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Thomas Van Dyke

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  1. "How can we know the dancer from the dance"? William Butler Yeats Ballet is a dynamic multi-dimensional visual art of poetry in motion... So strange to think cold hard crystalline stone could reflect the fluid virtuosity of a prima ballerina on pointe... Guess a leotard and a ballerina's bun is all it takes... Thanks but I'll wait patiently for the Bolshoi Ballet to return to the Kennedy Center again... enough said...
  2. Nancy your gift for wildlife imagery is stellar... Such an elegant visual statement latent within... Truly enjoyed seeing species I'll likely never have the privilege to behold... btw, were all of these captures with the Nikon 300 f/4, ED, AF-S? I had completely forgotten that this professional quality glass can focus down to 4.7 feet with a maximum reproduction Ratio 1:3.7 And even with it's metal construction at 1,440 g it is certainly hand holdable... With each of your post I grow my knowledge base... Please continue to share your wonderful wildlife artistry... Thanks!
  3. Kind of really like the seashell iteration also... Very nice rendering indeed... Excellent compositional elements... Food for thought... Virtually all commercial watch imagery has the chronometer set to 10:11am But don't take my word for it, browse your favorite high end magazines i.e. VOGUE etc. The reason is blatantly obvious... to form a "V" around the brand's logo... This requirement is cast in stone and has remained an advertising agency prerequisite for decades... As always in commercial work the devil is in the details... Thank you for sharing...
  4. Intriguing series... and yes the heron is superb! albeit "#2 Run baby Run" tugs at one's heart strings... "I really like to watch and photograph those birds that are an everyday sight here where I live. The planet would be a much worse place without them..." Totally agree... Love to enjoy all the wonderful song birds in my locale... My studio fronts on 2000 acres of wooded parkland... and wildlife abounds especially song birds... btw, we all are in debt to Biologist Rachel Louise Carson who's book "Silent Spring" was at the vanguard of the global environmental movement... She was a giant amongst us... who's legacy will forever be synonymous environmental awareness... Thank you for sharing your thoughts and imagery Chris...
  5. Love the painterly effect latent in the vibrant shimmery reflections... Excellent acuity and contrast in that 85mm at f/8... Quartering illumination at 3:30pm lends intriguing aura of bias relief... Beautiful venue on such a splendid afternoon... Thank you for sharing Fons
  6. Superb compositional elements and dramatic decisive moment on the second image... We are talking full flaps with reverse thrust here... While the African fish eagle tips the scales the same as your lens at 7lbs the bald eagle comes in at twice that at 14lbs... Amazing birds beautiful rendered... Again thank you so much for sharing the aerial artistry of this eagle pair's antics Nancy...
  7. Absolutely superb fore & aft wing strokes... counted just over a dozen primary wing feathers on each side... btw, a typical hummingbird has in excess of 900 feathers on its body, which translates into the highest ratio of feathers per body size of all other bird species... which makes for a lot of beautiful iridescent plumage to love... Thank you for sharing...
  8. Majestic rendering of such a stately raptor... Splayed wing tip feathers imply intriguing fluid dynamics of flight... Lovely color harmonies... excellent White Balance... btw, believe you've taken the classic "bird perched on a branch" entirely to the next level... Hope this pair's domestic efforts are fruitful... Thank you for sharing this totally inspirational capture Nancy...
  9. Wonderful that you are focusing on local habitats... As in politics most everything instrumental usually happens at the local level... Please consider championing your fascination of this intriguing venue to the Natural Resources Management of Brevard County... You voice does count! Their's is a noble mission: "To protect the quality of life and promote a sustainable future by managing and conserving the natural resources of Brevard County." btw, having worked several years for the Washington County (Maryland) Planning Commission as an "Environmental Planner" I can indeed appreciate that often the use of "Managing" is a political requirement if the term "Conserving" is used... Property owners are ever fearful of "Eminent Domain" i.e. the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use... Likewise far too many "Tree Huggers" i.e. environmental campaigners (activist) don't understand a.k.a. are naive of the legal right of an individual (or entity) to hold title to land... In the end I truly believe that an appreciation the wonderful heritage of nature's pristine wilderness & wetlands needs to be actively nurtured especially locally... Your wonderful imagery could indeed prove pivotal in the local mix here... Just a thought... Again appreciate your providing a window into an enchanting world which is far beyond my realm... My only suggestion would be to concentrate primarily on BIF in as viewing them aloft holds an endearing magic that is universally embraced... Thank you for sharing Nancy...
