Thursday, 28 November 2013

Black Friday Sale: 50% Off eBooks and Prints

To celebrate the holiday season this year, Christopher ODonnell Photography would like to offer a 50% discount on all eBooks and prints from now until New Year’s Day. To apply your discount, enter the code HOLIDAY during checkout when purchasing an eBook from his website or any print item from his SmugMug store.

Landscape Photography eBooks
The 50% discount applies to any eBook item, including the already-discounted Collection. The regular price of the entire eBook Collection has a bundle discount of 25% off retail if purchased as a single transaction. This means that you can take an additional 50% off on top of the 25% discount already applied. In other words, that’s $51 worth of photography eBooks for just over $19 (technically, it’s $19.13).

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Black & White Photography Techniques

When I first took up photography as a serious hobby about three years ago, I considered black and white photography very outdated, however I can now see the beauty of it and while I don't produce many black and white images, I do look for them and have created a few that I am pleased with. In this article from Picture Correct, by Andrew Goodall, he gives three very simple tips that will help you appreciate and enjoy producing black and white images, at least occasionally! Andrew writes for http://www.naturesimage.com.au and is a nature photographer based in Australia. He manages a gallery in Montville full of landscape photography from throughout Australia.

Black and white photography is a rewarding and challenging field of artistic photography. Even people who don’t care about photography can find themselves drawn to a great black and white image. As a photographer, black and white can allow you to discover a whole new character in a familiar subject. For many digital photographers, black and white photography is nothing more than colour photography converted by software. It is a matter for your own judgement whether this is effective for your photographs.

Follow this link to see Andrews tips and view some of his images.....Black & White Photography Techniques – PictureCorrect
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Here are a couple of my own black and white images that I am particularly pleased with:
Grants Gazelle from Balloon
 Grants Gazelle from Balloon
 Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
January Sunday Morning
January Sunday Morning
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As usual, these are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.




50% off sale on Tasty Food Photography ebook.

There is a 50% off sale on the Tasty Food Photography e-book that will run from 12:01AM on Thursday 11/28 until 11:59PM on Monday 12/2. 

This informative book is written by food blogger Bjork Ostrom from the Pinch of Yum blog. Bjork says :


Photography is an incredible tool that can have a profound impact on the life of your blog or website.I’ve learned a lot of things – both big and small – in the last few years, and this book is my way of sharing all that with you. My hope is that these tips and tricks will be practical, easy to read, and ultimately help you take food photos that make people say, “I am dying to eat that right now!”


Click here to read full details, and enter the coupon code TFP50 at the checkout to claim the 50% discount.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Landscape Photography at Twilight

An interesting article detailing the various types of light to be found at sunrise and sunset, and encouraging any aspiring landscape photographer the importance of getting up early in the morning! It is from our friends at Picture Correct and is written by Stefan Hofer.

There are various phases of sunrise and sunset, however each phase repeats itself twice a day – once during sunrise and once again at sunset. All phases during sunrise are the same for sunset phases – the only difference is chronological order i.e. when each phase begins and ends. Therefore, sunrise and sunset are exactly the same, except that sunset reverses the order of phases seen at sunrise.

To read the article in full, follow the link:......Landscape Photography at Twilight – PictureCorrect
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Here are a couple of my own sunset images:
Sunset at Koper
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

Trees at Sunset
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

As usual, these are available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Featured Photographer - Donna Van Vlack

Today's featured artist is photographer Donna Van Vlack.

Donna Van Vlack was born in California but has spent most of her life in Tucson, Arizona. She is a self-taught photographer with a naturalist style. Now that her children are grown, she and her husband Scott are embracing the things they are most passionate about, such as traveling, hunting and the outdoors. She spends a lot of time volunteering to preserve her hunting heritage and outdoor way of life. 
Snowy Aspen Grove
Donna is an avid hunter, whose inspiration and passion comes from her love for her husband and her love of hunting and the outdoors.   She uses photography as a means of self-expression.  She takes photographs for herself, which helps her better see the world around her. 
Reflections of Antelope Island
Like Donna's life, her photography has been a path of growth and change. She picked up her first camera after she started hunting and that’s really when her passion for photography began. She fell in love with the idea of being able to capture exactly what she saw and create a visual memory for her family and friends that would be treasured for a lifetime. 
Heron
Donna’s photographs can be viewed here:
http://redryakphotography.com

