Art of Frozen Time Blog

by Jeffrey M. Smith

 

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Panorama of the Dayton Skyline where the heavily clouded sky caught warm colorful light appearing as skyfireSurprise Sunset Over Dayton Skyline No. 2This spectacular sunset occurred Labor Day weekend over Dayton Ohio. This stunning light took the skies over the Miami Valley only 5 minutes after the first dull grey image I released with this image. I was standing with a visiting couple from Indianapolis exploring our RiverScape MetroPark. I remember explaining that although this scene looks questionable, sometimes really incredible things happen when the setting sun finds clear skies and illuminates the clouds from underneath. This sunset started with a hint of red, right before the entire sky ignited as if were a scene from Ron Howard’s Backdraft. As the skyfire expanded horizon to horizon I elected to pursue a panoramic approach where it required 70 separate images to capture this spectacle.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Hour Over Spring Valley Wildlife Area No. 11

Evidence-based Design Artwork – Art of Frozen Time

Today, I thought I’d share this print of a perfect summer day over Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Spring Valley, Ohio.  As work to refine my fine art photography, I’ve studied how nature photography supports healthcare art clients.  I thought I’d highlight several evidence-based design concepts captured in this classic Ohio landscape scene. 

 

Representation Landscape

In this art print, we have a representational landscape which means, the viewer quickly comprehends the scene.  Where abstract art may be a desired art form, it also creates confusion and apprehension.  In a healthcare environment where patients and families may already be overwhelmed with these feelings, a representational landscape print allows the viewer to rest their eyes within the scene, making this wall decor a point of solace. 

 

Calm Waterscapes

Another positive aspect of this wall print is it’s a peaceful waterscape.  Art consultants want to avoid high-energy water scenes such as large waves crashing ashore or fast-moving currents splashing against river boulders.  This Spring Valley Ohio wetland presents a very calm water scene where the air is still allowing the water surface to reflect the sky above. 

 

Peaceful Colors

In a healthcare environment, designers will want to avoid red in large qualities.  Red may work as small print accents, but if the color is too overt, it may quick to remind viewers of blood.  Intuitively, blues and greens are known calming colors where the viewer finds the hues soothing and re-enforces the biophilia theory mentioned in earlier blogs.  In this Ohio march setting, the blue skies and lush green vegetation works well in a healthcare environment. 

 

Openness and Long Sightlines

Another factor embedded in this scene lies in its open sky and clear views to the local horizon.  Researchers have measured a lack of stress and anxiety when viewers are presented with scenes portraying these traits.  Researchers postulate perhaps it’s something deeper in the human psyche where life on the African savannah proved more secure from sudden ambushed given the longer sightlines.  A composition which allows the eyes to rest in the foreground, mid-ground, and horizon provides a pleasing perspective and hopefully a moment of solitude.

A morning image of an Ohio marsh were the still surface waters form a perfect reflection of the blue sky and surround green vegetationGolden Hour Over Spring Valley Wildlife Area No. 11As the sun climbs into the clear skies over Spring Valley Wildlife Area, the marsh’s lush green vegetation peacefully compliments the blue sky creating a scene perfect for healthcare art.

 

If you’d like to purchase this print just click on the image.  I have more morning scenes in my Spring Valley Wildlife Area gallery.  If you are an art consultant seeking more evidence-based design nature scenes, I have a series of galleries called Nature Scenes (Meadows, Plants, and Trees, a host of several waterscape galleries and scenes from gardens

 


Sunrise Over Spring Valley Wildlife Area No. 4

Evidence-Based Design Photography – Art of Frozen Time

In highlighting the beauty of Ohio’s landscape, I thought I’d share this morning sunrise scene from the Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Spring Valley, Ohio.  This canvas print hangs in a hospital hallway where art consultants specializing in evidence-based design (EBD) used this print to address their healthcare art client needs.  This wetlands marsh captures an environment filled with an abundance of life and aquatic vegetation.  A key term in EBD is Biophilia which recognizes humans feel an innate draw to nature and experience comfort and relaxation once immersed in nature.  Realizing nature art prints help in promoting patient healing, hospital designers seek to adorn patient rooms, hospital hallways and waiting rooms with art prints of nature.  In this wall print, the sun rising through the still air also gives the view a sense of hope and calm, which makes this an ideal example of art which helps the healing.
From the edge of an Ohio marsh at dawn, the sun forms a starburst as it breaks through the distant tree line illuminated the light fog hanging over the lakeSunrise Over Spring Valley Wildlife Area No. 3South of Spring Valley Ohio lies the Spring Valley Wildlife Area. This gem consists of 800 acres of marsh and grasslands. Naturalist have documented 230 species of birds. On this summer morning a light fog hung near the lake surface as the sun quietly broke over the distant tree line.

