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Sony mirrorless cameras: The best for my photography

Sony A7rSeveral years ago I switched camera formats. I am now a dedicated Sony shooter. Here’s the story of how that happened.

For years I had been shooting with Canon DSLR systems. I was happy with the image quality from my 5D Mark II but always struggled to accept the large size, weight and cost of the components of this system.

I wanted a system that was small, light and portable because I travel frequently and carry my camera with me everywhere.

But for a long time, I couldn’t find a small system that offered the capabilities I needed, especially when it came to the quality of the captured images.

That has all changed with the latest offerings from Sony.

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New Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo

Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo by Nat Coalson

I made this scenic travel photograph at sunset in the village of Ronda, province of Malaga, Spain, during a two-week private photo tour with a client.

People have lived in the area around Ronda since prehistoric times. The town itself was founded by early Celts in the 6th century BC. The current town is of Roman origin and in the 2nd century BC received the title of city from Julius Caesar. Many centuries later, Ronda was conquered by the Islamic Berbers and served as the capital of a small kingdom. Islamic domination of Ronda came to an end in 1485 when the city was conquered by the Marquis of Cádiz.

Ronda was heavily affected by the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway is believed to have modeled a story in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ after events that occurred in Ronda.

The Puente Nuevo (‘New Bridge’) is one of three bridges that span El Tajo gorge, the deep canyon dividing the town. Building the bridge started in 1751 and was completed in 1793. It towers 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor. The chamber beneath the central arch has been used for a variety of purposes, including a prison. During the 1936-1939 civil war both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the gorge.

Fine art prints of this photograph are available. You may purchase online or contact us for a custom quote.

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New Abstract Photograph: The Sultan’s Mystique

Fine Art Abstract Photograph: Artigianale IV - The Sultan's Mystique by Nat Coalson

I made this fine art abstract photograph deep in the underground cellars of a historic building in Barcelona, Spain.

Prominent visual features include bright fields of warm gold and copper hues punctuated by subtle grid patterns. A large square, formed of smaller blocks, creates a strong focal point.

A truly exotic image, this evokes emotions of warmth and nostalgia, a comfort in familiar memories of good times in the past and a gentle reassurance that intrinsic beauty is timeless. Even when old, crumbling and tarnished, the pride of craftsmanship and an appreciation of the finer things in life remain.

Contemporary interiors such as hotels and luxury private residences come alive with the enchanting beauty of this abstract imagery.

You can own this artwork as a mixed media Original on canvas, which I lovingly embellish by hand using acrylic paints and metallic foils.

Also available as a fine art print in any size and on any material. Licensing for digital display may also be considered.

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New Travel Photograph: The City Comes to Life

Travel Photograph of Barcelona, Spain: The City Comes to Life by Nat Coalson

I made this photograph of the Plaza de España, in Barcelona, Spain, from the roof of a nearby building.

The Plaza de España was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and is one of Barcelona’s busiest and most important squares.

In the foreground, the lights of cars passing in a roundabout create dynamic streaks of colour. In the center of the traffic circle are a fountain and statues.

In the background of the photo, the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina can be seen leading to one of Catalonia’s finest museums, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The streaks of eight spotlights create a corona effect in the deep blue sky.

The Avinguda also leads to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which can be seen as a pink glow in front of the building in the upper left. On summer evenings, crowds gather at the fountain to watch the display choreographed to classical music.

Prints of this photograph are available for purchase in any size and on any material.

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Nat’s work now represented by DAC

DAC Art ConsultingWe’re excited to announce that Nat’s art and photography is now being represented by DAC Art Consulting, one of the premier art consulting firms based in the U.S.

DAC has been serving the art consulting needs of the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors since 1982 and has a long tradition of developing creative artistic solutions that provide a customized setting for every client.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DAC works with both U.S. and international clients.

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New Abstract Photograph: Touch

Abstract Photograph: Touch by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain with subtle shapes and a neutral, monochromatic palette.

This work inspires feelings of hope and of transcending the barriers that separate us from the things we love. A lone individual, reaching out through the void, tries to make contact with something larger.

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Triton

Abstract Photograph: Triton by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy presents bold colours and strong graphics. A vertical bar in gray and white dominates the left side, while the balance of the piece is filled with organic, random shapes and textures in blues and blacks. This artwork is well suited as decor for contemporary interiors such as hotels, offices and private homes.

