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High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) takes photography to a whole new level. It opens the door to unprecedented creative freedom in digital post-processing by capturing everything from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. HDRI means truly lossless image editing, full exposure control, and the ability to master any scene's contrast without artificial lighting and preserve all light from a scene so it can be digitally revisited anytime in the future. Combined with panoramic photography, this captured light can even be used to render 3D objects with a deceivingly realistic appearance. In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it. Now The HDRI Handbook 2. 0 redefines its own gold standard. It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials, which are easy to follow with the material provided on the DVD. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection. Whether you are a photographer, CG artist, compositor, or cinematographer, this book is sure to enlighten you. Topics include: Understanding the foundation of HDRI HDR software comparisons and evaluations Capturing HDR images: today and tomorrow Tonemapping for creating superior prints HDR image processing and compositing Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas Image-based lighting and CG rendering 2. 0 updates include: New cameras, sensors, and HDR beamsplitter rigs Open Camera Controller for endless auto-bracketing Correct RAW pre-processing and ghost removal Dozens of practical, easy-to-follow tutorials A structured approach to tonemapping, inspired by Ansel Adams Set etiquette and tips for capturing HDR panos for visual effects Seven artist spotlights showing unique perspectives on HDRI Seven crossword puzzles: a fun way to test yourself A companion DVD loaded with goodies
The twin-engined He 111 was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's bomber arm at the start of World War 2. This second volume aims to chronicle its history facing a new enemy - the Soviet Union. The Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber combined with it to provide the aerial striking power for all the early Blitzkrieg campaigns. In fact, the two aircraft enjoyed remarkably similar careers. Both swept all before them during the first 12 months of hostilities, both were found wanting when faced by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, but then both went on to gain fresh laurels and be given a new lease of life on the Eastern Front. The He 111's war against the Western Allies has recently been covered by Osprey. The He 111 bomber was in action against the Russians from the first day of the war in the east until the last. It played a part in all the major battles and was employed in a wide variety of roles - operating as a strategic bomber, torpedo-bomber (over both the Arctic Ocean and the Black Sea), train-buster, interim nightfighter and, latterly, as an auxiliary transport. Its bombing targets included the cities of Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, as well as bridges, dams and the Red Army in the field. But arguably its most successful single raid of the campaign was the attack on Poltava airfield in the Ukraine, which resulted in the destruction of 44 American B-17 Flying Fortresses (and the damaging of many more) engaged in a USAAF shuttle mission. But the turning point of the war in the east had been Stalingrad, a fact neatly encapsulated by the Luftwaffe's He 111s. In the autumn of 1942 they had bombed the city flat, but before the year was out they were dropping supplies to the German army trapped in its ruins! And it would be the transport role that latterly came to dominate their activities, culminating in supply flights to beleaguered Breslau and Berlin in the spring of 1945.
In this timeless spiritual testament, readers enter into the intimate, interior conversations between Jesus and Gabrielle Bossis, a French nurse and playwright. Recorded in her diary from 1936 to 1950, their tender exchanges capture Jesus' enduring presence in our daily lives, his insistence on kindly serving others, and his encompassing love for humanity--and show that ordinary individuals can experience an intimacy with Christ.
For 17 years Elaine served her master, satan, with total commitment.
A billionaires desires and a virgins wish to be claimed come together. Two men want Anna Sampson. Gabriel Blaine is powerful, intelligent, the CEO of a successful company, and a billionaire. Hes watched her, touched her, encouraged her to become a strong, independent woman, a woman unafraid of her desires. Now secrets from the past are exposed, threatening Annas freedom and safety. Will the man she loves stand by her side, or will he desert her, leaving Anna once again to face the future alone?The searing climax of The Seen Trilogy.
Transform Yourself from "Passion Victim" to Passionista! In the smash hit She Comes First, Ian Kerner singlehandedly waged battle against male sexual "ill-cliteracy," and women everywhere benefited from his "viva la vulva" philosophy of female pleasure. Now, in Passionista, it's time to learn all about what turns men on--and makes them stay on. In this point-by-point, "blow-by-blow" guide, Kerner makes giving as much fun as receiving as he covers every angle of male sexuality, unlocks the secrets of satisfaction, and offers knowledgeable answers to the questions every woman wonders about. His advice is the closest you'll ever come to waking up in a guy's skin and knowing what truly makes him sexually tick. Written in the same witty, insightful, and utterly readable voice that has made She Comes First and Be Honest--You're Not That Into Him Either so popular, Passionista is the empowered woman's guide to enjoying sex to the fullest--and ensuring that he does the same.
