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Some Ideas On Abstract Photography

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm

This article covers four techniques which you can use to create abstract images. These techniques may be applied to various subject matter to produce great abstract photography.

Using Blur

The first technique is the deliberate blurring of objects. Photos with a dreamy feel work best with this technique. As a result, selecting the subject matter carefully is essential. After all, if the wrong subject matter is chosen, the final results will be discouraging.

This technique can be carried out in several ways. Perhaps the easiest way is to use a soft focus lens. However, this is also the costliest method. Another method is to use a soft focus filter which can be mounted on just about any lens. Using panty hose stretched over the lens is yet another method. Needless to say, the blur can always be added in the course of image editing with Photoshop (or any other editing software).

Zooming In on the Subject

To utilize this technique, a zoom lens is needed. The technique is fairly straightforward. A long shutter speed is chosen. Then, while the shutter is open, the photographer changes the focal length of the zoom lens. The standard approach is to start at a wide angle and zoom into a narrow angle.

With this technique, there are a few essential points. When using this technique, a tripod is really required. Without a tripod, the photo will be blurred by camera movement. A strong center of interest works best with this technique. For those images that lack a strong center of interest, the image often seems to be simply a bunch of blurry lines. Keeping these points in mind can help to enhance your abstract photos.

Don’t be surprised if you discover that you need to take many shots to create just one excellent abstract photo. This is just the way this technique functions. You can not accurately foresee the way a shot will come out. So, take many shots and pick the best one.

Partial Object

With this particular technique, the entire object is not photographed. Rather, the photographer isolates just a section of an object. Then, that section is photographed. The objective is to isolate the most interesting portion of an object.

Since form, color, and lines are very important when the partial object technique is used, objects should be selected based on these factors.

Photoshop Filters

Instead of creating abstract images at the time that an image is shot, Photoshop can be utilized to produce the abstract. Photoshop filters offer one easy way to do this. The Photoshop filters can be located in the Filter menu. The key here is to experiment with the various filters. After you are done experimenting, you can select the filter that produced the most intriguing results. Then, you can use that filter for the final image.


These techniques are very effective in creating eye-catching abstract images. The next step is to pick up your camera. Then, you just need to head out to create some great images.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

The Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival is a schedule of fashion events for everyone to enjoy showcasing Australia’s leading designer brands and retailers. Featuring five days of free and ticketed public events, the festival profiles the contemporary Spring Summer collections of local and international fashion brands as these new season’s looks arrive into stores throughout the city.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival will promote Sydney’s diverse fashion market from major department stores through to independent retail outlets and will include collection shows, in-store promotions, celebrity events, exhibitions, launches and after parties in and around Sydney. Festival activities will herald a schedule of lunchtime and evening runway collection shows featuring an eclectic mix of the season’s fashion spanning broad-appeal fashion merchandise through to independent ready to wear designer labels.

Festival nightlife will certainly be a highlight as the city transforms into a true celebration of all things fashion. The official Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival bar will be open to the public creating a true destination to experience all the buzz of fabulous, fashion fun. Several other bars and clubs around the city and beyond will also join forces with Rosemount to present a fringe schedule of events catering for every fashionista’s need. Note to self – plan those party outfits now.

A specially created tent structure will be erected in Martin Place, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. This purpose built showroom will boast state-of-the-art lighting, sound and staging configurations. The event will profile Sydney’s innovative and eclectic fashion offering from major department stores to independent retail outlets and will herald a multi-day schedule of lunchtime and evening runway collection shows, in-store promotions, celebrity events, exhibitions, launches and after parties in and around Sydney. The festival promises to attract Australia’s biggest names in fashion, alongside a host of celebrities and international models. Brought to you by the same professional team of experts responsible for the world-renowned fashion industry event, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

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Specialty Coffee – A Vibrant Industry, Or The Future Of Coffee At Crossroads Of Change?

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Seattle; the home of Boeing, software giants, grunge music and…specialty coffee. Well, not quite. Contrary to popular belief, while Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Boeing and Oracle do indeed hail from the Pacific Northwest, modern specialty coffee has its roots much further south.

