25th Anniversary Pillars of Creation

25th Anniversary Pillars of Creation (square)

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hubble has revisited the famous “Pillars of Creation”, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view than ever before. The pillars (a region of the Eagle Nebula, or M16) have been photographed in near-infrared light as well as visible light. The infrared view transforms the pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes seen against a background of myriad stars. That’s because the infrared light penetrates much of the gas and dust, except for the densest regions of the pillars. Newborn stars can be seen hidden away inside the pillars. The new images are being unveiled at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, Washington (read full release).

Available immediately are the largest fine art prints yet of these beautiful images, in both square and tall crop ratios. These would look amazing as metal or canvas prints.  Check them out below.

Space Images as Fine Art

Orion Nebula Panoramic - Fine Art Prints

Being an engineer, and having a natural draw towards science, I have always been fascinated with the planets, outer space, the Universe and all its secrets. The immensity of it all is just staggering, and hard to comprehend for just about everyone. This immensity is a reminder of how small and insignificant we mere humans are. Take for example the following scale diagram of our Solar System, and how puny the Earth is next to our (small) Sun:

Solar System Diagram to Scale

Solar System Diagram to Scale (by Roberto Ziche)

Now let’s compare our little sun to one of the biggest stars currently known, VY Canis Majoris, which is 1,000,000 times bigger!

Sun vs. VY Canis Majoris

Sun vs. VY Canis Majoris

Starting to feel small now? Well, the purpose of this post isn’t to make you feel insignificant. It’s to point out the beauty and wonder in the natural universe, and our ability to see and photograph it. Below are just a few of my favorite images created by NASA/ESA/JPL with various ground and space telescopes, including Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer. I’ve spent time modifying each of these images, by cleaning up stitching artifacts and enhancing tones and colors, while leaving the science of the image intact. These images make amazing pieces of abstract fine art, especially when printed as large metal or acrylic prints.

 

How to Buy Fine Art Photography Online

Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands Panoramic

A Guide to Buying Fine Art Photography Online

I often get asked if I have my work hanging in a gallery for sale.  A physical building that you can walk into and touch… well, no. But in a sense, I have my work on display in the largest art gallery in the world – The Internet. By only having an online presence, I’m able to display all of my photography for sale, without limits. Also, since I offer prints on demand, and don’t have to pay rent for a physical space, I can afford to offer my work at a reasonable price. So for those that aren’t accustomed to buying art online, here’s a quick guide to make you more comfortable.

Visit Reputable Art Sales Websites

Decorating your home or office is a very personal venture, everyone has different tastes and styles. The first step in the art buying process is to find a site that has a wide variety of art prints for sale that also has a well established satisfied customer base. At the time of this writing, 3scape.com has over 6000 images to choose from. Fine Art America is another site with a huge variety of art, with thousands of satisfied customers. Both of these sites use professional printing and framing companies, and the highest quality archival papers and canvases. This means you’ll get consistent, long lasting color or black and white prints every time. Framed prints are mounted and assembled using custom cut high grade materials, right here in the USA. If you’re shopping on other artists websites, ask about their printing process and materials. Of course, you can probably find “cheap prints” out there, but you get what you pay for, and rest assured those prints will be poster quality reproductions that won’t stand the test of time.

Choose the Right Image

Art buyers are typically drawn to many different aspects of an image, depending on personal tastes, styles, or perhaps even artistic training. Likewise, most photographers have developed their own styles and techniques to incorporate colors, textures, and tones into scenes to convey some emotional response or mood. So how do the two match up? First, take a look at the space on your wall that needs art. Consider the style of the room, the wall color, and other decor. Wider spaces may need a horizontal or panoramic print, while a vertical piece would work better for narrow walls.  The rest is a matter of personal preference – color or black and white; scenic landscape or urban scene; perhaps an abstract? If you’re really not sure, ask the artist! I’ve helped clients choose the perfect print for their space, and even mocked up options using photos of a room or office space.

Living room with fine art print

Living Room Print Mockup

 

Caring for Your Photographic Art Prints

Buying fine art prints is an investment that adds beauty to your home, office, or work place. As such, proper care must be taken to ensure your prints last a long time. Paper prints should be properly mounted and framed (we can do that for you). Matting a paper print adds to visual appeal and further protects it by spacing it from the glass or acrylic glazing.  If you’re looking for prints for your bathroom or other humid place, consider metal prints which are durable and water resistant. All prints should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Fine art prints continue to increase in popularity and make for beautiful works of art in your home, and now online galleries make it possible to acquire the perfect image. Still not sure? Contact me and we can chat about hanging the right art piece on your wall. Or, if you’re ready to start shopping, please check out my Best Sellers, or visit my Fine Art Portfolio site.

