Food Photography – Mushroom Filo Rolls

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As I have been doing a bit of food photography as of late, I thought it was time I share a few images on the blog and start adding them to the portfolios.

This image, of mushroom filo rolls, was taken in studio, but lit to create a sunlit effect. One of the challenges of food photography is being able to show the details without the image being too flat. I think this image strikes a nice balance.

There will be a few more food images coming up as the past couple of weeks have involved shooting strudel and fruit, photography that is delicious.

Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics
Pender Island, BC  and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

http://www.debra-hunter.com

http://www.hunterphotographics.wordpress.com

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Father and Son in Black and White

Dad, baby, black and white, and tattoos. As I shot this portrait I could hardly wait to see the final image on my computer screen. The contrast between the baby’s new skin and the decorated skin of his father, plus the contrast in the lighting made for an artful portrait. It is always interesting when […]

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Black and White – A Portrait of Togetherness

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Sometimes the strength of an image is in the details.

Yesterday I was editing this photography shoot and came across this image. I noticed what a strong image of togetherness this image was when cropped tightly. Timeless coupledom captured.

Photography by Debra Hunter

Hunter Photographics
Photography in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
http://www.debra-hunter.com
http://www.hunterphotographics.wordpress.com

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En Plein Air – April 17, 2016 – Waskasoo Parks (Red Deer)

Waskasoo Parks - April 17, 2016 - 8"x10" - oil on canvas

Waskasoo Parks – April 17, 2016 – 8″x10″ – oil on canvas

Another en plein air painting, 8 paintings in 8 days. After yesterday’s rushed watercolour I returned to oils today. The oils were tackier in the sun, harder to move around, but they do seem to suit en plein air painting where your time is limited and it is more of a gesture rather than a detailed painting. Of course I believe the concept of doing a painting a day is more about process than product; away of learning how to make yourself paint rather than waiting for the perfect scenario and inspiration.

Painting by Debra Hunter.

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En Plein Air – April 14, 2016 – McKenzie Ponds, Red Deer

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mckenzie ponds, red deer – april 14, 2016 – 5″x7″ – oil on canvas

This is the fifth en plein air painting in 5 days. A tiny 5×7 in oil. I haven’t touched oils in years and years, but it felt like it was worth a go. What I liked about the oils was the color, creaminess and the ability to alter what you have laid down. What I don’t like is the smell, the dry time, and the fact I reckon things could get murky pretty fast if you mess about on the canvas. Still, an interesting experiment to mix things up a bit.

Painting by Debra Hunter

www.debra-hunter.com

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En Plein Air – April 13th, 2016 – Backyard Sycamore

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Backyard Sycamore – April 13, 2016 – 8″x10″ – acrylic on paper

Four en plein air paintings in four days. I am continuing to work on paper with acrylic. I had a little more time than I did yesterday to paint which was nice, as was working on an easel. One thing I was wanting to achieve with this piece was stronger colors as I think I tend to be too cautious when painting on location. I think I take the colors of the natural landscape too literally and too seriously, and I wanted to change that. So today’s piece is gutsier and maybe more honest to the way I like to paint trees.

The challenge continues. Now to decide what to paint tomorrow!

Painting by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 12, 2016 – Coronation Park, Red Deer

blog coronation park april 12 2016_4678 Today’s en plein air effort, a 45 minute acrylic on paper sketch of Waskasoo Creek in Coronation Park (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada).

Refreshing to paint an overcast sky rather than the typical bright blue of Alberta.

I have noticed other artists attempting “100 paintings in 100 days” as a personal challenge, I may see how long I can keep the “painting a day” going. It appears , so far, that the key to success is just taking the kids along with me rather than trying to carve out time on my own to paint. Let’s hope life and the weather continue to co-operate!

Painting by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 11, 2016 – Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

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Today’s en plein air effort. A very quick 30 minute paint. When you have very little time to put a scene down in paint you really have to minimize the detail.

I am going to continue posting these quick en plein air paintings as it is interesting to look back on the progress.

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En Plein Air – a new website page

With the arrival of good weather I find myself painting en plein air on occasion.  It is a style of painting that has many challenges including weather, changing light, insects and onlookers, however it is a very rewarding endeavor as well. I have decided to add a dedicated En Plein Air page to the website ( www.debra-hunter.com ) that is linked to this blog as a way to see all this season’s works put together in one place. The page is En Plein Air Works and can be viewed by clicking HERE. For now it is just the one image, but as we progress through spring and summer I hope to see the collection of images grow.

Gaetz Lake april 10 2016

En Plein Air painting by Debra Hunter