Donna has published her photographs in a coffee table book, Arizona Through My Eyes, which can be purchased here:
http://www.blurb.com/b/3346484-arizona-through-my-eyes

You can connect with on social media here:
https://www.facebook.com/RedRyakPhotography
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DonnaVanVlack/posts
https://twitter.com/RedRyakPhotos

Check out all of our featured photographers.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Star Trail Photography Tips

If you have thought about taking star trail photography but are not sure how, this article by Loreen Liberty for PictureCorrect will give you the basic knowledge you require. Professional photographer Loreen (www.litewriting.com) has been taking photographs since her early teens, and in the professional industry for the past nine year. After many successful years as a wedding and portrait photographer, Loreen decided to turn her attentions to teaching photography full time. “It gives me more time to practice my craft and be artistic for myself.”

One of the lessons in the Photography Lab series I teach is a lesson on night photography, specifically shooting the stars. There are two essentials to know before going out to shoot stars your first time.

ONE: The Earth is rotating. This means you can photograph star constellations, but after about 15 seconds, you will start to get blurring in your stars because of the move ment of the Earth.

TWO: You should know a couple of constellations before you go out: the Big Dipper and Orion are the two I use to orient myself.

Read the article and see some of Laurens images by following this link:.............Star Trail Photography Tips – PictureCorrect

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Portrait Gear Essentials

A very interesting article from Digital Photography School, by Gina Milicia, detailing exactly what kit she uses for her portrait photography, both in the studio or when out on travelling portrait shoots. Gina has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. She has photographed some of the world’s most powerful and famous people including royalty and heads of state, billionaires and a-list celebrities and been on location in some of the world’s most exotic places. 

I’m often asked what the best equipment is for taking great portraits. Many people assume that a great camera will take great portraits. That is simply not true. A quick scan through Flickr, Instagram or any photo sharing site will reveal thousands of beautiful portraits, some taken on mobile phone cameras, and yet others using very basic entry level equipment.

A great photographer can take great photos using any kind of camera. A great camera in unskilled hands will still deliver mediocre photos. Before you invest the big bucks in high end gear take the time to learn the craft first.


I started out my professional career with a borrowed camera and very cheap lens. I worked this way for a few years and then invested in a high end second hand camera and lens. If I were starting out again now I would do exactly the same thing. My advice on buying a camera is always buy within your means and upgrade as your skills start to improve.

Follow the link to read the full article:............ Portrait Gear Essentials - by dPS eBook author Gina Milicia - Digital Photography School
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I don't do much in the way of portrait photography, but was quite pleased with this image of Maasai dancers in Tanzania.
Maasai Dancers

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Start to See Photographically In Six Easy Steps

In this article from Digital Photography School, Valerie Jardin gives the reader six basic steps to help them compose good photographs. We have probably heard the tips before, but Valerie lays them out in a clear and easy to follow way, with excellent examples from her own work.

We are living in a time of unlimited free shutter clicks. This is both an advantage, and a disadvantage for you as a photographer. On one hand, the learning curve is faster, easier and definitely a lot cheaper. On the other hand, many photographers have a tendency to shoot without taking much care in their composition and rely on the occasional lucky shot.

Stop shooting randomly and start photographing with intent. Before you click that shutter, ask yourself: “What do I want to convey? What story do I want to tell?” There are many ways to achieve this, here are few easy steps to help you step up your game, no matter what camera or lens you use.

Follow the link to read the six steps:.... Start to See Photographically In Six Easy Steps

An autumn afternoon

It was a lovely sunny day yesterday so I took the opportunity to go down to the Chilterns and take some photos of the glorious autumn colours. Here is a small selection including three of Marlow and the river.

