In a very short couple of days this beautiful friesian along with the entire BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe will be performing and bringing joy to a great many people at the Washington State Horse Expo. I do hope you are able to make it to the Clark County Fairgrounds at 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield, WA on any of the 3 days starting on the day of love, Feb. 14, 2014. There will be many other great performers and beautiful horses at this event.
For more information please check out their website:
I have had the pleasure of knowing the wonderful people of BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe for several years.
I've watched their evolution and growth and have luckily been allowed to photograph their journey.
The one thing that has been a constant is the artistry and talent of both the riders and their horses.
Make sure to catch one of their performances. They are great!
I am very excited to have had one of my images featured on the cover of United States Lipizzan Federation Fall 2013 magazine. This is Favory Toscana 18 which I had the honor to photograph in 2012 at White Horse Vale in Goldendale, Washington. He is one glorious Lipizzan stallion.
If you are an equine fan and especially a fan of this rare, beautiful breed take a few minutes to check out these websites:
And if you notice the top banner of the USLF website you will see another of our photos featured. This is Aramis, another wonderful lipizzan from White Horse Vale which I photographed at another shoot.
Fine Art America is the premier online marketplace for purchasing fine art originals and prints. It is also the easiest way to discover new artists and art galleries and to stay connected to your local art scene! Visit our gallery site at wes-and-dotty-weber.fineartamerica.com
Looking for some early Christmas gifts? Or just want a WesDotPhotography print on your wall? Now is the time!
I know the shopping season can be very hectic so I'm starting my annual Christmas discount early so you can get a jump on things. So starting today, November 9th, 2013 I am running my annual Christmas discount at our Fine Art America website.
By entering the code XZZUGV the first 30 buyers will receive a 20% discount off our markup. The base materials e.g. frames, mats, stretched canvas, etc. will not be included in this discount offer.
If you would ever like to see many more of our images 'Like' our page on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WesDotPhotography/183908382540
Thanks so much for your continued support.
Dotty & Wes
So what does this strange picture have to do with making your own copyright symbol you might wonder. Well from my previous blog post showing how to create a 'copyright' action I had promised the next step in automating the creating of a web-sized image or many images at once. This would be that next step using Adobe Photoshop CS5.
1) Open one or several images that are all of the same format. For this example we will open up several portrait images from Adobe Bridge. To open several completed JPEG images click on each image holding the Ctrl button down. This will select each image. Then either click enter or right click on one of the selected images and then select 'Open in Adobe Photoshop'. All images will appear in Photoshop with the active image in the preview area of your screen and all others in the tabs above the preview. That is if you have your Photoshop screen set up as I do. See screen print below for an example of two images opened.
2) Run the 'Copyright Portrait' action that you created in the prior blog post 'How To Do Your Own Copyright Symbol' to apply the copyright to the 'active' image.
3) Click on each image by selecting the 'un-highlighted' image tab to make the next image active and run the 'Copyright Portrait' action. Do this for each portrait image you have opened in Photoshop.
4) When all images have the Copyright Symbols added and arranged to your liking you are ready to re-size the images and make them ready to add to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your website or share online. Here are the steps:
5) Click on 'File' at the top left hand size of your screen. This will open the drop downs.
6) Click on 'Scripts' towards the bottom of the list which will bring out a 'flyout' box.
7) In this 'flyout' box, click on 'Images Processor'. The box that will appear next is the same as the screen print at the top of this blog post. The items to pay attention to are:
Last night we were honored to attend this wonderful event at Pacifica Senior Living that is home to 60 of our photos. It was a fun evening with many new and long time friends & family along with a table filled with delicious appetizers. Plus some awesome music was supplied by Nate Botsford. Rounding out the evening three lucky attendees left with a raffle prize of a 12x18 framed print of one of the images hanging in the hallways of this beautiful senior living home.
We are very pleased to know our images are making the lives of the residents and their loved one who visit a little brighter each day. It is very touching to know we are a part of giving these hallways a warm, home-like feel. This is one of the nicest homes that truly cares for the health, happiness and care for our seniors. If you are now or ever in the need for a home for your aging loved ones this is a place well worth looking into.
Wes and I would like to thanks Dana, Executive Director and Kristi, Community Relations Coordinator at Pacifica Senior Living, as well as Anne from Encore Senior Living for making this evening happen. We also thanks all the employee of the community who made this event enjoyable for all.
Dotty & Wes
Please visit Pacifica Senior Living website at this link: http://www.pacificaportland.com/
You can also visit the management company, Encore Senior Living website using this link: http://www.encoresl.com/
We were honored this week with being named 'Featured Artist of the Week' on the website, Fine Art America that we use to sell and market our images. This website has what is called 'Groups' for different subjects that focus on many different topics. It also makes it easier for visitors to the site to locate images centered around what you might be looking for.
This group is a fun group as it focuses not on a single subject but instead on the photographers, hence the name 'Old Masters'. It's not what it appears to be but is instead....well, I'll let their 'About the Group' explain:
"YOU MUST BE 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO JOIN THIS GROUP, which is established to promote the work of mature artists OVER SIXTY.
All others are welcome to look (and buy!), but please do not join this group if you are under 60 years of age! "
After clicking on this link scroll down a bit on the Fine Art America web page to see the featured artists: http://fineartamerica.com/groups/old-masters--photographers-and-digital-arts--5-a-day.html?tab=overview
Come take a peek at one of our latest Kudos and while there click on one of our images from this link. That will take you to our images where you can browse around. Or once in our images you can also click on the 'Gallery' tab above the image to look at specific albums.
Enjoy and I would love to hear any and all feedback. It helps us in our growth!
Dotty & Wes
A map of your visitors on your site.
The website "Revolver Map" as a very clever map to show who visited your website. It is a free tool and it looks very nice. See above who visited wesdotphotography since I installed this map.
This is a very highly customizable map, mine shows depth of the oceans as well as snow caped mountains and poles. It will also change based on the seasons of the year. It can shows flag and locations of your visitors as well.
Visit http://www.revolvermaps.com/?target=setup for more detail.
There has always been an issue with the images that we all love to share on Facebook and many other social networking internet sites being used without our permission. Sometimes even sold by others for their own profits. While I've never liked putting a big ole ugly copyright stamp on my images I've found a bit of a work around as displayed in this image.
If you would like to use this method I've given step by step instructions for you to create your own action to do this below:
You might have to move the copyright symbol or your text layer to fit the image but you will have the layers ready for you to make your adjustments.
Hope you found this helpful!
So, it's been over a year now since I had the honor to photograph the fabulous show, Cavalia. I had never done a bog but have posted many pictures on my Facebook page. If you have never seen this show and have the opportunity to do so by all means do it. You will be rewarded with one of those memories you'll never forget. They have now taken their show to Australia which has their opening at Brisbane on March 6th, 2013. Visit their website for more information and make sure you click on all the tabs to get a feel for the beauty of the horses and masterful talents of the riders.
This slideshow below while it has many of my favorite images from my shoots at the Portland Oregon show in 2011 and Seattle Washington show in 2012 is but a small amount of my images. If you would like to see even more images check out my Facebook page to view the album links listed below:
I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed experiencing the show in person.