American Art Glass Showroom

Today I made my first really substantial sale of a nature/wildlife print.  It was a bald eagle photograph.  I’ve had nature/wildlife prints in a couple of retail locations for some time, and today, at the American Art Glass Showroom in Naperville, IL, I sold the image below for $200.  My largest single sale to date!  The print was a 20×30 print, double matted and nicely framed in a simple oak frame at 24×36.  Special thanks to the American Art Glass Showroom for their efforts in making this sale happen.  To see more of Night Owl Photography’s work, visit them at 605 E. Odgen Avenue #2, Naperville, IL  60563

  

 

www.nightowlphotography.com

 

 

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PBS “Nature” series on the American Bald Eagle

I discovered this link to a series of videos on the American Bald Eagle created by the PBS series called “Nature”.  It’s pretty good stuff.  It’s a full hour long episode though, plus lots of other bald eagle videos.  So be ready for that.  This isn’t of course original content, but I thought it worthy of sharing with you, my readers. 

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/american-eagle/video-full-episode/4349/

Todd Gustafson – Capturing the Decisive Moment

A few weeks ago, I had requested Saturday afternoon off, so I could sit in on a class that our store was hosting, taught by Todd Gustafson.  My boss didn’t give me the afternoon off, but he did say I could sit in the class and assist Todd for the duration of the class.  When to work this morning though, he says he wants me to assist the morning class too, so I should just spend the day in the classroon.  Cool.

 The first class was a free macro class with an often published photographer named David Fitzsimmons.  I’d never met him before, but he put on a good class, and the students all gave him really high praise after the class too. 

Todd Gustafson’s class started in the afternoon, and it wasn’t really a class so to speak, it was him showing us numerous slideshows of his images, telling stories surrounding them, and the importance of being able to “Capture the Decisive Moment”, and how that makes your image have “pow” factor.  He presented his slide shows in such a way that it showed how you can get started in your own back yard, then expand to nearby forest preserves, then expand to Wisconsin or Michigan, then to Florida or the southwest, and on, and on, and on, until you reach Costa Rica (check out the video below), or Africa.

 

Oh!  He told a story of a picture he has of a guerilla, where the guerilla was watching him prepare the shot, and when he finally snapped the shutter, the guerilla slapped it’s hand to his own forehead, and then threw his head back like he was playing dead.  How does that happen?!  Neat story I thought.  Someday I’m going on one of his guided tours, I swear it.

 (P.S.  At the store, we have the image to my left printed in about 18 x 40 or so.  This little representation just can’t do it justice, but you can get an idea of it.  This is the most amazing image I’ve ever seen.  Period!  I drool over this image.  He took this image with a D3, and a 600mm Nikkor lens, from a boat, at ISO 6400.  Shocked?  I was.  Nikon rules!!!) I’ve never seen so much of his work before, and I’m even more of a fan now that I have.  What’s really neat, is that I learned today that he’s a musician too, and he plays stuff like Louie Armstrong with is band.  *shakes head*  Wow.  Todd is such a down to earth guy, and I highly recommend checking out his webpage and this video.

 

Photo of the Month – Sunset

This sunset photo is not only my most popular sunset, but it’s one of my most popular images. I call it “Darkness Falls”. I personally like how creepy it looks, which is what led to the name. The name adds to that creepy feeling I think.

This image wasn’t planned, and as a matter of fact, it was taken in complete haste. I was driving to a friends annual “Harvest Party” in Elgin, in early November, and as I turned onto the street she lived on, I looked in my rearview mirror to see this beautiful sunset behind me. I slammed on my brakes, threw the car in reverse, sped backwards down her street until the street ended at a fence on the edge of a field. I knew I only had about 60 seconds before the sun was out of position for this awesome shot. I opened the trunk, hastily grabbed my camera with 50-500mm lens, changed my camera settings, ran into the field so I could frame the shot, and started snapping photos. About 2 minutes later, it was gone, so I continued on to the party.

 

 Darkness Falls

 

Sunsets are one of my favorite things to photograph.  Living in the midwest, some people think sunsets are bland, but I disagree.  You just need to be creative in how you setup the shot you want, and sometimes when you least expect it, a sunset jumps out at you, so you need to keep your camera in your car all the time.  I have many more sunsets in my galleries, so if you’d like to view them all, just follow the links below.  I hope you enjoy them!

 

http://nightowlphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/6112858_NPTMM#386048617_FkWRx

 

http://nightowlphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/8257495_MxDNL#231427397_drsTD

 

Mitakuye Oyasin . . . . .