Tied up Ballerina

I was recently tagged by Anna Morcerf ( www.flickr.com/photos/annaa_x3/ ) to do that 10 facts meme, that everyone seems to be doing. Here it is!

1. I majored in Art – Conservation and Restoration, and I have two post-grads: one in Art History and one in Art Management.

2. My family owns a bakery and a restaurant, which is why I’m always eating candy and stuff that is generally bad for my health but OH SO GOOD.

3. I don’t tolerate lies. It’s the worst thing you can do to me.

4. I love driving, and I love driving fast.

5. I adore spicy food.

6. I sleep with my camera on my nightstand, and actually reach for it to see it it’s there, sometimes.

7. I’m starting to collect old cameras.

8. I’m a sucker for notebooks and pens and everything related to writing.

9. I’m far more sensitive … Read More

Boys and Dance – Why All Boys Should Be Taught to Dance

While girls today continue to gravitate to dance from a young age, many boys avoid dance because of the modern perception that it is a human activity. Boys are instead encouraged to focus on sports as an outlet for their energies. The irony is that dancing can be even more physically and mentally demanding than football or basketball!

The Benefits of Dance for Boys

It is important to change this perception as boys are missing out on valuable skills.

1) Dance allows boys an important outlet for expressing their emotions in a safe way. Just watch Billy Elliott to see how dancing allows boys to express their emotions in a constructive way!

2) It teaches them control of their body. Dancing teachers boys to be aware of their bodies and how it moves. "Dancers learn to use their brains as well as their feet," says Owen Oxley, dance instructor and … Read More

Infrared HDR Penrose House Colorado Springs.

IR HDR. IR converted Canon 40D (Lifepixel.com) . Canon 17-55 F2.8 IS lens. Shot at ISO 100, F8, AEB +/-3 total of 7 exposures processed with Photomatix. Levels adjusted in PSE. Blue and Red color channels swapped with GIMP.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) is a high dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. The aim is to present a similar range of luminance to that experienced through the human visual system. The human eye, through adaptation of the iris and other methods, adjusts constantly to adapt to a broad range of luminance present in the environment. The brain continuously interprets this information so that a viewer can see in a wide range of light conditions.

HDR images can represent a greater range of luminance levels than can … Read More

How to Choose the Right Vinegar For Maximum Vinegar Health Benefits

Do you realize vinegar has been around for over 10,000 years? For centuries families have passed down vinegar health benefits from one generation to the next. Every nationality has their own reasons for using this magic elixir and their own special recipe. Yet, all vinegars are not created equal! For instance;

White Vinegar should never be consumed as a food product or even as a preservative. White Vinegar is made from the cheapest ingredients, like wood chips, or pure grain alcohol. It does have its place in the vinegar family but its acidity is so high that it’s best to use it as a grease buster in your garage or as a nontoxic weed killer.

Even though vinegar can be made from just about any mildly sweet liquid, the most popular made today is Apple Cider Vinegar. When you read or hear anything referring to vinegar most likely (unless otherwise … Read More

Hirschhorn Lightseeing II

It really was a nice and successful spectacle, they are going to repeat it this year/next winter – I had to tune down the colors a bit however, as the candy-color style lighting was a bit too much for my tastes.

Short Info (English):
Hirschhorn (Neckar) is a small town in the Bergstraße district of Hessen, Germany, and is known as "The Pearl of the Neckar valley”. Hirschhorn is a climatic health resort situated in the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald.

Info (German):
Großes weihnachtliches 3D-Lichtspektakel in Hirschhorn

Hirschhorn. Die Stadt im hessischen Neckartal präsentiert sich vom 30. November bis zum 5. Januar unter dem Motto „Lightseeing Hirschhorn“ in einer außergewöhnlichen, faszinierenden und stimmungsvollen Beleuchtung. In einer noch nie dagewesenen 3D-Lightshow wird das Lichterspektakel am Marktplatz in der historischen Altstadt von Hirschhorn eine beeindruckende Adventsatmosphäre schaffen. Das 3D-Lichtfestival sucht in der Metropolregion seinesgleichen und ist in anderer Form sonst nur in Großstädten zu … Read More