When Alfred Peet died in his sleep a few weeks ago he was a sprightly 87. He passed away peacefully hopefully dreaming of coffee trees laden with ripened cherries. While most people have never heard of him, Peet is widely recognised as being the father of modern “specialty coffee” in the industry. He was a Dutchman who became an American. He had traded tea for Lipton’s in Java, lived in Sumatra, worked in the business in New Zealand before, finally, settling down (somewhat) in the University suburb of Berkeley, California. It was at Berkeley where he founded his roastery in 1966 and Peet’s Coffee was born. Alfred Peet was passionate about coffee. His roasting exploits legendary and his ability to commentate, roast and put out fires simultaneously are famous. His experiences while living in Indonesia had given him an affinity with farmers who grew coffee, as well as a thorough understanding of the origin, the place where coffee was grown. This background, combined with his love of roasting, resulted in a place where coffee was not just a cup of Java, but something exotic, living and with a story.

From Alfred Peet’s inspirational example came many of the coffee cultures that now are household names today in America and around the world- Starbucks being the most famous of these of course. The original founders of Starbucks- Baldwin, Bowker and Ziv Seigel originally leant their roasting trade from Peet, in fact Peet roasted for them in their early years. Many others in the industry in America today also passed through the Peet’s Coffee experience. In fact when Howard Schulz purchased Starbucks, Bowker and Baldwin moved across and purchased Peets Coffee- Alfred Peet retiring to a role of Coffee Mentor for the Industry as a whole.

Today most coffee drinkers, from Surabaya to San Francisco, recognise Starbucks and its logo, but the name “Alfred Peet” often draws draws blank looks.

Specialty Coffee today is at a crossroad- an important junction in deciding which direction coffee will be heading over the next decade. In the last 10 years many new comers have entered the business. It is estimated that the global coffee sector today is valued at over US$80 billion. It is no wonder that with these revenue numbers, the industry attracts a mix of business people with mixed agendas- who often see the potential bottom line rather than education and passion as being the driving force in what they do. Traditionally the specialty coffee industry has been built on the strong foundation of sharing knowledge and experience- with the supposition that by helping each other the industry will be strongly quality focused. However a number of the more recent arrivals in the market are perhaps choosing coffee for the perceived easy profits, rather than for a real passion for coffee or its heritage. As a result many of the traditional methods of exchange are not as effective, or used as frequently as they have been in the past.

Globally Coffee is in a position where consumption is beginning to slow down and opportunities to grow coffee are becoming more difficult to find in the traditional coffee consuming markets- Europe, USA, South America and Oceania. The easy answer if to look at new emerging markets- China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia are prime targets. These countries either have low coffee consumption (Indonesian’s, for instance, consume 500gm per person per year vs. Norway’s 12kg per person per year), or have reasonable consumption, but historically are tea consumers (India). The new markets are also very suggestible to western branding- in many cases the strength of branding has been shown to be more important than the product itself. This presents a number of opportunities to strong western brands and of course new local brands to emerge. However it does not necessarily equate to long-term longevity of specialty coffee in these new frontiers.

In the more mature markets, the patterns of consumption have changed markedly over the last 15-20 years. The traditional, lower quality coffee products such as instants, are being replaced by roast and ground coffee (drips, plungers etc) and of course Espresso Based Drinks (cappuccino, latte, espresso etc). Fresh roasted coffee has many advantages over the instant coffee. It is more flavoursome and more importantly has a greater link back to where it originally came from. This means that customer awareness is also on the increase- bringing into the spotlight the actual paper trail of where the coffee comes from, who picked it, what price the grower get from it etc. To consumers in countries such as New Zealand this is very important- as generally there is a linkage between quality of coffee and the return the farmer or grower gets. The correlation is the better the return to a farmers, the better the coffee will be. Higher returns means more time can be spent in the origin country looking after the crop, pruning, selective harvesting, proper intensive drying and packing/storing the coffee once it is dried.

The role the specialty coffee industry plays in all this is very important. Retail shops that source and supply only the best coffee help to sustain the industry both upstream and downstream. This means the farmers and workers will be rewarded and the consumers will have access to quality coffee, hopefully growing the business further.

Unfortunately the reverse is gradually becoming more often the norm. Cafes, coffee shops and roasters entering the market all over the world tend to look for short-term cost advantages to try and fuel their business models. To achieve this they either buy poor quality coffee, as cheap as possible or average quality coffee…likewise as cheaply as possible. Cheap coffee equates to, at the best, very average finished product. This in turn means generally a poor perception of the place selling the coffee. This would perhaps be OK if there were not so many cafes now selling poor quality coffee. As it is it means that poor quality coffee is often accepted a being the norm- hence having the result of putting people off drinking coffee.

