Monday, December 21, 2009

Michigan - A Winter Wonderland

WinterWonder

My friend, Hindsfeet reminded me of the wonder of Michigan winters today. Winters in Michigan can beat you down if you let them. I learned a long time ago that I needed to be the aggressor. I needed to take the bull by the horns and celebrate the change of seasons...and I've always loved an adventure.

Having just spent a week in the Ukraine, outside all day long with single digit temps, the current Michigan weather seems mild. Having the right clothing and knowing how to wear it is a game-changer. Now I love being outside in the winter. There is a lot of beauty out there. You just need prepare a bit more than usual to go in search of it.

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16 comments:

Hindsfeet said...

Love it, Dan! Is this a painting of yours?! Really visually stunning!

And telling commentary on your winters, my friend...telling about you more than the winters themselves...Maybe the demanding climate there in part prepared you for the life you lead...Some people would be intimidated in new cultures, different political "climates", whereas you seem to eat it up and really enjoy it...taking "the bull by the horns" as you say...

very cool, Dan - er - very COLD, I should say ; )

p.s. did you get to have a look at my wimpy Virginia snowday?! ; )

Dan Denardo said...

How I wish it was a painting! I'm not that talented. It is a photo shot with a specialty lens called a lensbaby. I know; it's a crazy name. The scene happens to be just 200' from our home.

Yes! I looked at your site! The snow, indeed, looks beautiful. I'm going to revisit soon and register so I can be a bit more interactive.

Thanks for the inspiration today (yet again).

Hindsfeet said...

That is SO cool!! You're the next Ansel Adams! I've never seen anything like that...I took another good look at the picture and it's just amazing...It looks like the trees are making a path for you, there's movement, looks enchanted, like a world inviting you to walk into it...That is just VERY VERY cool, Dan...You could sell a print of that one...I'd buy it, speaking in all seriousness. (Do you ever sell your work?)

So, do you have this framed somewhere in your home? What are the dimensions of the shot?

This one's a keeper, Dan, really really very cool.

Hindsfeet said...

p.s. Dan..."duh", she said...I know that photography and cinematography is what you do for a living, so of course you sell your work [roll eyes at me here], I just meant do you ever sell your photography on the side...

Dan Denardo said...

Haha! No, I'm not anything close to Ansel Adams, Hindsfeet. Believe it or not, I actually met Ansel Adams when I was a youngster (19 years old). He had a display at a gallery in Detroit (90 minutes south of me)and was there in-person. His prints were selling for $300 ea regardless of size. For a young kid that was a lot of cash back then and I didn't buy one. If I knew then what I know now. Some of his prints sell at auction now for $50,000 or more.

Now to your questions - yes, we have this print hanging in our home. It's pretty big. The print itself is 13x25 and it is 22x36 matted and framed. It's not a standard size, so I had to have a custom frame made.

And yes, I have sold many prints, but I don't actively pursue that. Just have not had the time or inclination. When people ask, we work something out. I'm having a website built right now by a company in San Jose, CA and it will give me the option of print sales if I choose to go that route. I hope to have the site go live in the next couple weeks. The hold up has been me - too much travel and no time to finalize details. I guess if I didn't have a steady income from clients, I'd work harder on print sales. I'm all about the creating I guess.

Coincidently, I made a small print of this scene early this morning...just messing around. Why don't I send it to you to review? No charge. You can keep it. If you want a bigger one, I'll make you whatever size you want at whatever I think my cost is. I do all my own archival printing on an Epson super-de-duper photo printer.

If you'd like me to send you the print, pls send me your mailing address to:

d2photography@charter.net

I'd be delighted to send it to you.
(sorry for writing a novel here! Can you tell I'm pretty passionate about what I do??)

Cheers,
Dan

Dan Denardo said...

I knew exactly what you meant, Hindsfeet. No worries. There are many ways of creating a revenue stream, but mine has been MAINLY getting paid for creation of content and not print sales.

:)

Dan Denardo said...

PS- the print I made this morning is approx 7.5" x 11".

Hindsfeet said...

Dan!! I'm thrilled!!! Yes Yes YES!! How incredibly generous of you!! Thank you so very much! I'll send an email shortly with my information...

Wow, what an awesome Christmas present...

(When you are as famous as Ansel Adams I promise not to sell off your print.) ; )

Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Dan, what a treasure.

Hindsfeet said...

p.s. Just curious...what's the company in San Jose that's doing your site called? That's where I moved here from ten years ago...Originally from San Diego, but most recently lived there. Fun place...GREAT restaurant in downtown San Jose if you're ever there called Bella Mia...FAB-U-LOUS, that's all I'm saying...

But I digress...

(me and my little stream of conscious...) ; )

Hindsfeet said...

Just sent an email your way, subject line, "From 'Hindsfeet' : )" (um, guess that wasn't exactly a stretch, insert more eye rolling here)...

Truly, Dan, I couldn't be more thrilled...And from the commentary you posted with this pic, it really is sort of a self-portrait from an artsy, analogous point of view...such a special piece.

As I said in my email, I hope to reciprocate with a little something from my canvas one day soon*

You definitely made my Christmas even merrier, Dan! ("merrier", hmmm, a word?) Hope you and your beautiful family have a merry one too!

Warmest from chilly Virginia, : )
"Hindsfeet"

*see email for clarification on my definition of the word "soon" ; )

Shutterbug said...

This was one of my favorite pictures. Olive was my first pick and your beautiful wife and son were #2, just fyi :O) I remember you mentioned the lensbaby. WAS I PAYING ATTENTION? My hubby would call that a miracle! LOL!

I am so jealous you met Ansel Adams. He was the first artist when I was picture parent in my son's fourth grade class. I made up several pictures in color and black in white (the same picture) and told the kids to tell me what emotion they were feeling when they looked at each picture. It was really fun and was before I even had my Nikon.

I hope you do decide to sell your "photo creations" online. I have seen many that I really like and I think this one would look marvelous in my lakehouse :O) (I would want it signed though :O) I am going to try and fill it with pictures of Michigan and West Virginia. I have a few thousand to choose from already.

Have a good night Dan. I have been up with a very sick little boy tonight. He finally crashed and I am gonna try and rest a little. I hate when they are sick.

Dan Denardo said...

Liz, the company is called LiveBooks. I suspect they are fairly young - created by a photographer for photographers. I'll send you a link to my prototype site when I have a moment. It will ultimately be dandenardo.com, but they have it sitting on a development server right now and I don't have the address memorized...i need to look it up.

Dan Denardo said...

p.s. - sorry I dropped off the grid last night. I'm still jet-lagged and I still feel like I'm seven hrs ahead. :}

Dan Denardo said...

Carol,
You have a great memory. Yes, you sure were paying attention. Me? I cannot remember what I had for dinner last night.

Hey, how about a print for piece of jewelry trade??? Yes? No? It would ensure that I don't buy my wife something utilitarian for Valentines Day, like vacuum cleaner bags. :)

Sorry to hear your little one is not well. :(

Shutterbug said...

I am always up for a good trade. I have a few pieces that Kay might be interested in :O) I am still hoping to get a few pieces up on Etsy. We'll talk ;o)

Cole is doing a little better today. Just chillin with gatorade and watching cartoons. My heart hurts when they are sick because I feel helpless.

Thanks and have a good one. Hope you get your Christmas shopping finished!!!!! I have lots of ideas if you need some. I'll be wrapping tonight!

Hindsfeet said...

Can't wait to see your new site and more of your work, Dan...Definitely let us know when you go live with that!!

Happy Day over there : )