Once again, just as I'm coming through Townsend, the sky looks great over the quilt barn, and I can't resist another round. Just put these and others from the week on the website. Check out this week's work at marcysphotography.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Fully recovered now from the arts/crafts fair last week-end and back at work ponderously going over more pictures from Africa. Just a reminder that I'm posting new pictures every day to marcysphotography.com and would love to have you visit often! I'm really hoping to get back with my local shooting in the Smokies and Cades Cove but must confess I'm dreading the summer crowds and bear jams. I'm missing "my mountains," though, so I hope to have some new perspectives of the places I love best very soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Technically, it's not the best photo, but I love this shot taken high above the beach on Chapman's Peak. A lone horse and rider have the entire expansive beach to themselves and show up as a small dot on the sands below. (Click on it to see the picture only, and the rider is a little more visible.) ... See MoreSee Less
Now that the festival is behind us, it's back to going over the pictures from the Africa trip. This is another aerial shot from our helicopter adventure in Zimbabwe and shows the enormity of Victoria Falls. The bridge in the middle right connects the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe with the river and the falls being right between the two countries. You can also understand why it was so difficult to get pictures when we were walking along the falls due to the heavy mist. ... See MoreSee Less
Still hard to believe we were really there. So much more beautiful than standing there and only getting a glimpse of that separation. Thank you for your gift of great photography...more, more
So we actually did it! Home now, unloaded, put away, exhausted, but feeling good about the week-end and our first ever venture into the world of art fairs and festivals. It was a successful week-end in so many ways, and I feel happy and amazed that we really did pull it off. Thank you to all who gave such encouragement, both online and in person. (Thank you, Jill, John, and Zachary for driving all the way from Kentucky to come and support us.) I've never had much confidence in my new role as a photographer, but this week-end really gave me some needed validation. It's my tendency to have unreasonably high expectations at times, but according to others who have gone down this road, we did very well with our sales and our income over the two days. And guess what? I'm starting to feel like a real photographer!! ... See MoreSee Less
Could not make it there but knew it would be a huge success!! You & Doug are great photographers...love your work!!
So happy for you! Glad it was successful
A very good exhibit...great photography. Enjoyed seeing you and Doug!
You are! You are! If your show comes to Fla..let us know in advance..We have some large ones...Mt Dora..Winter Park
So happy for you and Doug and glad you did well
This mama baboon looks a little like I feel as I'm wondering if we've thought of every detail while we finish our preparations for our photography booth at the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival this coming week-end. Any one planning on coming? (Not sure why the whole pic isn't readily visible...click on link to see her face!) ... See MoreSee Less
Fab photos .Marcy..so glad we got to share this incredible journey. Good kuck as nd keep us posted of your success .
Marcy your pictures are amazing and brought back a very wonderful memories to me. In fact I have some of the exact same shots but don’t look anything like your photography. Great job regards to your hubby
If I liked monkeys I would have “loved” the pic. Lol
Haven't had much down time since returning home from Africa because it seems there's always so much to do! Now have 79 images up and ready to go in my new "Africa" gallery. Check them out! And don't forget that coming up real soon now is our venture into the world of art festivals. June 1-2 we'll have a booth at the annual Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival held in the Lenoir City Park on Fort Loudon lake. This festival is in its 52nd year and recently was rated as one of the top twenty festivals in the region. I must admit that I'm rather nervous (or down right scared) about this event because we've never done anything like this before. Hoping for the best and would love to see some familiar faces! ... See MoreSee Less
It's really hard for me to choose a favorite from all of the animals we saw on our four safaris, but giraffes are definitely near the top of the list. These were all seen along the Chobe River in Botswana. ... See MoreSee Less
Find myself thinking fondly of this special sunset on the Chobe River in Botswana tonight. I am so thankful to have been able to have this amazing adventure in Africa...scenes like this one will be forever with me! ... See MoreSee Less
I came to Africa to take photographs like this one. A high point of our last day was seeing a herd of elephants cross the Chobe River. Our guide explained that the group included a one week old calf, and in order to keep the little guy safe from nearby crocodiles, he was positioned toward the front between a huge male, who led the parade, and his mother. Often during the crossing, we'd see this tiny trunk come up like a periscope for air, and we be reassured that he was still there. What a thrill! ... See MoreSee Less
(Find associated pictures in the "Photos" section under the "Amazing South Africa" album.) There's so much to catch up on from the past two days that I'm not even sure where to begin. Doug and I had arrived two days early to get a jump on jet lag recovery before our official tour started because we knew once things ramped up with the itinerary, it'd be pretty much non stop for a while. On Friday we did an extensive tour of the Cape by bus covering a lot of countryside and breathtaking scenery. Highlights were the penguins on Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Yesterday we had a city tour of Cape Town after not being about to tour Table Mountain as was originally planned due to gale force winds. Afternoon golden hour found Doug and me out at Sea Point trying to capture some of the seascapes and waves and then it was on to the waterfront for a little night photography. I'm going to post several pictures (probably way too many), in order to catch up a bit. ... See MoreSee Less
Today was one of the best days we've ever had on any trip. Our friend, Pieter, whom we met on the plane, gave us a grand tour of the cape, and the scenery was phenomenal. Although it was a very hazy day, the views went on forever, so hundreds of pictures await processing. The highlight of the day, however, was not the beauty or the photography. It was spending the day with a new friend, a gentle soul and wonderful conversationalist, who was so kind to take his entire day hosting two strangers from half way around the world. We shared our stories with one another, laughed a lot, and realized anew that we should always take advantage of opportunities to listen and learn from others. ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug I originally composed a very long post about our "Digital Darkroom" explaining in great detail how we produce our images. I thought better of it. But I did want to share some of what our products look like.
