Fine Art Nature Photography

Fine Art Nature Photography

I suppose my first love of photography was Fine Art Nature Photography.  Nature photography was the subject of my first formal photography classes.  I grew up obsessed with cameras and photography.  I made my first camera out of cardboard and a spool of paper around a pencil so I could roll up the film.  I would pull out a section of paper and draw a picture of what I saw.  Luckily a real camera came into my life, and now the count is pretty high for how many cameras I’ve owned over the years.  I also grew up with a darkroom in my house.  I’m a second generation photographer.  My dad was a World War II photographer on an aircraft carrier in the Navy.  Later he took portraits and photographed some weddings since his full time job was elsewhere.  He had a good friend that was a full time wedding photographer.  I was a big fan of his as well.

Fine Art Nature Photography

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So when I’m not photographing people and houses, which I love, I do find time for fine art photography.  Both being out in nature and enjoying nature photographs on my wall and framed on shelves bring me such joy.  I would love it if you took some time, sit back and relax while you are at it, and enjoy my fine art nature photography.  My nature images are available in many different formats.  I personally love canvases and you will love the quality of the products I offer, even after the years go by.  Maybe I have some photographs of a favorite place of yours too.  Or maybe it’s a photograph of a place that you would love to look at every day.  Hopefully one of my sunflower photographs can brighten a spot in your home, even on a chilly day.  A favorite gallery of mine is photographs of the Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  I can’t believe I waited so long to take a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks.  If you haven’t been I highly suggest you add it to your list of places to go and experience.  Photographs of Rochester Michigan’s Big Bright Light Show make great gifts.  I have some metal ornaments and small prints, perfect on an easel, on hand and ready for you.  I think the sunflower photos are fabulous printed on metal and mounted on barn wood and I have just that product available!

Here are a few of my fine art nature photographs.  I look forward to more adventures around Michigan and beyond to capture more of the beauty of world and share it with you!

fine art nature photography  Rochester Michigan Big Bright Light Show

Fine Art Photography for Businesses

Did you know that stock photography on your website gets dinged by Google for your SEO (search engine optimization) rating.  It’s best to use original content.  My fine art nature photography can be licensed for web use.  Local Photography is also a great choice grace the walls of your business, either by purchasing it or working out an agreement to borrow some wall images.

Thanks for looking!  I’d love to help you find what you are looking for!  I’m always happy to help with custom wart art or collections.  Whether you like gallery wrapped canvases, metal prints, framed prints or even a coffee table book, I am happy to help.

 

Peonies!

Peonies!

I took a break from working on my website to go and capture my beautiful peonies before they are gone.  The rain was really beating them down so I had to cut almost all of them.  I filled three vases to overflowing and delivered vases to two neighbors.  When the rain cleared I went out to capture some of the few remaining peonies on the bush.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

I must say I kind of took my peonies for granted until I learned last week that my mom’s parents would plant them in every place they lived in Canada.  How cool is that?!?  So here’s to my grandmother Melina, my daughter’s namesake.

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So, which one is your favorite??

Did you know pArt of Life Photography offers Fine Art Nature prints?  I’ll add my peonies as well.

Life by Lens ~  life on the rocks…

Life by Lens ~ life on the rocks…

Life on the Rocks, macro nature photography in Michigan’s upper peninsula.  I missed a couple months in the Life by Lens blog circle that I participate in.  My awesome photographer friends have not given up on me so I’m back!  These posts are a chance for me to try new things and showcase some of my personal work.  This summer I spent a week in the north west corner of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of Michigan.  Sure I love the lower peninsula, especially the northern part, but I do have a special place in my heart for the upper peninsula, especially the Keweenaw peninsula.  I lived in the UP for five years when I attended Michigan Tech.  For a few years I returned once or twice – it’s a long drive dontchaknow!  But over the past four years I’ve just had to go back every year.  This year we spent a week on Lake Superior in a ‘suburb’ of Eagle Harbor.  It was divine!  I’ve always loved the rocky dramatic shore here and it was great to really spent some time here.  I had the idea to go out with my macro lens and capture ‘life on the rocks’ to show just how many living things have overcome the elements to survive on these rocks.  If you know the UP you know the elements can be extreme, from wind, to frigid cold and an abundance of snow!   Of course after scanning the water all week for loons, and spotting a couple at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, I was startled by the call of a loon behind me as I was out photographing the rocks one morning.  Pretty ironic, when it was the only morning I wasn’t out checking the water.  I’ve got so many more images to edit from my trip so you’re in luck – I’ll be sharing more soon!  If you want to see more now I’ve added a Keweenaw gallery to the Nature page on my website…  Michigan Upper Peninsula nature photography.

And please visit my friend Nghi of Nghi Le Photography, who is next up in the Life by Lens blog circle!

