There is so much to talk about this week so I guess I will start with a list and you can jump in to the things that interest you.
1. Vietnam trip planning
2. New Wallpaper Gifts for you
3. In the words of a happy client
4. Print your own - glass prints
5. Art in Medical Practices
Blogs and more...
1. Vietnam Trip Planning
Thank you so much to everyone who replied with suggestions and ideas for our trip to Vietnam in July. It has been a tough decision but in the last few days we have locked in our itinerary as much as we want to. We actually want a little room to adjust as we go.
As it's our 20th anniversary and second honeymoon we have tried to include some luxury, plus adventure and exploring. So here is our basic itinerary.
Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Day 2 - Morning to explore Saigon, then afternoon flight to Hanoi
Day 3 - Hanoi exploring
Days 4-7 - We will be heading to Bai Tu Long, which is adjacent to Halong Bay but less busy but no less beautiful for a 2 night cruise. We will also head to Ninh Binh to spend some time exploring Cuc Phuong National Park and Trang An.
Day 8-11 We travel done to Dong Hoi and then do a 2 night three day trek. We are really excited about this. With Oxalis Tours we will cover 17km of jungle and mountain trekking plus 1km of cave swimming and 4 km of cave trekking. So excited. Check the tour out here.
Day 12-17 - Hoi An. We will chill in a resort plus take some time our to explore and do some day trips.
Day 18 - Return early to Ho Chi Minh, have a day to explore before the evening flight home.
A huge thanks must also go to our friends at italktravel Maitland who are helping with our arrangements in partnership with Wide Eyed Tours. Between them they bring a wealth of knowledge to the planning of this trip. NB. We are paying for this trip it isn't sponsored.
We just can't wait to go. Still looking for restaurant or experience suggestions in any of the places we are visiting, so if you have any just reply to this email.
2. New Wallpaper Gifts for you
We are always looking for different ways to say thank you and inspire. There is no secret I love capturing sunrises, sunsets and other beautiful moments. Until now I have just shared a favourite sunrise or sunset with you in this newsletter.
But, starting today you will not only get a beautiful moment but you get one to keep, it is yours free. Down below you will see our first, a breathtaking sunrise from Anzac Day on Budgewoi Lake. This moment was captured at dawn when the sky first fired up. Check it out and download it down below.
Every fortnight I will bring you a new favourite moment for you to download free.
3. In the words of a happy client
Recently we did an install here in Newcastle for training business - Transformational Group. They had just moved in to new premises and so we did an art installation from the front reception to the staff room and everywhere in between. In total 14 artworks, including some custom artworks that included their logo and values, a 3m+ glass quintych and more. This is what CEO & Founder Kelvin Holliday had to say about our product and service.
Initially I was unsure about investing in artwork for my office, with all the costs of moving into a new office, setting aside a budget for art, when there was so many practical needs was hard. It went against my practical instincts.
But, after sitting with John and working through the process, I realised how important art was to creating the VIBE AND CULTURE.
I knew I wanted a good vibe and culture but the cost! I had to shift my mindset from what I like and thought practical to what others would see and feel as they visited and worked within the facility.
I am not an art person but when the art was in place I was amazed at the personal feelings the office art resinated with me. They provide me comfort and focus and as an outcome, higher productivity.
The team also have built a sense of pride and ownership in the facility, as we together picked the art and they can see it every day that they had input into the look and feel.
Clients consistently pass comment and the art opens opportunity for a deeper connection in who we are as a company and also helps them feel supported in that relational aspect of our company.
I recommend that any office with people needs to JUST DO IT!!! and invest in office art.
All working environments need to have a sense of culture and belonging and my experience with art now in place has exceeded all expectations.
Kelvin Holliday - Transformational Group
4. Print your own - glass prints
For the last 12 months we have offered a "print your own" service, which allows you to access my amazing suppliers of fine art prints and framing or the spectacular glass prints. In the last couple of weeks we took on the challenge of reproducing a photo captured on a phone and then reproducing it as a HUGE 3x1.2m glass print.
Yes, a phone camera to a 3m print is possible. It is currently in production and will be installed in our client's home in a few weeks. I am sharing this, with permission, to show you what can be achieved.
Creating a to scale mock up, like the one below, is part of the service so you can see what it will look like on your wall at home.
This bespoke service allows you to take a treasured family holiday experience or memory and have it on your wall at home. If you are interested or want to know more, click here or just reply to this email. We would love to help you too.
5. Art in Medical Practices
Art in the medical and hospital environment has been extensively studied and the evidence is clear that there are positive effects for patients, staff and practitioners by incorporating evidence based art into the physical environment.
We help medical practices in many fields create an environment that is conducive to creating better health outcomes for patients as well as a more supportive and creative environment for health professionals.
If you or someone you know has a medical practice that needs upgrade the art or decoration of the walls of their practice. More art and a better space, then we would love to chat with them. We offer a free consultation in their practice to develop a plan that works for their business. Send them HERE or email us email@example.com.
Travel helps you appreciate how much you do have, how much choice and options you have. I visited homes in Cambodia where the walls and roof were made from rice bags and palm fronds. I could fit 20 of these homes, many housing 5-8 people from 3-4 generations in my home here in Australia.
On the Wellbeing Blog it seems to be a time of change. We have a new blogger Coach Barb to introduce, I tackle the thorny subject of coping with a boring job and Leah is off on a life changing journey.
Let's start with Leah, what do you do when nothing seems to go to plan? Change your plans, Leah is off to Europe for 3 months to re-discover life, passion and travel. We wish Leah well, I am hoping we will have some upcoming blogs from Leah as her journey evolves.
Meet Coach Barb, joining us all the way from Miami, Coach Barb helps Women achieve their goals, so they can feel joyful, powerful & HAPPY.
Our latest on the Biz Tips Blog is from Marc our design guru why size and weight matters in print. Tip: Marc has an exhibition opening very soon on his sketches from 365 days of drawing. Check out the blog and exhibition details here.
Every fortnight we have a new gift for you, a high resolution set of Wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Each set includes the all three.
To launch this new gift to you we have started with this beautiful sunrise from Anzac Day on Budgewoi Lake, on the northern end of the Central Coast NSW Australia. This was a perfectly fitting sunrise for Anzac Day and for me personally a moving morning to experience.
This last week has been interesting, mostly in a good way. I have walked the talk, stepped outside my comfort zone in a big way and loved it. Honestly I was avoiding it for months. It is wonderful to conquer the fear and realise it was complete BULL.
Most of the time we stop ourselves from achieving by talking ourselves out of doing things, when we actually do it, we realise we have been lying to ourselves.
I have also met with some wonderful new people that have given me insight and clarity. I really feel like the stars are aligning.
I was asked why I do what I do?
Initially I was a bit dumbstruck, I do it because I love sharing nature and beauty. But I was asked to dig deeper. What brought me to this point and what do I get out of it?
So I had to go back to why I am passionate about creating happier and more productive workspaces. My vision is to create workplaces where everyone enjoys going to work and loves their job.
Did you know only 24% of Australian workers enjoy their job?
24% is an awful number, the majority just don't care either way and about 15% are actively engaged in bringing down the business of their employer.
There is nothing good about this.
My personal insight.
A long time ago I was working in a fantastic work environment. A wonderful team, great vision and purpose, it was an amazing place to work. In fact, probably the best place I had ever worked.
At lunch there was always a great group of people from the CEO down engaging in a conversation, often a debate, but it was always in good spirit and positive.
One day that all changed.
We had a new senior manager that within two weeks had spread fear and anxiety throughout the entire organisation like a virus, over 200 people. It was awful.
The really sad thing was this one person caused dozens of wonderful people to leave. Those of us that stayed were forever scarred.
In the end it took years for the organisation to recover. Management took 18 months to remove this person and we were so relieved when it happened but it was far too late.
I also remember way back in my early career at another organisation.
There was a phobia from people to attend "all staff meetings". Apparently twice in the past, management called an all staff meeting. Then during the meeting told staff that some people were going to lose their jobs.
When you left the meeting, if there was an envelope on your desk, you had lost your job, you had 10 mins to pack your desk before security escorted you from the building. The natural and understandable response from staff after that date was to both dread and avoid all staff meetings.
Our people, our teams, they are our most important asset.
We need to treat them with the highest respect every day. That is why my mission is to create workplaces where everyone enjoys going to work and love their job.
I want to help more business owners create not just nice places to work but the BEST places to work, where their staff love their jobs and tell their friends and family how amazing it is to work in such a wonderful place. That is my mission.
This week we have some great new blogs for you including some new travel blogs. I also finally got around to blogging about my Melbourne trip, seems we spent most of the time going from one restaurant to the next. You can read it here - Yummy & Cheap Places to Eat in Melbourne.
There's so much more below including a naming competition from the most breathtaking sunrise I have seen in a very long time.
I am really excited to say we now have the team from italktravel Maitland, Rutherford, Newcastle West and The Junction blogging about their many and varied trips.
I have to be honest, I have been so wrapped up in my business I haven't taken the time to do the thing I enjoy most which is to witness nature's breathtaking beauty at sunrise.
I haven't been out for a sunrise shoot in weeks, like 4 or 5 weeks. This is bad, bad for my head, bad for my business and most importantly I am missing my favourite part of the day.
So last Monday I planned a sunrise shoot up near Nelson Bay. I actually planned it around a meeting I had with Ben from Bluewater Stainless, the work that Ben and his team produce is wonderful.
Anyhow, I was up at stupid o'clock, really it was 1am when I woke and 2am when I got out of bed. I was on the beach (Fingal Bay Beach) around 4:30am, after putting in 90 minutes in the office. I am well aware how crazy that is.
Sunrise started out promising and I was looking forward to something nice. Well mother nature stopped me in my tracks. She was simply breathtaking, sublime, stunning, there are not enough superlatives.
