The Light of Fonthill Castle

On Sunday, I was leading a workshop at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown PA.  One of the participants beckoned me to come see a shot she was excited about. I had to get my camera and make an image of my own!  Thank you Lois.

I’ve been in a B&W frame of mind and so I made a version of this scene.  What do you think?  Color or B&W and why?

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Smoky Mountains Workshop

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I just finished co-leading a workshop with Rad Drew in The Great Smoky Mountains.  When Rad and I met last weekend, the trees were predominantly green with little if any color to be found.  Suffice it to say, we were a bit anxious about the potential for color.  Then on Tuesday, the day we started, things started to change, and, by the time we finished the week, the color was glorious! 

After a much needed nap when the workshop ended, I decided to head out along Little River Road to see what I might find. The two images in this post are a result of my afternoon out. This scene got better and better as we drove by it each day.  Today it was screaming with color and offered a number of compositions. The top image was made as the sun was setting giving me gold light on the background trees.  The bottom image was made about an hour later, in softer light with no sun on the scene at all.

Grateful to have been in this wonderful park with Rad and a terrific group!

Rad and I will be doing this workshop again next fall. We will begin taking deposits in November.  Rad and I will be doing a workshop together in the Palouse in May.  Hope to see you at one or the other or both!

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Cades Cove and Amazing Light!

 

 

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Rad Drew and I are finishing our pre-tour scouting as we get ready for our group to arrive today.  Yesterday we decided to end our day in Cades Cove. I’ve been to Sparks Lane many times, and, each time is just as magical. This time was no different, in fact, it might have been the most amazing light I’ve ever seen at this location. Poor Rad must have been annoyed, as I exclaimed out loud over and over again… THIS LIGHT IS INSANE!

I will be back in the Smokies in the spring and Rad and I will be doing this workshop again next fall!  We will have the details up on our websites when we finish here. You can see the details for my spring workshop here. 

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Three Birds- Cape Cod Gifts

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When we arrived at Coast Guard Beach on the last day of our workshop, the winds were howling!  The hurricane had gone out to sea, but, we could feel it’s 35mph winds and 45mph gusts. We sat bundled up in our cars, looking at the dark brooding sky,hoping for some magic.  I said a silent prayer, give us a little break in the sky, and let us end this wonderful tour with a bang.  Not too long after, I looked through my sunroof and saw a patch of blue sky. I got on the walkie talkie and shouted, lets go! Most of us ended up at the beach, feet spread apart leaning into the wind when THIS happened!  I said a silent thank you when we headed back to the car.

You have to show up!  And being on a workshop or tour helps that to happen!  If you click on the image to make it bigger, you can see the three birds. 

I have a few openings for my spring Charleston and Smokies workshops.  And Rad Drew has invited me to join his Palouse tour in mid May.  I’d love to see you on any of these!

I’ll be adding an October Cape Cod Experience for 2017 with the amazing Betty Wiley very soon.  Stay tuned!

I’m off to the Smoky Mountains on Friday where Rad Drew and I will be co-leading a group.  Can’t wait!

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I’m Still Alive!! An update…..

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I apologize for the lengthy delay in posting to my blog.  My wife and I decided it was time to “right size” our home.  As you can imagine, my time has been consumed with preparing for sale, getting rid of years of clutter and then buying and moving. I’m no spring chicken and boy oh boy was it a lot of work!!  I am happy to report that we love our new home and feel great about the move.

Next, I am sad to report that my dear friend Dan Sniffin has decided to retire from doing photo tours with me.  Gosh, I hope it wasn’t something I said!  Many of you know and love Dan and I can assure you he will not be gone for long.  He has emeritus status and will show up unannounced on future tours as a special guest.  Dan has been a wonderful mentor to me as well as being my friend.  I will miss him dearly on these tours, however, I look forward to partnering with other great photographers as I move forward.

I just finished my 22nd Webinar for Topaz Labs.  This means you are entitled to a 25% discount on any Topaz Products.  Use the code BARCLAYWEB22 for the savings.  This code is valid through this Sunday October 16.  Remember, this code can be applied to and upgrade path too.  This means if you already own a Topaz product(s) you need to log into your account to see the already discounted upgrade to the suite offer.  Then add the 25% on top of that!  That is great deal!!

