Wood or Metal Prints – What is the differences, advantages and features of one over the other?

Any image from Edward M. Fielding’s portfolio of 5,000 images can be purchase as a print on paper, canvas or matted and framed with your choice of over 100 different types of frames and mats.  In addition they can be ordered in some of the latest mediums of metal or wood.

Metal is shiny, saturated and eye popping with an almost 3D effect when lit properly. Save this for colorful photographs. Think shiny sports car.

Wood is flat, unsaturated and gives a vintage feeling. Think woodie surfing wagon.

Wood Prints

  • Thicker
  • Flat
  • De-saturated colors because the natural wood tone provides the “whites”
  • Vintage feeling
  • Each print is a “one of a kind” due to the the natural grain in the wood.  No two are exactly alike.
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Metal Prints

  • Metal is pretty much waterproof and is great for wet areas like a bathroom.
  • Thin
  • Modern
  • Lightweight
  • Floats on the wall
  • Shiny
  • Looks great with lots of light shining on it – almost 3D
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The Best Compact Cameras – Top 3 Choices from Sony’s RX100 line

Compact Cameras – The best one inch compact cameras on the market for professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts who appreciate high quality image making as well as total control over their images yet need a compact camera when the big camera is just to difficult to carry.

Sony’s RX100 compact camera line up leads the industry in top of the line one inch sensor based compact cameras with nearly all the features of a DSLR.

Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera

Absolutely stunning picture quality, compact enough to take anywhere. Now your photos maintain soft background defocus even when zoomed in with the improved f1.8-2.8 24-70mm Carl Zeiss lens. There’s even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180 tilt screen for 20.1MP selfies. Lastly, the ultra-fast BIONZ X processor adds speed and accuracy for stills as well as beautiful HD video.

  • 20.9 MP 1″-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens
  • Continuous shooting up to 10 FP
  • Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
  • ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
  • 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dot
  • 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
  • Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
  • Steady-Shot image stabilization
  • Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
  • Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera

Inside the compact RX100 IV is the world’s first 1-inch stacked back-side illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor (1) — a remarkable advance in image shooting possibilities. Use it to reveal the wonders of up to 40x super slow motion (3), super-high-speed 1/32000 sec. Anti-Distortion Shutter, and handy 4K movies (2). Now Explore super-speed imaging beyond human vision.

  • World’s first1 20.1 MP 1″ Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS,
  • High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning, Super slow-motion movie3 HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x)
  • Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec. up to 16fps, Bright F1.8- F2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens (24-70mm), Fast Intelligent AF thanks to the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3″ multi-angle LCD, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/ camera apps, Dual record of 16.8MP photos while shooting movie w/ auto settings
  • Enhanced pro-video functions and NTSC switchable

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3″ OLED

Introducing a new level of AF performance and speed to today’s compact camera market. The RX100 V boasts the world’s fastest AF speed1 (0.05 sec.)2, world’s fastest continuous shooting1 speed (24fps)3 with world’s most AF points 315 for a compact camera.

  • World’s fastest1 (0.05 sec.) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
  • World’s most – 315 phase detection – AF points on a compact camera
  • World’s fastest continuous shooting speed 1 at 24fps3 w/ AF/AE tracking
    20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor w/ DRAM
    4K movie w/ direct pixel readout, no pixel binning and fast hybrid AF
    Optical Zoom: 3.6x

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

1899 Ely Vermont Barn

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens – When it comes to my camera equipment, I’m very budget conscious. Trying to make a living from fine art photography is a challenge to say the least.  Unlike retired doctors, lawyers, dentists and titans of industry who show up to national park scenic overlooks with a bag full of the latest and greatest professional quality equipment, the working photographer needs to keep an eye on the bottom line.  Spend too much money on equipment and then there will be nothing left at the end of the day.

When I make an equipment purchase, I have to believe that the investment will pay for itself eventually.  This is partly the reason my most bang for the buck lenses in my kit are the Canon 35mm F2 and the Canon 50mm 2.5 macro.

