Take a Look at Motion Pictures

Otherwise known as a movie or a film, motion pictures were one of the most influential, and popular, forms of media throughout the 20th century, and are something that many tend used to take for granted. If you have ever wondered exactly how these motion pictures we know of today came about, read on to learn all about it.

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What Exactly Is a Motion Picture?
By definition, a motion picture is a series of pictures that are projected onto a screen, which then creates the illusion of a moving picture. Photography, projection and motion had all been discovered by the 1800’s, but it was not until the 1890’s that these were finally put together, resulting in the motion picture.

Eadweard Muybridge
An English photographer who was known for his ground-breaking work in photographic studies of motion, Eadweard Muybridge are who many would accredit the birth of the motion picture to. Muybridge conducted a photography session where he set up 24 cameras that were linked to tripwires, so that he could take photographs of a horse galloping. After developing the images, he projected them onto a screen, creating the world’s very first motion picture, albeit only two seconds long.

An Industry is Born
Since technology was extremely limited in 1890, motion pictures that were produced at this time were all under a minute long, with no sound. However, this was still a huge breakthrough, signalling the birth of a new industry, which proceeded to grow to huge scales from here. Films began to consist of several different shots, making them longer and longer, while new cameras were introduced, and film studios built. Special effects were soon introduced, as was film continuity, meaning that action could now seamlessly move from one sequence to another. In 1905, The Nickelodeon Theatre in Pittsburgh became the first permanent theatre to show only films, and then, in 1910, actors began to receive screen credits for their roles, leading to the creation of movie stars.

The First Movies
For the first eleven years after the first motion picture was produced, motion pictures grew from consisting of one single shot to a number of different shots, created by large companies in purpose-built studios. However, it was only in the early 1900’s that the first official movies were created, meaning that they had a form of narrative, as well as basic editing techniques. A number of different techniques were then invented, with masters of the industry shining through. George Albert Smith is known for perfecting the close-up shot, while Edwin S. Porter was known for being hired by Thomas Edison to develop a new projection model.

Whether you are an avid film buff or only watch movies on occasion, there is no denying the importance they have had on the progression of modern day life. Movies enable people to do just about anything, from travelling the world to experiencing emotions, making it no surprise that they are considered to be one of the very best forms of entertainment that has ever been invented.

The Beauty of Ocean Art

Artistic creation made using plastic found in the body of birds

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World Oceans Day fell on the 8th of June, with this year’s focus being on preventing plastic ocean pollution. In support of this, artists from all over the world have created exciting new pieces that make use of marine plastic, hoping that the beauty and exploratory nature of their ocean art will inspire others to think deeply about their individual role when it comes to plastic ocean pollution.

Plastic Beach by Gilles Cenazandotti
Gilles Cenazandotti is a French artist that has created a collection titled Plastic Beach. Featuring life-sized sculptures of various animals, each piece has been created using plastic litter that the artist has found on a beach. Focussing on endangered animal species, each sculpture is extraordinarily detailed, yet draw attention to the large amount of litter that ends up deposited on beaches. By placing these sculptures in natural environments, the artist manages to create an almost dystopian scene, in which animals have evolved in unpredictable ways.

Oceanic by Nick Pumphrey
Nick Pumphrey is a fashion and lifestyle photographer, as well as an ambassador for an Australian organization that deals with ocean pollution. On a recent diving trip to Nusa Lembongan, which is near Bali, Indonesia, the photographer was horrified at what he witnessed below the surface of the ocean and luckily had his camera with him to capture the experience. These powerful images feature marine life swimming through a sea of ocean trash, showcasing an underwater viewpoint that is rarely seen by the public.

Hong Kong Soup 1826 by Mandy Barker
Hong Kong Soup 1826 is a series of photographs that feature the waste collected from over 30 different Hong Kong beaches. Each and every day, around 1826 tons of plastic waste from Hong Kong is dumped into landfills, hence the title of the series and each of the images created has significance when it comes to Hong Kong culture, traditions and events. The artist hopes to raise awareness of the massive amount of waste that Hong Kong creates each day, by creating an emotional response from the public, which could possibly lead to social change.

Floating Artifacts by Evelyn Rydz
Floating Artifacts is a series of photographs and illustrations featuring man-made objects that have been washed ashore. The artist collected these objects before examining them under a microscope and then creating her photographs and illustrations, presenting them in a way that allows the viewer to truly see them up close. This close-up view makes each of these small pieces of debris seem almost like shards of ancient pottery, or even sparkling gemstones, while showing the effect that the ocean has had on these various objects over the years.

Art has always had the power to inspire and move people, and with ocean pollution having such a devastating impact on the planet, artists all over the world are focussing on the subject. From the detailed photographs of Evelyn Rydz to the life-sized sculptures of Gilles Cenazandotti, each of these artists has managed to create beauty from ocean pollution, while highlighting the urgency of the current situation.

Find a Hobby You’re Passionate About

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Studies have shown that having a hobby is most definitely good for you, bringing about many health benefits while encouraging creativity and cultivating new skills. So if you don’t yet have a hobby that you love, now is the time to find one!

