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Charles Lupica

Strengthen Your Core


Several years ago I decided to change my physical condition. I had gained a lot of weight over the years and confronted it one Christmas visiting my brother -- and his bathroom scale ... ugh.

I took on a program of running and weight-lifting and changed my eating. However, after a year and a half of that, I had only managed to lose about fifteen pounds. I was healthier, sure -- probably gained more muscle weight and lost some fat -- but I was still frustrated at not being able to get to where I wanted to be.

Then ... my back went out on me like a faithless lover. I felt so betrayed. It was the first time anything that debilitating had ever happened to me. I couldn't move at all.

When I went to the doctor, he told me I had to do something like yoga or pilates (similar to yoga). I laughed to myself -- the last thing that I wanted to do was bend like that!! So, I ignored him.

Throughout the following year I was still unable to to break my plateau, but during that time I did a lot of reading on the subject from professional fitness experts. One of the key points that kept coming up was the concept of 'Core Strength'. Your core is the center of your body and the primary muscle groups there are the abdominals, back, butt and hips. The minor sit-ups I had been doing just weren't addressing that fundamental core.

One day, I was walking past a pile of DVD's on sale and one particular exercise video grabbed my attention. I had remembered my doctor's words -- "pilates". "Worth a try," I thought. Well, that step changed everything! Within mere months I had lost thirty-five more pounds. My speed and agility at running increased even! I finally had gained real control and capability with my body -- for the first time in my life.

I'm sure you are now asking "Um, Robin … what does pilates have to do with photography or art?!!"

STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE.

The Internet is a vast resource of tutorials for photography and art. As well, you probably already have applications loaded onto your systems that are applicable to your current goals, or you can get some for free or at low cost. Learn them! Learn the core of your tools and those applications. It's not the plug-ins and fancy new gadgets that will be there for you when the next 'newest, latest, greatest' hits the market. What will be there for you when the 'gotta have it' fades is your ability to work with the basic fundamentals of the tools and applications you use -- and your ability to grow and adapt, when the market need fluctuates.

If you are having difficulty fully grasping how the processes work and feel you need an add-on or fancy gadget to get a quality result, remember that the fundamentals of the tools that you are using are not unknowable. Do what you need to do to learn them thoroughly. Break out a dictionary and find out what the words mean, first in your own language, and then in the language of the application or the analog operations it represents. Experiment a bit with what is in front of you. Finally learn what all the dials on your camera are for. Then, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. (Read that as, PLAY, PLAY, PLAY ... ;o))

Strengthen your core -- and watch your speed and agility soar!


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With a happy birthday wish to +Naghmeh Khadembashi!
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro
Robin Griggs Wood Robin Griggs Wood


Black Leopard's reaction when he sees his favorite zoo keeper

#leopard   #friends  
May Fong Robinson May Fong Robinson

~ Summer dreams of white flovers ~

i was found this gorgeous flowers yesterday on my photowalk.. they appear to me as gorgeous beauties who enjoy to swim in sunlight


#photography   #nature #10000photographers #flowerphotography   #colors #flower #art #textureblendphotography #colors #mobilart #mobilephotography 
Mikko Tyllinen Mikko Tyllinen

~ Fashion girl ~

"Fashion girl - fire and grace
Your eyes are magnets and watercolours of summer
Fashion girl - you're gravity
Your profile entices and burns the sky"
A`Studio — Fashion girl


I just had to process this wonderful picture of my friend Emily!
To show my vision of that moment..


