Nicholas Ray Film Director

Nісhоlаѕ Rау (born Raymond Nісhоlаѕ Kienzle, Jr., on August 7, 1911, іn Galesville, Wіѕсоnѕіn) was a film director асtіvе in Hоllуwооd between 1944 and 1963. Rеvеrеd by American and European critics and filmmakers, Rау put his personal tоuсh on еvеrу film hе made, dеѕріtе the constraints of the studio system. Hіѕ films are marked bу a ѕеnѕіtіvе handling оf асtоrѕ, a dіѕtіnсtіvе visual ѕtуlе that includes аn еxрrеѕѕіоnіѕtіс use оf соlоr and dramatic compositions, and unconventional subject matter. Rау’ѕ еvосаtіvе depictions оf young rеbеlѕ, troubled outsiders, and сhаrасtеrѕ оn society’s margins hаvе won wіdе recognition in The United States and abroad аѕ among the mоѕt aesthetically and culturally significant Amеrісаn films.

Nicholas Ray’s Bio

Aftеr brіеflу аttеndіng thе Unіvеrѕіtу оf Chісаgо, Rау bеgаn hіѕ career іn the 1930s wіth a short stint аѕ an apprentice at Frаnk Llоуd Wrіght’ѕ Tаlіеѕіn Fellowship іn Wіѕсоnѕіn. Ray thеn mоvеd tо New York, where hе реrfоrmеd аѕ раrt оf a lеft-wіng theater troupe, thе Thеаtrе of Aсtіоn. He wоrkеd аѕ a асtоr and stage mаnаgеr fоr thе Works Prоgrеѕѕ Admіnіѕtrаtіоn’ѕ Federal Theatre Project and со-рrоduсеd a folk music rаdіо ѕhоw with Alan Lоmаx. During World Wаr II, Rау was hіrеd by John Hоuѕеmаn tо wоrk on Voice of Amеrіса rаdіо рrоgrаmѕ. In 1944 hе wеnt to Hоllуwооd tо assist Elia Kаzаn оn hіѕ film аdарtаtіоn оf Bеttу Smith’s A Trее Grows іn Brооklуn. After returning tо New York to direct wоrkѕ for tеlеvіѕіоn аnd thе Brоаdwау stage, Ray returned tо Hollywood tо dіrесt his fіrѕt fеаturе аt RKO Studios, They Lіvе Bу Nіght (1949).
Rау dіrесtеd nіnеtееn fеаturе fіlmѕ fоr vаrіоuѕ Hollywood ѕtudіоѕ frоm 1949 tо 1963, including In a Lоnеlу Plасе (1950), Johnny Guіtаr (1954), and hіѕ best-known аnd mоѕt successful fіlm, Rеbеl Without a Cause (1955). Bу the lаtе 1950ѕ, hоwеvеr, Rау’ѕ alcohol аnd drug аbuѕе had bеgun to have іnсrеаѕіnglу serious rереrсuѕѕіоnѕ fоr hіѕ career аnd реrѕоnаl hеаlth. Aftеr соllарѕіng оn the set оf 55 Dауѕ tо Pеkіng (1963), Rау wаѕ rеmоvеd from the fіlm аnd nеvеr wоrkеd fоr a mаjоr ѕtudіо аgаіn. He trаvеlеd thrоugh Eurоре іn thе 1960s, trуіng tо get fіnаnсіаl bасkіng fоr a ѕtrіng of film рrоjесtѕ, bеfоrе rеturnіng to the Unіtеd States tо fіlm thе соnѕріrасу trial оf thе Chicago Sеvеn іn 1969.
In 1971, Ray wаѕ hіrеd to tеасh fіlmmаkіng аt Hаrрur Cоllеgе, Stаtе Unіvеrѕіtу of Nеw York at Bіnghаmtоn. Bеlіеvіng the bеѕt wау to teach filmmaking was to mаkе a fіlm, Ray аnd hіѕ ѕtudеntѕ made Wе Can’t Gо Home Agаіn (screened аt the Cаnnеѕ Fіlm Festival іn 1973 undеr thе tіtlе Thе Gun Undеr Mу Pillow ), аn еxреrіmеntаl wоrk ѕhоt іn a vаrіеtу of fоrmаtѕ. In 1977, a nеwlу ѕоbеr Nісhоlаѕ Ray оbtаіnеd work tеасhіng film dіrесtіng аnd fіlm acting at thе Lее Strasberg Inѕtіtutе аnd New York Unіvеrѕіtу, and арреаrеd in Wіm Wеndеrѕ’ѕ fіlm Thе American Friend.

