Monday, 30 November 2015

Featured Artist Susan Sadoury

Today's featured artist is Susan Sadoury.



Susan Sadoury (°1948, Spokane, United States) makes paintings and drawings. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Sadoury formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.
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Abstract 30/15

Her paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. 
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Beacon
Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. 
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Chaos in Black
Her works doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
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Circles
Susan told us that she has been painting on and off for 40 years with a few classes along the way, several at Edmonds community college, with Gene Waggoner Marysville, Wa and others. She was with the Maryville Art Guild for several years. Her newest passion is for abstracts, finding the freedom, the colors and the strokes wonderful. 
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Ode to June
Painting abstracts fulfills her totally and she has fallen in love with it. Join her on her journey as she explores the many techniques of abstract and go back often to see what new wonders she has discovered. May you enjoy them as much as Susan does making them. 

See her work at Susan Sadoury Artwork.

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Wildlife in Botswana

Having visited Botswana earlier this year, I have put together a YouTube presentation showing a variety of the wildlife we saw there.

We start off with images of the African or Cape Buffalo, followed by elephants crossing the River Chobe, water lilies on the river and then the head of a hippopotamus sticking out of the water, followed by a crocodile on the bank. We then see antelopes, giraffes, a leopard and some lions, ending with images of some of the beautiful birds to be found in the country. 

All images were taken in Chobe National Park.



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 this link to view my Botswana Gallery.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Africa From A to Z - S

For the letter S, we start off with a couple of landscape photos taken from a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, Tanzania and follow up with a Steenbok Antelope also on the Serengeti, before moving up to the Ngorongoro Crater for a Secretary Bird and then up to Kenya for a Superb Starling.
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Serengeti from Above

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Steenbok Antelope
A Steenbok Antelope on the Serengeti in Tanzania.
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Secretary Bird
A secretary bird in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Its common name is popularly thought to derive from the crest of long quill-like feathers, lending the bird the appearance of a secretary with quill pens tucked behind their ear, as was once common practice. 
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Superb Starling
A superb starling in Samburu Nature Reserve, Kenya.

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.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Joe McNally.

Joe McNally (born 27 July 1952) is an American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987. He was born in Montclair, New Jersey and received his bachelor's and graduate degrees from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is based out of New York City and resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

From 1994 until 1998 Joe was LIFE magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years. His most well known series is the "Faces of Ground Zero — Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th", a collection of 246 giant Polaroid portraits shot in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these life-size (9' x 4') photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, seen by almost a million people.
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Our regular readers will know that we have been publishing quotes from famous photographers every Friday. I am delighted to say that they are now available to purchase as posters or framed prints making an ideal addition to a photographers studio or shop, or as a gift for an amateur photographer. In addition, we can supply them as iPhone and Galaxy cases, greeting cards, or even printed on throw cushions.

To see all the options for that perfect gift, go to our Quotations Gallery and chose your favourite quote and turn it into the perfect gift for your favourite photographer (or yourself :-))

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Black Friday Photography Sale

If you are thinking about upgrading you camera, buying that new lens you always wanted or getting more accessories, now is the time to buy, while the Black Friday sales are still on. The easiest way to do it is online so you don't get stuck in miles of traffic queues or hoards of shoppers!

B & H Photo have some cracking offer available as you can see below. They also run a deal of the day, so it is worth subscribing to their email list to get regular notifications of special offers.

Nikon D750 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • Multi-CAM 3500FX II 51-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6.5 fps
  • 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Time Lapse Shooting & Exposure Smoothing

Price: $2,296.95
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Offer ends: Nov 28 '15 at 11:59 PM

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 Digital Camera (Black)


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  • 20x Optical Zoom Sony G f/3.5-6.5 Lens
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  • 3" Clear Photo LCD 460k-Dot Monitor
  • Full HD 1080/60p AVCHD Video
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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras

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Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR Lenses Kit

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  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 6400, Extended to ISO 12800
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps
  • 420-Pixel RGB Sensor Exposure Metering
  • DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens

Price: $876.95
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Offer ends: Nov 28 '15 at 11:59 PM

Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon



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  • Built-In Antenna
  • Dual-Function Release
  • Four-Second Delay Function
  • Multi-Exposure & Long Exposure Modes
  • Works Wired or Wirelessly
  • LED Indicators
  • Each Device Runs on Two AAA Batteries

Price: $59.95
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If you have all the kit you need at the moment, why not brush up your skills by taking advantage of one (or all) of Photography Concentrate's tutorials. 

All of their courses are available at a massive 50% discount and not only that, their main Black Friday sales page has a giveaway for a $500 Gift Card to Amazon.com (giveaway entry app at the bottom of the page).

The giveaway will run the length of the Black Friday sale (Nov. 20 to Dec. 4) and there is no purchase necessary to enter, and there are plenty of ways contestants can earn additional entries through social sharing.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Featured Artist Patricia Lintner

Today's featured artist is Patricia Lintner.


