George Kamper’s The Story behind the Creatures

©George Kamper

Photographer George Kamper was commissioned to shoot stills concurrently for a promo video for the Camden Aquarium.

“These critters were great fun to work with and very spontaneous…Not a lot of patience on set, but we were able to set up our lighting and barriers around the tabletop so they had a little freedom to hop around.” Kamper continues to say, “We captured some fun and dramatic angles and textures while the video crew shot in a different room and set. Having photograph lots of action sports, this was right up our alley”.

There were handlers on set to insure the safety of each frog (or toad) in the short window of time Kamper had to shoot within. One concern was that they didn’t want to get the frogs and toads dehydrated while on the plexiglass table during the shoot.  All went well and to top it off, Kamper won the Rangefinder Creatures competition with their shot of the Amazon Milk Frog!  Congratulations!

©George Kamper

Here a few runner-ups:

To see more of George Kamper’s work, please visit his page on Altlpick.com.

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Tom Cocotos’ New Portrait Series Features Some Well-Known Faces

David Bowie ©Tom Cocotos

Who knew that you could do so much with so little? Well, we knew of course, because we’re very familiar with the excellent collage illustrations made by Altpick member Tom Cocotos. His most recent portraits depict some all-too-recognizable celebrities such as Judy Garland, Jay Z, David Bowie, Mae West, Cardi B, and Maggie Smith, as well as politicians like Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, King Jong Un, and Rudy Giuliani.

To see more of Tom Cocotos’ work, please visit his page on Altpick.com.

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Celebrating 19th Century Painter William Sidney Mount

Looking back at American artists it’s important to note that an artist’s success in the 19th century wasn’t necessarily measured by work exhibited in galleries and museums, but by engraved reproductions.  Setauket painter, William Sidney Mount’s “The Long Island Farmer Husking Corn” was picked up by engravers to print on bank notes, for example.

William Sidney Mount

At the time, depicting scenes of everyday life at work and play was unusual.  But Mount’s paintings of ordinary life on Long Island earned him a distinctive place among emerging American painters.

Mount was trained at the National Academy of Design in New York City and was a contemporary of the Hudson River School.  Multi-talented Mount was also an accomplished violinist.  Deborah Johnson, president and chief executive of the Museums at Stony Brook says “His love for music competed constantly with his love for art”.

Studying the details in Mount’s paintings gives you a little insight into the life and times of our American ancestors.  To enjoy a rich experience, view his paintings at The Met Fifth Avenue, New York.

William Sidney Mount – born November 26, 1807 – Died November 19, 1868

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Happy Holidays from Altpick Members!

Happy Holidays from Altpick’s members: photographers, illustrators, designers, animators, and multi-media artists!  Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019!

©Erika LeBarre

©Oliver Wetter

©Studio Caswell

©Umberto Grati

©Huan Tran

©Joey Feldman

©Dingding Hu

©Kyle Dreier

©Kate Turning

©Caitlin Alexander

©Giulio Bonasera

©Davide Bonazzi

©Paul Garland

©Ray-Mel Cornelius

©Lyn Alice

©Sally Vitsky

©Robert Houser

©David Fullarton

©Tracy Mattocks

©Kim Wiseman

@Whitney Lane

©Ale and Ale

©Anthony Foronda

©Dave Calver

©Bradley Clark

©Ivan Canu

©Jing Jing Tsong

©Lacko Illustration

©Andreas von Buddenbrock

©Yien Yip

©David Owens

©Carlo Giambarresi

©Karolin Schnoor

©Victo Ngai

©Alberto Ruggieri

©Joey Guidone

©Garth Glazier

©Lisa Adams

©Philippe de Kemmeter

©Susan Gal

©Urs Knobel

©Tracy Mattocks

©Brian Allen

Enjoy the holiday festivities! To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

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Hoang Creates New Illustrations for Scientific Publications

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security – ©Dung Hoang/Furious Visual World

Science and learning are on our minds right now, as we look at some excellent new work created by Illustrator Dung Hoang for a number of scientific and educational magazines. These include The Scientist, Monmouth magazine and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

The Scientist – ©Dung Hoang/Furious Visual World

For The Scientist, Dung created a piece that directly accompanies a recent article dealing with studies on effective thinking. A more urgent theme, however, is seen in his piece for Johns Hopkins, which explores the research on learning about (and ultimately, fighting) pandemic pathogens.

