White Sands National Monument is one of my all-time favourite places for nature and landscape photography. I’ve been there many times and photographed in widely varying conditions, so I have a vast assortment of photographs, each with a different character.
This is one of my favourite images I’ve ever made. But in truth, I’d almost forgotten about it until I was recently preparing a presentation for a local camera club on ‘Mountains & Deserts of the Western USA.’
This shows the brilliant white gypsum sands against the clear blue sky. If you look close, you can just make out the fine ripples in the sand.
When I rediscovered this photograph I spent some time evaluating it and did some slight re-processing. A little tweak to the crop brings out the strong shapes of the curves and half-ellipse of the dune face, and I fine-tuned the colour to faithfully represent what it looked like when I made the image.
I love this photograph mainly because of its simplicity. It’s almost abstract, but gives clues as to its true subject. I also love the way the lines flow horizontally across the image, emanating from the main focal point, and the monochrome rendition in shades of blue (although this is a straight colour image!).
I can’t wait to print this (huge, of course!). As with all my work, you can order a custom print, made by yours truly and hand signed. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss an order.
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Join me for a very special workshop with a small, private group exploring and photographing my favourite places in Italy. From the vineyards of Barolo and the Langhe to the sparkling Ligurian Sea and quaint villages of the Cinque Terre, this adventure offers something for everyone—both photographers and non-photographers alike.
Space is extremely limited and sells out fast. Register before 1 December, 2017 for a 10& discount!
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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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!
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.
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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.
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Comments and questions always welcome!
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!
Click here to see the new collection and order fine art prints online.
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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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.
From 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.
The 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.
Photograph made near Santa Maddalena and the Dolomites, Italy features a sweeping vista that includes vibrant autumn colours and little alpine villages below a massive, rugged mountain range called the Geisler Group.
Fine art prints are available, click the image or click here for a larger preview and online ordering.
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!
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Following 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!
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.
This 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.
PictorialJourneys.com (you are here!)
If 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.
Folks 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 NatCoalson.com 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!
The rising sun illuminates the crests of sandstone canyons and spires in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Fine art prints available.
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Scenic nature photograph of wildflowers in a high mountain meadow in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
Fine art prints available in any size and on any material.
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