The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens is a great multipurpose lens the provides plenty of room for storytelling. Just a bit wider than a 50mm for more room to include elements such as leading lines or secondary subjects. This lens provides a great focal length for a lot of the book cover type images I shoot. Plus its compact and sharp. You don’t have to worry about it being on a tripod and it is image stabilized.

Compact and lightweight, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM has an 8-blade circular aperture diaphragm for soft backgrounds, a minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft./0.24m, plus optimized lens coatings for minimized ghosting and flare.

With the 35mm, you know you will always come back with usable, in focus images, regardless of lighting conditions.

The Canon 50mm 2.5 is an old lens design that will drive you crazy if you try walking around with it because it takes forever to focus. BUT, this lens is amazing as a food photography lens or for table top shooting. I put this on a tripod and then use live view to zoom in and focus. It captures amazingly sharp macro images but are perfect for a lot of the book cover images I have listed with Arcangel.

Which brings me to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens. I wanted something with a longer range that wouldn’t brake the bank for the occasions when I’m near birds or wildlife. I’m not really that much into wildlife as a subject, I leave that to the National Geographic photographers, but when in Florida or Montana, I like to shoot animals when I see them.

My preference is for prime lenses. I’d rather walk a scene and study angles instead of being tempted to stand in one spot and zoom around. Also the quality of prime lenses always beats zooms. Zooms are always a compromise. Usually they excel somewhere in the middle of the range and degrade towards the long end. And that is where people tend to use them right? Usually people with long zooms want to zoom in as close as possible to “fill the frame”.

You also typically do not want to buy a zoom with a range that is more than double bottom range. For example something like a 70 – 140 lens (if there is such a thing) would be better than a 70-500. It’s just too much to demanding of the optical engineers to create something that works in all ranges.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens is not an expensive lens. It’s a budget lens priced around $500 with a aperture of 4 to 5.6. More expensive lenses will have a smaller aperture and the aperture won’t change with the movement of the zoom.

So you have here a lens that works great on bright sunny days but don’t expect it to be as good in lower light.

As with any long lens, holding it steady is going to be a challenge. The longer the lens the more difficult it will be to get a sharp picture – again, strong light is going to be your friend. Is this lens capable of sharp images? Of course. Every modern camera lens is capable of being sharp (or in focus) at some point. You just have to work with in the capabilities of your equipment to squeeze out the performance.

I’m going to use this image as an example of a great usage of this lens and some amazing results. I found this hundred year old barn in Ely, Vermont. I wanted to capture the details of the roof and cupola details as well as the texture of the century old building.

On a sunny day I mounted my Canon 6D camera on a tripod, focused in with live view, set the timer and captured this image. Later when I processed it in Adobe Lighroom I was amazed at how sharp the details came out. You can see every bit of the chicken wire, shingles and weathered wood.

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How to purchase Ely Vermont Barn

Sadly barns like this 1899 barn in Ely, Vermont are slowly dying all across Vermont.  They say that an old barn collapses every four days in Vermont.  The owners simply don’t have the funds and resources to preserve these beautiful old barns.

Luckily through photography we can capture and preserve these amazing achievements for future generations.  Prints and product of this photograph of this old Vermont barn and others around New England can be found in my portfolio of barns and farm life here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/barn

These old barn photographs can be purchase in a number of ways – prints rolled in a tube for framing at home (standard sizes can be ordered to fit your frames) or framed in museum quality frames and mats. There are 1,000s of paper, frame and mat combinations you can choose for a custom look.

For this image I really like the barn wood frames found under the “white” frame options.

You can also order these photographs printed on canvas, metal, acrylic and wood. Although out of these substrates I’d only recommend canvas or wood for a photograph of an old barn. Acrylic and metal are best for colorful, saturated, modern images images.

Simple black museum frames with a white mat also look good.

Old barn photograph in Vermont.
Old barn photograph by Edward M. Fielding in simple black frame with white mat.


Prepare now for the next natural disaster

Tips for survival

Put it on the list: buy a portable battery charger

We didn’t chase this storm on Prince Edward Island, it chased us.  We were headed down the gravel road leading from our rental cottage towards the old lighthouse for some sunset photographs when the sky started to turn black.

