New Travel Photograph: Alhambra

Fine Art Travel Photograph: Alhambra by Nat Coalson

In early 2014 I led a private photo workshop with a group in southern Spain. One of our group’s favourite locations was Granada, where we spent several nights.

The Alhambra is one of the most famous historical sites in Spain, with a history dating back to the 9th century.

We photographed the spectacular complex several times, from various vantage points. This is one of the best.

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New Travel Photograph: Due Rossi in La Morra

Fine Art Travel Photograph: Due Rossi in La Morra by Nat Coalson

One of my favourite subjects to shoot in Europe is scooters set against a backdrop of interesting, old walls.

Growing up in Colorado and California, I didn’t see many of these types of vehicles and, although they are more common in American cities these days, they still seem exotic and interesting to me.

A great example is this lovely red Vespa GTS I encountered in the Barolo village of La Morra, Italy.

I love the juxtaposition of old and new, while the rich, warm red tones simultaneously create a somewhat monochromatic effect.

Prints are available now, and I’m also working on a new calendar of my scooter photographs.

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Comments, questions and shares always appreciated!

New Scenic Travel Photograph: Siena Skyline

Fine Art Travel Photograph: Siena Skyline by Nat Coalson

A couple of years ago Ruth and I led another private photo tour around Tuscany, Italy. I’m just now processing through all the images from that trip, and this is one of my favourites so far.

This photograph was made from the roof terrace at the top of our lovely hotel. It dramatically portrays the skyline accented by the dome of the Siena Duomo (main cathedral) and Torre del Mangia (Tower of the Eater). According to Wikipedia, the tower name refers to its first bellringer, Giovanni di Balduccio, nicknamed Mangiaguadagni (‘eat-the-profits’, or, ‘profit eater’) for his spendthrift tendency or his idleness or gluttony.

Fine art prints and licensing are available. Click the image or click here for a larger preview and online ordering.


New Nature Photograph: Liliuokalani Palms

Fine Art Travel Photograph: Liliuokalani Palms by Nat Coalson

Hawaii is one of my favourite places on earth. There’s a feeling in the air—maybe the combined effects of sea, wind and sun—that creates a beautiful feeling of peace. In many places, too, there is a lovely aroma of flowers and tropical foliage.

Such is Queen Liliuokalani Gardens in the town of Hilo, on Hawaii Island. I spent a blissful afternoon exploring the park and gardens, and when I discovered this scene, I stayed a long while making many photographs.

Fine art prints are available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

Comments and questions always welcome!

New Collection: Seascapes in Monochrome

Fine Art Landscape Photography: Langs Beach (Monochrome) by Nat Coalson

I’ve recently begun working with a new client, through representation with one of my art consultants in London.

They sent me some examples of images they were looking for and asked if I had pictures in that style/genre.

As a result of the custom work on that project, I’ve created a new collection of nature/landscape photographs featuring dramatic rock formations set against the sea.

Here are a few of the new images; I’ll be adding more pictures to this collection so stay tuned!

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Fine Art Nature photograph - Whahariki Beach - Mono 2 by Nat Coalson Fine Art Nature Photograph: Elephant Rock (Mono) by Nat Coalson


New Travel Photograph: Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol: Fine Art Travel Photography by Nat Coalson

In the Spring of 2014, I led a private photo tour with clients in southern Spain, mainly Andalusia and Catalunya.

We began the trip in Seville – an incredibly beautiful, historic and photogenic city.

This image features the Metropol Parasol, which you can walk around the top of. The scale of the structure is evident by the people at bottom left, whom appear tiny in comparison.

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My White Sands photo used as giant wall mural

nat-coalson-white-sands-wall-mural-renderingOver the past few days I’ve completed a custom order for a private client in Italy.

They had approached me with an interest in licensing one of my landscape photographs of White Sands, New Mexico. The prospective client explained the image file would need to be enlarged (massively!) and sent to their local printer to make a full-wall mural.

