Dark Descent, Niagara Falls, NY 2006
This week is Art Basel Miami Beach. The largest Fine Art Gallery on the Planet lasts from Tuesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 8th. Additional Art venues can be found in huge tents such as Art Miami, Red Dot, Spectrum, Miami Project, and other pop-up and semi-permanent sites such as Aqua, etc., around Miami Beach and Wynwood.
Above is my tribute to the international Fine Art vibe of this week. Shot from a great distance away and lit by the numerous spot lights focused on the falls, the water plummets into the abyss creating an explosion of mist. The image has traveled as far as China, at least via the internet. Although the title was changed to reflect their cultural differences, I still appreciate the International exposure..
White Farm, OH 2013
From the series: Magical Midwest http://www.barrystevengreff.com.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, 2013.
Strike Right, Hollywood, FL 2013
An uncommon late November lightning storm reminded me of how much I enjoy capturing lightning strikes. Unlike many other photographers that shoot lightning, rather than simply concentrating on the bolts themselves, I seek to make the strikes an integral part of the composition of the image. In order to do this it is essential to monitor the storm, its direction and the timing between flashes. Since Florida storms tend to move quickly, all of the above needs to be done quickly, and safely. The image above was captured from across the North Lake in Hollywood, Florida after the height of the regular summer lightning storms.
Lightning, Florida Everglades 2010
Following a storm approaching through the Florida Everglades, I captured this scene with bolts on both sides of the tree as the storm moved. At night, as in the Hollywood image, a tripod and remote cable release allow you to leave the shutter open in order to capture the strike. In the Everglades image, it was still daytime and without a Lightning Trigger (that captures lightning during the day), I had to improvise. Counting seconds between strikes I was able to capture three different bolts in separate images as the storm moved. The black vultures in the tree were unfazed by the strikes and were an added bonus in the final images.
Luckily for me, lightning strikes… more than twice.
Sunset Pier and Crescent Moon, Naples, FL 2008
Although images of sunsets and silhouettes are all too common, tweaking the usual formula can result in something different.
In this image, the lavender sky was reflected in the long exposed soft movement of the Gulf of Mexico. Then, the thin slice of Crescent Moon just above the Pier helped make this sunset silhouette.. a little bit more distinct.
Indian Blue Peacock, Profile, Davie, FL 2012
As rare and beautiful as a White Peacock is (see last post), to me there is nothing more spectacular than a perfect specimen of the more common, male, Indian Blue.
The best time to photograph them is during mating season when they are showing off their magnificent plumage to the far less colorful females. Upon spotting a potential mate, the males back up toward the females, spread their feathers and shake them rapidly, as if vibrating (no pun intended).
To capture the brilliant colors of this creature, the best light is not bright sunlight, but cloudy or overcast lighting that brings out the richness of the blues and greens. Here I used depth of field to separate the two sides of feathers from the neon blue neck, creating a unique and interesting composition.
So, when it comes to photographing passionate Peacocks on a cloudy day, I am clearly a …fan.
White Peacock, Davie, FL 2013
Peacocks are known for their brilliant colors, especially the males, who open and fan their long tail feathers to get the attention of females.
A much more rare example of this beautiful peafowl is the White Peacock. These are not albino but a color variation of the India Blue Peacock. They start off yellow as chicks and turn all white as they mature. This particular male lives at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. While all of the others are “Blue” or the colored birds more commonly seen, this bird stays away from the rest as if it were not welcome.
A sad commentary on the isolation of being different… yet no less beautiful.
Dusk, Dania Beach, FL 2013
Sanibel Sunset, Sanibel-Captiva, FL 2013
In South Florida, the driving distance from the East to the West Coast is about 2 hours. In the East, the Atlantic Ocean routinely has bigger wave activity then it’s sister coast, which is the calmer, usually flat, Gulf of Mexico.
In these two particular Sunset Seascapes, the tidal activity is reversed with a calm Atlantic and an unusually rough Gulf tide. Both shot just after sunset, the reflected sunlit clouds show that, although the sun always sets in the West, Mother Nature does not play favorites.
On any given day she can provide you with a great show on either coast… You just have to be there to see what happens.