Monthly Archives: February 2014

Charleston Windows – Capturing Highlights and Shadows

Most of the images that I display at the art fair are captured in the time between sunrise and sunset when the light is soft and has that ethereal feel to it. Often when the sun has crested the horizon just after the soft light in the morning or in the few minutes just before sunset the sun rays will create wonderful shadows and highlights. When the sun is creating this play between highlight and shadows is a great time to capture images.

Three Windows of Charleston processed with Topaz software

Three Windows of Charleston processed with Topaz software

The image below is the Raw unprocessed image.

Three Windows of Charleston-Raw unprocessed image

Three Windows of Charleston-Raw unprocessed image

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Charleston Azaleas – Spring Photo Workshop

It has been a long cold winter in Michigan and  the Midwest and I am looking forward to teaching this Spring in Charleston.  In late March and early April the Azaleas explode with color to make Charleston a photographers Paradise. Hope you are able to join me for a little spring shooting time in one of my favorite cities.

Charleston Spring Azaleas - Horizontal

Charleston Spring Azaleas – Horizontal

It hard to think about composition when looking at a stunning scene but that is what keeps us at a location when others stop for a few seconds and wander off. Sitting with a location as the light changes helps slow us down and allows us to capture that moment and carry it with us.

Charleston Spring Azaleas - Vertical

Charleston Spring Azaleas – Vertical

Hope you join me in Charleston for the spring workshop to capture some wonderful images.

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Casting Shadows – Venice Carnival

Carnival in Venice starts today and as a photographer I can’t stop thinking that I should be there to capture and share the wonderful images of the costumed characters.

Cast Your Shadow - Venice Carnival

Cast Your Shadow – Venice Carnival

The soft  light at sunrise for this image was wonderful and the shadows of the costumed character along with the shadows of the columns and archway make this one of my favorite images from Carnival.

The image out of the camera was great but I did used Topaz Clarity to boost the color and contrast in this image.

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Angle Oak – Charleston Photo Workshop

In five weeks I will be in Charleston teaching and enjoying a little southern hospitality. Charleston is one of our oldest cities and perhaps and most historic city in the United States. With all of Charleston’s rich history one of my favorite locations to capture an image is at Angel Oak. This wonderful Live Oak is the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi and every time I capture an image of it I am amazed at by its grandeur. Nature always Trumps anything man can build.

Angel Oak - Charleston

Angel Oak – Charleston


Nesting Egrets Florida’s Rookeries

The Florida Rookeries in mid March become a birders paradise with everyone jockeying for the best nesting spots. I am looking forward to spending a few weeks capturing images between shows before heading north to teach a workshop in Charleston.

Nesting Egrets Florida Rookeries

Nesting Egrets Florida Rookeries

Watching the aerial ballet of the nesting pairs is a treat is worth spending time with for any photographer.

To process this image I used Nik software Tonal Contrast and added a Vignette in Color Efex Pro 4

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Call for Reservations – Venice Italy

The dome silver metal pay phone on the left side of the arch is one of the icons that says this is Venice!

Yesterday was Valentine’s day and if you called late some of you were not able to make a reservation for their favorite restaurant. If anyone is in the doghouse for this a perfect way to bring back the romance would be to reserve the last two spots for the Charleston workshop March 30 – April 3. Springtime in Charleston is Amazing!!

Call for Reservations - Venice Italy

Call for Reservations – Venice Italy

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A Venice Valentine’s Day

There are some images that I capture that just say romance and on Valentine’s day want to share one on my favorite romantic images.

Table for Two Venice-Venice Italy

Table for Two Venice-Venice Italy

What could be more romantic that sharing a gondola ride with the one you love and then having a romantic dinner on a Venice Canal. Hope everyone has a little romance in their life.

I have started planning a 2015 spring workshop in Venice, Italy April 24-28


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