Robbie George Photography Blog
HAPPY NEW YEAR
As the end of the year fast approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about a new year resolution idea. As cell phone use and screen time rise exponentially every year by adults as well as young children I thought it would be an appropriate time to adopt a NEW YEAR NO SCREEN RESOLUTION.
"Unfortunately, I would argue that 90 percent of the population has their eyes closed and it’s as dark as a dead mans eyes out there."~Robbie George
As Albert Einstein once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
As a National Geographic photographer I have spent many months in the wilds of northern Wyoming watching and photographing the grizzly bear. This animal is a sight to behold every time you come across it.
Sustainability = Thriveability! I am excited and proud to announce that I will be partnering with a ZERO WASTE company as my new print fulfillment vendor! Graphik Dimensions is always looking for new and better ways to operate in harmony with our planet. Through conscious sourcing, conscious waste, and conscious consumption they make sure that every single aspect of buying nature wall art from Robbie George Photography works towards sustainability for Mother Earth. This means that nothing that goes into creating your order from Robbie George Photography will end up in the landfill. Ever!
As the old adage says, "a picture speaks more than a thousand words." The world around us is a spectacular place filled with snow-capped mountains, beautiful old barns, grassy plains, and water everywhere! Visualization of these spectacular scenes and the light that falls on them is important in order to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
When it comes to ordering framed wall art from Robbie George Photography, you can be rest assured that your order will never contain wood of endangered species or from protected forests and it will always meet strict eco-standards! Robbie uses a ZERO WASTE company to fulfill his sustainable orders for his clients!
As Jacques Cousteau once said "The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." Sea quotes like these bring a sense of wonder to the soul. To explain Jacques Cousteau's ocean quote one needs to understand that the resonance of the ocean is in a constant celestial dance with the moon, sun and earth. This celestial dance also has a secret harmony within the human body.
MOTHER NATURE QUOTES
As a National Geographic photographer for 10 years, I have spent an extraordinary amount of time out in nature pursuing some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes and wildlife. Over the years I have developed a true sense of our natural world, not only developing my photography talent, but also developing my thought processes while witnessing some of the most divine moments nature has to offer. I have recognized how important it is to be a voice for the voiceless.
Wildlife photography is a lot like ecology. As a wildlife photographer you need to study the interactions between living things and their environment. As a National Geographic photographer I have recognized over the years how intricately every aspect of nature is woven into its local environment.
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY QUOTES
A lot of people have asked me about my nature photography quotes and how I come up with them, so I thought I would write a blog post to answer some of those questions. As a National Geographic photographer I have spent numerous years in the field while photographing nature and wildlife.
Nature photography has been a divine gift to me and it has filled my life with an incredible journey of happiness, love, understanding and respect. Nature is a teacher and healer that is always there, communicating through the roots of her vast network. Gaining insight into this vast network makes one realize that all things are connected on a divine level.
NAT GEO FINE ART GALLERIES
I wanted to share a few personal images and reflect on how grateful I am to be apart of the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. I have a three images in the galleries that are located in La Jolla, CA - Maui, HI - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Laguna Beach, CA - Las Vegas, Nevada - Honolulu, HI - Miami, FL - New York City, NY - San Diego, CA. Having these images in these galleries is humbling; however, at the same time I am excited and inspired to be amongst the greatest photographers in the world.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE
In the past decade, digital photography has undergone mind-blowing evolution, exacerbated by the advent of smartphone camera. Everyone is now able to give photography a shot. With smartphone cameras getting better and better, the chances of you becoming a professional photographer are also increasing. Even in the field of fine art photography.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT VS FINE ART PRINT
The difference between a photographic print and a fine art print has to do with the paper involved with the print. The photographic paper is not as of a high-quality paper as the fine art paper. Photographic paper has acid in the paper which can make the print fade, crack, or even make them brittle over time.
WHAT IS A FINE ART PRINT?
Fine Art Prints are made with high-quality archival inks on acid free fine art papers using a high-resolution large format printer. These are also known as fine art giclee prints. These exquisite fine art papers are acid free because the acid content in many papers makes them brittle and crack over time.
WHAT IS GICLEE PRINTING?
Fine art giclee printing is a term coined by a printmaker named Jack Duganne for a fine art digital print made on inkjet printers that produce high-quality prints. It is based on the French word gicleur, a French term for an inkjet nozzle. The word "gilcee" is a french term that means "to spray or to squirt."
Xpozer features vivid, sharp photo prints paired with a revolutionary new mounting system. Images are printed on striking Vivid Satin material. With no frame needed, they float away from the wall for a modern gallery look.
WHAT ARE ACRYLIC PRINTS?
