New Year, New Blog

Each new year we do some resolutions. Here’s mine: pursuing my dream, which is create.
Create photos, videos, interesting content, share, surprise…

That’s why I invite you all to follow me on my new blog http://valentinamedia.wordpress.com
I will share with you useful and interesting content on photography, video, design, social media for creators etc..
Plus, twice a week, I will post a photographer inspiration. Last week our inspiration came from Lloyd Revald.

You can also find me on

* Web    * Facebook   * Twitter

See you soon on the net! Come visit my new blog…I will surprise you!

Have a wonderful positive 2013!

Vale

Sometimes it happens…

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Women & technology

Women & Technology

Post-feminist postcard: Women & Technology

Scribbled Line People by Ayako Ito

Inspirational! The artist Ayako Ito portrays human figure in scribbled lines. It was distorted and reconstructed in 3D using a Flash drawing tool programmed by Randy Church.
More to see here.

 

Lightroom preset: Yellow pimento (for free)

I heart LR! (= I love Adobe Lightroom!). What it is? It’s the magic touch for photographers, it’s the Photoshop without the problem of layers…etc..etc…

Today I have decided to create LR prese(n)t, starting with “Yellow pimento”, in order to give a little bit of spice to your yellow elements in your photos! FREE for download here! :-) Enjoy, share and tell me what you think! More to come…

Yellow Pimento LR preset by Valentina Calà

Yellow Pimento, a Lightroom preset by Valentina Calà

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Happy summer!

(c) Valentina Calà

This picture has been featured on kwerfeldein.de

To view other pictures, visit my Flickr account.

Levitation Photography

During the past years levitation photography became quite popular. On Internet we can see some pretty good exemples and always more photographers are using this technique, even in fashion photography.

While seeing this phenomen rising, I have asked myself, who is the inventor (I even googled it! ;-P)…probably nobody, but I can say that one of the first very successful exemple comes from Tokyo, by the photographer Natsumi Hayashi. You can visit her blog yowayowacamera.com, where she explains that yowayowa is a Japanese term meaning “weak” or “feeble.”
Since I’m yowayowa, it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around. :-) I think this last one is very funny, as her photographs, where she is able to put a sort of fairy and soft athmosphere.


Even DigitalRev.com had some (funny) tries with Leviatan Photography.

I have never tried to do such pictures, but after seeing so many good exemples around, I really would like to give it a try! And you?

What do you need?

- A camera
– A tripod (or a second photographer)
A lot of inspiration
– Eventually some post-processing:

I’ll try and post something here and…I really would like to see YOUR levitation photographies! You can post a link under comments. :-D

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French roller coaster

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Copyright Franck Bohbot 2012

As the photographer Franck Bohbot, I used to go to fair when I was a child. I remember the candies, the colours, the other kids and the excitement of playing, hoping to win the biggest prize.

Franck Bohbot guides us into the fair, with wide, colourful shoots, surrealistically empty of children laughing and running around. The atmosphere is still cheerful, thanks also to the flashy colours and lights spreading in all pictures.

To see all the images and Bohbot’s portfolio, click here.

 

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

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