When Olivia McBride returned from her deployment in Afghanistan in 2011 as a 20-year-old woman, she felt like she didn’t belong.

It’s a feeling local photographers David Christopher and Marcus Bruggom understand all too well — and the inspiration behind their drive to create an image that reminds military veterans that they are not alone.

The pair, who own the photography company Bruglife Perspectives, shut down a portion of Locust Street in downtown Des Moines on Sunday evening to gather veterans for a photograph that will be auctioned off between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day.

Proceeds after expenses for

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The New York Giants returned to the field on Thursday afternoon in preparation for a Week 1 game against the Denver Broncos and several injured players continued to trend in the right direction.

Prior to practice, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett announced the news everyone was waiting to hear: running back Saquon Barkley is finally 100 percent.

“[I have] a lot of confidence in him as a player. I think he’s done a great job to get himself back healthy and 100 percent,” Garrett told reporters.

There was also optimism surrounding rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring), who may take on

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Few things are more important to making a successful landscape photograph than a clear and compelling composition. If that is something you struggle with, the great video tutorial will show you a helpful technique to ensure you create a good composition every time you head out with your camera. 

Coming to you from Henry Turner, this excellent video tutorial will show you a straightforward technique for composing landscape images. No doubt, composition is a kind of elusive thing that many of us struggle with for years. The most common mistake I see is overcomplicating the composition simply by placing

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WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings — some in-person, others online — you may want to check out in the coming days.

Inspired by an Object

This work by Sharon Pitts is one of the pieces in “Inspired by an Object” opening Sept. 10 at Studio Montclair in Montclair.studiomontclair.org

Art/Museums

SEPT. 10

MONTCLAIR “Inspired by an Object,” opening of joint exhibit of works by 51 artists using non-art materials, through Oct. 15, Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., opening reception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 12, montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555; and Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., opening reception,

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A weather system affecting northwest California was expected to bring dry lightning and blustery winds through early Friday, unleashing a risk of new wildfires as thousands of firefighters have been making headway against existing blazes.

A warning for dangerous fire weather took effect in much of fire-scarred Northern California Thursday afternoon and was expected to last through at least 11 a.m. Friday.

“The combination of isolated dry lightning and gusty winds with the dry fuels will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions,” the National Weather Service said.

A historic drought and recent

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Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy has been the talk of the town since it was released. Well, on Friday, a photo and video circulated featuring Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard making a shocking guest appearance in Drake’s music video. And, well, just look for yourselves.

Kawhi seems to be living his best life after undergoing surgery and missing the Western Conference Finals as the Clippers tried their best to fight off the Phoenix Suns. But, of course,

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Skylum has just announced that a new Luminar Neo product will be launched “this winter”, but has already launched early-bird pricing and a pre-order scheme that gets you Luminar AI now and Luminar Neo when it arrives.

Details are scant right now and there aren’t even any screenshots, so we guess that development is at a pretty early stage, but Skylum says it is pitching Luminar Neo at more advanced creators: “As the latest member of the Luminar family, we designed Luminar Neo to allow artists to take on more challenging image creation work and achieve results which often seem

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