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Introducing 2 New Palm Tree Works

Since last Sunday was Palm Sunday and we are almost at Easter, I thought I’d introduce two of our brand new offerings to our online gallery.

The first is Palm Frond.  A unique shot of a new palm leaf still unwrapping as it slowly opens from the tree.  This work is all about lines and shading.   The unique linear structure of the frond gives sense of climbing  to an unseen  focal point just above the viewable picture.

Palm Frond
Palm Frond

I hid the focal point of the frond to add a sense of mystery and increase the feeling of texture in the work.

 

Our second work is Palm Leaf Dew.   The morning dew slowly descended the ingrained channels in the palm fronds to rest at the very tips.   As the drops of water slowly accumulate into larger and larger drops, the force of gravity will soon take over and allow them to fall to the ground.

Palm Leaf Dew
Palm Leaf Dew

Using a series of dodge and burning techniques I brought out the lines of the channels and produced the reflective nature of the water droplets.  Meanwhile the background remains blurred allowing the focus to be on the fronds themselves.

Have a Happy Easter!

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Get The Scoop on Our Easter Rabbit Before You’re Too Late

Around my humble place of residence are scores of unseen plants and animals living, or trying to, in complete harmony with the humans and their industrial machines. Flowers and trees, birds, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, even coyotes and hawks are found living wild in our urban areas.

It is very rare to see the larger animals but finding them are a challenge that I enjoy. Often, these animals learn to approach humans in a cautionary way. One such example is our friendly kitten (baby rabbit) featured above. He was not real sure about me and never stopped looking in my direction during our little visit.

In fact, a small ballet soon ensued of him moving a foot away, and me slowly following. We’d stop, eye each other, and then continue to move another foot. This went on for several minutes until I finally lost the little guy under some brush.  Unfortunately, this is only half the work.

Bunny
Bunny

The other half of producing a work of art is in its production.  While most of the time the choice of whether to use black or white for a picture or full color is an easy choice for the photographic artist, sometimes the shot forces a specific choice.

For example, our cute bunny presented all forms of difficulties for a color shot. The rabbit has earth brown fur and he is sitting upon a small pile of flattened medium brown tree mulch while enjoying the protection of some dark shade from the sun wafting through the trees above.  The result was a small cute rabbit no one could see.  Obviously, what is great for the rabbit vs. predators is not so wonderful for the photographer.

It’s these very limits on what the picture will look like in color that makes photographic art no different from many of the other arts. For instance, In sculptor the rock forces the sculptor to use the rock he is given  in a particular way to create his work. It’s the same for photography, while I can manipulate the image in a variety of forms and fashions; I’m forced to use the underlying picture as nature gave it to me. This is the creative challenge that I love about this art.

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