Remembering Nelson Mandela
People around the world are gathering to remember and celebrate the life of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela who died late on Thursday. Mandela led the fight against apartheid in South Africa. In 1963, he was arrested and spent the next 27 years in prison. Local and international pressure for his release escalated in the late 1980s, and on February 11, 1990, he was released from prison. Mandela was elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first black South African to hold the office.
Crowds have grown outside Mandela’s house in Johannesburg as people all over the world remember and celebrate his life. To see more images and videos from the many vigils taking place today, visit these location pages:
Mandela hailed for courage, forgiveness
Braking down barriers! “Instruments of Mercy” made @GooglePlay “Play Picks Music” - “Our Best 2013 Albums from $3.99 list”. The only “Christian” album to make the list. Huge s/o to @BeautifulEulogy and the entire camp @humblebeast
Album available on @iTunes now
How I Shoot: Snapping the Perfect #Puddlegram with @mortenordstrom
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) shares his tips for capturing and editing the perfect #puddlegram on a Windows phone. Follow him on Instagram for puddle shots of Copenhagen and browse the #puddlegram hashtag for more inspiration!
When Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) isn’t working or studying business administration and communications, he’s out showcasing the beauty of Copenhagen, Denmark, as reflected through the city’s many puddles.
Getting the most out of a puddle’s reflection is an art, and Morten offered these tips for capturing and editing a #puddlegram on a Windows phone:
Nokia Lumia 925
"First of all, when shooting puddlegrams you will obviously need a puddle. The bigger the better, but you will be surprised how little water you need to make a big impact.
"My experience is that I get the best effect when I look for a strong central focal point and try to get some depth in the perspective, maybe even a vanishing point. That’s one of the reasons why the majority of my puddlegrams are shot on streets; they often meet these requirements. Moreover they are often full of life, which gives life to the picture and helps to tell a story.
"If you want to do a proper #puddlegram, make sure your lens is as close to the ground as possible—even if it means you have to turn your device upside-down. It’s a little effort and it makes a huge difference. Moreover, mind the weather. Windy puddles won’t serve you well."
"I often think a lot about my perspective before I shoot. Other times I just walk around and look for details and shoot what I find interesting and inspiring.
"I’m always shooting with my Nokia Lumia 925 and I have been experimenting a lot with the different camera possibilities. Normally I just use the native camera, other times I use the Nokia Pro Camera which gives me more adjustability. My best advice when taking puddlegrams is to experiment with the number of shots you’re taking and see the different outcomes you can get. Analyzing strengths and weaknesses in these will help make you a more skilled puddleshooter!
"Note that people will be looking when you sit down and place your phone in a puddle. But remember, that is only because they don’t know about the magical perspectives you’re capturing. I sometimes pretend to tie my shoe laces, until the largest group of people has passed."
"This is where the magic happens. After extensive exploration of Windows Phone options, I ended up always using the same two apps: the Nokia Creative Studio and an app called Fhotoroom. They are very different but complement each other well. I like to keep things simple and often aim for a high sharpness, cold tones and not too strong colors, since I find them disturbing. Finally, I pay a lot of attention in the cropping process. A good crop can change a picture entirely—and so can a bad one.”
Cosonno, Italy’s Abandoned Las Vegas
In 1962, Italian entrepreneur Mario Bagno bought all of the land in Consonno, a small village in northern Italy. He forced the town’s inhabitants to leave and started work on a Las Vegas-style destination complete with a Muslim minaret, Chinese pagodas and a medieval castle.
Delays in construction forced Bagno to open his “City of Toys” (Città dei Balocchi) before it was finished. The destination city was short-lived, however. In 1976, a landslide destroyed the only road into town and the project was abandoned. Today, the “City of Toys” still stands, covered in graffiti and forgotten by nearly everyone but a few adventurous Instagrammers.
2013 – 2014
29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CD OF THE YEAR
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
CHILDRENS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
FAN FAVORITE QUARTET OF THE YEAR
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
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