Avalon Light Photoart

by Richard Winn

Avalon Light Photoart was founded in October 2009, by Richard Winn. Richard is a part time photographer, based in Somerset, in the south west of England, not far from the large city of Bristol and close to the opportunities of the Somerset Levels and uplands, such as Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Early on, I recognised that setting up a website from scratch was very time consuming, so I decided to use Photoshelter and their tailored templates, designed with photographers in mind. This also took the risk out of running an e-commerce website, with any security being handled by people who know how to protect customers.
I am based in Bridgwater and my full contact details can be found on the Contact page on the main website (http://ps.avalonlightphotoart.co.uk). I specialise in nature photography, but this covers a wide range of subjects. Choice of wildlife subjects range from macro photographs of tiny insects, through to large mammals such as red deer and bottlenose dolphins. I also specialise in micro landscapes and natural textures and abstracts, not to mention wide open landscapes. A number of photographs are now available, from my local area of Somerset and Devon and from the Scottish Highlands, where I often feel more at home. Also, being based in Bridgwater makes me ideally placed to document the annual Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, probably the largest illuminated carnival in the world.
My main target customers are individuals looking for fine art nature photography. However, my work is also available for immediate download, either for personal (including charitable) use or as a commercial product (mostly as Rights Managed licences). Most photographs are available as prints and downloads, but there are some exceptions, which are stated in the image description. I print all my own products on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, this is currently on either Fine Art Pearl (a semi-glossy paper) or Fine Art Baryta (glossy), depending on the image. Both of these papers are heavyweight, in excess of 300gms. If anyone is interested in a matt print, then I would outsource this printing to the Print Yours, a company who tailor printing to individual images. Self-printing allows me more control over the quality of the final product and from testing Print Yours, I find that the quality is as good as what I can offer, with only slightly higher cost. Exact pricing is available during the order process, but the basic price structure is as follows:
A3 Print: £25.99 (+P&P)
A4 Print: £16.99 (+P&P)
7x5” Print: £2.49 (+P&P)
Personal Use Digital Download Licence: £12.99 (original size; lower resolution images may also be available at reduced cost)
Commercial licence: According to usage
In the Spring of 2011, I published a book titled “A Journey with Nature”, based on my experiences while exploring the natural world. This was self-published through Blurb in two different formats; one containing text only in a pocket format and one in a larger format, illustrated with photographs relating to the text. It is now also available in electronic form from Amazon’s Kindle site.
I have found that social media has offered me little benefit so far, but I do have a Facebook fan site. Recent news can be found there, on my personal Facebook page and on my blog, where I also have some photography articles. Hopefully, these outlets will offer not only portals to expand my business in the future, but also a conduit to express my vision. I feel that to progress in any art form, you have to experiment. It is only by experimentation that you explore new ideas and develop your own identity. This is no different for photographers, particularly those who aim for a more artistic style. I am always striving for something a little different, I don’t always succeed of course, but each time I experiment, it makes the chances of being different more likely and strengthens my individual style.
The featured picture came about as a result of this experimentation. I’d wanted to experiment with narrow depth of field, using selective focusing for around 12-18 months and had practiced with some larger subjects, but it was a while before I found a suitable subject in a situation where photography was possible last autumn. The subject itself was a small juvenile of the common toad (Bufo bufo), less than two inches or five centimetres long. I tried a couple of side on compositions, before moving to the front, with slightly more depth of field. I then concentrated on focusing on the two prominent eyes, throwing the background and rest of the toad out of focus. The in focus bits of moss then helped to frame the subject, with the colours from the rest of the moss giving a nice smooth, colourful background. I have set this as a limited edition print, priced at £34.99 for an unmounted A3 print on Fine Art Pearl, but it is also available mounted and as a matt print at additional cost. It can be found in the Reptiles and Amphibians gallery.




Ryan Learoyd | Shutter Go.. Click Photography

Yorkshire Based Fine Art Photography

Work-Files-2011-10-15-1102-Copyright-©Ryan-LearoydRyan Learoyd is the man behind Shutter Go.. Click and a photographer based from Leeds in the UK. Specialising in travel, nature, commercial, leisure, music, performance, film production and stock photography, he is available for assignments throughout the UK with a focus within the Yorkshire area. For more of his work and the stories behind the images, be part part of the inspiration and Visit Shutter Go.. Click.

My love of photography has always existed and my adoration of the still image is merely an extension of my passion for film. I was around 17 when I was sat in my Media Studies lessons utterly engrossed with the theories surrounding every facet of our lives. It gave me the ability to understand the meaning behind film and the media as a whole. It gripped me by the balls like Neo seeing the Matrix for the first time. My fascination with the moving image started with these moments of inspiration.