In many ways the industry can be seen as having come almost full circle back to where it was in the early 1970’s when instant coffee and coffee sitting on hotplates for 10 hours were seen and accepted as being normal coffee. This is what pioneers like Peet worked so hard to change. It is also why the crossroads the industry now stands at are so important.

The choices are really quite simple. For coffee to evolve and grow further there needs to be education of the retailer and the customer. The global industry is built around national organisations that play a varying role in providing advice and education to those in retail or wholesale. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) are two such organisations. However to become members of these organisations is as simple as filling out a form and paying a fee. Often the motivation of the people joining is just to get a sticker to put on their shop door, knowledge is a secondary motivator. There is talk that membership should involve some form of basic enter test and then continuing education via the internet- which would at least help to provide tools to pass information on to those drinking the coffee.

Looking at those in the industry who do things well, is also a great way of building and planning the future for specialty coffee. In the USA quality roasters and café operators such as Allegro, Blackstump Coffee and Intelligensia have taken industry standards to a new level. Buying quality coffee, hiring quality staff and imparting quality knowledge to customers buying their morning coffee has proven very successful for these companies. So much so that it is an unquestionable part of their corporate culture. All of these companies also practice something unique- they regularly visit their growers in countries such as Indonesia, Guatemala, Kenya, Brazil and Colombia. To take this one step further, they do not just visit and spend a few nights- taking photos of a grower’s coffee trees, they maintain regular contact with those growing the coffee. This approach must be seen as the future for coffee in competitive, quality driven markets. It is true relationship coffee where the roaster becomes by default part of the farmers extended family.

Passing knowledge on to those who buy a coffee everyday, and arming them with information on what type of coffee they drink, how it is grown, who grows it, when it is picked, how it gets to them gives all power to the customer. It is a very important, yet lagging piece of the future of coffee globally. Being able to learn the differences in tastes/cupping qualities has some snob quality, but more importantly it helps the buyer to differentiate between good, average and poor coffee. Here lies the problem. A successful café founded on the principles of sustainability and true coffee culture has nothing to fear from education. A café selling poor quality coffee is unlikely, or perhaps unable, to want to educate clients about quality.

A failure to address quality, education and sustainability in the business sector (from the farmer to the retail customer) will ultimately result in consumption patterns falling further. Quality issues- especially over the counter and in the cup, need to be addressed. If not unfortunately those to suffer will be the grower or origin country, rather than the retailer. With current economics a grower in Indonesia receives only around 2-5% of the cost of the average cup sold in America or Europe. If demand drops off, the Arabica business ultimately will fall back into a cycle of commodity pricing rather than specialty pricing that many quality origins now enjoy. Competition from other beverages, and lifestyle choices, compete with the disposable income that coffee comes from.

If Alfred Peet was still alive, undoubtedly he would just carry on doing what he did well and loved, roasting coffee and sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone willing, and wanting to learn and listen- a model to all of us in the industry today.

© Alun H.G Evans, Merdeka Coffee, 2007. The writer reserves all moral rights to this article. May only be reproduced.

Stock Market And Investment Mantra

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

The term investment is no longer a complexity, especially related to stock market in India. Right from corporates, professionals, homemakers to students, the scope of investing has influenced all. It is no surprise if you find most of the people glued to the television or news portals to have a glimpse of the latest market news once the trading hours start. The stock prices in India get displayed in the news channels and portals facilitating investors to view the same. Buying and selling decisions depend on the market news as well as latest statistics of stock prices in India.

What do you expect from your investment or what are the objectives behind your investing in the Indian stock market? Obviously it is creation of wealth and optimizing it. Smart investment is all about buying stocks at the appropriate time and holding them until the right time approaches for selling. Not all stocks witness a rise in their value; your time and efforts on research, knowledge and staying updated with market news will help you choose stocks that would ensure maximum return on your investment.