If you’d like to purchase this print just click on the image.  I have more morning scenes in my Spring Valley Wildlife Area gallery.  If you are an art consultant seeking more evidence-based design nature scenes, I have a series of galleries called Nature Scenes (Clouds, Flowers, Forest, Meadows, Plants and Trees.


Marcum Park Fountain Starburst, Hamilton OH No. 3

Heart-shaped Fountain in Marcum Park, Hamilton Ohio

Marcum Park is a new park in Hamilton Ohio (Butler County Ohio).  Joe and Sarah Marcum gifted $3.5 Million dollars to the Hamilton Community Foundation which converted the former Mercy Hospital lot into a phenomenal green space adjacent to RiversEdge Amphitheater.  A year after the park opened in 2017, and with the help of Stewart Iron Works and SAI Fountains, this fountain completed long-term plans for a vertical structure in the park.  The heart-shaped cut out from the M fountain pays tribute to Joe and Sarah Marcum who gifted the park to Hamilton Ohio.  On this autumn evening, the light from the setting sun illuminated the fountain waters with golden light creating a dynamic and magical scene.
An evening image of Marcum Park Fountain, Hamilton Ohio, where the fountain glistens in the golden light from the setting sunMarcum Park Fountain Starburst, Hamilton OH No. 3Marcum Park is a new park in Hamilton Ohio. Joe and Sarah Marcum gifted $3.5 Million dollars to the Hamilton Community Foundation which converted the former Mercy Hospital lot into a phenomenal green space adjacent to RiversEdge Amphitheater. A year after the park opened in 2017 this fountain was installed completed long-term plans for a vertical structure in the park. The heart-shaped cut out from the M fountain pays tribute to Joe and Sarah Marcum who gifted the park to Hamilton Ohio. On this autumn evening, the light from the setting sun illuminated the fountain waters with golden light creating a dynamic and magical scene.

If you’d like to purchase this print just click on the image.  I also offer other Hamilton Ohio prints in my Hamilton Ohio Architecture Gallery, Hamilton Ohio Parks Gallery, or one gallery focused solely on Hamilton Ohio Sculptures!
 


Cedar Cliff Falls in Spring No. 8

Cedarville Ohio Waterfall on Spring Day

Cedar Cliff Falls resides in Indian Mound Reserve under the management of the Greene County Parks & Trails system, near Cedarville, Ohio.  The previous year, the park district constructed the boardwalk and overlook giving visitors an impressive view as Massie Creek spills into the gorge below.  On this perfect spring day, Ohio’s lush green vegetation surrounds the water feature and cumulus clouds hang in the blue azure skies.
 

High cirrus clouds in this sunrise scene catch the sun’s reddest rays producing a colorful spectacle while the calm lake below produces a mirror refection of the spectacle aboveCedar Cliff Falls in Spring No. 8Cedar Cliff Falls resides in Indian Mound Reserve under the management of the Greene County Parks & Trails system, near Cedarville, Ohio. The previous year, the park district constructed the boardwalk and overlook giving visitors an impressive view as Massie Creek spills into the gorge below. On this perfect spring day, Ohio’s lush green vegetation surrounds the water feature and cumulus clouds hang in the blue azure skies.

If you’d like to purchase this print or see other local prints, check out this Cedarville Ohio Gallery!

 


Late Fall Sunset over Morris Reserve No. 7

Stunning Sunset Over Sugarcreek Township & Bellbrook Ohio

Morris Reserve is part of the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District, in Sugarcreek Township near Bellbrook, Ohio, and consists of a former family farm converted over to tallgrass prairie. Although this is a relatively new park, park planners continue to improve its aesthetics such designating formal trails which meanders throughout the park.  On this evening, mother nature surprised me with the sudden arrival of upper-level clouds over the Miami Valley. As the sun descended below the horizon, these clouds caught the last warm light from their still lit altitude, briefly giving all of us a visual treat.
 

A meandering trail leads the viewer through an Ohio tall-grass prairie towards a colorful sunset on a late fall eveningLate Fall Sunset over Morris Reserve No. 7Morris Reserve is part of the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District, near Bellbrook, Ohio, and consists of a former family farm converted over to tallgrass prairie. Although this is a relatively new park, park planners continue to improve its aesthetics such designating formal trails which meanders throughout the park. On this evening, mother nature surprised me with the sudden arrival of upper-level clouds over the Miami Valley. As the sun descended below the horizon, these clouds caught the last warm light from their still lit altitude, briefly giving all of us a visual treat.

