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As it happens I just stumbled across the event while on an outing with my wife. Stumbling, or not I was amazed by the talent that was being displayed on the murals as they were created. It was also just plain, good old fashioned, all American fun. Anyway while there watching the artist as they worked I wish so much that I had a camera with me. I had my mobile phone but it I could easily envision the shots I could have gotten with telephoto and, in particular, a super wide angle lens. Then there is the quality of the photos.
In the end I decided that it’s certainly better to get some kind of photo than no photo at all so I was forced, no, forced, I decided to resort to the camera on my mobile phone. There was no way I was going to let a lack of proper tools stop me from capturing this really cool display of artistic talent.
Photos of Chalk It UP!
Real World Examples of Photojournalist Using Instagram
A growing number of photographers and Photojournalist are actually using mobil phones, and even getting assignments specifically to use mobile phones and even Instagram in the field. Because of this photos from mobile phones have even landed on the cover of Time Magazine and The New York Times!
Becouse Mobile phones are being used by photojournalist more and more often. During Hurricane Sandy several prominent newspapers and magazines sent their photojournalist in to New York City with mobile phones and the password for their Instagram feeds. This was because electricity and Internet connections were down and was the fastest most efficient way to upload photos to the wire. As a result a cell phone shot upload to Instagram made the cover of TIME Magazine!
There are also Photojournalist using mobile devices and Instagram in the Middle East that are using cell phones. Photojournalist using Instagram also made the front page of the New York Times with a photo uploaded to Instagram!
Because of situations like this there are many that believe mobile phones have an enormous future with mainstream media. I don’t think this is the case. Of course for speed of use mobile phones will continue to be used. I believe, however, that the next generation of digital SLR’s will have mobile connectivity so photographers and photojournalist will be able to upload to the Internet via FTP servers and applications like Instagram, Google Plus, etc. directly from their DSLR
Crystal’s courent smartphone of choice is the Samsung GALAXY S II
As a child of the “70’s” I played with sticks and rocks! I also walked to school uphill both ways, in the snow. Well, not really but I did play with sticks and rocks! Seems times have changed 🙂
Family photos are something that nearly all of us have. In this particular case I’m talking about all sorts of photos and not necessarily those of just family members. It can be photos of friends and other people we know. Often our family photos can include pets like our dogs, cats, iguanas or whatever else we might have. Regardless, unless your a pygmy living in the jungles of New Guinea or some damn place you most likely have family photos.
These days it seems that the bulk of family photos are kept our phones and computers. We live in a digital age were all of our snapshots and most cherished memories can easily be lost with the crash of a hard drive or loss of a phone. Unfortunately the average person doesn’t routinely backup their photos to multiple hard drives and the lack of doing so can be emotionally devastating when these photos are lost.
Regardless of the method that the photo was captured whether it’s a single snapshot taken with the phone or professional photographs our family photos mean a lot to us. It’s true however that they don’t have nearly the same meaning for others as they do for ourselves but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that they remind us of ourselves our lives and our families. Their remind us of events that occurred and tell our story to those that come after us.
The Importance of Family Photos
One such example is the photo above of my mom and dad’s wedding. To the average viewer there’s nothing significant about it and quite frankly it’s not likely to draw their attention outside of a brief glance. To my own family however it’s a very important photo for several reasons. The first and foremost is that, to the best of my knowledge, it’s the only surviving that photograph from my parent’s wedding.
Oddly enough I had never even seen that photograph or known it existed until one year ago this month. My wife and I were visiting my grandma and while we were there I was looking through some of my mom’s stuff. (I guess it should be pointed out that my mom passed away more than 20 years ago.) Anyway while looking through some of her belongings I found one single negative that was laying in the bottom of her drawer. It was banged up, scratched up covered in dust. It really was in the most horrible condition. Either way I asked my grandmother I can have a negative.
I’ve been snapping my own photos since the summer of 1979 and this one single negative, despite its horrible condition, is one of my most prized possessions. I cherish it for a number of obvious reasons. I mean think about it. Not only is it the sole surviving photo for my parents wedding it’s also a photo of my mom who’s no longer with us. But there’s also things that aren’t so obvious to the average viewer. The fact that the photo was snapped in my grandmother’s kitchen and just off to the right you can see the old wood burning oven which my grandmother used to cook in. There’s even a small stack of wood down on the floor. It’s little details like this that bring back memories and will also will tell a story for those that hadn’t been born or have no memories of that particular time in the history of our family.
