Twin Vintage Cobras

A photographic image of two orange vintage cobras automobiles photographed while parked in a driveway.Twin Vintage Cobras.

The vintage car show and shine season is fast approaching in southern Ontario.  These late spring and summer months are also the perfect time to capture that stunning image of your four wheeled collectable.  I am pleased to announce the availability of a few open shooting dates; but book soon as these dates are fast disappearing.  These finished images are guaranteed to make a stunning addition to your wall decor whether it be for a office, business, home, or garage.  Father’s day gift coupons are also available.  Contact me at patchuprina@gmail.com or leave a comment below for further information. read more

Ice Storm March 2016

A photograph of Ice encrusted tree branchesIce Storm 1

“While we cannot describe its appearance (the equivalent), we can define its function. When a photograph functions as an Equivalent we can say that at that moment, and for that person the photograph acts as a symbol or plays the role of a metaphor for something that is beyond the subject photographed.”
Minor White
My photographs are usually quite simple in composition, a single subject matter and a clean as possible stark background.  Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of complex designs with the possibility of no single subject, and this late March ice storm and it’s fallen trees gave me the chance to try it out.  I’m pleased with the results and here is the first image from this series.  This image is available as a framed, canvas or art print at Crated.com.  This image is also available printed on metal at Displate.com. As an added incentive for these Fine art prints or framed artworks; email me your particulars along with your order information and I promise to mail you a small certificate of authenticity with the image title along with my signature which can then be attached to the back of the piece.  Stop by, have a look, leave a comment, like it, and buy a print for your home or office decor needs you will not be disappointed.

“When I looked at things for what they are I was fool enough to persist in my folly and found that each photograph was a mirror of my Self.” Minor White
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White Calla Lily now available at Crated.com

A photographic still life of a white Calla Lily flower.White Calla Lilly.

Sell the public flowers…
things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I am pleased to announce my image “White Calla Lily,”  part of my Bontanical series is now available at Crated.com.  As an added incentive for these Fine art prints or framed artworks; email me your particulars along with your order information and I promise to mail you a small certificate of authenticity with the image title along with my signature which can then be attached to the back of the piece.

My Adventures with a Google+ Community

I don’t know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don’t get it.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I work hard on my images, am very meticulous, attentive to details and am proud of the finished product.  I am also not naive enough to expect everyone to like my work.  I also admit to using social media heavily to promote my images, which brought me to joining a Google Plus group called Light Box, a gathering of like minded individuals who critique each others work.  Unfortunately my experiences not necessarily good ones. Critiquing is a skill, and skills improve over time with the right knowledge and continuous practice, if you care to.  It can be a positive experience for both along with being a experience to improve your and the recipient’s skill as a photographer. On the dark side it can be a form of trench warfare with useless information, biased negative assumptions and insults being thrown back and forth.  Here are some of my experiences. Wine Bottle and Glass; a image photographed for lighting and form, a favorite of mine and others but unfortunately is one of my most pirated images on the web. From the group owner;  “have to delete1  because I cannot read the entire name on the bottle.” later on “But even if I wanted to buy this wine I couldn’t, I have no clue what it is,” finally from her after explaining it wasn’t ever a product shot;  “In that case the half label is a distraction, and I’d still rather see just the glass.”  From another senior member from the group: “If I were the art director I’d tell you the photographer that I couldn’t show this to the client.”  Because it was a still life image and without even asking these senior members of the group assumed it was just a “product shot.”  Even if it was they appeared to have no concept of a editorial image whereby sometimes “you sell the sizzle as compared to the steak.” Violin Profile, which to this day is my most successful image.  “

delete2  It looks like an encyclopedia photo of a violin with a stamp-like frame,” or “ read more