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.

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...

INSPIRING BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

As my journey into photography is progressing, some of my 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...

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...

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

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
SPRINGTIME IS FLOWER TIME

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
ART FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

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 that are worth visiting...

THE BEAUTY OF DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

As a fine art nature and landscape photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, fall and winter are long. The grey days, the constant rain, and I’m training to race bicycles again...

ANSEL ADAMS | INFLUENCE IN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
WHO IS ANSEL ADAMS?

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?
WHAT IS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY?

We use the term fine art photography and fine art photographic prints a lot in today’s art world. But what does this mean? Is it the quality of the print, the size, the type of photograph? According to the dictionary, fine art is "creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content...

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...

CANVAS WALL ART PRINTS? NO THANKS!
CANVAS WALL ART? NOT IMPRESSED

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
IGNITING YOUR IMAGINATION THROUGH ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

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

As I have gotten more into black and white photography, I have learned many things. The biggest one is that most black and white photos are different levels of grey. Many photographers hit the black and white button in Lightroom, do a little dodging and burning and call it good...

PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT IS A PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPH?

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...

PURCHASING NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS CAN REDUCE STRESS AND HELP YOU HEAL
HELP PROMOTE HEALING AND STRESS REDUCTION THROUGH NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

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
BACKPACKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY-HOW TO START

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...

TRIPTYCH FINE ART PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY
TRIPTYCH PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE GALLERY

As a landscape photographer, separating yourself from the others can be difficult. The “Hero Shot” is the same one we all get and for good reason...

FINE ART PRINTS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS
PURCHASING FINE ART PRINTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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...

LIMITED EDITION FALL COLOR PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE GALLERY
CHOOSING FALL COLOR FINE ART PRINTS

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...

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...

PURCHASING LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

Limited Edition prints for sale, while not unique one off art pieces like sculptures or paintings, are original works of art. Once the edition sells out, no more will be produced by the artist...

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
BEST WAYS TO PROPERLY LIGHT YOUR 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...