Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Lens for Nature Photography

I recently acquired a new used lens, a manual focus Nikkor 100-300 f/5.6 Macro. 
It really brings back a lot of memories of times past trying to manual focus nature shots!
It is a great lens though and I have been able to get a few really nice shots with it. I've been using it every day in the field on my walks with Bella. Here are a few of my favorites.

Nevada Blue Jay

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saytr painting complete.

I nitpicked a little today but I am pretty happy with this one so its done. I added some protruding spine shapes and refined some shadows and highlights that were bothering me.
Fine Art Prints are available on my website and the original will be at the Reno River Fest in August.

Here it is:



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New Painting WIP "Saytr" 3

I broke out the oil paints today and worked glazes all over the painting. I'm liking where it's at right now and will probably do a little nit picking detail work tomorrow and it will be done. 
Here it is right now.

To see the step by step process to get here read on after the break.

New Painting WIP "Saytr"

Here is the painting as it sits on my easel this morning.

I think I will switch over to water based Artisan paints from this point on so I can
 do glazing and some wood graining on the head easier.

To see the step by step process to get to this point read on after the break.
If you have some time you can check out more of my work on my website.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Painting WIP inspired by Quan the Saytr

I've been itching to do another painting lately and decided I really liked the concept of one of my latest Wood Spirits, Quan the Saytr. I decided to go more goat-like in my painting so I mocked up a quick idea in Photoshop to work from.

I'm thinking I will make the bone parts of the skull look more like wood
 but I'm not completely sure yet.

This is the painting as it sits on my easel right now.

To see step by step photos of the work in progress, read on after the break.

New Woodies

I recently processed several wood images from a trip to Rock Park on the Truckee River into new Woodies. This was a very productive trip, I got quite a few cool woody images.

Here are some of the most recent.

Quan the Satyr

Check out more woodies from this trip after the break.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Reno Cattle Drive

I am so fortunate that the Reno Cattle Drive goes right by our apartment complex, right through my favorite field for walking the dog and photographing nature. This year I hiked up to the top of the hill so I could follow them down toward town. I had a nice canyon to photograph in without power lines or buildings which was what I was looking for. Here are some of my favorite images from this year. 

Cattle Drive 22 BW
All of these photographs are available as Fine Art prints on my website. 
Check it out when you have some free time.