On the top is a close up to show detail on our paper canvas. We've been very happy with the results. - Images printed on this product have a nice "painterly" look. Our metallic prints have given us some super results as well, but it is hard to capture the real look of metallic with a "picture of a picture".
On the bottom is a closeup of how we mat our images. We started with a few single mats, but weren't satisfied with the look, so we invested in a high quality double mat product line. Images are double matted in nice color combinations chosen by Marcy with a decorative "V' Groove and quality backer board. We mount the image to the mat with a free-hanging technique to prevent buckling using linen hinge tape coupled with 3M Advanced Tape Glider adhesive.
Lately, Marcy has been busy finishing production on our biggest images, a nice 11x19 in a 16x24 mat and I have been occupied with building our festival display (tent, browse boxes, display racks, etc.).
So please put June 1st or 2nd on your calendar to attend the Lenoir City, Tennessee Arts and Crafts Festival to see our work. Would you believe that we close to 900 double matted and wood prints! ... See MoreSee Less
Something a little different for today's photo...taken in our back yard on a perfect summer day last year. I chose this picture because the purpose of this post is to let everyone know what has been going on at our house since mid January. We started the year a little discouraged about the whole photo business journey because despite our best efforts, online sales are only averaging a little over one picture per month...not any where near what we had hoped when we launched the website on September 30th. So we tried a different approach and offered matted prints directly out of our home, shipped to customers double matted and ready to frame. Although there was a lot of positive feedback on that venture, it has not proven to be any more successful than the other online option through Fine Art America. We're going to take it one step further now, and I'm very excited to announce that we will be hosting a photography booth at the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Fair the first week-end in June. We will have almost 1,000 images in five different sizes for customers to browse through as they visit. Much work has been done to prepare a great variety of products and organize into categories including landscape, wildlife, birds, southern charm, home decor, and travel. This is our make it or break it week-end, and we're giving it all we've got. Please put the dates on your calendar (June 1-2) and plan to come by and see us! We could also use your help in getting the word out to others...booth #132, a great location right in the middle of the action! ... See MoreSee Less
These five images of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove are now available in four standard sizes, already printed and double matted. If interested, please PM us for details!These five images of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove are now available in four standard sizes, already printed and double matted. If interested, please PM us for details! ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy Wielfaert, these pictures of John Oliver's cabin are beautiful! He was my great great grandfather. I appreciate your interest in this historical home and your artistic touch on this wonderful place.
So I'm standing in my kitchen about 5:00 yesterday afternoon preparing chicken to grill for dinner, and I look out the window to see the most fabulous golden light in front of a dark, troubled sky. Forgot about dinner (and the fact that it was very cold, had no coat, and I was in my slippers), grabbed my camera, and ran out the door yelling to Doug, who was in the yard, that I was chasing the light and looking for something to shoot. I had in mind to go to a bank of daffodils about a mile from my house and get some flower shots because the temps were dropping so drastically that I knew daffodils would be gone by the next day. However, I got about a quarter of a mile from home and saw these longhorns in a pasture in the absolute perfect light. Hurriedly found a place to pull off the narrow road and park to take a few shots. It is then that I realize I'm in my slippers, it's very muddy, and I have to climb up a steep bank to get a good vantage point. I managed. The adults were a distance away, but the adorable little guy was near me and started over to fence where I was standing. I'm thinking that this is wonderful; I'm going to get some close ups of this sweet little newborn calf. Before I knew what was happening, I heard a bunch of commotion and see the mama longhorn kicking up her heels, stomping, and blowing, and rapidly headed my way. Caught by surprise, I didn't have my shutter speed set high to get the action shots, and I was afraid to take time to change it because I was getting scared that she might actually plow through the fence and charge me. Anyway, I did get some shots, stayed alive and unhurt, and now plan to return and be ready next time for some longhorn action and good angry cow shots. Had no idea we had new neighbors. Aren't they beautiful?So I'm standing in my kitchen about 5:00 yesterday afternoon preparing chicken to grill for dinner, and I look out the window to see the most fabulous golden light in front of a dark, troubled sky. Forgot about dinner (and the fact that it was very cold, had no coat, and I was in my slippers), grabbed my camera, and ran out the door yelling to Doug, who was in the yard, that I was chasing the light and looking for something to shoot. I had in mind to go to a bank of daffodils about a mile from my house and get some flower shots because the temps were dropping so drastically that I knew daffodils would be gone by the next day. However, I got about a quarter of a mile from home and saw these longhorns in a pasture in the absolute perfect light. Hurriedly found a place to pull off the narrow road and park to take a few shots. It is then that I realize I'm in my slippers, it's very muddy, and I have to climb up a steep bank to get a good vantage point. I managed. The adults were a distance away, but the adorable little guy was near me and started over to fence where I was standing. I'm thinking that this is wonderful; I'm going to get some close ups of this sweet little newborn calf. Before I knew what was happening, I heard a bunch of commotion and see the mama longhorn kicking up her heels, stomping, and blowing, and rapidly headed my way. Caught by surprise, I didn't have my shutter speed set high to get the action shots, and I was afraid to take time to change it because I was getting scared that she might actually plow through the fence and charge me. Anyway, I did get some shots, stayed alive and unhurt, and now plan to return and be ready next time for some longhorn action and good angry cow shots. Had no idea we had new neighbors. Aren't they beautiful? ... See MoreSee Less
Hurrah! Your help paid off. Yesterday Doug asked you to click on an image he had posted and then register a "like" on his photo gallery page. Apparently, your attention fired up something with the search engines, and he received quite a few views. We said we'd try again with one of my images if the test worked, so please read on.
