Monthly Archives: September 2012

Celebrating

 

Don’t you love nature?  If you look carefully, there are gifts all around us.  In this case a pattern caused us to stop the car, get out and make a capture. It was a celebration moment that Dewitt Jones speaks about.  Nature creating art just for us!

More from the Vegas Gehry Building

I’m addicted, I admit it.  I love Frank Gehry buildings.  They are challenging to photograph.  They make me think.  They are beautiful to look at.  As such, here are a few more favorites from a 2nd run at it on our way home from the Utah tour.  Click on an image to make it bigger,then you can navigate with the arrows at the bottom right.  Let me know how you feel about this instant gallery I created.  First time trying it.  Oh, by the way.  The color comes from colored lights that come on as it gets dark.  The lights are constantly changing colors.  So much fun to shoot but a challenge with exposure.

 

Thinking about a B&W focused workshop with Chuck Kimmerle

Dan and I are considering a tour to Death Valley in late February or early March 2013.  This would be a workshop dedicated to B&W with one of our favorite B&W photographers Chuck Kimmerle.  I’d be interested in knowing of your interest in such a workshop.  We would focus on B&W capture as well as processing.  It would be our typical 6 day tour, first day arrival, four shooting days and a final sunrise day before breakfast and departure.  Price would be around $1,500.

Check out the interview with Chuck in ND Magazine here.

The image today is from the Las Vegas Gehry building that we shot again on the way back from last weeks workshop.  More to come!

Back from Escalante/Grand Staircase Tour

I’m back from a wonderful trip to Utah with yet another great group of folks.  Unfortunately we had some of the wildfire smoke drifting our way creating some haze on the grand landscape scenes. That did not stop us from finding many great detail shots in the gorgeous canyons where the light reflects off of the opposite wall.  Today’s image was taken on the first morning of the tour at sunset.  Again the haze was smoky, but in this case it allowed for a nice receding ridge shot.  Got to make lemonade out of lemons sometimes!

Thanks to all who came along with us.  We appreciate your choosing us!

The Great Smoky Mountains tour is next at the end of October.

Oh and don’t forget the Nik Webinar on Friday.

Getting ready for the gang….

I arrived in Las Vegas a couple of days ago where my tour partner Dan picked me up.  We stayed the night before heading to Escalante and Boulder Utah to do our scouting for our tour that starts on Monday.

Being fans of Frank Gehry buildings, Dan and I headed over to the Brain Center in Las Vegas.  Not only did we find the Gehry building, we also found a building behind it that we fell in love with too!  Here are some images from the evening and morning shoot before heading to Utah.  Remember to click on the lead image to make it bigger and then you can scroll through all of the images from there.

I’ll be busy starting tomorrow with the gang, but hope to be able to post a few things over the next week.

Off to Utah for the Escalante/Grand Staircase Tour

Off in the morning for our tour in Utah.  Southern Utah is such an image rich area of our country I always look forward to my trips there.  We have a great group coming and I’m looking forward to being together with them!

The blog image is from Stud Horse Point in northern Arizona taken back in 2007.  Don’t forget to click in the image to make it bigger!

Palouse Barn – No HDR

 

This image was crafted from a single exposure.  There was NO “HDR” work done.  Well, no HDR software such as Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 or Photomatix or any other tone-mapping software was used. So I’m safe calling this NO HDR right?  What is HDR anyway?  I know, high dynamic range, I get that, but what does it mean with regard to how our images look?  My guess, is many will look at this image and say it looks like HDR.  Are you okay if I say, no HDR here?  Or does it even matter?  Is HDR a look?  What the heck is it?

I’m inclined to respond to the HDR question the same way my dear departed friend Nancy would when asked if her image was digital or film, do you like it?   Isn’t that all that matters?  Does the process make any difference?  I’m a fan using all the great tools we have to craft my images. I tend to follow my heart, and ultimately I like it or I don’t.  Sometimes I can’t even remember what I did.  How about you?  I’m interested to know how you feel.

OnOne Software Announces Perfect Photo Suite 7!

 

OnOne has announced a major upgrade to their Perfect Photo Suite product. Perfect Photo Suite 7 has been announced and will be available in October.

My wife and I have been using OnOne quite a bit lately and have been quite impressed. This is a significant upgrade and looks wonderful. Anxious to try the new B&W module.

FREE BONUS: Included when you pre-order Perfect Photo Suite 7 – Perfect Photo Suite 7 Creative Companion DVD. This DVD includes Perfect Photo Suite 7 training videos, Inspiration video episodes, 15 presets for Perfect Effects 4, Perfect Portrait 2, and Perfect B&W. It also includes Inked, by Graphic Authority – an impressive collection of Photoshop templates and layouts including albums, cards, backgrounds and more ($70 value)

The Perfect Photo Suite 7 is available for $299.95 for first time customers and $149.95 for previous owners of the Perfect Photo Suite.

The Perfect Photo Suite 7 and the Creative Companion DVD will begin shipping late October 2012.

Click on this link to see video clips of the new release and don’t forget to use BARCLAYPHOTO for a 15% discount

Nature Visions Blog Post

I have guest blog post up on the Nature Visions website.  The images used are all from the Klotz Silk Mill which happened to be featured on the new “Abandoned” show on the Nat Geo channel.  Have a look and while there, you might want to sign up for the weekend EXPO in November.  I’ll be giving a new lecture along with a number of other great presenters.

Today’s blog image is from the Mill taken with the new Lensbaby Edge 80 optic.  A really fun lens.

Fonthill Bedroom

With the show hanging at Fonthill, I’m in a Fonthill frame of mind.

I went back to look at some images captured in the beginning of this year and stumbled upon this one.  I’m preparing for two upcoming webinars.  One for Topaz next week and the other for Nik at the end of the month.  The preparation is always fun, forcing me to try new things and or find images that  will work well for teaching.

For this image, I used Nik Color Efex to enhance the color version and then Silver Efex Pro for the b&w work.  Back into color Efex for some finishing work, specifically the darken lighten center filter.