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Thursday, January 31, 2013

20130131 Visiting Cannes

It was so warm that I took a ice. Strolling through the streets, sitting on bench on the beach, shopping and photographing.
Cannes from Chateau de la Castre
Up on Chateau de la Castre

Hotel de Ville

Look at the orange tree at the bus terminal Hotel de Ville in the City of Cannes.

Tips for Cannes visitors

  • Bus 210 is the transfer bus Nice Airport - Cannes. One way 17,50; but purchase tour-retour and save money.
  • Go to Tourist office at the Palais des Festivals and get a free city map of Cannes.
  • One ride with bus is 1 Eruo, 10 ride ticket 9,50.
  • Shops are on the Rue d'Antibes, the expensive shops are on the seashore promenade Boulevard Croisette. Shopping lower price goodies go to train station SNCF.
  • Take the free paper in the street. No problem if you don't understand french. But in there are coupons for discount in restaurants.
More impressions from Cannes

Yacht haven and Chateaux de la Castre

Yacht haven

Yacht have and Palais des Festivals at Boulevard Croisette

Looking down from Chateaux de la Castre

View to St.Margarite and prison

Patriotic seagulls
 

Today's Top Links 20130131

#Photoshop:
Photo retouching: creating a sunset effect in Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Tilt-Shift Effect Tutorial for Photoshop CS6
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Scribble and Doodle Brushes
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30 Excellent Pixel Art Tutorials For Pixel Lovers
#Photoshop:
Create Conditional Actions in Photoshop CS6.1
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Facial Retouching and Manipulation in Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Create a Surreal Underwater Background in Photoshop
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Sebastien Hue’s Awesome Sci-Fi Environments and Matte Paintings
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27 Free PSD Mock-Up Templates
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Shapes, Arrows and Hidden Options in Photoshop
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Viewing Photoshop CS6 in “Low Resolution”
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How to Create a Stopwatch Illustration in Photoshop (ready, steady, go)
#Photoshop:
Learn to Create Beautiful Lines of Different Shapes (i did something similar: http://viennacc.blogspot.co.at/2012/12/adding-retro-lines-to-photo.html )
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Collection of 25 Free Abstract Photoshop Brushes
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Trevor’s Quick Photoshop tip – Zoom with your scroll wheel
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Wet Paint Acrylic Photoshop Brushes
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70 Creative Business Card Design Inspiration (does your band have BCs?)
#Photoshop:
Stunning Watercolor Effect
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250 Hi Res Splatter, Spray, & Watercolor Photoshop Brushes (so much splatter…)
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stavronikita project - underwater photography by andreas franke
#SocialMedia:
6 Ways Social Media Marketing Is Changing (For the Better)

#Writing:
5 Examples of the Need for Multiple Hyphenation
#Writing:
Answers to Questions About Abbreviations (wow, etc.)

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

In life I don't wait for the storm to pass by. If necessary I run in the rain.

You can make people smile, you can make people laugh, but it's harder to make them happy.

Sitting anywhere, thinking of some lyrics, hanging the head down, wishing there was some melody…

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

20130130 Trip to St.Tropez

Eating salmon like every morning. French baguette (white bread) fits well. Hmm, let's enjoy life, only James Bond lives twice.

I know St.Tropez from Louis de Funes - movies. I wanted to see this town.
Louis de Funes played the Gerndarm from St.Tropez. He is a legend as his films are too. (painting sold in the street)

There is no train to St.Tropez. I have to go from Cannes to St.Raphael. Leaving Cannes with local train at 10:55 (10:35 scheduled), train 20 min late. 7 Euro is not much. Arriving in St.raphael at 11:25 (11:14 scheduled).Time for going around in St.Raphael. Walking along the shore, picturing and visiting Notre Dame church. St.Raphael seems to be a small industry town with tourism impact. Not really beautiful. Leaving St.Raphael at 13:00 with bus. 2 Euro one way.

