A few photography tricks for the newbies

A few photography tricks for the newbiesOnce you’ve discovered how to prevent the notorious “red-eye” problem, there are nevertheless quite a few ways to produce improved images. Digital camera back drop, structure, visibility improvements, and so on… taking pictures is a continuous, fascinating experience.

Perhaps you have been taking digital photography that you realize could have been somewhat more successful than they ended up? It can happen to all anybody – and also to the professional photographers. There are some techniques you can apply to make your pictures look better.

One of the most primary of camera techniques is to get into what might be within the frame of a viewfinder – the entire frame. Do not neglect all the corners, observe out for things that will appear as “Horns” protruding of the topics head and damage your picture. Take a look at the digital camera backdrop. Only the azure sky, for instance, behind just one topic tosses off along with balance of the picture and reduces look and feel. Observe the natural summarize of your topic. Do you think it looks more horizontal? Picture it like that… Then try a little research… move the camera vertical to see whether a straight photo may have greater impact than a horizontally taken of exactly the same topic. Assess photographing a vertical subject horizontally. It just may end up fantastic! You could also try putting the subject off to the edge, instead of in the center of the frame.

piazza dei miracoliFor people who have worked with analog cameras for some time and are just moving to digital cameras, there are a lot of elements to know about digital images. Every single photo in the digital camera includes specific data that you ought to fully understand to be able to better adapt configurations and get better final results in your images. A lot of modern digital cameras boost resolutions to high extent. If you could afford an expensive camera, always activate the highest resolution you can for taking pictures – acquiring more details in advance is generally better compared to losing information regarding the photo. You ought to stay away from using the JPEG file format if you have to print out or in any manner adjust the picture you have taken. Modifying should be carried out on RAW or TIFF documents. Needless to say, TIFF and particularly RAW files use up plenty of space so ensure that you have enough memory cards to keep the images.

Do you want to be better at sharpening your pictures? Nowadays, image editing application incorporate standard sharpening options that will assist you. The Unsharp Mask instrument is standard in numerous photo editing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paintshop. Generally, when you utilize the Unsharp Mask, you may control 3 aspects – the Radius, Amount and Threshold. Try to play with these 3 elements to get the ideal level of sharpening in a picture. Employ adequate sharpening however don’t exaggerate. Sharpening a picture too much might make the edges in the image too “aggressive” or noticeable.

Parklets? Yes Please.

 

Parklets

Parklets are a brilliant use of existing infrastructure. The idea is simple. Convert an existing street parking space (or two) into an urban destination. This example from Long Beach was installed as an extension of the adjacent Lola’s restaurant dining area. The improvements cost about $20,000 and have been a boon for the restaurant which had no outdoor dining until the City offered this pilot program. This was the first of it’s kind in all of southern California and other Cities are struggling to keep pace with Long Beach. Los Angeles has 4 parklets in the planning phases.

Here in San Diego we have no such urban destinations.. At least not yet. North Park’s planning committee will be deciding today whether they will approve the installation of the City’s first parklet. With North Park’s recent designation as the nation’s thirteenth best hipster neighborhood by Forbes, they would be loath to turn down such an opportunity.

Over the past year I have been advocating the design and installation of a parklet for Hillcrest. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Hillcrest Business Association and am active in our Beautification Committee where I have floated the concept on multiple occasions. Several businesses have expressed an interest and we hope to further our discussions in the coming weeks and months. We have also been approached by North Park’s parklet planners in an effort to combine our resources.

I also serve on the Board of the Uptown Community Parking District, I’m sure some of our board members would take issue with the “loss” of parking but I don’t see it that way. When you create more urban destinations like these you increase foot traffic and diversify the modes of transportation people use like walking, biking and transit.

The race is on for San Diego’s first Parklet and Hillcrest had better get in the game!

Quick update.. The North Park Planning Committee voted unanimously to approve the parklet and two bike corrals at last night’s meeting. Well done North Park!!

South America Vacations

South America vacations are a very interesting alternative has this is a rich continent filled with a mixture of traditions from Europe, Africa and Indigenous cultures. There are a number of natural wonders, as well as man-made architectural masterpieces such as Machu Pichu which is one of the 7 wonders of the world right in the heart of what was once the Incan Empire in Peru.

