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.

Good light and happy photo making!  

Juergen

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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

Jun 20, 2014

How to Create Mirror Skyline Photography Digital Art Images in Photoshop

Yesterday on my photography Facebook Page I asked everybody for feedback in term of likes and shares to determine if one would be interested to find out how I created my Boston skyline mirror image Digital Art. The response was awesome, so here it goes. it turned out to be quite a few slides I decided to share it here on my photo blog - enjoy and please share your digital art results on my facebook page to inspire me and others!  












Jun 13, 2014

Photography Business Tip #7: Listen to Photo Art Buyers

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Listen to the voice of your customer. If an art collector asks for something you don't offer at the time, and if honoring the request is feasible, do not hesitate to do so. If a customer is willing to pay what your are considering a honest and Fair Price, one can only win by full-filling their request; after all the customer is king.

Jun 12, 2014

How to Maintain the Aesthetic Quality of your Photography Canvas Prints

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In my first blog post of this series we discussed how to appropriately protect and clean an Aluminum Metal Print. This weeks topic is taking care of a canvas art print. Taking properly care of your treasured canvas art print is easy! Below are a few tips that will help you to appropriately maintain your fine art investment so you can fully enjoy and appreciate your Canvas Prints for many years to come: 
 
  • Avoid direct sunlight as it breaks down the paper that the canvas print is printed on. It also may cause discoloration and fading. Use soft lighting such as artificial light to avoid discoloration and break down of the canvas print.
  • Keep moisture in form of humidity low in the area where you hang the artwork. Humidity easily may damage canvas prints as it may cause mold and mildew on the canvas print and eventually resulting in significant damage or total loss of your valuable Photography Art
  • Remove dust carefully and regularly using clean, soft, and dry material as it will negatively impact the aesthetic quality of your canvas print. Avoid using a rough and heavy cloth to wipe away dust. Avoid using chemical cleaners to get rid of dust.
  • Clean dirt spots on a canvas by lightly dampening a clean cloth with water and gently wiping the surface and sides of the canvas print.
  • Do not continuously wipe your Photography Canvas Print too hard in the same area as you may cause damage to the layers of protective coating and ink.
  • Avoid pressing down too hard on the canvas as you may leave an impression that remains permanent.
  • Do not place anything on top of the canvas and avoid laying your canvas print upside down with the artwork facing down. You risk damaging your Artworks and eventually loosing it.
 
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Good light and happy photo making! 

Juergen

Jun 10, 2014

Behind the Photo of the Boston USS Constitution

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We had a nice stretch of beautiful summer weather here in Boston that provided outdoor photographers with beautiful night light and twilight. I took advantage and went over to the Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA to cross off my bucket list one of my longtime image quests, the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides as some like to refer to this historic battleship. The USS Constitution is an impressive and beautiful wooden-hulled, 3-masted ship of the United States Navy. 

Upon arrival the daily gun salute was in full preparation, Boston cruise ships like the Odyssey or the Spirit of Boston were waiting for the ceremony and it took only a few minutes when the cannon was fired. It still scares the heck out of me and makes me appreciate that I do not live in a war zone with my daily life being impacted by gun fires - wow!

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Tripod in place and equipped with camera and wide angle lens I explored various angles and perspectives. I finally found a pleasing composition when the waiting game for the perfect light started. From this location I was able to capture the Old Ironsides with the Bunker Hill Monument to its left and in landscape format. In addition a vertical more intimate composition was achieved in vertical format. Later into that photo shoot while twilight was still going strong I heard fireworks going off behind the boat; I could not believe my luck and appreciated this extra twist of fate - what a welcoming delight and surprise! Talking once again about being in the right location at the right time.

During post processing I removed dust sports, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final images of "Boston Fireworks" and "USS Constitution with Bunker Hill Monument".  

Good light and happy photo making!  

Juergen