THIS IS US tribute to Randall’s tree photograph

What is that large tree photograph in Randall's living room?

As a big This Is Us fan, I’ve been intrigued by the large black and white photograph of a bare tree in Randall’s living room.  Looming over the sofa and in the background of many a scene, this tree is not doubt a reference the Pearson’s family tree as well as the last resting place of their dear departed father.

This is Us Family Tree
This is Us Family Tree


THIS IS US on ABC – The Pearson family’s generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of love, joy, triumph and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents Jack and Rebecca’s past, while triplets Kate, Randall and Kevin discover deeper meaning in their present day lives. Successful businessman and father Randall searches for information about his biological parents. Kate finds love and self-acceptance while battling obesity. Kevin pursues a more meaningful career, which brings some difficult choices.

Centuries Old Apple Tree In Winter
Centuries Old Apple Tree In Winter –

I’ve been unable to discover who the photographer of the set photo is but I decided to attempt my own version of it.  Finding a grove of ancient, hundred plus year old apple trees tucked away in rural New Hampshire, I went in the snow with a variety of lens to capture these giant beauties.

The Old Apple Tree Square
The Old Apple Tree Square

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Until the Cows Come Home – Classic Vermont Scene

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A classic rural Vermont scene, an old vintage car, rusting in a field with cows grazing in the pasture behind it.  Fine art Vermont photography by Edward M. Fielding.

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Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds. In ratio of cows to people,Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country. Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Vermont’s largest employer isn’t Ben and Jerry’s, it’s IBM.

Gritty Old Truck Stowe Vermont

Farm Truck

This gritty old weathered farm truck is a subject dear to photographers looking for great black and white photography subjects to highlight the tonal range and drama of black and white photography.

I tend to forget that this type of subject matter is not readily available to most people. Sometimes I look at the street photography of photographers in New York City or Boston and think, gee I wish I had access to the city streets to take photographs of cool buildings and interesting characters found down dark alleys or in Time Square.

But the reality is that there are thousands of photographers working those urban areas – local photographers and tourists alike. Meanwhile its rare that I run into another photographer when I’m out and about on the back roads of New Hampshire and Vermont taking photographs of a way of life that fewer and few people can relate to – farming, working the land, fixing your own car, working the forest, working with animals, creating local specialty products like maple syrup.

We don’t have any skyscrapers or Naked Cowboys in rural New Hampshire and Vermont but we have a lot of old stuff.  Old houses, old barns, old junker cars, old tractors and old ways of doing things, like actually driving to the store rather than having a drone deliver milk to our front door.

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I found this old International Harvester farm truck on the side of the road at a maple sugar house in Stowe, Vermont.  This kind of relic from the past is saved in places where they don’t have a lot of money to waste and you never know when something can be re-purposed or fixed up.  This beautiful old truck with its chrome grill slightly out of sorts and its peeling, weathered paint makes for a fascinating black and white photographic study.

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A ten minute drive on the other side of Stowe, Vermont, I was face to face with a totally different type of farm essential.  A beautiful dairy cow calmly chewing her cud in the rain.

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Crossing the Connecticut River into New Hampshire I ran into one of the local product producers working the steaming sap and creating the sugary sweet state treasure – maple syrup.

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Further south in New Hampshire I came across this fine old tractor still working the hay fields in Etna, NH – as soon as that back tire gets fixes.

A yup, we don’t have skyscrapers in rural Vermont and New Hampshire but we do have interesting people and things going on if you look hard enough.

Woodstock Vermont Fine Art

Woodstock Vermont

WOODSTOCK VERMONT – I recently sold this watercolor technique fine art photograph of Woodstock, Vermont which was ordered in this handsome frame and mat combination and is headed to a collector in Knoxville, TN.

I offer many of my fine art photographs in this style of watercolor type brush strokes.  Over the years of processing my images I’ve developed this process that gives a painterly effect after a few hours of working on the image.

As always my images begin with a trip to the location.  In this case the quint and beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.

