Janthina Image offers 15% Fall Savings Coupon

•September 21, 2015 • 3 Comments


Janthina Images 15% Off Fall Coupon

Janthina Images is offering a Fall Savings Coupon for 15% off of the orders of any print or product in its sales galleries…see the top two galleries on the Janthina Images Sale Galleries page and there are some Janthina print ready greeting cards available too on the Note Cards tab.  Should there be interest in an image or product then after your selection and when you are in the shopping cart it will ask for payment info. In that area you will see a white field to fill in a coupon code. Just type in JanthinaFallPromo and hit Apply; that will show the 15% discount from the price. The code is not case sensitive but be sure to type without any spaces. See example screen at the bottom of this post.

There are so many print options, from a variety of photo papers to various canvas and metal treatments, to choose from but I particularly like the Canvas Board preparation I mentioned on an earlier post so thought I’d share a couple more I decided to try.  I think it is a versatile way to own a small canvas for table display on an easel stand which could then be framed at any future time. So I wanted to see about the She Sits in Her Beauty image (nesting White Egret with aigrettes pleasantly caught on the surrounding ferns) as a canvas board.  I prepared a black and white version as well as the color, both of which you see below. The white birds do lend so well to black and white and I love the light on the nest and ferns.  I placed these inside the house facing towards incoming outside daylight for the photos. You can see the texture a bit too.

If anyone has any questions I can help with just let me know. A wonderful Fall to everyone. As for me, I am looking forward to more comfortable weather. You have to be very sensitive to detect the advent of Fall in Florida as we have no blazing crimson leaves or hints of frost to announce its arrival, but rather a barely perceptible sense that the air has become deliciously drier and cooler. And after awhile, the birds will come!!

Nesting White Egret - black and white - canvas board treatment - 12 x 18

This is a size 12 x 18 canvas board on a little table stand.

Nesting White Egret in color-canvas board treatment-8 x 12

This color image is a 8 x 12 sized canvas board on a gold finished stand.

Happy Fall to All!!


Example Payment Info Page with 15% Coupon Applied

This is what the screen looks like after you hit Next: Payment Info.  On that screen, just beneath the heading Payment Info, you will see Have a Coupon? and you enter the code to the right in the white field. Hit Apply and underneath it will show the discount amount. Also, the Order Summary will show the Coupon discount amount as well. Just letting everyone know I have images which are available through Janthina Images online. Always just feel free to look around as I appreciate sharing the subjects I see through my viewfinder!!

Lenora-just about 2

•September 20, 2015 • 20 Comments

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I was going to entitle this post something along the lines of “How NOT to do Child Portraits”, but how can I not be happy with this little girl!! However, since I don’t see my two granddaughters as often as I’d like, I always have high hopes for a SERIOUS photo session when we are together. Some nice old fashioned portraits perhaps!! Their first stop on a recent South Florida trip was at my parent’s house, their Great Grandparents! There my mother has a beautiful rocking chair with curly arms just perfect for sitting a child for a portrait. Well, Lenora was just as SERIOUS about not wanting her picture taken especially in a frilly white dress!! My favourite curly armed rocking chair served only as a nano second resting place as she slid right off quite emphatically. That chair was not going to happen. So above is an image from that morning with Lenora sitting in the window seat, yeah as she was getting ready to scoot out of there too. And to think, I thought birds were hard!! The images below were taken at her other Great Grandmother’s house by the pool. She was happier with the water. But, that runs in the family since I am a water girl too and so is her Dad!!

So I don’t really have a lesson here other than the fact that you have to be patient with children at any time, but especially when they are travelling. And, maybe that you are sometimes best off to just follow them around and hope they look your way once in awhile!! Sort of like birds!!

Thing is time is so precious and any picture is worth its weight because they grow and change so quickly…it is all very in the moment. And, I actually love that!! So here’s to determined little Lenora being herself at just about 2!!



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Lenora fascinated by the moving water of the little pool waterfall.



Happy now!!


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A fleeting moment of indecision! Hmmm, what to do next??!!

Very lucky Grandmother,

Mimi Judy

Great White Heron Mangrove Scene Project-Gallery Wrap Canvas

•September 12, 2015 • 6 Comments

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24" x 36" Gallery Wrap Canvas - Great White Heron Mangrove Image

I do offer the ability to order prints of images I have made through my Janthina Images website but I do not talk about this as much as I should. Viewing an image on a computer monitor does very little sometimes to show that the image might make a lovely print or wall art selection for those interested in the kinds of scenes I have. So along with the previous post on the Canvas Board product, I wanted to share this project with my Great White Heron Mangrove image.