We turned around and high tailed it back to the 100 year old farm cottage were were renting on Park Corner around the corner from Anne of Green Gables country of sweeping green pastures and crumbling red sandstone cliffs.

Made it just in time as an incredible wall cloud, the precursor to a tornado started to form across the wheat fields on the side of the cottage and began covering one of the other lighthouses in the neighborhood.

Luckily it wasn’t directly overhead so managed to grab the camera and tripod and get some amazing shots of the powerful thunderstorm before ducking inside to make sure all the windows were shut tight.

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Moments later a wall of water and sideways rain hit the house, seeping in thought the windows and little wooden old cottage began to shake from the thunder. The fast moving storm sweep out to sea after about fifteen minutes of humbling punishment. Lesson here was certainly don’t under estimate the fury of Mother Nature.

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Mother Nature can not be stopped when she gets her dander up and tosses hurricanes, tornado, earthquakes, snowstorms and violent thunderstorms and hail but you can be prepared to weather the worst.

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Everyone should have an emergency kit ready to go with flashlights, batteries, food, water, emergency radios, plastic bags and duct tape, cell phone chargers, emergency rations, first aid kit and a way to boil water.

Portable battery chargers are a must when the electricity goes out as you will need your cell phone for emergency information and for making calls. Plus for entertainment during the long hours, days and perhaps weeks without power. https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/kansas-edward-fielding-portable-battery-charger-7800.html

Serious Backup Power for your Computers and Electronics

Small portable battery chargers will charge your cell phone a few times but for extended periods of time and to run more devices like your Wifi router, consider getting a real beast of a battery back up device. Some are less than portable but still can be moved around the house.

Pixels Round Beach Towel With Tassels featuring “Portrait Of A Westie Dog” by Edward Fielding

Pixels Round Beach Towel With Tassels featuring “Portrait Of A Westie Dog” by Edward Fielding

  • 100% cotton
  • 60″ diameter not including tassels
  • Ultra-soft microfiber front with a 100% cotton back
  • Perfect for a day at the beach, a picnic, or just general home decor
  • Machine wash cold and tumble dry with low heat

Here it is… the towel that’s taking the internet by storm. Our round beach towels are 60″ in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back. Perfect for a day at the beach, a picnic, an outdoor music festival, or just general home decor. This versatile summer essential is a must-have this season!

Canon 6D Mark II DSLR hits the streets in July 2017

Canon 6D Mark II

Hard to believe I’ve had my trusty Canon 6D full frame camera at my side for five years now.  It’s been to Banff, Yellowstone, Florida and all over New England.  Tomorrow its headed to Iceland where hopefully it will keep up with the harsh environment in maybe its last grand performance before trading it in for the new Canon 6D Mark II DSLR.

The original Canon 6D was a great entry level full frame camera aimed mostly at landscape photographers.  It offered a nice big sensor and a no frills selection of features.  It was weather sealed – mine accidentally got left out in the rain over night and still keeps ticking.  Expect the price on the old model to drop.  It is still a great camera, so if you want to try the full frame experience (beautiful boken backgrounds), pick up the original older model while stock still exists.

Mostly lacking in the autofocus points but landscape photographers using tripods never really cared about that. Video was good and it worked well in low light with the full sized sensor.

The new version kicks every spec up a notch or two – larger files, a new varible angle touch screen, better processor,  and a lot more auto focus points.  No 4K video but you can do 4K timelapse IN CAMERA which is something my $500 GoPro Hero5 Black can do.