Woodstock has a lot of attractions for visitors including fine dining, golf and spa treatments at the famous Woodstock Inn, a covered bridge tucked into the small downtown full of little shops and restaurants and of course the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Billing farm attractions with a working farm, museums and historic home of the Rockerfellers who had a lot of influence over the town over the years.

Nearby is Quechee gorge as well as the ski area colorfully called Suicide Six.  Xcountry skiing is also available from the Woodstock Inn and nearby Mt. Tom which is connected to the National Historic Park.

The area is quite the tourist draw with the VINS bird rescue center over by Quechee, the glass blowing at Simon Pearce and the annual hot air baloon festival.

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The image above was taken right downtown, across from the Woodstock Inn, across from the town green and around the corner from one of the historic and well preserved homes in Woodstock. The covered bridge is drivable but it is off from the main street.

I used the white picket fence to create a leading line up to the covered bridge in the distance and of course waited for the tourists to leave the area.

Back in the studio I started my watercolor process that creates multiple layers of “brush stocks” using the original fine art photograph as the template. It’s takes several hours building up layers and matching colors to bring about the final result.

Adorable Westie Dog Art Prints and Products

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Westie Dog Photographs – When we adopted “Tiki” the West Highland White Terrier, or Westie from rescue – saved from a puppy mill in Tennessee, I had no idea he would become such a willing partner in a series of photographs or that his friends would join him in the studio for a celebrated series of puppy and dog photos.

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Tiki the Westie as Smart Doggie
Tiki the Westie as “Smart Doggie” available as prints and gifts such as greeting cards, notebooks, blankets, tote bags, duvets and more!
Terrier photograph
Just Chilling by Edward M. Fielding

Westies can be a handful as they are quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense. But some terrier breeds are more so than others. Overall, as a breed, West Highland White Terriers tend to be in the middle section of the terrier spectrum.

I trained Tiki early to learn to associate the studio lights with treats. Tiki will sit for me for 20 minutes, I can even leave the room if I’ve forgotten something and return to find him right where I left him. Just like when I pick up my car keys, put on socks or my coat, and he expects a walk or drive, if I pick up the camera, Tiki gets excited for a photo session.

I’ve collected the best of these images in the little gift book “The Quotable Westie” which is available on Amazon.

But the collection of dog photographs expands beyond Tiki to include his cute friends who happen to be Pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sato Mutts and even Mexican hairless dogs.

Moonrise over Airstream

Moonrise Over Airstream trailer

Moonrise Over Airstream by Edward M. Fielding is a popular fine art photograph of a classic old Airstream travel trailer light by the light of a beautiful full moon.

Moonrise Over Airstream is a tongue in cheek reference to Ansel Adams famous photograph, “Moonrise Over Hernandez” .  Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico is a black and white photograph taken by Ansel Adams, late in the afternoon on November 1, 1941, from a shoulder of U.S. Route 84-285.

Moonrise Over Airstream of a vintage Airstream camper was taken on the streets of Bozeman, Montana by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.

This photograph is available for purchase as a print for framing locally or as a museum quality matted and framed finished work, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, wood print, cards or on products such as throw pillows and tote bags. A number of other Airstream photographs can be found in Fielding’s portfolio of over 5,000 fine are photographs, designs, artwork, paintings and graphic images including the following camper related art.

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Airstream is an American brand of Travel trailers (“caravans” in British English) which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded and polished aluminum coachwork. This body shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, USA. The company, now a division of Thor Industries, employs more than 800 people, and is the oldest in the industry.

Surreal Photographs to inspire your dreams

Surreal Photographs

Surreal Photographs – Surrealist photographs of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Brassai, Salvador Dali, Philippe Halsman, Andre Kertesz and Hans Bellmer are considered giants of art. This old school photographers crafted their dream like imagery on film, canvas and in the darkroom or studio. One of the great modern masters of surreal photography is darkroom magician Jerry Uelsmann.

Jerry Uelsmann
Jerry Uelsmann

Adobe Photoshop has allowed artists with surrealist visions to create amazing far out imagery on the computer by manipulating and compositing various images and elements to create the final piece.

