Inna Malostovker: Blog en-us (C) Inna Malostovker (Inna Malostovker) Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:42:00 GMT Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:42:00 GMT Inna Malostovker: Blog 120 80 Photography Master Class I would like to thank everybody who has visited my Little Lizard Love photo exhibit in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden! The wonderful comments I've been getting in the guest book make me so very happy. The exhibition will be on display until August 15th. 

If you cannot come see the exhibit in person, you can see it HERE on this website.

I was so nervous about giving my very first photography master class in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden a couple of weeks ago, but it went very well. The garden received very good feedback and asked me to schedule another class. It will be the same class but given in the evening, after the regular opening hours so we can enjoy the beautiful soft light for the photo practice.

   The class will include an overview of basic principles of photography and a Q&A session, as well as a photo critique. We will walk the Garden at this magical time of day practicing the principles just learned. Bring your camera or cell phone, questions, and desire to take your photography to the next level. A glass of wine and a snack will be included.

Target Audience: Beginner photographer

– Provide an overview of basic principles of photography
– Guide you through making a photograph, not just taking one
– Get inspired to learn more about photography

To register, please click this LINK to go to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden Website.

Be well, my friends, and stay safe! 💙

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Little Lizard Love Photography Exhibit  As some of you may know, I've been quite intrigued by the Florida's little lizards and have been documenting their world in my photographs for a few years now. And the little critters have reciprocated by nicely posing for me. As a culmination of this relationship, I have created an exhibit Little Lizard Love that will be opening later this month in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. 
    I would be very happy if you could join me for the opening of this exhibit on Thursday, June 24th from 6 to 8pm. Here is a LINK to this event. The event is free but you do need to register to attend - click "Buy Tickets" to get your free ticket. Up to date Covid protocols will be followed.
   Exhibition dates are June 24 - August 15. 



(Inna Malostovker) art exhibition gallery lizards Miami photographer nature nature photography photography reptiles Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:04:54 GMT
My art achievements in 2020 While setting my art career goals for 2021, I have been looking back at 2020. With the beginning of quarantine in Miami at the end of March, different ideas started coming into my head as I didn't want to just keep staring into the TV screen. Some of these ideas turned into plans and actual creations. Here are the most important ones.

1. Daily themed photo project that lasted close to 6 months and eventually turned into an exhibit "Daily Voices: a Photographic Introspective" and earned several press publications. More information about this project can be found here

2. Coloring books based on my photographs.  They include my photos, coloring pages, and fun facts about the subjects of the photographs. Over the course of the year I made three books - Little Lizard Love, Being a Butterfly, and Bugs and Beyond. They are available on Amazon and have been doing pretty well. 

3. International Online Art Collective was not my initial idea, but I have become one of the creators and founding members and remain very active in this project. It's a group of artists from around the world, diverse in their backgrounds and art forms, who came together united by desire to inspire, provoke and heal using their art. More about the IOAC can be found here

Inspired by my accomplishments of the last year, I have set many creative goals for this year. 

Cheers to many more achievements in 2021!! 

(Inna Malostovker) accomplishments achievements coloring books daily photo project pandemic photography Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:45:11 GMT
Artists in Their Studios interview Proudly presenting this interview with me on the Amplified Network:


What is your work about?

I am a nature and fine art photographer and digital photo artist. I capture landscapes and wildlife images from Brazil to Singapore and anywhere in between. I also create macro and abstract compositions and enjoy sharing the beauty of the world with others.

Do you have a studio routine, strategy or ritual that helps you get in the creative zone?

No, I don’t have a routine. Beauty is everywhere and I always feel motivated to create more images.

How has the pandemic affected your art practice?

In the beginning of April, a stay at home order was issued in Miami. Since I couldn’t document the beauty outside, I started a daily photo project to create the beauty inside. Every week, I give a list of themes to a small group of photographers and we do our best capturing the theme and share the images with each other virtually for constructive criticism. We are currently in the fifth month of the project. Also, to avoid excessive procrastination and tv binge-watching, I started writing daily to-do lists. This helped me get organized and stay busy. As shocking and depressing as the pandemic is, it has actually been good for my creativity, and I’ve been able to produce plenty of images I am proud of.

What is your greatest reward, memory, accomplishment or proud moment as an artist?

Over the last ten years I have received numerous awards and recognitions for my photography. The one that I treasure the most happened last year, when an editor from Outdoor Photographer, a prestigious photography magazine, asked me to write a behind the scenes article about one of my images. The article occupied a two page spread of the December issue.

