Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Want Your Opinion

Seeking your opinion on this image. The original image was taken in Alaska on a small rocky island filled with breeding puffins. The image originally had a green grassy background. But I wanted to create a more artistic representation of these two puffins, who were positioned perfectly.

So I used Photoshop to drop out the background and replaced it with an off-white tone.

So the question for you to answer is this:
Does this image look interesting and artsy, or does it look odd because it is clearly not a realistic representation of nature?

It is important to note that this type of image should NEVER be submitted in a nature or wildlife photo competition, and should NEVER be used in a textbook on birds or nature. It is only intended as an art piece, an interpretation of nature, not a realistic representation of nature.

So what do you think? I want to hear from you so please be honest and direct.

1/2500 sec., f/13, ISO 1600. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens with 1.4x extender set at 560mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."  --Scott Adams

Saturday, January 13, 2018

LAST CALL - You Could Be Here!

Last chance to grab your spot on this year's 

Denali National Park In Autumn photo tour! 



--  Stay in relative luxury in one of the world's last wilderness areas. 


--  Photograph moose, caribou, grizzly bear and more. 


--  Photograph one of the world's most beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges.


--  Your own window seat in a large private vehicle; we go wherever the action is.


--  See miles of tundra in full fall splendor. 

--  Plus get personal photographic training, critiques, great food, and fun!


Go to www.awakethelight.com for details.

Don't miss this opportunity. 

This unique trip is limited to only 10 photographers, 

so reserve your space now. 

Email me at awakethelight@charter.net 

with questions or to register.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time For Some Sun

With so much of the country under a blanket of white. it is time for a little sunshine. This perfect daisy seemed like the right mix of white to represent snow, and yellow to represent the sun.

Normally I prefer to photograph flowers in open shade because of its soft, even lighting. But this perfect bloom just popped beautifully in the strong sunlight. Taken last summer in Alaska right before a whale-watching trip, this little beauty made me smile.

One of the many rewards of photography is the simple pleasure it can provide. A single flower, a lovely scene, a soaring bird, or a grazing moose can each bring a smile to our lips and a sense of joy to our hearts.

Because this was taken with a zoom lens set at 200mm, the shadowed background went beautifully soft and did not create any distractions. While I often use a 100mm macro lens for flower shots, using a moderate telephoto lens, or even a super telephoto, can add a new dimension to your images.

1/640 sec at f/4.5, ISO 400.  Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens set at 200mm on Canon 7D Mark II body.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass."  -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.