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Picture of a Mute Swan

Wrapped canvas print featuring close-up of a mute swan feeding. Part of the 'WATER AND WILDLIFE' collection.
Wrapped canvas print featuring close-up of a mute swan feeding. Part of the 'WATER AND WILDLIFE' collection. | Source

Creating Fine Art from nature photography

We are all feeling the pinch these days and I wanted to show you how I earn a bit of extra cash from my photography. I am addicted to bird photography so why not make use of the time spent doing something I love? Here's how I turn photography into fine art.

When does a photograph become Fine Art? After all, with the advent of digital cameras, everyone can take quite decent photos these days. But just what turns it from a snap shot into a Fine Art Photo? The answer is in the eye of it's creator. A Fine Art Photo is one where the photographer wants to share a mood, an impression, an emotion, or, perhaps, simply a change in the light that creates that one moment of beauty. Such is the case for wildlife photographer AnnMackieMiller. Print-on-Demand site Zazzle with it's new Wrapped Canvas Print program has allowed Ann to create stunning Fine Art canvases featuring her nature photography. This page showcases some of the canvases and allows Ann to share her feelings and motives in creating each picture. Be sure to leave her a message at the end if you enjoy your visit here.

Female Mallard Duck: Fine Art Photo

Female mallard duck on bright coloured water - Water and Wildlife series
Female mallard duck on bright coloured water - Water and Wildlife series | Source

Water and Wildlife by AnnMackieMiller

When I started taking nature photographs something in me rebelled against the 'accepted' form of concentrating exclusively on the bird being photographed. I love birds but I was drawn to the effects of light on water just as much. I was continually being told to 'cut and frame', 'cut and frame' - in other words place the bird in the center of the photo and frame it accordingly. I was told if I couldn't show the whole bird including it's tail feathers to cut it so it showed the head only. I didn't like what resulted. To me they lacked something that I couldn't quite define. But - my heart soars when I captured not just the bird, but the water against which it was set. Water, obviously, takes on the colours of what surrounds it whether it is a reflection of the sky, the greenery around it or, in my case, the reflections of canal boats which can give it such a wonderful variety of colour. I especially love the evening light when it is softer than mid-day glare. Last year I created a series of wall art entitled Birds on Bright Water, this year I have created a series called Water and Wildlife. Print-on-Demand site Zazzle has, for the first time, presented me with the opportunity of sharing my vision on Wrapped Canvas Prints which give exactly the effect I was looking for! These allow the water to be part of the picture and with the wrapped effect create it in a 3D version that I just love. These are a few of my wrapped canvas prints that I hope you enjoy viewing as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Mallard duck and duckling

Female mallard duck and duckling at evening, photographed against Green Water
Female mallard duck and duckling at evening, photographed against Green Water | Source

Female Mallard duck and duckling

Female Mallard duck stretching her wings - with young duckling.
Female Mallard duck stretching her wings - with young duckling. | Source

Photography Mallard Ducks and Ducklings

Every year the Mallard ducks along Bingley canal produce many ducklings. I am lucky enough to be able to spend time photographing them. Mallard ducks are common birds both in the UK and in Northern America and as such tend to be dismissed. But they are really quite beautiful birds and, if you look closely, they come in a variety of colours.

Ducklings are always cute and the ones I have chosen to feature on wrapped canvases are even more so by being photographed against coloured water. The mood of the moment changes with the background against which the birds are photographed.

Mallard duck and ducklings picture

Female mallard duck and ducklings on water reflecting greenery around them.
Female mallard duck and ducklings on water reflecting greenery around them. | Source

Mute Swan pictures

Mute swan against water
Mute swan against water | Source
Mute Swans family in evening light.
Mute Swans family in evening light. | Source

Photography swans

Swans are elegant birds and a joy to photograph. The curve of a neck is enough to create an impression of grace.

The swan pictures featured on these wrapped canvas prints are Mute Swans, although anyone who knows them will know they are far from 'mute'. Mute swans have a subtle 'cough' sound, almost as if they are clearing their throat. Between mated pair, on meeting they go through a touching greeting display which includes linking of necks and several snorting sort of noises.

Mute swans are common in Britain and can be quite tame. Some of the characters along Bingley canal will feed from your hand and one in particular knocks on the window of canal boats when they are ready for breakfast.

As a photographer, I love the curves and plains that swans offer. I don't believe you have to see the 'whole' bird to enjoy that sense of grace that is epitomised by swans.


Mute swan and cygnet picture

Mute Swan and Cygnet with lily pads on Bingley canal.  The 'echo' created by the cgynet's neck is what attracted me to this moment.
Mute Swan and Cygnet with lily pads on Bingley canal. The 'echo' created by the cgynet's neck is what attracted me to this moment. | Source

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Have you enjoyed seeing my prints? Please leave me a message when you visit - every comment appreciated 19 comments

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Ann you are so talented! I enjoyed your hub thoroughly. Are all you photos taken in Yorkshire? I used to love walking in Ripon and enjoying all the wildlife... Voting up!

Cloverleaf


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thank you so much - yes they are mostly in Yorkshire with the occasional forey further afield. People tend to forget how much good stuff is right on their doorstep because it is so familiar.

thanks so much for your vote. it is much appreciated.


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whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

I enjoyed this hub very much. I am a wildlife artist and I always like to read and see my favorite, wild birds of all kinds. You may see many of my paintings on my hubs of which there are quite a few.


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DDS 5 years ago from Toronto

Gorgeous pictures as always !! Voted up. Might do without the graphic effects though as your pictures stand on their own!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

It amazes me that even though these prints are on canvas the image is still so sharp and colorful. My favorite in this series is the first one of the swan about to eat the green plant.

I also like the other canvas art and agree that the coloring and lighting on the water adds visual interest and mood to the prints. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thanks so much - what graphic effects do you mean DDS? not sure what you mean but I really appreciate your visit.


4youreyes 5 years ago

Ann,

Your pictures were awesome. My favorite was the mute swan and lily pads. I also enjoyed reading about the pictures . Thank-you for a beautiful hub.

Have A Good Evening !


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thank you SOOO much - you have no idea how much it means to me when my work is appreciated


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thanks so much


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub and I loved the paintings,

I am voting up and bookmarking this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ann, what fabulous pictures, your work is amazing. The clarity is still incredible on canvas, lovely work.

Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the country.

Best wishes.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thanks so much


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Hi Ann, I love seeing your prints, and it amazes me that they can be enlarged so much and still retain the beautiful colors and clarity. The mute swan is so beautiful with the touches of orange in the flowers and in the swan's beak adding just the right amount of complementary coloring. You have a wonderfully artistic touch!


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Paul Ward 17 months ago from Liverpool, England

Some amazing bird photographs.


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BarbRad 17 months ago from Templeton, CA

Beautiful work, Ann. These bird photos look really wonderful on the canvas. I especially like the swans.


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CherylsArt 17 months ago from West Virginia

Gotta love Zazzle, and I love your bird photos with all the backgrounds too!


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Virginia Allain 17 months ago from Central Florida

I enjoy your photography very much. This inspires me to try doing some wrapped canvas pictures on Zazzle. Thanks!


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sheilamarie78 17 months ago

These photographs are beautiful, Ann. I love that we can make them into wrapped canvas prints on Zazzle.


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SusanDeppner 17 months ago from Arkansas USA

Your bird photography is so beautiful! Tweeted and pinned to my "for the birds" board!

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