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Sometimes My Head Is In the Clouds….

Clouds

I’m the first to admit I can easily get lost in taking pictures. Capturing various images is honestly fun. Not to mention, the best way to learn is to practice. A few years ago I became obsessed with shooting cloud photos.

At first I thought something was wrong with me. Why capture clouds? Continue reading Sometimes My Head Is In the Clouds….

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Tulip In Black And White

black and white tulip photo print

A flower is born….

Spring is a rejuvenation of nature. It’s when the snows melt, the air gets warm and finally new colors emerge from dormant life.

Now take out the color and what are you left with?

A monochrome image of a tulip in bloom that reaches inside your soul. With the recent Easter holiday, I picked up some tulips to add some purple tones to the house and get into the spirit of the season.

The flowers hadn’t bloomed yet so I was looking forward to hopefully capturing some images of fresh blooms.

I lucked out. A tulip is a fun subject to shoot.

Light is key and as an artist and budding photographer, I’m a student of light. For this image, I wanted natural light primarily from behind the flower.

After all, what better way to bring out the lines in the petals and the shape of the bloom than from some natural back light.

Monochrome Shapes

Composition is about shapes. Whether I’m drawing a mandala or capturing something from nature, I’m looking for shapes.

When you’re looking for something to draw or capture, train your eyes to look for the shapes around you. When you’re drawing, starting with shapes helps you form your design.

In your photography, looking for shapes, particularly in black and white, helps with the Rule Of Thirds. You want your image to have a subject and looking for the shapes you want will focus your capture.

Tulip photo print

I love shooting in black and white especially up close. Capturing these types of floral images highlights the simplistic beauty of nature.

I used a Nikon D3300 (it’s not the gear it’s the photographer) with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6GII VR lens. Exposure: 1/60 sec., f/4.8, ISO 400.

Flowers brighten rooms and offices. Flowers are a universal symbol of beauty and happiness. Normally, we enjoy flowers because of their color.

But I think there’s nothing wrong with enjoying flowers for their shapes. The structure, the presence. Nothing speaks to this better than a black and white image of a tulip in bloom.

If you like this image, you can find prints here.

Thanks for reading!

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Find Shapes In Nature And Architecture

Shapes

Shapes

The basics of art and photography are shapes. Even in nature, I’m looking for shapes.

Trees, hills, bushes, flower petals, you name it. It’s about shapes. And drawing, especially mandalas is well, shapes and lines.

Take the picture above, it’s nothing more than lines and simple shapes.  Continue reading Find Shapes In Nature And Architecture

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Landscape Photography: Lake Minnewaska, New York

New York State is an absolutely beautiful place to live or visit. The landscapes from Long Island to the Finger Lakes give us photographers much to shoot.

Last weekend, the family and I took a little day trip to Lake Minnewaska in the Mohonk Preserve. Located in the Mid-Hudson Valley just past New Paltz, this state park is a gorgeous area. Picnic, hike, bike, swim, or just sit and take in the natural.

I used to visit as a kid and would go hiking with my dad. Now, I’m the dad and take my little man on the trails.

Here a few shots to give you some inspiration:

A little-hidden rock formation. Reminding me of something from a fantasy novel.


The view from a break in the trees along the Red path.

Landscape

One last shot of the view. It was a beautiful day and perfect for a hike.

 

Live each day. Get out into nature. Bring a camera. Remember that phone you’re attached to? Take some pictures and enjoy the beauty of our natural world.

Remember too, when you’re on marked trails, stay on the path. Don’t disturb what nature gives us. No photo is worth destroying the nature we enjoy.

Go. Live. Be.

P.S. I captured these images using an LG Stylo 2. 

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Published! Check Out My Photo In The Children’s Book Swamp Things: Muskrats

A few months back, I was asked if one of my muskrat photos could be used for a children’s book. Of course, I said yes!

Cover: Muskrat

Thank you to Bearport Publishing!

Check out the book here.

The photo used was one of several baby muskrats catching some sleep on a warm, summer evening: