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tim wolcott

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« on: February 04, 2010, 01:42:18 AM »

Since I visited my first museum as a kid, I was always inspired by what the impressionist saw and painted from their hearts.  About 7-8 years ago I found a pond in very low morning light where the lilies sang out and said shoot me.  For most my adult life I saw Monet's images as something of myths.  Those colors I thought were fake and made up.  Wrong, how I was so wrong.  

My first encounter was up in Maine, in Acadia where this pond had the most amazing Lilies.  They were changing like the leaves around the pond.  So the next morning I hiked into the pond at 5 am.  

It was like Monet was there that night and painted the pond.  I was in Monet's Inspiration.  Since then, I have been hunting down different ponds in the upper northeast that have the same or similar features.  

In my new Fine Art Photography Book I dedicated a section to these images.

In the early morning hours,
when the light is low,
my eyes gaze upon the lily pads.
Memories of Monet, fill my senses.
His inspiration guides my vision.



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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 03:49:39 AM »

Tim...#19980!! love the way you moved in on the view that presented in#19986...  the composition,(#19980), play of negative and positive and dof selection are right up there with some of your best...Michael R has some very nice prints in a folio at Lenswork that almost feel like chinese block prints...though you see Monet, I can almost see a duotone or block print...Really like this one... Pat S
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 11:52:52 AM »

Cool project, and nicely done!  You've captured it well.  I'd love to see a montage of those in a bunch of little frames arranged on a wall.

Lisa

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 04:45:17 PM »


Fantastic images, and nice to read text.

Regards
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010, 02:41:38 AM »

Quote from: Lisa Nikodym
Cool project, and nicely done!  You've captured it well.  I'd love to see a montage of those in a bunch of little frames arranged on a wall.

Lisa
Indeed!  I've always loved Monet's work.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010, 04:34:08 PM »

Beautiful !
Like Lisa, I'd like to see this work on a wall. The web does not render images like these at their full impact but printed it is another story.
I think your Monet's inspiration serie would work very well in both very tiny or huge formats.
Thank you for sharing them.

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010, 07:48:42 PM »

Stunning pictures!  I've been trying to do the same thing with Rock Creek that runs through the Washington DC area with not nearly as much success.  It's always challenging to get there when the light is right and you get the reflections along with the lilies.  Thank you for the inspiration.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 03:05:08 PM »

I found by finding the pond preferably one that is long, running north to south are the best.  Of course the lilies need to turn color, but if the eastern shoreline is lined with trees getting there very early just as the low light is shining thru the trees is the best.  The hard part is to find the ponds.  I have been going back to east coast for 20 years and still only find a few that are worth shooting.  Last year I found a new one that can be shot both for summer and fall.  Yes the lilies do not turn in the spring, but I'm excited about what I can envision and shoot this sumer.  With the fog and light coming in from the back, it will be very Joyce Tennyson like.  Very romantic.

Last year I had a workshop back in the east coast, but 2 of the ponds we went to they removed the lilies.  Very disappointing to all of us.  Why oh why would they do that.  But we got some amazing shots on another pond.  The best light is in the morning.  

  Here is one that I put on my cover of my new book where I wanted the lilies to show up blue instead of green.  We also used this image to invent the Pigment Inkjet technology.  Thanks Tim


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Stunning pictures!  I've been trying to do the same thing with Rock Creek that runs through the Washington DC area with not nearly as much success.  It's always challenging to get there when the light is right and you get the reflections along with the lilies.  Thank you for the inspiration.
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, 06:37:17 PM »

Tim does beautiful work.    For any of you interested in "Advanced Photography Landscape Workshops from Tim, Digital Fusion will offering a series of workshops through the year. One of the workshops will be at this location in the fall.    For more information you can either contact Tim or Chris Benes  [email protected]


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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2010, 12:49:14 AM »

By the way this is absolutely magical.  I missed this thread.  Would we be going to any of these places in the fall workshops and which workshops would be better.  I would like to do some of this type of shots.  But still want to shoot trees.  

I noticed in your lecture I attended in L.A. you said that you didn't use filters to get these.  So how are you getting this look.  Can you tell us without giving away the horse.  JP

Again unbelievable Monet looking images.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2010, 11:28:40 AM »

these are lovely. thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2010, 10:28:43 AM »

Glad you liked it.  By the way if you get to the mountains of southern cal.  I built the very first green gallery in the world and they are on display.  Some are as large as 40x50.  Half them shot with Phase One, so I have more tonal rangeon those and are even more dimensional.  Have fun.  Tim
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2010, 12:23:38 PM »

Wonderful pictures!  They incorporate the inspiration of Monet without it losing the qualities of being a photograph.
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2010, 11:29:27 AM »

Thanks Theresa, After 21 years of traveling every year to the east coast.  I have managed to only find about 7 pond that fit this unique look.  Between the angle of the pond and the trees and lilies, it rather rare to find them.  But when they all line up its unbelievably beautiful to watch the light and the color appear before your eyes.  Tim
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