When you click on the image below you will be taken from Facebook to my (Marcy's) gallery web page. Even using a smartphone, you can easily "X" out of and quickly return to Facebook.
Pressing "like" once you are on my gallery page helps our search status a great deal. However, to be effective, the "like" must be registered on the image website, not here on Facebook. If you do press "like" you will be invited to log in. The easiest way is to choose "Login with Facebook." That method is easy and safe and would help us greatly, but if you choose not to log in, you can just do a "Close Window" and then select the "X" option to retreat. ... See MoreSee Less
Besides news and general posts, this Facebook Business Page serves as a way of linking to the different Websites that house Marcy's and my image galleries. This post is a test of how well we are doing with explaining our sites and products and a request for help with promotions.
We fell in love with the area you see below on our first visit to Italy and vowed to return, hoping to capture some good pictures. This shot is of Manarola, one of the Cinque Terre towns of Northern Italy, and was taken last March, during the season when there were very few tourists.
To help with some promotion with the general public, I am inviting our friends and followers to "click" on the image. Your clicks help move the image up in the search results of our host site, so anyone looking for Manarola sees our picture first.
When you click on the image you will be taken from Facebook to my (Doug's) gallery Webpage. Even using a smartphone, you can easily "X" out of and quickly return to Facebook.
Pressing "like" once you are on my gallery page helps even more. However, to be effective, the "like" must be registered on the image Website, not here on Facebook. If you do press "like" you will be invited to log in. The easiest way is to choose "Login with Facebook" That method is easy and safe and would help us greatly, but if you choose not to log in, you can just do a "Close Window" then select the "X" option to retreat.
If this test works, we'll have a similar post inviting clicks and likes on one of Marcy's images later today or tomorrow. We appreciate any feedback, positive or negative! ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy! I cannot almost take in some of the breathless beauty (humor good too) of these photos!!! I have many I like but I keep wondering if there are some I am missing or will miss from future photos!!!!
Now that it's March, I'm already thinking ahead to Easter, my favorite holiday. While at Heathrow Airport awaiting our flight home from London in January, I was headed to the ladies room before boarding and couldn't miss this gorgeous orchid sitting on a window will in perfect morning light. Of course I had to go back to where Doug was waiting with our bags, dig my camera out of the suitcase, and get back over there to take several shots of this beauty and another purple orchid nearby. Paired with a favorite scripture, it makes a great Easter image. These are available as double matted pictures, cards, and other gift items. Message us for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
The crowds have not arrived yet, prices are at off-season rates and the weather is reasonable. March is a good time to visit Italy. - Or you can purchase one of the nice images we captured. ... See MoreSee Less
Things are starting to happen here at Marcy’s Photo Journey as we head to the UPS office today to ship a matted 16x20 image and continue to build our inventory. Pictured below, our model Madelyn has one of our “mini-landscapes”. This format features panoramic images in a finished size of 11x14 inches. We have one like this hanging as an accent piece in our own home. The mini-landscapes are all double matted, finished with a decorative V-groove, and packaged in clear show-bags. This particular image is on canvas paper and has a blue outer mat and a gray inner mat. You can have “It is Well With My Soul” or any of our other mini-landscapes for $32.00. We will be creating galleries of images available in each size. Many are ready to go, already printed and matted, but if you place an order you have a customization option. This means you can choose your paper (canvas, luster, pearl or metallic). In addition, you may add a custom scripture or favorite saying as seen in the example for an additional $5.00. ... See MoreSee Less
Our model Madelyn is holding the 8x10 version (finished size) of a fan favorite entitled “Frosty Bugle Breath,” taken in the National Park at Oconaluftee, North Carolina. Our Frosty won third place in a wildlife contest featuring 597 images, so we're quite proud of him! The golden early light and the steam that rose from the bugling elk gave us an image that we felt fortunate to capture.
We have a variety of images in 8x10 format of various subjects but focused mainly on wildlife of the Smokies...bears, songbirds, coyotes, elk, deer, owls, eagles, raccoons, etc. They are all double matted, finished with a decorative V-groove, and sealed in clear show-bags. This particular image is on metallic paper and has a cappuccino color outer mat and a heritage tan inner mat.
You can have Frosty Bugle Breath for $18.00 If you would like more information on other sizes and subjects please message us. ... See MoreSee Less
Hurray! Marcy achieved her third first place win in a Fine Art America Photography contest. This one was centered around a books and reading theme. The image was captured on a trip to Ireland at Trinity College Library in Dublin. She has some other shots of the library on her site that you can check out via the link below.
<a href='http://marcysphotography.com/featured/trinity-college-library-dublin-marcy-wielfaert.html'><img src='http://marcysphotography.com/displayartwork.html?id=25922903&width=250&height=165' alt='Sell Art Online' title='Sell Art Online' style='border: none;'></a> ... See MoreSee Less
Since there has been so little activity on our page lately, you may have thought we lost interest in our little photography business, but that is far from the case.
As you may know, Marcy and I have over 1,800 images hosted online with a site called Fine Art America. We upload the images and provide descriptions, then Fine Art America does everything else from shopping cart checkout to printing matting, framing and shipping. We receive a commission for use of the image.
Fine Art America does have great products with a money-back guarantee and we recommend that you take a look and compare them to what you would have to pay for a framed image.
But for most of us, it is no small investment to get a matted and framed print. So last month we began researching how we might bring you a high-quality product for less. For sales, we decided to target art fairs and festivals where people could see our product directly. We realize selling art online is difficult, especially considering shipping.
After much research and testing, we have settled on offering six image sizes, with beautiful v-grooved, double mats with using metallic, canvas, luster and other quality papers paired to match the type of image. We will not do framing, but all of our images fit standard size frames.
Over the course of the last month, we have produced over 100 images like the 18x24 you see below featuring our model, Madelyn.
We have created these finished sizes: • 8x10 (A good place to feature our birds and wildlife) • 10x13 (Wildlife closeups) • 11x14 (mini-landscapes in metallic and art canvas ) • 16x20 (Featured landscape prints) • 18x24 (Large landscape prints)
Contact us for more information and continue to follow us for offers, featured images, news and descriptions. ... See MoreSee Less
Time for a little progress report... It's been almost four months since we launched Marcy's Photo Journey, and what a busy four months it has been. We now have about 1700 images between the two of us on our host site, Fine Art America. As thrilled as I am to report an average of one sale a month through FAA (after all, I wasn't sure we'd sell anything), I feel we can do much better. It takes a long time to get established and achieve recognition on such a huge venue and from what I understand, we're doing quite well to have that many sales in such a short time. However, as Doug mentioned yesterday, we're going to be adding another aspect to our work, providing double matted prints in seven standard sizes. We've learned how to professionally mat our own pictures and are happy with the way they look. This way, we'll be able to reduce the customer cost by 20%. Also, for local customers, there wouldn't be a shipping charge.
The problem with this option is our very limited reach. Fine Art America reaches millions of people, and we currently have 180 followers on our Facebook business page. You can see we have a problem! This is where you may be able to help us. If we could get all 180 followers to somehow get five followers each to register on the page, we're on our way!
There will be further details coming over the next couple of weeks about specific offerings and a custom option as well. Meanwhile, think about it...would love to hear your ideas as to how we can get the word out to make this thing work. Hoping for suggestions and comments.
Just finished the picture below and I have to admit that it is a great joy of mine to display God's beautiful creation alongside a scripture verse. Often as I start to process an image, a verse immediately comes to mind. I like that! ... See MoreSee Less
You may have noticed a month-long silence here at Marcy’s Photo Journey. We have not lost interest by any means. Instead, we have been working hard to expand our business. Until now, we have only marketed through Fine Art America where we would receive a commission for the use of our images plus a small percentage of the materials value. We are glad to see some sales activity and our galleries on Fine Art America remains a great value for beautiful custom framed artwork with a money-back guarantee.
It is more work for us, but we believe that by doing the production work ourselves, and selling directly to the consumer, then we can offer an even better value. We are so excited about this new direction. Watch for frequent updates as we finalize plans.
Doug and I spent a good part of New Year's Eve doing some night photography in London, and that night will be a great memory for a long time. The colored lights illuminating the Tower of London in this picture are featured during the winter holidays, so this shot can't be gotten at other times of the year. At first I wasn't sure I liked the effect of the colored lights, but when I came up with this composition showing the modern lights of London just across the river, which added yellow to the spectrum, I felt much better about this option. I'm also posting a black and white version (below) of this same image that I like better than the color one. Which one do you prefer? ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug - After having our two galleries for three months, this image has the most visits on my gallery. We drove to Berry College near Rome Georgia one morning last June with the hope of getting pictures of the deer and especially young fawns that frequent the campus. We did get many shots of deer but also enjoyed hanging around the pond on the north campus. There we found many dragonflies, but they were pretty elusive. - I finally got this shot. The word bokeh in the title refers to the technique of using a wide aperture to create soft out-of-focus backgrounds. In this case, the blues and grees were weed stems and the water of the pond. ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug - Congratulations to Marcy who whose "Cedar Waxwing in the Rain" image won first place out of 274 entries in a recent Nature Photographs contest on Fine Art America. Also, a reminder that Monday, December 3rd, our host site is offering 25% off all wall art, including canvases, matted and framed prints, and posters! Direct links to our portfolios are:
Big Bird, Little Bird - While in #Florida at #waltdisneyworld #swananddolphinresort I noticed an#americanbaldeagle and had to get the shot! #photojourney #marcysphotojourney @marcys.photo.journey ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug - I wish to declare another of Marcy's superpowers! - She has a real eye for color and decorating. Our host site makes it easy to see how an image looks with mat and frame choices and I just spent some time practicing. There are tens of thousands of combinations to mat and frame a print, including choice of paper finishes and sheens. I realized that I am way out of my league; I can't get the combinations right. If you feel the same, don't hesitate to contact Marcy through this page for consultation. She would be glad to help! ... See MoreSee Less
Favorite Images - Buy wall art from the world's greatest living artists and iconic brands. All wall art ships within 48 hours and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. Choose your favorite designs and purchase them as canvas prints, art prints, posters, framed prints, metal prints, and more!
Thinking back on some of our travels this past year, and I have to put our trip to Alaska at the top of the list. So much incredible beauty and unspoiled pristine wilderness...God's magnificent handiwork everywhere you turn!
Only three more days to take advantage of the free shipping offer. Check out our collections by using the link below or @dougwphotography.com for Doug's images. ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug - This is Marcy's first sale as framed and matted wall art to someone from California! Thanks to all of you who signed up for accounts on our sites and liked commented on images. This very much helps raise visibility on our work. Now the backstory - We were in Torremolinos in May and were on our way to breakfast and saw this incredible sunrise. Marcy declared that we should forget eating and run back and get our cameras. So I got a Spanish omelet and Marcy got this great shot. I think I will listen to her next time. ... See MoreSee Less
We chose Thanksgiving morning as our first time to check out sunrise on the brand new Foothills Parkway extension. It was a bit of a scouting trip, since we weren't exactly sure where the sun would eventually pop from behind the mountains. Out of three or four designated overlook spots, we settled on this one and later decided that it didn't really provide the best composition for the great pictures we were hoping for. Instead of getting my usual sunburst at the moment of sunrise, I found myself liking the shots of some of those gathered with us as they enjoyed the beautiful light of daybreak.
Remember that free shipping is available through Monday on our site. We would love to have you visit and check some of the many gift options including photo mugs, tote bags, phone cases, etc. ... See MoreSee Less
We are sharing some commercials from Pixels to help our customers understand how we provide images and products. Pixels is the underlying host site for our photography. They provide us with places for our portfolios as well as many tools to help showcase our work. Most importantly they do all the billing and shipping, not to mention a 30-day money-back guarantee! We receive a commission for our images and Pixels make most of their money from the printing and framing. Our unique addresses under Pixels are: marcysphotography.com dougwphotography.com
Pixels Don Mennig is a landscape photographer from Wallingford, PA, and is a member of Pixels.com. Don is one of three winners of our National TV Photo Contest and was selected to appear in a series of nationally televised commercials for Pixels.com. To view Don's portfolio of work, please visit: http://pixels.com/profiles/don-mennig.html ... See MoreSee Less
I've always loved this church, St. Mark's Anglican, located in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, and I've taken many, many pictures of it over the years. As a featured Thanksgiving 2018 image, I've chosen to pair it with Psalms 100:4, a familiar verse of scripture that reminds us to give thanks and praise to God for his blessings in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!
Heads up for those who may be interested. OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE WILL BE OFFERING SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCOUNTS ON ALL OF OUR PHOTO PRODUCTS. Some things will be discounted at 50%, and include many gift options that are offered at all price levels from stocking stuffers to quality art work for your home. Please check our Facebook business page regularly in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Also free shipping will be available at certain times between now and Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less
Another beautiful #foggymorning to finish our #Tennessee fall in #farragut and #westknoxville with #sunbeams and #morninggoldenhour #perfectlight #followingthedream on #marcysphotojourney @douglaswielfaert ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug - We enjoyed getting out and shooting fog pictures today, and Marcy posted some here already. I figured that I would showcase the master at work. Taken from Dixon Road just a mile from our house. ... See MoreSee Less
After being on the road from 6:00 am until 9:45 pm yesterday, we were tired this morning and had no plans whatsoever to get out and shoot today. But then Doug happened to look outside and report that there was heavy fog and frost, a good combination for some pics of the last few days of Autumn color. All of these were taken within 3-4 miles of our house as the fog burned off, and the light was just about perfect! ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful shots! The Mallard was my favorite "catch"!
Wow! You capture beautiful seconds and make them last forever. Thank you for doing that for us. That is the very thing I always wish for when something beautiful captures my attention.
You are talented and using that talent to bless me with every picture. Thank you
These were all beautiful
You are so talented. These are amazing.
From Doug -- In anticipation of Black Friday, I am testing a limited time promotion of one of my images. Our host site is Fine Art America and they are able to offer certain standard sizes of stretched canvas prints for a discount. I chose a 16 x 20 version of a popular image. Your shares would be appreciated. Expect to see more promotional offers from both of us next week. ... See MoreSee Less
Buy a 16.00 x 20.00 stretched canvas print of Douglas Wielfaert's Might This Be a Diamond T for $78.00. Only 10 prints remaining. Offer expires on 11/20/2018.
Doug and I are in Florida this week while he attends a conference for work. I've been spending quite a bit of time out exploring and have twice visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here in Florida, the birds are big and white! I've discovered that it's not that easy to photograph a pure white bird in the midday sun, but I've enjoyed watching them. What a change to go from Tennessee fall to such a completely different setting...Doug and I are in Florida this week while he attends a conference for work. I've been spending quite a bit of time out exploring and have twice visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here in Florida, the birds are big and white! I've discovered that it's not that easy to photograph a pure white bird in the midday sun, but I've enjoyed watching them. What a change to go from Tennessee fall to such a completely different setting... ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve gotten 2 emails about today being Singles’ Day. Really? Is that a thing? Do I take myself out to eat, buy myself a gift, flowers, and chocolate? I mean, I do that pretty often 😉, but I can do that today too if the internet says so. 🤷♀️
Posted by Doug -- Today I feature this scene of the Reagan Tub Mill, located along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Please click on the picture link below to visit my gallery. Rather than commenting here, entering your comments directly on the gallery site is helpful in gaining search engine exposure for me. Thanks so much. ... See MoreSee Less
Even though I had just photographed this beautiful scene Sunday afternoon, as I was leaving the Cove yesterday, clouds were beginning to swirl around the mountain tops in anticipation of a rainy evening, so I once again made my way up Rich Mountain Road to take another crack at it. As it turned out, I was glad I did, although the clouds weren't as dramatic as I had hoped. The colors were deeper and just a little better than they were Sunday and popped much better than they had in the sunny afternoon during my first go around. ... See MoreSee Less
Posted by Doug -- During this year's autumn Smokies trip, we had two chances to photograph the sunrise at Newfound Gap. The first try gave us some colorful clouds, but they did not photograph well, so we tried again. Nothing beats a clear morning this time of year when the sun aligns just right and gives us beautiful pastel skies. Marcy and I will be loading a number of versions of this sunrise to our respective photo galleries over the next couple of days. Please consider signing up for an account and "liking" individual images. (We do appreciate your Facebook likes, but they don't help push us up in search results.)
