Photography – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T155134.587.png Photography – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ 32 32 Emmisoure Gallery a new adventure for photographer Ogden | News, Sports, Jobs https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/emmisoure-gallery-a-new-adventure-for-photographer-ogden-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:35:08 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/emmisoure-gallery-a-new-adventure-for-photographer-ogden-news-sports-jobs/ Deann Weapons, Special to Standard Examiner The new Emmisoure Gallery in the CW Cross building on Washington Boulevard opened in early December. Visit this Friday, January 7, 2022 on the Ribbon Cutting Art Walk at 4:30 p.m., followed by music, food and an art exhibit by Kristin Carver. A new art gallery makes its first […]]]>

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The new Emmisoure Gallery in the CW Cross building on Washington Boulevard opened in early December. Visit this Friday, January 7, 2022 on the Ribbon Cutting Art Walk at 4:30 p.m., followed by music, food and an art exhibit by Kristin Carver.

A new art gallery makes its first appearance at Ogden’s first Friday Art Walk this week with an inaugural celebration and reception. The Emmisoure Gallery, located inside the old CW Cross building at 2246 Washington Blvd., is a welcome enhancement to the city’s thriving art scene.

The gallery’s bright yellow logo (a stylized bee belly) can be seen from the Tokyo Station restaurant across the street. Inside, the recently renovated historic space is filled with photographic works by gallery owner Steven Robertson and selections from other artists.

Emmisoure, which quietly opened in early December, is a new venture for Robertson, a resident of Ogden. Gladly admitting a world of strangers as a first-time art gallery owner, one thing he says for sure is that he will be “vibrant and changeable.”

Another quality, whether it is conscious intention or not, is distinction. Like its unknown name, Robertson’s photograph stands out from the crowd; it’s an eclectic assortment of animal portraits to ‘still life’ photos of western outfits and strings that are uniquely presented with the viewer’s experience and the subject’s best expression in mind.

A layered hexagon-shaped mosaic on acrylic shows captures in milliseconds of a bee’s life; a large portrait of a buffalo printed on metal shows the individuality of a rarely seen animal; the vivid emotions of animals in nature are displayed in handmade barn wood frames. Even the personalities of inanimate objects come to life in Robertson’s photography.

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A wall inside the new Emmisoure Gallery features an art exhibit by this month’s featured artist, Kristin Alley Carver.

“It’s up to us to be careful,” said Robertson of the wonders of nature. “It’s everywhere.”

Soon he says he wants to experiment more with custom ratios, rather than standard ones, to meet what photography demands.

February will mark the second anniversary of Robertson’s bees.photo, a web project where he posts a new bee photo every day. 2022 beekeeping calendars, in two sizes, are in stock at the gallery and will be available for purchase during the Art Walk.

A hobby since high school, photography became a full-time occupation for Robertson after abandoning his decades-long career in network security. Over the past year, he has managed to sell his work at art festivals that he travels to by road with a trailer two to three weekends a month.

Now with a gallery to maintain, Robertson says he’ll be traveling a little less. It focuses on bringing in a growing variety of works of art by other artists, including works in glass. Like nature, there will always be something new to see. “Art is seeing,” he said.

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Emmisoure Gallery owner and photographer Steven Robertson tells the story behind photographing three generations of “still life” in Western attire.

A dedicated wall inside the gallery for Ogden’s first Friday Art Walk will feature a different artist each month, showing Robertson’s admiring eye for the work of other artists. He is excited about his first star artist, Kristin Alley Carver.

Carver is an Ogden-born and raised artist and printmaker who “finds divine in the ordinary”, exploring different mediums while working primarily with relief print. His organic statement that creation is his spiritual practice is very evident in the simple beauty of his nature-based work.

The Ogden Chamber of Commerce will inaugurate the Emmisoure Gallery as an official art stroll with a groundbreaking event on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by an exhibition of Carver’s food, music and art during the first artistic walk on Friday until 9 p.m.

For more information on Emmisoure Gallery and Steven Robertson, visit emmisoure.com, emmisoure.gallery and bees.photo, or dial 801-809-3810.

Learn more about Carver at paperanthems.com or on Instagram @paper_anthems.

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Photographs by owner Steven Robertson and selected works of other artists fill the walls of the historic space inside the new Emmisoure Gallery.

A hexagon-shaped layered mosaic on acrylic by photographer Steven Robertson shows millisecond captures of a bee’s life.

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Photographer captures optical illusion photo of 3-headed deer https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/photographer-captures-optical-illusion-photo-of-3-headed-deer/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 20:12:17 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/photographer-captures-optical-illusion-photo-of-3-headed-deer/ At first glance, photographer Renatas Jakaitis seems to have captured something straight out of science fiction. Three deer heads appear to spring from a single body as they gaze at you from the snowy surroundings. This is not Photoshop’s job; However, this is all just an optical illusion. There is no such thing as the […]]]>

At first glance, photographer Renatas Jakaitis seems to have captured something straight out of science fiction. Three deer heads appear to spring from a single body as they gaze at you from the snowy surroundings. This is not Photoshop’s job; However, this is all just an optical illusion. There is no such thing as the three-headed deer, but it’s moments like this in photography that capture the imagination.

