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The Unpredictability of Mother Nature / Unexpected Snow

Wikipedia defines snow as “forms of ice crystals that precipitate from the atmosphere (usually from clouds) and undergo changes on the Earth’s surface. It pertains to frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when, under suitable conditions, the ice crystals form in Snow Boat_3453 1000w                                            Row Boat in Snow Storm, Colorado 2010

the atmosphere, increase to millimeter size, precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, then metamorphose in place, and ultimately melt, slide or sublimate away.” To me, it’s magical from a photographic point of view. The scene above occurred in June after an unexpected, instantaneous snow storm that began and ended within an hour on an otherwise sunny spring day, a couple of weeks before summer. I used a tripod held camera from under a covered tree so as not to get everything wet.

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Momentary Blizzard, OH 2013

The scene above also took place without a moments notice. One minute it was clear as day, the next minute brought blizzard conditions, and then it was clear again. Due to the instantaneous nature of the event, this was shot through a car window that had to be opened and closed quickly due to the power of the momentary storm.

 

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Prone Grey Wolf in Snow, West Yellowstone, MT 2010

Finally, a few years back I was shooting wolves in West Yellowstone just outside the National Park. I had spent a good part of the day trying to capture iconic images of these  beautiful animals. As luck would have it, just before i packed up my gear, it began to snow. Clearly not concerned by the sudden change in weather, this Grey Wolf laid down in the wide open for a rest, always mindful of his surroundings and I captured this image as he peaked out through the falling snowflakes. Again, a tripod mounted camera with a 400mm lens, shot from under cover and protected from the subject.

Just goes to show that you should always expect the unexpected and that anything worthwhile…. is worth waiting for.

BSG: International Exposure / SILVERSHOTZ Cover & Feature Portfolio

Barry Steven Greff  has received significant International exposure, chosen for the COVER and 16 image feature interior portfolio of the SILVERSHOTZ November 2017 issue. Published in Australia and England, Silvershotz, THE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE showcases “the best photographic images from around the world. Curatorial selection is made by ChimpCover

experienced editors to ensure international standards are achieved.” As featured inside:

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Barry greatly appreciates the honor, support and exposure as provided by the Editor extraordinaire of SILVERSHOTZ, Clive Waring-Flood. Subscribtions to this gorgeous on-line magazine, including access to all past issues and annual print issue can be purchased at: SILVERSHOTZ.(14 Day Free Trial available).

Barry Steven Greff – USA

 

OF THE WILD

Of the Wild is a series of intimate, close-up animal portraits in various forms of captivity that are found behind bars or enclosures. They are protected from the viewer and the viewer is protected from them. Greff’s images capture the life force that is simultaneously controlled, yet untamed. He is drawn to animal’s eyes, which is what draws the viewer into the frame. The framing device jolts the viewer from reading the image as a cliché. By abstracting the eye or face from the rest of the body, Greff forces an intimate exchange of energy and focus between the image and the viewer. These images make us confront the dignity, personality and identity of these magnificent creatures and remind us why; they too, so desperately need our protection.

A life in photography

Greff grew up on Long Island, New York and his family travelled often, and always had cameras with them. In addition to snapshots of the family, the photo albums contained landscape images depicting the locations visited. This immersion into photography at an early age continued with his first camera; a Kodak Instamatic with flash cubes. Eventually he moved to Miami, Florida for college and began renting underwater photo equipment to shoot in the Florida Keys. He graduated to Minolta film cameras and began shooting sea, land, cityscapes and wildlife images. Eventually, his love for photography caused him to enter into magazine competitions. After winning his first competition and seeing the images published, he was hooked.

Fine art and commercial

Greff has managed to combine his love for photography to produce fine art prints, of what he calls the ethereal sea, plus intimate portraits of animals and jellyfish. His work has been published in many of the reputable Fine Art magazines. He uses the strong work ethic of honesty and professionalism he learned growing up to make sure that all of his dealings wholly satisfy the collectors or art buyers that ultimately obtain his work.

