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Smoke in the Smokies

One of my favorite places in The Great Smoky Mountains is the Foothills Parkway for sunrise. When our group arrived early at “the” spot we were greeted by 65 others who love this spot too! Unfortunately the fog was too thick this day. After a long wait, folks were itchy for breakfast, so most left without getting much. After breakfast, a few of us wandered back to see what might be there and were given a gift. I love the subtle crepuscular rays, the strong white fog near the hill tops and light on the land.

 

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Time for the Smoky Tour

One of my favorite places to photograph on the east coast is The Great Smoky Mountains!  I adore the lush greens of early spring, the blossoms on the dogwood, the redbud trees blooming and the foggy mist in the morning. Dan and I have another great group joining us next week and we can’t wait to get started!

The Smokies is a place that makes my heart sing!

 

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Tuscany & Venice Through Their Eyes

Once again, it’s time for “images through their eyes.” This time from our recent tour to Italy. I think you will be amazed at the quality of the photographers on this trip!  Remember to click on the links to view more of their fine work.  Enjoy!

Barry Wolf – Belvedere: We had gone to Belvedere the previous morning but there was neither any fog nor nice light. We decided to return the following morning because the weather forecast was favorable for fog. The forecast was accurate because we were greeted by fog everywhere. It was one of those magical mornings that you hope for and was an experience that I’ll never forget not only because of the location but the great group that I was with.

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Laurie McCormick –  This is one of my favorite images because I love color, reflections and capturing the essence of place.  ‘Life in Burano’ I believe has all three ingredients and gives the viewer a small peek into the lifestyle of the people who live on the Island of Burano, Veneto Italy.  Facebook  Check out Laurie’s National Geographic “Your shot” gallery here too!

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Louise Shoemaker – A Solitary Stroll—I wandered off the edge of the map and got thoroughly lost in a neighborhood far from the busy tourist streets of Venice, and came back with this.  It reminds me that every photograph doesn’t have to be extravagant or dramatic.  It speaks to me because it is understated and quiet, and it evokes that part of Venice where residents simply live their lives.

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Mark Stevens –  While others went off to capture the iconic “Belvedere” image, I choose to stay at the IL Rigo that morning and walk the dirt road to the north. I was confident that something would present itself to me and that I would be able to capture it to my satisfaction. This is a four shot stitched panorama made with a Canon 6D, 70-200mm lens, combined in PS CS6.  Website

_84A7553 Tuscan pan 5  b  border copyLinda Russo – This image of St. Marks Basilica, in the Piazza San Marco, I like in particular because I’m not familiar with night photography and quite honestly I was surprised that I captured what I saw in my camera’s viewfinder.

My Nikon D810 camera was on the tripod and during the long exposure, my friend Linda K and I had to block people from walking in front of the camera. I took multiple images, but this one I like best.

The reflection in the puddle of water adds balance to the composition and creates a more dazzling image.  I think this one is a keeper!
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Pat Sweeney – This stands out as my favorite for two reasons: It speaks ITALY to me with it’s vivid color, it’s agelessness and it’s food.  Secondly, working in soft focus (Fuji XT-1 in-camera) as well as square format was a new experience.  Stepping out of the box was challenging and lots of fun!
 
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Robin Harrison –  She told me she was especially fond of the two rainbows we were treated to on this trip and thus this is one of her favorite memories.
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Dan Sniffin – Co-Tour Leader – I can’t say that this is my “favorite” image from our tour.  But I know that the simpler the subject is, the easier it is for a viewer to understand the intent of the maker.  Here, it is easy to see that this is a study of color, textures and shapes, with the shadows adding a strong serendipitous element.
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I’ve photographed this car in Havana on previous trips. It is hard to pass up, so here is another take.

I have noticed a fair amount of construction going on in Havana over the past three years. This is good news. The wiring we saw in homes three years ago looked dangerous. Now, we see lots of new electrical boxes and wiring that does not scare me. This year, many streets were torn up. It appeared as though work was being done on the infrastructure which is sorely needed. It will be interesting to see what changes are in store with the rekindling of our relationship with Cuba. I hope the “people” receive some benefit, but I have my doubts.

