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Red Rocks in Abundance – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

If you have been following my blog, you have seen two excerpts from a photo shoot I did in Jerome, Arizona (Classic Car & Vacant Building). On that same day, we continued our journey over to Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is famous for many things, (arts, energy vortexes and nature’s beauty). I love the area for all of the natural red rock outcroppings. They truly are a photographers opportunity for some incredible photographs. Today, I have attached 5 shots from that outing.

Red Rock 1

Red Rock 1

What I liked about this shot was the three distinct depths to the capture. The foreground and the background do a great job framing the focal point of the towers of rock outcropping. I love the lighting with the shadows accenting the shapes of the rock structures. The amount of detail in each of the depths pulls your eye into the frame to study it more closely.

Red Rock 2

Red Rock 2

This is a more difficult shot as the bulk of the rock face is in the shadows. If my goal was to get the best shot possible of this particular rock formation, I would want to wait until the sunlight hit it differently. Since that wasn’t my goal and I only had a limited time in the area, I still think this came out as an interesting shot.

Red Rock 3

Red Rock 3

I love the color and detail of this one. You can see the different shades of white and red in the many layers of strata and the sunlight was perfect to highlight the marks of erosion on this rock face.

Red Rock 4

Red Rock 4

The beauty of the area is incredible as this shot attests to. The lighting for this was perfect as the shadows highlight the variation in structure and shape of the rock formations.

Red Rock 5

Red Rock 5

This final shot reminds me of a dome shaped building. I love the detail of the features against that deep blue sky.

So that’s an excerpt from that particular photo shoot in the Sedona area. Thoughts?

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Clouds and Mountains – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week I had an opportunity for a photo shoot within a block of home. We live near the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range just outside of Phoenix. Whenever we get “weather”, often times there are very interesting cloud formations that appear over the range. Well, Monday morning was just such an event. Unfortunately it was a record rainfall for the Phoenix area, most in one day. Being on the side of the city we are, we had the rain first and then it moved over the rest of the metropolitan area. The rain subsided in our area while the city was still getting heavy amounts. I took that opportunity to hike up a hill nearby and point my camera at the mountain range. I have attached some shots from that shoot. What occurred to me as I was shooting; when is it best to go with a wide angel shot or zoom in?

When you are taking scenery or landscape shots, often times if you shoot too wide, you lose the effect you were looking for. Unless you are intentionally going for the panorama frame, you have to be careful how much you include. Think about any pictures you have taken of a gorgeous mountain range only to see the finished product and it doesn’t look as dynamic as it was in person. To compensate for this, you can frame just portions of the view into a shot or use a zoom lens to pull the subject closer in. The zoom lens also plays with the field of depth making the subject look closer.

The next thing to think about, what are you trying to portray? What story do you want to tell with your picture? Often times the answer will tell you whether you are going to stay wide or focus in.

Clouds and Mountains 1

Clouds and Mountains 1

Let’s look at the attached shots. (Disclaimer: these shots are straight from my photo shoot without cropping or other cosmetic touch ups) The first one gives you a wide-angle look at a part of the mountain range. You have the houses in the foreground, but the shot encompasses enough that you see a layer of low hanging clouds enveloping the mountains. The peaks that can be seen are only the foothills; there are 4500 ft. peaks behind them covered by the clouds. The city of Phoenix is on the other side of the mountain range.

Clouds and Mountains 2

Clouds and Mountains 2

The second shot is angled just slightly to my right giving you more of the mountain range. These two shots are not pristine (houses in foreground), but do tell a story of low hanging clouds creeping over a mountain range.

Clouds and Mountains 3

Clouds and Mountains 3

For the third shot, I haven’t moved, but zoomed in with my telephoto lens. I have framed the foreground of houses out of the picture and captured less of the mountain range, but still tell a story of storm clouds creepy over a mountain. Notice I said mountain and not mountain range, because that aspect has changed.