Arriving in St.Tropez at 14:30. What a nice, small town. No hotel castles, small streets with small houses. Very beautiful, even in January. Going to lighthouse and picturing panorama photos, what is very easy with my camera.
Streets of St.Tropez are so full of flair

View to St.Tropez from yacht haven

Nice small streets, old houses

Then walking to the city. what a great scenery for movies. When approaching to Notre Dame church I hear organ music and a coffin is carried out. No need for burial, so moving. All the small streets with Mediterrenean houses: quadratic plan, ocher facade, flat roof. Elegant shops besides artworks handicraft. So many great views to picture. Later returning to Notre Dame church, church closed.
Church Notre Dame in St.Tropez

Short rest in a park where people play Boule.
People playing Boule

No free toilets, not even Pissoir. 50c needed.
2CV and big yacht

Yacht have St.Tropez

16:30 leaving St.tropez with bus. In st.Raphael hurrying to buy tickets. 18:10 leaving St.Raphael with TGV (9.60 euro) and arriving in Cannes at 18:35.

Noticing sunset at 6pm and making plans for next day shooting the sunset at Cote Azur.

Today's Top Links 20130130

#AfterEffects:
5 YouTube Channels to Learn Amazing Video Effects
#AfterEffects:
Basics of rendering and exporting
#AfterEffects:
After Effect Blue Bolt Intro

#Filmproduction:
Importing Premiere Pro Projects Into After Effects (i prefer dynamic link)
#Filmproduction:
8 Jaw Dropping Night Sky Timelapse Videos

#Guitar:
What are Relative Minors? (something i always wanted to know…)
#Guitar:
Tips and Tricks for Caring For Your Guitar
#Guitar:
Free Lessons - seriouslyguitar.com
#Guitar:
Guitar: Free Song Lessons - "American Woman" by Lenny Kravitz
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What are the softest acoustic guitar strings? (i like soft strings for soloing)
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Jazz Guitar Corner: Expand Your Melodic Colors with 9th Arpeggios
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Join TrueFire for Free - Free Video Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
11 Scale Exercises for Guitar That Will Change Your Lead Playing
#Guitar:
Drop 2 Chords
#Guitar:
20 Chords Every Guitarist Should Know (i know a few more)

#Music production:
14 #Free Ableton Live Skins - BLUSKREEN
#Music production:
THE LOST STEP IN THE RECORDING PROCESS
#Music production:
KVR: 1GB of #FREE sample packs

#Photography:
Social Media for Photographers
#Photography:
Top Tips for Photographing People
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3 Minutes with Photographer John Lund
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Showing Speed: Using Panning When Shooting Action

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

20130129 Last day at MIDEM

MIDEM - what's it all about?    ;-)

Emilien Moyon was speaking about revenue streams, that music business is more than creating a good master recording.

Later Howard George spoke about Marketing - Purpose Driven Marketing for Artists & Labels. He is the most controversy speaker at MIDEM. He looks like a slacky guy playing video games all night long, but his approach and his ideas about marketizing music were very interesting.
Howard George in action

While standing in the top floor of Palais des Festivals smoking my cigar I heard a female singer with her guitar performing at the Entrance of MIDEM. Rapunzel M.A.P. (long beautiful hair) was singing her songs via a small amp. Street singer on the beach in Cannes. What a performance.
Rapunzel M.A.P. seen and heard from the top floor of Riviera Hall
Rapunzel M.A.P. with so beautiful hair

Walking through the Riviera Hall I heard a singer. It was a live performance by Kaye Ree. A little relax in the late after noon.
Kaye Ree (blue blouse) singing to guitar

 

Today's Top Links 20130129

#Photoshop:
Bitmap
How to do tilt effect on photos
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Quick #Tip – Draw a Couple of Emoticons in Photoshop (take your friend's face and say: better loose a friend than a gag)
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How to Create a Stopwatch Illustration in Photoshop
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Photoshop’s Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools
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Creating Photo Borders With Photoshop Brushes
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Dramatic Photo-manipulation Tutorial
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HDR Techniques : Prepare Now, Avoid Headaches Later (nice helicopter)
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Photo retouching
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Creating “Surreal Head Stack” Photo Manipulation
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Smoke Set - Free Photoshop Brushes

#Writing:
Answers to Questions About Abbreviations
#Writing:
The Basics of Back-Formation

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Don't waste potential, potential is all you have.

What is the difference between a wise man and a fool when falling in love? I can't see any.

Business meetings can be very creative. I draw some figures with pencil. Funny when they look like some of the other meeting members.