From here I went onto university to study a BA in Film and Televison Production. These 3 years taught me a lot about myself as well as how I wanted to express myself creatively. If anything, uni put me off from wanting a career in the industry. We were constantly bombarded with the fact that there were no jobs, and that making it in such a competitive environment was nearing the impossible. Not exactly the advice you want to hear when you've acquired just over 14,000 pounds in student loans.

I started taking images at university with a Sony Compact, purchased with the good old student overdraft. I followed timelines of productions from pre to post with stills. Crew shots became almost as much of a delight as filming. When directing I could take images which portrayed my pre-visualisations. I could use lighting rigs to connote meaning in my subjects. There was something incredible about capturing that moment of time in a single frame. It would help me to create my films and express their intended messages through another creative medium.

I now specialise in not having a speciality, I will point my camera at anything and everything that will stimulate the senses. I am a published writer/photographer and have appeared in both print and online publications. Much of my writing and photography can be found on My Blog.




Mike Shipman: Blue Planet Photography

Comfortable in the field and in the studio

I'm a self-taught photographer with a B.S. in wildlife biology. I worked in the wildlife field for the Colorado State Parks system, Denver Museum of Natural History, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Forest Service, and private consulting. I broke from the rigid box of science to further explore my interests in art and science because I can't be locked into a certain path. I like to explore them all. That applies to my preferences in subject matter. My interests are broad and varied, from landscapes to automobiles, industry to environmental.

I'm comfortable in the field and in the studio and don't have many fears or reservations about locations. I'll photograph in the canopy of a rainforest, a mile underground in a silver mine, on the ocean or in a Fortune 500 boardroom.
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I'm flexible, creative, easy-going, and professional.

Mike Shipman
Blue Planet Photography, LLC
Commercial * Editorial * Stock * Fine Art * Classes/Workshops
Idaho Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist

From landscapes to automobiles, industry to environmental

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Chris Bidleman Photography

That Tree in Fall in the Portland Japanese Garden
Chris Bidleman

Chris Bidleman Photography Headshot B&W The nature of artists is to explore the world around them, see things differently, and to constantly learn more about their craft and about themselves. I am both a photographer as well as a musician and I seek out new ways to combine both the performing arts as well as visual arts. By reaching out and networking to other photographers and people who appreciate art, I hope to learn a few things and hopefully I can also share what I have learned along my artistic journey.

I look forward sharing my nature, landscape, travel and wildlife photography with others that we can connect with through Photographers Selection.
800 NE Tenney Rd Ste 110
Vancouver, WA 98685
United States
Animals / Wildlife

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Imagination Unlimited by Cae

I was here, Saint John, New Brunswick Canada
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Claudette-BW I became interested after receiving an invitation to join this unique group. It seemed like a good idea to make my photography more visible to the public. Being linked with like minded people with similar goals is an interesting opportunity I could not pass up.
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Animals / Wildlife

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Barbara Magnuson & Larry Kimball Nature & Wildlife Photography

Rocky Mt. Elk [Cervus elaphus]
Light & Substance

Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth [Bradypus variegatus]"We are first and foremost nature photographers. We are not specialists in that we tend to capture images of what interests us, inspires us and surprises us, macros to landscapes, behavior to portraits and all of the wild. As a husband and wife team we collaborate of course but retain our own individual vision.

Our market has been the print media, calendars, books and magazines but we also produce custom prints here at home and use Imagekind.com, ArtFlakes.com, Photoshelter and AGPix.com to widen our audience. Several photo agencies represent our work worldwide and give us access to markets of which we would never have been aware.

Writing the occasional article also opens markets for our photo images. We prefer writing about locations or specific critters as opposed to technical information.

We hope our images and words promote an understanding of and more reverence for the natural world and our wild brethren.

Come to our website, view our images, read our blog and don't hesitate to send us your comments, observations, requests or questions. We'd love to hear from you! "


Barbara Magnuson and Larry Kimball

1467 Red Feather Rd
Cotopaxi, Colorado USA




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Selection of black and white photographs capturing the magic of tall ships

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Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) flying over sunlit waterTall ships inspire phantasy and longing - travel, adventure, fellowship...
This is a collection of black-and-white and sepia colored fine art prints featuring large sailing vessels and their sailors.
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Ulrich Kunst and Bettina Scheidulin
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Silent Roar Epupa Waterfalls Fine Art

