Author: Gail Levin
Lee Krasner is best known as the artist-wife of Jackson Pollock, the renowned abstract expressionist painter. Yet in this riveting new biography, the first full-length account of her colorful life, distinguished art historian Gail Levin challenges previous portrayals of Krasner, and shows that she was an independent and resourceful woman of uncompromising talent and prodigious energy. Krasner emerges as a significant artist who deserves her place in the twentieth century’s cultural lexicon and artistic pantheon.
The daughter of Jewish immigrants newly arrived from Russia, Krasner grew up impoverished in Brooklyn. With no support or role model, she began to make her own way during the late 1920s and early 1930s as a talented, outspoken artist and political progressive. Krasner’s contemporaries, who took notice of her remarkable sex appeal, drive, and ambition, were either captivated or threatened, but they all found her memorable. During the Great Depression, she supported herself painting murals for the WPA, was called a Trotskyite for speaking out at the Artists Union, and got arrested for demonstrating on behalf of workers’ rights. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Jacques D’Amboise
“Who am I? I’m a man; an American, a father, a teacher, but most of all, I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.”
In this rich, expansive, spirited memoir, Jacques d’Amboise, one of America’s most celebrated classical dancers, and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than three decades, tells the extraordinary story of his life in dance, and of America’s most renowned and admired dance companies.
He writes of his classical studies beginning at the age of eight at The School of American Ballet. At twelve he was asked to perform with Ballet Society; three years later he joined the New York City Ballet and made his European debut at London’s Covent Garden.
As George Balanchine’s protégé, d’Amboise had more works choreographed on him by “the supreme Ballet Master” than any other dancer, among them Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Episodes; A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream; Jewels; Raymonda Variations. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Dereck Joubert
A symbol of mythic potency, the African lion has ruled the human imagination for millennia. But in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the world’s most awe-inspiring hunters are challenged not only by their waterlogged territory, but also by their formidable prey—the buffalo—who wield their massive horns with deadly accuracy. Pulsing with ancient rhythms of wild Africa, this harsh and eternal struggle is compelling, powerful, and poignant. Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Beverly and Dereck Joubert, give us an unforgettable glimpse of this iconic drama in the official companion book to their feature film, The Last Lions, and warn that due to declining numbers of lions in the wild, it may soon end forever.
In fascinating text and breathtaking images, the Jouberts reveal both the beauty and danger of the Okavango Delta and its inhabitants. We follow a lone lioness, Ma di Tau—Mother of Lions—and three newborns as they flee a ferocious rival pride. Braving the Delta, despite their instinctive hatred of water, the lioness and her cubs head for an island lost in a labyrinth of streams. She and two cubs escape successfully; a lurking crocodile snatches the third. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Cheryl Burke
The inside story of the life of Cheryl Burke, professional dancer, choreographer, and two-time champion on the top-rated TV hit series Dancing with the Stars
Cheryl Burke has been dancing since the age of four and competing since she was thirteen years old. Over several exciting seasons, she has captivated audiences of Dancing with the Stars with her incredible dance performances, Emmy-nominated choreography, high energy, and bright smile. In Dancing Lessons, she takes you from her childhood years into the world of competitive ballroom dancing and on to Dancing with the Stars.
In each chapter, you will discover a depth of passion in Cheryl’s life that perfectly matches the commitment she displays on the dance floor. Cheryl’s accounts of being a powerful woman putting her talent to work will inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams.
- Includes behind-the-scenes stories and photos from the life of the first two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars
- Shares lessons Cheryl has learned from each of her celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars, from Drew Lachey to Chad Ochocinco
- Includes never-before-discussed revelations concerning Cheryl’s childhood, weight issues, and the media
Read Dancing Lessons and let Cheryl Burke whisk you away to a world full of dancing, entertainment, and life.
Q&A with Author Cheryl Burke
What drew you to the world of dance? Read the rest of this entry »
Master your Nikon D7000 with this go-anywhere guide
The Nikon D7000 is the first new mid-level Nikon DSLR camera that features full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocus. This full-color guide is packed with expert advice and full-color photos to both educate and inspire as you get better acquainted with your Nikon D7000. The handy trim size allows you to take it with you wherever you go so you can frequently refer to the top-notch tips, tricks, and techniques for getting unique and memorable photos and handling problematic shooting situations. Practical examples take you beyond the basics of the functions of each button and lavish photos exemplify the professional-level photographs that you can achieve.
Walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D7000 using step-by-step instructions
Includes full-color images of each menu screen to reinforce your understanding
Features full-color photos, how-to information, and no-fail formulas, all aimed at helping you get great digital photos with the D7000
Includes a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect color in any environment
Delves into the more advanced features of the D7000
Author Tip: Using Ultra-Wide Angle Lenses
Ultra-wide angle lenses are a great way to add an interesting effect to your images. Ultra-wide lenses bend and distort your images, which allows you to portray your subjects in a way that the human eye can’t see. This gives your photos an out of the ordinary look that attracts attention from even the most casual observer.
Getting up close to your subject distorts the perspective causing close-up areas to look huge and areas behind to look inordinately small. This is usually not recommended for portraits of people, but can be used for comedic effect and works especially well for pets.
Using an ultra-wide lens close-up pulls the viewer right into the scene and creates the illusion of extreme depth, which can give your photos an almost 3 -D feeling.
Stepping back from the subject and photographing from further away stretches out the apparent distance between the camera and the subject causing short spans to look immense. Use this technique to add a sense of space and depth to your photos.
Since ultra-wide lenses fit so much of the scene into your photograph you really need to pay attention to your composition. Keep a close eye on the foreground and edges of the frame. An empty foreground and a small subject can make your image boring. Get up close and fill the foreground with your subject, but try to exclude distracting elements from the edges of the frame.
When shooting from a distance, your subject is sure to be small. Use the foreground to include leading lines that draw attention to the subject or to create a near-far dynamic that conveys the apparent distance between the subject and the camera.
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Example: Boston Terrier
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