I took a very good course on painting pet portraits by Cheryl Butler, called "Fur Babies". It is a five week online course, but you can do it at your own pace. Brushes and techniques are all supplied in the weekly PDF files. To start with you do need a good image. The one above was taken with a flash, so the lighting is pretty good and the background blurred. The background blender brush is worth the price of the whole course by itself. You have to be really committed to doing portraits, because they can take you anywhere form 6 to 8 hours. The hardest part, the whiskers! If you are interested, you can go to www.bellefleurtextures.com, for more information.
A friend sent me a link to a French photographer, Serge Ramelli. He has free tutorials on Youtube which are quite detailed and filled with lots of great tips. Check him out! And once again, thanks to my fellow photographer and friend, George for the heads up on this one!
This is one of his latest tutorials. Amazing learning opportunities here!
I am raising thirteen caterpillars this year. This video gives a quick overview of the lifecycle of the Monarch. I have one ready to emerge from the chrysalis tomorrow. It is so satisfying and relatively easy to raise them.
This image was chosen in Fine Art America and placed second in the "Fine Art Nature Images Using Digital Textures".
I was pleased.
If you are looking for great textures, hop on over to Belle Fleur Textures. http://www.bellefleurtextures.com They are the best textures I have come across for using on your photographs.
Check out the link below (jackie schuknecht art) to see my work at Fine Art America.
I am now selling my work on Fine Art America. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jackie-schuknecht.html
Please do drop by and have a look, and consider joining; it is free if you have 25 pictures or less, and has a fabulous community of artists.
Another film recommendation. National Geographic photographer James Balog set out to complete his "Extreme Ice Survey" and his film was presented at the Sundance film festival in 2012. He set up over 50 cameras in 3 continents to measure the retreat of the world's glaciers. After all of the camera's failed he had to set them up all over again. The time-lapse photography records the deaths of this giant glaciers. He also has done a TED talk worth watching. "Chasing Ice" was on Netflix for a while. Mandatory watching for anyone who cares about this planet.
In 2009 John Maloof went to a contents sale in Chicago. He was hoping to find some historical photos of the area, and stumbled upon box after box of negatives, and thousands of rolls of undeveloped colour and black and white film. It was the work of Vivian Maier, an enigmatic, notoriously private person who worked as a nanny. She always had a Rolleiflex twin reflex camera around her neck. Now hailed as one of the great street photographers of the 20th century, a number of books have come out featuring her work. John Maloof is currently trying to get her work included in some of the great galleries, but MOMA for example will not accept her work, as it is being printed posthumously. If you get a chance to see his movie "Finding Vivian Maier", I highly recommend it.
David DuChemin, a world-renowned photographer, sustained multiple injuries in a fall in Italy when he was scouting out a shot and slipped and fell down thirty feet. Broken ankles, fractured wrist, a fractured hip were some of the injuries. He is lucky to be alive. This happened back in 2011, and he is still having surgery.
He has number of wonderful books, some of which I own, and frequently epubs. Visit his site, wish him well !
This makes my broken ankle look like nothing.
More info on what he calls "The Italian Incident".
I think I could make through a metal detector:) Still healing though. Never break your ankle. It is a tough recovery.
This is one of my most recent x-rays. I hope just be able to walk normally, hike, and photograph like I used to! Wish me well!
This started out as a pretty conventional shot, but the flow and the colours were pretty, so it was a good choice to further enhance the image. I must mention I use Photoshop CS6.
First of all I put it through a filter called Fractalius (by Redfield) a very reasonably priced filter, and lots of fun. This gave the flowers edge definition with a white outline. The opacity was reduced.
I then create a new layer using the Control>Shift>Alt>E keys. On this next layer I went to Filter>Filter Gallery>Distort>Glass Filter.
I was lucky enough to witness this beautiful and amazing spectacle in Mexico. The birds arrived just after sunset and just before sundown, like clockwork, everyday. It is like a huge organic wave made up of thousands of starlings. This particular murmuration takes place in the UK. Thanks to George for the video!
Nature Images and More!