Getting an amazing photo like this often means being in the right place at the right time. To capture this image, Jakaitis walked behind the deer in the forests of Lithuania, taking photos along the way. The sound of the camera shutter caused the animals, which were walking one after the other, to turn their heads all at the same time and produce this mind-blowing image.

It’s an incredible chance to take a photo like this, and luck was certainly on Jakaitis’ side. “I think the shutter on my camera betrayed me, because they quickly looked up when I started to capture them” he said at the time. “I was lucky enough to see them all looking at the camera at the same time before they disappeared, they all ran away when they saw me!” They must have been shy in front of the camera.

Since taking the famous photo (years ago), Jakaitis has continued to photograph wildlife. Scroll down for some of his recent photos.

Photographer Renatas Jakaitis captured the surreal sight of a “three-headed” deer and continued to take pictures of wild animals.

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What photography trends should we say goodbye to in 2022 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/what-photography-trends-should-we-say-goodbye-to-in-2022/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:01:02 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/what-photography-trends-should-we-say-goodbye-to-in-2022/ There are fashions that come into fashion that then become outdated and others that become overused clichés. Some of the things we do are just plain unethical. Here’s what’s slated to drop this year, and drone owners won’t be thrilled. Instagram style filters and predefined Lightroom equivalents are out Over the past decade, applying filters […]]]>

There are fashions that come into fashion that then become outdated and others that become overused clichés. Some of the things we do are just plain unethical. Here’s what’s slated to drop this year, and drone owners won’t be thrilled.

Instagram style filters and predefined Lightroom equivalents are out

Over the past decade, applying filters on Instagram and elsewhere has become a quick and easy way for photographers to change the look of their images. They were never high quality edits. Nonetheless, the look produced by these filters then became trending and, therefore, the bread and butter of Lightroom preset makers.

These filters and presets now look dated. This washed out, low-contrast look with blue tones was never going to be anything but a fad that would soon become as outdated as tank tops. Now, thank God, their end is in sight.

The sins of skin smoothing, body resizing, and skin whitening

There are also, of course, some filters that hurt self-esteem. These are still popular and, unfortunately, likely will remain so. It is time to abandon them for the common good.

Skin smoothing was a technique used by portrait photographers long before Instagram made the eyes of Systrom and Krieger shine. Even before the days of commercial digital photography, fashion photographers airbrushed the skin in the darkroom to give it a crisp plastic appearance. For decades, we’ve been aware of the negative mental health effects of these techniques – especially among young women – but they are still prevalent. The idea of ​​beauty is perverted by this parody of reality.

Of course, there are times when minor corrections of skin blemishes are appropriate. I removed an acne spot on a bridesmaid’s face while processing a wedding photoshoot. It went unnoticed by everyone except the bride, who thanked me for doing it. If I had left it, everyone would have remembered it forever.

Resizing and thinning the face and body is also a nefarious trend which, again, places unrealistic expectations on young people.

Even more damaging is skin lightening. It is well documented that in the 1950s, the great singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole was forced to bleach his face with powder when he appeared on television. Even now cosmetic skin lightening and whitening is happening with huge adverse health effects. Despite growing condemnation, some photographers still use digital techniques to whiten the skin of people of color. It is time for this racism to be eradicated.

We need to get used to the natural appearance of the skin and celebrate bodies of all sizes, shapes and colors.

Ditch the exaggerated HDR

Is this still a thing? Unfortunately yes. While those gruesome, over-processed images from ten years ago seem to have mostly faded, they still appear in agony.

In some circumstances, HDR has its place. For real estate photography, interior details can be enhanced using the technique. Also, when you are shooting against the light and want to get the detail in shadow and not blow out the sunrise or sunset, it can also help. But, with advancements in sensor technology, the dynamic range of contemporary cameras is such that it is unnecessary to combine images from different exposures under most circumstances. In addition, standard dynamic range images look better than artificial and hyper-real HDR photos.

Stop vandalizing your images with watermarks

You spend hours planning and implementing the perfect shot, removing any unwanted distractions with careful framing. Then you pour over the raw file, adjusting it gently for the best results. Then you spoil that perfect photo watermarked with a distracting, wavy signature.

What is the purpose of this watermark? If it’s to announce who took the photo, then you’ve already done so by posting it to an account you own. Or are you doing it to prevent others from using the image? If so, it won’t work; just one stroke of the spot removal brush in the editing software will erase this as easily as a bridesmaid button. So is it a matter of proving ownership if someone plagiarizes the photo? As long as you have the raw file, your camera and lens serial numbers and other identifying information are embedded in the metadata. If someone is determined to use your photos illegally, then they will. You can find your stolen images with Google Image Search and Tin eye, then send them either a takedown notice or a big bill for using the image.

If you still want to do it, browse the collections of any great photographer. They don’t disfigure their images with signatures.

