February 11th, 2011 Newsletter
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New Colorado Panoramas from Jeff Schomay, plus a new style

Photography is a medium that allows us to glimpse another person’s perspective, and experience how they see the world.  This time around, Jeff Schomay shares his perspective on his home state and a new style that make his photographs less like photos…

Hi everyone,
It’s been a while since my last newsletter, and I want to share with you a few new images that I’ve been working on.  I took these images quite a while ago, but they haven’t come together in their final format until just recently.

Colorado Aspen Fall Colors

It’s hard to imaging a photographer, especially a nature photographer or panoramic photographer, who hasn’t done a few pictures of the fall colors… especially if they live in Colorado.
Last fall I was up in Aspen/Snowmass hiking on the ski slopes and marveling at the peak of the fall colors.  The aspen trees were glorious against a clear blue sky, and I figured it was time for me to add the turning leaves to my photography collection.
The first image I took is a more “traditional” style, simple and not so “artsy” like many of my other images:
Aspen fall colors
I like it, but of course I had to also do one with my unique spin on it.  I wanted to capture the feeling of what it is like seeing the very tall aspen trees looming way over your head as you spin around and crane your neck.  So below is what I came up with.  You’ll also notice, if you look closely, that I’m using a new style – I figured out a way to make my photograph look more like an illustrated poster or even hand drawn water color.  Take a look at the detail shots to see the effect better – you can click on any image to see it larger.
Aspen trees looking upAspen trees looking up detail 1
Aspen trees looking up detail 2

Lakeside Amusement Park Merry-Go-Round

A while ago I did a series from Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park.  Although I had also taken a shot of their historic merry-go-round, I didn’t really like how it looked.  I finally came back to the image and started playing with some effects, trying to get a new look, and that is how I discovered a combination of settings that created an illustrated poster or watercolor type of look.
I find that this style works very well depending on the image, and this merry-go-round picture looks particularly good with the effect.  Now I am happy with the image.  Have a look, and check out the detail to really see the true effect.
Lakeside amusement park merry-go-round
Merry-go-round detail
That’s it for now, hope you enjoy.  I’d love to hear what you think about the new style.  If you’d like to buy a print of one of these images you can at my photo store.  I’ve added more sizes and also lowered my prices.  I personally think the new styled pieces would look awesome as a stretched canvas print.
I don’t have any gallery showings coming up any time soon, but I’m considering a couple galleries around Denver, so I’ll send out a new announcement if something comes together.
Thanks for your support.

Finding and revealing the unexpected perspective,
Jeff Schomay

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