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Dear Friends!
I would like to invite you to very exclusive master class which i organize in collaboration with Andreas Bübl. Master class will be held in Castle Loučeň, amazing place in the heart of Czech Republic.
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Merry X-Mas and Thanks!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 24, 2013, 10:23 AM


May Christmas be bright and merry and the New Year start on a prosperous note! :rudolph:
Many thanks everybody for B-Day wishes!

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Workshop in Prague, August 31

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 9, 2013, 11:47 AM


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Workshop in Prague, August 31

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 9, 2013, 11:47 AM


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Got a DD for "Phlegm"!
Thanks a lot :iconmrthesaurus: for suggestion and :iconastridle: for featuring!

Exhibition: Galeria de Arte AFK

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 29, 2013, 4:02 AM


Dear friends!
I'm happy to invite you to upcoming exhibition in Lisbon!




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Exhibition: Form of Life

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 12, 2013, 5:50 AM



I'm happy to invite you to the exhibition organized bt my friend Chris de Vida

"What has to be accepted, the given, is -- one could say -- forms of life." Investigations (p. 226) Wittgensteins

The exhibition provides a journey through themes and motifs of human life with grotesque portraits, abstracted and geometrical figures involving and combining photography, different media, materials and techniques... Friends of friends are invited to attend the exhibition of visual arts and to participate in the project.

The works gathered in this group exhibition of artists span a diversified view on the topic of 'Life FORM(s)'. Shown are representations of human life and realms of experience that are geometric, grotesque but also abstract or just a collage. This creates links from very different positions on the issue and should inspire further thoughts. The dialogue of the artistic works and the beholder is rather encouraged. By deliberately breakingour viewing habits FORM of Life generates fascinating  and exciting imaginations.

- definition in regard to this exhibition -
FORM of life can be seen as an expression, the pure act or as well as social behavior. It runs as a metaphor for the way of the existence, the structure, development, or way of life. Commonly referred to as behavioral characteristics of human nature and life, by which they are adapted to particular environmental conditions. You can see it also as social way of life, such as nomadism and sedentary... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form_of_….

Facebook Page of the Event: www.facebook.com/events/495493…

p.s. sorry for long silence, i caught a cold and feel not the best way, as soon as i recover i will answer all notes..

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Merry Christmas!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:07 AM


:rudolph::rudolph::rudolph: Merry X-mas and Happy New Year my dear friends! :rudolph::rudolph::rudolph:



And thank you very much for Birthday wishes :)

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WTF?

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:42 PM


UPD: My last deviation appears and disappears from time to time. What happens?
Please let me know if you see the work in the category or general browsing or not.
I did not change the category or something like that. When it disappears I can't find it in Photography at all. Does this happen with your work?

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Here is a screenshot

missing

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Photography and Retouching Workshop in Bucharest

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 19, 2012, 7:25 AM


Workshop with :iconaisii:, :iconidaniphotography: and me!
Click on image below for details in English.
FB page of the event: www.facebook.com/events/457268…



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TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2012

Journal Entry: Sat May 12, 2012, 1:15 PM


In the last two decades, the TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has attracted hundreds of thousands of pictures from nearly all countries around the world. It is by far the largest annual salon of photography on the globe.

It is the aim of this competition to find out the very best photography from different styles, techniques and genres. The TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has established as an international benchmark of perfect photography.

This year I've participated in it for the 1st time. I decided to enter thanks to :iconalfred-georg: The results were announced yesterday. Looking through the list of main award winners i was happy to discover that i have won 1 PRIZE of "NUDE" section with "Geometria".

Mature Content

Geometria by armene


And though it wasn't a surprise (i knew that this people will be in the list) my congratulations to

:iconalfred-georg:
Gold medal of excellence  for the work „Every story has an end"
VÖAV silver medal for the work "Composition"
Gold medal "NUDE" for the work "Mirror"
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:iconidaniphotography:
Gold medal "PORTRAIT" section
Vertigo by idaniphotography

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Comments

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 31, 2012, 5:12 PM


Just accidentally deleted all comments :(
Guys, if there was something important and i did not answer you, please write me a note

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Rochen

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 19, 2012, 7:32 AM


The story how your provider can create a big problem for you from nothing.
Or what exactly happened with my website...

I was going to write all this 2 weeks ago, but too long English texts take me too long time. So sorry for my grammar and the rest.

I hope that you still remember that when i was in Russia in the beginning of the February almost immediately my site stopped working and this situation was without any changes during a week.

I want to say i big fat "thank you" for this to ROCHEN!
So..What happened?

The situation would be funny if it would not be so sad.

Some prehistory…
Before Rochen my hoster was Site Ground and it worked well until their limitations for quantity of visitors became too tight for me. I began to search for another company with business host plans.
I've chosen Rochen because of their great resume and recommendations.
During consulting all answers on my questions were positive and i was completely satisfied with them.

That what is written on their website:

"For top performance reseller hosting and excellent support for your business"
"The goal is simple: Make your site load as fast as possible, maintain the best possible uptime and make available to you a team of certified engineers who can be called on at anytime for fast and knowledgeable assistance. Here at Rochen we are proud to say "Performance Hosting" is more than a slogan - it is the way we do hosting."

Sounds great, isn't it?
And everything worked normal until my primitive Joomla sites were not interesting to anybody except me.
The story has began from my visit to Russia, perhaps this is not the best time spending but i have to.
So while i've been spending unforgettable moments in airports, railway and bus stations one remarkable letter come to my e-mail:

Off topic: My main opponent was Christopher Adams (quotes form Rochen site)
"Founder & CEO . As a veteran of the web hosting industry, Chris serves as Rochen's Chief Executive Officer, a role he has held since founding the company. He is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of all functions within the business including sales, customer support and operations. Chris credits Rochen's phenomenal success to the precision focus it places on customer support and investing in the best
possible infrastructure. He took a critical decision early on that Rochen would never outsource support and would own and manage all of its infrastructure instead of simply renting servers from a larger data center.")
Of course i feel myself guilty that could not answer my poor hoster immediately, this bad, readily bad.


In the letter there was notification that my account has used too many CPU and this violated their Acceptable Use policy and affected all users and they have suspended my account. I was offered to read what is CPU usage and asked to resolve everything in max 14 days or pay for more expensive services or move to another hosting provider.

Classical: "Money or live!"

I was a little bit confused and a little bit shocked. That is normal when you have no idea what happens.
So i decided to ask this original question: What exactly happened?
In the answer i was notified that i got all necessary info and that i need to read pdf files and learn what is CPU usage. After i would reach a nirvana reading this i should go and delete script that made a problem. After this i was promised to get partly access to cPanel. (Any idea how I can delete something without access?) In case i was not sure which script i need to delete i had to contact my developer.

The nirvana is unreachable for such a dumbass as me. My answer was that I still did not understand what has happened because I personally did nothing with the website: no new scripts or any other changes.

I said that since the collapse could not be the result of my actions I need detailed info about what exactly happened.

My suggestions about possible situations were:

"99.999% - the mistake of your staff or changing of server settings
0.00099% - wrongful acts of third parties (malicious hackers)
0.00001% - too many web users decided to visit my page, though when i've decided to buy your services your consultant said me very nice numbers, which you can hold without a problem
So i still have the same problem, what happened?
Where is the stats about this incident?"

Also I asked if it was possible to contact by phone or Skype to resolve everything asap and added that even if I knew what happened I could not do anything because I do not have ANY access to my account.

In the answer from Chris I was assured of virginity and purity of the hands of the experts and that the stats existed only for 24 hours and that, nevertheless, I had to go through nirvana, read about "CPU usage" and find the developer.

After this there were several letters more and finally i got the info when (not "what") our "event" had happened.

Chis explained me that at 0225 appeared the problem with Cairo and their "engineers discovered the server was under very high loads and the cause of the loads was processes executing under your account" They even did a post about this on forum! After all this somebody from staff has come and turned everything off, and suspended my account of course. The best salvation of all problems.

Actually later logs showed me that the problem began two hours before somebody has noticed something, uuh that famous Rochen active monitoring.

After this answer I thought how good that we had IT industry which gives a job to this kind of experts. Just imagine that he could go into medicine.
Then the report could be "I was on duty when i've heard signal from intensive care part. I was afraid that something would be broken and turn all the equipment off."

Once again: i'm so happy that IT industry exists.

Actually to this moment the diagnosis was clear to me, the thing that was not clear why each answer took so much time from 25 min to 1,5 of an hour.

I've asked for logs as long as they could not solve the problem by themselves and contact the police if the problem was the result of third parties actions.

If you think that I got logs or their analysis you are wrong.

I spent 24 hours trying to get any info about incident and explaining that I would be happy to do anything if I could do anything (I hope it is clear that it is impossible to do something when you don't know what happened and you don't have any access to the tools which may help you to understand this, plus everybody refuses to give you any info or this access.)

And once again I get the same answer: that I'd already get everything and they would not give me anything (whether info or access) until I would do something. WTF?

In Russian folklore we have a fairy-tale with similar quest: "Go there I don't know where and bring me something I don't know what"

Ok. I became really pissed off but decided to remind that I was ready to do something from the very beginning.

Tada! After 8 hours from my last answer and I got an access to the logs. 5 minutes more and my eyes began to look like like this O___O

Some "hacker" from 10 to 12 years old tried to make SQL injection to my poor website using default programs for this. It took him about an hour to understand that nobody waits for him there. It seems like this fact was rather offensive and he started DoS test and went to sleep.

Though even in 2007 it was well known that «This kind of primitive DoS-attack has minimal chances to success in the modern internet. Because Internet protocols of transferring data allow hosting provider to filter too intensive stream of requests from one IP address.»


I can understand his sorrow.

Guys, just tell me and for some little money I will give you admin password and password for database or user's database. Don't be upset I have to admit that there is nothing interesting there, i'm only photographer, not a porn site or casino.

But I looked like O_O not because of "hacker" but because my dear hosting company was to lazy to configure the server even from such children's actions from 1 (one) IP address.
(in the general case living without problems one or two lines are needed in configuration. something like
limit_req_zone $binary_remote_addr zone=one:10m rate=1r/s;
limit_req zone=one burst=5;
As soon as there was cPanel there, example is for CentOS, perhaps there are some more simple ways but I'm stupid and may not know about them)
And of course I may not know about router, firewall configuration or any other working methods because i'm just stupid girl.

I feel necessary to mention that I had shared type of hosting and could not configure server by myself – this was the task and obligation of hosting provider.

I notified my dear hoster about what happened, gave a lot of info about what are logs and how they can work with them, asked why they had not have protection from such a primitive attacks and also asked why they had tried to make their client to work instead of them and work on their education. Then asked to restore my access to the account and read point three of my recommendations "3) all versions you offer are reduced to the actions of third parties alleged unlawful nature, please contact the police"

After this I asked a compensation for creating so many problems to me and my consulting services.

Perhaps I should go and read about "CPU usage" and to do a quest "contact developer" (this is second most popular quest after "Did you try to turn it off and turn it on again?")... But i'm sorry I had more necessary things to do in this day.

There is no limit to amusement, the answer was that they thank me for investigating but they were not obligated to many any protection from this kind of attacks, because this costs too much! ("too much" in this case was zero(0)), plus i've threatened them (oh deer, where? did they mean my ask for compensation for did not providing me the services I pay for?)) and I have violated Terms of Service Agreement (TOS) and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) (cool, now i'm responsible for the actions of all idiots, may be the 2nd World war is also my fault?)

and the epic phrase (I cannot miss it here!): "As such we no longer wish to have you as a customer." !!!! They have broken my heart!

After this followed the words they I should fuck off from their hosting in 24 hours (of course not in this words but they fit best to the sense).

I think they have invented new type of attack: HPDos (hosting provider denial-of-service)attack

www.rochenhost.com/servers-and…

The iron heart of my opponents are not even twitch when I said which points of the agreement they have violated.
 I was bravely sent to the court ...
And of course welcome to Rochen Facebook www.facebook.com/rochenhost

Say "thank you" from my name.

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Using work

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 10, 2012, 6:02 AM


I've visited my account and found about 30 notes with one topic "i've used your work/i'm going to use your work"
Sorry guys, but first point is:
- my work is not stock and it may not be used for any manipulations, as a part of someones work and i personally do not like when someones take my picture paint over it or does some primitive edit and says: "I think i did great job!"
and the second point:
- a lot of my works have been sold on different conditions, so if you use some work which i've sold for book cover (exclusive rights), it will be your big problem with publisher, i don't think that you need a trial
the 3rd:
i have to mention that you need a permission for any kind of use!
though i do not mind if you do traditional art inspired by my work and nobody will

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Exhibition: Colours of the Blacklight

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 16, 2011, 11:30 AM




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Upcoming webinar on the 22th of September!

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 10, 2011, 6:16 AM


The topic is "Layers, channels and masking. Blending modes". The webinar will run on the on the 22th of September (Tue) at 17:00 (Central Standard Time, GMT -6)! Contact  me for booking.



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Bratislava Workshop, 3 places left!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 31, 2011, 6:31 AM


If you are interested, don't miss your place!
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Workshop in US

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 27, 2011, 1:45 PM


I've got several questions about when i will make any workshop in US. Now i can answer. I can make a workshop for you even tomorrow and not only in US. I start a series Online Retouching Webinars. They will be held every Tuesday in the evening.
First come course dedicated to the Retouching Basics in Photoshop CS4/CS5. It is divided into several webinars. You can order entire course or only topics you are interested in.
The course includes the following webinars:
- RAW processing.
- Layers, channels and masking. Blending modes
- Selection and clear cut. Manipulation techniques
- Photographer's tool kit in PS
- Creative tips and tricks
Each webinar has time length for 2 hours. If  during this time not  all your questions are covered you can ask them yourself! Every participant will receive 20 min of personal consulting time.  

The price for each topic of the course is 25$
For the first webinar dedicated to RAW processing -  20$
The price for the whole course is 100$

Also personal online coaching is now available. More info is here armene.com/frontpage/coaching.…

For further info, schedule  and booking please contact me . In your message please specify your time zone. The first webinar will run on the on the 15th of September (Thu), time will be defined according to you wishes

p.s. many thanks to nutshell for testing WebEx with me!

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WebEx

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 22, 2011, 7:59 AM


Have anyone had an experience of using it?

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Thankies and Nude Question

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 16, 2011, 9:50 AM


Thanks everybody for support about copyright in China, for all advices and wise thoughts! I've read all the comments and try to answer.

I've promised to make one more workshop dedicated to nude photography. So once again i need your opinion.
I usually try to give maximum info during the workshop, but it may be to overload with info and hard working...
What workshop format do you prefer 1-2 days or 3-4 day? How long time should it take in a day?
Please let me know your opinion.

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