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  • An authentic oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven without pile. Oriental-design rugs made by machine, made through hand-tufting or any method other than hand-knotting or hand-weaving are not considered authentic oriental rugs.
  • Handwoven or hand knotted rugs native to the Middle or Far East available in many patterns and known for their colorations. Many machine-made rugs, made using Oriental rug designs, are also referred to as Oriental rugs.

A Modern Pirate Portrait
A Modern Pirate Portrait
Actual size- 11x14 in. Best viewed large, of course. Mr. A. (his full name need not be mentioned- for privacy, of course), though a dealer of oriental rugs by day, is also quite fond of donning pirate garb for various social functions. Mr. A. came upon my work at a local gallery, where I was showing my "Anne Bonny" piece. He greatly enjoyed my style (and, I'm sure, the fact that pirates were the subject), and asked if he might hire me to draw his portrait. Let me take this opportunity to say that I do NOT care for portraiture- in the literal sense, at least. You see, if I draw an imaginary character, I'm free to do anything I please with him/her. If, similarly, I draw (i.e. illustrate) a character from written material, I need only follow a basic description. If, however, I draw a living person, I must follow every single rule involved- that is to say, I must make the portrait look as close as possible to the model. That, as you may suppose, is exceedingly difficult. One little mistake, and the model starts with all that "oh, that's not right!" business. Fortunately, Mr. A. seemed to understand (and be perfectly pleased with) my methods, and understood that this would not be a traditional portrait, but, rather, an illustrative rendering (whereby Mr. A.'s essence would be properly transferred, but with plenty of artistic liberties taken). But back to the piece itself. Mr. A. (as the reader has surely noticed) wished to be shown in full pirate costume, with a period background. I used several photographs for reference (and only for reference- I most certainly do NOT trace anything in my work), two of which looked much like the finished product in that Mr. A. was shown standing in front of a large galleon- a reproduction of the "Kalmar Nyckel." I noticeably altered the ship's design to fit my own plans. The tropical, mountainous setting, overcast sky and cargo (bottom right) were also of my own imagination. The figure of Mr. A. is actually quite accurate (I'm especially pleased with the face, which is also sirprisingly close). In the end, I'm rather pleased with the outcome, and I suppose Mr. A. will be, as well. NOTE: Yes, there's an American flag hanging from the ship; and yes, I know America was still only a colony in the days of galleons and pirates. But that's what he wanted there, and he is, after all, the client.
Colored Ice Cube Melt Timelapse
Colored Ice Cube Melt Timelapse
_______________________________________________________________________________ | This is an HD movie. To view best, make sure the 'HD' in the bottom right of the screen is lit white. | To watch full screen, click the four opposing arrows to the right of the HD. _______________________________________________________________________________ One of these days, one of these timelapses will turn out just how I envisioned and I'll be happy with it. Somehow - from concept to execution - the results don't always work as well as planned... The concept was simple: Show a normal glass full of ice melting. To spruce things up a bit, I dyed the ice cubes various colors, added marbles, and reversed the process. The two things I wish were different: 1. The combined dye that formed at the bottom was almost completely opaque such that you couldn't see what was going on below the surface. I expected the melted water to be a dark color, but had hoped for some translucence. (Maybe some backlighting next time?) 2. At a couple points in the sequence, the ice craters such that it appears as erratic motion instead of a smooth flow. This makes it seem as though a gap is missing when it's not. Equipment Details: Nikon D300 Nikon 18-200mm @ 40mm 1/2sec. exposures @ f/4.5 ISO 200 LEE Filter Holder System Hitech 4-stop ND filter Lee Circular Polarizer (used as a ND) MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord Bogen - Manfrotto 190XB Tripod 486RC-2 Compact Ball Head with RC-2 Quick Release Square Perfect SP2700 Professional Photo Umbrella Set Processing Details: Total frames: 3006 Interval: 3 sec. Total Span: 2 hours, 30 minutes Frames per second: 30 (however video was later compressed to shorten and therefore you’re seeing a much faster frame rate) JPEG files sequenced with Quicktime Pro Music pre-edited with AudioSurgeon Video editing and music processed with Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Music: "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice (1990) I have a couple more ideas in the queue for upcoming timelapses, but am otherwise running out of ideas. If you have any suggestions of what you'd think would make a cool timelapse, let me know... __________________________________________________________________

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