Here’s what’s been selling lately

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Fine art photography and artwork by photographer artist Edward M. Fielding sales through Fine Art America and Pixels.com. Fine Art America and Pixels.com provides the full fulfillment services for the galleries at EdwardFielding.com. The museum quality framed and matted, prints, canvases, metal prints and even fun decorative pillows and phone cases featuring the art work of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.

The Christmas season is always a busy time for gifts, cards as well as sprucing up the living room for company. Fine art at reasonable prices provide for great gifts to others and one’s self. The following items have been very popular this Christmas season:

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Rescue

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A friend of mine called to request a special photo shoot for their latest family member – Eva.

Eva is a Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog. Like most hairless dog breeds, the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the Powder Puff and the Hairless.  This is one of the dogs the often show up in those ugliest dog in the world contests.  But not this cute little sweetie!

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Eva – rescued from a mobile home where a pit bull terrorized her. Now in a loving home.

This cute little dog was a pleasure to photograph with those great ears and nearly hairless body but the poor nervous thing just wouldn’t settle down. Caressed in her new mother’s arms, she finally felt safe and sound.

When this dog was rescued after living in constant fear of the pit bull who also shared their cramped quarters in the mobile home, she was nearly hairless. Her hair is now starting to grow back in.
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Fine art pet photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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Profits from the sale of “Rescue” will be donated to the local animal shelter who rescued Eva and countless other unwanted pets in the Upper Valley region.

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Don’t forget our little four legged friends this Christmas season!

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Edward M. Fielding was recently one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, he enjoys being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Rememberance – Peony Still Life with old suitcase

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Peony Still Life with Old Suitcase. A floral still life with old canning jar, white peony flowers and a vintage suitcase. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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This fine art photograph of beautiful white antique peony flowers in an old vintage canning jar on top of an old leather suitcase is available for Rights Managed Licensing for your next book cover or magazine editorial project via Arc Angel Images at – http://www.arcangel.com/search/preview/a-floral-still-life-with-old-canning-jar-white/0_00392964.html
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This image is a still life featuring an old vintage leather suitcase, fresh picked white peony flowers and an old Bell canning jar with beautiful soft side lighting like you might see in an old masters painting against a dark background.
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Available for Rights Managed Licensing via Arc Angel images #00392964
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Peony flowers are my all time favorite flowers to work with, they evoke such a classic look, to me they say Victorian age. Something about their full petals. We have several peonies planted on our property and recently moved and divided several plants. They are some of the longest lasting flowering shrubs or plants that you can purchase but they don’t like to be moved or divided so we might have to wait a couple of years before these ones come back to their full splendor. A couple years ago we visited a peony farm in Vermont where the owner admitted to a full on peony passion and the inability to control himself when it came to purchasing new and rare varieties. One plant on his farm cost him something like $4,000. While many of his offerings were common and sold for $20 to $50 some of the higher prices plants fetched upwards to $400 per cutting. Peonies – its a passion!

Fitting home for The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

I photographed this grand estate along the shoreline in New Hampshire in the town of Rye, New Hampshire. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding.

Makes a great gift as an inspirational work of art – you’re next financial goal perhaps?

Available on cards, wall art including canvas and framed pieces.

Gifts for the gardener – fine art prints that look great in the kitchen

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Besides photography and creating artwork, we do a lot of gardening around here in the summer as well as cooking. Here is a collection of fine art prints perfect for the gardener or cook on you list. Small matted prints of colorful vegetables would look fantastic in the kitchen or large canvas prints for the market or restaurant.

gardener gift Photography PrintsA basketful of fresh picked garden vegetables including healthy carrots, radish and beets. Perfect art piece for healthy dining establishments and markets.
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Food photography by Edward M. Fielding

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Earth is here so kind, just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.

– Douglas William Jerrold

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Intelligent design with a black and white photograph collection

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Black-and-white photography is classic and artsy. It conveys intelligence,” says One Kings Lane senior buyer Stephen Haskell. “A framed collection can bring an incredibly refined gallery feeling into a home.”

