Fine art photographs Shown In situ

Vintage Farm Truck Painting

In situ (/ɪn ˈsɪtjuː/ or /ɪn ˈsaɪtʃuː/ or /ɪn ˈsiːtuː/; often not italicized in English is a Latin phrase that translates literally to “on site” or “in position”. It means “locally”, “on site”, “on the premises” or “in place”

Here we present a selection from the fine art photography portfolio of artist Edward M. Fielding showing framed and matted prints shown hanging on walls.

All fine art photographs in Fielding’s portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/ can be ordered as museum quality framed and matted artwork with a selection of hundreds of frame and mat combinations for customization or as prints rolled in a tube for local framing.  Canvas, wood, metal, acrylic and other mediums are also available.

American Flag Painted On A Pallet

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Vintage 1939 Schwinn Bicycle Chalkboard

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Connecticut River Farm II

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The Old Farm Truck

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Brightly Colored Food Truck

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Old Vintage Red Tractor In The Snow Quechee Vermont

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Colorful Hippy Bus Panorama

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John Deere 640 Farm Tractor

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Old Red Tractor In The Snow Painting

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Old Car In A Snow Bank

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Red Cabin In The Woods Winter In Vermont

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Vintage 1939 Schwinn Bicycle Chalkboard

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Old Hudson Red Square

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Portrait Of A Westie Dog 8×10 Ratio

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Extra Plug Slice Antique Vintage Tobacco

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Old Tractor In The Snow Quechee Vermont

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Bare Apple Tree In Winter

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Under The Moonlight The Serious Moonlight

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Vintage Red Tricycle

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All fine art photographs in Fielding’s portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/ can be ordered as museum quality framed and matted artwork with a selection of hundreds of frame and mat combinations as well as canvas, metal, wood, acrylic prints and more.

Free Photography Resources – Guides, Instruction, Tips

Free Photography Resources

Free photography resources including free photography guides, free photography courses, free photography classes, free photography tips and more to help you improve your photography skills, get better pictures and have more fun with your photography.

Photography 101 Series of Free information About Your Camera and Photography

Photography 101: ISO – Understanding how your camera’s sensor reacts to light.  https://spark.adobe.com/page/L4Gko3TgTnAP7/

Photography 101: ISO

Photography 101: Understanding Aperture – https://spark.adobe.com/page/IxjossQAFF5TB/

Photography 101: Understanding Aperture

Photography 101: Understanding Shutter Speed https://spark.adobe.com/page/6nYe2mxkU0wDY/
Photography 101: Shutter Speed

Advanced Photography Subjects

Still Life Fine Art Photography – https://spark.adobe.com/page/iD0TO9dAuNEdJ/

Still Life Fine Art Photography

Thoughts on the Challenges of Black and White Photography – https://spark.adobe.com/page/YLAhqcBv0VSsC/

The Black and White Challenge

Photography 101: Understanding ISO

Photography 101: ISO

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Photography 101: Understanding ISO

Back in the days when film photography predominated, film was manufactured with various sensitivities to light and measured with a standard called “ASA” or “American Standards Association”.

Film sensitivity is refereed to as “film speed” and the methods of determining a film’s speed have evolved over the history of photography. The most familiar standard to any film user in the 70s – 80s was ASA or ANSI which traces its roots back to the 1940s.

The current International Standard for measuring the speed of color negative film is ISO or the International Standard. Gaining film speed has always been a trade off. To create faster films, manufactures have had to make the grains of photosensitive elements larger, thus faster films result in grainier negatives.

In digital photography ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The same principles apply as in film photography – the lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light and the finer the “grain”. Higher ISO settings are generally used in darker situations to get faster shutter speeds.

Time to Get Serious About Your Landscape Photography Gear

The Ultimate Landscape Photography Kit

Life is short.  Air travel, hotels, car rentals, meals, park entrance fees etc are expensive.  So why waste time with cheap junk?

You’ve traveled half way around the world to stand in front of one of the world’s wonders and you pull out some hopelessly out of date camera, hand hold it, snap off a few quick shots with the bus load of Chinese tourists to your right and another bus load of senior citizens to your left.

Enough.  Time to cash in some of those stock options, that inheritance check from dear old Uncle Jim or that winning lottery ticket and get yourself a really kick ass landscape photography kit.

Let’s start with a great tripod.  I love the Vanguard tripods with their fantastic lifetime guarantee.  The beefy carbon fiber models with the wide feet will provide a steady base for what’s to come next.

An easy to use and firm connection between the tripod and camera is important to quickly set up and compose your shot as well as not move at all when taking multiple shots for later stitching.

The incredible new Canon 24mm Tilt Shift lens provides tack sharp landscape images, edge to edge thanks to its over-sized front lens element.  The shifting capabilities allows one take multiple images without moving the camera body for zero distortion.

The shift feature is also great for architectural subjects and the tilt effects are great for throwing the plane of focus across your subject for back to front focus or to purposely throw your foreground and background out of focus for miniature effects.

We top this landscape photography kit off with a monster of a camera.  The 

Top photo credit – Photo by Marie-Sophie Tékian on Unsplash

The Process of Being a Photographer – Fine Art Photography with Huntington Witherill

In this video, fine art photographer Huntington Witherill explains the process behind his fine art photography work.  We get insight in how a well known fine art photographer works as well as how they got to this point in their career.

On the Marc Silber show, Witherill  shares tips about photography and his views on the process as a whole.

“He reminds us that it is important to focus on the process of being the photographer rather than constantly looking to get the next photograph or image.