As it turns out, a dead man can tell stories...Murders are a dime a dozen in Margaret Thatcher's London, and when it comes to the brutal killing of a middle-aged alcoholic found dumped outside of town, Scotland Yard has more important cases to deal with.Instead it's a job for the Department of Unexplained Deaths and its head Detective Sergeant. With only a box of cassette-tape diaries as evidence the rogue detective has no chouce but to listen to the haunting voice of the victim for clues to his gruesome end.The first book in Derek Raymond's acclaimed Factory Series is an unflinching yet deeply compassionate portrait of a city plagued by poverty and perversion, and a policeman who may be the only one who cares about the "people who don't matter and who never did."From the Trade Paperback edition.
"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one." Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt. San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.
This is an excellent book written through the grieving period of a widow. Phylis Moore intersperses daily journal reflections with Scripture to offer comfort for the hardship described.
It's all about getting even. We all know that women earn less than men, and unfortunately this also applies to the spoils of divorce. Veteran trial attorney and former divorce lawyer Stacy Schneider, Esq., knows what it takes to get women their fair share, and now, using examples from her own practice and her own divorce, she is making the strategies that worked for her available to you! In a single handbook, He Had It Coming answers your questions, calms your nerves, and walks you through the process with confidence and control. Centered around her one-of-a-kind Pre-Divorce Plan, Schneider guides you through a divorce lawsuit, revealing insider information, divorce success secrets, and tactics, including: the answer to the number one question asked by wives on the verge of divorce; crucial planning measures to implement before the papers are filed; a hidden asset search plan to help make sure you don't walk away with less than you deserve; tried-and-true stealth negotiation techniques to get you what you want; how you can possibly save thousands of dollars by handling aspects of divorce yourself; the way to hit a cheating spouse in his wallet. Packed with checklists, strategic tips, sample practice dialogues, and firsthand pointers, He Had It Coming is the ultimate companion guide for any woman changing her "I do" to an "I don't."
He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamond's singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wild--who has written about Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamond's anthologies, and produced Diamond's scandal-free episode of Behind the Music. Now he dares to turn on his "Heartlight," offering a moving and hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis based on his past interviews with the Solitary Man himself. An illuminating snapshot of a beloved American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the condition of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou world, while fully illustrating exactly what it is that makes the man and the artist so special.
Four years ago, Amanda Stockton was forced to play a serial killer's twisted game of chance. Since then, she has retreated from the world, bearing the scar from her ordeal and the burden of a terrible secret. But when another woman is found dead, clutching a long-stemmed red rose, Amanda knows she can hide no longer. If there were any other way, Chief Logan Richards would never ask the only surviving victim for help. But it's clear this killer will not be stopped and Amanda is the only link. Torn between catching a madman and winning the trust of the woman he's come to love, Logan is caught in a dangerous game with Amanda. And there's no guarantee they'll come out on top.
He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man's spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy," American Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God's will that he managed to endure. He tells of the courage he found in prayer-a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustrations, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the "arrogance of evil" that surrounded him. Learning to accept even the inhuman work of toiling in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God, he was able to turn adverse forces into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit. He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God-even in their darkest hour.
Her heart may be in the right place. . . but her soul belongs to Satan. Being Satan's most infamous minion is the only life Becca Gibbs has ever known. But now she's restless, sick and tired of stealing souls, and ready to break free on her own. Unfortunately, this gig isn't like any other job. Its first rule: Walk out on the Devil-and kiss your life good-bye. Nick Rawlings is the last of the Markku, a race of fighters that broke from Hell to pull for the good. When his sister goes missing, and her ransom is the death of Satan, Nick's more than willing to take on the fight. The first step? Getting the devil's sexy right-hand helper on his side. The second? Well, if he can take his eyes-and hands-off of her, he's sure he'll think of it. . .