Clouds and Mountains 4

Clouds and Mountains 4

For the fourth shot, I have zoomed in more to focus on that particular patch of clouds as it hugs the side of the mountain. Notice how the story is slightly different as the perspective of the shot changes.

Clouds and Mountains 5

Clouds and Mountains 5

The fifth photograph is very close to the fourth, just tighter focus on the clouds hugging the side of the mountain.

I just wanted to give you some things to think about and some examples when shooting landscapes and scenery shots. Depending on what story you want to tell, when is it better to keep the shot wider and when to tighten in. Notice I haven’t said which is better or which is correct, because again, it depends on what story you want to tell. That said, for the purpose of this shoot, I prefer number two even with the houses in the foreground because it tells more of the story I was trying to tell. And with Photoshop, those houses can become cactus easy enough 🙂 Thoughts?

 

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Dock On The Lake – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are of a dock on a lake. On a photo shoot from a few months ago, I took numerous shots that I started sharing last week. The shoot was around a small lake near our house. The focus this week is the dock on the lake.

I have attached three photographs of this dock. The point of discussion is the variety of shots you can get centered on the same subject matter. Each of these shots has a different look and tells a different story, yet is of the same dock on the same lake.

Dock on the Lake 1

Dock on the Lake 1

The first shot gives you a point of reference of the dock as it pertains to the lake. You get a feel for the size of the dock and the general feel of the lake. The dock itself isn’t large, nor is it one of many. From this perspective, the dock is center of the frame, but what really becomes the focal point. Is it the lights along the path, the hill in the background or the dock? As you look at the composition of this shot it encompasses all of these elements….again, no right or wrong depending on what you want to portray.

Dock on the Lake 2

The second shot zooms in on the dock. The benches on the dock become more prominent, but so do the homes on the surrounding shoreline. The composition of this shot has the dock with benches front and center. It also has the same hill in the background and homes along the shoreline…again, no right or wrong depending on what you want to portray.

Dock on the Lake 3

Dock on the Lake 3

The third shot puts the framing vertical instead of horizontal. One of the benches takes center stage and the lights on the dock become more of an important element.

All three photographs are well composed, but tell different stories. I put this out there as food for thought as you are taking photographs and trying to figure out what you want the final result to say. By taking numerous shots from different angles, it gives you a pool of pictures to review and determine which one represents the story you want to tell. As a side note a couple of these shots looked better in a black and white format due to the elements within the shot….any idea which two? Thoughts?

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The Tree By The River – Featured Art Print

 

“The Tree By The River” is one of the new additions to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery.  From one of my many hiking ventures last year in the Pacific Northwest, I was inspired by the view through this moss covered tree. It was one of those moments when you are deep in the forest and you come around a bend and through the trees you catch a glimpse of a mountain river. I love the sound of the water going over, under and around the many boulders in the river bed. For this art print, I used a subtle and soft watercolor technique. So subtle in fact you have to stop and look, is this a photo or a painting. I wanted to keep the detail of the scene, but wanted to soften it up slightly. The tree stands as a focus in the foreground with the river in the background taking your eye from the moss covered trunk to the water and the surrounding forest.

 

I invite you to come into the gallery to view the new additions to the collection in the Landscape Watercolor Gallery.

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The Path – Featured Art Print

Another new addition to the Landscape Oil Gallery and to an art alcove in our home, is the attached art print “The Path”. Having spent 6 months living in the Seattle area last year, I have a number of hiking pictures with trails and paths. I have used a number of them for my Inspiration Gallery, but I was wanting to try something totally different with a couple of them. Using a gothic oil technique (large brush strokes and warm earth tones), I created “The Path” . I added the red tone more for a color push and to make the path stand out. This was one of those prints I was still on the fence about and not really sure I was going to add it to the collection, when about a month ago, my wife came into my office while I was working on it.  She studied the piece for awhile without saying anything (trust me she is brutally honest with her thoughts) and asked to have it framed for an art alcove we have in one of our hallways. I was truly surprised, but had it framed and matted per her request. I am drawn to this particular style of art with the old world feel as it compliments a number of interior designs. So, all of that said, I have attached the completed art print, an iPhone photo of the print matted and framed and then a copy of the original shot it is based on.