The Scientist – ©Dung Hoang/Furious Visual World

Monmouth Magazine “Gender-Based Violence” – ©Dung Hoang/Furious Visual World

To see more of Dung Hoang’s work, please visit Altpick.com.

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Highlighting Illustrators Caitlin Alexander and Ken Orvidas and Photographers Lisa Predko and Jacob Hand

This week’s Member Focus Round Up included Illustrators Caitlin Alexander and Ken Orvidas; Photographers Lisa Predko and Jacob Hand.  To see more of their work, please visit Altpick.com.

Illustrator Caitlin Alexander

©Caitlin Alexander

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Photographer Lisa Predko

©Lisa Predko

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Illustrator Ken Orvidas

©Ken Orvidas

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Photographer Jacob Hand

©Jacob Hand

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com

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Artists of the Week: Photographer Bonnie Holland and Illustrators Jon Krause, Rudy Gutierrez and Jing Jing Tsong

This week’s Member Focus Round Up included illustrators Jon Krause, Rudy Gutierrez and Jing Jing Tsong and photographer Bonnie Holland.  To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

Illustrator Jon Krause

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Photographer Bonnie Holland

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Illustrator Rudy Gutierrez

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Illustrator Jing Jing Tsong

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Please visit Altpick.com to see more of the artists’ work.

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Member Focus Round-Up: Kyle Dreier, Chris Lyons, Anni Betts, Mark Peterman

The Member Focus Round-Up for this past week included Altpick members: Photographers Kyle Dreier and Mark Peterman; Illustrators Chris Lyons and Anni Betts.

Food and Drink Photographer Kyle Dreier

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Illustrator Chris Lyons

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Illustrator Anni Betts

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Photographer Mark Peterman

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To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

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Altpick Highlights Artists: Greg Whitaker, Doug Erb, Lynne St Clare (Foster), Robert Wilson

This week we are highlighting the following artists: Photographer Greg Whitaker, Illustrator Doug Erb, Illustrator Lynne St Clare (Foster),  Photographer Robert Wilson.  See more of the artists’ work on Altpick.com.

Photographer: Greg Whitaker

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Illustrator: Doug Erb

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Illustrator: Lynne St Clare (Foster)

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Photographer: Robert Wilson

To see more work from the artists, please visit Altpick.com.

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And the Favorites are…

Altpick asked their viewers to choose their favorite images from Altpick Member Halloween selects.  So many fabulous images were submitted and the contest was a close one!  So we are presenting the top favorites:

“Halloween Scary” – Illustrator Urs J. Knobel

“Halloween Scary” ©Urs J. Knobel

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“Spotted Owl with Fireflies” –  Illustrator Ray-Mel Cornelius

“Spotted Owl with Fireflies” ©Ray-Mel Cornelius

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“Scary Pumpkin” – Illustrator Giulio Bonasera

“Scary Pumpkin” ©Giulio Bonasera

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“Library of Lost Things” – Illustrator Red Nose Studio

“Library of Lost Things” ©Red Nose Studio

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“The Family” – Illustrator Davide Bonazzi

“The Family” ©Davide Bonazzi

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“Igor” – Illustrator Ivan Canu

“Igor” ©Ivan Canu

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“Green Witch” – Illustrator Oliver Wetter

“Green Witch” ©Oliver Wetter

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“Witch in Window” – Illustrator Jenni Salvia

“Witch in the Window” ©Jenni Catullo

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“Fay and the Fox” – Illustrator Bella Pilar

“Fay and the Fox” ©Bella Pilar

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“Spiders” – Illustrator Mike Austin

“Spiders” ©Mike Austin

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“Paris Catacombs” – Photographer Brian Smale

“Paris Catacombs” ©Brian Smale

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“Little Death Halloween” – Photographer Greg Whitaker

“Little Death Halloween” ©Greg Whitaker

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“Bride of Frankenstein” – Illustrator Garth Glazier

“Bride of Frankenstein” ©Garth Glazier

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“Edible Ghosts” – Photographer Rick Souders

“Edible Ghosts” ©Rick Souders

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“Happy Catoween!” – Lacko Illustration

“Happy Catoween!” ©Lacko Illustration

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“Maple Sugar Leaf” – Illustrator Lyn Alice

“Sugar Maple Leaf” ©Lyn Alice

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their images and thank you to everyone who voted!

To see all of the submission, click here: https://wp.me/p1wsvF-pra

To view more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

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