Nobody will ever know what my smile hides… (har har har)

Monday, January 28, 2013

20130128 Legal issues at MIDEM

The morning started with a discussion of GEMA about copyright in Europe. The interesting thing was that industry (Dr. habil. Christian Baierle, Roba Music Publishing) needs a revision of the regulations urgently while politicians (Ansgar Heveling, CDU-politician and member of the German Bundestag; Andy Baum, former Vorstands- & Aufsichtsratsmitglied of AKM / Austria) said that rushing makes no sense. Message on the bottom line: we are willing to work out a solution.
GEMA (Germany) about their compensation system, what is so special and unique.
5: Ansgar Heveling, Member of the German Bundestag;
3: Alexandra Thein, Member of the European Parliament;
6: Andy Baum, Austrian Singer & Songwriter;
1: Dr. habil. Christian Baierle, Roba Music Publishing;
2: Prof. Dr. Enjott Schneider, Composer and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GEMA;
4: Presenter: Manfred-Gillig Degrave, Editor in Chief, MusikWoche;

I went to the Barbados stand. I opened conversation with the words: "Congratulations to Rihanna!". The representant handled me a USB stick looking like wooden and a little bottle of "Mountain Gay Rum". I asked if I could drink that rum if I am not gay. Laughter and photo. Pleased to meet them.
The afternoon started with attorneys about legal situation of rights management. Interesting for me: interviews. In France, Eric Lauvaux said, a signed agreement for even one sentence is needed. James Kendrick (USA) said, the same in USA. I usually don't let agreements sign. I usually ask people if I can use the interview for tv and online and record their spoken agree. Well, attorneys were shaking heads. I think, signing an agreement for interviews is necessary for big acts.
Barbados is proud of Rihanna

Daniel Glass moderated a discussion about cooperation of agencies and brands. At the end he had an interesting question: In these kind of deals who has the power? Surprising answers: europeans said: attorney, brand, label. Camille Hackney (Atlantic Records, USA) said: it's the audience.
Nice lens flare effect without photoshop in the afternoon sun


Very interesting presentation of K-Pop. After this I went to the Korean stand to get K-Pop music and they handled me an album by KARA, a korean girl band.
K-Pop goes global (l>r): Kellee Maize (USA), Drunken Tiger (South Korea), T Yoon Mirae (South Korea), Bizzy (South Korea)


The day ended up with a performance by DJ Spooky (Miller Paul D.) together with a female violinist from the Cannes Orchestra.
DJ Spooky with violonist from Cannes Orchestra
On top floor of Palais de Festivals

Express yourself at MIDEM
 

In lights (Photoshop work)

Worked a portrait in lights. Looks a little like disco.


This picture is also available @ Pinterest

Today's Top Links 20130128

#AfterEffects:
Making of the “Vampire Zoo” Opening Titles Background
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#Guitar:
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How To Get The Best Sound Out Of Your Chords
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Unusual Fretboard Inlays, let's see them

#Music production: Dubstep Soundkit (Vol1) (#free download) (wav files)
#Music production: Dubstep Soundkit (Vol2) (#free download) (wav files)
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What You Can Learn from the Vocal Production of Katy, Gaga & Ke$ha
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Relative vs Parallel Keys
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Perfect Intervals: 4th, 5th & the Octave

#Photography:
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Quick #Tip: 5 #Free Tools for Photographers
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Quick #Tip: How To Take Great Cat Photos
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A composition tip to make you look like a pro…
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#Tip—Recording the Restaurant Experience, Part 2
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Interesting Photo of the Day: 50 Shot Action Sequence of a Skier Down a Mountain
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How to Manage Hard Direct Light for Outside Portraits
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Lenses for Beginners
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Perspectives on Adopting Photography Techniques
#Photography:
  Include Clouds In Your Landscapes

Sunday, January 27, 2013

20130127 Meeting the Russian Soul at MIDEM

Classical Music is present at MIDEM. I like to go to the stand of Kremlin Palace and take Russian chocolate. It tastes so different to our chocolate in Middle Europe.

Then I went to Switzerland stand to take Swiss chocolate. Swiss chocolate is famous. Right of this stand ther eis the stand of our country Austria. I take a cd with latest Austrian music to know what's going on and chocolate. I am not interested in talks, I don't travel to Cannes to talk to people I could talk to in Vienna.
chocolate and more...


