essential resources I’ve collected, so you don’t get too overwhelmed when you’re starting out.
My Idiot’s Guide to Lit Mag Publishing and Idiot’s Guide to Book Publishing are two good overviews of the most popular types of publishing. Another great resource for those of you hoping to publish books is this chart, which covers the different p
Poetry Basics: BrevityBrevity: n. the quality of expressing much in few words.Poetry Basics: Brevity2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When I was in tenth grade, I took my first literature course. It was a six week exploration of poetry. The first poem my teacher showed us was Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro:
The apparition of faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
I, in all of my 16-year-old knowledge of the intricacies of what poetry is, informed my teacher that those two lines were not a poem.
"You don't think so?"
"No. They don't rhyme, they are just one metaphor, and did I mention they're only two lines?"
She sure showed me.
Importance in Poetry
Pound's poem is considered such a great work because he inserts several layers into a single image. Using only 13 words he evokes an entire painting within the reader's mind. You can hear the sounds of the trains, see the fatigue of a mother wrestling with her cranky toddler,
Poetry Basics: EmotionsEmotions in poetryPoetry Basics: Emotions1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Writing, at its very base, is communication. We write to communicate — with someone else, with ourselves — when we write, we arrange words in a manner that is intended to be read. This is very important because, no matter what or how you write, this one basic fact never changes. If you get stuck at any point, you can come back to this sturdy foundation. I am writing to communicate; what do I want to communicate?
Often, the answer is emotions: how you feel, or how you want your reader to feel. As Gregory Corso wrote, "You must feel! It's beautiful to feel!"
We all feel, but how we express our feels is a matter of perspective. If we are too flippant with our choice of words, our readers will think we are shallow. If we are too brooding and deliberate, our readers may find us incomprehensible. Finding a balance takes work and dedication.
But that work and dedication is what distinguishes
Record Cards, Astronavigation and YouOnce upon a time, there was a strapping young lad named Arnold J. Rimmer.Record Cards, Astronavigation and You2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Arnold Rimmer joins the Space Corps as a lowly third technician, but has great plans to work his way up through the ranks until he is an officer. To become an officer, however, one must pass the dreaded astronavigation exam. Fortunately, Rimmer is organised. He knows how to make the absolute most of his time, and so he takes a sheet of paper and draws up a revision schedule. He blocks out the times he must spend at work, and also those times when he will be distracted by his slovenly bunk-mate, David Lister. On another sheet of paper, he notes down all the subjects that will be covered in the astronavigation exam, and weights the importance of each one, colour-coding them for ease of reference. Now that he has established what he must revise and when he can revise it, he fills in each available slot in his schedule, using all his skill as an expert calligrapher to
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide10 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
Readymades: Hallmarks of Lazy WritingReadymadesReadymades: Hallmarks of Lazy Writing1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate's Prose Basics Week. I decided to tackle "lazy writing" as a topic, because they always say "write what you know" and boy, do I know laziness. Then I realized there were dozens of ways to be a lazy writer, so I heroically narrowed the scope of my article down to one broad topic: readymades. After talking about what a "readymade" is, I'll explain why they should be avoided in writing prose*, and I'll finish with some tips to help you avoid using them yourself.
Before we go any further, I should note that the term is not a technical one. It is the word I was taught to use to identify a set of common problems with weak writing, so it's the word I use. I hope you'll find this article helpful, but it's not a textbook.
*I say "prose" because it's Prose Basics Week, but readymades infect poetry as well. If you're more a poet than a prose
Awesome Stock: Male Stock ModelsAwesome Stock: Male Stock Models10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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Resource Party IIAnother selection of useful and fabulous tutorials:Resource Party II2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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How to Write a Query LetterPublishing WeekHow to Write a Query Letter2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
A query is kind of what it sounds like -- you're ASKING an agent or publisher if they're interested in seeing your book. But a query is more than hey what's up I'm awesome my book is awesome look at it plz! You have to write a professional letter that will entice the person who will read it into writing back with a HECK YES SHOW ME YOUR BOOK! (Okay, they probably won't say it like that. But you get the gist.)
The first line in your query should be:
Dear Ms./Mr. AgentLastName OR Dear Ms/Mr. EditorLastName
This might sound obvious, but you never EVER want to address a query with Dear Sirs/Madams or To Whom it May Concern. You also don't want to address it to the publisher or the agency. You are writing a specific agent or a specific editor, whom you've taken the time to research. You know what this person likes and you think he or she will like your book. So address them personally.
The next lines should should look something like:
Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
So what makes a poem good?
According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge (please, never just call him Sam) the definition of poetry is "the best words in their best order".
Fine. But what exactly does that mean?
It means that good poetry is about much more than just matching rhythm and rhyme. What elevates any poem above its peers is the specific choice of words to match the poet's intent.
Say what now?
Think of it this way: our chosen words are our color palette, and the way we combine them equates to brush strokes and blending. Strong words equal bold hues, while overused and cliché terms are a lot like faded watercolors. You want your hard work to stand out, not blend in, right?
Of course I do!
Then my biggest piece of advice is this: choose your words.
What do you mean? I always choose my words; I'm a writer, after all!
What I mean is, do your best to choose the most appro
The Music of Language: ProsodyPoetry is the art of using language as a tool to create both visually, atmospherically and phonetically coherent pieces. Imagine an unsung music that flows through our everyday lives, syncopating our every emotion and pulses through our every sentence. The careful wordsmith is someone who is attuned to this song, the music of the language. It’s the melody that runs through the lines as we hear them read out loud and the rhythm that resonates through every sentence that we utter. The name for it is prosody. Prosody is the underlying song that lives in any given language. And it is the basis of foot, meter and rhyme.The Music of Language: Prosody1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
1. What is prosody?
In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech. It reflects both the feature of the language as well as the mood and intent of the speaker. Therefore the "melody" of Italian sounds drastically different from that of English, which is again different fr
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
Menagerie of Literature Contests: Updated 5/17 Literature Contests and Contests That Accept Literature!Menagerie of Literature Contests: Updated 5/178 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Don't forget this exists. Now you can get straight to work on those contest entries.
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Space saving is fun.
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PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!Hello everyone!PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Throughout this week we will be discussing a variety of elements in prose writing and this topic is something which isn't just relevant to prose writers, but can be applied to all forms.
Imagine your piece of work is laid out on a stage for people to read. In the seats are the people who you want to read it- who are they? Can you see their faces, imagine their lives? Why have they been drawn to come see your work and read your story? What did you to to keep that audience sat down and interested in your work? Did you think about them when you wrote?
An audience is anyone who could potentially read your work. In writing, we talk about "target audience" and how understanding that audience can help shape the way you write. That intended audience could be specified by age, interests, personalities, cultural background, religion- anything! Of course you may gain readers outside of that target group, but considering your audience will involve your reader in the wr
Traditional Publishing or Indie Publishing?Publishing WeekTraditional Publishing or Indie Publishing?2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So you want to publish your book? In this day and age, usually the next question is: should you go Traditional or Indie?
It's a hard question to answer but I think it's something that only each individual can decide for themselves.
I decided to go Indie after several tries over ten years of submitting my manuscript to publishers, getting feedback, re-writing the book and then submitting again. Over and over the feedback was that because my work wasn't mainstream science fiction that the publishers weren't prepared to take the risk. I came to a point where I realised that I needed to decide if I wanted to keep trying to get Traditionally published, and likely end up rewriting my book into something I never wanted it to be, or if I wanted to go Indie. Now, I've never looked back since I decided to go Indie. It was hard work with a very steep learning curve but it was all worth it. I love the control of being an Indie
Notes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-Writing1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
verb: co-write [kəʊˈrʌɪt]
gerund or present participle: cowriting
write (something) together with another person.
Successful co-writers often go under a pseudo name, such as Nicci French, Tania Carver, Scott Mariani.
We're not going to talk about one off poems or stories, we're getting into the nitty gritty of long term co-writing. By this, we mean writing together for 6+ months.
The number one question we get whenever we mention co-writing is:
How does it work?
For us, it starts with finding someone who you can be friends with.
Don't go looking for someone who you only want to write with. Of course it's important that you both share a passion for what you're about to start, BUT there's a reason most co-writing duos are married or close friends. It's important that you have
How art tutoring should be nowadaysYes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience.How art tutoring should be nowadays2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.
Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level
FAQ? and update.I think it is about time to put up an FAQ.FAQ? and update.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
There are some question I am often asked that I should really consolidate into one easy to find place.
What do you think should be on this FAQ? What questions do you have that are related to this account, stock and photography or what important information could be relevant for an FAQ?
Also life update. I think my last personal update journal was perhaps two or three years ago. So ummm..... Hi!
The last two years have been totally awesome and busy. I've won several major awards in my states photographic industry (2013 WAPPA Family photographer of the year and runner up photographer for the whole state, and runner up in the 2014 family category)
Within the studio I work for I have reached a Master Photographer status (the only one in the company).
I have also finished moving house for the third time this year. I adore where I am currently staying, it is freshly built and oh so pretty!
I've visited both America and Europe and have plans to head
Stock and Resources DD Roundup for August 2013:iconelandria:Stock and Resources DD Roundup for August 20132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Still Life Stills Features: Cake!This weeks feature suggested by ChibiKingSamaStill Life Stills Features: Cake!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If you have any suggestions for future still life features, let us know!
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Masters Of Capturing Light #6 + Creating AweTake a look at some magnificent works of people who are able to align eye, head and feelings, observing the world rather than only seeing it. Enjoy and support them!Masters Of Capturing Light #6 + Creating Awe2 years ago in Personal More Like This
La Vie Est Belle by Trichardsen
The green coast by matthieu-parmentierValley Of Larches by Dani-Lefrancoisondic I by roblfc1892
Hungarian skies ptCLVI. by realityDreamRagnarok by MartinAmm
Fading Light by Brian-B-PhotographyOut Into the Plains II by FramedByNatureSpring break by Michaelthien
Light Through the Valley II by PeterJCoskunThe Black Earth by MaximeDavironSunrise Reflections by PeterJCoskun
Wings of fire by m-eralpThe Explorer - Skaftafell by matthieu-parmentierRyten by TobiasRichter
Segla Wall by TobiasRichterAt The End Of Summer by MashutoCrimson Crags. Cerro Torre, Patagonia by michaelandersonTree At Sunset Vertical by comsicPlot Twist by Inebriantia
remission by augenweidePot of Gold by PeterJCoskunMother and Child 2 by AdamSherratt
Thunder Valley by CapturingTheNightSuper Cell by StuzalSaksa by TobiasRichter
Gradient Flow by light-recycledHorseshoe Bend, side view by alierturkTwilight Zone by IvanAndreevich
Rainbow Moment by gnatoRest by SByrnesEnd of the Rainbow by FramedByNature
Palokkajarvi II by m-eralpThe Deep End by erezmaromSpot the Shark by erezmarom
A world of ice by matthieu-parmentier:thu