Funky Fireworks: Explosive Joy for Everyone

Posted on January 13, 2009 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

Quick Quiz: What can cause people young and old, rich and poor, to stare up into the night sky, mouths open in awe, smiling and clapping for sheer joy? If you answered “alien invasion” or “nuclear detonation”, you’re only half correct. The almost primal joy a fireworks display can bring is quite fascinating; it’s as […]

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The Lazy Photographer: Vacation Pics Without Breaking a Sweat!

Posted on December 3, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Photography | Leave a Comment

Taking vacation photos presents some unique challenges. On one hand, as an aspiring photographer, you want more than simple snapshots – you want memorable pictures that convey the joy of being there. On the other hand, You probably don’t have Richard Branson’s bank account, and unlike the great Ansel Adams, you don’t have the convenience […]

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The Return of Pictorialism

Posted on September 15, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Photography | Leave a Comment

Sometimes, your most interesting photos come entirely by accident: Is it a painting? A photograph? A photograph of a painting? I personally think this is the most unique image I’ve ever taken – the blurred flower petals (yes that’s what they are) look like soft brush strokes on canvas. Not our usual idea of how […]

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Five Mistakes Made by Beginning Photographers

Posted on September 7, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Photography | 1 Comment

I begin with a quick disclaimer: Though I’ve been taking casual snapshots for years, I myself am very new to serious photography. How new? If you browse to the end of my Flickr photostream, you’ll notice that the first shot I considered good enough to upload was taken a little over a year ago. Not […]

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