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Dubblin Water Bottle

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My #Dubblin super cool bottle has finally arrived, looking forward to use in this hot weather to stay fresh and hydrated.  

Why drink from stainless steel? Such bottles don’t suffer from the weight issues associated with glass bottles or insulated metal bottles. Many people find they look fancier than plastic bottles. They aren’t see-through, so you can carry beverages other than water without others knowing. Most metal bottles these days, including our pick, come with electropolished interiors to help keep the bottles from taking on the smells or tastes of the liquids you put in them (and vice versa).

Spot-on proportions and cool designare its best trait. The diameter base is wide enough to fit into a standard-size cup holder without wobbling. Similarly, its 1¾-inch mouth is just big enough to fit almost any ice cube you throw into it, but not so wide that you’ll spill water everywhere if you try to sip on the go.

I must attest that water STAYS COLD, doesn’t leak, is easy to handle, fits our car beverage holders, and the mouthpiece performs amazingly well and is easy to clean. I can not say enough fabulous things about this water bottle

You can get yours here

 

Stainless, Steel, Water, Hydration, Bottle, Dubblin, Silver

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July 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

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Rogaska Slatina a Slovenian SPA resort

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Few resorts could ever be as healthy, green and luxurious as the Rogaska Slatina Slovenian SPA resort. The moment that I actually saw the place, I couldn’t believe how big, green and  well kept it was. I decided to stay at the Grand Hotel Rogaska and  It’s a hotel that really looks like more of a big grand building than anything else, and it manages to have the fantastic accommodations that you would expect from a hotel like this.

When I went on this vacation, I mainly just wanted to relax for few days. I wasn’t interested in sightseeing this time around. The Rogaska Slatina Slovenian SPA resort was perfect for that. I managed to get as many wellness treatments as I could, and I really recommend everything. You honestly completely feel like a different person the moment that you get back from the spa at the Rogaska Slatina. The therapists and the technicians at the spa really seemed to know what they were doing, and I immediately felt more relaxed the moment that I was in their hands. Really, I only have good things to say about the staff members of the Rogaska Slatina Slovenian SPA resort in general.

The staff members at a place like this can make or break it, which everyone knows. In this case, the Rogaska Slatina Slovenian SPA resort really had excellent staff members. I thought that all of them were really friendly and attentive. They really knew everything that was going on, and they could answer all of your questions without your having to try to Google everything every five seconds, and that makes all the difference if you’re on vacation and you’re trying not to stare at your phone the whole time. I really felt like the staff members could handle anything, and that makes a big difference if you’re abroad and you really want to make sure that you’re in good hands. Just a small example I needed to find a pet grooming service for my westie   and Andrea at the reception organised everything for me!

The view from my hotel room was fantastic, I chose to get a good size room that was called ‘Premium’ and from 22 to 40 Square meter.  The room was luxurious and I really felt like I was very comfortable there. Bed super comfy and bathroom of good size. Wifi free everywhere.People don’t necessarily need to get all of the most expensive things at the Grand Hotel Rogaska in order to really enjoy themselves there. This is just the sort of resort where people are going to have a great time anyway. 

 

This wasn’t really a sightseeing vacation for me. Of course, I did still want to go places there, and I thought that the Rogaska Slatina Slovenia SPA resort had the perfect location for that. The hotel is located near the end of the park, so you can basically walk outside and you’ll be able to get to somewhere pretty. The small town is just a gorgeous little place, and you really get a sense of the local area as a result. We took a fantastic little tour by train organised by the Tourist Board.

I went few times at the Rogaska Riviera swimming pool centre and is superb and really worth a visit, Donat Mg is a natural mineral water from the springs of Rogaška Slatina in Slovenia. It has a high content of magnesium. It helps with constipation problems, heartburn and magnesium deficiency problems.

I thought that the food at the Grand Hotel was great, with fantastic choice and great quality! The Grand Hotel Rogaska has everything: a pool, massage services, and rooms that are so comfortable you could really have fun there. I recommend this resort to anyone.

Grand Hotel Rogaska

Rogaska Slatina Tourist Office

 http://turizem-rogaska.si/default.aspx

This post has been partially sponsored I did get media rates during my stay at Grand Hotel Rogaska. . For more information, check out my full disclaimer policy.

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June 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm

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Oh no not again!

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Here are techniques from 10 artists featured in Krysa’s book “Creative Block” to help you get unstuck when you’re up against a creative block.