What is one thing you MUST have in your studio?

My two cats. They vigorously “assist” me with setting up every composition.

What would you tell your future self about being an artist right now?

Everybody has a cellphone camera nowadays and can take pictures. There are also a lot of very good photographers. It is very difficult to stand out in the crowd. I am trying to create images that are artistic, unique, and bring joy and color to others.

What is the best art career advice you’ve ever received?

Not everybody is going to like all art. Believe in yourself and keep creating.


(Inna Malostovker) art artist interview Miami photographer nature pandemic photographer Thu, 19 Nov 2020 03:20:11 GMT
Daily Voices Show On November 1st is the official opening of our exhibit "Daily Voices". Join us at 5pm Eastern Standard Time via Zoom.  Here is the LINK


The exhibit is a selection of artwork from a daily photo challenge undertaken by four Miami photographers during the time of quarantine - Inna Malostovker. Cilia Rodriguez, Marta Cubillas, and Pilar Geada. Please see the tab Daily Voices of this website.


The artwork is on display in the I&M Gallery of the Futurama building located in the heart of the historic Little Havana in Miami from November 1st till December 30th. 1637 SW 8th Street, Miami, Fl.

The main objective of the exhibit is to share our joy and optimism with the world and to show the artistic side of isolation.




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Being a Butterfly Coloring Book for Kids I am very excited to announce that my second book Being a Butterfly Coloring Book is now available on Amazon.

More than just a coloring book, Being a Butterfly is a fun and educational book for young nature lovers that introduces children to the wonderful world of butterflies.

The Being a Butterfly book includes:

  • Professional photographs of butterflies taken in parks and gardens
  • Coloring pages created based on the photographs
  • Fun butterfly fact on every page
  • Large images easy to color
  • Single-sided coloring page placement to avoid bleed through

If you know a child that loves butterflies and wants to learn more about them while having fun, order your copy today.

This is a link to It is also available on Amazon UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP, and CA.

Stay tuned! I am working on the next book already.


(Inna Malostovker) activity book bugs butterfly caterpillars children coloring educational entertaining fun insects kids nature photography quarantine Fri, 28 Aug 2020 23:05:10 GMT
Artist Pledge Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Matthew Burrows has instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge back in March 2020. Many artists around the world have been taking part. 

The concept is simple - artists post to Instagram artwork they are willing to sell for under $200. When an artist reaches $1000 in sales, she pledges to buy $200 worth of art from someone else.

I have been participating in the pledge on Instagram and sold several photographs. I decided to expand my pledge to my website.

Here is the special deal for the pledge until September 30th: $25 for 8x10" (20x25cm) print with mat or 11x14" (28x35cm) not matted. Free shipping in the US. International - I'll have to check on pricing. This applies to any non-square images.

Message me if interested in this or any other print sizes.


(Inna Malostovker) artist support pledge artists support artists covid-19 photography special deal Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:37:50 GMT
Little Lizard Love Coloring Book for Kids I am very excited to announce that the Little Lizard Love Coloring Book is now available on Amazon.

More than just a coloring book, Little Lizard Love is a fun and educational book for young nature lovers that introduces children to the wonderful world of lizards.

The Little Lizard Love book includes:

  • Professional photographs of lizards taken in a natural environment
  • Coloring pages created based on the photographs
  • Fun lizard fact on every page
  • Large images easy to color
  • Single-sided coloring page placement to avoid bleed through

If you know a child that loves lizards and wants to learn more about them while having fun, order your copy today.

This is a link to It is also available on Amazon UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP, and CA.

(Inna Malostovker) activity book children coloring educational entertaining fun iguana kids lizards nature photography quarantine reptiles Tue, 02 Jun 2020 02:08:38 GMT
IMphotoArt goes International

Proudly sharing the lounge of the International Online Art Collective of which I am a member of!

The International Online Art Collective brings inspiring art to art lovers worldwide. IOAC is a showcase of art from around the world: paintings, graphics, photography, mixed media, drawings, sculptures – all from the beautiful to the thought-provoking.

Please check the Facebook page to see the artwork created by the participating members, including, of course, Yours Truly!

(Inna Malostovker) art exhibit international online photography Mon, 20 Apr 2020 20:42:51 GMT
Outdoor Photographer Magazine Article In March of 2019, my photograph "Cold Winter" was chosen as a winner of the Snow Scenes Assignment by the Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Several months later, I was approached by the managing editor asking me to write an article about this photograph for the Behind The Shot section of the December 2019 print edition. It has now been published.

