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Month: June 2019

Learn Digital Photography Now – The Power of Black and White Photography

It is said that everything comes around full circle, creating a cycle. This is most certainly the case with reemergence of blank and white photography onto the scene. Why is black and white photography becoming en vogue again in a world that so emphasizes color? Despite the incredible popularity of digital photography in general, and creation of color images in particular, there will always be room for black and white.

Over the past few years, we seem a movement back to the classics, yet combining the technology of today. More and more modern movies are being filmed in black and white. Magazines are incorporating black and white ads into their publications. It is even common for the high end art galleries to have featured exhibits all in black and white. This movement is due to the artistic and emotional qualities that are just not capable to capture using color photography.

The most notable quality of black and white photography is its ability for emotional power. What might be a simple shot can take on a new appeal for a viewer when seen a different way. That is why black and white photography has a tendency to make photos look more like works of art. It transforms a dingy or overcast look into a striking photo evoking emotion while producing a clean, crisp look. Try incorporating black and white into your portfolio to help expand your range of artistic style.

Black and white has the ability to focus the attention to the emotional center of the photograph. The human face provides a great subject for black and white photography. A small lift of the chin or a look forward with the eyes can all change the emotion of the piece. the vast range of expression a person carries is endless. The smoothness of a child's cheek, the wisdom in another's wrinkles all have a story to tell in a photograph.

Black and white almost always invites the viewer to want to know about the story behind the picture. If it's a landscape, "What happened here?" is the question that often springs to the mind of the viewer and the longer they gaze at the photo, the more their imagination fills in the details. If you are viewing the face of a serene or melancholy girl, it is almost impossible not to wonder what she is dreaming about or what of life's issues is weighing on her mind.

While emotional power and invoking the search for meaning makes for compelling reasons to incorporate black and white photography into one's portfolio alone, the romance of the genre is most certainly another. Black-and-white photography speaks to the simplicity and elegance that love often is. It has the ability to capture the thread of emotion and passion that touches the heart. A picture that might be considered lewd by the harshness of color, becomes an art form in the more humble shadings of black and white. Try surrounds that comprise moisture or water such as the beach, or the rain, or even the dew drops of early morning to bring about feelings of sensuality to the viewer.

Experiment with black and white and ask friends and family their opinions to learn how to master the mixture but powerful artistic effects that black and white can bring. The digital camera has brought about in a whole new generation of black and white photography. More and more, black and white photography is being thought as an option for all types of occasions.

If you have not started to experiment with black and white shots, it's worth the time to learn how to capture the powerful images this type of photography can make possible. Along with the creative use of light and framing, black and white gives itself well to editing that you can do with Photoshop to bring out the emotional center of each shot. Before long, you may actually find your self seeing black and white shots in a color world. Your awareness of what will make a great moment in this format will become acute and you will be ready to capture those moments spontaneously, which is always the best kind of photography.

Source by Dan Feildman

Strange But True: Pronunciation Similarities in Spanish and Japanese

If you know anything about the history of Spain and Japan, you know that there are few similarities between their cultures and languages. Culturally, and linguistically, Spain has a major influence from ancient Rome as well as the long Moorish rule of the country.

By contrast Japan had its most powerful influences from Asia, mostly Korea and China. The different forms of Japanese writing have their roots in Chinese writing, although Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are linguistically completely different.

The Mandarin Chinese language is a good example of a language that is in a separate category than both Japanese and Spanish. Chinese uses a complex set of tones to communicate meaning. A good example is the word, “ma.” That word can mean anything from “mom” to “horse” to even a kind of “pronounced question mark” at the end of a sentence to indicate that you’re asking a question. There are 5 different ways (tones) that you can use to pronounce “ma,” and each tone would change the meaning of the word completely.

In contrast, Japanese and Spanish do not use such complex tones to change the meaning of words. Japanese and Spanish are, in that way, in a separate category than Mandarin Chinese and other tonal languages like Vietnamese and Thai.

We can also separate Japanese and Spanish from languages like English. When a person learns English as a second language, they often struggle with English pronunciation rules. English is not one of the languages where one can easily understand the pronunciation of a word just as it is written, and there are complicated rules to when things are pronounced in different ways.

By contrast, Spanish and Japanese have consistent pronunciation rules that make it possible to see the written word and know how to pronounce it. In Spanish, once you know the sounds of the Spanish alphabet and some straightforward pronunciation rules, you’re pretty much set to see and be able to pronounce Spanish words.

In Japanese, the language’s sounds are represented by a small number of Japanese characters called, Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) each of which represent a syllable in the language. If you master the sounds related to those small number of syllables, you can piece together the pronunciation of any Japanese word.

