RANDY BOTT FINE ART NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGS

Welcome to Randy Bott's Nature and Landscape Photography Blog. Here you will find all things photography related such as trip reports, photography tools, printing, post processing and other photography related tips. Some you may find useful, others you may wonder why I wrote them. Either way, enjoy the blog posts and if you have any questions, please reach out through my Contact page and I will get back to as soon as I can.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT ART FOR YOUR HOME

Choosing art for your home is an important decision that can greatly impact the overall feel and atmosphere of a room. Whether it is a painting, sculpture, print or photograph, the right piece of art can serve as the centerpiece of a space, tying together the other elements of decor and creating a harmonious and cohesive look...

AMAZING SUNRISE AND SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHS FOR SALE

It wasn't until my photography journey began that I understood how light works. To have amazing light at sunrise and sunset, clouds are necessary. Sunrise and sunset photography is boring without clouds and color...

THE WORLD THROUGH A FULL SPECTRUM INFRARED CAMERA

Have you ever thought about what the world would look like in the infrared spectrum? The human eye can only see visible light which is a narrow band of all light. Infrared photography allows us to see beyond visible light. For most people, infrared light shows heat signatures. While this is true, 

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS THAT CAPTURE THE COLORS OF FALL

Now that fall is here, Instagram or Facebook feeds are full of fall color photographs. Think how nice it would be to have some of those images at home. The air is colder, days are shorter and curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate sure seems nice...

EAST COAST FALL COLOR ROAD TRIP

As a photographer, I look forward to fall the most. The leaves change color, the days are shorter, and the temperatures are cooling down. For the past few years, I’ve been traveling to parts of the country popular for fall colors...

DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF TRIPTYCH FINE ART PRINTS

Triptych prints are a timeless art form that has been used for centuries to tell stories and evoke emotions. As a form of visual storytelling, triptychs have become increasingly popular in modern-day home galleries and are now seen as a must-have addition to any art collection...

SEATTLE ART MUSEUMS WORTH VISITING

Although Seattle is known for Pike’s Market where they throw fish, Microsoft, Amazon, and the Seahawks, the art museums offer a way to view art from around the world. Art museums offer a cultural experience with works of art from different locations and time throughout history...

WASHINGTON STATE NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

With 3 nationals parks, countless lakes, hiking trails, and several mountain ranges, Washington State has more to offer than most. Few places can you cross-country or downhill ski, then stop for a scuba dive in the ocean on the same day...

INSPIRING BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

As my journey into photography progresses, some of the most inspiring images are black and white. With color photographs, the light creates the image. The colorful clouds of the sunrise or sunset, maybe the light glowing through the fog creating atmosphere, or any other reason...

8 FASCINATING LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHS

Long exposure is the name used in photography when the shutter is open for a given period. This can be a quarter of a second or longer. Photographers use long exposure to show movement, smooth out water, and many other reasons...

OREGON COAST NATURE AND SEASCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

For the west coast of the United States, there is no better coastline than Oregon for nature and seascape photography. The rugged sea stacks, the sand beaches, the natural arches and many more areas provide interest for all who visit...

PURCHASING LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

As a photography enthusiast or collector, the thought of owning a limited edition print from your favorite photographer can be exciting. But, the process of purchasing such a print can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the world of photography collecting...

5 REASONS A FULL FRAME CAMERA IS BETTER THAN SMARTPHONES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

This wasn't a question a few years ago. Smartphones didn’t exist, and a camera was the only way to take photos. Today, however, everyone has a smartphone and more we take more pictures than ever before...

8 REASONS TO HAVE ART IN YOUR HOME
WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE ART IN THIER HOUSE

Whether you’re a new home owner or in your “forever home” (which doesn’t exist because life plans change), art can transform the space. Art is another piece of furniture used to make a house a home...

FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY WALL ART

Although I suffer from severe allergies throughout the month of March, the first flowers of spring bloom at the beginning of the month. Luckily, my allergies only last for the month of March so it’s not bad...

ART FAIRS AND FESTIVALS NEAR ME

During the summer months, the sun is shining, and art fairs and festivals are in full swing. The Pacific Northwest has a few art festivals worth visiting. While the festivals are outside and it's summer, the PNW can have some weather issues like rain and wind...

THE BEAUTY OF DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Death Valley National Park is a stunning destination that showcases the unique beauty of the California desert. From its towering sand dunes to its intricate canyons, this national park is truly a one-of-a-kind place...

ANSEL ADAMS | INFLUENCE IN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, Ansel Adams was a landscape photographer and environmentalist. Some consider Ansel the most important landscape photographer of the 20th century...

WHAT IS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY?

Fine art photography is a form of artistic expression that uses the medium of photography to create visually compelling and thought-provoking images. It is a genre that has been around since the invention of photography and has evolved significantly over time...

CANVAS WALL ART PRINTS? NO THANKS!

In the world of fine art photographic prints, many mediums exist for printing. Acrylic, Metal, Fine Art Archival Papers, and canvas. When I first got into photography, I wanted to print some of my images but couldn’t afford to have them framed...

