Elevating Nature's Beauty

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Elevating Nature's Beauty


True artistic endeavor comes with great advocacy. It’s not enough to just be good in a certain medium without having any purpose why one is into it.Landscape photographer Jay Jallorina boasts a magnificent portfolio of photographs capturing the wonder of land mass formations. But equally powerful are his noble goals to help preserve nature’s splendor. “Hopefully one day, a more serious and concerted preservation effort will be legislated and that a keen sense of respect for our environment will be engendered in everyone. Ansel Adams was able to do it for the United States. Through his passion and photography, he was able to elevate the American consciousness for their many National Parks – resulting in the preservation of these places,” shares the La Salle alumnus whose idols in photography include some of the finest landscape shooters like Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe, Michael Kenna, and Marc Adamus.Jallorina’s shots are perfect proof that he is influenced by a tough list of heavyweights in the field. One can just marvel at how well-treated his subjects are once they end up into his frames. A good landscape shot takes a lot of having to hope for the right natural light. Thus, he has been traveling around to find for that perfect moment before his three required elements (namely, gorgeous light, great visual design, and a sense of dynamism) come into proper play. For this Canon user, it’s his calling to make “great images of unheard places in the country” or create “unique interpretations of familiar tourist destinations.” He elaborates, “I am driven to show a well-known place in a fresh way. Landscape photography involves a multitude of techniques (long exposures, filters, infrared, night, etc.) and I use the entire gamut on the scenes that I discover to get a unique (and hopefully, visually interesting) image out of it.” “I am especially enamored with bucolic, countryside scenes with a lot of depth and solitude. I enjoy the quiet and peace of being alone, soaking in the beauty of nature. People often perceive that solitary, lonely mood in most of my photos.”Those who are in sad mood will surely find Jallorina’s images complementing. But the real strength of the pictures lies in its power to provide positivity, sense of wonder, and spiritual enlightenment. One source of the man’s power is indebted to his love for long exposures. According to him, capturing the passage of time evokes a classic, timeless appeal that never gets dated. What separates an ordinary shot to that of a certified artistic product is the proper use of long exposure. …

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