A passion for the medium is one of the most important components—being engaged and passionate about anything takes a lot of patience, persistence and hard work. Huntington also advises people to get rid of preconceptions when going out to a location to shoot photos.

It’s easy to carry a preconceived idea when you’re going to a specific place, but you might happen upon something completely different that creates an amazing photo.”

Let the photograph find me

Witherill’s explanation of how one finds photographs along the way and being open to photographs that appear along a journey rings true with me.  When I leave the house to photograph a specific area, I’ll often have a certain location in mind, say a covered bridge.  But I know I might get distracted along the way by other photographs and my day will not be just about that one spot.

Even with vacations, I might have in mind that I’ll be aimed towards say Angel’s Landing in Zion but there will be many, many great photographs along the journey to that one iconic spot.

Composition is Inherent but can be learned

Photography is nothing more than shapes, lines and forms and the light that bounces off them.  You can learn composition by studying design.  Good photography includes good lighting, well balanced compositions and technical skills that don’t disrupt the image.  Composition becomes second nature as one spends time with their work and with years of learning to see and observe.

Genius is mostly a lot of hard work

Persistence is the most important thing when it comes to getting better at your passion.  Anyone can do anything if they spend enough time at it.  Like anything you want to get good at, practice, practice, practice and years of work is the key to getting better.

The Old Yard Switcher – Train Photography by Edward M. Fielding

Train Photography

The old switcher train photography features an old weathered railroad switcher diesel  locomotive found walking the tracks of the Essex Steam Train and Valley Railroad in the Connecticut River Valley.

The Valley Railroad runs a tourist train operation with steam locomotives and a variety of rolling stock including some old train equipment for restoration.

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“The Old Workhouse” is part of a collection of train photography by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding available as prints, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and framed and matted artwork.  See more at:  https://pixels.com/profiles/edward-fielding/art/train

11 Examples of Surreal Photography

The Sands of Time Surreal Photography

Surreal Photography

Taking a look at some recent surreal imagery from the portfolio of Edward Fielding, some of the most biazarre and unreal photographic works. Surreal means have the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream. It is a very creative style of photography as you have to have a good sense of vision and creativity to create things others wouldn’t normally see.

Enjoy these 11 examples of surreal photography and see more in the collection at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/surreal

A matter of time surreal photography by Edward M. Fielding
A matter of time surreal photography by Edward M. Fielding

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Surrealists prescribe by the notion of “automatic writing” – i.e. go with the flow, create where your mind leads you.

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One of the defining stylistic characteristics of Surrealism is the juxtaposition of imagery. The Surrealists like to put together crazy things that we wouldn’t normally associate with one another. They might compare a head to a shoe, or a door to a snake, or a cup to a tree.

The juxtaposition of elements or images that might not seem to have much to do with one another on the surface is a way that the Surrealists tried to get their readers to make new connections, and to see things in a different light. It’s also one of the key techniques that the Surrealists used in their writing.

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The Surrealists thought that Western society placed too much emphasis on rationality. The problem with rationality, according to them, is that there is a whole realm of experience that exists outside of the rational mind. After all, we often behave in irrational ways, don’t we?

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In surreal imagery one will find unexpected elements and surprises.  An ice cream truck in the desert? Only in one’s dreams.

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A pirate’s treasure chest under the beach pier with no one else around? Our lucky day, we can only dream about.

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Nightmare images of floating eye balls in the mist?  Maybe the all seeing eye watching over us.

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When we travel we pack a suitcase, but do we also pack a bit of home with us to carry around the world?

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A wrong turn, a path less traveled, or the end of the world?

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Time is perhaps the only straight line we take in life, what will be discover next?

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If black and white conversion is easy, you are probably doing it wrong

The Cowboy

Black and White Photography

I recently ran across this comment on a discussion thread about black and white photography in the days of digital cameras “these days all you have to do is hit a button”.

Black and white photography
Vintage Old Chevy Classic Black And White Canvas Print by Edward Fielding

Sorry, folks but if all you are doing to create a black and white photograph is clicking a button, you doing it wrong.  Unless you spend time with your image, massaging out all that it can be, you are simply creating a snapshot.

Texas farm barn and silo
Texas farm barn and silo https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/texas-silo-and-farm-house-edward-fielding.html

Black and white photography has such a potential for drama, excitement and storytelling among the highlights, shadows and mid-tones.  There are so many elements at your disposal to tweak out greatness for what might be otherwise ho hum.

Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print
Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print

Contrast, exposure, tonal range, vignetting, filters for red, green, blue, dodging and burning and vignettes to name a few.  Losing the color information is just the start even before the color is lost the image can be controlled and developed using the color information.

Pushing the “convert to black and white” button in software is the modern day equivalent of sending black and white film off to Fotomat, which then sends back an envelope of dull photographs all processed the same.  Why? Because the equipment is all calibrated to produce a mid-tone for white skin.  The result is dull prints that provoke no emotion or excitement.

There is no reason not to approach black and white digital photography with all the seriousness and intent shown in the past by the great photographers and their darkroom team such as demonstrated in this marked up photograph of James Dean.  Notice how much thought, care, technique and strategy went in to the creating the final image.

Marked Up Photographs Show How Iconic Prints Were Edited in the Darkroom
The comparison images above show photographer Dennis Stock’s iconic portrait of James Dean in Times Square. The test print on the left shows all the work Inirio put into making the final photo look the way it does. The lines and circles you see reveal Inirio’s strategies for dodging and burning the image under the enlarger, with numbers scattered throughout the image to note different exposure times. https://petapixel.com/2013/09/12/marked-photographs-show-iconic-prints-edited-darkroom/

 

Resources:

A Guide to Black and White Conversion in Photoshop