A couple of months ago I received an inquiry from a lady who wondered if the image on the left side of my WordPress banner was available as a print. The series of pictures I took from our inflatable while traversing Largo Sound in the Pennecamp area of a beautiful Great White Heron has remained a favourite collection. For the banner image I used one of those capture shots which I combined with some elements to merge the bird and the gator into an evocative everglades view. Made for a specific purpose it was very small and not print material. But, I understood the kind of scene that she was interested in. She has a strong connection with the Florida Keys as her son is an experienced and well known Key West flats boat fishing guide in the area.  So loving the Florida mangrove landscape,  she was specifically was interested in a Great White Heron in a mangrove setting.

The image above is of the scene produced to make a nice quintessentially Florida wall print. The image is a Giclee print on museum quality canvas, printed with archival inks, and protected by a glossy laminate. It is a 1″ gallery wrap with part of the image mirrored on the sides as it is being hung without a frame. It really does look beautiful in person and I was so pleased to be able to facilite my client’s vision.

You can find the image in color in my Selected Landscapes and Birds Gallery. I have a black and white version in the Bird Portraits Gallery too. A canvas can be ordered through the Janthina Image website but for the full face to be on the front choose a stretched or canvas board treatment. For a 1″ gallery wrap like this, you’d have to contact me directly as mirrored wraps are not available through the shopping cart currently. I am always available for questions if someone is interested in one of my images but not sure how to turn it into the product they are thinking about.  This was so much fun to work on and especially fun to have had someone give me the chance to make something happen for them!!

My client’s son is Captain Simon Becker a well known and respected flats fishing guide in the Florida Keys. Here is an article that features Simon Becker and some innovative things he has done with improving fly fishing knots. From SS Flies here is an endorsement:

“Capt. Simon Becker is one of the most respected captains in Key West. If you ever get a chance to stand on his bow drop everything, postpone your wedding, leave your kids in a lurch, quit your job, do whatever you have to do to get to Key West. Everyone of our clients who fish with Simon are honored to fish with him on the poling platform. In the very competitive world of Key West captains he is universally respected. Simply one of the best! ”

Please visit my client, Mary, at her Etsy shop called Cosy Kozees. After a lifetime of crafting, she shares her art through her Etsy shop. Her handmade tea cozies are a delightful and charming addition to anyone’s table and make superb gifts. Enjoy viewing her extended craft selections! She would surely welcome your queries.


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Mirrored Gallery Wrap Side View



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Great White Heron Mangrove Image - Black and White

Thank you Mary!!



Black and White Bird Portraits on Canvas Board

•August 22, 2015 • 21 Comments

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White Egret with Aigrettes Image printed as a Canvas Board in a Standard 11 x 14 frame on a table stand.

With this post I wanted to introduce one product that is available through my Janthina Images photo gallery site. I’ve been working on some black and white bird portraits and have tested them as photographic lustre prints which look lovely. But, I had been curious to see how they would look on canvas. Plus, I was interested in seeing about the Canvas Board Product which I had not ordered myself before. All of my canvases,  ’til these, have been of color images. Because, I liked these so well and thought others might also, I wanted to present the idea. While I have realized just trying to take pictures of these to show, I might not be the best ‘product photographer.’ But, hope that they convey to some degree how really lovely these pictures are in person.  Canvases can be purchased as gallery wraps which have part of the image on the sides, or stretched where the entire image is on the face and the sides are white, or thin wraps which are mounted on board with image on the edges and wrapped around the back, or Canvas Board such as these.

The Canvas Board option is a Giclee on museum quality canvas, printed with archival inks, and mounted on gatorboard. The image is on the face with sides white and neatly wrapped and affixed on the back. When ordering through my site the canvas is protected by a satin laminate which is a nice soft treatment. Although, gloss laminate is available on request, just not through the cart. The Canvas Board treatment is very lightweight but gatorboard is rigid and won’t warp so it makes a great product to either put in a frame or on a stand. I ordered the first one, as above, in a standard size….in this case an 11 x 14 which fits nicely into ready made frames. I didn’t show it here but I found a very attractive distressed wood frame at Pier 1, removed the glass and the matt, and the canvas board fit in perfectly with the backing in the frame. The picture above shows the canvas in an 11 x 14 ready made frame I found at the frame makers store. Frame makers will often make standard sizes of left over frame material from other jobs available. I love looking through those for good material and deals. Also, since canvas board prints are so thin, I thought it would be great to just stand them decoratively without frame on a table or mantle (you can do this with thin wraps too). I found the stands pictured here at Tuesday Morning which can be a great place to find eclectic decorative items inexpensively.

