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Winter Wonderland / Snow Scenes

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Last Glimmer of Light, Winter Park CO 2007

Missing the snow and cold weather this winter, I am posting a couple of old favorites that I have previously posted. The trick with photographing snow is to not over-expose the white stuff. Best accomplished in overcast weather, make sure to keep the detail in snow by capturing edges, footprints or anything else that might break up the all white scene. The situation above was an exception to the rule. The very last glimmer of sunlight was disappearing behind the mountains and barely highlighted the far away peak. The low clouds and tree-line below makes this winter scene. In the printed image, you can clearly see snow on all the trees and the ridges in the snow on the peak.

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Equine Snow Scene, Winter Park CO 2007

Above, this beauty stood alone in a fenced-in meadow with a bare forest behind. Seeing this perfect winter scene, I pulled over and captured the image before the animal moved and the composition was gone.

In December, the Colorado Rocky Mountains are truly a …winter wonderland.

Welcome Fall / The Gold Standard

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Gold Standard, Steamboat Springs, CO 2008

Welcome, Fall. Wish I was there.

It’s Only Black and White…But I Like It / Three Horses in Snow

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Three Horses in Snow, Colorado 2010

Three Horses grazing after an unexpected, brief summer snow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. A scene like this called for Black and White. The composition of the horses within the frame and their respective poses are what make the image. Watching for head, leg and tail movement all go into the final image. Including some grass on the bottom frames the scene.

Ok, so the original lyric was about Rock and Roll… and I like that too.

Sunset Mountain / (Almost) Missed Moments

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Sunset Mountain, Winter Park, CO 2007

In contrast to my last post, other sunsets are spectacular. Case in point, we were driving to Winter Park from Denver a few years back and looking for the condo we were going to stay in for a few days. It was getting close to sunset and as a photographer who loves shooting landscapes, the last place you want to be when the sun is setting…is in a car.

We finally located the place and I ran inside to check the view (which is my primary requisite for any vacation rental) and there, through the wall of windows, I saw the scene above. I barely had time to grab my tripod and set up to shoot the scene when the beautiful sunset light was gone. I did manage to get off a few great captures in the brief moments I had before the light disappeared.

Moral of the story, even in photography (maybe especially in photography)…timing is everything.

Shooting the Moon…from right here at home

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Moon and Stars, 2013

With today’s modern technology, good cameras and lenses can shoot great distances. At first glance this image might seem as if it had been shot from an approaching space shuttle. To the contrary, I captured the Moon in a Waxing Gibbous phase, craters and all, from the driveway in front of my house…on Earth.

Utilizing a Canon 50D camera, a 100-400mm L lense and setting an ISO of 2,000, I was also able to expose the surrounding stars. No telescope, just a tripod, remote shutter release and some patience. Now, that’s over the Moon.

Fire on the Mountain / Colorado Springs

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Fire on the Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO 2010

Having chased the setting sun one evening in Southern Colorado, I came across this scene just after it went below the horizon. I used just enough of the silhouetted mountain to compliment the large area of negative space featuring the reflected sun and evening clouds.

As often happens, I caught this “fire on the mountain” for a moment, and then it was gone.

Categories: Landscapes, Mountains, Nature

Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky / Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Fire in the Sky, Coeur d’Alene, ID 2010

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Heat Wave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 2010

Some mornings, in some locations, are simply magical. This particular morning on Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho was just such a morning. The light, the fog, the rising sun made for many great images as the conditions changed. In the first image, the key was catching the rising sun, the second was about the fishing boat on the lake, and the third required quickly moving to another location for a different view before the fog lifted.

The trick is moving camera direction quickly, sometimes only slightly, because often the scene changes so fast that if you are not paying attention to your surroundings, you miss something great. And as a photographer, when you miss a great shot, you never forget it…it remains in your mind’s eye, but you can’t show it to anyone else.