One of the easiest tricks to experience a win-win situation in the Indian stock market is choosing stocks based on the performance of the company. So, you must be closely studying the rising and falling stock prices in India. How do you go forward with the choice factor? Consider the stock from the chart which you feel is consistent in its rising value. Find out the historical data and take into account the profit and turnover generated for a particular period of time, say five years at the minimum. If it is a renowned company, you will often come across its activities being published as part of market news. For long term investment in such a company, consider the long term profits and economic status; for short term investment, do take into account the performance over a short duration, say at least six months. Once you are confident enough about a particular stock that promises returns, you can proceed with the buying.

HP Series 800 G1 Generate EliteOne Sharp graphics

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm

JAKARTA – HP EliteOne 800 Series G1 and Series 800 G1 is a device EliteDesk AiO HP commercial desktop PCs and most resilient form factor with the widest selection, which was created specifically to meet the demands of today’s business.
HP desktop series EliteDesk / EliteOne 800 G1 is supported by the 4th generation Intel ® Core ™ processors for maximum performance and the graphics are sharp, and the new caching option and a solid state drive that provides fast access to data and applications.
AiO devices and desktop PCs supported by HP Elite features enterprise-class security and client management solutions to protect and manage critical business data, device and user identity with Intel vPro support.
With the highest efficiency class power supply that is up to 94 percent, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) offered by this device was not in doubt.
EliteOne HP AiO PC 800 G1 is the most powerful, rich multimedia, with a stylish design which is 23 percent thinner than the previous generation and support for Windows ® 8 with a dynamic touch screen experience, and highly interactive interface.
HP EliteDesk / 800 series G1 EliteOne provide robust and reliable performance with deployment options that can be tailored to the needs of the organization, all backed by a comprehensive portfolio management and security solutions from HP. (Eko Sutriyanto)

Experience The Best Of A Sports Game, Nature Or Action Movie With A Tv Wall Mount

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

A great place to start your search for a LCD TV wall mount is through Consumer Reports. It is a great way to get information about which TV wall mount is right for you. The number one reason to buy a TV wall mount is the fact that it does not require any space on the floor.

TV:s like these sell more and more but are considerably more expensive. They are usually very thin, 2-5 inches, or 5-10 centimeters. The picture is completely flat and the set should be connected to digital systems.

A TV mounted on a wall is bringing class to the world of TV viewing and flat-panel television viewing has reached new heights with tilting and panning LCD wall mounted systems. Full platform units provides maximum viewing flexibility and for optimal viewing, please lower your browser’s text size setting.

One step in the process is to decide where you will be seated when viewing the screen. Enhance any viewing experience as it swivels and tilts for viewing from any angle. An option is with a swinging arm and revolving, tiltable shelf provide two pivot points for perfect TV viewing in any room. If you have plenty of space in your viewing room an extension arm allows the TV to swivel for optimum viewing. And a vibrant and sharp image will provide you with an enhanced viewing experience. Minimum and maximum viewing distance has to be taken in to account. With these new systems you will have a more comfortable and ergonomic viewing of your LCD Monitor.

The selection of plasma TV wall mounts, ceiling mount and plasma TV stands feature quality products for all your plasma presentation needs. Now most suppliers also stock plasma TV wall mounts, which can be suitable for almost any size of plasma TV. They can be fixed for most plasma/LCD screens 37-61inch, within 49mm of wall, mount holes 50-635 mm up to 480 mm vertical. The fixed plasma TV wall mount bolts directly to your wall, giving stability for your plasma screen. Everyone can now get a 42-50 inches large plasma TV wall mount that is relatively thin, preferably 1-2 inches from the wall and it allows you to tilt the TV down.

If you want a small television wall mount for office or bedroom, it is easy to find. Preferably a flat panel TV wall mount is used for LCD / plasma televisions wall installation. Many are cable hiding sets and are ideal for the office, bedroom, den or kitchen use. The consumer reports about television set for wall mount can help you decide which is right for you.

Now if you want to experience the best of a sports game, nature or action movie, as you almost where there, you are probably ready to spend a lot of money. Then you will of course choose the widescreen and home movie equipment with a plasma or projection-TV.

Wellington Reject Galatasaray For Inter

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Sao Paulo midfielder has rejected interest Wellington Turkish giants, Galatasaray because just want to play for Inter Milan.
“Players have rejected Galatasaray interest, why? because he just wants to join Inter, “said Gustavo Aribas agent.
“The Nerazzurri are definitely interested, but we still have to continue to negotiate, because there has been no significant progress,” he added.
“The priority at this time to Inter from Juventus after Mauricio Isla’s new focus on the situation of Wellington.”
Sao Paolo willing to release one of the flagship to Europe if one is willing to pay $ 8 million euros.
“We have not talked the technical aspects, but borrowing is an option. About the price is not kapasiya me, “he continued.
Problem Isla, Juventus have confirmed will not sell it, but it is believed the statement of Turin is just a strategy to increase the value of the player in the transfer market.

