Sanibel Island Florida

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Sanibel is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States, on Sanibel Island. The population was 6,469 at the 2010 census, with an estimated 2012 population of 6,741. It is part of the Cape Coral–Fort MyersMetropolitan Statistical Area. Sanibel is a barrier island – a collection of sand on the leeward side of the more solid coral-rock of Pine Island.

The city incorporates the entire island, with most of the city proper at the east end of the island. After the Sanibel causeway was built to replace the ferry in May 1963, the residents asserted control over development by establishing the Sanibel Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 1974 helping to maintain a balance between development and preservation of the island’s ecology.[4] A new, higher bridge, permitting passage without abascule bridge (drawbridge) of tall boats and sailboats, was completed in late 2007.

Thanks to easy causeway access, Sanibel is a popular tourist destination known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges. More than half of the island is made up of wildlife refuges, the largest being J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The Island also hosts the Sanibel Historical Village and a variety of other museums and theaters.

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Beautiful phone cases with Sanibel Island Florida seashells.

Sanibel Island Florida Pillow

Beautiful pillow featuring Sanibel Island Florida seashell.

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New Esty Shop – Dogford Studios

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Check out my new Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DogfordStudios

My new Esty shop allows me to sell original, signed prints including a mat for easy framing in readily available 8″ x 10″ ready made frames.

For example:

Photograph Title: “Diner Interior”

“Diner Interior” by Fine Art Photographer Edward M. Fielding features a vintage looking dramatic photograph of a classic diner interior (Four Aces Diner in West Lebanon, New Hampshire) with a watercolor style.

This is a fine art photographic print approximately 5″ X 7″ and comes with a 8″x10″ mat, backing board and plastic envelope for protection. The photograph is signed on the back by the artist.

The overall dimensions allow for easy and affordable framing in any standard frame with an 8″x10″ opening.

This fine art print of a Diner interior is a perfect accent to any home or office.

About the artist: Edward M. Fielding is the creative force behind the bestselling book “the Quotable Westie” – available on Amazon. His photographs have graced the covers of bestselling books as well has gallery walls and in the homes of private collectors. This affordable series of photographs are designed to allow anyone to purchase his work.

Free shipping!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DogfordStudios

New Pug Pillows starting at $25

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How fun is this pillow?

Pug dog throw pillow

A cute black and white pug pillow available in a variety of sizes starting at $25.

http://pixels.com/products/pug-dog-square-format-edward-fielding-throw-pillow-14-14.html

New Pug throw pillow by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. Our throw pillows are made from 100% polyester fabric and add a stylish statement to any room.   Pillows are available in sizes from 14″ x 14″ up to 26″ x 26″.   Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper and removable insert (if selected) for easy cleaning.

According to BuzzFeed: Pugs are majestic little lumps that emit rays of happiness and sunshine.

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Pugs don’t climb stairs – they bound!

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The line up. The usual suspects rounded up and put in a police line up. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding available as frame art, canvases, cards and more.  View the whole collection of pug fine art photographs here.

Photography PrintsBad Dog by Edward M. Fielding

But its not all about painting the town red, pugs are comical, funny and lovable!

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Who can resist those eyes?  Miss You by Edward M. FieldingAvailable as prints here.

Or this tongue?

Art PrintsThe Big Lick, funny pug dog photograph by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Available as cards, prints, metal and canvas.

How true!

Sometimes playful and clownish, sometimes calm and dignified, always sturdy and stable, good-humored and amiable — this is the Pug.

Though peaceful with all the world, the Pug will sound off with his rather odd bark when visitors arrive. Then he will welcome them inside with snorts, snuffles, and grunts.

As is the case with most short-faced dogs, his large expressive eyes, wrinkled forehead, cocked head, innocent expression, and strange sounds bring out parental feelings in many people.

A Pug is very childlike and always needs to be with you.

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Unlike the more energetic members of their species, pugs sleep an average of 14 hours a day, and any pug owner can tell you it can be quite a feat to get a comfy pug off the couch.

My next camera purchase?

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Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

In a previous post about cameras to really learn photography with – https://edwardfielding.me/2014/09/08/which-camera-to-really-learn-photography/ I talked about the virtues of Fujifilm’s retro styled but high tech nod to the classic rangefinder camera’s of old.  This line of cameras feature the sweet spot of 35mm lens equivalent and classic easy to read dials for seeing setting at a glance without having to scroll through menus.  Great optics and large sensors mean even professionals can get excited about these compact gems.

