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Good Vibrations / Back to Color / Indian Blue Peacock Profile

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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.

 

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

For the Birds /Sunset Silhouettes in Black and White

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                                                 Birds in Tree, Dayton, OH 2013

Many sunsets are not very photogenic. On those days, I look for a subject to silhouette against the darkening sky. Birds in trees are a good candidate for these type of images. Shoot up into the trees as the sun is setting while concentrating on the composition and keeping the subject sharp.

Since the colors on these days leave alot to be desired, black and white can salvage the scene. So, rather than packing up and going home on these questionable sunset evenings, get creative and you might just go home with a keeper.

It’s Been a While – Jellyfish from the Series: FLOW

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                                                    Ascencion, Newport, KY 2009

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Long having been a popular series, here are a couple of installments from FLOW: Isolated Portraits of Jellyfish. Each respective image in the series is named from the impression I get by the particular shape and form captured therein. As examples. in these two I see the first jellyfish ascending to the surface while the second seems to have a full bell of tentacles that are overflowing out. 

Shot through glass at various Aquariums around the U.S. the color and natural beauty of these magnificent creatures work well in commercial, residential and marine settings. Whether exhibited alone or in groups, the images can be traditionally framed as Fine Art prints or mounted on stainless steel behind acrylic (which really make the images pop).

Many more can be viewed at www.barrystevengreff.com in the portfolio entitled: FLOW.

Categories: Animals, Jellyfish, Nature, Wildlife

More Feral Cats from the Series: Born to be Wild

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                                                     Gray Cat, Green Eyes, 2013

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                                                    Cream Cat, Cream Eyes, 2013 

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                                                Brown Cat, Yellow Eyes, 2013

More images from my new series of Feral Cats, Born to be Wild. Unique in their colors and eyes, they make for an interesting, albeit skittish subject. Feral Cats are domestic cats that are born in the wild. They are distinguished from stray cats, which are lost or abandoned pets. Although they are born and live outdoors without any human contact or care, they are sometimes adoptable and can be tamed by humans, provided they are removed from a wild environment before truly feral behaviors are established.

Although difficult to determine accurately, feral cats have been reported to live a median age of 4 years, with a maximum of about 8 years. By contrast, in captivity their pampered indoor male counterparts live an average of 12 to 14 years, with females on average, living a year or two longer. Hence, it pays to be kept… and female:) Just kidding…no letters/e-mails please.

Odd Bird / Northern Crested Caracara

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                                                Northern Crested Caracara, 2013

The Northern Crested Caracara is a member of the Falcon family, but unlike the Falco falcons in the same family, the Caracaras are not fast-flying aerial hunters, but are rather sluggish and often scavengers.

An unusual looking bird, the top head feathers are black and tighly coiffed (ala Fonzie) and it has white feathers coming out and down from its bright orange face that looks like the beard of an old Amish gentlemen. I thought the unusual combination made for a striking portrait.

Happy Father’s Day 2013 / Parental Guidance

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Parental Guidance, 2010

Happy Father’s Day

The Birth of a New Series / Feral Cats, BORN TO BE WILD

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Siamese, Blue Eyes, 2012

Feral Cats are a breed of domestic feline that are born and/or survive outdoors rather than living as house pets. They either hunt for their own food or are fed by humans in their immediate surroundings. In South Florida, many of the local tourist venues that exhibit captive wildlife, also have Feral Cats living on the premises.

While shooting the formerly wild animals in many of these locations for the Series: Of the Wild, I noticed that in addition to the type of common cats you might see on the street, there were many with unique, even striking features. Eventually, I decided to do what I do best and capture the beauty of these hybrid, varied species of feline. As is my signature style, the images are shot outdoors in natural light, cropped tight to emphasize their personality as seen through their beautiful eyes and …on the animal’s terms.  Due to their wild nature, capturing the images is often challenging because they are very skittish subjects and don’t usually pose for the camera.

Nevertheless, for all cat lovers, witness the birth of a new series, Feral Cats, Born to be Wild.

Birds of a Feather / Flamingo Triptych

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Flamingo Triptych, 2009-2013

While we are on the subject of Flamingos (from my last post), an additional Triptych available to collectors is the Flamingo Triptych which was created from 2009 through 2013. Three images of three different birds exhibit the diversity in color and design of the beautiful feathers seen on different animals. This piece can add some beautiful color to the right residential or commercial space.

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

Art in Nature / The Devil is in the Details / Caribbean Flamingo

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Flamingo Fire, Florida 2013

To capture a good photograph, sometimes you need to look at the big picture. Many other times, the image can be found close up. Here, the Devil is in the details. The back feathers of a Caribbean Flamingo rise as if forming a beautiful fire.

