Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Photography Quote

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

Found by Hákon Ágústsson from PhotoQuotes.com

Monday, September 28, 2009

Picture of the Day

iPhone blogging


Just testing to see if I have this set properly. If all is well this will post to blog from the phone, making it easier to post for me

Keep the shutters clickn'!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Picture of the Day

Everglades National Park, Florida - Paul Marcellini

Everglades National Park, Florida

December 4-6, 2009

Instructor: Paul Marcellini

Tuition: $525


http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_25.htm


This photographic workshop and tour will explore the many different ecosystems that make the Everglades more than just a "River of Grass". Professional naturalist and photographer Paul Marcellini will educate you on the local environment and photo techniques that will bring this exceptional National Park to life with your digital camera. There is nowhere else on earth like the Everglades, come experience it and bring home images of the landscape and wildlife. The winter offers great weather, few bugs, and concentrated wildlife viewing opportunities.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Picture of the Day

On being a Sports Photographer...

When I started shooting digital I started with sports, it was M's soccer matches. Of course I had been shooting long before that but it was the soccer matches that opened my eye to photography again. From there I learned and began to grow. I won't say I grew because I have much much more to learn yet in the world of photography. I never have been able to get away from the sports stuff though. I just love catching the thrill of the game. So even though I now shoot weddings, landscapes, animals and more I still shoot sports.

Most of the time when I'm out shooting at a game I am looking for the action and the drama of the event. The reactions of people are wonderful. Whether it is the expression of a Quaterback as he gets up from the field after being tackled.


Or the expression of a rain drenched cheerleader when she spots the camera pointing at her.



This past weekend however I took the time to make the image below. As I waited for the JV game to get underway I noticed the players sitting on the bench. They were all looking out at the field watching the coin toss to determine who had the ball. As they watched I felt and saw the moment below in my head. The anticipation, the nervousness. It was a timeless moment.



When I brought the image up later the moment was there waiting for me. I quickly converted it to a black and white. That was what I had saw in my mind, however on the screen it lost something. Then I decided to make it a slective color and bring your attention to the player on the end. Turned sideways yo make conversation as he waited, trying not to let it show to his nerves show to his team, wondering if he will be out there in just a moment or whether he will have to wait until the ball changes hands. As i sat and looked at the moment and realized what I caught I let my eyes rover around looking for distractions, I made a few more tweaks and called it done.

It wasn't until I completed the image and had the moment that I realized the player on the end was M!

Where the Shutter Clicks - October Update

Can you believe it...what a busy month! The Twin City Miners picked me up as their official photographer for the season and I have been looking at a steady diet of football and cheerleading images ever since. Not only have they asked for action shots of the games, three games on Sundays, they also asked me to take action shots of their festival and to travel with the cheerleaders when they go to the other festivals. The upshot of which is I have shot one festival, online at: http://www.ukvphotos.com/Football/2009/TCM-Cheerleaders-at-2009/9612799_q7y6o#648079130_mbGFL and will be at another one this weekend. If I am not mistaken they have also planned to host one in about three or four weeks. On top of that they want me to shoot their individual and team portraits. I am working on getting them some dates for that now.

Plus Riverside Youth Soccer is in full swing and on non-festival weekends I am at the field shooting out two as they chase a different ball up and down the field. GO PURPLE!

Hope to have shots of all of this to share with you soon as well as some videos. I just renewed my account with Animoto this morning. IF you have not used those folks before you really should take a look at what they offer. I have put off getting a professional account as I do not create enough videos to justify it with the business plan just yet. However as soon as the video creation hits the tipping point I plan to go pro with them.

By the way you can see images from the football games and the cheerleading events to date online at: http://www.ukvphotos.com/Football/2009


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

November

Advanced Digital Photography - Maine - Nov 1 - 7
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Raleigh, NC - Nov 2
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Charlotte, NC - Nov 3
Death Valley - Death Valley CA - Nov 4 - 8
The Landscape of Death Valley - Dath Valley National Park - Nov 4 - 8
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Columbia, SC - Nov 4
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Palm Beach, FL - Nov 4
Digital Printing for the Fine Art Photographer - Yosemite NP - Nov 5 - 9
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Atlanta, GA - Nov 5
2009 Photo 101 Workshops - Atlanta, GA - Nov 6 - 8
Digital Photographers Bootcamp - Five Pine Lodge, Oregon - with Kevin Kubota - Nov 8 - 13
Fossil Rim Photography Tour - Nov 17
2009 WEDJ Bahama Convention - Nov 8 - 12
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Atlanta, GA - Nov 9
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Birmingham, Al - Nov 10
2009 Eastern Shore in Autumn - Chincoteague, VA - Nov 11 - 15
2009 OneLight Workshop - Atlanta, GA - Nov 11
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Memphis TN, Nov 11
Platinum/Palladium and Gum Bichromate Workshop - Yosemite NP - Nov 12-15
Chincoteaque Eastern Shore, Virginia - Nov 12 - 14
Digital WakeUp Call with David Ziser - Nashville, TN - Nov 12
Chincoteague NWR Waterfolw Workshop - Joseph Rossbach - Chincoteague Island, Virginia - Nov 13 - 15
Lighthouses and Landscapes, Outer Banks of North Carolina - Richard Bernabe - Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina - Nov 13 - 15
Mentor Series - Tuscon, AZ - Nov 13 - 15
DLWS New York City, NY - Nov 15 - 18
2009 Bosque del Apache/White Sands - Socorro, NM - Nov 18 - 22
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Autumn - Jim Clark - Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland - Nov 18 - 22
Bosque del Apache - Socorro, NM - Nov 19 - 22
wonderful winter wildlife - Ian Plant - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland November 21-23
HDR Photography Workshop - Joseph Rossbach - Annapolis, MD - Nov 21
Fossil Rim Photography Tour - Nov 21
Bosque del Apache - NOv 30 - Dec 4

That's all I have for this time folks. While writing this update I noticed that the calendar needs to be reviewed for next year. I am going to have to slate some time to check some of the workshop providers and make sure its up to date.


Keep the shutters clickin' till next time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Photography Quote

“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment." – Elliott Erwitt

Found by Hákon Ágústsson from PhotoQuotes.com

Picture of the Day

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fossil Rim Photography Tour

Starting in November Fossil Rim will be running photography tours every other week. These dates are:

November 7
November 21
December 5
December 19

Fossil Rim Photography Tour

Fossil Rim is offering a 4-hour photography tour on Saturday August 15th from 3 pm till 7 pm. The tour will be conducted during dusk for the best light possible. The tour will go through Fossil Rim’s 1700 acre pastures. There are 59 species of animals here at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that you may photograph are white rhinoceros, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffe, sable, aoudad and greater kudu, just to name a few.

Please contact our Reservation and Information Office at: 254-897-2960 to make your reservation. The seating is limited to 16 participants. Cost: $65 per person

Picture of the Day

Friday, September 18, 2009

Picture of the Day

Bosque del Apache

From: http://www.laurieexcell.com

Bosque del Apache Nov. 30-Dec. 04, 2009

"I saw them first many Novembers ago and heard their triumphant trumpet calls, a hundred or more sandhill cranes riding south on a thermal above the Rio Grande Valley, and that day their effortless flight and their brassy music got into my soul." Charles Kuralt

No descriptions, no photographs, not even a Discovery Channel special can prepare you for your first visit to Bosque del Apache. Oh, you'll hear all about it from enthusiastic friends who have either been there or are recounting the stories of others who have. You will hear the stories, do your research and you will think you know what to expect, that you are prepared. Well, brace yourself, because you will never really experience the soul grabbing, heart swelling feeling of thousands of snow geese lifting off en masse, a cacophony of sound as loud as a low flying jet...right above your head...until you visit the Bosque and experience it for yourself, in person! I warn you now, because you may very well forget to lift your camera to your eye and fire when the ritual begins. I know, I still have to remind myself to photograph and not become mesmerized by the sensory explosion.

Join me for a magical week of photographing Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, raptors and much more. We will focus heavily on flight photography, both stop action and slow motion blurred effects, natural light and fill flash against the legendary Bosque sunrises and sunsets. Our objective is to break out of our comfort zones, try new ideas and techniques, let our creative vision emerge and shine through in our images.

The $2150.00 fee includes five days of shooting, instruction in the field with several midday critique/workflow/Photoshop sessions geared towards the group's interests, transportation to shooting locations each day, expert guidance and instruction. Limited to five photographers.

For more information or to sign up contact:
Laurie Excell laurie at laurieexcell.com or 503-703-3872

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Picture of the Day

This is Baby Beco, at the time of making this image he was over 600 lbs. He was a cutie.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Picture of the Day

Photography Quote

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy

Found by Hákon Ágústsson from PhotoQuotes.com

DLWS New Hampshire

http://www.moosenewsblog.com/2009/09/dlws-new-hampshire/

Moose announced today that DLWS is headed to new Hampshire in September of 2010 for a workshop. The base price is $995.00 and will run from the 26 to the 29 of the month You can't go wrong with one of these workshops, if getting a chance to shoot with Moose is not enough to make you want to go take a look at some of the other names associated with DLWS events. Joe McNally, Laurie Excell, RC, and others. From what I heard at the last DLWS Scott Kelby showed up for a day of shooting too. Check out the info on Moosoe's blog.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Picture of the Day

Fossil Rim Photography

Saturday and Sunday, October 10 - 11, 2009
6:00a-4:00p


2-Day Photography Workshop
Fossil Rim is offering a 2-day photography workshop on Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th. The workshop will consist of the following: 3 to 4 hour classroom session which will cover different aspects of wildlife photography taught by Barry Baker, a digital phtography instructor at UT-Arlington; a tour conducted during dusk for the best light possible; dinner at Safari Camp; evaluation of the day’s photos by the instructor; an overnight stay in a tented cabin at Fossil Rim's Foothills Safari Camp; breakfast at Safari Camp; a tour conducted during dawn for the best light possible; sack lunch; dismissal.

The tours will go through Fossil Rim’s 1700 acre pastures. There are 59 species of animals here at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that you may photograph are white rhinoceros, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffe, sable, aoudad and greater kudu, just to name a few.

Please contact our Reservation and Information Office at:254-897-2960 to make your reservation. Participation is limited to 12 participants.

Cost:$450 per person (single participants will be sharing a tent with other single participants since the Safari tents have 2 twin beds in each cabin)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Black & White conversions in Adobe Photoshop - Joseph Rossbach

December 5 - Black & White conversions in Adobe Photoshop at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

This 3 hour class will introduce you to perfect Black & White conversions of your color images using Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4.

$ 75.00 per person

http://josephrossbach.com/One%20Day%20Workshops.htm

Joseph Rossbach specializes in creating unique images of the American Wilderness with an emphasis on the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. Joseph has been photographing the natural world for over 12 years and has traveled to the deep canyons of the Southwest to the rugged coasts of New England in search of beautiful and evocative images of the American Wilderness. Joe’s work has been published in magazines, calendars, advertising campaigns, web sites, art galleries and books. A few of Joe’s clients include Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Digital Camera World, Photo Techniques Magazine, The Potomac News and Mountain Connections Magazine

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Picture of the Day

Paso Robles Workshops - Phase One Master Class

From Paso Robles site:


Drew Gardner
Phase One Master Class
October 25–30, 2009

About the ‘Phase One Master Class’ Workshop
PRW is very proud to host the first-ever Phase One Master Class with Drew Gardner. This 5-day workshop will focus exclusively on the use of Phase One medium-format, digital cameras for location photography. The pinnacle of the week will be the production of a Drew-sized location shoot in the oak forests surrounding Paso Robles – complete with nubile model and an exotic mammal. The workshop will conclude with a detailed look at the post-production required to complete the image. This is a hands-on workshop with students using Phase One cameras and Elinchrom lighting gear on location throughout the week.

Road-test the Phase One System
If you are a DSLR shooter who is thinking of stepping up to medium format, then you will find this to be the perfect opportunity to road-test the industry-leading Phase One system. Further, in addition to Drew’s expertise, you’ll receive direct support from a Phase One Factory Technician during the workshop.

Fine Tune Your Phase One Technique
If you currently use Phase One, the workshop will help you unlock the potential of Phase One cameras and software. You will have the direct support of a Phase One Factory Technician who can answer your most detailed questions.

Capture One
Each student will receive a complimentary license to Capture One Pro – Phase One’s leading image capture and RAW processing software. Capture One is an integral part of Drew’s digital workflow. It will be demonstrated and used throughout the workshop. In addition to Drew’s expertise, students will receive training in Capture One directly from a Phase One Factory Technician.

Workshop Outline*

• Sunday – (optional evening) rendezvous at PRW studio then on to no-host dinner at nearby restaurant
• Monday – PRW studio: Introduction to Phase One system and Capture One. Technical considerations for medium-format digital photography will be discussed. Elinchrom Ranger lighting gear will be demonstrated.
• Tuesday – Studio and location shoot
• Wednesday – PRW Studio: pre-production planning for Epic shoot, Location shoot
• Thursday – Location shoot: Epic shoot in oak forest followed by PRW-hosted class dinner
• Friday – PRW studio: post-production of Epic shoot

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

Tuition – $2,850 – includes workshop usage of Phase One and Elinchrom equipment, location and model fees, license to Capture One Pro, 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 – Spaces are still available. To register, click here.

