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My New Favorite Lens…

My favorite new macro lens, is now my favorite new blur lens! I am truly loving my OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with the Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. I have the freedom I want to handhold just about everything. I was having some trouble at the start (if you …

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Montreal Camera Club Keynote

Montreal Camera Club-Keynote Presentation Denise Ippolito ~ “Thinking outside the Box and Creating Pleasing Blurs” Date: September 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Registration required – they have 135 registrations already, the fire regulations of the church can only take a max of 150 people. Tomorrow morning I head to Montreal Canada where I will giving …

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Nature’s Best Category Win & the Cover

Last year when I won the Art in Nature Category in the prestigious Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best International Photography competition I was elated. Then, to get the news that I had won the Bird Category for 2016, I can’t even tell you how thrilled I was. I am so proud, and humbled to be …

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II for Flower Photography

Since posting my trip report I have been overwhelmed with emails asking about the Olympus or some of the other mirrorless cameras for flower photography. I can only share my thoughts about the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera by Olympus, since this is the only one I have photographed with …

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Swan Island Dahlia Farm ~ 2017 Workshop Announced!

A Creative Adventure ~ Swan Island Dahlia Farm Photography Workshop September 8 -12, 2017 5 FULL DAYS: $1699 Meet & Greet Sept. 7th at 8pm in the hotel lobby. FULL WAIT Join Denise Ippolito at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon (just south of Portland) for a great learning and photography experience. Swan …

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Topaz Impression 2

CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR THE LARGER MORE DETAILED VERSIONS Flowers make great subjects for paintings. When I’m choosing a flower to add a texture to I sometimes look for flowers that don’t have intricate delicate elements. Dahlias and roses make great subjects for textures and paintings or both! I was working on some of …

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Swan Island Dahlia Trip Report

I had yet another fantastic group. I know you must be thinking that it is impossible, but it really was another great group! Some of the folks that attended the workshop were clients that I knew very well for many years and some were first time attendees- I have a feeling I will be seeing …

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Swan Island Dahlia Farm

Here is my first image from the farm this year. I really liked the deep red velvet color and the curved lines. To process the image I added the Midnight Filter in Nik Color Efex. I made an additional color adjustment to the image after bringing it back into Photoshop. I also cropped a little …

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Choosing the Right Gear

When I go out photographing, I am always hoping to capture/create award winning shots. Does that mean I am only interested in winning awards. No, not at all, it means that I am always looking to create/capture a shot that I feel is worthy of the title “a contest winner”. Now that you have heard …

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Mini Landscapes

Not every landscape image is captured at an iconic location or is of epic proportion. They cannot all be magnificent wonders of the world. What’s important is that you convey the same amount of emotion or visual appeal to a smaller scale landscape as you do to the more grandiose scenes. To capture a mini …

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Creating Visual Lines in Landscapes

One of the strongest elements of composition is the use of visual lines. You often hear them referred to as leading lines, s-curves, image flow or roadmaps. They are actually just a way to lead the viewer’s eye slowly and carefully through a photo or to draw a connection between two or more objects in …

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Camping the Ring Road in Iceland

Iceland Camping Adventure with Denise Ippolito August 4-17th, 2017 (14 days) Price: $5800.00 per person based on double occupancy Join me for what will be a unique adventure around the Ring Road in Iceland. See all that this amazing place has to offer from it’s notorious fire and ice locations to its dramatic waterfalls and …

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Dramatic B&W Conversions

For those of you that missed the article that I wrote for VW, here it is: The image above was processed in Photoshop, but the conversion to black and white (B&W) was not done in the often-recommended Nik Silver Efex Pro plug-in. I will explain why; stay tuned. Before I get to that I need …

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Topaz Glow 2

Longwood Gardens is a great place to photograph in August. In addition to the Waterlily display there are all kinds of great things to be found including Coleus. I love creating patterns of the brightly colored foliage. When capturing a pattern shot like this it is important to have enough depth of field to cover …

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Focus

Years ago my friend and I use to visit Sandy Hook on a daily basis, especially around this time of year when the migrant shorebirds would come through. This juvenile Semipalmated Plover on the beach, kept a watchful eye on the sky in between zzz’s. There is something special about photographing plovers on the beach. …