Sunday, August 30, 2009

Picture of the Day


Another of our new friend.

Glacier National Park

From: http://paworkshops.net/glacier-national-park-workshop
Glacier National Park

Dates: September 30 - October 4, 2009
Leader: Moe Witschard
Location: West Glacier, MT
Cost: $895

About this workshop

Glacier National Park is known as the crown jewel of our national park system. Its rugged alpine scenery, raging rivers, impressive vertical walls and lush vegetation make it truly awe inspiring and an extremely diverse photography location. Our base in West Glacier, on the west side of the "Going to the Sun" highway, gives us easy access to low elevation lake, stream, and forest locations as well as sweeping alpine vistas at the base of some of Glacier's highest peaks.

This workshop will see us rising early to be at the morning shooting site well before dawn. In the mid-morning, we'll head to a meeting space to look at and critique the photos we just shot, as well as discussing photographic techniques that we will practice in later shoots. Each afternoon will see us heading back into the field to sample the magic of a new location during some of the best light of the day.

September is a great time to visit as park visitation is at a low. The contrast of fall colors against blue skies and red rock is not something that you will forget. We can also expect fresh snow on the mountaintops. Colorful leaves swirling around in pools at the base of distant falls beckon the nature photographer and just make me excited about going back!

Highlights
We will start at some lower elevation locales by visiting Lake McDonald, which makes for a great reflection of the high peaks that form its backdrop. We will then proceed to the famous Avalanche Gulch and Trail of the Cedars where water flowing through a lush and unusual cedar and cottonwood old-growth forest will form the framework for many of our compositions.
Delving deeper into the park, we will photograph at several locations alongside and near McDonald Creek. Eventually, we will drive above treeline to Logan Pass where we will photograph high alpine peaks, small waterfalls flowing though alpine tundra, and the colorful tundra plants that carpet much of the alpine zone. With a little luck, we will observe and photograph the playful antics of the resident mountain goats and possibly other wildlife.

The Leader
Moe Witschard is a Montana resident and he has been photographing in Glacier National Park for many years. In fact, it may be his favorite Montana location for making pictures. The fall colors, the lack of people, and the crisp, cool days make autumn his favorite time to shoot there and to show you his favorite spots.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Picture of the Day

Such a majestic animal.

Paso Robles Workshops - Hot Shoe Diaries Workshop

From Paso Robles Workshops Site:

http://pasoroblesworkshops.com/schedule/joe-mcnally-workshop-hot-shoe-diaries-october-2009-paso-robles/

Joe McNally
Hot Shoe Diaries Workshop
October 5–9, 2009

About the ‘Hot Shoe Diaries’ Workshop
This workshop will focus on the creative use of small flashes in location photography and present many of the techniques discussed in Joe’s latest book, The Hot Shoe Diaries. In the style of Joe’s work, the emphasis will be on TTL (through-the-lens) metering of flash. Joe will demonstrate the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) for multi- and wireless flash photography. Canon shooters are more than welcome and may rely upon Syl Arena (PRW’s director) for his expertise with the Canon E-TTL system.

Workshop Outline*

• Monday – morning student portfolio reviews. Afternoon will be spent on lighting demos by Joe.
• Tuesday – the morning will be spent with Joe concluding the lighting demos. The afternoon will be a location shoot with models.
• Wednesday – morning critique, location shoot with models.
• Thursday – morning critique, location shoot with models, then PRW-hosted dinner.
• Friday – “final exam” shoot, afternoon critique

* Workshop Outline is subject to change at the discretion of PRW and the instructor – based upon location availability, weather and student resources.

Tuition – $1,600 – includes 5-day workshop, location and model fees, lunch daily and class dinner. Not included: transportation, lodging, breakfasts and dinners (other than PRW-hosted class dinner). An installment plan is available for tuition payments.

Tuition Discount – Save $100 by paying your tuition as a lump sum.

Registration – Seats are still available. To register – click here.

Skill Level – Intermediate to Advanced, Students must be familiar with the basics of flash photography and their DSLR.

Portfolio Review – A portfolio review is required for admission. For details click here.

Enrollment – This workshop is limited to 15 students.

Suggested Camera Gear – DSLR and lenses, Speedlights, lightweight stands.

Suggested Computer Gear – laptop with Lightroom or Bridge/Photoshop. You will want to be able to get your best images collected for daily critiques.

Suggested Reading – Joe’s books The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries // DVD Nikon School Presents A hands On Guide To Creative Lighting

Team Structure – Students will work in teams of 3 on location shoots – with each student rotating through the position of photographer, grip and model / assistant. If desired, students will be grouped by their brand of equipment so that they may combine flashes for multi-flash work.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Picture of the Day


One of our new neighbors. He has discovered a nice spot to wait on dinner. Since he was posing I made a few images of him. This one is one of my favorites. Over the next few days I will share more images as the Hawk's allow. They have a nest near hear, you can hear them in the evenings calling to each other.

Lions, Tigers and Bears

From: http://paworkshops.net/lions-tigers-and-bears-workshops

Lions, Tigers and Bears

Dates: October 28 - November 1, 2009
Leader: Jeff Wendorff
Location: Kalispell, MT
Cost: $1495

Have you ever thought about looking through your viewfinder and seeing a frame filling mountain lion or black bear or wolf or...? How about seeing the animal in a beautiful location with magnificent light? How about having the animal move around right in front of you with plenty of time to get 10 or 100 or even 500 shots? This is the Triple D Game Farm, the best place in North America to photograph native mammals in natural settings.

I have photographed at Triple D in every season and have done every animal they have many times. Still, I will continue to go back every chance I can because I know that I will never get opportunities like I get at Triple D. You want to add some sizzle to your presentations or see a mountain lion or lynx or fox right in front of you with nothing in the way but your own excitement? Take a trip to Triple D and your work will never be dull again.

Highlights
During this 4-day workshop we can expect to photograph nine to ten mammals in a variety of different but ecologically true situations. While the specific species cannot be specified we almost always get to photograph mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, wolf and bear. Other possibilities include fisher, snow leopard, lynx, porcupine and wolverine. Added to this list is the ever present possibility of babies of any of these species. You have no idea what cute is until you see a 12 week old bobcat kitten peaking out from a knothole or photograph a baby raccoon or porcupine playing on a log.

An added bonus to these workshops are the daily critique sessions we will do in the middle of the day during a break in the shooting. This is a perfect time to really perfect your wildlife photography while at the same time pumping up your portfolio.
You will have the best opportunities with PAW at Triple D. All of our leaders are long-time Triple D photographers and know the shooting locations extremely well. Plus, no PAW leader will ever photograph or stand in your way or save a secret spot for their own photography.

The Leader
Jeff Wendorff is an avid outdoor and wildlife photographer whose work has been published widely — from calendars and magazines to cans of cat food in China! Jeff is the Associate Director and workshop coordinator of PAW and a popular international tour leader. He has co-lead workshops with David Middleton as well as leading his own workshops for the past 5 years. Jeff has a great enthusiasm for his subject and it is quite contagious. If you didn’t “love” wildlife photography before one of his workshops, you certainly will afterward.
Jeff believes it is important to have fun while learning, serious fun, so be prepared to enjoy yourself when you are with him. He has been to Bosque many times and knows the best spots and the special tricks that you need to know to get the most out of this terrific bird photography workshop. Jeff lives on the west coast of Florida and has spent probably too many hours in the field honing his skills.