Well the version that is getting me excited comes at the end of next month.  November 30th is the drop date for the Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)
.  With classic retro good looks and a killer set of features, I think this just might be the camera I take to Italy next summer.  I love idea of shooting freely with a mighty little camera unencumbered by a big bag of lens and other crap that might just attract too much attention from the pick pockets.

What gets me so excited about this little camera?  Well for one I just love the concept.  Getting back to simple controls so one can truly be creative without wasting a lot of time flipping through menus.

The large sensor (16 megapixels) means I’ll have nice big files for printing huge images for my fine art portfolio.

The 23mm lens married with the APS-C 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II Sensor w/ EXR Processor II (same as in crop sensor DSLRs) will give me the equivalent of a 35mm lens on my Canon 6D full frame, which is my “go to” focal length.  35mm is just the perfect focal length of the story telling kind of photography I like to do for the book cover market.

My last professional compact camera was the Panasonic Lumix LX-5 which has a couple of major drawbacks.  A smaller 10 megapixels, dials that move all over the place in your pocket and no viewfinder.  Lack of a view finder (you can buy one for an additional $140 or so) drives me crazy and makes me think I’m shooting with a cell phone.

The new Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)
also features a new Electronic Shutter up to 1/32000 seconds – the world’s fastest settable camera, new Classic Chrome Mode which expands Film Simulation Modes to 11 modes and full HD Movies – 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps, 24pfs with exposure adjustment.

It also features some cool things like a

  • ISO up to ISO 51,200.
  • Program mode exposes as long as 4 seconds
  • Seven customizable Fn buttons
  • Aperture can be set in third-stops directly at the aperture ring
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • 3″ screen.

A very exciting feature is a built in intervalometer for time lapse movies.  This is something my Canon 6D doesn’t even have.

The built in ND filter allows for 3 stops of aperture. No need to screw on an filter to get smooth waterfalls.

Bottomline

Bottomline is that Fujifilm took a look at where the market was going.  Low end point and shoot cameras are disappearing as consumers pick up cell phones and say “why do I need a camera?” and go snap happy with their cell phone and Facebook.  Meanwhile professionals are looking for quality and camera stripped down of all the silly stuff created to entice amateurs.  Sure the Fujifilm X100T still has some silly stuff like creative film modes like “sepia!” that any pro will never use when they can do it better in Photoshop but where it counts, quick to use dials, big sensors, great viewfinders and quality optics, the Fujifilm X100T beats out the competition and even rivals DSLRs.

Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

Nature’s Red Carpet – fall foliage in Vermont

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Nature’s Red Carpet by Edward M. Fielding. More info: http://society6.com/artist/edwardmfielding?curator=EdwardMFielding

Patent Art – makes a unique gift

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My patent art has been very popular lately on Fine Art America.  I have a whole gallery dedicated to classic patent drawings for popular products everyone knows and loves like Monopoly, Tonka, Legopatents for cameras, guns, golf equipment, toys and even space man ray guns.  Patent art is fun and even a educational!  Perfect for dorm rooms, offices, apartments and makes a great gift idea.

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Reproductions of the original patent copy and drawings submitted to the US Patent & Trademark Office. Art makes unique gifts for occupations.

Limited Time Promotion on “Night Train” by Edward M. Fielding

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Celebrating the release of my new image “Night Train” taken at the Essex Steam Train at the Valley Railroad in Connecticut.  The first 25 people to take advantage of this offer in the next 4 days and 22 hours can purchase it for a special price of $65 for a big canvas print.

Promotional Link:  http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=150882

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  • Night Train Canvas Print
  • by Edward Fielding
  • Purchase a 16.00″ x 20.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Night Train for the promotional price of:
  • $65
  • A museum-quality stretched canvas print
  • All orders ship within one business day from our production facility in North Carolina.

 

Limited Time Promotion on “Night Train” by Edward M. Fielding

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Celebrating the release of my new image “Night Train” taken at the Essex Steam Train at the Valley Railroad in Connecticut.  The first 25 people to take advantage of this offer in the next 4 days and 22 hours can purchase it for a special price of $65 for a big canvas print.

Promotional Link:  http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=150882

Art Prints
 

  • Night Train Canvas Print
  • by Edward Fielding
  • Purchase a 16.00″ x 20.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Night Train for the promotional price of:
  • $65
  • A museum-quality stretched canvas print
  • All orders ship within one business day from our production facility in North Carolina.

