Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Take Wing and Soar


I want to say thank you to everyone who visited Connie and gave her big virtual hugs from my last post.  I know she appreciates it, she truly is one of the most dedicated animal owners and pet lovers I know.

I have been busy getting ready for an art show next month.  I wish I could devote myself to this full time but I have to fit it in between developing my fine art website, finishing up several stories that haven't gone as smoothly as I would like, and spending evenings at my parent's doing the last minute things left on the list before putting the house on the market...hopefully by the end of next week.




The event in May is a wildlife art show and will feature some of my fine art photography.  So I've been camped out waiting for herons, osprey, and egrets to grace me with their presence and provide me with those perfect photo ops.

This is easier said than done most days, and it seems like every time I leave my dock feeling defeated at having missed a shot, the birds mock me and dive for a fish or perch on a dead tree within feet of where I was just sitting! 




I was reading a blog and scrolling through the website of a wonderful wildlife photographer, whose pictures have graced the covers of National Geographic and hundreds of other wildlife magazines, and I just kept thinking that he must spend countless hours and literally freeze his butt off trying to get that "one" shot.

I want the pictures I will have available for sale at this show to be special, gallery quality, and worth every penny I'm charging.  Something that when someone sees it they think...wow, that's amazing.

I know I have a long way to go, and trust me I'm not fishing for compliments, I am keenly aware that National Geographic isn't beating the doors down to request one of my photos.  Plus I really do love taking a photograph and blurring the lines between it and a painting.  I love it as much as I love taking a crystal clear photo realistic shot or a beautiful room shot.

Photography is a funny business, and there are many talented people out there with cameras in hand.  I think that is because it allows us to share a part of ourselves with others.  To take a moment in time that was special for us, and then capture it forever, kind of like a grown up version of show and tell.

When I do get those shots, it makes my heart take wing and soar, and I know that's how I feel when I see the work of other photographers and artists I admire.  It is an art form, and one I feel so blessed to have found!

15 comments:

  1. I love number 3. The other two are beautiful, but the way the wings are spread, and the layering of the texture on the third shot down did it for me. I wish you much luck in your endeavor and I've loved watching your growth as a photographer since I began coming to visit you.

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  2. Beautiful shots Kat! The details are just gorgeous! I can't imagine all the hours spent waiting for that shot but the peace that must be felt while sitting and observing nature I bet is worth it as well. Well, maybe if it isn't too cold out. :)

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  3. These shots are so elegant - you see the strength of the wild birds, yes, but you see the finesse too.

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  4. Well you're getting my compliment. LOVE the second one. The composition is WOW!

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  5. Beautiful photo's Kat. The time you're putting into getting these shots - so worth it.

    x

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  6. Kat, you have the most amazing collection of bird photos. They really are amazing and take my breath away that you were able to capture that moment in time.

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  7. OH forgot to say, that the middle one is just amazingly perfect.

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  8. This is so wonderful to see these amazing photos Kat especially since I had my week begin with seeing all of the eagles I told you about. I did post a writing on my blog about my experience with them swooping in to devour placenta from the lambs freshly born. There are also a few pictures taken with my inexpensive point and shoot but not anywhere near the quality of what you capture. I am just so thankful that The Creator gave me the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event. You can check it out here at http://www.leafandink.com/
    Blessings Kat! Your photographs are amazing! Lisa

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  9. They are perfect !!! Wow !!!

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  10. Oh Kat, these are stunning... WOW.

    June 15!! Photo day!! Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  11. Kat, Magnificent bird--beautiful shots. Yes, I'd say people will say "amazing" when they see your photos at the art show. It does sound like you have a "full plate"--good luck with all your endeavors (somehow all the important and necessary things seem to get done). Wishing you a peaceful and productive day. Mickie :)

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  12. dang Kat these are beautiful.

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  13. OH Kat...these are really amazing photos! It has been very inspiring to watch you grow and learn!

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  14. A week or so ago, I was at Blind Pass Beach collecting shells (surprise, surprise) with my girlfriend Karen. We watched as an Osprey was feeding her young, but the nest was so high, we couldn't see the details. I was wishing I had a camera with a BIG zoom, but that is not the case. Thank you for posting these, were you reading my mind?

    Hugs

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  15. The 2nd one did it for me Kat. WOW! All of them are really stunning though, I'm so durn proud of you Kat. xo ~Lili

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