The Path

The Path

"The Path" matted and framed

“The Path” matted and framed

The original shot

The original shot

Kind of an interesting evolution from original photo to framed art print. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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“Determination” Featured Art Print

As a follow-up to “Perseverance” and from that same gallery, I have attached another motivational  print titled “Determination”.  Same concept different location. This cliff is located along a trail in the Cascade Mountain Range called “Little Si“. It’s an elevation gain of 1200 ft from the valley floor near North Bend, Washington. My youngest daughter put me onto this trail and asked me to hike it with her. Stunning views…great trail and the elevation gain properly tasked us for the 10 mile hike. Never going anywhere without my camera, I took a series of shots on  that hike. This photograph was one of them. While I was watching this guy struggle on his climb, the word determination came to mind. After seeing some of the final shots, I picked this one to use in my Inspiration Gallery.

 

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“Fountain Urns” Cropping an Art Print

I do a fair amount of custom work with my art prints. The other day, one of my clients contacted me with a request that I wanted to share. Her request concerned a series of art prints she purchased last year. One of the prints is the first one I am attaching. The scene is a fountain of large urns located on the estate of the Kuleto Winery in Northern California. The art print is done in an impasto style of oil painting which uses large dramatic brush strokes. The print is in a landscape format (longer width than height) and after months of looking at her print grouping, she realized it would look better with one of her prints being in a portrait mode instead of the landscape. The print in question is the one below.

Fountain Urns 1

Fountain Urns 1

So her request was “Can I have this in portrait format?”  My response was no problem….it will create totally different prints, but here is what I can do…

Fountain Urn 2

Fountain Urn 2

and the other print becomes……

Fountain Urn 3

Fountain Urn 3

By just cropping the art print differently, I have not only created two new art prints, but also given her the ability to keep a theme together on her wall and still mix/match landscape and portrait mode in her presentation.

Source: Floral/Still Life Gallery

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“Eye of Sun” The Art Print of The Week

“Eye of Sun”  The Art print of the week is from my Tropical Gallery.  A sunset over the Pacific Ocean taken along the beach in Carlsbad, California (North San Diego County). I love the way the palm trees frame the sun as it goes down. I used an abstract oil painting technique to give it an edgy modern look to celebrate the vibrant colors.  Enjoy!

Source: Tropical Gallery

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“The Garden Waterfall” The Art Print of the Week

“The Garden Waterfall” The Art print of the week is from my Gardens Gallery. A recent addition to the collection, the setting is in Issaquah, Washington. This landscaped garden created an entrance to a hillside neighborhood. I used a watercolor technique to soften the look creating a warmer feel to the picture. Enjoy!

The Garden Waterfall

The Garden Waterfall

Source: Gardens Gallery

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“Desert Botanical Garden” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

My wife and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix last week to check out the Chihuly  Exhibit. We have seen the Chihuly Exhibit at the Seattle Center, but wanted to see what his work would look like scattered amongst desert plantings. The first shot is in the garden giving you a feel for the surrounding environment. The garden is situated in such a way, you forget you are in a metropolitan area of over 4 million people.  Within the garden, I included two shots of Chihuly glass work amongst the desert flora and fauna. The contrast between his bright-colored displays and the plants were amazing. The displays are also lit up at night which we have seen pictures of and that creates an entirely different experience. The work is stunning both day and night. Enjoy!!

Desert Botanical Garden 1

Desert Botanical Garden 1

Desert Botanical Garden 2

Desert Botanical Garden 2

Desert Botanical Garden 3

Desert Botanical Garden 3

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