One of the coolest dog commercials out there….
One of the coolest dog commercials out there….
Optical illusion? Or reality? We weren’t quite sure last Friday when we visited the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. What an amazing experience – amidst 43 acres of cultivated gardens we came upon life size “people” making love, picnicking in the nude – OMG – we didn’t know if we were interrupting an intimate moment or viewing the most prolific sculptor of the 21st century.
Whew…they weren’t living – Seward Johnson fooled us all with his mimicry of 19th century painter Edouard Manet’s works. Imagine, walking around a wall of cypress bushes and there is the 3-D version of paintings we learned about in art history class.
This is just one of many scenes “stolen” from the great masters.
Wonder what Manet would say if he saw his oils whimsically recreated into a real scene with bushes, water and seemingly “alive” but actually stone cold life size bronzes?
So here’s the gist – Manet painted in a 2-D Medium – fabulous – Johnson made it 3-D – haha – now we transformed it into a new 2-D format with the digital camera 150 years after Manet’s initial concept. Question – is this a portrait of friends in the woods like we show in our People Portfolio – or is it merely a fantasy – an optical illusion? A theft?
Are we being a voyeur by watching these two?
Toes pointed. Tummy engaged. Back straight. Shoulders relaxed. Bottom tucked. Long neck…And this is why dancing is a fine art form.
The list of details to remember in ballet can go on and on, but it’s the way these details come together that really makes the magic happen. No matter what you’re doing, attention to detail must not be ignored. In photography, elements like texture, angle, depth of field, lighting, and pattern all join in to capture the perfect shot. Let’s take this image, for example. If you want to emphasize the shape of the ballerina’s feet, you might take an angle that shows the arch of her foot by the straight line of the stage floor. That way, you can wow your audience just as much as The NJ Ballet.
It’s all about what you’re trying to say…
So, stay On Pointe!
Our friends at Marrazzo Morgan Photography in Montclair, NJ are celebrating Pets and their People! Thursday, June 27 Offering a free photoshoot for you and your loving companions! – Bring your fish, turtles, dogs and cats for a great time! See the flyer for more details and Be sure to share with your friends!!!
This photo was taken for the North Jersey chapter of Slow Food USA, a movement that encourages consumers to buy locally grown food. Depicting the importance of staying fresh, the plates here are made from palm leaves– how fitting? Needless to say, this photo shoot was both intriguing and delicious for everyone on set!
Here’s a recipe for Italian Dumplings so you can try this dish yourself!
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
6 tablespoons margarine
3 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 eggs, beaten
3 quarts water
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1 In a skillet, saute onion in butter till tender.
2 Add spinach, cook and stir over medium heat until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
3 Stir in ricotta; cook and stir for 3 minutes.
4 Transfer to a large bowl.
5 Add 3/4 cup of flour, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.
6 Cool for 5 minutes.
7 Stir in eggs; mix well.
8 Place remaining flour in a bowl.
9 Drop batter by tabelspoonfuls into flour; roll gently to coat and shape each into an oval.
10 In a large saucepan; bring water and bouillion to a boil-reduce heat.
11 Add a third of the dumplings at a time, simmer, uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean.
12 Remove from the liquid with a slotted spoon; keep warm.
13 Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
DID YOU KNOW that when zebras stay close as a group, their wavy stripes blend together to protect any single zebra from being noticed by dangerous prey? Talk about the power of natural instinct. How will you use your stripes today?
See below for behind the scenes on this awesome body painting photo shoot for LifeStyles!
Keep reading to see the winning shots!
First Place: Photography Campaign “London Olympic Medalists”
Shot for Splash News, our furry friends helped us out to create this awesome campaign. Riplee The Boxer, Luca The Swimmer, and our three feline finalists Pippi, Riplee, and Bonnie.
First Place: Lifestyle and People “Suncast Ad”
Getting messy with this young boy and his dog helped us capture the essence of the outdoors for the Bailey Agency. What a great way to spend our Monday!
Second Place: Still Life/Miscellaneous “Let Me Try”
The minute we pulled out these bubbles, this adorable little girl lit up the room with laughs. We had such a fun day working with her to get this gorgeous shot!
Photographing architecture, both interior and exterior, can be a tricky task. But when done properly, can result in a great image and perspective of what you’re trying to capture.
For exteriors, if possible, try to shoot on a day where the weather is to your benefit. Photographing a children’s kindergarten school in the dead of winter with no sunlight and broken eerie tree branches… well let’s just say that might not be ideal. A haunted house, on the other hand, will thrive in a spooky setting.
You will also need to learn how to do a basic edit in regards to proportion. Have you ever tried to take a photo of a building and it comes out all wonky? Trust me.. it was not built that way. With a standard lens, you will always have some sort of distortion.
And of course, practice makes perfect. So get out there! And happy shooting!