Currently exhibiting at Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale Arizona

Now through March 29, 2015 you can view & purchase my fine art photography in person as well as meet me daily at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The prestigious Celebration of Fine Art is where art lovers and artists connect with 100 renowned and emerging artists from across the country. The juried event is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, coinciding with my own 25th anniversary of being a professional photographer. It is my 2nd consecutive year exhibiting at this show, where I am the only full-time color photographer.

My studio here at the 2015 Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.

My studio here at the 2015 Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.

Located in North Scottsdale under the Big White Tents at Hayden and the 101 we are open daily from 10am to 6pm through March 29, 2015.

Take a look at the Phoenix Fox 10 TV live report from Celebration recorded in early February to see what we are all about in this short video then start making your plans to visit with me here at the show!

A New Hope – Superstition Mountains in Arizona

New Years Day.

It is filled with hope for the new year as we throw away the worries from the previous year and try to start fresh for the upcoming year.

Every day Mother Nature gives me hope with her beautiful display of color and life. And on New Years Day in 2015 in particular Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. For on this day hope was shown in the form of a fresh snowfall in the Phoenix desert with gorgeous late afternoon light, providing those around to see an unusual display of beauty and life.

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“A New Hope”
Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Photographed on New Years Day, 2015

I was waiting here for 2 hours just before sunset at the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona filled with hope. The sky was providing some wonderful looking clouds and the sun behind me be looked like it was going to give me a quite show just before sunset.

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"Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon over Phoenix"

My top ten favorite photos from 2014

With tomorrow being the first day of 2015 and rain actually falling outside my RV here in the Phoenix desert I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on some of my favorite photos that I released in 2014.

Here is my top 10 favorite photographs from 2014 in no particular order.

1) “Thunderstorm over Santa Fe” – Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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A thunderstorm with lighting rolls in during sunset in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the Jemez Mountains in this composite photograph.

This was photographed right behind where my RV is parked in the summer in Santa Fe, which is located on a hill overlooking the valley providing me with a fantastic view for storms.

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Introducing Matt Suess Photography Gift Cards

New at MattSuess.com and just in time for the Holidays are my Gift Cards.

These gift cards are perfect for your hard to buy for art collector or photo enthusiast.

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They are available in a number of amounts from $25 to $1,000. There are no processing fees, they do not expire, you can check your balance at any time, and they can be used towards purchases either online or in person at one of my exhibitions.

Gift cards can be used towards the purchase of my fine art photography, photo workshops & online classes, and photo textures & backgrounds.

Zion’s Heavenly Glow

Knowing where to photograph and when is key to photographing amazing light in Zion National Park, Utah.

At this particular location the light only lasts like this for maybe a half hour or so. The sunlight reflects off a canyon wall (not visible in photo), illuminating the orange canyon wall to the right.

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Zion National Park, Utah
Prints can be ordered here.

 

This was photographed during peak fall foliage. The yellow trees in the center provide a wonderful color contrast to the blue sky and orange canyon walls, producing what I call Zion’s Heavenly Glow.

This was photographed hand-held using my Sony a7R and Canon 17-40mm f4 lens. The RAW file was processed in Capture One Pro and the photo was fine-tuned with onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9.

 


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Zion by Moonlight

Many times the human eye sees things much better than what a camera can see. The eye has a much larger contrast ratio with a lot more dynamic range.

Other times the camera comes out on top and can see things that our eyes can not. This is one of those photos.

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 “Zion by Moonlight”
Zion National Park, Utah

Looking at this photo, one can see all of the detail in this landscape at Zion National Park in Utah. When I was photographing it, however, it was much, much darker than this.

The sun had set behind me almost 30 minutes prior to me taking this photograph. A nearly full moon had come up over the horizon in front providing some illumination. The rest of the illumination in this photo came from the light still present in the sky behind me after the sun had set.

A long exposure and higher ISO – 15 seconds at ISO 400 – was used to provide me with a photo that I couldn’t quite see with my own eyes but what the camera had no problems in helping me see.

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