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Nature

A foal was born

Foal's (baby horse) dreams

A Foal’s dreams

This Sunday I had a special treat, A prince was born, well, A princess to be correct. My friend’s neighbor had a new foal (baby horse), She was born just a few hours earlier and I’m happy I got to  see her.
I like driving out-of-town to visit friends. I like walking in nature, enjoying the views and the animals in the wild and on the farm, taking pictures of whatever I find interesting. This trip was very rewarding.

To see more great images of this adorable foal on my official blog, Click this image.
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Phodigraphy.com is online

I’m happy to announce that my new site http://phodigraphy.com is now online!
My aim was to combine my website and blog, and make it easier for people to contact me, so I did.
All future blog entries will appear both here and on the new site, so if you’re already subscribed to this blog nothing will change for you, If you like the new design better you can register to it on http://phodigraphy.com .
I can’t leave without posting a new image, and what’s better for a spring entry than a child playing in a wheat field?

Spring


Late afternoon

Vantage point

Vantage point

This weekend I was visiting a friend whom I used to ride with, he moved his horses from a ranch to his back yard a few weeks ago so I went to see the new tenants.

Being around horses is very special, these herbivores are beautiful and are among my favorite subjects.

Supper's ready

Supper's ready


Tech kids

While shooting portraits of her mom, this sweet 5-year-old wanted some camera attention. As soon as her Mom left to change for the next set, I asked her to come up to the set and pretend she’s Mommy, she knew exactly what to do.

Tech girl

Tech girl

After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.

Tech girl

Tech girl

Climbing trees and playing outdoors were my favorite activities when I was this kid’s age, My fascination with computers started when I was well into my 20’s. For the last 10 years I build and keep up all my computers and love doing that.

I didn’t find computers very practical for myself untill Photoshop 3 came out. Looking at these images made me think whose childhood is more fulfilling, the tree climbers or the tech kids? I don’t have an answer for that.


Wind I, II & III

Sometimes it feels as if all the elements in nature just try to please you.

It was a wonderful and exiting afternoon, and by the time I left the scene I had these three Images. there is no compositing or complicated photo manipulation here, these compositions needed only a few minor darkroom enhancements (dodging and burning).

Wind I

Wind I

Wind II

Wind II

Wind III

Wind III

This is a diagram I made to figure out the sizes and the way I wanted the images to be hung.

Proportions diagram for wind

Proportions diagram for wind

This is a photo I snapped with my phone for documentation purposes, after hanging the prints in the gallery.

Wind series hanging in gallert

Wind series hanging in gallery


Synthetic and natural patterns

Since I started experimenting with Photoshop around 1996, I was fascinated by blending modes and the patterns I can make using them.

A natural progression to studying the subject through artwork I drew myself, (that’s when photography was still chemical based, and scanning was reserved for paid projects),  I started using patterns from natural elements I shot.

It’s pretty clear why we find natural patterns to be so inspiring, unlike an empty canvas, they already contain rhythm, flow  and direction which makes them a great subject.

Pink haze

Synthetic: Pink haze 1999

Stained glass leaves

Natural: Stained glass leaves 2009

 


The closest you’ll get to nature without leaving home

I was introduced to this movie a couple of years after it came out. I have not since watched a movie that was so beautiful and fascinating as Microcosmos.

This movie not only brings you really close to nature, but it is lit and shot so beautifully that I’m still glued to the screen every time I watch it. if you love nature and photography, especially macro photography, and you missed this one somehow, do yourself a favour, get this disk and watch it, this is the real “A bug’s life“.

It’s a french film  and though there’s not much dialog in it, you can choose the english sound track from the menu.