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New Art Book – Optical Atristry

A lot of my recent book writing ventures focus on the electronic format and have included how-to style guides on artistic concepts. But I am excited to have just competed a book for display purposes with art pieces called “Optical Artistry.” Check out some sample pages I have added to this post and buying option on my author site.

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Food Art

As a little kid, your parents probably told you not to engage in specific activities. One of those is likely  not to play with your food.

But as adults, some of the really artsy people out there do this on a routine basis. In many ways, fruits and veggies have morphed into the new canvases and sketch books.

So go on and “feast” your eyes on some of these.

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Red Indian Food Sculpture - made from melon

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The Art of Denny Grace

As a member of several social media groups that deal with artistic activities and such, I recently came across the work of a talented person who works with sketching. Please  take a peek at some samples of this artist’s stuff below and more on their Google + profile also.

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Lose your cell phone photos? No reason to panic.

If you don’t use a cloud backup or for some other reason lose or delete your photos by mistake, you might be tempted to panic a bit. After all, these are you art, your memory and whatever else.

Some of you might think you can not recover these while others will think that the only way to do so will either included extensive skills or pricey software.

The best things is, it won’t cost you a dime and you don’t have to be some sort of technical wizard.

Check out the DiskDigger tool for Android and iPhone.

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Taking Photos Through Glass – Minimizing Reflection

Have you ever noticed a wonderful sight that would make for a cool photography while you where riding along in a car or standing in front of a pane of glass somewhere? If you answered yes, and I am pretty sure you probably did, I also bet that you are aware of the sometimes frustrating challenges that come with shooting photos through a glass surface.

Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.

1. Get as close to the glass as possible

The closer you put your camera or phone to the glass surface the better. If you can literally put it up against it that works best. This helps minimize reflection as that there is less of it to be captured by your device.

2. Avoid taking the shot head on

If you take a photo head on, you might catch a lot of glare or the unwanted parts of a reflection. Sometimes stepping off sideways or angling you shot just a little can really work out well for you.

3. Wait for the right moment

If you are in a vehicle, you should probably wait until you get to a location that has less direct sunlight as that it can also mess with the outcome of the shot with reflective glare. The less sun or direct light, the less glare and thus the less reflective.

4. Use a lens hood

If you are using a traditional camera, opt for a lens hood. If you can find one that is rubber, it will allow for more flexibility to do the things mentioned in step 1.

5. Watch out for scratches

It is often the situation that the glass you want to photography through might have scratches or dirt marks or streaks. The bets thing to do to work around this is to try to find the least troubled area or to shoot items that will allow those spots to blend in with the image to some point.

 

This first shot is a good example from Wikimedia Commons that show the problems with reflection.

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This second one was shot through glass at a public aquarium in my home town of Pittsburgh. The reflective qualities and scratches/dirt on the surface have been eliminated extensively using the skills and techniques listed.

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“Untitled Copper (no.2)” by Charles E. McNeal

A while ago I happened to come across this video and thought it may be something interesting to share. Any occasion in which people can see art being made while it happens is really cool. Agree?

Pittsburgh Made of Playing Cards

In our incredibly artistic universe, people are finding ever more interesting ways to showcase their creative side. A while back, in a trip to the local casino, there was a champion cardstacker who was brought in to build a view of the city of Pittsburgh skyline. Over the period of many days and with the use of thousands of cards, this was the cool stuff he came up with.

His name is Bryan Berg and you can check out is stuff here.

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