What the Duck


Couldn't resist posting this one, right now I'm hip deep in sports photos from this years football games. Matt decided to play after all and I ended up agreeing to shoot action shoots for his new team. I remember watching him play T-ball but that was before I went digital with my photography. He ended up in soccer and football the most, I just hope he doesn't take up track and join the cross county team. :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Picture of the Day


This is the new place...no not really. I spotted this old house when I was out of town recently. I shot the originally image as an set for HDR and processed it accordingly but when I was nearly done I kicked it over to Nix Silver Efex. I ran the tin type across it and then I remembered a texture that Playingwithbrushes had up on flickr. I jumped over and grabbed it, put the whole thing together in Photoshop and instantly liked it. I hope you enjoy it.

Zion National Park in Fall

From: http://paworkshops.net/zion-national-park-in-fall-workshop

Zion National Park in Fall

Dates: October 27 - November 1, 2009

Leaders: Don Mammoser and Rod Barbee

Location: Zion NP, UT

Cost: $895

Zion National Park is one of the photographic jewels of our National Park system. There is no better time to visit than during the fall color season, after the summer crowds have departed and the cottonwood trees change to gold. The impressive sandstone peaks tower above the Virgin River creating dizzying displays of unique topography wherever we point our cameras.
Additional highlights of this fall workshop include a morning photo session at nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. With its otherworldly formations and unique colors, this landscape is one of extraordinary potential. During the middle of the day when the light is too harsh for great photography there will be classroom and critique sessions at the hotel. This is a chance to learn even more from your instructors, and to get some honest feedback about your photography, all in a fun, no stress environment. Zion is one of those rare places where just stopping along the road and "wandering" can produce amazing images. We'll reserve some time for this, as well. Come with us to the American southwest for a great late-season workshop.
Highlights

We'll turn our cameras to such formations as the Towers of the Virgin, the Temple of Sinewava, Court of the Patriarchs and the Great White Throne. Add in a bit of blue desert sky and some yellow autumn foliage and everything here is inspiring. We'll photograph all the well known highlights of this famous park as well as some of the hidden places. We may even find an Indian petroglyph or a late-season flower to delight in. We'll get up early and get to Bryce before the sun rises over the horizon and bathes the landscape in warmth. We'll stay as long as the light cooperates. We'll also have an afternoon/evening photo session at the out-of-the-way Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park. With more towering formations glowing in late evening light, our cameras should be plenty happy here as well.

The Leaders
Don Mammoser and Rod Barbee

Don has been fascinated by the grandeur of Zion National Park since first visiting there on a cross country trip in 1998. He and Rod led their first workshop there several years ago and during this years trip they added in the morning at Bryce Canyon National Park- a great diversion and excellent addition to the Zion workshop. While anyone can stop at the overlooks in Zion and get decent images, Rod and Don know the park intimately and take their clients to some lesser-known places. We visit some uncrowded places like the "lone pine tree," Pine Creek- for great reflections, An Indian Petroglyph area, the little-known waterfall at Court of the Patriarchs, and sometimes we even plan a shoot at a great backlit colorful tree site, or a place for great rock patterns and "hoo doos." Zion's scenery is spectacular no matter where you look and Rod and Don help get that scenery onto your images and we have FUN doing it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Get Motivated...

Today I read a post by Zack Arias and I have to be honest I'm a day late reading it. Not complaining things are just crazy busy right now. I'm not going to list the reasons why just state the fact and move on. Zack's post was related to motivation. As I read it one statement jumped off the page at me:

“But I’m not good enough yet.”

The only person who cares about that statement is you so go ahead and build a bridge so you can get over it. :p

Now let me give you the skinny, I'm a procrastinator but when it comes down to it I meet my deadlines and I come up in spades. One of the ways I do that is by arbitrarily moving my deadlines up ahead of the real deadline. Hey it works for me. Over the last few months I lost sight of some of my goals in photography and I let the ship drift a bit. However for me one of the busiest times of shooting is now upon me. Little League football and soccer have started and I like to take the images and make the shots. This year I am working with the Twin City Miners and I will be working the sidelines of the Riverside Soccer matches again. granted I got access to both because the kids play but who cares. I am shooting and getting better at what I do.

I had reached a point where I was dissatisfied with my work, it wasn't where I wanted it to be. So I took some online course and read some books and was still unhappy with it. Then the other day as I'm trolling the sideline looking for the action to unfold in front of me someone yells at me. Yes I literally mean yells at me. A compliment. I thank them in and off hand way and move on. It felt good but I tend to rely on how I feel about my work not how others feel.

Today at lunch I sorted through an order of pictures that the teams parents had bought of their kids and some of the images blew me away. One in particular will need to be added to my portfolio. I thumbed through the stack and it hit me, I'm a decent photographer. Decent enough that even at the cut rate I'm giving the folks at the field they re buying my images. I'm still not where I want to be...but you know whats that OK.

I'm not trying to say yes I am the best photographer in the world. Not by a long shot, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Zack Arias and a score of others are way better than I am but I'm getting there and that's what matters. And that is what Zack was talking about in his post, from my perspective, get off your backside and do it.

check out Zack's post here: http://www.zarias.com/?p=450

Picture of the Day


We're still hard at it...tons of boxes to sort out yet. This one is of Matt, he may be small but all the running he does for soccer pays off. He can outrun most of the guys on the field, unless they have a monster stride. It's interesting to note that if he decided to play this year, he is leaning toward not at this point, he will be wearing the orange and black of a miner. Our move has placed us in their district. Be interesting to see him in those colors. Regardless he is adamant that he is going to play soccer.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to the Field

Well its that time again, Midget league Football is back in full swing and soccer is knocking at the door. I have been given the honor of being hte photographer for the Twin City Miners this year, I will be following the teams there and providing action shots for the parents of the players and cheerleaders. I was on hand this weekend and captured 2000+ images. I am quickly going through them to have the order book ready by tomorrow nights practice.


While I was out shooting yesterday I was reminded of two important things:

1) It's not the camera or the equipment its the photographer that makes the image.

2) Practice...practice..practice.


Several of the parents comment to me that my images were great and a number have already purchased images from the Grid last weekend, and I thank them for that. But I have to also thank all the teams that have put up with me running the sidelines and making images of them up to this point. If it wasn't for the Valley Rockets and the Riverside Soccer clubs I would not be at the point I am at with my sports photography. Thanks folks!


Now on to the rest of the week and a mountain of images to sort.

Picture of the Day


Hey folks...things are a bit busy. As you know I write the picture of the day posts a month ahead. During the last week of July my family and I moved to a new home. It's close to work and though I have images to share I have not had time to process them all and get them to the blog. I hope to be able to work on them in the next few days but to be honest moving out of a house we have lived in for 5 years and into a new one leaves lots of stuff to be sorted through.

I should be back on track in the next few days...er weeks..but the posts should be back in a few days. Until then I am going to post a few of my favorite football images from the last few years. I took to shooting Matt and Lex's sports activities and I find I enjoy it. Many of the images I have have them in it of course but most of the ones I keep are just great action shots of the games. Like this one above where the Valley Rockets QB is about to be sandwiched between two Cabin Creek players.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What the Duck

Picture of the Day


The valley pictured in the image is Germany Valley which is a scenic upland valley high in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. It was originally settled by German (including Pennsylvania Dutch) farmers in the mid-18th Century and today it is part of the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest. Much of the valley though is privately owned. This scenic overlook is literally beside the road.

