Category Archives: Workshop

One Magical Day

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While co-leading the Cape Cod workshops with Betty Wiley, we were treated to some of the best light I have ever seen. “Cherry light” as some might say. What I found interesting was when I want to process the images, very little needed to be done. In thinking about this, it makes sense. Our sensors are optimized for “perfect” light and this was as close to that as I’ve seen, thus little to no processing was required. The light was that good! (Don’t forget much bigger images if you click on them)

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Add to the great light our new friend Mike Orbe and his RED Dory, and you have the makings of an epic morning. But it didn’t stop there!

After the red Dory shoot, I had breakfast with the group and the workshop was over. Being tired, I decided to take an afternoon nap. I awoke about 3PM and wondered what I should do. I peeked out the window only to see thick overcast skies. Maybe I’ll stay in and relax I thought. Then about an hour, later I reconsidered. I’m here, just go and see what happens. The drive to Paines Creek did not looking promising, however, when I arrived this is what was beginning to brew. (below)

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At this point I was glad I decided to go. And then this happened (below) just before the sun went down. This is what I call the backside sunset, looking away from the sun. The sky and the ocean were screaming with color and someone just happened to leave a lone boat out there just for me! How nice of them.

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And then, I decided to look at the sun and see what it was going on in that direction, are you kidding me??? 

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Heck I’m not going anywhere at this point, I am giggling I’m having so much fun. I turned around one more time to see what the backside was doing and what do I see? The grasses in the foreground lit up with the same quality of light I had in the morning with Mike’s Red Dory! The sun had decided to make one last appearance just before it disappeared below the horizon. It lasted for about a minute and was amazing. A magical day on the Cape!

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Mike Orbe, the owner of the red Dory, owns a wonderful Woodshop in Brewster called Capt. Mike’s Woodshop. It is located at 20 Long Pond Road, at the junction of Rt 137 and 6A. Please go visit if you’re on the Cape. Wonderful items for sale and Mike is a gem of a guy! 

Betty and I are planning another Cape Cod workshop in 2015. If there is enough interest, we will do two back to back again just like this year.  Having grown up vacationing on the Cape, I love it and can’t wait to go back. 

 

Fall Pocono Workshops – Topaz Adjust Sale

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Fall is fast approaching with spots left for both the week long and weekend workshop in the Poconos. Come on and join the fun! All images in this post are from the Poconos.

Through the end of the month my friends at Topaz are offering their award winning ADJUST for 50% off!  Click on this link and use the code augadjust at check out.

There are still a few spots left for our B&W focused February tour with special guest Chuck Kimmerle.  Click on the TOURS tab above to see the details.

 

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The Palouse Tours Begin

Dan and I have finished our scouting and are getting ready for our first tour to begin. We have visited our favorite locations making sure all is well. We also scouted new roads in hopes of finding hidden treasures and were not disappointed. The blog image is from a favorite location. This little barn is leaning even more than last year and is not long for this world. I’d be surprised if it is still standing next year.

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200,000 Views! THANK YOU!

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First, a big thank you to my blog family for being so generous with my friend Roxanne and her battle with cancer! You are wonderful and did not let me down.  If you’ve not had a chance to donate, you can still do so by clicking on this link.  And PLEASE pass the link along or share my post so others can be blessed with the opportunity to be of service too.

With my last post, I rolled over 200,000 views on this blog!  Thank you to everyone who finds value in what I do and keeps coming back. You are what makes doing a blog fun and worthwhile. With this in mind, might I ask that you consider sharing my blog with your photo friends, clubs, etc?  The more the merrier!

The image is another from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse.  Here we come!

Speaking of tours.  Its not too early to be thinking about fall foliage tours.  Dan and I will be heading back to Colorado at the end of September and we have a few spots left for that tour.  We’d love to have you along!

I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Brian Reitenauer who had his project “Amusement Park” published in my favorite magazine “Lenswork”. Way to go Brian!! Click the highlighted link to see his blog post.

The Smoky Tour Begins

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Tomorrow we start shooting with the group.  Looks like we will have a week of mixed weather which should be good for varied opportunities.  Looking forward to some great shooting with a great group.

The blog image is from the iconic Sparks Lane in Cades Cove.

 

Lectures, Tours, Workshops and thoughts on the Fuji X-T1

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Its been a busy couple of weeks.  I had the pleasure of speaking at the Churchville Camera Club meeting on Monday as well as the Digital Image Makers last week. This coming Monday, I’ll be at the Doylestown Camera Club presenting my program “Discovery and the Creative Process”.  

Next week, Dan and I are looking forward to leading a group in the Smoky Mountains!  I am so looking forward to this tour after this LONG cold winter.

Speaking of tours, due to cancellations, we now have a spot open for each of our Palouse Tours.  We know the Palouse very well and would love you have you along!  We also have a few spots available for the fall Colorado tour.

Just a reminder that I’ll be in Hawaii co-leading the “See the light” workshop with National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rickki Cooke.  Who doesn’t want to be in Hawaii the first week of December?  Very excited about this workshop!

FUJI NEWS AND THOUGHTS

Lightroom 5.4 was released yesterday along with ACR 8.4 which now supports the Fuji X-T1!  Good news.  A tip, you can now apply the wonderful Fuji film presets to your RAW images.  In both ACR and LR simply go to the camera calibration module and then click the profile drop-down dialogue.  There you will find the film choices.  COOL!

Really Right Stuff will start shipping “L” brackets for the X-T1 next week!  WOO HOO!

I am loving the Fuji X-T1.  Was playing with the face recognition with Abby and its pretty darn good. (see below) Always tracking her face allowing me to not worry where the focus point is.  Its not perfect, but I would venture to say it allows me to capture more “keepers” than if I were not using it.

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The EVF on the X-T1 is CRAZY GOOD!  So big and bright.  It really is as close to an optical viewfinder as I’ve seen. And when you rotate the camera to vertical,the data in the viewfinder rotates too.  A first for a digital camera I believe. For handholding I’ve been using the optional grip along with a Gordy’s Strap, really great for folks with big hands like mine.  The images coming out of this camera are really quite stunning.  The image below of Kara was shot with the 35mm 1.4 lens shot at f/5, click on it to make it bigger. This is a jpeg straight out of the camera, no post processing applied, NONE, okay I cropped it.  Look at the skin tones and sharpness!  Crazy.

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The image below is another made with the 10-24mm f/4 Fuji lens from ESP.  I’m in love!  I love to shoot wide and have been waiting patiently for this lens.  A comment about the files I’m capturing with the Fuji X-T1 and X-E2 which this image was captured with, the dynamic range is very good.  Imagine the range in this particular image.  Bright light from the skylight streaming into a dark cell at the prison all captured with one shot. With the limited time I’ve had with this lens, I would say it out performs my Nikon 16-35 f/4 in terms of distortion and sharpness. Oh there is some minor distortion at the edges but most wide angle lenses do.  Overall, I’m a very happy camper!

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Cape Cod

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)

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Delaware Water Gap Workshop

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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.

More than one

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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. 

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Reflection Addiction

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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.