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision.

It’s no coincidence that surrealism started around the time of Freud and his investigations into dreams and how they might give clues to what is going on inside someone’s brain. Are these dreams simply fragments of memory edited together or are they signs of something deeper? Do dreams have meaning or are they meaningless nonsense that we are trying to interrupt as something meaningful?

You can even buy books of dreams. Look up the dream say “flying” and there will be a meaning assigned. Fortune telling or real science?

Here are some sample surreal photographs from fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding that uses elements of mystery and dreams.

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You can find more surreal photographs by Edward M. Fielding as well as 4,900 other images to purchase as fine art prints, framed art, canvas prints, metal, acrylic, wood prints and more as well as products such as cell phone cases, tote bags, throw pillows, rugs and more at:

All products come with a 30 day money back guarantee. Framed prints are museum quality and are crafted by a framer with 40 years of experience serving the artist and gallery market.

Capturing a sense of place in your photography

A group of barns in Windsor, Vermont.

Vermont – How does one truly capture a sense of place in photograph? That’s a good question with no definitive answer. There are no camera settings or com-positional rules that guarantee one will come back with a photograph that captures the essence of a place. But there is I think an ingredient in the recipe that is universal and that is time.

I’ve visited this old barn compound in Windsor, Vermont on many occasions in all different seasons.  It’s one of my favorite spots to return to and work out the various compositions afforded by this interesting spot that most would simple drive by on their way to the “top ten” tourist spots.

To truly start to understand a place and then transfer that feeling to others in your photography required spending time in a place. When photographers fail to capture a place in their images, with the result being “ho-hum” or dull photos, its typically because they show up at a spot, say on vacation, and start snapping away before even actually seeing.

When the camera is raised to the eye before the brain actually has time to take in what is being scene, the results are typically uninteresting. Too often we photographers have limited time at a certain place and are rushed to cram in as many “hot spots” or Kodak Moment locations in a day, that we fail to return with a single excellent shot.

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Capturing truly excellent images usually requires more intent and planning then what is afforded say on a bus tour through a national park. The most memorable photographs are taken when the light is at its best rather than when you happen to arrive at the location.

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And I’ve found that visiting a site over time and through out the year is the best way to truly start to understand what it is you are seeing and trying to capture.  Some tips for capturing the essence of a place:

  • Leave the camera at home on your first trip to a place.  (I know this one is tough).  Walk around, study all the angles, thing about where the sun is and what type of lighting will look best.
  • Return to a spot throughout the year.
  • Return to a spot at different times of the day.
  • Go on sunny days, go on overcast days.
  • Don’t set up a tripod right away.  Walk around and look.  See the image in your mind before selecting a lens and angle.
  • Bring a step ladder and view the spot from up high, bring a towel and lay down on the ground for a low angle.
  • Look beyond the obvious, over done shots.   When the crowd looks one way, turn around and see what they are missing.


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Bad hair days and Dog Breath – Modeling is hard work

Clowning Around
Terrier photograph
Just Chilling by Edward M. Fielding

The life of a super dog model is not all bones and biscuits. Sure some days the kibble rains down and luck shines but some days its a bad hair cut and stupid wardrobe.

“Just Chillin'” is just one of hundreds of photographs that Tiki the Westie has modeled for in fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding’s series of dog photographs.

Example of a licensed image.
Example of a licensed image.

Some of the best Tiki the Westie supermodel photographs have been collected in this small gift book called “the Quotable Westie” and is available on Amazon and direct from the publisher CreateSpace –

Clowning Around
One circus is closing, a new one is opening.