This image was an experiment on my part. I wanted to make a panoramic view of the valley but in doing so I also wanted to capture all the different tones in the image. As you can see a storm was moving into the valley and there was quite a bit of drama in the clouds. Normal convention tells you to shoot a panoramic image, get out the tripod set up the shot and take a series of multiple image with enough overlap to allow you or software to line up all the parts.

First off, I hate to use my tripod unless I have to and secondly I was on a trip with family and friends, who would have probably tolerated me setting it up but I just plain did not want to. I made adjustments to the camera and bumped my iso up a tad bit higher than I needed but high enough to allow me to hand hold the camera to make the image I wanted. I figured I could just rotate at the trunk and with any luck I would be OK. I shot a test frame or two and all looked good, at least on the tiny LCD on my camera.

The next problem I had to face was capturing the details in the clouds and the details on the ground and in the valley. The answer to that was HDR photography. Again most HDR is done with a tripod which I did not want to drag out. I went into my camera settings and set up a 2+ and a 2- spread for the HDR capture and flipped the burst mode on my canon 40D to High speed. The same high speed I use when shooting soccer and other fast moving sports.

I know from experience in this mode the camera will shoot off three very rapid shots, one above one under and one dead on the exposure I have set. I meter the scene and adjust about a stop and half down to make sure I don't blow the clouds out. I take a deep breath and set my feet. I shoot a set of three, rotate about half a frame over and repeat...and repeat...and repeat. Until I have a triple exposure set of the entire valley.

When I get home, didn't have time that evening because of the pig roast, I move the images to Lightroom, and process them as HDR images. I make sure that I use the same settings on all of the images that are going to make up the pano. Once all of the images are merged and tone mapped I take them back to photoshop and have it stitch them together for me.

After photoshop finishes stitching the image I then use my Nix tools to get rid of excess noise and make a few other adjustments. The end result you see above. It took me a bit to make the image but I did get the result I wanted. Now I just need to get better at it. Step one of course now that I know I can do it is to set up the tripod and drop the ISO so I don't have to much noise in the image.

OK this Picture of the Day became a tutorial of how I did it. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on where I could improve the process let me know.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Picture of the Day


The ribbon of light on the rock and the play of light and shadows was just begging for me to make an image. This is the last of the images I am sharing on the blog from Seneca Caverns. I hope you have enjoyed them.

I want to share a few more thoughts on the photography I did in the cavern. You may have noticed in the notes on the images I mentioned that I shot them all handheld and I did this at extremely high ISO. The reason I made these images that way was a result of being on a public walking tour of the cavern. Thought the guide was very accepting of my clicking shutter she did have a schedule to keep and I was not the only one there. I could have taken a monopod in with me but I decided to not do that. Instead I just held my breath and framed my shots and hopped for the best. In all that day I made over 400 images of the cavern. For every shot you have seen on the blog I took at least three images to make sure I had one that was of decent quality.

I could have took my flash with me or turned on my on camera flash. Why didn't I. For the same reason that the guide turned out the lights after we left an area of the cave. The burst of light may of in some way damaged the eco-system of the cavern. Don't think I'm all earthy and save the planet, there is also the fact that a flash going off in that dark place would blind not only me but the group. Also I wanted to attempt to capture what you see as you go through the cave the way you see it, adding flash might have brought out details but it would have lost something for me.

Just my thoughts on it, what are yours?

Where the Shutter Clicks - September Update

All I can say is that if you can't find a workshop in the next two months or so then you ar enot looking. September and October are jammed packed with workshops and remember these are not all the ones out there. There are loads more, if you know of one let me know and I wll add it to the list. If you are interested in helping to maintain the list give me a shout, the more hands involved the better and the more workshops we can have listed on the blog.

Remember the workshop calendar is powered by google calendar and is easily accessible to anyone. If you want to subscribe to the calendar just click the little GOOGLE button on the lower right of the calendar and follow the steps. If you had asked me a few years ago if I ever thought I would uses a web based calendar and e-mail system I would have said flatly no. However the power of the google calendar and their gmail platform has changed that opinion for me. I long since ditched my computer based applications and now just use the net ones instead.

On the the good stuff...where is the shutter clickin'?

September

Dolly Sods and Blackwater Falls, West Virginia - Canaan Valley, WV - Sept 4 - 7
Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland - Sept 6 - 12
Intermediate Digital Photography - Maine - Sept 6 - 12
Photography Field Trip to Italy with Kenny Kim - Sept 7 - 14
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Indianapolis, In - Sept 8
Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland Photo Workshop - Arizona - Sept 9 - 13
Oregon Coast - Sept 9 - 13
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - St Louis, Mo - Sept 9
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Kansas City, Mo - Sept 10
Cass Scenic Railroad Photography Workshop - Cass, WV - Sept 11 - 13
Mentor Series - Long Island - Sept 11 - 13
Pixel Fairy Princess Workshops - St Louis, MO - Sept 11 - 13
Spirit Bears 2009 - BC canada - Sept 13 - 20
Advanced Digital Photography - Maine - Sept 13 - 19
Photoshop: Retouching Secrets of the Pros with Joe Edelman - Allentown, PA - Sept 13
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Omaha, NE - Sept 14
Canadian Rockies in Fall - Banff, AB - Sept 15 - 20
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Des Moines, IA - Sept 15
Arches, Canyonlands & Moab Photo Workshop - Utah - Sept 16 - 20
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Minneapolis, MN - Sept 16
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Boston, MA - Sept 16
Capturing the Essence with Nancy Rotenberg - Inlet, NY - Sept 17 - 20
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Milwaukee, WI - Sept 17
2009 Photo 101 Workshops - Atlanta, GA - Sept 18 -20
Cades Cove and the Smokies- Tennessee - Sept 18 - 20
Pixel Fairy Princess Workshops - Williamsburg, Va - Sept 18 - 20
Web Marketing for Photographers with Joe Edelman - Allentown, PA - Sept 19
Introduction to Nature Photography - Brasstown, NC - Sept 20 - 26
Photoshop & the Art of Color Photography - Maine - Sept 20 - 26
DLWS Bar Harbor, ME - Sept 20 -23
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Chicago, IL - Sept 21
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Grand Rapids, MI - Sept 22
2009 Grand Canyon North Rim - Pheonix, AZ - Sept 23 - 27
2009 Grand Teton in Fall - Jackson, WY - Sept 23 - 27
Fall Aspens & Ghost Towns of Colorado Photo Workshop - Colorado - Sept 23 - 27
Ink on Paper: A Guide to Digital Black and White Printmaking - Sept 23 - 27
2009 OneLight Workshop - Atlanta - Sept 23
Digital WakeUp Call with David Zise - Detroit, MI - Sept 23
Forever Wild -The Adirondacks with David Middleton - Inlet, NY - Sept 24 -27
Northern AdirondackFall Color Tour with Mark Bowie - Lake Placid, NY - Sept 24 - 27
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Columbus, Oh - Sept 24
THE AUTUMN WOLF ADVENTURE - Sept 25 - 29
Colorado Autumn Color Tour - Aspen, Co - Sept 25 - 28
Mentor Series - Egypt - Sept 27 - Oct 7
Introductory Digital Photography - Maine - Sept 27 - Oct 3
2009 OneLight Workshop - Los Angles, CA - Sept 29
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Philadelphia, PA - Sept 29
2009 Rockies Fall Color (Ouray) - Ouray, Co - Sept 30 - Oct 4
2009 White Mountains in New Hampshire - Conway, NH - Sept 30 - Oct 4
Glacier National Park - Sept 30 - Oct 4
2009 OneLight Workshop - Los Angles, CA - Sept 30
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Washington, DC - Sept 30

