Rim Vidziunas Photography Exhibit March-April 2014

East Valley photographer Rimgaudas Vidziunas (familar to staff and photographer friends as 'Rim') has an avid online following who appreciate his stylized images of the Arboretum and the Sonoran Desert -- plus an eclectic range of subjects from classic cars to macros. He's probably even more well-known amongst our 5,000 fans on Facebook - where Rim shares photos with heightened color and effects he produces via 'HDR.' March-April 2014 brought the chance to see enlarged version of his works in our visitor center gallery while Rim was the featured exhibitor for the month .
"I knew I was destined to become a photographer since I was a kid -- I was 11 years old when I snapped my first pictures of our German Shepherd with a Kodak Brownie box camera. In the darkroom, magically, images appeared, literally right before my eyes - and passion for photography was born. Perhaps it's ancestral, my family's history is rooted in Lithuania where my name, Vidziunas has the Latin root is-vysti which means to see more clearly with perception."

"My approach to photography remains to 'get it right in-camera'. Shooting in the RAW mode allows post-processing to adjust the white balance, increase or decrease exposure, vibrance, clarity, sharpen my images, adjust color -- in short, to add "painterly" or artistic touches, and be an artist with a camera via post-processing."
"I use HDR for tone mapping merging 3 exposed (+2,0,-2) images to make an artistic statement, add drama or a mood about how I'm feeling about the subject, for instance I use HDR in a photo of the Drover's Shed to make it appear a storm is brewing -- and HDR applied to my Dodge Power Wagon picture makes dull rust colors 'pop' and brings out detail."
"Creative HDR adds drama, adds the "wow," but with landscapes, nature, flowers, birds -- I leave those alone, only using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 to make minor adjustments, adjusting white balance, adding vibrance or increasing clarity, sharpness... some minor color adjustment."

"My favorites? I find the Demonstration Garden and Cactus Garden among the most compelling at BTA. I'm doing "Micro-Photography' with an old Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55 mm lens manufactured in 1984 that my 92-year-old Father gave to me recently on my Nikon D7000 DSLR. Yes, you can use old Nikon film lens on new Nikon digital cameras with amazing results. The color, sharpness needs very little adjustment in post processing with Lightroom 5."
Rim doesn't work the art show circuit, but his work can be seen (and prints in a wide array of media ordered) at photographybyRimgaudas.com. Gallery in his show here were matted, framed and available in sizes ranging from 4x6 to 12x18, and priced from $50-$200.
"I'm both honored and humbled to be approved as a gallery exhibitor as a way to bring attention to my work and to the Arboretum, and to give others the opportunity to enjoy my images and imagination; I'm not planning other gallery exhibits during 2014, in part because I so much enjoy teaching occasional classes at BTA, and also being the volunteer coordinator for the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group at the Arboretum. We'll meet again in March during the month of this exhibit - -and specific dates will be announced on BTA's website. I enjoy the chance to teach and inspire others in photography."

Explore galleries of the artists' work at http://photographybyrimgaudas.blogspot.com
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     Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. From September-through-April visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. May-through-august hours are 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

Review other recent gallery shows from...

Michael Madsen and Heidi Golden HeartsRock Photography, February 2014

Elaine Dube Paintings
, January 2014

Becky Joy Paintings, December 2013

Bud Heiss Paintings
, November 2013

Christine Debrosky Paintings, October 2013

Then And Now Arboretum Photography, September 2013

Paul Landau June-August, 2013

Preston Cox and Tammy Knight Photography April and May , 2013

Legumes of Arizona March - May, 2013

Mesa Art League September-October, 2011

Kim Hosey July-August, 2011

Legumes of ArizonaMay-Jun, 2011

Pima College & CACApril, 2011

Jim BurnsMarch, 2011

Kay Cummings
February, 2011

Paul Kinslow January, 2011

Mesa Arts League September, 2010

Rick Cameron April , 2010

Nan Lawrence March, 2010

Barbara Atkinson
February, 2010

Nancy Matus
January, 2010

Barbara Cox
December, 2009

Margaret Whittaker
November, 2009

Artists of the Superstitions
October, 2009

Marilyn Barton
September, 2009

Gila Community College August, 2009

Deborah A. Lee June, 2009

Margie Porter May, 2009

Timm Chapman January, 2009

Paul Kinslow December, 2008

Maggie Leef November 2008

Sharon Sieben October 2008

Nicole Royse September 2008

Judy Bottler Photography May 2008

Bob Estrin Photography April 2008

Mary Isham Watercolors March 200

Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008

Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008

Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007

Jean Sullivan November, 2007

Sue Cullumber October, 2007

Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007

Fred Charlton May, 2007

Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007

Linda Kaiser February, 2007

Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007

Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006

Bob Rice September, 2006

Bud Heiss July-August, 2006

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006

Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006

CJ Rider March, 2006

Jessica Green February, 2006

Steve Davidson January, 2006

Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005

Carolyn Gray November, 2005

Martha Burgess October, 2005

Boeing Photographers September, 2005

Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005

Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005

Jeanette Bronson May, 2005

Tom Stanley April, 2005

Kathy McClure February-March, 2005

Pam Smyth January, 2005

Tina Faust December, 2004


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