A Blend of Art and Nature

This week’s guest blogger is Denise Ippolito.  Denise will be presenting at this year’s Expo on Sunday November 13th at 2:00pm

The image above was created at Nickerson Beach in Long Island NY where I photograph and run workshops during the spring and summer months.  The image above which shows a flock of Black Skimmers that has just taken flight was created in harsh light and thus was a bit too contrasty so I converted it to B&W and made some tonal adjustments. Next I wanted to soften the look of the birds and the grasses so I used a Photoshop plug-in called Fractalius and applied my own “soft-fix” preset.  I have posted the settings for my “soft-fix” preset here on my blog if you would like to try to replicate this look.

I will be presenting a slide lecture entitled “A Blend of Art and Nature” at the 2011 Nature Visions – Mid-Atlantic Photography Association Expo on November 13, 2011 in Manassas, Virginia.  I will share a variety of images that will feature my artistic expression of the natural world and the way I see it.  During the program I will share some of the favorite effects from my eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects”.  The images will be a blend of traditional nature photographs and digital creations. I like to photograph a variety of subjects including birds, flowers and wildlife.  I find that many of my subjects are so beautiful that they do well without any enhancements but others benefit artistically from the application of a variety of filters and effects.

Another of my passions is avian photography. I enjoy photographing shorebirds, waders, raptors, and ducks.  I spend lots of time each winter on the famed Barnegat Jetty in New Jersey photographing Harlequin Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Long-tailed Duck, and other cold weather visitors.  The jetty is one of the best places in the Northeast to view and photograph these species especially the gaudy drake Harlequin Ducks.  In addition I spend time each winter in Florida photographing wading birds and more on both coasts. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my many tips for shooting at both of these fantastic locations.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Expo in November.

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