If you've ever wanted to step into a picture, acrylic prints are about as close as you will get. With incredible radiance and a polished gleam, acrylic prints will practically jump off the wall.
CANVAS GALLERY WRAPS
Canvas Gallery Wraps are made with a print on professional photo paper bonded onto museum quality canvas, or a fine art print printed directly onto canvas material. The print is then wrapped around an artist's stretcher frame, and finished with your choice of hanging hardware.
CANVAS WALL ART
Canvas prints are achieved by taking an image and printing it onto a canvas material and stretching it onto a wood frame. The image is printed with extended borders that "wraparound" the edges of the stretcher, producing and effect that means the image will not necessarily require a frame. Canvas wall art can be a wonderful addition to any home wall decor!
METAL WALL ART
Photos printed on metal will come to life with the most luminescent, vibrant colors that are simply breathtaking. Metal prints add depth to photos and appear magically filled with light. The best photos to print on metal have vivid colors and wonderful light play. Sunsets, landscapes, seascapes, water, and starry nights are just a few subjects that make amazing metal wall art prints.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT PAPERS
I use only professional photographic print papers so that you always receive the longest lasting and highest quality photographic prints available. Here is a list of photographic print papers that I use:
Exhibit Mounts are Metal Prints that are mounted on 2mm black Styrene and finished with a black Metal Inset Frame or Float Mount Hanger. Designed to look great while adding durability. Great for prints that are hung in highly trafficked areas or for prints that will be handled or transported frequently.
WOOD PHOTO PRINTS
Maple Wood Wall Art Prints are printed directly on to 1/2" thick maple surfaced wood board, for a warm and natural-looking print that is also eco-friendly. The grain and other characteristics of the wood shows through the light and white areas of the image for a natural warm tone and vintage feel. Add a beautifully unique and natural look to any photo!
WALL ART GUIDE
Wall art can act as the final icing on the cake for a home’s decor. It brightens up a space in magical ways, be it a bedroom, office or a library. Wall art can be used to bring out emotions or describe a person’s personality or even make a statement.
ISO IN PHOTOGRAPHY
The definition of ISO (International Standards Organization) is the organization that sets standards for measures such as sensor sensitivity and output. In a nutshell, ISO in photography, is sensor sensitivity. You set the ISO speed to indicate the sensitivity to the emulsion of light. Setting your sensor's sensitivity (or ISO) to a high number will let you shoot in low light.
FINE ART PRINT
I carry a large selection of Fine Art Print options when you order a nature picture from Robbie George Photography. I want you to have the very best selection available in todays fine art world. This is why I give you so many options. I only work with the best printer and framer available in the industry, Graphik Dimensions.
TRIPTYCH AND POLYTYCH WALL ART
Triptych and Polytych are beautiful wall art displays using one image across multiple prints. These images can be made in designer groupings of Canvas Gallery Wraps, MetalPrints, or ThinWraps. I offer all three types with my nature wall art so please contact me with questions or the type you would like to use. Here are the options:
ART PRINT SIZE
Deciding on the size of the art print you are going to oder can seem overwhelming at first, but there are a few ways to make this decision easier. First and foremost, if you haven't already, I highly suggest measuring the wall space that you are planning to hang the print. A general rule of thumb for hanging artwork over a piece of furniture..
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER?
The short answer is it’s not easy. You need to be committed to the core and love what you're doing. National Geographic is known for its decades of astonishing photography, and serves as a kind of Mount Everest for many photojournalists. There are few outlets in the world with as respected a team of photographers.
RUNNING THE COAST WITH HOWARD FILMS
Truly incredible. I spent five years on the road with the striped bass migration filming and producing Running The Coast with Howard Films. First movie of its kind. Perhaps the last. The journey began in the Chesapeake Bay and took us a thousand miles north to Maine. All of it and the ragged stops in between are now the story of what every angler does to find their path to intersect the striped bass on its fabled migration.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC "DAWN TO DARK" BOOK COVER
I'm excited to announce that one of my images will be on the cover of National Geographic’s best-selling annual photography collection book “Dawn to Dark ~The Magic of Light” . The book charts the changes of light over the course of a day and contains the world’s best landscape photography and photojournalism.
Photography, once it casts its spell, holds one in its viewfinder of wonder forever. Intuitive observations and the ability to recognize the wisdom and spirit behind those observations is what creates lasting images. Sometimes these happen for a split second and other times it takes minutes, hours, days, weeks or decades to recognize and capture them.
I am super excited to announce that Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller unveiled the new iPad Mini with retina display and used my image to showcase the new technology. Apple is also using my image at the Apple store front to showcase the new retina display.