Watch the video below.
Later that day I ask the question on Facebook which was the preferred shot between my two favourite images from the morning. The overwhelming response was the second one. Personally I love different aspects of both but would probably pick the first for my home.
What do you think?
We have a naming competition running for the second print. If you would like to make a suggestion just click here, follow the instructions, to go into the draw to win the No.1 Artist's Proof. Entries close 23:59 AEDT 26 March 2017.
Have a wonderful week, until next time.
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It has been a while since my last real blog, I guess I have head my head deep in a bunch of things and blogging has slipped off the to do list. But the good news is that that is changing, in a big way.
The main change in the business is that I am clearly separating my offerings to businesses and for general artwork for the home. Over the coming months you will see more but essentially as I service to clear markets, "Business" or "Pleasure" I need to make sure I do the best for everyone.
So what is coming for "Business"?
Firstly we have a two new blogs, yes two.
Wellbeing at work:increasingly I am working with businesses to help them create a great space that has the right mood, feel and colours for the team and clients. This is a great way to introduce artwork into the workplace that can increase team productivity, happiness and for the business owner a more profitable business.
But, I work only in the art side of workplace wellbeing and business owners are looking at other ways to make improvements in their business to help their team. So I am currently recruiting a bunch of bloggers, who are experts in their field so we can help more businesses and their teams.
Our first blogger on the team is the lovely Jessica May Tang an ergonomics expert from Los Angeles California. I interviewed Jessica recently to get to know her a bit more and you can check that out here. Jessica is planning a variety of blogs that will help business owners create a better workspace for their team. I love Jessica's energy and passion, I hope you do too.
We have more bloggers in the Wellbeing at work space coming soon.
The focus here is simple and practical tips that can help your business, whether it be simple ways to record videos for social media, to marketing tips from experts in their niche. There is more to come and I am excited about how we can help businesses with simple tips and tricks to grow.
Finally my original blog which focuses on travel and photography will continue to grow. I will be inviting guests in for a chat about their travels. I will bring seasoned and newbie travellers in to help you with tips and planning for your next trip.
I will also share my personal travel and photography tips. In the end I hope there is something here for you. If you are travelling or have traveled recently and have a great story I would love to here from you. In fact if you believe that you can contribute to any of our three blogs I would love to chat. Call me on +61 449 105 295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you.
This is a Limited Edition of just 20, we normally have 50 in our Limited Edition sets but this one is so close to my heart I will only release 20 plus a single artist's proof.
Soon to be named and released you have the chance to have this beautiful image with you every day as a wallpaper on your phone. This high resolution image is designed for the latest smartphones including the new iPhone 7 and Samsung 7.
Download your high res wallpaper here.(Right click and choose "Save target/link as", note the image on this page is low res so don't save it, you need to save the linked file)
The new Daintree collection will be released soon. If you would like to know more or would like to Pre-Order any of the collection then email John direct to be one of the first to invest in this beautiful new collection.
As a traveller I have spent a lot of time travelling the world and only in recent years have I started to travel Australia more deeply. The reality is that I need to concentrate more on capturing images of landscapes in my own backyard.
In the last couple of years I have extensively captured the Hunter Region which is my home and some beautiful places within easy reach.
My favourite time of the day is sunrise and nothing beats standing on the oceanside watching the sun peak over the horizon without a doubt it this time of the day captures some of the most iconic images of the landscape. Redhead Beach above is a favourite as is the beautiful Shoal Bay Beach on Port Stephens.
Earlier this year I captured this lovely sunrise over Port Stephens looking out the headlands of the bay. This is a stark contrast to my earlier piece from the same beach titled Shoal Bay Glory.
While a sunrise over the beach is just stunning, on the right day at the right place in the country can stop you in your tracks. One morning back when I had a day job I was heading in to the office while there was a light mist in the hollows. Well this is the result.
For the last 20 years I have spent a lot of time in the Blue Mountains as I have family up there. But rarely have I shot the mountains until recently. A couple of years back my eldest son joined the Scouts and since then I have had the amazing opportunity to explore on foot hiking some amazing trails.
My favourite so far is definitely hiking from Govetts Leap Lookout to Perrys Lookdown via the Blue Gum Forest. On the first day of the hike we sat for lunch at base of Trinity Falls, a stunning waterfall.
The ancient trees of the Blue Gum Forest are just breathtaking, they are enormous just majestic and definitely worth the effort of the hike into the Grose Valley. The Grose Valley itself is enormous, in fact it is over 50,000 square kilometres.
The waterfalls of the Blue Mountains are varied in size, shape and colours, but without doubt the green colours of a small waterfall are my favourite.
Last year, I spent a week in the mountains exploring and capturing some of the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage area. I really enjoyed watching the sun set over the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters at Echo Point. The lookout at Sublime Point is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.
Many people have a love or hate relationship with Byron Bay as a town. There is no denying it is different to most other towns in NSW but personally I love Byron. The scenery is spectacular, the light, well WOW. It is my sort of place to capture.
The soft pastels off the mountain range with Mount Warning featuring on the horizon at dawn are what dreams are made of.
In the morning light the crystal clear waters of the bay make the perfect backdrop at The Wreck, the world famous surf break at the end of the main road in Byron. Sitting on the seawall with a morning coffee you can enjoy the locals mixing with tourists vying for the best waves.
One of the things that sets Byron apart from other regions is that the surf is so close to the rainforest. You can surf the break by morning and hike a rainforest trail by afternoon. The Byron Hinterland is just wonderful, with endless hiking trails to explore, easy access to beautiful lookouts, waterfalls and stunning green rainforest. All of this is less than 30 minutes from the centre of Byron Bay.
Forest floor in the Nightcap National Park
Images of Landscape - Northern NSW
The north coast of NSW offers some spectacularly rugged coastline with long sweeping beaches some of which are inaccessible to most and thus wonderfully isolated from the crowds.
Fingal Head in far northern NSW features stunning formations of interlocking basalt columns just like those seen at the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. At dawn in the soft light the columns looking just amazing.
I am in the final stages of packing my gear, for a trip to Far North Queensland, I fly in to Cairns and then will spend the next 7 days capturing the beauty and magic of this breathtaking region.
But the real hard work in the packing, isn't the cloths or the camera gear. It is in the charging of batteries and memory/backups. I have spare batteries for everything and all are charged to 100%.
When it comes to data storage I am a little cautious when on the road. I carry:
Laptop, this is my main workhorse and is fully backed up before I leave home with copies of everything staying at home. All my photos are copied to this daily.
iPad Mini this is my back up computer, purely in terms of processing a few photos a day so I can share the magic with you.
Standalone 500GB backup drive with its own power source and built in card readers. Each day I back up all photos to this.
2 x 1TB USB hard drives. One serves as a complete back up of my laptop data files. The second I copy all photo files too.
Finally I have at about 10 x 32 GB SD cards, and a mix of 32 & 16 GB Compact Flash cards, my camera uses both and I use them in back up mode. I never wipe the SD cards until I am home and safe in the knowledge that everything is backed up.
I also have spare cards for my GoPro and Phantom 3 Drone.
But when it comes to paranoid for data when travelling there are three more tips.
DON'T EVER store all of your back ups, laptop & cards in the one bag... if it gets stolen, lost, burnt, whatever you have lost it all.
Before you leave home, Re-Format all cards, watch the video below to see what I do.
Finally, if you store your cards in a folder or the like, put the used cards in upside down so you know they are used.
If you have sufficient cards and have re-formatted all before leaving home you should never get caught short with full cards and missing a shot.
Do the prep before you leave home and avoid the heartache.
Island Dream from New Caledonia Art on Glass Porthole
When it comes to bringing beautiful art into the workplace or home, the challenge is to create impact, simplicity and beauty.
To do it in a completely unique way that transports you immediately to a far away or favourite place is just wonderful. An escape that allows you to ponder for a moment or an hour right there in your own space, just wonderful.
Introducing "Art on Glass Portholes" exclusive and unique to John Lechner Art. These are not just another piece of art but your very own portal to another place.
Instantly you can be in Paris, New York or on a tropical island beach, without the jetlag and the time squish in an aluminium can with 300 other people.
Or perhaps you want to be transported from the suburbs to a local beach, a stunning waterfall or a breathtaking waterfall?
Art on Glass Portholes are completely unique in the market today, you will not find them anywhere else. They are exclusive to John Lechner Art as bespoke artworks for your office or home.
Art on Glass Porthole by John Lechner Art - Aloft morning rising
What makes Art on Glass Portholes so unique?
Exclusive only to John Lechner Art
Bespoke art pieces, each piece is created to suit you and your space
Three sizes to suit your space, 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm
Available only on selected artworks by John Lechner Art
FREE Australia wide shipping included
Clear and easy to understand installation instructions with mounting kit are included with every Porthole
6mm toughened glass, easy to clean & protects your investment
We use only the highest quality archival pigment Giclée and medium
Want the very best? We offer an upgrade to Crystallite - low iron glass (no green tint)
Upgrade to Crystallite for the highest clarity
Each Art on Glass Porthole is a bespoke artwork produced just for you. Production time is about 4 weeks and then we ship it direct to you FREE.
If you are in Sydney, Central Coast or Hunter Region we can arrange free installation also.
You can invest in your very own Art on Glass Porthole today for as little as $1,295.
With the basics of starting your iPhone camera, setting focus and exposure and knowing how to lock your focus/exposure under control in the last blog, click here if you haven't seen it yet.
Next we can look at several other ways to take photos with your iPhone including using a remote. Also we can really do some great stuff with the selfie shoot mode.
There are three ways to trigger the shutter other that touching the shutter button on the screen. These are helpful when your hands are needed to steady the camera or even when it is on a tripod and you want to minimise camera shake.
