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A Father Who Creatively Captures His Kids (20 photos) If there was a prize that could be given out to the most creative father, I'd hope that it was awarded to Jason Lee. A wedding photographer by day, he's used to capturing some of the most important moments in a couple's lives. As a longtime fan of Jason's photos on Flickr however, I think the real magic happens when he turns the camera onto his daughters. Sure, his children are adorably cute in their own right, but that's not what makes his photos so interesting. It's when he puts his own spin on their everyday moments that we not only get to experience our own childhood again, we're able to see a father's pride shine through. I was able to get in touch with Jason to ask him a few questions. Q: How did you get into photography? Q: How do you come up with such creative photos of your daughters? Q: How has being on Flickr helped you with your business? Q: Any inspirational stories you'd like to share? Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers? Q: Any quotes you live by?

Video Pick: Stop-Motion Spaghetti | Underwire Stop-motion filmmaker known as "Pes" turns candy corn into flames and bubble wrap into boiling water in his latest short, "Western Spaghetti." Pes takes everyday objects like Post-it Notes, a Rubik’s Cube and dollar bills and morphs them into key ingredients for a very unconventional meal in the clip (embedded). "The ‘western’ refers to this endless supply of worthless, disposable modern junk that populates so much of our world," said Pes in an e-mail conversation. "There is beauty to be found in these objects." The animation auteur’s work can also be seen in commercials, like a recent Coinstar advertisement that featured coins wriggling and shimmying their way to an overflowing change jar. But the real fun comes when Pes unleashes his creativity in fun, one-off shorts, which he frequently uploads to his website. See also:

The Forty Story by Pentagram It’s been a while since we’ve featured branded content, even though we’re on the record as being big supporters in the past. For me, it’s a simple case of few films standing out. With the creative talent and budgets that big companies are able to muster, is it wrong for me to hold branded content to a higher standard than pieces by film students and indie do-it-yourselfers? I don’t think so. This latest piece from reputable design firm Pentagram, does stand out though, and demands notice. While I love brands like Absolut who give artists free reign to make films of their choosing, I also deeply admire films like Plot Device which are great films, but function as great advertising as well. 27 Useful Logo Design Tutorials and Tips | Tutorials 437 shares Colorful Logos for Your Inspiration We’ve rounded up some examples of logo designs that make excellent use of color. Some of these are bold and bright, while others possess more muted colors, but each of them have been designed beautifully with extreme care and detail. There’s something quite fun and invigorating about a design that isn’t afraid to use a… Read More 498 shares 30 Free Vintage Logo Templates Looking for some high quality vintage logos or insignias?

Abbott Square Open House | Santa Cruz Museum of Art ← Back to All Events, Art Events, Evening Events, Family Events, Free Events, History Events, Volunteer Opportunities Note: This event has passed. We are starting a process to transform Abbott Square into a center of creative activity Downtown. Our goal is two-fold: to create a welcoming, interactive space for families, and to create a platform for cultural activities, festivals, and art events downtown. We expect a revitalized Abbott Square to energize artists, increase retail activity, and draw County-wide residents Downtown for exciting family-friendly experiences. Interested in sharing your ideas for the future of Abbott Square? Calendar powered by The Events Calendar

honeybee137LK This is awesome News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9 The Good: AMAZING effects and character design! The battle droids actually *looked* like devices built for live combat situations—heavily-armoured, heavily-ARMED, and just...heavy! The Bad: 1) WHEN will people finally drop the completely stupid "careful withdrawal of consciousness from virtual environment" trope? 2) If a battle bot has some way of overloading its batteries or onboard generator to generate an EMP, IT WILL FRY ITSELF IN THE PROCESS. I know, I know, I'm a nitpicking geek...but, really, what's the excuse for complete scientific illiteracy in so-called "sci-fi" film-making?

Online Marketing Done Right – the Case of HBO’s True Blood | Yoke If you’re a vampire aficionado, it’s almost certain that you’re hooked on HBO’s popular TV series True Blood. Even if you aren’t into the pale bloodsuckers, it’s still pretty likely that you’re addicted to the show all the same.Without getting into the reasons why True Blood manages to keep people glued to the TV following the hazardous antics of a perky, half-fairy waitress and her pulseless nightwalker friends, I’m going to look at exactly how a fantasy series, so often of marginal interest, became so popular and mainstream. The buzz around True Blood has been phenomenal. Many people working in the advertising industry have referred to True Blood as having one of the most well thought out marketing campaigns to date. The campaign is on-going, but can be broken down into four parts; generating intrigue, extending the campaign, revealing the purpose of the campaign and, finally, maintaining interest. Generating intrigue Extending the campaign Revealing the purpose Maintaining interest

Achieving a Vintage Look Through Color Tones in Photoshop CS by Guest Contributor Anna Gay Photographers are often striving for a “vintage” look in their photos, and even though there are endless ways of achieving a vintage look, there are a couple of characteristics to keep in mind. First of all, the color tones in a vintage photo often lean towards either a blue or a red hue, or a cross-processed look. Vintage photos also have an element of noise or grain that can be achieved through textures, and also a certain amount of vignetting around the edges of the photo. This photo is the result of adjusting the color curves, adding two vignettes, and a color fill, which we will walk through step-by-step. First, open your photo in Photoshop and make sure your foreground color is set to white in your side tool bar. You will see the above dialogue box. As you can see here, there should be three layers – your Background image, then your two gradient layers. Now, let’s adjust the color curves. Use the drop down menu to adjust each color channel.

48 Hours in Byron Bay | Locations “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” – Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 And stuff my eyes I did. No sooner had I landed in Gold Coast in Queensland after a sleepless night on the plane, was I whisked off on a whirlwind tour of beautiful rivers teeming with fish, sandy beaches with perfect surfing conditions and lively farmers markets offering a feast for all senses – and a glimpse of the outdoor life that Byron Bay offers. Not your ordinary tour guideTaking an overnight flight only ever seems a good idea on paper and after hours of watching strangers in thongs sleep (that’s flip flops for all of you non-Australians in case you wondered about the state of travel attire in Oz) I arrived in my usual slightly detached and bleary-eyed “another day, another airport” condition. All that is gone and forgotten the moment I locate Ben: not only does he greet me bearing coffee (instant brownie points!) Enjoy the photos in the gallery above!

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