Patricia Lintner is a self-taught artist born and raised in southern California, who has been living in Minnesota for the past 22 years. She has spent many years developing her art through oil, mixed media, and acrylic paint. She was mainly producing art in oil, but has recently been creating her art in acrylics and mixed media. She focuses on abstract, dog art, collage work, pastel art, and even jewelry.

She has produced art for local area businesses such as the Staples MN Car Show billboard and custom shirts, and local custom art for tattoo artists that have taken first place in tattoo conventions in Minnesota and is also a published illustrator for the book 'Two Boys and the Rustlers' by Carol Elek 

A lot of abstract painting Patricia does is carried with great emotion, as you can see in her recent work “Fury”.
Fury
She also expresses her feelings in her work “Caged”
Caged 
Although some may see her as a dark artist, Patricia enjoys her art as “lyrical, intuitive, spontaneous, and fun.”
Corgi Butt
As Patricia puts it “I always am keeping my eyes, ears and heart open to whatever new opportunity and challenge I am exposed to. I am always looking for the next subject to bring out on canvas or paper. The world is very complex and I am ready for the next chapter that comes my way.”
Serenity Prayer
Patricia's work may be viewed on her website:



and at Deviant Art

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Africa From A to Z - R

Moving on to the letter R we have a red colobus monkey in the Gambia, a rhino and a giraffe in Kenya and finish up with a weaver bird in Tanzania. 
Canvas Wallart of Red Colobus Monkey
Red Colobus Monkey
Red Colobus Monkey in The Gambia.
Canvas Wallart of Reticulated Giraffe
Reticulated Giraffe
View of a reticulated giraffe feeding in Samburu National Park, Kenya.
Canvas Wallart of White Rhino
White Rhino
White rhino photographed in Kenya while on safari.
Canvas Wallart of Rufous-tailed weaver
Rufous-Tailed Weaver
Rufous-tailed weaver in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania.

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.





Friday, 20 November 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Eudora Welty:

Eudora Alice Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards including the Order of the South. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Her house in Jackson, Mississippi has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as a house museum.

While Welty worked as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration, she took photographs of people from all economic and social classes in her spare time. From the early 1930s, her photographs show Mississippi's rural poor and the effects of the Great Depression. Collections of her photographs were published as One Time, One Place (1971) and Photographs (1989). Her photography was the basis for several of her short stories, including "Why I Live at the PO", which was inspired by a woman she photographed ironing in the back of a small post office. Although focused on her writing, Welty continued to take photographs until the 1950s.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Black Friday Specials

Our friends Rob and Lauren at Photography Concentrate, are holding another great Black Friday sale during which all photography tutorials will be 50% off, which on its own is great news, but in addition they will be slowly releasing a new photography course for free. It's called How To Photograph Life: 14 Days to Better Photos of your Family, Travels, + Everyday Adventures. This is a free limited time course that they will be releasing from November 20 to December 4th on their website. 

Taking amazing photos of your family, travels, and everyday adventures is actually pretty challenging! Anyone who has tried to shoot a toddler who lives in perpetual motion, or document a new city filled with overwhelming details, will know exactly what I mean.

The good news? There are a ton of tips, tricks, and important lessons that can make this task a whole lot more enjoyable. And starting on November 20, they will be sharing them with you in their FREE online course: How to Photograph Life.CAMERA SKILLS

Here is what the course will be covering each day.

    1. CAMERA SKILLS Learn technical tips and tricks that will help you see a fast improvement in the quality of your photos.
    2. LIGHT Learn how to tackle event the toughest of lighting situations with ease, and create photos that shine.
    3. COMPOSITION Discover the nitty gritty compositional tools you need to take your photos from good to glorious.
    4. STORY TELLING Discover how to make the leap from documenting jumbled moments to creating a compelling photographic story.
    5. MOTIVATION Learn how to stay motivated, and keep clicking, even when your brain and your body are fighting against you.
    6. GEAR Find out what gear you should be using to document your life, plus get a sneak peek inside our own camera bags!
    7. VIDEO Get a crash course in how to use your camera to create videos and start documenting your life in an exciting new way!
    8. WORKFLOW Discover our simple tips for getting your photos onto your computer (and being able to find them years later, easily!). 
    9. EDITING Discover how to bring out the best in your digital photos with our crash-course on photo editing. 
    10. BACKUP Learn how to keep your precious photos safe with our essential (and easy) backup tips!
    11. SHARING Learn how to make the sharing process enjoyable, plus get tips on how to get beautifully printed photos into your hands!
    12. CREATIVITY  Discover fun and inspiring strategies that'll keep your creative juices flowing forever!
    Simply go to their site and subscribe to their free newsletter and get the links to each sent straight to your inbox.
    Not only that, their main Black Friday sales page will have a giveaway for a $500 Gift Card to Amazon.com (giveaway entry app at the bottom of the page).