Here it is for those of you who do not have the print issue of the magazine.

Bismarck, North Dakota, USABismarck, North Dakota, USAWinter scenery in North Dakota.

I live in Miami, FL because it is as far away from sub-zero temperatures as I can get without leaving the country. So when work took me to Bismarck a few winters ago, the fact that North Dakota tops the list of coldest states in the US had not escaped me. It’s not that I hate the cold; the problem is that it only ever triggers an irresistible desire to curl up in bed and hug the covers all day. Add to that a forecast of cloudy conditions for the duration of my stay, and it didn’t look like I would be taking too many photographs on my trip.

But the lure of fabulous fresh snow proved harder to ignore than my aversion to its side-effects. Foregoing my preferred photography hours of sunrise and sunset, I ventured out in the middle of the afternoon in temperatures that, to a Miamian, felt like a hundred below (likely not quite that far below freezing). I went to the Sertoma Park—also known as Riverside—a large municipal park along the Missouri River, home to an amusement park, the Dakota Zoo, the Lewis and Clark riverboat, walking trails, picnic shelters and a number of other recreational activities. Normally filled with visitors, the parking lot was deserted with the exception of a lone polar explorer walking his dog. Surrounded by towering snow piles and with my Nikon D7000 and my go-to lens for travel, the Tamron 18-270, at the ready, I set off down the Riverfront Trail.

Everything around me was bland and white: the ground, the trees, even the sky. But the frost on the tree branches was gorgeous; to emphasize it, I decided to fill the frame with nothing but trees. There was not a lot of variability in my subject, so I found a composition that showed the most perspective and depth and set my focus to about a third of the way into the scene. This technique works well when the scene as a whole is the subject. I set the aperture to f/11 to allow for good depth of field for the first few layers of trees with some blurriness toward the background. Shutter speed was set to 1/160 of a second to avoid worrying about any camera shake while handholding. ISO of 200 eliminated noise in a crop-sensor camera.

Usually, when I’m out shooting, cold or heat bother me much less, but it didn’t take long before I started to lose sensation in my fingers and toes. My face felt like it had been commandeered by Madame Tussauds, and I could feel myself working my way up to one of those borderline panic attacks warm-weather people suffer when they become convinced that frostbite and lost limbs are the only possible outcome of their winter wonderland hubris.

Satisfied I had already scraped together more shots than I had dared hope for, I fled to my car and retreated to the nearest purveyor of warm beverages. I later processed my RAW file as HDR to bring out more contrast and then added a low opacity layer of vertical blur to smooth out the trees and emphasize the frost-covered branches.



(Inna Malostovker) art behind the shot black and white landscape magazine article outdoor photographer photography publication winter Sat, 21 Dec 2019 15:38:00 GMT
Rainbow abstracts are now available Rainbow abstracts are now available.

There is even an article that was written about it (in Spanish) in local press:

Lots of people like rainbows:

Kids make wishes on them,

artists paint them,

dreamers chase them.

It features in one of my favorite songs

and just looks pretty.

I hope you like it too.

(Inna Malostovker) abstract art bright colors colorful photo project photography rainbow abstract vivid colors Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:24:57 GMT
Rainbow Abstracts to be released on November 29th


A series of 14 abstract images sized 8×12″, two for each color of the rainbow will be released this Friday, November 29th. The series celebrates the emotions we experience when we see a rainbow as it is often a metaphor for hope, new beginning, and acceptance.

The photographs look great individually or as a set and would add a beautiful splash of color to anybody’s life.

Please see the press release about this:



(Inna Malostovker) abstract abstract art art bright colorful photo project rainbow Tue, 26 Nov 2019 01:57:48 GMT
Article in National Georgaphic I was doing a Google image search for my name and found a short National Geographic article from 2010 about travelling to the Everglades that used my image. I had no idea. Things one finds on the internet...

Here is the link and the article:


Spindly cypresses rise from a swamp in Everglades National Park, home to many plants and animals found nowhere else.



Exploring the Everglades

See trip details for Everglades National Park, one of 30 suggested family trips from National Geographic.


Occupying an area of land larger than the state of Delaware, the Everglades National Park was dedicated in 1947 to protect the landscape, plants, and animals in the area. The Everglades is home to over a dozen endangered species, including the Florida panther. The park provides visitors with the opportunities to view wildlife, fish, bird watch, canoe, and hike. If you’d like to spend your days and nights out on the water, rent a houseboat from the Flamingo Marina and navigate the Everglades on your own.

