Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Canna Lily Destiny

Canna Lily by Tom Willa
5x7 mounted $12 plus shipping
Destiny, this flower photo will become a painting. I am toying with just making into a 11x14 by adding a little more to the bottom edge. The Renton Antique and Art Walk is this Saturday 11-5 will be there with photo, paintings and glass works. If you are in the are stop down on 3rd street, and check out our booth. Have a great day

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Peristeria Dove Orchid

Dove Orchid 5x7
$22 matted and ship in continental US
Photograph Medium Gloss Photo Paper
By Tom Willa
Today, I worked on some of my flower images, I spent a good amount of time matting and mounting some of the prints I have made recently. I am trying to get ready for selling a bunch of 5x7 flower images at Downtown Renton Art & Antique Walk on August 22nd. I wrapped that up for the day, then switched to looking through files for flower images. I found one of my favorites, this dove orchid is the national flower of Panama. My next neighbor in Hawaii grew this species, when he first showed me it, I was awestruck. This flower strikes hope in my heart, I see natural beauty in the image and more. I am pretty glad I rediscovered the photo in my files. I hope you all have a great week and take time to explore the flowers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stu Anderson

Stu Anderson
5x6 Photograph
Stu's photographs were created for the purpose of using on the Internet, online and printed materials. We ended up with several images, this particular one uses double source flash. I like it because it sets a professional tone which help anyone identify Stu. By profession he is a home inspector who you can rely on. His inspection reports goes from the exterior to interior, roofs, crawl spaces to attics documenting and photographing all concerns, creating a precise understandable report of the condition of a residence, building, etc..

Monday, August 10, 2009

World of Possibilities

Beth, Brian & Seattle Skyline
5x7 Photograph

In The Trees
5x7 Photograph
Yesterday was fun, an engagement session with Beth and Brian who are just a lot of fun to photograph because they have the most pleasant personalities. We explored Parker Park, Seattle Art Museum Walk and some water front images. This morning I did a little editing to one of the photos to explore the creative possibilities. Obviously In the trees, the background I desaturated, I also did some color adjustments prior to taking that action. I am scheduled to shoot their wedding next year, I am able to shoot engagement photos sessions for free to anyone who books their wedding with me. Well Monday is here, I hope everyone has splendid week. The Renton Antique and Art Walk is coming up on 22 August, I post more about that later.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Springtime Daffodils

Springtime Daffodils
7x4 Photograph
I am plowing through my flower photos from over the years, I found this early springtime image. Miki and I discussed what makes a good flower photograph she summarized it as the difference between a portrait and shot of an event(snapshot). Sometimes it takes a little cropping but the central focus should be of the flower. Defined edges, interesting shapes, highlights, shadows and aerial perspective are characteristics to include while creating a flower photo portrait. It's Sunday morning so, I am not going over the edge with technical chit-chat but want to wish everyone a productive happy week. Aloha Tom

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore Memorial, South Dakota
Some days cropping an image comes from the verbage of the earlier post. Thanks for your paitence.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore
10x7 Soft Gloss photo paper
Later this evening, I have an appointment to take some head shots, I think this is an inspiration posting. I have another shot which is just the presidents' heads but this one tells a little more about the location of the memorial in South Dakota. Have a great day, all.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Upper Falls & Wine Cellar Entry

Upper Falls
7x5 75 lb high gloss photo paper
By Tom Willa
Wine Cellar Entry
5x7 Photograph 75lb high gloss photo paper
By Tom Willa
Hi all. Photographic edited is time consuming. I woke up this morning and decided to work on the Upper Falls photo an hour or so later I was ready to print an image. I am working up some of my photos as fine art images. I am going to be selling them online in the near future. I am driven to strive for excellence working in digital images. I have a tendency to take it to the pixel level. I guess it is about understanding the relationship between final creations size and print characteristics which determine final product qualities. These two images one with an hour plus of editing and the other "as is" are a good example of that. The Falls probably could have a few pixels, I might want to chase down and work on, the cellar door has a extension chord which if I were going to print as a large image, I would Photoshop away. I just wanted to share some of the realities of a modern professional photography with all.