Almost 3 years ago we made the move 20 miles south from Frisco to Dallas. We did this for a long list of reasons, but primarily for the culture. We wanted to be closer to the Arts and Design Districts – and Deep Ellum. Places where creative people congregate. We also like the feel of Dallas in general. We feel like we belong here. In North Dallas we are 15 minutes from almost anything we are interested in and we don’t need toll roads to get there. Surface streets provide excellent, swift access.
For about 10 years now, I have been capturing Texas in all its glory. The minutiae is what fascinates me the most, as is evidenced in my first coffee table book, Texas As I See it. Dallas, on the other hand, does everything on a bigger-than-life scale. As a result, the Dallas skyline was awarded Best International Skyline status in a USA Today poll. And it just keeps getting better as more and more structures add dramatic computer controlled lighting. The addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and the completion of the Omni Hotel were the defining moments in the evolution of the skyline in my opinion.
On various occasions since 2010 I have captured this amazing skyline. In 2013 I had a commission to create a backdrop for KTXD TV in Dallas. The concept was a composite Dallas / Fort Worth Skyline, which ended up being a 15 hour editing project after capturing new images around midnight on two different nights. The result is a 204 inch wide sunrise skyline with the Texas Flag ghosted into it.
During this process I also created individual skylines of each city and produced a highly idealized version of the Dallas skyline complete with the Supermoon from 2013. Since then I have re-shot the ever-evolving cityscape of Dallas on several occasions. Naturally, whenever there is a Supermoon, going out to re-shoot is a good idea, as there is no better backdrop for this celestial event than Dallas.
This year I went out to capture the Beaver Moon over the skyline along with several hundred other amateur and professional photographers. The results were fairly dramatic, but the view from the levee does not provide a complete cityscape. Some crucial elements get left out – like the Omni Hotel.
The image below has become very popular in recent months. This is the origin of the combination skyline and I had completely forgotten about it. During an art show where I was exhibiting Oz, a client requested a night sky cityscape. I looked through my Facebook gallery and resurrected this one. As a result I have printed, delivered and installed several of these recently. The largest one measures 86″ wide by 40″ high and is installed in an office building in Dallas.
I do all printing and framing in-house with the exception of aluminum and acrylic prints. These I outsource.
This image is coming in next week (30×45) on aluminum for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas. It was shot in 2015 when the Trinity River was flooded during an interview with the Dallas Observer:
You can see the entire Cityscapes Gallery on my website as well. This includes Fort Worth, NYC and International locations.
In case you missed the event of the decade (almost the century) this last weekend, we had a Supermoon / Beaver Moon that hasn’t happened since 1948 and won’t happen again until 2034. A Supermoon occurs when the orbit of our moon brings it in unusually close proximity to the earth. In this case it appeared 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. This, of course, brought out everyone and their dog (ours wanted to stay at home) with a camera.
I have been wanting to capture a full moon over the Dallas skyline for a couple of years now and this seemed like the perfect time to do it, so Sunday evening just before sunset I headed to the levee. Doing a little preliminary research I determined the moon would rise at 73 degrees, so I parked in my usual obscure location and trudged about a quarter mile along the levee with 3o lbs of camera gear and a tripod to get set up.
There were 5 or 6 other photographers in the general vicinity and we all had our locations staked out for what we thought would be the best shot. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a lot of frenzied activity as all the other photographers were jockeying for position and realized the moon was finally making its appearance, peeking up between the buildings. I also hustled about 20 yards south to get a better vantage point and started shooting.
The problem with shooting the moon at sunset over the skyline is exposure. To get the buildings reflecting sunset colors properly exposed, the moon will be vastly 0ver-exposed. Getting the moon properly exposed renders the skyline totally black. So… This requires multiple exposures for every shot. Also, to get a good close-up of the moon requires a very long lens and getting the skyline requires something more normal (around 50mm).
To shoot the moon in close-up I used a 100-400mm Canon zoomlens with a 1.4x telextender attached. This results in a 560mm lens, which is almost enough. 1000mm is optimal.
All of the images I used are composites. In other words, I shot numerous images with different composition and different lenses. Then I combined them for the effect I wanted. Using a really big lens compresses distance and makes the moon seem larger. But… Cutting this same moon out, enlarging it and tucking it behind the buildings produces and even more remarkable composition.
Another problem with the Dallas skyline is that all of the buildings do not light up at the same time. To get everything illuminated optimally, you have to wait until about 8:00 this time of year. Therefore, I had to combine file photos with new images to create some of these.
So here they are.
Earlier this year I negotiated the rights to reprint this classic horse racing image by Adam Coglianese.
This iconic photograph in an Eclipse Award winning photo taken at Tremont in 1980. In this capture, Great Prospector is savaging the winner, Golden Derby as they head into the home stretch. Photo taken by Bob Coglianese and Copyright Adam Coglianese, I have obtained the rights to reprint this image on canvas in a 24×30 format only.
