Review: Understanding Color in Photography: Using Color, Composition, and Exposure to Create Vivid Photos

Title: Understanding Color in Photography: Using Color, Composition, and Exposure to Create Vivid Photos

Author: Bryan F. Peterson & Susana Heide Schellenberg

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

 

Goodreads Summary:

Veteran photographer and instructor Bryan Peterson is best known for his arresting imagery using bold, graphic color and composition. Here he explores his signature use of color in photography for the first time, showing readers his process for creating striking images that pop off the page. He addresses how to shoot in any type of light, and looks at color families and how they can work together to make compelling images in commercial and art photography. He also helps readers understand exposure, flash, and other stumbling blocks that beginning and experienced photographers encounter when capturing images, showing how to get the most out of any composition. With its down-to-earth voice and casual teaching style, Understanding Color in Photography is a workshop in a book, helping any photographer take their images to the next level.

My Review:

I used to be super big into photography until the digital age came around, and everyone and their mother now think they are a photographer. I was never into portrait, wedding photography or any of that crap, though.

When I saw this book available for review, I was  excited to check it out because color, exposure, and composition are such important areas when trying to take the perfect photograph.

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The author does a great job of suggesting what to do and what not to do, but it’s still all up to you whether you want warmer or cooler tones—it’s all a matter of opinion really. Most of the pages include good photos to go with what he’s explaining. My favorite was the few tree pictures because of course I am all about trees. What I would love to see is a book of photography just on creepy trees! Someone make that book if there isn’t one out there! Anyway, this is a great book, especially if you’re starting out. If you already have your way of doing things, it may not be as helpful, but it’s always great to see another’s perspective on this form of art.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

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Goodreads Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

My Review:

So, I tried to read the book once before, and I could not get through it. I generally struggle with classics, anyway. But, Pride and Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightley) has been one of my favorite movies ever! So, I felt the time had come to try out the audio.

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What I like best about this book by Austen, is how well developed the characters all are. Sometimes, I still felt like I didn’t know what they were talking about, with the way everything was worded back then. But, the story didn’t get away from me, and the story is just achingly wonderful.

Mr. Darcy is well…Mr. Dary and amazing magnficent! I don’t know if I will check out another Austen book anytime soon, but I’m glad that the audio was able to work out for me on this one!

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Review: The End of Oz

Title: The End of Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series! All the books including this one has had the perfect blend of light and dark. One of my favorite aspects here were the Wheelers!!!! I loved them in Return to Oz, and the author made them seem so much creepier and awesome in this one!

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I have always loved the bond between Knox and Amy, but I felt it was really good here, and there were some super cute moments! The author has extraordinary world building skills, I could visualize all the details throughout this series, but even a lot more in this one. There were some pretty creepy stuff in EV, and the descriptions were on point.

“We all have a witch somewhere inside us.”

This one is also told in dual POV between Dorothy and Amy, and Dorothy’s chapters were all kind of crazy because she IS crazy! And the Gnome King was a freak as usual. I’m seriously going to miss this series and all it’s quirks!

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Review: QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip

Title: Queso!: Regional Recipes for the World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip

Author: Lisa Fain

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A fun, full-color look at everyone’s favorite cheese dip, with history, tips, facts, and 50 recipes from beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, “the Homesick Texan.” 

Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you’re relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times.

My Review:

This book has answered my prayers! Freaking cheese! I love cheese dip! Queso!!! There are so many different queso dips that I had no idea existed, and I want to drink every single one of them!

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The spinach queso blanco looked the best, and there are some avocados thrown in! If you want me to love you, all you have to do is hand me some queso and an avocado, so I just may marry this dip!

Before I get any more ridiculous, there were plenty of easy to follow dips that would be great for parties or just any normal day. I think I also need the queso burger! This has to be my favorite food book so far!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Anything But Extraordinary

Title: Anything But Extraordinary

Author: Mary Frame

Date of Publication: November 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

When the local authorities ask Ruby Simpson to help them find a thief in the small town of Castle Cove, she doesn’t have much of a choice. She predicted the most recent theft, and the cops have no other leads.

There are just two small problems.
One, she’s not psychic.
Two, she’s not Ruby Simpson.

Okay, maybe they’re not small problems. But Charlotte needs a place to lay low with her younger sister, somewhere her parents won’t find her and the locals won’t ask too many questions. Getting involved with the cops, especially Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared, isn’t a smart thing for a reformed con artist to do. But Charlotte has to make a choice: raise her little sister on the right side of the law or put food on the table. What the real Ruby doesn’t see in her crystal ball won’t hurt her, right?

My Review:

I absolutely love Mary Frame’s Imperfect series, so when I had a chance to read an ARC of this, I was pretty excited. And I did not get let down!

This book was a hilarious ride, and I loved the characters! Especially Charlotte’s little sister Paige. Charlotte pretends to be this psychic named Ruby in order to make a quick buck from a persistent customer. When something happens and it leads back to Ruby, she ends up being hired by the police to help try to solve a crime.

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The Romance starts in this book, and I love it! This is the first of a trilogy. I read an ARC of A Life Less Extraordinary as well, and it’s excellent!

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Movie Review: It

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IMDB Summary:

A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

 

 

My Review:

Since everyone and their mom loved this movie, I was like well, I guess I’ll watch it. I can’t remember the original TV film clearly except for Tim Curry’s character, and the bathroom scene with the girl from Ginger Snaps.

Let me just say I was… not super impressed. Some of the CGI was pretty annoying. I also get that this group of characters were kids, but some of them made some super moronic moves that as a kid, I would have never made. Going into rooms alone, leaving the group behind because you think you can do it… get real. I would have stayed hugging onto my friend’s shirt and taking care of business together!

My favorite aspects of the film wasn’t even the horror scenes, it was the group bond with the kids known as “The Losers.” I thought there were a lot of hilarious scenes with them. Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie, was the best! I also really liked Sophia Lillis, and she played Bevery well—the bathroom scene was awesome!

I feel like Bill Skarsgard did a better job at luring the kid at the drain by appearing more child friendly than Curry’s clown I would have liked to see more of his acting skills, since most of the time he just pops out, but he did do a good job.

I am anxious to see the second chapter to see what happens next, but it won’t be out until 2019! I haven’t read the book, either! I just haven’t been impressed by a lot of movies in general lately, but I do recommend this one!

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Review: Yellow Brick War

Title: Yellow Brick War

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

My Review:

This one was a whole lot of fun! I think the best part was that we are introduced to the Nome King! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever made with this character, and who is one of the main characters in this book? You guessed it! The Nome King! He is just as awesome and devious in this one.

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I also liked that half the book is spent back in Kansas. Amy comes home to her mom, who has started to improve herself as a person while Amy was missing. Madison who was once an enemy becomes an unlikely friend, and she is really funny!!

As with the other books, there is plenty of action, Amy trying to control herself from becoming a monster, cute romance, and darkness mixed with humor! I need the last book now!

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