The Silhouettes From the Hideout Ranch – Topaz Webinar

The Wranglers at the ranch were amazing. For the first shot, we were photographing in the other direction, however,  when I looked behind me to see what the sky was doing, Daniel and Ramon were sitting there waiting for us to recognize the wonderful photo op they set up. The others were done in situations where we specifically set up the possibility of silhouettes.  Such fun!

The recorded version of my most recent Topaz Webinar is available to watch here.




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More Horses From the Hideout Ranch


The lead image is a personal favorite. The morning was very cold, however, the location was tremendous. To see loose horses running is thrilling! The image below is a group shot of the wranglers that worked with us each day. Tom in the middle is the head wrangler and loves the opportunity to dress up for our shoots. Gotta love the red coat he had for this shot! And the poncho that Marijn is wearing on the right is made from a Pendleton Blanket by a local craftsperson who sews in a leather collar. They are for sale in the Hideout gift shop and are extraordinary!


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Topaz Webinar Tomorrow – More Horses


Tomorrow, I will be leading another Topaz Labs Webinar. I will cover the new Texture Effects. Clarity and B&W Effects. You can click this link to register. 

The lead image as well as the one below are from our wonderful trip to The Hideout Ranch in Wyoming.



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The Hideout – Shell Wyoming


This year, we decided to mix things up and do a completely different tour. Our friend Betty Wiley had been to The Hideout Ranch in Wyoming and suggested it as a trip of a lifetime. Well, Betty was right, all who attended agreed that it was indeed a trip of a lifetime. The accommodations, food and especially the staff made for a first class experience. Throw in real Cowboys, Cowgirls and some horses and it adds up to amazing! One participant said it best, “It’s like they provide a portable movie set and move it to two new locations everyday!” And they changed their clothes and boots twice a day too!  So much fun!  And yes, we will do this one again in January of 2018.

For the Fuji fans out there, yes, I brought just Fuji gear for this trip and it worked flawlessly. These shots were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 55-200 lens. In fact 90% of my 4,000 frames were taken with this set up. For the most part I used the floating ISO method when shooting running horses. My settings were f/5/6 or f/8 with 1/1000 of a second using Auto ISO with a limit of 3200. 


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A few more from the Disney Concert Hall

Just a few more from the 2010 shoot at the Disney Concert Hall. So glad I went back with a fresh perspective to look at these files. One technical note, I did notice the ability to process the older Canon 5D files was not nearly as good as my current Fuji files. And yes, sometimes a black sky is still best. 






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Mining for pixels in them there archives…

Continuing on from my last post, here are a few more from the 2010 archives of my shoot at the Disney Concert Hall in L.A..  Once I got started looking at these old files, I could not stop. I mean, how did I miss processing the lead color image? I love this shot!



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Out with the new and in with the old

What?  Out with the new and in with the old? What is he talking about? Is he sick? Is he delusional? Chuck Kimmerle that is not an invitation for comment….. You too Sniffin. Well, yes, I have been battling a lousy cold for a few weeks. You know the kind. The kind that keeps you feeling blah. Not real bad, but, just drags you down. Its been a struggle to create anything, never mind write a blog post.  And then yesterday, I was looking through my archived files for one specific image and ended up having a blast. I stumbled upon a number of images I never thought to process. Images I had completely forgotten about.  Once again, I was reminded why you don’t throw away images. I can take my new processing knowledge and tools and unearth worthy, even great images. And our knowledge of what is good or bad changes as we mature as a photographer. These images are great examples that make my point. Up until recently, I was committed to and convinced that a sky in a black and white image must be dark or close to black. I just did not see the potential of a white sky. And then I processed this image from L.A. and fell in love with a white sky. And then I found the composition from the Disney Gehry building below. Paradigm shift…..  Gotta run now, I’ve got OLD images to process. 

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If only…


I scan the Fuji rumors site from time to time and this is what I see. If only Fuji would come out with a 24 megapixel camera. If only the rumored Fuji X-Pro2 had an articulating LCD screen. If only Fuji would come out with a medium format sensor and camera! If only Fuji would release that rumored 100-400mm lens…  If only, (fill in the blank) then I could really take my photography to the next level. WHAT?!?!  My questions to them would be. What do you need 24mp for? What will you do with it? Are you not happy with the image quality of the X-T1 (insert your current camera here)? Can you not print big enough? And most importantly, are you happy with your photography?  If not, surely 24mp, a tilting screen or new lens, are not going to make you a better photographer. Maybe you’re chasing or concerned about the wrong thing? How about spending more time on your craft with the camera you own?

The blog images today are from Cape Cod.


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Sea Cliffs

Wishing you a happy holiday and a wonderful 2016!

One of the magical places we photograph during our “Seeing The Light” Workshop in Hawaii, is the majestic sea cliffs.  My understanding is these are the tallest sea cliffs in the world. It is amazing to see the transformation of this scene as the sun rises. These two images were made just 15 minutes apart. The top image was made using a Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filter which allowed me to smooth out the rough surf.  For the image below, I removed the filter to include the waves as another element in the frame. Receive a 10% discount on Singh-Ray filters by using the code BARCLAY10 at checkout.

If you’d like to join us in Hawaii for the 2016 “Seeing The Light” workshop send me an email and I will add you to the list!  We are working to update the web page with the details about the 2016 event. That should be done before the end of the year. In the meantime, you can see the details for the same 2015 event by clicking here.    



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Waves work in B&W

I was challenged to post a wave in B&W. An easy challenge as I had already made a conversion and loved it. Here ya go!


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