The Napa wine country is in full bloom with the mustard flowers now. I did a few in-camera paintings of landscapes in the wine country and have posted them on my website in the Camera Paintings Portfolio. It is still a mystery to me how to get the best effects - I try many different motions with the camera and a variety of shutter speeds to cover different options, but it seems a bit random what ultimately ends of making the best camera paintings. The best solution seems to be just shooting a few hundred frames of any subject and selecting the one that works. The key is to make them more blurry rather than less, because they end up looking more painterly that way. I am realizing how much more difficult traditional landscape photography is compared to doing these camera paintings. To take a traditional landscape photo you really need the convergence of amazing scenery in beautiful light with minimal wind- camera paintings require interesting colors and forms, which are easier to find. I think they are a fun way to explore the landscape, and people in our gallery seem to be enjoying the effect in large prints.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The new Carmel Gallery site features our top-selling images. We have many more images on our individual websites at ElizabethCarmel.com and OlofCarmel.com. We will also extend the 10% off special to phone orders on any images not available on the new website. Please call the Gallery toll free at (888) 482-4632 to place a phone order for items not on the website.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I get many questions emailed to me and try to answer a few on this blog - here are 2 recent ones with my responses:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I tried an experimental shot of some trees in the snow the other day, and was pleased with how it turned out. This shot was done at 1/20 of a second with a 300mm lens, with the camera being panned in a downward motion. I have some ideas about other subjects I would like to try this technique on, so I added a new category to my website called Camera Paintings. I have printed this image 40" wide on canvas and will see what kind of comments it evokes at the gallery.