I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I always seem to find some time to waste on the good old internet. Here are a few interesting links that I’ve recently come across.
The first one I’m dieing to use. Its a page explaining how to get interesting shapes in the bokeh of your pictures. For those that don’t know, “bokeh” is actually a Japanese word that means “the out of focus area” in a picture (See the first sentence of the tutorial). Remember my tutorial on taking portraits? You could use the method explained on this page to make small lights in the background appear to be shapes that you choose. I’m really interested in trying this, and other techniques with some models so if anyone is interested, please contact me.
Next is a project done by German photographer Simon Hogsberg. He made a 100 meter long picture by putting hundreds of pictures together in Photoshop. It’s called We’re All Gonna Die! Cool.
Third is an interesting use of Photoshop. It seems a Russian photographer found the exact spots where old photographs from 1941 were taken, and took new pictures. He then stitched them together in Photoshop to make some interesting studies on the past. Number two and six are my favorites.
Thanks for reading.
Sometimes it’s strange being an American expat. I certainly think that I look at the world and America’s place in it much differently than most Americans… but then again, I think I always did. Anti-Americanism is rampant in the world. Whether it’s coming from Westerners, Easterners, or Middle Easterners, it’s everywhere.
Well, I can’t help but be very proud of my country as these two days pass. For those who don’t know, today, January 19th, is Martin Luther King Day in America. He is without doubt one of the finest Americans that ever lived and someone the whole world should celebrate. And tomorrow, Tuesday January 20th, is the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama II… America’s first African-American president.
In the dark days that the world is facing right now, with the economic crisis, the Gaza Strip, and so many other problems… I’m happy to see a ray of light. That ray of light is the knowledge that America, and therefore the rest of the world, can evolve into something better.