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Reflections on a year gone by

Now that 2013 in nearing its end

(it’s 9:37 pm as I write this), I’d like to take a moment to reflect back on the past 12 months.

Quite honestly, this year has been far from the best for me and my family. There have been a lot of struggles, pain and heartache. And while I am always looking forward to the fresh start a new year brings, that is especially so this year.

Despite the negatives,  there have been some bright spots among the darkness. And many of those came in the form of arts.

So, without further ado, I would like to thank, acknowledge and recognize the following, all of which have had a great, positive impact on the year that was.

The models

To all the amazing models with whom I had the pleasure of working and creating some amazing art, thank you so much and I hope to work with you more in 2014.

Web design and Social Media clients

To all those in need of social media management or content creation and the development or revision of websites, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity as well as the challenge.

Fiverr buyers

To everyone on Fiverr who ordered one or more of my “gigs” allowing me to delve into a variety of artistic projects ranging from photo editing to custom limericks. It’s been great and I look forward to working with you guys even more this year.

The muses

To anyone or anything that inspired me over the course of the year to seek out that perfect photo, write that ideal line of poetry or otherwise create the best pieces of art that I could, you have been so amazing and I am truly grateful.

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for our blog and we decided to share it with our readers.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Review of camera – on my new Galaxy S III Mini

As even the most casual readers of this blog know by now, I do a lot of work as a photographer and thus take my art very seriously. So as a general rule, while I would never really advocate a cell phone camera over a fully functional DSLR, bridge camera or even a quality compact unit, the fact remains that sometimes these are simply more convenient.

With that being the case, I decided to give a quick review of the camera from my new phone the Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini.

Photography:

The official manufacturer’s specifications – 

5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, panorama

Real world usage (my opinion) – 

The camera offers a fair amount of adjustable features for a phone. This includes modes for shooting at night, facial feature enhancement and the ability to add a bit of sound to the beginning of your photo. While the jury is still out on these modes, the sports mode leaves a lot to be desired. But then again, that is typically the case on most cameras or devices. The flash is pretty good and very similar to any standard camera flash. You can easily adjust the flash setting as well. In addition to the auto focus mode, you can also opt to use macro focus which might come in handy with close-ups. The ISO can be set between 100 and 400 and it also provides the ability to adjust white balance on a basic level.

Video:

The official manufacturer’s specifications – 720p@30fps with secondary VGA

Real world usage (my opinion) – 

The standard video quality isn’t bad and the camera’s microphone captures the audio well. However, it is possible that it might be a bit too well as that does pick up a bit of background noise. They video files come out in MP4 format. As of this time, I haven’t been able to determine whether or not the video can be adjusted to be full-screen or not. Video can be shot in both a front and rear facing manner.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

HTML coding as art?

For a while now…

I’ve been delving into designing some basic websites. But recently, I’ve invested some more time and effort into this creative venture.

From the first ever website that I worked with back in college more than a decade ago (wow I’m feeling old now) a lot of my friends did not like the dreaded acronym HTML. In fact, I generally held a similar opinion and to some extend still do. Back then, I thought of HTML as another one of those “four-letter” words of foul language. Now, I view it more like a fungus, it grows on you over time.

To keep the whole analogy thing going, I see HTML as being kind of like the annoying relative that you see a couple of times a year for holidays or special events. You can take him or her in small doses but wouldn’t want to have to deal with them all the time. They may be a bit difficult to handle but can have some redeeming qualities.

The “redeeming qualities” of HTML are all about the virtually unending possibilities for customization. And that’s something that no template or drag and drop setup can offer.

This customization is where the artistic quality of this coding system finally comes into play. A really good, easy to use source is the W3schools website. Give it a try and the artist in you might just be happy you did.

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Simple but elegant thank you card

While the first think that probably comes to mind…

when you thing about a “thank you” card is something that a person sends after receiving a gift for a wedding, birthday or other occasion. However, not only is it polite but it can also be good business for small companies, community organizations or entrepreneurs.

Several years back when I was a young child, my other sold homemade baked goods to help with the family finances. Off and on since then, she has taken up the same activity on a smaller scale. Recently, she began working on it a but more seriously.

At her request, I created this graphic design piece as a thank you card for those who place orders for any of her amazing treats.

For any of you who have seen my work before, you may have gathered that I tend to be a bit of a minimalist and believe that in design, less can be more. With that in mind, this card is simple yet elegant and most importantly gets the point across to the customer.

thank you card

Photography caption contest week four

We have now tcome to the last round of the Creative Dreamer’s four-week photography caption competition. Winner from the last three weeks have already been notified and are all in the running to win the top prize of thier choice as well as the prizes for single week winnings.

Now let’s get down to the final round.

Reminder of the rules – leave your most creative caption idea, limited to one word only, as a comment on this post for a chance to win a weekly as well as overall prize. For all details on the contest please click the link above.

Week four photo:

caption contest photo

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