Huge thanks to Emily  for being such amazing and inspirational model!
Mikko Tyllinen Mikko Tyllinen

Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_whistling_thrush 
Captured at Jangeshu village, on the old Kasauli road, in the hills of Solan District of the W. Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh, N. India; not far from Chandigarh

For #BirdPhotographyMonday  curated by +David Hemmings 
For #DOFMonday +DOFMonday curated by +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling and +Nigel Smith 
For #HQSPBirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner and +Andy Brown
For #Birds4All  curated by +Ricky L Jones 
For #WildlifeWednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus 
For #DailyDepthOfField +Daily Depth Of Field curated by +Vince Ong 
Jasbir S. Randhawa Jasbir S. Randhawa

  ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥ :) a lovely day to you   ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥ :)
Annette Junge Daugaard Annette Junge Daugaard

hello all  ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥ :)  sorry i havent been here due to a bad connection  !!!  hope you all are ok  i am  and i hope this pic  get uploaded x 
Annette Junge Daugaard Annette Junge Daugaard

The Original Angry Bird
Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_babbler 
Captured in my Chandigarh backyard last afternoon
Best Viewed in Full Screen: Click on the image and hit the Space Bar
[For those who wish to "Reshare" my posts, you would be well advised to read the Warning in my Profile before doing so, as I will Block anyone who reshares other than "Publicly"]

For #BackyardBirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono +Ricky L Jones and +Marilou Aballe 
For #BirdPhotographyMonday  curated by +David Hemmings 
For #HQSPBirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner and +Andy Brown
For #Birds4All  curated by +Ricky L Jones 
For #WildlifeInTheCity +WILDLIFE in the City curated by +Edith Kukla and +Robert Vierthaler 
For #WildlifeWednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus 
For #OnTheFenceWednesday  +On The Fence Wednesday curated by +Natosha Davis 
Jasbir S. Randhawa Jasbir S. Randhawa

E.E. Giorgi - G R A T I T U D E
+87 - 1 shares - 10 comments

G R A T I T U D E
E.E. Giorgi E.E. Giorgi


Misty Memory - my digital speed painting (~ 3 hours)

- I use Photoshop & Intuos04 Wacom for all my digital paintings.
- What is digital painting? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_painting
- How did I learn this?  Google free tutorials.  Study, Practice & Repeat! :)
- Links to some free tutorials: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+a+digital+painting
May Fong Robinson May Fong Robinson

For You Blue- The Beatles with Lyrics 
Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) [Howzzat for a tongue twister?!]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-billed_blue_magpie 
Captured at Jangeshu village, on the old Kasauli road, in the hills of Solan District of the W. Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh, N. India; not far from Chandigarh
Jasbir S. Randhawa Jasbir S. Randhawa

Morning Reflection, Lower Cathedral Lake, Yosemite

#mountainmonday  by +Michael Russell 
#mountainphotos      by +Baki Karacay 
#landscapephotography     +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow
#hqsplandscape     +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh
+BTP Daily Highlight    +BTP Editor's Choice (Best Top Photographer's page)  +BTP Landscape Pro 
#yosemitenationalpark  
Franka M. Gabler Franka M. Gabler

Mona Zimba - Beautiful waves...
+56 - 10 comments

Beautiful waves...

Mona Zimba Mona Zimba


Crystal - my digital speed painting (~ 45 min)

- I use Photoshop & Intuos04 Wacom for all my digital paintings.
- What is digital painting? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_painting
- How did I learn this?  Google free tutorials.  Study, Practice & Repeat! :)
- Links to some free tutorials: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+a+digital+painting
May Fong Robinson May Fong Robinson

Many of you may remember the color version of this that I posted some time ago; https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103236949470535942612/albums/5649711399052621137/5884808248653571778?pid=5884808248653571778&oid=103236949470535942612

This image figured prominently in my book, Grand angle sur la Collegiale de Neuchatel, published in Switzerland by www.alphil.ch.  The original image was created using nearly 350 images: 35 HDR sets of 9 images plus nadir and azimuth sets. The B&W version was processed in Color Effects Pro 4 to add some additional contrast, then converted to B&W in Silver Effects Pro II using the High structure (smooth) preset plus a slight selenium tone. 