This age-old fascination with photographs, contemporary residences and semi-minimalist trends are altering the way we look at adorning our walls with prints. Decorating with black and white photography is seeing new heights thanks to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use neutral colors and muted tones.

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Consider building your art arrangement vertically to add extra height and intrigue to a small-scale series.
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When it comes to displaying photographs, and you cannot go wrong with black and white – they are undeniably classic and oh so sophisticated when gathered in a group on display.

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A great display of black and white photographs

http://www.samanthapynn.com/interiors/single-gallery/4698213

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Naked Cowboy of Times Square

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The infamous “Naked Cowboy” of Times Square New York City. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – http://www.edwardfielding.com
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Robert John Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American street performer whose pitch is on New York City’s Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity.

Behind the Scenes – Twin Falls, Maui Hawaii

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I thought I’d share with you a look behind the scene on one of my latest releases – Twin Falls. With the first snow of the season falling outside (its not even Thanksgiving yet!) and the temperature dropping because of the polar vortex or something or another, my mind has been wandering back to last year’s trip to to the Hawaiian island of Maui.

I hadn’t been back to Hawaii since I was born and even then I only spent four months there before my Dad was sent to Vietnam and my Mom moved us back to Connecticut to be closer to the support of family. It took me over 40 years to get back to the tropical islands of Hawaii and I made the most of our time there. We stayed on Maui and explored just about every inch of it from the top of Mt. Haleakala with wind driven hail filling up our ear cavities to the beautiful sandy beaches and muddy jungle trails.

The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile (103.6 km) long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31 (the Piilani Highway). Although Hāna is only about 52 miles (84 km) from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide.[5] There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use.

One of the first sites along the Road to Hana is Twin Falls.  Twin Falls is on private land owned by the Wailele Farm but is open to the public.  There is a small parking lot at the trail entrance as well as a cute little food stand selling smoothies and fresh coconuts.

 

In honor of the traditional uses of Ho’olawa valley, Wailele Farm – Twin Falls Maui is dedicated to keep free access open to the public as an inspiration for all.

The trail takes one to the first falls which we found full of swimmers so we decided to hike on to the second falls.

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When we finally reached Twin Falls, conditions were less than ideal and down right challenging.  Other hikers as well as the rough terrain of overground jungle and slippery rocks and mud made it tough to find a good composition that included decent foreground as well as keeping people out of the shot.  Bright sun lit the upper jungle canopy but created deep shadows round the pool.  Straight out of the camera, the RAW color version of the image is dull and lifeless.  Not exactly the mystical landscape quality I pre-visualized.

 

The before shot. This photograph has a lot of problems.

The before shot. This photograph has a lot of problems.

Here is a breakdown of some of the problems I had to overcome in in post processing.

1.  People.  A steady stream of hikers were coming and going from the spot.  Some of them ventured into the water but they were mostly likely to walk along the banks and have their picture taken under the waterfall.  They went right but I went left and positioned myself across from the waterfall finding a fallen tree as a good foreground subject.  The tree was nicely illuminated by a shaft of light which penetrated the deep jungle over the pool.  I was using a six second exposure to blur the waterfall and give the pool a calm feeling so it was almost inevitable that some would move into the frame during the exposure.  The frame I eventually used was the one after this one when the hikers were out of the frame.  In this shot you can see the hikers blurring as they move during the exposure.

2.  The dynamic range of the scene was high between the bright highlights on the water at the top of the falls and the deep dark cave under the falls.  I had to crop out some of the top as well as dodge and burn to lighten shadows and darken highlights.

3.  Despite using a tripod and trying to level the camera before the shot, the legs were sunk in jungle mud and managed to move out of level.  The “horizon” was leveled in post.

