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Bowser by photographygrl

There isn't a whole lot I can critique on this piece, as technically, it's stunning. Black and white works really well and you can see ...

Moda Layout by EnzuDes1gn

This critique stems from the fact that my eyesight isn't perfect so this will be why I will see things differently from others. Overall...

Sentinal wip - Update April 14 by EnzuDes1gn

This looks really good, and has that "enzudesign" feel which has become your identity. The battery charging screen looks really good (a...

Calle del Sol by BriceChallamel

This is a simply fantastic piece! I get the feeling that, even though the street is nearly empty, it is alive and kicking with hundreds...



Freaky Detail - PS Action CS5 by Grayda
Freaky Detail - PS Action CS5
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Today I discovered a Photoshop technique that is oddly (but aptly) called "Freaky Detail". The technique brings out additional detail in your photos by using the vivid light blend mode, an inverted image and crafty use of the surface blur filter. It works best on images such as water or seascapes, but can also work on people, landscapes and even animals.

In the image above (which is a JPEG downloaded from applying the filter brings out more detail in the petals. A similar result can be obtained using the Clarity slider when loading a RAW file, but this gives the image a bit of extra "oomph"

This action is free for you to use. If you wish to distribute it on your site, please contact me first. I'll say yes, but I just want to know where this has ended up.

And if you want to show your support, you can always buy some of my stock images at iStockPhoto ([link]), or buy one of my Concrete5 themes ([link]) or just straight out donate via PayPal (grayda [at] solidinc [dot] org). Thank you!

Made with Adobe Photoshop CS5 but should be backwards compatible. Photo from [link]
Saw today that a Google self driving car was involved in an accident. Another car rear-ended the Google car, causing some minor injuries to the people involved.

The headlines of various online news outlets made you think that Google's car caused YET ANOTHER car crash (with the eye roll people do when you try and convince them of something that is firmly against their beliefs).

Ignoring that out of the 14 crashes, 1 was Google's fault (and the car was being driven manually, apparently), these things have clocked up over 1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) without a crash. That's safer than most people on the road these days.

What really bugs me, is that people are going to subconsciously believe that self driving cars (Google or otherwise) are extremely dangerous and that they shouldn't pass laws that allow such cars on the road, and push the introduction of this back many years.

A year or two ago I watched a demo video where they put a blind man in the drivers seat and took him to get Taco Bell or something. The guy hadn't traveled anywhere unassisted for years, and here he was, cruising through Taco Bell, ordering a burrito like Jesus had socked him in the face and he could see again.

In places like the middle-of-goddamn-nowhere US, where there are no taxi, bus or train services, you either have someone cart you around, or you stay at home and do nothing. If you need to get to a doctor's appointment, who's gonna drive you? Jesus? By his own admission, he can't drive! 

I guess I was bugged by the sensationalist headlines such as:

Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident
Google's Self-driving Car Gets Into Another Crash
Google's self-driving cars crash 'surprisingly often,'

But also cheesed because my mother in law is legally blind, my parents are getting on in years and I've volunteered for Meals on Wheels, where some of these people need a day out to go with their hot meal, and if people keep pushing against self driving cars (including the FBI, who warn that they could be turned into lethal weapons by hackers), who is going to cart your parents to a doctor's appointment when you live 9 hours away and they have no bus or taxi services?

It's certainly not Jesus, I can tell you that
I don't quite understand some of the comments people leave on posts around the internet. I'm not talking about the trolls, the political people ("thanks Obama!"), the people whose first language isn't English or anything else like that, it's people who leave confusing, one or two word comments that you can't comprehend why they even wrote that.

Example: "The Simpsons" posted a photo in celebration of national sibling day (haha, suck it, only children!). Someone left a comment, "The Simpsons". That's it. "The Simpsons", on a post by The Simpsons, about The Simpsons. Wut? Turns out, this guy goes around posting "The Simpsons" on all posts by The Simpsons. Even moar wut?

Another example: The Onion posted an article about California's Seaworld doing its bit for the drought by draining the tanks half way. Asides from the usual people who thought it was real, the people trying to tell the others it's not real, and the wisearses like myself, there was this gem of a comment:


Good catch there, buddy.

Now, I'm sure they have their reasons. Perhaps they're practicing their english by translating the phrase from their native language, or typing on a foreign keyboard and want to show that they can do it, despite their keyboard inherently lacking the right letters, but I like to think it's a guy sitting at his keyboard, smug grin on his face, arm confidently around a super uncomfortable girl who's clearly not interested in him, saying "Yeah baby, I know TENS of English words. Watch me type another.

At least, our internet does.

Earlier this week I finally received my Canary home security system. It's a small cylinder that sits on your shelf and has a HD camera, night vision and temp / humidity / air quality sensors. It has a live view for watching in real time and learns about your house so it knows when you come home, knows to ignore pets running around and such.

The fatal flaw? Live view requires a minimum upload speed of 1mb/s to run. I get 0.55mb/s on wireless, slightly more on Ethernet. I cannot watch Live View. If someone breaks in, I can only watch the highlights reel after he's nicked off with everything, instead of hitting the "Sound the alarm" button and blasting him with 120db of sound to scare him off.

I'm sick of Australia being low on the list when it comes to internet. I'm sick of people viewing the internet like some kind of Tamagotchi fad, not worthy of putting money into because it's going to die out in the next year or two anyway. I'm sick of the bullshit this "National Broadband Network" has become and I'm just sick of Australia having a backwards view of internet related things in general.

In 2010 we were behind Mongolia in average upload speeds. Mongolia. A country with slightly more people in it than Melbourne. And their internet speeds were better.

Pull your finger out, Australia. I want to use my home security system.
Flinders Street at Sunrise by Grayda
Flinders Street at Sunrise
It's been too long (more than 6 months) since I last posted here on dA. I've been doing another 365 challenge, and so have been active every day on Facebook and G+, as well as Instagram and even Tumblr (via auto-posting from IFTTT and IG). If you want to see more of my shots, follow me there, or check out my recently revamped website,

From White Night Melbourne, 2015. Flinders Street at sunrise
It's that time of year where I submit a journal. So, this is it. Hi!



D. Gray
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I am David Gray. Photographer, website designer and graphic artist. I also like consuming lighbulbs.

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birthdays Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's July 8th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Happy birthday! :D
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Happy early Birthday! :happy birthday: by iDJPanda
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Have a wonderful day! Best wishes,
Enamorte Featured By Owner May 19, 2015   Digital Artist
y u no come here n e more
Grayda Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Photographer
Because something something existential hurdy-gurdy spinning in a AND THEN I GAVE HIM A DOLLAR / CUPPA / HOTDOG / HOT CHOCOLATE sharpie shuffle SURKIDURP

Orrrr in other words, "groan, another place to upload work?!"

Enamorte Featured By Owner May 29, 2015   Digital Artist
oh...okay. I'll just...stay here, then. Alone. :raincloud:

*loafs tensely next to DA*
Grayda Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Photographer
When I go to bed I'll just turn off the dA because there's no use providing art if I'm asleep <3
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:woohoo: :iconcakelickplz: :iconballoonsplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconballoonsplz2: :iconcakelickplz: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologise that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome birthday on July 8th, with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Happy birthday! :D
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How's life? :D
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