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Three Birds- Cape Cod Gifts


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!

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  to get your free trial.  I’d love to get your feedback on the article too!


Horses in the Palouse


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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One more from Cape May


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

On Monday, I gave a lecture and then did an image processing seminar for The Photography Club of Cape May. What a wonderful group.Thank you for the warm welcome.  After the presentations, ten of us went to dinner together. While we ate, a huge storm moved in dumping buckets of rain. As we exited the restaurant it was raining lightly, but, when we looked to the west, we saw the sky brightening. My head said, I have a two plus hour drive home, I should head home, but, my heart said, I must go, it looks so promising! I followed my heart. Three of us raced to Cape May Point to see what we might catch. Off to the south east, the the sky was pitch black, filled with visible strikes of lightning. However, off to the west there was an opening at the horizon. As the sun sank below it, the sky lit up casting an orange glow on the faces of those partaking of this magical moment. After I caught my breath, I managed to pull out a Sing-Ray 5 stop filter and get this long exposure image as a memory of the special experience. It is after all about the experience right? The images are just icing on the cake. Please click on the image to make it bigger to see the details. If you like long exposure images, I highly recommend the Singh-Ray Mor Slo series of neutral density filters. Use the code Barclay10 for a 10% discount when you order.



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Belvedere – Tuscany


Our most recent tour was to Tuscany and Venice Italy. The last time we were there, we were told about an iconic view called Belvedere. This year, with the help of our hired drivers, we went right to the spot only 10 minutes from where we were staying. On our first attempt, there was no ground fog, however, after checking the weather, it looked like the next morning might provide fog. We decided to make another run at it and were rewarded. It was one of those mornings where you didn’t want it to stop! Yes another image that might make it into the lifetime category.

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A Gentle Reminder


Recently, I was with a group photographing a location I’ve been to a few times. I was not inspired to photograph what we all came shoot which was fine, I was enjoying the company and just being there. And then, while waiting at the stop light to cross the street, I looked down and found todays blog image.

I’m enjoying Jay Maisel’s book, Light Gesture & Color, where he is confirming things I too have learned along the way.  Things like, always have a camera with you and its all about the light! There is not good or bad light, there is just light. Jay shows some wonderful examples of “bad noonday light.”  And then he speaks about a wall that he painted and how it transformed when the light hits it in a particular way. This is exactly what happened here. I was standing on the sidewalk on a cover of some sort. Probably access to wires underneath. I’ve stood on or driven over this type of thing many times, but this time because of the late day low angle of the sun, it took on a completely different possibility. I snapped three quick images and then the light changed. Yes, the sunlight and the street light!

Jay tells his students to just go out and shoot. Essentially asking them to put away their expectations and simply be aware, aware of what is calling them to be photographed. This is my gentle reminder to you as well. While it is wonderful to travel to exotic destinations and plan or even pre-visualize the great images we will make, great images are right before us. We just need to be open to seeing them. So, as you are out, have a camera with you, be observant and open to whatever gifts are presented and stop worrying about the light. It is what it is, its up to you to use it properly.

By the way and not that it matters, this is an iPhone 6+ image.


A few tour spots have opened up for 2015

Due to some unfortunate medical situations, we have a few spots for two of our 2015 tours. We have two spots for our August Palouse tour, August 10-15, and then one spot for our Tuscany/Venice tour, May 23-June 2.  Should you have interest, send me an email for details.

In keeping with the Trinidad street theme, the image below was made in a similar fashion to my previous post.  It’s obvious where the sun was,instead of avoiding the flare, I decided to work with it. Another choice outside of my comfort zone. Lesson learned? It’s another right answer! Again I picked a scene first hoping for something to happen. In this case the foreground bike was there but not the man or second bike. That happened by waiting.


Early Morning on the Malecon – Havana Cuba


A favorite spot in Havana along the Malecon with Morro Castle is in the background. The Castle was opened in 1589 to guard the entrance of Havana Bay.