WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2015 AND PHOTOSHOP

February 17, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) –
Over 20% of the pictures selected as the best and the three finalists by the jury for the World Press Photo exposition 2015 were rejected because of corrections done with Photoshop… Some of those modifications were very light and simple as tuning or other datas correction. The rules are clear about correction except that those rules were decided at the time of darkroom and film photography. Now with digital, a new world is born and photography without photoshop is impossible… 
Some in charge at World Press Photo said that they will have to seriously look at this situation in the future as digital photo is not film, it is data and this requires a new and clear set of rules! This situation also put in front the fact that the news medias are all using photoshop manipulation before publishing any pictures. So the truth is not the first truth… 
In my opinion, today digital cameras are so powerful that corrections of the images are impossible not to be expected and to live with. Modern cameras almost have a photoshop program inside them so photography is not not the truth anymore but data management! The society of today live on data and the media must adapt so as the public! 
To be continued!
Photo 1: Winning picture 2015;
Photo 2, 3, 4 et 5: Past year winning pictures;
SEE FULL ARTICLE FROM LENS THE NEW YORK TIMES ;

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HAPPY VALENTINE 2015…

February 14, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love! 
One of the most beautiful love songs is, according to me, SHE composed and recorded on 45s by Charles Aznavour in 1977 and taken over by Elvis Costello as a song during the credits at the end of the film with Julia Roberts NOTTING HILL in 1999. 
The lyrics of the song are definitely the ultimate tribute to love! 
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all…
Photo 1: Charles Aznavour;
Photo 2: Elvis Costello;
Photo 3: Julia Roberts;
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PIERRE KARL PÉLADEAU AND MUSICAL GROUP GROENLAND BAND (PART 2 OF THE STORY …)

February 10, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Pierre Karl Peladeau claims he did not know that the English musical band Groenland was also the co-creation of Jean-Vivier Lévesque, son of Raymond Lévesque one of the great poets, activists and francophone Quebec separatists… 
According to the explanations from the entourage of PKP about the incident at the show in Abitibi, he had just come out of a meeting of PQ activists and he would have found it unacceptable that the musical group there was not singing in French. Yet that recognized group always sings in English and has been since its creation. PKP then interrupted the event and shouted four times to singer Sabrina Halde to sing a “toune en français”.
The spectators were completely surprised and disturbed by the insults and they did not recognize PKP at first and believed it was more of a drunken spectator. Even the singer asked on her microphone to “get this man out because he was not in the right place …” 
Those responsible for the organization of Pierre Karl Peladeau said that PKP had not been drinking and he was not drunk… He just wanted the Groenland Band to sing in French! According to me, the artistic creation is not limited to race, language or family origins but it is a gift and the quality of artistic creation is judged by the depth of contact between the creation and the soul of the audience. PKP was not to insult the Groenland Band, especially since its members love the French language, but have chosen to create on stage in English, an artist’s choice! The choice of the spectator is to attend or not but nobody has the right to insult an artist or impose his tastes on the creations of the artist! 
Co-creation of the musical group Groenland by John Vivier Lévesque and singer Sabrina Halde is comparable to the one of several other musical groups. Two young music students develop a friendship and trust and get together on stage. It all started in 2011… (see link below for the full story). 
Photo 1: Pierre-Karl Peladeau;
Photo 2: Jean-Vivier Lévesque and Sabrina Halde;
Photo 3: Cover of the two albums by Groenland;
SEE STORY LA PRESSE INSULT PKP
SEE STORY ON THE CREATION OF GROENLAND BAND
SEE WEBSITE GROENLAND BAND;


DIMITRI SOUDAS – STEPHEN HARPER CONFIDENT CHANGE CAMP…

February 10, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
The war is declared between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party and the only way for Stephen Harper to win this battle is to eliminate Dimitri Soudas from the battlefield before he can attack and strike at the heart of the current Prime Minister… 
Dimitri Soudas, who was until recent time one of the few close confidants of Harper has betrayed his former mentor. Indeed, Eve Adam, conservative MP and Dimitri Soudas left the Conservative Party to join Justin Trudeau. This change of camp reminds the one of Belinda Stronach, who had left Harper to join with Paul Martin. Stronach was also at the time the girlfriend of Peter MacKay who had then cut off the relationship, feeling betrayed by his lover. What had been a coup, however, had never really been profitable for Paul Martin. 
Adam and Soudas were for some time in rejection from the Conservative Party but it is surprising and significant that Dimitri Soudas is at the center of this floor crossing! Moreover, the departure of Adam MP would be of little importance if it were not for the presence of Soudas in this exchange. Soudas is from Montreal and has been an official in the administration of former mayor Gerald Tremblay. He is very familiar with Quebec and it could be an asset in the campaign for Justin Trudeau. 
When asked if Soudas would work directly in the Liberal campaign, Justin Trudeau replied that the MP Adam brought with the move her collaborators and her family… 
To be continued! 
Photo 1: Stephen Harper and Dimitri Soudas with Eve Adam;
Photo 2: Dimitri Soudas and Eve Adam;
hoto 3: Eve Adam and Justin Trudeau;
SEE STORY LA PRESSE ;


DIANA KRALL – AN ANGEL ON EARTH

February 9, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Singer Diana Krall is currently on a promotional tour for her new album: WALLFLOWER. A beautiful album with Diana exceptional voice. 
I always had admiration for this artist and especially attracted to her voice and her music ever since the time she released her first album in 1993 (Stepping Out). 
I have also always loved her way as a woman, to say in other words, she is the kind of woman that I like…  
But unfortunately for me, she married on December 6, 2003 with another great singer Elvis Costello and the couple had twins in 2006 (born the same date as their wedding date on December 6…): Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James. 
I like to say that for me, Diana Krall is like an angel on earth… 
Her new album is worth listening to and listened again… 
Photo 1: Album cover;
Photo 2: Diana Krall;
Photo 3: Diana and Elvis Costello;
Photo 4: Diana, Elvis and their two children;
SEE WEBSITE DIANA KRALL ;


PIERRE KARL PÉLADEAU AND THE MUSIC BAND GROENLAND

February 8, 2015


Par Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1.com) – 
L’insulte de Pierre Karl Péladeau envers la chanteuse du groupe GROENLAND s’explique peut-être finalement par une situation particulière mais qui démontre clairement que le talent artistique ne connaît ni les frontières de la race, ni celles de la langue… que l’on soit francophone, anglophone ou d’une autre langue! 
Rappelons que Pierre Karl Péladeau s’est levé durant un spectacle de Groenland en Abitibi et qu’il a crié à deux reprises à la chanteuse du groupe lui demandant de chanter en français ! Comme la salle était sombre, la chanteuse Sabrina Halde ne l’a pas indentifié de sa scène mais ce sont les autres spectateurs présents qui furent totalement surpris de la colère de PKP qui était un invité spécial au spectacle (VIP). Les organisateurs se sont dit très déçus que l’on veuille se servir d’un festival de musique populaire en région (Abitibi Temiscamingue) pour faire de la politique de parti. On a qualifié le geste de très déplacé et surtout de très impoli! 
Le groupe GROENLAND est d’une grande qualité et il suffit d’écouter ses deux albums pour le constater. La chanteuse Sabrina Halde a une voix extraordinaire que je compare à une Diana Krall, tandis que les textes sont profonds un peu avec un romantisme à la Léonard Cohen. Le groupe se spécialise dans le style INDIE MUSIC, ce qui signifie musique indépendante mais généralement avec un entourage anglophone. 
Interrogé, le porte parole de PKP a dit que son patron était un ardent défenseur de la langue française… 
Mais la véritable raison des insultes de PKP pourrait être que le compositeur des textes et l’un des musiciens du groupe est Jean-Vivier Lévesque qui est justement le fils d’un autre grand compositeur québécois: Raymond Lévesque… 
On connaît la profonde passion de Raymond pour la langue française et ce dernier est un ami de PKP. Probablement que cette situation est la raison des insultes de PKP envers le groupe car on dit que Raymond serait triste que son fils ne joue pas dans un groupe en français… 
Je n’avais jamais écouté les chansons et la musique de Groenland Band mais les paroles de Pierre-Karl Péladeau à l’endroit de la chanteuse m’ont amené à fouiller SPOTIFY et à enregistrer l’album dans mes favoris. Un disque à écouter! 
L’insulte de PKP aura finalement été un élan pour le groupe. Je prédis même que les animateurs de TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE vnt les inviter à l’émission télé de la semaine prochaine… 
Photo 1: Album Groenland;
Photo 2: Pierre Karl Péladeau et Julie Snyder;
Photo 3 et 4: Groupe Groeanland;
Photo 5: Pierre-Karl Péladeau et Raymond Lévesque;
VOIR REPORTAGE LA PRESSE
VOIR SITE INTERNET GROENLAND ;


RADIOSHACK AND THE BEAUTIFUL TIME

February 8, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
RadioShack was the inspiration for Microsoft, Apple and even Future Shop and it is these companies that have caused the disappearance of their creator… 
Indeed, if RadioShack was the first to offer to the general public a home computer (the TRS-80 and Atari) Apple and Microsoft have cornered the market later to totally eliminate the competition. Large retailers such as Future Shop, Best Buy and even Staple (Staples) gave the final blow to RadioShack. 
In addition to home computers, one can even think that RadioShack, with its TANDY PC8, was also a precursor of our modern smart phones of today. 
In Canada, Radio Shack stores were sold some years and are known as The Source who continue to hold small shops but the stores are very far from what was in the heyday at RadioShack before the Future Shop, Best Buy and Apple Retail Stores! 
Photo 1: Radio Shack store in the United States;
Photo 2: Store TheSource Montreal;
Photo 3, 4 and 5: TRS-80 Computer and Tandy PC8;
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