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There’s No Place Like Home

Inverray Falls, Lauderhill, FL 2011

As a photographer seeking exotic waterfall locales, one can travel deep into the Amazonian Rainforest, or in this case… a few miles from home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Although man-made rather than natural, this particular entrance display leading into a South Florida residential area is as good a replica as I have ever seen. Several waterfalls cascading down beautifully landscaped rock features creates a peaceful tropical oasis, just feet from a busy intersection. Just goes to show you Dorothy, that when it comes to making a great scenic photo… there’s no place like home.

BSG Featured in SHUTTERBUG Magazine

www.barrystevengreff.com

SHUTTERBUG Magazine has long been a trusted resource for everything photographic, in print and on-line www.shutterbug.com. This month’s print magazine cover (October issue) features a portrait by renowned photographer Steve McCurry which he shot on the last roll of Kodachrome film ever manufactured. Inside the magazine, there is a monthly column featuring select photography web site profiles. This issue’s article entitled: “Exploring Global Villages: Inspiring Images and Image-Makers” features my site www.barrystevengreff.com. Written by Joe Farace who is a widely published Colorado-based photographer and author of more than 30 books and 1900+ magazine stories, I have taken the liberty of re-printing it verbatim here:

“Barry Steven Greff’s photography is showcased in an elegantly designed website from Foliolink (www.foliolink.com). The site appears one way on my desktop computer and another, better I think, incarnation on my iPad, where captions and other
information appear as well. Images are arranged in four portfolios and Atmosphere displays images representing the majesty of nature, especially his monochrome image of Niagara Falls photographed like you’ve never seen it before. It’s a quiet allegory of the power of nature vs. the insignificance of humankind. It’s one of his few images that have people and here they are infinitesimal in size compared to the roar – you can almost hear it while looking at the photograph – of the falls.

Most of these images are in powerful black and white but when Greff uses color, it’s to make a point. The Classics portfolio may contain some of his classics but never fails to dazzle with understated yet inherently graceful attempts at depicting nature. Unlike the previous portfolios, Spirit & Light contains a few urban images made in New York City and, while wildly incongruous next to his nature images, are appealing in a completely different way. His image made through a car window could have easily been a still image from the film Taxi Driver, with all the connotations that come along with it. In Of the Wild, Greff has created portraits of all kinds of animals from eagles to peacocks to gorillas. This represents an entirely different body of work, separate from his landscapes, that nevertheless shows how a talented photographer confronted by a
different genre rises to the occasion. He’s created insightful works of great authority and style. “

Over the Edge.

Dark Descent, Niagara Falls, 2006

As the continuous torrent of water flows over Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara, the powerful nighttime spotlights illuminate the cascade as it disappears into the mist. This image, Dark Descent, was chosen for first place, outstanding achievement in the 2010 Black & White Spider Awards. It was shot with a tripod mounted 400 mm lens from 2 miles away to capture this angle. The image was created to take the viewer…over the edge.

Another blog?

Barry Steven Greff Photography, Niagara Falls, NY, Waterfalls, LandscapesNiagara, Niagara Falls, NY 2006

Just what we need…another blog. The blogosphere has exploded over the last few years with blogs from everyone, about everything. Then, why another photography blog, and why now? Well, I have been thinking for a while that I can (a.) shoot and (b.) write, so therefore, I can (c.) blog.

Additionally, and more to the point, I really wanted to show my work to more people, to as many people as possible..to everyone on Earth (OK, to most people on Earth). Whether a curse or a blessing, I see images in my mind’s eye and follow my instincts to capture what I have envisioned in my head. Then, the next best thing to the journey to (and the process of) creating those images, is sharing them with others, hence this Blog..

SAs for the Blog’s theme, since much of my imagery results from an interesting, if not somewhat dangerous, quest for the perfect image, it is titled: Adventures from Behind the Glass (photography lingo for camera lenses). If you like ethereal sea and landscapes and/or intimate, close-up portraits of animals and jellyfish, this is your blog. No people portraits, no distress, no conflict. To the contrary, I take and exhibit images to counteract the prevalence of negative imagery we see on a daily basis. I shoot to display the natural beauty that still exists on Earth, and yes, if my images help in any way to preserve those places and/or creatures, I certainly wouldn’t mind doing my part. In the meantime, no politics here, no shock (maybe some awe), I seek to take the viewer away, to some distant, pristine location or to come eye to eye with one of the many beautiful animals we don’t usually see this close-up. So, enjoy the show. I hope this is the start of a great adventure, wherein I get to share my vision with as many people as possible.

To that end, the first image posted, Niagara, has become a signature landscape image of mine and has been included in a Gallery Exhibition. Although extremely powerful imagery, there was little risk involved, just some good old ingenuity to capture this unique angle. No, as I have been asked many times, this image was not created in Photoshop. It was shot from atop a building, two and a half miles away (I checked it on Mapquest). I used a long lens (Canon 100-400 L, for those that care) and a tripod to capture the power of the falls (in NY) and keep the people (in Canada) tack sharp.

Afterwards, I did go to the buffet in my hotel and risked getting trampled on, but no great adventure here, just a great shot, if I (and some of the biggest names in photography) do say so. BSG

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