I Shoot Horses…Don’t I? / The Art of Equus

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Equine Snow Scene, Winter Park, CO 2007

The majestic Horse has been represented in Art since the days of prehistoric cave paintings. I am no expert in breeds and could not tell whether the animal in the above image was, in fact a horse, maybe a Bay, or even a mule, combination of horse and Donkey (anyone with a better idea, don’t hesitate to chime in). All I know is a picturesque scene when I see one, and this clearly fit the bill. Driving up the road toward a ranch near Winter Park just after a light snow, the beautiful brown coat and white back and eyes caught my attention.

The beauty and character of many equine subjects work extremely well in a Fine Art photograph. For me, the right composition (location of the animal in the scene) is key as are the details of the animal’s pose. The placement of the head, legs and even the tail can make or break an image. Patience is a virtue with horses. They usually stay in one area for a while unless they become curious and approach you  looking for food. In this case, the momentary lift of a seemingly painted head, with a body lightly covered with snow, created the perfect subject against the snow-covered trees.

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Lone Horseman on Beach, Pacific Northwest 2006

Sometimes less is more. This is an example of using negative space to create an ethereal image of an isolated subject. The lone horseman on this Pacific Northwest beach looked out to Sea in the morning fog.  The mountain range behind him can barely be seen, but became more evident as the fog lifted. Here, the horse and rider stand alone to signify peace and solitude. Again, timing is everything in that immediately after the image was created, the rider was gone and the fog soon lifted.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Tales of the Extraordinary

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 If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH 2013

When you travel around natural wilderness enough, you are bound to see astonishing things every once in a while. When a baby Black Bear crossed in front of our car one night on a deserted North Carolina road it happened too quickly to photograph. Likewise with the thousand pound Moose I ran into at dusk in the woods of Colorado. That time I wasn’t even thinking about taking a picture,  just how to get around him and get out of there in one piece.

So on those occasions that something wonderous occurs in nature and you do actually capture it photographically, that is something special. It’s not just a “Fisherman’s Tale,” there exists documented proof. Such was the case while shooting at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio. I was photographing the beautiful forest that surrounds the cave, alternating from Black and White to Color, in camera. Suddenly I heard a thunderous sound, as if a bolt of lightning had cracked to the ground right near me. First I ducked, a natural reaction, then, I lifted my camera in the direction of the sound and there, as it was happening, a huge tree, easily hundreds of years old, came crashing down…naturally. Now, it is unusual to be close enough to hear such a rare occurrence, let alone to see it. But to capture it as it happens, that is most likely a once in a lifetime event. I got off four shots as the tree came crashing down, the three consecutive images above were perfect, while the fourth, as it fell to the ground went out of focus. I created this Triptych to memorialize the wonderous moment.

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 Momentary Blizzard, Southeastern OH, 2013

Usually, I’m lucky if one memorable thing happens per shoot. During the same week in Ohio as the tree falling, we were driving down a rural road on a relatively clear, but cold winter day. Within minutes, the sky became dark and from nowhere came a Blizzard of snow so fierce that it caused a “whiteout” forcing me to pull over. We rolled down the window just enough to get off a few shots, and then, within less than a minute, it was over. The snow was gone and shortly thereafter the sky was clear again. That was the first time I had ever experienced a Momentary Blizzard.

The bottom line when it comes to Mother Nature, there is only one thing that is certain …she is absolutely unpredictable.

A good tip results in an unexpected…Paradise Found

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Cascade through Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

When photographing in the Midwest you expect rural farmland, old barns, snow in winter, fall colors in autumn. What you don’t expect are rushing waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs, especially one after the other after the other. Thanks to a tip from a great friend of mine who grew up in Ohio, I took a chance and drove a couple of hours south of Columbus and west of Dayton. Well…alter your expectations.  Having traveled to Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest, who knew there was a combination of all of them in the Midwestern United States.

Hocking Hills State Park http://bit.ly/15mtjP4 in Logan, Ohio is 2,356 acres of towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges. After stopping at the park’s Visitor’s Center for a map and some very helpful information, you drive down the road to the large, open parking lot. It isn’t until you descend down the trail at either end of the lot when the magic starts…immediately. I happened to be there in winter on a cold and rainy day and after melted snow had created a significant flow through Old Man’s Creek. The weather made it a bit challenging with a large camera bag and tripod, but ideal for shooting waterfalls, of which there were so many. Carefully protecting the camera from rain and mist and making sure the lens glass remained dry, it was a labor of love (including a rain poncho, plastic bags and an umbrella). Descending through the gorge trail I followed the cascading water over one cliff after the next. I literally felt as if I was in a movie, like Jurassic Park… without the Dinosaurs.

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Devil’s Bathtub, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

Halfway through the gorge trail is the Devil’s Bathtub. A whirlpool created from the rushing water of Old Man’s Creek seems to flow in all directions as it makes its way down the gorge.

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Fog Around the Bend, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

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Road to Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

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Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

At the southern end of the park is the horseshoe-shaped Ash Cave named after the huge pile of ashes found under the shelter by early settlers which was believed to have been left from Indian campfires built up over hundreds of years or used by them for smelting silver or lead from the rocks. Measuring 700 feet from end to end, 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90 feet high, it is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state of Ohio.

While in the area there are several great places to stay and eat including rustic lodges, cottages and cabins. Check out the Hocking Hills Resort http://www.hockinghillsresort.net/ and the Inn at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com/, both of which had romantic accommodations and dining.

All in all, this tip from a friend became a very welcome and totally unexpected…Paradise Found.

                                                                            

If you build it…they will come / BSG Solo Exhibition in NYC closes.

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Manhattan Portrait, Central Park, New York City, NY 2013

I would like to thank all of the people who came to my Solo Exhibition at 25 CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC these last few weeks. Some were good friends, family and people I have met in the photography world. Many others were individuals that came because they love Fine Art Photography. Special thanks to my collectors, past and future and to the legendary photographer Robert Farber www.farber.com who came to my Artist Reception. I have included some images of the event taken by talented wedding/event photographer Vik Manchada http://on.fb.me/VMqG6x.

As usual, while in NYC for the show, after the gallery doors close…I create. I will post some of my new Cityscapes here and going forward. As those that have now seen my work in person know, I am known for the detail in my images. Hence, in the image above, the tourist on the right side of the bridge is taking a photo of her smiling friend standing on the bridge as I am taking one of them…and the city beyond. I always look for the Big Picture.

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              BSG Artist Reception, January 10, 2013 at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, NY

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BSG with legendary photographer, Robert Farber at BSG’s Artist Reception

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Until the next show…Thanks again.

BSG Solo Exhibition at 25CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC

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After participating in a group show at 25CPW Gallery in December, I am having a Solo Exhibition at the gallery. This coming Thursday, January 10, 2013 will be the Artist Reception from 6-9 pm. The Gallery is located on Central Park West at 62nd Street, one block north of Columbus Circle. Anyone that is in New York at the time is very welcome to come by. Additionally, there will be gallery hours from 12pm to 8pm that weekend. www.25cpw.org

A portion of the proceeds will go to Evan’s Team, a foundation created in memory of Evan Lieberman, an amazing young man we lost in a tragic car accident.  www.evansteamny.com

BSG Extends Exhibition at 25CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC

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Select images from the Series: Of the Wild at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

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Select images from the Series: Atmosphere at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

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Select images from the Series: FLOW at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

After initial participation in a group exhibition at 25CPW Gallery in NYC, the presentation of my work has been extended and the selection of images increased. For those that live in New York or happen to be vacationing there this week, the Gallery is at street level on the northwest corner of Central Park West and West 62nd Street. 25CPW is located just one block north of Columbus Circle which features the Time Warner Building and Trump International at the corner of Central Park West and Central Park South.

Situated in one of the most exclusive sections of New York City, my work is currently the only artwork featured at the gallery through the New Year and can be seen through both the Central Park West and West 62nd Street picture windows. To announce the exhibition, 25CPW’s website currently showcases my signature image, Niagara and contains the contact information for gallery hours and appointments. http://www.25cpw.org

GALLERY HOURS: The Gallery will be openWednesday (12/26) 5-8pm; Thursday 5-8pm; Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 3-9pm.

