Finding the story — Calmgrove (Essential reading)

Terry Pratchett: Wintersmith Corgi 2017 (2006) Find the story, Granny Weatherwax always said. She believed that the world was full of story shapes. If you let them, they controlled you. But if you studied them, if you found out about them . . . you could use them, you could change them . . . […]

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I want to go to there — Lizzie Ross

A Walk through Wales, Anthony Bailey (Harper Perennial, 1992), my first contribution to BookJotter’s Wales Readathon. I reviewed Bailey’s book back in 2010 for my other (now defunct) blog, so some of what follows is shamelessly cribbed from that post. Some travel books relieve me of the desire to take a particular trip: Jack Hitt’s […]

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Black Panther Score: African Music in Hollywood — a pianist’s musings

Film scores are the symphonies of the 21st century. John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Alan Menkin (just to name a few) are some of today’s top movie composers because they have helped define the genre of film music. Today, let’s talk about how the Black Panther score, composed by Ludwig Göransson, has earned its place…

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The Watcher on the Shore — Joan Aiken

Sometimes anniversaries spark memories, sometimes they seem to open chasms back into the past; sometimes it is the birthdays that are celebrated, sometimes the deaths are remembered… This has been a week of discoveries, and strange coincidences, weaving family history into odd new patterns. The first of March was the birthday of Joan Aiken’s mother […]

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In like a lion — Calmgrove

Tomorrow sees the meteorological first day of spring with the arrival of March, a month which itself begins with St David’s Day. For the next 31 days I shall be joining in the Wales Readathon (aka Dewithon19) by reading and reviewing books with a Welsh slant, right through to the end of the month; and […]

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Volumetric fog effects in Daz Studio

People who have read posts I have written on this blog will probably know that I love the effects of light in the environment and the way these effects are emulated in art – painting, photography (including cinematic) and digital artwork. I have enjoyed using Vue for creating such effects but have been somewhat defeated in trying to use Daz Studio content imported into Vue. Recently, I purchased fog camera by marshian whilst it was on offer at Daz 3D. I need to read more detailed notes about using the product by I’m pleased with initial results.

Photograph of render using Daz Studio and fog camera product by marshian.