Apr 18, 2014

Behind the Image: Boston Skyline Panoramic


I often visit East Boston to photograph the Boston Skyline as it provides ample views of the city and its landmarks. It truly excites me when city lights and twilight merge as one and an unforgettable magic unfolds - it never gets old! On my last photo trip I went to a photo location that provides one of the Boston skyline views with downtown and the Boston harbor.

The night was beautiful clear night and the light after sunset was incredible gorgeous. I captured 8 to 10 photographs to be stitched in a panorama when I get home. Panoramic images are always very impressive and I am glad this one worked out beautifully. At home I stitched the images in photoshop and during post processing I also removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Beantown, my very latest Boston Skyline Panorama Photography gallery addition.

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Apr 17, 2014

Nature Poem by George Gordon

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."

 

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Apr 16, 2014

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"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers - for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."  ~ Osho.

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Apr 15, 2014

Photography Business Tip #4

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Start writing a regular photo blog as telling stories helps selling photography art. A photography blog is a wonderful tool where one can talk about what motivates and drives us, what inspires us, tell the story behind an image. A Photography Blog is a great marketing tool for sharing valuable and interesting content within your social network or in newsletters - it also helps in search engine optimization and ranking of your main website when appropriately linked.

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Apr 14, 2014

Floral Photography Tip

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Raindrops are a great compositional addition to a flower photography image. Raindrops on flowers often add a lot of interest to a floral photograph, so next time it is raining or it stopped raining head out to your local park or your own backyard and explore the photo opportunities.

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Apr 11, 2014

Photo Tip for More Interesting Bird Photography


Pick a nearby wildlife sanctuary that is easy to reach and you can visit frequently. Make sure it known for a large population and variety of birds. Arrive early or late afternoon and study the birds' environment and behavior and capture them with your long lens.
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Apr 10, 2014

Photography Business Tip #3


Get an affordable and the best Print on Demand web presence to showcase your photography art!

There are many websites that provide a platform to the photo artist but the best is Fine Art America. I consider it the best POD site on the web because of its low annual cost of $30 but even more important of its clean look and customer oriented look and features. The basic account is actually free but I recommend investing the $30 per year as it comes with unlimited uploads. It also get us our “own” customizable website which has limited but sufficient customization features to set up a professional online photographer presence for our photography. More importantly FAA provides the photo artist with many marketing tools like easy to assemble newsletter, social media sharing tools, shopping cart for our Facebook page, coupon codes, promotions … the community of artists is great. The website allows us to create an Photo Blog and add events to share with our online social network communities. It has a clear format and the options to buy photo prints, canvases, metal and acrylic prints are very intuitive and easy to navigate for potential art collectors and buyers. The website is very professional as many customers, friends and art collectors stated in the past. For a more professional appearance of your photography business make sure to get your own web address - mine is www.RothGalleries.com. Fine Art America markets to interior designers through the designer program and its latest feature will revolutionize the photography incensing industry - all at no additional cost!



For the artist, the Artistwebsites.com domain is very simple to use. Basically one needs to upload new artwork, assign prices and start marketing. Providing one creates high quality and appealing photo images one starts selling photography in no time. FAA takes care of printing, framing, matting and shipping for each sale which frees up lots of time that can be used to create more photography or marketing.


Although Fine Art America provides all tools needed for a successful online art business it does not market the artists' work individually. It is solely the artists' responsibility to market their photography and drive traffic and customers to their site which is very crucial for the success of Selling Photos Online.



Besides my popular photography blog I use social media networks like twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Stumbleupon to drive traffic to my Photography Business website.

Long story short: If you are trying to sell art online and don't have a professional looking webpage for your artwork and photography you should consider a web presence for photographers powered by Fine Art America ... it's a Win Win ... sign up for the Free Trial.

 

Apr 7, 2014

Behind the Image: Snowy Owl on Plum Island


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Last winter there was an unusual population of Snowy Owls across New England. While talking to other birders I learned that there was an interruption of food supply further north which drove the birds further south. Some didn't make the journey and died of starvation. One prime location close to Boston is Parker River National wildlife refuge, and Sandy Point State Reservation on Plum Island. It is a year-round birding paradise and in the winter birders and nature lovers flog in from around the area to get a glimpse of the beautiful Snowy Owl. I am trying to get a glimpse of one for years and only saw one years back. This time I was more lucky and more determined and when I made my way out in the wee hours on a frigid day in December I found three of them. This one was patiently hanging on the rocks and a willing photography subject for me and the other outdoor photographers present. 

I came equipped with a Canon 300mm fixed lens, 1.4x telezoom extender which brought my final focal length to approximately 620 mm - just close enough to get a frame filling image. In this image I wanted to include the incoming waves to show a bit of the owl's habitat and environment. I moved in closer and closer by carefully taking a round of picture, than moving tripod and gear forward before taking the next round of pictures. Aperture was set to f/8 resulting in a shutter speed of 1/40 second at ISO100.

During post processing I applied dust removal, minimal lighting, contrast and color saturation adjustments befiore sharpening and cropping the final image of this Snowy Owl Bird Photography image.  

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