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Another take on the Cottages on the Cape.
ThinkTank Photo Bags
I use a ThinkTank roller and the Urban Disguise shoulder bag offered below. Love them both.
Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced an exciting Black Friday special that actually starts now! With this special offer you get a $50 rebate on their renowned rolling camera bags. And, should you order a roller plus one of their popular Urban Disguise shoulder bags you are eligible to receive a $100 rebate! And, to top this off you’ll receive free shipping not only on these items but on all Think Tank Photo gear!
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Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for being the best made, most innovative rollers available. Each comes with easily configurable inserts, innovative security measures, and Think Tank’s “No Rhetoric Warranty.” The rollers are sized so as to make it easier for you to roll your valuable photography gear onto airlines as carry on, as opposed to having to check it.
A former employee of Nik has popped up at MacPhun Software. I’ve been a fan of MacPhun for their great iPhone and iPad apps. Now the PRO versions of their excellent SnapHeal and Intensify are available together starting today for $20.00 off. Click here to save $20.00. Oh and you get a free SD card delivered free with the software on it as well as a digital download. And you get a chance to WIN a Macbook Air! How cool is that?!
I’ll be posting a tutorial about Intensify shortly
Another former Nik employee is working for Athentech the makers of the amazing Perfectly Clear. Again, I was introduced to Perfectly Clear via the iPhone where it worked wonders. For Black Friday, they are offering the desktop “PRO” version for $99 instead of $159. I have started using Perfectly Clear on almost every image to see what it will do. Oft times it does just what I was hoping in one click! Pretty amazing software really. Click here for the Black Friday deal. (The deal starts on Friday so check back for the $99 deal)
Not far from our hotel along the Androscoggin River is a magnificent wall of color. At first blush there seemed to be just one composition, just one shot, the wall of color, however, that is almost never true. So again, like the last post, I submit what were for me, three right answers.
All images taken with the Fuji X-E1 and 55-200mm lens including the square which was shot in-camera as a square. This is another feature I really like about my Fuji’s. I can even shoot square and B&W while not losing the original full frame RAW capture.
As promised, we brought the group to the basin pond for first light. We didn’t have fog, however, we still has great photo opportunities! This scene jumped out with the shore being lit with the early morning gold light and the background and its shadow still in shadow. It was a tremendous first day.
I don’t know about you but I’m excited about fall color being right around the corner. My tour partner Dan and I will be in New Hampshire the first week of October and then I’ll be in the Pocono’s for a week long workshop and then the annual weekend gig. Hidden Lake in the Delaware Water Gap is arguably one of the finest locations for fall color that I’ve seen. I’ve been to this location so many times I’ve lost count, however, you can count on my being there again this year. The images below are all from this location.
Its not too late to join Dan and me in New Hampshire. There are two spots left for the Pocono week and there is room on the weekend gig as well. I hope to see you this fall!
This scene was found while scouting the Palouse for new locations. Initially, I was frustrated because I could not find a worthy foreground subject for the amazing sky. In the direction Dan (my tour partner) was shooting, the sky was not near as interesting. He was shooting with a long lens and isolating his subject. I was drawn to the wide angle opportunity because of the tremendous sky. Then it dawned on me, THE SKY IS THE SUBJECT! I know this, and actually tell people this all the time, however, I too can become sidetracked by my expectations. I didn’t need a killer foreground because the sky was so good. Don’t get me wrong, I would have preferred it, however, this foreground was all I had and it was my job to make something of it. I liken this unto being out for a drive without your camera and you come across a killer scene with cherry light. What do you do? Drive on, or shoot it with the iPhone in your pocket? Well, if the best camera at that moment is the iPhone and its the only one you have? I’d encourage you to shoot it. That is what I did with this scene in Italy.
Again, we were scouting and running on a schedule. I purposefully left gear in the car so we would stay on task. All I had was the iPhone. It turned out to be a favorite of the trip and is hanging on a friends wall in her office. Someone else has made a painting from it and is winning awards. I’m glad I had the iPhone to make the capture.
He was pointed in the opposite direction and was shooting with his 70-200mm lens as that is his comfort zone. My point is, you need to shoot what you are attracted to. Shoot was appeals to you and do not worry about what others are excited about. Stay focused on and follow your vision. Dan ended up with a KILLER image and I’m pleased with mine. Trust me, when I see Dan focused and working a scene, it is VERY hard not to run over and see what he is doing because he does it so well. That said, I have learned to follow my heart, my vision and my instincts. And then I run over to see what Dan is shooting! :)
My farther served in WWII and Korea, my brother in Vietnam. I am grateful for their service to my country. I am grateful to all who have served or are serving now. Thank you for all that you have done. And to the families of those who have served, thank you too.
The image is from Charleston. I don’t remember is Josiah Flagg served or not, but I felt the image was appropriate for the occasion of Memorial Day. Processed with the new Topaz Clarity and Topaz BW Effects. Don’t miss the window of opportunity to get Clarity for $29.99 with the code claritynew until May 31st. After that its $49.99. Pretty great software. And don’t forget my Topaz webinar on Tuesday. I’ll cover Clarity as well as remind folks about TopazFXLabs which is an alternative to Photoshop. Especially interesting with Adobe’s subscription only announcement for Photoshop moving forward.
If you haven’t heard by now, Nik was purchased by Google. Google/Nik recently announced the Nik Collection at just $149.00! Yup, you read that right, Silver Efex Pro, Define, Color Efex Pro, Viveza, Sharpener Pro and HDR Efex Pro all for $149! So, if you don’t have it yet CLICK THIS LINK and and then use the code JBARCLAY for another 15% off. This is truly a “no-brainer.”
Seminar and Workshop added!
On July 27&28, Tony Sweet, Denise Ippolito and I will be at the Whitney Center in Connecticut. This is a special opportunity to spend the day learning from three professional photographers, each with their own unique style. Saturday will be an all day seminar with two presentations from each of us. On Sunday you will have the opportunity to join all three of us for a unique workshop at Bannerman Castle! For more information and to sign up, please click on this link We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Topaz Webinar on May On May 28th I’ll be doing yet another installment of my ongoing webinar series, “Crafting images with Topaz.”
Todays blog image is of course one more from the amazing Magnolia Garden in South Carolina.
This image was created on the last morning of our workshop. We went to a different part of the dunes, a part that I am not as attracted to. While out there, I was fighting old familiar feelings of self doubt. You know, I’m not seeing anything out here, this is not as good as the other side, I’m not feeling inspired out here today, etc, etc… Then I stopped, I mean literally stopped and just stood still for about five minutes. Then I thought, why am I chasing images that are not here? Why am I chasing images that are like the other side of the dunes when that is not what is here? At that moment, I realized I was indeed trying to find more of the same in an area that did not offer the same. I remembered that I needed to stop chasing and start letting images come to me! Then as the sun crested the horizon, I began to see shapes forming around the ridges of the dunes and this image offered itself up. A much different image than the other dune images I’ve been posting, however, a worthy image non the less.
So, stop chasing and start allowing images to reveal themselves to you. Much like the last line in the movie August Rush where the young boy says, “the music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.” I say, the images are all around us, all you have to do is see.
Topaz is offering a special TWO DAY discount, December 17 & 18. You will receive a 30% off of the new Detail 3, the bundle or bundle upgrades. This is a great deal and a good time to either get the bundle or upgrade to it. Click on this link and use the code getdetail.
I think this was my 5th visit to the Silk Mill. Tony Sweet invited a bunch of folks for what was essentially a big party! There were 19 crazy photographers crawling around this wonderful building in the freezing cold of the morning air. Brrrrrrrr…. A great time was had by all, after we warmed up….
The tool caddy is something that draws me in every time. Someone had done a nice job of laying out some tools, glove and oil can. It was different than I had seen before. Another opportunity! A close up take below as well.