Today was a day that was tailor made for shooting streams. Cloudy, overcast days are best to capture just the right light without "hot spots" that always interfere with shooting at slow shutter speeds. Temps were comfortable, and the streams along Upper Tremont Road were full and flowing. Although I enjoy doing streams, I never feel sure of myself when it comes to making the proper adjustments in my settings as I go from stream to stream. For me, it doesn't get much better than the Tremont area on a day like this... ... See MoreSee Less
Last Saturday we discovered yet another beautiful place in our area. Just over the state line in North Carolina, the gorgeous little lakeside community of Lake Junaluska is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was the perfect day to be there enjoying a walk around the lake at the peak of the autumn season. Of course I had my camera with me taking a few shots as I walked. This was among my favorites when I viewed them on the computer after we returned home, because I loved the way the light played on the water creating a path of little starbursts from one side to the other. To see more images from last week-end, use the link below by clicking on the picture. ... See MoreSee Less
Mingus Mill was as pretty as I've ever seen it yesterday morning. Any combination of these fall images would make a wonderful grouping to brighten up a spot in your home where a little color is needed!
marcysphotography.com PLEASE SHARE!Mingus Mill was as pretty as I've ever seen it yesterday morning. Any combination of these fall images would make a wonderful grouping to brighten up a spot in your home where a little color is needed!
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We had hopes of getting nice fall sunrise images for our photo sales galleries so we braved the high winds and downed branches on US 441 to the overlook past Newfound Gap. -- And they did close the road soon after we can through. Out of the 250 or so shots we have between us, there is probably nothing that might showcase well. With a storm front approaching from the west we did have a spectacular view in person. Stay tuned, hope springs eternal ... ... See MoreSee Less
For the past 10 years or so, we have enjoyed a fall weekend trip to the Smokies. We delayed our trip this year by a week hoping we might have better color and we were rewarded. Nevertheless, we had to reckon with high-wind road closures and rain. That was all good, the rain made for some interesting scenes, and we will be posting images here soon. The ones below were taken in the Cataloochee Valley. ... See MoreSee Less
THE HARDEST PART...not the shooting, not the editing, not the uploading. It's the marketing! Here's the latest version of our site video with some enhancements. After you watch it, just go ahead and click that share button. Please help us get the word out. ... See MoreSee Less
Desktop and laptop users (not phones or iPads) can now go DIRECTLY to Marcy's image portfolio by clicking on the "Shop" link to the left. Clicking just below "Collections" provides the best shopping experience. Liking or commenting on images in the store is so very helpful because it pushes us way up in search engine results. (We want the world to find us.) If you press "like" you will be asked to create an account as you see in the second screenshot. We could only share one (Marcy's) portfolio directly- to go to Doug's, please click here: dougwphotography.com... See MoreSee Less
Finishing up our third week today. We still feel the most important thing right now is getting the word out about Marcy's Photo Journey. If there's any way you can help us with that mission, we really appreciate your efforts, whether it's online shares, likes, follows or word of mouth mentions. Good things are starting to happen. I was overwhelmed and humbled to receive well over 1000 likes on my recent post of the Clingmans Dome sunrise series! That was in addition to 110 shares and over 185 comments. I now have almost 600 images loaded for viewing on the gallery page, but I'm thinking that process will slow down significantly in the next month as I try to get out and shoot a lot more with the fall colors starting to appear. Thanks for the words of encouragement, prayers, and support...it means a lot! ... See MoreSee Less
I have been so busy lately that the days are flying by, and I just realized that it has been 2 or 3 days since I've posted the photo of the day. This was a daily assignment that I had given myself, and I've fallen short! But I'm happy to be busy, so I'll let myself off easy...
Although far from my best, I just love this photo because it has wonderful memories attached. Last May on our trip to Spain, we visited the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, located on the southern border of Spain. While there, the biggest attraction were the macaques, commonly called the Barbary Apes, that roam all over the place begging tourists for food. As other macaques were gathered all around us, I happened to glance a distance away and noticed this big guy sitting all alone on his branch. Is he in time out? Is he in deep contemplation as to his future decisions? Actually, he's probably napping, but I quickly took this shot and then my attention was back with those pesky rock apes that were busy checking pockets of tourists looking for snacks. Forgot all about the picture until I found it on my computer a few weeks ago. I love this shot! ... See MoreSee Less
Psalm 50:2 "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined."
We are still combing through our archives to choose the best pictures for our galleries. I noticed that the batch this evening showed a count of over 77,000 shots and there are several other batches. We have long said that someday we would figure how to showcase our photography, and that time has arrived. The image below may not be the best technically by any stretch, but it is one of my all-time favorites. The beauty of Zion National Park during the Monsoon Season was incredible, and the colors were just this vivid. The Lord was very near to us that day. -- Posted by Doug ... See MoreSee Less
The weeks are flying by, and it's hard to believe that it's already been two weeks since we officially opened our online photography business. Doug and I are staying very busy, going out in the field to obtain new images while also continuing to tweak the galleries, adding more variety and options. We are so grateful for all of the encouraging words, likes on the page, follows, and shares. Trying not to get impatient, but I'm realizing more all the time that it is going to take a while to really get the word out there and see tangible progress. On Sundays, I prefer showcasing a photo from my inspirational gallery. This is one I just finished and added to the collection a few minutes ago. Taken at Cove Lake State Park on June 2, right on the edge of the water, which is why I was able to get that nice blue background. It's very simple, but I love the colors in this image. Most of all, though, I appreciate the scripture giving us assurance that God is our supplier of needs. Hope you like this one!
