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Condo Punta Negra – Puerto Vallarta Real Estate

This week I just finished shooting this charming beachfront condo overlooking the golden sands and crystal blue waters of Vallarta’s famed south shore.
The spacious and open dining and living area overlooks the spectacular panoramic view of the entire bay, with doors opening to the generous terrace for true indoor/outdoor living.
Gentle ocean breezes and a spectacular sunset the mood for the shoot, which was helped with 3 external light placed in  convenient places.
Some of the images from the latest shoot are posted below.

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Hitler posing for the camera while practising his speeches

Never seen before pictures that appear to show Adolf Hitler rehearsing for his hate-filled speeches have come to the public sight.

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The album, features black and white images of the Nazi leader in a series of poses, using expressive face and hand gestures, which he would practise and review before addressing the German public. Once he saw the pictures, he would decide whether to incorporate the various gestures and poses into his speeches and appearances.

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The photos, taken by his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann, were apparently intended to give the Führer an insight into how he looked to the German public.

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The photographs, taken in the late 1920s, were later banned from being published by Hitler for being “beneath one’s dignity”.

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The vetoed pictures were reportedly stored in Hoffmann’s studio until his arrest at the end of the war and disappeared into various archives.
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But they were published in Hoffmann’s memoirs entitled Hitler was my Friend in the 1950s, which have now been re-issued in English.

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Historian Roger Moorhouse, who wrote the book’s introduction, said: “We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon. But these pictures show he experimented with his own image. He was a very modern politician in that way.”

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Hoffmann, who introduced Hitler to his then-studio assistant Eva Braun, survived the war and spent four years in prison for Nazi profiteering. He died in 1957, aged 72.

Photo Source: HHoffmann/BNPS

Smile for the Camera… you never know who has it

Everybody likes taking pictures and with the proliferation of digital cameras and phones that are camera ready, you should not be very surprised if you find your image popping up somewhere.  In today’s times, it seems almost an afterthought to take a picture and do so anytime and just about anywhere….then get immediate viewing feedback.

What is our fascination with images and capturing moments in time? Is there a spirituality or survival aspect to wanting to capture the likeness of ourselves, our friends and family, and a host of many other things.  Certainly there must be a deeper reason for why we often feel compelled to snap off quick little images of the world around us.  Clearly, today’s technology makes this behavior even more convenient.  But capturing the likeness of things is not new.  After all, early human were scratching out and carving images of all sort of things hundreds of thousands of years ago.

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Image Credit: Flickr, Karen Roe

The motivations for capturing images of faces, things, and happenings are likely dependent on who you ask .  But one thing is for certain, it is a universal behavior, so it goes to the heart of who we are as human beings.  A still image allows us to freeze time for an instant to capture a memory and examine the scene in much greater detail.  As we interact in life, we often gloss over a lot of the detail, but once something is captured by a snapshot of an image, such details can be closely examined and appreciated.  There are so many things that can distract us from seeing the reality we are part of on an everyday basis. Sounds and competing images can keep us from seeing something for what it really is.  Only later when we have a chance to see the image of that special moment in time can we decipher all that is really occurring.  So curiosity is a motivator as well as our need to get in touch with those things that have happened in our lives.

There is also a sharing component to this endeavor of ours to capture still images.  We want our friends and family to see those things that we have seen and/or experienced.  It can be a way of documenting the things happening in our world or in the world.

We all love to remember and capture those moments that we cherish from the past.  Something about raising those emotions we felt around that image is enticing.  Much like a time machine, a photo of something in the past transports us to the past to relive the experience.

An image we have taken of the past can awaken old feelings and the entire effect can be powerful and stir up emotions that one hardly even knew they had.  And photography, while able to resurrect the past and all of those things associated with our feelings around those images, can also be an art form where people can express something “now” about why they captured on film in the past.  Hence a picture or series of images can reveal a lot of about a great many things.

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The 5 Biggest Creativity Killers

When it comes to doing creative work, it’s important to not only look for ways to let our creativity thrive, but to also be mindful of insidious “creativity killers” that can sneak up and strangle our ability to come up with our best ideas. According to research from Harvard University, there are five main culprits that are responsible for killing our creativity.

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It’s important to recognize these impediments to the creative thought process because many are insidious, and worse yet, most can be made on the managerial end, meaning we may be stifling our creative workers without even realizing it.