Portfolio Review – A portfolio review is required for admission. Portfolio must include location and flash photography. For details click here.

Enrollment – This workshop is limited to 15 students.

Team Structure – Students will work in teams of 3 in the studio and on location shoots – with each student rotating through the position of photographer, grip and model / assistant.

Suggested Camera Gear – During the workshop, students will use Phase One camera systems and Elinchrom lighting gear – thanks to the generous participation of our sponsors. Students are encourage to bring personal cameras to document their experiences.

Suggested Computer Gear – Students are encourage to bring a laptop capable of running Capture One (technical requirements here). You will want to be able to get your best images collected for daily critiques.

What the Duck

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Picture of the Day

Photography Quote

“ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Found by Hákon Ágústsson from PhotoQuotes.com

Good News/Bad News

The Twin City Miners have asked me to take action shots of their games and I am also planning to shoot the Riverside Twisters and the Riverside Phantoms soccer teams this year as well. In addition I will be shooting at the mandatory Cheer Leading festival that is coming up this weekend, again at the Twin City Miners request.

It is likely that the Picture of the Day will suffer, I have a few posts already in the hopper of things I took recently to share but the last of those is scheduled to post on the 27th of this month. I am concerned that with two soccer matches and three football games on the weekends. And an average crop of 200-500 images per game I will be busy processing pics all week, just to get these processed and out in a timely manner. I will be sharing some of those with you as we go, so please forgive me if the Picture of the day lags.

The Piture of the Day has been a great running thread on the blog and one I have enjoyed. More importantly it has kept me shooting and growing as a photographer during the recent lull. A few good things came from the Picture of the Day, one of which I will share now but it will not be completely ready for a while. I am putting together my first photographic book. The working title is "Just Beside the Road". I'll share more on that as it nears completion, however don't look for it until next year or the year after. It will take some time to get the images I am looking for.

Looking forward to being on the sidelines again but I will miss the time I have spent capturing a different prospective.

On another note the site-redesign is nearly complete, I was just about finished the other day and then I scrapped the whole thing for another idea. I think it will eb a great improvement over the current site.

'Till next time keep the shutters clickin'!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Picture of the Day

Paso Robles Workshops - Canon Speedlite Intensive

From Paso Robles site:


Syl Arena
Canon Speedlite Intensive
October 19–23, 2009

About the ‘Canon Speedlite Intensive’ Workshop

This Canon-specific workshop will move you from being comfortable with simple, on-camera flash to knowing how to set up multi-Speedlite shoots. Along the way, we’ll explore the when and how of using Speedlites in both manual and E-TTL settings. We’ll get our Speedlites off-camera in both corded and wireless situations. We’ll learn how to see the character of light and how to use a wide range of modifiers on our Speedlites – including umbrellas, softboxes, grids, snoots and gels. We’ll master Canon’s built-in wireless control and then move beyond with newer technology – like RadioPoppers.

Workshop Outline*

• Monday – Canon Speedlite 101: The how and why of getting your Speedlite off your camera, the basics of manual flash, basic light modification, setting Speedlite Custom Functions
• Tuesday – Canon Speedlite 102: Decoding E-TTL, Intro to wireless, multi-light set-ups,
• Wednesday – Shooting on location
• Thursday – High-speed Sync: how to dim the sun and split time
• Friday – Gang Light: taking virtually every Speedlite we can get our hands on and firing them off simultaneously

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

Tuition – $1,450 – 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.

Enrollment – This workshop is limited to 15 students.

Skill Level – Novice-plus to Advanced, Students must be familiar with the basics of digital photography and their Canon DSLR. You need not be versed in the use of Canon Speedlites.

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

Camera GearRequired: Canon DSLR, wide-angle to short-telephoto lenses, at least one Canon Speedlite (with rechargeable batteries and charger). Optional: more Canon Speedlites, small light stands, modifiers, radio triggers

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

Suggested ReadingPixSylated.com, Strobist.com, Joe McNally’s Blog

Enrollment – This workshop is limited to 15 students.

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.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Picture of the Day

What the Duck

That's right push the button the camera goes click, do it often and pay attention to what you are doing as you do it and soon enough you are making images that make people smile. On avearge during this time of year I will push that little button 10,000 times in a month. Of course that is largely due to sports photography and the fact that you take lots of images to capture the moments. However even in a non-sports month I will push the button 2000+ times a month. Practice makes perfect...or at least passable!

