Spring Art Scene
Getting everything ready for tomorrow!! Hope to see some people out for the show!
ArtScene in late April brings out thousands of art-lovers to galleries and studios all over town, to enjoy new exhibits of original works. Art Scene attracts so many fans because it is free, and it’s fun for both the browser and the buyer.
Spring ArtScene 2012 will be held Friday, April 13th from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 14th from 3-9 p.m. Please visit www.springartscene.com for a complete list of participating galleries and studios.
I’ll be located in the FotoEnvy/Studio Works building at 317 W. Jefferson Street. 815-298-1536. Here’s a map to the location. http://g.co/maps/ujvvv
Stars over the Ocean
I accidentally came across this photo the other day and loved it, so it got bumped to the top of the list for developing. I remember this night like it was yesterday, perfectly clear and calm, with a warm breeze. We were only allowed a small bag on the ship, so I had no sort of tripod, and then again we were on a boat moored in the water anyways, so I tried my best to get a good mix between turning up the ISO for a faster shutter, and not getting too noisy to mess with the stars. If you view the picture larger you’ll see that there was some movement, but I don’t mind. The color and feeling is still there.
Pure White Sands
Stepping on to the beach for the first time you feel the sand melt away between your toes. Perhaps there is sometime special to these beaches, lonely islands off the coast of north eastern Australia. According to the guide they are some of the most pure sands in the world, sometime like 98% pure silica. The trees closest to the beach seemed to be effected by the pure white of the sand, and were bleached out and stark against the lush tropical greens further up the island.
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs. – Vance Havner
Sunset at Sea
I haven’t spent a terrible amount of time at sea, but I sure do enjoy it. Here’s a couple of nice images from the Whitsunday Islands on the East coast of Australia.
A group takes some time between activities to watch the sun set.
Another visit to the thrills of the Whitsunday Island sailing trip, the first team of scuba divers head off for a dive site, flourishing with coral and fish and life.
Single RAW to HDR. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia.
A Dolphin’s Sunset Pose
The first night of sailing, moored off on of the Whitsunday’s vast number of islands, the group settled in for the evening, unpacking their bunk areas, enjoying an adult beverage or two, and taking in the fading light. As we watched the sun slowly setting below the horizon, a dolphin began excitedly playing near the boat, with the enthusiasm to even throw a backflip in for us. Several of us rather fruitlessly attempted to catch an action shot mid-jump, and much to my surprise, just as he began to head off into the sunset, came up for one last jump, perfectly in front of my lens.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia – Summer 2010
To give a little sense of scale here, the branch that these guys were were climbing down was probably an inch in diameter. So this was on an island in the Whitsundays, hiking from one side to another to get to the much anticipated white silica sandy beaches. The monochrome way this photo turned out was pretty cool, and the green, almost transparent bodies of the ants could just disappear in camouflage.