October

Paso Robles Workshops - Hot Shoe Diaries Oct 5 - 9
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Boston, MA - Oct 5
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Hartford, Ct - Oct 6
JVS Lighting Workshop - Dallas Tx - Oct 6
2009 Eastern Sierras - Bishop, CA - Oct 7 - 11
2009 West Virginia Autumn, Canaan Valley - Oct 7 - 11
New England Fall Foliage Photo Workshop - Oct 7 - 11
The Creative Black and White Process - Oct 7 - 11
White Mountains of New Hampshire - Oct 7 - 11
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - New York, Ny - Oct 7
Wildlife Photographer’s Base Camp - Glacier National Park Montana - Oct 8 - 12
Fall Foliage East Central West Virginia - Marlinton, WV - Oct 8 -11
The Nature of Possibility with John Radigan - inlet, NY - Oct 8 - 11
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Ney York, NY - Oct 8
Fall Wildlife 2009 - Montana - Oct 9 - Oct 12
Vermont Fall Foliage - Oct 9 - 11
DLWS Great Lakes, MI - Oct 10 - 21
Exploring Digital Photography with Rick Sammon Seattle, WA - Oct 10 - 14
Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light - Detroit, MI - Oct 10 - 11
Birds of Prey Photography Workshops - Brooks, WV - Oct 10
Advanced Digital Photography - Maine - Oct 11 - 17
Paso Robles Workshops - Speedlighting Corporate Portraits – Anywhere, Anytime - Oct 12 - 16
St. Augustine Scapes Photography Workshop - Oct 12 - 13
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Newark, NJ - Oct 12
JVS Lighting Workshop - dallas, TX - Oct 14
2009 OneLight Workshop - Huston Tx - Oct 13
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 13
2009 Acadia NP - Bar Harbor, ME - Oct 14 - 18
Coastal Maine - Oct 14 - 18
Crafting the Fine Black and White Photograph - Oct 14 - 18
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Baltimore, MD - OCt 14
West Virginia Highlands Autumn Foliage Workshop - OCt 15 - 18
2009 OneLight Workshop - Austin, Tx - Oct 15
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Washington DC - Oct 15
Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn Colors - Richard Bernabe - Oct 16 -18
Letchworth State ParkFall Color Tour with Joe LeFevre - Oct 16 - 18
Mentor Series - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Oct 16 - 18
BetterPhoto Summit - Boston - Oct 17
Introductory Digital Photography - Oct 18 - 24
Websites for Photographers - Oct 18 - 24
Water Falls & Fall Foliage in South Western North Carolina - Oct 18 -21
Paso Robles Workshops - Canon Speedlite Intensive - Oct 19 - 23
Dane Sanders Fast Track Roadshow Workshop - Oct 20-21
2009 Shaker Village and KY Horse Farms - Oct 21 -25
Rocky Mountain Raptors - Oct 21 -25
Autumn Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina - Oct 23 - 25
Pixel Fairy Princess Workshops - Oct 23 - 25
Spectacular Autumn Colors in the Smokies - Greer and Bernabe - Oct 23 - 25
Picture Perfect Caribbean Cruise - Oct 25 - Nov 1
Intermediate Digital Photography - Oct 25 - 31
Fall in the Smoky Mountains - Tour - Oct 25 - 30
Paso Robles Workshops - Phase One Master Class - Oct 25 - 30
The Fine Art of Digital Printing - Oct 26-30
2009 OneLight Workshop - Ney York, NY - Oct 26
Zion National Park in Fall - Oct 27 - Nov 1
2009 OneLight Workshop - Ney York, NY - Oct 27
Lions, Tigers and Bears - Kalispell, MT - Oct 28 - Nov 1
The Digital Landscape: Autumn in Yosemite - Oct 28 - Nov 1
Lighthouses of the Outer Banks Photo Workshop - Oct 30 - Nov 2

Keep the shutters clickin' till next time!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Picture of the Day


When we entered the first main room of the cavern Lex was just taking it all in. This was her and Matthew's first trip underground. I was just about to come down the stairs and I spotted her just looking at this big chamber and trying to wrap her head around it. I believe until then that she thought the cave was going to be little and small inside.

Knowing Lex I spoke her name and she turned and gave me a quick pose so I could make her image. I wanted to get one of the Rock hound but Matthew was to busy soaking it all up from the guide to get a good shot of him. Maybe on our next trip underground.

Rocky Mountain Raptors

Rocky Mountain Raptors

Dates: October 21 - 25, 2009
Leader: Jeff Wendorff
Location: Louisville, CO
Cost: $1595

If you are eager to add some great frame-filling images of North American raptors, then this is the workshop for you. This workshop features up-close and personal photography of incredible birds of prey.

Working with local falconers and their trained hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles, you will get unprecedented and extremely high quality shots of these incredible birds in their natural habitat as well as intimate portraits. Working with trained birds allows us the luxury of placing birds in natural, settings with photogenic backgrounds. The results will be stunning, beautiful and natural images that would be nearly impossible to achieve any other way.

Highlights
We won't be photographing the birds anywhere that they would not occur naturally. We will travel to several locations to ensure a diversity of outstanding natural perches and backgrounds. One of the special treats that we always try to include is some free flight photography. Trust me, you have not had "fun" until you watch two falconers "playing catch" with a Harris Hawk. The thrill of watching a Gyrfalcon come in at more than a hundred miles an hour is a moment that you'll always remember. These are just some of the possible highlights of this workshop. You never know for sure what may happen. We have done this workshop many times and it has never been the same twice!

The Leader
Jeff Wendorff is an avid outdoor and wildlife photographer whose work has been published widely — from calendars and magazines to cans of cat food in China! Jeff is the Associate Director and workshop coordinator of PAW and a popular international tour leader. He has co-lead workshops with David Middleton as well as leading his own workshops for the past 5 years. Jeff has a great enthusiasm for his subject and it is quite contagious. If you didn’t “love” wildlife photography before one of his workshops, you certainly will afterward.
Jeff believes it is important to have fun while learning, serious fun, so be prepared to enjoy yourself when you are with him. He has been to Bosque many times and knows the best spots and the special tricks that you need to know to get the most out of this terrific bird photography workshop. Jeff lives on the west coast of Florida and has spent probably too many hours in the field honing his skills.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Picture of the Day

When we were underground in the cavern the play of light and dark struck me, particularly on how they had lit the stalactites under this shelf. It was quite beautiful in person, I hope I have conveyed some of that beauty in this image.

St. Augustine Scapes Photography Workshop

http://www.getaway4florida.com/bird_festival/

The perfect photography workshop? It would need two elements – outstanding locations and a world class instructor. That’s exactly what is offered in this special, two-day workshop that is sure to enhance the skills of outdoor photographers—no matter how experienced they might be. The instructor is Rick Sammon, one of America’s favorite outdoor photographers, a Canon Explorer of Light, author of 34 photography books – when it comes to instructors, they don’t come any better than Rick. Plus, he has lined up just the right locations to challenge the abilities of participants and provide the teachable moments that will undoubtedly increase the skills of each attendee.

