Arctic Thunder / Glacier Calving

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Hubbard Glacier Calving, Alaska 2004

From fire (in my last post) to ice, here. The sudden release and breaking away of a mass of ice from a glacier is known as calving. Witnessing this phenomenon is a once in a lifetime experience.

The sound that occurs when the ice breaks off is like a resounding crack or boom you might hear in a severe lightning storm. All in all, one of the great natural acts one can witness that stays with you forever.

…On a separate note, sometimes a photograph can exhibit an image inside an image. If you look to the bottom right of the frame, you can see what looks likes a human face in the crashing icy water.  I have isolated it below to exhibit its eerie likeness. Just a little something extra in an already phenomenal experience.

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         Ice Face, Alaska, 2004

Bringing the Heat

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Wildfire, Florida Everglades 2007

Summer brings lightning strikes to the Florida Everglades. Combined with dry Sawgrass, the resulting wildfires can be seen for miles.  The electric power line towers at the bottom of the image show the scale of the towering inferno.

This is also a metaphor for our Miami Basketball team going for their third straight Championship, and how I’ve been feeling lately…not in a good way.

 

Dedication

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Never Forget, 911 Memorial, 2013

The 911 Museum was officially dedicated this week. Let us never forget.

Categories: Black & White, Cityscapes

Looking Up to Mom / Happy Mother’s Day

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Lioness and Cub, 2014

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Parental Guidance, 2010

For my Fine Art work, I don’t like to photograph anything that can talk back to me and I usually only use human subjects to show scale in an image.

So, to celebrate Mother’s Day I have posted the above images of animal subjects that exhibit the importance of looking up to your Mother…I know I always did.

Fire from the Sky / Lightning, Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Lightning, OBX 2006

With the arrival of summer weather, lightning season is fast approaching. I look forward to safely capturing striking (pun intended) images of this amazing and powerful natural phenomenon.

This image, which I posted when I first started this blog, still memorializes the most extraordinary lightning strike I have ever witnessed.

While lightning images require a tripod to keep the shutter open awaiting the strike, on this occasion I had left mine at a different location. Using a hotel railing as support, I timed the shutter release to capture this monumental strike.  The force of the lightning shook the building, yet I was still able to keep the lifeguard stand in focus and record the soft blur of the blowing sea grass.

As my Artist Statement reflects… I capture moments in time, never to be repeated.

 

Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Seascapes

Earth Day 2014

 Mother Earth

In 2011, I decided to create a 3 minute montage of some of my images to commemorate Earth Day (April 22nd each year). My goal was to celebrate the planet’s natural beauty and put forth the message of conservation and preservation.

Initially, I planned on making a new video each year, but life got in the way. So, until such time as I can create a new one, I re-post the original around Earth Day each year.

I added natural sound to the finished piece and the haunting musical soundtrack is Willow and the Light by Kevin MacLeod. (A good pair of stereo headphones can enhance the experience).

If you haven’t seen it before, I hope you enjoy it and when it comes to Mother Earth…choose wisely.

 

The Lost Coast / Where Heaven Meets Earth

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Where Heaven Meets Earth, Lost  Coast, CA 2009

To get to this pristine paradise in Humboldt County, California, one needs to hike in from either the north or south. There are no roads for a 25 mile stretch, hence the name “Lost Coast.”

On this particular day, the low clouds drifted in and practically touched the Sea…the closest I have come to a place where Heaven meets Earth.

BSG Exhibits ASCENSION at The Center for Fine Art Photography

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Ascension, Newport, Kentucky, 2009

Ascension, from the Series: FLOW http://www.barrystevengreff.com, is currently being exhibited in the Natural World exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO http://bit.ly/1ejRmqo

The exhibition runs from April 12 through May 17, 2014 with a reception on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6-9. Speaking at the reception will be juror, Susan Spiritus, owner of the prestigious Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport, CA. http://susanspiritusgallery.com/

Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for 38 years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.

Today, the gallery handles works by such photographic luminaries as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Eikoh Hosoe, André Kertész, Paul Caponigro, Brett Weston and George Tice.

The esteemed Ms. Spiritus has previously chosen one of my images for the 2010 Natural World exhibition and three images for the Black and White exhibition in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

My, What Beautiful Eyes

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Osprey, 2013

The Osprey is an unusual species of raptor in that it can be found worldwide in temperate and tropical regions of all continents except Antarctica, second in distribution only to the Peregrine Falcon. The Osprey can reach two feet long and almost six feet across across the wings. This impressive specimen seemed every bit that size.