If you would like a copy of this amazing shot, order it RIGHT HERE. It looks absolutely incredible on canvas.
24×30 monochrome print on canvas for $350.00 + tax
As a lot of people know by now, we have a fulfillment site that takes our images and creates an array of wearables, household items and skins / cases for electronics. Over the last few months we have been building out our offerings with some dramatic new abstract / geometric art images. At the same time, our vendor has been adding some great new items to their library, so I thought I would take some screen grabs and post them here for you to get an idea of what we can provide.
To start with, I have recently been taking some of my newest complex Vortex abstract images and creating repeating patterns. These are painstakingly crafted to create a master image and then resized for their destination products.
See our full selection on our e-commerce site.
We are constantly adding new images and products.
In our wearables we have:
- Pencil Skirts
- Chiffon Tops
- Unisex T-Shirts
- Women’s T-Shirts
- Several Styles of Women’s shirts
- Chiffon Tops
- Graphic T-Shirts
- Zipper Hoodies
- Pullover Hoodies
- Children’s Clothes
- Coffee Mugs
- Travel Mugs
- Throw Pillows
- Duvet Covers
- Tote Bags
- Studio Pouches
- Drawstring Bags
- Spiral Notebooks
- Hardcover Journal
- iPhone Case / Skins
- Galaxy Case / Skins
- Laptop Case / Skins
- iPad Case / Skins
Here are some screenshots:
Today seemed like as good a time as ever to start a Photo Du Jour post. Every day I will post an image, generally something I processed that day.
Today’s classic pinup image is titled “Peek A Boo”. Deanna B. is the model, dressed in classic schoolgirl style featuring a tartan miniskirt and heels. This image was shot in my Plano studio in 2009.
Or for any other occasion…
As a gift – or for yourself, art is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Max Eastman said “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
Why invest in art?
- Art will not wear out
- Art will not make you fat
- Art will improve your life
- Art will make you smile
- Art will make you think
- Art will inspire you
Our e-commerce site has some great deals on inventory prints + lots of custom order images from around the world. We produce custom prints in-house, provide mounting and framing services and I will even personally install your selection in most cases.
If you don’t see what you are looking for, call or email me. I probably have what you want somewhere in my extensive library. If not, I may just go out and find it for you – or create it from scratch.
Our most recent installation is a nearly 8 foot wide mounted canvas print for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas.
Our themes include:
- Dallas Texas
- Frisco Texas
- Route 66
- New York City
- Girls and Cars
- Musical Instruments
- Flora and Fauna
- Nature and Scenics
- SignZ of Our TimeZ
- Alien Vistas
- The TreZ Collection
We have a growing collection of Selective Color images from around the world:
And the latest image from Budapest:
A growing trend in commercial interior decorating is to have very large prints of your own building / property in a highly stylized format.
I recently assembled this gallery from one of my commercial shoots as an example of what I can do for you. This little gallery contains variations on two images of the same lobby. This will give you some ideas while illustrating the kind of work I do. Please contact me with any questions.
We have made several trips to The Big Apple, so this time I did not capture my usual architectural selection of dramatic skyscraper shots. I’ve done that and have a sizable library of NYC images as a result. This time we focused on showing my son around the City and chose the classics: Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal and of course, One World Trade Center – or Freedom Tower as most people seem to call it.
Several new dramatic images are in production, some of which are included in this blog.
I was fascinated by the myriad assortment of bicycles chained, locked, cabled and intertwined with various security anchors throughout the City. Some clearly had been in the same place for a decade or more. Others were obviously in current use – and then there were the in-between and indistinct relics.
I felt a Selective Color approach was perfect for this collection and am working on “Chained” – hopefully to be a coffee table book in the near future.
Top of my list so far is “Freedom”
Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center for those who want to be picky) wrapped in an American flag as viewed from Ellis Island.
The stainless steel wall in the foreground is inscribed on both sides with the names of those who came to this country in search of freedom and opportunity.
The flag is from a 2008 firefighters memorial in Denton, Texas.
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I was recently contracted to produce a graphic piece for Fort Worth.
This is the final edit. Carving a fiddle into the shape of an “S” was fairly time-consuming, but fine-tuning the longhorns and hand-painting them (with a tablet) took by far the longest to get the way I wanted it.
Cowtown – Where the West Begins… To Swing
We have more than one fulfillment company that handles applying our vast library of images to a variety of products. Just recently they started offering pencil skirts as an option and of course we hopped right on it and started engineering images for this medium.
All you gals know that a spectacular pencil skirt is a must-have, right?
New images are being added regularly as we go through and re-configure for this size and scale.
Currently our library includes florals, skylines, weather, abstracts, automotive, Route 66, Dallas, Fort Worth and Alaska. At only $35.00 each these are an excellent value. And if y’all would like yours personally autographed, just sashay on over wearing it and I’ll be happy to oblige.
We even have WINSTON in a pencil skirt! That cute little rascal finds his way into everything.
A few samples – lots more on our fulfillment page