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Charleston Through Their Eyes

I am excited and pleased to present participant images from my Charleston Low Country Workshop. Remember to click on their links to see more of their work!  Here is Charleston (Low Country) Through Their Eyes.

Megg M.

“I Loved this particular spot for it’s serenity, and, it represented what I had always thought of as what “the South” was like.  The trees of South Carolina captured my heart!”

Janice C.

“The city of Charleston is built on layers of contradictory growth – the fringed wagons, pulled by Percherons, carrying visitors with their ever-present iphones; the gentility of a patina-d iron gate reflected in the luster of a black jaguar;  the moss-draped plots of the Magnolia Cemetery where, if you turn just right, you can see the stunning ultra-modern wires of the Ravenel Bridge…Here are more layers, found in the sunrise at Folly Beach.  Somehow, it all works.” 

Louise S.

“Egret mating ritual in the Magnolia Gardens in Charleston.  What fantastic opportunities to view beautiful birds and alligators, to look with awe at ancient trees, and to sample the joys of Southern cooking and Southern hospitality.  Charleston is a city not to be missed!”

Terry S.

“Azaleas may be the best known plant of the Low Country, but I am fascinated by the persistence of Spanish moss.  It’s understated grace thrives in places azaleas wouldn’t.”

Joyce O.

“Loved this iconic view of the Oak Alley at Tomotley Plantation. I wanted something in the foreground, but since there was nothing I decided to get very low and use the grass as an anchor. Originally visioned this as a B&W (which is very much out of my box), but decided I liked the beautiful color version better. Which do you prefer? Taken with my Fuji X-T1, 55-200 lens at f20”

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Image by Joyce

Scott O.

“This is one of the supports of the Ravenel Bridge. Most interesting, especially considering the wind at the top was probably 40+ mph! Couldn’t use tripods, and balance looking up was difficult. I lamented the lack of clouds, but seeing the final result believe blank blue was much better. Was a fun as well as challenging location. Fuji X-T2, 18-55 lens @ f9, 1/500 sec.”

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Carrie T.

“It’s difficult to pick one favorite image from a place like Charleston that has so many creative photo opportunities  In the end, I chose an image that highlights the symmetry of reflections and the diversity of color and texture.”

 

Carolyn Beauchamp

“I fell in love with the Spanish Moss that was everywhere in Charleston.  I loved the way the sun would shine through the moss, as it waved gently in the breeze.  John asked me why I chose this view, of the arch of tree limbs, at Tomotley Plantation.  I loved the way the large branches on the right and the left framed the low arched branches below.  Also, the way the sunshine lit up the leaves on that first arched branch, and made the Spanish Moss glow, made me move over a bit to the right to take this shot.”

Ed D.

Tomotley Plantation was my favorite spot because the arching branches of the Oak trees lining the entrance road, with their Spanish Moss swaying in the gentle breeze, made for a very inviting and relaxing environment.  It was a shame we couldn’t strategically place a model deep within the arches for some human interest and focal point.
 
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Palouse Through Their Eyes

I’m excited to present another installment of “Through Their Eyes.” This time from the Palouse!  If you would like to join me next June in the Palouse, I am taking deposits now. Check out my WORKSHOP page!  

Anna Jo –

My favorite image from the Palouse happens to be the first image I shot. It was difficult to choose just one image as my favorite because they are all my favorites.
John and Dan went above and beyond to find us the perfect locales to shoot which made this experience one I will treasure forever.
 
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Carol – To me, this blur captures the essence of my Palouse experience… dreamlike visions of soft patterns.  What I love about the this area is how the light plays on the rolling hills, emphasizing sensuous curves in the landscape and creating varied shades of green.  Driving in the Palouse landscape was a delight for the senses that made me smile and my heart sing.  This was my first trip to the Palouse… thank you John and Dan for a terrific time!
 
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Far out to the horizon supported by sensuous green

A distant tree shrouded farmhouse can be barely seen

Haze or blue or cloudy…shadows on the land

Sunlight playing dodge ball beyond where I stand

Clouds of dust fill the air as the truck goes by

Covering my camera I look up to the sky

I see the mythic vision of mystery and light

Photographing the Palouse requires my mystic sight

I review my images…they speak not of that time

Emotions seem to be missing

Prompting my writing this rhyme

Where did the feelings travel?

