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The Story Behind...Mighty Saguaro

November 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Mighty Saguaro

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Mighty Saguaro 

A native of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, California and Sonora Mexico the Mighty Saguaro can grow to 50 to 70 feet tall adorned by majestic arms, beautiful white flowers and ruby red fruit.
 
Besides its beauty the saguaro has multiple uses including a source of food and shelter for the Tohono O’odham Nation, the ribs for harvesting tools and construction and the spines for sewing needles.
 
The saguaro blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower and its scientific name Carnegiea Gigantea honors Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the 1800s and founded numerous libraries throughout the country under the Carnegie name including Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma.
 
This Mighty Saguaro was found in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and captured on sheet film with a 4x5 large format camera.
 
Add Mighty Saguaro to your home or office decor with a custom print.
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.


The Story Behind...Bougainvillea Blossoms

November 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
 

The Story Behind…
Bougainvillea Blossoms

Chrysanths in White

Bougainvillea Blossoms

 
Native of South America we found these Bougainvillea blossoms in Phoenix.
 
Bougainvillea…A chameleon it is…both in name and color.
 
Its aliases:
  • Buganvilla…Spain
  • Bugambilia…Mexico, Cuba, Phillipines
  • Pokok Bunga Kertas…Indonesia
  • Veranera…Colombia, Costa Rica
  • Santa Rita…Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil
  • Papelillo…Peru
Its colors:
  • Pink
  • Scarlet
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Salmon
  • White
Add Bougainvillea Blossoms to your home or office decor with a custom print.
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

2017 Holiday Special

October 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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20th Anniversary Holiday Special

 
 
Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Special family memories
And the spirit of gift-giving…
Tis the magic of the holidays
Just around the corner!

 



Schedule your portrait session
by November 11 and take
advantage of Babe’s Photos
20th Anniversary Holiday Special.

 



$89 Portrait Session Special

  • 30 minute session
  • One outfit
  • Studio or Location
  • (Studio:  One backdrop)
  • (Location:  South Mountain)
  • (Location:  Lakewood)
 
 

For You or For Gifts

  • Wall Portraits
  • Framed Portraits
  • Holiday Cards
  • Lay-flat Books
  • Image Folios
  • Photo Statues

 
Offer expires November 11, 2017.

Executive & Commercial sessions excluded.

 
 

 


360SpinPhotography

October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Did You Know?
Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery.

When it comes to products…
70% of shoppers look for 3 photos or more when shopping online.
(USA Snapshots 2017)

Always remembering that…
Quality product photography = Perceived product value

Part 3:  360º Spin Product Imagery

What is 360º Spin Photography?
360º Spin Photography technique captures a series of individual product images allowing rotation of the image revealing details on all sides of the product.

Software is used to compose these individual images into an interactive 360º display that supports drag/swipe to turn the object to the left/right. This causes the visual appearance of a fluidly rotating object.
 
Babe’s Photos 360º spin photography…
Offers 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 image captures to produce various degrees of fluidity.
 
Image Sample Links
Cat 24 Image 360º Spin
 

The Story Behind… Chrysanths in White

September 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Chrysanths in White

Chrysanths in White
Call them Chrysanthemums or Mums or Chrysanths.
 
Color this flower white and you have a symbol of loyalty, devoted love, truth and purity…a thread found throughout the world…
 
America:  Respect and honor
Asia:  Life and rebirth
Australia:  Official Mother’s Day flower due to nickname “Mums”
Belgium & Austria:  Memorial flower, placing on graves.
Buddhists:  Powerful Yang energy.
China:  Long life, good luck in the home.
Europe: Sympathy
Victorian:  Truth, friendship, well-wishing.
 
It is widely believed that if you ever want to find the truth about a particular situation, just give this flower to the person who can enlighten you about the situation.
 
Bring “loyalty and truth” into your home with a large scale wall print of "Chrysanths in White".

Available framed unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

National Dog Day!

August 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

National Dog Day!

To all furry friends out there…
 
Hey…August 26 is our day…National Dog Day.

Tell your Mom & Pop to show you off with a Babe’s Photos portrait!
 
Contact Arlene...she will handle it from there.

The Story Behind… Wolfgangsee in the Rain

August 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Wolfgangsee in the Rain

Under the shelter of a large golf umbrella we huddled with our 4x5 camera to capture the beautiful setting of Wolfgangsee in the Rain.  Yes, the blue cast is true.
 
Wolfgangsee is a glacier-formed lake in Austria and is one of the best known lakes in the Salzkammergut resort region.  St. Gilgen to the north, Stroble to the south and St. Wolfgang in the center attract visitors far and wide.  Just as the village of St. Wolfgang is named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg, so is Lake Wolfgangsee.
 
So there you have it…
Hotel Post (February blog)
St. Wolfgang Street (July blog)
Wolfgangsee in the Rain…
All three captured side-by-side in the village of St. Wolfgang, Austria and all three available as In-Stock Framed Prints discounted up to 80% off regular price.
In-Stock Framed Print Discounts
Hotel Weisses Rossl Post:  8x10 for $100 (reg. $530)
St. Wolfgang Street :  16x20 for $150 (reg. $850)
Wolfgangsee in the Rain:  16x20 for $150 (reg. $830)
 
Take advantage of In-Stock Framed Print discounts and bring this quaint Austrian village into your home.
 
If you don’t find what you want in the In-Stock Framed Print discount selection, custom orders are available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

Did You Know? Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery Part 2

July 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Did You Know?
Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery.

What is Commercial Imagery?
Commercial imagery at its best captures high quality images of products, services and facilities to support a business brand with the impact needed to attract the ideal customer.
 
When it comes to products…
70% of shoppers look for 3 photos or more when shopping online.
(USA Snapshots 2017)
 
When it comes to product imagery…
Babe’s Photos showcases each business’s uniqueness with brand appropriate staging, lighting and attention to detail…for both catalog and feature images.
 
Always remembering that…
Quality product photography = Perceived product value

Part 2:  Macro Product Imagery

What is Macro Photography?
Macro photography is extreme close-up photography of very small items to produce images greater than life size.
 
Macro Photography Usage
Catalog and feature images of very small products to display detail not visible to the naked eye.
 
Let’s Get Technical…It’s in the technique and the equipment.
 
Lens: True macro lens, such as a Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5X, achieves higher magnification than life size.
Extension Tubes: Extending distance between the lens and sensor increases magnification.
Lighting: Macro lenses need accurate light intensity, direction and distance to produce desired effects.
Focal Point: Where the focus point is set can dramatically change the appearance of the product
Depth of Field: Limited depth of field is important and requires skill to adjust aperture and lighting accurately.
Focus Stacking: Combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to increase depth of field.
Microscopy: Photographs created with a microscope to produce images with extreme magnification.

Product Example:  Microprocessor Chip Packages

Our Story
Picture this…we release a little black speck from its vacuum packed seal being careful to capture it with special tweezers before it has a chance to get airborne.  With tweezers squeezed tight, we set the little black speck in a petri dish on the stage under the camera lens.  Three lights are set to a trajectory targeting the little black speck.  So far so good!  Next we set the front and back focal points and take 20 shots of the little black speck, incrementally focusing between the front and back.  Then the 20 images are merged together to create an image in focus from front to back.  All eyes are now fixed on the monitor screen…waiting.  Little by little the little black speck reveals its various silicon colors, complex layers of circuitry, neat ball arrays…accompanied by exclamations of…
WOW!


Stay tuned for Commercial Imagery Part 3


Did You Know? Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery.

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Did You Know?
Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery.

What is Commercial Imagery?
Commercial imagery at its best captures high quality images of products, services and facilities to support a business brand with the impact needed to attract the ideal customer.
 
When it comes to products…
70% of shoppers look for 3 photos or more when shopping online.
(USA Snapshots 2017)
 
When it comes to product imagery…
Babe’s Photos showcases each business’s uniqueness with brand appropriate staging, lighting and attention to detail…for both catalog and feature images.
 
Always remembering that…
Quality product photography = Perceived product value


Part 1:  Catalog and Feature Product Imagery

Catalog Imagery…It’s has to be True!

  • True in color, texture, shape
  • Fully lit
  • No dramatic lighting
  • No props
  • Multiple views…top, bottom, perspective

 
Catalog Image Usage

  • Websites
  • Apps
  • Online marketing
  • Print catalogs
  • Print collateral
  • Annual reports
  • Letterhead

Feature Imagery…It’s all about the Sizzle!

  • Supports brand
  • Showcases features
  • Dramatic lighting
  • Enhanced with props
  • Special environment
Feature Image Usage
  • Website banners
  • Website home page
  • Product group headers
  • Trade shows
  • Advertising
Stay tuned for Product Imagery Part 2

St. Wolfgang Street

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
St. Wolfgang Street

It was early morning in St. Wolfgang, fog rolling in, not a person in site.  All of a sudden the silence was broken.  Along came a yellow delivery van heading for the narrows of the only visible cobbled street.  How would a modern van navigate such a narrow street built so many centuries ago…but it did and successfully made its delivery.
 
St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg, is a beautiful market town on the shores of Wolfgangsee in central Austria and is famously known for its lakefront church.
 
Saint Wolfgang erected the first church on the shore of the Wolfgangsee in 976.  Legend has it that when Saint Wolfgang searched in vain for a church site he threw an axe down the mountain to find the spot for the church.  He even persuaded the Devil to contribute to the building by promising him the first living being to enter the church.  However, Satan was disappointed when the first creature over the doorstep was a wolf.
 
Captured on film with a 4x5 large format camera, rest assured that every little detail and nuance is visible to the naked eye.  Take a virtual stroll.
 
Bring the serene, quiet, old world charm of St. Wolfgang Street to your home.
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.