Category Archives: Prints

Prints Recognized with Awards at Professional Photographers of Ohio Conference

I’m honored and thankful to have all six of my print entries juried and scored high enough to be shown in the print display at last weekend’s annual conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio, held in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus. Five of the entries were additionally recognized with awards including Award of Achievement and Honorable Mentions.

Four of the images were captured in and around my home and farm in Beavercreek Township, Ohio. Another was a favorite from my time living on Hilton Head Island, SC and one image was captured this past February in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

The juried competition at the PPO conference is particularly strict in scoring methods. All judges are accomplished professional photographers.

There is an emphasis on attention to detail as well as artistic merit.
Showing an impressive image on a mobile device or other screen is one thing but producing a true, fine art print is another. I am thankful to the help and support of one of the best pro print labs in the Dayton area, TI Graphics.

Chloe by Jim Crotty Frozen Light by Jim Crotty In the Light of November by Jim Crotty On the Morning of Your Departure by Jim Crotty Storm Sky at Sunset by Jim Crotty Treasure by Jim Crotty

Super Response to Supermoon Photograph | Most Talked-About Image on Hilton Head

I’ve never experienced so much response to one of my photographs. Once again it was the image I had not foreseen or planned for that turns-out to be the best from a photo shoot. The “super moon” of May 5, 2012 rising over Harbor Town here on Hilton Head Island has gone what many people are telling me “viral.” Well, viral at least amongst those who live on Hilton Head. Over 200 shares and 200 “likes” via the image posted on the business Facebook page for Photography by Jim Crotty. I’m grateful and I appreciate all the great comments and attention. I am now offering this limited edition, signed 30″x40″ prints of this photograph on canvas gallery wrap. Please email or call 843-842-9200 for pricing and ordering information. Thank you.

The Art of Photography on Hilton Head Island | Being Persistent

UPDATE 12-24-13: Since writing this post I have returned to living and working near Dayton, Ohio. I now provide photography services, print sales and lessons/workshops from my farm home in Beavercreek Township, Ohio

Visitors to my studio on Hilton Head are always amazed to find out that the 30″x40″ canvas prints on the walls are indeed photographs. I think it’s because most people are not accustomed to seeing photographic prints with such detail in that size. When it comes to fine art nature photography for the discerning buyer of art, I honestly feel I have some of the best images of nature and landscape subjects captured in and around Hilton Head Island. I’m not being boastful. That’s not part of my personality. In fact those who are closest to me and know me the best are becoming more and more agitated that I’m not boastful enough when it comes to marketing and promoting my work.

Hilton Head Island is a tough market when trying to sell fine art photography. There’s a “closed loop” so to say that often has more to do with factors other than the quality and originality of the artwork. But I keep going at it, chipping away. I may be more on the quiet side when it comes to sales and marketing but I do have determination.

The following web galleries – links listed below – were recently updated with images captured as recently as last week. It’s one thing to view an impressive photograph on a computer screen. Were quality can be accurately measured as how well these images reproduce as large format prints. Anyone who has seen my prints will attest to the fact that my photography more than measures-up.

All of the images presented in the following online galleries are available as fine art prints crafted by a lab that caters to professional photographers. I’ve been working with this lab for over six years now, and their attention to detail is second to none, so much so that another more well-established professional photographer here on Hilton Head recently contacted me to find out the identity of that particular lab.

Gee, I wonder why ?

Hilton Head Digital Art Photography –
http://gallery.me.com/jimcrotty#101088

Hilton Head Fine Art Nature and Landscape Photography –
http://gallery.me.com/jimcrotty#100854

And not only impressive looking large format prints but stock licensing as well. My nature and landscape photography of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area can serve as excellent additions to local business web sites, print advertisements, brochures and even billboards. The images on the web site, brochures and billboards for Hilton Head’s newest attraction – Zip Line Hilton Head at Broad Creek Marina – is almost entirely Photography by Jim Crotty, both stock and assignment.

 

A Tale of Two Nights | The Ethereal Between Sky and Sea

In this area of South Carolina, on the far bottom “corner” of the map, more often than not it is the dance of light between sea and sky that result in the landscape photographs that have the most visual impact and strongest emotional connection between photographer and viewer. Actual “land” is kept at a minimum. Just a sliver of shoreline or beach or perhaps a wandering marshland. Horizons are minimal. The eye of the landscape photographer is pulled skyward, or below along a watery expanse of ocean or estuary. Sometimes rules are broken and the thin line of horizon is stretched right across the middle of the frame, in those moments when there’s a balance in the dance of light and color from above and below.

April through May along the coast of South Carolina is only matched by October through November in the quality of light for landscape photography. It has always been during those times when I find myself in the midst of sea, sky and light that literally takes my breath away. I’ll stand wide-eyed in unbelief of the beauty that I find myself within. I grapple with camera, lens and tripod while thinking “yes, this is what I’m meant to do. There’s a reason I’m here to capture this.”

Last week presented two of those experiences, on successive evenings at sunset. What was truly fascinating was the contrast between the light and scenes captured while on the water Thursday evening to the photographs of Friday at sunset. Thursday was a storm front passing overhead with shapes, shadows and filtered light that changed the color on the waves to something I’ve never seen before. On Friday calm prevailed in the sky with the hypnotic stare of an enormous full Moon rising over the Atlantic while the waves of a high tide in spring reached all the way to the forward edge of the dunes.

Grace. That’s what keeps coming to mind when I think of the experience of being present in these places and in those moments of ethereal light. Whether on the coast of South Carolina or in the Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Ohio or the high desert and mountains of New Mexico. Grace through gratitude for the opportunity to be lost within the light.

Thursday evening, April 5 2012, on Broad Creek | Hilton Head Island:

 

Friday evening, April 6 2012 @ Burke’s Beach | Hilton Head Island:

 

Next Steps | New Studio and Gallery

I’m very happy to announce that the remodel work is officially underway on my new studio and gallery space, located at The Village Exchange shopping area on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Posted here are some pre-remodel and initial progress images. My target for a grand opening and reception will be during the first week of June.

Within this space I will be showing and offering for sale select fine art prints from my growing collection of nature and landscape photography and presenting small group workshops and lessons on nature photography and digital imaging. I will also be providing studio and location portrait photography services for individuals, families and high school seniors. It was from my work with portrait photography whereby I earned my Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation through the Professional Photographers of America, while managing my photography business in Dayton, Ohio.

Additionally I’m considering including the work of other local artists, representing complimentary mediums of nature and local themed art. My goal is to enhance the overall presentation within the gallery beyond my prints of nature and landscape images.

I intend to provide a browsing and shopping experience that is welcoming, peaceful and pleasing for the senses – facilitating the fusion of artist, creative vision and art admirer based on a shared passion for the calming beauty of nature and subject, both in detail and on the landscape.

My goal for a grand opening reception is sometime within the first week of June. Please check back often, either on this blog or by way of Photography by Jim Crotty on Facebook, as I will be posting additional images as progress continues on the studio and gallery here on Hilton Head.

More than just being happy with this next step in my career as a photographer and artist, I am indeed blessed beyond measure. Not only due to the opportunity to pursue my passion but perhaps more so for the opportunity to share my visual discoveries and photographs with others, in presenting my images and through teaching and encouraging the art of photography.

A Look Back | Autumn 2010

It’s hard to believe that it’s still officially fall when looking out the window and seeing about six inches of snow on the ground. Autumn doesn’t end until the eve of the Winter Solstice, next week. I’m hopeful that the reason behind so much “winter” early on this year is to allow for a more subdued, subtle February, unlike what we experienced in Ohio last winter. I’ve learned from my years and years of being a close observer of nature that more often than not there is balance in everything.

Now is a good time to take a photographic look back at autumn 2010. I hosted two very successful workshops including my first weekend destination program at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, late last September. In early November I presented a very well attended and received program of two half-day programs at Cox Arboretum in Dayton. Also noteworthy from this past autumn were a number of very successful portrait sessions, editorial stock image transactions, fine art print sales and installations and a couple of awards received at the 2010 Fall Conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio.

Each season in Ohio I always come up with about a half-dozen images that best represent the “personality” of the time of year – that unique blend of light, weather conditions and of course, what I bring to the backside of the camera, meaning an always changing and developing creative vision with a few new technical tweaks here and there. Fall 2010 in southern Ohio can best be summed-up with one word – DRY. The lack of rainfall made for only sporadic and isolated areas of good, vibrant color. The upside were some spectacular sunsets and moonrises.

The following are my personal favorite nature and landscape photographs from autumn 2010. Locations include Hocking Hills State Park, Sugarcreek MetroPark, Grant Park and Dayton, Ohio.

October Journey by Jim Crotty
October Journey by Jim Crotty

Hunters Moon 2 by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Hunters Moon 2 by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Fall Arrangement by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Fall Arrangement by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Dew on Ironweed by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Dew on Ironweed by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Sunset Sky on Autumn Equinox by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Sunset Sky on Autumn Equinox by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Oak Leaf Texture by Jim Crotty
Oak Leaf Texture by Jim Crotty

Dayton Skyline in November by Jim Crotty
Dayton Skyline in November by Jim Crotty