Category Archives: Fine Art Photographs

Digital Panoramas and the Fall Landscape

The photomerge function in Adobe Bridge now makes it easier than ever to create digital panoramas of landscape photographs. Previously I used a technique using layers and masks in Photoshop, which required a bit more time behind the computer. However, the effectiveness of photomerge is only as good as the original, raw image files provided by photographer and camera. Where the photographer positions him or herself in relation to the subject, the quality of the light across the entire scene, how much of each frame is overlapped and if the camera and tripod are properly leveled all factor in with the success of the final panoramic image.

CaesarCreekPanorama2byJimCrotty
Fall on Rose Lake Panorama by Jim Crotty

Birch Trees in Panorama by Jim Crotty
Fall Sunrise Panorama at Corwin Cemetery by JIm Crotty

Anatomy of a Sunrise

Almost always the best nature and landscape photographs are captured in what I like to call “the margins of the day,” that being dawn and dusk. Even an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset, when most photographers aren’t up or have packed away their gear for the day, the beauty of gradual light enhances the natural subject.

The following Pictures You Can Hear video and images were captured on the morning of October 20, 2009 at The Inn at Cedar Falls, in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

The sacredness of the light. To crunch about in the woods. To take in sunrise on the hilltop and then marvel at the sight of the Milky Way after nightfall. These are the visual gifts that feed the spirit and move the soul.

When all else in the “outside world” is ripping at the seams and falling in tatters, it is comforting to know that all is well, and right, in nature and at The Inn at Cedar Falls.

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Fall Sunrise at The Inn at Cedar Falls by Jim Crotty

Black and White Art Presentation at Visceral Gallery in Centerville

Visceral Gallery Events

This past week I had the opportunity to visit Visceral Gallery here in Centerville. The gallery owner – Francine Riley – has done an excellent job in establishing a true, artistic presence and experience in the middle of Centerville’s “historic district.” Visceral reminds me of the galleries I’ve visited in many resort towns out west and the heavily traveled, high dollar tourist towns down south. The emphasis is where it should be – on the art. The space within is warm and welcoming, encouraging visitors to linger. The lighting is exceptional with lots of attention to detail. It was obvious to me that Francine had a professional education and training in both the craft of presentation as well as in the business of selling fine art. I wish her well.

Currently Visceral is hosting a invitation-only, juried exhibition titled “Colored Restrained.” The emphasis is on black and white presentation in a variety of mediums, both 2-D and 3-D. The show is impressive with some very strong talent on display.

A 16″x24″ print of one of my recent works in monochrome conversions of high dynamic range photographs was selected for the “Color Restrained” show at Visceral. The piece – titled “Hidden Treasure” – is a macro photograph of a closed Queen Anne’s Lace in Sugarcreek MetroPark.

Fine Art Black and White Photography by Jim Crotty
Fine Art Black and White Photography by Jim Crotty
Hidden Treasure Black and White Print by Photographer Jim Crotty
Hidden Treasure Black and White Print by Photographer Jim Crotty