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Awesome strength and textures on the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior

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Some of the finer things that grow in the upper peninsula

Keweenaw Peninsula macro nature photography

Nature with determination in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula

 

Every evening of the week we were treated to a new variety of sunset.  I will be sharing many more of them but one will have to suffice for now!  Maybe you should subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out!  This image will be looked at daily for the next couple years since I jsut ordered a phone cover with this image.  This image was taken with a Canon 8mm-15mm L fisheye lens.  Update: some more Keweenaw landscape photos are up in the second gallery on Nature page.   Michigan Upper Peninsula Nature Photography

Lake Superior sunset photography

Lake Superior Sunset, in all it’s glory!

Thanks for looking!  I’d love for you to share your comments if you have a minute.  If you haven’t explored Michigan and the UP let me know if you have any questions.

 

Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Why yes, I am a portrait photographer but I starting out being a nature photographer and I sometimes (ok, kinda often) I return to nature photography.  As my kids get older I have more opportunities to take nature photographs while on vacation.  If you don’t know me personally I’m a huge fan of Michigan.  I love to share images with those that love the same places, or introduce others to places yet unseen in their own state or beyond their state.  I have updated my pArt of Life Photography nature gallery with a lot more images and would love to share a few here as well.  All of my nature and macro images are available for sale on a variety of products; canvas, mounted prints, metal prints, wood block prints, etc.  Please contact me at info@partoflifephotography.com for details.  Thank you!

These images were taken last year on Pictured Rocks cruise.  I’m looking forward to returning and doing more hikes along this area.  Last summer we also spent the day further along this shore at Hurricane Beach – what a great spot complete with a small area of shipwreck remains just off the beach.  This year I’m looking forward to a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  I’m bringing along my macro and wide angle lenses for sure.  I’m also thinking of renting a fisheye lens for the trip.

Have you seen my 4th of July fireworks images from Frankfort, Michigan?

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Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Picture Rocks photo by pArt of Life Photography

Macro photography – bubbles!!

Macro photography – bubbles!!

It was -9 this morning when I took my boys to the bus stop.  My brain wasn’t clicking yet but it wasn’t long until I started thinking that it might be the last good morning for frozen bubbles.  Heading out into the bitter cold (for the second time) is one way to wake up in the morning.  I grabbed my bubble solution and my macro lens.  I just got it, but boy I’m giving that lens a workout!  I have the 100mm 2.8 IS L by Canon so it’s great for portraits as well as objects.  Time for some more macro photography!

My first trip out was comical.  First I tried blowing bubbles with my shutter finger – not advisable as it leads to a sticky camera.  I tossed my last glove to blow bubbles with my left hand and in my rush to shoot I’d drop the bubble wand into the deep snow.  Luckily it would leave a trail of blue bubble solution.  The bubbles worked great today so I was glad after my first few attempts failed.  I knew I did not have a full recipe for success though as the sun was blocked by clouds so my images lacked a lot of lustre.  I was on the phone an hour later and noticed the sun was shining and the snow was sparkling.  Time to head out again.  This time the bubbles would bust when they met the snow.  I did get some shots of the bubbles floating away though.  I was glad to see my bubbles from earlier were still there basking in the sun!  Yes, these things do excite me!!  Now that I captured snow and a few great snowflakes and bubbles Winter now has my permission to leave Michigan.  Have you seen my snowflake macro photo at the end of my snow blog post?  I’m ready for Spring photo sessions!  Of course snow portrait and studio sessions are still great until Spring makes its way here.

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Flowers – February 10 on 10

Flowers – February 10 on 10

I’m back!  Here’s is my second  “10 on 10” blog post for 2014.  This is for a project I’m undertaking with some fellow photographers.  We’re shooting one day of the month with this project in mind.  We select our favorite ten images from that single day and create a blog post.  I’m excited to see what pops into my head for each month’s endeavor.  Last month, it was Snow!  How fitting for January in Michigan, eh?  We still have that same snow on the ground here but it’s been buried in even more snow.  That doesn’t always happen in Michigan any more, but this winter is a doozy!

Anyway,  if you are still with me…  I’m primarily a portrait photographer but among many other things on my to-do list this year I want to take time to photograph different things for myself.  I purchased a new macro lens to make this even more fun.  Last month and this month all the images for this project have been taken with my macro lens.  Macro photography took a bit more time to adapt to than I thought.  I brought out my tripod for some of these images.  I’m inspired to use this lens a lot more to improve my skills and use it more for portrait photography.  I used in a recent newborn photo session and loved the results.  This month, even though snow still abounds, I turned my interest to flowers.  Thanks to Costco I found a lovely bunch of flowers to help me in this month’s quest.  Now I’m ready for more fresh flowers.  Bring on Spring!

Check out Valena David Photography’s “10 on 10” images!  If you follow all the links you will come full circle back to my blog.

You’ll be back next month to check out my “10 on 10”, right?  I’ve got some great ideas in store.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this months images so feel free to comment below.  Thanks!!