Why do I love Cuba? The people. This year, I knew a bit more Spanish and was able to communicate a little better. Not great, but enough to understand just how important it is to learn more for my next trip. The woman on the right in the image above caught my eye, she was beautiful. When I engaged her, she was proud to tell me she was “noventa tres” or ninety three. I smiled and said, “mi madre tambian es noventa tres” or my mother is 93 also. This led to a longer conversation of which I did not understand much. That simple connection lead to smiles and gratitude for the Fuji Instax picture I took and left with them. The woman on the left is her daughter. The hands below belong to her mother. What a story they tell!
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I just returned from Cuba, where our group had the opportunity to photograph two premier Ballerinas, at a wonderful old mansion in Havana. To say this was an extraordinary photographic opportunity, would be an understatement. I told my wife, it was likely the most fun I’ve ever had making images. The setting was perfect and the two Ballerina dancers beautiful. This type of photography is very much outside of my comfort zone, but, I learned so much and had a blast! I can’t wait to do it again.
Below is just a taste of what I was able to capture. More to come!
I am working on dates for next year where this shoot will be included once again! If you have interest in joining me, write me an email and I’ll add you to a list to be notified once my dates are set.
As a side note. All images made with the Fuji X-T2 with either the 56mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4 or 23mm 1.4 lenses.
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.
I remember thinking how ugly power poles were in a pristine landscape. Then I realized they are part of the landscape and can add interest to the scene or in this case lead the eye into and through the frame. Once again, for me the clouds and cloud shadows are what makes this work. The tractor lines are a nice bonus as well.
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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.
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!
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.
One of the blessings of being a photographer, is the opportunity to see and experience places I might not have otherwise experienced. Mo’omomi on the island of Molokai is one of those rare and special places. It is not easily accessible, as such not many have been able to photograph from this perspective. Mo’omomi is a place where I would have been content to just “be” and not even make a photograph. It was a spiritual place. The waves this day were enormous as evidenced by what appears to be a crooked horizon. I assure you the horizon is not crooked. What you are seeing is the swell of the large waves! This image was made well before the sun rose that morning. The sky was pink and the image appeared quite blue on my cameras LCD. I liked what I saw and have chosen to keep it so.
I look forward to returning to Mo’omomi in October. Jonathan and I will be doing this workshop annually. Normally our week will be the first week of December, however, in 2015 Jonathan was asked by National Geographic to work a tour in the Galapagos so we have moved the dates to October 24-31. Many who came this year have already signed up again as have some from this years wait list. At this time we only have 3 spots left. If you’d like to join us for this wonderful experience, take a look at Jonathan’s excellent web page that outlines exactly what to expect
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My friend Stan had the great idea of going to Longwood Gardens to stimulate our senses with a breath of color having endured this winter of endless cold and snow. So, here is a splash of color to compliment my recent series of B&W images. Don’t worry, I have more B&W images to come. I even have one from Longwood!
Fuji X-E2 – Fuji 60mm Macro at f/22
Processing inspired by Kathleen Clemons. Nik Color Efex Pro, Glamor Glow, Soft Focus, Darken Lighten Center, and Viveza
Fuji X-E2 – 35mm at f/8
This street scene feels more organic to me. I was on the other side of the street hangin’ out. I’m sure they were aware of my presence, however, I did not jump in and start taking pictures. Rather, I hung back looking at other things knowing full well I wanted this shot. Eventually after they forgot about me, I was able to raise my camera in their direction and make this image.
I found having a small camera is indeed a benefit for street photography. People do not seem to mind near as much as those having the big guns. I also learned having a fixed focal length is not a hindrance at all, in fact I would say 80% of my shooting on this trip was with prime lenses. Having the 1.4 f/stop on the 35mm and 23mm lenses is great for many situations.