Did you know that your headphones can be used as a remote control?
Check it all out in this video.
There are more tips for your iPhone to come and in fact I am building an online course to help you. More to come soon but in the meantime, would you like more tips to help your travel or landscape photos?
The best thing about an iPhone as a camera is that you literally have it with you at all times and the best way to capture a moment is to have a camera that can save that memory for you.
The camera's on smartphones have got to an awesome point right now that the reality is for most people the iPhone, particularly the newer version are a great camera.
But are you getting the most from yours? Probably not...
There is some awesome functions built in and sometimes hidden that can take your photography to the next level. These functions also apply to the iPad and while their camera and usability isn't at the same level as the iPhone. There are definitely ways to improve your results.
In this little video I take you through four key points that will get you started on taking awesome photos with your iPhone:
Instant start of your camera, no unlock, no passcode
Focus on the most important subject in your shot
Adjust your exposure
Locking focus and exposure
These are simple steps and I am sure you have heard of some of them before but they are critical to improving your iPhone photography.
There are more tips for your iPhone to come and in fact I am building an online course to help you. More to come soon but in the meantime, would you like more tips to help your travel or landscape photos?
We are all in a search of that amazing photo, the one we will be proud of, the one we will annoy our friends and family about for years to come telling them that "this is my photo".
But what if you got that photo, it is mind blowing, the colours perfect, the framing wonderful and you want to print it as a massive glass print but the file your camera saved is only good enough for a Facebook post?
Well, the short answer is that I don't want you to ever have that problem. So right now we are going to change two key settings on your camera and then leave them there.
As we prepare our camera to take that stunning photo, we need to make a few more setting changes.
Quality is one of the things that’s critical if we are talking about printing one of your fantastic photos from your next holiday, having it on the wall and being proud to show your friends and family.
To do that, you need to make sure you get a great shot. That’s important. But there’s no point having a great shot if we end up with a file we can’t use because it’s too small or the quality is too low.
If you are using a Nikon camera like I do, there are actually three main quality settings that you choose from when shooting images. These are the image format settings you need to familiarize yourself with.
NOTE: Most Canon cameras will give you a choice between RAW (including M RAW & S RAW) and JPEG (JPG).
1. RAW- This image quality setting allows you to change or adjust the white balance or exposure of the image after you shoot it. RAW is what I use, but it is not what I recommend at this stage, as it will require you to learn new software like Lightroom or Photoshop. RAW files can also be massive, mine average around 40MB each.
2. JPEG- This format partly reduces the size of the image file. When you’re shooting in JPEG, most cameras have several options for you to choose. These quality options can be:
a) Fine- This is the highest quality setting that you can have on your camera. This is the best option that you need when you want to blow up your images or have them mounted on a frame or hanging on your walls. The compression ratio for the image is 1:4.
b) Normal- This is perfect for images that will be printed out as invitations or cards. The compression ratio for this is 1:8.
c) Basic- This is the lowest quality setting. This is not ideal when you want to have your images blown up. However, it works well for images that you want to post on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. The compression ratio for basic is 1:18.
When you are shooting in JPEG, one thing that you need to remember is; the higher the compression ratio, the lower the quality of the image and the lower the file size.
3. TIFF- This is the uncompressed image format that causes no change in the quality of the image or photo. However the file size of this is very large. Images taken in TIFF format can also be edited with other software or apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Photo/Aperture (for mac users).
Most camera models also give you a choice of JPEG file size.
In Nikon it is Large (L), Medium (M) and Small (S).
For Canon Large (L), Medium (M) and Small (S1, S2, S3).
It is my recommendation that when you are shooting, you always shoot JPEG Fine, Large . This is the best compromise between easy processing and having a file that has the potential to be printed in a large format.
iOS - in the native app this will default to the highest settings. Apps like VSCO give you more flexibility with your settings
Android - Depending on your device and version of the OS you may be able to adjust your size and quality settings. If so, set them to the highest quality and size settings.
Zen master on the beach in Bali, shot in WB "Cloudy"
When you are shooting at the ends of the day, adjusting the white balance on your camera to Cloudy will give you warmer colours (more yellows). Often this is a very pleasing effect. In fact it is my go to setting for sunsets and sunrises.
Previously we have talked about tripods, setting your ISO to 100 and ensuring your image stabilisation is turned OFF when your camera is on the tripod.
White balance is something you’ve probably never thought about before. What it does is change the balance of colours in your shot to suit the prevailing light. For instance, indoors under fluorescent lights is different to outdoors in the sun. Likewise, a cloudy day is different to a sunny day.
Your camera has a bunch of different white balance settings pre-programmed which you can use to get the best possible result.
On the top of your camera it might be there as WB or it will be in your settings under White Balance or WB.
I tend to do one of two things with my white balance;
I put it in AUTO (AWB) and let the camera work it out. If you’re not sure, then that’s a great default position to use. You don’t want it in one of the specialised light modes or flash mode or anything like that.
The other mode that I use is the cloudy mode. It looks like this. It’s basically for a day when the clouds are out. When you use the Cloudy WB you get a warmer, more yellow shot. It works really well for sunsets and sun rises.
The key difference between the AWB and using a pre-programmed setting like Cloudy is that AWB will adjust as the light changes where as a pre-programmed setting won’t.
I will often leave my camera in cloudy WB as it allows me to make sure that throughout the morning my white balance is the same.
NOTE: As I shoot in RAW I can make endless changes to my WB in post production. This is not the case with JPG, you need to get it right when you shoot it.
My suggestion is that you try the Cloudy mode and get a feel for the difference it makes to your shots compared to AWB. You will either like it or not. But remember, once you are finished your shoot put your camera back into AWB or all your daytime shots will look yellow.
Sun setting over the waves of Double Six Beach in Bali, shot in WB "Cloudy"
Your phone will default to AWB. To get a look similar to cloudy WB, set your WB between 6000-8000k in an app such as VSCO.
Recently we had some friends visiting and Kelly is a keen photographer so she brought her gear along and we went out for a sunrise shoot. I noticed her compact little tripod bag while we were getting organised and later had the chance to check it out in more detail.
I was so impressed I borrowed Kelly's tripod and ducked into the backyard so I could record a quick review video.
Here's why I was so impressed:
It is small I mean really compact.
Lightweight, this aluminium tripod is 112g lighter than my carbon fibre tripod.
Very sturdy and a payload of 4kg that will handle most rigs including my heaviest lens
Great price. It is roughly AU$220 or US$170. (About AU$500 cheaper than my Brian from Three Legged Thing)
Below is my video, but my advice is simple if you are looking for a great value quality tripod for travel or everyday, the Manfrotto Befree is it!
When you are setting up your camera for a landscape photo in the morning, evening or even at night when the light is low, you should have it on a tripod.
Setting your camera in the right mode in changing light is critical. Aperture mode is perfect for this as all other settings will remain constant except your shutter speed. Meaning with a tripod and timer mode you can get sharp photos regardless of the available light.
To find aperture mode on your camera you should have a dial or a setting where you change the shooting mode. It will probably have Auto, A for aperture, S for shutter speed and possibly an M for manual (depending on your camera). You probably have a bunch of other modes like sport mode, portrait mode and all those sorts of different things.
When you’re taking a landscape photograph, put your camera into A mode. That’s Aperture mode. On a Nikon it’s A. If you’re using a Canon it is Av.
My next tip is one they won’t teach you in photography school. The tip is to use an aperture number between F4 & F6.3.
The reason is Dust Spots. One of the issues with digital cameras with aperture numbers of F8 to F22 is that dust spots will appear, especially in the sky.
Keeping your aperture number between F4 & F6.3 will avoid almost all dust spots and save you a significant amount of time in post-production.
A reason you are taught to use a higher aperture number is depth of field. As a general rule with a landscape, you’re going with a wide focal length say 18, 20 or 24mm. You probably have a 18-55mm lens or something similar.
For most landscapes you want to be closer to the 18mm than the 55mm when you’re doing a landscape because you want to get as much of the panorama as possible.
When shooting landscapes, generally you’re not focussing on things really close to you. So, depth of field isn’t usually critical.
At a small focal length (18-24mm) almost everything will be in focus as long as it is at least 3 metres from the camera.
So depth of field isn’t really an issue, put your lens to infinity ∞ and everything should be in focus.
If you keep your aperture between F4 and F5.6, I will guarantee you that 99% of the time, you’re not going to have a bunch of dust spots. If you have a lot of sky in your photograph, it can take up to an hour to remove all the dust spots in post-production.
So my tip is:
Put your camera in Aperture mode, A or Av and then set your aperture somewhere between F4 and F6.3.
At this time, this is not a setting generally adjustable on phone cameras.
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Since our inception in March 2014 we have donated $12,419 in art to 10 different causes and that is just the start.
Most of my professional career has been in the not for profit sector. I did the 40 hour famine in primary school raising over $80 and it hasn't stopped since.
While in high school, university and beyond I was actively involved in Ronald McDonald House as a volunteer and as a volunteer fundraiser. Along the way I ended up at the Australian Red Cross spending nearly five years there ending as the Manager of the Red Cross Calling Appeal in NSW.
I moved on to head up the fundraising efforts of the State Library of NSW before taking a hiatus from the sector for a few years.
When I moved to the Hunter Valley in 2007 I joined The Mai-Wel Group which continued until just a few months ago when I left to pursue my dream of running a successful arts business.
Recently I have donated a bunch of pieces to support causes and things I am passionate about. I started writing them down and thought to myself WOW! We have made an impact.
We have donated $12,419 in artwork to these wonderful causes:
The Mai-Wel Group
Fred Hollows Foundation
Sydney International Eventing
Road to Rio - Christine Bates
Cure Cancer Australia Foundation
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
I know this is just the start and I am very proud to have been able to support such wonderful causes. One of my proudest moments was when one of my pieces sold for nearly triple its retail price raising money for HMRI last year.
