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Up until the 1970s, color photography was rare. Thus, our vision of history is so often in black and white only. Rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like…and, boy, was it spectacular.  Here’s just a sample. Click the links at the bottom to see the whole set. – Robert

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CLICK HERE to see the original set.

CLICK HERE to see the top picks.

Thanks to Sandra H. and Distractify for bringing this collection to our attention.

Thanks to Mary M. for passing this link along to us.

We forget how exotic the world of architecture has become. What is standard in the USA is often dwarfed by what is built around the world.  Here are some selections from a web site called OnTheRoofs.com and it shares incredible shots by two of the most daring photographers I have seen, Vitaly Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov.  – Robert

Thanks to Joe O. for bringing this to our attention.

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This is the second digital painting in the Death Valley series. 265 feet below sea level, Bad Water Basin sums up my four days in the valley.  The meaning of the painting is left up to you. In the midst of this wasteland, you can’t help but be reminded that Life Is Good and precious.  – Robert

Visit BarnesGallery.com to see a larger version of the painting.

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Compassion: This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded, the bull did not attack Munera. May we all support the welfare of non-human species.

I never underestimate the power of great photography. – Robert

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I’m pleased to announce my new series from Death Valley.  After a week in 103 degree “balmy-ness”, I’ve returned with a series of new images, and a video, that let you join me in Death Valley, USA.

The digital painting, above, is titled “Facing Death Valley” and speaks to our lives as individuals, mortals, living on a finite world.  It’s the first in a new series I’m calling “Facing the Future”.  I hope it evokes contemplation and introspection in all those who view it. The larger version in the gallery reveals the detail and texture of the complete the image.

To view the new works and to view my short 6 minute video titled “Death Valley Run” – visit BarnesGallery.com and spend some time exploring new works and ones you might have forgotten.  There is lots to see.

All my best,

Robert Barnes

 

Thanks to Enzo Dal Verme for creating this short video.

Thanks to John S. for bringing it to our attention.

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Over the past twenty three years I’ve used Photoshop as an essential design tool.  I started with version 1.0 and have enjoyed its evolution over the years.

During that time, I was fortunate to be asked to serve as Technical Editor on five separate Photoshop books.

I’ve been a personal coach and trainer for dozens of professional photographers, taught two semesters of Photoshop 101 in Santa Fe and conducted full day seminars for advanced users.  Along the way I’d create little videos that showed a tip or feature to my students.

Each version of Photoshop has variations on the tools and new features have been added continually. Whether you have “Elements”, Version 7 or CS 6 Extended, many features remain the same.  I recently created a new web site to inspire intermediate photoshop users with some of my older videos.  Most are just a few minutes long but they introduce you to the concepts and push you to explore and experiment on your own.  There is no charge and I hope you’ll find value, as well as a bit of entertainment, by visiting my new site.

Click Here to visit PixelCove.com

-Robert

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pensmoke handslqScience student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute.

Thanks to Jim J. for passing this along to us.

The Rijksmuseum in Holland wanted to bring art to the people and hopefully, they would come see more.  They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch, and did the following in a busy mall.

Enjoy.

Thanks to Susie B. for passing this link along to us.

 

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