Thanks to Bess Greenberg, Founder/Curatorial Director; Abby Verbosky, Manager of Exhibitions and Matt Slater, who hung the exhibition, photographed it and will be at the Gallery showing the work.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season.

Closing Out 2012 in Grand Style – BSG Exhibiting @ 25CPW Gallery/NYC

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Cab Ride in the Rain, Radio City Music Hall, NYC 2009

Closing out 2012 in grand style. I will be exhibiting work at 25CPW, the great New York City gallery located at Central Park West and West 62nd Street. http://www.25cpw.org/ Bess Greenberg, Founder/Curatorial Director and Abby Verbosky, Manager of Exhibitions run the gallery which has recently held a 100 year celebration of Editta Sherman’s celebrity portraits that was covered by ABC News and the New York Times. They have also mounted exhibits with the Magnum Foundation, the New York Camera Club and continue to show the work of established and emerging artists.

The Artist’s Market group exhibition will run from Thursday night through Sunday night. Gallery hours are 12 pm to 8 pm, with an Artist’s Reception Saturday night with live music from 6pm to 9pm (gallery will close at 10:00 pm).

I hope that all my NYC friends and anyone else that might like to see some interesting work, will stop by. Thank You.

Living Color – Autumn Scenes East and West

Gold Standard, Steamboat Springs, CO 2008

Since much of this country is exhibiting Autumn colors this time of year, I have re-visited one of my classic landscapes entitled Gold Standard. Stopping along a very long drive to Steamboat Springs in Colorado, this snow-capped mountain rose up behind a golden strand of Aspen trees creating a scene that begged to be photographed. Not being near a landscape with changing colors this year, I re-post this image to remember what I am missing and to look forward to seeing it again next year and for many years to come.

Rocky Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 2009

Remembering days gone by growing up in Long Island, NY, raking fallen leaves and jumping into the piles, Rocky Road contrasts the eastern orange and red leaf colors that I remember to the west coast Aspen golds. This image was captured at Rock City Gardens near the border of Tennessee and Georgia, outside Chattanooga, TN www.seerockcity.com. A spectacular place to visit during the Fall when the winding rock paths are framed by, and then covered with, the beautiful turning leaves. The 140 foot waterfall at the end of the road captured both my heart and my umbrella when I leaned too far over the railing to get the right angle for another image. Well, better the umbrella then my camera equipment…or me.

Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam, Wyoming 2005

Seeking the promise of hundreds of miles of unbridled snowmobile trails we took the extremely long drive from Denver, Colorado, north to Wyoming. Seemingly placed as a welcome sign for the state, the moment we crossed the border into Wyoming, there was a herd of Buffalo, or Bison if you prefer, grazing on the plains. This is one of those scenes that I definitely stop the car for. Killing two birds with one stone, I enjoyed a must needed stretch and also created an image framed by the fence posts in the foreground leading back to the foothills. The bright blue sky seemed to go on forever and topped off the memorable scene, luckily it was a bit “cloudy all day,” at least enough to compliment the scene.

So yes, there are definitely Buffalo in Wyoming…even as soon as you get there, and hundreds of miles of unbridled snowmobile trails to boot (pun intended).

Bears and Wolves, Oh My – Wild Scenes Repeated

Bear in Field of Flowers, British Columbia, 2004

Although my specialties are close-up intimate portraits of animals and iconic landscapes, when you are out shooting and a beautiful wild animal happens by, you can’t help capturing them (photographically speaking) in their natural environment.

On the trip to British Columbia mentioned a few posts ago, I had seen a brochure for a “bear tour” offered at the extreme sports desk in downtown Whistler. Run by a bear “expert,” a few of us adventurous (ie. crazy) souls hopped into this man’s SUV for a summer drive up the ski slopes and into the woods. There he brought us (on foot) to within a very short distance of some 300 to 400 pound Black Bears in the wild. Apparently (and gratefully) they were used to his presence, because they went about their business as we quietly stood by in awe. The darkness of the woods made it very difficult to get a good shot (I didn’t think using a flash was wise), so I was lucky to capture this one image as the bear left the woods and crossed a field of flowers.