Limited Time Canvas Promotion

Abstract Birds in Flight Panoramic

The winter thaw is finally beginning, and that puts me in a good mood!  So from today (3/10/2014) until 5pm on 3/15/2014, I’m offering the following abstract images at a special promotional price.  My professional print company gets standard size canvases at a discount, so I can pass that on to my customers.  These amazing images are from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and make for great abstract artwork for your walls.  Check my gallery for more incredible outer space images.

Butterfly Nebula NGC6302 Canvas Print

Butterfly Nebula NGC6302 Canvas Print – 24×20 – $89

Carina Nebula Canvas Print

Carina Nebula Canvas Print – 36×24 – $124

Tarantula Nebula Canvas Print

Tarantula Nebula Canvas Print – 24×20 – $89

Canvas Print Sale

Cloud Gate aka The Bean

It’s Friday, it’s mid-April, and I just feel like it.  So here’s a great promotion running for the next several days (while supplies last).  I get a special discount on standard size canvas prints, so I would like to pass that special print on to my fans and customers.  Here are the current limited time promotions – 11×14 canvas prints (ready to hang) for only $60 (normally $99).  Only 20 of each available, so hurry!

Zebra Love

Zebra Love

Chicago's Willis Tower

Chicago’s Willis Tower

Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ghosts in The Bean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promotion Expired 4/17/2013…  Thank you buyers!

Metal Prints & Frames Update

Good news! Fine Art Metal Prints are now available for order direct from this site!  This amazing product is created by infusing dyes into a polymer coating that is heat transferred onto a 1/16th inch thick aluminum sheet.  This process makes the print durable, scratch resistant, and water proof, with an archival value of well over 100 years.  In addition to the long lasting print, this process and material really makes images pop.  The colors are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives photos a luminous quality that no paper print can achieve.

Panoramic Metal Print

Panoramic Metal Print

Metal Print Detail

Metal Print Detail

One Hanger Option

Hanger Option for Small Metal Prints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of my Best Selling Photos if you’d like a metal print of your own!  Or go direct to my Chicago Skyline Panoramic which is hanging in homes around the world.

In other news, I’ve also added seven new frame options for custom framed fine art prints.  These include economy metal frames in Black, Gunmetal, Frosted Silver, and White, as well as wood frames in Black, Black Walnut, Canadian Walnut, American Maple, and White.  I will also soon add premium handcrafted environmentally friendly bamboo frames as an option.

Custom Print Ordering

Red Tulip Macro

It’s finally here!  Today I’m announcing the official re-opening of my specialty print shop.  All of my images are now available for immediate customization and print ordering, direct from this site.  The new order system allows you to choose various print configurations including standard prints, framed prints, and canvas prints.  Further, you can choose custom mats and frames, for a completely finished, ready-to-hang art piece.  I’m still working on adding a larger variety of frame and mat options, and plan on offering acrylic and metal prints in the near future.  Check out some of the examples below, or find your own favorites!

 

1945 Vought F4U-4 Corsair - Fine Art Print

1945 Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Framed Art Print

Chicago Skyline Panoramic - Fine Art Print

Chicago Skyline Panoramic
Fine Art Print

Double Arch Illuminated by Moonlight - Canvas Print

Double Arch by Moonlight
Canvas Print

EDIT: Payment via Amazon has now also been enabled!

FAA Photo Contest

As you may or may not know, I sell my photography though FineArtAmerica.com, a trusted source for high quality art prints (that some of you already have on your walls, thank you!).
This month, they’re running a contest to select 5 images to feature in an upcoming TV commercial.  There are two rounds to this contest – the first round is just a matter of getting at least 250 votes. The 2nd round is juried.  The first round is where I can use your help!

If all of you could just visit each of the links below, and click the “Vote for this image” button, I would have enough votes to progress to the next round.  All you have to do is log into the site with Facebook. They don’t save your information or require you to create an account, they just want to make sure you’re not a fake voter.  So who wants to help me out?  🙂

Here are my three submissions:

Thanks in advance!!

Spring Blooms and Cameras

Spring has sprung all around us, a great time to break out the camera and take some pictures. In my case, it gives me a chance to prove my new Canon 5D Mark III was worth the money.  I purchased the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens to replace my trusty old 28-135mm lens. So far, I have to say I’m very pleased. There have been some complaints from certain users about the new AF system, but I believe most of those are unwarranted, and can be chalked up to users not reading the manual. This new AF system is amazingly fast and accurate, in many lighting conditions.  I’m still testing other aspects of the camera, but I can safely say mine is not going back to the store.  Here are a few images from around the garden.