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Hum Another Bar

Abstract Photograph: Hum Another Bar by Nat Coalson:

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain presents thick black bars overlapping thin grid lines in a neutral, monochromatic palette.

The desaturated colours and strong graphics are reminiscent of a piano keyboard, creating visceral and intellectual engagement. This abstract work makes a bold statement in contemporary interiors, especially in large sizes. 

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Geometry Lesson

Abstract Photograph: Geometry Lesson by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain depicts geometric shapes and a simple color palette of blue and turquoise, accented by a white triangle with a subtle grid pattern.

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media with acrylic on canvas.

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Designer Spotlight: 1point0

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz - 1point0 Interior Design Consultants

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz, 1point0

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz are co-founders of 1point0, a boutique interior design firm based in Toronto, Canada.

I first met Diane and Warren in autumn 2013 at HD Americas in Miami and was impressed with both their professionalism and engaging personalities. We shared a very enjoyable evening of eating, drinking and talking at length about interior design, the hospitality industry and (of course) art and photography.

The duo have produced many highly successful interiors projects during their respective careers. Today, as an entrepreneurial team, they are overcoming challenges not only related to meeting client requirements but also in managing and growing their design business.

In this article, Diane and Warren share their background and experience, business insights and creative process. Interior designers—both professionals and students—will find their story helpful and inspiring.

Please feel free to share your comments, questions and suggestions at the end of the article.

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New Abstract Photograph: Artigianale III

Abstract Photograph: Artigianale III by Nat Coalson

This fine art abstract photograph was made in the back alleys of Seville, Spain. The vertical design features cool, blue-gray hues surrounded by orange. Works perfectly as decor in a wide range of contemporary interiors.

Available as a Limited Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic and many other print options. Custom sizes made to order.

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New Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel photograph depicts a bronze statue of a male Chinese guardian lion outside the Hall of Mental Cultivation in the Imperial Palace (aka Forbidden City), Beijing, China. The hall was built in 1537 during the Ming Dynasty.

Prints of this photograph are available in any size and on any material. Also available in different colour treatments and black-and-white. Contact us for a custom quote.

Since the Han Dynasty (around 200 BC) statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy. They were believed to have powerful mystic protective benefits and are typically presented in pairs: a male resting his paw on a ball (which represents supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub on its back (representing nurture; not shown).

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New Nature Photograph: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake

Nature Photography: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake by Nat Coalson

Amid the reflections of weeping willow boughs, large green lily pads and white lotus blossoms adorn the mirror surface of Lotus Lake in Black Bamboo Park (Zizhuyan Park), Haidan District, Beijing, China. Prints available in any size and on any material. Looks great as a full wall mural! Alternate versions with colour adjustments, including black-and-white, are also available. Contact us for a custom quote. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu

Landscape Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu by Nat Coalson

Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It was first built in the mid-6th century. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Blue Coil

Abstract Photograph: Blue Coil by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy depicts various blue hues with subtle textures. Great for decorating a wide range of modern interiors. This image is available as fine art reproductions in any size and on any material, including mixed media Original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland

Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland by Nat Coalson

Doonagore Castle is a round tower house with a small walled enclosure located approximately 1 km from the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, western Ireland. The castle was built in the 16th century. It was restored in the 1970s and is now privately owned. The North Atlantic and Aran Islands can be seen in the distance. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

eye [ sore ] Picasso Portrait Puzzler

Nat-Coalson-New-Century-Room-800px-1My wife Ruth and I are staying at the Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing.

Since we arrived at the hotel, we’ve been living with this hideous monstrosity staring at us from high on the wall!

This is such a perfect example of design fail that I just had to write about it.

And I’m inspired… this will be the first in my new blog series, eye [ sore ].

We’ll look at, laugh at and learn from some of the dubious decisions made by hotel designers.

Sounds fun? We think so.

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New Fine Art Photograph: Forgotten

Fine Art Photograph: Forgotten by Nat Coalson

An old, abandoned wagon sits decaying in a small alcove between buildings in the ancient district of Split, Croatia. This image is black-and-white with a subtle warm tint. Other coloration may be available. Fine art prints may be purchased online. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Sunset River Crossing

Abstract Photograph: Sunset River Crossing by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Nardo, Italy presents soft tones in red, orange and pale blue hues. Perfect for decorating a wide range of modern interiors. This image is available as fine art reproductions in any size and on any material, including mixed media Original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

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