And then I found the stand of EVDOKIMOV theatre, a theatre from Moskow with various parody shows. So colourful, so emotional. They have theme shows like "Halloween", "Cabaret", "Fairy Tales" or "Disco" and parody shows where they bring a lot of celebreties on stage, from Egyptian godess to "Lady Gaga". I spoke with director Denis Boldyrev. Actually they are on tour in Europe heading to Geneve / Switzerland. Oh, Russian women are so mmmmh. Try it and you know what I mean.
The Russian soul at MIDEM


And again I met Joey Welz, writer of Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock". We were talking about his past times and with a smile he said, he is a dinosaur. I asked him, T.Rex or raptor? He is over 70, but still working as radio promoter for his company located in Canada.
Perry Scott talked about visual commerce and the importance of pictures. He mentioned Flickr, Instagram and other platforms. I asked him about his opinion of Google's Picasa. He did not know this platform in connection with social media and music promotion and asked me about it. In my opinion it is a nice platform for families to upload photos for grandma, but not applicable for bands and music promotion.
Rocking around the clock with Joey Welz

Lugger Victor presented his company MyMajorCompany, a France based crowdfunding platform. I asked him about the integration of languages in their website. Actually there are two languages available, french and english. Specially in Europe that is a big challenge, there are - different to USA - many different languages.

See where you want to be: HOT 100
Steve Rennie in the view at MIDEM Academy
 

Today's Top Links 20130127

 #Photoshop:
Stone Carving Simulation using Photoshop
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A Guide to Guides (Part 2) (#tutorial)
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Symmetry with Photoshop
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What's The Difference Between Photoshop and Lightroom? (good question)
#Photoshop:
How to Create Easy Reflections in Photoshop (or Any Image Editor)
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Free Music Brushes (hey, that's for us, musicians)
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Dodge and Burn for Photoshop Drama
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Making Your Photos Look Professional Using Adobe Photoshop (dirty tricks of the pros)
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Photo Album - Imgur (great photomanipulations)
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Stunning Digital Art From The Gundam Series
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35 Awesome and Inspiring "Movie-Effect" Photoshop Tutorials
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The benefits of 100% viewing
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How to Cheat with Visualization in Photoshop

#SocialMedia:
Why Being Young Doesn't Make You a Social Media Expert
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How the World Consumes Social Media
#SocialMedia:
Timing Is Important For Social Media Success

#Writing:
20 Names of Body Parts and Elements and Their Figurative Meanings
#Writing:
Compound Words in Technological Contexts

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

If you are not pleased with the things you have, you will not be pleased getting things you don't have.

All businesses want get more customers, right? No, one business' goal is to loose customers: marriage brokering.

Everybody is talking about followers. I would like to unfollow my duties.

Lastely I found a bottle in the river Danube. There was a tweet in it - less than 140 chars.  
Today I feel something. I don't know what. But there is something. Somewhere.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

20130126 First day @ MIDEM

MIDEM is a annual event in Cannes / France in January. Stands from more than 70 countries, Austria included, can be visited, speakers can be heard. A four day event
"for networking, deal-making, learning and concert. MIDEM is the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talent come together. Commenting on the 6,400 attendance, 7% down on 2012, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot noted, attendance this year reflected the current difficult economic climate in certain parts of the world, continued uncertainty as the music industry reinvents its business models and a tightening of public-spending budgets which has impacted on certain national pavillons..." (Source: MIDEM press release).
By the way, also seen there opera star Christa Ludwig.
Austria is present at MIDEM

Julia Nunes, a US singer, spoke about her carreer. 50mio views on YouTue is impressive. Though, or maybe because, she plays an unusual instrument, the ukelele. I asked her about her social media activities and she replied that she is active on the main platforms like facebook, twitter,instagram and tumblr.

At noon I went to MIDEM business center for going online and write text about MIDEM.
Sitting at the business center at MIDEM. Working online till next event.
Have a break, looking at seashore

in the mirror window at MIDEM

At the Conference room Vivien Lewit from YouTube announced new features on YouTube like integration of new platforms and talked about cooperation and partnership. One question was about financing content. Youtube replied, that youTube is a platform and not sponsoring any content. I think with 70 hours content uploaded hourly YouTube has no need for financing content.

