“Lard Lad Donuts” is popular image in my portfolio. It was taken at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and processed in a dramatic fashion.
From the Wiki:
Lard Lad Donuts is a donut shop in the town of Springfield, The store’s mascot, Lard Lad, stands in the parking lot of the building holding a giant donut.
The store is a part of the Fast-Food Boulevard that seems to be famous in policemen terms, as Chief Wiggum is often seen eating some. It’s generally an estimated 3 meter tall donut store with an estimated 8 meter tall mascot of a young boy proudly holding a donut. The name and the statue of the eponymous boy are likely parodies of Bob’s Big Boy restaurants.
In one comic, he had to find missing holes from donuts for a Lard Lad donut store. In level 7 of The Simpsons: Hit and Run, he is seen with green eyes. In The Simpsons Game, he is a boss. Lard Lad Donuts is shut down by a health inspector in The Simpsons Movie, and the Lard Lad is painted in different colors and seen later in the movie during the dome sequence. The former was disproved in “E. Pluribus Wiggum” when an explosion blows Lard Lad’s head off.
Lard can be obtained from any part of the pig where there is a high concentration of fatty tissue. The highest grade of lard, known as leaf lard, is obtained from the “flare” visceral fat deposit surrounding the kidneys and inside the loin.
The female equivalent of lad is lassie or lass. Lad is often used as an affectionate term as in. He’s a good lad, his heart’s in the right place. Whereas mate is an informal word meaning friend, and can be used for both men and women.
The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. Doughnuts are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled.
Tote bags are available in three different sizes (13” x 13”, 16” x 16”, and 18” x 18”) and include a 1” wide shoulder strap for easy carrying. Each bag is made from 100% poly poplin and gets double-stitched at each seam and stress point for added durability. The artist’s design is printed onto the exterior surfaces of the tote bag (front and back), and the interior surface includes a black-laminate lining for quick wipe-cleaning. Each tote bag can also be machine washed in cold water. Professionally designed tote bags were uploaded to the site, each of which can be purchased online and shipped worldwide within 2 – 3 business days.
Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies. My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.
Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.
In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.
All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.
NOTE: The watermark DOES NOT appear on the final print.
….. I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. Thanks for stopping by! — Edward M. Fielding
Maui Hawaii – A few years back the family and I visited the island of Maui, Hawaii. I was the only one who had been there before but the last time I was there was between birth and six months. So as you can imagine it was a totally new experience for all of us.
Of all the states and counties we’ve visited, Hawaii is so unique because of its tropical beauty created by volcanoes and the culture of its people. Hawaii is known has the rainbow state not just for its many rainbows that form after rain showers (we saw a lot of those kind) but also for the diversity of its people from the original Native Hawaiians (Hawaiian: kānaka ʻōiwi, kānaka maoli, and Hawaiʻi maoli) who are the indigenous Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands or their descendants. Native Hawaiians trace their ancestry back to the original Polynesian settlers of Hawaii.
Seems no one can tell for sure where the first people on the island came from, one hypothesis is that the first Polynesians arrived in Hawaiʻi in the 4th century from the Marquesas, and were followed by Tahitians in AD 1300, who then conquered the original inhabitants. In any case its rather amazing that a group would venture out into the open ocean back in those days in small boats and survive let alone actually find a good spot to live and flourish.
Its easy to forget that Hawaii hasn’t been a US state for very long at least in terms of the rest of the statehoods. It was a US territory from 1898 until its statehood in 1959. It was just 13 years go on November 23, 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed United States Public Law 103-150, also known as the Apology Resolution, which had previously passed Congress. This resolution “apologizes to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.”.
Modern Hawaii is considered the nation’s most ethnically diverse state. So there is the other meaning of being the rainbow state.
Back in the mid 1960s, my Dad was station at Schofield Barracks on Honolulu and my mom taught at the local Hawaiian school. But we had decided to stay on Maui and really explore the island from top to bottom and side to side. Which in the case of Maui means swimming and body surfing in the ocean in the morning and driving up to the top of a volcano in the afternoon. Or spending the day driving the twisting, turning Hana Highway with its 10 mph speed limit and dozens of single lane bridges.
Somethings we’ll never forget from our visit to Maui, Hawaii:
Two scoop lunches at Da Kitchen.
Mai Tai’s at
Getting snowed on at the summit of Haleakala
Watching the surfers at Ho‘okipa Lookout
Body surfing at Kihei
Driving the whole Hana loop in our little rental car on Christmas day.
Kihei 4th Friday Town Parties
Walking across an ancient lava flow
King Hawaiian buns and buying pineapple banana bread from local kids
The skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire are once again filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England. The not to be missed exciting festival featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the festival and additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy the scenes of these bright colorful balloons!
