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Matt Shalvatis
Works at MattCreate.com
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Lives in Kiev, Ukraine
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Call For Entries: Photography Competitions from Around the Globe - LightStalking.com

#PhotoContests  
We hope you’ve been honing your photography skills because now it’s competition time! It’s been almost a month that our first post on photography competitions was published and after seeing a great response from our readers, ...
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I surely do wish the new high-end cameras were as light and easy to use as the Nikon F, or the Olympus OM-1. <sighing for the Gude Auld Daze>
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A New Photographer’s Guide to Composition - from Digital Photography School

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A Post By: James Maher Recently I wrote a New Photographer’s Guide to Camera Settings. Once you become comfortable with your camera settings, the next step is to learn the rules of good composition and design for your photogr...
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Free Photographer’s Guide to Twitter | Digital Photo Buzz

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If you are newer to Twitter or just not yet a power Tweeter you should check out Photoshelters latest Free guide to Twitter. It’s a totally free guide and about 20 pages in length. There are some pretty good tips in here on h...
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Learn to See Photographically With These 4 Tips

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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in becoming a proficient photographer is learning to see the creative possibilities of the scene in front of you. Most of us, when we first start out in photography, are so enamoured by o...
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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery (Ukrainian: Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир, Mykhaylivs’kyi zolotoverkhyi monastyr) is a functioning monastery in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The monastery is located on the right bank of the Dnieper River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the Saint Sophia Cathedral.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Michael's_Golden-Domed_Monastery

#Architecture #autumn #cathedral #christian #church #city #cross #dome #europe #famous #gold #golden -domed #Kiev #Kyiv #landmark #monastery #orthodox #religion #stmichael #ukraine  

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nice shot +Matt Shalvatis Thanks for sharing with the +HQSP HDR theme. (+David D)
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Real Animals Pose with Humans in Mystical Photographs of Katerina Plotnikova | Digital Photography Magazine

#FeaturedPhotography #PhotoInspiration #Photography  
Katerina Plotnikova is a young and professional Moscow-based fine art photographer. She brings animals and humans together in her magical and spiritual photography. Her fairy-tale-inspired photography works recreate the long-...
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Egg-cellent Fountain

A fountain in downtown Kiev, decorated with 100's of eggs for Easter.  May 2013

#kiev #kyiv #easter #ukraine  

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+HQSP HDR  curated by  +Wameq Raza +Rinus Bakker #hqsphdr
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  curated by  +Robert SKREINER #10000photographersaroundtheworld
+Breakfast Club  curated by  +Gemma Costa #BreakfastClub
+European Photo  curated by  +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +***** +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter #EuropeanPhotography
#MyTownTuesday ~ Curated by +Melanie Kintz +Jamie Furlong
#TonemapHDRTuesday ~ Curated by +Drew Pion +Stephanie Suratos
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素晴らしい。
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A good crop in Photoshop can go a long way to improve the composition of a photo. Selectively discarding pixels can really help focus the viewer’s attention and tell a story. But what if you change your mind? If you crop corr...
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Stop Clipping Your Highlights and Shadows in Photoshop or Lightroom

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Clipping can really screw up a photo. As you make adjustments to a developed image, it’s possible to clip data (essentially create a loss of detail in the shadows or higlights). Crush the whites or blacks in an image and you’...
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How to Safely and Successfully Photograph Lightning

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Lightning is quite simply a marvel of nature. While it does carry with it an appreciable potential for destruction, we can’t ignore our fascination with lightning. It’s a beautiful phenomenon and, as such, easily lends itself...
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Fort Hood, TX - Kimpo, South Korea - New Brunswick, NJ - Piscataway, NJ - Hillsborough, NJ - Marlboro, NJ
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Photography, web development, and technology is what I do!
Introduction

An American in Kiev. Photography, post-processing, web development, and technology is what I do, mostly! Enjoying life outside the mainstream.

Just a regular guy who's been fortunate enough to travel a bit, spend time in a few different countries, and see a number of interesting things and met a few interesting people! 

More about me:

Amateur photographer for many years, currently doing a lot of HDR and other types of post-processing work. Often post new work daily.

Mac owner since 1987, programmer for 15 years, knowledgable on many aspects of using (and abusing) technology.

Traveled to 30 US states, Mexico, Canada, Belize, South Korea, Egypt and Turkey. American currently living full-time in Kiev Ukraine.

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My Pages: 

Roads Less Traveled ~ For Travel, History, Photography, Adventure… and beyond! ~ Roads Less Traveled

Kiev, Ukraine ~ Modern City, Ancient History ~ Kiev, Ukraine

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Bragging rights
Met my wife in Kiev, Ukraine in 2004, married in 2006 and have lived here ever since! One son.
Education
  • HDR Photography
    present
  • Rutgers – New Brunswick, NJ
    Political Science, 1977 - 1982
  • Chubb Institute
    COBOL Programming, 1989 - 1989
  • Chubb Institute
    Java/Web Programming, 2001 - 2002
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The Ancient Ghost City of Ani
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15 weird New Year’s traditions from around the world
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Frustrated by stupid client criticism, Irish graphic designers Mark Shanley and Paddy Treacy decided to turn their

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Google Plus Nick
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Make short url for google+ profile.

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Here at GeekDad we review a lot of products — books, toys, gadgets, software — and I know it's impossible for most parents to actually a...

Netgear's ReadyNAS Pro Review - A NAS RAID System Built For Photographer...
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A look at Netgear's ReadyNAS Pro 4 and 6 RAID systems and how they work for photographers by Colorado based professional photographer Colby

Sarah Churchwell: The wilful ignorance that has dragged the US to the brink
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Here's a monumental historical irony: a moment in the origins of the United States that every American schoolchild learns to view with pride

How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests | Politics N...
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I have a confession to make. At first, I misunderstood Occupy Wall Street. The first few times I went down to Zuccotti Park, I came away wi

9 Reasons Wired Readers Should Wear Tinfoil Hats
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There's plenty of reason to be concerned Big Brother is watching. We're paranoid not because we have grandiose notions of our self-import

Photographer Store Reviews | Where to Sell Photos Online
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Sell your photography online. In depth reviews of photography hosting websites with e-commerce options.

Putting the Brakes on Web-Surfing Speeds
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A software program called Glasnost has detected so-called throttling in every part of the world.

Going Up! House Lifted 10,000ft in the Air by 300 Cluster Balloons
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National Geographic manages to fly a house just like in Pixar's UP with the help of 300 cluster balloons

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Business - Business Focus - ...
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7 TOP Google+ Photos for October 13
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Do you wonder what the TOP photos published by Google+ photography enthusiasts on October 13 were?