WHERE TO PURCHASE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS
TOP 5 WEBSITES FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

As the owner of Randy Bott Photography, getting the fine art prints to the public can be time consuming. There has been an increase in websites that sell fine art prints and other art works like sculptures, paintings, etc...

ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY WALL ART | EVOKING IMAGINATION

For all intents and purposes, abstract photography does not tell a story. It invites your imagination to come to life and create a feeling using shapes, color, textures, and forms...

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO

Black and White photography is a timeless art form that captures the essence of a moment in a way that color simply cannot. Whether you're an amateur photographer looking to learn the basics of this classic style or a seasoned professional seeking to perfect your craft, it's important to understand the key elements that make for a great black and white print...

PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHY

Panorama photos come in all shapes and sizes. But to be more specific, a panorama photograph starts when it's twice as wide as it is tall. Therefore 2:1 ratio to start. I know some photographers like to have their panoramas much wider so more of a 5:1 ratio to get the entire scene in the image...

PURCHASING NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS CAN REDUCE STRESS AND HELP YOU HEAL


Studies have shown that being in nature has a positive and healing affect on people.After having a bad day at work, taking a walk around the neighborhood can revive your senses and clear your mind...

BACKPACKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

The longer I’ve been a fine art nature and landscape photographer, the more I hear the same statement. “All the good places are overrun with photographers and Instagrammers”...

SOMETHING DIFFERENT | "OIL PAINTED" FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS

As my photography journey continues and I learn about more photographers, certain things always stand out. Landscape photographers want to shoot the same hero shots (nothing wrong with this...

GICLEE PRINTS
WHAT IS A GICLEE PRINT?

The first thing to learn is how to pronounce Giclee. Giclee is French and is pronounce Zhe-klay and means "to spray". In short, it uses high end inkjet printers to create fine art prints...

FINE ART PRINTS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS

How often do you struggle with gifts for the holidays? I’m guessing every year. Even though Christmas is the same time every year, we wait until the last minute to purchase gifts for loved ones...

THE PALOUSE, TUSCANY OF AMERICA
WHAT AND WHERE EXACTLY IS THE PALOUSE?

One of the perks of being a landscape photographer is that I get to travel around and “discover” new places. One of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest is the Palouse, located in the southeast corner of Washington State...

INVESTING IN BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY

Adding new fine art prints to a home or office gallery, black and white images are a great way to offset the color. The problem with a color image is it must match the interior decorating where black and white goes with almost any decor...

WHERE TO PHOTOGRAPH FALL COLOR IN COLORADO
SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH FALL COLOR IN COLORADO

This year I finally made a road trip to photograph fall color somewhere else besides the Tumwater Canyon in Eastern Washington. I called up a friend and asked him if I should go to Iceland again or to photograph Colorado fall color...

WHY YOUR PREMIUM FINE ART PRINT LOOKS DIFFERENT ON YOUR COMPUTER
WHY DOES YOUR PRINT NOT MATCH THE IMAGE ON YOUR MONITOR?

Have you noticed that when you get your new premium fine art print it does not look like it does on your compute monitor? Well, there are a couple reasons for this...

INFRARED ART FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY

As your are building an art gallery inside your home or office, having something different can be challenging. Most people seem to have similar art and for good reason. Sunsets, wildflowers, mountains, etc, all make for stunning images...

CHOOSING PREMIUM FINE ART NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR YOUR HOME
CHOOSING FINE ART LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR HOME

Choosing art for your home can be a bit daunting. What would look good with my decor, what size fine art print should I buy? For the decor, that can be hard since so many colors look good together whether they are the same or contrast each other...

HOW TO LIGHT YOUR PREMIUM FINE ART PRINTS

Now that you have purchased a fine art prints and hung it on the wall, how should you add light to make the prints stand out? You could stand there and shine a flashlight on the art but your arm will get tired and the batteries may die...

WHY YOUR PRINTS ARE DARK
WHY ARE YOUR PRINTS DARKER ON PAPER THAN YOUR SCREEN

A few years back I purchased a printer so I can see my photos in print. It's easier for me to find editing issues when I print my work. I guess I'm old school that way...

WHAT IS AN ACRYLIC PRINT?

Acrylic Prints seem to be the best way to print fine art photographs these days. What is an acrylic print? In simple terms, it is a photograph printed on a piece of acrylic (plexiglass)...

PRINTING ON HAHNEMUHLE BARYTA 315 GSM PAPER
WHY I CHOSE HAHNEMUHLE BARYTA 315 GSM

A couple years back I was at the Kenmore Camera Expo and I saw printers on sale. I wasn’t sure if I wanted one but then I thought about all the images I have taken...

PRINTING ON ALUMINUM METAL
WHY CHOOSE METAL FOR FINE ART PRINTS

Metal prints are made by applying the image onto an aluminum substrate. The process starts by printing the image on a transfer paper such as Fujiflex Crystal Archive, printing directly onto the metal, or using dye sublimation inks...