Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Watchman of Zion National Park – Southwest Photographic Workshop

The Watchman looking down on the Virgin River in Zion National Park is in the southwestern corner of Utah near the Nevada and Arizona borders and is one of the locations we will photograph during the Southwest workshops.

The Watchman look down on the Virgin River

The Watchman looks down on the Virgin River

To processed this image I using Topaz BW Effects 2 software.

The locations we will be photographing during the Southwest workshop have great names like the Watchman and Rattlesnake Canyon. When I hear someone say the Watchman I think of a protector of  this fertile  valley and the Virgin River that is the water source for this oasis in the desert in Zion National Park. Our National parks provides this protection to some of natures best photo opportunities and the time I spend there refreshes my spirit.

Topaz Clarity - The Watchman

Topaz Clarity – The Watchman

To process this image from the raw file I used Topaz Clarity

Raw image - The Watchman Zion National Park

Raw image – The Watchman Zion National Park

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Feature Artist Interview for the Ann Arbor Summerfair 2013

I was interviewed as a featured artist for the Ann Arbor Summer Fair by Dana Denha of Community Television Network CTN 19

Venetian Canal  Captured during a location Workshop

Venetian Canal Captured during a location Workshop

This Venice Canal image was used in the background for the interview.

2013 Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

Booth # 198 Main, in front of Real Sea Food

July 17-20, 2013 Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm Saturday, 10 am – 6pm

July is always the busiest month of the year for me. After participating in the Royal Oak Art Fair last weekend I set up and start organizing for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair  two days later on Tuesday morning. It is the largest and most popular Art Fair in the country and I hope everyone is able to join me in Ann Arbor for the fair.

It seems like only a few years ago that I started displaying my work and selling at the local Art Fairs in Michigan and I would talk and dream with other newbie’s about participating in the coveted Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.

This will be my 14th year displaying at the show and my 7th year on the Board of Directors for the Summer Art Fair.  It has been a busy running a business especially selling in different Cities in different States each weekend. Friends who have jobs where they go to at the same location every day often wonder how I keep up the pace and often ask isn’t a little lonely on the road and I tell them my social life is on the road. When I am at the Saint James Court Art Fair in Louisville on Friday night I usually have dinner with friends who have taken my workshop in the Cinque Terre and Rome and then on Saturday night there is the artist party where I catch up with everyone including my friend Margie who lives in Chelsea and her boyfriend Logan from Greenville, North Carolina.  They are both amazing friends and talented jewelers and the only time we have to socialize is when we are out on the circuit.

The more you venture the more enjoyable and smaller the world becomes and the more connected we all are.

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Valley of Fire, Sunset – November 8-14, 2013 Workshop

First stop for this Novembers workshop is the Valley of Fire about an hour north of Vegas. With some of most interesting  colored and textures sandstone in the southwest it is a great location to start this shoot.

Sunset near the Fire Wave  – Valley of Fire, Nevada

Valley of Fire processed with Topaz software

Valley of Fire processed with Topaz software

I used Topaz Labs software to process this image and in a few steps I was able to transform this image from an nice sunset image into a exception sunset. Often when I am on location the light and feel of the images cannot be completely captured by my cameras and  I find that by using Topaz I am able to convey what I saw and felt in the processed file for printing.

Valley of Fire sunset -  unprocessed image

Valley of Fire sunset – unprocessed image

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