U.S. Highway 93 Lost River Range Idaho. Borah Peak is in the distance #68985bw

BW Photo Highlights of 2022

BW Photo Highlights of 2022

For the first time in quite a few years, I’m posting some of my favorite black and white photo highlights of the past 12 months. Every year I do a Photo Highlights blog post, but those are usually just color photos. This isn’t because I’m not a fan of b/w photography. In fact, like many photographers, I’m a huge fan of black and white.

Back in the days of film most photography classes used b/w to teach students the fundamentals of composition, exposure, and processing. Most of my favorite photographers were and still are those who specialize in b/w.  However, as my career in photography progressed I gradually drifted away from the medium. The main reason for this is due to the fact that nearly every client I worked with is only interested in color images. So yes, like many other things in life it’s a financial thing.

But I still love black and white photography and will always create new images in the medium. So, without further ado, here are ten of my favorite b/w images from 2022. Feel free to comment and vote for your favorites! And of course, all of these images are available as beautiful limited-edition prints!

The Castle and Fremont River, Capitol Reef National Park Utah #75509bw BW Photo Highlights of 20221. The Castle Capitol Reef National Park #75509bw  Purchase

 

Old-growth forest along Stetattle Creek, North Cascades National Park, Washington #77798bw2. Old-Growth Forest North Cascades #77798bw  Purchase

 

Chimney Rock Capitol Reef National Park Utah #75401bw BW Photo Highlights of 20223. Chimney Rock Capitol Reef National Park #75401bw  Purchase

 

Cape Disappointment Jetty of the Columbia River #75401bw4. Cape Disappointment Jetty Columbia River #75401bw  Purchase

 

Table Mountain in winter. Heather Meadows Recreation Area, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades Washington #77175bw5. Table Mountain North Cascades #77175bw  Purchase

 

Stetattle Creek North Cascades National Park Washington #77801bw6. Steattle Creek North Cascades National Park #77801bw  Purchase

 

U.S. Highway 93 Lost River Range Idaho. Borah Peak is in the distance #68985bw7. Highway 93 Lost River Range Idaho #68985bw Purchase

 

East Temple and Temple Peaks reflected in Deep Lake. Bridger Wilderness Wind River Range Wyoming #78674bw BW Photo Highlights of 20228. Deep Lake Wind River Range #78674bw  Purchase

 

Moon over Table Mountain in winter. Heather Meadows Recreation Area, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades Washington #77155bw9. Moon over table Mountain North Cascades #77155bw  Purchase

 

Misty clouds swirling around peaks of the North Cascades in Heather Meadows Recreation Area, Washington #73536bw BW Photo Highlights of 202210. North Cascades Misty Mountains #73536bw  Purchase

To see more black and white images visit our Limited Edition Black and White Prints Gallery

BW Photo Highlights of 2022

TruLife Diasec Acrylic Prints

Fine Art and TruLife Lumachrome Acrylic Prints

TruLife Lumachrome Acrylic PrintsFine Art and TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic Prints
*Scroll to the bottom for a special holiday offer on Fine Art TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic Prints.

When looking for fine art to display in a home or office there are many options to choose from. One of the primary decisions to make is what type of artwork should one choose. In the genre of fine art landscape and nature photography, there is a seemingly infinite amount of photographers out there selling prints. Among them, the visual quality of their images varies considerably. Some are newcomers to photography or hobbyists with limited technical skills and artistic vision. While others have spent their entire lives studying art and honing their style and techniques.

After choosing the artwork the next decision is what style of print is most suitable for the space. There are many different types of prints available, but basically, they fall into two categories. First, those that do not need frames and are ready to hang. These prints are canvas wraps, metal, and acrylic. Second, are loose paper prints that will need a mat and frame to display. Nearly every photographer selling prints labels them as Fine Art. But that alone does not automatically mean it fits the definition of Fine Art.

Some photographers chose to sell their images through one or more of the many Print-on-Demand Art Marketplace websites. Through sites like these, a photographer can sell low-cost prints with minimal effort involved. The drawback here is that the artist has little control over the printing process and the materials used. Mostly there is no input or feedback from the printer to the artist, with files being printed “as is”. The end print is not a unique work of art, and the appearance may differ widely from the original. And finally, the print may ship to the customer in flimsy packaging prone to damage.

Fine Art Metal Prints

A Better Approach to Fine Art Prints

My Photography and Fine Art Prints however are on the other end of that spectrum. I’ve devoted my entire life to landscape and nature photography. It’s what I do, period. And I’m constantly working to improve my vision and techniques. To that end, many photos seen on this site are the result of returning to a location or subject multiple times over the years. And then, critically processing, and editing files, to match a previsualized image.

