Today we worked in the Atlanta Botanical Garden while enjoying the sculpture display “Niki in the Garden” featuring Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture. The display ends October 31st.
The unique glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly can also be seen in the garden. A green Chihuly has been donated and will be here permanently. A blue and white Chihuly installed over a fountain will be permanent if enough money is contributed for purchase. Both are fascinating.
It’s been three years since our last working visit and the gardens have all been redesigned. But, the Japanese garden is still here. So is Frog Baby bronze sculpture; young child holding a frog in each hand.
This is our first trip here without camera bags full of lenses and without tripods. We are now working on travel images more than documentary botany images. So, everything doesn’t have to be photographed at f22.
Now, just a brief word about food. We’ve had 3 dinners at Ted’s Montana Grill on Spring Street and highly recommend it! Ted Turner is the owner and bison from his western ranch is used in some recipies. We tried it in meatloaf, good to the last bite! The buffalo head below was mounted in the restaurant above the bar. A Nikon D200 digital camera with built-in flash was used to make the picture.
Today we worked the Georgia Aquarium. We have photographed large city public aquariums like the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington, Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, California, and Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida. But, the Georgia Aquarium is the newest and tops them all in some aspects.
There definately were more children today! It seemed like 50,000, no kidding. Attendants told us the large number is largely due to summer camps.
Of special interest were the Beluga Whales, five of them. They’re hoping for mating and new babies. Did you know the Beluga is the only whale that can turn its head sideways?
There are several huge floor to ceiling walls of glass holding 20 – 50 assorted fish. You see sharks, sting rays, groupers, goliath groupers, and many more. The huge groupers come right up to the aquarium wall and watch the human visitors. Wonder what they think of us?
There is also a moving walkway through a tunnel under an aquarium above you and on both sides. Our first tunnel aquarium experience was San Francisco. It’s fun to have a huge hammerhead shark swim overhead.
Today we photographed some places the business traveler would likely see. Peachtree Mall has lots of windows with interesting reflections. I have always enjoyed photographing store windows. When you have the store interior and the outside street reflection it gives a documentary element.
The outside of the Mall is actually better for the photographer, than the inside. The mall is below ground. There are 2 large areas with skylites giving daylight, but, those spots are filled with casual eating tables.
Next we went up to the observation deck above the Sun Dial Restaurant on the top of the Westin Hotel. Fortunately, there was no haze to obscure the view. The restaurant revolved and the view was fantastic. I used a 28mm wide angle lens for most of the work.
Yesterday afternoon we worked in Olympic Park, not the Westin Observation deck. Olympic Park has some interesting statues and fountains.
Today we worked at the Zoo. Great place for animals. Many of the animals have large habitat spaces.
We have photographed Giant Pandas in several places already. The panda picture here is from last year. It’s available at our CafePress shop www.cafepress.com/framed_print.
Today we arrived at the zoo 30 minutes after opening at 9:30 am. So, we had about 15 minutes with the female panda outdoors before she went inside. The inside temperature is kept around 65 degrees while outside temp goes up into the 80s. So, the only time to get a more natural setting is early in the day.
The elephants were quite cooperative. Although we have many elephant images from prior zoo shoots, I’ve wanted a closeup to use at CafePress on t shirts. Think I got it today. But, since we use 35mm film, I won’t know for several days.
Tonight we intend to photograph from the Westin Hotel rotating resturant. We have beautiful San Francisco photos from Windows on the World resturant. Hope these turn out as good!
Lately we’ve been photographing nothing but animals. First it was snakes at Kathy & Bill Love’s snake farm near Fort Myers, Florida. Their web site suggests if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a visit. After calling first.
So we did! Call and visit. They were very generous with their time. They had loads of newly hatched snakes. Very lively.
The Love’s business requires keeping detailed breeding records, reminded me of horse breeding. If you’re ever in the area and enjoy snakes, give them a call.
Two weeks later we worked at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa. They have several baby animals. The orang and elephant are our favorites. Will put up some images soon.
We have just opened our Christmas designs at Photo Accents Cafe Press shop with a Christmas in July sale. As you can see from the hanging ornament on the left, we use our animal, bird, and fish pictures with the holiday greeting.
There are many more clothing and household products available in our store.
Let us know what you think – we are listening and appreciate input!
Life as a freelance stock photographer can be exciting, demanding, frustrating, but, never boring! If you’re an experienced photographer, acquiring the image (stock photograph) to sell is not the biggest challenge. Finding the right photobuyer is.
We have been in the stock photogaphy business for 11 years, now. Started with a speciality in botanical images: plants, flowers, gardens. We’ve photographed 20+ botanical gardens, in Europe and all over U.S. We’ve been published in all the major gardening magazines published in the U.S. (never submitted to those in Europe).
To be a contributing photographer for those magazines required having an index of plants photographed totalling at least 1,500 species. It took about 12 months to photograph that many species.
A querrie package was sent to each magazine publisher with copy of the index (each plant must have English name and Botanical Name), a page of slide photos, and copies of published photos. It was also necessary to follow-up with a phone call. We were put on the contributing photographers list and received notice of plants to be used in the next magazine.
We expanded our inventory dramatically. Now we have extensive travel pictures, animal pictures, and bird pictures. For an idea of our work, take a look at www.cafepress.com/framed_print.