So at a high level, Japanese and Spanish share the characteristic that their written forms can be used to easily convey the pronunciation of words clearly and consistently. But even as we dig deeper into the pronunciation, we see more similarities between the two languages emerge.

The vowels in Spanish and Japanese are pronounced roughly the same. The “a” is pronounced as the “a” in father. In Spanish an example is “gracias” (thank you) and in Japanese an example is “asa” (morning). The “i” is pronounced as the “ee” in the English word “meet”. In Spanish an example is the word, “mi” (my) and the Japanese “ichi” (one). In both languages, the “u” is pronounced as the “oo” in “loot.” Examples are “umi” (sea) and “gustar” (to like) in Japanese and Spanish respectively. The “e” is pronounced as the “e” in “bed”. In Japanese it’s the initial sound of “ebi” (shrimp) and the initial sound of “el” (the) in Spanish. Finally, “o” is pronounced as the “o” in “hope”. In Spanish an example is “ocho” (eight) and in Japanese “otoko” (man).

The consonants in Spanish and Japanese are also roughly the same with some well-known exceptions like the Spanish and Japanese pronunciations of the “r”.

A Spanish word consists of a string of consonants and vowels which we can break up into syllables. The Spanish alphabet is used to piece together a word like “gustar,” which breaks up into basically two syllables, “gu-star”.

As mentioned before, Japanese pronunciation will break things up into the sounds of the Kana character syllables. Each Kana character will represent one sound in the word and can be written as such. Using one of the examples above, we could break up the Japanese pronunciation into individual Kana character sounds like this, “o-to-ko”.

So in both Spanish and Japanese, we have most consonants and vowels having basically the same pronunciation, a set of consistent pronunciation rules, and the fact that both languages are not tonal in nature. With these shared elements, we have the ingredients we need to have pronunciation intersections between the two languages.

There is at least one example where a word is pronounced roughly the same in both Spanish and Japanese. In Japanese it is a form of the verb, “kaerimasu” (to return, go home). In Spanish it’s a form of the verb, “callar” (to stop talking or to be quiet). In both languages the initial sounds of “ca” and “ka” are the same. The verbs simply have to change forms in order for them to sound the same.

In Japanese, a verb of the type “kaerimasu” changes into one the Japanese forms called the “-te form” like this, “kaette” (ka-eh-te). This verb form is used in sentences like “Chan-san wa Chuugoku ni kaette imasu” (Mr. Chan has returned to China).

In Spanish, a verb of the type “callar,” in an imperative conjugation (giving a command), results in the word, “callate” (Shut up). This can be used in a sentence like, “Callate la boca ” (Shut your mouth.)

Both of the words “kaette” and “callate” are in fact pronounced in a very similar way, owing to the effect that the “ae” combination has on “kaette” and the way some Spanish dialects pronounce the “ll”.

With stricter analysis, the similarities do start to break down, but the aim is not to prove that Spanish and Japanese share the exact same pronunciation, but only that there is a surprising amount of similarity based on the linguistic distance between the two languages.

There may even be other, better examples of this. If the reader knows of other such examples where Japanese and Spanish words share the same or very similar pronunciations of words, feel free to contact me at my website list at the end of this article.

In conclusion, it is indeed strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find similarities in spite of their linguistic roots on opposite sides of the planet.

It is strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find pronunciation similarities in spite of a completely different linguistic history. Find out why this is the case and see an example.

Source by Barry J Smythe

Vintage Paper Dolls – The Beginning

In Pioneer America, vintage paper dolls were a valuable treasure since paper was limited. Imagine yourself as child living in a small cabin with very little to play with. You were given a paper doll, maybe two. You know how valuable they are and want to treasure them, so you find a special book and place them between pages or in a special box that you guard always for protection of your treasured paper-doll.

The paper-doll provides a very broad look at the cultures from all around the world. They represent so many costumes, clothing, accessories and many other things of importance for historians. The most obvious were the vintage paper dolls representing royalty and for the children of royalty.

Paper dolls first appeared in the 18th Century in Paris, during the reign of Louis XV. This is also when toys first appeared in this French Society. On the other side of the English Channel, proper British printers printed the paper dolls. They would mix fun and value by printing stories with morals and values, on flat sheets of paper, and that comprised the dolls. Vintage paper doll were then produced as a beautifully lithographed full-color collection. They represented no only the famous theater personalities but of the Royal families, which included the House of Windsor and the German Royal Family. It was from that era the paper doll was invented.

In 1866, an artist named Raphael Tuck, was perhaps the best known manufacturer of the paper doll. In December of 1940, Tuck's German Manufacturing facilities were destroyed by a bombing, and with it destroyed all records, plates and documents. But his dolls were easily identified by the trademark and series name and number which was on back of each piece. The trademark style of this company was the set of vintage paper doll costumes and interchangeable heads. He also made some "regular" dolls including Sweet Abigail, Winsome Winnie, My Lady Betty, Prince Charming, the wonderful Fairy Tale series and more. He continued to make the vintage paper doll collections well into the twenty century.

During the beginning, having paper dolls was a privilege and only the children of the Royalty were able to have them. There were dolls representing actors from the theater, stage, opera and even television. The time when the vintage paper dolls were the most popular was during the 1930's to the 1950's. This could be called the "Golden Age of Paper Dolls." Paper toys were the most affordable toys to have during the depression even though it was of a lesser quality of paper, due to the WWII.

Collecting vintage dolls is exciting and can be done very inexpensively. There are enough varieties to satisfy every collector. Venture back in your memories of sitting down with your paper dolls, playing with your friends. Now you will be able to relive those memories with your vintage paper dolls collection.

Source by Annette Jensen

Preventing Hay Fever – Simple Things You Can Do

Having hay fever is quite similar to having a constant flu: it interferes with every aspect of your daily life and may even disrupted something important, such as a job interview, or a meeting, or an exam, for example. Far from pleasant, is not it? However, a lot of people still have no idea that there are in fact several simple ways to minimize the effects of hay fever. Here are a few selected methods and techniques for dealing with hay fever:

  • Start taking some hay fever medications prescribed by your family physician before the pollen starts to appear. Taking action beforehand is very important: it can help you prevent hay fever symptoms developing at a later stage. The best preventative remedy depends largely on your symptoms. You may even need a combination of several antihistamine pills, nasal sprays and eye drops.
  • Take a spoonful of honey after meals every day. Important: the honey must be locally produced for the best effect. This helps build your immune system.
  • Keep windows closed from early morning until late in the afternoon. It is exactly the times when pollen levels are high. Keep car windows closed and turn your air conditioning system on to a closed circle, so that the pollination outside air does not get into the car.
  • Stop consuming alcoholic beverages – they aggravate hay fever symptoms. Beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks contain histamine – a chemical that triggers the symptoms of allergies in the body. If you smoke – it's also a good idea to quit, as nicotine only worsens any hay fever symptoms.
  • Weaving big, wide sunglasses helps to protect your eyes from pollen. Women who eyes get sore because of hay fever are strongly advised to use hypoallergenic makeup. Check at your local pharmacy for more advice on this.
  • Put a tiny drop of petroleum jelly in each nostril. This will stop pollen from entering your nasal passes, and you'll be able to 'survive' the streets.
  • When the pollen counts are especially high, make sure you dry all your washing inside, to make sure no pollen gets onto it.
  • Before entering your bedroom, take off any of your 'outside' clothes that you've in the street. Take a quick shower and wash your hair before bedtime, otherwise pollen will be all over your pillow. If you're too tired, brush your hair with a few hairbrush strokes and wear a shower cap.

Source by James Shrowb

Adult Theme Party Ideas – Top 10 Most Popular Themes

Who said theme parties are just for kids?

I've picked out the most popular party themes for adults, sure to bring out the "kid" in you. If you are looking to host a party that is sure to go over well, check out the tried-and-true party ideas below.

Hawaiian Luau Party

Welcome each guest with an "aloha" and a kiss on the cheek. Hand a lei to all guests, and a silk flower for the women to put in their hair. Think balmy and exotic! Bright and colorful is sure to set a tropical ambiance.

The best drinks include Margaritas, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, Bahama Mamas, and Frozen Daiquiris. Be sure to have Hawaiian punch on hand for the non-alcoholic set as well as water for all. Be sure to have a limbo contest to see "how low can you go" and a hula contest for great fun.

Wine Tasting Party

A wine tasting party does not have to be reserved for the well-versed wine connoisseur. Get your friends together for an informal potluck party, with each guest bringing his / her favorite wine. Food should be simple appetizers as well as cheese and bread. Provide index cards for guests to rate their favorites.

Bunco Party Theme

Bunco is a great game is rapidly taking over in our living rooms. It's not your grandma's canasta game! Bunco allows for regular get-togeters with family, friends, and neighbors as you can meet on a monthly basis, while rotating hosts. It's fast paced and gets you mixing with all players (usually 12) as you rotate from table to table.

Fortune Telling Theme

I see a fun theme party in your future …

A gypsy type garb is perfect for a fortune telling party. Complete your outfit with scarves, lots of bangle type bracelets, and hoop earrings. Have a least one table with a crystal ball. If you can not find one, you can always use a large snow globe of some kind.