During a drive through Everglades National Park, we came across this magnificent creature perched on a mangled tree near the side of the road. I know from experience that with wild birds, start shooting from your first sighting position, because each has there own level of tolerance as to when they will take flight. It is also best practice to use the longest lens possible so as not to disturb the wildlife. Here, using a long 400mm Canon L lens, I was able to capture the beautiful yellow eyes, feather detail, talons, beak and tongue from a safe distance.

While their tongues provide ventilation as well as modulation for calling to other birds, their impressive talons allow them to capture fish as they swoop down from the sky and across the surface of a body of water. Once the fish are secured, Ospreys can be seen in flight, carrying their prey somewhere safe to eat. On this occasion the Osprey itself was the (photographic) prey, I captured his image and took it somewhere safe to …post on my blog.

 

 

 

Categories: Animals, Nature

BSG Exhibits Niagara at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont

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Niagara, 2006

One of my signature images, Niagara, 2006 is included in the Black and White Exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. http://www.vtphotoworkplace.com/index.html. PhotoPlace Gallery’s mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight.

The Exhibition runs from March 28 through April 25th. The Exhibition Catalog is available at: http://bit.ly/1ls8XP5

Black and White was juried by Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. https://www.mfa.org/

Niagara has also been juried into exhibitions around the U.S. by legendary collector and curator, W.M. Hunt http://www.wmhunt.com/ as well as iconic Fine Art Photographer Joyce Tenneson http://www.tenneson.com

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Spring has Sprung / Road to the Sea

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Road to the Sea, California Coast, 2009

To commemorate the beginning of spring, I posted the image above, Road to the Sea.

Along a dirt and gravel road, spring flowers guide the way for surfers heading to the ocean. On this relatively calm day the sky was filled with beautiful clouds. This particular road beckoned  to be captured  in a photograph, because for me, it epitomizes  how I am always, and forever…drawn to the sea.

Back to the City / Essex House

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Essex House, NYC, 2012

After the Gallery hosting my Solo Exhibition in NYC closed for the night, I grabbed my camera and hit the streets.

Shot from Central Park, this was a new take on a classic hotel, and has become a great addition to my series: Cityscapes. Other images in the series can be viewed at: http://www.barrystevengreff.com

Categories: Cityscapes, Lifestyles

For the Birds / Florida Keys Bird Rescue

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Pelican Bay, Florida Keys 2013

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Brown Pelican, 2012

Many of my animal images are captured at wildlife rescues which offer two distinct advantages for me. First and foremost, hopefully my images and their attention, shine some light on the plight of the animals and gain support for the rescue locations. Second, it gives me an opportunity to get close to animals that are usually more elusive in the wild. (Although Pelicans, as in the second image captured elsewhere, often are used to people and won’t fly off until you are right next to them).

 The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center/Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary http://fkwbc.org/ is one example of such a rescue facility, located at  93600 Overseas Hwy (Mile Marker 93.6) in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. In the case of the FKWBC, there is an opportunity to see birds while being rehabilitated and after they have been released, since some stay close to home for a while.

The Sanctuary as well as many other animal rescues are listed in my Blog Roll to the right with links to their websites. Anyone wishing to know more, details on visiting or just wanting to donate to their great causes is encouraged to do so. They are the front- runners in the difficult but noble task of protecting many of Mother Nature’s endangered creatures and they deserved to be recognized….and supported.

Winter Snow / Neverending Story

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Momentary Blizzard, OH 2013

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Gray Wolf in Snow, Prone, West Yellowstone, 2010

Having grown up in the Northeast and traveled throughout the West, I am no stranger to snow and snowstorms. Not having left South Florida this winter, I am relegated to the TV to see the relentless barrage of snowstorms a large portion of the country has been subject to.

Here are a couple of images created over the years as the snowflakes fell (or blew in the case of the first image)… thinking about those effected by the continuing storms and hoping they make it through to the thaw.

Storm Frame

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Storm Frame, Sunrise, FL 2012

As a storm approaches the tree line at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL, the clouds, rain and trees are reflected in the lake, creating a frame around the scene. In South Florida the weather changes rapidly so compositions such as this need to be captured as they happen, because within seconds…they are gone.

