My Portrait , Abby, is awarded Editor’s Choice by Photoshop User (NAPP). Woo Hoo!

How proud I am of this one. NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) has a feature each week called EC or, Editor’s Choice. A handful of images are chosen from members’ portfolios and singled out as exceptional. This one means a lot to me, let me tell you!

The image is a “portrait “of my sister Abby.

Here is the page from the NAPP website

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NAPP Image of the Week 10.19.12

by Larry Becker on October 19, 2012 in News


In spite of surgery and some other craziness this week, I’ve been able to make it back to the office and wrangle Pete Collins into a fresh round of judging from among 50 great images uploaded this week. (There were hundreds uploaded and 50 made it to the final round for Pete’s review.)

Topping the list is our new Image of the Week honoree Johnny Gregg with his image Yellow October. Pete and I both love this image. His words were things like “rich,” “dreamlike,” and a beautiful scene. He said it could easily be the featured on a calendar because it’s one of those images you could enjoy for a month or more.

Matt Hernandez is a talented composite artist and the photographic composite Prayer is a well lit image that Pete said would make Joel Grimes proud. I like how the background and grass is muted but the subject retains color in his skin and uniform. And the light beams from the stadium lights are just like Joel would do. Nice work.

Pete threw a bunch more one-word descriptions at me when describingValerie Ryan’s piece Viola Pegs & Scroll. He said, “Pure. Simple. Elegant.” He described the image as having “breathe-ability” and said is has great tonality. I like the white negative space and how it creates a natural vignette for the subject. (If you read my LarrysCheapShots blog this week, you know I have an affinity for vignettes).

As we flipped through the images this week, we both knew right up front, that this image was going to be featured.Abby.jpg from sara silver is a great design that displays a true graphic talent. The combination of words and graphic elements, shadows, depth, composition, and the meaning of the words themselves, all joined to create a beautiful work of art. Pete said he could tell that Sara was having fun while creating the piece and I have to agree that the artist was obviously connected emotionally to the piece.

There are a bunch of different reasons that we both like the image Haloween 2 by Crixx. First of all the composite and lighting are great for this image and the cuteness of a young kid in costume trying to be scary while draped in Halloween garland, is funny and sweet. It makes a strong statement about an image when the emotion and story are the first thing you notice and then the technical details are secondary. That means the image is strong on its own with no distracting flaws due to technical shortcomings, and you just get to enjoy the experience. Then when you do concentrate on the technical details, it is just as good.

Nice work this week and a bunch of inspiring images to enjoy. If you don’t already take time to review portfolios weekly, let me encourage this habit. It will definitely pay off! Until next Thursday… have a great weekend!


The Dog Whisperer and I Have Something In Common

This post is about dogs portraits, dog whisperers, and an artist / dog trainer named Lesley Zoromski.

One day while at work at Skylark Images, a ball of energy named Lesley Zoromski stopped by to check out our services-or rather, she slowed down, switching speeds from fast to normal for a few minutes. I doubt that there is a stop button on that girl.

Lesley showed my colleague and I her work, and requested a scan.We started talking about dogs,  as her “piece” was a beautiful delicate portrait of a dog. It was so realistic and full of personality; it was really wonderful.

Lesley told me about her dog, Cricket and I introduced her to Syd, who came over to say hello. Lesley had an immediate rapport with my dog, and for good reason. Turns out, she is also a dog trainer at a very reputable, high-end canine training facility in town.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago; Lesley came into Skylark as she has every few months, but this time she came for a special reason-to present me with a pastel portrait of The Bean, her first pastel work. Honestly, I knew about the portrait and I knew she would create a wonderful  portrait for me. I was wrong. What she made is truly awesome, colorful and true, my dog laughing right off of the paper as if alive once again. Wow.

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Ms Zoromski also had other portraits for us to scan, including one of Junior, one of The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s dogs. She told me she hoped to present the portrait to Cesar personally at a conference in LA in a few weeks. No, it was not a commission, just a gift accompanied by a hope that she would be able to express to Cesar personally what his work has meant to her.

Judging from the pictures Lesley sent me, I would say she succeeded. Have a look at that excited, happy, and almost star struck gal on the right.

Looks like junior liked the portrait as well.


Photographs © Darrell Zoromski and are being used with the permission of the photographer.

So Cesar and I have a Lesley Zoromski original work in common-Sydney in pastel, Junior rendered in colored pencil.

Looking at Sydney dancing and laughing that sunny day I can’t resist  putting words in Sydney’s mouth: ” Hey Cesar, Dog Whisperer, train this.”


 © Sara Silver Photographer 2011