They happen really fast, the sunrises. Sometimes you specifically set the alarm on your watch to go watch the sunrise. And as you pull yourself down into the floor - and that’s where the huge, bulging window is, that we call the cupola - and there’s the world glowing dark underneath you. And you start to see a few faint tinges of a sunrise coming as it starts to light the upper atmosphere, and then bam. The sun just pops into view, roars into view, because we’re coming around the world at it so fast.
And you can actually watch the sun move away from the Earth. And the light from it initially comes through the atmosphere. So the whole station glows with the light of dawn, with - all the big solar arrays glow blood red, and then orange. And then, as the sun clears the atmosphere, and it’s directly on us, then they settle down to sort of an iridescent blue. And then you can see the dawn come across the world towards you.
And then you go back to work and wait another 92 minutes, and it happens again. It’s not to be missed, and I tried to watch as many sunrises and sunsets as the work would allow.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
Afraid your Big Group is going to turn into a Hot Mess? Never fear - with a little planning, you can avoid such a fate! (Unless you WANT it to be a Hot Mess… say if you just told your Suitstuck group to act drunk… *whistles innocently*)
For Big Groups, the hardest part for me is finding the balance between shots of the WHOLE group and still giving people individual portraits. Here are the things I’ve found to be helpful - and if YOU have ideas, please please PLEASE share!
1. Go Long! Try for at least one lineup shot. Make sure you have a high enough depth of field to get everyone in focus! (I try to shoot my groups at f/11 or higher)
2. Go High!
Balconies and stairs are VERY useful
3. Portraits - Swap Out The Center
Set up the group in the background, then take turns shooting different characters in the center. (For a more casual shot, you can let the group members joke around and talk!)
"Center" isn’t literal Set up Zombies, switch out Hunters!
4. Break It Down
Work with smaller sections of the group for a few shots. (Inner and Outer Scouts, rivals, couples, teams, etc.)
5. Go Short! Shoot a fun detail everyone has - symbols, shoes, etc.
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Because some people have been asking where to get them again: the music tracks “He is speed and I am balance”, “Kino and Kino”, “I’m flying” and “Sakura” are all available here on a public Dreamwidth post. The additional “Kino no Medley” track is over here.The files themselves are all hosted on MediaFire. (By all means, send me an ask if you can’t use MediaFire, and we’ll figure something out!)
You might have run into them mislabeled as OST tracks; they’re actually attempts at reconstructing the main theme I made a long while back and posted on the kinonotabi LJ community. There were also a few spliced tracks, but they were lost in a hard drive crash. The account they were first posted with has long since been purged, which is why sourcing them tends to be hard now.
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Her parents are severely alarmed at her first incident of accidental magic, when she’s a baby and summons the apple slice right out of her distracted mother’s hand. They read Quran over her and throughout the house to ward against djinn, but the accidental magic continues, so…
"she takes to healing the muggle way because not all those potions have ingredients that she can ingest, and she talks to a sheikh for advice on if salamanders and bat eyes are actually halaal. "
Tell me this would not be awesome to read. Go on. TELL ME.
We are starting this post with a photo of Seto “Screw The Rules” Kaiba because we are about to talk about my LEAST FAVORITE GAME… and how to beat it!
A few months ago, I had a Follower ask me this: "How does a [person] become popular?… I want to encourage people to follow there dreams even if it means hard work.”
Oooooooh, “Popular.” It is such a FICKLE word, and a game which is not so much a game as “never ending spiral of suck.” (DISCLAIMER! : I don’t consider myself “Popular.” Friendly? Social? Outgoing? Yes yes sure, I am DEFINITELY those. But “Popular” is nebulous and shifty and has such an excess of baggage and I prefer to avoid it!Now then:)
Immediate thought process: “Oh crap, am I in some sort of position of authority on the subject?! I JUST TAKE PHOTOS OF TROLLS AND PIRATES AND ALIENS!”
Okay. Deep breath. What advice could I give that would be HELPFUL?
Just saying “Follow your dreams, work hard!” wouldn’t cut it. I remember VERY clearly just starting on the wilds of the internet. Every comment was hoarded and over-analyzed, every Follower gained celebrated, every one lost cause for despair. How I was ever going to reach people? *cue violins*
Other photographers and artists were ALL doing SO MUCH BETTER! More Comments, More Feedback, More Everything! I really felt down. Was there some sort of Rule Book for Popular?
(Or did people just sell their souls and enter into a Contract?)
"Follow your dreams and be patient" DID NOT HELP ME, or make me any less obsessive over numbers, or grow them any faster.
So if you’re asking me how to be “Popular” - there isn’t a formula. And you’re asking the wrong question.
Ask instead "Are we having fun?"
When I began asking THAT, the game changed. Instead of trying to compete over a finite resource (Followers, attention spans, etc.), suddenly I was collaborating! We can always make more stuff! And the more we make, the more there is to share!
"Popular" is a game no one wins. The rules change and the line moves and someone keeps stealing the frisbee and chucking it into a tree.
"Fun" is much more… well… THIS!
I take photos of awesome people, and other awesome people seem to like them. Together we are all unabashed nerds, who come up with many fantastic and terrible ideas, and are very silly.
It is VERY COOL if the internet agrees with what I think is funny/ cool/ awesome. But I can spend 15 minutes on a random GIF and have it explode more then a project I spent 15 weeks on. And you know what?
1.) Am I having fun? 2.) Did the other people have fun?