Wonderful Winter Wildlife - Ian Plant

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

December 4-6

Instructor: Ian Plant

Tuition: $525


http://mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_11.htm


Every winter, tens of thousands of migrating snow geese descend upon the Delmarva Peninsula. It is a sight not to be missed, especially when in the company of an experienced photography guide. Join Ian J. Plant for this thrilling winter wildlife event. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph snow and Canada geese, tundra swans, great blue herons, bald eagles, and ducks. Ian will instruct participants in techniques for capturing great wildlife images.

Ian J. Plant has been photographing the natural world for fifteen years and is known for his dramatic and evocative landscape and wildlife images. His work has appeared in a number of books and calendars, as well as national and regional magazines, including National Parks, Blue Ridge Country, Adirondack Life, Wonderful West Virginia, and Chesapeake Life, among others. Ian has also been profiled and his photography work featured in Outdoor Photographer magazine. His sixth and most recent book is the critically acclaimed Chesapeake: Bay of Light. An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places. Ian's work has also appeared in five books of the Wonder and Light series. To see more of Ian's work, visit his website, www.ipphotography.com.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Picture of the Day

Tofurious SEO Workshop

HDR Photography Workshop - Joseph Rossbach

November 21 - HDR Photography Workshop/ all day workshop in downtown Annapolis
Spend the day in classroom and in the field learning all the essential tips and techniques for creating High Dynamic Range images. Based out of historic Annapolis we will have the chance to photograph the old town charm of the city in HDR. Classroom sessions and field instruction included.

$ 100.00 per person

http://josephrossbach.com/One%20Day%20Workshops.htm

Joseph Rossbach specializes in creating unique images of the American Wilderness with an emphasis on the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. Joseph has been photographing the natural world for over 12 years and has traveled to the deep canyons of the Southwest to the rugged coasts of New England in search of beautiful and evocative images of the American Wilderness. Joe’s work has been published in magazines, calendars, advertising campaigns, web sites, art galleries and books. A few of Joe’s clients include Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Digital Camera World, Photo Techniques Magazine, The Potomac News and Mountain Connections Magazine.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Picture of the Day

Death Valley

From: http://paworkshops.net/death-valley-workshop

Death Valley

Dates: November 4 - 8, 2009
Leader: Moe Witschard
Location: Death Valley, CA
Cost: $895

Death Valley is a place of extreme desert beauty: dunes, 10,000 ft. peaks, dry lake beds, volcanic craters, the lowest place in the Americas, the hottest place in the Americas, spectacularly crisp sunrises and sunsets: it's all there.

This workshop is based in the heart of Death Valley National Park at Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort. This central location puts us within easy striking distance of some of the most iconic desert shooting sites in the Mojave Desert.

November is a great time to shoot in Death Valley. Temperatures are very moderate with daily highs commonly in the lower 80s. Visitor numbers are on the low side. The days are shorter so we can shoot sunrise and sunset every day and still have time for a decent night's sleep.
Each day, we will rise before dawn to be at the morning shooting location well before sunrise. The middle portion of the day will be devoted to processing images, presentations, and critique sessions where we will learn from each other about what works when shooting desert landscapes. You will be amazed at the improvement you will see during the five days. Late afternoon will see us heading out to a new location for a sunset shoot.


Highlights
It's hard to pick a favorite Death Valley spot, but for many it's the Mesquite Dunes. It's hard to beat the period right after the sun comes over the horizon when the dune crests are getting direct golden light and the troughs are still bathed in soft, deep blue shadow. Then there's Badwater, a dry lake bed that's 273 ft. below sea level and covered with a beautiful layer of white salt that's cracked in the most beautiful geometric patterns. With the 10,000 feet Panamint Mountains as a backdrop, this location is hard to beat. One of Ansel Adams' favorite spots was Zabriskie Point overlooking Golden Canyon, which is also truly amazing.

The Leader
Moe Witschard has been teaching workshops in Death Valley for the past 4 years and it has become one of his very favorite locations for landscape photography. His multiple trips to Death Valley have given him a good sense of where to be under different lighting conditions and he knows these places well. Beware: Moe's love for photographing this place is contagious.
David Middleton will also be helping out on this workshop.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Paso Robles Workshops - Speedlighting Corporate Portraits – Anywhere, Anytime

From Paso Robles Workshop site:


David Tejada
Speedlighting Corporate Portraits – Anywhere, Anytime
October 12–16, 2009

About ‘Speedlighting Corporate Portraits – Anywhere, Anytime’

This workshop will teach you how to get studio quality light from small flashes when shooting portraits in a variety of locations. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of small-flash portraiture and then build upon these concepts with multi-light set-ups on location. Students will shoot in the PRW studio and at a variety of locations around Paso Robles. The workshop will also discuss the state of corporate photography today, how to build a portfolio of corporate work, and strategies for marketing to corporate image buyers.