1. TAKE A STROLL AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Often a creative block comes from an inability to stay focused on just one task at hand. Your mind feels overwhelmed or distracted by too many things. “Your brain feels like a big knot, and you only think of your kitchen that needs a cleaning,” says German-based photographer Matthias Heiderich in Krysa’s book. “It makes sense to stop working then, and to re-sharpen the senses.”

Heiderich’s solution is what he calls “Once Around the Block,” inspired by the name of a song by musician Badly Drawn Boy. Simply getting out of your chair, exploring your own neighborhood, paying attention to the houses and sidewalks and shop windows rather than staying stuck in your head and your workspace, can help reenergize you. “Trying to see the banal objects around you in a new light can be a good brain boost,” he says.

2. SET TIGHT PARAMETERS TO PLAY IN
Having endless possibilities to choose from can be overwhelming and ultimately lead to a block. That’s why setting rules or parameters for yourself can help you start thinking creatively without getting lost in the wilderness of possiblities.

Mixed-media artist Trey Speegle suggests making a drawing and photocopying it 50 times, then altering each image in as many ways as you can think of. “The important thing is to turn off your brain and just play with a repeated form and let your mind see where no ideas or thought processes takes you,” he says. “Create your own tight parameters . . . Then give yourself a lot of room to play.”

3. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WILLPOWER
Sometimes getting past a creative block simply means pushing through the resistance you’re feeling. It’s easy to run from a project that’s giving you trouble, but sticking with it when you feel uncomfortable takes willpower.

“There will be one point in every project where I decide that my idea is absolutely stupid,” says Kristi Malakoff, a Canadian-based artist who makes large installations using cut paper. “It’s just pure willpower that gets me through these moments.”

4. DON’T WAIT FOR INSPIRATION
Inspiration doesn’t just strike. It’s cultivated. Waiting around for the perfect moment to launch into a project or tackle a creative challenge will keep you waiting for a long time. Just do the work, advises South African ceramics artist Ruan Hoffmann. “Through work comes new ideas, and the spark to either follow and develop, or develop and then abandon,” he says.

One place Hoffmann finds inspiration is in the words of painter and photographer Chuck Close when he says:

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.”
5. SEEK OUT AN ASSIGNMENT
Getting past a creative block means stepping outside your comfort zone. If you feel uncomfortable, you’re pushing your boundaries. And that’s where good ideas start to take shape.

Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.
“Ask someone close to you to give you an assignment,'” says collage and mixed-media artist Hollie Chastain. “Make sure it’s not an idea that you have frequented on a regular basis in your work. Keep true to your vision and technique as you work.”

6. PUT RANDOM THINGS TOGETHER TO TELL A STORY
What story are you trying to tell? Whether you’re working on a design project or trying to come up with a solution to a technical problem, or writing a book—you’re telling a story. What is that story and how can you tell it in a new way?

“The human brain seems to want to understand things,” says Swedish-based painter and illustrator, Camilla Engman. “If you put two things together, it immediately starts to think about why and what. For me, that makes up a story.”

7. DARE TO GO AGAINST WHAT YOU KNOW
We often turn to the same solutions or strategies for solving creative challenges that we’ve used in the past. “You’ve probably developed a certain style that is unmistakably yours. Your creative muscle has become strong, maybe overbearing. It’s time to stretch,” says Canadian-based painter Fiona Ackerman.

Ackerman suggests trying to do something unfamiliar or unrecognizable to the work you’ve done in the past. “This exercise always helps me break out when I’m feeling bored by myself,” she says.

8. TAKE TO THE ROAD
Trying to see your neighborhood or block in a new way, as Heiderich suggests, can be a useful way to train your brain to recognize new details around you, but putting yourself in an entirely new and unfamiliar surrounding can also have the effect of re-energizing you in unexpected ways.

“Taking to the road with my camera never fails to inspire me,” says photographer and writer Jen Altman. “Sometimes it’s not only the act of the voyage—however short it may be—but the state of mind that envelops you as the road widens. Some of my best ideas have come as I’m chasing the sun across the horizon.”

9. START AGAIN
Often getting out of a rut requires trashing the whole thing and starting from scratch. Instead of trying to untangle the mess you’re in, what about setting it aside and creating a new mess using what you’ve learned from the first attempt. When that try fails, set it aside and start over again.

“Draw something on a piece of paper. Stare at it. Trash it. Draw it again on another piece of paper. Stare at it. Trash it. Repeat,” suggests collage and mixed-media artist Arian Behzadi. “Once you feel you’re done, uncrumple all the pieces of paper and line them up in order.” Seeing the progress you’ve made, the attempts you took and abandoned, will help you not only make progress, but also learn from the process you used to get there.