About Hot Air Ballooning
A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. As with all aircraft, hot air balloons cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the air surrounding. For modern sport balloons, the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the inlet of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex. Beginning during the mid-1970s, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as rocket ships and the shapes of various commercial products, though the traditional shape remains popular for most non-commercial, and many commercial, applications.
Beautiful sunsets along the sandy beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Enjoy this little slice of vacation.
My parents live down in Fort Myers, Florida, not far from Sanibel Island so I managed to sneak down there a few times each year. Unfortunately the trips during the long cold winters in New Hampshire are too short but I do manage to create a few magical camera moments while I’m there. I have pay for the Mojitos somehow. They certainly don’t drink themselves or pay for themselves.
6 ounces light rum
12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
4 slices lime
Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,277 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Fort Myers Beach fishing pier juts out into the Gulf of Mexico at the foot of the bridge from the mainland to the island where the town of Fort Myers Beach overlooks the Gulf and the famous Sanibel Island which is known for its great seashells. There is ample parking among the many shops and restaurants that surround the entryway to the pier. In addition if you would like to park off site there are several “vintage look” trolleys to help you get around on the island. They are a great way to shop for picnic supplies or any other items you may need for your fishing adventure.
This short video highlights selections of my fine art photography offerings shown on display in homes and offices.
Fine Art Photography
The video shows large metal prints and framed artwork suitable for making an impact in a living room or office environment. Sizes from small to large as well as various framing styles from metal prints to framed and matted gallery style artwork is available. You can customize your order with paper, matt and frame choices or order prints rolled in a tube to be framed by yourself or at a local frame shop.
Here are links to the fine art photography examples shown in the video.
Classic neon sign outside of O’Rourke’s Diner a landmark on the North End of Middletown, Connecticut’s main street. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding
The diner was established in 1941 by John O’Rourke, who later brought the 1946 Mountain View diner car that anchored the diner’s distinctive appearance into Middletown.
About the image: Here the delicate and innocent flower is represented in white while the background of rough, old wood is allowed to go dark. The background is a find from a local barn restoration company. They tell me that it is a raccoon stretcher used to skin raccoon. Just one of the many interesting things the barn company finds when salvaging old barns in New Hampshire and Vermont. The wood has wonderfully deep cracks and is shaped kind of like a small ironing board. You can see nail marks in it from where the held down the animal. Nice huh? And you thought it was all just about a pretty flower.
A pair of classic Adirondack chairs on the shore of Mirror Lake in the town of Lake Placid, NY in the heart of the Adirondack park in New York state.
A yellow lifeguard tower stands watching over an empty beach on Maui, Hawaii.
The famous surfboard fence just off the Road to Hana on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Photography Hawaii born photographer Edward M. Fielding
It’s that time of year again! End of school, start of summer, Father’s Day and the annual hot air balloon festival in Quechee, Vermont.
Now in its 37 year, the Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival will be held on Fathers Day Weekend – June 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016.
70 Village Green Circle
Quechee, VT United States 05059
Father’s Day Weekend
Number of balloons: 20
Year began: 1979
The longest continuously running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England features over 20 hot air balloons, with 5 flights, over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities, festival food, a beer and wine garden!
Gates open at 3PM on Friday and at 5:30AM on Saturday and Sunday!
PARKING INCLUDED IN ADMISSION!
Only $15.00 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 yrs-12 yrs and free for 5 yrs and under!
Admission Tickets for the festival grounds are good for the entire weekend.
About Hot Air Balloon Festivals in general
Watch the weather and be ready to wait for the winds to die down. Hot air balloons in the U.S. can only take off in winds of ten miles per hour or less by regulation. If wind speeds exceed this there is no point in going to the site as no launching will occur. Note that in some countries balloons can take off in windy weather.
In the US spectators are allowed to approach the balloons, and many balloonists will allow you to approach very closely. Even though balloons are typically tethered when they are being inflated, there are tremendous forces present. These forces can make approaching too closely dangerous as wind speed increases, so use good judgment and follow ground crew directions carefully.
Balloons do not normally take-off in the afternoon since wind speeds and gusts are normally higher in the afternoon than at sunrise. They also do not take off if there are thunderstorms within 50 miles of the launch site.
I’ve been to the Quechee Hot Air Balloon fest once where there was no wind at all and some of the balloons actually landed back down on the launch field! I’ve been to another one with more wind and the balloons were out of site very quickly! Best to plan to be at all the launching during the weekend. Don’t think you’ll just show up at the last one of the weekend – it might get cancelled due to weather.
What does it feel like to be in the middle of a hot air balloon launch?
Tips for Hot Air Balloon Photography
Its extremely difficult to take bad photographs at a hot air balloon festival! I mean seriously folks! Usually the launches are at the golden hours of the day – early morning or evening. The subject is BIG, COLORFUL and FUN! The background is typically blue sky or puffy clouds. That said here are some tips.