For those of us doing creative work, we must be mindful of these deterrents of the creative process so we can continue to put out our most novel ideas.

1. Role Mismatch

As Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Placing people in roles that they are not fit for is a surefire way to kill creativity. Although this may seem like a managerial concern, there are personal consequences here as well. Additional research has shown that we are at our best when we are “busy” (and pushed to our limits), but not rushed. In the wrong role, we can struggle to keep up and live in a constant state of creativity-crushing panic.

2. External End-Goal Restriction

Although self-restriction can often boost creativity, the Harvard study shows thatexternal restrictions are almost always a bad thing for creative thinking. This includes subtle language use that deters creativity, such as bosses claiming “We do things by the book around here,” or group members implicitly communicating that new ideas are not welcome.

3. Strict Ration of Resources

While money and physical resources are important to creativity, the Harvard study revealed that mental resources were most important, including having enough time.

Creative people re-conceptualize problems more often than a non-creative. This means they look at a variety of solutions from a number of different angles, and this extensive observation of a project requires time. This is one of the many reasons you should do your best to avoid unnecessary near-deadline work that requires novel thinking. Also, when we are faced with too many external restrictions we spend more time acquiring more resources than actually, you know, creating.

4. Lack of Social Diversity

Homogeneous groups have shown to be better able to get along, but it comes at a cost: they are less creative. This even applies to the social groups you keep, so beware of being surrounded by people who are too similar all the time, you may end up in a creative echo-chamber.

5. Discouragement/No Positive Feedback

It’s tough to continue working on novel ideas when you haven’t received any positive feedback. This feeling is backed by psychological research that shows people who’ve started a new undertaking are most likely to give up the first time things come crashing down, also known at the “what the hell!” effect.

Creative people thrive on having others impacted by their ideas. Without feedback, their motivation begins to wither and die.


How about you?

What kills your creativity?

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Por qué las modelos famosas siempre salen bien en las fotos?

La mayoría de las modelos famosas tienen adoptadas y ensayadas posturas a la hora de posar delante de los fotógrafos.

Estudia las fotos y poses de estas modelos. Te mostrarán el camino que debes seguir.

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Brazillian model Gisele Bündchen at the Fashion Rio Verão 2007 – Photo: Tiago Chediak (Flickr)

Sé natural, eso es efectivo para ser fotogénico. Todos tenemos belleza, que se puede resaltar u ocultar, pero eso depende de tu actitud frente a la cámara.

No resulta conveniente poner la cara con la expresión “voy a salir horrible en esta foto”, porque así sucederá. Es importante sentirse seguro uno mismo y para ello puedes recordar todas esas cualidades de las que los demás te hablan, ya sea tu bella sonrisa o la intensidad de tu mirada.

Practica tu pose en un espejo, de esta manera evitarás la fotos desagradables.

No trates de imitar a nadie por que te verás fea. Sé tu misma.

Cómo mostrar actitud frente a la cámara:

Lo mejor para una postura natural es que apoyes todo el peso sobre un solo pie, eso ayuda mucho, y que tengas la espalda derecha, recuerda esto SIEMPRE.

Parate erguida, pero no tiesa. Tu cuello tiene que estar estirado, el mentón ligeramente adelantado, los hombros abiertos y el abdomen hacia adentro.

Si llevas tus hombros un poco hacia atrás, tus pechos lucirán mejor.

Ubica una pierna delante y la otra un poco hacia atrás, así tus piernas parecerán mas largas. Las rodillas deben estar ligeramente dobladas y los pies apuntando hacia delante.

Parecerás más delgada si giras uno de los hombros 3/4 hacia el frente.

Baja la barbilla un poco y empuja la cabeza hacia el frente.

Mira hacia la cámara, flirtea con la cámara, imagina que es alguien que te gusta.

Deja tus brazos libres, sin agarrar carteras u objetos con las manos, si lo haces que tus dedos esten lo mas estirados posible.

Sonrie ligeramente o adopta una mirada insinuante y provocativa.

Intenta resaltar tu punto fuerte (ojos, boca, pelo, pecho, hombros, piernas, dependiendo del tipo de enfoque realizado – cuerpo entero, 3/4 de cuerpo, medio cuerpo, busto, rostro, o 3/4 de rostro)

Practica constantemente delante de un espejo hasta encontrar tu perfil y mejores poses, las modelos no nacieron así, lo han aprendido, así que practica, y antes de lo que piensas seras toda una profesional posando.

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