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Swaying Palm Trees of Huntington Beach, California

How to Create Abstract Photos from Nature

Nature truly is a beautiful thing. It can be an awesome and spiritual experience for many. Often, we can find some of the most unique and gratifying images in nature. However, for many, capturing those life-changing sights in the wild can be quite the challenge. If you are one of these peeps, and have an artistic eye, then you may want to learn how to create abstract photos from nature. And this is exactly what I’m going to talk about next! The main thing with nature-driven, non-abstract imagery, is that, most of the time, it’s quite literal and factual. The shots are more scientifically driven. If you want to avoid that, then you’ll want to go for a more abstract look. The primary challenge with creating abstract nature photography is that you need to look to capture a mood rather than a scene. For example, that stunning cherry blossom that you came across might not just reflect the beauty of nature, but the power of silence and serenity. To create high quality abstract photography, you should get used to adjusting the distance that you shoot from. Abstraction often comes from shots which are extremely close-up, or extremely far-off. If we ...
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Dry Heat Cactus

Finding Your Style in Photography

Photo Art starts out as photography which is then enhanced in the digital darkroom. Let’s talk about the first step, photography. As a beginning photographer, it is a common worry that you are having a hard time finding your own sense of style. It’s an issue that can leave you flummoxed as to how to find your place in the photo world. In such a thriving industry, with so much competition, it can be quite disheartening if you are creating photos (and photo art) that looks like what everyone else is doing. In this article, though, I will try to help you find the best way to thrive. Your style is equal to your values First off, remember that your style is going to be applicable to how you view the world. For example, you might be someone who enjoys taking photos of real life moments. Some like to use photography to raise awareness for societal problems, such as poverty. Others use it to show people the true world that waits for us outside of working hours. Or others, like me want to show off nature (or at least an abstract, fantastic or surreal version of it). Whatever you value ...
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Facing the Beach

Abstract Surreal Nature Photo Art from Orange County Photographer

Photo Art by Kevin breaks new ground and is open for business. The new enterprise is the brainchild of California artist and photographer Kevin S. Kantola. According to Mr. Kantola, “I’ve tried to deliver something new by taking an abstract and surreal re-imagining of traditional nature photos. Instead of the more cliché snapshots of flowers, plants, trees, streams and landscapes I’ve decided to add new twists which leave many people saying ‘Wow! Is that real?’” The business offers signed and numbered limited edition prints of some truly bizarre nature themes, derived from California locations such as Big Sur, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Oceano, Fullerton, Vasquez Rocks, Morro Bay, San Marino (Huntington Library and Gardens) and Yosemite National Park. A few of the more interesting categories of photo art offered include beach, cactus, flowers, plants, rocks, streams, trees and waterfalls. In all, there are over 550 images available for viewing on the website. According to Mr. Kantola, “I’ve been doing photography and art for the past 40 years and digital imaging for the past 30 years. So, I thought that it was finally time to combine my two passions and show off my photo art online for all to see.” Over ...
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Flower Red Dragon Characters Fullerton

New Business: Wacky Nature Photo Art from OC Photographer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Business: Weird and Wild Nature Photo Art Directly from the Artist Photo Art by Kevin is open for business. The new enterprise is the brainchild of Kevin S. Kantola, a California artist and photographer. The business offers strange and weird, surrealistic and abstract nature photos for sale as signed and numbered limited edition prints. Some of the California locations featured include Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Vasquez Rocks, Morro Bay, San Marino and Yosemite plus many more places (some in the other U. S. states). A few of the more interesting categories of photo art offered include beach, cactus, flowers, plants, rocks, streams, trees and waterfalls. In all, there are over 500 images / products being offered. According to Mr. Kantola, “I’ve been doing photography and art for the past 40 years and digital imaging for the past 30 years. So, I thought that it was finally time to combine my two passions and show off my photo art online for all to see.” Over the past decades, Mr. Kantola has worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, photographer, photo editor, digital imager and photo lab technician. About this new venture, Mr. Kantola states, “I wanted to ...
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