Monday, December 31, 2012

Art in Motion, Study 1

"Art in Motion", Study 1.
This is one of several frames that I'm giving this title. Rarely, I have this grand experience of a flock of Geese encircling me. It's easy to become mesmerized during the experience and not think how to record it. Luckily, this flock gave me time to be capture this moment creatively. I purposefully used a slow exposure to accentuate the motion, but even so, you can see the varied levels of motion. The more you look, the more you see.

What I find amazing, is that hundreds of Geese can take off, fly around me, then settle back down in a matter of minutes, in complete harmony.

Geese - Holla Bend NWR
Orig # IMG_5805c
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Footprints in the Snow

Snowy Pier, Lake Beaverfork, Conway, Arkansas.
Orig # IMG_5672-5684bws

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tree in Snow

Tree in Snow, Christmas 2012. I found something mystical about the light near this tree. The fact that it's alone with the other trees in the background, various branches on the ground, and twisted barbed wire fence suggest stories that the tree could tell if possible. Near Hope, Arkansas. Orig # IMG_5466-69a

Monday, December 10, 2012

Life in the Trees

Infrared study, Woolly Hollow State Park, AR.

Orig # ks3__0098_hdr

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Bend in the Road

What you often see along the Arkansas highways.
Near Woolly Hollow State Park, AR.
Orig # ks3__0251a

Friday, December 7, 2012

Porsche 356

Fall colors reflecting on a Porsche 356 window.
Porsche Palooza (Escape) 2012.

Orig # KS2_0917

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall color

Recent fall colors --
Orig photo # KS1a0234-243hdr.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Speed Yellow

Porsche GT3, at Porsche Escape, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Orig # KS2_0359-366hdr2a

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Front Row Seat

Twin Rivers Park, Little Rock.

Orig # IMG_4582-99a

Monday, October 29, 2012

Panorama of Bridges

Near Twin Rivers Park Bridge, Little Rock, AR.
This was somewhat of a compositional challenge. Converging lines are everywhere! (ha)
Orig # IMG_4531-40c

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Open and Shut"

There are so many interpretations of this photograph, it was tough to title it. The one that I wanted to relay is 'risk and reward'. We often have to open ourselves up to exposure, in order to reap the benefits (ie: the sun, etc). If we stay closed-up, we'll not be able to shine to the world.

I composed this as the last beam of sunlight fell across the petals. Did I mention I was eaten alive by mosquitos? :)
Hope you enjoy.
Orig # KS1_8359-68
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Friday, October 19, 2012

male Fence Lizard - amazing colors...

The male Northern Fence Lizard (common in Arkansas). Males have the stunning blue throat and belly patches. Females are smaller and have very little color beneath. Its diet consists of arthropods, a family of animals that includes insects, arachnids, millipedes and wasps.

You may find the pose a little odd, with it's head and tail up. I photographed the lizard on a tree, so the angle of the photo is actually vertical, but for display, I've found horizontal to be more interesting. Orig # KS1_7988-8001.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Turbo Tail

Porsche Palooza 2011.
Orig # KS1_0837mod2c

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ready for Takeoff

"Ready for Takeoff"
1993 Porsche 928GTS, Porsche Palooza 2011.

Orig # KS1_0764mod1

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Holding On...

A tiny feather clinging to a small reed in the wind.

Orig # _KS10272bws
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Textures and Highlights...

I found the colors and textures in the color infrared photo to be intriguing. The blues of the water are mesmerizing and the texture of the plant is a nice offset.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas
Orig # IMG_4488a
(c) Kelly Shipp

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Eminent Rain"

Little Rock, Arkansas
Orig # IMG_4119-126hdr1_bw2a

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

White-tailed Definition

I photographed this white-tailed buck shortly after a rain. As you can see, the rain left a feathery pattern to his fur. You can also see the strong definition in his legs and shoulders. His glance-back was lucky timing. :)

Orig # KS1_3927-3929

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Woolly Homestead

The Woolly Homestead, a one-room, log cabin built in 1882.

Woolly Hollow State Park, AR
Orig # IMG_4104-4108bw

Sunday, August 5, 2012

View from the Top

"View from the Top"
I often wonder if other creatures experience the euphoria when climbing a mountain top, experiencing the grand view for all it's worth. I wonder if this Eastern-tailed blue was doing just that...

Orig # KS1_2618
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dozed Retirement

This photograph could have so many interpretations. In some ways, I like the juxtaposition of a retired bulldozer as nature is slowly dissipating it, rather than it dissipating nature.