My initial concerns about managing the rights to the image were addressed and we agreed on a licensing cost that reflected both the large image size and the fact that I was releasing the image ‘into the wild’ with no way to restrict its usage other than our written agreement.

nat-coalson-white-sands-wall-mural-measurementsFrom the beginning, this was an exciting project to be involved with. The client was working with a professional interior designer, renovating their apartment. The interior designer produced renderings to simulate what the finished design would look like (see image at upper right).

The client also explained that the finished wall mural displaying my image would be photographed for potential inclusion in a book about interior design, and maybe also taped for broadcast on a tv show. I was honored to have my image included, and not concerned about the additional usage. In fact, that kind of exposure is very valuable indeed!

So once we’d agreed on a fee, I customised the image to their precise specifications. Based on the renderings and measurements, it was clear that the image would need to be extended at the bottom, to accommodate the precise placement on the wall behind the bed. I used Photoshop CC to extend the image canvas and replicate the textures and patterns of the sand at the bottom of the image.

nat-coalson-wall-mural-proof-imageThe client and I never met in person; all our project communication was done by email. The client made payment through PayPal and I uploaded the image using WeTransfer. (The final image was 292 cm x 351 cm at 180 dpi … the compressed LZW TIF was a whopping 260 MB!)

It’s remarkable what’s possible in the age we’re living in. I live in England, my client in Italy, photograph made in New Mexico, USA. Project communication, payment and file transfer all completed over the Internet.

This project is a perfect case study of how I like to work!

See the original photo here. I look forward to your questions and comments.

New Photograph: Apricale Stroll

Travel Photograph: Apricale Stroll by Nat Coalson

A couple is silhouetted against the reflected morning light within the ancient stone alleyways in Apricale, Italy.

Fine art prints available, click the image for details and online ordering.

New street photograph: Precious Moments

Street Photography: Precious Moments by Nat Coalson

Surrounded by nature in the midst of one of the world’s largest cities, a mother and her young daughter make time for a nap in a hammock in a Beijing park.

In the past I haven’t always been keen to make pictures featuring people; I have the feeling this is changing. Expect to see more folks in my street photographs!

Fine art prints available. Click the image for details and a larger preview.

Hotel Commission: St James Hotel Dining Room

Nat Coalson St James Dining RoomFollowing our successful joint exhibition late last year, the owners of the St James Hotel in Nottingham commissioned me to produce four prints to decorate their dining hall. The brief stated their desire to ‘bring the outdoors in’.

My solution: four small, square, black-and-white photographs using a nature theme. Each features a closeup of plants and botanicals. I used a very subtle, warm tint for the monochrome treatment.

The prints are framed traditionally, lending a stately elegance to the installation which is designed to support the existing interior elements.

Thanks to One Vision Imaging in Coventry for a great job producing the prints!

Important website updates

Over the past few months I’ve separated my fine art, travel photography and training for photographers into three different web sites. These changes are designed to make it easier for you to find exactly the information, services and products that interest you.
Nat Coalson LogoThis is my Signature web site, where you can see my abstract fine art and learn about creative services for interior design. The artworks, and the web site content, are created for interior designers and private art collectors.

Portfolios showcase my abstract photography; case studies and examples explain my creative services. Find out about the many options for getting your own custom fine art, primarily designed for contemporary homes and hospitality properties. (you are here!)
Pictorial Journeys LogoIf you love travel, nature and landscape photography this is the place for you. The new web site and blog features my extensive archives of images and stories made during my travels around the world.

You can also purchase fine art prints online, choosing from a wide range of sizes and materials.
Photography Essentials LogoFolks interested in learning about photography and digital imaging will find a smorgasbord of free articles, tips and tutorials on the most important aspects of fine image making. From camera reviews to how-to instructions on Photoshop and Lightroom and free photography critiques, there’s something for everyone serious about making their best photographs. You can also find out about my workshops, classes, tours and other photography events.

Each web site also has its own email newsletter.

With your free subscriptions you’ll receive messages featuring content relevant to each site:

  • from you’ll get fine art and interior design news,
  • Pictorial Journeys will send you exotic travel imagery and inspiring stories of life on the road, and
  • Photography Essentials is all about learning photography and imaging.

