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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.

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Landscape Impressionism

by Blake Robinson

May 3rd, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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And now, for something completely different!

As loyal readers know, I’ve been active recently photographing birds, principally at Pinckney Island Natural Wildlife Refuge. While I’ve been out on the island, in addition to the birds, I’ve been experimenting with some abstract landscapes and seascapes.

In the first image above, I used a fairly slow shutter speed – 1/15th of a second – and purposely jiggled the camera, in a northeast to southwest line. The idea is to give an impression of the scene rather than a sharply focused photograph. Perhaps a viewer may have a sense of wind, blowing the marshgrass. I call this “Pinckney Island Dream,” as I imagine this might how I would picture this scene in my dreams. (Sadly, I remember very few of my dreams!)

In the picture above, I used an even slower shutter speed, 1/5th of a second, and moved the camera side to side while the shutter was open. And in this one I did make the colors more saturated in Photoshop. So the photograph (and to me, it’s still a photograph) is more abstract. But the viewer hopefully can still recognize: the marsh in the foreground, the water, a marshy island, more water, trees in the background and then sky- six layers of nature in all.

These photographs don’t show up as well as I’d like in the small constraints of a blog. But I plan to make some large prints, possibly on canvas, and I’m hopeful they will make attractive pieces of art. We’ll see!

Here is a third image I worked on, as it appeared right out of the camera. It was shot at a fast shutter speed and is in sharp focus, but it’s a pretty flat and uninteresting picture. In Photoshop, I blurred it (side to side) and added contrast and color saturation. You can see the result below.

Would love to hear what you think of these images. I plan to make more abstract work in the coming months.

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”

Sometimes the Old Tech is Best

by Blake Robinson

January 22nd, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Click on any image in this blog post to see the picture LARGER and CLEARER.

In photographing the artwork recently of my new friend, Bill Jacklin, I used my fancy Nikon camera, bristling with all the latest technology. The camera was set up to fire two lights with a remote wireless trigger. In the middle of the shoot, we had some glitches – well, in truth, I couldn’t get the camera to take a picture. As I’m struggling with this, Bill picks up an old beat-up paint brush and says, very kindly, “Sometimes the old technology is best.”

How true!

Fortunately, we got everything working again.

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Bill is an Englishman and a very accomplished and successful artist. He is a member of the historic Royal Academy of Arts in London, a true honor in his profession, with membership limited to just 80 practicing artists.  He has an exhibit at the Royal Academy scheduled for the Spring, as well as two books of his work coming out shortly.

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Photographing artwork is perhaps at the other end of the spectrum from photographing portraits. In my portrait work, I’m trying to draw out something of my client’s personality and spirit. And, my artistic expression hopefully comes through in each portrait I take. When I photograph artwork, I’m in essence only a technician. The goal is to show the art just as the artist made it, with lighting, tone, texture and colors represented as closely as possible to the original art itself.

Thanks, Bill, for the opportunity and privilege of shooting your amazing work – and the chance to get to know you and spend time with you in your studio. You can see more of Bill’s work at his website.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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