This lily close-up is available for sale in our online gallery.
Most of the country is covered in snow or at least a lot colder than normal for this time of year. So what better time to think with fond remembrances of the flowers of summer.
Our gallery, Summer’s Blooms, is a collection of photos taken in JR’s backyard garden and has a wide variety of flowers including lilies, passion flowers and more, all with a unique close-up perspective that will introduce you a new beauty of the blossoms shown there.
The Castor plant has a strange foreign beauty in this close-up found in our gallery.
All of the photos in the gallery are available in a range of sizes and formats from print to poster, canvas wall hangings, and even mugs, magnets, and mouse pads in our online shop hosted by Smugmug.
The seasons are changing and for many of us not in a good way. If you are like me, you are not looking forward to the cold days ahead. On the other hand maybe you like cold and cloudy; the days that show how nature is beautiful even in her stormiest forms.
This photo taken on a cold, stormy afternoon at Lake Tahoe, Nevada is one of my favorites. It portrays the feeling of that day.
Prints of this photo are available in our online store. This photo would make a great gift for someone who enjoys the beauty of the season.
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.
Lady of the Glen
Pine Tree Celtic Cross
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.