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Mike Gaudaur
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Owner and Photographer at Quinte Photo Studio
Owner and Photographer at Quinte Photo Studio

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African Photo Art Exhibit

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. My goal as an artist is to seek out the beauty that has been packed in to the natural world and draw attention to it. 

Years of study and training have instilled in me a visual awareness of the world around me. Quality and direction of light, highlights and shadows, lines, forms, and textures, subjects and backgrounds.  These are the fundamental elements of composition and design. I notice these things in my surroundings – constantly.

Experience on over 80 photo safaris in Kenya over the past 15 years has refined my photographic vision and technique. Tack sharp, beautifully lit animal portraits are no longer enough for me. I now endeavour to capture intimate interactions between animals, a striking posture, a gesture, direct eye contact. This adds emotional impact to any image.

An animal's environment is a critical part of who they are, but I choose to minimize the distracting elements of the African bush and include just enough of an animal's surroundings to suggest where it is. I often desaturate colours and blur backgrounds in order emphasize the subjects in my compositions.  

The marvels of modern photographic equipment make it possible to record huge amounts of image data. As a technician I strive to capture as much raw data as possible while in the field. As an artist I decide which data to keep and which to eliminate. Photography is not like most other visual arts. In drawing or painting the artist adds the medium to a blank canvas until the artwork is finished. In photography the artist starts with everything and is tasked with removing elements until all that remains is his artwork. 

I take great artistic liberties with my photo art images. I will manipulate pixels, add graphic elements, enhance textures, paint in tonalities, clone out distractions, and gradually craft the image I want to share with my audience. I want to show them wildlife in a way they have never seen it before. In doing so I hope to draw people's attention to the amazing intricacies God has imbued in His creation. And maybe even inspire them to take better care of it. The proceeds of this show will be donated to Care of Creation, an organization dedicated to preserving nature, and teaching people how to take better care of it.

I believe my purpose on earth is doxological. For me, praising God means noticing something beautiful, interesting, or cool, and then drawing attention to it so that others can see it too. To the praise of His glory.

Michael James Gaudaur
Kijabe, Kenya
April 8th, 2013*
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Windswept Lion
This male lion was moving across the savannah with his pride of three females. The ladies had fallen behind and he stopped and turned back to see where they were.

For +Texture Blend Photography  #textureblendphotography  
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Preening Ostrich
As I prepare for my first fine art exhibition in April I am digging back into my image archives and re-processing old images. This was shot at Melewa, Kenya back 2004. Back then the ostriches would come right into camp and graze between the tents. I was actually able to shoot this image while sitting in lawn chair nest to my tent.

For +Texture Blend Photography  #textureblendthursday  curated by +Gemma Costa 
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Zebra herd texture blend
I have been experimenting with combining my safari images with a variety of textures. This zebra herd image was blended with a stone from the the path near my house. A tutorial describing the process is available on my website.

http://africanphotoart.com/2013/02/zebra-herd-texture-blend/

Submitted to 
+African Tuesday  #africantuesday   curated by +Morkel Erasmus +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du preez
+Wild Kenya  #wildkenya   curated by +Guy Dekelver 
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Elephant Family on the Rocks
This image is in memorial for the elephant family that was slaughtered in the Mara this weekend. I wanted a texture to add drama to the sky. After trying dozens of textures I finally decided on rock. Seemed a fitting memorial.

The sad story of the poaching can be found here:http://edition.cnn.com/video/?iid=article_sidebar#/video/world/2013/01/14/world-pkg-elbagir-elephant-poaching.cnn

+Elephant Wednesday  #elephantwednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus 

+Wild Kenya  #wildkenya  

+HQSP Monochrome  #hqspmonochrome   curated by +Blake Harrold +Luis Vivanco +rhinus Bakker and +Trevor McGee 
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These waters are really wild, but they are in a wild African place. Hells Gate National Park, Kenya.

Submitted for +African Tuesday  #africantuesday  curated by +Morkel Erasmus +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock
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Colour and Tonality Tutorial
I am posting this image of elephants on the Masai Mara for #monochromemonday  +Monochrome Monday and the +Monochrome Arty Club  #monochromeartyclub   #monochrome   #monochromephotography  .
I have a detailed tutorial on how I created it on my AfricanFineArt.com website.
http://africanphotoart.com/2013/01/color-and-tonality/
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Euro Model Eagle
Here is another rendering of the eagle on a branch. This time I used the Euro Model preset in Lightroom. Sorry I don't remember where I got that preset from or I would share the source with you.
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Eagle on a Branch
I really like how the dead branch adds to the composition of this image. I blended a black and white conversion from Silver Efex Pro2 with the color image to add more dimension.

+Wild Kenya  #wildkenya  curated by +Guy Dekelver 
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Young Male Lion Texture Blend

+Texture Blend Photography  #textureblendphotography  
curated by +Gemma Costa 
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