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2015 Pflugerville Photography Exhibit

This year, I am participating again the Pflugerville Photography Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a great way to showcase the work of talented local photographers who are passionate about their craft. I have four photos on display. Three of which were printed on 16″ x 20″ canvas, while the other one was printed on a 20″ x 24″ metal.

On display at the Pflugerville Library - Len Bishop Photography

On display at the Pflugerville Library – Len Bishop Photography

The exhibit will run from October 4 to November 18, 2015. So if you are in the area, I am inviting you to browse through the photos at the library. And if you’ve already been there, thank you for visiting.  Now go tell your family and friends about it. This will help spread the word, and hopefully will get other photographers to join the exhibit next year.

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What Makes a Photo?

This post was inspired by my recent experiences which led me to the discovery that most people don’t really know what photographers actually do when they create their photos.  I decided to write “What Makes a Photo?” mainly to educate people who have no idea of what the behind the scenes look like as far as creating art through photographs.

A month ago, my husband and I went on a fall trip to upstate New York and visited my in-laws.  My sister-in-law is a member of the local artisan coop where she designs and makes custom bags or purses.   Different types of art such as carved wood, fused glass, painting, and others are on display at the store.  None of the work at the store was created by a photographer – and why is that?  We were told that the person in charge of the coop does not believe that a photographer is an artist. WHAT???  The person said that all the photographers have to do is point the camera to something then click, and the shot is made; that there is no art involved in that, unlike a painter who thinks about what he’s going to paint and uses brushes and paints to transform his thoughts into art.   Hmm….

Recently, I was asked to shoot an event.  I don’t advertise myself as event photographer because that’s not what I do but I thought, sure why not.  In talking to the client, I realized again that a lot of people don’t really understand what goes on in creating photos.  I was asked to shoot and then give all the raw files to the client without edits at a price much less than what I charge.  I had to explain that my business is not structured like that.  I don’t give out my unedited raw files and if edits are asked, that’s charged separately.  Anyway long story short, I ended up not getting the job – but I felt good about it.   The whole deal was just not worth my time and effort.  A client like this is not the type of client I would work with.


So what really makes a photo?
I will explain this in a way that applies to the type of photography that I do which is Landscape and Nature but some of it will also apply to other types of shoot.

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Fine Art America

I recently signed up for Fine Art America to see how it works and see if I can get some exposure for my work.  So far I have a handful of photos but I am planning on putting up more.  I will be uploading photos there that are not sold in my store so that possible buyers would have different options.  My goal mainly is to upload my panoramas and other photos that I think would be good as design for cell phone cases and greeting cards.

They have a lot of cool features that help artists promote their work and one that I just discovered yesterday was where you can sponsor a page so your art work will show on the third row of a search.  For my test I chose morning photos and it seemed to work.  Two of my photos were featured on the third row.  Today though, they changed the link to a different one, so I guess this is a daily thing you have to keep up with if you want your photos easily seen.  I’m sure I’ll play with this some more when time permits.

This is one of the panorama photos I uploaded from our recent trip to Oswego, NY.  As you can see, there’s a Fine Art America logo, I captured it from my page.

Misty Morning at the Pond

Misty Morning at the Pond

I am so new to this platform and don’t really know what to expect and how it all works.  So if you see several posts from me from Fine Art America, I am not trying to spam you, I’m still trying to learn how this works.

To see my gallery in Fine Art America, click here or go to Fine Art America and look for artist Len Bishop. Do come back to see my new uploads, I am still in the process of adding more.  Thanks and I hope you check out my work.

If you have any comments about Fine Art America or if you have used them before, do let me know.

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Photo Project Theme Week 9 – Crumpled

Hello everyone.  I hope you had a great week.   Mine was very busy.  This week’s theme is “Crumpled”.

Back when I was stamping, scrapbooking and card making a few years ago, I printed this hieroglyphics image on a light brown cardstock.  I then crumpled it and after uncrumpling it, used my brown stamping ink to just go over the whole thing even on the edges.  Since the cardstock was crumpled, it brought a lot of texture on to the cardstock and the ink added to the effect.  Take a look.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s theme and you are inspired to create your own version of crumpled.

 

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Photo Project Theme Week 2 – Tomorrow

Last week, I started doing my Personal Photography Project  that I call 3P52.   This is my second week and the theme I chose is “Tomorrow”.

This photo was taken on a Saturday morning.  I drove to this place that I always pass during my morning commute to work, knowing that it would be a good place to shoot sunrise photos.  After taking several photos from that area and not really satisfied with the shots because the clouds were so thick and covering the sun, I packed up my camera and tripod and started to head home.   Less than a quarter mile away, I saw this beautiful sun starting to come out.  Since there really wasn’t a place to park my car and setup my tripod, I decided to just open my window and shoot this scene from inside my car.

Sunrise in Manor, TX

To make my hand more steady, I propped my arm on the passenger seat head rest (the scene was to my right).   I believe it did the trick.  I’m glad I took the time to stop and take this photo even with some constraints, otherwise  I would have missed this shot.

If you have a theme you want to suggest for my weekly project, please feel free to email me.   Till next week.

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