Wednesday, 24 August 2016

5 Ways to Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp


Todays photography tip from our friends over at Picture Correct is provided by Lorna Kirkby, a baby and newborn photographer based in Melbourne, Australia (lornakirkbyphotography.com.au). She serves as a coach and mentor to both newbie photographers and old pros who need refreshment. Lorna writes:-

There are so many rewarding aspects in life, and one of them is growing in something you love, something that you’re good at. Not only do we feel a sense of accomplishment, but we feel larger on the inside. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist with a knack for photography, improving your talent is a special thrill. 

On the flipside, there are few things more frustrating than that feeling of being stuck under a glass ceiling where you feel jaded, your work starts to feel dull, your passion begins to wane, and your creative juices dry up. We all plateau from time to time, and it’s important to get out of the rut quickly. So, how do you sharpen your photography talent? Here are five ways to get back on track.

Follow this link to read Lorna's full article....5 Ways to Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp: 
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One of Lorna's tips is to stick your neck out and enter a competition, or submit your photo to one of the many photography forums around and ask for a critique.

The first competition I entered was in 2012, with my Three Headed Giraffe which became a finalist. in the  "Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year" in the Wildlife section.
Three Headed Giraffe
More recently I entered a competition run by a local firm of solicitors to publicise the opening of their new office. The following image, of a Bicester Night Scene was placed third.
Bicester Night Scene
As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Featured Artist Hugh Smith

This weeks featured artist is photographer Hugh Smith.

This is what Hugh told us about himself:

A Philadelphia native, I have lived in Baja California for the past 3 years. 
I began shooting professionally for the now defunct Philadelphia Bulletin as a Sunday Supplement stringer and owned the largest commercial studio in Philadelphia. 
Notre Dame
My work has appeared in magazines from Shutterbug to Sports Illustrated, Camera Suisse, Darkroom Techniques, etc. and I am a regular contributor for Trillium Art Magazine and several blogs
Heron On Jackson Lake
I have exhibited in Europe as well as the U.S. Currently, my work is exhibited in Rosarito, Baja, California at Polo’s Gallery of fine art. My passion is model headshots, travel photography and landscapes.

My work hangs in the permanent collection of private collectors as well as corporate venues and hotels.
Holy Family Catholic Church
I have published 8 books including Art of the Muse (books 1, 2, and 3) as well as 'Italy, through my lens.' Paris, Through my Lens.' 'Ireland, through my lens.' and others. 

All work is processed to the highest archival standards available. 
Waves Ring Of Dingle
I have been concentrating on corporate commissions recently and encourage interior designers to contact me if they have a particular theme they need for their office or home.  

You can also follow all of Hugh's work at www.jargonart.com.




Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Britain from A to Z - Q

I have written very little on the blog for a few months now due to personal circumstances, but now I am in a position to start posting on a regular basis.

I am re-starting today with the latest in my A to Z of Britain series, which, unfortunately for me, is the letter Q, not the most common letter!. 

I shall start in Oxfordshire at Blenheim Palace, with a couple of images of Queens Pool.
Vanbrughs Grand Bridge.
Queen Pool at Blenheim Palace, showing Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge. 
Queen Pool
Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and has over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. 
Queen Elizabeth Tower
The Elizabeth Tower which houses The Great Clock and Big Ben, which is the name of the largest of the five bells which hand in the clock tower. The clock tower, widely known as Big Ben, was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen, in recognition of the Queen's 60 year reign.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Britain from A to Z - P

We continue our A to Z tour of Britain with the letter P, where we start in London, with the Palace of Westminster, travel along the south coast to Portsmouth, up to Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead and then take a look at Punts in Oxford and Cambridge.
Wall Art of Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London.
Wall Art of Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth - The Spinnaker Tower
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark tower in Portsmouth, England, UK. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and the engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by its being modeled after a sail. The tower was opened on 18 October 2005 and the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben.
Wall Art of Pinkneys Green
Pinkneys Green
Early Sunday morning in January, at Pinkneys Green Common, Maidenhead, England.
Wall Art of Punts in Oxford
Punts - Oxford
Punts on the River Cherwell in Oxford.
Wall Art of Punts in Cambridge
Punts - Cambridge
Punts moored on the River Cam in Cambridge.