Orig # IMG_3572

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Branching Out...

"Branching Out"...

Orig # IMG_2901

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Green Gestures

"Green Gestures"
I'm really not sure what this gesture meant, but I wanted to freeze it in a photograph. I like the terrain and textures.

Orig # KS1_4085
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Where is mom going?

White-tailed deer with fawn.
Orig # ks1_3146.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

White-tailed deer with fawn

I photographed this family for about an hour. I anticipated interaction with the fawn, so I was prepared at the moment it happened. Freezing these moments make wildlife photography rewarding for me.
Orig # KS1_3119.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Photography Exhibit - Conway, AR

My photography exhibit is coming to Faulkner County Library - for the full month of July! Reception will be July 3rd at 7pm. If you can't make the reception, please feel free to drop by the library anytime during the month of July! Photos displayed will be for sale.

Details on my Facebook page

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hue's Jumping

A Jumping Spider looks back inside a daylily, 2006.
Orig # _KS10154

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Inside the Flame"

Butterfly in Daylily, 2006.
I usually just delete photos like this, but I kept this one. I really like the abstract nature of this photograph. The detail of the lining of the daylily petals, along with the detail of the edges of the butterfly's wing provide such depth. I love the intensity and contrast of the colors.

Orig # IBU1738nr

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Moment of Silence

"A Moment of Silence"
I found this scene very captivating. Cardinals are typically hyperactive and always moving. This moment, the snow was falling and the cardinal was completely motionless - as if in deep, reflective thought. You can almost 'hear' the silence. The fact that I shot this from the cardinal's point-of-view seems to add more mystery to the moment.
Orig # _KS10049b
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Great Horned Owls...

Great Horned Owls in flight --

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Layers in Balance"

"Layers in Balance"
Oftentimes, when we see something in nature, we don't see beyond the first layer. Nature has a way of showing us objects of nature in layers. We just have to look. This not only applies to objects but also to situations.
- Kelly Shipp
The sun was striking the lowest branch of this tree more than the upper branches, which provided this layered perspective. In addition, I found the variety of shapes of leaves interesting. At first glance, you may see chaos, but after studying this photograph, you begin to see patterns and layers. Hope you enjoy.
Orig # IMG_2829bw

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Classic Chevy

The Classic Chevy
I spent some extra time on this composition. I really love the color of the car, but I also wanted to stress the emblem and chrome. The reflection of the U.S. flag hanging on the wall was the perfect touch.

Orig # _KS10013_hrp25m25

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A swim at sunset...

A young Grebe swimming out at sunset.
Orig # LARCCSP31bc

Thursday, May 17, 2012

NLR Airport

This is from a photo shoot several years ago at the NLR Airport.

Photo # _KS20154bws

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Streaming from the Cloud

"Streaming from the cloud"
There was quite a stir of subject matter that caught my attention to capture this scene. The trapped, colorful leaves, the cascading waterfalls at sunset, yet even more so - the 'cloud' of water current swirling between the falls.

Petit Jean State Park - Arkansas
Orig # _KS10030c
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Paddle boats and Reflections

Lake Bennett, Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas
Orig # IMG_2699-2713abw

Friday, May 4, 2012


"Illuminant", Water Lily in sepia, Memphis Botanical Gardens.
Orig # MF308bw2

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Porsche GT3RS

Here's a shot from a recent OzarkPCA fun run of a Porsche GT3RS. I really like the result of this one.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hillbilly Cabin

"Hillbilly Cabin"... Just think of the stories this place could tell...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"when you find me" - online again until 04/29

If you haven't seen the film "when you find me" yet, you can watch it online until 04/29! It's a short film by Ron Howard, which my photograph helped inspire!
You can watch it here:

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Protector

At first you see the Spiderwort flower (Tradescantia) from a profile detail, but look closer and you'll see it's protector just below it.

The detail was tough to capture since the slightest whim of a breeze can move these delicate petals.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas
Orig # KS1_1075

Monday, April 9, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Reaching Out

I found this composition 'inviting'. A single stream briefly splits into two and these tree branches really reach out to you.

- Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas
Orig # KS1_3197-3203hdr2

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Color-infrared panorama, May, 2010.
Orig # DSC_0062-63a

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Streams

"Spring Streams"
My intent was to capture the essence of Spring, with the sunlight, green color and flowing streams. Hope you enjoy.

6-frame HDR to get the full, dynamic range of the light.
Orig # KS1_0010-15hdr
Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas