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Charleston Through Their Eyes

I am excited and pleased to present participant images from my Charleston Low Country Workshop. Remember to click on their links to see more of their work!  Here is Charleston (Low Country) Through Their Eyes.

Megg M.

“I Loved this particular spot for it’s serenity, and, it represented what I had always thought of as what “the South” was like.  The trees of South Carolina captured my heart!”

Janice C.

“The city of Charleston is built on layers of contradictory growth – the fringed wagons, pulled by Percherons, carrying visitors with their ever-present iphones; the gentility of a patina-d iron gate reflected in the luster of a black jaguar;  the moss-draped plots of the Magnolia Cemetery where, if you turn just right, you can see the stunning ultra-modern wires of the Ravenel Bridge…Here are more layers, found in the sunrise at Folly Beach.  Somehow, it all works.” 

Louise S.

“Egret mating ritual in the Magnolia Gardens in Charleston.  What fantastic opportunities to view beautiful birds and alligators, to look with awe at ancient trees, and to sample the joys of Southern cooking and Southern hospitality.  Charleston is a city not to be missed!”

Terry S.

“Azaleas may be the best known plant of the Low Country, but I am fascinated by the persistence of Spanish moss.  It’s understated grace thrives in places azaleas wouldn’t.”

Joyce O.

“Loved this iconic view of the Oak Alley at Tomotley Plantation. I wanted something in the foreground, but since there was nothing I decided to get very low and use the grass as an anchor. Originally visioned this as a B&W (which is very much out of my box), but decided I liked the beautiful color version better. Which do you prefer? Taken with my Fuji X-T1, 55-200 lens at f20”

Image by Joyce

Image by Joyce

Scott O.

“This is one of the supports of the Ravenel Bridge. Most interesting, especially considering the wind at the top was probably 40+ mph! Couldn’t use tripods, and balance looking up was difficult. I lamented the lack of clouds, but seeing the final result believe blank blue was much better. Was a fun as well as challenging location. Fuji X-T2, 18-55 lens @ f9, 1/500 sec.”

Image by Scott

Carrie T.

“It’s difficult to pick one favorite image from a place like Charleston that has so many creative photo opportunities  In the end, I chose an image that highlights the symmetry of reflections and the diversity of color and texture.”


Carolyn Beauchamp

“I fell in love with the Spanish Moss that was everywhere in Charleston.  I loved the way the sun would shine through the moss, as it waved gently in the breeze.  John asked me why I chose this view, of the arch of tree limbs, at Tomotley Plantation.  I loved the way the large branches on the right and the left framed the low arched branches below.  Also, the way the sunshine lit up the leaves on that first arched branch, and made the Spanish Moss glow, made me move over a bit to the right to take this shot.”

Ed D.

Tomotley Plantation was my favorite spot because the arching branches of the Oak trees lining the entrance road, with their Spanish Moss swaying in the gentle breeze, made for a very inviting and relaxing environment.  It was a shame we couldn’t strategically place a model deep within the arches for some human interest and focal point.
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Death Valley with Cole Thompson – Gear for Sale

I am just back from co-leading two workshops in Death Valley and The Alabama Hills with the great Cole Thompson. We had two tremendous groups with lots of opportunities to create images that made our hearts sing! To be with Cole was a rare treat as he does not typically shoot with others let alone help on a workshop!  

Below are a few of my favorites so far.  Many more to process, so stay tuned for part 2!

On another subject, I am helping a friend sell some lightly used Nikon and Olympus gear.  See the list below.

One last thing, I have room if you’d like to join me in the Smokies this spring!  Mid April is the perfect time and it is a great way to wipe away the winter blues!  And, I just had a late cancellation for my Charleston SC workshop in a couple of weeks leaving a spot available.








List of Gear for sale.

Nikon  PRICE
D700 with Grip & RRS L Plate 800
D700 with Grip 800
D800 with Grip & RRS L Bracket 1499
85mm 1.4D 700
16-35 f4 800
18-200 3.5-5.6 mssing hood. 450
24-70 2.8 1300
SB-900 Flash 200
Tamron 180 Macro 550
Lensababy Composer Pro 200
OM-D E-M1 700
Pen Lite E-PL5 with 14-42 EZ 300
Lumix 35-100 HD 2.8 Polwer OIS 700
Lumix 7-14 f/4 Vario 600
Lumix 100-300 4-5.6 400
Olympus 40-150 2.8 1000
Olympus 1.4x Teleconverter 250
Olympus 14-42 3.5-5.6 EZ 200
Olympus 14-42 3.5-5,6IIR 200
Olympus 12 2.0 Silver 500
Lumix 45mm 2.8 Leica 550
Lensabay Velvet 56mm for Olympus 400
Really Right Stuff Tripod TVC 24l with BH-40 Ball Head 950
Metabones adaptor for Nikon F to Olympus 4/3 335
Tiffin 72mm Polorizer 25
Nikon 77mm Polorizer 50
Hoya 77mm Polorizer 25
Tiffin 77mm Polorizer 25
Hoodman Loupe 25
Tiffin 58mm Vari ND 50
Singh Ray ND 3G SS Galen Rowel 50
Singh Ray ND 2G-SS Galen Rowel 50
Singh Ray ND 2G-HS Galen Rowel 50
Singh Ray ND 3G-HS Galen Rowell 50
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Favorites for 2013

Each year as I look back through my images, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the people I was able to share my passion with.  To all who came on a workshop, a tour or attended a lecture, thank you!  You have enriched my life.  I am also reminded of the amazing places I was able to see.  2013 brought me to Cuba, Iceland, The Palouse, Charleston, New Hampshire, Death Valley, Cape Cod and Cape May!  Wow what a year!

I’m looking forward to 2014 where in addition to the tours  I do with Dan Sniffin,  I will be co-leading a special workshop in Hawaii  with with National Geographic photographer Jonathan Kingston  and guest lecturers Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke .  Look for our official announcement in January.  The workshop will be in early December.

Here are some of my favorite images from the past year.  You’ll notice I’m drawn to varied subject matter which includes the Palouse, my granddaughter Abby, the gentle waves of the dunes, the warm people of Cuba and the wonderful Experience Music Project building in Seattle.






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A Day to Remember

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.

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Thoughts on Discovery


I have a new presentation called Discovery & The Creative Choice.  As is typical with a new program, I find I am continually making changes. I am constantly thinking about the concepts I want to present, reading what others have to say, studying, researching and then honing the presentation.  Recently, I found a quote about discovery from Albert Szent-Gyorgi who says, “Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no one has thought”   The context of the quote was with regard to a discovery being made in the medical world.  In this case discovering a cure for cancer.  Many have seen the cells over and over again,  studied things out in their mind, but no cure. Until someone thinks what no one else has, a new discovery will not happen.

How does this apply to photography?  I have my ideas, but am interested in yours.  What does this quote mean to you?  Does it have the same impact on photography?  With all of the images that have been made or that we have seen, how do we discover new ones?  Is new to you enough or does it have to be new to the world?  With regard to my presentation, I’m speaking about discovery more in terms of finding worthy images in a situation that might be overwhelming or challenging.  That said, should we be finding images that have never been thought?

With regard to today’s image, it was pointed out by a participant in the Charleston workshop.  While I did not look at or make his exact picture, I did see what he was shooting and made my own composition.  To me he did and good job of discovering a scene that is not normally photographed at Magnolia Gardens.  At least, I’ve not seen this take before.


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Happy Monday! Workshop opening due to cancellation.

How about one more from the magnificent Magnolia Plantation & Gardens?  Yup, I thought you’d agree!  

I’ve had a last minute cancellation for my upcoming weekend workshop to ESP (Eastern State Penitentiary),  Graffiti Underground and Fonthill.  May 3-5.  Its not too late!  More details can be found by clicking the workshop link at the top of the page.

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Ravenel Bridge and Healing Images

Previously, I showed a few abstract images taken of the bridge while on it.  These images are from a parking lot  at sunset.  The blue (below) is from the twilight hour and the other much later.

Yesterday, I forgot to share one other piece of news.  Some of you may remember, I have the privilege of being part of Dewitt Jones Healing Images project.   Recently he posted a great story about some students at the College of Business at North Dakota State University.  If you click on this link you can read the short piece about that project and how Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo ended up using Healing Images for their walls.  The fun part is the image featured is one of mine!  Fun because there are 1,000 images they can choose from including images from the likes of Tony Sweet, Dewitt Jones, George Lepp and Valerie Millett.  If you click the images associated with the story you’ll see my JB signature on the print.  In fact on another, you’ll see a shot of mine from Tuscany with the round hay bale.

PLEASE spread the word to your communities about Healing Images.  It is an inexpensive way for retirement homes, hospices, hospitals, etc. to decorate their walls bringing joy to those who might have to be in these oft times uncomfortable places.  As the site says….

Extraordinary Art – Affordable Prices.

At Healing Images, top photographers DONATE their work so that you can buy stunning photographic images for your healthcare facility AT OUR COST!

Our galleries are full of breathtaking images waiting to be made into gallery-wrapped canvas prints ready to hang on your walls

Making high quality art truly affordable is our goal.


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Oaks & Azaleas at Magnolia Gardens.

The mighty oaks draped with spanish moss and surrounded by colorful Azaleas were indeed a sight to behold at Magnolia Gardens.  

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Making Lemonade

I was drawn to this scene each day at gardens.  Only one problem, the sky behind the tree was always white due to the bright overcast skies.  Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled with the bright overcast for most every other image I made there.  Great light for the subject matter, but for this scene a bit of blue sky would have been nice. Then I realized, I could use two of my favorite products, Totally Rad – Dirty Pictures and FlyPaper Textures to fix the problem.  If you are interested in how Dirty Pictures and FlyPaper textures work, head to my FREE videos on the TUTORIALS page.

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A Special Moment

Sometimes the elements align and you are presented with a scene that screams to be photographed.  On my third trip to Magnolia Gardens, I was finally beginning to relax and “see” images that were not as obvious as the ones I had been shooting.  I don’t know about you, but I bring to my photography other images I’ve seen, especially images I may have seen from the location I am shooting for the first time.  I call this my “Visual Portfolio”.  (Thanks Terry!)  In the case of Magnolia Gardens, I’ve seen glorious images from my buddy Tony Sweet.  It was hard not  to run to the arching trees or white bridges and make the same images.  So I did!!  Then, I wanted to step back and see what else I might find that was not in my “Visual Portfolio”.   Just on the other side of the famous and oft photographed white bridge, was this delicate scene filled with flowing color and strong lines created by the three main foreground trees.  It immediately drew me in and has become a personal favorite from the trip.  I know I’ve said it many times, however, it is worth repeating over and over, when I was finally “still” the images began to come.

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