zakuro-san:

kourtneyklaudiakarter:

I DIDN’T EVEN FULLY SEE THIS BEFORE I REBLOGGED IT. IT’S GREAT.

Oh, yes, yes, these leaves seem alright I’m just going to HAARRGRBLARGHRHAAAGRHRGHAHRARRGHGHGHHHH

zakuro-san:

kourtneyklaudiakarter:

I DIDN’T EVEN FULLY SEE THIS BEFORE I REBLOGGED IT. IT’S GREAT.

Oh, yes, yes, these leaves seem alright I’m just going to HAARRGRBLARGHRHAAAGRHRGHAHRARRGHGHGHHHH

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irl-hoka:

did-you-kno:

Source 

we know the numberswe can begin the process

irl-hoka:

did-you-kno:

Source 

we know the numbers
we can begin the process

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slutdust:

I bought my friend an elephant for their room.

They said “Thank you.”

I said “Don’t mention it.”

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thefrogman:

frogmanslightschool:

Exposure: The beginning of a great photoSill Level: Beginner
Getting a proper exposure is at the heart of all photography. I will now attempt to explain it in the simplest terms possible.
The Basics
You camera has a sensor.

This sensor collects light. Too much light and the image is bright or “overexposed.” Not enough light and your image is dark or “underexposed.”

There are 3 main elements that determine your exposure: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. 
Aperture
The aperture is just an adjustable hole inside your lens that lets in light.

The bigger the hole, the more light it can let in. The smaller the hole, the less light it can let in.
Aperture is measured in f-stops. This indicates the size of the hole. Though it seems backwards, a lower number means a bigger hole. A higher number means a smaller hole.

Your lens will be rated with its maximum aperture. So if it is a “17-55mm f/4 lens”—that means f/4 is the biggest hole it can make. Most lenses can go to f/22, which would be the smallest hole it can make.
A “fast lens” is one that has a very large maximum aperture. These lenses have an f-stop of 2.8 or lower. They are great for doing photography in low light. 
A large aperture (low f-stop number) can also give you shallow depth of field. This allows you to make your background blurry to better isolate your subjects. 

This is a very desirable thing for many photographers, so they try to get the fastest lens they can. 
Shutter Speed
Shutter speed is how long your sensor is exposed to light. Think of two sliding doors in front of the sensor. They open, let in light, and then close. A fast shutter speed lets in very little light. A slow shutter speed lets in a lot of light.
Shutter speed is measured in seconds. A fast shutter speed will be a fractional value, like 1/500th of a second. A slow shutter speed can be entire seconds.
Your camera might display fractions as just the bottom number in the fraction. So 1/500th would just show as 500. Whole seconds will have a double quotation mark after. So 5 seconds will appear as 5”. 
Faster shutter speeds let in less light, but will allow you to freeze action.

Slower shutter speeds let in more light, allowing you to take images in darker environments. With a long enough exposure, you can make night look like day. 

With slow shutter speeds you risk your image blurring due to your hands shaking the camera or movement of the subjects in your photos. So if you do a long exposure, you will almost certainly need a very still subject and a tripod.
There is a formula for keeping camera shake from blurring your photo. You just put 1 over the length of your lens. So if your lens is 50mm, you need a shutter speed of 1/50th or faster. Note: This will not stop blurring due to your subject moving. 
ISO
ISO is the amplification of your sensor. Similar to the volume knob on your radio, ISO amplifies the sensitivity of the sensor so you can increase your shutter speed or make your aperture smaller. It makes the light “louder.” However, this can come at a cost. The more you amplify the sensor, the more noise will show up in your image.

Some cameras can go to a very high ISO and have very little noise. These cameras are usually frickin’ expensive. As technology advances, cheaper cameras get better and have less noise at higher ISOs.
Getting the Balance
A proper exposure requires balancing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get your desired result.
To get shallow depth of field you’ll need a large aperture. So you make your f-stop the lowest number possible. But that lets in a lot of light, so you need a fast shutter speed to balance it out. 
To take a long exposure, your shutter speed will now let in a ton of light. To keep from overexposing you may need to make your aperture very small so the image does not overexpose. 
If it is darker and things are moving, you’ll need a fast shutter speed and a large aperture. But you can’t get a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur. So you raise your ISO to amplify the light, allow you to get the proper exposure, and keep your subjects from blurring. Yes, it will cause your image to have some noise, but it is a worthy compromise to get the image you desire. 
Photography is often about making compromises. Sacrificing a little bit of quality in one area to create the intended effect with a proper exposure. Learning this balancing act can take years to truly master and in further posts I will go deeper into how to figure out how to get the best exposure possible for any situation. 
TL;DR
Exposure is the amount of light captured on your sensor or film
Not enough light = underexposed
Too much light = overexposed
Aperture is the hole in your lens that lets in different amounts of light
A large hole is a small f-stop
A small hole is a large f-stop
A large hole creates shallow depth of field (sharp subject, blurry background)
A shutter opens and closes to expose your sensor for different amounts of time
A fast shutter speed freezes motion, but lets in less light
A slow shutter speed lets in a lot of light, but can cause motion blur if subject is not still
ISO is the amplification of the sensor
HIGH ISO makes the image brighter, but creates noise
LOW ISO makes the image darker, but gives you the cleanest result
Photos by Froggie
You can find me here: [tumblr | wishlist]