If you’re interested in the other sites sign up there, too—you won’t be subscribed automatically. As always, you can completely manage your profile settings and unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) at any time.

Beginning Spring 2015, look for more specialized news coming from each of the sites.

I hope you’ll enjoy these exciting changes and look forward to our continuing relationship.

Please feel free to get in touch any time with questions, comments or suggestions.

Talk to you soon!

New Landscape Photograph: The Bass Rock

Landscape Photograph: Bass Rock, Scotland by Nat Coalson

This landscape photograph shows Bass Rock, off the coast of North Berwick, Scotland, with a lone gannet flying in the blue sky.

Bass Rock is a steep-sided volcanic rock, 107 meters (351 ft) at its highest point. It is home to the world’s largest single rock colony of gannets, with over 150,000 birds. Viewed from the mainland, the surface of the rock appears white due to the number of birds and their droppings.

The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit, and later was the site of an important castle, which was later used as a prison.

The island was in the ownership of the Lauder family for almost six centuries, and now belongs to Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple.

The Bass Rock Lighthouse was constructed on the rock in 1902, and the remains of a chapel are located there.

The Bass Rock features in numerous works of fiction, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Catriona and The Lion is Rampant by contemporary Scottish novelist Ross Laidlaw.

Fine art prints are available of this photograph. You can purchase standard prints online, or contact us for a custom quote.

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New Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest

Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest by Nat Coalson

In this fine art nature photograph, bamboo stalks stand in stark silhouette against a shallow pond covered in bright green lily pads and water plants.

I made this image in Zizhuyuan Park (or Black Bamboo Park, formerly known as Purple Bamboo Park) in the heart of the Haidan District of Beijing, China.

Fine art prints of this photograph are available in any size and on any material.

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New Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo

Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo by Nat Coalson

I made this scenic travel photograph at sunset in the village of Ronda, province of Malaga, Spain, during a two-week private photo tour with a client.

People have lived in the area around Ronda since prehistoric times. The town itself was founded by early Celts in the 6th century BC. The current town is of Roman origin and in the 2nd century BC received the title of city from Julius Caesar. Many centuries later, Ronda was conquered by the Islamic Berbers and served as the capital of a small kingdom. Islamic domination of Ronda came to an end in 1485 when the city was conquered by the Marquis of Cádiz.

Ronda was heavily affected by the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway is believed to have modeled a story in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ after events that occurred in Ronda.

The Puente Nuevo (‘New Bridge’) is one of three bridges that span El Tajo gorge, the deep canyon dividing the town. Building the bridge started in 1751 and was completed in 1793. It towers 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor. The chamber beneath the central arch has been used for a variety of purposes, including a prison. During the 1936-1939 civil war both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the gorge.

Fine art prints of this photograph are available. You may purchase online or contact us for a custom quote.

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New Travel Photograph: The City Comes to Life

Travel Photograph of Barcelona, Spain: The City Comes to Life by Nat Coalson

I made this photograph of the Plaza de España, in Barcelona, Spain, from the roof of a nearby building.

The Plaza de España was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and is one of Barcelona’s busiest and most important squares.

In the foreground, the lights of cars passing in a roundabout create dynamic streaks of colour. In the center of the traffic circle are a fountain and statues.

In the background of the photo, the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina can be seen leading to one of Catalonia’s finest museums, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The streaks of eight spotlights create a corona effect in the deep blue sky.

The Avinguda also leads to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which can be seen as a pink glow in front of the building in the upper left. On summer evenings, crowds gather at the fountain to watch the display choreographed to classical music.

Prints of this photograph are available for purchase in any size and on any material.

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New Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel photograph depicts a bronze statue of a male Chinese guardian lion outside the Hall of Mental Cultivation in the Imperial Palace (aka Forbidden City), Beijing, China. The hall was built in 1537 during the Ming Dynasty.

Prints of this photograph are available in any size and on any material. Also available in different colour treatments and black-and-white. Contact us for a custom quote.

Since the Han Dynasty (around 200 BC) statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy. They were believed to have powerful mystic protective benefits and are typically presented in pairs: a male resting his paw on a ball (which represents supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub on its back (representing nurture; not shown).

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