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Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Notes to aspiring photographers 4Capturing subjects in motion.
Ten random tips for getting better results with 'action' photography.
1. If your subject is moving and your intention is that the subject is sharp in your picture, putting the camera on a tripod is a bad idea.
2. There are only two ways to capture a moving target; panning/following the subject, and maximising shutter speed. (Using flash is essentially the same as raising the shutter speed.)
3. If you use flash to arrest movement, make sure that the contribution from the flash is significantly greater than ambient light, and don't try to use shutter speed AND flash at the same time or you'll run into synchronisation problems.
4. Blurry can be beautiful, so don't delete 'failures' in camera. They may be buried treasure when you see them full size.
5. When you are panning to freeze a subject, make sure you 'follow through' like a golf stroke, and make sure your stance is comfortable.
6. Panning/tracking at low shutter speeds will give
Notes to aspiring photographers 3Ten tips for better composition (not in any particular order of importance).
1. Avoid 'centre fixation', in other words, don't always put the subject (or the area of interest) plumb in the centre of the picture. Familiarise yourself with 'the rule of thirds'.
2. Keep your horizons horizontal. Many beginners (and even some more experienced photographers) seem to have a permanent slight tilt in almost every shot.
3. Don't always shoot from a standing position, and keep in mind that very small changes in camera position can make a big difference to a composition.
4. Turn the camera 90 degrees and shoot one or two 'portrait' frames, even when it is not strictly a 'portrait' shot, and vice versa.
5. Take as much care with the edges of the frame as you do with placing the subject, and always include a little more in the picture than you need to allow for a small crop-down or adjustment of aspect ratio.
6. Don't always try to maximise depth of field and sharpness. Putting a background out of
long nightcome, come what may; the night
is lean and our fingers are fat, candle
clay stubs wrapped round
wine bottle necks,
swapping lipstick with that cold wine
cold sweat -
tang of metal clanging round our
cistern of words that turn to lime
as soon as they are bleached out
come, come what will,
tumble up the yard
and into the morning
a barbeque growls into life
in the shadows, little ghouls
with the plum-meat of their eyes drawn down
and voices like wet cement being scritched,
scratch their feet
see how the brittle grass bends
as though bowing at the knee
and the wooden fencepost
with its halo of rusted iron
still longing for the lost days
when it too
could move with the wind
surely our old gods slumber
in the womb of this land
where clouds ceaselessly tumble
toward a stark horizon
and the dirt roads
on an altar of earth
in the distance
a brown sparrow
his tail feathers braced against
the bitter autumn frost
his mirrored eye flashing
with the steady hymn
Insidious Changes - PrologueInsidious change is sometimes the worst, because you never notice it until it's, in all likelihood, too late.
Tick-tock... tick-tock... tick-tock...
We grew up from the little children we were. Our hands used to capture tiny white crabs on the beach, to collect them into makeshift houses we'd designed for them out of our red and yellow sand-buckets. Our hands used to delicately peel stamps away from soaked pieces of envelope paper and lay them down to dry. Our hands used to grip the guava tree and litchee tree branches tightly as we'd hoist ourselves up in our respective and adjacent tree-homes. Our hands used to hold needles as we both embroidered little snippets of fabric with owls and grapes and peonies. Our hands used to fashion goolab jahmoon out of dough, for our mother to fry and magically transform into sweets.
Tick-tock... tick-tock... tick-tock...
Your hand became bigger than mine. Your hand gripped the remote control tightly as you brought it down on the back o
Glazes Part 3Glazes Part 3
Glaze Recipes Part 3
Sharing a few formula's I use
all glazes are ^6 electric/oxidation
Potash Feldspar 33
China Clay 15
Zinc Oxide 3
Blood of StarsSonorous particles catching light,
A heraldic curtain of raindrops
Spanning the turbulent heavens;
Catching my beliefs
Reflecting my relief
Songs for those whose ears have broken;
Deaf before the crucible.
Always imagined this calm empty sea;
Suspended in this state of grace
Halcyon only the storm can convey
Anguish trapped in ephemeral raindrops
Falling into the sea.
... And this too shall pass
But you and I are binary neutron stars
We'll encircle and collide
Encircle and collide
And in the aftermath our particles combine
Scattered across the multiverse.
My light calls to you
With your voice rebounded;
And for you I sing the melodies
That only the storm can sing;
Gravity's pull eternal
You and I will regather;
Encircle and collide
Shattering pain like droplets
Under the hammers of our will
On the forges of our souls,
The embers in our veins
The blood of dying stars.
Like fading whispers
But in your grace I breathe eternal
Adrift upon your calm empty sea
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