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Sepia Tone or Black and White?

When you go with a monochrome presentation of a picture, you are presenting a scene, structure or object in tones of a singular color. I use black and white presentations usually to create a mood. In a sepia tone presentation it usually creates a “vintage” look since we associate that color tone to old-fashioned pictures. To illustrate this, I chose three shots of a subject that I have done in black and white and sepia tone.

The first picture is of Cape Blanco Lighthouse along the Oregon coastline.

The second capture is of an adobe located on the grounds of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

And the third shot is of a barn nestled in a valley in Iowa.

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Lighthouse and Sailboat in Abstract Sunset

With the post from last week, I used a desert sunset with saguaro cacti that I created using the same technique that I used originally with these two art prints. Using a few of the filters on Photoshop, I originally created a background where the top half of the picture was sky and the bottom half of the picture was ocean. I used the gradient filter to take the sky and the ocean from light to dark at the horizon line. I then drew the lighthouse and sailboat and filled them with black to look like a silhouette against the background. The look is very abstract and the simplicity with the colors creates a unique look.

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West Point in Watercolor – Featured Art Print

“West Point in Watercolor” is an art print I am featuring from my Lighthouse/Nautical Gallery. The print is done using a subtle watercolor technique of a lighthouse. This style creates a soft casual look keeping the focal point on the lighthouse itself. I wanted to present a print that helps you feel the gentle warm breeze coming off of the water, rustling through the grass as you approach the building.

The setting for this particular print is the West Point Lighthouse that sits on a piece of land that juts out into the Puget Sound. This point marks the northern end of Elliot Bay, which is the body of water that downtown Seattle sits on as part of the waterways around the Puget Sound. Thoughts?

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Admiralty Head Lighthouse – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is the Admiralty Head Lighthouse done in black and white from my Black and White Photography One Gallery. It’s one of the six new art prints just added to that gallery.

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is located on Whidbey Island north of the Seattle area in the state of Washington. It coexists with what was Fort Casey and is now part of the state park system. The location is the entrance to the Puget Sound. The lighthouse guided ships into the sound; while Fort Casey with it’s large guns protected the sound. The setting has a sweeping view of the water and across it to the Olympic Mountain Range on the Olympic Peninsula. The lighthouse was put into operation in 1861, rebuilt and moved slightly north to accommodate the guns of Fort Casey in 1903 and ultimately decommissioned in 1922. It was acquired and reopened by Washington State Parks in the mid 1950’s.

For this print, I went black and white to capture not only the mood of the day (rain and sun with heavy rain clouds moving in), but the contrast within the structure itself and the natural setting surrounding it. I shoot my photographs in RAW, which gives me the flexibility to use strong detail and the ability to adjust the many elements of a picture. With this shot, I went for maximum detail and played with the contrast and lighting to create the end result. The final art print does a great job capturing the look and feel of our visit to the lighthouse that day. Thoughts?

 

 

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Mukilteo Lighthouse – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I think it is so important to listen to that little voice in your head when it shouts out to you, especially when you are doing a photo shoot and looking for good shots.  For me it typically is out of the corner of my eye and the voice makes me stop and re-look again for a full view. This time the scene was in full view, but I was comfortably seated in a car on a ferry and didn’t want to fight the elements.

Last month when we were up in the Seattle area, we took a day for me to go around the Puget Sound and do a photo shoot of lighthouses. I have photographed most of the lighthouses from Northern California through Oregon into Southern Washington, but none around the Puget Sound.  What a great day. My daughter and her boyfriend hosted the event so all my wife and I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. The weather was a complete mix of beautiful sunshine to pouring rain. Loved it!!

We started in the Seattle area and worked our way north before returning south again. I will feature a couple more over the next few weeks, but wanted to start with our last one, the Mukilteo Lighthouse. You never know when and where opportunity will come for some great shots, so always listen to that little voice in your head.

We had just been on Widbey Island and were taking a ferry back to the mainland, which happens to be Mukilteo, Washington. The ferry ride wasn’t very long, so most people stayed in their cars, as did we. We were the third car back from the front to drive off and had a great view out the front. That great view became of the rain and water and then pouring rain, wind and water. Frankly we couldn’t see any land until we got close to docking.  As we pulled into the little harbor, I saw the lighthouse and realized that we were going to be docking right next door. Something in my head said get out and take shots now. I then had this quick internal discussion between weather and comfort, but I trust the voice, so got out of the car and went closer to the opening. This is where I remind you wind was blowing the rain into the ferry and the boat was making its final turns and lurches preparing to dock. I knew I wouldn’t have much time, so I just went for it. I am so glad I did…my best shots were from the ferry as it was coming along side of the lighthouse. The perspective I got from that angle was so different than from the landside. (Please note: none of these shots have been cleaned up or cropped…. you are seeing them as they as they are…for final presentation I will level some out and crop for composition)

Mukilteo Lighthouse 1

Mukilteo Lighthouse 1

This is part of the series I took on the ferry showing the two caretakers homes and the lighthouse in the middle.

Mukilteo Lighthouse 2

Mukilteo Lighthouse 2

This one is a little closer showing the one caretaker home and the lighthouse. Notice the blur of ferry portal wall on the lower left side and the slight angle of the shot needing straightened…back to my comment about not having cropped these shots yet.

Mukilteo Lighthouse 3

Mukilteo Lighthouse 3

I used a little zoom as we started docking and caught the light just as it was shining on us.

As we drove off the ferry and pulled into the parking lot for the lighthouse, the heavens opened even more. I told everyone that I thought I got some good shots and lets not worry about it. My daughter’s boyfriend wasn’t having any of it…he got the umbrella and said let’s do it…I’ll cover you. My wife and daughter at this point weren’t leaving the warm dry comfort of the car.

