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.

gallery-5“Enchanted”

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.

gallery-8“Hypnotic”

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.

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“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.

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“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?

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.”

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“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.

 

 

Waterfall of the Gods

Godafoss, Northern Iceland

 

At the end of the first century, the leader of Iceland made Christianity the official religion of the state.  It is rumored that after making that proclamation he threw his statues of the Norse gods into this waterfall which is now called Godafoss.  (The suffix foss designates a waterfall in Icelandic.)

Enter to the Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

 

The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castle in Scotland for good reason.  It’s commanding position over the Fjords of Scotland’s Northwest Highlands was   a stronghold from the 13th century.  It was eventually controlled by Clan Mackenzie until it was destroyed during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1719.