Earn Extra Cash from Digital Photography
Picture of a Mute Swan
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
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
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
Mute Swan pictures
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.