    The giveaway will run the length of the Black Friday sale (Nov. 20 to Dec. 4) and there is no purchase necessary to enter, and there are plenty of ways contestants can earn additional entries through social sharing.

    Each lesson from the course will also have a giveaway (as an incentive to share the course). These will be smaller giveaways of $50 Amazon Gift Cards. The giveaway entry app is located at the bottom of each lesson page. 

    So that's one main prize of $500, and 14 smaller prizes of $50 each. Lot's of chances to win.

    Featured Artist David Birchall

    Today's featured photographer is David Birchall.


    When we spoke to David, this is what he told us:

    My love of photography began many years ago when I was about to become a father for the first time, and realised I would need a camera to take some pictures of the new arrival!

    A keen amateur photographer friend sold me his spare Zenith E 35mm camera, and I found after a lot of trial and error and self-teaching that I could produce half-decent results. After recording my children Lucie and Mark growing up at every birthday, holiday, and Christmas, I started to find rest, relaxation, and tremendous satisfaction disappearing into the hills to record the landscape and changing seasons. 
    Cliffs at Hunstanton

    Since those far off days I have gone through a succession of 35mm and medium format film cameras, and like most photographers I am now well and truly in the digital age.

    When I first became interested in photography I was working in the I.T business, or computing as it was called back then, and spent many years juggling a working career with a budding photography business. 

    Family commitments and the need to pay the mortgage meant for a long time that photography had to take a back seat, which was very frustrating because on numerous occasions I had to turn down photographic work because it clashed with my day job.
    Helmcken Falls
    Two redundancies in quick succession a few years ago made me decide to give up the I.T business and concentrate full-time on photography. The children had grown up and left home, the mortgage was paid off, so I thought – why not ?  I had got to the point where I was disillusioned with the corporate world, sitting in meetings most of the day wearing a suit and tie, filling in forms and writing reports, and listening to people trying to impress with the latest buzz-words was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my working life.  I would generally spend a couple of days each week in London but find myself gazing out the office window looking at the cranes on the London skyline thinking what an excellent picture it would make, or thinking I’ll be out of here in a couple of hours and I can get out and about with my camera…it was definitely time to move on.
    Reflections at Ladybower Reservoir
    I worked as a wedding photographer for a while, which was very enjoyable but very hard work. People tend to think of it as being well paid to press a shutter for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon but there is far more to it than that.  If it was that easy I would still be doing it!

    One of my more memorable experiences of wedding photography was photographing the weddings of three sisters in turn over three consecutive years, and then photographing the wedding of their mother when she re-married the following year, they were my best customers!
    Staithes Village
    From Manchester originally but now living in Chesterfield on the edge of the Peak District,  I feel privileged to live in one of the most spectacular areas of outstanding natural beauty in England.  The photographic opportunities are endless, whatever the weather or time of year. My wife Bev and I are keen walkers and getting up into the hills is something we love to do whenever we can, with the camera of course.

    We also like to travel as often as we can, which also gives me the opportunity to boost my stock at one of the specialist travel photographic libraries I submit work to. 
    Whiteout
    People seem to like my pictures, I think it’s because I go for bright punchy colors, images which catch the eye and would look good hung on a wall. My photography principles are simple. If somebody likes one of my images sufficiently to buy a print from my website, or to use in a publication, I am more than satisfied.  I like to think my images bring pleasure to the viewer, and if it inspires them to visit that place, or pick up their own camera, I think I have done a good job.
    Pastel Rose
    My work has been published widely in books, travel brochures, magazines, industry publications and brochures, calendars, postcards, and I am a regular exhibitor at the various regional art shows. My work can be viewed at the following websites;





    I can be contacted via email at daveb1[at]fsmail.net

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    Sunday, 15 November 2015

    Africa From A to Z - Q

    Today we come onto the letter Q, and I must admit that I am going to have to cheat a little! 

    I have no images beginning with Q so I have used a couple of images of Victoria Falls, which were of course named after Queen Victoria, and an even more obtuse connection is a photo of the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, who was the lead singer of Queen!
    A to Z of Africa - Queen Victoria Falls
    Queen Victoria Falls
    View from the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls looking towards Cataract Island. The spray from the falls can be seen from the town.

    A to Z of Africa - Queen Victoria Falls
    Rainbow at Victoria Falls
    A rainbow formed by the spray at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa.
    A to Z of Africa - Freddie Mercury of Queen
    Mercury House
    Mercury House, Stone Town Zanzibar, alleged to be the birthplace of Queen singer, Freddie Mercury.

    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, 14 November 2015

    Budapest Sights

    Following a visit to Budapest last summer, I have put together a short You Tube presentation of a few of my favourite tourist sites.

    These include the Grand Central Market, three of the city's famous bridges, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Liberty Bridge. There is also an image of the Emanuel Tree, a weeping willow tree (by Imre Varga) with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each leaf. You also see the colourful Matthias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, a couple of shots of Budapest trams, and of course, the iconic Parliament Building.


    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 this link to view my Hungary Gallery.