Ireland . . . Seeing Green!

Farmer and Donkey with Buggy Walking Down Rural Road

Come share the wonders of Ireland as I lead a 10-day photo tour (June 15 – 25, 2017) to experience and photograph some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  This incredible tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  We will also take time to slow our pace and embrace the ambience of some classic Irish pubs that will have you singing the night away!

For more information on my Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish flavors just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

Autumn Foray . . .

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Everyone needs a place to celebrate the extravagance of autumn!  It is a rewarding time to venture out with your camera and capture the tapestry of colors that blanket the hillsides, forest and small towns in southern Minnesota.  During this time of year, the quaint town of Lanesboro is awash of vibrant reds and oranges and shimmering golden hues.  The limestone bluffs surrounding the charming town is the perfect backdrop for this fall photography workshop.

To be a part of this photography adventure (September 30 & October 1, 2016), and for more information visit: http://www.randyziegler.com

Thank you for walking into my frame . . .

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Sometimes everything just seems to go your way when looking for that next great image. Such was the case with this capture yesterday in downtown Fort Worth.  What intrigued me was the strong design elements of this scene and the reflections in the windows.  I composed several frames from different angles that were good, but felt I needed something more to add extra pizazz to my visual commentary.

I do not know who this woman was, but I am thankful that she spontaneously walked into my frame!  The fact that she was wearing an ensemble that complimented the scene was a gift.  This woman was so engrossed with texting and was completely oblivious that she just completed a nice compositional bonus for me.  Thank you!

To seeing possibilities and capturing unexpected moments!

Wandering . . .

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I captured this image while on-assignment in Saint-Tropez, France.  An enchanted seaside town on the French Riviera that makes my heart sing and camera happy!  This particular morning during my photo “walkabout” was most serene and transforming; all around me the morning sun was kissing beauty.  I embraced the magical moments!

There are amazing possibilities to capture with our cameras when we wander freely and let the day lead us to new discoveries.

Find the Stage . . .

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I captured this image near 7th Street in Austin, TX.  It is an area that affords many opportunities for expressive street photography.  During my early morning outing I saw this brightly painted alley and I found the narrative intriguing.  Photographically, it was a good stage but I still wanted more visual content.  I always want more!

As I tell photographers, “Find the stage, and the actors will come.”  When I saw this person walking from my left, I quickly re-framed the shot I had envisioned and shot a motor drive sequence to capture the best gesture.  The result for me turned out to be a fine performance!

Less can be more . . .

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Photography isn’t always about inclusion; what you reject as a photographer is just as important, if not more so.  I captured this image of a vendor’s fruit cart during my time in Africa.  I could have chosen to photograph the entire cart brimming over with ripe oranges and the street vendor, but there were too many distracting elements within my frame.  By refining my framing and showing less, I was able to create an image with more visual impact.

One Shot: See a Puddle, Make a Picture . . . or Two

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Photographic possibilities are all around us if we sharpen our focus and really look at what is presented to us.  As visual artists, we need to dig deeper and find the magical moments that most people miss every day.  In the end, it all comes down to seeing.  The better you are at this endeavor, the more fruitful is your outcome.  Happy shooting!

Click on the link below to see my article – One Shot: See a Puddle, Make a Picture . . . or Two, which appears on the Nikon Learn & Explore Website.  http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/ihf8tcxq/one-shot-see-a-puddle-make-a-picture-or-two.html

Ireland . . . We Brake for Sheep!

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Come share the wonders of Ireland as I lead a 10-day photo tour (June 15 – 25) to experience and photograph some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  This incredible tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  We will also take time to slow our pace and embrace the ambience of some classic Irish pubs.  Of course, we will stop along the way to capture picturesque images of grazing sheep among the lush countryside of Ireland!

For more information on my 2017 Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish flavors just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

A Retrospective . . .

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I was recently at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to see Frank Stella’s exhibition, A Retrospective.  Stella is a renowned living American abstract painter and printmaker who is best known for his inventive use of geometric patterns and shapes.  I appreciate his relationship of color, form, line, pattern, space, and composition in his paintings.

As a fine art photographer, I have always benefited greatly from seeing and studying the different styles of painters from realism to abstract.  I remain open to their influences, while staying true to my own artistic vision.

I captured this abstract photograph of a building near downtown Fort Worth, Texas.  The repeated shapes and pattern captivated my attention.  As a result, I chose a less literal approach and cropped in-camera to focus attention on the design element.  For increased visual depth and dimension, I framed my image to allow the inclusion of the blue sky, which added counterpoint to the geometric pattern.