How fun is this? Shooting Legoland with a Fisheye lens

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A trip to Florida’s version of Legoland was the perfect excuse to pull out the fisheye lens and take some unique perceptive photographs of the iconic American landmarks created out of toy Lego bricks.

Washington, D.C. sports faithful re-creations of the White House (including the first family and “first dog”), the U.S. Capitol building, Smithsonian, Washington and Jefferson monuments and parts of Georgetown. An animated marching band parades in front of the Capitol and tiny cherry trees blossom every spring.

For this photograph I was using a micro four thirds mirror-less camera the Panasonic with a Rokinon manual focus wide angle lens.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-Inch Free-Angle Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Rokinon FE75MFT-B 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens for Micro Four Thirds (Olympus PEN and Panasonic)

The Rokinon is a well made, inexpensive fisheye lens that is manual focus only but because the depth of field is so deep on such a wide angle lens you basically don’t even need to focus.  Just dial in the distance to subject on the focus ring and shoot at F8 and you are pretty much guaranteed to get the shot. Colors with this lens are especially vivid which was perfect for a day at Legoland even with cloudy skies.

 
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Free Photography Book – Black and White Photography

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I’ve just released by newest book on Blurb. Black + White is a collection of fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding. It’s available in softcover for $14.99 and hardcover for $29.99 but right not you can download an ebook version for the iPad for zero dollars.

The book highlights the breath of my black and white work from still lifes to portraits to landscapes and provides a sampling of my work as an fine art photographer. Prints, cards and wall art from the series of images in the book are available for purchase and are fulfilled by Fine Art America.

If you’d like your own eBook copy of the book click here.

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Hudson in the Snow

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Old Hudson in the Snow by Edward M. Fielding

Old Hudson in the Snow

by Edward M. Fielding

As shown in Vector frame from Society6.  Link here.

The Vector frame is made from solid wood with a contemporary, angular profile measuring 0.87″ wide x 0.87″ deep. A gesso coating gives the molding rich color and a smooth finish. Premium shatterproof acrylic protects the art print, while an acid free dust cover on the back provides a custom finish. Includes wall hanging hardware.

Paper size 10″ x 10″. Printed area 8″ x 8″. Framed fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality.

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A 16×16 print is currently on display at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.

An abandoned old Hudson sedan in the snow. Black and white fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding
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The Hudson Motor Car Company made Hudson and other brand automobiles in Detroit, Michigan, from 1909 to 1954. In 1954, Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors. The Hudson name was continued through the 1957 model year, after which it was dropped.

http://society6.com/product/old-hudson-in-the-snow_framed-print?curator=edwardmfielding

Framing 13×19 photographic prints

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How do you frame your prints?

Modern DSLR cameras produce images in an 8×12 format which is a bit more rectangular.  In comparison an 8×10 print looks much squarer.  The tricky part is finding mats and frames for 8×12 or 13×19 which is the largest size many people’s home photo printers can produce.

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4×5, 5×7, 8×10, these standard sizes that you would get from a photo studio or school photo day photographers are easy to find in your local Kohls, Target, Walmart or any other store that has a home decorating section.  But try to find a non-standard size and it gets trickier and expensive.

Let’s face it.  Framing outside of standard sizes gets expensive.  Rarely does one save as much money as they think they might framing it themselves.  Often it better to simply order a framed print when ordering a unique from size from my gallery.  Or ordering a canvas print.  Canvas prints are basically always made to order and the labor is less than having a mat cut and a frame made to size.

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Where did these photographic ratios come from?

Some say that the 4 to 3 ratio comes from the printing industry. 8.5×11 inch was a common paper size even before the first photo was ever made; and goes back several centuries.  4×5 inch film was popular back in the day of large format camera including those press cameras you see in the movies.  8×10 is simply a multiple of 4×5.

35mm format is 3:2 and there are not a lot of 6×4 frames or mats out there. One solution is to shoot with cropping in mind.  Give in today’s cameras large megapixel counts, as long as you are not producing billboards, one can easily crop to fit a more standard ratio.

