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The Pavilion By The River Sketched – Featured Art Print

 

This art print is from a photo shoot I did in Rockford, Michigan during the holidays of December 2015. I featured some of the shots in a post early last year. I like the depth of this setting and decided to re-create the scene using a sketching technique, which brings a detailed yet soft look to this art print. I love the native grass going to seed along the walkway and how it frames the path back to the pavilion. Thoughts?


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The Red Railroad Car – Featured Art Print

 

The Red Railroad Car – is a wall art print I created using a colored pencil sketching technique to create this look. This technique uses strong, but narrow diagonal lines with bright colors.

The setting is an old train car located along a path in Rockford, Michigan. The train looks like it might have been used as a diner at some point, but now sits abandoned. Thoughts?


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Heritage Hill Red House – Featured Art Print

As a follow-up to my last post “Heritage Hill Carriage House“, I have attached a print of the house that sits in front of it. Notice down at the end of the side driveway….

 

Even When Dormant, There is a Beauty in Nature: Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I am continually in awe of nature. Nature’s wonder caught my eye as I was going through some of my shots from Michigan last Christmas. I did a series of shots along the river in Rockford and haven’t worked through them to see what I had until this week. I knew I took a number of pictures of native grass that grows along the riverbed. Sounds kind of dull, but they really caught me eye and now I remember why….even when nature seems dormant, there is a beauty in it that we seldom stop to appreciate. I have included four captures from that shoot that demonstrate just what I am talking about.


 

This first shot depicts a wooden walkway (marshlands) to a gazebo along the riverbanks. Look at the color of the grass accenting the walkway….

Even Dormant 1


 

Shot number two and three were taken as I wandered into the field. I wanted some close up shots of the seed pods opened with the field in the background.

Even Dormant 2

Evan Dormant 3


 

The last shot is that punch of color…have no idea what type of plant this is, but it clearly caught me eye.

Evan Dormant 4

So as I said earlier, even when nature is dormant, there is a beauty in it that we seldom stop to appreciate. Thoughts?


 

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River Walkway in Rockford – Black and White Photography

Anyone that has been following my work, knows that I have a love for black and white photography. It may be because I started shooting with black and white film in college and developed my own prints or it could be because there is a certain dramatic element that can be portrayed in black and white vs. color. The subject matter must be just right and the contrast in shapes and subjects plays an important part. I am attaching five differ captures displaying each in the original color and the final black and white print. I want to note that when I did this shoot, I saw each shot in black and white and that was my original intent.

The setting is a wooden walkway along the Rogue River in Rockford, Michigan. This was a typical “Kirt wandered off from the group to get some shots”, scenario. As I wasn’t into shopping in the village and knew it would take a little bit of time for everyone to agree on a restaurant for lunch, I excused myself and these shots are the result (part of the result…more to come from another area of the river).

I also want to note if I had been at this location during peak fall colors, we wouldn’t be having this discussion on black and white photography with these shots.

What I like about these pictures, is the depth the walkway creates as it winds along the river between the trees. Since it is winter, the branches create a separate element of contrast. I shoot in RAW format, so I can adjust the detail and contrast to give an edgier look, which I did. I am going to frame three of them in my office, so would appreciate any feedback on which three.


 

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Rockford 3

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Thoughts? (P.S. – it’s ok if you prefer the color…no offense taken, I admit I have a penchant for B&W)

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