You can buy prints of this at http://studiolupica.artistwebsites.com/featured/1-la-collegiale-de-neuchatel-charles-lupica.html

+256 Shades of Gray +Scott Thomas +Brian Dukes +Charles Lupica 

+The Art of Photography +Charles Lupica +Scott Thomas +Brian Dukes 

#10000photographers  +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS by +Robert SKREINER  

#10000photographersBWmonochrome  +Robert SKREINER +dietmar rogacki +Joel Tjintjelaar

#AllThingsMonochrome  +All Things Monochrome by  +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood

#BWFineArtLE  +Black and White Fine Art Photography Gallery +Joel Tjintjelaar +Beth Akerman

#HQSPMonochrome +HQSP Monochrome by +Luis Vivanco S. +Dennis Freeland and +Johnny Minor 

#MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge, +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller 

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World by  +andi rivarola

#MonochromeArtyClub +Monochrome Arty Club curated by +JR Snyder Jr , +JR Snyder Jr , +June Penn , +Seth Mayer and +Steve Tang

member of www.besttopphotographer.com +Best Top Photographer Group ,+Rinus Bakker , +BTP Daily Highlight ,  +BTP Editor's Choice (Best Top Photographer's page)

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola

#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras

#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek

#PhotoManiaSchweiz curated by +Günter Schurr +Photo Mania Schweiz

#BTPMonochromePro - +BTP Monochrome Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker ,curated by +Jesse Martineau

#BTPArchitecturePro - +BTP Architecture Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker ,curated by +Aamir Shahzad

#CWLUPICAPHOTOGRAPHY #MONOCHROMEPHOTOGRAPHY #ONEFRAMEATATIME

#SacredSunday +SacredSunday™ , +Manfred Berndtgen , +Robyn Morrison ,  +Chatchai Rombix , +Justin Hill ,  +Steve Barge , +Carolyn St.Charles , +***


#EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo 
+Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter +Ela Kupiec  +Carlos Duarte
Charles Lupica Charles Lupica

JJ Abrams again - brilliantly teasing the fans - http://youtu.be/xWBGrkc360M

this new look of the Xwing is based off the very first concept art of the original Star Wars movie by Ralph McQuarrie http://screencrush.com/star-wars-episode-7-x-wing-reveal/
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

On our last night in London and after a long day of walking around town, we were rushing for the last train of the night. With ten minutes to spare and really wanting more shots of St Paul's Cathedral...Pete spotted the cathedral at the end of this street.  The spot he had in mind was perfect...expect for that big delivery truck in the middle of the road sigh.  Pete told the driver what we wanted to shot, handed him one of my cards and he was nice enough to move the truck. I'm not sure that would ever happen again so delivery man, wherever you are...thank you.

#london   #londonphotography   #groundview   #streetview   #stpaulscathedral  
Shari Mattox Shari Mattox

NICE!!  The look at an X-Wing in Star Wars VII. For those who don't know, this design is based off of the first concept paintings by famed artist, Ralph McQuarrie for the original Star Wars movie in 1977.  You can see much of the late Ralph McQuarrie art here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Images_from_The_Art_of_Ralph_McQuarrie

see JJ Abrams talking in front of the ship here: http://screencrush.com/star-wars-episode-7-x-wing-reveal/ 

#starwarsvii  
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

When you hear the words "French landscape" what is the image you see in your mind's eye?
Terrill Welch Terrill Welch

DuSable Harbor

Chicago, IL
Dan Susek Dan Susek

Fourth Day / 07-20-2014: The surface continues to evolve—inch by inch—day by day. Never doubt what is possible…
Gari Hatch Gari Hatch

I really love the attention to details in War Thunder. There are a few glitches in this open beta, such as some of the deck crew run through the plane, but the fact that I'm getting an officer that's waving a flag for me to take off and then ducks under my wing as it passes over him and then deck crew waving at me as I take off, is just remarkable.
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

Alexius Jørgensen - Heya
+17 - 2 shares - 3 comments

Heya
Alexius Jørgensen Alexius Jørgensen

Just hung up with +Shanna Mann, for our bi-weekly #InsideMyMicroBiz  call.

