Farmhouse Revival

The American farmhouse represents integrity, ingenuity, self-reliance, and agricultural heritage. Today, the farmhouse is a rare survivor from another era that can be found sensitively reinterpreted by artists, carefully preserved by original owners, or functionally maintained by farm-to-table artisanal food producers. In more than 200 stunning images, Steve Gross and Sue Daley have painstakingly photographed 20 of the most beautifully preserved farmhouses in the northeast. Some are working farmhouses that have been passed down in families for generations; some have been made productive again by a whole new generation of organic farmers. Still others have been rescued from neglect and restored to their former splendor. Each house is accompanied by an overview of the farmhouse owner and how he or she maintains the property. Fans of the farm-to-table movement as well as historic architecture and preservation will find this an intriguing and beautiful read.

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Praise for Farmhouse Revival:

“Those interested in a homey, country style of decorating or in home restoration will be inspired.” —Library Journal

“Above all, the greatest joy is just looking at the beautiful time-worn places and appreciating the way those that came before led a happy and fulfilling life of simplicity and utility within their walls. For once you have read this book, you will realize that in many ways, it is the farmhouse that helps to restore us, and not the other way around.” —Preservation.com

“Buy the book Farmhouse Revival for the photos—for inspiration . . . the authors clearly know architecture and antiques.” —Dan’s Papers

“Perusing Farmhouse Revival is a marvelous experience . . . and is sure to make readers wonder what stories the farmhouses in their towns could tell.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Photography Theme: Remote Cabin in the Winter

Theme: Remote Cabin in Winter
Theme: Remote Cabin in Winter

I shoot book cover images for ArcAngel Images and every winter there is one theme I look for – remote, desolate, old buildings.  The type of places where a mystery or crime could take place.

The scene of some terrible drama that occurs during a howling snowstorm.  A place you don’t want your kidnapper to take you.  A place where no one can hear your screams.

Winter Warming Hut
Winter Warming Hut

Perhaps a place where the rabbits were butchered.  A sex crime occurred. A strange old hag lives casting her evil spells.

Maybe a place of poverty and shame.  Growing up in the shadows of the coal fields or where Grandpa sharpened his knives and axes.  Perhaps the place where secrets or fugitives are hidden.  Maybe shelter for that escaped convict from the local prison, unknown to the little girl sent out for kindling or to feed the goats.

Of course these old cabins in the woods or covered in a blanket of fresh winter snow don’t have to be the scene of terrible events.  They can be fond memories, sugaring shacks for boiling maple sap down to sweet syrup, they can be workshops, warm and toasty vacation spots or even warming huts for cross country skiers.

Snow covered log cabin
Snow Covered Log Cabin fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding

You can see all of the cabin photographs by photographer Edward M. Fielding here  – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/cabin

The cabin photographs in this collectin depict remote cabins, barns, shacks and sheds in all seasons including winter, spring, summer and fall.

These fine art photographs, watercolors and paintings are available as prints rolled in a tube, framed and matted prints from hundreds of combinations of mats and frames, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, wood prints as well as on products such as tote bags, throw pillows, phone cases, greeting cards and more!

Book Cover Licensing

Book Covers by Edward M. Fielding
Book cover image by Edward M. Fielding licensed via Arcangel
Book cover image by Edward M. Fielding licensed via Arcangel

I license my photographs for book cover designers such as this recent book, Memory Man by David Baldacci, via ArcAngel Images.

You can see my complete portfolios of Rights Managed photographs here:  http://www.arcangel.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=2U1HZOT37ZUS

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Draft version or blue version of Memory Man.
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Photography of Edward M. Fielding featured on the cover of a new French paper back by Mo Yan
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Patricia Macdonald book cover by Edward M. Fielding
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Latest book cover licensing by Edward M. Fielding
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Leaf photograph on book cover by Edward M. Fielding

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My Photography Photo Book Via Picaboo

I created a nice portfolio photo book of my photographs using a company that is headquartered here in Hanover, NH. Picaboo also does the yearbook for Hanover High School. The first part of the video shows the office building downtown and then a flip through the book of some of my photographs.

Picaboo (https://www.picaboo.com/) did a great job with the book and the turnaround was very fast! I opted for the flat lay pages which shows off full-page, double page spreads very nicely. It’s a 12 x 12 inch book so the result is some really nice and big pages. It will be very impressive to show potential collectors.

Make your own photo book – https://share.picaboo.com/x/4CsqWA

The book is not intended for sale but as a portfolio if anyone wants to see some of my work. There is no real theme to the book, it covers a lot of subjects from some of my book cover concepts to landscapes to portraits. It gives a good over view of my style and capabilities as a photographer.