Failing Health 1979

Later thаt year, hе learned he had lung саnсеr. He continued tо tеасh аnd had a small rоlе іn Milos Forman’s fіlm Hair, but hіѕ hеаlth соntіnuеd tо dесlіnе. Wіm Wеndеrѕ’ѕ dосumеntаrу Lіghtnіng Ovеr Wаtеr (Nісk’ѕ Stоrу) сhrоnісlеѕ thе last fеw mоnthѕ of Rау’ѕ lіfе іn New Yоrk. Nісhоlаѕ Ray died on June 16, 1979.

Nicholas Ray’s Marriages

Rау wаѕ married four tіmеѕ: to jоurnаlіѕt Jean Evans (сіrса 1931-1940), to асtrеѕѕ Glоrіа Grahame (1948-1952), tо dancer Bеttу Utey (1958-1966), and tо writer Susan Schwarz, whоm he mеt іn 1969 and whо rеmаіnеd wіth him untіl hіѕ death. Hе wаѕ ѕurvіvеd by twо ѕоnѕ, Anthоnу аnd Timothy, аnd twо dаughtеrѕ, Julіе and Nісса.

Personal Note : I briefly met Director Nicholas Ray while studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City when I was ten years of age or so. Great fun learning the “method” but acting was not meant to be.

*New York Public Library – Nicholas Ray

Stamford Residence Basement Project

The Stamford Residence basement project has been in the works for a few months now. The entire house has been updated and worked on including new lighting, removal of walls, new bathroom spaces, crown molding and new paneled doors now fill the house with elegance. The basement which is used a great deal did not reflect the feel and cleanliness of the house. I will break the basement project down into various phases which will allow for fine tuning of plans and problem areas that need to be addressed. Working with electricians and plumbers to bring the project to a beautiful conclusion.

The project started off with just some simple wall repairs and the removal of some very old carpeting that originally spanned the entire basement. The next step was to remove the poor condition steps and risers and update them with new solid oak steps and new risers. In order to accomplish the task, the removal of all the paneled walls needed to be completed, opening up the stairway. The next unplanned step was the removal of all the 2x3s which really opened up the stairway. Installing the steps was completed and a new idea was introduced which opened up the stairway even more(Phase Two)

The removal of the space under the stairway was the next logical step, sheetrock was installed and a new clean space created. Basically, Phase one was to remove all the old dirty moldy wood and replace anything that was damaged with new and fresh materials.

 

Pebble Time Watch Faces

One of my favorite new pastimes is spending time creating the Pebble Time watch faces and the popular Pebble Classic watch faces. There is a certain amount of gratification when creating the watch faces, personal enjoyment building them, hundreds of downloads, and exposure. All the Pebble Time watch faces that are created are crafted and thought out. Every dial, marking, and even the logo or theme has been designed for brightness and clarity on the small Pebble surface area.

You can create Pebble watch faces several ways. The first is to use the popular and standard programming language “C”  plus use the Pebble compiler or create images and use the Pebble watch face Generator which currently only supports black and white. There is also a color version watch face generator but it is very primitive and offers zero useful features. Whatever method you use, have fun with it. Nothing like using your own watch face that you created on your Pebble. The Pebble staff have also put up some great tutorials on how to build your own custom watch faces.

Pebble Time Watch Faces Need a Watch

All this is great and wonderful but you also need to purchase the watch. Yes, this is a plug for a great company with a new set of great watches coming out in the next few months. Pebble.com Pebble Time 2 , Pebble Classic 2, and Pebble Core. Great time to purchase the orginal classic or Pebble Time.




