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Different Aspects of Fine Art

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are still encompassing aspects that differentiate fine art from simply taking pictures in nature photography.

First and foremost, the photographer interested in producing art needs to accept the fact that he or she will usually need to take a hundred pictures for every one that may be a contender. Often times, there is precious little a photographer can do when the subject matter is organic and unpredictable beyond having a stockpile of patience and the reactive reflexes of a stalking spider. The first aspect of fine art in nature photography then is capturing the natural moment when it happens. Anyone can photograph lions sleeping in the grass or a storm pelting a reservoir, but it’s the patient and focused photographer who can immortalize the airborne moment before a pounce, or the first of a thousand spreading raindrop ripples.

Another important aspect of creating fine art nature photography is to be sure one has the proper equipment for the job. A tripod, for example, is essential when shooting in nature not only to ensure the consistency of the shots, but also to minimize photographer movement as much as possible as to not disturb the immediate environment. The proper lens for the type of photography one is doing is also important, for a 300/4 lens will produce a much different effect than will a wide angle 20mm.

Lighting is another aspect that carves canyons between fine art nature photography and the Sunday shots at the zoo. Natural light is usually most abundant, and in fact best, but only if it isn’t too harsh as it is midday. One should also be familiar with not only the source of light, but also the ability to control it. The use of white boards and reflective foils, umbrellas and the like may not be necessary for all nature photography depending on the time of day and the composite of the landscape. Again, here it is important to know what equipment is necessary and what is not in order to produce the effect one desires. A photographer who is able to master lighting techniques, including not only how to find the right source, but how to manipulate it if need be, is far ahead of the pack in the quest for creating fine art.

As mentioned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but certain techniques and practices will be evident in all photographs worthy of bearing the title “fine art.” If the goal is to produce fine art nature photography, one must be patient, ready, must know the difference between necessary equipment and the excessive, and finally, must master the range of lighting techniques useful in creating the desired effect. The rest is up to nature and chance.

Using Fine Art Nature Photography

There is nothing more exciting than decorating your new home or rearranging a few things to give that fresh feel of newness to a home you have been living in for awhile. While artwork can be rather expensive, there is something to be said for fine art nature photography to personalize your home.

Whether you are going for an everyday country comfort feel or something elegant and high class, there is a way to use nature photography to get exactly what you want from every room of your home.

Play With Color

Fine art nature photography that features imagery of nature can vary from bright bursts of color to muted shades of gray, black, white, and brown. This gives great versatility if you like to play with color within a room to get dramatic effects.

If you are using one or two primary colors to decorate a room, you will likely need some sort of accent color to complete the entire picture. Fine art photography can add those dashes of accent color, or simply be used to draw out accents placed elsewhere in the room.

You can also pick art photography that coordinates perfectly with your primary colors, or choose images with bright splashes of color to set off a room with duller colors. When the right colors are chosen and placed in just the right spot, your entire home can be set off in beautiful ways.

Incorporate Themes

It is extremely fun to incorporate themes into some rooms of the home, especially playrooms or bedrooms for your children. Art studios and other rooms used for recreation and hobbies are also great targets for fun themes.

Fine art nature photography is the perfect way to pull a theme together. In fact, some prints can completely set the theme for the entire room, allowing you to play with the color patterns in the photos to draw the entire room together.

For instance, fine art nature photography featuring baby deer in high grass can be the basis for an adorable and rather unique bedroom for a growing child. It may bring to mind Bambi and other Disney features which children of today as well as yesterday continue to adore.

Water is another theme that can be incorporated for an elegant feel. Fine art nature photography featuring oceans, rivers, or water calmly running over pebbles or smooth stones can make quite a dramatic effect with tabletop water features and fish tanks placed strategically in the same room.

Create a Focal Point

Selecting the right piece of fine art nature photography and using it as a larger framed print can create a focal point that draws the eye of anyone entering the room. This is great if you want to bring attention to one area of the room, or if there are other areas of the room that you need to distract attention away from.