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

The Eye of the Tiger / Amur Tiger from OF THE WILD

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Amur Tiger, 2010

More from my series: OF THE WILD. Intimate, close-up portraits of animals, formerly wild, now in some form of captivity. Looking at them as they are looking at me. Additional images from the series can be seen at www.barrystevengreff.com in the Portfolio: Of the Wild.

My favorite animal has always been the Tiger. Majestic beauty, magnificent coat and as fierce as they get. Here, the Amur, or Siberian Tiger is the largest of the big cats and is primarily found in the far east of Russia. They have been known to grow more than 10 feet long (head to tail) and weigh more than 700 lbs. Although their numbers had declined in the past, it has been somewhat stable for the last decade thanks to conservation efforts.

The phrase “Eye of the Tiger” means to have laser focus on your goals, failure is not an option. Used in the Rocky films by the band, Survivor, it is clearly an anthem to live by when you want to get things done. Yo….Adrian.

Categories: Animals, Lifestyles, Wildlife

Here’s Looking at You / From Of the Wild

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African Crowned Crane, 2010

In appreciation of significant, continuing interest in my popular series: OF THE WILD, I will post some previously unpublished images from the portfolio. An adult African (Grey) Crowned Crane, as shown above, is approximately 3 1/2 feet (1 m) tall and weighs 7-8 lbs (3.5 kg). It has a wingspan of about six 1/2 feet (2m), and a bright red inflatable throat pouch that stands out from its grey feathers. The crown of stiff golden feathers and beautiful blue eyes clearly make these one of the most beautiful of all the crane species and it is also the only one that roosts in trees. The additional red markings at the top of the face seen here are predominantly found in the birds of East Africa.

They have recently been elevated from threatened to endangered in most parts of their habitat due to drainage, overgrazing and pesticide pollution. On a positive note, the seductive dances performed by the adult birds are part of their courting/reproductive ritual and also an expression of joy (I’d say that we humans can relate to the connection between these activites and emotions, as well:)

Here’s looking at you.

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course

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Waiting by the Bell, Southwest Ranches, FL 2013

Exploring close to home I discovered more of the hidden beauty of Broward County, Florida less than a half hour west of Ft. Lauderdale. The area boasts beautiful homes on large lots of land, many including stables for the horses that inhabit the properties, situated in Southwest  Broward, hence the name, Southwest Ranches. On this image of a horse waiting near the dinner bell for his next meal, it needed a little magic, so I added some in post production. I use software such as Photoshop/Elements or Nik, sparingly, and usually only to clean up or tweak an image to what I saw through the lens. Sometimes, as here, I add a touch more to make an otherwise average image, pop a bit.

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Equine Profile, Southwest Ranches, FL 2013

This profile portrait shows how beautiful this particular animal is, by capturing it close-up, against a plain background (in this case the wall of the stable). As usual, for me, it’s all about the details. From the creases in its beautiful brown hide to the hairs under the chin, the sharp detail of these and the other features of the subject, make for a great animal portrait.

Seeing several of the horses peeking out from their stables, it reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. “Mr. Ed” was about a talking (white) horse who always got the best of his owner. The title of this blog post contains some of the popular lyrics from the theme song of the show. And if you are old enough to have watched it, then you will remember Mr. Ed’s favorite thing to say……Wilburrr.

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.

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

First Sunrise of 2013, Fort Lauderdale Beach. A Sign of Things to Come.

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Getting up some 5 hours after watching the ball drop in Times Square (on TV), I caught the first sunrise of 2013 from Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL, and even the seagull cooperated on this one.

Hoping this is a sign of good things to come in the New Year.

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.

America’s Greatest Animals / Our Big Five

Bison, King of the Mist, Yellowstone National Park, WY 2010

I never know where inspiration for a blog post might originate. I enjoy watching the nature channels on cable to see places I have been and to plan for places to shoot in the future. Recently, I was watching a National Geographic television show www.nationalgeographic.com on Nat Geo Wild (@natgeowild) called America’s Greatest Animals. The premise of the show was to identify America’s version of Africa’s “Big 5” animals. By the end of the show, the final list was revealed (spoiler alert!): Polar Bear, Grizzly, Wolf, Bison and Moose.

Although some may disagree as to which animals should be on the list, I realized I had classic images of each animal they had chosen. So, to celebrate America’s Big 5, without further ado:

                      Wolf Shake, 2010                                              Polar Bear, 2009

                          Grizzly, 2004                                                 Bull Moose, 2010

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).

Selective Focus – Elvis has left the building.

Elvis, 2012

In a new addition to my close-up animal portrait series Of the Wild, I created a classic black & white image of an American Alligator.

Not just any alligator, mind you… Anyone that remembers the classic TV show, Miami Vice, should recall Elvis, the alligator that lived on “Sonny Crockett” (Don Johnson)’s sailboat. As with many great animal actors, Elvis has retired to live out his days in a place where he is provided for. In this case, in South Florida at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. www.flamingogardens.org

Using selective focus with a long (400 mm) lens, I highlighted E’s eyes and left his menacing teeth soft, but clearly visible. The puddle that formed on his indented snout adds another dimension to the close-up portrait.

