Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Christmas 2020 Sale!


This has been a hard year for so many. This holiday season will be like no other in most of our life times.  I hope you can all still find joy. To that end, I'm announcing a flat 30% off all my digital prints sale starting today through Christmas Eve in my Etsy store.  No minimum purchase required.  Get your own personal favorite and save 30%. While you're at it, pick up the set of birds or flowers you favorited and save 30% on the entire set!  It's a great deal. Hope it helps brighten your day.

Thanks for your support of AHP this year and may next year be much brighter, prosperous, and healthier for us all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Split Canvas Print


Hi everyone!  Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and safe. I thought I'd share an idea with you on a creative use of your favorite AHP landscape photo.  We just finished having our living room repainted and decided we needed some new art for this particular wall.  I used one of my personal favorites, a shot from Sleeping Bear Dunes which you can find here on my website.  Then I went to canvas print site which did split prints, and had this 4-part canvas print done.  It's overall dimensions are approximately 64" wide by 32" high. It's a nice change from a simple rectangular print.  What do you think?  

Remember, my Cyber weekend sale is in full swing through Wednesday, December 2.  Buy 2 photos and get 15% off.  Buy 3 or more and get 30% off!  Plus, many canvas print sites, e.g. easycanvasprints.com, canvaschamp.com, etc., have sales on now too.  What a great time to update your own wall art.  


Monday, November 16, 2020

Cyber Weekend Sale Extended - Both Ways!



Everyone seems to be starting their Cyber Weekend Sales early this year and running them longer. So, I thought - why not? Starting Tuesday, November 17 and running through Wednesday, December 2, I'm running a tiered sale.  The more you buy, the more you save! Buy 2 photos and get 15% off from my Etsy Store.  Buy 3 or more and save 30%!   

2020 has been a challenging year for us all so I'm hoping this helps make your holiday gift giving a little easier. This applies to all my galleries. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.  

 Merry Christmas and here's to a much happier and healthier new year!! 


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Flowers with Textured Backgrounds


I'm getting ready for the holidays on my Etsy Store.  I've added textured backgrounds for all my macro flower photos.  Now you'll get both the black background and the textured background version of the photos for the same price.  These square format flowers make great cluster combinations. 

There are 12 different flower photos to choose from. Mix and match any way you like.  Be sure to share a photo of your collage on my Facebook page.

I'm also getting a great Black Friday sale ready.  Stay tuned for an announcement soon! 


Monday, November 9, 2020

New Additions to Birds Gallery on Etsy

Just in time for the holidays, all my listings in my Birds Gallery in my Etsy store now include two new downloadable images along with the original image.  So here's what you now get with all my Birds photos: 
  1. The original natural background as shot in the camera 
  2. A 2nd version that has the background replaced with a beautiful textured background
  3. A 3rd textured background image that has been cropped to a square format.  
Let's look at an example.  Here is the original Indigo Bunting photo: 
The textured background version looks like this: 

The textured square crop looks like this: 

You can download all 3 and use any or all of them.  The square crop can make a nice grouping of your favorite bird photos like this: 

Lots of value for your money.  Enjoy!! 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Get Notified When a New Photo Comes to AHP


I have been asked how you can be notified when a new photo is published to AHP.  Here's how you can do it using a method that has been around the Internet for a long time. It's called RSS which stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's going to look a little techie but most of that can be ignored. 

You need an RSS aggregator.  I use a site/app called Feedly. You can use this from your favorite browser or download the app for IOS or Android and use it from your phone or tablet. 

The other thing you need is the RSS URL you paste into your aggregator of choice and this tells the aggregator to highlight for you when new photos get added to a gallery you're interested in. 

Let's take a specific example which will help make this more clear.  The first thing to do is go to the AHP homepage.  Then you would choose a topic from the menu on the left side of the page. Let's say you wanted to know when a new photo was added to the Butterflies gallery. You would click on Birds & Butterflies and then click on the Butterflies gallery thumbnail. In the footer for the gallery, you'll see a small icon that looks like a dot with 2 arcs pointing to the upper right. (See the orange icon at the top of this article. It would look similar to this but probably without the orange background.) 

You could click on this icon and select RSS, it will open a page that looks very scary with all kinds of XML code on it.  Not to worry. You only need to click in the URL window and copy the URL address. 

Once you copy the URL, you can go to your aggregator and click on the button to add a new news feed and paste in this URL.  Then you check to see if a new photo has been added by opening your aggregator and looking at this feed.  If a new photo was added, you'll see it there and be able to click on it and go directly to the AHP website to view.  

As I said, this is a little techie but I hope you'll give it try.  Leave me a comment if you have a question on how to do it.  


Friday, August 21, 2020

Crisp Point Adventure


We were in the U.P. again this month. The weather was great. The cabin where we stayed again was awesome.  Even Lake Superior was warm enough to just walk in and not have your feet hurt! Truly a nice break from all the day-to-day stuff going on around home.
The last day we were there, we decided we needed to make the trip out to the Crisp Point Lighthouse. We knew the last leg of the road was a dirt road sometimes describes as "2-track".  But we'd heard that they had improved the road over the last few years. For those wondering where Crisp Point Lighthouse is, it is west of Whitefish Point, almost due north of Tahquamenon Falls.  You go past Tahquamenon Falls on MI 123 though until you come to the gravel road that takes you out to the lake and Crisp Point Lighthouse.  It's only about 20 miles. The first 15 miles weren't too bad. You could go about 30mph for the most part. There were many large mud puddles as it rained the night before. The last 5 miles were the real adventure. We could only go about 5-10mph because of the ruts, large puddles, pot holes, etc.  The 20 mile trek took almost an hour to complete but was well worth the effort.  I was glad we were in my truck though! 
As you can see from the photo above, it was a beautifully clear day.  There was just a slight breeze.  The black flies were there too but not terrible. Here's a couple other shots I took.  I've seen this one from other photographers and sort of felt like I had to get my version. 
Here's one more from the shoreline to the east of the lighthouse. 
After doing some rock hunting and enjoying the scene, we finally decided we needed to make the trek back out to civilization.  So we climbed into the F-150 and headed back out. 55 minutes after we left Crisp Point, we made it back to the paved road and headed back to our cabin.  It was a great 12 days in the U.P.  We might go back in late September for some fall color.  If you're ever up that way, I would recommend making the trip to Crisp Point Lighthouse.  A truck makes it easier but there were people in cars making the trip too.  

Peace to you all!