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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
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Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
I was recently asked by a friend, Michael Thornton, if I enhanced my photos in any way. That's a fair question, and one that I gladly will answer!
I have been taking serious film photographs for over thirty years. During that time, I learned by trial and error with lots of expensive film, the secrets of light and how to capture it, and the wonderment of transforming a 3D image onto a flat plane.
One of the most amazing things about transparency film is that a "real" image is forever captured and locked into the emulsion layers, and the art in its truest form is preserved in all of its glory for years.
Because of the nature of this chemical process, all enhancements had to be made prior to opening the shutter. I have spent hours on certain shots setting up and waiting for the light to be "just right!"
Fast forward to the age of the digital camera. There is a genuine artistic conundrum associated with the devices, because there is no REAL image created. For years, I rejected the notion of taking photographs with a digital camera because it was not art ...it was science.
And because there is no real image, only a multimillion numbered collection of ones and zeroes, every digital photograph is by definition enhanced. Either the camera interprets it, or your computer interprets it, or your printer interprets it. No two devices will produce exactly the same image.
The upshot of all of this is that I have endeavored to duplicate the result of a high quality transparency photograph with my digital translations. I still set up the shot, and see through the lens, the image that I want to preserve, and I seek to make that happen across the broadest range of electronic devices.
Good photography still demands a proper setup, good filters, correct exposures and above all, high quality glass and perfect light. I combine all of these with a finishing algorithm that I have developed over time that allows me to present the final image in the same manner as a transparency photograph.
That part of the process is a secret. After all, that's my art!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.