While were on the topic of my mom I thought I would include some snapshots that were taken in perhaps 1960 or 1961. Though I can’t be certain I assume that she was going through a Jackie O phase. Apparently this was a condition that many young women suffered in the late 1950s and early 1960s and it would appear from viewing the photographs that my own mom was no exception to this rule.
The photographs below are not professionally taken they are just family snapshots but the have meaning to me and are important to me and my family. These photographs would of been taken with her old Brownie camera. They are blurry and out of focus but I love these old family photos much more than many of the sophisticated and technically advanced photos that I shoot myself these days.
The first is a photograph of my mom and her brother, my uncle, Ray. Mom is reloading one of the cameras with film while someone else snapped this photo with the Brownie.
The one thing I do know about this photograph, the one at the top, is that it’s the photo that my dad carried in his wallet when he and my mom were dating. I’ve also included two other photographs that were snap the same day for no other reason than I wanted to. After all, who could resist sharing a photo of their mother doing the Jackie O!
Take Care of Your Family Photos
Whether you shoot your photos with a digital camera, a cell phone, or God for bid a film camera it really is important that you backup your files and care for your negatives. In the case of my mom and dad’s wedding only one single negative survives 50 years after the fact. In today’s digital world phones are replaced and computers thrown away and recycled. The harddrives that these photos reside on and are so often lost forever.
Even in this digital world it’s important for your children and other family members that these photographs be passed down to them. What may seem no more snapshot to you could have deep and significant meaning for others years later. Just something to consider.
Despite living so close, no more than 2 ½ hours away, I’ve only revisited The Wall three more times. From these later visits it seems that the reverence for the place has been lost. This annoyed me a great deal. If I think about it objectively there is no reason why it should annoy me but it does. Perhaps it was just the crowd of people that were there on that first visit. The quiet footsteps and whispered voices that helped me decide for myself the way we should treat the memorial. Perhaps it’s quiet more often than I realize as I don’t go often. Perhaps it was just a loud noisy crowd that were there on my other visits. Who’s to say but my first trip was very emotional.
The temperature is only 10° outside this January morning and for some odd reason I woke thinking this would be an excellent day to go back to “The Wall”. I could certainly relive that solitude and peacefulness of my first visit. Anyway, that’s what prompted me to search my archives for some photos and post this blog.
For more information on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial see the links below.
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Luminosity Blending Mode in Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Video
Below is a short video tutorial
Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for more Photoshop video tutorials on other blending modes and their uses soon.
Although the video on YouTube has been uploaded in full HD 1080p I realized that it can often be difficult or slow to download these videos as such from YouTube. It really depending on location, signal strength etc. Because of that have included a link below where you can download the full 1080HD video zip to your hard drive for future use.
I’ve also included some sharpening actions with low, medium and high sharpening effects. These actions automatically apply the fade sharpening command shown in the video at the end of each use. I created these actions bases on information in the book. Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Other Photoshop Tutorial Videos
Photographs From the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show and Complex
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a week long event housed in the massive structure that was named after it. For the most part it was probably a bad idea to go on a Sunday. Despite the many functions and events that I have attended and worked at the at the Farm Show complex I have never seen crowds that bad. There were traffic jams of people, literally hundreds and thousands of people. It seemed that we were the cattle being herded rather animals resting serenely throughout the building. At one point there were probably six or seven Pennsylvania State Troopers trying to direct this throng of humanity inside the complex. Quite honestly I have no idea what they thought they could do to rectify or correct the situation. It was just a nightmare pure and simple.
Quite obviously while I was there I spent a good deal of time collecting, or rather trying to collect photographs. It wasn’t Exactly an easy task with all of the people pushing and shoving. If I stopped to grab photograph I was certainly going to be in someone’s way. But nonetheless I do what I do I was able to capture a few. Since I actually spent the time to capture them it seemed fitting that I share them here.
I guess without a doubt the first image would be this macro of a rooster’s head and face. Of all the photographs that I snapped that day this was without a doubt the most difficult. With all the people walking up and down the aisles. The damn rooster’s head was constantly bobbing and never stopped. Thankfully Kitten walked to the side, got his attention for me and he stayed still for perhaps one quarter of a second allowing me to capture the photograph.
Despite the difficulty in capturing it I really like this photograph. The detail and color are nearly perfect.
Room with the birds had chickens and ducks and geese. There were guineas and all sorts of critters you might find on a farm. Among these was a display where peeps or baby chicks were being hatched. I would like to have gotten in close and actually taken a photograph of one of the chicks as it was hatching at the masses of people surrounding the small enclosure was quite frankly more than I wanted to deal with.
As each chick was hatched it was moved to an incubator and it was here that I was able to actually capture at least one decent photograph of these highly mobile little creatures.
The Big Animals
Along with roosters and baby chickens any good agricultural exhibit will have large animals. There were horses, cows, bulls and all that jazz. The photograph below is of a Texas Longhorn.
Also back in the main arena there are all sorts of competitions one of which was a draft horse competition. this arena at the Farm Show Complex has over 8800 seats. The lighting is of course a photographer’s nightmare but you can at least get the general idea from the photograph below.
Farm Equipment and Other Shiny Things
Last we have farm equipment. There were tractors and shovels and backhoes. There was even a silo that was built inside. Obviously a scaled-down version of the big ones but not tiny by any stretch of the imagination.
Of the tractors on display there was everything from brand-new tractors to old steam tractors that look like small locomotives. Below are two photographs of an antique John Deere that caught my fancy.
The Pennsylvania Farm show runs annually and has done so for nearly 100 years. If you never been it’s always nice to go at least once. Currently parking is $10.00 and admission is free I would suggest however, that you avoid it on the weekends. Personal experience and all.
Other News Sources for The 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show
Horses tow 10000 pounds in PA Farm Show contest
Nine teams competed in the crowd-pleasing lightweight horse pull in the large arena at the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Tuesday afternoon. In a contest requiring the elite athletes of the equine world to show their brute strength by pulling a sled loaded …
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2013 PA Farm Show: What you need to know
The 2013, 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show starts Saturday and runs until Jan. 12 with old and new favorites and new attractions for all ages. The theme of the 97th edition of the show, Made in Pennsylvania, It Makes A Difference, puts the focus on how …
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Southampton teen's Angus named champion at farm show
With a smile on her face and a wire comb in her right hand, Ruby Monn prettied up Maximus, her prize-winning Angus, Tuesday morning at the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. “I'm going to miss him,” the 17-year-old Southampton Township girl said prior to the …
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Update – Photos from the 2015 Fairie Festival at link below
Click here for photos of the 24th Annual May Day Fairie Festival
Though this is an annual event, 2012 is the first time that I attended. When I arrived I knew instantly that the outlandish costumes and amazing colors were going to make for beautiful photographs. There were all manner of people in attendance including fairies, witches, Druids, musicians and dancers. Those of us dressed in more casual attire definitely stood out as little more than tourist among the crowd.
This difference was reflected in nearly all of the photos as two worlds came together. One for example, a man dressed as a druid, or what I assumed to be a druid at any rate, that had porta potties in in the background as well as an elderly man dressed as if he were on a trip to Disney World. It showed the stark contrast of the different people who attended. Even in the photo of the druid above with a red barn in the background seems out of place with the pre-Roman theme that the actor was portraying.
Without a doubt my favorite part of the festival were the belly dancers form from the Transcendence Tribal Bellydance Collective. The entire show was about color, continuous movement and “swirling color”. Though the images of these ladies seemed more at home with the crowds in the background, I couldn’t help but wish that I could capture them with only the trees, tents and a fire pit in the background. Nothing could have made the scene more complete. Either way I hope to have a chance to photograph them again someday. If I do have the chance I will surly be more prepared and ready than just capturing random shots on the fly.
If you have never gone and would like to try something new consider heading out to the Fairie Festival Glen Rock PA next May. Enjoy the people, music, food, sights and other sounds. If for no other reason perhaps you can simply go to embrace your inner tree hugger for just one day. Whatever the reason you decide to attend you are sure to have a wonderful time.