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Kite Handler 3485 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:04

Silhouette of man handling a large red white and blue kiteEach year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Kitty Hawk Kites presents its annual Kites with Lights festival for residents and visitors to the Outer Banks.  The store staff bring their largest kites to the top of the East Coast's largest sand dune, Jockeys Ridge in Nags Head, NC.  With power generators ready, they fasten Christmas lights to the kites, and send them soaring for an airborne celebration of the start of the Christmas season.

And each year, I climb to the top of Jockeys Ridge, armed with lenses, cameras, and a tripod.  I enjoy capturing images of the backlit kites before the sun sets.  After the sky darkens, I capture time lapse light traces as the Christmas lights dance in the breeze.

Just as I reached the top of the second ridge, about 30 minutes before sunset, I noticed a young man about to pick up a flag-themed kite.  Since he was between me and the low sun, I immediately thought of a silhouette.  As he lifted the kite, the color intensity of the backlit kite struck me.  I got five shots in less than two seconds, then the opportunity was gone.

I didn't set out to make this image.  It just happened when I was in the right spot, but I will take credit for being there with a ready camera, and the vision to see it taking shape.  Luck favors the prepared mind.

It only happens once in a while - where I know I have a killer shot waiting on my memory card.  This was one of those moments.  I made hundreds of images that evening, more backlit kites, more dancing lights.  But those few seconds of the silhouetted young man handling the backlit kite was burned into my mind.

And fortunately, the images that popped onto my monitor when I downloaded the card didn't disappoint.  I succeeded in recording in bits and pixels what I recorded in my mind's eye!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:27
Unique Christmas Cards from Independent Artists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 11 November 2012 19:10

Kitty Hawk Pier in SnowIt's Christmas card time!  Are you looking for more than the same forgettable look-alike cards from the big box store?

Consider cards offered by independent artists.  The independent artist will only produce passionate artwork.  It will be the finest they have to offer, executed with every bit of skill they can muster, because their pride is on every card.  Their soul is in their work - it will not be an impersonal generic design.

Your town probably has somebody offering cards featuring local interest.  Check your local art gallery.

Or see if an artist that you follow on Facebook or elsewhere on the web may offer designs that will appeal to you.  After all, you do share enough interests that you follow them!

Since cards from independent artists are produced in small quantities, and often on demand, they are sure to be pretty unique!  Your loved ones will not receive this card from multiple people.

By purchasing greeting cards from independent artists, you will encourage them to continue producing art reflecting their unique vision, and thus providing you with choices that are anything but ordinary.  Rather than augmenting a CEO's bonus, the money you spend will benefit the artist.  It will help fund the training, materials, and equipment necessary for them to execute their craft and pursue and share their passion.

I have assembled a gallery of Christmas images, suitable for Christmas cards.  Some are specific to Christmastime on the Outer Banks.  These, or any of my images, are available as high quality greeting cards.  You may order directly from my web gallery.

I would be highly honored if you find my work worthy of sharing with your loved ones.  But whether me, or somebody else, please support a deserving independent artist!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 02:34
Swift 7987 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 26 August 2012 20:34

Swift 7987The reflectivity of its blue and silver finish, and the graceful curves of this carefully restored 1946 Temco GC-1B Swift beckoned me to make a symmetrical semi-abstract image, celebrating its beauty.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 20:50
Trojan Sunrise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Friday, 10 August 2012 17:24

T-28 Trojan at sunrise

A warm sunrise, great clouds, wet tarmac, and a beautiful warbird.  Who could ask for a nicer photo opportunity?  This beautifully restored North American T-28B Trojan is bathed in the golden light reflecting off the tarmac.

The T-28 was primarily used as a pilot training aircraft by the US Air Force and US Navy from the 1950s into the early 1980s.

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Loops and Rockets 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 17:44

Composite of time lapse nighttime photos of aerobatic planes with lights and pyrotechnics, and of ground based fireworks.A celebration of the action in a nighttime airshow.

This image is made from about a dozen time-lapse photos.  Some images are of planes doing aerobatics while carrying pyrotechnics and lights.  Other photos are of ground based fireworks.

In a time-lapse photo, the shutter is kept open for several seconds.  As objects move through the field of view, their image is traced, seen here as light streaks.  The images were combined in image editing software.  All were made from the same position with a tripod mounted camera.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 17:56
Sunrises on the James River PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 April 2012 12:33

Nature rewarded me for getting up and out early on frosty December mornings in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Colonial Parkway winds along the James River, offering many opportunities for some breathtaking sunrise photography.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2012 12:49
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