The first three, were all taken at Warbugh Nature Reserve, Bix, Oxfordshire.
Autumn Tree Line
Autumn Tree Line
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Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
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Rose Hips
Rose Hips
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All Saints Church Marlow
All Saints Church
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
All Saints Church and suspension bridge Marlow
All Saints Church through the supports of the suspension bridge
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
River Thames at Marlow
The River Thames at Marlow
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

 As usual, these are available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.


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Monday, 18 November 2013

Nightscapes: Photographing the City at Night

Do you think about taking photographs at night, but are unsure what to do because of the lack of light? This article from Joseph Eckert, is full of useful information to help you make the most of night time photography. It published by our friends at Digital Photography School. You can learn more about Joseph at his web site, Joseph Eckert Photography.

The idea of taking photographs at night can be counterintuitive to the novice photographer. After all, photography is an art, a craft, a technology that is wholly built on light. Film or digital, it doesn’t matter: we need light to make a photograph—it is as simple as that.

Night, of course, by very definition lacks the pervasive light of day, and therefore doesn’t seem like a good time for photography. In the broadest sense, this intuitive understanding of light and its importance to photography is absolutely correct. Night does represent a more challenging time to take pictures, because we lack all those wonderful photons barreling down from the sun and reflecting off everything interesting and into our waiting lenses.


However, note that I said “challenging” but not “impossible.” Indeed, nighttime photography is not only possible; it is wonderfully ripe for creative expression and can help you create genuinely unique looks in your work.

Follow this link to read the article in full:..........Nightscapes: Photographing the City at Night - Digital Photography School
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Here is one of my attempts at night photography. A night shot of Windsor Guildhall, also known as the Town Hall, showing the light trails of a passing bus. Close to Windsor Castle, the Guildhall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and finished in 1689. The Guildhall was the venue for the civil wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles on 9th April 2005.
Windsor Guildhall
Windsor Guildhall
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 As usual, this is available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below the image.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Cruise 2013

I have uploaded a new Gallery to the website, of our Mediterranean cruise. Here are three of the images included. Follow the link to view the complete Mediterranean Cruise Gallery.
Cruise Ships in Gibraltar
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Bridge of Sighs, Venice
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Dubrovnik City Walls
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 As usual, these are available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

40% OFF - The Creativity Field Guide

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Autumn Woods

Went up to Stoke Wood this afternoon and here are a couple of the photos I took:
Autumn Gold
Autumn Gold
Autumn Woods
Autumn Woods
This is an ancient woodland site, once managed as hazel coppice with oak standards. Several open glades and a small meadow provide important habitats for invertebrates. It is maintained by the Woodland Trust.

It is located at Stoke Lyne, just south of the A43 near the junction with the M40 in Oxfordshire.


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How it was done - zooming the exposure

A fun article from Darlene Hildebrandt, showing how to get some amazing effects by using your zoom while taking a long exposure shot. Darlene is a professional photographer and educator who teaches aspiring amateurs, hobbyists and pros how to improve their photography skills through photography coaching, classes, and photography travel tours including Nicaragua in February 2014. Darlene has a FREE ebook 10 Challenges To Improve Your Photography which you get instant access to on her website. She can also be found on Google Plus.

This is a technique I learned years ago in photography school and have been having fun with lately. Hope you have as much fun playing with it as I do!

Take a look at Darlene's images: ...How it was done - zooming the exposure - Digital Photography School

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

PHOTOGRAPH Magazine Issue 5 is Now Available

Study Exceptional Photographs and Learn the Art of Photography

The newest issue of PHOTOGRAPH—a digital quarterly magazine for creative photographers—is now available!

This is a gorgeous, ad-free, magazine full of great photographs and articles from exceptional photographers who understand that this is not only a technical pursuit, but an artistic one as well. They write as much from the heart as they do from their expertise.
Photograph Magazine

Issue 5 includes four portfolios and Q+As—this time from Anja Buehrer, David Jackson, Marcin Sobas, and some of my own recent work. I'm also excited to announce our new columnists: Bruce Percy and Adam Blasberg! Learn more. 

I really believe the best way to learn photography is to study exceptional photographs, and to listen to voices that not only know the craft, but also practice the art of photography. I hope PHOTOGRAPH inspires you the way it inspires me. 