When using fine art nature photography as a focal point, make sure it is something eye catching. It should be extraordinarily beautiful, or perhaps so odd no one can look away after noticing it.

Photography Decor Ideas For Your Horse-Mad Daughter

Do you have a daughter who loves horses? If so her room may already be filled with horse pictures, horse photos and her own horse art. But perhaps you are looking to give her room a makeover and would like some ideas for a horse-themed decor.

You can go from low budget home-made decoration to original equine art in this category, so first determine your budget and have a look around at prices in your area and then pick one of the ideas below.

Low Budget – Collage
Beg some out of date horse magazines from a friend, neighbour, your local stables or pony club, dentists waiting room or wherever you can. Sometimes charity shops have a stack of magazines in a corner that they are willing to almost give away.

Let your daughter spend some happy hours leafing through the magazines and picking favourite horses…probably all of them! Older girls will be able to create collages very effectively themselves, younger ones may need a little help to cut and paste with good results. Use some A3 card as bases and then have the finished collages laminated to preserve them.

Medium budget – Framed horse photography
Horse photography comes in a sliding scale from mass poster print to framed original horse photograph. If you are going for posters, have them framed to give a more complete look. However if you are going to the trouble of having something framed, why not go one step further and buy something original – a limited edition horse photograph from an equine photographer. That would make a really special, one-of- a-kind decor for your horse girl. Even better, have her portrait taken on her favourite pony, or just a portrait of the pony itself, and have that picture blown up and framed. You can commission this to be done by a professional horse photographer to get the best possible shot of both girl and horse.

Generous budget – Equine art
If your daughters are anything like mine, they’ll be completely wowed by an original horse painting. Probably the only thing they ever draw themselves is horses, and they may still be struggling with getting the legs long enough and the head in proportion to the body. So an equine artist who is portraying real horses in a lifelike and appealing way will leave them in complete awe. And you will be investing in art that has a lasting value too – something that your girls will love for ever, even if their passion for horses fades as they grow.

As for the rest of the decor in the bedroom, once you’ve chosen the main focus of horse pictures the rest is simple. Loop a couple of strong strings between two hooks on another wall to take the vast number of rosettes that your daughter dreams of winning at shows. If she doesn’t actually ride in shows then make her some pretend rosettes for fun.

Perhaps you can get hold of some real horseshoes and nail them to the walls too, each side of the rosette strings – open side up for luck! Then all you need is a shelf for all her horse books, with space to hold future trophies and cups and the room is perfect.

Pictorial Art and Photography Book Review

Throughout human history mankind has celebrated the beauty of the body, the sensation of love making and fertility. In some cultures there are gods of fertility, others call it a miracle from god, but all were fascinated by this seemingly magical event, with all of its sensuality, passion and emotion. Perhaps, this was best described in humankind’s history by its art and verse.

Now then, let’s discuss the Asian arts, specifically Pan Asian arts of sensuality, sexuality and passion, elements of the divine, magic and intrigue. Indeed, no book has better explained the universal truth of past periods and their emotional connection than a art pictorial book, which I have on my shelf. One which I bought after the Pan Asian exhibit; “The Sensuous Immortals” and to that note, let me recommend that you pick one up to read, educate yourself and entertain friends and family by displaying the copy in your own family room:

“The Sensuous Immortals – a Selection of the Pan Asian Collection” by Pratapaditya Pal – 1978 in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Art Museum and distributed by MIT Press.

Believe me this book shows you that the Greeks and Romans had nothing on the Asian cultures of the same period or the periods that followed. This book is proof positive of that. In this work there are pictures on almost every page, with a complete briefing on each work of art; where it was found, when it was made, and some even show who the artists was or who had commissioned the great work. The book is 270 pages long and takes quite a few days to read and it just keeps bringing you back for more enlightenment of the Pan American sensual art of past periods.