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Artist Profile: Austin Hendrick

This gallery contains 10 photos.

Austin and I work for Fairfax County Government. I’m a Media Producer for Channel 16 and he is an Information Officer for the Office of Public Affairs. Our jobs require ongoing collaboration, so I see him often. For the past … Continue reading

Up Close with Mykal Hall – Part 2

re-post from onOne Software blog post

In part 2 of – Up Close with Mykal Hall – he talks about his typical workflow. To view part 1, click here.

Avalon+Beach-2726942318-OTell us about your workflow. How does onOne Software fit in? Are you using Photoshop anymore?

I always shoot in RAW. That way I capture the maximum amount of information so I have more creative leeway to stylize to my liking. As the saying goes “pixels are meant to be punished” and on the odd occasion I bend them to near breaking point. I copy my card to an external drive to a folder labeled by the location and date. Then I import the images into Lightroom with a few general keywords, create a Collection Set, then create a collection in that set called Full Shoot where all my RAW files are imported.

The next stage is to preview the images and delete the few that are ruined by either me having to lift my tripod in mid shoot to avoid being hit by a wave, miscalculating a wave strength and get splash back on the lens or filter, (a Seascapers torment), not having properly cleaned the said lens or filter after being splashed or just stuffing up the shot by not selecting Bulb mode when taking long exposures. From a Seascape shoot there may be 2 or 3 shots that fall into this category.

Then, I’ll 3 star rate those images that I feel are acceptable which generally culls it down by half. If I have been in a Long Exposure mood that day this process takes no time at all as I normally have a 90% plus hit rate with composition and exposure. It’s only when I’m shooting for flowing water movements with shutter speeds of 0.6sec that I have more to cull as I’m trying to capture the right timing of waves over or around rocks. After that, I will collect similar composition and view them in Survey View in Lightroom to pick the cream of the crop. These images get a 4 star rating and are placed in the next collection called Picks which is when I start my editing.

Summary of Mykal’s Pre-Editing Process

  1. Shoot in RAW
  2. Copy card to external drive to a folder labeled by location & date
  3. Import images into Adobe Lightroom (with general keywords)
  4. Create a Collection Set, then create a collection in that set called Full Shoot where all my RAW files are imported.
  5. Preview images. Delete completely ruined ones.
  6. 3 star rate images (images deemed acceptable)
  7. Pick the very best and give them 4 stars. Place these in a collection called Picks

 

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http://www.ononesoftware.com/blog/up-close-with-mykal-hall-part-2/

Samiya Bashir: Stabilimentum

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Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel, finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls, a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Black Women’s Erotica 2 and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art.

Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications including, most recently and forthcoming, in POETRY, Poet LoreMichigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Rumpus, Hubbub, Callaloo, and Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K.

She is the recipient of two Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan, as well as awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, where she was a recent NEA writer-in-residence, the University of California, where she served as Poet Laureate, the Astraea Foundation, the National Association of Pen Women, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Soul Mountain Writers Colony, The Austin Project, Alma de Mujer, the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Cave Canem, among others. Her long poem, “Coronagraphy,” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.samiya

A long-time communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent and a recipient of the 2011 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, given annually in recognition of women writers of color who actively provide creative opportunities for other writers. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College.

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15 Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers

Have you ever met or seen another person that looked exactly like someone you know? If so, then you’ve encountered someone’s Doppelgänger. I’m not a look-alike! is an ongoing project by François Brunelle (featured previously).

http://twistedsifter.com/2014/08/unrelated-doppelgangers-photo-series/

Up Close with Mykal Hall – Part 1

Re-post from onOne Software blog

Bilgola+Beach-2726942703-OIn Part 1 of this two-part blog post, we are excited to introduce you to Mykal Hall, a talented photographer who we became quick fans of after seeing his images online. Mykal is an amazing landscape/seascape photographer from Sydney, Australia. Most often you will find him shooting beaches around Sydney and avoiding those sneaker waves. His stunning seascapes capture the beauty of the ocean. When we got a chance to speak with Mykal, he had great stories to share and the techniques he uses to fuel his passion. Today, we’re excited to share those stories and techniques with you.