What the Duck

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bosque del Apache

From; http://paworkshops.net/bosque-del-apache-workshop

Bosque del Apache

Dates: November 19 - 22, 2009
Leader: Jeff Wendorff
Location: Socorro, NM
Cost: $895

The astounding congregations of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes that gather at Bosque during their fall migration is a must for anyone interested in photographing great wildlife spectacles of North America.

The workshop takes place at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. Bosque, as the locals call it, is one of my favorite photography locations, and I think it is a must for anyone interested in photographing great wildlife spectacles of North America — the astounding congregations of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes that gather at Bosque during their fall migration.

Bosque plays host to upwards of 40,000 geese during the fall and winter months presenting many terrific opportunities for photographers. The refuge is situated between the Rio Grande River and the Chupadera Mountains and they each provide beautiful backgrounds for your images. With birds numbering in the tens of thousands and more dropping out of the sky every hour, you are sure to capture many memorable images.

Highlights

One of the most incredible sights you’ll photograph is the morning ‘blast-off’ from Bosque. The sound and beauty of thousands of ducks and geese lifting off, practically exploding overhead, from their night-time roost into a blazing New Mexico sunrise is something that you will not forget. It happens fast and it may surprise you and startle you with joy the first day you see it but don’t worry, we will have a couple of opportunities to capture it.

While the Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes are the stars of Bosque, there is plenty to photograph at the refuge. With over 300 species of birds and many kinds of mammals visiting the refuge throughout the year, we’ll almost certainly get some great shots of other beautiful animals. Keep your eyes open for roadrunners along the roads, hawks perched overhead and coyotes running through the snow.

We have chosen the dates with care with the hope of catching the riparian cottonwoods in their peak fall colors. In addition, by going early in the season, the birds are more likely to be closer to the observation areas and be more photogenic. Oh, and it won’t be miserably cold like it is later in the year!

We’ll photograph in the morning and in the evening in the refuge. During the middle of the day, we’ll break for lunch and gather for a review of the days shoot and discussions about digital workflow and image processing. We will also spend a late morning at the famous or at least infamous Wigeon Pond. At the pond, we will have great close-up photography at this very unusual location. Shh...it’s a secret.

The Leader
Jeff Wendorff is an avid outdoor and wildlife photographer whose work has been published widely — from calendars and magazines to cans of cat food in China! Jeff is the Associate Director and workshop coordinator of PAW and a popular international tour leader. He has co-lead workshops with David Middleton as well as leading his own workshops for the past 5 years. Jeff has a great enthusiasm for his subject and it is quite contagious. If you didn’t “love” wildlife photography before one of his workshops, you certainly will afterward.
Jeff believes it is important to have fun while learning, serious fun, so be prepared to enjoy yourself when you are with him. He has been to Bosque many times and knows the best spots and the special tricks that you need to know to get the most out of this terrific bird photography workshop. Jeff lives on the west coast of Florida and has spent probably too many hours in the field honing his skills.

Picture of the Day


This is an overlook we stopped at on our way to Seneca Caverns, the valley you see is Germany Valley. I'll share more about this location in a few days when I post another image I made this day. The image you see above was taken handheld and processed as an HDR image. I'm still learning how to do the HDR and I am overall happy with the results so far. After I completed the HDR rendering and Tone mapping I polished the image up using some of my Nix tools.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Picture of the Day


I made this image just outside of Seneca Cavern, they have set up an old fashioned mining sluice way. You can buy a container of dirt from inside and use the screens to sift through, you get to keep what you find. I made another image of our group playing in the water.

Fall in the Mountains with Carl Heilman

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/heilman_sep24.html


Fall in the Mountains with Carl Heilman

September 24-27 Keene Valley, New York



Location

Keene Valley, New York
Begins

September 24 at 6:00 PM
Ends

September 27 at 12:00 PM
SuggestedLodging

Trails End Inn, Keene Valley, New York
Overview

There are no greater landscape views anywhere in the eastern US than those found in the Adirondack High Peaks in late September when fall colors are at their best. A combination of lakes, streams, and tumultuous waterways lying at the foot of rugged Adirondack mountains offers an endless array of dramatic landscapes. Autumn colors first reach their peak in the Heart Lake area near Lake Placid, where the northern hardwood forests of maple, birch, and beech gradually mix with higher elevation boreal forests of spruce and fir. Occasional early snow and rime ice can dust the summits with a white frosting while the valleys are tinged with red, yellow, and gold. The extraordinary diversity of this wild mountain landscape is simply incomparable.
The numerous photo options found within a 10 mile radius range from wonderful mountaintop panoramas to spectacular mountain vistas at the edge of crystal clear ponds and rivers. While most of the photo destinations are along nearby lakes and waterways and are fairly close to where we park, a couple of photo locations will require hiking up mountain trails.
Some of the best photo locations at this time of year are on smaller mountains at the edge of the highest peaks. The longest trail we might hike would be about 2 miles one way with an elevation gain of about 700 feet. While the overall hike is moderate in length, steep sections of the rocky trails can be strenuous, especially when carrying cameras and a tripod in addition to water, snacks, and hiking gear. Headlamps are necessary so we can do some hiking in the dark to photograph the views at dawn or dusk from a mountaintop. There might also be some great opportunities for astral and night photography – either from the mountains - or along the waters edge with the moon being full around the time of the workshop.
During the workshop we will cover most all aspects of mountain landscape and nature photography, including wide angle, macro, telephoto, and panoramic photography, and will discuss various creative techniques and digital workflow - from RAW shooting techniques and HDR enhancement to cataloging and processing image files. The low student to instructor ratio will allow more time for interaction with each student in the field so Carl can better address individual questions and concerns.
Schedule

The daily schedule will depend on the weather conditions each day, but will include a morning shoot, classroom time for Q & A and critique session after breakfast, and then an afternoon / evening shoot after lunch. Lunch will be the main meal of the day since we may be in the field during the dinner hour.
Cost

$550 ($250 deposit required)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends May 24. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

Not included.
Lodging

Not included.
Participants

10 max.
Who should attend

Anyone who has a love for the mountains and fall foliage and is interested in expanding their photographic potential. While I enjoy working with all levels of photographers, it is helpful if a student has at least a basic understanding of photo techniques and their equipment. Please remember to bring along your camera manual to help address specific questions.

RegistrationInfo Packet

heilman_sep24.pdf

Monday, August 17, 2009

Picture of the Day


Shan and I used to be regular visitors at another West Virginia cave and I was surprised at how much flow stone was in Seneca. This feature reminds me of a melting bowl of ice cream. Wonder if it is Chocolate or Rocky Road?

Capturing the Essence with Nancy Rotenberg

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/rotenberg_sep17.html


Capturing the Essence with Nancy Rotenberg

September 17-20 Inlet, New York
Location

The Woods Inn Conference Center, Inlet, New York
Begins

September 17 at 6:00 PM
Ends

September 20 at 12:00 PM
Lodging

See Inlet Lodging
Overview

What a special opportunity: To be immersed in the spirit of the Adirondacks, accompanied by a pair of wonderful instructional resources, exploring the possibilities of your camera...