This is one of several bucket-list items I have tried once, I cherish the memory of, but don’t plan on doing again…at least not for this species.

Wolf in Field, Yellowstone, WY 2010

Driving along the road seeking landscape images in Yellowstone, I came across this wolf making his way across a field. Reminded of the bear image I captured many years before, I shot this as he passed in front of me. The image tends to show my progression as a photographer and in this National Park the wildlife is accustomed to humans, which can be very dangerous when we get too close to them… Thank goodness for long lenses.

Last Glimmer of Light in the TERRAIN Exhibition at The Kiernan Gallery

Last Glimmer of Light, Winter Park, CO 2007

My image Last Glimmer of Light, Winter Park, CO 2007 is currently being featured in the TERRAIN Exhibition and accompanying catalogue at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia.

The show runs from August 29 through September 29, 2012. Information about the Gallery and Exhibition can be found at http://bit.ly/RsaIaI and the Gallery Statement for TERRAIN is:

“Looking at both the vast and the microscopic, landscape photography takes us from backyards to national parks; from mountains to coastlines. This genre includes images of the untouched beauty of the earth as well as places impacted by mankind. In addition to beauty, it often explores the contours of our relationship with the land, presenting historic battlefields, high-rise jungles, or threatened environments. For Terrain, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images that explore the beauty and complexity of our landscape.”

Categories: Landscapes, Mountains, Nature

Into the Clouds – Top of a Glacier in Black and White

Into the Clouds, British Columbia, 2004

While at the top of the Glacier mentioned in the last post, I would have been remiss not to have created some Fine Art work. Special places tend to result in special images, as I like to believe this one is. The granite mountaintop is lightly covered in snow and breaking through the clouds. Clearly, not something you see…or feel, everyday.

Christmas in July – To the Mountaintop for a Walk in the Clouds

Glacier, British Columbia, 2004

                                                                Blackcomb Helicopter, British Columbia, 2004

Having seen various marketing ads this week featuring the concept of Christmas in July, I was inspired to post a cold image during the sweltering heat we feel here in South Florida at this time of year, and now being felt by much of the country as well.

Several years ago, on a trip to British Columbia, Canada, we took a helicopter flight to the top of a glacier near the resort town of Whistler with a company that is now known as Blackcomb Aviation http://www.blackcombaviation.com/. Landing and then walking around at what seems like the top of the world, the peace one feels standing in the clouds is inexplicable. After this experience, I knew where they came up with the term “walking on cloud nine” to describe the feeling of blissful happiness…that about describes it.

Water Down – Wild River Scenic

Wild River, Rocky Mountains, CO 2010

One more cascade image to go with the flow… of the last two posts. After an exceptionally harsh winter season in the Rocky Mountains, the runoff from the melting snow made for some powerful rivers and waterfalls. I captured this image from a bridge that was right in the path of the thunderous cascade, just before being ordered off by some Park Rangers (justifiably) concerned for my safety.

A tripod was necessary to capture the detail of the trees and rocks and to make a long exposure emphasizing the flow of the water. The key to an image like this is an overcast sky to avoid overexposure of the smooth water and carefully composing the scene while maintaining secure footing. The idea is to get the shot, without losing any equipment…or your life.

Attitude – Cougar Style

Cougar, CO 2008

Usually, the key to a good animal portrait is capturing the eyes…but not always. Although my series of animal portraits: Of the Wild www.barrystevengreff.com concentrates on the eyes, I can’t resist a good growl, yawn, or shake.

Case in point, this image of a Cougar, mid yawn. In an image like this I seek to capture clean, crisp detail of the the teeth and the papillae of the tongue. These sharp, raspy projections act as a sort of comb for the animal to groom itself, just like a common house cat. Unlike Tabby, a Cougar’s tongue also allows it to remove all the meat from the bone of its prey.