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Waiting

If you get up early enough, and you should, the streets of Havana are quiet and void of activity. And then, as you roam the vacant streets with dawn approaching, you’ll encounter small groups on their way to work, or to catch a ride, or to catch the bus, or to get a cup of coffee. It is during these early hours that you’ll likely find little vignettes such as this one.  Of course I was drawn to the wonderful red car with tons of character, but then the door opened and the woman poked her head out. Then she stepped out, obviously waiting for her ride. An already good image now a better one. And then, after she left, a neighbor stepped out of his home and shared that the car was his and did not run. It too is waiting, waiting for another talented, industrious Cuban to come and fix it, so it will ride again.

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I’d like to draw your attention to a very special new tour that Dan and I are offering in January of 2016.  A full week at The Hideout Dude Ranch in Wyoming!  Lots of details can be found on my tour page here!  (scroll down to the bottom when you get there.)  We are VERY excited about this one!

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New Zealand Tour – Red Barn in the Palouse

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New, New Zealand Tour announced. Yes, after being pushed and prodded (Thanks Eli!), we are going to New Zealand in April of 2015. Details can be found on the bottom of the TOURS page.  Because of the way things tend to happen with our tours, we already have 9 signed up, leaving only 3 spots. So, if you have interest in the South Island of New Zealand you might want to act swiftly! 

The blog image is another from our recent Palouse trip. We’ve driven past this barn numerous times and have never stopped. This time the clouds were strong and there were sheep pouring out of the barn door.  I pursuaded Dan to stop so I could make a quick capture out of the car window. Glad I did as I love the pastoral feeling of this classic Palouse scene.

In my next post I will discuss the Perfectly Clear plug-in and what I’ve recently learned. This plug-in is pretty powerful and does much more than I realized. 

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New Tour Announced for 2015!

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Due to popular demand, we are heading back to the Eastern Sierra region to do another B&W focused tour with Chuck Kimmerle. I know, I know, why would a legend like Chuck want to hang out with the rag tag duo of Barclay and Sniffin?  Good question, I don’t know, but we are thrilled that he has agreed to join us again. We will start in Las Vegas as this is a great place to fly into. We will photograph the wonderful Gehry building on the outskirts of town, then spend a few days in the Valley of Fire and finish in Death Valley for a few runs into the Mesquite Flat Dunes. Details can be found on the TOURS page.  If you have interest in this tour, I would encourage you to sign up quickly. It will fill up fast.  

We will be announcing the rest of our 2015 tours very shortly so stay tuned or sign up to receive notice of any blog post I make.  You can do this on the blog home page at the bottom right.

The blog image is from our trip this past February in the dunes.

 

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The Palouse Tours Begin

Dan and I have finished our scouting and are getting ready for our first tour to begin. We have visited our favorite locations making sure all is well. We also scouted new roads in hopes of finding hidden treasures and were not disappointed. The blog image is from a favorite location. This little barn is leaning even more than last year and is not long for this world. I’d be surprised if it is still standing next year.

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200,000 Views! THANK YOU!

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First, a big thank you to my blog family for being so generous with my friend Roxanne and her battle with cancer! You are wonderful and did not let me down.  If you’ve not had a chance to donate, you can still do so by clicking on this link.  And PLEASE pass the link along or share my post so others can be blessed with the opportunity to be of service too.

With my last post, I rolled over 200,000 views on this blog!  Thank you to everyone who finds value in what I do and keeps coming back. You are what makes doing a blog fun and worthwhile. With this in mind, might I ask that you consider sharing my blog with your photo friends, clubs, etc?  The more the merrier!

The image is another from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse.  Here we come!

Speaking of tours.  Its not too early to be thinking about fall foliage tours.  Dan and I will be heading back to Colorado at the end of September and we have a few spots left for that tour.  We’d love to have you along!

I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Brian Reitenauer who had his project “Amusement Park” published in my favorite magazine “Lenswork”. Way to go Brian!! Click the highlighted link to see his blog post.

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The Smokies Being the Smokies

 

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As we finished our first full day of shooting with the group, a gloomy, overcast, rainy, and great day got even better.  Near the end of the day, we began to see blue sky and the sun came out, basking the iconic scene on Sparks Lane with its golden glow.  Then, on the way out, we rounded the corner and found the ground fog rising around this wonderful lone tree.  The Smokies deliver yet again. 

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