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World Whale Day

Breaching whale

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

As nature photographers with an emphasis on the ocean and marine wildlife, we spend a lot of time on the ocean. The earth’s largest mammal never ceases to take our breath away… each and every encounter is so special.

Fascinating facts about whales

  • Gray whales have one of the longest yearly migrations of any mammal…up to 10,000 miles round trip.
  • Killer whales can live more than 100 years
  • The Blue whale is the largest animal on the planet…weighing as much as 200 tons.
  • Male humpbacks are known for their songs which can be heard for miles underwater and repeated for hours during breeding season.
Transient Orca hunting near Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
Gray Whale off the coast of Ventura, California with Anacapa Island in the background.

“Ocean Blues” Exhibit

Ventura ArtWalk October 6 & 7th

Join us in Downtown Ventura for a complete weekend of festivities celebrating the art community in Ventura, California. Our art exhibit features the ocean inspired photography of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue. From dreamy seascapes to crashing waves and everything in between, the collection captures the many moods and captivating beauty of the ocean.

10% of Sales during ArtWalk will be donated to Mission Blue, a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.

Ventura ArtWalk at Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
Saturday, October 6th, 11am-6pm
Sunday, October 7th, noon to 5pm

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Image Integrity

“Heroin’s Icy Curl”, photographed by Steve Munch in Kauai’s rich waters.

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Do you Photoshop or “filter” your images to get those bright colors?

A: No, we try to stay authentic to the original integrity of the image.  Any images you see with especially vivid colors were shot with special film that brings out those colors.  We time our photographs to maximize the lighting and natural play of colors. Mother nature is pretty amazing, we are lucky to share how we see this beautiful world.

“Ventura Sunrise” and “Two Trees” by Steve Munch, photographed with Fuji Velvia film:

“Harbor Cove” by Stephanie Hogue, photographed in late afternoon sun at low tide, causing exquisite clarity and color variation in the Ventura Harbor water:  “Harbor Sunset” by Stephanie Hogue, captures a gorgeous winter sunset as it is mirrored in the water:

 

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Printing On Wood

40″x60″ “Foamy Flute” Artisan Wood with Horizontal Slats

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: How do you get the images on wood?

A: We have a local wood artist carve and shape the foundation. The edges and surface are prepped and the image is printed with a specially formulated ink, directly onto the finished wood foundation.  Yes, it is a big printer!

30″x72″ “La Playa Pier” Artisan Wood with Vertical Slats

Latitudes owner and artist Stephanie Hogue hard at work preparing a wood foundation for a custom order.

40″x60″ “Pastel Dunes” Artisan Wood with Horizontal Slats

40″x40″ “Morning Light” Artisan Wood, Solid

Introducing Metal!

The Latitudes family is thrilled to announce the introduction of our newest medium, metal. It is visually comparable to acrylic, is long lasting under various conditions, durable, and looks great with water and wave shots.

Koloa Landing, a beautiful resort and spa located in Poipu, Kauai chose to enhance the walls of their high end resort with local photographic art from Steve and Stephanie. Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, owners of Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, have a secondary gallery located in the Kukui’ula Village.

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www-keaniandrade-com-4Let our images take you on a journey throughout time and space. Across the ocean and back.

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Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Special Order Timeline

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: How long does it take to get a special order?

A: Since we do most of our printing in-house, our turnaround time is only about 2 weeks for prints, acrylic, and canvas. 3 weeks for metal, and  4-6 weeks for wood depending on what foundations we have in stock.  If you have a special occasion or a firm deadline, we can often get your item in time, even if it is less than the usual turnaround, just ask!

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Who is the Photographer

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Who takes these photos? Do you accept other artists?

A: All of the photos are by just two people, Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch, the gallery owners and photographers.

Both Stephanie and Steve were professional photographers before they met, Steve already owned a small photography studio as well as a golf shop, and Stephanie was a popular wedding and portrait photographer.

The photographic universe kept bringing the artists together. They knew of each other for some time, but their paths didn’t cross until 2010 when Steve ran across the street in front of Stephanie’s car.  They were both in the harbor to photograph the snow-capped mountains and the resulting images were “Mighty Chieftain” and “Snow-caps and Sunshine.”

“Mighty Chieftain” by Steve Munch

The next day fate worked it’s magic again as they were seated next to each other at dinner and Stephanie’s husband, Jim, who knew Steve from the golf shop and photo lab, made the introduction.

“Snowcaps and Sunshine” by Stephanie Hogue

It so happened that both of them needed what the other offered: inspiration and knowledge.  That was serendipitous beginning to this artistic duo joining forces and becoming the photography team known as Latitudes.  We are so happy they did!

Arts & Eats Event- “Explore Our Channel Islands” Collection

There is something about exploring the Channel Islands National Park that makes me feel like a kid on a wild adventure.

Islands that are so close to home yet so remote and removed from the grind of everyday life, Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands really are a place where you can let go and escape, even if for just a day.

Being on the islands inspires me to capture it’s unique beauty.  I love photographing the rugged golden cliffs and wildlife.  Recently I flew over four of the islands on a helicopter and got a birds eye view…their untouched beauty took my breath away. Truly majestic!

Join us at Latitudes for an exciting evening celebrating the wild and natural beauty of “Our Channel Islands”. Often referred to as “America’s Galapagos”, the Channel Islands National Park, located just off the Ventura coast. It encompasses 5 remarkable islands and their ocean environment, with unique animals, plants and archaeological resources found nowhere else on earth.

 The art collection highlights new aerial photographs of the islands by Stephanie Hogue and classic favorites by Steve Munch.

 In collaboration with Channel Islands Park Foundation, we welcome two island experts to share exciting info and stories.

-The President of the foundation, Marcella Klein-Williams, to share insights and information about the islands.

-Ken McAlpine, author of “Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization,” will be available to discuss his journey through California’s Channel Islands National Park.

 20% of all proceeds during the event will be donated to the Channel Islands Park Foundation and all purchases over $20 will receive an event-exclusive gift with purchase.

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Size Options

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Can I get this image bigger/smaller/on any material?

A:  Yes, all of our images are available in any size and on any of our materials. We can customize to fit your space.  The artwork consultants at Latitudes will guide you through your options and any limitations.

Example: “Wooden Pier”

2:3 Ratio (The original ratio for this image)

1:2 Ratio1:3 Panoramic Ratio

Give us a call today or stop by the gallery.  We can’t wait to help you “find yours.”

 

 

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Print Longevity

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week, we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: How long will your artwork last?

A: We use the highest quality and long lasting inks available today. Often referred to as giclee prints,  the process is the same whether we are printing on paper, canvas or wood.  Giclee prints will hold up for decades in an optimal environment.