The largest Cougar on record weighed 276 pounds and depending on the region of North America, are also known as mountain lion, puma and panther. Although in the wild they feed on deer, elk and moose, an occasional hiker has had their journey end when unexpectedly crossing paths with one of these beauties.

Happy Earthday Mother Re-Posted for 2012

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(For best viewing, watch on You Tube at full screen, 720p resolution, depending on your system. If the video doesn’t play correctly, choose a lower resolution. All selections are bottom/right.)

      If, for any reason you have trouble viewing, here is the direct link. http://bit.ly/i9u0pr 

A year ago, when the blog was still new, I posted this three minute video to celebrate Earth Day. Now that I have a much larger viewership, I am re-posting the video (and the accompanying text) for Earth Day 2012…

By now, I hope it is clear that my landscape images seek to capture the spectacular natural beauty that still exists on Earth. To further that goal, and celebrate Earth Day, I am posting a 3 minute multimedia piece entitled: “Mother Earth.” This compilation of some of my sea and landscape images is accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful music track: “Willow and the Light” by gifted musician, Kevin Macleod. If possible, throw on some headphones and/or turn up the volume to fully appreciate the sounds of nature as well as the ethereal music… popcorn is optional.

In this presentation I emphasize the striking beauty that still exists on Mother Earth, the urgent need to conserve and protect her, and the dire consequences of failing to do so.

It is my hope that you enjoy the piece, and in some small way, it shines a light on the critical choices we need to make to protect and preserve the planet…and that we choose wisely.

Mystic Cliffs – West Coast Cliffs Shrouded in Mist

Mystic Cliffs, Carlsbad, CA 2008

In my quest to create ethereal sea and landscapes, I found myself atop a seaside road one misty morning near Carlsbad, California. Looking south along the shore, the cliffs that jutted out to sea were shrouded in mist. Waiting for the right wave to complete the composition, this image further exemplifies the spectacular scenery on the west coast of the United States and why it is a good idea for photographers to get up early.

One is the Loneliest Number – The Colors of Spring

Lone Tree, Davie, FL 2012

To celebrate the first day of Spring I wanted to create a new image that would exhibit the bright colors of the season, which begins March 20th. To that end, this weekend we explored a local park that although it had been around for years, I had never been inside.

I have often mentioned here, my photographic frustration with South Florida’s virtually flat topography. You have to drive north to Winter Park, outside of Orlando before you start seeing varying elevations. So it is an unusual experience to find a South Florida park with (large) rolling hills. In order to accomplish this, the Parks and Recreation Department (Leslie Nopes would be proud) covered the local landfill with grass and punctuated the top with an occasional tree (Broward County’s Vista View Park http://bit.ly/GAPt30). Shooting a (Canon L) 400 mm lens from atop one hill across to another, I isolated one of those trees against a magnificent sky full of clouds. Utilizing a circular polarizer or graduated neutral density filter brings out the deep blue of the sky. The exaggerated use of negative space makes for a dynamic composition emphasizing the concept of…one.

Snow Gets In Your Eyes – Gray Wolf in Yellowstone

Snow Gets in Your Eyes, Prone Gray Wolf in Snow, West Yellowstone, MT 2010

Living in South Florida it is easy to forget that other parts of the world are being snowed upon. Although I understand this has been a particularly mild winter throughout the U.S., I decided to get in one last (previously shot) snow image before Spring.

Although my usual animal images are close-up, intimate portraits, every once in a while I can’t resist an environmental portrait. This gray wolf took the sudden snowfall in stride, sleeping on and off and occasionally peeking out to see what was going on. Living with other wolves in a beautiful West Yellowstone refuge, these animals could not be re-introduced into the wild for various reasons and live a good life less than a mile away from Yellowstone National Park.

Categories: Animals, Mountains, Nature, Wildlife

President’s Day – Honest Abe – That’s Just Capital

Honest Abe, Washington DC 2005

A bit of a departure from my usual Fine Art work, a unique view of the Lincoln Memorial to remember President’s Day. Since a scenic is never far away…here’s That’s Just Capital. If you thought it didn’t look like the U.S. Capitol, you were correct. This is actually the Denver State Capitol Building in Colorado.

