Photographing a cake can be art.
Although I am probably better known for eating cakes than photographing them,
my late brother Michael Farace not only photographed cakes that were delicious
examples of edible art, he baked them as well. You can see some of these delightful
examples of sugar art in his book Cakes by Design, co-authored with his partner
Scott Clark Woolley (www.cakesbydesign.cc).
The book is now available in an affordable ($15.75) paperback version from Amazon.com.
© 2006, Scott Clark Woolley, All Rights Reserved
Born in Colorado, Jerry Geist moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, when he was 2 months
old and has lived there ever since. Geist's Wyoming images are collected
into nine galleries, including New Additions, Landscapes, Sky Photos, Wildlife,
Yellowstone, Other Places, Wildflowers, "Wyoming - Still Wild,"
and Buffalo, dedicated to his favorite large animal. Clicking on any of the
galleries' names either opens the collection or displays another--sometimes
long--list of sub galleries, each one filled with images of subtle natural
beauty that are embodied in Geist's landscape and nature photography.
© 2006, Jerry Geist - Images of Wyoming, All Rights Reserved
I especially like his misty image of Devil's Tower (OK, it's a
Close Encounters thing...) in the Landscapes gallery. Get this: Not only
can you view Geist's images, but you can digitally frame them using a
pop-up menu that shows the four basic frame types that he offers. Forget what
the words "Sky Photos" connote and look at the images and learn
about the secret beauty of Wyoming. The classic stylings and drama of "Northern
Light over Great Fountain Geyser" would make Ansel Adams jealous--if
he were still alive. Depending on size, Geist's prints can be expensive,
but posters in the "Wyoming - Still Wild" gallery are more affordable.
Take a look at "Tower Falls Yellowstone" and you'll want one.
Before you leave, go back to the start page and click "The Teton/Snake
River Panorama" (www.wyomingpanorama.com).
This print is available in two sizes, either 5x24" or 8-feet wide. If
you think it's unusual to have a separate website devoted to a single
image, take a look. It's worth it.
Sheldon Buckman knows how to work the system. With a Yahoo! e-mail address and
web hosting from SmugMug (www.smugmug.com)
he's marshaled these Internet resources to serve a single purpose: To
let the world see his arresting images. The photographs are arranged in eight
galleries, covering topics from "Traditional Black & White"
to "Beyond the Camera's Eye." Naturally, I went to the Infrared
gallery first to see a small but tasty assortment of IR images, including the
scrumptious "Garden chairs under Japanese oak, Providence, RI."
Yes, kiddies, Uncle Sheldon includes detailed captions with his photographs.
The Beyond the Camera's Eye collection includes a doggone cute faux (monochrome)
Polaroid manipulation of Beauregard a.k.a. Beau-Beau Buckman, a Canine-American.
Yet, I think it's the Flowers collection that's most special. The
exquisitely crafted, subtly manipulated and oh-so-beautifully composed images
are magical. OK, I didn't think that "Yellow Iris" was up
to the standard of the others, but like all of the images on Buckman's
website, it was unexpected. Buckman says, "I believe an image should be
visually entertaining." I was entertained and, hey, I love the ducks.
© 2006, Sheldon Buckman, All Rights Reserved