This is an example of the tutorial style posts you can find on the newly launched Frogman’s Light School. Eventually, we will cover a variety of topics at every skill level, from beginner to advanced, so keep checking back.
If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your photography skills, follow along!

thefrogman:

frogmanslightschool:

Exposure: The beginning of a great photo
Sill Level: Beginner

Getting a proper exposure is at the heart of all photography. I will now attempt to explain it in the simplest terms possible.

The Basics

You camera has a sensor.

image

This sensor collects light. Too much light and the image is bright or “overexposed.” Not enough light and your image is dark or “underexposed.”

image

There are 3 main elements that determine your exposure: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. 

Aperture

The aperture is just an adjustable hole inside your lens that lets in light.

image

The bigger the hole, the more light it can let in. The smaller the hole, the less light it can let in.

Aperture is measured in f-stops. This indicates the size of the hole. Though it seems backwards, a lower number means a bigger hole. A higher number means a smaller hole.

image

Your lens will be rated with its maximum aperture. So if it is a “17-55mm f/4 lens”—that means f/4 is the biggest hole it can make. Most lenses can go to f/22, which would be the smallest hole it can make.

A “fast lens” is one that has a very large maximum aperture. These lenses have an f-stop of 2.8 or lower. They are great for doing photography in low light. 

A large aperture (low f-stop number) can also give you shallow depth of field. This allows you to make your background blurry to better isolate your subjects. 

image

This is a very desirable thing for many photographers, so they try to get the fastest lens they can. 

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is how long your sensor is exposed to light. Think of two sliding doors in front of the sensor. They open, let in light, and then close. A fast shutter speed lets in very little light. A slow shutter speed lets in a lot of light.

Shutter speed is measured in seconds. A fast shutter speed will be a fractional value, like 1/500th of a second. A slow shutter speed can be entire seconds.

Your camera might display fractions as just the bottom number in the fraction. So 1/500th would just show as 500. Whole seconds will have a double quotation mark after. So 5 seconds will appear as 5”. 

Faster shutter speeds let in less light, but will allow you to freeze action.

image

Slower shutter speeds let in more light, allowing you to take images in darker environments. With a long enough exposure, you can make night look like day. 

image

With slow shutter speeds you risk your image blurring due to your hands shaking the camera or movement of the subjects in your photos. So if you do a long exposure, you will almost certainly need a very still subject and a tripod.

There is a formula for keeping camera shake from blurring your photo. You just put 1 over the length of your lens. So if your lens is 50mm, you need a shutter speed of 1/50th or faster. Note: This will not stop blurring due to your subject moving. 

ISO

ISO is the amplification of your sensor. Similar to the volume knob on your radio, ISO amplifies the sensitivity of the sensor so you can increase your shutter speed or make your aperture smaller. It makes the light “louder.” However, this can come at a cost. The more you amplify the sensor, the more noise will show up in your image.

image

Some cameras can go to a very high ISO and have very little noise. These cameras are usually frickin’ expensive. As technology advances, cheaper cameras get better and have less noise at higher ISOs.

Getting the Balance

A proper exposure requires balancing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get your desired result.

To get shallow depth of field you’ll need a large aperture. So you make your f-stop the lowest number possible. But that lets in a lot of light, so you need a fast shutter speed to balance it out. 

To take a long exposure, your shutter speed will now let in a ton of light. To keep from overexposing you may need to make your aperture very small so the image does not overexpose. 

If it is darker and things are moving, you’ll need a fast shutter speed and a large aperture. But you can’t get a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur. So you raise your ISO to amplify the light, allow you to get the proper exposure, and keep your subjects from blurring. Yes, it will cause your image to have some noise, but it is a worthy compromise to get the image you desire. 

Photography is often about making compromises. Sacrificing a little bit of quality in one area to create the intended effect with a proper exposure. Learning this balancing act can take years to truly master and in further posts I will go deeper into how to figure out how to get the best exposure possible for any situation. 

