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Fire in the Sky – Molokai Hawaii

 

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I am just back from a wonderful experience in Hawaii, where I was invited to co-lead a workshop with National Geographic photographer Jonathan Kingston and special guests Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke. The workshop took place at the Hui Hooolana on the island of Molokai. The “Hui” is owned by Rikki and his wife Bronwyn and is simply amazing. They have organized a staff that was extremely attentive to our needs and food that was off the charts!  And of course the photography was grand. 

The posted image is from the east end of the island, taken as we were making our way back from our visit to Halawa. 

If you are interested in joining us next year, the dates are October 24-30. The official listing will be up on my and Jonathan’s website before the end of the year. Many from this year are coming back, so it will fill up quickly!

Sorry for the brief post, however, my desk is full of things to get caught up on. More to come!

Perfectly Clear BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!!

As most of you know by now, I am a big fan of Perfectly Clear software. Because I’m an affiliate, I am able to offer an additional 5% off of their already great deal of 40% for Black Friday. Click on THIS LINK and then use the code BARCLAY at check out for the extra savings.

Seriously folks, this is a “no brainer” deal on software that is truly remarkable. Remember, Perfectly Clear is not an image enhancement piece of software, rather it is an image correction piece of software. Meaning, it is overcoming the limitations of your sensor and not altering color, hue, etc. It should be used on an unedited RAW file first, then you can use other enhancement software such as Nik, MacPhun, Topaz, etc.  

The example below is as good as it gets to show what this software can do. The top image was run through Perfectly Clear and the bottom is the RAW file. Are you going to see such dramatic results from each image you process?  No, but you will see an improvement. And you will save TONS of time in your processing.  

 

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Photograph what makes your heart sing.

In my lectures, I teach that we should photograph what makes our heart sing. What makes yours sing? Now go photograph that! As for me? I adore my grandchildren and these two little munchkins make my heart sing!

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Got Gas?

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Found this lone gas pump on the side of the road three years ago. We could not resist another run at it on our scouting trip. Especially with the nice sky behind it.

For those living in my area, I have two spots available for my upcoming Fonthill Castle Workshop on November 2nd. Details on my WORKSHOP page.

Colorado Tour

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Not much time for posting on the blog as we have been pedal to the metal scouting for our tour in Colorado and then working with the group that came in on Monday. We have wonderful conditions and a good group of folks. Today’s blog image is from the Owl Creek Pass area. It was raining during the entire ride up to this location. In fact it was said at one point, “this is kind of useless, maybe we should head back down.” And then as we approached the pass, the sky seemed to be lightening up a bit. Then as we reached our destination this is what we found! Needless to say we scrambled for our gear to capture this as quickly as possible before it faded away.

Boston Part 2 and a Tripod/Ballhead for sale

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I processed a few more from my Boston trip, see below.

A friend has a lovingly used Really Right Stuff Tripod with Ballhead for sale.  Its the TVC33 with the BH55 head. Also included is the QB89 Bag. Total paid $1,479.   Selling for $950. That is a heck of a deal! If interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch to work out the details.

Don’t forget, I’m doing another Topaz Webinar today at 5PM EST.  

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Glider Ride and Red Mohawk

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My friend Tom Tauber had promised a ride in a glider awhile back. We were finally able to find a day that worked. What a blast!! Tom had a GoPro camera, so I took a few video clips of the event which can be seen by clicking on these links.  Me in the Glider #1 ,  Glider Ride #2,  Glider Landing #3.

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On the way home I stopped at a gas station to fill up and met Geoff. I had my Fuji 56mm 1.2 lens with me, so I gathered the courage to ask if I could get a couple of shots. We ended up having a delighful conversation where I learned he too is a photographer. I only wish I had a bit more courage to ask him to pose a little differently as I really wanted to get a side shot that would show the mohawk better.  None the less, another example of always having gear with you.  Sure am loving the 56mm Fuji lens.  I’ve never had 1.2 glass and man that creates bokeh!  Fun!

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The Palouse Tours come to an end

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We just finished with our second group who was an amazing, and creative bunch.  I love the Palouse and hate for my time here to come to an end, but I’m anxious to get home to my family.  Here is a parting shot for now.  Its from another magical evening at the iconic Steptoe Butte. This time with a wide angle lens. The sky cooperated and the light was golden.  THANK YOU!!

Whitman County Growers

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I love the rolling hills that surround this great grain elevator. This was made the other night when the light was magical.  It had just rained so the air was very clear and the light golden. We are finishing up the first tour and getting ready for the second that starts on Monday. Exhausted would be a good word!

 

Another Reason to Love my Fuji

For years, I’ve known I should always carry a camera with me. I’ve failed miserably with the exception of having my iPhone with me at all times. With my heavy Nikon gear, I would never carry it or even have it in my car. I’ve purchased a few P&S type cameras but for whatever reason I’ve never fallen in love them them. Enter the Fuji X series. I now have a small lightweight kit in the car at all times. So, last week I was on my way to church, it was overcast with light rain. Rather than take the “normal” route, I decided to take the road that travels along the south side of Peace Valley Park. I spotted this scene, stopped the car and made three handheld captures.  I knew even with my effective 300mm lens I could not get close enough, so I cropped it into a square in post. This image would not exist unless I had my trusty Fuji X system in my car at all times.  I’m really happy with this image which will serve as a reminder to always carry a camera with me!  And now I don’t have anymore excuses with my Fuji X gear.