Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Series: Photographers On Etsy: Part 5

This is the fifth in a series of Photographers I will be featuring.  Each of the photographers are from Etsy.  Enjoy the interviews and please visit their shops. 
Today I bring to you Steve and Carolyn Battaini of BlacksmithCreations
    What type of photography is your favorite and why?
My favorite photography is landscape photography that takes me away, to a place that gives me peace. A good landscape scene is an insight into the beauty of nature from the photographer’s perspective. The scene is from a vantage point that is usually quite different than what I might initially see with my own eyes. It teaches and reminds me to be more observant too. A good photo can also take me away to places I know I will never be able to visit, yet still appreciate it’s beauty.

When did you first start doing photography?
Photography was introduced to my by the German born father, who used an 35mm Exacta with a Zeiss lens. When I was old enough he bought me my first real camera, an Exacta, which I still own. He purchased it in a San Francisco pawn shop for $50. He had access to film that had expiration dates beyond what a local store could have on the shelves, yet it still was good enough for an elementary school student to practice with. He got it free and thus I had an almost endless supply of free film. My girlfriend and I would walk a few blocks over to the canyon after school and create photos of the statuesque oak trees during many seasons and different times of day. We had a blast!

When you're not shooting photos, how do you spend your time?
As an Etsy shop owner, there are many duties that support the business, such as development of the products, forging the creation, marketing, customer relations, mailing, following up, ordering, etc.
Love to explore new places and locations, for inspiration. Recently joined a walking club here in Nevada County, to explore my local environment in ways and areas that I’ve always been curious about. It’s a two for one experience: experience new places close to home and meet interesting people who also appreciate the environment in which we live.

Did you go to school to study photography? If yes, where?
My schooling in photography consists of a class in high school, and several seminars along the way. My most memorable outdoor classes were photography walks in Death Valley with the National Park Ranger. We observed and came to appreciate the beauty of this seemingly desolate place. I learned that there is beauty beyond the barren rocks. I would be that probably 95% of the visitors never see this beauty. The rest of what I know is self-taught. I would like to continue my learning curve.

How would you describe your style?
I shoot for two different purposes: for Etsy product photos, and landscape photography to remember it by.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
I use two cameras: a Canon D40 for my more serious work, and my iPhone 5S for quick snaps. I still own my original Exacta. I have inherited my Dad’s love of photography and his Hasselblad camera.

HORSESHOE Letter C, initial, cake topper, engraving available. MADE to ORDER
Campfire cook stand, backyard cooking & camping fire pit, using cordwood, firewood, bear bricks, charcoal
Lucky horseshoe, engraved, 6th 11th anniversary gift, rustic home decor.
Heart Hook forged from horseshoe, anniversary gift 6 or 11 th, MADE to ORDER
Western style hat or tack rack, G'DAY, 4 hooks, hang on wall in mudroom or entry way,  welded horseshoes, MADE to ORDER

Be sure to visit  BlacksmithCreations for more.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Work

I have been so busy showcasing the work of others that I thought I would share my own.  I hope you enjoy!
Old Forge Fall Foliage- Old Forge Lake Cruise Boat Tour Autumn, Adirondacks New York Mountains
Super Cell- Storm Clouds, Nature Photography
Ranuculus -  Photography Print, Nature Photography,  Fine Art. Flower Photography, Macro Photography, Red Flower
Shriner Clowns, Clown Car, Parade, Fine Art, Photography Art, Nursery Art, Childrens Art, Summer Photography
Tip Top-  Photography Print, Amusement Ride Photography, Amusement Park Photography, Summer Photography

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I Found it On Pinterest

Periodically, I will share pins that I love from Pinterest.  Here are some of my recent finds.  When I can, I will provide the link of origin.
Annecy, France
mom im bored
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Yes, yes it is!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Series: Photographers On Etsy: Part 4

This is the fourth in a series of Photographers I will be featuring.  Each of the photographers are from Etsy.  Enjoy the interviews and please visit their shops. 

I would like you to meet   Amanda Kinghorn   owner of  Amanda Kinghorn Photo

What type of photography is your favorite and why?   Landscape photography. I'm inspired by trying to capture the amazing landscapes all around me in the Scottish countryside. I particularly love long exposures, capturing the movement in water, skies etc and turning them into misty, flowing images. I also love taking images in the soft early morning light and after dusk when everything has a blue hue.

When did you first start doing photography?  Photography has been a hobby for around 10 years. I started out with an old minolta film camera that belonged to my dad. It had been sitting unused for years and I decided to go to a black and white film photography class and learn how to use it properly. I only used film for a couple of years, as it became increasingly difficult to find community darkrooms.

When you're not shooting photos, how do you spend your time?   Making Photo Wood blocks, selling prints and wood blocks at makers markets and art fairs, fair weather jogging!

Did you go to school to study photography? If yes, where?  No. I started off attending evening classes to learn the basics, and have attended a couple of workshops, but generally I am self taught. I'd love to give-up the day job and train as a professional photographer.

How would you describe your style?  calm, peaceful, traditional. 

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?  Canon D60.

And now for some photos
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland photographic print

White Hydrangea Print, Wall art

Loch Ard, Boat House, Scotland

Blossom Photo Wood Block. Wall Art. Hand Made

Poppies in corn field, Scotland

Be sure to visit Amanda's shop for more beautiful photos.

*** All photos are property of Amanda Kinghorn   owner of  Amanda Kinghorn Photo  and have been used here with permission.  Please do not download.***