But my passion doesn’t end there. I strive to distinguish my prints as truly Fine Art by carefully selecting the appropriate styles of presentation and using the highest quality materials and fine art printing services available.

All of my prints can be considered individual custom works of art. Every print begins with me preparing the file for the size and style chosen by the customer. This is because unlike Print-on-Demand companies one size does not fit all. For example, a file for a 40×60 acrylic print needs to be adjusted differently than that for a 20×30 photographic paper print, or a canvas wrap.

The printer I use for all my work is one of the best in the country and specializes in working one on one with artists of all mediums. They use the best materials available and employ master printers with years of experience. Their attention to detail also doesn’t stop with the print. They also have dedicated craftsmen making custom crates to ensure that prints will arrive at their destination in perfect condition.

And finally, all of my prints come with a specially printed and signed Certificate of Authenticity and which will designate between Open Editions and Limited Editions. Throughout this process, I’m always in touch with the customer. All of this ensures that your print will be a unique investment and one that can be proudly displayed for years to come.

Fine art TruLife Acrylic Prints

Fine Art TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic Prints

Among the several styles of prints I offer, the TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic print has a visual impact like no other. While paper prints with a double mat and frame have a timeless classic look, acrylic prints are the ultimate print for a high-end contemporary presentation. 

There are other acrylic prints available at a lower cost, but once again they may not be the best option. Normal acrylic is subject to glare, delamination, abrasion, damaging UV rays, and more.  However, TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic prints are not vulnerable to these flaws. 

TruLife Lumachrome Acrylic Fine Art Prints

I am proud to be able to offer such an outstanding option for displaying my images. But of course, it is up to the customer to decide which style of prints is most suitable for their chosen space. For the other styles available please refer to my Fine Art Photographic Prints page.

Mount Shuksan Fine Art Canvas Prints

Special Holiday Print Offer

Now through December 16, 2022,  all prints can be purchased at 15% off. This offer includes TruLife® Lumachrome Acrylic, and also Metal Dye-Sublimation, Traditional Photographic Paper, and Gallery Canvas Wraps in all sizes. 

Use the following discount code at Checkout:  Holiday22

Also, remember that during the holiday season turnaround times can be longer. Acrylic, Metal, and Canvas can take up to four weeks to produce. So make sure to order early.

 

Minimalism Photography Gallery

Minimalism Photography Gallery


Lake Superior twilight Whitefish Point, Michigan Minimalism Photography GalleryLake Superior Whitefish Point Michigan #63803  Purchase

If you browse through my website you’ll see that I employ many different styles of photography. Likewise, I don’t like the idea of limiting myself to one method of photographing landscapes and nature. Minimalist photography is one approach that has always inspired me. I love how a simple composition can tell a story.

Consequently, my archives of minimalist photographs continue to grow.  Therefore, I’m presenting a new Minimalist Photography Gallery showcasing this evocative style. Most of the images in this gallery implement elements of earth, sky, and water. In addition, in some photos, high-key lighting and pastel tones are used to complete the mood. Please take a look when you get a chance. Also, feel free to comment and share with friends and colleagues. Click here to view the gallery.

Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan Minimalism Photography GalleryLake Superior Whitefish Point Michigan #63785  Purchase

What is Minimalism Photography?

Minimalism uses empty spaces, colors, patterns, textures, and shapes. These simple elements properly composed can bring focus to the subject. This alone can often be enough to convey a concept or elicit an emotional response.

Visual noise in today’s world increases every day. Images overwhelm us with color, patterns, and information. And they are constantly bombarding us at breakneck speed. All of this can leave a person with a feeling of mental exhaustion. On the other hand, minimalist images can offer a relaxing break from our increasingly stressful world.

Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan Minimalism Photography GalleryLake Superior Whitefish Point Michigan #63784  Purchase

For example, the healthcare industry often displays minimalist artwork in their facilities. Simple shapes and tones can bring a calming atmosphere to anxious patients. In addition, businesses are also recognizing this benefit. Many offices also use minimalist artwork to relax stressed employees and increase productivity.

All of the images in this post, and gallery, are available as fine art prints. They are also available for commercial and editorial licensing.

Please scroll down to see more!

Redfish Lake, Sawtooth National Recreation Area Idaho Minimalism Photography GalleryRedfish Lake Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho  #56206  Purchase

Alvord Lake OregonAlvord Lake Oregon  #60974  Purchase

Lake Superior Whitefish Point Upper Peninsula Michigan Minimalism Photography Gallery Lake Superior Whitefish Point Michigan #63785  Purchase

Want to Learn More?

Would you like to learn more about minimalism photography? I offer full-day, half-day, and multi-day photo tours and instruction. Check out my Private Instruction/Tours page for more info, or contact me directly. I would love to help you take your photography to the next level and shoot like a pro!

