Category Archives: Arts

What is Chiaroscuro?

Chiaroscuro (key-ar-oh-skoo-roh) is a classic technique for giving visual depth to a two-dimensional image. Mikko Reinikainen has on his Flikr page a wonderful, concise description that sums up this technique, using a 30º grid spot to illustrate.

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Using Graduated Filters in LightRoom

Quick tutorial on using the graduated filters in LightRoom by David Terry.  

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Musings on Art and Photography

Another local photographer posted a short YouTube video of the great photographer Ansel Adams speaking on visualization. The following are my comments on the subject. As an artist in other media, I must go through the visualization stage. My pencil … Continue reading

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I Listened Again

Still listening to this album after a few months. Continue reading

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Opening Poem on “Twilight” by Vangelis

The lyrics that are floating around on the Internet are mindless cut-and-paste jobs by people who have never sat down and listened to the  beautiful opening poem on “Twilight” from Vangelis’ album The City. 日が暮れる。 Hi-ga kureru. Day falls. それは時の魔法。 … Continue reading

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Diffraction and Photography

Sometimes shooting at high f-stops causes pictures to become softer. This is why. Continue reading

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The Furious Guitar

Interesting, engaging rock for your mind. Continue reading

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