Faux Film Grain

The grain produced by high sensitivity film can look great. Crisp digital images are also fantastic. Adding grain that tries to mimic the look of the film creates a lie. It’s about transforming the digital artwork from something authentic and worthy of celebration into a poor imitation of film. In doing so, the photographer declares that the digital image is less dignified and the film is better. If so, then surely the photographer should shoot with a film camera.

Okay, so adding grain can hide a multitude of sins, including making blurry images sharper, especially after removing digital noise. But contemporary sensor technology and the outstanding noise reduction software that is now available, like On1 NoNoise, make this technique redundant.

Time to put the drones away

Drones come for a lot of bad press. When used correctly, they are a useful tool, an inexpensive way to obtain aerial photographs. For farmers inspecting their crops and building managers inspecting inaccessible roofs, they are ideal. However, the news reports highlight an endless number of incidents of privacy breaches, at endanger air travel, and cause damage to wildlife. Despite this, most drone users fly them responsibly.

From an artistic and creative point of view, they have become a gimmick and are being used unnecessarily. It seems like every TV show has annoying interference with unnecessary drone footage. They rarely add anything to the content of the program and hardly say more than, “Look at me, I have a drone”. In film production, cameras need to be used to make the shot immersive and the tools that create the images need not be obvious.

Event photography is also plagued by drones. Shunning Robert Capa’s advice on getting close to the subject and every wildlife photographer and portrait painter’s insistence on shooting at eye level, we now look at our subjects from a distance, making them insignificant.

At a wedding, drone footage rarely represents what the couple remembers of the event; they were literally – if not metaphorically – at ground level. They did not fly tens of meters in the air of the place. Plus, their favorite photographs will be of them, their family and friends due to the emotional human attachment the photos bring. The drone footage further shows the photographer indulging in unique shots, the graphic video equivalent of the boring drum solo at a progressive rock concert.

Unless there is a specific need for a drone image or footage, leave it in the box and focus on high quality photography and videography instead.

Avoid unethical photographic equipment

It’s something I’ve talked about before, but cheap and mass-produced DSLRs and compact cameras are short lived. In addition, photographers quickly overtake them and they are therefore replaced. As a result, they then end up with more plastic and electronic waste in landfills, polluting the environment. It’s time for manufacturers to focus on producing quality products and ditch cheap, plastic, and low-quality waste. Then we photographers should boycott those who don’t make this change.

Likewise, we should look at where the equipment is manufactured. Considering whether the manufacturing base is in a country with an open democracy or an oppressive regime with a poor human rights record.

What do you think?

Of course, some of these opinions are subjective, and if you’re happy with using Instagram filters, it doesn’t matter. But do you agree or disagree with me with any of these thoughts? Are drone images overexploited? Should we assign signature filters to the recycle bin? Can you see digital effects becoming obsolete?

Maybe you have some techniques you’ve used before that you’d rather be overlooked because they’re now cheesy clichés. Or, maybe you are making buying decisions based on ethical considerations. Let me know in the comments.

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Dafeng Milu Deer photograph selected for Convention on Biological Diversity photo exhibition https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/dafeng-milu-deer-photograph-selected-for-convention-on-biological-diversity-photo-exhibition/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:42:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/dafeng-milu-deer-photograph-selected-for-convention-on-biological-diversity-photo-exhibition/ When COP 15 was held in Kunming, the exhibition attracted wide attention. In total, more than 30 nature photos taken in recent years have been exhibited to show off the beauty of the wildlife in from China national parks and reserves, in the hope of drawing public attention to the protection of species diversity. The […]]]>

When COP 15 was held in Kunming, the exhibition attracted wide attention. In total, more than 30 nature photos taken in recent years have been exhibited to show off the beauty of the wildlife in from China national parks and reserves, in the hope of drawing public attention to the protection of species diversity. The Milu deer of Dafeng have become a typical representative of the dedication to biodiversity conservation in China.

Photographs in the exhibit show the joyful scene of a Milu deer crossing the water in China’s Milu National Nature Reserve. The region is rich in ecological resources. Over the years, sustainable construction has maintained the integrity of the natural ecosystem, protected biodiversity, promoted natural ecological protection and the harmonious symbiosis between man and nature. At present, Dafeng Wetland has created five “best in the world” ie largest Milu deer nature reserve, largest population of Milu deer, deer gene bank The most complete Milu, the largest population of wild Milu deer, and the largest artificially domesticated population. Population of Milu deer in the world.

Yang Guomei has been following the Milu deer for 35 years and is known as “the first person to photograph the Chinese Milu deer”. He uses images to save rare species and has published a number of Milu’s deer-themed photography collections. Over 500 Milu’s deer-themed photographic works have won awards or been exhibited at international film festivals in 76 countries and regions. Migratory bird sanctuaries along the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf coast China (Phase I) was inscribed on the Natural World Heritage List and its work frequently appeared in the nomination process, bridging the Yellow Sea wetland at Yancheng to the world.