Minimalism Photography Gallery

 

Lake Superior seen from beach at Whitefish Point Upper Peninsula Michigan

BW Photo Highlights 2018

BW Photo Highlights 2018

Dandelion seed head BW Photo Highlights 2018#1  Dandelion Seed Head  #62460bw  Purchase

Following up on my Photo Highlights 2018 post I’m presenting BW Photo Highlights 2018. It’s always a difficult task to select around ten of my favorite images from the past year. This year I wanted to include some black and white photos in the main group. However they looked somewhat out of place among the other color images, and I felt they need to in their own separate group.

As in Photo Highlights 2018  please feel free to vote or comment on your favorite photos in the comments section, I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you enjoyed these images please share this post with friends family and coworkers. Finally, all of the photos are available as fine art prints and commercial licensing, just click on any to see purchasing options. I hope all of you have a new year filled with peace, prosperity, and joy!

Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan BW Photo Highlights 2018#2   Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan  #63780bw  Purchase

Lake Superior twilight Whitefish Point, Michigan BW Photo Highlights 2018#3  Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan  #63803bw  Purchase

Lake Superior seen from beach at Whitefish Point Upper Peninsula Michigan BW Photo Highlights 2018#4  Lake Superior at Whitefish Point Michigan  #63784bw  Purchase

Fort Casey State Park, battery bunkers BW Photo Highlights 2018#5 Battery Valleau, Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington  #62126bw

Bunker stairs Fort Casey State Park, Washington.#6 Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington  #62120bw  Purchase

Lady Fern BW Photo Highlights 2018#7 Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) Faux Polaroid  #62428bwp  Purchase

Lady Fern BW Photo Highlights 2018#8 Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) Faux Polaroid  #62463bwp  Purchase

Elakala Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park#9 Elakala Falls, West Virginia  #63340bw  Purchase

Upper Tahquamenon Falls Michigan BW Photo Highlights 2018#10 Tahquamenon Falls Michigan  #63825bw  Purchase

Elliot Falls Pictured Rocks Michigan. BW Photo Highlights 2018#11 Elliot Falls Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan  #63933bw  Purchase

 

 

Alan Crowe Photography

New Website Alan Crowe Photography

New Website Alan Crowe Photography

Alan Crowe Photography

 

I’m excited to announce that I just launched a new website. With the title Alan Crowe Photography, this new website is dedicated to selling fine art prints.  I believe you will find this site simple, clean, functional, and easy to navigate, with a high degree of usability. I also hope you will find many images that will inspire you to place my photography in your home or office!

To clarify, Alan Crowe and Alan Majchrowicz are the same person.  Alan Crowe is a somewhat distilled version of my name. I just removed the first and last syllables and added an e to the middle syllable. In case you are wondering, Majchrowicz is pronounced muh-CROWvitch.

New Features

Since this new site focuses solely on fine art prints I want to make a clear distinction between the two. My other website still exists under the same name and will continue to offer photography for commercial stock licensing, along with fine art prints.

On this new website there are several features which aim to improve the user experience. First is a more streamlined method of purchasing prints. All photos are no more than a click away from purchasing. There is now a Lightbox feature where you can add photos selected for later review and purchase. A new page called In-Situ helps you envision what my images look like in several different interior scenarios. Another new features is the FAQ page. Here you can find on one page answers to common questions, such as shipping and print materials. Bringing the site together is a clean uncluttered look with photos organized into galleries with distinct categories.

Take a few minutes to browse through my new website, and feel free to contact me if you see anything that isn’t functioning properly or needs correction.

White Sands National Monument New Mexico

Creative Roots

Picnic Shelters White Sands National Monument New MexicoPicnic Shelters, White Sands New Mexico #57053r  Purchase

This new year is marked by an attempt to return to my creative roots. Last year there were many events and signs urging me to review the direction of my photography. I began to realize that over the years I gradually lost touch with my creative side. I was making better images as time went on, but I wasn’t growing creatively. Without actually realizing it, I was following a safe mainstream path and not pushing myself.

Over the past year, I began to go through my files looking for images that could be used to illustrate an idea I was forming.  The images appearing in this post represent the beginning of a project called Poles of Light. In this project, I am trying to create images that reflect a character of light present in the subject. Since I don’t express myself very well verbally, it’s difficult for me to describe in words exactly what I’m trying to convey. Hopefully, I will be able to elaborate on this theme as the project matures. However, for now, I will let the images do the talking for me.

 

Borrego Badlands Anza-Borrego Desert State Park CaliforniaBorrego Badlands California  #56776r  Purchase

Corona Arch UtahCorona Arch, Utah #40907r   Purchase

Bisti Badlands, New MexicoBisti Badlands, New Mexico #57344r  Purchase