I hope you enjoy looking at these and the idea of Canvas Board for a casual canvas treatment with a great soft texture which can be affordably displayed in many ways. In case of interest, I put the gallery link on the bottom of this post along with a brief guide for finding the canvas board option. Clicking on the pictures will take you to that image in the gallery.

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 The image is a White Egret on a fallen limb with Tillandsia plants hanging on from the Big Cypress area. Here the canvas board is in a black stand without any frame for table display. The aspect ratio of the image is different than the first image and I didn’t want to crop in the shopping cart so I ordered it as an 11 x 16. Oh, the hummingbird plate is one of my mother’s china painting projects!


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This and the next few images just show this image with the same photo stand for continuity.

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A view of how thin the canvas board is and how nicely it fits in this little stand.

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This is what the back looks like of a canvas board mounting treatment.


Gallery Link: Janthina Images  Black and White Bird Portrait Gallery

Brief instructions to look around at an image and size options for canvas/canvas board:

  1. Click on desired image in the gallery.
  2. Hit Buy Photo – This Photo
  3. You’ll see Wall Art/Paper Prints/Keepsakes-Choose Wall Art
  4. Wall Art will display various canvas options: Choose Flat Mounted Canvas for the canvas board option
  5. Choose a size
  6. Add to Cart (this will not commit a purchase only get you to see or adjust crop)
  7. View Cart – here you can choose to Change the Product or you can Adjust the crop as you wish if a crop is required
  8. If you hit Change product a screen with tabs will come up where you can choose photo prints, etc, or select the canvas tab to get canvas options. Also, this area will display with each size if a Crop is required for that size choice. If  you look at the top image of this post at 11 x 14 or any of that aspect ratio, you won’t see Requires Crop there.

I know it sounds like a lot but it allows quite a bit of choice and control. Anyone interested or having difficulty with the size they are interested in just let me know and I’ll be happy to help. Additionally, any image of mine you have seen that is not in the two sale galleries I have. Just ask and I’ll put them there if you are interested in them. I plan to do more uploading with some new color images too.


Thanks for looking at this product option for the bird portraits and hope you enjoy just experimenting with it.




Brown Pelican – Mangrove Setting

•August 15, 2015 • 18 Comments

Brown Pelican against Mangrove Background-Key Largo


This Brown Pelican was the first image of my recent rainy day along Florida Bay in Key Largo shared on my previous post.  In the process of reviewing the photo files for ruthless deletions as my new effort to save fewer things– just in case–, I realized that I liked the very first image of the day quite well. Easy to pass over those first shots of any given photo session as just a trial effort without due scrutiny. This handsome fellow stood out quite nicely before a perfect mangrove background and so I wanted to share it too. This was just minutes before the real rain and gusty conditions began but still a drop drips from its beak!!


Rainy Day along Florida Bay

•August 11, 2015 • 21 Comments

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Brown Pelican faces into wind and rain along Florida Bay.

Relief from the oppressive humidity and sweltering heat of July in Florida comes by way of cooling breezes gusting out from tropical, afternoon thunderstorms. I’ll confess that my imagination has always given way to a certain level of excitement and pleasure with the prospect of a crashing storm and the fresh, cleansing aftermath. Birds must love it too as recently along Florida Bay in Key Largo , Florida I killed a couple of hours ( while my husband met with a client) watching brown pelicans in the rain.  Skies alternated between bright white and slate blue as water sloshed along the coralliferous rocks and covered most of the pathways between the mangroves.

While I was looking for a sunnier opportunity to take photographs, I was forced to relax and enjoy the reality of the dim day. As the birds were face into the wind, so was the lens of my camera, and open to rain being driven directly onto the glass and workings. So the time became a bit of a dance out to the water’s edge for the birds and the smell of the sea, then back under shelter to keep the camera relatively dry. My shirt became too wet to even be useful to cover or dry the camera between the hard rain and the misty drizzle in between. Having been dropped off, there was really no dry spot to hang out.

But, despite the wind and spitting rain, it was a wonderful respite! While initially I thought it was going to be just a day for pelican watching, a white heron landed briefly, gazed out at the stormy bay and flew to a higher vantage point, and I found a white ibis under some sheltering trees probing the muddy grounds. I do like taking photos on rainy days, but need to get a slicker for the camera and maybe a little umbrella!!

Sharing below some images of that soggy afternoon!!

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Great White Heron gazes out into the Bay from its coralliferous perch. Rising water and slippery ground made it tricky to get a shot in between the trees and blowing branches and leaves. But, there it is.

