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Avoid Camera Shake


Sonoma City Hall

Shaking hands can wreck havoc with your images? It’s called camera shake—can happen to anybody no matter how still he/she feels the camera is while shooting.

Camera shake is related to shutter speed and focal length. Recall that fast shutter speeds can freeze camera shake, and long shutter speeds can cause softness in the frame, so that you either need a solid surface on which to place your camera for longer shutter speeds or a high ISO speed, which limits shutter speeds so blur can be avoided, the former being better bet for a more dramatic photo.

Focal length is also a factor with regard to sharpness in a photo. A 400 mm focal length needs to be handheld at a shutter speed of 1/400 second or less in order to create a sharp photo.

Notice the image above taken at a shutter speed of 20 seconds. If you tried that with a hand-held shot, your photo would be so soft that the subject might be unrecognizable. Set the camera on a solid surface and your photo will twinkle with incredible clarity.

Your gear for shots with longer shutter speeds must be high-quality. A kit with everything you need for shots like this is a Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 10pc Bundle 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit.

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Text on Plants

Have you ever wanted to express your opinion when there’s no paper and pen, no can of spray paint nor any crayons?

If you’re in the desert you there’s always a cactus around to scrawl on–no need for anything but a stick.

To be sure, you could do the same with sand, but with a result that is only temporary. On a cactus the writing will last for years, just as graffiti made with spray paint does.

The only problem with cactus graffiti is that it’s ugly. After it’s finished, the plant seemingly screams with pain until a scab forms, one that doesn’t take away the text, but, instead, enhances it.

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Ebonics–A Rule-Governed Language


Where does the English language come from? The English language can be linked to tribes that existed a few thousand years ago. It has evolved not looking and sounding like any of the language from which it originated.

After being brought to the UK by Germanic tribes and other sources, it came under the influence of Latin and Greek during the days of St. Augustine and company who brought Christianity to the UK. Next, the language melded with Danish after which it was transformed to French.

The English language, a variety of languages from the very beginning,  spanned from Old English, Middle English, and finally standard English.

Ebonics, or African American Vernacular also came from a variety of languages.  The use of the language in many communities worldwide stems from popular culture influences from rap musicians to the Southern vernacular. especially in various parts of the United States. It is believed that Ebonics came from a mix of African languages, creole and pidgin, which came under the influence of English in the United States before the Civil War.

The language is rule-governed, which makes it different from slang and other nonstandard English. For example, the verb to be stays in the infinitive when it is conjugated with pronouns: I be, you be, he be and so on. Other words that are considered part of AAVE such as ax (asked) had been used by white people in the United States some 200 years ago. Finally, the most common form of AAVE drops the is and are form in a contraction so instead of saying she’s going, interlocutors say she going.

Positive and negative attitudes toward standard and nonstandard speech are extended to the speakers themselves. Speakers of nonstandard forms are thought to be uneducated, but increasingly that is not the case as more people speak both standard and nonstandard English, depending upon the speech community in which the are interacting.

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Tom Jones Who?

Tom Jones thrilled party-goers in the United States 50 years ago.

Tom Jones gyrated back in the day just like Elvis, though he was not as well known. Ask a young person today who Tom Jones was and you’ll get a shoulder shrug and eyebrows extended to the hairline followed by an I-don’t-know.

His signature–tight pants and almost-unbuttoned shirt revealing burly man-hair–captivated audiences when he sang onstage in Las Vegas some 50 years ago.

Jones isn’t retired just yet. At 72, his look-alike 50-something son manages his gigs, which feature music that varies from country to shmaltz. With songs such as “She’s a Lady” and “What’s new Pussy Cat” under his belt, his raspy baritone is still heard, but mostly in Europe now.

Posters reveal the “new” Tom back in 2011, a man whose head no longer supports black locks. He’s gone gray. Viva na-tu-ral, Tom!

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Simple Text Sells

Simple images of text sell at fine art photography POD websites

Simple text sells. A huge canvas print of the image above sold at Fine Art America yesterday, which gives leads me to a discussion about simplicity.

You can get simpler art photography than a sign that only says MOTEL.

Many distinguished artists, writers and politicians have uttered the essences of simplicity, which include phrases such as:

Keep it simple.

Easy does it.

Less is more.

Simplify, simplify.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The greatest ideas are the simplest.

Or, rather, let us be simple and less vain.

The more simple we are, the more complete we become.

Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.

In simplicity, there is truth.

How simple is all this?

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