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Grant Hillebrand
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Artist // Hobbyist // Photography
  • Jan 6
  • South Africa
  • Deviant for 12 years
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teacher, geek, Christ follower
attention span of a grasshopper

Drinker of copious quantities of tea.

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A7s/ 24-240 + various bits of vintage glass & GIMP, Sony a57/ 18-250
Being essentially analytical by nature, I like to know "why" I like a picture. There are various "rules" and guidelines around composition that can help, but why do they work, and why are they not absolute? I think, in part, it has to do with the way the image engages the eye and the mind. Pictures that make you think, that make the eye work a little in exploring what's going on, that make you discover something a little more in the image. These are from my "To Think About More" favourites. Most require full screen view to engage my eye properly. If you find them interesting, go and leave a comment as to why. My "whys" can generally be found
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"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." Gehm's corollary to Clarke's Third Law Like many people, COVID lockdowns taught me how to livestream. I have always loved tech, and the challenge of streaming was fun. In the last 18 months, I have streamed more lessons that I can recall, somewhere around 150 church services and about 10 larger scale events, including live music, with a 4 piece band. The overarching lesson has to be that "content is king" - the tech is totally secondary. This well known, albeit a little sad for a techie like me. If you ever notice the tech, it has failed. The goal of eventing tech is to create a platform for the content, and to be effectively invisible. People noticing eventing tech can be regarded as failure. So one spends a whole lot of time (and money) on making it as transparent as possible - to achieve the magic of transporting people somewhere else, without noticing. Really, a standard PC or phone webcam and microphone
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dA offered me a chance to give feedback on Core membership. If you haven't seen it, you might want to fill it in. Maybe @harrietsfriend @pearwood ? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbpKaYFD8HzsAzSimXMKgViZEDSoWWK11gji0AtMGo7-yBRg/viewform
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Just in Case you Missed the Notice, JennyStokes-Favs is holding a photo competition. We have extended the submission dates in case you would like to participate. We have lots on nice prizes.

Thank you for the heads-up.

I had missed it. The new dA makes things difficult to find, at least for me. Too entrenched in the 'old ways'. And used to tools that actually work.

Looking forward to your submission

I have found the image I want to submit, but it took a while to figure out how to submit it!

But I got there. This new dA makes things quite complex. :/

Although search does seem to work better. I'm so un-used to having functional search on dA that I only tried again today!

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Thanks for the fave and the watch!