Aug 22, 2014

Behind the Photo Image of a Boston Skyline Favorite

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A few days ago I visited one of my favorite photo locations for Boston Skyline Photography in East Boston, Massachusetts. I like this location as it provides one of the best views of downtown and the Boston Harbor. I also discovered some wood pilings from an old pier in the waters that make for great foreground features to add interest and depth to a photograph. Effectively used in a composition the pilings also lead a viewer in the and through the frame. That day, I arrived a bit early for twilight photography. There were beautiful last clouds rushing through the picture as the sky was clearing towards the end of the day. Equipped with a neutral density filter I extended exposure times to blur out the fast moving clouds and  provide a sense of cloud movement. The longer exposure times also created Silky Water Effects in the harbor waters and around the wood pilings. In order to overcome the contrast between the darker foreground and the brighter sky I utilized a split density filter. I remember hoping that the clouds would turn pinkish before they move completely out off my composition. I guess my prayers were heard that day and with the last light of the day I was able to capture the pink, moving clouds across the Boston Skyline and Harbor.

An ISO 200 setting combined with an aperture of f/8 provided the desired shutter speed of 30 seconds for this cityscape photography picture. During post processing I cleaned up the digital image from dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening this final image of Beantown.

Good Light and happy photo making!

Juergen


Aug 11, 2014

How to Care for Photo Acrylic Prints

In my first 2 blog posts of this series we discussed how to protect and clean Aluminum Metal Prints and Canvas Prints. This week we will be discussing how to care for acrylic prints. Acrylic printing has a lustrous glossy finish showing off a depth and clarity to photo art that is incomparable. It takes the fine art of photography to an entire new level of modern art. Contemporary look, great color vibrancy with a near 3-D effect makes them an popular Interior Decorating Solution for public areas in hotel, sports bar, restaurant, lobby, and studio settings. Photo acrylic prints are also great for hanging in home or office and truly make for spectacular personal gifts. With proper care, acrylic prints will last for years, so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the artwork for many years to come: 

1. Clean your acrylic print using a soft slightly water damp lint free cloth. Alternatively use high quality acrylic cleaners or an acrylic glass cleaner to maintain that glazing looking its best. 

2. Avoid wiping the acrylic surface too hard as you may  scratch the it. Consider scratch resistant acrylic when buying acrylic prints. 
 
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3. Don’t drop an acrylic print as it might chip the corner or edge of the artwork. 

4. Do not hang your valuable acrylic Art Pints in direct sunlight as it may break down the paper that the photograph is printed on before face mounted. It also may cause damage to the acrylic itself. 

5. Keep moisture in form of humidity low in the rooms where you hang the acrylic photography artwork. Humidity easily may damage any print as it may cause mold and mildew resulting in significant damage or total loss of your valuable Photography Art. Consider metal prints for bathrooms or other areas with excessive moisture and humidity.

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Good Light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Jul 31, 2014

Finalist at the Photographer's Forum Magazine

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Water Drunk was selected as one of the finalists in the Photographer's Forum Magazine 34th Annual Spring Photography contest and will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2014. The contest is sponsored by Sigma and over 10,000 photos were submitted from the United States and Canada as well as 63 other countries worldwide. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced August 11, 2011. 

The macro photography image of a water drinking fly was captured in the inspiring front garden of the Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, MA.

Good light and happy photo making!  

Juergen

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Jul 28, 2014

Exploring New England at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Worcester, MA is only a short 45 minute drive west along the Massachusetts turnpike and I frequently visit the Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to pursue macro photography. Worcester is a great town and has many interesting areas to explore. One area is Green Hill Park that can be easily reached via the Skyline Drive. At the end of the road there is a small petting zoo, a pond next to the Green Hill golf course and the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  

The Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a powerful monument providing a place of dignity and quietude in a natural location for reflection, teaching and learning. The memorial is designed in three sections; place of flags, place of words and place of names. 

The Memorial Image here shows the place of words with text engraved into granite stones from letters written home to families by some of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who died in Vietnam. In the back of the picture is the place of flags which is a beautifully landscaped, circular monument with 3 flags: an American Flag, the State Flag of Massachusetts and a POW/MIA Flag. 

