Do you want us to to be your photographer---? First, we present a view of how we have photographed particular animals and subjects. (For examples of business imaging and people, please visit the gallery website, link below.)
The photos in this blog are not to occupy space and take up your time, but rather to give an idea of how we might photograph a similar but personal scene for you and to reveal something of the feeling we have for the subject. This may help in your decision to have photography done--- images to keep in print, to hang your wall and have in digital form to stir a memory or particular meaningful moment. Obviously, we are flexible and may alter photo methodology to best suit the intent,however, our connection with our work remains the same.
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Photos have side notes telling our emotions and thinking at the time a particular photograph was taken. If notable, uncommon editing will be revealed.We are not sure how to define and show style...considering the varied subjects in the total folio of the years. We can't be classified by a single subject..if any subject type dominates it is likely animals. If a mood dominates, it is linked to peaceful, soft, quiet, revealing. What we hope you do is think of the reasons for your photo session and perhaps see something in our work you find appealing.(Note: As we look at our body of work, a few photographs may be selected and added to this page ever-so-often.
Raptors are a favorite subject. This was a matter of
Opportunity for volunteer work with an excellent rehab and educational center. Closing its web page on or about June 7,2018..this opportunity lasted almost 11 years, loving every minute of it.
matter of location...
This landscape of autumn trees near Cumberland Gap, Virginia was processed in HDR. That is high dynamic range, a popular option for many stationary compositions. Generally three photos are shot from a rest or tripod and combined to form one image. Since movement will produce blurs or ghosts on the combined picture, a nearly motionless subject is desired. Each photo is taken with a slightly different exposure and the combined image shows the best a computer or print will display of details within the highlights and in the shadows of the scene. Photographers often overdo the HDR effect resulting is surreal rendering of details and sky. Judicious editing and good memory of the actual scene helps the editor to make the most true to life result using HDR techniques. We do not call HDR a style but rather "technique" applied to many sorts of photographic subjects.
matter of opportunity
Owner/Photographer Thomas is Haynes is a volunteer photographer for a rehabilitation center for raptors, meaning owls, hawks, and the occasional vulture or osprey. We had opportunity to visit and photograph this rescued barn owl while it gained strength in a large flight cage The owl was rescued with a nest mate from a warehouse demolition. The young owls were raised without parents, taught to hunt live prey and given room to fly and become able to likely make it on their own in the wild. We released these owls at an old farm in early evening. We can only do our best to teach a wild raptor how to survive and must do so. without allowing the bird to bond with humans. Having spent time at the flight cage we learned how to best position the photographer for revealing and beautiful images such as this one. The owls were released one evening a few days later. There is a deep love of nature and its creatures in our company. If a photo will needlessly disturb an animal, we skip that photo. Since the owls were released after sunset and flash would be needed for decent imaging, we skipped those photos knowing the owls were free for the first time in their lives. A distracting, possibly frightening or temporarily blinding photo flash would be reckless.
matter of exposure
matter of waiting
Related by mood to the previous photo is this photo of fishermen on a dock as evening fog rolled in.
matter of saying yes to the possibility
This is Rocky, named for the breed . This is a Rocky Mountain Horse, a gaited horse with temperament to be an excellent riding horse. It was a joy in the field with this horse,
Unfortunately, a leg problem has ended my riding days and it has been several years since being on horseback, The Rocky Mountain Horse is actually from Kentucky: http://gaitedmountainhorses.com/about-gaited-mountain-horses/
This horse ran the field with its companion, Blue, obviously for the sheer fun of it. He loved being "free" and trying to watch his gaits is a challenge for me, certainly with him not wanting to slow down.
Both photos required a fairly fast shutter while panning the horse's movement.
We really like this quarter view.
matter of opportunity and respect
Fred Gray is a quire famous civil rights attorney, the attorney for Rosa Parks, the black woman who did not give up her bus seat to a white man in integrated Alabama. He was once denied entrance to a university in Nashville...the very school to bestow him an honorary doctorate years later.