Rays of sunshine filtered through the trees sprinkling highlights in such a way as to give focus to the majesty of these redwood giants. Snow scattered about the worn footpath as shadows seemed to close in and encircle the trail. Light streaked in to paint the sides of two lone redwoods as though posed to stand at the center of attention...
I use a 4x5 camera because there is greater control over things like “aperture”, “depth of field”, “shutter speed” and “image perspective”. You’re probably hearing me say … blah blah blah… and reading this thinking, so what. You could be right. But what 4x5 large format photography has tough me are lessons that apply to all photography, i.e. …how to take better images regardless of what type of camera you use, cell phone, digital SLR or 4x5.
The hike from the top of Bright Angel Trail along the south rim took a full day before I could set up my tent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and collapse from the day's efforts. I stopped many times throughout the day to empty my backpack of 4x5 camera equipment to capture as many of the special landscapes as the Bright Angel Trail offered...
To make it easier to find newly created images, I’ve added a new section to the website titled, “New Creations”. Since introducing the Robert Vielee Photography website this past November, I’ve added over thirty new landscape images. The most recent fifteen of my newly created Elegant Landscapes have been added to the New Creations Gallery for your review.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? Well I suppose there are some out there who don’t but for the rest of us there is something special about the colors and the feeling a sunset can evoke. It doesn’t have to be a special destination or a unique event. It could happen on any given day in your own back yard when unexpected colors light up the sky just as the sun begins to dip below the horizon. Remembering a special sunset can take us back to a place or time in an instant and wash away the immediate cares of the day that sometimes challenge all of us.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a photographer’s playground. There is so much variety with wildflowers, dogwoods, red buds, waterfalls, wildlife, trails and let’s not forget that Gatlinburg and Dollywood aren’t very far away either. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the park several times in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Each season has much to offer. Morning Breaks Through is one of my favorite fine art prints from the many large format 4x5 photographs I’ve taken while hiking in the Great Smokys. When the rays of the sun broke through onto the landscape, I thought, "Sometimes you just get lucky."
Panoramas are a declaration of freedom. That’s from my perspective relating to the creative process. It can also mean freedom to you as well. Fine art prints hang on our walls yet not every space is perfect for the traditional 8 x 10 format. The panorama, with non-traditional ratios of 3 inches wide for every inch tall (for example a 60 x 20 print) or even a 4:1 ratio (for example 80 x 20) or 2:1 ratio (40 x 20), is often the perfect fit for that special place in your home or your office.
Fall is a great time of year to be a photographer. Many parts of the world offer the opportunity to see nature’s colorful exhibition every autumn. Some years are better than others and some years are exceptional. I spent many autumn days in New England photographing the wonderful fall colors. Sometime though, what you’re looking for can be right around the corner from your own home. This image was captured one wet morning in northeast Pennsylvania.
Metal prints have gained popularity in recent years. I love them! At a recent gallery showing I had at the AFA Gallery in Scranton PA, I showed all my fine art photography as Metal Prints. I recommend them highly.
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