Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my photography website. I’ve been unofficially on WordPress for a while as underapileofphotos.wordpress.com, but decided to try my hand at a more official site. I get the feeling it’s going to be a work in progress for a while.

I’m an Oregon nature photographer. I shoot the great outdoors – rivers, mountains, lakes, and coastal scenes. I also love shooting plants, flowers, mushrooms, and agricultural scenes that surround me. I am always honing my skills. If you find something you like, please consider supporting my work by purchasing from one of my print on demand stores. There’s a wide variety from low-cost cards to high end metal prints. Even better would be to come check my work out at the Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery store at 605 Main Street in Lebanon, Oregon, where I’m honored to display my work alongside a group of talented artists.

If you’re just here for the pretty pictures, be sure and drop a comment and let me know what you think. What are you drawn to? What scenes speak to you? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting!

Distracted

As a photographer, I’m often pulled away from what I’m doing by the light dancing off a pretty flower or the angle of the shadows in the garden. Such was the case the other day when I was washing dishes and the light hit the roses I’d cut and placed by my sink. I left the dishes and moved the roses to a different window, set up my tripod, and proceeded to do a study in petals sidelit and backlit by the afternoon sun. Here are some of my results.

If you like what you see, my photography can be found at Fine Art America.

Customizing

When ordering prints from Fine Art America, you have the option to customize. For this print, I’ve chosen a gray frame that compliments the bridge architecture and a simple white mat. I would print this on Somerset Velvet paper. I love the fine art look of photos on this paper and have many down at the gallery.

Water Under the Bridge
Image size: 16x20
Frame: SLW6
Mat: 2" white
Paper: Somerset Velvet

New at the Gallery

I recently took the prints above down to the Gifts and Gallery store. They can also be found on Fine Art America.

8×8 Prints

Ocean Wave – beautiful pattern of ocean foam as a wave forms. Taken at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast.

Great Blue Heron – This elegant bird was sunning himself at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon Oregon.

Harris Covered Bridge – This covered bridge is located off of Highway 34 in Benton County, Oregon.

Pink and Orange Tulips – This photo was taken at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn Oregon.

9×12 Print

Heceta Head Lighthouse – This is an evening close up of the lens of this beautiful lighthouse that sits on a bluff between Newport and Florence on the Oregon Coast.

Wigwam Burner

These are a mixture of photos of an old wigwam burner near Florence, Oregon, lumber mill pullies, and burned out sections of Willamette Mill in Sweet Home, Oregon. When I was growing up, these wigwam burners were everywhere. When I moved to my current town, there was one a couple of miles from my house. As time goes on, they are being removed as they are no longer in use. They were a source of pollution and poor air quality. Now the materials that used to be burned them is being repurposed into other products. To me these will always be an emblem of my home state.

If you are interested in purchasing these images, you can find them here.

Sweet Home

I’m going to be making some souvenir magnets for a shop in Sweet Home, so I spent my Super Bowl Sunday driving around this cute little town, shooting the Weddle Bridge and Sankey Park’s log house. I haven’t spent much time in Sweet Home, other than stopping for ice cream after a hike or a day at the lake or grabbing a quick snack at Safeway, so it was fun to wander around and explore. And what a beautiful day! I also checked out the area beneath the dam and finished the day out as the clouds gathered over Foster Lake. If you’re ever in the area, spend a little time checking out this great little town.

Weekday Wanderings

I drove around the back roads close to home yesterday. I must have hit clock-out time for the forest crew, who were all barreling down the narrow gravel road at a gazillion miles per hour. Thank God for small pull-outs. They were a friendly bunch, waving as they sped by.

There was not much to photograph where I was. A bobcat ran down the road in front of my car, but was spooked back into the forest. There were a couple of streams running by the side of the road, but I was hesitant to get out for fear of getting plowed over by the forest crew. (Who I’m sure would have administered first aid. They seemed like a nice bunch.)

I did pass this stream flowing through an alder stand. I love mossy alders in winter. I’d been looking for a scene like this. I passed by on my return trip out of the forest. (Traffic had slowed to an occasional truck.) I got a few shots in before the sun completely went behind a hill. What do you think?

If you are interested in purchasing my prints, clicking on them will take you to their page in my Fine Art America shop.

Beautiful Blooms on a Dismal Day

It’s a typical overcast winter day in Oregon – the perfect time to dig into the summer floral photos. When I was searching for a photo for a challenge, I discovered these photos I took a few years ago. I was driving the back roads and came around a bend to find a brilliant field of golden California poppies. Today I uploaded then onto a few products on Zazzle. These items are customizable, which is part of Zazzle’s claim to fame. There’s a button below the “edit design” button that says “personalize this product.” Clicking on this will bring up the text, which right now on this item is “Iced Coffee.” You would delete what I have written and write your name, your business name, or whatever you want. (Are you more of an iced tea person?) This should apply to both sides. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Prepping for the 8×8 Show

Every year at this time, Brownsville Art Association in Brownsville, Oregon holds an 8×8 Art Show. This small art gallery opens its doors to the community, giving us a chance to share our art. I took some pieces in last year for the first time, and I’m excited to participate again this year.

I didn’t have any 8×8 prints on hand, so I ordered some new prints from the lab. They have a new photo paper that has a lovely, rich depth and velvety sheen. The difficulty was choosing the three I wanted to put in the show.

I like to mount my photos on cradled panels. Because I’ve played with ordering prints on different types of papers, I don’t want to hide them behind glass. It’s also a more economical avenue than professional framing. These 8x8s will get this treatment.

I waited to prep my cradled panels until my photos arrived. It’s only after seeing my photos on the board that I decide what I want the base to look like. I bought a package of five panels. Three would go to Brownsville and two are going to my co-op gallery. I ended up painting one panel black, staining two walnut, giving one a weathered board treatment, and accidentally staining one pine. (Oops! I thought that was the wood conditioner.)

My least favorite part is affixing the photos. It’s messy, and a little stray glue can ruin a project. I seal the boards prior to mounting with clear gloss gel.

The final touches are adding some D-rings and picture wire, stamping or writing on the back, and spraying the art with a UV protectant spray. Once they’re dry, they’re ready to go.

The poppy, Larch Mt. Fog, and the barred owl were all submitted to the art show and will be hanging at the Brownsville Art Center through the month of February. While I was checking them in, I had a chance to meet photographer Jim Mulholland. We talked photography for a while, and he told me the story behind his viral shot of lightning at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. It’s amazing! You should check it out!

If you happen to be in the Mid-Willamette Valley in February, be sure to visit the Brownsville Art Center and check out the 8×8 show.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sell Art Online
Art Prints

Print on Demand Comparison

As a photographer who displays my work at a local gallery, final image quality is very important to me. If I put my name on something, I want it to be the best quality product. Selling online had me curious about the final product. What do people actually get when they order my work from a print on demand site? I decided to see for myself. I ordered my prints on cards from Redbubble and Pixels (Fine Art America) to see an example of what my customers are actually receiving.

I ordered 4×6 cards and postcards from Redbubble. I was very happy with the quality of these cards. They come on heavy cardstock, and color representation is good. The cards come with craft paper envelopes, which I like. The one downside to Redbubble cards is that as an artist, the only way to ensure full coverage on the front of the card is to upload a 2×3 dimension image, which can be an extra step. If it’s missed, the image comes out on the card with a white border around the it. (Instant matting.) I made sure to order only the ones with full coverage, but I’ve purchased other people’s cards that have this border.

Postcards – RB
Good color and paper quality – RB
4×6 folded cards and envelopes – RB
Folded card – RB
Card back – RB

The cards I ordered from Fine Art America/Pixels are only available in 5×7, and they are printed on 100 lb. paper and sprayed with a glossy UV protective coating. They are noticeably flimsier than the Redbubble cards, but the color representation is great. The envelopes are also thin. I would prefer a heavier card with a more elegant envelope. FAA/Pixels do offer the ability to add your own custom message in the card when you buy it. That’s a nice feature. Overall, they are nice quality.

Assorted cards – FAA/PX
Card back – FAA/PX
5×7 folded card – FAA/PX

I did like that the FAA cards arrived in this nice box. I ordered nine, and they came shipped in this packaging.

Nice presentation!

Unfortunately, I didn’t order the same image on my comparison cards, but here they are side by side. The larger card is from FAA/Pixels. The tree is a postcard from Redbubble. The covered bridge image is a folded card from Redbubble. Redbubble has a choice between 4×6 and 5×7 cards. FAA/Pixels only offers 5×7.

Whether you’re thinking of selling art on a print on demand site or have been wondering about buying from one, I hope this helps. Print on demand is a great opportunity for independent artists to get their work out in the public forum. Buying from these sites helps support small businesses and offers unlimited access to creative vision. We independent artists treasure our customers.

What about you? Do you have any experience with print on demand, either as a buyer or a seller?


Disclaimer: I was not asked to review any items from either place, nor was I compensated. This was purely for my own purposes.