Shannon by the Window

by Blake Robinson

June 8th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last week, I attended the Photoshop World conference in Orlando. My new friend, Shannon, was also a participant and we did a photo shoot together. Shannon is a communications specialist at a college in Kentucky.

My goals were to shoot some images with window light and also to work with narrow depth of field, with some backgrounds fading away in the distance, as shown in our first photograph, above.

In the second image, I was working with Shannon’s reflection in the window, while also getting a bit of the background fade on the right edge of the picture. But Shannon’s face remains the primary focus.

While the other pictures in this post show Shannon with a serious/contemplative pose, she has a lovely and infectious smile and I wanted to be sure to include one of those photographs as well.


In this picture, I was using the hallway as a framing device for the portrait.

As always, I would appreciate any questions or comments about my work.

Many thanks to Shannon for a fun and successful shoot!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Impressionism on Canvas

by Blake Robinson

May 20th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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I’ve been working in the area of impressionistic landscapes and seascapes. If you missed it, see my recent blog post, Landscape Impressionism. The image above is my most recent effort, taken at Pinckney Island, South Carolina.

This type of image works well printed on a wrap-around canvas. The way the photograph was captured and edited in Photoshop, combined with printing on canvas, creates the illusion of a painting.

Here’s a detail of the left edge of the canvas, showing how the image wraps around the frame. This makes for a nice, clean presentation. The canvas was fairly large – 42 inches by 28 inches.

In a recent auction in New York, one of Monet’s haystack paintings sold for $110 million. That’s a nice incentive for me to keep working in Impressionism!

Shown below is how the photograph looks in our bedroom. If you are interested in owning one on my landscape pictures on canvas, let’s talk!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Great Egrets, Part Three – With Babies!

by Blake Robinson

May 15th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This is my third post about great egrets – I’ve gotten pretty hooked on photographing them. If you missed the first two posts, see the links to the right under “Recent Articles” to read those posts. As you can see above, the newborns have arrived over the past few weeks.

All these pictures have been taken at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, a glorious place to observe birds, between Hilton Head Island and the mainland.

I’ve probably been out to the island with my camera 12 or 15 times already. It’s always a treat to see what I’ll discover on each trip. The egrets are amazingly elegant and graceful in flight.

The newborns are a kick. They certainly know how to express their desire for food, perhaps like all babies! As yet I have not seen any of them try to fly out of the nest. One of my birding friends suggests it’s usually 40-50 days before they take the leap.

I have been shooting other species of birds too – stay tuned for an upcoming post! Thanks, as always, for taking a look at my photographs.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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