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Fraidy Cat

Title: Fraidy Cat
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/8 sec at f/5.6
Lightroom Preset: Hamburg’s Funky Twist
(with minor modifications)

Annie Deakin, acting editor of mydeco addresses a very important question: Is the Internet a help or a hindrance to the art world.

Traditionalists abhor that we buy paintings without seeing them in the flesh. Will Ramsay, founder of Will’s Art Warehouse and the Affordable Art Fair (23-26 October) says, “Buying art is touchy feely. You need it to be 3-dimensional and in the right light. You can’t get that on a screen.

It’s controversial stuff for a man who runs a website selling art. “Well?” he backtracks laughing when I probe. “Online art works because you don’t need to venture into a gallery. People dislike walking into a silent, wooden floored gallery where you feel self-conscious. But if you buy art online, you need the ability to send a picture back if you don’t like it.” One in ten of Ramsay’s paintings bought online are returned. Fairs like Frieze initiate the unfamiliar to the often patronising art world. Earlier this month, I scribbled notes of artists I admired (Rosie James, Michele Del Campo) at Art London to later investigate – and self-assuredly buy from – online. The web is a springboard to art rather than a medium in its own right. [via The Independent]

Read the rest of the article.

Want to see some great landscape photograpyhy?

The UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year has been named as Gary Eastwood who entered the competition with a picture of his dog, Barney. Gary, a professional photographer from East Sussex, beat thousands of entries to land the top prize of £10,000 cash. Amateur Photographer has learnt that he is a freelance who was bitten by the ‘photography bug’ just three years ago. [via Amateur Photographer]

Check out the full posting here.

Yesterday I showed you an article on why you should use UV filters. Today, I point your attention to graduated filter presets (for those who perhaps forgot or don’t use filters). How nice to add them on afterward.

Today’s tip comes from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips

This week I’ve got some graduated filter presets. There are literally a ton of ways I can go with these presets so I’ve decided to get fairly specific and create presets for blue skies. When you download them, you’ll see they’re listed in -1, -2, and -3 stop increments (just makes more sense to me then 0.3, 0.6, and 0.9). However, if you’re the traditional filter kinda person, then by all means feel free to change the names once you import them (just right-click on the preset name to rename it). You’ll also see that I’ve included placement for 3 locations. Top Third, Bottom third, and Middle. The top and bottom probably make sense since we typically try to position a horizon at the top third or bottom third. [via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips]

Read the article and download the presets here.


Because they protect your Photographs, your Lens, and your Investment in Photographic Equipment. UV filters primarily filter out the invisible UltraViolet light that causes ‘haze’ on film (and some dSLR sensors), but their broader list of purposes includes:

  • Protecting your lens from dust and flying sand
  • Protecting your lens from scratches (I’ve seen some bad scratches avoided because of this filter)
  • Protecting your filter mount from getting bent
  • Saving your lens by sacrificing itself (filters are housed in aluminium frames, these are soft and absorb impact well even though they’re not meant for this purpose)
  • Preventing Sea Spray (and salt) from getting into the lens (for this purpose alone, buy a UV filter) [via Beyond Phototips]

Read the full article.

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz was hired to shoot the 2009 Lavazza calendar which has been unveiled today. Copies of the ‘limited-edition’ calendar will be given away as competition prizes in a future issue of Amateur Photographer (AP).

Leibovitz was commissioned to create six images exploring ‘the Italian espresso experience’ and to reflect Italy’s ‘influence on art, cinema, history and culture’. [via Amateur Photographer]

Go here to see a couple of awesome Leibovitz photos.


Happy Birthday to my mother, my children’s grandmother and my granddaughter’s great-grandmother.

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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn