Holding a digital camera properly
It’s hard to get candid shots with a tripod, and while blur reduction, this function works taking multiple images and creating a composite to form one finished photo, draining battery life and taking more time between photos. Fortunately, these aren’t the only ways to get clear, sharp pictures. These tips will help you get the right grip and body position to reduce the effect of muscle movement, pulse and wind on camera position. Continue Reading →
Cleaning your DSLR camera Lens
This article will present some useful techniques that can be used to effectively and safely clean your DSLR lens. Regular cleaning and maintenance should be a normal occurrence with any camera and its accessories. Cleaning a DSLR lens does require a certain level of care and attention, but you don’t have to be anxious about the process. Although you want to make sure that you clean the lens on a consistent basis, you don’t want to make the mistake of cleaning it too often. Cleaning the lens when it’s not dirty can cause damage. Continue Reading →
Architects have infiltrated the dreams of many fans and fantasy football players across the nation as they imagine their favorite players stepping out onto the grass for an intense game of pigskin. Each pad of grass however is surrounded by beautiful architecture. Every NFL stadium has its own look and feel, and this uniqueness only adds to wonderment. These structures are a beauty on the eyes of any photographer in the stadium.
We’ve picked out five of the most beautiful.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is the home of the Cardinals. The building fits into the desert landscape, with the exterior representing the shape of a barrel cactus.
The outside is a set of glimmering panels that reflect the distinctive desert sunlight, alternating with narrow glass apertures that give fans a view at every level inside. A sixty-foot Cardinal’s logo provides an in-your-face greeting at the north entrance.
Inside, fans enjoy climate control. There are over eighty luxury lofts with all the amenities, including special parking facilities, private entrance, exclusive restrooms and catering.
The field has an ingenious rail system that makes it fully retractable. The grass lives outside the stadium between games. It is moved into the stadium on an device using 13 tracks and 546 wheels.
Taking into consideration its location, architects included screens in their plans for the home of the Seattle Seahawks, which cover over seventy percent of the seats. They are designed to direct rain, a constant in the city, away from the people in the seats.
Seattle is surrounded by water and mountains, and the stadium makes good use of the views. The south side of the end zone of this horseshoe-shaped structure opens to a panorama of the city’s skyline, Mt. Rainier and Elliott Bay.
Fans appreciate the interior design, made for efficient movement of large numbers. It has twelve public elevators and wide concourses. From each level, fans can look out at views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the waters of Puget Sound.
Fans love the Jumbotron screen at the open end of Heinz Field, home of the Steelers. The stadium is in the shape of an open bowl, so the screen must compete for fans’ attention with spectacular views of Mount Washington, downtown Pittsburgh, Point State Park, the Fort Pitt Bridge and the Ohio River.
The stadium has two tiers, with great sight lines on both. Club members have special access to over 7000 seats between the two levels. This has two club lounges with floor to ceiling windows the entire length, a video wall and specialty food.
The exterior is appropriately made of steel, reflecting Pittsburgh’s past as a steel mill town. Toward the top of the stadium, steel gives way to stone and glass.
In homage to its namesake, two giant Heinz bottles of ketchup pour neon onto the screen of the Jumbotron when the home team scores.
The theme for this stadium is all pirate, appropriate for the home of the Buccaneers. it has the look of a giant fortress. Inside are several glass atriums. Multiple escalators and elevators move fans efficiently.
Kids and adults love the 103-foot pirate ship on the north side of the stadium, anchored in Pirate Cove, capable of firing rubber footballs. It fires a round each time the team scores. An animatronic, remote controlled parrot talks to fans as they pass by.
The interior boasts two of the largest screens in the NFL, over ninety feet wide, using high definition technology. The field has been consistently rated the best in the NFL by players.
The small town of Green Bay has done itself proud with Lambeau Field, home of the Packers. In a league where new is the standard, this structure is considered historic because it was built in 1957. Over 7000 seats were added during the renovation in 2013.
After recent work done on the stadium, it has large concourses on the main floor and the one above, with multiple ramps and elevators. Titletown, the large atrium, was built into the exterior and includes a Hall of Fame for the Packers.
Fans love the high definition video scoreboards and a new viewing platform on the rooftop.
For a photographer looking to shoot beautiful large cement structures, the above five NFL stadiums are a great start! No wonder the NFL is as popular as it is and can support so many sports fans!
I’ve travelled to a lot of countries over the years, and always have my camera at the ready to take the perfect snap. There are, however, cities that I could photograph forever, so I thought I’d share my top 5 locations with you.
1. New York
New York had to be on this list, right? There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city, and it’s filled with so many interesting characters. It’s both an affluent and poor city, depending on who you are, and there’s so much diversity and culture that it is rich in moments that are just asking to be captured. Not to forget the many stunning landmarks that make the city so iconic, such as the Empire State Building, Broadway and the Statue of Liberty.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
I visited Thailand about 10 years ago and fell in love with the city’s passion for cuisine. Sometimes the simplest photographs are the best, as taking a photograph of a man with a strainer full of noodles can be incredibly exciting – and that’s why I love photography, as the camera can make an ordinary moment extraordinary. However, the city’s attractions are not to be missed, as there are so many photographic opportunities for you to take advantage of, including of the Grand Palace, Lumphini Park and Thonburi.
3. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Ireland is without doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but no more is more stunning than Dingle Peninsula. You can take breathtaking images of the town’s scenic harbour – which is also featured in the 1970 movie Ryan’s Daughter. I recommend taking The Dingle Way walking trail, as you’ll visit some of the most picturesque landscapes the city, and country, has to offer.
4. Petra, Jordan
Whether you’re a passionate photographer, travel junkie or adore mind-boggling architecture, you must visit Petra in Jordan – which is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. You can explore everything from the city’s spectacular red mountains to the vast mausoleums that are nearly as old as time itself. The unique city was created more than 2000 years ago by Arab people who carved homes into rock. There is so much to photograph in this wonderful ancient city that you’ll run out of SD cards.
5. Liverpool, England
There is so much history in Liverpool that you won’t be stuck for places to photograph in one of the UK’s best cities. The famous Liver building is a great place to start, but you shouldn’t forget the picturesque waterfront that welcomes some of the biggest ships in the world into its port. It’s also home to 2500 Grade II* listed buildings, including 30 James Street at Albion House, the Church of St Luke or the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
However, you don’t have to travel to take the perfect photograph. Sometimes it takes a great photographer to make a location look great, and not the other way around.
Recently, I had a job documenting the before and after pictures of a local dermatologist’s acne patients. The dermatologist wanted these pictures for reference purposes and also to show potential new patients what they could expect with their own treatment. He also wanted to have some really professional pictures to use for advertising purposes.
We didn’t take the actual pictures, because that would require us to be in his office whenever a new patient came through. Instead, he had one of his assistants take the pictures and then he emailed them to us to do editing and touch up work, and to line them up next to each other in a format that would be good for advertising.
One of the main things we needed to do was blur out the eyes of the patients to protect their anonymity. He didn’t want to offend or embarrass any of his current patients or get into any legal problems when using their pictures. Because of this, he asked his patients if it would be okay for him to use their pictures. At the same time, he told all of them that he would be blurring out their eyes so that no one would know who they were.
It was a pretty simple job just requiring a little bit of Photoshop editing. In the end, we lined up all the pictures nice and neatly in a format that would be good for advertising in any kind of print medium such as magazines, newspapers or whatever else. It was a quick and easy job that paid well for very little work, and I’d love to do more jobs like it in the future.
I was even able to get some good advice from the dermatologist in regards to my acne problems. You see, for a while now, my girlfriend had been trying to figure out how to get rid of blackheads on your nose. The difficulty is that she didn’t want to use any harsh treatments and she would prefer something all-natural. So, I asked the dermatologist what kind of all-natural acne treatments he would recommend for getting rid of blackheads on the nose.
His recommendation was to use tea tree oil on acne. Tea tree oil comes from Australia where it’s extracted from the narrow leaved tea tree. It’s very useful for treating acne naturally because it has powerful antibiotic properties. In fact it used to be used commonly for numerous medicinal purposes before the invention of current day antibiotics.
Studies have shown that tea tree oil used topically to treat acne can be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide (which is one of the most commonly used chemicals to treat acne topically). It even seems to have less side effects than the benzoyl peroxide. However, be careful to never ingest the tea tree oil because it’s toxic when ingested.
The best way to use tea tree oil for your acne is to dilute it to about 5 to 10% by mixing it with something else. Good choices to mix it with would be other natural acne remedies such as evening primrose oil, aloe vera, honey, and other essential oils. Rub this mixture onto your acne and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with some water.
My girlfriend tried out this recommendation from the dermatologist, and after a few weeks of doing this once a day she started to notice that her acne was getting a lot better. So, if you’re having any trouble with pimples I highly recommend using some tea tree oil to get rid of them.
Nobody really likes a copycat or a rip-off artist. Imitating seems like an admission of a lack of talent, and it speaks of laziness as well. As an artist, part of your “job” is to find something unique to share. You may pay homage to the great masters that have come before you, but you need to avoid blatant plagiarism. If you want to be considered great, you need to find a voice of your own. Even cover artists have to be original at some point if they want to be taken seriously.
This principle holds true for everyone connected to the arts: artists and sculptors, photographers and writers, filmmakers and actors, musicians, singers, and orators.
So how do you find your unique expressive angle?
1. Read up on your history. Writers are notorious for being voracious readers, just as filmmakers tend to watch films all the time. This is normal; in fact, it’s probably required behavior. You can learn a lot from the past, just as scientists learn what has been discovered before. You can pick up tricks and techniques which you can adapt for your own use.
But at the same time, you also become aware of what has been done before, so you shouldn’t repeat it. It’s one thing to write a story about a boy who discovers a destiny waiting for him. This is, after all, the story of King Arthur, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. It’s another thing to write about a boy who discovers he is a wizard…
2. Master the tools of your craft. This is, of course, easier said than done. Photographers need to know about photo composition as well as technical aspects of using a camera. Singers, actors, and public speakers need to recognize the importance of their voice in communicating with audiences. Musicians need to develop technical abilities to play their music with skill and expressiveness.
You have to know the rules of your craft first. This is required.
3. Come up with your own interpretations. Once you know the history and the rules, then you can think about something unique, fresh and new. Only then can you venture into modifying these rules to suit your needs. That’s where your originality comes in. It may be about the form and how you express yourself, such as coming up with a new style like cubism or rap-metal. It may also be about expressing new ideas as well.
4. Find out what excites you. There are two things that make a person unique: their history and their passion. Tell your story, and use your voice. Talk about things that are important to you. Read through topics in improving your voice and watch free great videos that would surely teach you things regarding your voice. When your unique voice arrives, you can then have the power to make people care about the things you care about. And that’s what being an artist means.
5. Get started. A blank page or canvas can be the stuff nightmares are made for artists. Of all the possible choices, what should you paint or write about? But don’t overthink it. Just start dabbing paint to canvas and pressing keys on keyboards. You can always discard them later. To find your true unique voice, you have to start doing something. It may not be unique initially, but then that can always change.
As a photographer, one of the types of work I normally do is portrait. Since the birth of art, we humans have been intrigued by artistic representations of people, with ourselves in the first place. Even as artists we love both doing a portrait or posing for one, whether it is photographed, painted or drawn.
Looking good in a portrait photo is something that all my clients want. It’s not as easy as saying “do this and do that”, because everyone is different, but there are a few tips that can help you look better for the photos. Keep these in mind before starting with a photo session.
Take care of your skin. Smoothness is something that all women desire in their photos, but also some men. Although you can smooth things up with Photoshop, the results do not look as natural as good skin – and you can end up looking too soft in the photos. Using the best facial moisturizer for men you can find will help improve the look of your skin. It is also a good idea to invest on the best shaving products you can find too, because they will protect your face against the damage caused by razors.
Oily skin can also ruin an otherwise perfect photo. Always have tissue paper or oil blotting sheets at hand (I anticipate this problem by having several of these at the studio). The most problematic area is the shiny T-zone of the face.
Listen to the photographer. Going to a portrait photography session is an act of trust. You always arrive to the session with a set of preconceived notions about your beauty, your ‘right angles’, etc. but a photographer can give you an entirely new point of view. Relax, focus on having a good time and the photographer will have an easy job bringing out the best of you.
Relax! Relaxing is very important part of posing for a photograph, because even the slightest hint of stress will show through the photos. Relaxing also means letting your emotions show, and what better emotions than positive ones! A photogenic person is someone who genuinely enjoys getting photographed and doesn’t have to fake anything for the camera. Doing some meditation and anticipating a good time prior to the session can do wonders in the end result.
Do not be afraid to smile. A real, contagious smile doesn’t hold back, that’s why it is recommended you smile showing your teeth instead of smiling with the mouth closed. Instead of forcing the facial expression, focus on letting your happiness and confidence show. Keep your lips not too pressed to avoid weird contortions in your face. A confident, relaxed smile is perfect for men’s photos.
Dress for the occasion. Unless you go to a fashion photo shoot, you’ll have to bring your own clothes for the day, so it is a good idea to careful think about which items you are going to pick. Once you pick your outfit have it clean, ironed and ready for the photo shoot. It not only looks better but good clothes also feel better and lets you be more at ease.
Photographs do more than capture moments, they are the windows that allow people to recall and re-experience our memories. These days, photographs are taken to record everything from special and sentimental moments like weddings to simple and thrilling days spent at the beach. Because photographs are so important, everyone strive to take the best of them – which means avoiding blurriness, lack of clarity, and awkward images. For many, one of the biggest struggles is taking a quality photo outdoors. Outdoor photos are one of the most difficult photographing skills to perfect, which is why below there is a list of tips and recommendations to take awesome photos outdoors.
The Right Equipment
Be sure you bring everything you need! Some trips for outdoor photos can require long hours of hiking, walking, or biking. It’s a total drag if you get to the right location and realize you forgot something important. Also, wearing the proper attire is important with any outdoor location shoots. You don’t want to get overheated or freeze to death out there. Also, keep in mind that the proper foot wear is important for any rugged hiking. A blog by this foot doctor gives some tips on how to avoid injury and pain while hiking, especially in unsupportive boots.
The Sun Angle
One of the easiest ways to ruin an outdoor photo is unflattering sunlight. The best type of light for an outdoor photo is soft and gentle rather than unflatteringly direct. To achieve the right bit of sunlight in the photo, the best solution is to position the subject at a 45 degree angle to the sun. Extending this position to 90 degrees will lead to too much shadow and shining the sun directly on the subject will cause squinting and an unflattering image. Other tips in terms of sunlight are to try to wait until clouds partially cover the sun or to position an object over the direct sunlight like a building, brand, or tree.
The Three Grounds
The best outdoor photos have three components: the background, the foreground, and the middle ground. This essentially means that the background of your outdoor photos should be broken down into three sections in relation to the subject. Utilizing the three grounds for your background is an excellent way to add beauty and depth to the photo, while also placing the subject in a flattering position. For more creativity, try to avoid always placing the subject in the center.
Focus on the Right Things
With photographs, most people will instantly look to the subject’s face. Therefore, to make the most out of the outdoor photo, make sure that the subject does not blend into the background. The background is meant to enhance the photo, not ruin it. Another tip is to always try and focus on the eyes of the subject, which is especially true if it is a portrait photo. This trick will help the subject stand out and not allow anything else to overpower the portrait. This is a cool video demonstrating this here.
Flash is one of those things that many are unsure about. The standard flash use for most is evening and nighttime, and while utilizing it during these hours is always best, it does not mean that it needs to be banned when there is daylight. Using flash anytime during the day works well to fill in light and to separate your subject from the background. Also, some cameras also have features that allow them to adjust the flash for optimal results. The best type of flash to use though is external flash, as it produces higher quality light that is shot off from the camera itself. Some great external flashes can be found at Newegg.com.
Overall, outdoor photographs do not need to be a struggle. With the right techniques above, anyone can get the most of their photos and make sure that the memories captured are as beautiful and engaging as possible. So next time outdoor photos are taken, remember to manage the sunlight well, utilize the three grounds, focus on the right things, and use flash. The pictures will indeed turn out amazing.
When most people think about acquiring art, they look for pieces at traditional institutions like schools and museums. Personally, I think that a conventional view of the art world limits the scope of art that you are exposed to; you’ll never find the best art by looking for it in venues that employ people who tell you what you should like. Art is an expression of feelings and emotions, and art connoisseurs are human, so they often gloss over hidden gems in the art world.
Not all art is filled with meaning, but when you find a piece that has some personal significance, it greatly increases its value. This is why it is important to look for art in different places; art isn’t valuable just because someone says it is.
I’ve found the best art in the most unusual places. I always keep my eyes open, and I try to look for pieces that have a deep meaning; you never know what kind of affordable art you may come across when you are actively searching for it in unique places. When people see that you are looking for art at these places, they can direct you towards more gems that no one knows about; in the art world, it’s often about who you know.
I recently stumbled across a beautiful collection during a trip to my new dentist’s office. I made my way over to Desert Vista Dental North (Shea Blvd & 101) for my first appointment, and I slowly started to notice something unique about their waiting room. I looked around without paying attention at first, but eventually the art on the walls started to catch my eye; if I hadn’t been paying attention, there’s a good chance that I would have never noticed it.
I saw a piece on the wall that really impressed me; professional artists say that great art is timeless, and this piece struck me with its rigorous beauty. It commanded my gaze, and it made me really think about life in general. Once I saw this piece, I knew that my dentist was an avid collector of unknown masterpieces. I started to look around the waiting room, and I noticed that every piece really touched me in the way that only great art can. That’s the thing with good art; you’ll know it when you see it. It’s a personal thing that creates emotion, and this emotion is so overwhelming that it drives to acquire the piece for your own collection.
After my dental exam, I asked my dentist about the artwork hanging in his waiting room. I was right; my dentist was a collector who felt the same way that I did about creative expressionism. He attends art and trade shows, and he always tries to find pieces that impress him.
The moral of the story is that you never want to put blinders on when searching for art. If you like art, you need to open yourself up to the world; when you do, you’ll find beautiful pieces that most other people never notice. You never know; you might find a great collection somewhere as unexpected as your local dentist’s office.
Inspiration plays a large part in the creation of great art. Without inspiration, you can still create art, of course. You can splash some paint on the canvas, you can doodle on your notebook, or you can just take pictures of various monuments. That can still be classified as art.
But what you will come up with won’t be all that special. It’ll be blah. It will literally be uninspired, and that’s an adjective that’s not at all complimentary.
If you need some inspiration for your work in the visual arts, then all you need to do is listen to music.
Listening to your favorite songs can help you relax. Have you ever noticed that stress can be very distracting? Worrying about money, school, your work, or your social life can take away your concentration. It doesn’t really help your art at all. But you can relax by listening to music. People have known about the soothing effects of music for thousands of years. Relax first, and then you can start.
Modern songs can give you visual images. A lot of modern songs offer stories in their lyrics, and you can translate those lyrics into your art. Why do you think people started making music videos? That’s because music can also have a visual component. If the song is telling a story, then you can just as easily picture the action as if it was a movie. Sometimes a song actually tells about a whole series of images to evoke a mood.
What you need to do is to just listen to a song through the highest quality headset you can find, and then create an image of what you think best encapsulates that song. You can even take the song lyrics literally and create images from the descriptions in the lyrics. That should help you when you are feeling uninspired and you can’t think of anything at all.
Music can provide emotional cues. Music, like all art, can cause an emotional response. That’s why movies and TV shows have music in the background. They’re there to amplify what you are feeling, and sometimes they tell you what to feel about a certain scene. A sad scene can have some plaintive music in the background, while pulse-pounding action can be accompanied by frenetic music.
So pick a piece of music that connects with you on an emotional level. Some songs can wake you up and make you feel energetic, while other songs can make you curl up in a ball and weep.
You can then start to create a picture or image that makes you feel the same way. Open your mind and imagine. What kind of picture can you come up with which will cause the same reaction in you? What image can you produce which can make other people feel the same way you are feeling now?
And you don’t have to be limited in this at all. If a certain song makes you feel depressed, you can always choose to go against the flow. What picture can you make which can help you overcome this negative emotion? The possibilities are endless.
And you know what the best part is? You’ll be inspired and not have to worry about getting into legal trouble. After all, if you draw, paint, or take photographs then you’re in the visual arts. And if you listen to music and a song inspires you, then you are not in any way stealing someone else’s work. These are two different types of media, and you’re in the clear. If you draw what you think “Eleanor Rigby” looks like or if you paint something that makes you feel the same as what you feel when you listen to Enya, then you’re creating original art. And technically speaking, it’s inspired!
Spray paint is also known as aerosol paint which comes in conserved pressurized container and is released as a spray by depressing a valve. Aerosol paint, leaves a soft and consistently coated surface, unlike many rolled or brushed paints. It needs only a standard sized can which is portable, economical and also easy to store. Spray paint art is an art variety that uses spray paint on poster board, but it can also be done on any non-porous material like metal, glass or plastic. It differs from graffiti art in the sense that it is mainly performed on buildings, trains and rail property. This exclusive form of art is generally performed on the streets in many metropolitan cities creating fantastic landscapes of planets, comets, cities, nature scenes as well as simple one color background or even multi color background where the paint swirls jointly or fades from one color to the other.
