SEEDS at the Creative Industries Festival 2012

One of the things I like to teach the seedlings in SEEDS is to give support to those who have given us endless support, especially when we share the same cause. Faiq Airudin had a booth at the Creative Industries Festival at The Mall last week. He has helped photograph a number of SEEDS events this year and a small number of us dropped by on Friday to give him the support he has been giving us.

The turnout wasn’t huge, and the seedlings came in small batches, but I am very happy to know that some of them turned up just to give that support and didn’t ask for anything else. Granted, it was such a short gathering, but they still came. I’m glad they’ve learned to give without asking for anything in return.

I’m hoping that we keep teaching these life lessons to new seedlings and that it will keep being taught in the future. I think a lot of kids these days don’t seem to understand that but who could blame them when teachers and parents are always playing the reward strategy. There is a time and place for that but when else are they going to learn about the idea of just giving if their everyday lives are either with their parents or their teachers?

More photos after the break.

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It’s taken me this long to finally find the free time to post something new here and I would like to maintain proper discipline when it comes to posting articles here. Let’s see if that can be done. Now, even though I didn’t get to post anything new, I never stopped taking photos. This post is dedicated to the missing Aidilfitri post I wanted to write over a month ago and since it’s past Hari Raya, I wish everyone had a good one.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (or SOAS Mosque) is one of the most popular architecture photography subjects in Brunei. From sunrise to sunset, all day and all night long, photographers can get amazing results in the heart of the capital city. Here are some amazing photos I’ve found on the internet.

Note: All photos are copyright of their respective owners.

by Sudiru Abdullah

by bkeasberry

by FreakinglyCharming

by Arkpixels

by Azrol Azmi

by FathieDphotography

by karyawan179

by Ocelot

by nuj_lawmaker

by TheBruneiEye

by airbiscuit

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Picasa is one of the great free photo organizers and editors that you can rely on, especially since they’ve been bought by Google a few of years ago. Ever since they’ve supported Mac, updates have been available for both side by side and it stays true in version 3.8. This latest version, now available for download for both PC and Mac, includes a bunch of major features such as batch album upload, ‘Face Movie’ and Picnik intergration.

Batch upload is pretty much self-explanatory. Face movie on the other hand is a feature where users can create animations from a series of photos of the same person. Finally, Picnik intergration. We’ve covered Picnik a while back where you can edit your photos online for free easily. Picnik is a great and easy to use tool for fast photo editing and now with Picasa you can select your photos from your Picasa, upload them to Picnik, edit them and have them saved back into Picasa.

Head over to picasa.google.com now to download Picasa 3.8.

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It’s amazing what you can do with digital photos these days. Take the above image for example – in the original photo, the lighting was bad, annoying shadows because of the sun was everywhere. But open it in photoshop, let your creativity run wild and you might just end up with something you like. And I did.

See my Flickr for more photos.

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A lot of the times I find myself searching for stock photos or commercial safe images but it’s not always easy. Looking for photos to use on a blog post is one thing – I’ve got Zemanta, Flickr and Google Images for them but what about stock photos to use for your designs for cheap or even better, free?

For that I usually use Stock Exchange but not everything can be found there. So sometimes I turn to Veezzle, a new comer to image searching and as a new comer, Veezzle still has a few issues it needs to address. Some searches are not accurate shown right on the first page. For example, when I searched for “Playstation 3”, the following results came out:

I can understand the fourth image but the first two? I wonder what Sony would think.

But know that Veezzle puts credit where it’s due. Notes by photographers are kept, the website is clean of annoying ads and the speed is top notch.

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July 15th was His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s 64th birthday and celebrations do not end there. There will be more events throughout the country from performances in the capital to parades and float exhibitions. This post is a tribute to local photographers who captured the moments of the events thus far so I thought I’d create a collection just to show off their talents.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find the time to go out and take photos myself (more photos after the jump).

Photo by Jan Shim

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Bokeh (or sometimes spelt Boke) originated from a japanese word meaning “blur” or “unclear”. In photography it means unable to focus.¬†When done right, photographers can make use of Bokeh to create amazing photographs. Bokeh is created through the use of a very wide aperture to create shallow depth of field which causes lights in the background to look like blurry orbs.

The above photo titled “Wet Bokeh” was taken through a wet glass window overlooking a street at night. Going around DeviantART, Flickr and Google Images, I’ve collected a few bokeh photographs I personally love (more after the break).

Bokeh by rogvon

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