Category Archives: Workshop
I’m on the Cape co-leading a workshop with a group of photographers willing to get up early and brave the elements, especially the windy weather! During my scouting time, I stumbled upon this late day scene. I had made the decision to call it a day and head back to my room for some much needed rest when this blast of gold light spotted the front of the building on the pier. And of course the sky was nice and then some birds flew into the scene! So much for rest! (Click the image to make it bigger)
Fuji X-Pro1 – 14mm Fuji
I don’t shoot much if at all during a workshop. Today at an abandoned farm, this scene was just screaming to be photographed. After hearing my lamenting about not having a camera, Janice a friend and workshop participant was kind enough to let me use her camera to shoot four images. Thanks Janice!
We had a wonderful day full of great photo opportunities with a tremendous group. Looking forward to another morning of shooting tomorrow.
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.
Sunny days typically present an issue for a photography tour. Not so with colorful fall foliage, you simply need to find a river or stream in the shade with the foliage in bright sun on the opposite side. Trust me, once you do, you will become an addict. We had a fair amount of sun for our tour this past week, so we had quite a few opportunities to shoot reflections. I didn’t hear much complaining.
I’m sure I’ll be asked about settings. You’ll need a long lens, typically the longest you have. Then, its a game of finding the right shutter speed. This will depend on the speed of the water and DOF you desire. For this image I was at f/16 and 1/10 of a second. I can’t stress enough, the speed of the water will greatly affect the look so bracket your shutter speed.
For sunris, we took the gang from Johnstown up to a Hawk Watch overlook and were greeted with color in the sky and fog in the valley! Hard to imagine it getting much better than this! Fuji X-E1 with 55-200mm.
I’ve been invited to present my Dream – Believe – Create lecture for a meet-up group in Plymouth MA on November 5th. I hope to see many of my New England friends there! Click this link for more information and to sign up.
Some of you may remember my fondness for old tractors and especially the engines. I’ve made them a project over the years. While at a wonderful farm with the Johnstown PA workshop group yesterday, the owner was kind enough to pull out a terrific old Farmall for all to photograph. After the group was done, I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens and got one too!
A big thank you to the great bunch of folks who came out to share the day yesterday. I had a great time and enjoyed your backyard! A special thank you to Jim “Doc” Richey, a dear friend and all around great guy who was responsible for bringing me to speak to his club.
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!
While the Palouse is known for its rich eye popping color, every once in awhile B&W feels right, especially when there is an old barn in the scene. Click on the image to see a bigger version. Processing done with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 Platinum Toned. Shot with the Fuji X-E1
A reminder for my friends in the Connecticut area. Tony Sweet, Denise Ippolito and I will be in Hamden at the Whitney Center for a day long seminar on July 27th. There will be an optional 1/2 day workshop at Bannerman Castle the following day. We hope you can join us for one or both of these events. Details can be found here. Its going to be a fun filled weekend!
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! :)