Tools required in spray paint art are:
Oil painter’s palette knife to curve various shapes
Glossy magazine pages
Bowls, buckets, lids or any other circular objects
Respirator to prevent inhalation of toxic fumes
Piece towels, mops, synthetic bags etc can be used to manoeuvre or relate the paint to generate diverse touch.
Pressure washing equipment for cleaning surfaces
To paint a large area, one can use automatic sprayers. For powered units, three types of sprayers are available; the tank sprayer, the airless sprayer and the HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayer.
i. Airless Sprayers: This is a handheld sprayer which is popular because of its flexibility and reasonable price even though it makes noise. A high powered airless sprayer can paint from a furnace to the full exterior of a house. These sprayers draw paint from 1 to 5 gallon container to a spray. A high efficiency sprayer is always a better choice.
ii. Tank Sprayer: These types of sprayer are used in manual pump and low battery powered models. These sprayers can be used to apply oil based stain to wood decks, fences etc.
iii. HVLP Sprayers: This sprayer uses high volume of air at very low pressure to force paint onto the surface. This results in no overspray and no danger of explosion. It helps to make a very narrow spray outline without the need to cover everything in and around. It requires the smallest amount of personal protection. These types of sprayers are costly and are of great help for small projects.
In spray paint art the artist starts by creating a layout as to how the picture would appear. The artist must be familiar with where the details like trees, planets, stars etc. will fit-in, to layer the colors accordingly at the right place. This form of art follows the paint backward process. This technique consists of a sequence of well placed layers and textures. Other ambient effects can be added by using a painter’s instrument. To learn spray paint art one has to devote sufficient time and practice, but once learned it can become second nature to the artist.
Most artists render sculptures with the use of clay, bronze and several chisels. But for some individuals, making art involves a high-power, high-torque (and often dangerous) machine a buzz saw.
Used by many for logging and cutting hard materials, the chainsaw has become the master tool of exceptional wood sculptors. Learn more about this phenomenal craft by going through the lives of the world’s most famous chainsaw artists:
Responsible for more than 50,000 wooden works of art, Murphy is considered as one of the most prolific chainsaw artists in the world.
As a kid of 10, Murphy would always be scolded for working his way around Shindaiwa chainsaws. But that did not stop him from working with the machine, as he proceeded with working in logging camps at age 20. He sculpted during his free time, including a bathtub which he carved efficiently to the surprise of his co-workers.
When he moved to South Dakota, the self-proclaimed “Wild Mountain Man” focused on his art more, and from there he gained more acclaim for his exquisite masterpieces.
Although he is an expert, Murphy was not immune from injuries, as he received 29 wounds on his way to carving greatness. Despite this, he continues to create artworks, as well as numerals and alphabets in the most miniscule of wooden materials (i.e. pencils and toothpicks.)
Known as one of the first chainsaw artists in the world, Kaiser gained acclaim for his work entitled “The Trail of Tall Tales.” Located at the center of California’s Redwood Empire, the trail stars Paul Bunyan, who greets the visitors upon entry to the Trees of Mystery Park.
Apart from the humongous Paul Bunyan, Kaiser is also responsible for the other sculptures in the trail, including the Blue Ox. He created the characters from the famous folklore with milled redwood timbers – and they continue to be some of the most popular photo stops in Northern California.
A notable artist, Westenhaver’s first love was cartooning. It was this talent, however, that have helped him become a household name in the field of chainsaw artistry.
In 1957, his cousin Bob Post asked him a favor (something that would later on change his life) – to design historic relics for his company. Barely making it out as a cartoonist, Post jumped on the sculpting chance and relocated his family to Virginia.
There, he and his colleagues let their imaginations fly. With the help of his trusty chainsaws, Post managed to create artistic chairs, tables and other furniture he could think of.
Although the company came to a bitter end, Westenhaver continued with his passion. In fact, he transcended his skills to a book he co-authored with Ron Hovde, entitled “Fun and Profitable Chainsaw Carving.”
Currently based in Wasilla, McVay is touted to be bigger than life – or at least as big as his wood carvings.
First starting out in 1957, McVay’s first brush with wood carving was with a piece of timber he obtained from the bottom of the Oregon Lake. With the prodding of his father – who advised him to use a chainsaw instead of a chisel – McVay began to create his legacy as a world-class chainsaw artist. His most famous work was demonstrated in the 1964 World Fair, where he flaunted his skill by sculpting Oregon’s history on six totem panels.