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Is AI technology the future of photographers? https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/is-ai-technology-the-future-of-photographers/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 17:02:10 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/is-ai-technology-the-future-of-photographers/ As photographers, we are always looking for ways to improve our craft and stay ahead of the game. With the emergence of new technologies every day, it can be difficult to know what is worth investing in and what will become obsolete in a few months. In this short article, we’ll explore the potential of […]]]>

As photographers, we are always looking for ways to improve our craft and stay ahead of the game. With the emergence of new technologies every day, it can be difficult to know what is worth investing in and what will become obsolete in a few months. In this short article, we’ll explore the potential of AI technology and how it could benefit photographers in the future.

The future of photography is changing. The days of manually adjusting lighting, saturation, and other settings are quickly becoming a thing of the past with the rise of AI-assisted editing software like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar, to name a few. only a few. These tools make it easy to edit photos without requiring skills or knowledge of using editing software and in some cases even a camera. But does that mean you should use it?

What is AI technology?

It’s the next big thing that will change our lives and our industries as we know them. Whether you’re a photographer or not, AI technology has already started to impact your life with things like Google Photos and Facebook’s DeepFace detection software. But do we need this technology? Is there room for AI-assisted photography and traditional photography in the industry?

AI technology can be used for a lot of different things in photography. It can help you with the editing process, but it can also be used to make suggestions on how you might improve your shots. For example, if you take photos of people and they blink, the AI ​​might suggest that you take another photo.

One of the most interesting applications of AI in photography is its ability to improve image editing and composition. By analyzing thousands of photos, AI can learn what elements make a good photo and how to modify them accordingly. For example, it can identify the best angle for a photo or adjust colors and lighting to create a more aesthetic image.

How will AI technology affect photographers?

In many ways, AI is good for photographers because it allows us to take better photos with less time and effort. The problem is, if we rely too much on AI, it won’t allow us to grow as humans and improve our skills as photographers. One way to get around this problem is to combine the human aspects with the machine aspects when taking photos so that everyone works together to create the best shot possible.

As a photographer, you are probably wondering if AI is going to replace your work. The short answer is no, we need a human perspective in all aspects, but the long answer can be slightly more complicated. AI can be used in several ways for photography. For example, it can help identify colors and objects in photos that most people would never notice on their own. This makes it easier for amateur photographers to take better photos without spending too much time editing them by hand. It also helps in taking pictures of fast moving subjects like animals or children as the camera has no problem focusing on them. Technology may not yet be able to replace professional photographers, but it will change the way they work over time.

AI software

For a long time, the world of photography was dominated by software and hardware. But with the introduction of AI technology, it looks like things are changing. Adobe’s latest version of Photoshop is packed with AI features to help you easily edit your photos. And it’s not just for professional photographers: even novice users can take advantage of these new tools to create amazing images, as they can still use AI technology to produce high quality images without any prior experience. . But is it a good thing?

The replacement of the sky in the form of AI has been around for some time now with mixed reactions. Some fervently object to its use, while others can see the potential when used correctly, unlike the sample image above.

Lightroom and Luminar Neo are just a few other examples that use AI technology to edit photos. It is not something new. AI has been around in one form or another for decades now. Maybe that is the way to go, and maybe we should take it. AI technology can help you create images that may be beyond your reach at the moment. Besides helping with the editing process, AI can also be used to create entire photo albums for you. All you have to do is provide some basic information about what kind of album you want, and the AI ​​will take care of the rest!

For or against?

Some people think AI technology is a bad thing for photographers. They say it will replace them and their profession, which is true in some ways. But maybe it’s the fact that with AI comes the possibility of making photography more accessible to those who can’t afford it or lack the skills, as well as those who want an easier way to take photos. There are negatives and positives to this technology, but without a doubt, there is room for traditional and new forms of photography.

Both arguments have their pros and cons. On the one hand, it’s great that anyone, regardless of skill or knowledge, can now produce decent quality photography using AI technology. This could lead to a whole new generation of photographers who might not otherwise have pursued photography as a hobby or profession. On the flip side, some people might argue that it takes away the traditional art and skills required to be a good photographer.

Final thoughts on using AI technology in photography

It’s hard to say what the future holds for photographers and post-production artists, but it might be a good time to think about how you might adopt AI technology. There are many advantages to using artificial intelligence in photography. For example, it can save you hours or even days of work if your photos need to be edited before they are sent to your customers or posted on social media. But how do you know when it’s enough? Will there come a day when nothing needs tweaking and fixing due to AI post-processing? Do we want this kind of world? What does it mean for learning tech skills like Photoshop or Lightroom when the AI ​​takes care of all these steps for us? Is this the end of technical learning when AI can do it all without any effort on the part of humans?