Our time together will be spent between classroom and field...immersing ourselves in the process of how to become creative warriors on the path of producing images that transcend the documentary and travel into the interpretive mode. This will be a journey where we will work to capture the heart and core of the fall season.


The workshop schedule is designed so that participants will spend time with each of the instructors, being exposed to a variety of helpful tips, techniques and working philosophies.


All indoor sessions and meals will take place at The Woods Inn.
Schedule

Weather-permitting, participants will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset, during the best light of the day.


Afternoons are generally used for presentations, critique and discussions. However, if exceptional lighting conditions present themselves the instructor may opt to shoot during the afternoon also.
Cost

$895 ($250 deposit required)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends May 17. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

All meals are included in the cost of the workshop
Lodging
Not included
Participants

12 max.
Who Should Attend

Users of all types of cameras are encouraged to attend, however digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to maximize the learning possibilities of this workshop. Participants should be experienced with the operation of their camera in all its exposure modes, both manual and automatic. Experience with manual focus is also very desirable.
RegistrationInfo Packet

rotenberg_sep17.pdf

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Letchworth State ParkFall Color Tour with Joe LeFevre

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/lefevre_oct16.html
Letchworth State ParkFall Color Tour with Joe LeFevre
October 16-18 Mount Morris, New York

Location Country Inn and Suites, Mount Morris, New York

Begins Friday at 7:00 PM for pre-tour planning session. Saturday and Sunday participants will meet in the resort parking lot to begin the day's shooting.

Ends Each day ends at 7:30 PM SuggestedLodging Country Inn and Suites Overview

Joe LeFevre, frequent contributor to the award-winning New York State Conservationist magazine and popular convention speaker, will lead a photography tour of Letchworth State Park and the spectacular Genesee River Gorge in the height of autumn color.

Photographic opportunities abound anytime of the year at Letchworth State Park, but especially so in the autumn. We’ll visit the best overlooks in the park at easily accessible viewpoints during the best times of the day. If we’re lucky, early morning fog may fill the gorge offering spectacular photographic opportunities. We’ll also explore several beautiful waterfalls that the park is known for. And if that’s not enough, the autumn forest offers endless possibilities for interesting compositions. Come join us for a great weekend of outdoor photography!

Schedule

Weather permitting we’ll photograph throughout the day, and especially around sunrise and sunset to take advantage of magical light. Cost $295 (Must be paid-in-full at time of registration.)

AvailableDiscounts Early registration discount ends July 1. See details of our discount programs here.

Meals Not included. Lodging Not included. Participants 15 max. Who should attend Beginner to advanced photographers using film or digital point-and-shoot or SLR cameras.

Participants should have a basic understanding of their camera’s features and operation, including shooting in both manual and automatic exposure modes.

RegistrationInfo Packet lefevre_oct16.pdf

Picture of the Day

This is the first image I made of Fairy Land, I succeeded in what I was after, I wanted to give the impression of a river flowing by the mountains and give you the illusion that gave the feature of the caverns its name. All in all I was happy with it, what it lacked though was a feeling of being alive, it is static. and you can barley make out the water in the image.


Luck was on my side though, when we reached the end of the tour and the guide opened the exit it was raining cats and dogs, so she offered to take us back through the cave. I made this image of Fairy Land on our way back out. This time since I was at the end of he line and the guide was chatting with Shan I was able to wait for a water drop to his the pool. This time the water is clearly visible in the image! Thank you rain!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Picture of the Day


This was taken hand held in Seneca Caverns. I pushed the ISO up as far as it would go on my Canon 40D, and then adjusted to fit the needs. All of the cavern images were taken handheld while on the public tour.

Winter Wildlife 2010

http://www.wildlifephotoacademy.com/2009/01/26/winter-wildlife-photography/

Winter Wildlife 2010 Instructional Photography Workshop
Triple D Game Farm, Kalispell, Montana
Presented by Paul Burwell Photography
Download the workshop PDF here

Snow Leopard standing on the top of a hill in the snow - CA

January 29th -February 1st, 2010

Join Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine contributing editor, Paul Burwell, for a full-featured photography workshop at the Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, Montana. This workshop will help you create stunning images of wildlife animals at the Triple D Game Farm. A winter workshop provides the opportunity to add a suite of wildlife images with the animals in their finest coats of the year. In 3 days you can amass a tremendous portfolio of animal photographs while learning the tips, tricks and techniques that will help you create truly captivating images.

Winter wildlife models usually include: bobcat, coyote, wolf, lynx, mountain lion, marten, snow leopard and fox.

This workshop includes:
  • The opportunity to photograph extremely healthy and happy wildlife surrogates in natural surroundings at the Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, Montana
  • A minimum of 8 sessions photographing the animals over 3 days
  • The benefit of Paul’s years of experience photographing at Triple D and scouting the locations
  • You will be safely closer to animals like Cougars, Lynx and Snow Leopards than you ever imagined possible
  • A copy of Paul’s book, Triple D Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Small group size to a maximum of 8 participants allows for maximum flexibility
  • The opportunity to bring at least 10 images with you for critiquing
  • A CD to take home containing an electronic version of the workshop material
  • Paul’s undivided attention during the photo sessions to help you get the most out of your investment
  • Paul has an extensive history of working with and educating adults from his prior experience as the President of an Internet firm
  • The opportunity to learn techniques for preparing images with Photoshop, developing a managed workflow and archival strategies
  • Professionally designed, printed and bound coffee-table book of the group’s achievements during the workshop
  • Participants have an opportunity to submit images they’ve made during the workshop for inclusion in the book.
  • One copy of the book will be distributed to each participant
  • The option to submit up to 10 photographs from this workshop for a detailed written critique of each submitted photograph

Friday, August 14, 2009

Picture of the Day


Things are getting busy for us, we are preparing to move from one house to another, as a result I won't always get to do what I want to. The upshot of the cryptic remark is that the next few days worth of images were taken while we were on one of our family trips. The image above is taken in Seneca Caverns. They call the rock formation to the left side of the image bacon, it is being lit from a light behind. Yes the rock is thin enough that the light passes through it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What the Duck

Never used any of Gary's stuff but the strip made me chuckle.

Picture of the Day


We found these in the yard the other day and I could not resist getting images of them. I'm sure the neighbors enjoyed the site of me laying on the ground trying to make this image.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Springtime on the Outer Banks Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/OuterBanksPhotoWorkshop.php

From the Barefoot Contessa

Springtime on the Outer Banks Photo Workshop
     April 22-25, 2010
     Thursday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
     $TBA (discounts available)
     Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
     Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.


Join our photography workshop on our own wild and pristine North Carolina barrier islands. By popular demand, we have added a springtime Outer Banks workshop, right in our own back yard. We will show you special gems along this untamed coastline we love so well.


The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, the patterns along the seashore and in the marshes inspirational, and the sights and sounds of the wild Atlantic pounding the coast intoxicating. You'll love photographing here, and you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

For this workshop, we will be based in Nags Head, near the site of the first flight by the Wright Brothers. It is an area rich in history, so there is no lack of subject matter.

