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New art additions to the gallery of fine art photographer & artist Dan Carmichael:

A long running white fence on a farm in rural North Carolina. Picture taken in Glade Valley near Sparta, North Carolina. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Available in two versions: traditional fine art photography and abstract. 9213. #northcarolina ... [...]
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A long running white fence on a farm in rural North Carolina. Picture taken in Glade Valley near Sparta, North Carolina. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Available in two versions: traditional fine art photography and abstract. 9213. #northcarolina ... [...]
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
How they do it in rural farming country in North Carolina - a sign that lists who lives on that road. Picture taken in Glade Valley near Sparta, North Carolina. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway. 9257. #northcarolina #visitnc #fineartprint #sparta L... [...]
Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A newly planted field of tomatoes at sunrise. This picture taken in rural North Carolina in the Salisbury area. 1677. #northcarolina #fineartprint #farm #visitnc Licensing available. Contact me. [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway / Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This picture was toned to give it an old fashioned style. Some of the beautiful trees surrounding and framing the mill in this picture are now gone - victims of wind, ice, and... [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A sunrise over the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City North Carolina. The early morning waters were so quiet and still they looked like glass. 3334-39. #artforsale #interiordesign #fineartprint #visitnc Licensing available. Contact me [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A long driveway leading to a farmhouse in rural North Carolina. This Autumn fall colors picture was taken in rural North Carolina in the Alamance County area. A painting created from an original photograph. 9360-63. #northcarolina #fineartprint #... [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A sunset at Roan Mountain. This picture was taken on a bald at Roan Mountain which spans the North Carolina and Tennessee border. 3847-48. #artforsale #fineartprint #photograph #roanmountain Licensing available. Contact me. [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
A stream, carving its way through farm fields. Picture taken in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This watercolor style painting was created from an original fine art photograph. 0136-39. #artforsale #landscape #painting #blueridgemount... [...]
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael
Before the sunrise over the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City North Carolina. 3346-52. #artforsale #seascape #photograph Licensing available. Contact Dan. [...]
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Source: Newest work by Dan Carmichael

 

 

The Art of Night Photography

The art of night photography. It’s different than daylight photography.

Technically, taking pictures during daylight hours is easy. Daylight photography is a piece of cake. But taking pictures at night is different. It presents challenges to the photographer which are quite distinct. But the results can be dramatic as well as unusual.

I love the challenges of night photography and have done it regularly. Whenever I go to shoot pictures, I always try to get to my chosen target location for that day at least an hour or more before sunrise. Doing so not only allows me to photograph the first light of day before the sunrise, but also do some night photography before that first light appears.

Here are just a few examples of night photography in the mountains and along the coast. Night photography in the mountains is mostly in the Blue Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at the coast on the Outer Banks.

This picture was taken at Oregon Inlet marina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Challenges here went beyond that of usual night photography. It also happened to be a stormy night which caused the fishing boats to jump around a lot. But I have always liked this picture. The lightning in the upper-right ads drama to the scene.

outer banks fishing boats

Here is one from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is the famous Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I added a touch of effects to the original night photography shot on this one.

mabry mill blue ridge parkway

Here is another from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is one of my personal favorites. This night photography image is of a standing driftwood tree. The picture was taken on the beach on Hatteras Island not too far from the Hatteras lighthouse. I like the tones and colors in this one.

outer banks north carolina night photography

And one more from the mountains to balance things out. This night photography picture was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Doughton Park area in North Carolina. This tree was on a hilltop and it was a foggy night.

night photography blue ridge mountains


Prints of these and many other pictures are available in framed, canvas, metal, and acrylic.

Original fine art photography and art by Dan Carmichael
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Outer Banks Art Sketches from Photographs

One art technique I always enjoy doing is to create art sketches from photographs.  I never use what is called a plugin or filter that does it automatically.  I create them manually myself.

To create a good one, the correct picture needs to be used.  Creating a sketch from a bad photograph only creates a bad sketch.  Also, the correct subject in the photo is important.  Some pictures just don’t work.

I begin with one of my own original fine art photos.  I manually work with the picture which includes many different steps.  The result is what, at least to me, looks like an original hand-drawn sketch.

The following sketches from photographs were taken from a photo shoot in the Oregon Inlet Marina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  People like Outer Banks art. I created color sketches and black & white prints from each photo.  I personally think these turned out rather well.

Outer Banks fishing boats sketchesin color and black & white:

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina


Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina


Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina


Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina

Outer Banks fishing boats in oregon inlet marina


More sketches from photos will be added to the gallery soon.

Prints from the above can be found in the gallery here or the color versions only here or the black & white versions here.

Dan Carmichael fine art photographer & artist
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North Carolina Ferry Art

Having resided on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I have taken a lot of pictures there.  I have also been on the North Carolina Ferry boats many times.

As many times as I have ridden the ferries, I still enjoy the cruise.  One of the most fun things to do is to watch the tourists.  Their laughter of joy as they stand on the bow of the boat and get sprayed or splashed by the water always brings a smile to my face.  It’s fun.  The tourists that go to the back of the boat are fun to watch, too.  The seagulls fly in sync to the speed of the boat and so low you can almost reach out and touch them.  It’s a great opportunity for children.

But for me, it’s usually business.  I normally use the downtime, staying in the car to do camera and computer maintenance.  Every once in a while I use the opportunity to stretch and sometimes take pictures.

This picture was taken on the Chicamacomico on its trek from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island.  I have always liked this photo.  I brushed the original fine art photograph into an oil painting style which I think works very well for this picture.

I have many other photos taken on North Carolina ferry rides which I hope to publish soon.

If you have never ridden a North Carolina ferry, you need to do so.  It’s a lot of fun.  And because the ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke (and back) is free, there’s no excuse not to.

North Carolina Ferry on the Outer Banks

Link to this picture in the gallery.

Prints, framed prints, canvas, metal, acrylic, and greeting cards are available in the art gallery.

Dan Carmichael fine art photographer and artist
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Three Fine Art Outer Banks Prints from a Single Picture

I often like to work on images for an extended time to create new versions.  When I run across a picture I like, where I think the composition is good, I may spend hours – or even days – painting it or adding effects to it to create alternate versions.

The three styles below of Outer Banks prints were created from a single original fine art photograph.  I like the shot of these fishing boats on the Outer Banks because with the water below and the sky above, it is a “clean” composition.  There is lots of open space which is pleasing to the eye.

Larger versions with more details can be viewed by clicking on each picture.

Three fine art Outer Banks prints:
This is the original fine art photograph:

Outer Banks fishing boats

An oil painting version. I created this version by manually brushing the original to create an oil painting style while removing the finer detail:

Outer Banks fishing boats

A watercolor version. This technique of brushing a photograph into a watercolor style painting does not always work well. The right image needs to be chosen. But I like the way this version came out. It would probably look good on a large canvas.

Outer Banks fishing boats

Prints of various sizes are available as framed and matted prints, canvas, metal, acrylic, or greeting cards.

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