We hope to keep you up to date with the backstory on our photography business venture. You would certainly guess that Marcy and I spend a good many of our Saturdays on photoshoots. - Here is a trip report from last week's outing where we went looking for elk. The link below is to our blog site - Look for a box on the lower left of the homepage to sign up for posts sent directly to your email account. wp.me/p9vFmK-TD... See MoreSee Less
Today's photo of the day takes us to Torremolinos, Spain where I woke up on Mothers Day this past May feeling sad that I wouldn't be with my children for the holiday. As Doug and I were headed to breakfast, I glanced out the window and saw one of the most gorgeous skies that I had ever seen. Naturally, I wanted to hurry back up several floors to our room and grab my camera because I knew we were just a few minutes before sunrise. As I mentioned this to Doug, he had no interest in joining me, so he went on to breakfast while headed to the elevator. This is what I saw five minutes later as I stood in front of the hotel on the beach. Serenity, tranquility, perfection...a gift from God that took my sadness away. ... See MoreSee Less
Just created another collection on my online gallery with pictures taken within an hour of our home. Here are a few of those images. The entire gallery with 11 collections can be viewed at marcysphotography.comJust created another collection on my online gallery with pictures taken within an hour of our home. Here are a few of those images. The entire gallery with 11 collections can be viewed at http://marcysphotography.com ... See MoreSee Less
"I'd rather be dead than red on the head." Along about 3rd and 4th grade, boys at school taunted me with this catchy sentence simply because I had red hair. Redheads were kind of rare in my school, so it's not like I could seek solace with others who could relate. It was common if I mentioned this to an adult for them to tell me that boys only tease girls they like. Guess what? That was not helping my situation, and I didn't ever believe that they taunted me because they liked me. Well known redheads Lucille Ball, Anne of Green Gables, and, yes, even Woody Woodpecker---a popular cartoon character--were my tribe. I coped by determining that as soon as I was old enough, I would dye my hair a beautiful black, and my problems would vanish. Well, I never did dye my hair black, but I did meet a wonderful young man in college who had always had a preference for redheads. We fell in love, got married, and it all worked out just fine. But even today, when I see a woodpecker, I am reminded that there were some boys in my elementary school who would rather be dead than red on the head. Maybe that's why I love these goofy birds and always have to get a few shots when I see them. After all, they're part of my tribe!
If you enjoyed today's picture of the day, please click the link below to view my online photo gallery. As always, it helps our online status if you will take it one step further and register when presented with the registration option. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
This is Doug posting. Tonight I am processing images of Switzerland and I just uploaded a batch of 6 or 7 different versions of the Matterhorn. We happened to have a great view of the mountain from our hotel room in Zermatt and Marcy and I spent an evening and the next morning filling up camera memory cards. You can help us by clicking the link below, going to the "Switzerland" gallery and pressing the "Favorite" button on the one you like best. (More clicks raises us in the gallery search ratings which helps our images get seen by even more people). The caveat is that both Marcy and I have our own galleries and below is the direct link to mine. I'll show you how to get to both at once in a future post. We would welcome any feedback on your experience visiting the site. - especially problems.
Update: I tried the link as a customer and see that you need to create an account to like or favorite - it is pretty easy to do so, but it is your call. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's featured photo takes us to Tuscany in springtime. Things are starting to come alive on the undulating Tuscan hills, and the entire region looks much like a patchwork quilt with olive groves, vineyards, and cypress trees all fitting into neat and tidy patterns. Italy is easy to love. Great cities, charming medieval hill towns, and stunningly beautiful countryside all make any visitor fall in love with this country. But my favorite memories are of the Italian people who are so expressive, friendly, and welcoming.
Click on the link below the picture to go to my online gallery where images are arranged in collections and easy to view. Would love to have you visit! Can also still use likes and shares and follows... ... See MoreSee Less
Photo of the day, "Bird on a Wire," is a little different than my usual style. On an early morning in Cades Cove one day last week, I was walking down a little lane in the dense fog, and this bird kept darting ahead of me moving just about three fence posts ahead all along the way. As soon as I'd get to where he was sitting, he'd make another move to stay three posts ahead...almost like he was showing me the way! When I decided to take his picture, he stopped and accommodated me. And for that courtesy, this little bird finds himself as the featured photo on October 8, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
Progress report... We've now been online for one week and many have asked how it's going so far. We are still very busy adding images every day, and the days are flying by. I was able to get out and shoot two days this past week...MY FAVORITE DAYS! Subtle touches of Fall are starting show up, and I want to savor every day and minute of my favorite season. We only ended up with 106 page likes for the week, a long way from the 2,000 we need to boost us to the next level. Not as many visitors to the site as we had hoped, either, but we will not be discouraged! Going to keep pressing forward and give it some time. Thanks to everyone who has liked or followed the page. Really hoping to double the number of likes (at least) during this upcoming week. ... See MoreSee Less
Thought it appropriate on Sunday for the featured photo to be one from my inspirational gallery. This picture was taken on September 2nd when Doug and I enjoyed taking in a beautiful Prince Edward Island sunrise at Cape Tryon lighthouse. This particular lighthouse is about 15 minutes from our cottage and has become one of our favorite spots for both sunrise and sunset. In order to get there, you have to painstakingly make your way down a very rough, rutted, pothole laden, one-lane dirt road (that always makes you happy you're driving a rental car and not your own vehicle). But once you crest that last hill and see the ocean and the lighthouse below, it's all worth the effort. As I looked at this image, I thought of this familiar verse in Matthew and knew that the two would be a good combination. Let your light shine! ... See MoreSee Less
