Photographer Robert Lott uses multiple images and post processing techniques to create beautiful, painterly photographs of nature and landscapes. Visit his website to see more of his work.
About two years before retirement I developed an interest in photography, initially photographing my daughter’s volleyball games. Eventually, I transitioned this interest to include taking landscape photography that captures the beauty of nature.
Although I hold degrees in engineering from Louisiana State University and business from the University of Delaware, I am primarily a self-taught photographer.
The camera image is simply the starting point for my work. I try to create a finished image which best captures the emotion, lighting, depth and dynamic range that I experience when observing the scene before me.
I frequently utilize multiple images, captured by varying shutter speed and combine them using software during post-processing to capture the full dynamic range and depth of a scene as I observe it. Post-processing with Lightroom, Photoshop and various plug-ins help me to craft the final image.
I use these plug-ins to make a photograph more painterly, generally letting the image determine how it will be treated. Some would say that this treatment blurs the line between photography and painting; I consider this my artistic license.
My goal is to create art which I think will sell, not just capture an interesting image. Many of my images were captured during plein air competitions in the Brandywine Valley. Participating in these competitions has forced me to shoot things I might not normally consider and has definitely improved my photography.
The plein air competitions have also allowed me to capture images from the beautiful Brandywine Valley in locations not normally accessible to everyone.
I do all of my own printing, mounting and shipping. I offer prints on fine art paper and canvas and I also offer ready to hang prints mounted on gator board with UV protection applied.
My clients frequently tell me how they can imagine themselves in my scenes because they seem so real and appear to have great depth. They also question whether my artwork is photography or painting.
In addition to my photography, I enjoy teaching High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, Photography Workflow using Lightroom and Post-Processing using Lightroom in the Chester County Night School in southern Pennsylvania.