That’s Just Capital, Denver, CO 2008

Recap 2011 – The Sun Sets on Another Year

Front Row Seats, Torrey Pines, CA 2008

Not one for shooting sunsets and silhouettes, I did feel that this image of a couple watching the sun set from high atop a cliff, best depicted a (not so) fond farewell to 2011. In a year marred by two surgeries and their aftermath, my mobility was surely limited. Notwithstanding, I was pleased to have my work recognized as follows:

-Dreams Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, (Aline Smithson, juror);

-Artists Haven Gallery, (Wendy M. Blazier, Senior Curator, Boca Raton Museum of Art, juror);

-Portfolio Showcase Volume 5, Center for Fine Art Photography, (Chris Pichler, Publisher, Nazraeli Press, juror);

-PDN on-line, Photo of the Day (Amber Terranova, Editor);

-Featureshoot, one of LIFE’s 2011 Best Photo Blogs (Alison Zavos, Publisher/Managing Editor);

-The OPEN (“BSG is among other things, a master at close-up, intimate portraits of wildlife”);

-Freshly Pressed, Photo Blog: www.adventuresfrombehindtheglass.com, WordPress;

-SHUTTERBUG Magazine, Website: www.barrystevengreff.com, (Inspiring Images And Image-Makers, Joe Farace on BSG: “He’s created insightful works of great authority and style.”);

-The Photocloser (Frank Meo); getaddictedto.com; notcot.org, Light & Composition, etc.;

-Agency Access & Chatterbulletin (Louisa Curtis);

-Black & White Spider Awards, professional Fine Art nominee;

-added to exclusive private collections in New York City, Baton Rouge, LA, etc.;

-and starting January 2012 by inclusion in the book resulting from the Chris Pichler juried Portfolio Showcase No. 5 at C4fap.

I would like to thank all of the curators, publishers, editors and writers for their gracious support of my work in 2011 and here’s looking forward to a great 2012. Barry

…As I stated in an earlier post entitled Promise of a New Day which featured this next image:

At the fleeting moments of dusk, the sun shines a final stroke of light as it sets below the horizon. More important than the beauty each sunset exhibits, its greatest asset is …the promise of a new day.

*Happy New Year from Barry Steven Greff Photography*

Last Light, Torrey Pines, CA 2008

Happy Holidays – Lit Tree, Winter Park, CO

Lit Tree, Winter Park, CO 2007

* Happy Holidays from Barry Steven Greff Photography *

It’s All Downhill From Here.

Torch Run, Keystone, CO 2007

Having had a very rough 2011, I turned 54 yesterday and I greatly appreciate all of the well wishes. New friends can always join me on my FaceBook Photography Page which can be found at http://on.fb.me/dFOCUU. Coincidentally, I also read a blog yesterday on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed http://bit.ly/nI1ORa claiming that photographers create their most influential work between 20 and 45……Not.

Although the writer is a very well-respected Fine Art Photographer, Alec Soth, to me, age knows no photographic limitation. Heart, vision and soul can be exhibited at any time in your life. In my case, maturity has increased my photographic insight and patience. Looking through some of my older work recently, I realized that much of it was good, but predictable. Although my images were often published editorially in the past, it is only since 2008 that I have sought (and gained significant) recognition in the Fine Art Photography world. So much for the argument that my best photographic years are behind me.

This particular image was created on New Years Eve 2007. Waiting at the bottom of the ski run, at the countdown to 2008 skiers dressed in black and snaked down the mountain carrying red flares. To capture this image required a tripod and fast shutter speed. Stopping the action with just a slight blur to show motion, while using only the available light from the flares, was definitely a challenge (for a photographer of any age).

That being said, I plan on creating unique and interesting images for as long as I can see and carry a camera. Notwithstanding that which I may have been dealing with in 2011, in 2012 and beyond I seek to continue on a prolific photographic path, and to accomplish that I have to believe …it’s all downhill from here.

Categories: Lifestyles, Mountains
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