Fine art photography 2014


Circus Tiger
Location:Oxnard, California


Infrared Nude
Location:Summerland, California


Still Life
Location:Santa Barbara, California


Circle of the Sea
Location:Port Hueneme, California


Oil and Water
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Locked
Location:Alcatraz Island, California



A Way Out
Location:Alcatraz Island, California



Fallen Triangle
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Mushroom Road
Location:Sunol, California



Alien Life
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Light Trace
Location:Santa Barbara, California


A beautiful weekend at the beach

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Birds have flocked to the beach in masses lately, and they usually frequent this small lake by the ocean.

Title: flock of shorebirds
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


A dramatic effect of wet sand ravaged by the waves against the rugged mountains..

Title: rugged mountains
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I was lucky to find this footprint in the sand perfectly preserved in a thin oil layer.

Title: footprint in black sand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I found a small sand dollar that looked really clean, so I decided to snap a picture of it in the sun.

Title: small sand dollar
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

Artist interview featuring Nina Haigh

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I would like to introduce you all to Nina Haigh a talented photographer who loves the great outdoors, animals, night photography and architecture. Let’s get to know more about how she creates beautiful images.

SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Nina Haigh: It all starts by me feeling inspired, and usually I feel the most inspired in nature. Photo-walks are where I get to let loose connect with my subject and just get lost in my work. Once I get home, usually I can’t wait to see what is on my memory card, once everything gets uploaded and cataloged the sorting begins.Often I pull out what I feel are the gems edit them and post them to my shop or Deviant Art Gallery, sometimes an amazing image will get passed by and sit around until I reopen a file and see the art I left behind. These sometimes become my most popular images. Lastly I send things off to print at a local professional lab to keep things looking their best.

SammyPhoto: How did you get started with etsy?
Nina Haigh: It took me a long time actually, I thought that photography didn’t fall in the “hand-made” category since I didn’t physically make my prints.I met a fantastic woman at my very first fair I sold my photography at, she was a team leader for a local team and urged me to start selling! Barely a year later she is team captain and I have become a team leader myself. It’s been very rewarding to meet other local artists, its amazing how far some of the people I’ve met have come all thanks to Etsy and sheer entrepreneurship.

SammyPhoto: Could you give us some helpful tips?
Nina Haigh: Develop your style! Especially with photography it’s so easy to get drowned out by others. Always keep learning about your craft! There is so much learning material just on the internet alone, try new techniques, learn better ways to do things – always Keep it interesting for yourself. If you don’t keep loving what you do, then its time to switch things up!

SammyPhoto: How did you get into photography?
Nina Haigh: My dad did! When I was 15 we went on a road trip across Canada and he handed me his 1970s Pentax film slr camera and told me to take the vacation pictures. I fell in love! I’ve been doing it ever since giving me a whopping 16 years behind a camera.

SammyPhoto: What inspires you?
Nina Haigh:Being out in nature is the biggest but also oddly on the opposite I love architecture and that holds its place in my photography as well. I have a night time urban landscape series of various places around Montreal, Canada.

SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Nina Haigh: Right now Kingsbury, a tiny little rural village in southern Quebec. I fell in love with it here, I am literally a 2 minute walk from the marsh that is featured in Many of my photographs.The countryside around here is amazingly beautiful as well and that also gets reflected in my images.

SammyPhoto: Could you describe your style for us.
Nina Haigh: Vivid and realistic, many people comment how my photography tends to transport them to the places my images were taken.

SammyPhoto: Could you share some of your hobbies with us.
Nina Haigh: Camping, especially wilderness or canoe camping! Always with my camera of course! I have also taken up picking wild mushrooms!

SammyPhoto: Does your art pay the bills?
Nina Haigh: I wish! I’m still building up to that point. I’m selling here on Etsy and also local events as well as trying to become known as a commercial photographer.

SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Nina Haigh: Both actually! While my dad showed me the very basics I wanted to learn more and signed up for my high school photo-club. I then went on to study two semesters of film photography in college. Since then I have been self taught, making the jump from film to digital was a HUGE step for me and took me a while to adjust. I kept at it though, kept learning and now I’m just as confidant, if not more with my dslr than my old Minolta srt101 from the 60s

SammyPhoto: Thank you so much Nina for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out NinaHaighPhotography on Etsy HERE and follow her on social media her here….
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Abstract rose flowers

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Macro photography is some of my favorite because I get to go upclose to beautiful flowers like this and see all the details.

Title: bright orange strike it rich rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


What looks like a fluffly pillow is the many leaves of this red rose.

Title: bright red fame rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This rose looks like it’s bleeding which gives it a unique beautiful that you won’t soon forget.

Title: pink and white scentimental rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


They say life is stranger than fiction and this holds true with flowers, especially this spotted rose.

Title: china doll rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Beach and birds

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High tide and strong winds can create very unique landscapes, including a slanted beach.

