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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.






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.

SKTungwoodsOwn work


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.


“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.





New e-book available now – Tools for Your Creative Side

As Promised, here is the info on my new e-book and where you can find it.

The details:

The advancing technology we have available to us can be an incredible and amazing thing. However, it can also be costly and difficult to utilize in some cases. This e-book is designed as a collection of 65 online and downloaded resources to help assist creative people in doing the things they love with ease and at either no cost or affordable prices.

For those artists, photographers, writers and videographer types, this book is for you. For the people who work with audio and animation, this is for you.

Order on Amazon of my author website.


Raining Poetry: The Literary Sidewalks of Boston

Most people realize that the city of Boston is known for many historic events and individuals but it might come as a surprise to people that one of the oldest cities in the country has also been the home of some of the great authors and poets of our time.

This unique video shows just how the city is now showcasing it.


Coming Soon, my new e-book – Tools For Your Creative Side

Over the years I have needed to find ways to do things online for creative purposes and on a budget.  Many times, I find that the easier the tool is to use, the better. With that in mind, I have compiled a large number of resources to help anyone with a little tech ability and desire to be creative to do just that.

This listing will be the theme of my fourth e-book which I hope to have out later this year with the current title of  Tools For Your Creative Side.

It will provide sources to help with anything from animation, to audio, to photo editing and file converting. More to come later.



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