Monthly Archives: January 2014

Morning Mist – San Gimignano

Last weekend I was trying to explain why I spend my time capturing images in the morning and I am not sure if I properly explained what happens with light. Light is soft before the sun rises. Sunrise brings a brighter harsher light which makes it harder to capture exposures properly.

Often mornings are the quietest time of the day when there is no movement in the leaves or the grasses in the fields. When conditions are right I can take one long exposure which captures the depth of field in the landscape while retaining the details in the shadows and not burning out the highlights. For me it is the easiest time to capture an image while being conscious of my surroundings before the distractions fill my day. 

San Gimignano, Morning Mist

San Gimignano, Morning Mist

The last couple of years I have taken clients to San Gimignano to capture sunset. In 2013 I decided to stay over with the group to capture Sunrise and was excited to rediscovered this location down an old farm road with huge potholes where I had captured sunrise 20 years ago  On other visits to San Gimignano I had looked for this shooting vantage and thought that it had been reclaimed by the Vineyards.

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A Two Hour Winter Break at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

This time of year it is hard going out into the cold to set up to capture images so I decided to take a break from the paperwork and head to Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor with a friend. There is always a nice variety of tropical plants and there is always something in bloom.

My friend Jim Robertson sent me this image of a cluster of Lilies from the outing.He used Nik Viveza to darken the background and also used Color Efex for a little detail extraction and some silver reflector effect.

Lilies by Jim Robertson

Lilies by Jim Robertson

I went in a little closer for the back of a Lily and then used texture screens to give it the look of an etching.

Texture Screen Lily

Texture Screen Lily

It is always great visiting  Matthaei Botanical Gardens in January.

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Charleston Photographic Workshop March 30 – April 3, 2014

The Charleston workshop is just over two months away and there are two openings left for the workshop.

Southern Charm-Charleston

Southern Charm-Charleston

Charleston Photographic Workshop March 30 – April 3, 2014

$695.00 Limited to 8 students

Over the last 15 years I have come to appreciate all that Charleston has to offer both culturally and photographically and on this cold winter day it is nice to know that Charleston will be in bloom 5 or 6 weeks before the Midwest come in bloom.

Early Morning First Light  and Sunset are the best time of the day for capturing images when the there is magic in every shot.

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The Flower Box of Battery Park, Charleston

The Stately antebellum homes in the Battery Park area provide some of my favorite subject matter to capture images in Charleston. Walking down the streets where our founding fathers lived and worked brings me a since of continuity with our nations past. When I am capturing images of these homes some of them Grand and some simple it takes me back to a time when England still ruled and the Declaration of Independence had not been written yet. 

Flower Box - Battery Park, Charleston

Flower Box – Battery Park, Charleston

The owners of these historic homes preserve them and help keep some of our early history intact. When I walk through and photograph these homes in the Battery with clients we are walking through and photographing some of the earliest history of our Nation. This simple window box has always been one of my favorite and I look forward to seeing how the owners will decorate it this spring

I made a few minor adjusted  in Photoshop before using Topaz Clarity to process this image which made this image pop.

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Where Do You Want To Photograph In 2014

This New Years day I sat down to work on past images  from the Smoky Mountains. With the Smoky Mountain Workshop only  a few months away it was enjoyable looking over images of mountain streams rushing with spring runoff, delicate blooms of the dogwoods and the soft greens of the young leaves on this cold winter day. 

Smoky Mountain spring runoff and dogwoods

Smoky Mountain spring runoff and dogwoods

On New Year’s Eve I ordered the Epson 9890 on New Year’s  Eve. It will be great having the new Epson for  my printing workflow for the art fairs and if everything goes smoothly with delivery and set up I will be printing with my new 9890 by this weekend.

The start of each new year brings a feeling of exhilaration and enthusiasm for the places that I will be visiting, the images that I will capture and everything that this year will hold for me.  I look forward to another full year of displaying my images at Art Fairs, teaching location workshops while spending time with old and new friends.

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