 

Food Styling Book Review

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I just got my copy of Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera by Delores Custer and its one hefty book. Considered by many in the food photography and food styling industry to be the bible of food styling, Custer puts over 30 years of experience into what could be considered a textbook for anyone interested in entering the field.

At just shy of 400 pages, this book is packed with so much information that there is value for anyone from a “do it yourself” food blogger to someone interested in a career as a food stylist to professional photographers wanting to work with major clients on big production food assignments.

I myself shoot a lot of food stock and fine art food related still life photographs, so I’m always up for learning some new tricks.  Plus my wife and I are fooling around with a new food blog – 325 degrees.

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Delores Custer has had an amazing career, working with the big names like Julie Childs and TV shows like the network morning shows as well has local and national advertising campaigns. In the book she not only shares her hard earned tips for shooting everything from bacon (and how to get those perfect waves) to ice cream be it fake or real.

There is hardly and blank white space in this book. No fluff. No filler. Its 400 pages of dense material from the practical to the entertaining. No space is wasted. She starts out with an overview of the industry and the business side of food styling. And then goes into the day to day job of the food stylist (basically getting the food to look great for the camera), tools of the trade, overcoming challenge foods, and then tips for chefs, caterers and bloggers who want to stylize their own food and lastly a review of food trends. At the end of the book there is a glossary and extensive index as well as resource list.

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Basically if you could pick clean the brain of a professional food stylist with tons of experience and a client list of all the top brands, this is the result. Its a wonderful reference book.

Getting perfect eggs for the camera

This book shows you how to make perfect eggs for the camera

I say reference book because there are parts of the book you will read through to get the background on the industry and the job, and the rest of the book you will be referring to when certain situations come up, like photographing sandwiches or something. Like a good cookbook, this book will sit on the shelf and be taken down time and again for reference, if it doesn’t just sit on the coffee table for years.

 

From the Inside Flap

Behind every mouthwatering image of food is a dedicated food stylist whose job it is to consider, plan, and perfect every detail from the curve of an apple stem to the fan of a shrimp tail.In Food Styling, master stylist Delores Custer presents the definitive reference in the field—complete with detailed information on essential tools and useful equipment, step-by-step guidance on achieving the perfect shot, and a wealth of tried-and-true techniques for everything from voluminous frostings to mile-high sandwiches. Based on her thirty years of experience styling for advertising, magazines, books, television, and film, Custer shares her expert guidance on how to achieve stunning visual perfection for all media.
Chapter by Chapter

Chapter highlights include:

-Food Styling Overview
-The Medium is Everything
-Your Food Styling Teammates
-You Got the Job…Now What?
-Prepping the Assignment
-At the Shoot
-About Photography
-The Basics of Propping
-The Basics of Tv & Film Production Work
-The Food Stylists Tools of the Trade
-Working with the Food
-The Business of Food Styling
-Beyond Food Styling
-Tips for Chefs, Caterers, and Others who want to Style their Food
-Reviewing the Last Fifty/sixty years of Food styling and photography

Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera by Delores Custer

Waterproof case for my Panasonic LX Point and Shoot

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Might be heading out on the lakes in Banff via canoe. I’ll leave my Canon 6D behind but I’d like to take my Panasonic LX5 along for the ride as well as grab some underwater footage of Grandpa pulling in a lunker of a trout. So I’m looking at this inexpensive waterproof bag.  Only $25 or the price of a good SD card.

20M Underwater Waterproof DSLR SLR Camera Case For Sony NEX-7 NEX-F3 NEX-5R Panasonic LX5 LX7 LX2 GF3 Z3 Nikon S8200 P7100 J1 V1 Casio zr1000 zr1200 Fujifilm X20 Cannon G12 G11 G10 G15 G16 Samsung NX1000 (lenses port long?4cm) – Brown

20M Underwater Waterproof DSLR SLR Camera Case

20M Underwater Waterproof DSLR SLR Camera Case For Sony NEX-7 NEX-F3 NEX-5R Panasonic LX5 LX7 LX2 GF3 Z3 Nikon S8200 P7100 J1 V1 Casio zr1000 zr1200 Fujifilm X20 Cannon G12 G11 G10 G15 G16 Samsung NX1000 (lenses port long?4cm) – Brown