Things happen very quickly during launch and landing and you need to know how to operate your camera and be prepared to adjust quickly to changing light or opportunities. Mobility is important. Forget your landscape skills like shooting manual, mirror lockup, manual focus, timer remote, … They won’t help you.
Arrive early when the balloons are just starting to be set up. This will allow you to view the balloons as they arrive and select one or two attractive ones to focus on. If you are shooting commercially you may need model releases for any identifiable people. Editorial use like for a newspaper is ok.
If any balloons have annoying advertising on them, try to purchase a ticket for THAT balloon. This way all of your photographs will include all of the other balloons.
More Tips for Photographing Hot Air Balloons
DON’T GET IN THE WAY OR HEAVEN FORBID STEP ON A BALLOON!
Limit your photography to a small number of balloons and follow them through the flight process. I prefer yellow or orange colored balloons as these colors complement blue skies, and look best during the balloon glow.
Leave the tripod at home unless you are shooting video. You need to be mobile to get the best angle and to get out of the way of the balloons.
If the flights occur right at sunrise you might need to boost your ISO to keep your shutterspeed fast.
Get in close. Shoot some abstract shots. Shoot some details. Its only electrons. Bring a big SD card and fill it up!
Normal zooms work best during the launch and landing. For shots of balloons in the air a long telephoto is best. Move around to compose and look for the best light. Pack light so you aren’t saddled down with a bunch of equipment. If you are busy changing lenses, you will miss the take offs.
Even more photography tips for Balloon Festivals:
Shoot from low so you can, you can eliminate extraneous background by doing so.
Use a polarizer to improve blue skies and eliminate glare. Blue skies can easily be improved using a digital polarizing filter, and glare sometimes reduced with a digital haze filter. Digital enhancing filters can also improve the yellows and reds effectively.
Try shooting some backlit shots by placing the sun behind a balloon. Even though balloons move slowly in the sky, you’ll need to work fast and anticipate where the sun will be.
Include the surroundings. Look for framing elements.
At the Balloon Glow event light levels will be low. Boost your ISO to 1600 and use a tripod or monopod.
If you go on several nights, look for other vantage points. Everyone is shooting at the launch site. What about a more scenic area near the festival which would be enhanced with a colorful balloon in the scene? It all depends on the wind but many balloons like to dip in nearby water as a thrill to the passengers.
This black and white photograph of my rescue dog – Tiki the Westie – is my all time best selling print on Fine Art America and Pixels. It rose to fame after the editors at Fine Art America selected it for the home page over the summer of 2015.
Portrait of a Westie is part of a series Tiki and I did which cummulated with small gift book “the Quotable Westie” which is available on Amazon as well as through CreateSpace. This book sells a lot during the holiday season as it makes a nice little gift book for dog lovers.
Here is the description of the book:
Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer
Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse
for this series of dog photographs. Tiki
takes on multiple personas including old
Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One
Thousand and One Nights and Jack
Nicholson in The Last Detail.
Accompanying quotes from writers,
comedians and other notable humans
round out the photographs and includes
this tongue in cheek gem from Jerry
“People who dress up their pets to look
like Little Lord Fauntleroys or cowboys,
clowns, ballerinas. As if it’s not enough
just to be a dog or cat or turtle.”
Tiki does indeed appear as a clown, Little
Lord Fauntleroy and a balleriana but
Fielding and Tiki seem to know that its
enough just to be a dog but they obviously
have a lot of fun together dreaming up new
characters to play.
Back to the best selling print “Portait of a Westie”. The image can be purchase in a variety of sizes, framing options and mediums such as canvas prints, metal prints, cards as well as on products such as tote bags, pillows and cell phone cases. Here are some of the ways customers have ordered this photograph of a westie dog on various products for themselves and as gifts.
My black and white fine art photograph and color images of a fence on the island of Maui, Hawaii constructed entirely of old discarded surfboards is becoming a popular print on Fine Art America and Pixels.com.
Donald DJ Dettloff still can’t figure out how his quiet Haiku property on Kaupakalua Road has evolved into a quirky Maui landmark. Known simply as the surfboard fence, this towering structure made of hundreds of discarded surfboards has become a must-see attraction for residents and tourists seeking fun off the beaten path. Still, Donald admits it’s all a fluke.
I don’t even try, really. I just sit over here and people come and keep bringing their boards, he says, pointing out a stack of five boards that were donated in the past two weeks. I look at how big it is now and I just don’t know what happened.
It all started back in 1990 when the forecast of a hurricane prompted Donald to secure his surfboards by wiring them to his fence. Artistic inspiration ensued and he decided to add a few more boards to his humble collection nothing fancy, just discarded ones that he salvaged at the nearby junkyard.