  10. "The huge circle of the sun is very powerful." Indeed and has the potential to cause retinal damage if observed through a view finder... Trust that this was taken in "Live View" Your vision is precious commodity... Please invest the time to lean how to protect your retina from harms way... But don't take my word on this... Instead speak with your ophthalmologist about the aforementioned, k? I'm only the messenger here... And yes the compositional elements are superb... kudos on the decisive moment...
  11. Nancy you are indeed a master of your craft... Stellar technique combined with superb visual excellence... Truly inspirational... Such gifted aptitude with manipulating color harmonies and compositional elements... a joy to behold... Looking forward to more of your intriguing tenured efforts... Thank you for sharing...
  12. "...looking to incorporate this into my photo business..." Have several colleagues who use this media in high end real-state marketing/sales... Has merit when there is significant acreage involved thus their drone footage is integrated within a "virtual tour" of the property... Might look into your real-estate market and query said agents to see if monetizing drone coverage is a viable option... btw, my studio is directly on the down wind leg of Dulles International Airport's pattern... So drones aren't in the mix here... In fact lots of flight crew members reside in my condo complex... Location is everything... lol Thank you for sharing...
  13. Fascinating series... Intriguing to learn that juveniles of this species have red/orange eye coloration... Cherish the compositional elements in the BIF image... Unfurled wing plumage is awesome to behold... with primary outer flight feathers beautifully showcased in this ventral i.e. anterior view... Albeit the splendor, grandeur and majesty latent with in the last image is also superb... It is marvelous that the Blue Cypress Conservation Area (61,000-acre refuge of waterfowl habitat) exists as a nesting domain for these magnificent birds... Trust that it remains as such for the foreseeable future... and hopefully well beyond... Thank you for sharing Nancy...
  14. While maybe not a ultimate solution for a makeup artist you might consider using Oil-Absorbing Rice Blotting Tissues to kill sheen in the talent's T-Zone... If you have issues with getting physical with your clients simply demonstrate on your own T-Zone... then have them do likewise... And if you're clueless as to what Oil-Absorbing Rice Blotting Tissues are just make a trip to your local high end makeup counter (here that would be in Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. Rice Blotting Paper is cheap and it kills that shine on the nose/forehead effectively Dallas this can/will make a huge difference in taming exposure latitude issues... On commercial corporate videos I'm hired primarily to assure T-Zones are tamed but I typically use an anti-shine primer in conjunction with a mattifying powder... Yep, a shoot through umbrella is my modifier of choice for quick/easy/effective location shoots... Might try varying the distance from the source to the umbrella to attain various lighting effects... Also I will double/triple diffuse the source to allow a softer wrap illumination effect... In portraiture soft is good except for dramatic hard side lighting (typically used on male talent) Hope this makes sense... Thank you for sharing, albeit I was thinking about a lit' dramamine in order to study your lighting configuration... lol
  15. Love the first image (Sagittal view) which beautifully showcases this black-bellied Whistling Duck’s plumage… Wings on the terminus of a downward power stroke afford superb scrutiny of intriguing geometric patterns latent within… Warm/cool color harmonies and shallow DOF isolate and enhance… and you’ve wisely allowed ample negative space for this noble waterfowl to travel into… indeed a perfect composition compliment… Thank you for sharing…
  16. Breathtaking first image with it’s spectacular aquatic reflection… love the beautiful color harmonies latent within… so magical to see this swallow-tailed Kite perfectly mirrored in the water below… Wonderful pose dynamic on the part of your feathered model… Wings in a perfectly symmetrical “V” configuration adds compelling compositional charm to this intriguing rendering… Bravo! btw, welcome to the forum Nancy… and thank you for sharing...