Rent bikes and take the Shark Valley Loop. This flat, easy trail provides your best chance of seeing alligators; if you prefer to walk, you can view the reptiles from the Anhinga Trail. For a more up-close-and-personal experience with the park’s water wildlife, take a canoeing or kayaking trip along some of the 99 miles (159 kilometers) of marked waterways between Everglades City and Flamingo.

For fish sandwiches and key lime pie, head to the Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City. Request a seat on the screened-in patio and watch the boats plying the Barron River.

For information about rentals from the Flamingo Marina, call 1 239 695 3101.

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City (1 239 695 3311) also offers boat tours and canoe rentals.




(Inna Malostovker) cypress cypress trees everglades landscape photography national geographic photography travel Sun, 08 Sep 2019 01:23:39 GMT
First Solo Exhibit This Friday, April 26, 2019, will be the opening of my first solo photo exhibit. It will take place in Galeria Adelmo, 1165 SW 6th St, Miami, Florida 33130. Photographs will be on display for a month, through May 27.

Here is an excerpt from the gallery announcement:

"Please mark your calendar to stop into GALERIA ADELMO on Friday night, April 26 for a marvelous exhibition of fine art photography. Inna Malostovker solo show, Visual Ruminations, will awaken and arouse you with incredible images."



(Inna Malostovker) exhibit exhibition gallery photo exhibit photography show Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:10:41 GMT
Participating in exhibitions Instagram, Facebook, Flickr - these are medias I had been using to exhibit my work. 

Recently, I decided to move pass social media only exposure and joined the ranks of artists exhibiting in galleries. Of course, there is no guarantee that my work will be "discovered" this way, but with no exposure, there is a definite guarantee it won't happen. Of course, printing and framing photographs takes time and money, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

These are local collective exhibits I have participated in (the last two are still being shown).

Flamingo Gardens selected the following photos:







Broward College currently has these images from Cuba on display:







La Mano Hispana exhibit has the photo named "Prayer to Maximon":






I am now working on a solo exhibit. Will keep you posted.



(Inna Malostovker) exhibitions exposure Gallery photography Sat, 29 Sep 2018 20:18:18 GMT
Photographing Sandhill Crane Migration Every year from late February to early April over 600,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate on the Platte River valley in Nebraska in order to "fuel up" on their way to the north. Photographing the cranes is a bit challenging as they are very skittish in this area and walk or fly away once a human approaches anywhere within 100 yards.  Also, they are more active shortly before sunrise or after sunset when there is little light to photograph moving subjects. I use my 600mm lens on a tripod. Having a full sensor camera would help bump up the ISO. Since my camera has a crop sensor, I hesitate pushing above ISO of 800. Despite these difficulties, it is quite an experience. Air filled with loud rattling sounds and sky obscured by flocks of birds are quite unforgettable. 


(Inna Malostovker) birds cranes migration nebraska photography platte river sandhill crane Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:35:17 GMT
Little lizard cards Make someone's day with these cute little lizard cards!

- Top-fold 5x7" greeting cards
- Each photograph features a cute anole lizard with artistic touches
- Printed on premium acid free press paper
- Blank inside
- Includes a white envelope
- Packaged in a clear cellophane bag

- $5 one card of 5 for $20

You can get them at my Etsy shop:

Or drop me a note here, on my contact page.




(Inna Malostovker) all occasion card animal animal card art blank card card cute card everyday card friendship funny card greeting card hand in there i love you iguana lizard lizard card love card love messages nature note cards photo greeting card photography postcard romantic card smile thank you card thinking of you wish you were here Sun, 28 May 2017 19:35:49 GMT
New Tamron lens review Despite deciding a while back to stop acquiring new photo equipment, I couldn't help but buy the new Tamron telephoto lens - 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. I am so glad I did. It is relatively small, light, and affordable for this focal length. Image quality is very good along the whole range. Image stabilization allowed me to handhold the camera at shutter speeds 1/5 the focal length and slower and still get sharp images, especially at longer focal length. AF is pretty good, though I found myself having to use manual focus at times during low light. The minimal focusing distance is about 2 meters, so I was able to get something close to macro images. And bokeh looks good. I'm very happy with this lens and want to share a few photos from one day of shooting at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida.    