35mm still is 8 sprocket holes on 35mm movie film; which makes about a 24x36mm frame. “regular” movie film running vertically is 4 sprocket holes. Still 35mm cameras evolved from 35mm films used with 35mm movie cameras. Mechanically it easy easy to make the film advance an intergral number of sprocket holes. Thus 8 was used with most 35mm still cameras; one sprocket hole is 45 degrees of sprocket rotation. – Kelly Flanigan

Hip to be Square

Shooting, cropping and formatting for a square aspect ratio has a lot of advantages.  There are ready made square frames in smaller sizes like 4×4, 8×8, 10×10, with the popularity of Instagram, frame manufactures have created a lot of ready made frames for this ratio.

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Another advantage is the square online often gets shown larger on certain websites.  Because the square is easier to layout on a page, photos are often cropped willy nilly into squares, you by creating a square yours is less likely to be cropped in a strange way when displayed in certain situations.

The downside is composing in a square format can be challenging. Square frames and mats:

Wood Frame, 14 by 14-Inch, Matted to 7-inch by 7-inch Opening, Black:
Kiera Grace Langford Wood Frame, 14 by 14-Inch, Matted to 7-inch by 7-inch Opening, Black

8×8 frame:
Malden International Designs Manhattan Matted 8×8 Black Wall Picture Frame

16×16 black frame:

Art To Frames Picture Frame, 16 by 16-Inch, Black

Framing the 13×19 Print

I recently had the chance to prints some photographs on an Epson photo printer at the arts center where I teach.  Now what to do with the output without spending an arm and a leg on custom framing.

If you print with a 1/2-inch margin all around (12×18), and then mat with 3 inches all around, you will have an 18×24 matted print, which is a stock frame size found in most art supply stores.

You can choose to frame casually without a mat (poster style) or buy a mat and then a frame.

You can get pre-cut mats here:

10 of 18×24 White Pre-cut Acid-free whitecore mat for 13×19 + back+bag

18×24 frame:

Art To Frames Picture Frame, 18 by 24-Inch, Black

13×19 Frame (no matting):
Art To Frames Picture Frame, 13 by 19-Inch, Black

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

New Watercolor Series!

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Just released – a new watercolor series from artist Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) available as art prints, framed wall art, canvas or even on the latest phone cases.

The series features scenes of New England, classic cars and Old Quebec City as well as beach themes for vacation homes, inns or hotels.

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The series of watercolor artwork from Edward M. Fielding also features beautiful barns and farms along the Connecticut River which cuts through Vermont and New Hampshire as well as scenes of the Upper Valley region which is home to Fielding’s Dogford Studios.

Watercolor (American English) or watercolour (Commonwealth and Ireland), also aquarelle from French, is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Fielding starts the process with a photograph from his collection of images from the region.

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Classic, beautiful doorways and home from Old Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts as well as ornate scenic classical brick and slate roofed timber framed barns from Shelburne Farms outside of Burlington, Vermont feature in several of the pieces. And of course the beautiful Autumn fall season foliage makes for a fantastic watercolor subject.

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The above image is the the stucture known as the Old Red Mill in the small Vermont town of Jericho outside of Burlington, Vermont.  Chittenden Mills – the “Old Red Mill” – in Jericho, Vermont was declared a National Historic Site in 1972 and is one of two remaining mills out of eight that were once sited on the Brown’s River’s seven water privileges in Jericho. The Chittenden Mills at site number 2 now houses a small museum, gift shop and cafe.  There is a park along the river behind the mill.

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This classic antique vintage blue Cadillac was spotted at the National Cadillac and LaSalle convention in Lake George, New York.

The sharp fins on this classic Caddy were also found at the 2014 Grand National, Lake George, New York.

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To view more of the watercolors in this series and to purchase cards, frame and matted artwork, canvas or metal prints or even a cool and unique cell phone case, visit edwardfielding.com and look for the discount code for savings at check out.