In South Florida you tend to see alligators, and not just in captivity. You can see them on the golf course, in the local canals and in your neighbor’s yard (better than in yours).  Although I usually use a long lens for these scary creatures, last weekend I had to tip toe past one that decided to park itself across the only path out of the section of Everglades National Park that I happened to be shooting in. http://1.usa.gov/8y8HyS

Nothing like a little excitement at the end of a day’s shoot.

Blocking the Path, Everglades National Park, 2012

One way out, getting dark…what would you do?

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.

Home Again – Reflection in Pink… Flamingo

Pink Reflection, Davie, FL 2012

After exhibiting several black and white scenics for the last few posts, I am switching it up here with an image that depicts both color and life. Although this is not one of my usual tightly framed close-ups, sometimes an environmental animal portrait begs to be captured.

The idea for this image stems from my childhood memories. Growing up on Long Island, NY, it was very common to see lawn statues, from elves to ducks to flamingos. So when I see a flamingo standing in water, it brings me back to those days gone by. This particular scene had some warm late afternoon lighting which rendered a reflection of the beautiful bird in the water before it.

I have recently discovered several great photographic locations in my own (current) neighborhood while shooting locally, none more so than the beautiful Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL. http://www.flamingogardens.org/ Magnificent trees, roaming peacocks and various other animals and birds on exhibition, this naturally rich and historic attraction is a great place to spend the day for anyone of any age. There are plenty of flamingos and ducks, but no elves…at least none that I have seen so far.

Animal Portrait Series OF THE WILD Featured on TrendHunters.com

Lioness, 2012

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“The remarkable Barry Steven Greff ‘Of the Wild’ photography series is an amazing illustration of nature photography. Taken of cougars, lions, gorillas and more, the captures are one of the best ways to see beautiful animals close-up without fear of danger. The majestic animals are perfectly aimed, lit and captured.

Greff, an accomplished photographer in the fine art/commercial realm portrays the animal portraits in a straight-on, fierce and awe-inspiring manner. The very matter of fact photography is truly an incredible collection of the very best of nature and the animal kingdom.

The jaw dropping photography has earned Greff some prestigious awards and nominations throughout his career. Among some noted accomplishments include the Popular Photography Magazine 2010 award in the category of Great Wildlife Photographers and the International Photography Awards of 2008.”

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.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea… and Visitors to the Blog

Torch, Louisville, KY 2009

In 1870, the French writer Jules Verne depicted the undersea world he saw within his mind’s eye in the classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In my work I strive to depict the mysteries of the deep through my jellyfish portraits, and capture and exhibit that which I see in my own mind’s eye topside.

Since launching this blog I have enjoyed a very loyal, and steadily growing readership. Using the Verne analogy, I wanted to express my gratitude for the now 20,000 visits to the Blog, Adventures from Behind the Glass. Only in cyberspace can you have so many visitors to your home, and not have to worry about cleaning the carpets.

I appreciate the support of those that have been here from the start as well as the new followers that join the adventure after each post. I will strive to continually post new images, which I hope exhibit the wonderment described by the 20,000 Leagues narrator Professor Pierre Aronnax as he detailed the adventures of Captain Nemo and friends when he said: “A strange twilight world opened up before me, and I felt as the first man to set foot on another planet, an intruder in this mystic garden of the deep.” To describe the feeling I have when creating images, I couldn’t have said it better myself, not even 142 years later.

Some Additional Intimate Animal Portraits – Peacock Triptych

Display, Peacock Triptych, 2010

After recently being commissioned by collectors to produce Fine Art pieces outside my usual framed print genre, including sepia and acrylic mounted work, I have started thinking outside the box as it relates to presentation. Such is the case here with Display, Peacock Triptych wherein the beautiful quality of all three (different) images in the final printed piece, really show my true colors as a photographer.

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

Images from OF THE WILD Featured in C4fap / Pichler Juried Book

Lowland Gorilla, 2010

A portfolio of images from my series: Of the Wild, featuring close-up, intimate portraits of animals, was just published alongside the work of 14 other Fine Art photographers in a beautiful book entitled: Portfolio Showcase No.5. Produced by the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO www.c4fap.org. The portfolios chosen for the book were juried by Chris Pichler, founder and publisher of Nazraeli Press www.nazraeli.com. Nazraeli creates some of the most spectacular Fine Art photography books on the planet and features the work of Michael Kenna, Todd Hido and others. The book was edited by Hamidah Glasgow with a layout by Lauren Henkin and published by Montage Graphics www.montagedigital.com.

Information about the book can be obtained from the Center and additional images from the series can be viewed on my main website at www.barrystevengreff.com.

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
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