This is the time of year when we see ghosts walk the land. Dark images flash in the corner of your eye. Reflections in windows seem to take on a life of their own. Scenes from the past return to life for a moment and then disappear just as quickly.
As part of her montages of history series, JR has created this ghostly reflection of a civil War officer and his lovely young wife in an old window of the administration building. Fall leaves displayed around the window make this a perfect autumn print. Find this and more at http://shop.wizardstouchdesigns.com
So what are the popular Halloween costume choices this year. Probably the same old zombies, super heroes, or maybe the scariest of all – a politician. Well, don’t limit your Halloween possibilities this year. Accessorize with something from our cemetery photography designs.
Our online gifts store has a wide range of angels, crosses, and tombstone monument photography available in our Haunts section. Available on T-shirts, mugs and assorted housewares, these designs are from a variety of cemeteries and other spooky locations around the midwest. Here are some examples of the photography we have there. Click on any of the pictures for a link that will take you directly to that section.
Pine Tree Celtic Cross
Lady of the Glen
We’re sure you will like the designs you find in our store. And as long as you’re there remember to click the Like button on the your favorite items.
Sometimes shopping online can be fun but other times it gets complicated. Especially when buying photo prints there are a lot of options like sizing and cropping that add an extra couple of steps during the buying process.
Here is a 5 minute video produced by Smugmug, the folks that host our online photography print store, that will show you the simple steps needed to buy prints in the store. On our store’s front page you can find a longer version of this video that goes into some of the other options.
Most professional photographers today use high-end digital camera technology and software to produce the quality we’ve come to expect. There are also many hard-core photographers that still use film and darkroom developing to produce the finest pictures. But many photographers have a secret passion they give in to that helps them create unusual artistic pieces. It’s a camera called a Holga.
Created in China in the early 80s, it was originally meant for the working-class to take family pictures. The Holga’s simple design and inexpensive plastic construction classify it as a toy camera priced less than $50. But this same simplicity causes serendipitous flaws like soft focus, uncontrollable vignetting and peculiar light leaks in the images that challenge the artistic values and creative choices of the photographer.
The Holga’s aperture settings consist of two positions, sunny and cloudy, which are approximately f11 and f8, and only one shutter speed around 1/100 of second. Originally designed to use 120 film many modifications are available for other film sizes and special effects. You can even replace the lens with a pin hole to make it a “Pinholga” camera.
So for some artistic inspiration or maybe a first camera to keep a young child’s interest while you are on a shoot, the Holga is an inexpensive way to experiment in photography. Then who knows, you may join the following of the Holga.
We spend a lot of time here telling you about our gifts and t-shirt designs at our Cafepress Store. But we don’t want you to forget our Wizard’s Touch online photo print store where you can find highest quality prints and posters of our designs. This is also where our clients go to order prints from their wedding and other events. Some of our best photography can be found here; including our popular Eagles of the Mississppi River series.
On the home page you find a list of our featured galleries. These include the Historical Montages, each one depicting an era or event in American history. Find out more about how these montages are created by watching the current video blog entry near the bottom of the page.
Another popular gallery is the Still Life gallery. Here you will find a selection of pictures depicting the Sleeping Beauty Spell,The Teddy Bear Tea Party, Last Call and Which Came First.
Don’t forget the gallery of Summer Blooms. A series of photos showing flowers in unique angles and close up views that show a different kind of floral beauty.
All of the photography you find here can be purchased in a wide selection of sizes and finishes with custom framing.
If you’re stumped for an unusual gift idea here are some solutions you’ve might like. We have several online stores where our designs can be found on a wide assortment of clothing, housewares, wall-art and drinkware.
A generation with no concern for personal glory or fame.
For unique gifts imprinted with our photography check out our original Cafepress store. On the home page you can find sections with photo designs of animals both wild and domestic, flower pictures from our garden, landscape photography from across the country and sections with angel statues momorials and hot air balloons. Using the menu you can find designs on items such as magnets, t-shirts, calendars and mugs.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot T-shirt.
