The Gallery is Now Open

After more than a year on the road at art festivals and shows, some months every weekend, it seemed that a brick-and-mortar gallery was indicated. So, after a month of 12+ hour days of renovation, the lights are on and the doors are open. It’s located in Ogden, Utah (2246B Washington Blvd.). Please stop by when you’re in the area. It’s really looking good – better than this phone photograph of the storefront for sure. It’s still a work in progress as evidenced by the lack of use of the front display – and the ladder in the background. But it really looks and feels great inside.

Of course the gallery includes the photographs, but also work from other accomplished artists. And this art will make its way onto this site, too.

This site should eventually be an online portal to the gallery (with click-through purchasing options), but I’m not entirely sure how I want to construct and manage it. However, because the gallery name is a URL (emmisoure.gallery), it’s silly not to have at least a minimal online presence here. So please bear with me until I get this figured out. In the meantime, some of the art in the gallery may be found on https://emmisoure.com. I also post a new picture of a bee each day at https://bees.photo – and that’s worth a look.

Finally, no matter what form this site takes eventually, I’ll be updating it often – perhaps even daily – with new photographs and other art.

Art of the Day: Yucca Hummer

This isn’t really quite a yucca. It’s called a false yucca or a hummingbird yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora). Whatever the case, it looks like a yucca…but has been really reluctant to bloom. After five years, however, it sent up a bunch of bloom stalks in June and they persisted until the first, hard frost. Was really incredible and the bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators just loved it. Really hope it has its blooming figured out and will be a fixture from now on.

This is a super pic of a female calliope hummingbird enjoying an early morning in August of last year. Hummingbirds are really, really tough to catch in flight because they just have no respect for progress or direction. X, Y, Z axes are all in play all the time – so there’s really no predicting where they’ll go. And they sure don’t hold still for very long. Ever. This is a great grab, though, and she’s gorgeous as is the not-yucca.

Yucca Hummer

Any art you see on this site, you can usually get on any media (traditional, matted prints, on metal, on acrylic, on canvas, on foamcore, etc.) in any size (locally, I can go up to five by ten feet on acrylic and at least that large on foamcore). Some shots I’ve needed to crop so on those, I’ll advise going too big for the sake of resolution. And just because I make suggestions here and have some links to click to buy doesn’t mean those are the only options for purchase. Generally, I’ll suggest sizes and media that I like. But don’t feel bounded by those suggestions. Email me at steve@emmisoure.com to discuss options that might work for your space.

This one looks really good on both metal and acrylic. I recommend 15×23 acrylic with 1″ standoffs ($188, shipped), or metal with a French cleat for hanging at 11×14 ($134, shipped), 16×24 ($349, shipped), or 20×30 ($509, shipped).

Art of the Day: ’56 Chevy Portrait

While the gallery is filled mostly with nature photography, I’ve noticed that I’ve been posting a much wider range than that…and can only think it’s to show the range of what’s really available.

Seems to me that every sub-type of photography is different. Landscapes are different from macros are different from candids are different from architecture, etc. And (to me again), no matter the technical skill with (and understanding of) the camera, there’s a learning curve associated with whatever subject (type) you’re shooting. And you have to find your eye.

That said, I wanted to learn to shoot cars. But, recall, I think I shoot portraiture, mostly. So…I see faces in cars. You might, too. And seems that each face has a personality. So in figuring out how to shoot cars – what my eye was, I naturally focused on the face – taking a portrait of the individual again. So here’s a result from my first outing. It’s a beautifully-restored ’56 Chevy Bel Air.

I shot it in June of 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. No idea who the owner is. To get the shot, I was on my back nearly under the front bumper. I used a really wide lens (not quite fisheye, but you get a bit of a bulge in the center) 21mm and I think I caught the essence of the thing.

It’s a 2:3 ratio and is quite striking. As a sidenote, people who buy art at festivals seem to have a thing for triptychs. So I tried cutting this one into thirds and it came out really well. Really three distinct parts – headlights and hood ornament/branding in the middle. I’ve ordered it in three 24×48 panels on 1/4″ ultraboard (foamcore) and that monster (four feet by six feet plus the two gaps) will be on the west wall of the gallery soon.

I decided to try the thin ultraboard for this one because it’s really the best bang-for-the-buck-for-square-foot-of-art medium. And it really does look good. (And I’m a little over budget populating the gallery). I’ll post a pic of the trip when it gets delivered this week. That monster trip will sell for $630. (By comparison, for that price you get a metal print that’s 22 x 33). It’s a matter of budget and taste. Of course, it’s available in any size, in trip or whole. Had a 12×18 that sold within minutes of putting it in my booth ($195) and it’s in a man cave in Colorado now.

A color version is also available, but I prefer the black car in black and white. Email me at steve@emmisoure.com to purchase or discuss size and medium and pricing options. It’s really a bold piece.

Art of the Day: Four Corners Three

I’ve had a lot of fun this year photographing wild horses. Mustangs. Apparently they’re to be called “feral horses” now which I see as a precursor to getting them off the range. Words matter. That digression aside, I usually shoot the Onaqui herd in western central Utah. (For reference, the Juab/Tooele county line on the Pony Express Trail is a good place to start looking for that herd.) Recently I took a trip to see the herd on Pilot Butte near Green River, Wyoming. And this shot came from the four-corners area on the Navajo Reservation.

It’s a family unit. And apart from being pretty compelling in the composition and the focus, one of the things that jumps out at me is that the foal obviously belongs to the mother. The shadows and light kind of highlight the shape of their heads (cranial morphology). And the little one’s is just about identical to mom. And that’s pop there in the background. He was being pretty protective of his band, but I was glad to get him in this shot.

Four Corners Three

I have this one in the gallery on a 30 x 40 x 1/4″ acrylic (with a French cleat for hanging) for $875. It’s a pretty powerful piece. It also crops well to a 2:3 ratio, so it can be 16×24, 20×30, 24×36, 40×60, etc. There’s enough image there to BOOM a 40×60 print. Look forward to seeing it that big someday. Already wishing for more wall space…

If you’re interested in getting this one – from an 8×10 matted print ($30) to that big 40×60 BOOM ($2175 – on metal), send me an email at steve@emmisoure.com. And, of course, please come in and have a look at it yourself. A quick peek on the phone just doesn’t do this one justice.

Offer: 2022 Beefriends Calendar

As you might know, I post a new picture of a bee every day on bees.photo. And we’ve produced a calendar for the last few years. Here’s 2022’s. It’s a little late, but if you order soon, it should arrive for Christmas giving.

2022 Beefriends Calendar

The cost is $12 for a 5×7 calendar and $20 for an 8×10. Use the link below to buy using a credit card, Gpay, or Cashapp via Square. Or if you’d rather use Venmo (or another form of payment), email me at steve@emmisoure.com.

$12.00 or $20.00 Buy now

Art of the Day: Buffalo Sage

And, somehow, still keeping with the theme of Christmas Day- Yellowstone last Christmas. This is a photograph of a cow shot quite early in the morning before the sun had time to do its work on the frost. Great eye on her and the tongue just makes the pic. If a female buffalo can be pretty, this one might be… It’s really a good portrait of her.

Buffalo Sage

This shot wants to be a square crop and only a square crop. I’ve got it in the gallery on a thick (1/4″) acrylic with a sawtooth hanger on the back for $225, yet it’s available on acrylic (1/8″) in a handmade barnwood frame for $175. Pricing seems strange to me like that, but it’s all about the cost of the materials. There’s enough resolution in this shot to go up to 40×40…or beyond. Email me at steve@emmisoure.com to discuss size/material, etc.

Art of the Day: Fletcher, May 2020

One thing that I’m offering out of the gallery is commissioned portraits of pets and livestock. I really do not enjoy shooting people, but animals are another matter – I just love it. This is a shot of Fletcher. And he’s the king of all he sees. And this pic is archetypal Fletch. Really a great capture of who he is (or thinks he is – and, for a cat, there’s no difference).

Fletcher, May 2020

I mentioned yesterday that I think I shoot wildlife portraiture. I’m hoping that’s what I’m getting with pets, too. And while I cannot guarantee results (too many factors, to make that claim – but I will claim that if it doesn’t work, there’s no charge), I’m pretty confident that I can get lots out of your cat, dog, cow, goat, etc. A result that will make you say, “wow…that’s the essence of him!” Animals seem to take to me quickly and react well to me. And that makes for some really great shots. I’ll be posting more pet shots in the future.

For more samples and/or to discuss commissiong a photo of your critter, email me at steve@emmisoure.com.

Oh, and it didn’t occur to me until just this minute, but if you’d like this pic of Fletcher for your wall, shoot me an email. He’s a handsome one for sure!