Although the images project well on-line, the museum/gallery quality of the work, including the sharpness of detail and perfection of printing, becomes apparent in the enlarged Fine Art prints. That same insistence on quality shows through in the timeliness of delivery and reproduction of his licensed advertising images. Greff is based in Weston, Florida and available for commercial commissions; some of his clients include Ogilvy and Mather, Canon USA and Berkshire House Publications.

BSG Recognized by 2017 International Color Awards

BSG Recognized in the 2017 International Color Awards

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© Barry Steven Greff

THE 10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER BARRY STEVEN GREF FROM THE U.S.A.

LOS ANGELES (3/10/2017) – Professional photographer Barry Steven Greff of the U.S. A. was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Silhouette. The ICA is one of the industry’s most important events for color photography.

10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby’s, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Barry Steven Greff’s “Pelican’s Rest,” is an exceptional image entered in the Silhouette category and represents contemporary color photography at its finest.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. http://www.colorawards.com

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Contact: Barry Steven Greff
Telephone: 305.576.8400
Email: barrystevengreff@gmail.com
Website: http://www.barrystevengreff.com

America….My Country, Tis of Thee

Through the lunacy these days of our political “landscape” (pun intended), it is crucial for us all to remember the simple basics for which we stand. From the physical beauty of our land to the inner

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Nubble Light, York, Maine 2004

beauty of so many of our good people, it is a national pride that should join us all. To me, these classic images created along the coast of Maine are the epitome of the feeling of Americana. The commonly shot Nubble Light above was perfectly lit at low tide when I came upon it while two seabirds were circling the tiny island that sits 100 yards off of Cape Neddick Point.

I watched as the two birds circled, and timed the shot so that one bird fit the composition of the scene in the sky while the other blended into the image just above the little red shed.

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New England Light, Maine Coast 2004

The bottom image was shot at dusk in what was again, perfectly warm New England light. The tiny white specs on the rocks and in the water are seabirds settling in for the night.

I will never forget stopping to ask directions from a local to the best place to eat lobster. He was out for an evening walk and did everything short of drawing me a map, going well out of his way to make sure that I knew exactly where I was going before I pulled off.

To me, these are true examples of America…and, btw, the lobster was unbelievable.

Patterns in Nature / Seeing is Believing / Sometimes…Less is More

Circumstances beyond my control have kept me from creating new work for a while, so I have been reaching into my archives, which are very deep. This post is about seeing patterns in

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nature. When I would look at a scene to photograph, I crop it in my mind to create the maximum impact. The flamingo’s feathers were all that were required here to showcase an example of the beauty of natural patterns. In the image below the patterns of this spider web became more

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Beaded Web, Weston, FL 2011

pronounced by the beaded drops of water after a light rain. Again, although the web spanned between two fence posts in my backyard, omitting them from the composition made the image.

The lesson…sometimes less is more.

BSG’s “Niagara” Recognized in Photo +, PDN’s 2016 EXPOSURE Awards

This week I am honored to have my image “Niagara” chosen as the winner in the “Natural Forces” category in Photo+, Photo District News’ (PDN’s) sixth annual EXPOSURE Photograhy Awards. Billed as a “global celebration of photography,” it truly was as winners of other categories hailed from: INDIA, LONDON, BANGLADESH,  SAMOA, SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, BRAZIL,

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JAPAN, ITALY, BAVARIA, HUNGARY, NORWAY, FRANCE, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA and PORTUGAL.

To see the other honored images visit: EXPOSURE Awards

As always, I greatly appreciate the recognition.

NATURAL DESIGNS/ Birds of a Feather / COLOR ACCENT A PROJECT

I have been communicating and connecting on LinkedIn with many Interior Designers as of late.We have been discussing residential and commercial properties… and in my humble opinion, so often, I see a beautiful project with perfect lighting and spectacular design, yet there is

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something missing. To me, the pièce de résistance should be impactful Fine Art Photography that brings the space together. Images, that by themselves, evoke an unsolicited “wow” response from the viewer. Imagery that the visitor will think about well after they have left the property…and that they will long remember, as well as where they saw them.

Contact us directly at: barrystevengreff@gmail.com… to discuss your next unforgettable project, additionl images for which can be viewed at: http://www.barrystevengreff.com

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife
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