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Featured Testimonial

With over 100 private lesson clients under my belt, 600+ hours of private instruction and 100+ hours of classroom instruction experience, I've received tons of positive feedback from my students regarding my services as a photography teacher.

I'd like to start sharing these testimonials from my students in this new blog feature called "Featured Testimonial." If you're on the fence about doing one of my services, maybe it will give you the confidence you need to join me for a private lesson, seminar or online course. Here's the first installment from one of my private students by the name of Sheri Pascual.

"I took private lessons with Nick Carver in 2010 and I am back for more this year. I have taken a course at our community college and a few on line courses and have not found any to be as informative and easy to understand as Nick's instruction. He is patient and truly understands how to teach a DSLR camera. Most of the people that I have asked know very little about digital cameras. I purchased my Nikon D5000 from an expert photographer, but he had very little understanding about how to use my digital camera.

"Nick doesn't use my camera type or manufacturer but he had no problem figuring out how to show me the functions. I am planning to take one of Nick's group seminars at the next opportunity. He is very accomplished and will get you creating amazing pictures with your digital camera. If you would like to get a well rounded understanding of how to shoot your SLR camera and apply your knowledge in a creative way, I can highly recommend Nick."

- Sheri Pascual

Featured Fine Art Piece: The Grand Canyon

I'm starting a new series of posts on my blog here that will showcase some of my finished, framed fine art pieces - pieces that are already done and ready to ship. The first installment is an image of the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon - Limited Edition Panoramic Fine Art Piece
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Image Title: The Grand Canyon (view)
Image Size: 14"x42"
Total Size: 25"x53"
Edition: 1 of 100 (it's the very first print)
Framing: This stunning panorama of the Grand Canyon is framed with a dark brown, rustic frame hand-made by Nick Carver himself using moulding manufactured in Italy. Its subtle texture and elegant shape accent the image perfectly. Between the frame and print is a seamless black linen liner with a 30 degree bevel that helps to showcase the rich colors in the image without being distracting.
Price: $1500

The Grand Canyon - Limited Edition Fine Art Print
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As with all limited edition fine art prints, this piece is printed with LightJet technology on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper, making them the finest quality prints available. Framing is done personally by Nick Carver and consists of a unique presentation method you won't find at your local frame shop. It utilizes no glass for maximum light transmission and a brighter image. The print is instead protected by a gloss laminate that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. The presentation is truly stunning and is designed to withstand the test of time. Click here for more info on fine art prints.

If you'd like more information about purchasing this limited edition fine art print or any other image in the catalog, email Nick at info [at] nickcarverphotography.com.

December at the Beach

Whew! The past couple months have been busy as hell! That's good news because there's nothing I hate more than being idle, but that also means I'm building up a hefty backlog of image editing. Luckily I had some time today to at least get through a couple days of shooting from back in December. I have pictures here from 2 different beaches (Crystal Cove State Park and a beach in Laguna).

The first set is from Crystal Cove taken on December 23rd. This was actually during a lesson with a student of mine, Kim Murphy (her work is awesome).

We started the evening photographing the gorgeous clouds reflected in the wet sand. Ahh, gotta love that blue sky. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll tell you I did remove some of the lens flare on the following picture once I got it in the computer (shame on me).

Once the sunset rolled around, I continued playing with the reflections and the motion of the waves. Couldn't decide which of the following 2 I liked better, so I posted both.

Then twilight rolled around and the blues in the sky made for a good, cold mood - perfect for December at the beach.

The second day was at a little beach in Laguna...not sure of the name...on December 29th. We'd been having heavy storms here in SoCal and the skies were breaking up into some pretty dramatic clouds and light. I rushed down to the beach and got there just in time for a few good shots.

Strong winds and passing rain made the job extra difficult, but also extra fun. I had to juggle holding an umbrella, wiping down my filters and avoiding the waves throughout the shoot. I loved it.

The waves were so choppy and tumultuous, I decided to make that the communication in these shots. I made the motion of the water the focal point in these compositions by using slower (but not too slow) shutter speeds. I also slightly under-exposed the pictures to add to the stormy feel.

And lastly, a panorama just as the sun was peeking out from behind the clouds. Click it to see a bigger version.

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