Our latest store at http://shop.wizardstouchdesigns.com features high end photographic prints and wall posters of our latest photography. In addition you’ll find some fascinating examples of photo montages portraying events in American history. All of the artwork available in gorgeous luster, glossy or metallic finsh from wallet to poster size. Custom framing is also available.
For something completely different, check out one of our favorite affiliate stores, Idle Thoughts and Other Comments. Thought provoking and a little twisted, the items here might make you laugh or just say “Huh?”
We hope these gift ideas help you have a very Merry Holiday Season.
Fourteen years ago, when we decided to build a website, we wanted the domain “WizardsTouchDesigns”. After all “Designs” are what we do. But that domain was taken. To make it even more frustrating the people that had it were holding it and not using it. This practice is called ‘squatting'; just like squatters who move into an empty house. So as a result we took the domain “WizardsTouch” for use on our website and email.
Well, the squatters have finally moved out and we have the full domain we wanted. So now you can type in either domain and it will bring you to the same informative website with the full domain name, WizardsTouchDesigns.com, showing up in the address bar of your browser.
In addition, typing shop.WizardsTouchDesigns.com will take you directly to our store where you can buy prints of our work, (remember the Mississippi River Eagles) and current clients can find their event photos in passworded galleries.
Just so you know you don’t have to worry about updating your bookmarks and contacts lists that point to us. The old addresses using wizardstouch.com will continue to work.
There are certain things where they say its not if they are going to happen but when they are going to happen. Foremost on this list are things like “The Big One” referring to a major earthquake in California and a meteor like the one that killed the dinosaurs. Well add to that list a hard drive crash in your computer. On a personal level it can be just as devastating. We know because JR’s laptop crashed a couple of weeks ago.
She turned it off to take it with on an outing and when she tried to boot back up – nothing. Later the Apple geniuses confirmed it – C.O.D.: Hard Drive Crash. But the cool part, when they asked when was her last backup she said, “About 10 minutes before I shut it off.”
You see JR uses an off-site backup product called Backblaze. It constantly watches your computer for new or changed files and backs them up. But unlike TIme Machine it backs the files to the Backblaze severs. So if God forbid your are the victim of some natural disaster your files are safely and automatically stored hundreds of miles away.
As a result as soon as JR returned home from the Apple store, she was able to restore work files to a spare PC and continue the project she had been woking on even while her laptop was in the repair shop. We were so impressed we now have four computers backed up and have joined the Backblaze affiliate program.
If you have a large collection of digital photos or other important documents, Backblaze is easy to use. At $5 per computer per month including any connected drives it’s less expensive than Carbonite. And it works on both Mac and PC. The only caveat we’ve found is while backing up mutiple computers it uses as much bandwidth as it can get. We’ve had to ask our ISP to increase our plan. Good news it that it runs in the background so there is no noticable slowdown on any machine. If you want to find out more click on the links on this page.
When your aunt calls and says there’s a tree full of bald eagles in her front yard and you should come over to take pictures, you go. It doesn’t matter that it’s a 300 mile road trip. The result is the latest gallery in the Wizard’s Touch print store.
JR’s aunt and uncle live year-around on the Iowa shore of the Mississippi River. They are used to seeing wildlife up close. But winter on the river presents a special opportunity for seeing bald eagles. The eagles congregate on the river just downstream from a power plant. The cooling water from the plant warms the river and gives the eagles and other wildlife a rare opportunity for open water on the normally frozen river.
Once JR got to her aunt and uncle’s place it only took a short walk and a long lens to get some awesome pictures of eagles snagging fish from the water while geese swam quietly nearby. Other eagles were just watching from the trees while their buddies came flying in to join them.
In the gallery, you can also find some woodpeckers and sparrows feeding from birdfeeders that JR ran across while she was out. Any of the 29 or so photos are available as high quality prints, posters or even on mugs at our online store. These pictures of our national bird would make a great patriotic gift. Go ahead and click on the sample pictures shown here to go directly to that shot and then take some time to browse the rest of the gallery. Be sure to check out the video slide show on the last page.