Did they come back with me?

Hiding within my heart space,

Begging me to see?

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Carla – The trip to the Palouse was one of my VERY favorites of the John Barclay/Dan Sniffin photo tours I have had the privilege to be part of. The task of choosing an image was very difficult because there were so many stunning scenes. I selected this one to show the colors, shapes and patterns that make this area a photographer’s paradise.

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Judy  – The Palouse was such a visual treat to photograph.  I took this as we were leaving Colfax the last day. Many of my images include a windmill and this one was perfectly placed on the canola field just coming into bloom.

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Midge – We travel to one of the most unique areas of the US to photograph and my most favorite image from the trip has nothing to do with the landscape.  Go figure.  But I’ll bet no one else submits an image like mine.  I was in heaven when we stopped at Dave’s Old Truck Rescue in Sprague.  I LOVE old stuff. 

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Beth –  I had a few favorites but settled on this one because I was drawn to this row of trees; every time we drove by them, I wanted to stop but couldn’t so I shot this from the car.

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Danielle – At twilight on Steptoe Butte, admiring the local farmer’s artistic crop design.  I loved the sinewy line leading to the lone tree and the velvety texture of the fields.

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Greg – With hundreds of great images of the rolling hills, old cars, old towns, trains, grain bins and more, the Palouse is just so darn target rich for a place with nothing in it!  Though simple, I’ve liked the story this image tells and it’s composition since I first saw it, and one reason it’s a favorite is that I framed it this way in camera – there is absolutely no cropping here.

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The Great Smoky Mountains Through Their Eyes

Yes, time for yet another “through their eyes” post. This time from the Smoky Mountains Tour. 

 

Janice – I chose this photo because it feels like an unfinished quest of any Smokies tour; trying for the most moving shot of mossy rocks, gently  cascading waters and arching trees. I’m not there yet, but with the help of the magical eyes of Dan Sniffin, who pointed this out to me, I was able to move another step closer to my goal. Super fun tour Dan and John!  Great people! Thank you so much!

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Susan – The week we were in the Smokies, there were dogwoods everywhere. This is my favorite.

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Debbie – I would call this good timing with the sun. We had just gotten to a place on River Road and the sun came out and lit the trees up with reflections down stream. I’m also including another picture when I blew it up to see if the focus was good. To my surprised there were several water moccasins sunning on a rock. This is a reminder for me to be careful in the spring because the snakes are out.

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Carla – “The Smokies were magnificent in the Spring; the breathtaking colors filled my soul with joy and peace. My favorite images were of the tree lined lanes. No matter in which direction I faced, there was a beautiful image.”

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Susan –  I got to Spark’s Lane early in the morning before sunrise. I love morning light and I was not disappointed with it’s appearance on this day.

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Joyce –  Being able to photograph beautiful flowers is the “icing on the cake” and makes for a superb photographic adventure.

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Image by Scott

Scott  – Trying to pick a favorite from the Smokys is pretty darn near impossible. So I migrated to what has become my favorite subject…water! This was taken on the Middle Prong of the Little River. It was shot at 1/5 @ f14, native ISO of 200 using the Fuji X-T1. Thanks to Dan and John for another wonderful week of excellent photography opportunities.

 

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Image by Scott

 

Elaine – I had so many favorite images from the Smokies. It was really hard to pick. Ken and I had just been shooting for several hours. I wanted to head back to the room. Ken said “Let’s go back to Cades Cove. I think the light is going to be good.” With me whining the whole way, we entered the park. The light was glorious for the next two hours. We could not tear ourselves away. I think some very wise person once said, “you have to show up!” I especially love the leading lines and the diagonal that gets repeated through out the image.

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Barb – The horses showed themselves in so many good light opportunities.

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The Hideout Ranch Through Their Eyes

Time for another installment of “Through their eyes.”  This time The Hideout Ranch through their eyes.  The following images are from those who attended this tour. I think you’ll agree, there is some amazing work here! Remember to click the link on their name to see more of their work on their website.

 I can’t wait to do this tour again in January of 2018! If you are interested, let me know via email, and I’ll add you to the growing list.

Robin Harrison –   Lots and Lots of favorites, but I picked this one because it was a little bit different (for me at least).  I liked this image because it represents the toughness and grit of the people of the west who work the cattle, sheep and other livestock.

