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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

 

A bizarre treat for the creative type

As a creative person with an interest in writing, music and video along with a sense of humor, I really got a kick out of something a family friend shared with me a little while back. It is a Youtube phenomenon known as “Epic Rap Battles in History” with a channel that has recorded more that one billion, yes that billion with a “b” views.

Here are two of my favorites both dealing with legendary writers.

Unrestricted (A Poem)

This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.

Unrestricted

Unrestricted by restrictive things

In nature’s realm from all things set free

Whether dawn or eve

What else can compare

To walking with feet upon the grass

And between trees reaching for the air

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

 

Talented Musicians on Rising Star

As a music fan, one of my favorite new television addictions of the summer is ABC’s innovative music competition Rising Star.

And of the several highly-talented artists that made it into the second round of competition, these two young ladies are among my favorites. Both have overcome some challenges and both have something amazing to offer.

Megan Tibbits

came out in the first round, and has since advanced to the third with the help of voters on the West Coast who got her through her initial audition, came out with a harp. Yes, I said a harp. And with it she sang and played a unique a beautiful rendition of what is most likely to be one of the year’s top wedding songs, John Legend’s “All of Me.”

April Lockhart

got through the first round easily and compelets in the second tomorrow night. She too offered a unique spin on a song by the Spice Girls (anybody remember them?) called “Say You’ll Be There.” And while Megan’s challenge may have been the use of an unusual instrument, April’s was the fact that she learned to play the guitar and excel at it with just one hand.

Skeletons (A Poem)

Here’s my newest poem. It’s a little dark but I hope you like it.

Skeletons

We all have our skeletons

Held back by closet doors

But there’s no need to fear

As they are bones

And nothing more

Unique and wonderful aerial animation act

Let’s face it, a lot of reality TV and competition shows are flat out useless. And even if the show itself isn’t, some of the acts that appear on them are. This was certainly not the case with a young lady named Abigail Baird recently appeared on America’s Got Talent.

The skill, grace, imagination and creativity of this teacher-by-day is nothing short of inspiring.

Check out the official video here:

The Rope Magic: a Visual Art

Guest post by Janet Adams

Rope magic is a genre of magic which uses ropes to perform all manner of tricks and illusions that are sure to wow and bamboozle an adoring audience of fans and skeptics alike. The earliest recorded incidence of rope magic occurred way back in the 14th century China but the genre gained widespread renown in the 19th century when British soldiers witnessed it being performed by Indian magicians and they brought back news of its wonder back home. Back then it was quite an elaborate trick which involved a magician throwing a rope into the air where it remained erect with no external support. He then sent his assistant up the rope to get something; the assistant climbed up and disappeared in the heights. The assistant takes too long to come back and the magician grows increasingly angry then finally, armed with a sword he follows his assistant up the rope. Sounds of a violent confrontation are heard above by the crowd and soon the dismembered body of the assistant falls to the ground. The magician descends soon after, collects the scattered limbs and puts them in a box. He then proceeds to restore his assistant who appears whole before the dumbfounded audience. Rope magic nowadays is not always as elaborate. It has evolved in so many ways and a large proportion of rope magic presently consists of rope tricks that are quite simple although they are equally entertaining and engaging. They include tricks such as a rope seemingly defying gravity and standing upright on end, tying several knots incredibly fast and then moving them along the length of a rope and even making them disappear and reappear interchangeably on the rope.

Rope magic has evolved greatly over its long history. However, its core appeal has remained unaltered through the years. Whether a man is climbing up a rope that is standing on end with no external support or whether an amateur magician is performing rope knot tricks at an office party, rope magic remains a highly appealing visual art that is both enjoyable to watch and still leaves the audience bewildered as to how what they are seeing can be true. To mystify, engage and entertain are at the core of the purposes of magic and art, and rope magic does them all with seamless ease.

Author Bio:

Janet Adams is a skilled writer who is specialist in dissertation writing for the graduate/PhD students. Janet, by her brilliant writings, is looking as one of the best writers and she has been got good criticisms for her exceptional works. Janet has been set up a Master Degree in educational science from a reputed university.

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

Color symbolism in art and literature

The use of color in creative ventures has long been a method through which artists, writers and various creative types have used as a method of symbolism. And while some color symbolism is fairly obvious and has become a standard in every day society,  other uses can be more ambiguous and even unique to a given work.

color

Here are some examples of what colors may represent in any given artwork.

The absolute basics:

Black -

In almost every case, black indicates the concepts of darkness, evil, corruption, death and many rather negative ideas.

White – 

Conversely, white is nearly always used to represent purity, light, life and all that is good.

Colors with several (sometimes conflicting) qualities:

Red -

We often think of red as the color of love or passion. However, it is also associated with evil or rage.

Blue -

The old term indicating that someone is “feeling blue” has been associated with depression and sadness. But, blue being the color of water, is also sometimes intended to symbolize life.

Green -

Green is commonly the color associated with, nature and natural beauty. However, people are also said to be “green” with envy and sometimes called green when they are inexperienced.

Yellow -

Cowardice and weakness have been connected to yellow. But then again, yellow is also a shade associated with happiness and enlightenment.

Gold -

When we think of gold, we make think of power and wealth. But at the same time, it can represent greed, a state of hardness or shallow materialism.

Interesting huh?

 

So, you’re not a rap fan?

“I don’t like rap.”

It’s a phrase I hear quite often, especially from members of an older generation. While I can understand ang appreciate that if, your reasoning is sound. For example, if you don’t like the stylistic elements and you’d rather tune in to some jazz, blues, rock or country. However, I can’t stand when anyone makes a blanket statement about ALL of one music genre or another.

That being the case, here are five rap/hip-hop songs I think might just surprise some of the naysayers.

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