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Deer In The Yard – Featured Art Print

For a little bit of that spring feeling, I thought I would feature this capture. What catches my eye every time I come across this shot, is the sheer beauty of the green lawn up against the beginning of a wooded area and oh yes…there just happens to be a deer in the frame staring back at me. I caught this scene on a hike I took in the springtime while I was traversing the wooded hills above the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The deer caught my movement and just froze. I took a couple of shots before it darted off back into the cover of the woods. Thoughts?


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Deer In The Yard – Excerpt From A Photo Shoot

I wanted to share a photograph from a series I did when I was visiting family in Iowa. Being the avid hiker, I was hiking along the banks of a river and then up into the dense hilly woods that line the river. My family lives on the edge of the woods up in the hills in a neighborhood where this site is very common year around. I can’t tell you the amount of times I have watched numerous deer wander across yards without any hesitation. In this particular shot, I was coming out of the woods into the yard when I saw this lone deer pondering whether they wanted to come out into the open or not. I startled him (or her), but since I always have my camera on me when I hike, I got a series of shots and have posted this one in my Color Photography 2 Gallery and call it “Deer In The Yard”.

 

Thoughts?

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Simplicity in Nature – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

One of the things I am always on the lookout for is simplicity in a potential photograph to focus in on. If I’m doing a photo shoot on a hike, it’s that moment of sunlight coming through the forest canopy framing a plant or log. It can be that simple touch of color in the undergrowth or the unique plant popping through the forest growth. I call that simplicity in nature. As I have mentioned, for me it can take a number of shots to get just the right one. I’ve attached a series of shots I took on a particular hike. I saw something that pulled all of the simplistic elements together for me…sunlight through the forest canopy shining on new growth sprouting from a moss-covered branch. From the attached 6 shots, I pulled one that I added to my galleries completely untouched…no cropping or color adjustments needed. Which one would you have picked and I will tell you which one made it to a final art print and why.

Simplicity 1

Simplicity 1

Simplicity 2

Simplicity 2

Simplicity 3

Simplicity 3

Simplicity 4

Simplicity 4

Simplicity 5

Simplicity 5

Simplicity 6

Simplicity 6

I chose number 6 as the final art print and here’s why. I like the two branches of new growth versus the one as in 1-3. Looking at 4-6, the focus on the two foreground plants was perfect in 5 & 6. Narrowing it down to these two, I preferred the background growth being centered in number 6…blurred as intended, but centered. It creates a visual balance between the foreground and background. Thoughts?

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“Green” The Art Print of The Week

“Green” is from my Gardens Gallery.  The setting is a vine growing up a moss-covered tree deep in the Pacific Northwest Woods. This art print is one of 39 new works added to the Garden Gallery collection this week. I chose this particular print to highlight because the amount of green is an obvious, but the subtleness of the vine and moss pulls the eye into the picture creating that moment of “what exactly is this?”. I used a painting technique with large prominent brush strokes. They add a texture that gives more depth to an all green print!     Enjoy!

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“Urban Snowfall” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Ok, there is irony in the title…the pictures look like they are deep in the woods, when in fact they are in the middle of a highly populated area of Seattle. Close to the intersection of two major freeways and multiple business highrises, I capture these shots of the seasons first and sometimes only snowfall in the Seattle area. The snow occurred in the early morning hours mid December and stayed on the ground into the early afternoon.  I intentionally tried to capture a deep woods look as I was nowhere near a place to hike into the woods and knew I would have a limited time to capture the snow before it melted. Enjoy!!

Urban Snow

Urban Snow

Urban Snow 2

Urban Snow 2

Urban Snow 3

Urban Snow 3

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A Photo Shoot “Frozen Waterfall”

With record temperature cold across most of the US, this photo shoot seemed appropriate. While not from the current cold snap, but an early December cold snap hitting the Seattle area, I took the next three pictures while hiking near where we lived just before sunset. The setting is a very tall rock/dirt cliff next to the trail I was hiking on. For those of you that follow my blog, it was the same hike where I captured the moss covered wall. Because of the amount of rain the Seattle area gets, the ground is always full of moisture.  The waterfall in mention is ground water running down the face of the cliff.

Frozen Waterfall

Frozen Waterfall

A closer look…..

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

This last shot I thought was interesting in that these icicles were formed from water seeping out of the cliff wall….

Seeping Icicles

Seeping Icicles

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

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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

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“The Mushroom” The Art Print of the Week

“The Mushroom” The Art Print of the Week

I updated my B&W Photography 2 Gallery this week and the art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is a macro shot of a mushroom growing in the woods that I came across on one of my hikes here in the Pacific Northwest. As a side note…mushroom or toadstool, I don’t know the difference as I don’t pick them, so in my mind it’s a mushroom. That said, I thought the texture and contrast of the shot lent itself well to a black and white art print. Visit the gallery for other shots recently added from my hikes and from the Issaquah Railroad Museum….

source: B&W Photography 2 Gallery

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A Photo Shoot: “The Bench”

As any outdoor photographer can tell you, when we are out and about, we are always looking for a great shot. There are those occasions where I am out specifically getting shots like last week when I did the photo shoot of the Seattle Great Wheel, but there are also those occasions when you are just out and about and you catch it in the corner of your eye. If possible, you stop and go back at that moment. I have been known to make sudden side trips with a passenger in the car and they look at me , like are you nuts….no…I saw something. My wife has gotten use to this, so she humors me.

I saw that thing in the corner of my eye the other day, but couldn’t stop and take advantage of it, so I had to pass it up. It weighed on my mind the rest of the day and into the next. I finally decided, I had to go back and take some shots now…unfotunately for me it was raining, a nice steady rain, but I couldn’t get it out of my head…yea, I ended up hiking in the rain to get that shot.  I call the photo shoot: “The Bench” as a bench is the subject matter I was after.

There is something about a bench on a trail or in front of a scenic overlook that invites you to sit and take it all in or to sit and have a conversation with someone close to you. Whatever it is, I am drawn to capturing them.

I have attached three of those photos I took from my rain excursion and then included the three watercolor art prints that resulted from them .

The Bench Picture 1

The Bench Picture 1

This is the original photograph I took, you can tell it’s a dreary rainy day, but we still have the fall color and the leaves have fallen over the path.

Next, the resulting watercolor:

The Bench Watercolor 1

The Bench Watercolor 1

Next is picture number 2…

The Bench Picture 2

The Bench Picture 2

The same bench, just a slightly different perspective. The resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 2

The Bench Watercolor 2

And finally picture number 3…

The Bench Picture 3

The Bench Picture 3

and the resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 3

The Bench Watercolor 3

The same bench in all three, but from different perspectives. So, that was my photo shoot for the week and the resulting art prints.

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Abstract Watercolor

Since abstract art prints are not just limited to oil paintings, I wanted to share a couple of new prints I just added to my Abstract Watercolor Gallery. The first one is title “Red Sunset”.  The painting is inspired by a sunset over the Pacific Ocean from the coastal hills of North San Diego County. I really went strong on the red because that particular sunset was such a vibrant display of color.

I also wanted to share the next painting titled: “Bare Branches”.

This particular painting was inspired by bare tree branches along the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa mid February. The angular abstract shaping of the tree branches emphasizes the bareness and the purple creates a strong back drop and introduces the thought of temperature (cold).  I invite you to look at the rest of the gallery and would love any feedback….Thanks!