ISO is your camera’s sensitivity to light. ISO is one of the basic factors that affect the exposure of your photo. The other factors that determine your image’s exposure are shutter speed and aperture. But we will talk more of that later.
Why does ISO matter?
There are two factors which are important for taking better travel pics.
1. A higher ISO, say 800-6400, will make it easier to take a well exposed photo in low light conditions without a tripod.
2. A high ISO, including 400 on some cameras can introduce noise (a grittiness or blotches of colour).
If we are using a tripod, which we should be in low light conditions, then we use a low ISO such as 100 and compensate with a longer exposure, sometimes seconds or even minutes. This is why a sturdy tripod is critical.
In practice, we want to avoid as much noise in our images as possible as noise shows up quite unpleasantly in large prints. So ISO 100 is the best way to avoid that noise in our end product.
If you’ve got an iPhone or another type of phone, sometimes you cannot set your ISO. There are ways that you can do it using other apps available. For now, let’s just focus on a handheld camera. You should be able to manually set your ISO on any camera.
As a general rule I suggest you use ISO 100 when on a tripod and ISO 400 when you have the camera in your hands and doing street or action photography.
To understand the relationship between the three factors that affect exposure - Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, it best to provide an example. So in my tutorials I recommend putting your camera in Aperture (A or Av) mode and setting your Aperture between 4-6.3.
In this example I set the Aperture to 5.6 and then adjust the ISO.
For the purpose of this exercise we won’t get too technical but the short answer is, when using a lower ISO, say 100, you need a longer exposure to get a correctly exposed shot. A higher ISO will need a shorter exposure, but it will also add noise, which we don’t want in our final image.
Using a free App such as VSCO (iOS & Android) allows you to manually set your ISO to 100 on your phone.
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Tripods are essential to get beautiful silky smooth water, like this.
Tripods are an essential tool for any landscape photography and are the one tool I would recommend you buy if you don't already have one.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a tripod is a three-legged device or stand used to support a camera or telescope.
Why do you really need to use a tripod when taking a good landscape?
The answer is simple. When shooting a landscape, you typically need a slower exposure to get a great shot especially when you are working on the either end of the day.
If you are shooting sunrise, sunset, in a forest, a waterfall or just generally low light conditions, in order to get a slow exposure, your gear should be placed on a tripod.
So what is a slow exposure?
A slow exposure is relative to your lens focal length, but for the sake of keeping it simple let’s just say that anything below 1/125th of a second is slow. 1/125th of a second will show up as “125” on most cameras. Slower speeds include 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1”, 2”, 4”. Note the “ as in 2” denotes seconds, so 2” is a two second exposure.
Why is a slow exposure important?
The main reason for slow exposures is to get correct exposure in low light conditions.
Secondly, slow exposures give a magical feel to water. From waterfalls to surf and the glassy surface of a lake, a slow exposure can give the impression of movement in a still image.
Using a tripod helps us get a nice sharp image by avoiding camera shake. Even a small amount of shake can result in a blurry image.
You don’t necessarily need to spend big bucks for a tripod. To give you a comparison, I have four tripods. They are:
1. Brian - Three-Legged Thing (around AU$700)
The one that I carry and use every day is called Brian from the Three-Legged Thing. This tripod is made from carbon-fiber and it’s very compact. The reason why I love this tripod is because it is very sturdy and light. I can take it anywhere with me.
2. Manfrotto 190XB (around AU$350)
This is a very common tripod. More people, especially camera enthusiasts, have a tripod from this brand. It’s made from aluminium and also sturdy. However, this tripod is a little heavier compared to the Brian.
It’s also not that very compact, so it will not fit in your hand luggage if ever you decide to bring it for traveling. You have to either carry it or place it in a bigger bag when you want to take photos when you travel.
3. Inca (under AU$50)
I also have another tripod which you can buy at a department store or camera shop. The brand is from Inca and you can buy this (or similar) for around $20 - $50 at most department stores.
Since it’s a bit easy on the pocket, it’s also a little less sturdy than the others mentioned above. But the truth is, an Inca could work just as well for you (if your gear is not too heavy).
4. IPhone or Smartphone Tripod (under AU$20)
Now, if you don’t own a camera yet or prefer shooting using your phone, there’s also a little tripod for it. It’s smaller compared to an ordinary tripod but this is very helpful when you’re shooting a video or taking a photo. One thing that I like about this tripod is that it’s very light, compact and easy to carry. You can even place it in your pocket if you’ve got your hands full.
So, do you really need a tripod? The answer is yes.
Do you need a $700 tripod? NO.
Your tripod should be something that works well for you. It should be something you can happily carry around, especially when you’re traveling. It should also be light and sturdy enough to handle the weight of your camera. One thing that you also need to consider is that your tripod should be within your eye height when extended.
The head on most selfie sticks actually screws off and has the same ¼ inch screw mount as standard tripod plates. Screw the selfie stick head to your tripod plate (even better a spare plate) so you can mount your phone on a tripod.
f you need a tripod and are not sure what to buy I recently did a review on the Manfrotto Befree after my friend Kelly brought hers along on a shoot we did together. The Befree is a compact, sturdy, surprisingly small tripod under $250. In fact it holds it's own against my $700+ tripod.
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Just a day to go until we launch the Better Travel Pics eBook. This is our first eBook in a series that will help you take Better Travel Pics. My goal is to give you my tips and tricks that I use to capture awesome pics.
I believe that with these tips and tricks you will be able to capture an awesome travel photo that you will want on your wall. In addition to the learning I will help you personally edit your favourite photo and then give you exclusive access to the printers that I use.
Together we will be able to create an awesome artwork featuring your photo for your wall at home or in your office that you will be proud of and will show your friends and family.
To go with the eBook I have prepared a bunch of videos where I take you through the steps. We will blog them also and finally we have cheat sheets that you can save direct to your phone or tablet so you have the simple rules with you no matter where you are in the world.
I have included relevant tips for when you are using a smartphone instead of a DSLR or pocket camera. Honestly when I am not shooting for work I use my iPhone mostly, it's a great camera and certainly has enough quality to print a stunning art print.
To register for the eBook and other resources head to bettertravelpics.com and sign up today. Please tell your friends too, anyone you know that loves to travel and would love to take Better Travel Pics.
While we didn't forget to celebrate the moment, it was a bit low key. The biggest reason was because we, meaning my wife Kim and I along with our neighbours Stuart, Liz & Thomas, focused on raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation, with Shave for a Cure. All of our families have been affected by blood cancers, in fact our fathers had been diagnosed with blood cancers and two of them are no longer with us. So it was a cause very close to our hearts.
In all we raised $7,743 for the Leukaemia Foundation and were heartened by the response of those who supported us. I gave a few prizes away as part of our efforts including a 24 inch Bolwarra Golden Morning framed limited edition fine art print. This went to the person or business who donated the single largest gift.
The winner was our friends and the first ever customer of John Lechner Art, Kim, Darren and the team at Aussie Maitland. Very fitting for our first customer to be involved in our 2nd birthday in such a fashion. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at Aussie Maitland.
My new look haircut with Kim Monroe from Aussie Maitland & Bolwarra Golden Morning
While I am in the mode of giving away FREE stuff I have a birthday gift just for you. If you buy any framed fine art print or Art on Glass artwork before 31 March 2016 I will give you TWO FREE MINI PRINTS with every artwork. No catches and you get to choose the Mini Prints. Either keep them for yourself or give them to a friend or loved one.
We have also made your life easier when purchasing art from us. We now offer a no fuss guarantee. If you don't love your new artwork on your wall we will give you a full refund. For more details check it out here.
Finally I wanted to update you on my mission to help you take Better Travel Pics. Well the good news is that the first eBook is almost ready to launch. I say first because this is just the first phase.
We have already started work on a deeper and more advanced eBook and video series, plus a companion series that will include Street Photography and Portraiture by a friend of mine who is a brilliant portraiture photographer. So we are just getting started.
As you are getting this email you will be one of the first to receive my eBook very soon. But if you have friends or family who may be interested send them to bettertravelpics.com.
Thank you so much for joining me on the journey and I really do hope I can repay you by helping you take better travel pics on your next journey.
PS I am in love with these two new artworks. Pastel Moon up top, the colours are just stunning, it was captured about halfway between moon and sun rise last week. Redhead's Gold, so ethereal and simple its our latest Limited Edition.
This is my travel story and it is from nearly 30 years ago.
When I was in year 7 at high school I took a few weeks off school to visit my relatives in the UK. My Auntie Anne & Uncle John paid for my airfare and as a 12 year old I travelled unaccompanied from Sydney to London. A big adventure for a young bloke.
Anyhow at the time I knew my grandfather smoked a pipe so after clearing customs with a Qantas Air Hostess and another unaccompanied kid, an 11 year old Scottish boy returning home, we hit the duty free.
Among other things I bought this flash sounding Port wine flavoured pipe tobacco. My Scottish mate bought his mum a carton of cigarettes. At the time we asked if it was ok and it was all good - in Sydney anyway.
Back in those days the flight from Sydney to London involved two stops, the first in Singapore and then in Bahrain. In Singapore we were trapped on the plane but in Bahrain we were able to get off the plane for 1 hour.
The Hostess gave me and my Scottish mate a boarding pass each and told us to meet her back in the same spot in one hour. It was late at night and there wasn't much to see or do but we explored the airport and bought a postcard each. At one stage I distinctly remember feeling like I had dropped something but when I looked I couldn't see anything.
