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Poppy For Our Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 12:25

photograph of red poppy blossomThis poppy is offered in thanks to all the brave men and women who have served their country, and in remembrance of those that made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor you today and always.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:30
Found Photos and Rimshots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 23:08

Sometimes, great photo opportunities just happen.  Too many times, my camera was at home when I stumbled upon a perfect image, and I'd have to settle for recording it in my mind's eye.  I've never found that to be a satisfying substitute.  Have you?

Pattern in a row of bicyclesI now try to bring a camera and a lens or two with me every time I leave the house.  Even to buy shoes.  How exciting a photo can you make on a shoe buying trip?

Sharing the building with the shoe store is vacation equipment rental agency, stocking everything from blenders for that poolside margarita, to beach umbrellas.  And right next to where I parked my truck was a rack of rental bicycles.  The rack forced the bikes into a pattern.  Not being perfectly aligned, and some suffering a little "use" by tourists, the pattern of bicycle headstocks and tires had an organic feel to its rhythm.  But there, in that long row of orange and red bikes, somebody placed the green one, breaking the pattern.  A cool tone among that pattern of warm tones.  A rimshot in the rhythm.  And it's what made my image catchy.  It just wouldn't have been the same without that break in the pattern!

Sing along with me.
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn't belong.

A perfect photo found me.  And this time, my camera wasn't home in the closet.

This image is offered for sale at http://gallery.danbeauvais.com/p/details/bicycles5009-13tmdisplay_10.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:31
"That Brief Moment In Time" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:37

Henri Cartier-Bresson taught the photography world about "The Decisive Moment."  We aim to capture the peak of the action, frozen for all to see.  An exquisite example of a photo made at the decisive moment was made by St. Louis sports photographer Scott Rovak.  Scott captured a baseball flattened on the bat of slugger Albert Pujols.  He shares his thoughts on his bloghttp://fototalk.blogspot.com/2009/08/that-brief-moment-in-time.html


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:32
Camera Repair Recommendation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:23

At a photo event this past summer, I had an accident.  An assembled DSLR camera body, battery grip, and zoom lens tumbled from my truck, falling about four feet onto pavement.  It made a sickening sound, followed by some sounds from me that are best not repeated!

Fortunately, a very knowledgeable friend pointed out that there was an expert camera repairman attending the event, and introduced us.  In the middle of a meadow, Berrie Smith examined my damaged gear.  He noted the obvious damage, then showed me that the flanges on the lens mount and body mount had bent, and explained that this will cause soft focusing on one side of the photo.  From this “field” examination, Berrie created an estimate for the repairs.  Based on the quality of the recommendation from my trusted friend, I had Berrie repair the equipment, and am very pleased.

I’ve since mentioned Berrie to other photographer friends, and have found that he’s widely known and respected.  So, I too am pleased to recommend him.  I hope you never need his services, but I suggest that you keep his number, just in case.

Berrie Smith Camera Repair
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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:32
Outer Banks Icons, With Drama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 26 October 2009 20:07

Weather conditions can add drama which sets photos of familiar scenes apart from most.

Kitty Hawk Pier and Altocumulus Clouds Moonrise at Bodie Island Light

The altocumulus clouds add interest to the sky in this late afternoon autumn image of Kitty Hawk Pier.  The low sun cast a warm light on the pier building and pilings.

At first I was dismayed that clouds appeared the evening I set up to capture this moonrise behind Bodie Island Lighthouse.  But I made the best of the situation, and later found that the clouds added some eerie mystery to this image.

Through trial and error, I discovered how to capture the lamp on the lighthouse without blowing out the exposure.  I studied the timing and kept mental count of the seconds in the on and off cycle.  After just a few cycles, I could predict when the light would change state.  I found I got the most pleasing results when I opened the shutter just as the light was switching off.  The light from the lamp in this image is actually the afterglow as it was turning off.

A larger view of these images is available by clicking on them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:33
New Look at Old Warbirds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 22:31

Digital photo art interpretations of two classic World War II aircraft.

Digital photo art of a North American T-6 airplane
Digital photo art of a Super Corsair
A North American T-6 Texan, originally seeing service as South African Air Force Harvard 7246, is displayed at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI in July 2007.

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An interpretation of Bob Odegaard's red-orange #57 gull-winged F2G Super Corsair, one of the most popular planes in the Reno Air Races and airshows around the country.

Larger image available here.

These images and others Dan Beauvais works are available as prints or imprinted on gifts.  Click here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:34
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