This week we have a stunning image that captures light in a truly artistic fashion. It’s called Field of forgotten dreams by Jamie Suplee. I felt like I was back in art class, studying the works of the masters who captured light so beautifully before cameras could match their dynamic range. On their own, the elements in this image could be unremarkable. A tree. A dilapidated barn. A dirt road. A brown grassy field. And a relatively nice pink sunset sky. But the composition and light bring these elements together in an exceptional way! Whether this was an HDR or just great post processing, this image proof that photography is art.
The image Room with a View by TLCservices is an awesome, mystical composite of an impossible castle location. I suppose we’re working on a traditional art theme here today. This fantasy image combines elements yet balances light to make the scene consistent and believable. The misty areas all have a beautiful glow of orange light and add to the mysterious feel of the scene. This image tells a story and does it well.
Pete was our guest judge this week and I did something I’ve never done before… from the pool of 51 possible images I selected from which he could pick the 5 featured images, I told him one of the images had to be from William Yu. William uploaded dozens of images so Pete had lots from which to choose, and he selected Lady Bug as his favorite because of the beautiful composition and colors. He liked the symmetry of the flower and said the simplicity was poetic. Pete called it “Visual Haiku.” I agree completely. But William has so many more truly expert images in his portfolio, many of them travel photos from China, which had me saying “wow” quite a bit as I flipped through his images. When I read William’s bio in his NAPP portfolio, I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that he teaches photography and conducts travel photography workshops. He is certainly a gifted shooter. Do yourself a favor and visit his portfolio.
Nicolas Feret did a great job compositing together images for an awesome, super-realistic action portrait called Sky Diver 2. While the look of this image is similar to techniques Joel Grimes uses and teaches, and which we’ve seen lots of people replicate since he started teaching it, this is a great alternate approach. The pose, the scene, and the light flare are all great elements that make this a fun image to look at. I bet you smiled when you saw it.
So let’s wrap up with an incredibly convincing water color style image called palm springs by Amanda Clubb. You should click on it and look at it large on your monitor so that you get to enjoy the detail and more vivid colors of the original image. If she’s not already doing it, Amanda should visit local home builders and offer to produce art to decorate their offices or license to them for use in their brochures and on their web site. It’s such an impressive, artistic take on a home.