Welcome! This blog should provide two things. First, a vicarious experience of nature through images, captions, and video. Secondly, the blog will share some of the research and literature that reinforces the paradigm of nature as a restorative and healing force. The goal is to give an educational, and rejuvenating "virtual nature experience".
Kevin's Web Log
Title: "Waking Flowers and Coyote Song"
Location: Shell Creek Road, Los Padres National Forest, California
Hello again! Pardon my brief absence from the blogosphere - I’ve been working overtime on some new images from my very productive trip to California. The new images can be seen as the default collection in the Image Gallery. Just click on any of the thumbnails in the filmstrip to see enlarged views.
Most of these images are composites. I take multiple pictures of each scene, varying focus point and exposure, and then all of these images are combined to make the final file. Although time consuming, this method allows for precise control of sharpness and tonal range. My goal is to give a sense of the actual experience of seeing and feeling the places first hand. This precision is necessary because many of my images are sold as very large prints (30 x 40 and above), and the added effort really pays off in these large reproductions!
The image above was created using six different shots; 4 in varying points of focus from near to far, then another 2 exposures to capture detail in shadow and highlight areas. The end result is the best representation of what the scene looked like had you been standing there with me. The only thing missing, as the title suggests, is the sound of a group of coyotes singing loudly to the just rising sun.
I would love to get your feedback on your favorite images in this grouping! Please email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Oh, and by the way.... I will be changing the format of this blog to a WordPress format in the near future, where leaving comments will be much easier. Thanks for your patience and enjoy!