So after our hour of freedom we headed back to the plane to be greeted by a huge Arab man in a military uniform with an AK47 across his chest. An imposing view for a young Aussie boy. He asked for our boarding passes, I had lost mine. So there I am staring up at this big guy with a gun and he's shaking his head, no boarding pass no plane. I am freaking out.
Thankfully our beautiful Qantas Hostess arrived and turned on her charm and managed to convince him to let the kids back on the plane. Very grateful I sat back down and enjoyed the final leg of the flight, thinking my adventures were done.
So at Heathrow we entered this massive hall, collected our bags and then headed to Customs. There we were asked that eternal question "Have you got anything to declare?"
Me: Yes, I have some pipe tobacco for my grandpa.
My Scottish mate: I have a carton of cigarettes for my mum.
Apparently the rules in the UK at the time were not as liberal as they were in Australia back then. Our Customs officer was horrified and informed us we needed to each pay a fine. I didn't have any cash and my mate was also skint and had to hop a flight to Glasgow.
My Aunt & Uncle who were waiting on the land side of the terminal were patiently waiting for me to be led out by a Qantas official. To their dismay they heard their names paged at Heathrow.
Eventually they were escorted into customs, were berated by the Customs official, paid the fine and escorted me to their car. We laughed about it and I got a hard time about my entry into the country but it was a good story.
Sadly the person that suffered the most was my poor grandfather. After hearing the story associated with his tobacco he felt it was his duty to smoke every single ounce of the tobacco despite the fact that the port wine flavoured tobacco was awful.
I would love to hear your best travel story. Add a comment below. I have a special bonus for the best story, in fact two bonuses.
I have donated a 30 inch framed edition of Glacial Contrast to the Fred Hollows Foundation Ball being held at Merewether Surfhouse on 2 April. The great team organising the event have given me two tickets to the ball valued at $300. Kim & I cannot attend so instead I am offering these two tickets to the person with the best story.
If you can't go but still have an awesome story I will give you two Mini Prints of your choice. So tell me your stories and on Saturday 19 March 2016 we will decide the winner/s.
When you buy Art on Glass from John Lechner Art it seems a bit of a risk to ship it right?
Well, the short answer is no. Firstly our Art on Glass prints are actually easier to ship than our framed fine art prints. There are fewer parts in a Art on Glass print but also we have a fantastic packaging system that ensures they arrive safely to you.
But first about the risks.
All our Art on Glass is shipped using experienced and reputable couriers door to door. They are insured against damage and breakage so again for you as the consumer there is no risk.
Additionally we are so confident on the quality of our product and our quality assurance processes that we off a 100% money back guarantee. If you don't love your Art on Glass on the wall we will give you your money back.
The Bare Hair Bunch, Stu, Liz, Kim & John (me), (Thomas & Kyle not present)
I have mentioned before that the passing of both of my parents too young was one of the factors that led me to launch my business. What I haven't said is that my dad, Gunter died at the age of 54 from AML a form of Leukaemia.
Recently one of my close friend's dad was diagnosed with AML also. So we are getting our heads shaved. For me personally I wont just be getting a buzz cut, I will shave it down to bare skin.
Our team The Bare Hair Bunch is aiming to raise $3,500, honestly with your support I think I can raise that alone. I'm going to sweeten the deal.
Every person who makes a donation to our team will go into the draw to win one of two framed Mini Prints, winners can choose which ones. But for the person who gives the single largest donation to our team they will win a framed 24 inch Bolwarra Golden Morning valued at $825.
Getting up for a sunrise shoot is always a toss of the coin, mostly I am up about 3:30am and roughly an hour's drive from my shoot location. I do research beforehand working out the best spot to be, tides, weather and sunrise time.
Even so you never know, sometimes until an hour after sunrise as to weather you got it. I headed out to Caves Beach with a particular shot in mind. I knew to do it the tide and sunrise needed to correlate and hope that the sky, particularly the clouds were going to play ball.
Honestly I had almost lost hope that the shot I had planned was going to eventuate. I was ready to come back the next day to try again. Just as I was thinking this the light change and it all happened very quickly.
The final result is one I am very happy with and I could not have expected the reaction it got on Facebook, it went ballistic, I am a very happy man. This is the final result and is available for sale as both a Limited Edition Fine Art Print and a Limited Edition Art on Glass. Only 50 will ever be produced so a lucky few will get to bring the magic into their home.
Thankfully I brought Millie with me and after I got the shot I quickly raced to the carpark and switched bags so Millie could help tell the story. 20 minutes of footage and a minor crash, don't worry Millie is fine and here we have a video for you, enjoy.
If you love the new print and the video, please pay me compliment of sharing it with your friend and family.
We have a special upgrade price available only until Midnight on Sunday 7 February so if you want to buy don't hesitate.
Recently I spent over $2k investing in a drone camera (we call her Millie) and all the related parts and bits. While not a massive amount of money it is a decent amount to invest in a camera that can fall out of the sky.
So why did I do it?
The short answer is to help tell more of the story to the amazing locations I get to. On an average day shooting I will spend one to four hours in a single location waiting for the right light, the magic to happen.
The few or sometimes one photo that ends up in my collection only tells the story for that single moment/s. With Millie we can tell a lot more of the story, get perspective on the wider location and also go places I cannot go with a camera.
I have paired Millie with a little digital audio recorder to record the sounds of the birds, insects, leaves or ocean for more atmosphere. The end result is we can tell more of the story, take you there and I hope help connect you better with my work.
On Boxing Day I headed down to Catherine Hill Bay to capture the sunrise. For me it was a late start, arriving on location with only 30 minutes until sunrise. But it was a perfect morning for me. There was a light mist over the ocean, the sun was golden and the end result, wow.
Millie did her thing and took us over the pier at Catherine Hill Bay and we also caught the sounds of the crashing waves and the morning birds. This is the end result. I hope you like it.
The Canoe Pool at Newcastle Baths, Newcastle Australia
Thank you for helping me to chase my dreams. 2015 has been an eventful year and I look back on it with a sense of achievement. While the final result may not have been what I hoped for, the reality is we have come so far in a short time and for that I thank you.
Highlights must include my exhibition in Manhattan New York City in June, who could have dreamed I could have done that in less than 18 months of launching my arts business? I certainly didn't.
In October I quit my job to focus 100% on my art. It has been a wonderful ride so far and the immediate upside has meant I have found more time to explore and to shoot. The result is more choice for you in the work I create.
In 2016 we have some amazing goals, number one is to help small businesses. Small businesses face an array of challenges every day. We know that with my art we can help them in two ways.
No.1 is that in a very competitive environment it is the little things that distinguish the very best. Creating a fantastic work environment is a cultural thing with a bunch of factors at play. One of the key factors is a beautiful workspace which we can help with for any size team. Most importantly, easily and efficiently anywhere in Australia.
This can help small businesses recruit and keep the best possible team.
No.2 Exceeding your customer's expectations. Having great coffee for clients consultations is a good example. Great art on the walls is another, it helps to relax people, gives you a talking point that isn't related directly to your work. It also gives inspiration.
We're really excited about working with small business in 2016.
The other big item on our agenda is the launch of Lechner Private Editions in the next few months. Lechner Private Editions are a unique experience focused on nostalgia and a longing for a place in your past. More on that next year.
I wish you and your family the very best for 2016. Have a wonderful Christmas. I am looking forward to a quiet Christmas before heading to northern NSW for 2 weeks of family holiday including the theme parks and a bunch of shooting.
I have already started a list of places to shoot in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast, it includes: Byron Bay, Currumbin Beach, Springbrook & Lamington National Parks, there is so much more.
PS If you have any great suggestions for places for me to shoot on this trip or even for future trips please reply back to this email. I really enjoy finding new places and building my shoot list.
PPS Just a couple of days ago I booked a trip to Bali in May 2016 for a shooting only week. If you know any amazing and little known places in Bali for me to shoot I would love to know, just reply to this email.
Last night's Better Homes & Gardens featured a great kitchen that had a beautiful photo as the glass splashback. This is definitely a feature for someone looking for a kitchen with a difference with a distinctive feature like no other.
The good news is that we can incorporate any of our almost 200 artworks into your kitchen splashback. In fact splashbacks are just the start. We can incorporate our images into shower screens & walls, balustrades, pool fences, table tops and so much more.
Essentially anywhere you can install glass or tiles we can install our amazing Art on Glass featuring any of my limited or open edition artworks.
These are waterproof and protected to give them a long life finish against fading. So if you are looking for a unique way to incorporate art into your home give us a call today, call John on 0449 105 295, book a free appointment.
Our Art on Glass manufacturer has many years of experience installing glass in unique spots we know we can give you something unique you will cherish for many years to come.
The next few weeks are usually busy for everyone. A seemingly endless list of engagements sometimes wearies us.
Whatever your beliefs or reasons for the season there is a common thread for us all. It is a time to spend time with those we love, friends and family. Also a time to reflect on those who are no longer at the table with us, whether recently departed or many years have passed this is a time to remember.
Take the time to enjoy the time with those you love.
After some family Christmas celebrations this weekend we are looking forward to a quiet Christmas morning at home. We will have lunch with my brother Michael and his family, the plan is to find a quiet beach on Lake Macquarie, to swim, eat, talk and play. I can't wait.
At the end of the month we will head north for two weeks to stay with Kim's sister and hopefully catch a few of the theme parks. This will be a great opportunity for me to capture some breathtaking moments and magical places. I have a few planned already.
During the last week I have spent some time developing the John Lechner Art Manifesto. What is a Manifesto?
A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government.
It was an interesting and challenging experience. To lay bare my beliefs and motives is both liberating and scary. I have included a short video introducing the manifesto below and included a link where you can download a copy if you would like one for yourself or to share.
Finally I would like to give thanks to you, thank you for your support in the last year. It has been a challenging time and I really appreciate you standing behind me.