Other great games include a Ouija board and Magic Eight ball.

Mexican Fiesta

Go "South of the border" for a festive theme party. Great decorations include inflatable cactus, chili peppers, boots, and sombreros. The signature drinks for a fiesta party are margaritas and Corona beer. Be sure to play plenty of fiesta music as you shake your maracas!

Casino / Las Vegas Night

The central theme is friendly gambling- either for prizes or just for fun. The most popular games tend to be blackjack and poker. For the non-gambling type, include simple games like bingo and other popular card games.

Give each guest poker chips, play money, and dice when they arrive. Great decorations include hanging fuzzy dice and lots of black and red balloons. For a Las Vegas style nightlife effect, add plenty of glow products.

Decade Party (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's)

Decade theme parties are extremely popular and can be also used for them birthday parties as well. Guests have lots of fun dressing in outfits from their high school and college days.

Flowered pants, peace signs, and John Lennon glasses are great for a 60's theme.

Bell-bottom Levi's or Wranglers are great for that 70's party- or go all out with your leisure suit.

Punk wigs, mezpahs, and jelly bracelets are great for a retro 80's look.

Dinner Party

There are many options for putting together a great dinner party. Depending on your own style, the dinner party can range from casual and entertaining, to gourmet and polished. The three most popular types of dinner parties tend to be dessert, cocktail, or international food themed.

For a more casual party, use a potluck style. Guest can bring along a dish of their choice. This can be a full course American meal or international cuisine. You can choose to be dessert or cocktail party specific.

Magic Theme Party

Planning a magic party does not have to be "tricky" after all. Go all out with your black top hat and magic wand as you get your guests to learn simple card tricks. Tricks can range from easy to more special effects.

Great decorations include hanging black top hats and lots of black and red balloons. For a magical effect, add plenty of glow products.

Western Theme Party

Think rustic and hearty!

Old lanterns, jugs, and bales of hay make great decorations. You can also use kerosene lamps and washtubs as accents. A game of horseshoes next to roaring bonfire is a great activity for socializing. Sing-along western songs can liven up the bunch, and karaoke takes cowboy tunes to a new dimension. Games to play can include competitions in roping, or using a lasso to catch an object.

I hope these ideas helped spark some ideas for your upcoming theme party. Have a sensational celebration!

Source by Dee Schrock

LED Restaurant Signs Drive More Customers

The modern world, and this certainly includes the modern restaurant world, is all about attention. There was a time when the culture was a lot more homogeneous, when we all listened to the same music and we all watched the same shows on the same three channels, and all you needed to do to advertise was to get in front of them. Those days are long, and that's why LED restaurant signs are so effective.

These days, you have to fight for attention. People are bombarded on all sides by a constant barrage of information. Even a cell phone now has music, video, text and the internet, and that alone would probably be enough to take up people's limited information bandwidth, to say nothing of thousands of channels, customizable radio stations and all the other things that scream for attention .

It is not a surprise at all that fast food and chain restaurants have become so popular. They do not need attention, they're just there. They do not have to fight for their customer's attention, or at least they do it with the benefit of big pockets and marketing departments. The small restaurant owner, out there in the world, has to work with whatever they can get their hands on.

An LED restaurant sign is one small way to get your chunk of the attention pie, but it's a very good one. Putting an LED sign in your restaurant is an inexpensive, highly effective way to get people to notice your restaurant. They are a great way for even the small restaurant to stand out from the crowd and get people coming in and enjoying the food.

LED stands for light emitting diode, which is just a fancy way of saying that they're really tiny, really efficient light bulbs. Because they are so small, you have a lot of flexibility in what you can do with them, and most of them are animated to get maximum interest from a minimum of signs.

Modern customers have been conditioned to block out the advertising and signs that come at them through out most of the day. Do you even notice the billboards you pass on the way to work? LED restaurant signs, with animation and clever design, can get past this mental editing that most people do.

You can get an LED sign that you can change by typing on a computer, or you can get one with a pre-set pattern. Either one will help you get noticed by potential customers, and that's the first step in creating a new customer, which is exactly what everyone in the restaurant business wants.

LED signs are also incredibly energy efficient, which is another bonus for the small restaurant owner. This means that you can set the sign and forget it, letting the sign run night and day and do advertising for you even when you're snuggled up in bed, all for pennies.

LED restaurants signs are not the end all and be all of restaurant marketing, but they are a great place to start, and the amount of business you'll get for the small investment involved can be absolutely astonishing.

Source by Norman Shuler

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