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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.