A big shout out to Ann from Lifestyle Cleaning Solutions, Ann referred a client of hers to me in October. This week they placed an order for a wonderful quadtych artwork and we will also have a pop up exhibition in their cafe for a couple of months. I'll share some more details with you soon.
If you need a last minute Christmas gift for someone you love and don't want to brave the shopping centres, give me a call on +61 449 105 295. We have a bunch of stock for immediate delivery.
Enjoy the holiday season and stay safe.
PS We do Gift Vouchers, we can email or express post them to you in time for Christmas.
A quick introduction to the John Lechner Art manifesto. Three of my favourite items.
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Heading out to Coonabarabran last weekend I came across a couple of stockman with about 1,000 head of cattle in the long paddock. It was one of those sights that most of us city folk rarely see and a big surprise if you are not concentrating.
We had a great weekend in the Warrumbungles as a family, we were there with Kyle's Scout troop and did two different hikes on Saturday and Sunday. Even though the hikes weren't particularly long (13km & 4km) they included a lot of challenging terrain and in total over 1km of vertical climbing.
I carried my camera and Millie (my drone mounted camera) to capture some of the breathtaking scenery. I will put together a complete video from the weekend in the coming weeks but I quickly threw together a couple of scenes from the footage into a little sneak peak here below. I hope you enjoy.
Our last naming competition for 2015.
Help us name this new open edition and we will give you this Artist's Proof. Head on over to our Facebook page to enter and suggest a name. Valued at $95, ends midnight Thursday (Sydney time). We hope to have it to the winner before Christmas.
It has been a month since my last update and the time has flown.
November seems to have vanished in a moment and now we find ourselves on the countdown towards Christmas.
As the year ends I reflect on my nearly two years in the art game, running a growing business. I have to say it hasn't been easy. There are days when you want to give up and then other days that leave you high as a kite.
Building a strong future for my family in the form of an art business was never going to be easy but it is guaranteed to be challenging and rewarding.
As the year closes I look at 2016 with some excitement and also trepidation. The trepidation mostly comes from the fact that Kyle my oldest son (he's 11) starts High School next year. That makes me feel old.
I can still remember the day when Kim told me she was pregnant with him and driving home from the hospital with him in the car for the very first time, that was scary. I guess High School is just a new chapter.
On the business front we have some exciting new things happening in 2016. One of the big things is to help small business. Small business often punches above its weight in many areas. We believe that all small businesses should be productive and beautiful workspaces. We can help, more on that below.
With Christmas just around the corner we can also get you out of a pickle and help you avoid the horrid parking at the major shopping centres by delivering to your door a beautiful artwork for your special someone. We have a wide variety in stock and if you are quick we can deliver any custom orders before Christmas.
I want to wish you, and your loved ones a very happy festive season. Thank you so much for your support this year. I look forward to more exciting news in 2016 but in the meantime, enjoy the coming weeks. I hope you get to take a break and enjoy life.
This last weekend we got away for two nights as a family to a local National Park (Myall Lakes). It was only an hour from home but this beautiful spot was one we had never visited, unbelievable right?
I love to travel but too often I, and many others are tempted to jump on a plane. It is often cheaper to visit an international destination than to even go to a local caravan park. I am not kidding.
A friend recently told me of a quote he got for a caravan park less than an hour from home. For 5 nights it was nearly $3000, nearly $600 a night in a caravan park! Conversely we are going to Bali next year for a holiday and working trip, for two families (10 people) for 10 nights it is $3000. We have our own private villa with pool and housekeeping.
National Parks offer some of the most amazing locations and they do it with basic facilities and amazing prices. Our stay at Mungo Brush was less than $25 a night. The scenery was world class, the drive was just over an hour and we had the best alarm clock ever.
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Firstly the name Millie, my latest camera is named after Millicent Bryant, Australia's first licensed female pilot. Big thanks to Judge in Texas for the suggestion.
The reason I have Millie is to help tell stories a little better. I go to some breathtaking locations both here in Australia and around the world. Most of the time you only see the finished product from the lens of my Nikon. You don't see the context.
I could be standing at the top of a cliff or on the ocean's edge. Millie will help give some more context to my locations and bring some of the story to you. While she is a drone, what she really is to me is a camera that can soar to great heights, follow a country road or skim the surf.
Millie will be my constant travel companion from now on and I hope you enjoy the footage we bring you from her lens. Our first couple of weeks have been a touch rocky, she took a swim on day three thanks to an amorous Raven.
This weekend we are heading out to the Warrumbungles for some hiking, photography and more. This will be Mille's first trip. I look forward to bringing you some of our explorations.
Small Business Packages
In small business there are many challenges. We can help with two problems that are faced by many teams.
1. Does your workspace, reception and client meeting rooms look professional?
Does the space convey the level of excellence that you strive for every day?
Do you have beautiful art to help as a conversation starter?
Are your customers relaxed and comfortable in the environment?
We can help.
2. Is your team cohesive?
Do you have an engaged and happy team?
Do you struggle with staff turnover?
A beautiful environment is a key factor in improving culture. Your team will feel more engaged in a beautiful workspace. Show your team you care, get some beautiful art for your walls.
Our small business packages are specifically designed to help you create a more professional environment for your customers, to help you stand out from your competitors and to help improve organisational culture.
We have three levels to suit all budgets and spaces.
Silver - for the budget conscious team looking to make an impression, starting at just $2,520 for four frameless 900x600mm Art on Glass artworks, delivered FREE to your door.
Gold - our most popular package. You will blow away both your customers and team with these stunning 1200x800mm Art on Glass artworks, delivered FREE to your door.
Platinum - our breathtaking 1500x1000mm Art on Glass will leave everyone in no doubt that you accept nothing but the best, delivered FREE to your door.
Our packages are tailored for teams from one up to twenty staff and beyond.
Book your free consultation today by calling John on 0449 105 295. Take action TODAY to prepare your team for an awesome 2016!
Open Edition, Limited Edition or Private Edition? Fine Art Print or Art on Glass?
Our artwork comes with a bunch of options, this blog takes the time to explain the key options and differences available with our artwork.
Firstly we have two primary mediums:
Framed Fine Art Prints
We use an beautiful paper with a wonderful name "Breathing Colour - Elegance Velvet". Essentially a 100% cotton paper with texture with archival grade pigments. This gives a more traditional look and feel with frames and matts.
It is more like a water colour paper than a traditional photographic paper and gives every artwork a "je ne said quoi" a quality that is hard to describe. Honestly with some pieces it is hard to tell if they are a painting or a photograph. I really enjoy that ambiguity that the paper gives.
On a more practical side, we can prepare pieces that are up to 43.5 inches wide and as tall as we like. However when it comes to framing our maximum practical limit is 40 x 60 inches (1016 x 1524mm) per panel.
The great news is that we can use polyptych techniques that allow us to use two to eight panels to create a large scale artwork.
With the fantastic combination of my printer's here in Newcastle Zone Printing, combined with the experience of my framing team at The Framing Game in Charlestown we can tackle any challenge our customer's throw our way.
As a general rule framed Fine Art Prints will only be shipped within Australia. For our international customers we will ship your print rolled. However for our North American customers, we now have a framer in New York so we can arrange framing in NYC and then ship to you from there across North America. Our prices within Australia are fully inclusive of shipping, handling and insurance.
Art on Glass - Glass Prints
Still relatively new to our lineup, Art on Glass has been very popular. Art on Glass gives a third dimension to two dimensional artworks. Sounds far fetched I know but when you see them in the flesh you will see it too.
So how does it work?
Our primary Art on Glass product starts out similar to our Fine Art Prints. We print these on a metallic photographic medium with archival grade pigments. We then fuse the print to a sheet of 6mm toughened glass.
Finally a white laminate is applied to the back of the print to protect the paper and then the invisible mount is glued to the back. The mount takes only minutes to install on just about any wall and once installed it is sturdy and safe.
How is it different to a Fine Art Print?
As I mentioned earlier, our Art on Glass seems to add a third dimension, there is a depth to the artworks that you just don't get in a Fine Art Print. Hard to explain easier to see.
Uniform and custom panel sizes. We have a bunch of standard panel sizes, these are fantastic when you are looking to put a few or even more artworks in the same space and value uniformity.
We can also prepare custom size panels up to 3000 x 1200mm (118 x 47 inches). These can then be stacked together (as they are frameless) to give the appearance of a single artwork or we can prepare them as a polyptych from two to eight separate panels to create a more unique artwork.
The surprise is that Art on Glass is more stable and thus easier to ship than Fine Art Prints. For this reason our pricing for Art on Glass is inclusive of shipping, insurance, packaging and handling. We have an Australia wide price and worldwide, both pricing schedules are fully inclusive to your door.
Art on Glass - Architectural features
We have an additional couple of options with Art on Glass.
Essentially we can print directly onto the glass and then heat fuse the pigment to the glass. This allows the glass to be used in wet areas and outdoors.
Imagine instead of tiling your shower walls we used glass panels featuring a waterfall?
Or perhaps a tropical island beach scene as the panels on your glass pool fence or glass balustrade...
The options are endless and we can be very creative as to how we incorporate your favourite artwork into your home or office.
Open Edition vs Limited Edition vs Lechner Private Edition
Every single artwork that we produce is hand signed, named and numbered on the reverse by me as the artist. We also prepare a certificate of valuation and authenticity that is delivered with each piece.
Open Edition pieces are not limited in their edition run size, so in essence each could be sold hundreds of times. In practice this won't occur for most and our Open Edition artworks will be more rare than some other photographers who produce Limited Editions of 500 or 1,000 units.
Every Open Edition is numbered so you know exactly what number your piece is in our collection. It is hand signed, numbered and named.
Open Editions are roughly two thirds of the price of our Limited Edition artworks.
