A few thoughts for the New Year


Got da GigglesI’d like to thank all of you who have been following my Blog over the years, amazingly since 2011!  It has been a labor of love and heart-warming to know that some of my meanderings are shared with you. I would encourage you to please exchange your thoughts and comments. I love expressing my experiences about photography: the technical aspects, the practical solutions to common problems, the artistry of my endeavors, etc. And I enjoy hearing what thoughts or concerns any of you might have.

I know that some of you are serious photographers, designers, fine art professionals, lawyers, realtors, and on and on. Photography is an endless journey which explores one’s personal vision pitted against an ever changing and expanding technology. To know your camera, your computer, your printer, and all that goes with this technology only serves to challenge the way you see and feel about life.

May you enjoy a healthy and amazing 2015. I hope to hear from you!

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

ARLES, FRANCE – The Spiritual Home of VAN GOGH


Arles, FranceArles is one of the most popular destinations in Provence, famous for its significant Roman heritage. It is the spiritual home of Van Gogh, and you will see how this artist was so inspired by the beautiful countryside in this region of France.

Most of the roman and medieval monuments are within walking distance in the old town and can be covered easily on foot in a day. 

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Musee d’Orsay, Paris


The clock at Musee d"Orsay Musée d’Orsay  is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. To my way of thinking, though certainly discovered by the public, it provides far more breathing room than its better-known counterpart, The Louvre.

This shot was taken from inside the museum. The iconic clock, oft photographed, looks over the Seine. If you allow your eye to follow further, you will eventually reach Montmartre, known for its many artists. 

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach


Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. For those of us who might be photographically minded, it provides an idyllic, serene environment with much to ponder and capture. The several images presented were shot with a dedicated Canon EOS Rebel T2i infrared camera, EFS 15-85mm lens and Manfrotto tripod.  This technique manifests an other-worldly effect and can be best shot around noon to fully take advantage of the sun’s infrared rays.

Directions: 531 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Okeechobee Blvd. exit East to Military Trail, then go south on Military Trail 1 1/4 miles to Mounts Botanical Garden (1/4 mile south of Belevedere Rd.) on your right, across from Palm Beach International Airport).

From I-95 Take the Southern Blvd. exit west to Military Trail, then go north on Military Trail 1/2 mile to Mounts Botanical Garden (on your left, across from Palm Beach International Airport).

 Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Tea Time at Morikami


Tea Time at MorikamiThe Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray, Florida has 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings and include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY: To See The Light That You Cannot See


Explore the Surreal with Infrared Imagery

Conventional photography endeavors to capture the light that the human eye can see. Infrared photography captures light outside the spectrum of the human eye, just past the red bands that we can see in the rainbow, to simplify.

Your conventional camera is set up to block infrared rays which prevents this type of imagery, as opposed to special infrared lenses and filters or cameras dedicated exclusively for this type of photography. The results, as you can see from some of the images I have displayed here, produce an another-worldly, ghostly and surreal feel. You will need to suspend your sense of reality and enjoy them for their aesthetic beauty.

I have posted a series of infrared images to my website at www.richsmuklerphoto.com. Go to “images”, “infrared”, then click on the images individually or enjoy the slide show.

If you have any questions about this fascinating style of photography, please feel free to contact me.

Rich Smukler Photo

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Rich Smukler Honored by Black and White Spider Awards


nominee in the category of Nature

SWAMP’s Edge – nominee in the category of Nature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER RICH SMUKLER FROM THE UNITED STATES

LOS ANGELES (OCTOBER 18, 2014) – Photographer Rich Smukler of the United States was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the Categories of Fine Art and Nature at a prestigious Nomination and Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratellia Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with awards and nominees in 14 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards creative director. Rich Smukler’s “Guardian” entered in The Fine Art category and “Swamp’s Edge” entered in the Nature category are exceptional images and represent black and white photography at its finest.”

You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at

www.thespider awards.com/gallery/9th

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Nominee in the category of Fine Art

GUARDIAN – Nominee in the category of Fine Art

Contact: Rich Smukler

richsmukler@yahoo.com

http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com