10. GO TOWARD WHAT SCARES YOU MOST
If something scares you, instead of avoiding it, try getting as close to it as you can. Fear can be a powerful motivator and embracing your fears can help you get over a block. Painter Lisa Golightly suggests making a list of the three creative things you’re most afraid to try and then forcing yourself do those three things.

“Fear is a big motivator for me,” says Golightly. “A college professor once told me that if I was afraid of something, that meant I had to do it. That has basically shaped my lif
 

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November 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

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Autumn Canal in Venice – Ilford HP5

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Many…( many..many..many) moons ago I asked a press photographer friend  what b&w I should use to have good shots… he answered “HP5”.  That’s how I discovered this great classic b&w film by Ilford that I used even last week.
 (Marco Secchi)

 

If I had to describe the main quality of the HP5, it surely its adaptability to every situation and its great flexibility in use at 400 ASA but also great when used at 800 ASA, or even at 1600!! This HP5 can be your everyday film, from the sunny morning to the dark evening, through rainy cloudy days or beautiful summertime. It’s incredible how this film can absorb so different light conditions with amazing results.

At 400, you’ll got a sharp b&w, with many different subtle levels of grey bringing you from the black to the white. When light conditions are good, it’s almost normal, but you see the power of this film when used by very dark, rainy, cloudy conditions.

if you want to do some night shots, use the HP5  with long exposure and set it on 800 or 1600 asa (and develop it just as that of course), you’ll get the most grainy textured b&w shots you could see but still with a perfect equilibrium of the whole shot, that means a perfect deep texture you almost think you can touch the shot with your eyes closed

The HP5 isn’t afraid of anything, use it at his maximum possibilities, stretch its sensibility and it will not disappoint you!

Details

  • High Speed ISO 400
  • Great results in varied lighting conditions
  • Wide exposure latitude
  • Available as 35mm, 120 Roll & Sheet Film

HP5 PLUS is a high speed, medium contrast film making it especially suitable for action and press photography and also an excellent choice for general purpose photography. Nominally rated at ISO 400, it yields negatives of outstanding sharpness and fine grain under all lighting conditions. HP5 PLUS has been formulated to respond well to push processing and film speeds up to EI 3200/36 are achievable with ILFORD MICROPHEN developer maintaining good shadow detail and well separated mid-tones with sharp grain.

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November 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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How Hard Do You Have To Work To Succeed As A Professional Photographer?

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Because photography is so very competitive, and because the availability of relatively inexpensive tools tempts amateurs to try usurping the role of professional photographer, you have to fight and scrape for every job.
I’m not trying to be negative here. I am trying to tell you the truth. Most of the people who hire me to consult with them about their career find out that they just weren’t prepared for the amount of work it takes to make it.

You have to get up five minutes earlier than the next photographer and stay five minutes later. You have to work on weekends. You have to work on holidays. You have to commit 100% to the notion that this is going to be your J-O-B! That’s right. It’s a job. If you’re going pro, this isn’t a hobby, it’s a profession.

Read the all article via:

How Hard Do You Have To Work To Succeed As A Professional Photographer?- Going Pro 2010.

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August 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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10 Ways to Increase Your Stock Photography Earnings

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I just came across this article by Dan Bailey that makes an interesting reading

The stock photo industry has become saturated with imagery during the past few years. With the enormous amount of imagery available on the internet through different stock agencies, things have gotten so competitive that just signing and getting on board with one of the big agencies, like Getty, Corbis, Alamy or iStockphoto is no guarantee that you’ll see a sizeable income, or any income at all.

If you’re going to compete and make money with your photography, your imagery not only has to be top notch and it needs to be marketable. In order for it to sell, you need to produce the kind of work that photo buyers look for on a regular basis.

Here are 10 essential tips to help you ramp up your stock photography earnings. Read the full article at

10 Ways to Increase Your Stock Photography Earnings | Daniel H. Bailey’s Adventure Photography Blog.

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August 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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How to Be a Curious Photographer

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Curiosity is a human emotion related to natural inquisitive behaviour such as exploration, investigation, and learning. As this emotion represents a drive to know new things, curiosity is the fuel of science and all other disciplines of human study. The post explores how to become a curios photographer and  the advantages . You can read it here How to Be a Curious Photographer.

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August 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

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