Great White Heron Overlooks Florida Bay from its perch on a Mangrove Limb

Here the Great White Heron has risen to a higher vantage point overlooking the Bay. When I was taking the pictures I was trying to beware of the sure green blur that would be created by the moving branches nearest me. Sometimes trying to avoid things causes a less optimal perspective or story. I included this picture because I felt the image told a better story with the bay water and far off mangrove island showing on the lower area, despite the green blur to the bottom left. In other images I raised the camera to avoid the most wildly moving leaves and made less interesting perspective. The bird did look visually amazing with white against that slate blue sky.

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And, this White Ibis I didn’t really expect to turn out. The light was very dim but with some white light coming through the branches, but when it extracted its bill from the mud and turned to look at me I could not resist.

As Ever,


Bird Portraits – Why I Do Them

•July 24, 2015 • 26 Comments

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Nobody likes a rejection letter but I like to think it is just a necessary test that one must go through to further personal development in whatever creative enterprise you are dreaming of. Last fall I decided to submit some of my black and white bird portraits to a magazine which specialized in black and white images. What I really liked about the publication was that their mission, unlike many photographic magazines, was more about the art of photography than the gear. The format was for project and series oriented groups of images. At that point in time I had quite a few monotone portraits and thought I’d escape my usual zone of reluctance and take advantage of the invitation they extend to readers to submit projects. For the project submittal I enjoyed seeing some of my other images in a different light for a black and white interpretation  in order to provide  a varied set. Despite the fact that I could soooo see some of my pictures on their pages, obviously from my introductory line my submittal was not selected for publication. One of these days I’ll chat up the magazine here on the blog, as despite my disappointment, I enjoy what they are doing very much.

They had a very specific format for a submittal with quite a few text requirements to go with the images. A lot had to do with the artist’s inspiration to do the series. While I probably exceeded my word count which was specified, I’m not sure I could explain why I began looking at my bird shots as portraits rather than documentary observations in fewer words. One thing I debated was which birds to include and what to title the series. I was sorely tempted to call it “At Home with Herons” since so many were in a nesting colony heronry. But, I did include some other birds and decided to keep it simply “Bird Portraits.”  I hope you enjoy my attempt with the series introduction to Bird Portraits. And, the bird that really turned my thinking into making bird portraits was the Great Blue Heron image below. I thought it was an amazing bird when I saw it. Originally, a color image, I thought the fierce gaze expressed well in a black and white treatment. So this has been the Intro to sharing the Intro!! My story so similar to others who after raising children return to passions and interests of their own youth.


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Bird Portraits as a project arose gradually over time. When my last child graduated college, I returned to photographic interests I’d set aside so many years before. Remembering the serenity of Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp and its misty mornings, I wanted to photograph the primordial mystery of the glades and still dark waters silently mirroring majestic cypress trees. But, in the process I became charmed by the ethereal flutter of white wings dematerializing into the depths of the swamp and the haunting calls of birds unseen, but echoing in the distance. Soon, my quiet scenes of trees, water, and sky seemed empty without a bird to claim its home.

Since that time birds have increasingly occupied a special place in my viewfinder. While I did not set out to become a bird photographer, increasingly I sought out cypress scenes, mangrove settings and rookeries to observe and capture images which concentrated on the presence of the bird itself. The idea of bird portraiture hit home as I was photographing a Great Blue Heron surveying its wetland domain with such a fierce gaze and regal stance that it was surely channeling the spirit of a great Seminole Indian Chief. It seemed the ancient heart of the everglades was embodied in the bird. I wanted to capture that presence.

I could say that famed field naturalist and artist, John James Audubon, was the seminal inspiration for my work, but oddly, it is true in a reverse sense. It was only after I began capturing images of birds did I fully appreciate the complex artistry, beauty and accuracy of his drawings. Audubon captured not just the detail of feather and form, but his work was infused with a sinuous, living quality. My viewfinder became a time portal opening the view of a Louisiana heron tending its nest, or a Great Blue Heron asleep atop its incubating eggs, or a White Egret standing staunchly over its huddled chicks in a Florida rain shower. My camera provided me continuity with the past revealing glimpses of bird life much as Audubon witnessed and recorded nearly 200 years ago in the swamps of Florida and Louisiana.

According to William Faulkner, The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” Ultimately, this was my greatest influence. I wanted to overcome the stasis inherent in any still shot and avoid a flat, immobile characterization. Portraiture should give dimension to its subject – showing more than its beauty and textures, but also, its mood, fierceness, tenderness – its life! I hope to have overcome a static portrayal to convey the intimacy of the nest, the character, and living artistry of some of the birds I’ve been privileged to observe and photograph. Whether a White Egret adorned with a bridal bustle of lacy aigrettes, the fierce profile of a Great Blue Heron, or the inquisitive meanderings of young chicks, this Bird Portrait series opens a portal into their lives.

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… enjoying the view!!…


I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view. – Michael York, actor


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