Springtime here is quite different from the fall. The Outer Banks are almost deserted; the winter winds have tossed the dunes around into new formations; and the coast looks particularly wild and dramatic. We'll pretty much have the place to ourselves!
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We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:

    * Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
    * Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
    * Primer booklet to help you get started;
    * Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
    * Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
    * Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
    * Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
    * Critiques, both individual and group;
    * Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
    * Final group critique and show on last day;
    * A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
    * Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!

If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.

In our print element, our instructors will give you the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom. In fact, in all our domestic workshops, you will end up taking home a lovely, large, archival print of one of your workshop photographs made with Epson paper and inks.

Cost:  $850

Picture of the Day


There is a great story that goes with this one. The womens restroom was out of order for about six months. During that time the men on our floor let the women use the mens room and we would go to other floors. When the restroom was fixed...well it seems that some of the ladies couldn't break the habit of using the mens room. Now that I write it I think the story takes away from the image.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Coastal Maine

From: http://paworkshops.net/coastal-maine-workshop

Coastal Maine

Dates: October 14 - 18, 2009
Leader: Gary W. Stanley
Location: Port Clyde, ME
Cost: $895

Photographing the coast of Maine is like taking a step back in time, especially when in the mid-coast region. Places like Port Clyde, New Harbor and Friendship Harbor are perfect examples of this long-ago way of life. As a photographer, the possibilities are endless. Yes, I say that about everywhere I photograph, but it's especially true here!

In my research for my Coastal Maine CD, I was amazed to find out that there are almost 3,500 miles of coastline, which is more than in the state of California. The Maine coast also has about 3,000 islands. In the area of our workshop, there about six to eight different harbors and several lighthouses, all with very different personalities.

Autumn is a great time to photographic not just because of the foliage, but it is a quieter time. Temperatures generally start out on the cool side and warm up nicely during the day. The fishermen are bringing in lobsters as well as shrimp and getting ready to ship them across country. They make great photographic subjects in the early foggy mornings as they load bait on their boats and head out for the day's work. Fall in New England means the days are quite short, so the time between sunrise and sunset will be filled with photography and learning.

Each day, we will go out to catch the early light before the sun comes up over the horizon. With so many harbors close by, we can pick the best one for our given light and weather conditions. After lunch and a teaching session, we'll head out for our afternoon/evening shoot and sunset. As with sunrise we'll have many options; two of the lighthouses are just minutes from two of my favorite harbors. Because it will get dark early, we will eat dinner after sunset then try a critique and learning session before heading to bed.
Highlights
Because I have been shooting the coast of Maine for over fifteen years, I have hand-picked my favorite locations for this workshop. We'll shoot Pemaquid Light, New Harbor, Friendship Harbor, Port Clyde, and Marshall Light, just to name a few. As always, we will place a strong emphasis on the learning aspect of the workshop so that participants will come away with a better understanding of making great images.
The Leader
Gary W. Stanley is a nationally known professional nature, landscape and wildlife photographer based in New England. For over sixteen years Gary has led photo tours and lectured to photographic clubs and organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. While an excellent photographer, Gary is also known for his great teaching and writing ability.

Picture of the Day


Flowers from the table at the office.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Central Adirondack Fall Color Tour with Gary Lee

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/lee_oct2.html


Central Adirondack Fall Color Tour with Gary Lee

October 2-4 Inlet, New York



Location

Inlet, New York
Begins

Friday at 7:00 PM for pre-tour planning session. Saturday and Sunday each begin at 6:00 AM
Ends

Each day ends at 7:30 PM
SuggestedLodging

See Inlet Lodging.
Overview

Tour the autumn splendor of the central Adirondacks with photographer, guide and retired forest ranger Gary Lee. With decades of experience walking these woods, an engaging personality, and vast knowledge of flora and fauna, Gary is the perfect photo companion and guide. And as a seasoned photographer, Gary will be happy to help out in the field.


This region of the Adirondacks is known for its incredible diversity of photo possibilities from spectacular sunrises over nearby lakes to the subtle detail of the hardwood forest.


The tour will take place during what is typically peak color season, so the arresting beauty of fall in the Adirondacks should be on full display.
Schedule

Weather permitting we’ll photograph throughout the day, and especially around sunrise and sunset to take advantage of magical light. There will be no indoor sessions as part of this tour.
Cost

$275 (Must be paid-in-full at registration time)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends June 2. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

Not included.
Lodging

Not included.
Participants

15 max.
Who should attend

Beginner to advanced photographers using film or digital point-and-shoot or SLR cameras. Participants should have a basic understanding of their camera’s features and operation, including shooting in both manual and automatic exposure modes.
RegistrationInfo Packet

lee_oct2.pdf

Picture of the Day

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Picture of the Day


This is one of my favorite shots from that camping trip. You can see the wheels turining in his mind, can I get that and get way before something gets me? I made this using my Sigma 50-500mm lens, hand held.

The Nature of Possibility with John Radigan

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/radigan_oct8.html
The Nature of Possibility with John Radigan

October 8-11 Inlet, New York



Location

The Woods Inn Conference Center, Inlet, New York
Begins

October 8 at 6:00 PM
Ends

October 11 at 12:00 PM
SuggestedLodging

See Inlet Lodging
Overview

Nature is the ultimate testament to possibility. Digital imaging technology has tremendous ability to make new expressions possible.
This workshop is about taking a journey into the realm of pure expression. The place where nature and heart acknowledge each other's presence. A thoroughly personal place where intimate images are nurtured and grown.
We will spend our time exploring the features and functions our cameras provide that allow us to leave the strict documentation of nature behind and start to create.
Some of the techniques (among many) that will be explored are:
- multiple exposure- image overlay- panning- expressive zoom- expressive focus- lens accessories (i.e. Lensbaby)
The workshop consists of digital presentations and guided discussions John has designed to encourage and support participants on the path of finding their own creative voice. Handouts are provided to supplement the presentations. Participants will take part in group-critique of their work, in a supportive and constructive atmosphere.


Note - We will take advantage of technology that all participants have access to by beginning our journey with in-camera techniques. However, we will leave ourselves open to discussion of ideas based on any and all additional technologies such as Photoshop, etc.
Schedule

Weather-permitting, participants will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset, during the best light of the day.


Afternoons are generally used for presentations, critique and discussions. However, if exceptional lighting conditions present themselves the instructor may opt to shoot during the afternoon also.
Cost

$635 ($250 deposit required)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends June 8. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

All meals are included in the cost of the workshop, beginning with dinner on the first evening.
Lodging

Not included
Participants

12 max.
Who should attend

Any photographer who is open-minded about the possibilities of digital technology as a tool for creative expression.


A digital SLR camera is a must for this workshop. Participants should be experienced with the operation of their camera in all its exposure modes, both manual and automatic. Experience with manual focus is also very desirable.


Although a laptop computer is not required for this workshop, it may provide additional creative opportunities for the participant.
RegistrationInfo Packet

radigan_oct8.pdf

Friday, August 7, 2009

Goats and Bikinis

Drew Gardner was recently at the Main Media workshop and shared some of his thoughts on his blog. He also shared the video below, jump over to his blog and you will see one of the images he made from the shoot in the video.



http://photography-thedarkart.blogspot.com/2009/08/maine-media-workshops-09.html

White Mountains of New Hampshire

From: http://paworkshops.net/white-mountains-of-new-hampshire-workshop

White Mountains of New Hampshire

Dates: October 7 - 11, 2009

Leader: Gary W. Stanley

Location: Franconia, NH

Cost: $895

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are a very special place. The photographic possibilities are nearly endless. Fresh mountain streams, lakes and ponds, beautiful majestic mountains, and a wide variety of wildlife are the first things that come to mind. Farm land, rolling hills, quaint villages, and a mountain called Mount Washington that boasts a summit garden of arctic plants and a road going all the way to the top!