From Shutterbug - back of the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II
From Shutterbug – back of the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon 6D Mark II Specifications

• 26.2MP, full frame CMOS sensor (20.2MP: 6D)

• 3-inch, 1040K-dot, vari-angle, touchscreen (fixed, standard screen: 6D)

• Digic 7 image processor (Digic 5+: 6D)

• 100-40000 standard ISO (100-25600: 6D)

• 45-point, all-cross-type autofocus (11-point, 1-cross-type: 6D)
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• 6.5 frames per second continuous shooting (4.5 fps: 6D)

• Dual Pixel CMOS AF for Live view & video (Contrast AF: 6D)

• 1080p HD video at 60p (1080p HD at 30p: 6D)

• 7500-area, RGB+IR metering sensor (63-area: 6D)

• Built-in stereo microphone (Mono: 6D)

• One SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (same as 6D)

• WiFi/Bluetooth/NFC (WiFi: 6D)

• Dust and water-resistant camera body (similar to 6D)

• 144 x 110.5 x 74.8mm dimensions (144 x 110.5 x 71.2mm dimensions: 6D)

• Weight: 26.98 ounces with battery and card (approximately same as 6D)

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera will go on sale in late July 2017 for $1,999 (body only); for $3,0999 as a kit with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens; and for $2,599 as a kit with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens.

If you need lenses – I’d keep an eye on Costco or BJs myself for any bundle deals.  Last time the Canon 6D was released I saw one of these box stores running a special deal with two kit lenses instead of one.  It’s worth scanning for such deals.  Warehouse stores never want to compete on direct price so they often work out special bundles with the manufacturers.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Long Awaited Announcement Coming In July

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

No 4K Video?

We’re told that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be announced in July of this year, though the exact date is unknown at the time of writing this. The EOS 6D Mark II will also start shipping relatively soon after the announcement, so it’s safe to say you should have your hands on the new camera some time in August, 2017.

Specifications have been extremely hard to come by, and anything out there currently is either made up or just logical features we can expect in the coming body.
We posted a predicted specifications list back in February, but it’s nothing more than conjecture at this point.

We do expect legitimate specifications to leak out in the coming month or so.
We put a [CR2] on this because announcement dates can move, though it’s more common with lenses than with camera bodies.

Will I buy it?

My Canon EOS 6D has been my trusted friend for a number of years now. We are headed off to Iceland together in a just a few days, for an extended 10 day trip around the Ring Road in a rented RV.

Had the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II come out six months ago, I might have bought it since I knew this big trip was coming up. But if it comes out in the fall, I’ll have to say that my purchase will not be immediate but perhaps eventual.

My Canon EOS 6D really does all I need it to at the moment and I have some other expenses revolving around the upcoming move, sale of the old house and updating of the new house that will take priority in the rest of 2017.

Who knows, maybe a serious surge in print sales will allow me to get one for Christmas. Maybe Santa will feel generous this year. I’ve been good. Right?

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Recommended Equipment for Comcast Xfinity

When we moved into our house in Etna, NH we assumed that Satellite Internet was going to be available, only to have the Sat provider tell us that our zipcode was full!  We had dial up for two years before Fairpoint brought DSL to the street.  DSL speeds have been fine for streaming music and movies, uploading photographs but uploading videos takes a long long time.

Now we are moving to a new address that has Comcast Xfinity.  I’m looking at my options and I’m anticipating doing a lot more work on my YouTube channel in the future.

You have a choice with Comcast and many other cable Internet providers to rent equipment from them for something like $10 a month (forever) or buy your own equipment.

Buying your own equipment saves you money and in most cases you can buy better equipment than what they would provide you.  Faster equipment can giver you better speeds than perhaps the rental equipment.

You’ll need a cable modem to get wired Internet and a wifi router to beam the signal around the house.  Or you can get a gateway which is an all in one unit.

A gateway is convenient but you do lose the option of upgrading the router if something new comes along and if one part of it goes bad, you have to replace the whole thing.  I considered this but then went with the ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC Cable Modem/Router Combo as reviewed at the end of this blog because of the value and speed.  I’m starting with a basic 25 mps package but I might increase it if I need to – DSL was only 15 mps and the son is going off to college so I think we’ll be fine.

Note that DOCSIS 3.0 is the current standard supported by Comcast and other providers.

Here are some options:

Cable Modems

We recommend the Arris SB6141 ($54.99 on Amazon) . While it has been around for years, the SB6141 still delivers consistent performance while supporting the data-transfer speeds most home users get from their broadband service. Easy-to-interpret indicator lights, compatibility with most major ISPs and a two-year warranty seal the deal for the SB6141.

