Hal-and-Cheetah_KenyaI have trained, traveled and taught with some of America’s premier photographers. For many years, works by these top artists, as well as my own, were displayed in Mountain Heart Gallery, my first venture, and Bluewood Photography, the merger of two top WNC photography enterprises, a second undertaking. Our goals were to make fine art photography available to the general public at a reasonable cost, to promote and become a center for photography. Through the gallery, we conducted in-field photography workshops, training classes and offered special exhibits by top professionals.

In spite of my love and appreciation for the gallery, I made the decision to cease operations at the end of 2013 in order to re-introduce myself to my own camera equipment and expand my printing capabilities. I have already scheduled a second trip to Africa this fall, as well as other travels on my bucket list. With luck, I can continue to satisfy my main goal of sharing images and experiences from remarkable wild places with others.

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Quail Hunting, Thomasville, GA

Photos of a remarkable experience with Buddy and Portia Hendrick, and new friends at Mill Pond Plantation – quail hunting and relaxation. New gallery to be added soon.

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Canvas Printing

Recently I built a rack system in my studio workshop to hold large canvas prints. Here I am drying 14 – 24 x 36″ laminated canvas prints simultaneously.   This particular system can accommodate up to 18 large prints at a time.

Below is my new pneumatic gallery stretching machine.  It is capable of assembling up to 60″ canvas prints onto stretcher bars.

I just finished printing and stretching 70 -24 x 36″ canvases with these and they turned out to be great time savers – both!

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Costa Rica

Resplendent QuetzalAt first light in Monteverde, Costa Rica, two “early birds”, of which I was one, were rewarded with the initial sighting of the Resplendent Quetzal.

I photographed this gorgeous bird with my Canon 1D MkIV, 300mm f/2.8, with a Better Beamer fill flash at 1000 ISO, and felt fortunate to get this image of the bird which I am told is hard to find in this particular area of the country.

Other images from this 9 day trip to various parts of the country can be found on my website: www.hallooney.com.

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