I'm a frequent visitor to this park and have more print in this Bellbrook Ohio gallery.  If you are an art consultant, I also categorize my prints by subject matter.  In this case, this print lies in my Pathways gallery,  where I delineate allees, country roads, covered walkways, bike trails, and footpaths all of which entail strong leading lines.


 


Centerville Arts Commission Exhibit

Centerville Arts Commission Featured Artist
 

For the month of February 2021, the Centerville Arts Commission will host fine art photographer, Jeffrey M. Smith (Art of Frozen Time) in their gallery located in the foyer of the Centerville Ohio Police Station (155 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, OH).  The exhibit kicks off with a reception, Saturday, 6 February 2021, from 2-4 pm.  The foyer and the Centerville Police Art Gallery are open 24/7 and are free to visit. 

Jeff's vivid canvas prints capture amazing scenes from all over the Miami Valley.   He considers his signature pieces entailing views of the Dayton Skyline under amazing colors of sunset and twilight.  His prints also capture our Five River MetroParks and many local parks in the same stunning light.  You may already be familiar with his work as over 200 prints reside in patient rooms, waiting rooms, professional offices, and restaurants throughout the Miami Valley so stop by and see these prints for yourself!   

The police station gallery is large so there is plenty of room for social distancing.  If you'd like to see more of Jeff Smith's photography or find prints of your hometown check out his website is www.ArtofFrozenTime.com. 
Centerville Art Gallery Exhibit No. 1Centerville Art Gallery Exhibit No. 1Centerville Arts Commission hosts Jeffrey M. Smith (Art of Frozen Time) for the month of February 2021.

 


Dayton's Fiery Fountain of Lights

Dayton Fountain of Lights

At 200-feet high and 800-feet wide, the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights is reportedly one of the largest fountains in the world!  Today, RiverScape MetroPark is an impressive and beautiful addition to Dayton’s skyline.  Capturing this image took many trips in order to capture the fountain spray at sunset while light clouds occupied the Miami Valley skies but not so many that blocks the light.   Fortunately, on this evening, clear air between the setting sun and Riverscape MetroPark allowed the sun to illuminate the fountain’s spray amazing orange colors.

 

Dayton’s Fountain of Light panorama erupting at sunset while in the background, high cirrus clouds catch the day’s last rays.Fiery Fountain of LightAt 200-feet high and 800-feet wide, the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights is reportedly one of the largest fountains in the world! Today, it’s an impressive and beautiful addition to Dayton’s skyline. I’ve made many trips to this point (maybe too many) only to realize a distant cloud had blocked the setting sun’s warm colors, resulting in a scene with dull blue and grey tones. Although clouds on the horizon seemed poised to mute this sunset’s colors once again, a break in the clouds aligned between the sun and the fountain’s spray allowing the sunlight to paint the spray in amazing crimson colors.

If you'd like to see more prints from Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark or would like to purchase this Dayton Fountain print...click here!  

 


Caesar Creek Crescendo

Caesar Creek State Park Twilight

A winter sunset over Caesar Creek State Park (Waynesville, Warren County, OH) where the magical qualities of twilight transitioned to the night sky forming this peaceful waterscape.  I titled this image “Caesar Creek Crescendo” highlighting the many aspects which contributed to this scene of solitude.  This image captures the moment where the sun continues below the horizon rendering the lake surface with darker tones, while the cirrus and altostratus clouds catch colorful light from their still lit altitudes.  For me, it’s as if an orchestra director asked each natural process to peak at this moment producing colors and contrast…the crescendo, before quickly yielding to the oncoming darkness.  Yes, I created the stacked cairn for the scene, but as to not spoil the view for others, I returned the shoreline rocks to their original state before hiking into the night.
Peaceful twilight where calm waters of Caesar Creek reflects the colorful pink clouds as stacked rock cairn stands along the shorelineCaesar Creek CrescendoThis late winter sunset over Caesar Creek State Park (Waynesville, Warren County, OH) took on magical qualities with the approach of twilight. As the sun passed deeper below the horizon, the lake surface took on darker tones, while the cirrus and altostratus clouds refracted various colors from their still lit altitudes. The images captured moments before and after this shot reveal how briefly the contrasting colors achieve crescendo before quickly yielding to the night sky. The stacked rocked added to the solitude, but as to not spoil the view for others, the rocks were returned to their original location.

There are more Caesar Creek images at this link.  If you'd like to see more twilight waterscapes, I have a small portfolio here!  


Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point Panorama No. 1

Dead Horse Point State Park Sunset

A peaceful sunset over Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah.  From the park’s southern overlook the sun’s golden light rakes over the distant mesas of Canyonlands National Park while the Colorado River meanders 2000 feet below.  The lower mesa in the left third of the image served as a natural corral for wild horses and was also the film scene for Thelma and Louise’s last ride.
 

Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point Panorama No. 1Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point Panorama No. 1A peaceful sunset over Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah.  From the park’s southern overlook the sun’s golden light rakes over the distant mesas of Canyonlands National Park while the Colorado River meanders 2000 feet below.  The lower mesa in the left third of the image served as a natural corral for wild horses and was also the film scene for Thelma and Louise’s last ride.

If you'd like to purchase this print, visit this gallery here.  If you'd like to see more colorful landscape photography from the western US, check out this collection of National Park galleries.  


Sedona Moonrise Over Cathedral Rock

Sedona AZ Cathedral Rock Moonrise

A magical moonrise over Sedona Arizona featuring a spire that rises between the buttes.  The formation is known as Cathedral Rock, which also serves as one of Sedona’s energy vortex sites.  As visitors explore this point of interest, many perceive a concentration of mystical energy which promotes enhanced meditation, healing, and creativity.  The subtle light and dark patches in the sky are anticrepuscular rays that spanned the sky over Red Rock Country converging on the eastern horizon.  Minutes before, large western horizon clouds blocked the light, until the sinking sun found clear air thereby painting the red Schnebly Hill Sandstone in warm light. 

A full moon rising over Sedona’s Cathedral Rock where the setting sun paints the red sandstone in warm light creating a magical sceneSedona Moonrise Over Cathedral RockA magical moonrise over Sedona Arizona featuring a spire which rises between the buttes. The formation is known as Cathedral Rock, which also serves as one of Sedona’s energy vortex sites. As visitors explore this point of interest, many perceive a concentration of mystical energy which promotes enhanced meditation, healing, and creativity. The subtle light and dark patches in the sky are anticrepuscular rays which spanned the sky over Red Rock Country converging on the eastern horizon. Minutes before, large western horizon clouds blocked the light, until the sinking sun found clear air thereby painting the red Schnebly Hill Sandstone in warm light.

This is one of several prints I’m releasing as part of my Sedona Arizona gallery.  If you’d like to purchase this print or see more Sedona scenes, check out this gallery

 

 


Twin Butte Sunrise From Sedona Airport Vortex

Sedona Arizona Twin Buttes at Sunrise

This morning scene of Twin Buttes in Sedona, Arizona was captured from the Airport Mesa Vortex.  From this hilltop perch, one can take in the grand vistas offered throughout Red Rock Country.  On this morning, eastern high clouds warmly filtered the morning sunlight as the golden rays washed over the red rocks of the Schnebly Hill Sandstone
Twin Butte Sunrise From Sedona Airport VortexTwin Butte Sunrise From Sedona Airport VortexThis morning scene of Twin Buttes in Sedona, Arizona was captured from the Airport Mesa Vortex. From this hilltop perch, one can take in the grand vistas offered throughout Red Rock Country. On this morning, eastern high clouds warmly filtered the morning sunlight as the golden rays washed over the red rocks of the Schnebly Hill Sandstone.

This is the first of several prints I’m releasing as part of my Sedona Arizona gallery.  If you’d like to purchase this print or see more Sedona scenes, check out this gallery!
 

 


Sedona Sunset No. 2

Sunset Over Sedona Arizona 

One of Sedona, Arizona’s premier spots for sunset watching lies at the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout where visitors witness stunning views of Red Rock Country.  These dramatic dark red sandstones are from the Schnebly Hill Formation where erosion produced geologic features such as Coffee Pot Rock in the right third of this image.  In addition to fanciful rock formations, Sedona is known for its energy vortex sites which concentrate mystical energy where many experience enhanced meditation, healing, and creativity.  In this 49-image panoramic sunset, the sun sinks to the right of the Cockscomb rock formation with Black Mountain and Casner Mountain on the far horizon
 

Sedona Sunset No. 2Sedona Sunset No. 2One of Sedona Arizona’s premier spots for sunset watching lies at the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout where visitors witness stunning views of Red Rock Country. These dramatic dark red sandstones are from the Schnebly Hill Formation where erosion produced geologic features such as Coffee Pot Rock in the right third of this image. In addition to fanciful rock formations, Sedona is known for its energy vortex sites which concentrate a mystical energy where many experience enhanced meditation, healing and creativity. In this 49-image panoramic sunset, the sun sinks to the right of the Cockscomb rock formation with Black Mountain and Casner Mountain on the far horizon.

This is the first of several prints I’m releasing as part of my Sedona Arizona gallery.  If you’d like to purchase this print or see more Sedona scenes, check out this gallery

 


Roebling Suspension Bridge at Twilight No. 1

Roebling Suspension Bridge Twilight

The Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River connecting Cincinnati, Ohio with Covington Kentucky.  Built by John A. Roebling in 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world until he built the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883.  In this evening image, the bridge's warm lighting contrasted nicely with the blue-hour tones of twilight as it stretches to the Kentucky shoreline. 

A twilight image of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge as its warm yellowish lights illuminates the evening as it spans the Ohio RiverRoebling Suspension Bridge at Twilight No. 1The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River connecting Cincinnati Ohio with Covington Kentucky. Built by John A. Roebling in 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, until he built the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. In this evening image, the bridges warm lighting contrasted nicely with the blue-hour tones of twilight as it stretched to the Kentucky shoreline.

If you’d like to see this print in person it on display at ADC Gallery (West), Cincinnati Ohio.  If you’d like to see more Cincinnati images check out this gallery

 

 


Surprise Sunset Over Dayton Skyline No. 2

Colorful Dayton Skyline Sunset

I don’t often share my failures, but the below image captures the reality of most photo outings.  I worked hard to be at the right spot, its official sunset and when I look around, the skies are filled with clouds which paint the scene with various tones of grey.  Early on, I would begin packing up my gear.  On one outing in 2015, I was cruelly surprised by sudden stunning light appearing in my rearview mirror…only by now, I’m confined on the highway with no nearby exits.  I should have waited a few more minutes by the Mississippi River across from the Gateway Arch….that would have been a keeper print.  That moment became my penance for not being patient.

Dayton Skyline Over Labor Day WeekendDayton Skyline Over Labor Day Weekend

…and here’s why I’ve learned to wait.  This spectacular sunset occurred Labor Day weekend over Dayton Ohio.  This stunning light took the skies over the Miami Valley only 5 minutes after the first dull grey image I released with this image.  I was standing with a visiting couple from Indianapolis exploring our RiverScape MetroPark.  I remember explaining that although this scene looks questionable, sometimes really incredible things happen when the setting sun finds clear skies and illuminates the clouds from underneath. 

 

This sunset started with a hint of red, right before the entire sky ignited as if were a scene from Ron Howard’s Backdraft.  As the skyfire expanded horizon to horizon I elected to pursue a panoramic approach where it required 70 separate images to capture this spectacle.
 

Panorama of the Dayton Skyline where the heavily clouded sky caught warm colorful light appearing as skyfireSurprise Sunset Over Dayton Skyline No. 2This spectacular sunset occurred Labor Day weekend over Dayton Ohio. This stunning light took the skies over the Miami Valley only 5 minutes after the first dull grey image I released with this image. I was standing with a visiting couple from Indianapolis exploring our RiverScape MetroPark. I remember explaining that although this scene looks questionable, sometimes really incredible things happen when the setting sun finds clear skies and illuminates the clouds from underneath. This sunset started with a hint of red, right before the entire sky ignited as if were a scene from Ron Howard’s Backdraft. As the skyfire expanded horizon to horizon I elected to pursue a panoramic approach where it required 70 separate images to capture this spectacle.

If you’d like to see this print or more Dayton Skyline images, check out this gallery!

 


Sunrise Over Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise

A 45-image panorama capturing sunrise over Bryce Canyon National Park which stretches from Sunrise Point (left) and Sunset Point (right).  For me, I loved how the day’s first ray raked over the warmed-colored hoodoos of the Claron Formation sandstones as the sun climbed in the clear blue skies.  I remember the brisk, refreshing air of Bryce Utah’s higher elevation which was a welcomed relief after dwelling in the sunbaked portions of eastern Utah


Bryce Canyon National Park Panorama at sunrise where warm light washes over the orange-colored sandstone hoodoosSunrise Over Bryce Canyon National ParkA 45-image panorama capturing sunrise over Bryce Canyon National Park which stretches from Sunrise Point (left) and Sunset Point (right). For me, I loved how the day’s first ray raked over the warmed-colored hoodoos of the Claron Formation sandstones as the sun climbed in the clear blue skies. I remember the brisk, refreshing air of Bryce Utah’s higher elevation which was a welcomed relieve after dwelling in the sunbaked portions of eastern Utah. This image is the start of a series covering our US National Parks.  If you like to order this print, you'll want to check out this gallery!
 

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