Brain is about to a'splode, in all the right ways. 

I jokingly called her my Business Therapist today, but not in the let's talk about your feelings way. More like Cognitive Behavioral Modification kinda way, because I come at her with a problem or a hurdle or a sticking point and she picks it apart until we have a plan of actions.

Example: We were talking about how I hate newsletters and traditional e-commerce marketing, and about the importance of knowing where you want to go, and what my alternatives were. She understood I had people who wanted updates, and news, but also understood that I didn't want to send out BUY BUY BUY newsletters each holiday season. (I'm a designer, not, you know, Amazon.) It took a bit, but we came up with a brilliant solution, and now I feel SO much better about my next steps. I don't end up feeling skeevy and slimy, and my people will stay in the know about the latest designs and pieces. Win-win!

It's incredible, what a huge difference working with a competent business coach/consultant/personal trainer makes in getting a business off the ground and flying. I don't have to spend the first six months to a year feeling like the kid flailing about in the shallow water who thinks they are drowning because they don't realize they can touch the bottom.

She's brilliant, y'all. Go circle her, if you haven't already.
Abigail Markov Abigail Markov

this new look of the Xwing is based off the very first concept art of Star Wars by  Ralph McQuarrie http://screencrush.com/star-wars-episode-7-x-wing-reveal/
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

I've changed my mind about the new female Thor....This woman can carry the hammer any time.
Dawn Ellen Miller Dawn Ellen Miller

It's Monday! Good morning! By the way, this is NOT the way to land a plane. I came in too low on approach to the carrier, but after a few more attempts, I got the hang of it. (flying in War Thunder)
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

Some of these were especially true.
Tom Gehrke Tom Gehrke

I was a guest on the Let's Talk Photography podcast for July.  In addition to myself and host +Bart Busschots, the panel this month includes +Kenneth Lee, and +Antonio M. Rosario from Switch to Manual. This is our first Listener Q&A show, and we answer questions from Scott & Allison about storing & organizing our photos, and white balance cards (Antonio recommends theWhiBal range of cards).  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or link directly to the audio on the show page. 
Mark Pouley Mark Pouley

War Thunder is AWESOME!
Dale Jackson Dale Jackson

Patagonia Workshop  - Gregory Boratyn Photography www.eveningphotography.com Yet another beautiful shot of Cuernos del Paine mountains in Torres Del Pine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.

Epic Autumn Patagonia 10 day workshop with Gregory Boratyn and +Mark Metternich from April 6-16, 2015. 
For a free PDF with all the fine details about the trip, email Greg with a request at greg.flex@me.com or visit his gregboratyn.com or Mark's http://www.wildforlight.com website for more details.

#mountains #patagonia #chile 
Juan Romagosa Juan Romagosa

There´s no heaven or hell

There´s neither heaven or hell. Some though have a need to imagine, that there is, but what must be imagined is not real. If it was real, there was no reason to imagine it. Quantum Physics concludes, that the moon only seem to exist, when you think…
Alexius Jørgensen Alexius Jørgensen

I was a guest on the Let's Talk Photography podcast for July.  In addition to myself and host +Bart Busschots, the panel this month includes +Kenneth Lee, and +Antonio M. Rosario from Switch to Manual. This is our first Listener Q&A show, and we answer questions from Scott & Allison about storing & organizing our photos, and white balance cards (Antonio recommends theWhiBal range of cards).  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or link directly to the audio on the show page. 
Mark Pouley Mark Pouley

IOGear KeyMander

There are a lot of awesome console games out there, but I'm a die-hard PC gamer that gets fairly bad hand-cramps after using a game controller for a while. What to do? Skip all those cool games? Nope. There is a better solution.

IOGear's KeyMander lets you attach a keyboard and mouse to your PS, 360 or XBox One and play games the way they were meant to be played; with WASD. I've got a full review up on +Geek Beat.
Tom Gehrke Tom Gehrke

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