This 147-page digital magazine is a gorgeous, ad-free, PDF eBook full of great photographs and articles from exceptional photographers who understand that this is not only a technical pursuit, but an artistic one as well. They write as much from the heart as they do from their expertise. The best way to learn photography is to study exceptional photographs, and to listen to voices that not only know the craft, but also practice the art of photography.
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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Gibraltar

A couple more images taken while on our cruise in September, this time from our visit to Gibraltar.
Barbary macaque
Barbary macaque
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A Barbary macaque lying on a rock in Gibraltar, looking rather fed up. Otherwise known as the Barbary Ape, they are the only wild apes in Europe, and unlike those of North Africa, they are thriving. At present, some 300 animals in five troops occupy the area of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. 
Rock of Gibraltar
Rock of Gibraltar
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The Rock of Gibraltar viewed from the Mediterranean.

 As usual, these are available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.


Gibraltar canvas prints and Gibraltar canvas art for sale. Choose your favorite Gibraltar canvas prints from thousands of available designs.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Landscape Photography Tips Checklist

An in-depth article giving some very useful tips for the aspiring  Landscape Photographer. It is from Picture Correct and written by Dan Eitreim who writes for ontargetphototraining. He has been a professional photographer in Southern California for over 20 years. His philosophy is that learning photography is easy if you know a few tried and true strategies.

This article is a review of landscape photography tips and techniques I’ve covered before. Have you wondered why I’m going over previously covered ground? There are several reasons.

First, I wanted to have all these landscape photography tips and techniques listed together so you can more easily make a checklist. I hope you’ve done that. In the excitement of the moment, it’s easy to forget important and rather obvious techniques.

Second, it’s good to review from time to time, because statistically, only about 15 percent (or fewer) of you will read any particular article I write. So actually, this is new material for 85% of you.

Read all of Dan's tips here:     Landscape Photography Tips Checklist – PictureCorrect

Autumn Trees

A couple of photos taken at the end of last month, as Autumn was slowly approaching.




Trees framed prints, trees framed art, and trees art for sale.

30 Fabulous Photos of Pencils

If you are stuck at home and are wondering what you can photograph, have a look at these tremendous photos of ordinary pencils. It is surprising what you can take photos of if you put your mind to it! The article is from Digital Photography School and is written by Darren Rowse, the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips.

It is going to be a rainy weekend where I live and I’m looking for a photographic project to amuse myself with.

One challenge I love setting myself on such weekends when I’m trapped inside is to take an everyday item and to photograph it. Take the humble Pencil. It is something that most households would have… particularly those of us with kids. We probably see them every day – so why not make it the focus of your attention for the weekend.

Here’s how 30 other photographers have tackled the challenge of photographing pencils!  
30 Fabulous Photos of Pencils - Digital Photography School

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Dynamic Range in the World of Photography

An informative article explaining Dynamic Range, what it is and how to handle it. It is written by Roger Passman, an award winning professional photographer located in Northern Illinois. He often leads creative photo workshops designed for beginning through intermediate amateur photographers, and it comes from our friends at Picture Correct.

Look at something other than your computer screen for a moment and take note of the world around you. You should notice bright highlights and dark shadow areas without much of a problem. Film and digital sensors do not see as well as you do. The shadows and highlights may be quantified as numbers that represent the luminance of any scene.

The standard measure of luminance is expressed as candelas per square meter or cd/m2. The luminance of the sun is expressed as a ratio of 1,000,000,000:1 or 1 billion candelas to 1 square meter. Other common expressions of luminance are:

Star light = 0.001:1
Moon light = 0.1:1
Indoor light = 50:1
Sunny sky = 100,000:1

So what does all this mean to me as a photographer?

To read the full description, follow this link:......Dynamic Range in the World of Photography – PictureCorrect

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

40 of the Most Powerful Photographs Captured in the Last Century

A wonderfully powerful set of photographs from Picture Correct.

