Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Highton Ridley featured photographer

It's been a while since I updated this blog, but photographer Highton Ridley inspired me to get cracking by mentioning his well deserved bronze merit award in the 2011 International Loupe Awards photo competition. The image with the award is the July image in the 2012 calendar shown below. I've long been a fan of Highton's work which covers a broad range of styles from traditional fine art monochrome, to the use of HDR and other effects. Two of his works were featured earlier in this blog, but I thought it was about time he had his own special feature. All of these works shown below are available in his Zazzle store, but to know more about the man himself, you might like to visit his web site

Some more of his lovely work, these are just a few of my favourites that I've chosen to show: A night time view of the historic Barbican area in Plymouth UK., full of rich colours and reflections, this image is also being featured on a magazine cover. This is the place from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, as well as Sir Francis Drake.

Entitled "Last Surf of the Day", an early evening sunset with a golden sky shining through heavy clouds, and three surfers wading through the waves on a beach in Devon, England.

Flowers. Everyone takes photos of them, but not many manage show their true beauty as in this photograph. As a fan of contrasts, I love the gentle gold and pink petals of this cosmos flower lit by the evening sun against a dark background.

A beautiful study in textures and tones, a rough rope knot on a smooth wooden post in monochrome.

A portrait of a Dhol Drummer, capturing the rich colours and textures, and at the same time, full of the atmosphere of a musician absorbed in the rythyms.

It's been hard to pick just a few favourites, and I'd certainly recommend exploring Highton's work further!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Birds on Zazzle

There are some great photographers on Zazzle, and as a taster, I've asked a few people to contribute some birds. In a future post, I shall go into more detail as birds are some of my favourite animals - and some of the hardest to photograph! Many of these are available on other products too.

First up are some black swans (Cygnus atratus) which originated in Australia but are now fairly widespread, and a mallard duck doing some yoga exercises (or it could be just stretching a leg!)

From Bebops: This poster features two migrating Canada Geese sitting on a log in a shallow pond. Their brown, black and white markings are reflected in the water. The water ripples create a fascinating vertical pattern of reflected tree trunks. I have digitally enhanced my original photograph to create a watercolor effect. The second poster features a pair of house finches perched on a branch. The male has red plumage on his head and breast. The female is tan and brown with stripes. They stand out beautifully against the luminous green background. These belong to the American rosefinch family.

The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is a native of the American tropics, and Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) A north American woodpecker.

Sparrows sitting on a white picket fence, and an American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

A delightful tie with a pattern of flying egrets and some cut out Canada geese swimming around a mug.

This postcard features an original photo of a vibrant Red-Bellied Woodpecker rests in the dappled shade of a Peach tree. The poster is of a beautiful Little Blue Heron, searching for his dinner in a pond, surrounded by water Iris foliage.

Seagulls never miss the opportunity for a free lunch, and here one is homing in on some food being held out for it.
The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and a long pointed red bill. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in size, breed in the warmer parts of Europe (north to Estonia), northwestern Africa, southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan), and southern Africa. This stork is a strong migrant, wintering in tropical sub-Saharan Africa as far as southern South Africa, and also on the Indian subcontinent.

A Steller's Jay and some baby robins - I'm not sure which but I would imagine they are American Robins.

From bkmuir, a peregrine falcon and a tern in flight.

An interesting mandala pattern made from seagulls, and a colourful southeast Asian bird, the Nicobar pigeon, the only remaining member of it's genus Caloenas.

The feral pigeon is often given bad press as a pest but has some pretty colours in it's plumage, and a Canada goose posing at the water's edge.

What bird blog would be without some cute ducklings - they must be amongst the prettiest of baby birds. The second photo is an injured owl recovering in a sanctuary.

Native to Texas, a photo showing a screech owl in it's grey phase, and a mousepad with photo of a Roseate Spoonbill which is a wading/shore bird also found in Texas.