Sunday, December 20, 2009

December Greetings!

Winter shooting is off to a slow start, but I'm hopeful for some good snowscapes soon. We did have some short lived snow that I managed a nice morning shoot at the lake.

I did these long exposures looking over the crowds on the resort lawn during the Christmas lighting ceremony.

You'll find this image from last winters record snowfall in the December issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine.

I finally found what book one of my images was used
on the cover of.

Here is the pre-manipulated image of a trestle along the
Pend Oreille River.

I also visited the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney, Washington during our extreme cold spell a few weeks back. 

The day I was there had heavy cloud cover with rather flat lighting, but the ice, polished from the wind, was rather cool.
 I am looking forward to exploring this area in more detail at different times of year.

I have new products available on my website. A selection of mousepads 

with more designs coming soon...

And a variety of free desktop wallpapers for download.

So.... here's hoping the rain will stop and we have a beautiful
snowy white Christmas!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Idaho Scenic Images latest news

Well it's been awhile since I did one of these news posts, so I have probably forgot plenty of whats happened over the last few months... 

Fresh in my mind- I am one of the newest members of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce

I am starting out by providing them with some images for their 2010 publications, and am hoping it will be a long and productive association.
As we enter the holiday season,
I thougth I'd share this image of my hometown.

I feel it perfectly captures the transition from Fall to Winter and the anticipation of Christmas.
I attended the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Kootenai Cancer Center in Post Falls on Nov. 7th.


What a beautiful facility!
The 15 pieces of art that I have hanging there are in good company with beautiful sculptures, paintings and a few other photographers work.
The building itself is quite artistic.

Watch for this image in the December issue of Spokane-CDA Living Magazine.

I believe it's being used as the
"Why we live here" image on the last page.
I donated a 2010 North Idaho Scenics Calendar to the employee Christmas Party auction for the City of Coeur d'Alene.

Auction items can be bid on by the public and are available for viewing at City Hall.
I have just a couple of these left.
If you are still interested, contact me ASAP!

I recently joined the NPN(Nature Photographers Network) and probably should have done it sooner. I will have a small portfolio with them, but if what they say rings true.... they get seen by a lot of the right clients.
Now I just need to figure out what to sew my membership patch onto.
I am looking forward to attending the "Love your Lake" book Gala for the Lengendary Lake Pend Oreille book by Jane Fritz, which comes out at the end of the month and includes an assortment of my images.

(I'm not saying these are in the book..I haven't recieved my usage statement as of yet.)
I discovered a fabulous chocolate shop that anyone in
Coeur d'Alene needs to try called Coeur d'Alene Chocolates. These delicious confections are also beautiful works of Art. 

While you're there...check out Edena's Gallery of Art. They feature Edena and a variety of local and regional artists including me
 as of Saturday, Nov. 21st.

Come to the Open House on Saturday Dec. 5th from 1-4pm!
3650 N. Government Way

This ands others available to license for your
Christmas Card with a hometown feel!

I love the Holiday Season....and can't wait to make good use of my new snowshoes!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Whitefish and More....

Last time I posted, I was feeling cheated out of fall colors, but luckily, not all was lost of the autumn season. The tamaracks cooperated and I did find a few tucked away patches of color that had been spared the freezing temps.


In mid October I traveled to Whitefish, Montana to take my beautiful nieces' senior photos. Not my usual type of photography, it was a very sucessful shoot, and I enjoyed the scenery tremendously. Driving by Flathead Lake, the water was glassy calm and covered in a combination of smoke and clouds that gave a surreal appearance.

The snowcapped Mission Mountains were stunningly beautiful...

In the pre-dawn light we happened upon the historic Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 at the Whitefish station. On its return to Portland, Oregon after a cross country excursion, I had no idea of it's significance until looking it up when I got home.

We used this old truck as a prop in some of the senoir photos,
but it has also turned into a popular art print.

A new item I've been trying out are desktop wallpapers
 ...there are about 12 of them so far.
Some better than others.

You may check them out and download for free.
The gallery password is 449fans (I had 449 facebook fans when I first posted them)

You can follow me on facebook for the fasting postings of recent images.

Here are a few of my beautiful niece Kaitlyn, who made it way too easy to take good photos.

I do plan on taking clients in the Coeur d'Alene area for the class of 2011 - starting summer 2010.  Watch for info on my website coming in spring if you know anyone who would be interested. I plan on being very competitive and offering a unique senoir package.

Hoping to post again soon with some other news and photos...I know I have gotten way behind.. Have great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What happened to fall?

Sadly, it is becoming evident that we are not going to get a good display of fall colors this year around the Coeur d'Alene area. An early freeze seems to have killed the leaves before they could change colors.
This river image shows what I mean....the trees just look dead.

I went down on the St. Joe twice recently,
once by car, arriving before the sunrise, and again on a tour boat.

This is Falls Creek Falls right beside highway 50.

I caught this shot from the boat as we left Independence Point for what ended up being a very long day.

There is just something about September sunsets... I have been noticing for several years now there seems to be a lot of lavendar skies in September.

I stayed in town one clear morning and felt like a voyeur taking pictures over and through fences, just trying to get a view of the lake.

I'm quite happy with this Spokane River shot, and think it will remain one of my all-time favorites. Suprisingly I didn't think much of it when I shot it and only spent a few minutes on it, taking only a couple different exposures.

I found this canoe scene one morning and hope it is still there for a foggy day shot.

This last month has been quite productive and according to my lightroom stats, I shot 16 out of 30 days in the month of September.

This was overlooking the valleys to the East in the Coeur d'Alene Mountains after a night of rain.

Here are a few more of our beloved Lake Coeur d'Alene...

Looking forward to a trip into Montana soon and hoping they have better fall colors than here in North Idaho.