Think Back to Your Childhood
Childhood is a time in our lives when we are extremely open to new experiences, and you likely tried a variety of different activities. Think back to those, as some of those things that fascinated you as a child is just as likely to interest you again, but in a new way, as an adult. Whether you used to enjoy adventuring around the woods collecting insects or sewing tiny dresses for your dolls, your childhood interests could very well point the way to a new passion.

A Solo Hobby or a Social Hobby?
Generally, a hobby is usually either solo or social, meaning that it is either something that you do on your own, or something that you do with others. If you are looking for a hobby that will allow you to escape from the world for a while, then you should seek out solo hobbies, whereas if you want to meet like-minded people, then a social hobby would suit you best.

Find a Hobby That Fits Your Personality
Your best chance of finding a hobby that you can really be passionate about is if you try things that fit your personality. For example, if you are an active person, then a sedentary hobby is likely to bore you quite quickly. If you are quite an impatient person, it would be a better idea to look at quick projects rather than long-term ones.

What Catches Your Interest?
When trying to find a new passion, think about the things that already interest you, and things that you already enjoy doing. If trying new dishes at restaurants is something you love to do, you may enjoy recreating these at home and teaching yourself new cooking techniques. If there is a certain painting or image you see that catches your eye, use this inspiration and pick up a paintbrush or a camera.

Ask Your Friends
You may be quite surprised to discover that your friends have hobbies that you never knew about, and you will only find out by asking. Trying a new hobby with a friend will always make the experience more enjoyable as well, and your friend is likely to be able to offer you plenty of advice, as well as share materials.

The most important thing to remember when you are trying to find a new hobby is that you need to keep trying new things. Carve out a small portion of your day or week and dedicate this to discovering your new passion. The beauty of a hobby is that you can start and stop at anytime, and it is perfectly fine to try a new activity for a while before moving on to something else, as there are an endless number of hobbies that you can discover in the world.

OROGOLD on Engagement Trends: Surprise Photography – ORO GOLD Reviews

Young couple getting engaged is photographed by a photographerThe latest thing in marriage proposals is surprise photography to capture the moment. Having a photographer or videographer on hand is a thoughtful and increasingly popular method of adding to the element of surprise. Though you could employ a close friend of family member to film the occasion, professional photographers generally charge a reasonable fee for this short session. Hiring a professional is the best way to make sure your photos or video are top-notch and easy to share with friends and family. There’s nothing quite like capturing the look on her face when presented with a diamond ring!

There are several factors to consider when trying to plan a surprise photography proposal. First you have to make sure this is something both you and your fiancé-to-be are comfortable with. Some people just don’t love being in front of the camera! It’s also important that you have a Plan B in place because let’s face it, if you really want to pull off a great surprise, things don’t always go as planned unless you spill the beans. You should also decide exactly how much of this intimate moment you would like documented. There may be a second here or there that should be reserved for just the two of you. The biggest factor in planning a surprise photography proposal is coordinating with the photographer- have your signals, and make sure the timing is set.

Before you hire a photographer or videographer, take some time to really think about your partner, and how she would react to being in front of the camera with no warning. Even if she’s outgoing and adventurous, it can still be a shock when a lady has no time to prepare. A great way to keep the element of surprise and let her be prepared is to offer another excuse for the photo shoot. If it’s nearing the holiday season, say you’d like to have some nice photos taken for holiday cards. This reason shouldn’t raise much suspicion, and allows your fiancé-to-be the time to do her hair, makeup, and pick an outfit accordingly. If you can’t figure out a legitimate excuse to include your girlfriend in a photo shoot, locations like the beach or a park offer enough space for a photographer to hide-out unnoticed and even shoot from afar.

When you’re trying to plan an elaborate surprise, things usually do not go as planned. Be prepared to employ your back-up plan, whether it be location, timing, or people involved. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going to stash the engagement ring so she doesn’t find it, and how you’re going to get it from that spot. Go over your back-up plans with your photographer or videographer before the fact, so that if something goes awry, you’re both on the same page. This will help you keep your cool and not ruin the surprise. If you don’t plan to let her in on the shoot, sneak a small bag with a mirror, extra outfit, hair brush, and any other essentials into your car a day before. This will give her a chance to touch-up hair or make-up for the rest of the shoot after you propose.

Another detail you’ll have to figure out in conjunction with your photographer or videographer is how much you would like documented on film. If you plan to say something that you would like kept private, just let your photographer know, and work it into your overall timing. Whether you’d like a second before or after you actually pop the question, make sure your photographer knows when to stop shooting and give you the time alone.

Now comes the hard part- working out all of the timing and cues with your photographer! This is especially vital if you plan to keep the entire photo or video shoot a secret from your partner. The surprise can easily be ruined if your photographer steps out of the shadows too soon, or too late. Verbal and body language cues are the best ways to signal to each other without being too conspicuous.  You don’t want to go through all of the planning only to miss the moment where you get down on one knee. This careful planning requires in-person meetings with your professional beforehand to make sure you’re both clear on the cues and timing.

Once you have all of your plans in place, the location, hired professional, back-up options, and timing, you’re almost ready! Make sure you have the engagement ring, and making notes for yourself never hurts. While executing a surprise engagement photo session can take a lot of time and planning, capturing her reaction on film will be something to treasure for a lifetime.