  17. Thank you for sharing this amazing window into another world invisible to the unaided eye... The surreal grandiose beauty latent within is a joy to behold... Again your stellar efforts are a beacon of inspiration amidst a dark sea of mediocrity that abounds within the vast sphere of the Internet... Only from the likes of National Geographic have I seen such image mastery into the depths of a microcosm beyond the limits of human sight... Looking forward to more of your dazzling captures... Bravo!
  18. Such an enchanting rendering of this greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)… Totally love the surreal aura created by its near isolation from traces of distracting elements within its environ… Reminiscent those brilliant eighteenth century zoological illustrations… In an era where video is rapidly displacing stills… this speaks well to the superb magic of a “decisive moment” frozen in time… where water droplets become crystallized gems lending drama to the ethereal elegance latent within… The yellowleg's beautiful reflection creates a perfectly balanced symmetrical mirrored echo of this endearing shore bird… Those who have strolled along the water’s edge at low tide know this graceful creature and Bob’s rendering harkens back many a splendid moments at the shore… Indeed “Tis an ideal season for wandering at water’s edge”… Thank you for sharing Bob… You are an ambassador of the art and craft of photography...
  19. Andrew; While I for one found your slideshow video very enjoyable perhaps you have possibly misjudged your target demographic by choosing FotoZones to showcase this work. The user base here (in my humble opinion) is somewhat conservative and old school. Meaning video not being a medium of choice for the lion’s share of users thus in order to gain market penetration with the aforementioned it has a much higher bar to clear. That said in my minds eye you are one of the most promising and forward looking emerging commercial shooters aboard. To this end I will attempt to provide critique feedback on this production in hopes it will be taken as positive interest in your career journey. First and foremost, bodybuilding as a sport is a niche market. Even power-lifting isn’t in the Olympics… However it is highly lucrative and enjoys a broad support base both in the US and Europe… because of the huge revenue stream it generates mercenaries have moved into the arena in droves… to this end it’s now tainted with doping (primarily steroids and grow hormones) that would make the Tour de France look like a tea party. Nope, it’s not ready for prime time. However Physique is another animal entirely… One which is near and dear in as I collaborate with a myriad of physique models… it pays the bills… Ok as for the strengths of your presentation? Excellent image quality… Absolutely love the Ken Burns Effects with your still imagery… But the transitions at times were a distraction… Case in point, back in the day of desktop publishing emerging typographer’s overuse of font types generated what were known as the “ransomed note” effect. Andrew chose one or two primary transitions and stick with only those… too many irritate viewers, trust me here… Which transitions to consider avoiding? Diagonal wipes Appearing Squares (box in and box out) Split Horizontal (in and out) Vertical (in and out) Iris (in and out) Blinds effect (in and out) Spirals (clock and counter clockwise) Checkerboard (across and down) Mosaics (all forms) Radial and wheel (all forms) Which are found ubiquitously in high end commercial productions? Instant jumps Fades Zooms (especially far to near) Another issue is I felt at times like an audience spectator… Not that this is a bad thing but want of biting crisp close-ups which would have taken this project over the top are a concern here… Andrew there are compelling reasons why sport shooters use full frame 200mm f/2.0 and 400mm f/2.8 glass… a casual glance at the photographer’s pit at a major sporting event will confirm this… Yes there is a price to enter the arena of sports photography… those who pony up typically eat wannabes for lunch. What I’m say here is change your angle of view frequently in order to hold/maintain viewer's interest… constantly take them by surprise by interspersing tight biting crisp close-ups with broad perspective imagery… hope all of this makes sense… Bottom Line? With each and every new effort your expertise increases dramatically… All too soon I’ll be able to say… I knew Andrew back in the day… Thank you so much for sharing this commendable project… I for one am keenly aware of the amount of effort involved… Good Show!
