Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Changing Range of Light Receives Indie Publishing Award

I am pleased to announce that The Changing Range of Light, portraits of the Sierra Nevada, has received an Eric Hoffer Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in the Art Book Category.

The Eric Hoffer Award Mission Statement
The Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century (with permission from the Eric Hoffer Estate) to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit. 
The “Hoffer” honored prose is largely unpublished and the books are chiefly from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings. Throughout the centuries, writers such as Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Wolfe have taken the path of self-publishing rather than have their ideas forced into a corporate or sociopolitical mold. The books and prose of the Hoffer Award are nominated by the people and judged by independent panels. Winners of the “Hoffer” are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books and published in the annual anthology, Best New WritingThe Hoffer Award will continue to be a platform for and the champion of the independent voice.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Photographing Springtime Foliage in the Sierra

It has been  a long winter here in the Sierra Nevada. Parts of the Southern Sierra are starting to thaw out and show some spring foliage. I did a quick trip down to Bishop to photograph the wild Iris blossoms, but arrived a few days too late to get the best blossoms. Fortunately on my way back I drove the June Lake loop just north of Mammoth, and lo and behold came upon some wonderfully lit spring Aspen trees. In the early spring the light leaves of the Aspens have a wonderful glow similar to what you would find in Autumn, but a little more subtle.  I was able to get some nice shots of these Aspens illuminated in the morning sun. I added these images to the High Sierra Photographs portfolio on my website.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tiny Italy & Tiny Paris

I had a great conversation & impromptu training session with Brian Matiash of On One Software yesterday. He showed me how to get some great "tilt lens" photography looks using On One Focal Point. I love the look you can get with a tilt lens making landscapes look miniaturized, like you are shooting a small model of a landscape scene. I have seen some great shots by Vincent Laforet that use this technique. Even better than actually having to use the tilt lens is the ability to create the exact same look in Focal Point. I revisited some of my landscapes from Italy and Paris using this technique. Here are my results from converting them to tiny landscapes in Focal Point. I will likely refine my technique shown here further based on additional input from Brian. If you want to get the scoop on how to do this check out On One's archived webinar on this subject. The effect shows better at a larger size than I can show below, so click on each image to properly see the effect. This is a fun way to rework landscapes to create a different look. It is by no means a new technique but I think it is still a great look. I will be adding a portfolio of these tiny landscapes to my website when I have time. 

I am also in the process of evaluating some new photo packs from Lowe Pro so I be posting a column on that next week. I recently submitted my July column to Outdoor Photographer so be sure to check that out when the July issue comes out.

Tiny Rome

Tiny Tuscany

Tiny Village

TIny Vineyard

Tiny Paris
Tiny Paris II

Tiny Amalfi

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Visualizing Art in a Space

I have worked with many people over the years helping them visualize how a particular piece of art will look in their home or office. One tool I have been using more and more is photoshop simulation. This tool works well for both in office and home art installations. I have the client email me a jpg of the space in question, then based on a list of prints they like I will do mock ups of the art installation. Below are some examples of recent photo simulations I have done. The tool that is most important in photoshop is the distort tool, it will give you the ability to adjust the image perspective to fit the room picture. While my simulations are not perfect they can be done fairly quickly and help people select image groupings and sizes. I am happy to do one for anyone who has a space they want to put one or more of my prints in. The images below show unframed stretched canvasses. Showing the framing is possible but would be much more complicated.