I just returned from co-leading back to back workshops with the great Betty Wiley on Cape Cod.  Betty is amazing in her ability to get us to the right places at the right time.  She is an amazing photographer, artist and friend.  Such an enjoyable trip!  The Cape is like going home for me.  I vacationed there every summer as a child.  Betty and I will be doing the Cape again next year.  Stay tuned for a “Cape Cod Experience Week” announcement.  We will be doing 7 days this time with 5 full days of photography!!  Very excited about this new offering in October of 2017.

A bit about the posted image.  This is from our last morning.  The winds from the hurricane had arrived after a day of heavy rain.  The winds were a steady 35mph with gusts up to 45mph!!  We stayed in our cars because it was cold, very dark and gloomy, but, we were on the edge of the storm!!  This is always a great time to be out and prepared.  Right about the time the sun was to rise, we saw patches of blue sky, gathered our gear and headed out to face the wind!  And then THIS happened!  I think I shot 200 plus images on this morning as the conditions were changing so quickly.  It was MAGICAL!  What a blessing and tremendous way to end two marvelous trips.  It always pays to SHOW UP!!

Next on the list is a weekend workshop at PEEC and then on to the glorious SMOKIES with the incomparable RAD DREW.  Very excited to partner with this amazing iPhone artist and all around good guy.  We are full, but, will be doing the Palouse together in the spring.  Please consider joining us.  

Speaking of workshops.  I have a few spots open for next spring on the Charleston and Smokies tours.  More information on my workshop page here. 

 

 

 

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Extraordinary Vision Magazine Article

I have the honor of being featured in the current issue of Extraordinary Vision Magazine.  My submission is titled, “Photograph What Makes Your Heart Sing”.  If you don’t already subscribe, you can get the issue free, along with the next 2 and 10 back issues with their 30 day trial.  It is a tremendous mobile digital magazine.  In fact this issue also includes a great piece by one of my favorite photographers, Guy Tal.  Follow this link https://extraordinary-vision.com/free-issues  to get your free trial.  I’d love to get your feedback on the article too!

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Horses in the Palouse

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A participant on a previous tour made a wonderful image of this great white fence (below).  With nice clouds in the sky, I decided to stop and create my version on my recent trip. Then some horses decided to come and say hello adding a bit of interest.  

I have already filled my 2017 late May workshop to the Palouse. Thank you for your interest! For those who still want to join me in the Palouse, I am joining Rad Drew for his dates of May 18-23.  More information can be found on Rad’s site here.  We would love for you to join us on this unique offering where we will focus on iPhoneography as well as “traditional DSLR” photography. 

 

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Cape May – B&W

I was thinking about one of my favorite b&w photographers and friend, Chuck Kimmerle the other day. How his eyes must be in pain from all of the oversaturated color in my last few posts. I hope his monitor is okay after he threw his mouse at it. I decided, I must get my monochrome on. So, here ya go Chuck.

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One more from Cape May

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Today’s image was from the night before the last two posts. A few of us went to “sunset cove” to see what we might find. A club member was kind enough to put me up at her home which was about 3 blocks from the cove. I went with no expectations, especially after a long day and drive down to Cape May. I was going, hoping to be taken by something. As we approached the cove, this scene called to me. What caught my attention was the way the mist was creating separation and layers. Then I saw the silhouetted umbrella and people. I set up and waited until the people got into positions that would make for a nice composition.

I am shooting directly into the sun and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of flare on my new Fuji 100-400 lens. What a great lens for this type of scene. I really am enjoying this much reach. I’ve never had this much focal length with any system I’ve owned.

I am adding a second version below and am curious which you like better and why. Again, by clicking on the images, you will be able to view them MUCH bigger.

We just had a cancellation for our previously sold out Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage workshop in October.  Email if you’re interested.

 

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Cape May Point – Turn Around

There is more to the Cape May Point story I shared in my last post. It is uncommon for me to shoot directly into a sunset. I am usually drawn more to what I refer to as the backside sunset.  Essentially looking 180 degrees from the sun. I love the softer more pastel painterly tones usually found in this direction. On this night I was not disappointed! Once again, after recovering from having my breath taken away, I made about three compositions of what I saw and felt. Isn’t it wonderful how different the colors are in the very same sky at one time! My head was on a swivel looking back and forth as I exclaimed out loud, can you believe this?!?!

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