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Colorful Sky with the Space Needle – Featured Art Prints

As a departure from last weeks black and white photography, this week I want to look at a very colorful sky I created as a backdrop to the Seattle skyline. Using a fauvism technique to create the bright colored sky and abstract look, I have attached two art prints that are just slightly different.

In the first print “Space Needle Colorful Sky”, I centered the Space Needle as a focal point with the buildings of downtown part of the background.

 

In the second print “Space Needle Fauvism Style”, I put the Space Needle off-center to the right to allow the downtown buildings to become more prominent in the overall look. 

My initial reaction between the two was the Space Needle centered, but then I was pulled to the Space Needle on the right side for the reasons I stated…..Thoughts?

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What Am I Seeing? Three Very Different Black and White Photographs

This week I wanted to take a look at three very different black and white photographs and tell you what I see.

As I have mentioned in my posts, I shoot everything in Raw format which means I shoot digitally capturing tremendous detail. It does take up memory and believe me my portfolio and archives have their own hard drive because of it. The reason I shoot with that much definition is that it allows me to “play’ with the end picture more.

The first picture is a cityscape of downtown Seattle with the Space Needle featured front and center. What do I see? I see the downtown towers and Space Needle sharply defined…very bold straight edges. I see the architecture dominating the capture because of that factor. As an additional element, I see the sharp contrast of the cloud formations from the high level clouds to the puffy cumulous in the background.  I see an architectural statement of Seattle with the subtle element of weather which Seattle is known for.

From a cityscape to a farm. What do I see? I see a mood created from an abandoned farm highlighted by showing it in black and white. I see barren tree branches and collapsing buildings that have a lonely element with no life. The black and white presentation allows this mood to be front and center without getting distracted by pops of color.

From the farm to Old Point Loma Lighthouse sitting on the entrance to San Diego Bay in Cabrillo National Monument. What do I see? I see the top of a lighthouse where the simple architecture of the structure points your eye upward to the light. I see what is a deep blue sky not taking center stage because the presentation in black and white makes it a supporting gray backdrop to the white structure and the intricate architecture of the top of the lighthouse.

Thoughts?

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Summer Remembered – Featured Art Prints

As we head deeper into fall, with winter right around the corner, I wanted to take a look back at the summer. I decided to feature some prints I did from our summer excursion into the Pacific Northwest…reference two prior posts: Henry Island to Anacordes and Roche Harbor . The theme is nautical and warm. The prints I decided to feature today are all done using a fauvism technique. Fauvism was used by a group of modern artists in the early twentieth century. It favored painterly qualities with strong colors over realistic values, giving an abstract feel to a print.


The first print is of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. The harbor is clearly a haven for numerous boats.


The second print is the same harbor, but with a different perspective. This scene is looking across the bay to Henry Island in the background. The other side of Henry Island faces Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.


 

With the third print, the setting is much more subdued with a single sailboat navigating the waters around San Juan Island.


The fourth art print takes us back to Seattle on Lake Union. The scene depicts a sailboat with a group of guys enjoying the sun and water (they were packing a large water blaster to soak passing boats all in good fun), with the Space Needle in the background.


The fifth and final print, also from Lake Union depicts a guy kayaking with his dogs. What could be more fun than that?

Thoughts?

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Chihuly Seattle – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I have received so much feedback from my photo shoot blog on March 3, 2014 Desert Botanical Garden – Chihuly, that I want to revisit that subject. (that’s two revisit blogs back to back…is it a pattern? ) I have heard from a number of folks where there are other Chihuly exhibits and the beauty of them. I know I have mentioned this more than once, but the Garden and Glass Chihuly exhibit at the Seattle Center by the Space Needle is almost overwhelming it is so extensive. I encourage you to check out their link for even more pictures of how incredible this exhibit is. There are a number of exhibit rooms you walk through and when you think you have seen it all, you go into yet another room. After the exhibit rooms, you walk into a glass house where his work is hanging from a ceiling and as you look up, you not only are looking at his work with the sky as a back drop, but also the space needle. You then head outside for the garden exhibit. Having shared the flavor of the garden exhibit with my Desert Botanical shoot here in Phoenix, I have attached ten shots from the exhibit rooms. Enjoy!!

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I love this last shot with the Space Needle in the background.

As I stated in my prior blog, these photos are for personal use to promote his exhibits and not to be used for commercial purposes to respect the copyright of Chihuly’s work.

 

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