Monthly Archives: December 2013

“Hot Air Balloons” The Art Print of the Week

The art print of the week is from my Hot Air Balloon Gallery. This print is a watercolor of two hot air balloons. The balloon in the background is already gaining altitude and the one in the foreground is just getting ready for liftoff. This print is inspired by the sunset hot air balloon rides in San Diego. They take off just before sunset near the coast and then drift slowly inland as they gain altitude. As the sun sets, the balloons slowly return to earth. The view is incredible rising to 4000 ft above sea level….to the west the Pacific Ocean and to the east the mountains with all of San Diego County lying below.

source: Hot Air Balloon Gallery@TheWallGallery

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“The Mountain Ledge” The Art Print of The Week

“Mountain Ledge” The Art Print of the Week

I updated my Color Photography Gallery last week with a number of new art prints. The art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is a shot of a “Mountain Ledge” over 1000 ft above the valley floor. I took it with my telephoto lens from what is known as Rattlesnake Ledge above North Bend, Washington. Once you have hiked up to Rattlesnake Ledge, the path continues further up to this ledge which is higher but much smaller. The view as you can tell from this picture is spectacular from either ledge. The green mountain valley and Cascade Mountains make for a perfect picture.

source: Color Photography Gallery

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A Photo Shoot “The Moss Rock Wall”

I took a quick hike the other day down by a lake near us. I was not familiar with this particular trail, so I wasn’t sure what kind of photo shots I would get. I was pleasantly surprised by two very interesting opportunities. The first opportunity I call “The Moss Rock Wall” and have include 4 shots from that series. (The second find I will save for a later post)

In this series, the trail is descending down a hill towards the lake in a series of “hairpin” curves. Remember this is December and the Pacific Northwest, so we have the typical gray skies and a lot of green with all of the rain we have been getting. Enjoy…..

Moss Rock Wall Trail

Moss Rock Wall Trail

Two levels of the wall just below a “hairpin” curve…

Close up of the Moss Rock Wall

Two levels of walls coming off a “hairpin” curve

Looking back at the “hairpin” curve….

The "S" Curves

The “Hairpin” Curve

And finally a close up of the Moss Rock Wall….

A Close Up of The Moss Rock Wall

A Close Up of The Moss Rock Wall

Thanks for letting me share my hiking find, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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“The Red Boulevard” The Art Print of The Week

I updated my Color Photography Gallery this week and the art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is part of a series of “fall foliage” prints I added. It is a scene of a boulevard in Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range just to the east of Seattle. The colors are at their peak in this capture and all over the area the brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow stand in stark contrast to the numerous evergreen trees more native to the landscape.

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A Photo Shoot “A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs”

I was going through my library of photo shoots today and came across this series….seems like a great time of year to stop and remember warmer days since most of the US is either in a deep freeze or getting snow….from the Pacific Northwest I give you a couple of quick fun shots. The setting is summer time in Lake Union which is just north of downtown Seattle.  I call this a dedicated man to kayak with his dogs…please note there are three dogs on the kayak….If it brings a smile to your face…my work here is done:)

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

Thanks for letting me share what I thought was a fun series of prints……

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“Plug The Roof” The Art Print of the Week

I updated my Sepia Gallery this week and the art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is a shot of two dilapidated farm buildings (ok, let’s be candid…shacks). The back one has an obvious roof problem. The front one has moss covering the roof. I originally spotted these buildings from the freeway one day and they stuck with me. Later, I decided to get closer to them for a photo shoot which required hiking through a very marshy field to get the angle I wanted. I decided to use the sepia tone on this art print because of the obvious aged condition of the structures and sepia unto itself reminds us of old photographs. Actual location is just outside of Issaquah, Washington in the foothills of the Cascades.

Plug The Roof

Plug The Roof

source:  Sepia Gallery

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A Photo Shoot “The Door”

A couple of weeks ago my wife mentioned that while she was out shopping she went into a candy shop that she knew I would want to do a photo shoot of. She knows the kind of stuff I look for, so I was instantly intrigued with her comment. Turns out, the candy shop was a candy manufacturer: Boehms Candies and Chocolates. The original owner was Austrian and the shop and manufacturing facility have a very distinct Bavarian architecture. The place is a tourist draw located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the eastern Seattle suburb of Issaquah. With a distinct Bavarian look, there is also a replica of a 12th century Swiss chapel. It was the architecture of the chapel that my wife knew would appeal to my photographic skills. I took a number of interesting shots that day, but wanted to focus on a specific architectural element that grabbed my attention. That would be the front door to the chapel, thus the title “The Door”. The craftsmanship of the door is incredible and makes a good photo series unto itself.  I have attached two different shots from that day. With each shot, I have also included some of my proposed art prints utilizing watercolor techniques and sepia tones.

The first shot…

Door 1 Original Photograph

Door 1 Original Photograph

Taking this photograph and creating a watercolor from it creates the next picture…

Door 1 Watercolor

Door 1 Watercolor

a  very traditional feel…

Since the subject matter is historic and old, I thought a sepia tone print might highlight that aspect…..

Door 1 Sepia Tone

Door 1 Sepia Tone

Looks like a picture taken years ago….

Ok…so same door, just a little different angle…

Door Angle 2

Door Angle 2

And as a watercolor……

Door Angle 2 Watercolor

Door Angle 2 Watercolor

And using an abstract type drawing technique…

Door Angle 2 Abstract Watercolor

Door Angle 2 Abstract Watercolor

and finally the sepia tone….

Door Angle 2 Sepia Tone

Door Angle 2 Sepia Tone

The art prints are still in their rough stages and I am still working through the rest of that particular photo shoot, but wanted to share what I had so far.

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