When to Consider Paid Blog Web Hosting Services

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Not all free things are good always. Sometimes there come a time when a need to venture from freebies is essential and beneficial. This is true when you are considering a good blog web hosting service for your blog. There are those types of blogs that usually require serious and professional blog web hosting services that would only be accessed through payment of a small fee. In as much as there are those blog web-hosting services that are provided free of charge, sometimes the nature of the blog that you want to operate does not allow you to benefit from them since your blog will not fit in very well. Such a situation will tell you that it is time to consider paid blog web hosting services.

If the content of your blog is based on an issue that is targeted to a particular segment of audience that would find visiting the common free blog hosting sites improper, then it is time to consider a paid hosting plan from a reputable and credible blog web hosting site. This will make your sensitive audiences become accessible by your blog hence ensuring that you still have the traffic on your blog. It is also advisable to contract a paid blog web hosting plan when you want to remain sure that you will have the same web space for your blog even when it requires more space. Some free hosting services will limit your blog to a certain level where you will need to keep deleting some of your files in order to load others. This is not the case with the one that you will pay for. With a paid plan, you will always be sure that you will have the space and the bandwidth you paid for, for the use of your blog.

Sometimes you may need to upload some contents that would not be accepted by your host site. These contents may not be illegal, immoral or improper for your audience but may infringe the fair interests of the host site, or may beat the very essence of the existence and operation of the hosting service provider. This does not leave you with any other choice but to seek own server that you will have to pay for and host your blog page. It is usually advisable to always be on the lookout for the changes that are happening on the internet world such that you will not be caught unawares by events.

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  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

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Teen Models And The Internet

  • Posted on February 11, 2017 at 9:23 am

Teen Modeling has always been a very popular Industry. Companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy, Aeropostle, Billabong, and many others exclusively market the teenage demographic and as such generally hire Teen Models to best portray the image they are seeking. According to recent studies, Teen consumers in the age range from 12 – 17 showed an estimated spending power of 153 Billion and thus present a vast marketing opportunity that is multifaceted and touches on many products and services.

To successfully target teen consumers, many companies are seeking Teen Models to represent their particular brand. In the retail industry, much has been made of teens attraction to the youthful image projected by retailers like Abercrombie therefore teens naturally gravitate to this retailer as one for someone my own age.

So what options are available to today’s Teen’s wishing to become a model? The opportunities for Teen Models today are endless. With the advent of Web 2.0 user-generated websites, many Teen Models are finding it much easier to get noticed and present their Online Model Portfolios. The advantage of Online Modeling Portfolios and user-generated Social Networking sites have been refined to market the Online Teen Model directly. Such sites are called Online Model Listing services.

While there are many Online Model Listing services available, it is important for prospective Teen Models to recognize distinct differences in them. Many Online Model Listing services offer free registration and a limited ability to upload an Online Portfolio. This allows the Teen Model to begin a modest online presence but often falls short in regards to a Fully Interactive Online Model Listing service.

The next Online Model Listing service offers a full, interactive Online presence for the Teen Model, enabling the model to present a professional model portfolio with no space limitations. Fully Interactive Online Model Listing services also offer options totally unavailable to the typical free listing service. This includes the ability to communicate directly with prospective clients, agencies, photographers, and companies. Full service listing companies also offer the ability to apply for online jobs, upload completed image or video sets, and receive payments directly through the website.

With the increased convenience of the Internet, many Teen Models are choosing to model directly through a Fully Interactive Model Listing service. This is not only potentially very profitable, but a safe alternative to traveling.

Teen Models today have more choices and opportunities then ever before. If you are a Teen Model wishing to explore this exciting industry it is important to build a professional digital portfolio and select the Online Model Listing service that best suits your needs. Update your images often in order to always represent your latest look and interact as often as possible with your prospective clients. Online Teen Modeling is a lucrative and exciting field and will only increase in popularity. If you are wishing to become a Teen Model the time has never been better to begin.