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Paul Lebby – It feels good to break the rules and this picture demonstrates how it can pay off.  Over 40 years ago I was told, more than once, “Don’t take photographs looking directly into the sun, keep the sun to your back.”  Well, this picture was taken with the camera facing into the setting sun, with the cowboy placed in front of the bright sun for effect.  Exposure was difficult, the bright light bled and distorted the image around the cowboy, and there was little data in the brightest areas (not blown out but close).  But, what a great effect it created, and I love the mood of the moment that was captured in the picture.  The cold air with the moisture from the horse’s nostrils, the setting sun, and the meeting of two cowboys on horseback.  I wonder what they were thinking about or contemplating during their brief encounter, the respect they shared for the brotherhood of horsemen, the contentment that comes from a day well lived, and the satisfaction that they get to repeat it tomorrow.

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Pamela Steege –  This is a shot that I composed with a Panorama and a cowgirl in mind.  This is so unusual because it is of a cowgirl in a beautiful serape driving the herd, it is very rare to find a herd shot where the cattle are lined  up in a row. They usually are bunched up. I love the softness of the Southwest colors, it has a very feminine feel to it.

I see this printed up on watercolor paper, it is in my Cowgirl Gallery/ Best of the West on my website.
 
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Dan Sniffin –  One of my favorite images from the Hideout Ranch was of Irv.  After many areas of “setup shots” with Irv I finally found him standing on a hill looking very relaxed and natural.  He thought so, too, and asked me to send him a copy of it.
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Lola Biuckians – This picture is one of several favorites because it seems to be alive with life and a sense of mutual confidence between horse and rider. Within that unity is a sense of joy and freedom.LolaDan

Janice Hughes – I have so many favorites but I’m going to stick with this one.  One of the reasons I love it so much because of the moment in time that it captured.  These beautiful horses were approaching us in such a non-threatening manner that I didn’t even think about putting my camera down.  It was a special moment in time for me.

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Janice Chipman – I liked the contrasts in this photo, especially between the similar colors, but completely different textures, of the horse and the rock behind it.  It also speaks to me on an emotional level, symbolizing the great respect between the animals and their handlers at The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – and how those deep bonds were demonstrated again and again.

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Trish Crowell – (Trish could not make up her mind and asked me to pick one. I decided to include both!) The one with the scenery and two horses shows the fabulous scenery and just how peaceful it really was. The one with all the horses running reminds me of the sound I heard while the horses where running towards me.  It sounded like thunder.  So thrilling!!

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An apology to the participants of this tour. I thought I had scheduled this post to be published and then forgot about it!  Obviously I did not schedule it.  My apologies!

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Molokai Through Their Eyes

It is time for another “through their eyes” post. This time from beautiful Molokai Hawaii. There is something special about Molokai as you’ll see from the wonderful images presented by some of those who attended the workshop. Remember to click the highlighted link to see more of the photographers work.

Aubrey Yee

Molokai waves at sunset, standing witness to the universe, painting with ocean…

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Louise Shoemaker

Finally—Connection!  I danced around this gecko, advancing to get a close shot, watching as he scurried away, then re-emerged because he was as curious as I.  Finally he came to the edge of the leaf and stopped long enough to give me a long, quiet look.  The other photos were ok, but THIS one tells the story of that moment of magical connection.

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Carla Francis

“Of all the beautiful places we saw during our workshop on Molokai, the Sea Cliffs had the greatest impact on me. The cliffs lit up by early light and the powerful waves filled me with awe and thankfulness for the privilege of being there. I named this image The Power and the Majesty.”

 
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“I believe this is my favorite image from our “See the Light” workshop because it speaks to me of the peace and beauty of the people of Molokai. I saw this image right in front of me, looking into the sun and I knew I had to grab one shot before the moment and light was lost. It reminds me to act when I see the moment and to never be afraid to shoot into the sun. Amazing things can happen!”
 
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This image makes me smile thinking how happy these girls were, especially the youngest one. After I told them we are done shooting and that they can now do whatever they want, she immediately climbed the tree! After the mesmerizing performance of hula, the youngest dancer showing her mischievous side, because at the end of the day, kids still will be kids.
 
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I live on the Pacific ocean but never have I seen waves like those in Hawaii. Power, uniqueness & beauty- priceless joy.
 
