Why do I love Cuba? The people. This year, I knew a bit more Spanish and was able to communicate a little better. Not great, but enough to understand just how important it is to learn more for my next trip. The woman on the right in the image above caught my eye, she was beautiful. When I engaged her, she was proud to tell me she was “noventa tres” or ninety three. I smiled and said, “mi madre tambian es noventa tres” or my mother is 93 also. This led to a longer conversation of which I did not understand much. That simple connection lead to smiles and gratitude for the Fuji Instax picture I took and left with them. The woman on the left is her daughter. The hands below belong to her mother. What a story they tell!
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I just returned from Cuba, where our group had the opportunity to photograph two premier Ballerinas, at a wonderful old mansion in Havana. To say this was an extraordinary photographic opportunity, would be an understatement. I told my wife, it was likely the most fun I’ve ever had making images. The setting was perfect and the two Ballerina dancers beautiful. This type of photography is very much outside of my comfort zone, but, I learned so much and had a blast! I can’t wait to do it again.
Below is just a taste of what I was able to capture. More to come!
I am working on dates for next year where this shoot will be included once again! If you have interest in joining me, write me an email and I’ll add you to a list to be notified once my dates are set.
As a side note. All images made with the Fuji X-T2 with either the 56mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4 or 23mm 1.4 lenses.
I just finished co-leading a workshop with Rad Drew in The Great Smoky Mountains. When Rad and I met last weekend, the trees were predominantly green with little if any color to be found. Suffice it to say, we were a bit anxious about the potential for color. Then on Tuesday, the day we started, things started to change, and, by the time we finished the week, the color was glorious!
After a much needed nap when the workshop ended, I decided to head out along Little River Road to see what I might find. The two images in this post are a result of my afternoon out. This scene got better and better as we drove by it each day. Today it was screaming with color and offered a number of compositions. The top image was made as the sun was setting giving me gold light on the background trees. The bottom image was made about an hour later, in softer light with no sun on the scene at all.
Grateful to have been in this wonderful park with Rad and a terrific group!
Rad and I will be doing this workshop again next fall. We will begin taking deposits in November. Rad and I will be doing a workshop together in the Palouse in May. Hope to see you at one or the other or both!
Rad Drew and I are finishing our pre-tour scouting as we get ready for our group to arrive today. Yesterday we decided to end our day in Cades Cove. I’ve been to Sparks Lane many times, and, each time is just as magical. This time was no different, in fact, it might have been the most amazing light I’ve ever seen at this location. Poor Rad must have been annoyed, as I exclaimed out loud over and over again… THIS LIGHT IS INSANE!
I will be back in the Smokies in the spring and Rad and I will be doing this workshop again next fall! We will have the details up on our websites when we finish here. You can see the details for my spring workshop here.
A participant on a previous tour made a wonderful image of this great white fence (below). With nice clouds in the sky, I decided to stop and create my version on my recent trip. Then some horses decided to come and say hello adding a bit of interest.
I have already filled my 2017 late May workshop to the Palouse. Thank you for your interest! For those who still want to join me in the Palouse, I am joining Rad Drew for his dates of May 18-23. More information can be found on Rad’s site here. We would love for you to join us on this unique offering where we will focus on iPhoneography as well as “traditional DSLR” photography.
There is more to the Cape May Point story I shared in my last post. It is uncommon for me to shoot directly into a sunset. I am usually drawn more to what I refer to as the backside sunset. Essentially looking 180 degrees from the sun. I love the softer more pastel painterly tones usually found in this direction. On this night I was not disappointed! Once again, after recovering from having my breath taken away, I made about three compositions of what I saw and felt. Isn’t it wonderful how different the colors are in the very same sky at one time! My head was on a swivel looking back and forth as I exclaimed out loud, can you believe this?!?!
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Once again the amazing Palouse offering up the gift of clouds and shadows. I have officially added three 2017 workshops and am now taking deposits for Charleston, The Smoky Mountains and The Palouse. Click this link and scroll down on the page. I will be adding information for the workshops later in 2017 in the next couple of months as I lock in rooms etc.
I remember thinking how ugly power poles were in a pristine landscape. Then I realized they are part of the landscape and can add interest to the scene or in this case lead the eye into and through the frame. Once again, for me the clouds and cloud shadows are what makes this work. The tractor lines are a nice bonus as well.
[Tweet “The Palouse”]
For me, rolling cloud shadows are what makes the Palouse exciting. I mean, the whole of the Palouse is tremendous, but, when there is a blue sky,white puffy clouds and a bit of wind to move those clouds along, well, that gets my heart racing!
This is a tree that is part of an iconic shot from Steptoe Butte. The clouds were calling me and I obliged. I love the Palouse and look forward to leading another group next spring. If you’re interested, I’ll be taking deposits shortly. Remember click on the image to make it bigger.