Explosions Over Seattle

Happy new year.  2009 was a rough one for many.  While it wasn’t the easiest year for me, 2009 will go down as a good one.  Getting started on music production, helping out in throwing some events, and getting more seriously involved with photography were all positive building blocks.

I’ve been working more in Photoshop.  Having worked through a CS1 book once so far, I’ve already started applying the learned lessons.  Experimenting is another important aspect of any creative endeavor, including ones of the visual realm.  Lately, I’ve had a few visions, both specific and broad, about the evolution of my work.  I’m working on one piece now.

Lastly, the kaleidoscope ideas have been emphasizing colors and multiple layers.  Last night, I came across an old plug-in which I had forgotten about.  Instantly, I knew the rediscovery would bear sweet eye candy.  While delivering on the promise, unfortunately the plug-in wasn’t working properly when it came to the actual processing of the data.  I am working on remedying the situation.  Previously, I had successfully used the plug-in.  I will not be defeated for the twisted results made my eyes jump with joy.

A track that helped me out during recent Photoshop work has been Flying Lotus’s “Melt,” which you can check out here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An1SaFJebRQ&feature=related.

I’ve been listening to some of his other stuff as well as some older funk.  “Melt” is some deep, drum-driven, funk.  No other music in this post.  I’m compiling tracks for some mixes.  I’ve done similar work in the past, but those lists were lost when I switched over to MediaMonkey.  For a while, I wasn’t listening to a lot of music while working on the computer, but the pendulum has swung back the other way.  Check back soon for more pictures, some thoughts about photography, and a useful trick I’ve discovered for better utilizing the on camera flash.

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