The Best of 2016… So Far

Welcome to 2016 and welcome to Spring! 2015 was a wonderful year for us and 2016 has started off even better. I am honored to share with you the most loved masterpieces of 2016, so far.


The latest major release of “Visions of Ireland” features Ed Cooley’s award-winning masterpiece “Enchanted”. Becoming one of Ed’s fastest appreciating artworks, “Enchanted” features the Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland captured in breathtaking light.

One of the most famous sights in Northern Ireland, this seemingly mysterious location was actually purposeful. The Stuart family planted it in the 18th century to dress up the road to their manor. These wonderful Beech trees have since grown entangled into a fantastic mess.

This sight has been featured in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and many other mediums. With equal parts mystery and trepidation, I set out to put my signature style on this sight.


Featured during the release of “Industry Abandoned”, “Hypnotic” has been a show stopper since it’s release. Photographed in the famous Silo City of Buffalo, New York, this project was a completely new experience for Ed Cooley. Known world wide for his award-winning landscapes, “Industry Abandoned” was instantly something special. These haunting images of what was once the backbone of industry showcase the beauty of life that has moved into the absent space. The colors that have stood the test of time, the remnants of an obviously busy industry, and the memories left behind.

“Hypnotic” is a literal mess of advertisements and graffiti layered over time into a hypnotizing stare. What her eyes must have been able to see as the industry waned and she came to life.


“Tree of Fire”

Can you believe these colors exist in nature? A breathtaking ode to autumn, this tree lives in the Portland Japanese Garden of Portland, Oregon. Captured by many photographers, but Ed’s style stands alone.

The gardens were established in 1963 and opened to the public in 1967. Japanese Gardens typically take hundreds of years to evolve and mature, but thanks to western ingenuity the Portland Japanese Garden is the perfect fusion of east meeting west.

This Japanese Maple may be short in stature, but the color gives it a mighty presence. A favorite among our collectors, this piece highlights our love of the Earth.


“Wild Spirit”

And last, but certainly not least, I bring you one of Ed Cooley’s most awarded pieces. “Wild Spirit” brings the Camargue Horses of Provence, France into your home.

Many photographers have tried, but not many with success, to photograph these wild horses. Protected by the government to conserve the breed, this herd lives in the Rhone river delta and are watched by the “Gardians of the Camargue”. Legend says the Romans would arrive by ship to cull the young to train as war horses.

What is your favorite?

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our passion with you everyday. These masterpieces are all available for purchase and so the only question that needs to be asked, what is your favorite?

Name That Piece!

gallery-3How would you like to win an original Ed Cooley piece?

In celebration of our latest exhibit “Industry Abandoned” being such an amazing success, we are anxious to introduce this show to you! We will be releasing blog posts all week and next with features from the show and exciting details on how you can add to your collection.

Featured is one of our newest pieces, currently titled “The Piece With No Name” but we are hoping YOU can change that! Just go to Ed Cooley Fine Art and include your contact information along with what you believe would make a great name for this piece and you could win a signed copy! (View rules here)

Voting will end on November 28th, and winner will be announced on December 1st, only one ballot per entry please. Good Luck and can’t wait to see what you come up with!



Trip Report – Ireland: Glandalough

Glendalough Tombstone

I have a few more posts about trip planning and preparation but I’m excited to show some of the incredible sites here in Ireland so we’ll save those for later.

 After arriving in Dublin, Ireland, we planned a rest day to adjust to the new time zone.  Of course, we couldn’t hang around the hotel all day so we drove 40 minutes south to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountain National Forest.

Not only is the area a great natural area with two beautiful lakes, they have this super cool monastery more than 1500 years old!  Think about that; in the 6th century the Celtic Christians built this community and not long after Vikings invaded and took over Dublin.  Eventually these Vikings, were thrown out of power and many converted to Christianity and melted into the community.  They would have heavily influenced this entire area.

St. Kevins Bell Tower

There is a well-preserved tower rebuilt in the 1800’s, St. Kevin’s Chapel and cemetery full of incredible tombstones that have all kinds of Celtic artwork on them.  The cross, pictured against the evergreen foliage, especially intrigued me with its monikers showing Celtic patterns and farm animals along with a saddened cherub.  I’ve seen these same patterns in Viking tombstones and art all over Iceland.

Enjoy a few more sites from Glendalough


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Trip Report – Ireland: Planning

I’m spreading Irish Kerry Gold Butter on my toast this morning as I get ready to leave for the airport to Dublin to explore my Irish roots.  Not sure how much Irish blood runs through my veins but regardless we’re excited for an opportunity to travel to the ‘Emerald Isle’ for a fortnight.

Preparing for an international trip might seem overwhelming at first but with a little practice things tend to go smoothly.

1. First select a desirable location out of the endless possibilities

This is the fun part, no drama, just hours and hours of web searches and introspection.  If this is your first international trip, pick someplace that speaks your language and drives on the same side of the street.

Another criteria is what is the current political climate.  You won’t enjoy an exotic location if your safety is a concern.  We photograph at the edge of the day when most areas are void of people and protection.  There’s never a gauruntee but many locations remove that concern.

Finally, you’ll enjoy scouring photography and social media sites scoping locations and subjects.

2. When to visit:

If you goat peak travel times, you’ll be frustrated getting good looks and spend top dollar as well.  Better to travel just off season than to battle the crowds.

Something I will always do during trip planning is search for a workshop.  Sometimes it’s better to go with a group and if you prefer shooting alone it will give you an idea of dates that are productive for photography.

On our first trip to Italy, we joined Jim and Magrit Nilsen’s wonderful tours of Tuscany  and Venice.  Jim was great about accomodating our needs as professional photographers while providing invaluable information on the area.

You can also consider a local guide.  They know the area and best times to photograph.  They also releive you from language, culture and safety concerns.  Most are more affordable than you would think and make sure you don’t book yourself into a dive.

3. Visa requirements are always a concern

Make sure you can get into the country before booking tickets and accommodations.

4. Arrange your tickets and accommodations early

A year in advance gives you all kinds of options but can lock you in.  Consider trip insurance if you are concerned your availability may change.  An option to cancel for any reason costs a little more but gives you flexibility for the unseen.

While I prefer to book my own trip, travel agents can be a valuable resource and have access to discount packages that may not be available to you as an individual traveler.

My flight is boarding, next stop Dublin!

Tip of the Day: What’s The Best Camera for Me?

Pacific SkiesI get this question at least once a day: What camera is the best for me/beginners/period?

Honestly? I don’t know!

That question is just as complex as asking a sommelier “what kind of wine will I love over all others?” You just have to try them out, and that’s half the fun!

Here in Northwest Arkansas we have several sources for camera and camera equipment purchases, some locations will encourage usage in store to make sure they are the best fit for you. If camera ownership is completely out of your budget, using your iPhone or Android can offer some amazing quality photos and apps like Instagram and SnapChat offer many editing options that can create perfect opportunities to gain knowledge on lighting, angles and zoom.

And if you have a source, borrowing or renting a camera for the day can actually provide an amazing opportunity to hold and view and work with the camera in order to fully understand if it is the best fit for you!

Follow to see more about how to find the best camera for you!

Tip of the Day: Shoot What You Love!

Antarctica IcebergBeing a photographer (or artist in general) is by definition a freeing and exciting experience. But what happens when you become stuck, when you lose focus, when you become so wrapped up your next shot that you forget what an amazing experience it is to be able to do what we do?

Shoot What You Love!

When asked recently about my dream location to shoot, I answered with “I am living my dream and anywhere I dream to shoot, we go.” and that is the truth. Last weekend it was sunflowers in Missouri, the weekend before it was the meteor shower in South Arkansas, this week? Who knows? That’s the point, shoot what you love! Dream it and do it! If you can’t get to Africa or Asia this week, then shoot in your own backyard.

Take a walk/train/drive/plane and find what excites you, what moves you and start there. My favorite experience shooting was at 2:30 am on an Antartic expedition and I was the only one awake and on deck. I was in shirt sleeves and the sun was beginning to peek up from the clouds, and the silence and stillness was breathtaking. I captured one of my most award winning photographs and still one of my favorites.

We get to show people a side of nature and life and the world they would never get to see on a regular day, and that is worth shooting!

Tip of the Day: Don’t Worry About Style

cropped-HP0112-copy1.jpgThese days we hear a lot about developing your own personal style with all kinds of advice on how to magically pull the style rabbit out of the hat.

Truth is, you don’t need to waste another minute worrying about personal style. Photograph subjects you love and the style will magically happen all on it’s own. Before you know it, people will recognize your style, perhaps even before you!

Here is my checklist for what to do until your “style” finds you:

Work On Improving Your Vision

How you see your subject is the only thing you have that no one can duplicate, others may copy but that’s another subject!

You improve your vision by becoming a critic. Criticize your own work ruthlessly then be just as critical of every image you see. If you look at your work from last year and think it’s the best you can do, you are done and won’t improve this year. We’re bombarded with imagery more than ever, make a habit of analyzing as much of it as you can.

Embrace Challenging Subjects and Light

We all love the golden light at sunrise and sunset, but that only gives you an hour of opportunity every day. Force yourself to photograph during the harsh light of day and you’ll find great images can be made around the clock.

Tighten Your Technique

Are you getting the best image quality every time?

  • Use a sturdy tripod
  • ALWAYS use a remote and mirror lockup when possible
  • Bracket and blend you shots so everything in the frame is at the optimal exposure

Shoot More Often

You may have heard it before, but “The First 10,000 Images are Your Worst”.-Henri Carter-Bresson.

You’re going to photograph a lot of stinkers whether you like it or not. Get them out of the way as quickly as you can.

Developing your “style” will happen after years of photographing the scenes you love, the way you love to see them. It’s a continual process that never ends.

I best shut this down and get back to developing my “style”!


International Photographic Competition Results Are In… Gold Again!

We at Ed Cooley Fine Art Gallery are so excited and proud to announce that Ed has been awarded the “Gold Photographer Award” by the Professional Photography Association For the second year in a row.  The award is recognition for outstanding achievement in the International Photographic Competition and we want to congratulate Ed on his hard work! Please enjoy the following photographs and follow the links to see more on our website. Thank you Ed for all you do and THANK YOU readers, collectors, clients and fellow nature lovers for supporting our passion to bring beauty to so many lives!

image“Morning Glory” Mt. Rainier National Park

“When photographing I wake up day after day dreaming about mornings like this. I could hardly believe my eyes as Mt Rainier was gloriously bathed in one of the most beautiful sunrise displays I have witnessed.”

Eilean Donan Castle“Dreams of Scotland”

“Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, and probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other. It is, without doubt, a Scottish icon and certainly one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands.”


“Spring Eternal”

“Nestled up to the edge, I snapped this photo. I felt honored to have found this place of pure relaxation. I sat there for awhile observing this natural spa. Refreshed and hiking out I felt younger than I have in years.”

image1“Dolce Vita”

This vibrant image of Venice captures everything loved by locals and visitors alike. The beauty of the location and intensity of the colors elicit an immediate emotional response of dreams and desire to be a part of the image.                                                                       *Photo is set for release in November, 2015

Once again, Congratulations Ed and Thank You! Be sure to stay tuned as we announce more of the pieces awarded and click on the links for more information about the winning photographs.