I just saw a PEI tourist bureau ad on tv tonight and they showed this very spot! 😀 And...because of your photos, I recognized where they were before any word was mentioned of PEI. Just thought I'd throw that out there to you, Marcia. 😀💕 📷 I was born in Canada but have never been to PEI and left before I would've learned anything about it. But, I feel like I've been there thanks to you and Douglas Wielfaert. 👍
Wildlife photography is my favorite! The time flies by so quickly when I'm spending my day outside in field or forest trying to find beautiful animals to photograph. I consider it an incredible blessing to live in an area where a great variety of wildlife is abundant and readily available most of the year. Last June I was in Georgia walking up hill as I followed a winding path through dark, dense woods. As I neared the top of the hill and looked up, I spotted this gorgeous doe, standing in perfect light looking right at me and daring me to come a step further. She was standing between me and her twin fawns in a very protective stance. I stopped, pulled up my camera, and took this shot knowing that any second she and her fawns would disappear into the woods. Love the light and the blurred background of evergreens against a blue sky that make this split second encounter a composed image. ... See MoreSee Less
Because I've been a slave to the computer for the last month in an effort to get the website up and running, I haven't done hardly any shooting since getting home from PEI. This morning I was so excited to be heading for Cades Cove for the day. As I passed the entrance to the Foothills Parkway, I spontaneously decided to go there for sunrise instead of all the way in to the Cove. Our featured photo this evening was taken just as the sun crept up from behind the mountain. Love the blues and grays in this one! ... See MoreSee Less
We made the featured images page on the "Photographic Camera Art" group with this image. We are always looking for interesting shapes, patterns and colors - This shot came from Las Arenas de Barcelona - a bullring that was converted to a shopping mall. If you have a chance to visit Barcelona, be sure and visit. You'll find great shopping and dining as well as panoramic views of the Plaza de España area from the promenade around the top. ... See MoreSee Less
I know that chandeliers hanging in a Basilica aren't everyone's cup of tea. I also know that I posted something fairly similar for yesterday's photo of the day, but please indulge me one more day with something a little different. Last May, Doug and I did a tour of Spain, and our last couple of days were spent in Barcelona. We loved that city! (And the paella!!!!) While on our city tour, we visited Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Sea), and I f... See More ... See MoreSee Less
Featured photo of the day was taken this past May on our Portugal/Spain tour. I LOVE taking interior pictures of cathedrals! The architecture, symmetry, stained glass, and beautiful light (sometimes candles, sometimes natural light coming through window) make this kind of photography an enjoyable challenge for me. I'm especially partial to the Gothic style arches. We visited Lisbon Cathedral in the morning on our first full day in Portugal. It was much simpler and less ornate than many others we have seen, but for some reason this one is memorable for me. I'm thinking I may mat and frame Lisbon Cathedral for an empty spot in my home where I need a tall, narrow picture. Hope you enjoy!
Today was a shooting day. Sometimes I know exactly where I'm headed. Other times I just set out, take it as it comes, and don't know where I'll go. Today was the latter. Started out to get some shots of the elk on the other side of the park. After that I thought I'd look for Fall and go to the higher elevations, always the first places to have signs of color. From Cherokee, I got on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after several miles I was tempted by a little gravel road that promised to take me to Big Witch Gap. Very rough, very steep, very curvy...started wondering if I was actually lost and might end up on the news tonight as missing. Just as I was becoming a little frantic and thinking Doug was not going to be happy if he had to send out a search party, I came to "Mile High Campground." The sign said I was at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet. Never did see Big Witch Gap, but I was able to find my way back after asking one of the campers for directions. I rate this as a good day even though I didn't get any great pictures and I didn't find any color. It was an adventure, for sure. The first shot was taken just after Newfound Gap in North Carolina. The second is at Mile High Campground, which I later found out was close to Maggie Valley. with Douglas Wielfaert... See MoreSee Less
A fellow photographer told us about a wealth of photo opportunities at Berry College, located in Rome Georgia. So one Saturday last June, Marcy and I loaded up our gear and headed out at 5 AM to try and capture the early morning light. We weren't disappointed. We got a number of nice shots of deer, then headed to the North Campus to a beautiful pond. It was hard to get this guy to sit still long enough, but we finally got a shot. This is one that made my image gallery.
This is Doug posting tonight. Our business is called Marcy's Photo Journey, but I am part of the team as well; so many posts will come from me. As I write this post, Marcy is working on developing and loading more images into her gallery, so I am doing the marketing duties. Thank you for liking our page, we've had a great response and so much appreciate your feedback. We knew from the start that there would be a bit of confusion about reaching our gallery sites, so now that you are a follower, we will give you more in little bits and pieces.
Tonight's feature is one of Marcy's latest inspirational images. We'd like to gauge reaction, but the most important place to collect likes and comments is on the gallery site, so please click on the picture below. Once on the site, you will see this and other images. Please give us feedback here if you had any difficulty reaching Marcy's gallery. ... See MoreSee Less
I am not privileged to travel but love Marcy’s work because it makes me feel like I am personally viewing what she captures. She has a gift from God and she uses it. So pure! So full of beauty! ... See MoreSee Less
It has been a week since we launched our photography business!
To start things off easy, we are only selling online right now, but we may expand later. Be sure and press the (See More) link below to see the rest of the post to get the whole story.
We have partnered with Pixels.com (also known as Fine Art America) to market our images. (We get a commission and they handle everything from ordering to fulfillment and have a 30-Day money back guarantee.)
Doug and I each have separate galleries and site names.
Once on our sites, please help us by "liking" and commenting on your favorite images. Likes and comments move us higher in the site search engine results, therefore, more people see our images.