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“NATURE ART GALLERY”: the new Pocatello boutique offers aura photographs, unique gemstones | Eastern Idaho https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/nature-art-gallery-the-new-pocatello-boutique-offers-aura-photographs-unique-gemstones-eastern-idaho/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:15:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/nature-art-gallery-the-new-pocatello-boutique-offers-aura-photographs-unique-gemstones-eastern-idaho/ POCATELLO – Something that started as a passionate project for a local couple is now a brick and mortar store inside Station Square on South Main Street in Pocatello. Casey and Marisa Etheredge opened Ether’s Edge in mid-November, and the business has already been a hit with downtown shoppers. The boutique looks like an upscale […]]]>

POCATELLO – Something that started as a passionate project for a local couple is now a brick and mortar store inside Station Square on South Main Street in Pocatello.

Casey and Marisa Etheredge opened Ether’s Edge in mid-November, and the business has already been a hit with downtown shoppers.

The boutique looks like an upscale art gallery and feels like it’s home in a big city, with its bright walls and high ceilings. Instead of the paintings and sculptures you’ll find in a more traditional gallery, the pillars of Ether’s Edge are rocks, minerals, and crystals in almost any color you can imagine.

The boutique’s gallery atmosphere is no coincidence either. Casey said they wanted people to feel comfortable walking into the store without feeling the pressure to buy anything.

“The most important thing that we feel as a store is that we are just there to deliver things to people,” he said. “We’re not necessarily trying to sell things. We almost say to ourselves, “This is an art gallery of nature. Come check it out. If you like it, damn it yeah. ‘”

Although they didn’t know it at the time, Casey and Marisa’s journey to opening their store began in 2015 in Sedona, Arizona.






Ether’s Edge is now open inside Station Square at 200 S. Main St., Suite F, in Pocatello.




“(It’s) when we were first on a spiritual awakening journey, so to speak,” Casey said.

During their visit, they took pictures of their auras, the electromagnetic field that would emanate from all things. The process uses a biofeedback sensor to show what a person’s aura would look like based on the energy they give off.

“We were able to learn so much more about ourselves that we decided to consider having our own system and we did,” Casey said.

Once they got their own aura photography setup – called AuraCloud 3D – in 2016, they took it on the road, selling their photo service at pop-ups, farmer’s markets, and more. events.

Around this time, they also started to make a lot of art, using precious stones in their work.

“We incorporated a lot of crystals into a lot of the resin work that we did and we kind of noticed how the crystals were making a big difference in our lives in terms of increased creativity, aiding in the anxiety, ”Casey said. “The list goes on and on on the metaphysical properties of rocks. We really started to notice how much of a difference it made to us, and we were having so much fun making our products and sourcing all over the world that we decided to try to branch out and share it with others. others.

They opened an Etsy store, but Casey said their products were selling so quickly that they couldn’t keep up.

“We started as an Etsy shop, like traveling exhibitions, doing traveling aura photography and our artwork with the crystals and gemstones, then we got the opportunity to have a brick location. and mortar, ”he said. “We were so well received at all of our events and things that it made sense for us to go for it instead of having it all in our house.”

From now on, their precious stones, in addition to their photographic aura, have their place in a welcoming space in the city center.

“It’s really nice to have a more intimate setting,” said Casey.

It’s easy to take a photo of your aura. You place your hand on a biofeedback plate for 30 seconds to a minute and let the machine do the rest.

“It measures a few different bodily functions – temperature, heart rate – but the main thing is actually the electromagnetic frequency of your pulse, which then goes into a computer algorithm, which gives an output of what your aura looks like at the moment.” , says Casey.

After taking your photo, the computer does its job and generates an image: your face covered with a rainbow of colors.






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In the photo above, the auras results of Casey and Marisa Etheredge photographed. Residents of the area can now have their auras photographed at Ether’s Edge in downtown Pocatello.




“Then we give you an impression of what the colors mean in each part of your body and what that can mean emotionally, physically and spiritually,” Casey said.

Customers can choose between two options. Both come with a photo you can take home with you. Then you can choose between $ 25 for a one page report or $ 40 for a detailed 15 page report.

Casey says people’s auras are fluid, changing throughout the day or even moment to moment, although he says most people have patterns for them regardless of what happens. around them.

“We took 30 days of photos of our aura every day at certain times of the day, and we generally fall into the same kind of pattern in the morning, afternoon and evening,” he said. .

That being said, there are things that will immediately change someone’s aura.

“My wife and I like to do little experiments with it,” he said. “We’re going to read someone, and then if you tell them a joke and they laugh, their whole aura will change.” If I put one of my children on my wife’s lap, her aura will change. Depending on what you think, feel, the moment will definitely determine the colors.

For the Etheredges, a big advantage of self-employment is being able to spend more time with their families. Their children – two daughters aged 7 and 5 and a boy aged 2.5 – will be able to grow up helping their parents run the family business.

“It’s really important for us to make sure that we include our family in everything we do,” said Casey. “So it’s really a way for us to be together as a family all the time, full time, as much as possible. That would be where the passion came in as being self sufficient and being able to stay together as a family while having our art and the things we love being able to be what provides us.

Marisa and Casey are from Pocatello – Highland High School graduates and high school sweethearts.

“We are very happy to raise (our children) here and involve them with us,” Casey said, adding that it was not uncommon for her eldest daughter to help out in the store.