Official Bulux Tubmariner Watch Face

The Official Bulux Tubmariner analog watch face. Yes, it’s a spoof on the classic Rolex Submariner. Many hours were spent fine-tuning every detail. Everything from the day of the week to the current date. Image created with Photoshop, even the Rolex fonts were used. Have fun and let me know how I can improve this. TUBMARINER 33ft x 3 / 3atm PEBBLE CERTIFIED. Why Bulux? A British cuss word that has no definite meaning. Cannot be used as an insult. Example: Bulux! While hitting your hand with a hammer. The American equivalent would be Sh_t or F_ck.

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Crystal Clear Time Original

Quality and clarity is the key when reading the time. I mean if its hard to see, what’s the point. This was created with Photoshop and is super easy to read. Handsome and simple with the date always showing. Enjoy…

Now Offering the White Version because the black original version is so popular.

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Dump Trump Pebble Watch Face

America is already Great…Simple Digital Dump Trump watch face that is guaranteed to start a conversation …show your support and sport this political statement. It Also comes in a full-color version.

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Splat Analog Watch Face

Splat? What a mess…comes with an analog dial plus date on the lower left, digital time on the lower right corner.

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Time Up In Flames

Great graphic that is easily visible. Time moves so fast that at times it feels like it is up in flames. Displays seconds on the upper right-hand corner.

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HiFi Digital System

High fidelity digital system was great fun to create. On the top row, we have the Bluetooth and battery indicators. The second-row sports the date, the third row shows the time, and the bottom row shows the seconds. Great fun creating this classic and very popular watch face.

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Analog Adventurer Two

Simple analog design with a battery indicator at the three o’clock position. Sporty and elegant watch face. Once again very easy to read. Looks great on Pebble Classic and Pebble Time.

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Digital Speed Watch Face

Digital speedometer watch face. Simple but effective. Also available in color for Pebble Time.

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View All Watch Faces by Nicolas Ray

Before and After of Small Deck

Before image of slate antiquated slate steps.

The idea was to mask the unsightly tiny poorly constructed slate exterior steps that never had a real purpose. Besides the steps, the client was also accosted with a primitive half oval basement window that besides being an eyesore, could have been a risk with small children. I was asked to design and build a small 6’x5′ wooden deck.

The removal of the steps would have been messy and expensive, so I decided to use them as the start of my framing. Nailing a series of pressure treated 2’x4’s around the perimeter to establish my square baseline. Building and framing from the top down seemed the only option for a square even result. Using pressure treated 5’1/2″ blanks I completed the top of the deck area, spacing out the rafters at 16″ inch intervals. Then the risers were built and the math worked out to four steps, the last one closes to the ground had an additional 2″ piece that was attached and scribed to accommodate the uneven slate. [su_divider top=”no”][su_divider top=”no”][/su_divider]

After Image of completed Deck, New Door and custom flower boxes.

The risers were primed twice, and two additional coats of Benjamin soft gloss was applied. The tops decking was just coated with a tinted waterproofing which has since been darkened a few more shades. Came out well, considering that it is a free floating deck. Very solid and really completes the surrounding area. The new flower boxes that I built plus the interior patio area that was also completed with a fresh new facelift.

The Total cost of materials for the deck including finish paints came out to just over two hundred plus 4 days of labor.

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Can not resist adding some classic Deck Humor…Enjoy

Smash Tee Domains Purchased

Very pleased with my latest domain purchase of smashtee.com and smashtee.net with an appraised value of over $3000 at this very moment. This now makes my current domain holdings 142 which is a bit shy from last years number because sold off a few. Have decided to actually develop Smash Tee and make it a brand and have crazy fun just doing whatever crazy idea that pops into my brain. Still playing around with the format and design of the site, lots of coding and figuring out how to make things pop and visually interesting while keeping things moving and fast.

Smash Tee Step by Step

I will document almost every aspect of the site and its creation and how I kept the speed of this graphical site fast. Listing all the plugins and short codes used. This post will be continuously updated with everything that is required to launch a successful website and hopefully make a bit of income while doing so.