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Above: “Smartie” features supermodel “Tiki the Quotable Westie” decked out in a smart vest and nerd glasses sitting next to a pile of books.  Available as prints, framed artwork as well as on products such as greeting cards and phone cases.  Click on the photo for more information or visit my gallery of humorous dog portraits here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

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Pugs – https://www.createspace.com/5240200
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My Camera Equipment

My Camera Gear

Vintage Camera
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Here is what is in my camera kit. Like most of us, I have too much gear but this is what I consider my essential camera equipment:

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Product Reviews

On occasion I will review products that pertain to photography, videography and art.   You can send products for consideration to:

Dogford Studios

420 Dogford Rd.

Etna, NH 03750

Unsolicited packages for review consideration can not be returned.  Include marketing materials.

We go to the gallery

We go to the gallery – an art world primer for young readers.

British artist and comedy writer Miriam Elia’s popular art world-skewering “We Go to the Gallery,” will be re-released in mass-market format.

We go to the gallery book
We go to the gallery book

Early readers in the USA enjoyed Sally, Dick and Jane in the Dick and Jane book. who were the main characters in popular basal readers written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp[ and published by Scott Foresman, that were used to teach children to read from the 1930s through to the 1970s in the United States.

Meanwhile in the UK, the Ladybird series kept early readers in England happy.  For art world fans with a sense of humor this new book parodies the modern art world in the style of these early readers.

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“I want to play with the balloon, ” says John.

Koons Balloon Animals
Koons Balloon Animals explained to early readers.

This sweetly sharp art world satire parodies the beloved ’60s British Ladybird series of early learning pocket books, enabling children to “smoothly internalize all of the debilitating middle class self hatred” contained in contemporary artworks. “New words on every page will also help your child to identify core concepts, so that they may repeat them at dinner parties to impress educated guests…

John does not understand.

Page from We go to the gallery
Page from We go to the gallery

“The rubbish smells,” says Susan.

New Words: Rubbish, Smells, Western

This rubbish smells
“The rubbish smells.” says Susan.

Printed in bold colors and written in clear, simple English,” each book in this new series from Dung Beetle Learning “will drag families in to the darkest recesses of the collective unconscious, for their broader cultural benefit.”

The canvas is blank.

 

The canvas is blank.
The canvas is blank.
Why is there a penis in this painting?
Why is there a penis in this painting?
Good Lord, God is Dead.
Good Lord, God is Dead.

 

I could have painted that. But you didn't.
I could have painted that. But you didn’t.
Are you an artist?
Are you an artist?
Big vagina scares Peter
Big vagina scares Peter

Did you know?  “The first release of “We Go to the Gallery,” printed after a Kickstarter campaign by the author, yielded only 1,000 copies that were sold for around $30 each. But the book gained popularity quickly. Ms. Elia shared some of the pages on social media, and soon they went viral. Then, the first release copies became coveted, and some resold for around $1,400. Ms. Elia knew then that she had to do a reprint.”

Understanding Print On Demand – Part One

PODs or Print On Demand is just one of the amazing technologies we enjoy in the Internet fueled economy.  POD can pertain to book or artwork is basically affordable custom manufacturing.  Products created only when the customer places an order.

Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which copies of a book (or other document) are not printed until an order has been received, allowing books to be printed singly, or in small quantities. While build to order has been an established business model in many other industries, “print on demand” developed only after digital printing began, because it was not economical to print single copies using traditional printing technology such as letterpress and offset printing.

Before digital printing it would have been prohibitively expensive to produce a one off product.  Imagine going to a letterpress shop and asking the printer for a quote to print a single business card or a single wedding invitation. It just wouldn’t happen.

Print On Demand for Authors

Vanity printers have been around for decades.  Printers who would print a number of books for a “self-published” author looking to market their own books or perhaps create books as a promotion or giveaway item.  These authors were interested in bypassing the traditional mass publishing companies and create products directly.  Often this meant living with box loads of books in the garage or storage unit for years.

Now print on demand publishers such as Lulu or Amazon’s CreateSpace can inexpensively inventory and print and ship a book on demand when a buyer wants a single copy.  And they can offer these books on vast merchandising sites such as Amazon.

This is the method I used to create and sell my books “the Quotable Westie” and “Pugs”.

the Quotable Westie – https://www.createspace.com/4070210

the Quotable Westie - funny dog photographs.
the Quotable Westie – funny dog photographs.

Pugs – https://www.createspace.com/5240200

Pugs by Edward M. Fielding - a funny look at lovable pug dogs.
Pugs by Edward M. Fielding – a funny look at lovable pug dogs.

The print quality is not what you’d expect from a high quality coffee table book printed in Italy.  But the print on demand digital printing method allows the author to offer a unique book at a very affordable price.  These little books make great gift items and the quality is acceptable.

