Sunset at Coconut Grove

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First, thank you to all who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. For those who would like to try the new Topaz Glow you can save $20 by using the code BARCLAYGLOW at checkout. To save 25% on any other Topaz software, use the code BARCLAYWEB14 at checkout. This includes those who already own one or more of the individual plug-in’s and want to upgrade to the entire bundle. A great Christmas gift!

The blog image today, is from the beach at coconut grove on the island of Molokai. As is often the case, when we arrived at the palm grove, (which is right in front of this beach) the conditions were not optimal. When I made my way to the beach, I quickly ran back to let the group know the water was still and encouraged them to explore there. The water is very shallow, making it easy and fun to walk out in it. Some decided to head home when it looked like there would not be color in the sunset sky. As is often the case, about 20 minutes after the sun set, a band of pink began to appear in the western sky. I ran for the boat scene and started doing a happy dance! I’d have done the hula, but I had not learned that yet! Needless to say, this is one of my favorite images from the Hawaii trip.

 

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Topaz Webinar Today 5PM EST.

I will be presenting another webinar for Topaz today. At the request of many, I will work on fewer images. This will allow me to cover more detail as to how I use Photoshop along with Topaz Plug-Ins. I will spend a bit more time covering layers and layer masking which allows me to add or remove an effect that I have created in Topaz.

I will cover B&W Effects 2, the new Impression (Image below created with Impression) and Clarity.  I will also introduce the brand new GLOW!

I hope to see you there. 

There is still time to sign up today, click on this link.

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Fire in the Sky – Molokai Hawaii

 

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I am just back from a wonderful experience in Hawaii, where I was invited to co-lead a workshop with National Geographic photographer Jonathan Kingston and special guests Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke. The workshop took place at the Hui Hooolana on the island of Molokai. The “Hui” is owned by Rikki and his wife Bronwyn and is simply amazing. They have organized a staff that was extremely attentive to our needs and food that was off the charts!  And of course the photography was grand. 

The posted image is from the east end of the island, taken as we were making our way back from our visit to Halawa. 

If you are interested in joining us next year, the dates are October 24-30. The official listing will be up on my and Jonathan’s website before the end of the year. Many from this year are coming back, so it will fill up quickly!

Sorry for the brief post, however, my desk is full of things to get caught up on. More to come!

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More Black Friday Madness from Topaz and Totally Rad

Topaz is jumping into the BLACK FRIDAY game with a crazy 42% off of their entire collection!!  Click the link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2014. The deal is good from November 28th to December 1st.
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Totally Rad is doing 35% off of any of there tremendous plug-ins.  I love and use their Dirty Pictures texture plug-in all the time!  Use BLACKFRIDAY2014 for their discount too. The discount is only available on Friday the 28th.

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MacPhun is also in the game with $80 off of their Creative Kit Plus and you get a $25.00 Amazon or Apple iTunes gift card with your purchase.  

Details: Creative Kit Plus includes 4 award-winning Mac photo software products worth $210 (if purchased separately) for JUST $129.99. Nearly 40% off (an $80 savings). Plus, customers from the United States get a $25 gift card of their choice from the Amazon or iTunes stores with purchase of the Creative Kit Plus.

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And of course as mentioned in my last post, don’t miss the great deal on Perfectly Clear! Because I’m an affiliate, I am able to offer an additional 5% off of their already great deal of 40% for Black Friday. Click on THIS LINK and then use the code BARCLAY at check out for the extra savings.

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Perfectly Clear BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!!

As most of you know by now, I am a big fan of Perfectly Clear software. Because I’m an affiliate, I am able to offer an additional 5% off of their already great deal of 40% for Black Friday. Click on THIS LINK and then use the code BARCLAY at check out for the extra savings.

