Fall Colors off the Beaten Track Arizona

October 24, 2011 by staff 

Fall Colors off the Beaten Track  ArizonaFall Colors off the Beaten Track Arizona, Angelique Raptakis is a character of art and nature photographer. This means that special care is taken in the formulation of their shots and drawing the interest of your images.

“I think pictures and make them interesting. I’m not interested in taking pictures,” said the artist.

His work is on display in the barn for the Arts in a group show entitled “Impressions of Nature” with fellow nature photographer Nikhil Bahl.

Raptakis exhibited widely in Montgomery County, where he has lived his entire life. He has shown his work at Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg, Blackrock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Kaplan Gallery in Rockville VisArts, the Locust Grove Nature Center in Bethesda and the Art Gallery of the Community in the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, among others. He recently had a solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring.

She began her career as a photographer for shooting scenes exclusively.

“I love being outdoors and learning about nature and the capture of the ways I can share with others,” said Raptakis that has a unique perspective on the matter.

“I’m attracted to the details that others overlook to photograph landscapes and intimate details -. The things that people go to lose and because they are small, do not attract attention,” he said.

Raptakis use a telephoto lens for most of his photographs. This long-focus lens lets you get up close to his subjects, achieving a sense of distance and spatial depth and sharpness of detail that brings distant objects and vitality of the natural environment to the forefront.

She takes special holiday photo shoot on location in places that are investigated thoroughly before stepping off the road. While photographing the local level, some of his favorite places to shoot those in southern Utah and northern Arizona.

“The antelope Rainbow”, with an inside view of the Arizona slot canyon glows with natural light reflections cascade through layers of rock formations carved by a stream of soft water.

“Many of my images are stored in places that at least four kilometers of road. I get inside the country and go to explore,” said outbreaks often Raptakis National Park and go hiking in search of his zen.

As an art photographer who works “in camera” first and only uses photoshop as a “digital darkroom”. This does not mean she does not experiment with special effects.

“Sunsenereba” and “Blue Poppies” are taken with a Nikon camera that allows multiple exposures. Raptakis traditionally uses a Canon, but she borrowed a Nikon photographer colleagues.

“I was a bit between each exposure,” he said. “This creates the effect of movement or a repeating pattern.”

The petals overlap and form a translucent veil of subtle brightness monochrome photographic paper, and brilliant dancing lightly on the surface.

“Birch Swipe” reflects another Raptakis “in camera” manipulation.

“I moved the camera in vertical position during exposure. This achieves the effect of grain, fuzzy mood states was experiencing,” he said.

The resulting image, which abstracts the birches shot in the fall of New Hampshire, focused look at the blurred line of color and expressive effects of an atmosphere.

Raptakis uses the camera to create artistic interpretations of what the eye sees, the artist said.

Raptakis has had his photographs published online and in newsletters. It has also been interviewed on public television.

It belongs to the club Siver Spring chamber where he serves as Secretary, the North Bethesda Camera Club, where he served as president of display for several years and the Camera Club in northern Virginia. She has collaborated on educational workshops and has given these clubs presetations Camera.

Although photography is not his main occupation, Raptakis exhibits her work several times a year and sell your photos as prints and cards.

“One of the reasons I like to display is to share my work and people see images of places that have never been and get them excited about nature through creative techniques and perspectives,” he said.

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