Our Limited Edition runs are a maximum of 50 units (in fact, some are just 20). We believe that limited should mean limited, not hundreds or even thousands.
Each artwork is hand signed, numbered and named.
Lechner Private Editions
An experience. An indulgence. A journey. A destination. Exclusively yours.
Private one of a kind Limited Edition. Exclusively yours numbered one of one.
Premium Crystallite Lechner Private Edition Art on Glass Triptych (overall size 2.25 x 1.5m).
Custom location of your choice worldwide. It's up to you!
Exclusive face to face briefing with artist John Lechner anywhere in the world.
Delivered to your door worldwide (fully inclusive).
Laser etched black metal certificate of authenticity in an handcrafted Australian hardwood case.
Have you ever been on a cruise? Not sure if it is something you would enjoy? My advice, just do it, here is why.
Nearly two years ago we decided to go on a family holiday with most of my wife Kim's family. It had been a very long time since we had all holidayed together and we thought that a cruise was the best mix for us all.
At first I wasn't so keen, being locked on a boat for nearly two weeks with my mother in law and my two sister's in law is not my preferred holiday option. But I was wrong. (BTW I do love my mother in law and both sister's very much).
But honestly it was exactly what I and we as a family needed. There are a few of things that make a cruise holiday really easy:
No flying, just head to the port and all of your travelling is then done
Tonnes of activities for all ages, active or lazy
No cooking and cleaning, you are waited on hand and foot
Lots of food choices, in fact lots of food and the majority of it is included in your fare
Each day you wake up in a new location, what, when and where you choose to do is up to you
No mobile phone or internet. Yes it is possible but the prices are astronomical so I made the choice to turn off my phone completely for 10 days
Oh and there are a few bars too that mix a mean cocktail
Personally I am not generally someone who likes a lazy holiday, but the reality is it is a fantastic way to re-charge your batteries. I managed to read four novels, snorkelled on some amazing reefs, Lifou which is an island in New Caledonia was my absolute favourite.
Our group was 14 people in total and although we caught up at various times each day, dinner was our key time to catch up, so throughout the day everyone did their own thing. Each night it was great to sit down for a formal dinner, the kids at one table and adults on another.
My boys really enjoyed ordering off the menu and there was a great variety for all tastes. The wait staff were amazing with adults and children alike, we really didn't have to worry at all about meal times.
For me personally I really enjoyed the relaxed timetable, the ability to find a nice warm spot and read a good book combined with three amazing days of snorkelling. We had other time for exploring and I really love Vila.
This tropical capital is still recovering from the awful cyclone that hit them in March, visible signs are still a reminder around the island. But the positive and relaxed nature of the Vanuatu people make it easy to forget how devastating it was for this small nation. This brief day visit reminded me how much I love Vanuatu and that I need to go back again.
I need to mention one of the biggest excuses for not cruising, seasickness. This is my fourth cruise and I have never been affected by it. But honestly if you are, there are easy and cheap ways to minimise it. Talk to your doctor and stop making excuses just book a cruise, even a little three day cruise to do a taste test of cruising.
It is a cheap and EASY holiday for all of the family.
In other news...
Congratulations to Pamela from south western NSW who won the 30 inch framed Eiffel Perspective we gave away in our September promotion. Pamela is very happy and excited to have this new artwork. Five other lucky people won a $100 gift voucher to spend on anything in our online store, they were:
Kate - NSW
Samm - NSW
Karen - NSW
Tom - NSW
Andrew - SA
Don't worry if you missed out, we will have another promotion with a free giveaway in the new year, keep your eyes peeled.
Finally I had a mini pop-up show at Tulloch Wines earlier this month, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to see me during the four days. Also a massive thanks to the wonderful team at Tulloch Wines for making me feel so welcome and for hosting me. If you haven't visited their cellar door in Pokolbin, do it you will not regret it. I look forward to more mini shows.
Our 2016 Wanderlust Wall Calendars are now in stock, just $25 each and featuring 12 images of mine from Australia and around the world. These are a great Christmas present for friends and family both here in Australia or overseas. ORDER NOW!
What is a Triptych?
A triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/trip-tik; from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον ("three-fold"), from tri, i.e., "three" and ptysso, i.e., "to fold" or ptyx, i.e., "fold") is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
We now offer triptychs and other polyptychs from 2 to 6 panels. They make fantastic impact pieces in a home or office and can be prepared as Art on Glass like the Ice Float triptych above or as a framed fine art print like this example with Isolated below.
Komorebi is a Japanese word for sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. Captured while on a bicycle tour in Ubud, in Bali's mountains this magnificent fig tree was at the centre of a village and featured a number of Buddhist shrines, thus the smoke that helped to create the beautiful Komorebi effect.
Where has the year gone? It is mid September and it seems like this year has flown by. So much has happened and for the most part it has been exciting but I still wonder where time has gone.
As I am writing this I am preparing to go on a family holiday. For me this will be a bit epic. I am not very good at switching off from my email or the internet. But this time I don't have any choice, we are heading on a cruise in the South Pacific for 10 nights and there is no data at all during that time. My iPhone will be relegated purely to the role of camera.
I will get some time to do some shooting and look forward to sharing some new prints with you on my return but the reality is that I will otherwise be putting up the back in 10 days sign on the business and taking a well earned rest.
I have 5 books to take with me including book number five in the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) series. That alone could probably keep me going for the entire time.
I return a couple of days prior to the October long weekend. For the weekend Friday to Monday (2 to 5 October) I will be holding a special Pop-Up Exhibition in the 1895 Members Room at Tulloch Wines. This four day show is exclusive to 1895 Wine Club Members but don't worry if you are not a member it is free to join and the wines are lovely.
There will also be an exclusive free offer for 1895 Members available only on the weekend (hint free Art on Glass...). We will have a wide selection of framed fine art prints on display and sale plus a couple of Art on Glass prints.
As we enter the final months of the year it is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. For just $25 or less if you order 5 or more we have our Wanderlust 2016 Wall Calendars now in stock. These make a great easy gift that lasts the whole year. For businesses we can also customise a calendar with your logo and contact details for a minimum order of just 25.
Have a fantastic week and I look forward to catching up again in a couple of weeks after my break.
Looking for an impact piece?
How about a triptych...
What's a triptych?
A triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/ trip-tik; from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον ("three-fold"), from tri, i.e., "three" and ptysso, i.e., "to fold" or ptyx, i.e., "fold") is a work of art that is divided into three sections.
The mock up above is of Ice Float in three 800 x 1200mm Art on Glass panels. With an overall size of 2600mm x 1200mm when installed this triptych is an impact piece in any home or office. Starting at $4995 for an open edition print or $7,495 for a limited edition such as Ice Float.
If you want to explore the idea of an impact piece for your home or office call or email me to book a consultation. Triptychs are not listed on our website but can be customised for most of our collection.
New York City is defined and shaped by its rivers, both the Hudson in the west and the East River funnily enough in the east. All of the key bridges link Manhattan and Brooklyn, there are tunnels on the west side linking to Jersey.
The roads that feed the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges converge on the Brooklyn side of town but shoot off into different parts of Manhattan. Walking along the foreshore on both sides of the river brings a much more sedate feeling that what you get up on the deck fighting traffic in a car.
You can slow down, enjoy the lines, shapes and contours that make these two distinctive bridges.
Eiffel Perspective is a stunning black and white print that helps to inspire your own wanderlust.
Yes, we are serious, with your very own Eiffel Perspective we can take you to Paris every day and for FREE. We are giving away this 30 inch framed fine art print to one lucky person. There is no catch and the prize includes all shipping to the lucky winner world wide. It is valued at $795 plus shipping.
To win, all you need to do is ENTER HERE. Once you have entered you will get your very own unique link. If you share that link you will get THREE BONUS ENTRIES every time one of your friends enters using your link.
The competition ends on 30 September so enter TODAY so you have the best possible chance of winning.
In other news I have just finished a 10 day pop up exhibition in the heart of the Hunter Valley's wine country. Located in the General Store in Hunter Valley Gardens we had hundreds of through the exhibition in just 10 days. It was brilliant.
A huge thank you to Dale, Caroline, Anne and Sue for being such wonderful hosts during my stay at the General Store. If you find yourself in the vineyards drop in to the store, they have an amazing array of food, drinks and grocery items. In addition a bunch of retro knick knack plus the soon to open Hunter Honey Hive which will have honey tastings, cosmetics and so much more all honey related.
Yesterday I placed my first order for my 2016 Wanderlust wall calendar. More than half will disappear as soon as they arrive to people who have preordered. If you want one they are $25 each and can be purchased direct on my website here.
I have just finished preparing the new Kosciuszko collection and there is a huge variety, what a beautiful country we have here in Australia. The scenery is so diverse and nature knows how to turn on a wonderful show.
To take a moment to see how the weather interacts with the landscape and how the trees, particularly the snow gums battle the weather every season and not only survive but thrive is just wonderful.
Snow gums have so much character, they live for hundreds of years, image the stories they have witnessed. I would love to have a conversation with a wise old snow gum.
The Kosciusko collection will be added to the website in the coming weeks, in the meantime contact me direct if you see one that you love.
Just on the southern side of the Barrington National Park is the swimming hole known as Ladies Well. It is a picturesque location in a rainforest with towering eucalypts. Being here you cannot help but feel you are in a magical land.
Local photographic artist John Lechner is getting set to showcase his local work in the vineyards
Just returned from a successful show in New York City’s art district John is bringing his Hunter Valley works to Hunter Valley Gardens for just 10 days.
“After showcasing our beautiful region in one of the world’s top art cities, it is fantastic to be able to showcase that work locally. The Hunter is my home and I love showing it off to people around the world. Capturing it through my art is the perfect way to do that”, said John.
