Nocturne XII – Color At Night

“They say we can’t see color at night. By comparison to day, I suppose that’s true. However, if there’s a significant amount of light, there are wonderful colors to be found at night.”
I wrote this many years ago. Since then I’ve come across recent scientific research that overturns the notion that we don’t see color at night. While our sensitivity to hue in low levels of light does diminish, we very definitely see it. We see color at night, even in the darkest hours.
Time and time again, throughout the history of art, I’ve seen examples of people calling it like they see it and expressing an underlying truth that science has yet to catch up with. My advice? Look closely. Trust your direct perception over the way you’ve been taught to see or think about seeing. Hold the questions of how it all works answered but open. With an open mind we learn more every day, There’s always more to learn.
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Steve McCurry – Face of Asia

“I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person…I guess what you’d call the human condition.”
For more than twenty-five years Steve McCurry has covered areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran–Iraq war, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan. Face of Asia concentrates on his extensive work from Asia, including images from India, Afghanistan, as well as recent work from Cambodia and Tibet. McCurry’s vivid color images and descriptive titles give us in the West a window into the cultures and peoples of Asia.
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Lightroom 2.2 – New Update

Adobe has released a new update to its Photoshop Lightroom software, the second Lightroom update this fall. The new update includes several refinements such as enhanced performance of the local adjustment tools. In addition, Adobe’s Camera Profiles are now available natively within Lightroom 2.2 and are provided automatically as part of this release. As the visual starting point for the raw processing workflow, camera profiles provide flexibility that allows photographers to quickly achieve their desired rendering. Lightroom 2.2 supports these seven new camera models: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-G1, Panasonic DMC-FX150, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and Leica D-LUX 4.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 is available now.
It’s a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers.
It’s USD$99 as an upgrade for Lightroom 1 users.
It’s USD$299 for new users.
Lightroom 2 can be purchased through the Adobe Store here.

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Check out NAPP’s Lightroom 2 Learning Center here.
Check out PhotoshopCafe’s Lightroom 2 Learning site here.

NVIDIA Speak Visual Show

In 2009 NVIDIA will host The Speak Visual Show, featuring massive projections on buildings across the globe and simultaneously broadcast online. All types of artwork are being accepted.
You can enter online. Look at the rights granted before you enter. To my mind the usage is too open ended. That’s why I haven’t entered. And I’ve told them so. Maybe the terms will change.
In the meantime, the concept is fascinating and the event should be too.
Check out the Speak Visual Show here.

Colin Smith – Online Video Tips @ PhotoshopCafe

Colin Smith is the force behind PhotoshopCafe a dynamic website/web community where you can also find his high quality training DVDs. Colin also gives 9 useful video tips online – Dotted Lines, Portrait Glow, Straighten Images, Wacom C Panel, Dodge and Burn, Rollover in DW, Connect FTP, Double Glow Text, Text on Cylinder. There free!
Check them out here!
See the face behind the tutorials here at NVIDIA’s Speak Visual.com.
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Adobe Configurator

Adobe® Configurator is a utility application that helps create custom panels for Adobe Photoshop® CS4. Configurator makes it easy to drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions, and other objects into a panel design, then export the results for use inside Photoshop. These panels leverage the support for Adobe Flash built into Photoshop, making it possible to drag and drop audio, video, images, and even other SWF files into a panel design.
Configurator is great for any Photoshop user who’d like to customize the application interface, without having to learn Flash/Flex/ActionScript. It’s particularly suited to authors, trainers, and other experts who’d like to create panels that make Photoshop easier to use, and who’d like to share those panels with others.
Configurator is free for anyone to use. Running the panels it generates requires installing Photoshop CS4.
Download Adobe Configurator here.
Find out more about Configurator on Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop John Nack’s blog. Type in Configurator in the Search field there.
Download the Configurator guide here.

Artist's Statement – Mandala in Silver & Gold

Like any art form, writing reveals new things every time you engage the process. You can use writing to explore dimensions in images that aren’t immediately obvious.
Here’s an excerpt from the first statement I wrote on Mandala in Silver & Gold. I later wrote a second. I think a third may be useful.
“Surprises often become the start of something new. I find they contain the seeds for a new series or a new subset of an existing series. A latent theme is suddenly made visible. Rosa Celestia is one of those images for me …
I’ve come to know more and more about this image the longer I have lived with it. Yet it still remains a mystery. The fact that I can’t explain it, yet it still moves me, tells me the work is alive. I continue to look and be fascinated by it. I see more every time I return to it. It has become a well to draw from.”
Read two statements on one image here and here.

Ink Info – Agitate Cartridges to Prevent Sedimentation

Sediment in ink can settle so agitating ink that’s been stationary (for more than a month or three) makes sense. Agitate gently, or you may damage the needle valve in the cartridge. You don’t need to do this for ink in a printer, unless you don’t use the printer for a long time. The printers gently rock during use, which provides automatic agitation.
Learn more at the Epson Print Academy.
Learn more in my workshops.