For the buyer, POD books allows for more choices and undeserved niches on subjects and topics might never make it to the shelves of a national chain store book merchant.

How To Create POD books

Creating POD books can be a bit tricky but vendors such as Lulu and Createspace offer downloadable templates to use.  Straight text is the easiest way to create a book as their are no graphics to format but it is possible to layout a photo or graphic heavy book, page by page in Photoshop.  All of the information can be found on the various vendor websites.  Cover images can be licensed and cover designers offer their services online.  Don’t skimp on the cover as this is the main marketing vehicle for any book.

Coming Up – Part Two of Understanding Print On Demand

In Part Two of Understanding Print On Demand, we’ll discuss buying and selling art via Print On Demand sites for artists and collectors.

Ideas for better dog photos

Dog Photography Ideas

A few ideas to spark some creativity in your dog photography. A few years back when I was looking for willing subjects to model for me, my cute little rescue westie was constantly looking for some attention, so I figured why not use him as a model? He liked the attention as well as the treats and we started on a journey that eventually lead to the book “the Quotable Westie” which as become popular among dog lovers and as a gift item.

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Its just a little book but its full of great concepts and ideas the two of us explored. This series lead to photographing some of his friends. Eventually a second book of pug photos was released as well as an ever expanding collection of fine art photographs and other artwork on my Fine Art America portfolio. The black and white “Portrait of a Westie” even landed on the home page of Fine Art America for about six months and has been purchase as prints as well as on products such as cell phone cases and throw pillows via Fine Art America’s sister site – Pixels.com.

This photograph of Tiki the Westie wrapped in a towel looking rather regal is one of my bestselling dog photographs in my portfolio.

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Meanwhile this image of Tiki the Westie is probably the most widely seen since it ended up on a nationally distributed Halloween card.  You might spot it this season as it often makes a return to the card shelves this time of year.  Last time Halloween season I spotted it at Target.
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My dog Tiki loves to model. He sees the studio lights as a way to get treats. With other dogs its not so easy. Usually I try to clear the room of distractions so the dogs aren’t looking for their masters, use lots of treats and have a squeaky to handy for getting those priceless expressions.
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See more dog photographs at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

Little gift book of cute pug photographs
Pugs by Edward M. Fielding

Pugs book

Smoke or Fog Machine Photography Studio Fun

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Using a Fog Machine to create atmospheric effects

After cleaning out the garage recently I came across a fog machine that I had stored way back among the Halloween party decorations.

I haven’t used it in year and also tossed it in the tag sale pile but then it hit me, why not use it in my photography studio for some atmospheric, book cover images?

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So I’ve been experimenting recently. The smoke machine or fog machine I have uses “fog juice” and a heating element to create a smoky fog that lifts into the air. Unlike dry ice which creates vapor that drops to the ground.

This fog machine is good for a small production or party use. Here are some of the answers to questions I had before I bought the machine. Hope this will help you:
1. The size of the machine is 8.5″ x 6″ x 6″
2. There is a bottle in the back where you pour the fog juice in
3. On the right side, there is a slot, so you can see the level of the liquid
4. On the left side, on top is the plug in for the remote control; below that is the fuse; and on the bottom is the power cable.
5. The power cable is 6′ long
6. The remote control has a 10′ long cable. On the remote control, there is a light on top with an on/off switch on the bottom.
7. According to the specs, the container in the fog machine can hold 1 pint of juice.
8. To create fog, fill the tank with juice, plug in the machine, in about 4 minutes the light on the remote control will light up, signaling the machine is hot enough to use. Press and hold the spring loaded on/off switch will release fog from the nozzle.
9. When the juice is heated up, you can release 40 seconds of fog before it need to reheat the element again, which takes about 3 minutes.
10. I have filled half the tank with juice, it lasted me for a good hour of use.

 

Get the best fog juice for your machine.  Some fog juice is designed to dissipate quickly to fill a stage area with clouds so lights and lasers can be seen better.  Other formula’s of fog juice are designed to say on the ground for spooky graveyard like effects.  These effects are typically better with more expensive fog machines that include a chilling element (ice bin) to create cold air to keep the fog low on the ground.

Keep in mind that when photographing fog or smoke say from a extinguished candle, incense burner or even cigar smoke or vapor from an e-cigarette, the lighting makes a big difference.

Flash strobes will freeze the smoke or fog while a long exposure will even it out.The following images were created with smoke from a incense and studio strobe lights.

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The smoke and steam of this image was captured separately and then added in Photoshop.
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The steamy, foggy atmosphere in this steam train images was a combination of cloud and fog images.
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