Women everywhere can see how their men stack up when they take this laugh-filled, eye-opening relationship exam. Ladies find out if their partner really cares through assessments like: the Big "O": Orgasms are the quintessential peak of any intimate relationship, and one that in the past was rarely discussed. But times have changed and now every aspect of a love dance is fair game. When it comes to the big "O", your guy has opinions: A. Orgasms? Isn't that the art of Japanese paper folding? B. You're no Meg Ryan, but you can -and do-fool him on a regular basis. C. He caught you faking and insisted on a "getting to know you" lesson. You've never had to do it again. D. He's your sex slave.And then find out how he scores...This humorously prescriptive book will have readers plucking flower petals no more!
While there are far more women in public office today than in previous eras, women are still vastly underrepresented in this area relative to men. Conventional wisdom suggests that a key reason is because female candidates start out at a disadvantage with the public, compared to male candidates, and then face higher standards for their behavior and qualifications as they campaign. He Runs, She Runs is the first comprehensive study of these dynamics and demonstrates that the conventional wisdom is wrong. With rich contextual background and a wealth of findings, Deborah Jordan Brooks examines whether various behaviors--such as crying, acting tough, displays of anger, or knowledge gaffes--by male and female political candidates are regarded differently by the public. Refuting the idea of double standards in campaigns, Brooks's overall analysis indicates that female candidates do not get penalized disproportionately for various behaviors, nor do they face any double bind regarding femininity and toughness. Brooks also reveals that before campaigning begins, women do not start out at a disadvantage due to gender stereotypes. In fact, Brooks shows that people only make gendered assumptions about candidates who are new to politics, and those stereotypes benefit, rather than hurt, women candidates. Proving that it is no more challenging for female political candidates today to win over the public than it is for their male counterparts, He Runs, She Runs makes clear that we need to look beyond public attitudes to understand why more women are not in office.
Designed to guide prisoners toward the Christian life, this book presents a number of the author's own experiences in three of the world's most brutal prisons and concentration camps. Also included are conversations that ten Boom had with men and women in various prisons that she traveled to following her own miraculous release. This devotional presents numerous aspects of Christian living including salvation, guilt and sin, finding joy, and the fruit of the Spirit.
Bestselling author and pastor Robert J. Morgan explores the many character traits of Jesus, as shown by his many names.
"A triumph of the imagination. Rich, complex, impossible to put down." Alice Hoffman. In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions--and the ability to kill....From the imagination of Marge Piercy comes yet another stunning novel of morality and courage, a bold adventure of women, men, and the world of tomorrow. From the Paperback edition.
Fifty meditations examine our culture from a Christian perspective. Covers nine topics, including the family, sports and leisure, politics, feasts and festivals.
He Started the Whole World Singing: A Treasury of Gaither Christmas Songs, Reflections, and Holiday Traditionsby Gloria Gaither
What better way to capture the spirit of this glorious season than this offering of a Gaither family Christmas? Gloria Gaither's Christmas lyrics quickly become everybody's favorite songs of the season. Here Gloria explores the meaning behind the lyrics and the stories of how they came to be written. And for a real treat, Gloria shares eighteen of her favorite seasonal recipes sure to make your mouth water. In this ideal Christmas celebration, you can almost hear the fire crackling, smell the turkey and cinnamon buns baking-and, just maybe, notice the swish of angel wings.
A book on the Holy Spirit and the life of an effective Christian by a past president of Dallas Seminary.
His touch enflames her desires. Anna Sampson has allowed billionaire businessman Gabriel Blaine to watch her, all of her. And looking is all hes done--until now. After giving him permission to touch her, Anna realizes she wont be satisfied until she has all of this handsome and secretive man. Soon she tempts him, shreds his control, and pushes him too far. Blaines reluctance to take her virginity frustrates Anna. He fulfills her fantasy, but what is their reality together?Part Two of The Seen Trilogy
She desires to be seen. He wants to watch. Anna Sampson has a naughty secret. Every night, she slips into her neighbors yard and swims naked in his pool. She fantasizes that the dynamic young billionaire watches her nightly nude aquatics, his brilliant green eyes gleaming with lust. She discovers this isnt pure fantasy. Gabriel Blaine has been watching her via his security cameras, and now that he has returned to L. A. , he doesnt plan to stop. Thats all he wants--to watch. Anna knows she shouldnt allow him and she certainly shouldnt want more, but she craves Blaines attention, needing his gaze fixed on her body. Part One of The Seen Trilogy
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