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Eyes on - IcelandWelcome to my first featuring article: My first theme is Iceland. I'm dreaming of visiting Iceland for quite a long time but I wasn't able to realize it by now. Right now, I'm going through the gallerys, watching all those breathtaking landscapes there...and am just dreaming!
I hope, I will be able to infect you with my love to this tiny little spot down in the north.
Iceland landscape 5 by flemmens Iceland landscape 4 by flemmens
Paradise Flow by Nightline Iceland, Untitled 10 by Nightline Strokkur, Iceland by Nightline
A darksome, opalescent sky by alexandre-deschaumes Glacial world by alexandre-deschaumes Infinite Purple by alexandre-deschaumes
spooky by snoeby abandoned by snoeby goddafoss by snoeby
Waterfalls near Langjokull by Aphantopus Paradise by Aphantopus Skogafoss 2 by Aphantopus
Iceland XI - N is for Nothing by Whippeh Iceland XIII - P is for Path by Whippeh Iceland IX - R is for Running by Whippeh
Happy Holidays everyone!Hey!
So this is christmas...
I've waited for it quite long, now it's already the time to celebrate christmas and I've got not the real christmas feeling: In fact, I'll have to leave for work soon. Working on Christmas Eve really sucks, I think
In general, I started my civil service on December 1st, the job's not too bad and most of the people I'm working with are nice and open-minded but by now, I've got really crappy working times, almost only night shifts which basically means ten or twelve hours of waiting for something to happen and forcing yourself to keep your eyes open. I hope those taks plans will get more fair the longer I'll be there...
BUT: Another year is almost over and if the next year will be that short, my civil service will be over quite soon
This year was quite special for me in many aspects: I passed my exams enabling me to visit university, I was accepted at universities, I was planning to move away to start study...and due to civil service, I had to cancel ev
The new achievementsHey everyone,
some few news from my life:
First of all, I spontaneously bought an old Sigma 50mm F2.8 macro on eBay for I wanted a macro lens since I started taking photos. Today it arrived, unfortunately it was already almost completely dark outside, so I had to look for some quick test-motives inside the house and lighten them artificially. The result: I'm completely stunned by the depth of field and the bokeh created using F2.8 but the white balance in the first shots is really awful, so I'm not gonna upload more of it until I'll find some better situations for using the new lens. But I'm really looking forward to go out and see what there'll be found when the weather will get better again.
Second, I'm going to exchange my room with my sister for my room is too much cleaning up and I don't feel comfortable in here any more. I'm going to have about 1/4 of the space I'm having right now but I see it as a chance to start a completely new room, I'm gonna buy much new furniture and for t
some news.hey everyone.
after being too lazy to write something in here, finally some news from me again.
since friday i've finally got my (broken) camera back, which means it isn't broken anymore. the repair was about 200 euro - that sucks. but now, it's back home but unfortunately i've had to notice that this doesn't help that much: weather totally sucks, it's cold as hell (at least in my opinion ) and i'm ill due to a photo trip yesterday which wasn't successful at all. i took around 100 shots i guess and i've got only one picture i'm satisfied with...
in general, i'm suffering a huge lack of creativity and a lack of motivation to try out new techniques or ideas i think this is an effect caused by working around 30 hours per week in a quite annoying and boring job in an office which is very profitable but not creative at all.
buuut the good news (which i need all this money for): we are going to visit London in about 2 weeks. we'll spend a weekend there, a weekend with sightseeing, photo
Empty life + featuresDuring the last weeks, I've finally made the decision to start studying digital media at the university of applied sciences in Ulm. The decision wasn't easy because I've also had the chance to study in Hamburg, the city I love more than any other. The difficult facts: Ulm as a city is of course not as nice as Hamburg but digital media as a subject is - in my eyes - way better than media systems (which I think might be really technical and "dry", e.g. not creative at all)...
But after all, I chose Ulm and I already had some meetings to find a nice apartment there so I wanted to go to Ulm today and tomorrow and move there during September. Well, I wanted.
Yesterday, a single letter destroyed all my plans concerning studies and stuff. The Bundeswehr (German Military Forces) finally came to the decision that I would be able to do my military service. Unfortunately, they didn't exactly said when this will take place, so I have to cancel my place at university and sit here, doing nothing pro
Californiaso, as usual after returning from a journey, i thought it might be time again to refresh my journal. here we go:
some hours ago, we returned from our two-week-trip throughout California. we went to San Francisco and then went up Highway 1 heading south and after driving along the coast for long tines arrived at L.A. and San Diego in the south. i really enjoyed my first visit ever to the United States and i doubt it was my last one, i'll return there as soon as i can.
at first, up in the north, it was quite cold but after all, it finally became something of a summer holiday at last. even i got a slightly touch of brown color (what is quite unusuable for me) and i learned about how different weather can be only 10miles away: while san francisco was freezing under the obligatory fog (which destroyed by the way hundreds of photos i took -.-), 12 miles away it was about 100° and sun all over the place.
another experience are the supermarkets and malls that are unbelievably huge compare
returnso today i just returned from Malta where i visited :iconkeen-dreams:, it was really great and i made several new experiences like scuba diving (although i think i'm really untalented at it and quite hard to handle for my instructor Richard it was a nice new thing you just have to try and i can assure you, you'll really miss your camera down there, there's so much to see...) or just like how UNBELIEVABLY civilized good old Germany was in reality Malta's traffic is really an adventure itself...
unfortunately, my camera is still broken so i had to take my pictures with my cell phone (omg...) and a broken Sony DSLR-A200, i hope i will be able to rescue at least 2-3 good ones with raw, so i hope i will be able to show you some shots of the nice island of Malta. Right now, i'm really tired and sunburned all over my body (hurts as hell :S) but i really start to miss the roads of Paceville, the "party-zone" at Malta, compared to that, it's so boring to be here...
on top of that, i got the
shit day.hooray, it's my birthday today and i'm crying because i just got the verification that i made exactly the worst possible decision i could make; i spent a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of nerves to go to hamburg two weeks ago to get to know someone i've known virtually quite long and i managed it to destroy the friendship with it. and with my reaction to this fact i destroyed 2 fingers of my right hand. what a good decision, it really made my day. now i finally feel like party...NOT!
strange...back from a spontaneous trip visiting Hamburg and a girlfriend of mine living there and who i've never met before...well, the results: a successful shopping trip, many new impressions, not that many photos and a feeling of can't wait to start studying, hopefully in Hamburg, of course, because i already really miss it
another strange feeling: i'm going to go to school tomorrow and on Friday and this will be it, for all my life (except two oral exams located in june, but at least no more days full of lessons). well, after almost 13 years of visiting school, this feels quite curious i think and i really look forward to many days off. "holidays" without end will be a completely new experience
right now, i feel quite sad and the only hope is my trip to Malta and to California in July and my MacBook, that i'm also looking forward to, but...yes, it may sound absurd, "i'm sad but there's this and that and that i'm really looking forward to" but...at the moment i'm really doubting whether
Milk for The UglyWatch depthRADIUS
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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
deviantART Customisation FAQYour deviantART Identity
FAQ01 - How do I change my username?
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Basic CSS Style GuideIntroduction
CSS is a style language used to define the style and formatting of web pages. It is used in conjunction with HTML.
If we think of HTML as the building blocks of the web then, essentially, CSS is the painter and decorator. Very simply, HTML defines the structure of the page and CSS defines the style.
What I'll be helping you with here is getting to grips with the basics of CSS. I'll be explaining how use CSS as well as providing a number of examples that you can use to style your own web pages and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.
A point of note is that while the information and examples I've given here apply to CSS use anywhere on the web, this guide itself is geared towards the use of CSS on deviantART. As such, and given that this h
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
Manip AcademyIntroducing a new project!
Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.
Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.
This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.
How you can help
Everyone is en
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
No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawo
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-
ABSOLUT CREATIVITYWelcome to my second spontaneously feature article! I'm really sick today because of the last night so I just sat around, doing nothing, fighting a hangover in combination with a cold...and yeah, got kinda bored so I typed "absolut" into the dA-searchbox. I've got a bottle of Absolut Mandrin around me and realised again that the simple, smooth design of Absolut is just absolut cool but after having seen the results I have to admint that this is absolut creativity...there are some really nice ideas out here, have a look at the ones i liked best:
Absolut Urban by live-without-borders
Absolut Vodka - Holidays Ad by janvanlysebettens
ABSOLUT LONDON by symmetree
Absolut Ice by Madsoffs
absolut harmony by superfloss
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