Epupa Falls Black White | African Fine Art Landscape
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Anette-Mossbacher-Profile-PicThe gorgeous Epupa waterfalls in Namibia right at the border to Angola. Breathtaking waterfalls, when enough water is flowing down the Kunene river. This is not always given during the year. Only in the rainy season you might be lucky that the falls are filled with so much water like in the black and white or color image below. The falls are about 1.5km long and the river itself about 400-500m wide. The drive to the Epupa falls is quite a long drive. After Opuwo, the last few hundreds kilometers on gravel road are madness, in my opinion. Not the gravel road, it was the drifts in the road. There were so many drifts in the road, it was a driving like slow down and speed up again and slow down again for the next drift. The drifts were sometimes just a few hundred meters apart sometimes a few kilometers, but a sort of annoying! We arrived at our campsite at the falls at sunset. There was not much time left for me to look a bit around. Where are the best places for next morning for my landscape photography and black and white fine art. When I was still at home planing the trip, I had already in my mind what images I wanted to take of this falls. Epupa waterfalls fine art, taken as long exposure, in black and white and of course in color was high on my list. Before I left home I contacted all my friends in southern Africa. I badly wanted to know if there is enough water in the river. Everybody told me, yes there is enough water in the river for your photography! Well, what is enough? I think for the "Silent Roar" waterfall fine art image the water was enough!

Since we decided to spend 2 nights at the falls, I had following day enough time to walk around to find some good spots to take images in the evening and early morning. But a little thing was missing, where can I cross the river to get on some islands in the middle or better places without getting eaten by crocodiles living in the river? This was a little bit tricky to find that out, also asking locals did not help much, so we hired a guide. So glad that we hired a guide. He not only showed me places I did not find in the morning he had a great knowledge about the falls and animals living in this area. On top he showed me all places I was able to cross the river to end up on little islands for my long exposure images I had in mind. It was for sure a great hike, took 3 hours, but was very worth to do so. You get in places, which you thought, bummer never can get there, but we did. Next point I wanted to know. What kind of predators are living here in the bush?
In Namibia the wildlife roams mostly free in the country! OH, and this was a so much "leopard country", as we love to say. African predators I just could not have around when I start early morning at darkness to walk/hike to my picks of good places to take photos. This ended up that I asked the guide lost of questions, especially do you have leopards or any other predators around here! The answer was no, oh well, I just pushed this "no" deep in my head and believed it. Next morning early wake up around 4:45am grabbing all gear, camera tripod and not to forget the LEE Big Stopper and all other filters I may needed. Following the river along the mountains high up with a torch and headlight is quite fine, enough light of me. I go to my very first spot, the one I took this black and white image above from. The sun came up the usual pace, very fast, not like it was in the Arctic where it took hours! tripod up, got the camera and everything ready. Checked the settings of the camera for the Big Stopper, all set, I pushed the button. Meanwhile a little "big" bug managed to climb up slowy one of my tripod legs. This bug was at least 8cm long and very ugly. I was just hoping that it is little enough not to cause any vibrations 🙂

Camera settings time for this image was 148 seconds, f/22 ISO 50 with the 70-200 f/28 L IS II attached to my Canon MKIV set to 70mm. The image processing was done first in Lightroom. All needed to sit before I pulled it into Photoshop. In Photoshop I finished first the color version, see below. When this was done I made a black and white image. Not all my images are suitable for black and white. Like the Oryx Gemsbok wildlife fine art image, I did quite a bit different.

Hope you enjoy the images as much I did when taking them in the wild of the Namibian natural world. If you have any questions please feel free to comment as well to share this post.
Epupa Waterfalls | African Nature & Landscape | Images
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Anette Mossbacher
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Sailors climbing in the rigging of a tall ship

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Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) flying over sunlit waterSailors are climbing in the rigging of an 18th century tall ship. They are about to loosen the sails.
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Ulrich Kunst and Bettina Scheidulin
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Geometric Abstraction Selected for International Collective Exhibition

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ordicalder-art-dealer-gallery-dealer-artist-photographer-underlies-conceptual-photographer-fineartist-2Geometrical Abstraction, the 14th of poetic photographic underlies Work is Selected in Competition with Jure International Exhibition. This time it was at Light Space and Time Online Gallery.
IF ALL CUTS FOR THE UNIT, TO WHICH REDUCES THE UNIT? - In everyday .. in fact we adapted .. there underlies Sacred Geometry, architecture and everything created by civilization. Pre-existing molecular structures in all of the continuum represents the Geometry Unit, Serenity, Balance, Harmony .. Sao dispertas emotions in our body by somples eye contact with the aesthetic created by these jobs Ordi Calder. The Language of Light underlies

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