    Focal length 340mm, f/10, 1/320sec, ISO 400                                          Focal length 190mm, f/13, 1/160sec, ISO 400


    Focal length 450mm, f/8, 1/640sec, ISO 400                                              Focal length 320mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO 400


     Focal length 500mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 400                                               Focal length 420mm, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400

(Inna Malostovker) Tamron butterfly dragonfly iguana lens lily lizard photography review Sat, 20 May 2017 22:00:13 GMT
I Love Havana, the Photo Book. We are a group of six female professional photographers from different backgrounds who share a common passion for Havana.  We are hoping to create a book showcasing 10 photographs taken by each woman with a description in English, Spanish, and their own language of the feelings and story behind each photograph. The photo book will allow you to enjoy the photographic love story of each of us for Havana and provide a personal biography of the photographers.


We are asking for donations to help make this project happen. Every donor will get free copies of the book.



(Inna Malostovker) Cuba Havana donation female help photo book photographer photography Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:38:24 GMT
Pets in the city A couple of months ago I visited Cuba. One of the many things that struck me was the number of homeless cats and dogs in the streets. I realize, this problem is not unique to Cuba. There are an estimated 200 million stray dogs and many more homeless cats in the world.

I could see how much the cats and dogs I saw in Cuba wanted human attention. Having two cats at home, it hit me hard. 

Several of the dogs I saw wore collars with tags on them. I was very happy to realize, those dogs were actually taken care of. Some state institutions are giving dogs these tags, medical care and shelter. This tag says: "My name is Cortico. I am a pet of the Plaza de Armas. I've been neutered. Don't hurt me." 

I created a series of photographs "pets in the city" to show the beauty of these animals.  This is only a small part of the series.

(Inna Malostovker) Cuba Havana animals cats dogs homeless pets photography stray Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:24:44 GMT
Exhibition without walls Two of my images made it into the finalist round in the international photo competition Exhibition Without Walls titled "Strong and Powerful" and one of them received an Honorable mention.

Here is the link to the gallery:

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAESheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAEColumns in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Pantanal, BrazilPantanal, BrazilSunset on the river in Pantanal, Brazil

(Inna Malostovker) competition honorable mention photography Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:05:04 GMT
Magazine publication Today, I'm honored to have two pieces published in the Living the Photo Artistic Life magazine among some really amazing work displayed in this magazine monthly.

(Inna Malostovker) art work digital art magazine photography publication Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:41:47 GMT
Another photo honor An excellent printing company out of Arizona, Artisan Colour is participating in a trade show which expects 1500+ designers, architects, hospitality and health care professionals to stop by. They selected 8 images out of thousands amazing pieces of art presented on ArtBoja website to display their work. My image of Black bird and red flowers made the selection.  Of course, I gave them my permission to do so!  


(Inna Malostovker) Printing honor photography Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:02:51 GMT
What to do when the sky does not cooperate. I met with a friend at the Maurice Gibb park marina to photograph a sunset. Last two nights, the skies lit up with gorgeous colors and we were hoping to capture pretty reflections in the water. To our disappointment the sky was grey with a distant storm and the water looked almost black.

We waited around till it got dark enough for the street lights to be turned on, got out the tripods, and had fun photographing the lights. Small aperture (f/18, f/22) allowed for long shutter speeds to capture the car light trails and created the starburst effect.



(Inna Malostovker) aperture night photography photography street lights sunset Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:51:08 GMT
Holocaust Memorial A few days ago, I visited the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial for the first time. Built in 1990 despite some protests, it is an expressive reminder of our history. I was really impressed by how tastefully and eloquently it was presented. Here are some pictures.

(Inna Malostovker) Miami beach holocaust memorial Sat, 09 Jul 2016 16:45:37 GMT
Photo honor I participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers  bridge photo contest and today I was very excited to find out that my photograph of the Catawba River Pedestrian Bridge was chosen to be included in their 2017 bridges calendar.  What an honor! Always nice to be recognized.


Last year in their contest, one of my photos (Bridge over the Mississippi River) was selected by the judges as a finalist for the Viewer's Choice Award and another photo of the Bayview Bridge won the first place in the Small Town Bridges category.  These photographs were included in the 2016 calendar.

Bayview bridge, Quincy, IllinoisBayview bridge, Quincy, IllinoisBayview bridge over the Mississippi River in Quincy, IL

(Inna Malostovker) award bridge bridges calendar contest winner photography Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:54:42 GMT