Smash Tee Components

So far this theme plus these basic plugins have kept my page speed at very except able levels. You can check your speed and follow the directions to increase the speed with Googles Page Speed Insight.

Smash Tee Shirts

Stopping Writers Block

Stopping Writers Block

Really outstanding low tech writing tool that just forces you to just write and not worry about editing or concerning yourself with formatting. You can set the time from five minutes up to sixty minutes. The issue is and what is most appealing is, if you pause for more than five seconds, everything is lost and a red screen pops up saying “you lost”. But if you continue on and complete the task, a green screen appears at which time you can highlight and copy the text to paste onto your blog or application. Works well and once you get past the stress, which by the way is the point of this very simple and very effective online app page. Will try to access it via my smartphone. The paragraph below was my first attempt and last a grueling five minutes. The Most Dangerous Writing App [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]

Five Minutes Start Attempt 1 – The Most Crazy App
This is the most crazy app that I have had the pleasure of using. It forces you to continuously keep on writing. If you should happen to stop, everything that you just finished working on will vanish into the wind. Very nerve wrecking indeed. Still have almost three minutes left of writing what ever happens to pop into my little mind. So far so good, but if I pause for more than five seconds, this app will self destruct. The wonderful thing is that it will also improve your accuracy when typing and make your workflow progress at a much faster rate. Now with about two minutes left, my brain is really beginning to feel the burn.
Speaking of Bern, Mr Sanders seems to be doing really well. I would really hate it if Trump is our next president and will be prepared to move to Spain In conclusion. Thank You
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Five Minutes Start Attempt 2 – Hindering the Creative Process

Being my second attempt to use this most awkward writers block app, I must be a glutton for punishment. Some may say that doing this will prevent the creative process. The idea does have merit, running against a clock does add the extra pressure and makes you not really focus on the actual topic at hand…the creative process. I may or may not continue to use this or better yet the idea of using my countdown timer on my phone as my indicator thus removing the additional stress associated with this. Currently just writing for the sake of writing and not really paying attention to what is actually being said. Just like that poorly written sentence that was just a  mess. [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]

Five Minutes Start Attempt 3 – Ramblings About Evolution of Computers

Trying to discipline myself and eventually attempt to expand the time that I use this app to the full sixty minutes of non stop writing. I did notice that the speed of my typing has increased and would imagine that eventually I would be up to speed and maintain at least a sixty – eighty word per minute speed. This brings me back to freshmen year of high school when I was in typing class, yes typing class which was an elective. In retrospect, that class proved most valuable and was the stepping stone into the computer age. Computers at the time were not even sold in stores but instead were offered at such places as Heath Kit or Tandy. Our first computer which was the as powerful as a cheap calculator cost in the thousands of dollars and as large as a small automobile. My second computer was a Timex Sinclair  and we were able to program in basic. We designed games and some complex binary images. Then the we had a Mac Classic, 286, 386, Pentium, P1, P2, P3, and what ever came after that. Back in the day we knew languages and could make computers actually do some amazing things. Now, we take it for granted that technology is at our finger tips and cost next to nothing. Not having a computer in school is not an option and in most situations is required. [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]

Pigments Painting Phone Image

Sometimes during down time or on a break I enjoy using my Samsung Note 4 phone to create images. This particular image was created with PicsArt, one of the most complete and powerful image edit and creation Android Apps. Pigments Painting Phone Image was just great fun to create.

The image is of just a simple back alley doorway which I then later added the light, trees, and an image of myself. Using layers and textures almost like Photoshop I created a vintage poster of sorts. I think it came out pretty well considering I was using a phone.

The original image is very large so I used an Android  image reducer to get this smaller image. Love using the power of what most of us already have in our pockets. Smartphones have evolved into an information and creation tool.

Animated Gif Using PicsArt Studio

This animated gif shows the progression of the layers that created this graphic. Have a perfect day.

Just Rants

Donald Trump Also Can’t Stand The Steve Bannon Impression On ‘SNL

I’m just about ready for this second debate, although not without trepidation. The RNC and America’s top Republicans urged Trump to demonstrate contrition. His supporters, we hear, encouraged him to double down on his misogyny and lack of character by using Bill Clinton’s alleged misdeeds to de-emphasize the seriousness of his own. Clearly, he has listened to his supporters. I can’t imagine how Priebus, Ryan, and Pence will react tomorrow.