A punt is a flat-bottomed boat, typically used in small rivers and canals, and is particularly associated with the students of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It is propelled by pushing the river bed with a long pole. There is a difference between the punts used in the two cities. In Cambridge the punter is balanced on a flat wooden platform, whereas in Oxford, where the punts are shaped slightly differently, the correct position is to stand on the slatted decking in the punt.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Featured Artist Juergen Roth

This weeks featured artist is photographer Juergen Roth.

Juergen Roth was born and raised near Cologne, Germany. In 1988, he moved to West Berlin and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 he enjoyed exploring the reunited city and the lost natural environment surrounding it. Since 2001 he has been living in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife Helen and daughter Nina. 

Juergen has participated in many local art events and shows where his photography images achieved numerous honors. Most recently in 2015, Juergen's iconic Boston skyline photography image Welcome to the Great City of Boston was recognized with the Kusmin Gallery Award for Best in New England at the Fine Art of Photography exhibition at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. 

Most notable, in 2014 Serene Cape Cod was awarded Highly Commended by a panel of world famous judges in the 2014 U.S.A. Landscape Photographer of the Year photography contest. His award winning photography artwork has been published in books, calendars and magazines throughout the world.

Juergen finds inspiration in Boston when not Chasing the Light at nearby Wildlife Sanctuaries and the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of New England. He has always regarded nature as the ultimate inspiration.

His gallery can be found www.RothGalleries.com.

and you can find him on Social Media here:

Prints & Image Licensing: http://www.rothgalleries.com
Photo Blog: http://whereintheworldisjuergen.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/naturefineart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naturefineart
Google+: https://plus.google.com/112928796157153543442/posts
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/juergenroth/boards
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naturephotographs

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Britain from A to Z - O

In today's tour of Britain, we are at the letter O and travel from Oxford Street, London, at Christmas, up to a medieval Cathedral in Ely, and then across to Oxfordshire with a visit to Otmoor Nature Reserve.
Christmas lights in Oxford Street, London, taken from outside Selfridges.
Octagon Tower of Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral dates back to 1083, and cathedral status was granted it in 1109. Until the reformation it was the Church of St Etheldreda and St Peter, at which point it was refounded as the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely, continuing as the principal church of the Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England. Architecturally it is outstanding both for its scale and stylistic details. Having been built in a monumental Romanesque style, the galilee porch, lady chapel and choir were rebuilt in an exuberant Decorated Gothic. Its most famous feature however is the central Octagonal tower, with lantern above, which provides a spectacular internal space and, along with the West Tower, gives a unique exterior landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape. Ely Cathedral is a major tourist destination, receiving around 250,000 visitors per year, and sustains a daily pattern of morning and evening services.
Otmoor Nature Reserve
Otmoor - Reflections Of A Fence

Otmoor is an RSPB nature reserve just outside Oxford that spans a total of 262 acres. It was once an extensive marshland but it suffered significant damage to the habitat due to drainage. The RSPB have been undergoing a program of restoration which when completed will see the nature reserve at Otmoor as one of national importance for bird lovers.
There are approximately 90 different species of birds that currently breed at Otmoor and the winter months see an influx of wildfowl and raptors such as the Short Eared Owl and the Peregrine.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Britain from A to Z - N

Today we are in Oxfordshire taking a look at Narrowboats and a winding country lane in Nettlebed, before moving to the south coast to see a  New Forest pony and her foal.
Narrowboat On Oxford Canal
Narrowboats 
Narrowboats along the Oxford Canal at Thrupp in Oxfordshire.
Nettlebed Country Lane
Winding Country Lane near Nettlebed in the Oxfordshire countryside on a sunny January afternoon.
New Forest Pony And Foal
New Forest Pony and Foal near Stoney Cross. They are one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. They are valued for hardiness, strength, and sure-footedness.The breed is indigenous to the New Forest in Hampshire in southern England, where equines have lived since before the last Ice Age; remains dating back to 500,000 BC have been found within 50 miles (80 km) of the heart of the modern New Forest. Currently there are around 3000 ponies in the New Forest.


As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.