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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
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
Avoid That dAramaAnyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!
I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored
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If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at
Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
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Anime and Manga DD round up, July 2014:iconcinyu:
Features by cinyu
The Golden Yard by Naschi:Dear Old Memories - You ~ Youko: by Nacura-G
Karasutengu by ASingleGiraffeSV - hoshino-arashi by silvi-silvimemory f i s h by Gasara
Lia by OXMirukuBP: HBD JOHN by tooaya
Comm: sugarella by ikr:: y o u t h f u l. d a y s :: by hitogataDreamScape by muhoho-seijin
10.07.14 by Asa-tan[PFFK]Chapter III:Bloody Sun by laziesheavenA vampire never dies by Pemiin
LUGGAGE FOR THE DANCER IN RED - 13-2014
the loner by korrox the ninth gate by Tom-Ripley
On the edge of the world by igorsev Contraposition by SplitEnsds On the edge of the world by igorsev
SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura unsustainable by chriseastmids SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura
Colibri' by martaraff Mgh IV - St. Georg in the Puddle by DpressedSoul Colibri' by martaraff
im garten IV by BuChWien PNEUMA by menervaTau im garten IV by BuChWien
A. by ValeriaVi at the window by JakezDaniel A. by ValeriaVi
A whiter shade of pale by Barnum60 life philosophy by tuminka
Streetside Stories: MonochromeAligopter by - DougNZ
by - dmitryzhkov
The Look Out by - PatrickMonnier
:: ghost town by - noahsamuelmosko
\-ooby - DinoKose
2by - Henzonlee
shemsby - arslanalp
The hand of the player by - mariomencacci
Childhoodby - IFedorovskaya
Nature squares feature
Vicia cracca by StargazerLZ flows in you. by simoendli
treasure. by simoendli .: falling down :. by biszkopciik p u r p u r e a by poppy412
sunrays flowers 2 by StargazerLZ fleur by girlmarvel easiness by vitzy
Look from above.. by Bojkovski 0996 by topinka Flowers Of Paradise by Onceuponatime13
::Hidden Passion:: by onixa Searching for a new world by Healzo lily by nakedlady
Day 42 - Little flower by EliseEnchanted As time goes by by cloduy
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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