If your Internet plan delivers faster speeds than the SB6141 can handle, the SB6183 ($99), also from Arris, is just as dependable.

Current recommendations from Comcast:

If you want to future proof your purchase, consider getting one of these cable modems:

ARRIS SB8200 3.1

Up to 1001 Mbps
32 down × 8 up
DOCSIS 3.1

ARRIS SB6190

Up to 644 Mbps
32 down × 8 up
DOCSIS 3.0

 

Gateways

Gateways are cable modems and wifi routers in one device.  While it’s tempting to buy just one device, keep in mind that if any part of a hybrid device fails, you’re out both a modem and a router. Having a modem-router combo also complicates upgrading, since routers tend to add support for new networking features at a more rapid clip than modems do.

Comcast currently recommends this gateway:

Introducing the first Gigabit+ cable modem Gateway available in retail. The SURFboard sbg7580-ac is 3 products in 1: a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, Dual-Band concurrent 802.11AC Wi-Fi access point and 4-port Gigabit Ethernet router. With download speeds up to 1.4Gbps, upload speeds up to 343Mbps and Wi-Fi speeds up to 1750 Mbps it’s the most powerful Wi-Fi modem in the SURFboard lineup. No more buffering while streaming HD video. No lag while gaming with friends. And best of all, no more dead spots! stop spending on monthly rental fees and own your modem.

  • Cable Modem and Wi-FI Router. 802.11AC Wi-Fi Router provides speeds up to 1900 Mbps. Dual-band concurrent 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Works with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and MOST Small Regional Cable Providers. PENDING approval Bright House Networks
  • 32 x 8 bonded channels with download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps and upload speeds up to 262 Mbps
  • Ideal for streaming HD Video and gaming on multiple devices at a time
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6 – the latest Internet standard

In our opinion, the ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC Cable Modem/Router Combo is an excellent value for anyone who wants to get the most of their internet connection. It’s advanced enough that you’ll be able to keep it for many years without having to upgrade. The fact that there is such a high quality router installed in the modem is just the icing on the cake. Usually the wireless routers found in modems are just an afterthought, and provide only the bare minimum service required to keep consumers happy. With it, the router is just as good as any mid to high level consumer router available on the market.

Another reason we love the SBG7580-AC is that it uses the DOCSIS 3.0 standard. Many modems use a modified version of DOCSIS and are only compatible with certain ISPs. The SURFboard, on the other hand, is theoretically compatible with every cable ISP in the United States.  – Full Review at: https://nerdtechy.com/arris-surfboard-sbg7580-ac-modem-router-review

New! Vintage Beach House Decor

Custom frame vintage sea life decor
Custom frame vintage sea life decor

Introducing a new collection of vintage nautical sea life prints with sea shells, tall ships, crabs, sea horses and more.  Each design can be ordered frame and matted from our collection of hundreds of papers, mats and frames from rustic cottage to chic modern designs.

Custom beach house decor
Custom beach house decor

These nautical designs can be ordered as prints, framed wall art, canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints as well as rolled in a tube for framing locally or in your existing frames.  Products such as tote bags and throw pillows are also available.
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You can see the entire collection of “Art for the Beach House” including framed artwork, photographs, drawings, images as well as vintage artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/art+for+the+beach+house

Vintage Octopus Illustration
Vintage Octopus Illustration

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Weekender Totes Are Here!

Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation, or a weekend getaway. The tote is crafted with soft, spun soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric.

Cute Birds Weekender Tote
Cute Birds Weekender Tote
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Vintage Octopus
Vintage Octopus

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Also available at www.edwardfielding.com:

Canvas Prints

Framed Prints

Metal Prints

Acrylic Prints

Wood Prints

Prints

Posters

Greeting Cards

iPhone Cases

Galaxy Cases

Throw Pillows

Duvet Covers

Shower Curtains

Coffee Mugs

Tote Bags

T-Shirts

Men’s Apparel

Women’s Apparel

Round Beach Towels

Weekender Tote Bags

Portable Battery Chargers

Weekender Tote Bags

Carry-All Pouches

Beach Towels

Beach Sheets

Round Beach Towels

Portable Battery Chargers