Thursday, September 26, 2019

"Turbo Sketch"...

Porsche 996 Turbo in a digital pencil sketch.

Porsche Palooza, 2016. Arkansas.
Photo # KS9_9278_sfn.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, September 22, 2019

"The Jungle"...

In a world where our wild habitat is shrinking by the minute, fewer of us appreciate how delicate this planet is. What is a "jungle"? The irony of one of the definitions is that it's a location marked by a struggle of survival. In modern days' context, that meaning takes on a new meaning.

There are those who are fortunate to live within a few hours of a state park. This photograph is from one of those state parks. Is it threatened? Yes. We have to be proactive to save these wild places, or they will be gone within the next generations lifetime.

Technical note: if you study the photograph closely, you may notice several starbursts (suns) in the corner. The light from the clouds was thin (intense) in several places, allowing the long exposure to expose the multiple thin clouds to appear as sunbursts.

Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. 2006.
Photo # 2006512DSC_220121bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Cockpit of the 356 (1600S)"...

The Porsche 356 became increasingly popular in the 50's and 60's, and even until today. This photograph I converted into a sketch/drawing through several iterations to represent the simplicity of the design. Hope you enjoy.

Porsche Palooza 2008.
Photo # 81108_KS10406hr_ssl.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, September 16, 2019

"Scaley Patterns"...

An immature Eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) sits on the crest of a rock. Notice how it has its toes raised off the rock to keep them cool from the heat of the rock in the sun. I found the juxtaposition of the light, shadows and patterns interesting.

Eastern fence lizards decrease insect and arachnid populations, which can be pest species in some areas. Their prey include a number of invertebrates such as ants, beetles, moths, spiders, grasshoppers, and stink bugs.

Male Eastern Fence lizards have brightly colored underbellies, some with blue. Males often do "push-ups" or head-bobs to attract mates and to warn other males encroaching on their territory. These are usually in 5 second durations.

Within the past 70 years, according to a study published in 2009, eastern fence lizards in parts of their range have adapted to have longer legs and new behaviors to escape the red imported fire ant.

Photo # 81019_KS10151bw. October, 2008.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

"Suspended Simplicity"...

There was a time when man-made structures blended more with our environment. They were part of our environment and often a background in our memories. They were simple, functional, an usually minimally intrusive. Will the next generation be able to say the same?

Bridge near Morrilton, Arkansas. July, 2008
Photo # 8705_KS10118-9cbws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.