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KBRW – Top of the world Radio !

KBRW is a radio station in Barrow Alaska – Top of the World ‘radio’ !  This much listened to radio station reaches all of the villages and has many varied topics during the days schedule,  The online disc jockey speaks in English for the music portion and other portions such as classified advertising is spoken in english and in Inupiaq, Many different subjects such as subsistence hunting issues, Search & Rescue upates Logo for KBRW  Top of the World Radio - Barrow Alaska 99723are among some of the highlights during the day, during the evening, the ‘birthday hour’ is filled with audience participation, from all the villages in the NSB region. People call in to wish, relatives, friends with a special ‘live’  birthday greeting & message. Lots Top of the world Radioof different ‘arctic’ related topics are discussed, most notable recently was an hour long special, by an important person from the North Slope Borough region was discusing the need for people to quit talking about what happens up here, out on the tundra, They are very concerned that agencies or governmental programs would take .. ..   ..  .. and strip the arctic of its unique, peculiar properties and ‘oddities’, & treasures.


 KOTZ is a radio station in Kotzebue Alaska, just over the Arctic circle


Thanks to the power of the internet, now you can listen to these radio stations and get a better understanding of how life goes on in these villages all throughout the Nana region and the entire North Slope Borough !

Learn the Inupiaq word for the day

Many years ago, on a very popular radio syndicated radio special  PAUL HARVEY spoke a small bit about how Alaska Airlines had to have a ‘training’ program; for ALL  Alaska Airlines personel.

this quick course was to ‘teach’ the proper pronounciation of the word ‘Kotzebue’

Most people prounounce this wrong by saying the word  cots ah boo.  That is wrong and that is not, how the name of this village is correctly pronounced, The correct way to say the name of this village is Kotz E bew.

It may seem a small insignificent error not worth mentioning, but Natives do not like words that are pronounced incorrectly just as it would offend you if your name or location was misspelled or mispronounced.

KBRW - Top of the World Radio AM & FM

KBRW – Top of the World Radio AM & FM

White balance – ‘COLOR THEORY’

You have a new high tech  camera, it relies on a computer chip to balance your color in some ‘electronic’ method.

But what if you do not like the results that the camera provides on the output, or the input into your image editing program?

i.e. adobe photoshop, adobe elements, paint shop pro etc. every program has the same basic features,

let me let you  in on a little known secret for today’s generation of instant photography;  the same rules still apply, that applied to working with film. Although the methods used to color correct any image, are different, the principles to achieve the results are the same.

In the darkroom,  in photography;  There are only six colors you must understand, and how they work with each other.  this is extremly simple to learn and to master in no time.

If you want to learn the Art of Photography, this is essential.

In the darkroom, when you made a color print, it was a guarantee, that the finished print would be one of six different colors wrong.  One color would be seen in excess,  A color shift it was called. You can determine what color is in excess in any of your photographs by using CC filters (color correction). or by looking at the white / neutral areas in your image in the shadows, looking for ‘grey’.  Whites should be white and grey’s should be grey!  this is simple to achieve now. once you understand which colors react to which secondary color.

RED – GREEN – BLUE are the three primary colors in photogaphy

Opposite of Red is Cyan

Opposite of Green is Magenta

Opposite of Blue is Yellow

(color theory for “paint” is different). But we are speaking about photography, and the methods used to correct any print. This works the same if your in *raw mode or *jpg, *tiff,  or any other options you may have to choose from.

Colors have specific properties that always act in predictable ways.

for instance, If I have a round circular piece of cardboard such as comes with a pizza, If I divide that circle into exact thirds, and paint each of those sections Red, Green, Blue.  when I spin that circle very fast by putting a pencil or needle in the center,  what color will I see? when that wheel is spun very fast ?

Black is not a color, Black is the absence of ALL  color(s). !   We are using all the primariy color(s). Therefore

We shall see  “white” !! White is the presence of ALL color(s). !!

This can also be illustrated by using lights, in real life or in a 3D program .

by using a redThe six colors you need to be concerned with ! , green and blue light(s). and aim these lights at a common center point. where these three lights over lap and come together, we will see  white, and in the overlapping outside layers, the secondary or opposite colors are clearly shown also.!! In the darkroom, when you viewed a finished color print and it was too yellow. to fix this next print you would add more yellow to the filter pack to get the yellow out of the next image. If that print was too blue, you would subtract yellow to get rid of the blue. And it is the same using photoshop. At the top of the menu bar under the heading of “image” > adjustments> color balance ; . –  If you have a print that is too yellow, just move that yellow slider towards blue and see the changes instantly.  The only time you might get confused is when you mistake blue for cyan; or cyan for blue. the other colors are less confusing to work with.

With a little practice you will achieve amazing results in no time !!

All it takes, is just a little practice