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Baruch Ben-David
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I am mostly a musician (classical piano). I've done some photography in the past, but found that it was too difficult to get good shots.

I always had ideas of what I wanted to create, but I rarely ever found the perfect scenes. Out of the thousands of street photos I've shot, I have one I think is great; and a couple more that I feel are acceptable.

Now there is photo manipulation. I use GIMP, which is an open-source program similar to PhotoShop. I am just now getting into it, learning how to use the many tools it has. With GIMP, my own photos, and stock that I can include, I expect to be able to finally put together images that are clear (more or less) in my brain, but were having trouble being born.

I'm a student. Right now I don't know much of anything. That's OK. Everyone starts out not knowing how to do it. Some day I hope I'll be good at this. But for sure, I'm going to have fun.

If you find fault with my work, I would GREATLY APPRECIATE it if you could point out my mistakes. Even better would be telling me where I can go to learn more about them.
Many cool deviations show people in dramatic poses with swords.  Unfortunately, some of these poses lose their impact because of unrealistic use of the sword.

I learned sword etiquette while studying Northern Shaolin and Tai Chi sword.  I assume most of this applies to Western swordplay as well.  For what it's worth, I'll offer these points:

1.  A person who values his sword would never stick it into the ground, or rest its point on a stone.  That could break the point.  It will dull the edge, and small stones in the earth could nick the blade.  That would be serious damage.

2.  In general, you don't touch the blade with bare hands.  This leaves oils and sweat from your fingers.  Not only do you get fingerprints, the salt in your sweat attracts moisture which can corrode the blade.
The samurai is an exception.  His sword must taste blood every time it's drawn, so if he's not fighting he'll deliberately give himself a small cut to get a drop of blood.  That's pretty macho, but rules are rules...

3.  Normally you focus your attention on the sword, especially when you're thrusting. You have to see where it's going.  Also, you don't stab with curved swords.  Those are for sweeping strokes to slice.  You know, chop off a head or something.

Of course, I'd never suggest passing up a great shot just because the model isn't following sword etiquette.  It's just something to consider when posing the model.
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: New Age stuff
  • Reading: Deadly Dozen
  • Watching: My P's and Q's
  • Playing: With Fire
  • Eating: The Bread of Affliction
  • Drinking: Hazelnut Latte

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BlackDreams11 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for +fav  :) Have a nice day! :wave:
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! :heart:
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the fav! :heart:
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
:iconllamajumpplz: thanks for the llama :)
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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