At the Basque stand I talked to Aleia. Interesting that this stand is seperated from the Spain stand. Well, proud people from the north of Spain. I took a sample cd with Basque music.
I collected cds from many countries like Finland, Taiwan (together with green beans), Spain, Sweden, Malaysia, Switzerland (and Swiss chacolate), Austria. Russia presented classical music, but I took Russian chocolate (It's only Russian chocolate, but I like it, like it, like it).


Aleia from Basque land / Spain presenting proudly the BASQUE music


Also seen at MIDEM: Ford and Mini. Say what? I would expect these companies in Detroit, but not at the MIDEM in Cannes. Automobile company Ford showing new electronics and music devices in the Ford car. A representant told me, when he was young he was so impressed by Knight Rider. And now Ford has implemented a music station in the automobile that can be controled by a watch on the wrist.He showed me a James Bond-like watch controlling a music player. I asked him if he has the Licence to Kill. "No", he replied, "and I don't need it."

And there was a silver Mini Cooper with interesting reflections on the auto lacquer.
A Mini car with Wow-effect


I found an interesting article in the Billboard. Why Are You Going To MIDEM? by Ed Christman saying: The conference's shrinking attendance reflects the consolidation of the business but also sharpens its focus on new ideas. Ending up that the MIDEM is underestimated as a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences. He concludes with some wise words: If I have a penny and you have a penny and we exchange them, we each still have a penny. But if we exchange ideas, now we each have two ideas.

Scott Perry talking about social media platforms

In the evening there was the event "NRJ Awards". NRJ is a french radio station. When I passed the Palais des Festivals the crowd started to scream. There was a boygroup on the red carpet covered stairs. I did not know the boys but a girl told me, it is "Matt Pokora", a french group, famous in France. Some kids climbed up a fence to see their stars.
even dogs are fascinated by music

NRJ Music Awards at Palais de Festivals
Hotel de Ville

Bus terminal at Hotel de Ville
 

Today's Top Links 20130126

 #Music production:
How to Make an NI Massive Hoover Bass - (#tutorial)

#Photography:
Using Backlight in Nature Photography
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How to Shoot Really Big Panoramas
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Flower Timelapse Photography Shows the Process of Blooming
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Chill Lessons from Ice Cream Food Photography (…in wintertime…)
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How to Achieve Multiple Catchlights In a Portrait Subject’s Eyes
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#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tricks
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The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight
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No Ordinary Days: Works by Maggie Taylor (need ideas? look here)
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Curvy is the New Skinny, Thanks to Photoshop Phoniness
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Making a Beautiful Pair of Fantasy Eyes
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How To Give Your Photos a Vintage Polaroid Effect
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How To Digitally Restore an old Photo in Photoshop (for your memoirs)
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Retroize Your Photos in Seconds
#Photoshop:
15 Creative Photo Manipulations of Food
#Photoshop:
Flame Painted Frame in Photoshop
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Vector Children And Teens Silhouette (Human-Shapes)
#Photoshop:
Creating Focus on the Photo by Using Blur Map
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Quick Tip: Retroize Your Photos in Seconds
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Fog Effect in Photoshop
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Crop to fixed ratio in Photoshop
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#Photoshop:
How to Create Animated GIFs Using Photoshop: 13 steps

Friday, January 25, 2013

20130125 Arriving at Nice, moving to Cannes

Leaving Vienna in snow, arriving in Nice in sunny weather. At the window seat a young American who pictured Alps and Nice with his iPad during the flight. I told him how beautiful Nice is and that we approach the airport by flying over the bay of Nice. That up in the hills of Chimiez there is the museum of Marc Cagall, a Russian born painter. And that there is a big Russian community in Nice with a Russian cathedral (basilica). And that a rumour says, that there are many Russians with big money and one good reason for having left their country.


Cold weather in Vienna

US-MIDEM-visitor is fascinated by the Alps

Warm weather in Nice


Going to Cannes via bus, 17,50Euro one way.
Power Station seen on the bus transfer Nice Airport - Cannes

Hotel is ok, kitchen included. First way to "Tabac" to buy cigars. Cigars are cheaper than in Austria. Preparing for MIDEM, what to visit, making plans. In the evening going to InterMarche (supermarket) to buy salmon. I have it every day in Vienna. Why not here?