I spent a good amount of time photographing Trumpeter Swans this past winter. I really like this photograph because of all the things going on with Light. Light is what photography is all about after all.
My Director at the preschool where I work had a great idea for the big wall in the back of our baby room. We collaborated our creative ideas and we just finished up the project which resulted in these 5 photographs which will be printed on large canvas wraps at a large size. Can't wait to see them hanging up!
It takes hours of self-talk to get myself motivated to go out and do some photography on a cold winter day. For weeks I have wanted to set aside time to go photograph some Trumpeter Swans that I knew stayed in the area for the winter. This week I went twice and was rewarded with Swans that were so close I could practically touch them. Frozen fingers, soaked jeans and numb toes aside, I will be going back to what I have dubbed "Swan Creek" a few more times in the upcoming weeks.
Here was my project for today since it was only 5 degrees outside (and the Vikings were on so I wanted to watch! I am not much of a winter photographer (hard to canoe when the lakes are frozen :) so I have been exercising my creativity with illustrations using my wildlife photographs. I have been making these, then ordering prints of them and hanging them on my wall. I look at them for a few weeks and sometimes go back and change something to make it better. I plan to make a body of work with these illustrations in the quantity of about 20. I believe this one is my 9th one.
I am going through all my images from the Smoky Mountain area and came across this photo which I like. I am going to call it "Puppy Dog Rock". Can you see the rock that looks like a puppy face?
I am finishing up the last details for my photography show at the Bloomington Wildlife Refuge next weekend. Here is my Meet the Artist statement that I just made:
I have been very busy lately getting ready for a photography show that is coming up at a Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, MN.
Here is the announcement card that I made for it (it's double sided so this is the front and back):
Another creative Sunday working with my Luna Moth image. I really am having fun creating artistic illustrations using my nature photographs.
My goal is to create a dozen or so and then find somewhere around town to display them in an art show. Fun Stuff!
This summer I was hired by Skyland Camp in North Carolina to photograph campers and camp activities. Camp experiences are truly carried with a person throughout their entire life. The independence and friendships a child experiences at camp cannot be replaced. This is my favorite photograph I took during the 10 days I was at Skyland Camp. It was a late night bonfire with a candle lighting ceremony. This photo makes me want to be back there.
I love, love, love learning new things with photography and photoshop! I have been getting inspiration lately from a man named "Woody Walters" who has a great website on creative techniques. I have been applying some of these techniques at the portrait studio where I work as a digital photo retoucher and artist. Today I decided to try some of these techniques with my own nature photography. I have had this eagle image in my head for a few weeks and today I sat down for a few hours and made that image real. I am very happy with how it turned out!