Portrait: Fran  BastressFran Bastress has been involved in photography for decades, and credits it with heightening her ability to see and enjoy the world around her. Focusing on landscapes, nature, and the fine arts, she is especially drawn to America's West and South.

She became more engrossed in photography after buying a secondhand Hasselblad and taking a photography course in Boston, where she developed her darkroom Skills. Black & white photography was her passion while living in New England, and she found the area rich with photographic possibilities.

Moving into digital after shooting with film, Fran has advanced through a variety of Canon's single lens reflex cameras, most recently from the 7D to the 5D Mark III. She has participated in photo tours and workshops, but now she and her husband do extensive research to create their own photography adventures.

Fran personally handles all aspects of her art, from image capture to archival printing, matting, and framing. She uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop in her digital darkroom and a variety of plug-ins, including Photomatix Pro and the Nik and Topaz collections.

Fran is an active member of the large Northern Virginia Photographic Society, served on their board, and has placed in many of its monthly and yearend competitions. She has been juried into various regional photography exhibits, including Nature Visions, ArtSpace Herndon, and the Joe Miller Abtract Exhibit.

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary." Aaron Rose