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Janice Chipman 
Hawaii is, technically, just a group of rocks surrounded by water.  What makes it so special – aside from the weather – is the color;  the greens and blues of the backgrounds;  the soft yellows and whites of the Plumeria;  and the sun-touched browns of its people.  When shooting at a beach in the Halawa Valley, I had a chance to reduce all the best of Hawaii to its basic elements – some rocks, a little water and a touch of color.  Thanks, John Barclay, for the tour.  Thanks, Jonathan Kingston, for lending me your neutral density filter!
 
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“There is no doubt that the cliffs above Kalaupapa are the reason you come to this area to photograph. Though I loved most of the images of the cliffs themselves, by turning around away from the cliffs, I was struck by the stunning beauty of a Hawaiian sunset that I otherwise might have missed !!!”
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Terry Schroeder
The Sea Cliffs on Molokai are a feast for the eye and a place to return to again and again. It’s different every time and invites a deliberate photographic process.  Be still and let the images come to you.
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Cape Cod Through Their Eyes

Yet another installment of my “Through Their Eyes” series. This time images from the participants of my recent workshop on Cape Cod.  

Carla Francis

“I have been obsessed for some time to capture an image such as this.  As a few of us were on our way to photograph a lighthouse, this scene caught my eye and I had to shoot it. I love the simplicity of these fishing nets and immediately saw it as a black and white image.
I must give credit again to Chuck Kimmerle who opened my eyes to the beauty and serenity of simple black and white images. By the way, we never reached the lighthouse!”
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Janice Chipman

A whale watch trip in Provincetown was a bonus to the Cape Cod trip with John.  The whales were sensational, but on the trip back to shore, we were treated to this scene.  I can eliminate the distortion with Lightroom’s Lens Correction, but I like the distortion.  I would have submitted a Cape Cod image, but my very talented tour mates took all the good ones!

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Greg Debor

I chose an image of Stage Harbor Light as my favorite for three reasons.  First, I didn’t expect much from that evening’s shooting, since we didn’t get the sunset we expected when it clouded over.  Still, I noticed the dramatic sky behind the lighthouse because someone else in the group had submitted a set of dramatic B&W sky images in their opening slideshow.  Even so, I wouldn’t have been able to do the sky justice and produce the dramatic image if I hadn’t learned important tips for using the Lightroom Graduated Filter and other techniques from you and Lori in the post-processing session.  This is an image I probably would have thrown away before the workshop.  Now, I’m very happy with it!
 
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Linda Russo

This early morning, photographing the yellow dory was magical. The tide was out and I couldn’t get enough of the patterns of the mud flats.
I was singing a happy tune when puffs of clouds appeared above the horizon. Exquisite moment shared with friends. -:)
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Low tide at Point of Rocks.  Look what was hiding under eleven feet of water.
 
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Kris Fortna
The park at Rock Harbor was in a festive mood in a familiar, small town way. Folks eagerly talking to one another and asking what we were doing. I was looking for simplicity and I found it in the scene and in the warm welcoming feeling of the evening. The photo could not be black & white, it had to be warm brown.
 
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Barb Korman
I chose it because it was one only Janice, Kris and Henry would have seen. Rock Harbor is definitely a great stop. The tide was out incredibly far. I hadn’t seen anything like that since I was in the Bay of Fundy.
 
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Beth Debor
Since I was having some technical difficulties most of the weekend which may not have been technical at all, maybe just photographer error, I wanted to submit something that was forgiving. I brought my good time with me to a dreary morning shoot and captured this scene which included lots of rain spots on my lens even after wiping it so I worked with it and created this image.
 
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Pat Sweeney
This was one of my favorite locations on Cape Cod.  Tho’ the sky  has a bit of blue, the scene was very overcast and the wood and grass tones were very earthy.  Therefore, I decided to take the photo to B/W….something very new for me.  I also burned the edges slightly for a bit of “framing.”
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Patrice Zinck
“The photo I’ve selected was taken the first day of the workshop.  I felt that of all the photos I took, this one really captured the mood of the day. The sky was overcast and it was a wet/rainy/damp day, however did not seem to affect the seagulls.  I like the dark mood of this photo.”
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Janet Casey
 I realized that I need to stop and think about my intention before clicking the shutter.  What do I want to say?  How can I capture my intent, with the right lens, exposure, angle?
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