... one of the key elements of photographic art is the skill of cropping an image. For a lot of the wildlife photography I do, my crops will normally include the entire creature, but there are those times when you delve more into the purity of art and showcase just a portion of the creature and obtain some very powerful and dramatic effects that you do not otherwise get.
A good friend of mine focuses on the crop in his images for the purpose of creating very dramatic images and he reminds me from time to time on the benefits of going for the pure art ... forms, shapes, lines, power and creativity in presenting an image. His name is Paul Kanter and many of his images are on display at Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport ... next time you head up there for some great dining, check his art out and buy a piece or two and also check out his web presence by clicking on his name.
So I took the crop tool to a couple of shots from Monday down at the lake and this is what I came up with. Above is a very powerful image of a Bald Eagle coming off the cliff ... the talons on her feet are a good two inches in length, but curled up for now and her focus is amazing and her body appears to be part of the airfoil.
The photo of the Great Blue Heron below has you flying wing position as she cruises across the lake ... kinda like the view USAF Thunderbird and USN Blue Angel pilots have of each other as they are performing their aerobatic routines.
I'll be doing a short show, Moment of Art at the Sedona City Council chambers next week, February 8th at 4:30P ... it is open to the public so if you would like to attend and see a short show, it would be fun to have you there. Address is 102 Road Runner Drive, Sedona 86336.
Have a beautiful day and weekend and the plan is to be back Monday morning. Keep breathing and share your joy with those you meet and greet ... smiles do work!
But from the brooding beauty of the night,
And daily dancing shafts of golden sun---
The mystery and wonder of the world---
That play the soundless music of the soul
And fill the heart with memory's olden dreams---
From these will come at last your faith in God.
excerpt from Breaking Home Ties, by Max Ehrmann
### The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis. Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air. More about Ted Grussing …