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A quick glance at the American Idol Top 24

For a complete look at this season’t Top 24 contestants, check out this Hollywood Reporter Article. But for this post, I just wanted to go over the ones I consider a few of my favorites.

Top Girls:

Jax

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Alexis Gomez

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Joey Cook

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Tyanna Jones

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Top Guys:

Adam Ezegelian

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Nick Fradiani

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Qaasim Middleton

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Trevor Douglas

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Surprisingly good, easy photo editing

As any reader of this blog knows, being a photography enthusiast, I tend to think that cell phone photography is generally a poor substitute for the real thing if you will.

Sure, there are some exceptions but usually a good old traditional camera or SLR is light years better than even the latest mobile phone in this area.

But, given that there are some exceptions, it only stands to reason that this would be the case with mobile editing apps as well. Enter Photoshop Express.  Yes, the first name in photography has done it again.

Recently, when I was having a very difficult time editing the coloration of an image, I figured I’d give PS Express a shot. I uploaded the image from my SLR to my camera’s Micro SD card and went to work. The results where fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Check it out, I bet you be glad you did.

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The incredible photography of Craig Greiner

When a gifted artist can take his or her vision from behind the camera lens to bring it to fruition on paper, canvas or even metal, it really is something special. That being said, I’d like to take a moment to rave about the amazing artwork of someone near and dear to my heart, my brother.

Based out of beautiful and scenic North Carolina, he’s captured images from all over the country with a specialty in nature, landscape and wildlife images.

Please fee free to check out his official website at Greiner Studio.

I’m quite confident you will be glad you did.

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EDM DJ Akasha

While many people where in likely in the process of recuperating from the the shopping madness that is Black Friday on the evening of November 25, the party was just getting underway at an Electronic Dance Music event in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

And at 10 p.m. that night, a multi-talented and highly creative friend of mine made her debut as DJ Akasha.

In the days since, she’s received rave reviews and undoubtedly has a bright future in the scene.

Check out the photos below from her debut.

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Photo courtesy of her Facebook account

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Photo courtesy of her Facebook account

 

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Photo courtesy of her Facebook account

 

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Photo courtesy of her Facebook account

 

 

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

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Eric Clapton

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Carlos Santana

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Richie Sambora

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Slash

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Jimmy Hendrix

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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.

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Photo courtesy of iFotoVideo.cz

 

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