This workshop is based near Franconia Notch State Park in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. This central location puts us within easy driving distance of numerous waterfalls, mountain vistas, and yes, even moose. While I can't guarantee a moose sighting, I will say the odds are pretty good.

October is a great time for fall foliage photography. The chances of seeing snow on the mountains are also very good. Temperatures generally start out on the cool side and warm up nicely during the day. The days are shorter so we can shoot sunrise, sunset and thanks to the sun's lower angle in the sky at this time of year, you can shoot most of the day without any harsh overhead light.

Each day, we will rise before dawn to be at the morning shooting location well before sunrise and then spend the morning in the mountains where the sun hasn't reached yet to shoot the streams, waterfalls and rivers in soft beautiful light. After lunch and a teaching program we'll head out for our late afternoon shoot and sunset. Because it will get dark early we will eat dinner after sunset then end the day with a short critique session.

Highlights

Northern New England has been my "backyard" for many years so I have many favorite shooting locations. On this workshop, we'll travel the Kancamagus Highway (we call it the Kanc) a winding 30 plus mile stretch of road that is a favorite for photographers. The Swift River on the east side is especially nice. Silver Cascade up near the top of Crawford Notch is another photogenic site. We'll shoot the Pemigewasset River (just call it the Pemi) along Franconia Notch, and the Ammonoosuc Ravine near Mount Washington.

We will also get a chance to photograph the world famous Cog Railway train with steam billowing out from its stack as it makes its slow climb to the peak of Mount Washington. As always, we will place a strong emphasis on the learning aspect of the workshop so that you come away with a greater understanding of what it takes to make great images.

The Leader
Gary W. Stanley is a nationally-known professional nature, landscape and wildlife photographer based in New England. For over sixteen years, Gary has led photo tours and lectured to photographic clubs and organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. While an excellent photographer, Gary is also known for his great teaching and writing ability.

Picture of the Day


As I mentioned the other day we sat out some bread on the rocks behind our camp and waited. The chipmunks were brave enough to come done and get the bread and after I had a few good images we got creative. Shan decided to see just how close they would come to her. I was able to make this image as the little guy came in close. The image I made of him closer was to blurry as he sped away with the prize in his mouth. He was a cutie though.

That's her coffee cup laying beside her, she drank it while they got used to the idea of her being on the rock. Don't worry we policed up all the trash before we left, the bread...well what bread they ate it all!

What the Duck



I was on the floor laughing at this group of strips from What the Duck. I just had to share them with you, we can all relate to this.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Picture of the Day


In this shot I was trying to be a little artsy and get something that gave you the timelessness of the Cranberry River. You have to understand that for me this river has a lot of good memories. My grandmother loved it up here and we often camped here when I was younger. In fact when she passed on she wanted her ashes spread on the Cranberry River. A request that we honored. I did take some time to pay my respects to her. I hope my images of the river have done it justice.

Dream - Believe - Create with John Barclay

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/barclay_oct1.html

Dream - Believe - Createwith John Barclay

October 1-4 Inlet, New York



Location

The Woods Inn Conference Center, Inlet, New York
Begins

October 1 at 6:00 PM
Ends

October 4 at 12:00 PM
SuggestedLodging

See Inlet Lodging
Overview

If you dare to dream and then believe in your dream, you can and will create! It is with this spirit that you are invited to nurture that creative dream. Time will be spent in classroom sessions as well as in the field where you will be introduced to creative techniques and ideas that will help you express your personal vision. Our goal will be to express that vision by creating images that move beyond the snap shot or the ordinary to images that come from the heart. With the backdrop of the majestic Adirondack region come and treat yourself to an experience that will awaken the creative artist within.
Along with discussions in the classroom about exposure, light and composition, we will be covering creative techniques such as multiple exposure’s, panning and montages. We will also discuss some ideas for going beyond the snap-shot and then work on them in the field. The world of digital capture has opened the door for even more creativity and artistic expression. As such, we will spend time covering digital capture, workflow and basic Photoshop concepts.
Schedule

Weather-permitting, participants will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset, during the best light of the day.


Afternoons are generally used for presentations, critique and discussions. However, if exceptional lighting conditions present themselves the instructor may opt to shoot during the afternoon also.
Cost

$635 ($250 deposit required)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends June 1. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

All meals are included in the cost of the workshop, beginning with dinner on the first evening.
Lodging

Not included
Participants

12 max.
Who should attend

Beginning to advanced photographers using film or Digital SLR cameras. Participants should have a basic understanding of their camera’s features and operation. A laptop computer is optional but useful if you have one.
RegistrationInfo Packet

barclay_oct1.pdf

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Picture of the Day


I made this image while the family was playing in the Cranberry River. I was trying to incorporate something I heard Moose Peterson say about landscapes and the classic 'S' curve was present. I like the shot it just seems to draw your eyes in.

something is wrong...

I make no secret that I read a lot of blogs and to be honest some I read more frequently than others. One of the ones that is on my list is David Jay's blog. DJ is a great person to share inside information and personal tidbits. One of the things that drew me to his blog was his philosophy of personal freedom. I have used many ideas from things he has said and written to help craft UKV Photos. Its a work in progress but it is getting there and at a pace I am normally happy with.

A few weeks back DJ posted an image from t-shirt. You can see it and read his post here. That post along with a number of other things has started me thinking. The question of course is this the way I want to spend the rest of my life. The answer is no, however the answer is also yes. I will not go into which is which. I will only say this to you.

If you want to make a change of any kind then you have to do it. No one is going to do it for you. If you have a friend who wants to stop smoking they have to stop, you can not stop for them. If you want to break out of the office and not have to do the 9-5 thing, then you have to do it. There is no "Easy Button" like on the Staples commercial. It is up to you.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Savannah & the Lowcountry Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/SavannahPhotoWorkshop.php


From the Barefoot Contessa


Savannah & the Lowcountry Photo Workshop
April 1-4, 2010
Thursday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
$TBA (discounts available)
Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.




Join us for a photo workshop not only in that grand lady of the south, Savannah, but in the Lowcountry that surrounds her. Celebrated in the book and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and founded in 1733, Savannah was laid out as a grid of squares, each surrounded by stately houses with inviting staircases, cascading plants, and beautiful flower boxes. Now numbering over 20, each square lures you in for a visit amongst magnificent, ivy-covered shade trees, wrought-iron fences, and meandering paths.




Nearby are marsh lands, more ancient Live Oaks festooned in Spanish moss, a couple of forts, several lighthouses, old plantation grounds, historic cemeteries, quiet estuaries, and historic waterfront towns. For anyone loving a slice of history and the grace of the old South, you can't go wrong. You'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.




We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:


* Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
* Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
* Primer booklet to help you get started;
* Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
* Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
* Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
* Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
* Critiques, both individual and group;
* Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
* Final group critique and show on last day;
* A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
* Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!


If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.


In our print element, our instructors will give you the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom. In fact, in all our domestic workshops, you will end up taking home a lovely, large, archival print of one of your workshop photographs made with Epson paper and inks.