Casey says they got lucky and ended up renting the most visible space in Station Square. They had been looking for a physical location for their business for some time, but he said their other prospects had all failed.

He was once at another business inside Station Square – Blades Salon and Spa – getting his son’s hair cut when the topic of his business came up in a conversation with the stylist.

“I just mentioned our company, that we did a lot of touring shows, and she said this space was going to be available for hire and I should talk to Denis (Clijsters, who owns the building),” Casey said. . “I gave him a call and it was like the next day he showed me the space and we got the lease. It was a really, really cool kind of occasion.

The store name is a play on the couple’s last name, but it also has a deeper meaning.

“Ether is considered to be one of the five basic elements – earth, wind, water, fire, ether,” Casey said. “The ether is sort of the spiritual element or the middle element, not physical, so to speak. So Ether’s Edge is kind of playing on the borderline between the physical and the non-physical. “

He continued, “Your aura exists in the etheric realm. A lot of crystals and gems, a lot of the energy that they emit would kind of be considered etheric energy since you can’t see it. but you can feel it. “

Casey’s favorite gemstone right now is Malachite with Chrysocolla – a blue-green stone.

“It’s usually two different minerals, but we found a source where the chrysocolla is deposited in the malachite and it’s really, really, really amazing,” he said. “At the moment, we only have pieces for our personal collection. We’re trying to get more for the store.

The Etheredges source their gemstones from all over the world, but mainly from South America and Africa.

You might think they could get their gemstones from Idaho – famous, the State of Gems – but Casey said that was a misnomer.

“Idaho has a greater variety of gemstones than anywhere else in the world outside of Africa, but the quality and size is generally on a lower scale,” he said. “… The United States has a lot of good things, but the United States doesn’t. It’s not mine for crystals most of the time. So you have these big mines that mine for ores. “But the crystals are sort of disposable. In South America there are huge companies that specifically mine for the crystals. They don’t dig for the ore.”

Since opening, Casey says the community has been receptive to them and the business is off to a good start.

“One of the main reasons we decided to open a store is because we feel like somehow everyone has a connection to the rocks – be it that their grandfather was a hunting dog or they remember going camping and picking up rocks with their dad. or cousins ​​or whoever, “he said.” It seems that something about them just draws people in, brings back memories and makes them happy. People come to the store and they’re always in a good mood and it’s really nice. So it was very, very, very well received and nothing but positive feedback from everyone.

While he and Marisa believe their rocks and gems can have positive effects on someone’s mind, he says he also understands that a lot of people just like to look at them and that’s okay too.

“This is also how we started,” he said. “We just thought, ‘Oh my God, this is just an amazing piece of art from nature,’ and then we started to learn more and more and to do research. They are beautiful. They are really fun.

Ether’s Edge is located inside Station Square at 200 S. Main St., Suite F, and is open from noon to 7 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information or to book an aura photography session, visit ethersedge.com. The company can also be found on Facebook and Instagram, @EthersEdge.


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Queen Elizabeth recalls ‘missing familiar laughter’ in Christmas speech https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/queen-elizabeth-recalls-missing-familiar-laughter-in-christmas-speech/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 22:48:38 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/queen-elizabeth-recalls-missing-familiar-laughter-in-christmas-speech/ Queen Elizabeth II in her Christmas Day post shared the pain she felt after the death of her husband as she encouraged people around the world to celebrate with their friends and family, despite the heartbreak caused by the current pandemic. Saying that she understood the difficulty of making it through the holiday season “with […]]]>

Queen Elizabeth II in her Christmas Day post shared the pain she felt after the death of her husband as she encouraged people around the world to celebrate with their friends and family, despite the heartbreak caused by the current pandemic.

Saying that she understood the difficulty of making it through the holiday season “with a familiar laughter missing,” the monarch delivered her speech alongside a framed photo of her arm in arm with Prince Philip, who died in April at the age 99. Over her right shoulder was the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch she wore in the photo – a glittering pin she also wore as a bride.

“Although it is a time of great happiness and good humor for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones,” the Queen said in the pre-recorded message released when many British families were enjoying their traditional dinner of Christmas. “This year, above all, I understand why.

This holiday season is the first since the monarch bid farewell to her husband of over 70 during a service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time meant the Queen was sitting alone – a poignant reminder of how she would spend her life in the future.

Despite her own loss, the Queen said her family was “a source of great happiness, noting that she had welcomed four great-grandchildren this year.

“Although COVID again means that we can’t celebrate quite as we perhaps wished, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions, whether it be the singing of Christmas carols – as long as the tune is well known – decorating the tree, giving and receiving gifts or watching a favorite movie that we already know the ending of, ”she said. “It’s no surprise that families so often cherish their Christmas routines.

As the highly transmissible variant of the omicron coronavirus rapidly spreads across the UK, the 95-year-old Queen has decided not to spend Christmas at Sandringham, the royal estate in the east of England where she traditionally spends the holidays. end of year family celebrations. The palace said on Monday the Queen would be spending the holidays at Windsor Castle, west London, where she remained during most of the pandemic.

