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Light and sky imagery shot with mobile phone

When I make plans to shoot artistic photos of skies, landscapes and architecture, I get out my professional-grade DSLR. However, there are times when a beautiful shot presents itself and you just don’t have the big gun handy. So, you can either miss the shot or make do with what you have. And what many of us have these days are mobile phones with workable cameras.

Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share that feature some amazing skies, a very cool rainbow and some stylish lights inside one of Pittsburgh’s largest entertainment venues. I hope you like them.

pastel sky

sun going down

purple sky

bright sun

Point State Park rainbow

colored lights

blue light

Photography caption contest week four

We have now tcome to the last round of the Creative Dreamer’s four-week photography caption competition. Winner from the last three weeks have already been notified and are all in the running to win the top prize of thier choice as well as the prizes for single week winnings.

Now let’s get down to the final round.

Reminder of the rules – leave your most creative caption idea, limited to one word only, as a comment on this post for a chance to win a weekly as well as overall prize. For all details on the contest please click the link above.

Week four photo:

caption contest photo

Accidental Art – Beauty via Photoshop

A few days back…

I was experimenting with the idea of creating a number of digital photography backdrops in Photoshop. While I plan on selling these customized backdrop files ($5 each or 3 for $10), I had been looking to bring out a specific satin looking effect. Eventually, I was able to do just that. But before finally succeeding, I had to go through quite a bit of trial and error. And while that can be frustrating, it can also be an opportunity, a chance to create what I like to call accidental art.

I decided to share the two pieces I chose to save in this post for your enjoyment.

I hope you like them.

Title: Art

digital graphic artwork

Title: Color

colorful digital art piece

Patriotic Art – Honoring the 4th of July

American flag by Johno Prascak

American flag by Johno Prascak

Patriotic Barn by Kerry Reed
Patriotic Barn by Kerry Reed
4th of July Commissioned Artwork

4th of July Commissioned Artwork

Patriotic Pin Up by Painted Lady Photography

Patriotic Pin Up by Painted Lady Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Natural light is the best light (for photography)

In a photography studio setup

you can use as much or as little light as you want, adjust the angles of the light and how harsh or diffused it may be and all sort of other factors. However, with all the little things you can do to manipulate the outcome of artificial and studio lighting, in my personal opinion, there is nothing like the amazing asset that is natural light.

While there is a big difference to the approach a photographer might use working with natural light rather than a unit powered by batteries or a wall outlet, and some may say utilizing light from nature may be more difficult, I really don’t think any artificial setup can compare to the glow and cast from nature itself. This is especially true of what is commonly referred to as the “golden hour,” a brief time period twice a day of about an hour or so around the times of sunrise and sunset.

I urge all photographers to get outside and work outdoors or shoot with window light as much as possible. Once you get used to it and take the chance to experiment, I’m pretty sure you might just get hooked. Here are a few samples of my own natural light work, one with a stunning landscape and several with model photography shot near windows or outside.

garden gate in North Carolina

model with window light

model shot with light from window

model profile in summer evening

The eclectic wood workings of artist Cylde Jones

Bynum, North Carolina is a small town

in fact, that’s probably an understatement. The community consists of only a couple of roads and no more than a few hundred residents.  But among its charming rural appeal, there is one resident who has drawn audiences from across the globe to see his colorful wood work. His name is Clyde Jones and he is a local legend. In fact, each and every year, the community holds and event called “ClydeFest” as a carnival and folk art festival of sorts based around his work.

It just so happens that last year, my brother purchased a home in Bynum. And for the first time a bit more than a week ago, I got the opportunity to see the notorious home of this folk artist first hand. It was something to see. Here are a few photos that will give you an idea of what this guy is all about.

Enjoy.

Clyde Jones home Bynum NC

Clyde's Critters

Clyde Jones

Oh, and just in case you might be wondering, you can’t purchase Clyde’s work. He doesn’t sell it. The only way to get one of his pieces is for him to gift it to you. And his only stipulation – you have to light the critter up in your yard.

Unfinished Business exhibit by Art of Natiq

A few months back a young fellow with extraordinary artistic talent utilized my artist studio for rent in Pittsburgh. He was in the process of putting together some work for a huge exhibit in the heart of the city’s Garfield neighborhood.

The show coming up this April and I enjoyed seeing his work so much that I simply had to give him a shout out.

So, without any more delay, you can feel free to check out the details in the jpeg of the event postcard below.

Art of Natiq

The amazing artistry of Natiq

Recently, a very talented young yet experienced artist needed a place to take some photos to use as reference material for an upcoming art show to be held in early April. He found me online and  took advantage of my photography studio for rent in Pittsburgh.

He brought along with him a few samples form his portfolio and quite honestly I was blown away. I’ve always had a special admiration for anyone who can paint.

I’d like to share his work with my Creative Dreamers readers and I hope you enjoy his talent as much as I did.

Check out a sample of his work below as well as his Art of Natiq website.

beautiful painting

Title: Why

I usually avoid flash in photography but…

While in most cases, the use of flash in photography is actually unnecessary at  best and possibly even destructive at worst. Pop-up flashes often result in harsh and unflattering shadows or a blown out, over exposed shot. And while it is harder to make this sort of mistake with strobe lighting units, some people overuse these as well. One such example would be taking them along for mid-day outdoor shoots.

But on occasion, using flash can be just what is needed to get the desired effect.

One such example, intentional and artistic shadowing.

Here are two simple and interesting ways to pull off this approach.

1. Place the subject of the shot close to the background -

The closer the two are, the easier it becomes to produce intended harsh but artistic shadows.

shadow of a skateboarder

2. Go projector-style -

Place an object that can cast a shadow in front of the flash unit and shoot away.

shadows in fashion photo

Have fun!

October – A beautiful time for scenic photography

October is here!

Sure, it is a bit sad that a little more that a week ago, Summer officially came to an end. At least in my part of the world that is. But in October, many parts of the United States begin to feature some of the most stunning natural sights. As the leaves change colors from their typical green, the landscapes of the countryside turn into an artists wonderland of oranges, reds, yellows, browns and all sorts of amazing colors. As a tribute to the season of Autumn, I hope you take a moment to enjoy the photos below.

fall tree lined path

fall river

flowing waterfall in autumn

fall leaf

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