TL;DR

  • Exposure is the amount of light captured on your sensor or film
  • Not enough light = underexposed
  • Too much light = overexposed
  • Aperture is the hole in your lens that lets in different amounts of light
  • A large hole is a small f-stop
  • A small hole is a large f-stop
  • A large hole creates shallow depth of field (sharp subject, blurry background)
  • A shutter opens and closes to expose your sensor for different amounts of time
  • A fast shutter speed freezes motion, but lets in less light
  • A slow shutter speed lets in a lot of light, but can cause motion blur if subject is not still
  • ISO is the amplification of the sensor
  • HIGH ISO makes the image brighter, but creates noise
  • LOW ISO makes the image darker, but gives you the cleanest result

Photos by Froggie

You can find me here: [tumblr wishlist]

This is an example of the tutorial style posts you can find on the newly launched Frogman’s Light School. Eventually, we will cover a variety of topics at every skill level, from beginner to advanced, so keep checking back.

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your photography skills, follow along!

(via hooloovooo)

If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.

As reported by Al Jazeera America, colleges across the country are replacing the word “rape” in their sexual assault policies with “non-consensual sex” because schools don’t want label students “rapists”.

This whole article is worth reading.

When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com

(via iamnotafeministtbh)

(via thebicker)

a-better-cultureshift:

I have seen a lot of ridiculous, offensive, and hypocritical anti-abortion propaganda in my time, but I do believe that this one takes the metaphorical cake. I am not entirely sure where to begin, but I will attempt to explain all of the things that are wrong here. Time for a history lesson.
First off, anyone who openly questioned the Nazis during World War II was killed. Period. If you were a German citizen at that time, you did not talk about your political opinions to anybody, because anybody could be an informant. I will make an attempt to further emphasize this point by adding in a personal story. My father once attended a church service where whoever was preaching decided to go off on a tangent about how German citizens should have done the good, Christian thing and spoken out against Hitler. A man in the congregation stood up, laughed, and told the priest that “with all due respect, if they had done that, they would be dead”. This man actually wrote a book, which I have read, entitled Hitler’s Willing Warrior. It is a more or less autobiographical account of this man’s experience as a young man in Germany who expressed his political opinions and was imprisoned and tortured as a result. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this graphic seriously.
Secondly, a good number of the Nazis who were committing the atrocities of the Holocaust were Christians. Therefore, if anyone had actually been stupid enough to try to use signs to protest the Nazis, it wouldn’t have been Christians, because they often were the Nazis. And, again, those probably-not-Christians would have been brutally tortured and/or killed.
Now, I will address the point where this graphic completely lost all possible credibility. This may come as a shock to anyone who never took high school history, but the majority of German citizens did not know much (if anything at all) about what exactly was going on in concentration camps until after the Allies showed up and started releasing information. The images like the one that this offensive statement is so tastelessly plastered over were not available to be made into signs for people with death wishes until it was too late for millions Jews, other minorities, and prisoners of war.
The use of this image really sickens me, as it highlights exactly why abortion and the Holocaust have absolutely nothing to do with each other, by exploiting the images of innocent people, most or all of whom probably died miserable deaths. These are living, sentient people. They are starving. They are probably cold. They are in pain. They do not look very happy. They can feel every single horrible thing that happens to them. They can see the people around them dying or being killed. They can physically dig their own graves (which many of them did have to do), and they can feel the dread of knowing what’s coming.
A fetus, on the other hand, feels nothing, sees nothing, thinks nothing, and is probably pretty well-fed, since it is taking nutrients from the body of a woman who may or may not want it there. Millions of people died in the Holocaust; people who had friends, families, lives, jobs, and futures before the Nazis (who, again, were often Christians as well) decided that they did not deserve those things. These people suffered, and felt every bit of the pain. They experienced horrible things that the person who made this graphic can not begin to imagine. I probably cannot begin to imagine many of them. And someone still had the nerve to compare this widespread, almost unimaginable suffering to a medical procedure that terminates a non-sentient, not-yet-developed fetus.
After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that this image represents, I will circle back to my first point. Given all the things I have pointed out, and the fact that this graphic claims the people on the ‘right side of history’ (meaning those who believe in the misguided pro-‘life’ movement) should have held up signs protesting the Holocaust, then I can only conclude that the message here is that all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered, because that is exactly what would have happened if they had tried to do what they think is ‘right’.
All the creator of this graphic has done is single-handedly proven what is wrong with the pro-‘life’ movement. Nothing is sacred to them. They will twist every tragedy, every death, every historical disaster, and every situation to try to force their views on others. They care nothing for the victims of these tragedies, just like they care nothing for the women who are incubating their precious fetuses. It sickens me to think how many people there are in the world who might not see anything wrong with this image.
Regardless of how you feel about abortion, if you have a single ounce of empathy for others or a single regard for the mass suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust, this image should make you feel sick. You should feel physically unclean after viewing it and pondering its implications. If you truly do not see anything wrong with this graphic, I fear that humanity has lost its way.

a-better-cultureshift:

I have seen a lot of ridiculous, offensive, and hypocritical anti-abortion propaganda in my time, but I do believe that this one takes the metaphorical cake. I am not entirely sure where to begin, but I will attempt to explain all of the things that are wrong here. Time for a history lesson.

First off, anyone who openly questioned the Nazis during World War II was killed. Period. If you were a German citizen at that time, you did not talk about your political opinions to anybody, because anybody could be an informant. I will make an attempt to further emphasize this point by adding in a personal story. My father once attended a church service where whoever was preaching decided to go off on a tangent about how German citizens should have done the good, Christian thing and spoken out against Hitler. A man in the congregation stood up, laughed, and told the priest that “with all due respect, if they had done that, they would be dead”. This man actually wrote a book, which I have read, entitled Hitler’s Willing Warrior. It is a more or less autobiographical account of this man’s experience as a young man in Germany who expressed his political opinions and was imprisoned and tortured as a result. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this graphic seriously.

Secondly, a good number of the Nazis who were committing the atrocities of the Holocaust were Christians. Therefore, if anyone had actually been stupid enough to try to use signs to protest the Nazis, it wouldn’t have been Christians, because they often were the Nazis. And, again, those probably-not-Christians would have been brutally tortured and/or killed.

Now, I will address the point where this graphic completely lost all possible credibility. This may come as a shock to anyone who never took high school history, but the majority of German citizens did not know much (if anything at all) about what exactly was going on in concentration camps until after the Allies showed up and started releasing information. The images like the one that this offensive statement is so tastelessly plastered over were not available to be made into signs for people with death wishes until it was too late for millions Jews, other minorities, and prisoners of war.

The use of this image really sickens me, as it highlights exactly why abortion and the Holocaust have absolutely nothing to do with each other, by exploiting the images of innocent people, most or all of whom probably died miserable deaths. These are living, sentient people. They are starving. They are probably cold. They are in pain. They do not look very happy. They can feel every single horrible thing that happens to them. They can see the people around them dying or being killed. They can physically dig their own graves (which many of them did have to do), and they can feel the dread of knowing what’s coming.

A fetus, on the other hand, feels nothing, sees nothing, thinks nothing, and is probably pretty well-fed, since it is taking nutrients from the body of a woman who may or may not want it there. Millions of people died in the Holocaust; people who had friends, families, lives, jobs, and futures before the Nazis (who, again, were often Christians as well) decided that they did not deserve those things. These people suffered, and felt every bit of the pain. They experienced horrible things that the person who made this graphic can not begin to imagine. I probably cannot begin to imagine many of them. And someone still had the nerve to compare this widespread, almost unimaginable suffering to a medical procedure that terminates a non-sentient, not-yet-developed fetus.

After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that this image represents, I will circle back to my first point. Given all the things I have pointed out, and the fact that this graphic claims the people on the ‘right side of history’ (meaning those who believe in the misguided pro-‘life’ movement) should have held up signs protesting the Holocaust, then I can only conclude that the message here is that all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered, because that is exactly what would have happened if they had tried to do what they think is ‘right’.

All the creator of this graphic has done is single-handedly proven what is wrong with the pro-‘life’ movement. Nothing is sacred to them. They will twist every tragedy, every death, every historical disaster, and every situation to try to force their views on others. They care nothing for the victims of these tragedies, just like they care nothing for the women who are incubating their precious fetuses. It sickens me to think how many people there are in the world who might not see anything wrong with this image.

Regardless of how you feel about abortion, if you have a single ounce of empathy for others or a single regard for the mass suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust, this image should make you feel sick. You should feel physically unclean after viewing it and pondering its implications. If you truly do not see anything wrong with this graphic, I fear that humanity has lost its way.

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Hundreds of Anti-Choice Protesters Descend on New Orleans

rhrealitycheck:

Reproductive rights advocates view the protests as part of a continued assault on women’s access to reproductive health care in the city and the state. The planned protests have local law enforcement gearing up for their presence with extra vans, barricades, plainclothes intelligence officers, cops wearing body cams, and some officers on horseback.”

Read more here: http://rhrc.us/Unv7GI

image

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breakingnews:

Obama asks Russia to hold rebels accountable on MH17 crash site
AP: President Obama accused pro-Russian separatists on Monday of interfering with the MH17 crash site, in a speech at the White House.
"The burden now is on Russia to insist that separatists stop tampering with the crash site," Obama said.
Follow the latest at Breaking News. 
Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

breakingnews:

Obama asks Russia to hold rebels accountable on MH17 crash site

AP: President Obama accused pro-Russian separatists on Monday of interfering with the MH17 crash site, in a speech at the White House.

"The burden now is on Russia to insist that separatists stop tampering with the crash site," Obama said.

Follow the latest at Breaking News

Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin