Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Photographing a Mermaid

In a recent article at DIY Photography, photographer and artist Colin Smith presents a Photoshop Breakdown Tutorial for his mermaid project. The results are most excellent!

"This piece was a personal project. I enjoy personal projects because there is no rush or pressure. You can take your time. This is opposed to a commercial project where time and budget are critical, and you had better nail it the first time if you want to keep working with that client or agency."

From the photography and 3D modeling to the Photoshop work and final compositing, Colin takes us step by step through the process. Colin, thank you for sharing your work!


In this delightful cartoon found on Geek Fill, a marooned sailor doesn't quite see eye to eye with the mermaid that finds him. He eventually comes around, though.

The artist is Sarah Mensinga, and the cartoon is entitled, The mermaid. Perhaps an alternate title will come to mind when you see it. Appears that the author had the same idea.

Below the cartoon is a place to vote. I suggest a big thumbs up!

Mermaid Tail Glass Cup

Thirsty? Merfolk are always thirsty. No matter your preference, iced tea or something stronger, your beverage will taste better in this Mermaid Tail Glass Cup.

Be warned, however. The website is called This is Why I'm Broke, so you may want to have someone hide your wallet before you peek.

Merfolk Interview

It's about time I did another merfolk interview! Let me know if you might be interested in being interviewed for this blog. Here is what I am looking for:

- An active mermaid or merman at least 18 years old.
- Good grasp of written English. I can fix typos, but I can't rewrite the whole thing.
- Able to respond to a small set of questions within a few weeks.

For an idea of what an interview is like, visit the Blog Index link below and search for Mermaid and Merman followed by a name. If you are interested, contact me at the email address below. You may submit questions to the same address.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Merfolk Love

Valentine's Day brought news from Manila of a particular mermaid/merman romance. We are very romantic creatures, you know.

GMA News Online has the story and a photo that was taken at the Manila Ocean Park.

Whale Watching

Counting whales for the purpose of studying their movements has been difficult. The ocean is huge. Whale populations are at risk, and scientists needed a better way to do the job.

Recent advances in high-resolution imagery have made imaging satellites the answer to the problem.

Columnist Amanda Kooser has a detailed look at whale-watching from space in her recent article at C|Net.

"The study acts as a proof of concept for what scientists hope will be a much more accurate method of tracking whales than the standard methods of flying over a body of water or counting from land-based vantage points."

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Heal the Water

As a result of the nuclear meltdown in Japan, there is no doubt that the Pacific Ocean was damaged. Now the question is, "What can we do to help?" To aid us in answering this question, Taryn Crimi offers wisdom from dolphins, mermaids, and water elementals.

"Many of you are left feeling helpless, not really sure what you can do to assist the water, animals, and people upon your planet."

Read more at Golden Age of Gaia. The article was originally posted in the Angelic Guides blog.

Killer Mermaid Movie

For those of you that prefer your entertainment leaning toward the dark side, we have something just you. Epic Pictures presents a new horror film, Nymph.

In this movie, two young women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid beneath an abandoned military fortress.

Watch the trailer over at Inside Movies and you will find out why they say, "You don’t want to go there!”

Teen Novel

Author Hélène Boudreau is having a book giveaway! Real Mermaids Don’t Sell Seashells is the subject of the giveaway, and it is the latest title in Ms. Boudreau's Real Mermaids series. You can sign up for the giveaway at the I Am a Reader web site. You have until February 23rd to sign up for the contest.

"Jade is enjoying the tropical sunshine, all-you-can-eat buffet, and island day trips. But when Jade gets lost in the island’s famous waterfront Straw Market, something doesn’t feel quite right."

The book would make a great gift for any teen mermaid fan. You might have to read it yourself first. Don't worry, I won't tell.

Mermaid Alien

According to an article at Disclose TV, a mermaid or alien was discovered by ocean scientists in the Greenland Sea.

The video was reported to have been part of the mermaid 'mockumentaries' on Animal Planet. A hoax, though a very well-made one.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sea Scooter

So, you've been swimming all day and your tail is tired? This is just what you need. The Bladefish 5000 Sea Scooter is perfect for diving, snorkeling, ...or mermaiding!

The Web Magazine has all the details on the Bladefish 5000, including a video and a number of photos. The article originally appeared on Technology Blog.

Mako Mermaids Vlog 2

It appears that there will be no shortage of mermaids in season two of Mako Mermaids. In this short 37-second video, we are introduced to Ondina (played by Isabel Durant).

Isabel is introduced to us by Chai Romruen, who plays merman Zac on the show. Stay tuned for more news from the gang. I will pass along everything I find.

Little Mermaid Party

The Hostess with the Mostess blog has more great ideas for your little one's mermaid themed birthday party. From cake to candies to gumball clams, they thought of everything.

The article includes a wealth of photos, and you are sure to be inspired. Thank you, Ashley, for a great article.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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