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Before the iPad or even the iPhone was released, there were years of speculation on what portable products Apple would release. Just like they do now, people on the Internet created ...
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Paul Jarvis is a Web designer and bestselling author. His upcoming book, The Good Creative, outlines the 18 habits of the world’s most respected artists. “If we believe ...
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Posing nude and arm curved seductively, legs clad in long black stockings, this Australian model looks... weird. In a Facebook post that is quickly going viral, a group of artists called Bondi Hipsters have recreated model Miranda Kerr's recent British GQ shoot, and rewritten some of the models quotes about masturbation, bisexuality and sexual expression as if it were a male subject.
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Jimmy Carter's right that religion doesn't mandate sexism. But quibbling over Christian theology isn't the answer
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Here's my rule of thumb: the closer you are to the subject, the greater the chance that focus error will happen whe you recompose because DOF is shallow. The further away you are, the less chance of focus error with this technique. For landscapes, for example, focussing and recomposing is absolutely fine in most cases.

I am a regular Reddit user and am constantly browsing the subreddit /r/photography. Yesterday an awesome question was asked that got some great replies and I knew I had to share it. The user Lemonfighter asked “Is there anything wrong with just always using the center Auto Focus point?”...
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<p>A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet's surface.</p> <p>The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.</p>
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As individual and anonymous consumers, it's seemingly impossible to even estimate the physical ramifications of our daily consumption and waste. While our personal imprints may not seem in themselves worthy of alarm, the combined effect of human's ha...
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Discovering the Quietsome Quiddity. Exploring the Vivid Expanse.


Sometimes I write. Sometimes I make photographs and music. Creativity is strange and evasive. It's easily confounded by personal demons and self-sabotage. Grasping it, even for a moment, is challenging.

So much of our online interaction seems based on some degree of self marketing, and I really struggle talking about myself. When I do, I often find the systems of categorisation used to define people very limiting. I can easily maintain a list of my most common dabblings, and I have done so below, but I cultivate a wide range of interests, including but not limited to: boardgames, pen and paper role playing games, ancient history, philosophy and philosophy of mind, astronomy, technology, futurism, sociology, politics...and on and on...

I’m an introspective person, but not always quiet. I favour genuine people and few friends. I enjoy open spaces and suffer crowds and cities grimly. There are times when I’d be happy to live on a secluded hill with my family and other times when I’m inspired to use my camera in crowded concrete jungles.

I post all sorts of stuff on G+, from science and philosophy to my own photos and music playlists. I do enjoy posting music playlists, and you can find all of them at the #dancingvelvet hashtag.

On Writing

I wrote a poem about colours and daydreams when I was little. A kindly old teacher read it later that term, and I was chosen as one of only a few dozen children from the school to be part of what they called a Writing Camp. I felt very special.

A local poet, Rory Harris, was there and tutored us in writing and poetry. I even had one of my poems published ! At the time, I wanted to become a writer. My family told me I was good at it and, since I was so terrible at mathematics and technical things, I grew up thinking that it was the only thing I could do.

I enjoy writing short stories with a twist. Anything in the spec-fic area is of great interest, but a good story in any genre is just a good story ! All the better if I’ve written it myself.

Some influential books and people: The Magician by CS Lewis, Borderlands (twisted short stories), Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Romantic English poetry (specifically William Blake), Gary Gygax of D&D fame, Michael Moorcock and his visions of multiversal Law and Chaos.

Some poetry

On Photography

I used to fear learning about photography. I was afraid that I wouldn't understand it, and it would be yet another technically minded pursuit that I'd have to relegate to the 'interested, but unable to comprehend' bin. That all changed when my brother and his family visited for Christmas 2012.

On Christmas afternoon, he handed me his Canon EOS camera to look at. I turned it over carefully and inspected the body and the lens. It all seemed a mystery to me at the time, but it also sparked several thoughts: what was I scared of? Why couldn’t I learn something about photography? Why should I limit myself?

And so, I watched a bunch of videos online, read books and websites, browsed forums, and just kept on thinking about the technical aspects of photography: ISO, exposure, shutter speed, and so on. Most important of all, I practiced. I picked up my newly acquired camera whenever I had time and went out walking. I tried different modes, thought about settings, tried some night photography, and adjusted my thinking and my eyes so that the world came into focus through a thick glass lens.

One has to be comfortable making mistakes in order to learn. One has to be open to the idea that a fantastic photo opportunity might be missed due to human error, and it’s just not worth dwelling on a lost moment. Making mistakes provides me with the opportunity to analyse where I go wrong. I’m always learning. Every photo is a lesson.

Current equipment: Nikon D5100, Sony RX100, Manfrotto tripod, 35mm 1.8 DX, 55-200MM DX, Tokina 11-16mm, Tamron 17-50mm SP, 18-55mm DX.

On Making Music

I’ve been dabbling in music composition since 1998. At that time, I became interested in the burgeoning world of software based noise makers and sequencing. Since I’d been interested in electronic music for so many years, it seemed a good way to further enjoy music.

When I have time, I like to record sounds with my field recorder and mangle them. I really enjoy the timeless nature of some ambient music and strive for the same sense of mind expanding space in my own music.

Some favourite artists: Jarre, Vangelis, 808 State, LFO, The Orb, Orbital, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Art of Noise, Steve Roach, bvdub, Celer.

Some software: Presonus Studio 1, Samplitude, Cubase, Live.

Some hardware: Sony M10 recorder, contact microphones, coil induction microphone, Roland Juno 106, Yamaha CS5.

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