Bio:

At the age of 34, my life changed from aimlessly wandering through life without a purpose to finding the “WHY” to my life in the form of my wife/soulmate/best friend Dianne and her 3 children. My home life is now perfect and I could not imagine a better family to spend the rest of my days with. There was, however, another yearning that wasn’t fulfilled. My work life. Having no real passions to pursue at an early age, I fell into various work situations from Storeman, Forklift Operator, Service Technician, to finally a Truck Driver. After 43 years, my interest for “Geekdom” from my Service Technician days, was reignited once again. I discovered “Podcasts.” The ability to learn about any subject at my own leisure was too tempting to resist. So what subjects did I choose to fill this quest for knowledge? Psychology and the latest technology trends. It was the former that I thought I would be pursuing as a career until I stumbled upon the podcast “This Week In Photo” (TWIP). It sounded very geeky (with all the cool gadgets) and creative (which would make up for a past failed interest in drawing). That’s when I purchased my first camera, a Nikon D90. Having never held a DSLR, or for that matter any SLR camera, I thought I should learn to use it in Manual mode first. When I say manual mode, I even mean manual focus. Everything I learned came from two sources: podcasts and a book called “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson.

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http://www.ononesoftware.com/blog/up-close-with-mykal-hall-part-1/

Best Views in the US Virgin Islands

Best Views in the US Virgin Islands.

Instantly Interesting Photographs with Reflections

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Reflections should be on your short list of images to make every time you go shooting. These are the steps for making a reflection picture like the one above.

Step 1: Frame Your Mind

Firstly, you’ve got to have photography on your mind, you’ve got to be looking for a picture. I was wandering around at the Newark International airport waiting for my flight when I noticed a woman wearing hot red high heels. I thought to myself, Those shoes would make an interesting subject…. That got me thinking about what picture I could make, and what picture I could convince the woman wearing the shoes to make. While I was stewing on the picture, I planted a seed when I said, “Wow, those are great looking’ shoes,” and she said, “Thanks!”

Step 2: Find a Surface

I looked around me and saw lots of busy airport stuff—all things…

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These Vector Logos for Animals are Awesome

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Graphic designer Tom Anders Watkins created a wonderful series of vector animal logos that have been receiving plenty of accolades on the creative showcase website, Behance.

The 19-year-old, half Finnish half English artist is currently studying Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln (UK) and hopes to pursue a career in advertising after graduation. You can see much more of his design work on Behance as well as his personal website.

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Artwork by TOM ANDERS WATKINS
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ADHD and Generic Medications

I have heard conflicting information about generic medications in comparison with brands overall.
I once had a pharmacist argue with me that my generic was EXACTLY the same as the brand I was taking, it had to be all in my head if I felt different. I’m not a big fan of generics, however the price is right.
Although this article address specifically ADD and ADHD – I think it will be helpful to anyone who has ever wondered about the effectiveness of generic meds.

A Recap: Consumer’s Guide to Generic Concerta.

World Sickle Cell Day: Together We Are Stronger!

Project_1330537-EDITED-AsheleyKrutisKyle7_12-0739-3008x2000px World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19th, this annual event commemorates the date in 2008 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing sickle-cell disease (SCD) as a public health concern. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase understanding of SCD and how the disease affects individuals and families worldwide.

Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorder affecting 70,000 to 80,000 Americans and millions of people world-wide. Due to the severity of health complications associated with Sickle Cell Disease there is a need for increased knowledge and awareness about the disease.

SCD is most common among people whose ancestors come from Africa; Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey, and Italy; the Arabian Peninsula; India; and Spanish-speaking regions in South America, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that SCD contributes to 5% of the deaths of children younger than 5 years of age in some African countries. While an increasing proportion of affected children now survive past 5 years of age, many remain at risk of premature death. With early detection and use of public health interventions such as penicillin, many of these deaths can be prevented. Additionally, the burden of this disease can be reduced with increased global resources and effective partnerships. Help educate and unite in the awareness of SCD. Check for programs and activities in your community.

http://sicklecelldisease.org/index.cfm?page=news&id=64

Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease Celebrates World Sickle Cell Day Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Special guest speakers include,
Shawn Bediako, Ph.D, UMBC
Dr. Oswaldo Castro, Professor Emeritus
Lifetime Achievement Award
Keir “Jr” Spates, from the Steve Harvey Morning Show. For more information call
202-865-8292

The Heart of Gold Sickle Cell Foundation of Northern Virginia, Inc. would like to invite everyone in the Washington Metropolitan area to celebrate “World Sickle Day” on June 22nd, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304.
Meet and greet health care professionals, caretakers and those with Sickle Cell Disease.

Make a $10 donation to purchase a balloon in  memory of someone who has lost the battle with SCD or is battling with Sickle Cell Disease.
http://www.heartogold.org
703-370-3234 Heartofgoldfoundation@yahoo.com