Art of the Day: Pretty Jenny

On this nascent site in support of the brick-and-mortar gallery, it seems that I’ve not posted much of the bread and butter of the place. That particular sandwich being wildlife photography. And, hopefully, as you see the stuff, you’ll see that the aim is at wildlife portraiture. That is to say I’d like to think I’m getting something out of the individual critter rather than “I took a picture of a horse”. Maybe you’ll see it in this one. Doesn’t it look like a portrait of her – that individual burro?

This is a female wild burro up near the entrance of an abandoned mine near Oatman, Arizona. When the gold mine closed down, the miners apparently abandoned a bunch of burros and now there are a couple of herds in the area. Neat creatures. And this one is such a pretty one. I swear she not only picked the right spot to stand (all those colors framing her), but she actually posed – even vamped – for me. Pretty girl!

Pretty Jenny

I’ve got this one in the gallery on a 30×40 acrylic for $875 and it’s outstanding. The best value, though, are the smaller acrylics in handmade barnwood frames. The 8×10 (13.5 x 15.5 with the frame) goes for only $85 and the 11×14 (16.5 x 19.5) is $125. Price points for everyone. Add about five percent for shipping within the U.S.

Email me at steve@emmisoure.com to purchase or discuss other media (metal, foamcore, traditional prints, etc.) and other sizes. This is really a neat shot. Pretty girl.

Art of the Day: Christmas Sunrise – Yellowstone

Well, Christmas Day is getting to be a theme. If two in a row can be considered a trend. This was taken last year on the 25th of December not too far from the North Entrance. It’s purple-ey in this shot…and one just a couple of minutes later is a neat yellow-orange.

Christmas Sunrise – Yellowstone

The shot is big…full frame at 36mp so we can go to just about any size. How about a 40×60 on metal ($2175) or a triptych on acrylic (three 24 x 48 panels) with a French cleat ($1625)? Or, if you’re more budget-minded, it would look great in a barnwood (15 x 23 at $275)…or even a matted 13 x 19 print ($60).

Or, we could go just monstrous (on ultraboard): 5 feet by 7.5 feet for $1275. Lots of options. And that one would be a bear to ship (or trasport, even). But would look remarkable on your wall!

Someday I’ll have a click-through to purchase. Until then, email me at steve@emmisoure.com to discuss size, medium, and price.

Art of the Day: Vetrans’ Christmas Morning

Shot this one Christmas morning several years ago. We were waiting for an event to start and decided to go to the cemetary in Salt Lake City with our cameras. And, as you can see, it was snowing.

Vetrans’ Christmas Morning

Might be a little macabre for some, but I thought it somewhat fitting for the day. Lots to say about vetrans, Pearl Harbor Day, war, etc., but I’ll say nothing except think a bit today.

I really love the shapes the headstones make together. Something compelling about it. (As in life, so in death.) This isn’t its final form, but the crop is close – just a little tweaking yet.

It could probably be printed just about as wide as you wanted it (not much cropped on the width), but realize that it’s at a 1:2.5 ratio (most stuff is at a 2:3) so it’s a long one. For a reference example, prices on this one would be:
9.25″ x 23″, on acrylic (either to be framed or bored for standoffs): $105
10″x25″, on metal (with French cleat): $225

Those prices are just examples. You can choose the medium and size that works best for you. Email me at steve@emmisoure.com to discuss ordering this one. I’d send you a final proof of the thing before I printed.

Art of the Day: Grandpa’s Outfit I

My maternal grandfather was a farmer/rancher and an avid horseman – a real lover of horses (and his cattle, too). I had the idea to collect some of his gear (cowboys called the stuff they worked and traveled with their “outfit”) and shoot a still life. I collected as much of his stuff that I could find from those whom (that whom seems strange to me…) inherited it and below is one of the shots that I came up with.

The saddle, chaps, branding iron, and rifle (look at the wear on that thing!) belonged to my grandpa. The hat, rope, and saddle blanket belong to his son, my uncle Joe. And the boots are mine. Three generations represented in the shot. It’s also one of many variations, so expect another few sometime in the future. There’s something pretty authentic about this shot – real history…and part of my history, too.

Grandpa’s Outfit I

It really works best in a square crop. In the gallery, I have it printed 40 x 40 on foamboard and it looks fantastic. I’ve also got at 15 x 15 on acrylic in a barnwood frame…and that’s amazing, too. You can get a print on metal, acrylic, foamboard, or even matted (ready for your own frame). And I can put any of those media (except the foamboard) into a barnwood frame. Send me an email (steve@emmisoure.com) to discuss sizes and pricing. If I can remember to, I’ll take a shot of it in the barnwood frame and post it. Looks really super! Truly a piece of the American West.