She will be joined by some of her family, including Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The annual Christmas message to the people of the UK and Commonwealth marks the end of a busy and sometimes difficult year for the Queen.

Philip died in April, just two months away from his 100th birthday, after spending weeks in hospital. Buckingham Palace announced this week that it has agreed to host a Thanksgiving service for her life in the spring.

The monarch has had health problems herself, cutting back on travel and work since spending a night in the hospital in October and being told by her doctors to rest. Since then, she has taken on light duties, including virtual hearings with diplomats and weekly conversations with the Prime Minister.

In June, she made an appearance at the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, and in November, she gave a recorded speech at the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow.

Closing her Christmas post, the Queen noted that the holidays are often seen as a time for children. But, she said, this is “only half the story.”

“Perhaps it is truer to say that Christmas can speak to the child within us all. Adults, overcome with worry, sometimes fail to see the joy of the simple things where children do not. And for me and my family, even with a familiar laughter missing this year, there will be joy at Christmas. ”


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Improve Your Travel Photography With These 10 Fun Challenges https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/improve-your-travel-photography-with-these-10-fun-challenges/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/improve-your-travel-photography-with-these-10-fun-challenges/ Both amateur and professional photographers are passionate about travel photography. What’s not to love about capturing the special moments of your adventures? Whether you want to take photos that will bring back wonderful vacation memories or take professional-looking photos that can help you get started as a photojournalist, it’s important to work on your skills […]]]>

Both amateur and professional photographers are passionate about travel photography. What’s not to love about capturing the special moments of your adventures? Whether you want to take photos that will bring back wonderful vacation memories or take professional-looking photos that can help you get started as a photojournalist, it’s important to work on your skills and challenge yourself to learn from. new things.

Consider these photo challenges that can inspire you to go out with your camera and try something a little different. Here is a secret. The point of a challenge isn’t just to take a nice photo that represents the challenge. It’s more about learning more about your camera, developing a new skill, and discovering more about your own interests in photography.

Don’t stop there either. Once you have completed this list, you might want to create your own list of fun photo challenges that will help you continue to help you hone your skills as a photographer.

Photographing a reflection

Alaska has so much natural beauty – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Take a photo of a reflection that you find pretty or interesting. It can be as simple or as complex as you want. For example, you can go to a local body of water and capture a reflection there. Alternatively, you can just take a photo of something that’s reflected in a mirror in your home.

For this challenge, focus on one aspect of taking this photo that will make it more fun for you. Think about the best way to capture symmetrical highlights. Focus on telling a story or just creating contrasts. It’s yours.

Find a rainbow

Hawaii's rainbow catches the eye of travelersHawaii rainbow grabs travelers’ attention – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Take a photo of a rainbow. You don’t have to wait and try to find one after a local thunderstorm. You can instead take a photo of a rainbow image in your home or community. You can also look for prisms or glass objects that could filter light in a way that creates a rainbow of colors.

The goal of this challenge is simple. Try to find the best way to represent the rainbow. Pay attention to how you capture color and how you experience different colors through your lens.

Focus on something interesting for you

A dark comic sign on a cemetery benchA dark comic sign on a cemetery bench – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

What you focus on in a photograph will determine the story it tells. For example, in this photo which was taken in a cemetery, the focus is on the quirky bench and black humor that displays a message for passing drivers. However, if the focus of the image was on something else, the writing on the bench could be obscured and the photo would tell an entirely different story.

Try to take a photo that tells a unique story based on the specific thing you choose to focus on. This is a daily challenge that you will need to overcome if you want to become a professional travel photographer. You will find yourself in a situation with impressive scenes, and you will have to choose what to focus on and what story to tell.

Capture a scene through a window

Sometimes it is better to have a window seatSometimes it is better to have a window seat – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Tell a story by photographing a scene through an open window. Windows holds a certain mystique. Think of movies like “Rear Window” and even episodes of the sitcom “Friends” that rely on fascinating observations through a window. Think of your camera as a voyeur when trying to photograph a story or special image through a window.

For this challenge, try taking a photo through an open window. It could be a car window if you are a passenger, an airplane window, or just your bedroom window. Make sure you have the window itself in the photo, as it is part of the story of this challenge.

Take a creative selfie

Selfies can be fun to takeSelfies can be fun to take – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

For this challenge, think about how you usually present yourself to the world. How would you prefer to be seen instead? For this challenge, try taking a selfie that makes you feel good about yourself.

Be as creative as you want with this selfie. You can choose to sit under a tall tripod for some perspective, or you can even choose to just take a photo of your eyes. It’s yours. The goal is to creatively capture an aspect of yourself in a way that gives you joy.

Photograph a fixed object that seems special to you

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac supports Pride MonthThe Fairmont Le Château Frontenac supports Pride Month – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Try to pay attention to the things around you at home and elsewhere. Look for something that is important or special to you. It doesn’t have to be something that matters to someone else. It can be as simple as a favorite food in the kitchen or a childhood doll.