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. More than words, though, photographs can stir up countless feelings. Photojournalists are especially skilled at choosing just the right time and angle to suspend time and set a compelling scene. This compilation of 40 of the most powerful pictures ever taken will flood you with a sea of emotion.

These images, which range from devastating losses to celebratory reunions, are a testimony to the idea that pictures are worth more than words. One split second in time, recorded by an astute photographer, can forever evoke tears of joy or sorrow. Photographs are capable of capturing a piece of the human spirit. Which iconic photograph is most powerful to you?

Please follow this link to view these images: 40 of the Most Powerful Photographs Captured in the Last Century – PictureCorrect

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

HDR Photography Basics and How to Get Started

Ray Pepito, who writes for PicturePerfectHQ outlines the basics of HDR, exactly what it is, and what you would use it for. It is brought to us from Picture Correct. 

High dynamic range photography is still in its infancy as an art form, but it’s becoming more and more popular every day.

The reason for its increasing popularity is that never before has an image on your computer ever been able to compete with the imagery in the human brain. Now, of course, I am not saying that this high dynamic range photography is better than being there on the scene with your own eyes and the emotions you feel, but it is a step in the right direction. As we explore this high dynamic range process, these images will start to arouse those deep memories and emotions, deceiving the mind into much more than just a normal photograph.

Follow the link for the full article:......HDR Photography Basics and How to Get Started – PictureCorrect

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Breaking Down the Creative Process

Jeff Guyer breaks down the creative process in this thoughtful article for Digital Photography School. Jeff is a commercial/portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Still an avid street photographer and film shooter, Jeff also launched a kids photography class ("Digital Photo Challenges") three years ago. 

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the creative process. When we talk about “creativity,” people generally end up putting themselves into one of two categories– creative or not creative. I’m always amused– and a bit leery– when people who consider themselves creative say that they have no creative process. That ideas “just come” to them. I’m not buying it. I can’t help but ask if ideas really do just come to them, or have they refined and streamlined their process to the point that they don’t even recognize it as a process? And if there really is a process, can someone who thinks they aren’t creative follow a series of steps that can help them become creative? The truth is, everyone has creative potential.

To read Jeff's process, just click on this link:     Breaking Down the Creative Process - Digital Photography School

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Pink Footed Goose

Another image to reach Explore on Flickr, taken on our visit to Stoke Gardens earlier in the week.
Pink Footed Goose by TonyKRO
Pink Footed Goose, a photo by TonyKRO on Flickr.

Wide-angle Lenses and the Landscape

In this article from Digital Photography School, Andrew Gibson gives his views on the benefits of using a wide-angle lens for photographing landscapes. Andrew is a writer and photographer living in New Zealand and is the author of over fifteen photography ebooks.

If there was ever a subject and a lens made for each other, then it is the wide-angle lens and the landscape.

Wide-angle lenses are ideal for landscape photography:

They have more depth of field at any given aperture setting and camera to subject distance than telephotos. It is simple to stop down and obtain front to back sharpness.
The perspective of the wide-angle lens draws the viewer into the image and adds a sense of depth by making the horizon seem further away than it really is. You can see the effect in this landscape taken with a zoom lens set to a focal length of 26mm:

Follow the link to read the full article...........Wide-angle Lenses and the Landscape - Digital Photography School

Friday, 1 November 2013

Bird Photography Near Feeders

This article from Digital Photography School gives in depth tips on photographing birds near feeders in a natural environment. It is written by Tadas Naujokaitis who lives in Lithuania and you can see more of his work at www.tadasnaujokaitis.tk. 

Bird photography is quite difficult because birds don’t do what a photographer wants. Moreover, it’s often hard to get close to them. And when you have more experience in photography, you realize that it’s even more difficult to take a good bird photo, because you need a good background and a beautiful environment. However, there are a number of ways you can improve the bird photos you take. In this article, I’ll explain some tips on photographing birds near feeders.

Follow the link to read the article in full:...........Bird Photography Near Feeders - Digital Photography School
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I haven't yet gone to the lengths that Tadas has, but here are a couple of my favourite photos of birds on feeders in my garden:
Feeding Time
Starling