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Making candy into art

It never ceases to amaze me

that their are so many people out there with such unique artistic talents. Recently in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I can across a guy known as the “Candy Man.” His real name is Takafumi Ichiyanagi and he literary makes art out of candy. Below you’re see three examples.

Pegasus

 Pegasus

Humming bird

Humming Bird and Flower

Wolf

Wolf

 

 

Some of the top guitarists of all time

Music can be such a powerful force

and when we think about it, sometimes we like to make comparisons between styles and eras. I do anyway. I would venture to guess  you do the same from time to time.

With that in mind, I was watching a concert on television the other day and it got me thinking about some of the elite guitarists over the years. So, just for fin, I thought I’d put together this brief list of some of who I consider the all time greats. Keep in mind these are in no particular order.

B.B. King

B.B._King_in_2009

Eric Clapton

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Carlos Santana

Santana_2010

Richie Sambora

640px-Richie_Sambora_at_the_2009_Tribeca_Film_Festival

Slash

1024px-Slash_live_in_Rome_by_Paride

Jimmy Hendrix

Jimi_Hendrix_1967

Micro 4/3 Camera Magic

Only a few years ago, digital SLR cameras had one major drawback, especially for users making the transition from point and shoot models to these more professional-grade cameras. That major drawback – lack of a live-view LCD screen.

The Micro 4/3 system changed that forever and thus I am one a big advocate of this mirrorless sensor technology.

Best of all, not only does it offer the live-view capability but it has a doubling effect when it comes to your lenses. For example, if you lens has a range of 15-45 as some kit lenses do, the system actually converts that into the equivalent of a lens with a range of 30-90.

I urge you to find out more about this cool advancement in digital photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo courtesy of iFotoVideo.cz

 

Great sources for free media content

A little while back I wrote about the ethical use of content from the web. Keeping with that theme, I figured I would share a few great sources of quality content with the reads of the blog.

Most people have probably heard of the classifications “royalty free” and “public domain.” But, there’s a newer licencing category out there that often ends up offering newer content and with few or no restrictions at all. It’s called “Creative Commons.” And if you’ve never heard of it, you should really check into this.

So, without any further ado, here are the sources I mentioned above:

Search Creative Commons

Search CC

Let’s CC

Let's CC

 

Ethical and legit practices for using content you find online

Since the very beginning of writing and art, there has been a concern over the ownership, intellectual property rights and usage of work that has been put out there for public consumption. And since the digital age of the Internet, things have gotten much more complicated.

In college, I studied journalism and part of my schooling dealt with media law and ethics. Oddly enough, the answer to many of the questions and issues that we discussed was simply “it depends.”

So, just for kicks, here is my personal perspective on this matter.

If the content is from social media…

One of the primary purposes of social media is for the content to be shared. Whether is be on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or something else, it seems to me that the content owner who posts his or her work is essentially granting permission for others to share it. If they do not want this to be the case, they can make adjustments to indicate that the content is private or not meant to be shared.

If the content is from a random blog, site or search…

I suppose the usage of these items does depend on many factors. I suggest you use you intuition.

If the content is specifically marked…

If the content states that it should not be reproduced or reposed, if a Youtube video is disabled from embedding or if right clicking on an image is disabled, clearly the post author does not want this to be spread around.

Best ways to go…

For photos or video:

Start out with your own images or videos, if you don’t have what is necessary, look into public domain, royalty free and stock content. The next best thing to do is seek out content that is clearly intended to be shared via social platforms.

For writing: 

Create your own or seek out people who will create content for you. Another option is to use content from article marketing sites like Ezine Articles.

When it comes to giving credit:

Crediting is often not necessary for public domain, royalty free or stock content. If it is a condition of usage, give proper credit. Same goes for stuff from article marketing sites. If it seems like sharing is acceptable, crediting the source in some way is always a good idea. While Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest pretty much automatically do this for you, not all platforms have such a feature. In that case, you can do something like tag the author or literally create a byline.

 

Eldur Á Himni – Fire In The Sky (A short film)

Being a fan of photography,video and nature, I came across this amazing time=lapse video shot in Iceland of the beautiful Northern Lights. I hope you enjoy this incredible work by the talented Boris Schaarschmidt.

Eldur Á Himni – Fire In The Sky from Boris Schaarschmidt on Vimeo.

Like pencil sketches but can’t draw?

I don’t know about you but, I really enjoy the skill and artsy that goes into creating a quality pencil sketch. And while I have played around with this art form myself, my creative abilities seem to be focused elsewhere to say the least.

That being the case, I learned of a method that allows me to take any photograph and turn it into something of a pencil sketch. And now, this is the newest service I am offering through Fiverr.com.

Check out the pick of this cute dog below:

Pencil drawing

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