Monthly Archives: September 2011

GIMP might help

Feature Overview

GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. This page should help you get a taste of what GIMP is capable of. You can also have a look at our introduction page or browse through the tutorials.

Customizable Interface


Each task requires a different environment and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Starting from the widget theme, allowing you to change colors, widget spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden. Continue reading


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My love for wild animals

Mother Bengal Tiger and cub photographed by Michael Nichols for National Geographic

Shown here is a mother Bengal Tiger along with her cub lounging on top of her. I really enjoy looking at photos of tigers, or any wild animal. A tiger usually gives birth to two to six cubs at a time, which are raised with little to no help. Tiger cubs cannot hunt until they are 18 months old, and stay with their mother for two to three years.

Peacock photographed by Medford Taylor for National Geographic

I love how brightly peacocks are colored, they are quite breath-taking in person. Males are only called Peacocks, females are called Peahens. They makes their nests on the ground, they do not make them in trees. In India, the Peacock is their national bird. Peacocks do not mix well with other domestic birds.

Snow Leorpard, photographer unknown

Snow leopards have always been another one of my favorite wild cats, although I have never seen one at a zoo.  Snow leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. Snow leopards legs are so powerful that they are able to jump 50 feet! Having such strength also gives them the power to kill animals three times their own weight. Unfortunately, they are an endangered animal, which is mostly due to poaching.

I chose these photos because I believe they are amazing shots of amazing animals, and hopefully by reading about them you have learned something new.



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Light Painting

Light Painting is a cool technique, but can take a good amount of time to master.

See a master at:

And to learn more at:

Author: kmosher

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Now These Shots Tell a Story

While researching Stanley Forman, the photographer I chose to present to the  photography class I attend, I ran across some amazing shots he took while on his way home one night in 1986. Not only did I run across the photos, but an article that Stanley Forman wrote describing his accounts of photographing the Columbia Road rescue.

My research of various school projects through the years involved topics about writers, poets, artists, etc. who are deceased. When I began my research of Stanley Forman, I was pleased to see that he was still actually alive! And then I found that he has his own website and Facebook page! JACKPOT! Long gone are the days of having to go to the library to sift through big, heavy encyclopedias, manually sorting through journal after journal, and photocopying umpteen pages to take with you. (I think there are at least a few of my classmates who will appreciate this as I do.)

OK, back to Stanley Forman’s photographs of the Columbia Road rescue. The photographs struck me in a way I hadn’t expected. Once I reached the last photo, tears welled up in my eyes. I don’t know exactly why. I’ve never been in a house fire, or any fire for that matter. But to just see the woman being transported away from her house that was completely engulfed in flames — that just got to me. She had just been standing on the porch roof of her house with her boyfriend and baby! If it had not been for the swift thinking of the woman’s boyfriend, they most likely would have fallen through the roof.

Forman’s photographs of the horrific event are shown in black and white, and give great contrast of the blazing flames shooting up into the dark night sky. He was able to capture facial expressions of rescuers that added to the “story” in which he was recording, frame by frame.

Included with this blog are some of Stanley Forman’s photographs from the Columbia Road rescue. An article of his accounts, written by Stanley Forman, along with more photographs, can be found on his website at
Author: Ginger Jensen

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Monroe, Crow and Owl

I enjoy how Marilyn Monroe is sitting on a merry-go-round while engrossed in a James Joyce novel, a difficult read. Monroe is reading a challenging novel while in a child like atmosphere.

Marilyn Monroe and Ulysses/Photo by Eve Arnold, Long Island, 1954

The convergence of these two contrasting elements is a nice touch. This picture shows that off screen Monroe is not the dumb blonde she plays in films; however, the inner child still lives within in (reading on a merry-go-round).            
Also, the faded blue and orange bars on the merry-go-round mesh well with her multi-colored tank-top. If you look in the background you can see that the leaves on the trees are a tad blurry, indicating that the photographer was capturing Monroe in motion on the merry-go-round. That must have been a hard shot to take. I wonder how may shots the photographer took before he was satisfied.                                                                                                                                                                    
This owl is beyond adorable. This white lil-fella is the only part of the photograph that is in focus. I couldn’t find the artist of this photograph so i named it “I See You.”

I See You/Photo by Unknown

This photographer must have been at the right place at the right time because you don’t typically see owls or them playing hide and seek. I love black and white photos. Oh, and owls. This picture is a cute one.


The Modern Landscape/Photo by Nicholas Bagaev, 1969
When i first saw this picture i couldn’t keep my eyes off of the crow on top of a 50s radio.  I like how the crow is curious and peering down at the radio. I assume the radio was on. This photo has a shallow depth of field where the crow, radio and bits of grass are in focus. My favorite part about this photo is the crows curiosity. 
Author: Abigayle Marks

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Just because you have a camera . . .

People say isn’t digital photography great! Well yes and no. It is convenient for the speed and capabilities, but no. Because everyone with a digital camera and Facebook thinks they are a photographer.

Check this link, it will let you know what not to do with images from some so called professional photographers.

Author: KAM

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