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Past Prime…

Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography The original capture for this post was created last year at the Portland Rose Garden. I spent a day there after my Swan Island Dahlia workshop with client/friend Glenn Pagel. He and I had the place almost to ourselves as the morning rain kept most folks away. I loved the …

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Coneflower

Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Original capture The above image is my original capture, as you can see it is a little tight in the frame, especially on the left side. My first thought was to add canvas via the crop tool and content aware in Photoshop CC 2015.5. It is easy to do, …

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Pairing… Textures

The number one question I get when referring to textures is, “how do you now what texture to pair with each image?” The real answer is that you don’t, but you do get a feel for what will work, simply by experimenting. I spend hours and hours, and hours and hours and yes, hours and …

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Black Skimmer

The above image was captured on my last visit to Nickerson Beach this year. I hope to get back there one more time before the season ends but it does not look good considering my schedule and family obligations. One of the reasons I like this image so much is because it shows how thin …

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Pink

The two images are very similar in that they were both created equally… I used Topaz Glow 2 with the Sketch Outline effect and reduced the opacity and applied it selectively to both. One is a vertical format and the other is horizontal and one is more saturated than the other. Which do you prefer? …

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Topaz Glow 2 Released/ Nature Visions Expo

I knew when I captured the photo (at the bottom of this post) that I would add a filter to it since I couldn’t position myself for a clean background and if you are like me, don’t alway have a fake background in my back pocket 🙂 . I would need to look to a …

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Creating your own Textures

Creating a texture from your base image is easy and takes only a few minutes and a bit of creativity. I use my base image (shown below) to create a texture that will go on top of that same base image. By duplicating my base image and cloning the flower part of the image at …

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Great Black-backed Gulls

I created this image on my recently concluded Nickerson Beach.workshop  Please keep in mind that these type of images, are not my cup of tea when it comes to photography, however I do think that images like this serve a purpose; if nothing else it is a reminder of how sensitive the tern and skimmer …

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Heavenly Skimmers

While photographing at Nickerson Beach the other day my friend and client Carlotta Grenier and I enjoyed some “heavenly” photography! We used the sand to act as an ethereal element to our images, we got down low and had fun creating these ‘heavenly” joys. In fact, I was so excited with the images on the …

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TOPAZ GLOW 2 UPDATE!

Juvenile, American Oystercatcher To create the above image I used the new version 2 of Topaz Glow, the company sent me the new version for testing, so while giving it a go I came up with this image that I liked. I combined two filters for the look -Fur and Feathers II & Morning Mist …

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A Creative Blur

The image in this post was created at Nickerson Beach on Tuesday evening as Carlotta Grenier and I were leaving the beach after photographing battling skimmers. The sky was magical. It looked like a painting so Carlotta and I decided to capture some pan blurs of the sky. I set my camera to 1/15 second …

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Happenings…

I just finished up conducting 2 back to back Creative Expressions Seminars near Longwood Gardens in PA. I had two wonderful groups of folks that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with. Most of the participants I know very well and they have attended multiple workshops with me so it felt like home 🙂 I’d like …

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Lake Kerkini, Greece

Lake Kerkini is actually an artificial reservoir that was created in the 30’s. It is also one of the only places in Europe that the globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican can be observed in great numbers. During the winter months fishermen are allowed to feed the birds. It is not uncommon to see a small wooden …

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American Oystercatchers

On my first morning at Nickerson Beach I found a pair of adult American Oystercatchers that had 3 large young to feed. Since my group wasn’t scheduled to come in until later that day, I spent some time watching them. I noticed that the one adult left the brood every 10 minutes, like clock work. …

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Kenya 2017 Announced!

Kenya, Masai Mara ~ African Safari with Paul McKenzie and Denise Ippolito September 27- October 10, 2017/ 13 Nights $6995 pp/dbl occupancy* Limit: 7 photographers/ FULL WAIT Paul McKenzie has been travelling to Kenya photographing wildlife, for over 20 years. His extensive knowledge of the area is unrivaled. Paul has put together one of the …