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  • Because You Care for Beany Bear

    Because You Care for Beany Bear is a fun and colorful interactive children’s picture book that follows Beany Bear on several different adventures. Beany Bear starts the story on his own in this rhyming adventure book and slowly collects a band of new friends along the way. Each animal friend is different and comes with a new lesson to teach young readers.

    Christine Logan has written a charming children’s adventure story that seeks to educate children with simple rhymes and fun friends. New readers will easily pickup new words throughout the story, but I think this book is best read with an adult. The book is interactive and speaks directly to the reader, getting them to interact with the story and help Beany Bear in many of the varied situations that he finds himself in. There are several things throughout the book that the reader is supposed to find on the page, but these are often pointed out to the reader with arrows. I felt like this removed the opportunity for readers, with parent guidance, to search the page on their own.

    The illustrations throughout this wonderful book are all exceptionally well drawn, vibrant, and welcoming. Each page is fully colored and has plenty of imagery for readers to indulge in. Because You Care for Beany Bearis really a collection of short stories that take Beany Bear on many different adventures with each one leading into the next one. The song at the end was the icing on the cake. I can imagine singing this song with my child every time we read this book as a fun way to end the story.

    Pages: 52 | ASIN: B08KJSRZ8L

  • White Folks Be Trippin’

    The modern-day history of America is filled with police brutality and racial injustice towards black, brown and indigenous people. The unjust murders of people of color by the hand of police officers continue. But we cannot tie the racism only with these murders. Racism is a deep-rooted social evil that exists in every bit of this country. People express their racial mindset rather proudly. It is often presented as a national pride. Every raising voice against this is branded as anti-national. But the more they oppress, the higher will be the voice. This anthology propels that voice beyond limits. Every line, every word is filed with the personal experiences. Every poem reflects the anger, pain and injustice.

    White Folks be trippin’ is not a typical collection of prose and poems. While reading this striking collection of poetry, you will feel the intensity of the underlying emotions. They speak volumes. You will experience a sudden urge to express your emotions too. This is our inner voice and our expression against oppression. Suddenly, we will find a space to pen down our raising thoughts. J Mase III speaks to his readers through his passionate and emotive language. Because he knows every black, brown, indigenous, and queer person has gone through the same experiences at least once in their lifetime. If you can relate to the poetry you’ll find truth within the pages, if you cannot relate you’ll still be able to feel the authenticity in the words.

    The feeling of sarcasm permeates some of the poetry. The author uncovers the contradictory nature of people and their weak efforts to create a liberal, empathetic, compassionate face for themselves. Although the author presents this true face with a touch of humor, these words can still pierce your heart. White Folks be trippin’ is an engaging and poignant collection of thought-provoking poetry.

    Pages: 92 | ISBN: 1716758637

  • The Weekend Review - October 24-26th

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

    If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now being hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.

    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme with a new host! It's now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

    I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.

    Hi Everyone!  Happy Weekend!

    I'm getting a late start posting this.  Things have been relatively quiet again this week, which is always good with me.   It's been heavily raining all week here.  It's not really a big deal since we have no plans to go anywhere anyway.

    We had to take my kitty Cookie back to the vet again.  Her asthma was acting up.  She needed another shot and they gave us more meds to give her at home.  Hopefully our weather will change and maybe that will help her asthma.  We have to bring her back on Monday so the vet can check her out yet again.

    I only finished one book this week, but it was wonderful - Christmas at Farmhouse.  My review will be up later in the week.  

    I'm looking forward to This Is Us returning this week.  I'm not sure what other shows will be coming back, but I always enjoy This Is Us.

    How was your week?  Anything interesting going on?

    Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways 
    I Hosted

    Monday:  Spotlight: The Killer Outdoors by Jodi Linton (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

    Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways Coming Up Next Week

    Monday:  Showcase:  Little Falls by Elizabeth Lewes (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

    Tuesday:  Book Blast:  On the Run by Traci Hunter Abramson (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

    Thursday:  Review:  Home for the Baby's Sake by Christine Rimmer (Blog Tour)

    Friday:  Review:  Christmas at the Farmhouse by Rebecca Boxall (Blog Tour)

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    Here are this week's Kindle freebie haul. They were freebies when I got them, I don't know if they still are. Always make sure to check they are still free before buying. The prices change quickly.  

    Blog Tours and Reviews coming up soon...

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25 October 2020

  • The Fujifilm GFX 100: Can Medium Format Match the Demands of Wedding Photography?
    25 October 2020

    When you think of medium format cameras, you do not generally think of them as working fast enough to keep up with the demands of wedding photography, but on the other hand, the Fujifilm GFX 100 is not a normal medium format camera. This great video discusses how well it performs for wedding photography.

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  • Like Yourself
    24 October 2020

    Before attempting or achieving anything in life, the most important thing:

    Like yourself above all others!

    In other words, position yourself in a way in which you would not trade spots with any other human being on the planet!

    The post Like Yourself appeared first on ERIC KIM.

    24 October 2020



  • Photography Project Ideas
    24 October 2020


    Dear friends,

    The more I think about it, the more I love photography and am an advocate for it.

    Some thoughts:

    First of all, photography as one of the ultimate forms of artistic self-expression. It is both social (you typically gotta leave your home to go out and make photos) and also artistic (you exercise your skills to frame and compose your photos).

    So here are some project ideas for you:

    1. Changing colors project: It is fall, which means (in some places) there are changing leaves and colors. I say photograph up-close macro photos of fallen leaves and textures– experiment with post-processing, high contrast monochrome or even color. I am a huge fan of the cross process film preset on RICOH GR III.
    2. Loved ones project: This means strive to make as beautiful and artistic photos as possible of your loved ones (your kids, parents, your self, your partner, etc). I typically tend to prefer monochrome for more artsy photos of family members.
    3. Try shooting film! FILM NOTES is a good starting primer. Read my free film articles here for more inspiration. The great thing about COVID and film; we finally got enough free time at home to finally learn to shoot and process our own film!
    4. Start shooting video. Experiment with 4K, 60FPS, 24FPS, and upload it to YouTube. Video is augmented photography.
    5. Just do random walks, and keep it raw and unedited. I even encourage you to walk around in random places, and shoot videos and photos of anything you find even remotely interesting.
    6. Start your own blog. is probably the easiest way to go. Start blogging your photos, thoughts, and life journey. The best blog post is the most imperfect and honest one.

    COVID is bad for creativity, especially if we stay at home all day. But perhaps we can use this chance to ante-up our creativity? Some new ERIC KIM WORKSHOPS I hope can motivate and inspire you to new heights: 

    Some new workshops for you in 2021 (yeah, I know it is a while out, but good to have something to pencil into the calendar to look forward to!

    2021 Workshops:
    • April 10-11th, 2021: BOSTON / Discover Your Unique Voice in Photography Workshop [Register Intent Here] // (This is the new rescheduled date for the BOSTON workshop, hopefully by then COVID-19 would have cleared up a bit.)
    • May 1-2nd, 2021: CHICAGO / Street Photography Composition Masterclass [Register Intent Here] (Good to work on your composition!)
    • May 22-22nd, 2021: NEW YORK CITY / STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS by ERIC KIM [Register Intent Here] / (In the ultimate city for street photography!)
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  • The Magnum Square Print Sale Is Starting to Come to a Close
    24 October 2020
    The Magnum Square Print Sale ends on the 20th. So you've got a bit of time to figure out prints you'd like. Below are links to prints by many of your favorite Magnum photographers. Of course, you can always just browse the list yourself by heading over to the Magnum Page. The idea behind this sale is Works of Imagination. And every photographer surely has their own interpretation of this. The Magnum Square Print sale is a really solid opportunity to get your walls adorned with a Magnum Photo. The company has also made many strides to working on diversification and telling stories of injustice all around the world. Their photographers are ultimately, some of the most important in the world today. So check out the listed below and grab a photo for $100.
  • grizzly adams (93/100)
    24 October 2020

    My Marcus.

  • Versatile Reach: A Review of the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
    24 October 2020

    Though they simply cannot offer the same level of image quality of less extreme lenses, superzoom lenses can often give you quite good image quality with the added convenience of a very wide range of focal lengths all in one device. This great video review takes a look at one such lens, the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports.

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  • Infinite Tools Announce the New Infinite Luma Panel: A New Tool to Help With Luminosity Masking
    24 October 2020

    One of the most useful and effective features in Photoshop, is the ability to create masks on different layers. This allows you to perform pin point and localized edits onto your image without impacting the rest of the file. For many photographers, layer masks are crucial and in my view, luminosity masks are one of the more useful ways of creating selections.

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  • Five Steps to Find Your Perfect Photography Gear
    24 October 2020

    Finding the perfect camera system is not that easy. Before you make a large and long-lasting investment, you should do proper research and critically analyze your own needs. Step by step, you will get closer to the best possible system for yourself.

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    24 October 2020

    Park as optimal place for zen, body and mind disconnect.

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