Donald’s answer to the tax question is to eliminate the provision for carried interest. That is to say, the general partner of a limited partnership has their income taxed as capital gains, even though they haven’t actually invested their own money. That’s the only provision he references – not the income tax rate – not the special deals for the real estate industry – not the inheritance tax deals. In point of fact, Trump uses business losses to fund deals in which he insists on getting paid up front – so the losses come from his partners, while he makes both money and a tax benefit. It’s the longest con imaginable.

Donald Trump is an idiot. How the American public can reconcile their support for this man and still consider their conscience clean and leaning towards a religious nature to be true is a stain upon their souls.

He lies so often, and defiles the higher nature of every person willing to stand by him.

That’s okay DT, not many folks like your impression of a President.

The EPA was just directed to freeze all grants. This means that graduate students and researchers funded on EPA funds are now without funds. All ongoing studies are stopped.
Scientists at the EPA and USDA are also blocked from communicating with the press or through the internet.
It all happened in a moment with a memo, by executive action, with zero input or oversight.
It could happen to any Federal institute, including the National Science Foundation, which funds research at universities around the country — including the health insurance and living stipends of many, many students. Trump also froze all federal hiring yesterday.
Please, if you can safely raise your voice, raise it loudly. Call your congresspeople, call the White House, write op-eds and articles and blog posts. AND TWEET This is only Day 4.
(Share widely– copy and paste is best to share with people outside our common friends. I did not write this. It was copied and pasted from a scientist who wants to remain anonymous. The fear of retaliation is real.)

Damage to American Democracy by Trump

(AND IT’S ONLY NOON, people)
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Minority Business Development Agency.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Economic Development Administration.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the International Trade Administration.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Fossil Energy.
* On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.
* On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered the National Parks Service to stop using social media after RTing factual, side by side photos of the crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations.
* On January 20th, 2017, roughly 230 protestors were arrested in DC and face unprecedented felony riot charges. Among them were legal observers, journalists, and medics.
* On January 20th, 2017, a member of the International Workers of the World was shot in the stomach at an anti-fascist protest in Seattle. He remains in critical condition.
* On January 21st, 2017, DT brought a group of 40 cheerleaders to a meeting with the CIA to cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing himself as the victim of dishonest press.
* On January 21st, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest audience of any in history, “period.”
* On January 22nd, 2017, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on national television news.
* On January 22nd, 2017, DT appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back.
* On January 23rd, 2017, DT reinstated the global gag order, which defunds international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical option.
* On January 23rd, 2017, Spicer said that the US will not tolerate China’s expansion onto islands in the South China Sea, essentially threatening war with China.
* On January 23rd, 2017, DT repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.
* On January 23rd, 2017, it was announced that the man who shot the anti-fascist protester in Seattle was released without charges, despite turning himself in.
* On January 24th, 2017, Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.
* On January 24th, 2017, DT tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter account of a photo he says depicts the crowd at his inauguration and will hang in the White House press room. The photo is of the 2009 inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama, and is curiously dated January 21st, 2017, the day AFTER the inauguration and the day of the Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.
* On January 24th, 2017, the EPA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants and contracts.
* On January 24th, 2017, the USDA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.
* On January 24th, 2017, HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage, including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor of the House for a vote.
* On January 24th, 2017, Director of the Department of Health and Human Service nominee Tom Price characterized federal guidelines on transgender equality as “absurd.”
* On January 24th, 2017, DT ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill that would legalize hitting and killing protestors with cars if they are on roadways.
* On January 24th, 2017, it was discovered that police officers had used confiscated cell phones to search the emails and messages of the 230 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges for protesting on January 20th, including lawyers and journalists whose email accounts contain privileged information of clients and sources. (from a friend)

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Defining Trump Presidency – Tyrant

A tyrant, in its modern English usage, is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or person, or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty. Often described as a cruel character, a tyrant defends his position by oppressive means, tending to control almost everything in the state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrant

Dumb Coal Miners Will Lose Obamacare Benefits

01/04/2017 – Who ever said coal miners are smart…dah, they voted for Trump with the promise of coal mining jobs but didn’t think it through. Currently, black lung benefits exist via Obamacare, but with the repeal of the insurance plan, coal miners will loose all benefits. By the way, coal is dead and should be phased out like most civilized countries have done or will be doing in the very near future. Washington Pos

Drain the swamp” was a refrain of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich says the president-elect “doesn’t want to use it anymore” now that he’s knee-deep in alligators.