As you take the photo of the stationary object, think carefully about the story you want to tell with the way you photograph it. For example, you can choose to put a beloved doll from your childhood at the center of things essential to your adult life. Spend as much or as little time as you want to capture a stationary object.

Take a picture in rainy weather

A long, winding road looks different in the rainA long, winding road looks different in the rain – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

The landscapes around you will take on a whole new mood in the rain. If you have the right gear to protect your camera from the elements, get out there and take photos during the rain, or take your photo for this challenge right after it rains.

Think about how the weather influences your photography. Beyond lighting, what is the role of weather in travel photography? After careful consideration during this challenge, you might find that you need to get used to looking at weather apps to plan the right photographs in any location.

Capture an image of something you have created

Vegan caramel apples are deliciousVegan caramel apples are delicious – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Here is the opportunity to bridge the gap between two of your creative passions. In this challenge, you will have to take a photo of something that you have created. It can be anything, including a treat you baked or a cross stitch pattern.

Think about how the meaning of your original creation can change through the lens of the camera. How can you best showcase what you have created? Can you tell a story about it through the picture you take, or can you show how much he was loved? This challenge is about appreciating your talents and what matters to you. Present it in a way that makes sense to you.

Showcase a key moment of a sunrise or sunset

Diamond Head in Hawaii looks very special at sunriseDiamond Head in Hawaii looks very special at sunrise – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

This challenge is simple. Capture a beautiful moment at sunrise or sunset. It’s no secret that the sky often takes on a colorful, dreamy look as the sun rises and sets. Make an effort to wake up before dawn to capture a sunrise at a great spot in your hometown, or step outside at dusk to capture the setting sun.

It is quite easy to get a nice photo of a landscape at the very start of the day or when the day turns into night. What you want to focus on with this challenge is what you want to capture and how you want to take the photo. Try to go to a place where you have never seen the sun rise or set before.

Capture the personality of an animal you love

Sheriff the donkey is one of a kindThe sheriff the donkey is one of a kind – Photo courtesy of Robin Raven

Human and non-human animals have a lot more in common than many people realize. If you have a pet, you may have noticed that they have strong personalities, desires and feelings just like you. For this challenge, try to capture the personality of the animal you love the most in a photo.

You can have fun with this one. Just spend about an hour with your pet and take photos frequently while you indulge in other activities. You can try to capture them in a capture game or take a picture of them while they are napping. The point is to try and tell a story about their own personality.


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Letter: Forum photographer took the perfect shot of an exceptional bison play – InForum https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/letter-forum-photographer-took-the-perfect-shot-of-an-exceptional-bison-play-inforum/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 22:22:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/letter-forum-photographer-took-the-perfect-shot-of-an-exceptional-bison-play-inforum/ When high expectations become the norm, it can be easy to overlook great performance. Take the one-handed interception of North Dakota State University cornerback Destin Talbert in the end zone in Friday’s semi-final game against James Madison University. It looked like JMU was looking for a potential touchdown and eventual victory over the Bison. However, […]]]>

When high expectations become the norm, it can be easy to overlook great performance.

Take the one-handed interception of North Dakota State University cornerback Destin Talbert in the end zone in Friday’s semi-final game against James Madison University. It looked like JMU was looking for a potential touchdown and eventual victory over the Bison. However, Talbert’s play helped seal the victory and propel the Bison to Frisco, TX for the Bison’s ninth NCAA National Championship game in 11 years.

As any athlete knows, this kind of game doesn’t just happen. Talbert combined all the hours of practice and the movie theater to anticipate the action and put himself in a position to make a championship game. In short, his preparation and his efforts led to a great performance!

On that note, go back and take a second look at the Forum photo that captured the moment. Photographer Michael Vosburg magically stopped the game at the exact moment: the ball landing softly in the hand of an outstretched Talbert with the referee slightly blurry in the foreground. Two players converging on Talbert with an emotionally frozen fan reaction in the background (how about the fan with the yellow suit, graduation cap, and pom pom).

I didn’t meet Michael Vosburg but went to high school with Forum photographer David Samson. Samson was already taking photos for the local newspaper when he was in high school and he dedicated his professional life to the art of photography and sports photography. I am sure Vosburg is equally dedicated.

Again, this kind of game doesn’t just happen. It required a seasoned pro who could anticipate the action and put himself in a position to play a championship. The image is truly a thing of beauty.

Once again, the preparation and the effort led to a great performance! Good game!!

Jerry Rostad lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Forum editorial board or the property of the Forum.


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Toni Catany International Photography Center / mateoarquitectura https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/toni-catany-international-photography-center-mateoarquitectura/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 02:00:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/toni-catany-international-photography-center-mateoarquitectura/ Toni Catany International Photography Center / mateoarquitectura © Aldo Amoretti + 39 To share To share Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp To post Or https://www.archdaily.com/973802/toni-catany-international-photography-center-mateoarquitectura © Aldo Amoretti Text description provided by the architects. In the old town of Llucmajor (Mallorca), occupying part of the birthplace of photographer Toni Catany, we have built the International Center […]]]>

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