Hope you find the time to stop by when you are in the area and pay your tribute to these heroes.

Good light and happy photo making!  

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Save now a whopping $100 on your next wine and fine art photography purchase with this great promotion from my online printer. Order any of my photography images as a standard photo, canvas, acrylic or metal print from my online photography art website at Roth Galleries during the month of July, and you receive a $100 coupon from Naked Wines! You must be a 1st time buyer at the online wine cellar Naked Wine, coupon must be applied to orders of wine of $160 or more, must be 21 years old, some states not applicable for delivery - Full Detail

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Get your Cape Cod National Seashore photography prints at discounted rate depending on print size and type - the promotional sales rate is applicable to all print types: canvas, metal, acrylic or standard photo print - your choice! This weeks picture is from Marconi Beach near Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod:

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Purchase a 20 x 16 inch stretched canvas print from my limited time offers for the promotional price of $95. There are currently 3 images on canvas prints available at this special discount rate:

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Good light and happy photo making!  

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Jul 21, 2014

The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge

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The other night I took my wife on a stroll around the Charles River. We parked the car on memorial Drive in Cambridge near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, crossed over the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, passed by the Esplanade and back over to Cambridge via the Longfellow Bridge. It was a blast and we are so lucky to live a stone's throw away from Boston and its beautiful sites and areas. The twilight behind the Boston skyline was already fading by the time we got back to the car but I envisioned there would be some beautiful light left if we immediately make it over to the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. I have always been intrigued by this funny looking, almost obscure architectural marvel with its unusual design in all colors. I wasted no time and went straight to work on my architecture photography assignment for the night. It took a few attempts and changing of locations to find a pleasing composition of the entire building. Including the sculpture Aesop’s Fables II of Mark di Suvero into the picture was an additional challenge, but a priority as I decided it would make for an interesting foreground feature with an additional splash of color. 

I captured this image at an aperture of f/8, providing an exposure time of 20 seconds at ISO200. During post processing I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final architecture Boston photography picture of The Stata or aka Building 32.

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Jul 19, 2014

Special Wine & Photo Art Promotion - Save $100!


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Save $100 on your next wine and fine art photography purchase with this great promotion from my online printer. Order any of my photography images as a standard photo, canvas, acrylic or metal print from my online photography art website at Roth Galleries during the month of July, and you receive a $100 coupon from Naked Wines! 

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You must be a 1st time buyer at the online wine cellar Naked Wine, coupon must be applied to orders of wine of $160 or more, must be 21 years old, some states not applicable for delivery - Full Detail.  

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Place your photo art order by the end of July from my Art Galleries and instantly receive your wine coupon!

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Good light and happy photo making!  

Juergen

Jul 16, 2014

Behind the Photo of a Slender Spreadwing Damselfly

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Last weekend we spent in Maine with family. Sunday morning I had a chance to explore the family garden which was packed with little critters. While photographing insects a Slender Spreadwing damselfly landed on a nearby flower. It is quite amazing how gracious damselflies look when they hang on to a floral. In seconds with tripod and camera in place I switched from landscape to vertical format, manually focused on the the damselfly head and snagged a few pictures. The magnifying feature on my camera allowed me to pin point focus. The camera self timer combined with a tripod minimized camera shake and ensured best image quality. 

During post processing I removed dust sports, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final images of "Damselfly".  

Good light and happy photo making!  

Juergen

Jul 5, 2014

Fine Art Exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts


Beautifully framed and signed LightJet photography prints of Cape Cod Summer Storm and Plum Island Winter Tide from my New England fine art photography galleries are now on display in the summer art exhibition of the Plymouth Center for the Arts. The beautiful exhibition features many New England artists exhibiting artworks in all media. The art exhibit is organized by the Plymouth Center for the Arts and runs from July 03 until September 08, 2014.

The beautifully restored 1902 Russell Library gallery and 18th century Lindens building on historic North Street and just steps away from the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and buzzing Plymouth’s waterfront.  

The Plymouth Center for the Arts is located at 11 North St., Plymouth Ma, 02360 and open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. ... hope you get a chance to stop by! 

Good light and happy photo making! Juergen