“This modeling thing, it’s pretty easy, but actually it’s also really tough” – Cara Delevingne

Writers Block
Writers Block

“I was successful and I enjoyed modeling, but it got to a point where I felt like I had ‘been there, done that.’ I wanted something that would inspire me and challenge me. I needed something that required more creativity. I started writing and I started auditioning. Simply posing in front of the camera was no longer enough.” – Julia Voth

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Wash Day –

“Modeling, for me, isn’t about being beautiful but creating something interesting for people to look at and think about.” – Kylie Bax

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“I think the only reason I wanted to do modeling, really, was because I knew I wasn’t ready to act; I knew I didn’t have enough life experience, and I knew that doing photo shoots was a way of acting. Playing a character each shoot and being able to just emerge yourself in these awkward experiences – it was amazing.” – Dree Hemingway

“I didn’t mean to be a TV presenter, I just hated modeling. It feels very odd that it’s turned into this ‘It-girl’ thing. What does that even mean? I wear clothes and I go out. It’s so weird.” Alexa Chung

Red Door – What does it mean?

Red Door – Fine Art Photographs

I have a number of fine art photographs in my portfolio that feature red doors and they are popular.  Recently I sold this one which contains one of my favorite compositions, over lapping structures that create a twisting path into the image with a foreground, middle ground and with the “pay off” in the back of the image, in this case a red door.  This scene was captured in Windsor, Vermont.  More red door photos.

Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont

Shown – recently sold framed and matted print. This order was for  a 16″ x 20″ print of The Red Door going to a buyer from Albany, GA.

The composition is similar to this composite shot I created from a collection of buildings in Historic Deerfield, MA and an old car photographed in Vermont.  Same kind of “what’s around the corner” composition which adds a bit of mystery and leads the eye into the image.  Barn Find link

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Outbuilding at The Mount – The Mount is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA – the Berkshires.

This photograph of at the Wayside Inn, specifically the old grist mill with its bright red door and rustic stone walls has sold a number of times.   Red Door at the old grist mill.

Red Grist Mill Door
Wayside Inn Red Grist Mill Door by Edward M. Fielding

A dramatic red door on an old stone grist mill. Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA

Red Door – The Mount

Red Door - The Mount
Red Door – The Mount

Here is another red door in the portfolio.  An old arched red painted door on a building from the gilded age with grungy, peeling, cracked paint.  Outbuilding at The Mount – The Mount is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA – the Berkshires.Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding

Red Door – But what does it mean?

Is it just a striking color for a front door or does a red door mean something more?  Well it all depends.  It can be loaded with meaning or it can simply appeal to the owner of the house.  Remember in the Ten Commandments when the Hebrews put blood on their doors so the creeping fog of death would not come to kill their first born sons?

Egyptian soldier: Out! Out, all of you!

Dathan: Why do soldiers come here? I put no blood on my door!

Egyptian soldier: Then stone bleeds!

Dathan: Your stonecutter did this to me!

Lilia: All your gold cannot wipe that mark from your door, Dathan, or from my heart.

Dathan: Just for that, you’ll walk all the way to… Where are we going? Do you know where we’re going?

Egyptian soldier: To hell, I hope!

Red doors have been know to have a variety of other meanings besides don’t kill my first born son:


  • WELCOME – In early American tradition, a red door symbolized to tired horse and buggy travelers that a home was a safe place to rest and stay.
  • REFUGE – During the civil war, “safe homes” that were part of the Underground Railroad supposedly painted their doors red to guide escaped slaves to places of refuge and safety.
  • MORTGAGE FREE – Scottish tradition holds that homeowners paint their front door red to signify that they had paid off their mortgage.
  • GOOD LUCK – Chinese consider red to be a lucky color and therefore many Chinese put a fresh coat of red paint on their front doors as part of their New Year celebration.
  • ENERGY – The principles of Feng Shui state that bold colors invite positive energy and that bold colors like red invite opportunities and abundance.
  • REMINDER – Although many claim Albert Einstein to be one of the most brilliant minds ever, he had his blind spots.  Apparently, Einstein painted his front door red because he couldn’t remember which house was his without the red door.

The Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”

Of course when Mick Jagger sees a red door he wants to paint it black.  Something about those colorful red doors just makes him want to be dark and moody.

“Red Door…open it…”

Then there is always the fragrance “Red Door by Elizabeth Arden which is down right scary.

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