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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”

iPhone Picture Quality

by Blake Robinson

October 20th, 2014    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This photo was taken on my new iPhone 6 on Sunday, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The cameras in smartphones are getting better and better, and it’s easy to take this for granted. But I continue to marvel at the quality of the pictures that can be taken by phones.

See some of the whizzbang specs on the new iPhone here.

Please click on the picture to see it in a LARGER size. And even in the larger size, my blog provider still shrinks the size of the image (number of pixels). The actual image is much sharper and clearer than you see here.

For client work, I’ll continue to use my heavy Nikon cameras and lenses – and phones will never be able to compete with DSLR cameras. But as the old saying goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you.”  We  mostly always have our phones with us.

I liked the composition in this image – some of which was unintentional – or perhaps serendipitous. For example, I didn’t notice the blue plastic chair in the lower left, but it provides a nice contrast in scale to the tree – and a place to sit to enjoy a beautiful Fall day.

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

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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