Workshop Outline*

Sunday – (optional evening) quick rendezvous at PRW studio followed by no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant
Monday - PRW studio: Workshop intros. Fundamentals of small-flash photography, Shoot: simple headshots
Tuesday – morning critique, afternoon location shoot
Wednesday – morning critique, afternoon location shoot
Thursday – morning critique, afternoon location shoot, PRW-hosted dinner
Friday – morning shoot: local business owners, Studio discussion: corporate photography today, workshop conclusion

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

Skill Level – Novice+ to Advanced, Students must be familiar with the basics of their DSLR. Fundamentals of lighting and flash photography will be introduced and built upon.

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.

Portfolio Review – A portfolio review is required for admission. Portfolio should include location and flash photography. For details click here.

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

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

Enrollment – This workshop is limited to 15 students.

RegistrationSpaces are still available. Click here to register.

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.

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Fosil Rim Photography Workshop

Sunday, September 13, 2009
6:00a-4:00p


2-Day Photography Workshop
Fossil Rim is offering a 2-day photography workshop on Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th. The workshop will consist of the following: 3 to 4 hour classroom session which will cover different aspects of wildlife photography taught by instructors Brian and Shirley Loflin; a tour conducted during dusk for the best light possible; dinner at Safari Camp; evaluation of the day’s photos by the instructor; an overnight stay in a tented cabin at Fossil Rim's Foothills Safari Camp; breakfast at Safari Camp; a tour conducted during dawn for the best light possible; sack lunch; dismissal.

The tours will go through Fossil Rim’s 1700 acre pastures. There are 59 species of animals here at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that you may photograph are white rhinoceros, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffe, sable, aoudad and greater kudu, just to name a few.

Please contact our Reservation and Information Office at:254-897-2960 to make your reservation. Participation is limited to 12 participants.

Cost:$450 per person (single participants will be sharing a tent with other single participants since the Safari tents have 2 twin beds in each cabin)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Now thats one big fire plane!

The other night I was watching news coverage on the fires out west, my heart goes out to those folks. Its tough when a fire goes through, luckily here in WV we have been spared any fires of significant danger in the last few years. As an aviation buff though I am always amazed at the tenacity of the pilots who fly their planes into that sea of updrafts and rising air to drop loads of flame retardant. It's a tough enough job holding a plane on course in rough air, I can only imagine what it is like on one of those birds.

I noted with interest as I watched the coverage, and looked at a few different news feeds, that some of the air craft being used were jet powered. Made sense to me those big engines could lift more and bring more retardant to the area. Then this morning I read an article on wired about how they are using Boeing 747's to drop fire retardant.

Image from Wired.com

According to the article on Wired, this plane can drop 20,000 gallons of retardant in a three mile long football field width swath. Add on top of it a pressurized delivery system for the retardant and the fact that even fully loaded the aircraft is under maximum weight limits you have one nice big fire-plane.

I once read about a photographer who went out and got his red card so he could be on fire sites and cover the stories first hand and not be in the way of the fire-crews. Love to see this bird in action first hand.

Just a reminder - wear orange!

I haven't hunted in years, at least not with a gun, but two of the reader articles that hit my screen this morning got my attention:
  1. Early Season for Canada Geese Opening in WV
  2. September Opens Dove Season in WV
Now as I said I haven't hunted in years and the fact that there is a Dove season was enough to make me read the article. However it served as a gentle reminder to me as a nature photographer that when I venture into the woodlands this time of year I should always have my blaze orange on. I know it's not fashionable but it is important to be seen.

So if you are headed out into the woodlands take the time to grab an orange vest and be safe. Keep the shutter's clickin'!

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Hey folks...we are out of town for the next few days on a trip. Which means the new images are coming, we all know I take the camera on my trips. Until I get back though you are going to have to make due with some of our old football images. These are all from the last two seasons. I will have fresh images soon.

Photography Quote

“ You don’t take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

Found by Hákon Ágústsson from PhotoQuotes.com

Canon 7D!


I'll be sticking with my 40D for a bit longer but for thoes of you who want to drool over the specs the new Canon 7D is out!