John will have a pop up show in the General Store at Hunter Valley Gardens. The back of the store has just undergone a transformation preparing it to be the “Hunter Honey Hive”.
Before the Hunter Honey Hive opens in mid September, which includes a variety of honey products and tastings, John will take over the space for a pop up show.
The pop up art exhibition will run from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 August and feature John’s artworks from the wider Hunter Region.
These works include traditional framed and mounted fine art prints as well as John’s innovative Art on Glass which needs to be seen to be believed.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please phone
Tomorrow (Friday 21 August) I open a pop up show at the Hunter Honey Hive, this new honey tasting room will be in back of the General Store at Hunter Valley Gardens. The Honey Hive will be a great place to visit while in the vineyards, they open in mid September.
But before the Honey Hive opens we are taking over the space for 10 days from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 August. I will have a bunch of framed prints, all are 25% off until the end of the month, a few Art on Glass prints, plus some of my cards available for sale.
I will be in the general store Friday, Saturday and Sunday of both weeks between 9am and 5pm so pop in, say hi and check out some of my art. All of the framed art is available to take home with you. Art on Glass prints available are made to order, delivered to your door in 3-4 weeks.
I have just returned from a family holiday in the NSW snowfields. It was a great chance to introduce both my boys to skiing. While at the end of day one we weren't sure if they were going to take to the skiing.
Kim and our boys on a chairlift at Smiggins
By the end of the week they were both having a ball and needed to be dragged off the snow each day after more than eight hours of skiing. I guess this means we will be going back.
For me it was a return after at least 20 years off the slopes and I picked it back up quickly although my knees aren't as young as they used to be. Importantly I managed to get some great shots over the course of the week including some on the slopes.
On of my new, as yet un-named prints featuring the distinctive Snow Gums.
I will be releasing the new snow pics in the coming weeks, once we find names for each of them so if you have any suggestions for these two be sure to email me and let me know, I love getting feedback for naming prints. I am currently thinking there will be ten or so new prints from the Kosciuszko region.
Our clearance art sale is progressing well and isn't restricted to those in the exhibition. We have 25% off all framed fine art print stock, only until Monday 31 August so don't miss out if you want to pick up a bargain artwork.
If you want more info, please call me on + 61 449 105 295 or email me email@example.com I always enjoy chatting.
Do you own a business or are involved in a community or sports group that utilises cleaning supplies in the Hunter Region?
Our friends at Fast Cleaning Solutions are currently running a promotion that means when you spend over $150 on any of their supplies, they have a HUGE variety, you get an entry to go into the drawer to win a 900mm Art on Glass Shoal Bay Glory valued at $840.
So if you need supplies, call them today on 1300 131 121 or drop in to their showroom at 46 Sandringham Avenue, Thornton. You can see the prize on the wall in the showroom.
While I was in the snow I had a couple of minutes to shoot a quick video about taking photos in the snow. I was a little breathless, sorry. I was a bit excited and had been skiing downhill before I saw this spot. Ended up I shot past it so had to trudge back up the hill.
Thing is this is when I am at my happiest, finding these magical places and capturing them. The raw beauty of nature is my favourite thing.
Finally before I finish up, I did a blog earlier this week about Air New Zealand's safety videos. They are masters at both getting your attention and making these otherwise dry videos fun. If you missed it, check it out here.
Do you follow our Facebook page? If you don't I would appreciate it if you could. Thanks in advance.
During the last couple of days I have been doing some further education that will help to grow our business. For the last 4 months we have been working with Dale Beaumont and his team from Business Blueprint. They have certainly opened my mind to amazing possibilities so that we can grow well beyond our wildest dreams.
One of the key parts of our education is goal and vision setting. Our vision is something that I am really proud of so I wanted to share it.
5 years from now....
John Lechner Art is a globally recognised art brand with representation in Newcastle, New York and Paris.
Our art is in the offices of thousands of SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) around the globe.
We mentor and educate other artists to help them create sustainable business models that allow them not only to create great art but make a comfortable living from their art.
I'd love your feedback and support to help achieve this vision so if you can reach out and talk to me about the vision.
Every day I remember the quote that really got me started on this journey "Dream it, plan it, make it happen".
Over the weekend I spent three days meeting people interested in my work at the Newcastle Home Show. It was a great weekend and we talked about some great new products I hope to release soon.
During the course of the weekend we also collected a bunch of entries from people who wanted to win "Aloft, morning rising" 900mm Art on Glass print. Yesterday afternoon I asked my two boys to be my helpers and draw out the winner.
Colleen was the lucky winner and is very excited to get her new Art on Glass later this week.
The good news is I have a consolation prize for every person who entered the draw and will be sending that to them later this week.
For those that entered the draw via SMS I filled out a form in your name and dropped it into the vase to ensure everyone was in the draw.
Thank you for checking out our 'new look' newsletter. While it may look a bit different, it is our plan to include much of the same things you have come to enjoy from our regular updates.
We just passed the winter solstice here in Australia. Although it isn't warming up yet, it does mean that the days are starting to get longer and the sunsets a little later which is great. Conversely the sunrises are now getting earlier... Oh well, I do love what I do.
On Saturday night we held the opening of my latest solo show at Zone Printing, 2/810 Hunter Street, Newcastle. We had a wonderful crowd of people that came to enjoy some of my art along with a glass or two of wine with a little cheese. Thank you to all my wonderful supporters who did make it, I really enjoyed your company.
I got lots of messages from people who couldn't make it, being school holidays made it tough for some. The good news is while there's no more wine and cheese, the art is there until the 31st July, 2015.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 9am - 6pm and I will be there each Saturday 11am - 3pm. If you are travelling from afar drop me a note and let me know when you expect to arrive, I will do my best to meet you there.
Finally, if you can't make it but are keen still, everything in the exhibition and more is on sale and I have all these artworks grouped together right here. The sale is only on items in stock so once it sells then prices revert to normal again.
My great fan, Kim (my wife) and I. Me chatting with Robert and Karen.
Opening night celebrations.
Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on what I do. I hope that I create beautiful inspirational art but how do I help people?
What I hope to achieve is to help inspire others, to help people escape from the everyday, even if only for a moment. I capture breathtaking moments and magical places and bring them into peoples lives with the hope of inspiring and motivating the audience.
We all spend a significant portion of our lives at work, with most of us in an office for 8-12 hours a day. We have moments where we lack inspiration and find ourselves staring at blank walls. Inspiration takes many forms but beautiful art can often transport us to another place.
Sometimes that is a memory, at other times it is an aspiration. I can bring Paris, New York, Prague and many more places into your office. For you, your team and your customers.
Email me today to book your free Inspiration Consultation in your office.
We hope to change lives one office at a time.
I love sunrises, they are my favourite time of the day. Not all sunrises are created equally; some promise much but fail to deliver and others sometimes jump out and surprise you when you are least expecting it.
So how do you ensure that you can capture the best of a sunrise?
The short answer is get there early. How early? Watch my video from Newcastle last week.
If you want to sleep in best to find a sunset, there are never any sleep ins with a sunrise.
AND THE WINNER IS!
In the lead up and during my New York Exhibition we held a FREE giveaway. Last week I drew out Marty from Atlanta Georgia as the winner. He decided to upgrade his prize to an Art on Glass print of Sheltered Swimming Hole from Iceland and will be receiving that shortly. CONGRATULATIONS Marty.
I am lucky enough to have some amazing people that I work with personally and in my business. Someone I am honoured to call my friend is my Financial Advisor, Dan Walsh the Principal of Tailored Wealth.
Dan is a rare person in my book; he is unequivocally an investment nerd, he lives and breaths it. However Dan also has two qualities that I believe make him stand out from the pack.
1. His unquestionable integrity. I would trust Dan with my life.
2. He has the ability to explain even the most complex financial arrangements in simple language with the aid of his famous whiteboard to just about anyone. This is a rare talent.
Dan has a FREE giveaway on this month.
Every person that refers someone to our team between now and then end of July will go in the draw to win a glass print from John Lechner Fine Art Prints. The work 'Serene Stones' is hanging in our office right now and it's a beautiful piece.
If you know of someone seeking financial advice. You know who to get them to call.
If you get in touch with Dan and his team, tell them I sent you and you will go into the draw instead of me (I don't need to win one of my print :D). Call them today on (02) 4933 6514.
UPDATED: We have now named it "Awakening". Thanks to Jonathon in Dallas, Texas who came up with the fantastic name. Big thanks to everyone who had a suggestion. I love your participation.
To finish up this latest update I wanted to show you my latest work. This is so hot off the press it hasn't even made it on the website yet, in fact I don't even have a name for it (maybe that's a good excuse for a competition).
I will send my artist's proof to the person who nominates the name we choose for this new print. It was shot from Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle. For those not familiar with Newcastle, the headland in the frame is Nobbys. I'm sure there is plenty of fun that can be had with Nobbys in it. I will add the naming contest to our Facebook page to make it easy to enter or simply email me.
Name this new print! Taken at Nobbys Head, Newcastle.
This has been a long time coming, it has been on my mind for a while and thankfully we pulled it together in the last couple of weeks. A big thank you to my wife and business partner Kim, who shot, edited and produced this video.
I talk about my dreams, my passions and my drive. The idea is to help you, yes you as my supporters understand more about me, John Lechner - Traveller | Artist | Photographer.
Quick photography tip, what to use when shooting your landscape photos? 90% of the time the lens I reach for is my 20mm prime. You may have a 18-55mm or similar, I would start with that and work in the end closest to 18mm.
When I travel for photography I take a myriad of equipment usually around 20 kilograms in total. However, when I travel on a family holiday my kit is somewhat stripped down. In this video I show you what I consider to be the bare essentials for a family holiday trip and the gear I take.