Bear Book Project

 (Patrick Kriner)

I have just uploaded the majority of my images from my Coastal Brown Bear Book project here on my website.  Click on the home button in the above menu and you will see a link to the images on the lower left hand side of the Home Page.  Take a look at over 35 images of bears from Lake Clark National Park.  It has been a real challenge in putting the right images together for this project.  Selecting the right images, not just the best images, for this book has been a real effort in critiquing my own work.  Often times I have been asked to submit a portfolio of my work for a show or contest and find that I am more critical of my work than other people might be.  So I am on my way to building the finished product and hope to get it to the publisher soon.  Until then, have a look and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

Another Brown Bear Photograph

 (Patrick Kriner)

I am continuing with my layouts for the Brown Bear Book Project.  This is another image that made its way into the book.  I like the lighting best of all.  This was an early morning shoot along the edge of the Johnson River located in the National Park where we photographed Coastal Brown Bears in Alaska.  When photographing anything that is in the water, whether that is an animal or even people, always give them room to show their virtual feet.  When you crop the image too tight and give the aspect that you have cut off their feet, even though you cannot see them in the water, you leave the viewer wondering what they are standing in.  My goal as a photographer is to illustrate what the image was that I captured with a click of the shutter and lay it out so the viewer can see for themselves what I was looking at without me being there to tell the story.  Each of my images has a story to tell, and my challenge is to tell it through the images themselves.  Remember to check out more of these images in my Brown Bear Book Project gallery located on the home page of my website.  Just click on the Home button on top of this post and locate the gallery images in the lower left side of the page.  Check in with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  Enjoy!

Coastal Brown Bear Book Project

Here is a recent Video I posted on Facebook talking about my Coastal Brown Bear project.  If you have been following my Blog here at New Dawn Photography, then you know all about this new and exciting project I have started.  I have selected over 45 of my Grizzly Bear images for use in the book and will be posting a few as I prepare the book for publication.  This book will be about 11 inches by 8 inches and will have a leather cover and Dust Jacket.  It is designed as a Coffee table book and will look great as part of your home collection.  Whether you place it on the table in the living room or on the desk in the den, This book will serve to compliment any of your home or office decorations.  Watch the blog and visit the Gallery as I push to complete the book in the next several weeks.  Until then, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google, or check back in here on occasion.  Just click on the Video and hear about this exciting new project.  Enjoy!

Sedgeing Bear

 (Patrick Kriner)Sedgeing Bear!  I am enjoying some quiet time here in Northwest Ohio as we had about 7 inches of snow deposited yesterday morning.  As I have said in my previous post, I am trying out Macphun’s new software package for Photoshop called Creative CK.  I have been revisiting my bear photos in preparation for publishing a book for images from my many trips to Alaska and the Lake Clark National Park.  In this image, a Bear is sedgeing or eating sedge grass.  Coastal Brown bears eat grass and berries as their mainstay of nutriton up to a point in mid to late August when they switch to consuming the many fish that they can find along the coastal waters of the Cook Inlet in Alaska.  Inland Brown Bears do not weigh as much as their brethren along the coast because they do not have the protein available to them from the fish consumed by the coastal brown bears.  The difference is quite considerable making the coastal bears a lot more formidable.  Getting up close and personal with these animals is quite thrilling to say the least.  More to com, Enjoy!

Alaskan Bear Book Creation

 (Patrick Kriner)

I have Started a new project with my Bear photography.  I am in the planning stages for a new Coffee Table Book about my adventures to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska.  It is Lake Clark where we find the Coastal Brown Bears that I have photographed over several years.  In addition, I have acquired a new Plug In collection for my post processing work in Photoshop and I am trying it out for the first time.  I have had quite a bit of fun revisiting these older images and using the newer techniques for post processing of the images.  Keep en eye out on my Facebook page and on Instagram as I start to post some of these dynamic images that will make their way into this new book project.  As always, you can like these images on Facebook and Instagram, give them a +1 on Google +, Pin it on Pinterest, or follow me over at Linked In.  Enjoy!

Bear in the Woods

 (Patrick Kriner)I was updating some files this weekend and found a few gems that I had never posted in the past.  Some of these brought some great memories and exciting times.  This image made me think of my friend Paul Burwell who recently passed away in Edmonton, Alberta.  One of Paul’s favorite place to shoot was a game preserve in Montana.  A group of us were there in 2008 to photograph some of their animals in a the snow.  We had been capturing images of this little fellow as he romped around the wooded area in the hills surrounding Kalispell, Montana.  Suddenly, he turned and charged the group of us lined up with our tripods and camera gear.  Our guide was quick to react and sprayed the bear with a shot of water.  A little shocked by getting hit in the snout with water, he was not swayed in his efforts to get to us.  Our guide was presented with no choice but to switch to bear spray and gave him a shot.  The bear retreated into the trees and no longer was challenging us.  Unfortunately, some of us were down wind of the guide and the bear and had ourselves our first experience with pepper spray.  Noses were running, throats were tightening up and our eyes were tearing up quite fast.  Paul was the first one to mention that placing yourself downwind from the guide was not always in everyone’s best interest.

I recently expanded my presence on Instagram. I have posted this image and will continue to pst more each and every week.  Follow me on Instagram as Patrick_Kriner.  Enjoy!

Niagara Falls!


Niagara Falls!  Another hidden gem among my thousands of images captured throughout the world.  My wife and I were visiting the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side and I captured this image as we were contemplating a boat ride.  There are two companies that load you, dress you in rain gear, and take out to the falls.  after a few boats made the trip, we decided that it wasn’t for us.  The view from our side of the falls was pretty dynamic.  I composed this image placing the boat on the bottom third of the photograph and included the falls in the upper left corner to show the dynamics of the shot.  The rough water of the river shows how challenging it was for these boat captains to get their clients in place.  The mist hides the majority of the falls and yet adds to the image in a way that sparks mystery and the unknown.

As a photographer I strive to compose my images to tell a story.  One that I have to tell my viewers even though I am not there when they see them.  This Blog allows me to tell you about the experience and the lighting around a certain image.  This isn’t always the case.  I hope that when you view this image you can feel the force of the water moving over the top of the falls, feel the mist as you watch this adventure, and get a sense of awe from those on the boat as they anticipate there move closer to the water.  I wish I could share with you my thoughts about the boat in the mist, but I opted to stay on the sidelines and tell my own story by a different kind of adventure.  Enjoy!

Island Sunset


Island Sunset.  I often find time to scan through many of the 4 Terabytes of Images I have captured over the years looking for what I call hidden gems.  We are preparing for our annual trip to the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean in a few weeks and I was looking at some of the images from my last visit.  I saw this one and immediately wondered why it took me almost 11 months to finish and post it.  This was a simple snapshot off the back of our patio during the third week of the month of January.  Our resort faces the west and every night about 5 an amazing sunset occurs right outside of our Condo.  If the cloud cover isn’t too bad, we get to see some amazing sunsets.  I had my micro four thirds camera with me on this trip as I was trying to travel light.  The Olympus OM D EM 5 gives me as much versatility as my large frame Digital Nikons.  In carry a small tripod with me and a few lenses and accessories.  Its small size is great for travel and takes up very little room in our travel baggage.  I used a very slow shutter speed (30 sec) to smooth out the water and the colors of the blue water and the orange in the sky compliment each other quite well.  Adding the rocks in the foreground gives me an anchor where your eye starts and then moves into the scene to view the sunset.  Its magical when all things come together to make a great composition with perfect lighting and a cold Carib just nearby on the back patio.  Enjoy!

Clean Up Time!

 (Patrick Kriner)

Its Clean Up Time!  I have taken some time in recent weeks to update my web site including new galleries, updated image files, as well as cover photos for my social media.  A quick review will show you three additional featured galleries on the home page, a new November Featured Gallery, as well as many new images posted in several galleries.  I enjoyed going back through some images from years ago and refinishing them in post processing in Photoshop to renovate my galleries using updated Photoshop skills that I have developed recently.  Some of my die hard visionary photography friends argue that the new digital technology is bad for the medium and stick to the tried and true processing methodology of the past.  I have always argued that the advent of digital photography and the many programs, plug ins, and digital enhancements that the computer gives us allows us to enhance our vision and expand the creative juices.  High Dynamic Range photography, image enhancement Plug in programs, and graphic cards that assist us opens the door for many new and exciting techniques as photographers or just visual artists in general.  Take a moment and give me a look.  Pay attention to the November Featured Gallery, Bears Gallery, and Snowy Owls.  All have been update and enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

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Malabar Farms, Ohio

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Malabar Farms, Ohio!  Last month I was able to travel all of about two hours to Mid Ohio for some photography in the Mohican State Park near Mansfield.  The above image was captured from Mount Jeez overlooking the state park that includes Malabar Farm.  Originally a privately held farming community, now a state park, Malabar Farms provided a great morning shoot.  The sun was rising to the East and we were focusing our cameras on the sunrise waiting for that perfect shot.  All the while we were doing this, the sun was casting its morning light on the farmlands behind us giving us a better look than we would have later in the day.  Turning around we saw that the light had settled on this beautiful scene.  I liked the way the road moved to the right of the image in the foreground so I added it for a extra dynamic to an already spectacular image.  Often times we get taken up by what is in front of us and do not pay attention to how the light is changing around us.  Students often put down their tripods, attach their cameras, and shoot away.  More times than not, the best way to find a composition that suits your vision, it to take the camera off the tripod and walk around seeking the best image or composition.  When you find what you are looking for, set your tripod up to suit your image.

It certainly is quite easy to get taken by what we see through the viewfinder of our cameras.  Ultimately, the vision that you capture on film is what you see with your eyes and your mind.  The camera is just a tool to bring your vision to life and to share that vision with others.  Remember to share this post with your Facebook friends, Pin It on Pinterest, or share it on Twitter.  Enjoy!