Presidents Day 2014

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Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC 2005

SERIES: The Roads Less Traveled / The Vanishing Point

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Country Road, East, Florida 2013

For as long as I have been creating images, I have been intrigued by the concept of the “vanishing point.” Railroad tracks, roads, pathways, all leading to the unknown. Here are a couple of country roads exemplifying the concept, one in the eastern U.S. and one in the western U.S.

To me, the series I have entitled: The Road Less Traveled, speaks not to where I have been…but to where I am going.

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Country Road, West, Colorado, 2009

Capitol Snow

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Denver Capitol in Snow, CO 2008

All the news about extreme weather in the Northeast and Midwest, got me thinking about images I have created in snow over the years.

With that in mind, as well as the constant barrage of political news, here is an image that combines the two but represents an example of a(n image of) Government…that actually works. The added fog is a metaphor for, …well you know.

To the Moon / Different Perspectives

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Super Moon, 2013

When I capture the moon in images, I either make it the focal point, or a punctuation. In the top image, utilizing a long lens, I caught the glowing super full moon behind pink dusk clouds, shortly after sunset.

Below, early morning shell seekers comb the Sanibel, Florida seashore just after sunrise, as a full moon sets behind them.

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Moon Walkers, Sanibel, FL 2013

New for 2014 / First Sunset Seascape

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First Sunset, Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL  2014

On my first opportunity to shoot a sunset Seascape in 2014, I came across this combination of clouds and fading sunlight off of Ft. Lauderdale Beach. I added some foreground interest with a bit of beach and sea grass, and some slight motion to the waves, resulting in a painterly effect.

Hopefully, the promise of this scene, and the new day to follow…are a sign of good things to come.

Best of 2013 / 10 Favorites from the Past Year

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Waterfall, Milton, OH 2013

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Lower Falls, Hocking Hills, OH 2013

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Ebb and Flow, Deerfield Beach FL 2013

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Thunder Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2013

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Gray Cat, Green Eyes, 2013

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Caracara, 2013

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Flamingo Fire, 2013

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July 4th Fireworks, 2013

9 MOON and STARS

Moon and Stars, 2013

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Never Forget, 911 Memorial, 2013

Before it gets too much further into the new year, here are some of my favorites from 2013.

Looking forward to creating more in 2014.

Back to the Sea Again / Some Late 2013 Seascapes

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Pink Sunset, Hutchinson Island, FL 2013

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Gilbert’s House of Refuge, Hutchinson Island, FL 2013

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Dog Fight, Hutchinson Island, FL 2013

Starting off the new year by posting some late 2013, unpublished Seascapes. My favorite beach to photograph is on Hutchinson Island, north of Palm Beach in Jensen Beach, Stuart, FL. With rock formations and regular high surf, in my humble opinion it is one of the best, if not the best, place to create seascapes in South Florida.

Here are some images that I captured there during the magic light of one 24 hour period.

In 2014, I’m sure I’ll be back to the sea… again.

P.S. My New Years resolution is to significantly increase the number of collectors of my Fine Art Prints. So…if you, or anyone you know is looking for iconic sea, land or cityscapes, or intimate portraits of animals or jellyfish…send them to http://www.barrystevengreff.com or e-mail barrystevengreff@gmail.com.

Here’s to 2014.

Happy New Year from Barry Steven Greff

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Torch Run, New Years Eve, Keystone, CO 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Fireworks No.1, 2013

Categories: Landscapes, Mountains, Nature

Happy Holidays from Barry Steven Greff

Whether you are in the COUNTRY, or the CITY…

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Lit Tree, Winter Park CO 2007

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from BARRY STEVEN GREFF

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Ornaments, New York City, 2012

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.

Truth, Justice and the American Way / Gone Too Soon

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American Eagle, 2009

This one is for Richard. Our friend, colleague and all around great guy.

The message he left us will always be true…that he is out fighting for truth, justice and the American way.

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

Art Basel Miami / Dark Descent

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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..

Happy Thanksgiving / White Farm from The Magical Midwest

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White Farm, OH 2013

From the series: Magical Midwest http://www.barrystevengreff.com.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, 2013.

Categories: Landscapes, Lifestyles, Nature

Lightning Strikes Twice / Bringing the Heat

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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.

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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.

Oldie but Goodie / Pier and Crescent Moon

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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.

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