Mukilteo Lighthouse 4

Mukilteo Lighthouse 4

So here we are two guys with one umbrella and a camera running around the grounds of the lighthouse and caretakers cottages getting some good shots in the pouring rain. In this shot, you can see the ferry in the background. The thing that amazed me the most was the size of the lighthouse; it looks like a dollhouse. I didn’t realize it when I was shooting from the ferry, because the other two buildings were seen at such an angle with the lighthouse it all looked as one. I did get some good shots with my umbrella assistant, but really like the others more. Reinforced lesson; always listen to that little voice in your head. Thoughts?

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New England Lighthouse – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Lighthouse/Nautical Collection titled “West Chop Lighthouse”.  The print is this lighthouse as seen from the coastal waters looking towards the coastline. It is done with a traditional watercolor technique highlighting the soft warm colors of the coastal setting. It’s springtime in New England with the sun glistening off of the water and the trees newly leafed out.

West Chop Lighthouse is located at the entrance of Vineyard Haven Harbor in Tisbury, Massachusetts on the northern tip of West Chop. The first rubble stone lighthouse and dwelling were built on the bluffs of West Chop in 1817. Facing a problem of constant erosion the lighthouse was moved back in 1830 and again in 1846. The present structure and dwelling were built in 1891. In 1976 West Chop Light became the last Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse to become automated. Today, the former light keepers dwelling serves as living quarters for the Menemsha Coast Guard Station. Since an art print represents just a moment in time, I thought the West Chop Lighthouse setting was a perfect representation of the coastal area of Martha’s Vineyard. Thoughts?

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The Lighthouse Life – Featured Art Print from my Color Photography Collection

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Color Photography Collection titled “The Lighthouse Life”.  The print is a color photograph of a lighthouse sitting on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coastline.

The lighthouse in this art print is the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Located along Pacific Coast Highway on the Oregon Coast, Heceta Head dates back to 1893. The setting and views are incredible with the lighthouse situated on a bluff rising 205 feet above the ocean. The structure in the right portion of the art print is the Light Keeper’s house. A path connects the two structures and there is also a path down to the beach. Both structures were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. From 2011 to 2012, the lighthouse structure itself was closed for restoration. It was officially Re-opened to the public on June 8, 2013.

This particular lighthouse is considered one of the most photographed lighthouses along the Oregon Coast. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first reason is the setting itself with the lighthouse perched on the point above the surf of the ocean. The second reason is the ability to see the lighthouse setting from the south along the coastal highway. A number of lighthouses can only be seen when you get to them, not many can be see in such a panoramic manner. I have used this particular photograph as a basis for paintings in my Lighthouse Collection using both oil techniques and watercolor. Thoughts?

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“Lighthouse in the Trees” The Art Print of the Week

The art print of the week is from my Lighthouse Gallery. This print is an abstract watercolor of a lighthouse nestled in the trees. The lighthouse is one of many dotting the Oregon coastline. Typically located on bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, they stand as proud sentinels and beacons of light for the seafaring travelers.

Lighthouse in the Trees

Lighthouse in the Trees

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Lighthouses

A few years back, my wife and I did a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway from northern California through Oregon into Washington just to see the lighthouses along this stretch of scenic coastline.  The scenery was breathtaking unto itself. The lighthouses were fascinating and allowed me the opportunity to create some interesting art prints for my art website, TheWallGallery. As a photographer and artist, I love the opportunity to try and capture the essence of subjects. Sometimes it comes through in a color photograph, sometimes a black and white photograph or it takes on a life in a watercolor or oil painting. I just added some new art prints to my Lighthouse Gallery and I have attached 4 of them here. The updates were done in a sketching and watercolor technique. It adds a different dimension to the oil and watercolor prints I had already done. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I call this an estate, because the picture shows you both the lighthouse and the care takers home (and the distance between the two). The lighthouse is the Heceda Head Lighthouse.

This is the Umpqua River Lighthouse. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse on a higher location. It opened in 1894.

This is the Coquille River Lighthouse. Construction began in 1891, but didn’t light up until 1896. It was abandoned in 1939 by an automated beacon, but was reclaimed in 1976 by the Army Corps and Oregon State Parks.

Proud and True

Proud and True                                                                                           

This is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on a 200 foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean. It lit it’s lamp for the first time on December 20, 1870.

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Let Your Light Shine

We’ve been tasked with “Letting our Light Shine” in all that we do and are. To not hide that light, but to let it shine for all. In times of crisis we see that as strangers help strangers, from natural catastrophes to man made tragedies like Boston this week. We see it so often on the news when tragedy strikes, neighbors pitch in to help neighbor, strangers give what they have to those in need. People rush in to help. In our everyday lives, we see it with family and friends. The stranger you gave directions to, the smile and “good morning” an acquaintance gives you. Your children ask for guidance or an elderly neighbor needs help. There are many things where our light shines tall and proud. I’m personally challenged to make sure the light bulb is lit at all times.  Did I let a bad day keep me from seeing the need of another individual, am I so wrapped up in myself? Shame on me…I know better and I believe faithfully that his love for me should shine through always. Ultimately we are human and not perfect, but it’s refreshing to see when push comes to shove that light shines like the sun.

As an artist, I look for beauty to create my pictures. As a visual thinker, I see so many things in simple scenes. The lighthouse to me represents a number of things, a guardian, a protector and a lonely existence to protect the innocent. I also see the symbolism of Matthew 14-16, “You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lamp-stand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in Heaven. ” (Bible: New Century Version)

Let Your Light Shine. A watercolor by Kirt Tisdale found in the Lighthouse Section of his Art Gallery.

Let Your Light Shine. A watercolor by Kirt Tisdale found in the Lighthouse Section of his Art Gallery.