Native Civilizations

Many civilizations ruled these lands hundreds of years ago and left us a heritage of their work which now is used as tourist attractions. There’s the Machu Pichu in Peru, Colonial architecture in Colombia and Venezuela and caves whose walls have many paintings of hands in Argentina; paintings that can be calculated to be up to 10,000 years old show hunting scenes and hands small as those of a 13 year old.

As the history of South America show us, agriculture was already a very important practice of the indigenous but it improved as new seeds were brought in by the Europeans. Along with benefits came diseases that affected the local population along with forced labor thanks to the foreign nations who sought to exploit the local resources through mining and farming.

As indigenous had never developed immunities to the newly brought diseases, they were quickly replaced by African Slaves who eventually benefited South American culture as it is now thanks to African traditions getting mixed with local’s back then. Thanks to it there’s Cumbia which derived from a mating dance ritual performed by African slaves.

Colonies under Spanish Rule won their independence between 1804 and 1826 during the Spanish American wars of independence, being Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin the most important leaders of these struggles. Dom Pedro I, son of Portuguese King Dom Joao VI proclaimed Brazil’s independence in 1822, therefore becoming the country’s first Emperor.

South American Geography and Climate

The Andes is the world’s longest continental mountain range and covers the west end of the continent along the Pacific Coast where temperatures vary depending on the height. You can experience from tropical hot to mountain cold. The Amazonas River is the largest river in the world crosses the borders of Brazil, Peru and Colombia and gives you the chance to feel the jungle humid heat. On average, most popular cities experience average temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius.

The Titicaca Lake is one of the highest commercially navigable lakes in the world and serves as natural border between Peru and Bolivia; Lake Maracaibo, often considered an in-land extension of the Caribbean is located in Venezuela is the one of the oldest lakes in the world.

One of nature’s most fascinating phenomenons takes place over the narrow stretch that separates Lake Maracaibo from the Caribbean. Catacumbo lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year. During this “lightning” season, this storm activity can be seen up to 400 km and has been used for ship navigation.

San Andres Colombia

Are you looking for a beautiful, tropical island in the Caribbean?

San Andres Colombia may unfortunately, not be the choice. The sad truth is that the island is a bit tacky. This is a shame, because it has perfect sandy beaches and all the natural beauty of a perfect tropical island.

Why go there?

  • As the only gateway from Colombia to get to Providencia Island

I don’t want to push this island on you. Better find another of the many, gorgeous islands in the Carribean. Some recent hotel developments show more promise however, so maybe things will improve over time.

The further you get from the airport, the nicer things become. The town area didn’t appeal to me at all. It was congested, with too many people both in and out of the water. The town itself is not pretty.

We spent our honeymoon on the neighboring island of Providencia, a short flight away. Providencia is worth visiting and is much more quiet. We did layover for a night on San Andres, and were pleasantly surprised when we landed in Providencia after the letdown of the first island.

This type of destination in Colombia caters to tourists who choose package holidays and want organized events such as windsurfing classes etc. Food at the hotels tends to be mediocre. It can also be next to impossible to get out of your booking once you’ve given your credit card details.

Location

Surprisingly far away from the Colombian mainland, the island’s location is geographically near Nicaragua, historically tied to England and politically part of Colombia. It’s the largest island in the country.

Geography

The nature is beautiful. We rented a small golf cart and drove around the whole island in a few hours. It gets calmer and idyllic as you head South, away from the main town and airport.

The island is fairly flat with some hills to the middle. We ended up going for a nice walk by a village known as La Loma toward the Southern end on the West side of the island, which was beautiful and quite charming.

Close to La Loma, and to give San Andres some credit, we had incredible shrimps in garlic with cold beer at a tiny restaurant you’d never guess made such good food. So yes, there are some gems.

The beaches are fantastic and surround most of the island.

Tourists

There are too many of them who come on package tours. As the most pristine tropical island of Colombia, this makes sense but it’s a shame there aren’t more picture-perfect islands like this to choose from.

“El Centro”

The main town known as El Centro is where the airport and most of the hotels are located.

To the East, you’ll find San Luis which is a small tourist town with a decent stretch of white, sandy beach and traditional wooden houses. The calm water here makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling.

Transportation

There are direct flights from Costa Rica, Panama and the larger airports in Colombia such as:

  • Bogota
  • Medellin
  • Cali
  • Cartagena

Conclusion

I find it difficult to recommend San Andres Colombia. Maybe one day it will become, a perfect island destination that belongs to Colombia, but that requires a lot change.

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