Title: High shore line
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I was lucky to catch this bird flyng by at just the right time, and it was really fighting the strong winds.

Title: Flying seagull
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


These long beaked birds are always searching for their next meal in the sand, which are tiny crabs that breathe through bubbles in the sand.

Title: small sea birds
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


The ocean was angry this day, causing waves to break at the edge, becoming very foamy and sandy.

Title: Golden state seashore
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

Artist interview featuring Krislyn Dillard

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I would like to introduce you all to a fellow west coast artist Krislyn Dillard. Krislyn is the owner of the Etsy shop “Krislyndillard” she creates beautiful natural paintings… I’m totally in love with her minimalist bird watercolor paintings. Lets get to know more about her creative process.

SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Krislyn: First I need a brilliant idea! So I scour the world for images and ideas. I’ve had ideas come from an off hand post on Facebook by a friend, I’ve had them while walking in the forest with my husband and I have had them hit me at 2 am totally ending my REM cycle. Once I have the idea I scour the internet, my own photos and if I’m lucky real life observations to get a thorough understanding of my subject. I’ll know it works because I will have a clear mental image form. After all this I might start to create. If I am painting in oil the process moves to the sketching mode. If its a drawing I get right to it same with watercolor. For every one art piece I have up on my Etsy site there is anywhere from 1 to 4 pieces that weren’t quite good enough. If it’s an oil painting the good thing is I can fix my mistakes right on the canvas so after the initial sketch, usually there is only one painting… after about 60 hours of work. I draw anywhere with a portable drawing kit. I paint in watercolor at the kitchen table or on the floor if its big. I have an art studio that I paint oils in. I also paint in acrylic but the process is almost the same as for oils. Lastly, I listen to live concerts, books on tape and documentaries while I work. I think that about sums it up.

SammyPhoto: What are you favorite and least favorite parts of selling on Etsy?
Krislyn: My favorite parts are scanning all the incredible handmade stuff people make! It inspires me to create and it inspires me to sell… so I can buy some of it! I also love seeing other artists in my genre doing well and making sales. It just makes me happy knowing there are artists out there creating and selling their work. I haven’t been on long enough to form too many negative opinions about Etsy. The only thing I can think, for risk of being controversial is the new promotion listings. It seems they are almost the same in nature to the whole net neutrality. Those who pay get visibility. I found just using SEO works fine so far.

SammyPhoto: How did you get into art?
Krislyn: I’m an artist. We all answer the same boring way: When I was a kid with crayons.

SammyPhoto: Who inspires you?
Krislyn: I have who and what.
Who: Every artist that came before me because really all us contemporary artist stand on their great shoulders. Without the likes of Van Gogh, Mondrian, Picasso, Leonardo, artists from Africa, India, Japan, artists from ancient times back to the Lascaux, all the artists I can’t think of right at this moment up to today are amazing and creative and looking at their work gives me tingles.
What: I am inspired by nature, animals, myths, textures, layers, lines, negative space and light. Just to name a few.

SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Krislyn: Springfield Oregon. We are lucky here to have so many parks and green spaces. Certainly, it is a beautiful area.

SammyPhoto: Could you share some of your hobbies with us.
Krislyn: I am a yoga teacher! I also love gardening, biking and playing volleyball. I like visiting with friends and meeting new people. I love sitting in coffee shops and sketching. I adore my kitties and play with them everyday. Sometimes I like to sew, or bead or try something else crafty (so long as there is no math involved).

SammyPhoto: Does your art pay the bills?
Krislyn: Nope. I hope to sell enough art simply to make space in my house for more art. It also would help with my art supplies. I pay the bills with teaching yoga and I couldn’t be more lucky!

SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Krislyn: I went to an arts and communications high school then two years of art college at Pacific Northwest College of Art. After that my life took on a less linear path and everything I have learned since is from trial and error and observing the greats.

SammyPhoto: Thank you so much Krislyn for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out Krislyndillard on Etsy HERE and follow her blog here HERE

Romantic rose

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I love visiting gardens to see the variety of horticulture, especially unique flowers like this one.

Title: Scentimental rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This deep red rose has a unique characteristic to it, it flows into a bright white flower in the middle.

Title: Red cherry parfait
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


The sun always makes yellow flowers pop out, making them very hard to look away from.

Title: New day rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


I like to think this flower can be best described as a burning sunset with it’s tone of orange, pink, and yellow.

Title: Strike it rich rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Classic Autumn

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What I like best about Autumn is the different types of colors that exist not only in nature, but in foods too.

Title: Autumn basket
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This pumpkin was shining bright in the morning sun, bringing out many shades of orange.

Title: Pumpkin
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


My favorite spot to take pictures is by the foliage, it’s very inviting and makes any object look like it’s resting so nicely. It’s almost as if this pumpkin is held up by air.

Title: Pumpkin and clover
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


While California trees may not be as dramatic as they are in colder climates, it’s still nice to see yellow and orange leaves at this time of year.

Title: Golden leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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