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Maps!The Finnish Land Survey has been opening it's archives to the public during the last month - under a very liberal license, might I add. The latest batch included the digital elevation model. You may guess where this is going.
While shooting the January Lights time lapse my friend and I drove past the moderately mighty-looking fell, Saana. Twice. In horrible weather. During the polar night. The point is, we didn't see it, so the least I could do is use it as a test subject. Let's hope this works. I'm planning my thesis on and around the subject, and I'd like to write about something that works.
ExcitementThis could very well be the day my shiny new DSLR arrives.
Hints concerning DIY steadycams will be greatly appreciated.
The curse of too many thingsBought some stuff from NWDA and trying to understand them.
Found some brilliant scripts for 3ds Max and trying to run them without the hideous crashes.
Chances of accomplishing anything relatively soon because of all this... slim.
Concerning self-controlPatience. As long as I'm not buying something shiny, I'm generally pretty good at it.
When it comes to publishing stuff, however, all bets are off, and that's why I'm currently tweaking the snow and cloud coverage for An interlude v2. Somewhat ironically, those were the main two things I was disappointed in the Saraswati observatory, and consequently the reason I made the whole update-sequel-thing in the first place.
The upside of being able to render during weekends alone is, though, that I have more than enough time to make sure there won't be a need for v3. If I can resist the urge to install Fallout.
And there was snow. And fluffiness. Next up: fixing everything that broke due to the former.
Concerning timeI can't help grinning like that cat in that movie when GI prepasses alone don't take centuries. Could get used to this.
Yay for new shiny things!The dashing knight in shining armour parks his horse outside the building, kicks in the door and exclaims that it's time I got what's coming to me. Hold on... is that an Intel Inside sticker on his chestplate? Could it be? He pulls out a small box from his satchel... it couldn't, could it? Yes, it in fact could! An i7!
Then, reality, and upgrading everything else to actually run the bloody thing. At this stage I'm probably broke, but I dare not check my bank balance, so we'll never know, will we? And with these render times, who gives a crap? It's just that reading the small graph the performance gadget is printing out was easier when there wasn't 8 cores worth of data on it (Yay for hyperthreading, nevertheless!).
Devious Journal EntryWhen a scene has 252623 plants, it may be high time to admit it probably won't be about a desert at all...
Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Nelson Mandela, Images Speak for The Silent VoiceWatch depthRADIUS
When image must speak for the silenced voice
Ruth is the Editor-In-Chief of MILK Books and PQ Blackwell Ltd., based in Auckland, New Zealand, publishers of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait—a photographic history of the great man. Ruth's heartfelt and insightful article represents the intersection of the artistic and the newsworthy. De
Batgirl's New Redesign has Lots of Fans (art)
DC just released images of Batgirl's new costume, and deviants have been creating fan art like crazy!
Deviant babsdraws is the artist behind Batgirl's stylishly cool reboot!
Enjoy 60+ pieces of fan art!
commission - Batgirl by marciotakara
Batgirl by Nicohitoride
BATGIRL by li-jean
Batgirl by muzzillustrations
Batgirl! by Tono-x-Tono
The New Batgirl by MattSimas
Batgirl by squeegool
Batgirl by GeorgeCaltsoudas
NEW Batgirl by Hodges-Art
Batgirl and Amazi-Girl by itswalky
New Batgirl by Y0KO
Batgirl by halwilliams
Batgirl 2014 by LucianoVecchio
New Batgirl by Robaato
Batgirl by bear65
Withdrawal by LAlight
Solitude by sodisenchanted . . . by sandrawiklander
no expressions by Aisleyne
Sunny day by AStoKo lilie by Bodghia
silent evenings by laura-makabresku
*** by Fatalv
Poppies by PassionAndTheCamera
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait Photography
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
Lighting in Portrait PhotographyPeople and Portraits week
I'm writing this tutorial of sorts, for all of you portrait photographers out there seeking advice about the lighting in your photographs. First off let me be clear in saying that I am no expert, or rather I do not claim to be, I sometimes do things in unusual ways, and my tips and advice are definitely not the only ones you should follow. This journal is just me giving you my take on how to get great lighting for your shots
1. Never shoot when the sun is at its highest peak.
Depending on where you live and your climate, this might vary, but I usually never shoot between the hours of 12-4 unless I'm shooting indoors, or it's a cloudy day. If you're doing an outdoors shoot and the sun is blasting on your model, you are very unlikely to get good results. Not only will it be uncomfortable for your model, and make it difficult to pose with a natural expression (sun in your eyes, worst feeling in the world),
Novel Expression Cover ContestWe are excited to be officially launching Novel Expression and as part of our Grand Opening festivities,we thought we’d see what the deviantART community can do with our images!
While our current collections are geared toward romance, your deviations don’t have to be romance covers. They can be romance, paranormal, suspense, mystery, or any other genre that inspires you. Just to help spur your creativity,
click here for a few examples.
We do ask you include text for a title (feel free to use Book Title or something generic) and an author name (Jane/John Doe is fine) in your design.
Prizes include(some to be added!):
1 yr membership
3 exclusive stock packs from CelticStrm-
Feature Friday: Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! (ハイキュー!!), a manga and anime series that focuses around volleyball player Shoyo Hinata as he strives to become the best he can, has gained popularity both in and out of Japan since its manga debut in 2012, and more recently due to the anime adaptation that began airing in April 2014.
Deviants around the globe have taken to Hinata and his team, and have made a variety of incredible creations in homage to the series. Check out these deviations!
Haikyuu!! by Rui05
Haikyuu - Hinata Shouyou by Shumijin
King of the Court - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
Haikyuu- Tobe! by Gin-Uzumaki
Haikyuu! Karasuno Senpais by AmenoKitarou
Murder of Crows - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
Norway! (forget Kenya)Nothing kills small, personal projects like a position in an urgent defense project, I've come to notice.
It's a good thing I have a large one. Diriumm and I have a grand time lapse video of yet-undetermined length from northern Norway underway. It's also an experiment on a RAW workflow, which is a damn fine idea if you want to die inside. Also, something about picture quality.
We have a teaser trailer and everything:
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