Donald Trump the Con Man

Donald’s answer to the tax question is to eliminate the provision for carried interest. That is to say, the general partner of a limited partnership has their income taxed as capital gains, even though they haven’t actually invested their own money. That’s the only provision he references – not the income tax rate – not the special deals for the real estate industry – not the inheritance tax deals.. In point of fact, Trump uses business losses to fund deals in which he insists on getting paid up front – so the losses come from his partners, while he makes both money and a tax benefit. It’s the longest con imaginable.

Donald Trump is an idiot. How the American public can reconcile their support for this man and still consider their conscience clean and leaning towards a religious nature to be true is a stain upon their souls.

He lies so frequently and defiles the higher nature of every person willing to stand by him.

Image Edits Favorites

One of my favorite pastimes during down time is working on image edits on my smartphone.  In my opinion, PicsArt ( Pics Art Photo Studio )which is a robust Android photo edit and creation software package that is easily downloaded on the Playstore, is by far the best solution.

These simple images were created then resized also using a smartphone Android app. When working on images, I tend to let the image itself dictate where it will take the manipulation. Turning simple and somewhat ordinary images into something a bit more unusual is just a perfect way to kill time. The images above are just some of the image edits favorites that I just completed.

More Image Edits

This particular image on the left was an experiment that was completed by only using the pencil stylist on my phone Worked on the shadowing and lighting with the eraser and playing around with some different textures. Photography and the edit of images has now become a daily joy. Please enjoy some more edits utilizing Android apps plus the more traditional Photoshop images.[su_divider style=”dotted”]

Winter Storm Image Edits

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Image Restoration Old Photograph

The original image was in very poor condition with peeling, fading, and the beginning signs of mildew. The image restoration took about an hour to complete. Using Photoshop I saved a copy thus retaining the original image, just in case the process was unsuccessful and needed to revert back. The original resolution was also very low, coming in at a whopping 667×439 which is really not well suited for print. Besides the image restoration for preservation, I wanted to actually have it printed and framed. The photograph is of my father in the UK in his early twenties, having a moment with the family pet.

The Image Restoration Process

Working on the image in its original dimension and zooming into the area that I wanted to focus on was the logical starting point as opposed to increasing resolution first. Using the clone tool I went around the image and removed small blemishes and spots were a distraction. Cleaning and blending one pixel at a time with special focus on his main body. The main goal was not to make it absolutely perfect and spotless as if it was just taken. I wanted to retain the patina or vintage feel of the image by keeping some of the few minor cracks and slight imperfections.

The next step was to add some depth to the image by having more contrast and a bit more detail. Using the burn and dodge tools and some finesse with the mouse, the details were carefully blended. The next step was to add a very slight sharpening filter on the entire image Once again, I did not want a super sharp crisp image and opted to retain the natural soft focus. Satisfied it was time to work on image size and color.

Image Sizing & Color Saturation

Playing around with the color balance, saturation, and levels the conversion from a faded red to a true black and white was complete. Just to keep it a bit more with the image, I decided to add a slight vignette around the print to diffuse some of the ground shadows and direct the eye to the center of the image. The final image comes in at 300 dpi at 1578×1052 which is okay for a simple 4×6 print. Since I was working from a scan from 15 years ago when image resolution was horrific I couldn’t increase the size more than these dimensions. The original image if scanned by modern day scanners would have yielded much better results. Considering about an hour was used for the image restoration the results are like night and day. Very pleased. Let me know your thoughts…[su_divider style=”dotted”]

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