4. Leaves and debris.  I found the floating stuff on the water distracting so I removed most of it in post processing.

5. Muddy water.  The water in the pool was cloudy and rather uninviting.  Keep in mind that these waterfalls in a rainforest come and go during rainstorms and all sorts of mud and silt from the jungle finds its way into the water.  Plus human activity from walking around the water and swimming in the pools stirs up the muck.  By going with black and white the water becomes just a liquid and you don’t have the color cues to tell you its not crystal clear blue water.

6. What the heck is that?  Some weird shape in the lower left.  Either my lens cap wasn’t oriented correctly or something else crept into the frame.   I cropped to 8×10 aspect and eliminated this distracting element.

This image sat on my hard drive for about 10 months before I attempt to work on it.  The original just looked so terrible that I almost never saw its potential.  I’m glad I gave it a second look!

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About the Hana Highway or The Road to Hana

Maui’s famous road of twist and turns and over 600 turns within 52 miles plus forty something one lane bridges makes for an adventure of a lifetime.  Every turn is another stunning view be it waterfall, jungle or seaside cliff plunging down into the ocean.  I’ve been on the Beartooth Highway in Montana which traverses a mountain range and I’ve driving up Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire but neither road prepared me for the crazy roller coaster ride that is the Hana Highway.  At some points the road has a posted speed limit of 10 miles an hour because you simply can not see what’s coming around the bend ahead of you.  Other times as the passenger you can literally stick your hand out the window and touch the cliff wall.  Add to this the limited parking at popular stops, the back up of cars behind you and the local flying down the road in late model pickup trucks full of coconuts and it adds up to the true white knuckle ride.

The maps all warn people not to travel beyond Hana.  But rather to stay over (very much recommended) or head back the way you came preferably before it gets dark.  Some rental car companies even state that you can’t take their cars on the other side.  Mostly I think because they don’t want to have to send a repair truck to find you if you get stuck.  We didn’t head the warning….

…Wanting to see the sun setting on other side of the island we headed out in our little lawnmower of a compact car and wished we had brought along some window cleaner.  One stretch of the road hugs a series of sea cliffs that plunge down to the ocean.  How anyone in their right mind thought they could build a road here is beyond me.  Besides the terror of the drop off and the rough road conditions, at one point we turned the corner to be blinded by the setting sun.  We couldn’t see a thing!  Right at the point of a hairpin turn.  Thank goodness no one was following us or they’d have slammed into the back of us and probably shoved us off the cliff.

I was glad we ventured on the backside because we were able to see this amazing church just as the sun was setting.

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Scenes from the Canterbury Shaker Village

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Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury New Hampshire

There were no pulpits or decorations because those things were worldly. “In meeting, they marched, sang, danced, and sometimes turned, twitched, jerked, or shouted.

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Their buildings are very complete and in excellent order. They have a steam laundry, with mangle, and an admirably arranged ironing-room; a fine and thoroughly fitted school-house, with a melodeon, and a special music-room; an infirmary for the feeble and sick, in which there is a fearful quantity of drugs; and they take twelve or fifteen newspapers, and have a library of four hundred volumes, including history, voyages, travels, scientific works, and stories for children, but no novels.”

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“In the dwelling-house and near the kitchen I noticed a great number of buckets, hung up to the beams, one for each member, and these are used to carry hot water to the rooms for bathing. The dwellings are not heated with steam. The dining-room was ornamented with evergreens and flowers in pots.”

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The people are not great readers. The Bible, however, is much read. They are fond of music. In summer they entertain visitors at a set price, and have rooms fitted for this purpose. In the visitors’ dining-room I saw this printed notice:

At the table we wish all to be as free as at home, but we dislike the wasteful habit of leaving food on the plate. No vice is with us the less ridiculous for being fashionable.

Married persons tarrying with us overnight are respectfully notified that each sex occupy separate sleeping apartments while they remain.”

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The Shakers believed God was both a man and a woman. That the fall of Adam and Eve was due to sexual intercourse and that men and women should be celibate.

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To see more artwork from the Canterbury Shaker Village please visit my gallery – Canterbury Shaker Village Gallery – artwork by Edward M. Fielding