More info:

Fine art prints, matted and framed prints, canvas and metal prints as well as products such as throw pillows and tote bags featuring select artwork by Edward M. Fielding/Dogford Studios are now available.

Links:

North America & UK Sales – Framed and matted prints, canvases and more – http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/

North America Product (pillows, tote bags, cases and more) – http://society6.com/edwardmfielding

Europe Sales – Posters, prints, canvases – http://www.artflakes.com/en/shop/dogfordstudios

Licensing RM/RF: http://www.arcangel.com/search?s=edward%20fielding

About the artist:

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

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.

Displaying Fine Art Photography in the Modern Home

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Nothing says hip and modern like fine art photography.  Ever notice what TV and movie set designers tend to pick to hang on the walls of the characters houses, offices and apartments?  Watch closely next time you watch your favorite TV show, it almost always fine art, black and white photography.  Why?  In my opinion its because the black and white doesn’t compete with the other colors on the set and because photography is considered a modern and contemporary art form.

Now the problem with most art buyers is that they tend to buy artwork that is too small.  This leads to hanging several undersized artworks for the wall and the overall effect is clutter.   For a look that’s clean and makes a big impact, go large – very large!

Follow this link for more wall hanging and decorating ideas with fine art photography.

 

 

Artwork shown: Daffodil Narcissus Flower Black And White by Edward M. Fielding http://fineartamerica.com/featured/daffodil-narcissus-flower-black-and-white-edward-fielding.html

Formatting Artwork for Print on Demand sites

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I’ve been offering my artwork as open editions on a number of online “print on demand” sites.  These sites serve as storage for the artist’s high resolution files, to be printed as high quality Giclée or archival ink jet prints on paper, canvas, metal, acrylic and even on products such as greeting cards, pillows, phone cases and clocks.

Usually the arrange is a win win all around because it allows the artist to reach a larger audience for their work, showcase a deep catalog or portfolio (unlike at a show or gallery where one is limited by wall space).  I currently have open edition offerings on Fine Art America, Society6, RedBubble and SaattchiArt.  This are strictly unsigned, unnumbered open editions or reproductions suitable for decorating ones home.  For collectors wanting limited editions I offer them here.

So I have found Fine Art America to be the most flexible in terms of ordering a large selection of mats and frames, as well as canvases, metal prints and more.  Fine Art America was built as a front end to pictureframes.com which is the online store for Graphik Dimensions Ltd. ofHigh Point NC who have been framing artwork for artist for something like 65 years.  They do an excellent job in fulfilling the orders from Fine Art America and while you don’t get 100% customization of your artwork, it get rather close.  I’ve been inspired by a number of my customers as I get to see the final creation as orders come through Fine Art America.  For example on farm landscape was ordered with a mossy green mat and a beautiful hardwood frame.  Had I done it myself I probably stuck to the standard museum type of combination, white mat, simple black frame, but the customer’s order was an outstanding combination.  I was happy to see it done up so nicely.

Now other sites typically have less framing options.  For example Society6Society6 is a very beautifully designed website.  It really puts Fine Art America to shame with its design.  The artwork looks outstanding and everything seems hip and modern.  Society6 also stands out in terms of their product offerings.  They have some really cool products like throw pillows, laptop skins, mugs and they handcraft the items to order as they come in – all in house.  Their weakness comes in the framing department.  Unlike Fine Art America who choose to offer a dizzying array of framing options, Society6 pairs their framing and matting down to some standard sizes.  No doubt this keeps the inventory headache to a manageable level but unfortunately it leads to some weird matting of some sizes of prints.  I just started paying attention to this recently and some of the ways their back end system tries to mat my work is just horrendous.

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At this point I’m sworn to myself only to upload square formatted images to Society6 going forward.  They seem to be able to handle squares both in the portfolio views (squares display the largest on the pages) and in the product offerings.   Plus so many of my images look great on pillows and clocks which require a square file, so its easy to offer these along with my prints.

http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/

http://society6.com/EdwardMFielding