  20. Mongo thank you for your kind words and keen eye on the fabric of her wedding attire... Silk is a joy to illuminate since the play of light on it's soft surface luster is indeed endearing... That said the weave here plays heavily into the mix, with a satin weave of silk being the most cherished (and costly) btw, this satin weave, most oft used for silk, each warp thread floats over up to 16 weft threads thus imparting a soft smooth-faced lustrous fabric surface.. Interestingly the fabric of silk is one of the most guarded secret in Chinese history... One of the oldest fabrics known, a product of silkworm found in the white mulberry. There is a charming legend of an empress developing sericulture, (a cultivation of silkworms), and invented the reel and loom... All this occurring over 3000 years ago... It wasn't until the advent of the "Silk Road" that western cultures became aware of this exotic fabric... it's tensile strength is very high considering it's light weight as many aviators who "hit the silk" can attest... Tony your kind words are deeply appreciated... however the serenity and elegance was entirely a product of an enchanting bridal talent who was so incredibly easy to direct... She is a gifted thespian who instantly mirrored each suggested pose I demonstrated for her... If only the agency models could be so graciously endowed... And yes several of her poses are variants of those created by ballerinas I've collaborated with... albeit this bride obviously didn't start a journey in dance at the age of three... Perhaps some of the magic was latent in the Traditional áo dài wedding gown...
  21. Great sports/action shot... Effective use of DOF... btw, He has amazing quads...
  22. The Christian custom of the "Easter Egg" is purported to have origins in the Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. It appears that it has now become an officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus... Though it appears that this event may be more about cross-linking a nation's moniker i.e. stars and bars with a religious holiday? For me there is possibly a disconnect... That said the blue jacket contrasts nicely with the vivid green foliage... I can easily understand why this scene caught your eye Andrew... Thank you for sharing...
  23. "the ability to see beyond what most humans perceive..." "As Jameson had suspected, Antico also performed much better than the other potential tetrachromat who was not an artist – supporting the idea that her colour training had been crucial for the development of her abilities." +1 Note: lysergic acid diethylamide's visual effects actually dwarf what Concetta Antico has expressed here... "even the dullest pebble on the road shimmered like a kaleidoscope..." Believe likely only those who with lysergic acid diethylamide (a psychedelic) experience can actually grasp what she is sharing here... This psychedelic was discovered by Albert Hofman in Switzerland in 1938... The United States was keen on deploying this as a chemical weapon and proceed with project MKUltra... Much of the initial testing on unsuspecting human subjects was conducted very close to me at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland... The US Government is now doing everything possible to remove any references to the project... Wonder why... lol It became widely available in the late 60's and during this era thanks to Timothy Leary for spreading the word on it's incredible effects was extremely in vogue. So for a lengthy period it was not a controlled substance (totally legal) and I just happen to be among the young and reckless at the time... Trust me no verbiage could even come close to accurately relating the surreal visuals one encounters here... And the good news is flashbacks are truly a rather delightful treat... btw, LSD is several orders of magnitude safer than the top recreational drug of our culture... Alcohol which btw caused more deaths/harm than all other abused substances combined... Was in a lengthy conversation with a surgeon yesterday who lamented the current "war on drugs" ignoring Alcohol... we both agreed the reason is simple... The government controls it's distribution and gleans a huge revenue stream from taxing it's sale... making the "Government" the largest drug dealer in our society... Sorry for the sidetrack of but the verbiage in the article on Concetta Antico triggered a "flashback" lol Thank you for sharing Hugh... the article is indeed an intriguing read...
  24. Lovely impressionistic aura... soft muted pastels work well here... Ideal color harmonies... Red and green are complimentary to each other on the color wheel... Excellent use of DOF... Albeit that 200mm is showing a lit' more than a tad vignette in the corners at f/4 Thank you for sharing...
  25. "Is that where the Smithsonian collection flies out of?" Yes that would be the Udvar-Hazy Center adjacent Dulles International Airport... It is a component of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It's on my list of sites to visit... especially now that there is commuter bus service from Reston... Although it's free admission they want an outragous $15 parking fee... bus fair is but a fraction of the aforementioned. Sadly this is a high security site... You must go through security screening in order to enter the Museum Absolutely no tripods, mono-pods or "selfie sticks"... so fast glass and/or VR if you're interested in photos... Since it's been open for some time now perhaps the "thrill" factor has worn off thus hopefully reducing crowd levels... btw, love the Tiger Moth... An amazing craft indeed... intriguing capture, very good timing... Thank you for sharing...
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