Sep 24, 2011

Mastering the Art of ICM published by Apogee Photo Magazine

Discover Intentional Camera Movement for your photography through my article "Mastering the Art of Intentional Camera Movement" published by Apogee Photo Magazine. In the publication I discuss how to successfully capture abstract photographs, what photography subjects are best for ICM and how to set up your camera. Grab your camera, move that camera and have fun with it!

Sep 21, 2011

New England Fall Foliage Trip Planning

Planning any New England fall foliage leaf peeping or photography trips this year. Here is quite a good site but make sure you plan your trips around "High Color". I had better luck finding these glorious New England fall colors in the past around that time:\

Sep 18, 2011

Thoughts on Abstract Macro Photography Art

If you look at my photography artwork portfolio, you can tell that I like to photograph everything: landscapes, seascapes, flowers, fall foliage, rushing water, mushrooms, close ups, macros, sports ... the list is endless. One area I fell in love with and focused my efforts on over the past years is macro photography. Close up photography comes with many advantages like keeping traveling expenses low while shooting in your own backyard, local rose garden or arboretum. Lighting is not as critical as it is for your scenic landscape and seascape photography. Overcast is often the best choice for success. In particular I enjoy the intriguing world of flower photography. Discovering the colors, forms and texture within the flowers has become my prime photographic target. Getting in real close and exploring the unknown is a great joy. Creating floral abstracts using the elements of design is truly inspiring and a great creative outlet for me.

Usually, we as photographers strive for sharpness from foreground to horizon within our compositions. I challenged my own quest by moving in closer and using my photographic tools to the fullest. Now-a-days it excites me to work with only millimeters of depth of field. Challenging and stimulating the viewers brain and curiosity is priceless.

Next time you are out and about, give macro photography a try but beware, you may get hooked.

Photo of the Week - Peter's Hill

This week's photo is Boston Arnold Arboretum that shows Peter's Hill in full Spring boom. I choose this image because a visitor to my art exhibit at the Hunneman Hall in Brookline mentioned to me that it looks like a painting ... what better compliment to ask for .. she made my day!

Starting today each photography print and canvas of this landscape photography from the Boston Arnold Arboretum is on sale throughout the week of 19 September 2011.

Sep 8, 2011

Natural oil - looks like pollution, but it is not!

I always wondered about the oil film that can be observed between the pond and the upland when exploring the wildlife sanctuary Hall's Pond in Brookline. I remember when I encountered the oil film the first time I was very worried about some kind of pollution but the opposite is true. From the Hall's Pond brochure I quote: This area is a wooded wetland, where trees grow on mounds of soil and water collects during wet seasons. Peat soil lies under the area and as this material decomposes, it releases natural oils as well as nutrients needed by small organisms. This oil on the water may look like pollution, but it is not. After many years of visiting the sanctuary I finally feel that I captured an image that may pay some tribute to the phenomenon. I was enjoying the birds and the view from the viewing platform, but looked down and immediately recognized the potential for exceptional abstract macro photography. I set up my tripod and worked my way closer towards the photographic subject. The final image was taken at ISO100 and an aperture of f/11, providing an exposure time of 1/5 seconds. Personally I love the abstract nature of the image and the glare of the oil. The droplets on the yellow leaves and natural arrangement of them add interest as well. I am very delighted that there is no pollution involved and I am even more inspired to go back and work the subject more ... so stay tuned for the next round!

Interview with Nature Photographer Juergen Roth

Has your style changed from when you first began? If so, why?

Over the years my style changed dramatically. I taught myself basic photography skills and developed my techniques, compositions, use of colors and light further so I can most effectively strive for the best photograph possible at the time. I often head out to photograph abstract macros these days. Macro photography keeps the budget in balance because of local destinations … no need to travel by train, car or train and getting up in the wee hours of the morning to catch the brilliant light. I am also currently pursuing intentional camera movement photography and try to enhance my portfolio.

What kind of equipment do you use?

Five years ago I gave up on my Canon film camera and joined the digital armada. I still use canon equipment solely and my film prints are now digitalized. I currently researching a new camera with a complete new set of lenses … it’s like Christmas in summer for a photog like me!

The complete interview is published through 1st Angel Arts Magazine:

Sep 5, 2011

Great Blue Heron at Brookline Hall's Pond

Yesterday I visited the wildlife sanctuary Hall's Pond in Brookline. I was going to try out my new macro lens and went to photograph dragonflies or other insects. As often the photographic subject turned 180 when I arrived. The Great Blue Heron was present at the pond and this time was sitting high up in one of the willow trees. I instantly changed lenses and got to work while the great blue heron went about his business.

Hall's Pond is still fascinating any time I go and I am so thankful to have this tiny oasis close to my house. It is very close to Boston and just a minute from St. Mary's T-Station. Hall's Pond is truly amazing and provides diverse flora and fauna in the middle of the city. Make sure to stop by!