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13 Apr 2012

Great Ghost Towns of Montana

The State of Montana maintains a number of fine old western Ghost Towns.  They provide a marvelous day of adventure and excitement for both the traveler and photographer.  Johnfinleyphotographer.com has visited these sites and recommends them all. Bannock Ghost Town is one of the finest Ghost Towns in the American West, located 24 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana.  The town of Bannack was started in 1862 when, John White, a prospector, who found gold on the small but lovely Grasshopper […]

13 Apr 2012

Quaking Aspen Trees

When we travel in our beautiful Western states; a visit to any nearby stand of Aspen trees is a must.  The grand Aspens are always a favorite with photographers, hikers and travelers.  The Aspens are members of the Poplar family and can be found throughout North America but seem to thrive in great numbers in the West.  They seem to enjoy the great outdoors, are happy with a moist soil and can often be found near wetlands, streams and rivers. […]

13 Apr 2012

What is a Pika

By John Finley A Pika is a very cute, small mammal that lives usually in rock piles or rock slides in the western mountainous regions of North America. They have really large ears, whiskers, and round hamster-like body. They have a brownish gray fur. The Pika is an herbivore and is a member of the rabbit family. Their homes are normally in the 8000 to 12000 feet range. They will mate in late winter and give birth to several babies […]

13 Apr 2012

Dirt Roads of America

Song writer Todd Grischke said it best. “The dirt road ends now at the edge of the highway, but if you look hard you can see for years. It carried the loads and it carried the weight, it witnessed suffering that allowed us to stay.”

13 Apr 2012

Fences

Wooden fencing is primarily an American invention. Foreign travelers to early America where amazed that we wasted so much lumber building enclosures.

13 Apr 2012

John Finley on the Camera

Camera and Lens Support When photographing at slow speeds or with a large lens, the wildlife photographer will need support for his camera to prevent the camera from shaking. A shaking camera will blur your image. We all want clear, precise composition. A tripod is almost always necessary. When picking a tripod do not short change yourself. Remember this one piece of equipment will be holding your very expensive camera and often your even more expensive lens. Therefore always purchase […]

13 Apr 2012

Why a Museum Canvas Giclee?

When one of my prints are printed on canvas, the resulting image is transformed to elegance, is eye-popping, impressive and truly a joy to behold. The printed canvas will be mounted on a wooden frame and the sides and top are wrapped around. While you may wish to fame it, the Canvas Wrap can hang alone. The museum quality giclee provides you with an image that a true art collector may own. The texture of the cotton canvas gives your […]

13 Apr 2012

What is Giclee?

From the French language, to print fine art, museum quality prints from a digital source utilizing ink-jet printing. It is often pronounced “ghee-clay” or “zhee-clay”. It is derived from the word, “le gicleur” meaning the nozzle. Giclee translates into fine art reproductions from the original. The use of modern equipment and the fascinating world of quality ink allow the printing to extend longevity and the fastness of those inks. These fade resistant inks give us fine archival images that will […]

13 Apr 2012

What is Limited Edition?

[tooltip title=”Limited Edition”] An edition of something such as a book, plate, etc., that is limited to a specified number [/tooltip]  has been used in the art world since the nineteenth century to provide quality of work and value to investment. The printing run is limited in number of prints or canvas wraps and then signed and numbered by the photographer. For example if the print number is 24/500, then the first number represents the print and the second number […]