Seriously folks, this is a “no brainer” deal on software that is truly remarkable. Remember, Perfectly Clear is not an image enhancement piece of software, rather it is an image correction piece of software. Meaning, it is overcoming the limitations of your sensor and not altering color, hue, etc. It should be used on an unedited RAW file first, then you can use other enhancement software such as Nik, MacPhun, Topaz, etc.  

The example below is as good as it gets to show what this software can do. The top image was run through Perfectly Clear and the bottom is the RAW file. Are you going to see such dramatic results from each image you process?  No, but you will see an improvement. And you will save TONS of time in your processing.  

 

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Dead Trees

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I don’t know why, I am attracted to dead trees. Add to that some fog and I believe you have the potential for a photograph. (remember, clicking on the image makes it much bigger for better viewing)

Foggy morning

Skeleton trees

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Colorado Aspen

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One of my favorite scenes from our recent trip to Colorado.  I’m sharing both the “straight” image (above) as well as the multiple exposure (below).

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Photograph what makes your heart sing.

In my lectures, I teach that we should photograph what makes our heart sing. What makes yours sing? Now go photograph that! As for me? I adore my grandchildren and these two little munchkins make my heart sing!

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One Magical Day

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While co-leading the Cape Cod workshops with Betty Wiley, we were treated to some of the best light I have ever seen. “Cherry light” as some might say. What I found interesting was when I want to process the images, very little needed to be done. In thinking about this, it makes sense. Our sensors are optimized for “perfect” light and this was as close to that as I’ve seen, thus little to no processing was required. The light was that good! (Don’t forget much bigger images if you click on them)

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Add to the great light our new friend Mike Orbe and his RED Dory, and you have the makings of an epic morning. But it didn’t stop there!

After the red Dory shoot, I had breakfast with the group and the workshop was over. Being tired, I decided to take an afternoon nap. I awoke about 3PM and wondered what I should do. I peeked out the window only to see thick overcast skies. Maybe I’ll stay in and relax I thought. Then about an hour, later I reconsidered. I’m here, just go and see what happens. The drive to Paines Creek did not looking promising, however, when I arrived this is what was beginning to brew. (below)

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At this point I was glad I decided to go. And then this happened (below) just before the sun went down. This is what I call the backside sunset, looking away from the sun. The sky and the ocean were screaming with color and someone just happened to leave a lone boat out there just for me! How nice of them.

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And then, I decided to look at the sun and see what it was going on in that direction, are you kidding me??? 

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Heck I’m not going anywhere at this point, I am giggling I’m having so much fun. I turned around one more time to see what the backside was doing and what do I see? The grasses in the foreground lit up with the same quality of light I had in the morning with Mike’s Red Dory! The sun had decided to make one last appearance just before it disappeared below the horizon. It lasted for about a minute and was amazing. A magical day on the Cape!

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Mike Orbe, the owner of the red Dory, owns a wonderful Woodshop in Brewster called Capt. Mike’s Woodshop. It is located at 20 Long Pond Road, at the junction of Rt 137 and 6A. Please go visit if you’re on the Cape. Wonderful items for sale and Mike is a gem of a guy! 

Betty and I are planning another Cape Cod workshop in 2015. If there is enough interest, we will do two back to back again just like this year.  Having grown up vacationing on the Cape, I love it and can’t wait to go back. 

 

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Repeated Opportunity

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Repeated opportunity is a good thing. Going back to a place that you are drawn to is a good idea. Awhile back, I posted a shot from Owl Creek Pass that is similar to today’s image. That image was taken during our scouting time before the group arrived. After that wonderful moment I said to Dan (tour partner),”too bad the group was not here for this! The odds of that happening in a few days when they arrive are slim.” Then on the day we took the group, THIS HAPPENED! It was as good or better! So glad we went back. I know I’ll go back again on my next visit, I want to see what else might happen!

If you’ve not read Chuck Kimmerle’s recent thought provoking blog post, you can and should read it here.  After you read it, come back and share your thoughts about this image. Is it cliche? Does it matter? I’m interested in your thoughts.

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