Monthly Archives: April 2015

Next stop Venice, Italy!!

Today is an exciting day!! I am on my way out the door to the airport and after a long flight which will include a few naps and a little reading I will arrive in Italy. Venice has become an old friend and it will be great sharing her with new friends and to photograph her in the afternoon and evening light. What a Great Day!!

Evening in Venice Processed with Topaz B&W Effects 2

Evening in Venice Processed with Topaz B&W Effects 2

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Tomorrow I Fly to Venice!!

Tomorrow I fly to Venice to settle in before the workshop starts. It will be wonderful walking the old familiar streets and checking out where the scaffolding has been taken down and where it has been moved to. Venice is in constant repair and there are images that I have waited patiently for the renovations to be completed before I can capture them. For this image of Santa Maria della Salute I waited patiently for close to 10 years before the renovations were finished and the scaffolding was taken down. It was worth the wait!!

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

Photography has given me an appreciation of the moments that I spend waiting for the exceptional light that each day gives us.

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Tuscan Vinyards

This Sunday I fly to Italy to start teaching the Spring 2015 workshops and I am getting excited. The second class will be in Tuscany south of Florence with its cypress trees, vineyards, wheat fields and wonderful rolling hills.

Tuscan Vineyards processed using Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Tuscan Vineyards processed using Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

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South Carolina’s Botany Bay – Topaz Star Effects Program

Along the South Carolina coast there are stretches of shore line where the ocean has reclaimed some of the land and the trees stand in the water like skeletons from our past. These skeletons will stand for a while against the forces of nature but will eventually be toppled over to be reclaimed by the winds and tides.

Topaz Labs Star Effects helped to give me this nice starburst of the sun as it peeked out from behind the tree. The Star Effects software also brought out the halo effect.

To capture the dynamic range of this image I took three images. I used a three images burst setting the exposures for +2 stops,0, and -2 stops. This allowed me to blend the 3 images in an HDR program which gave me detail in the shadows and highlights.

Botany Bay's Skeleton trees processed with Topaz Labs Star Effects

Botany Bay’s Skeleton trees processed with Topaz Labs Star Effects

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Azalea Pathway – Charleston Spring Workshop

The enthusiasm of the clients who travel with me always recharges me and I am looking forward to spending time in the field with everyone this year.

Last night Marius Strumyla sent me a few of the images he captured the day after the Charleston workshop ended. I thought this Azalea pathway was exceptional.

Charleston Path - Marius Strumyla

Charleston Path – Marius Strumyla

Charleston’s spring workshop is always a great way to start the years teaching season.

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Evening’s Stillness – Charleston, SC

When talking with clients at the art fairs I am asked what time of day do I usually capture my images. Early mornings and evening’s are usually the best shooting conditions which surprised most people.

Ambient light is softer at sunrise and sunset and gives me a more consistent exposure through the whole image than images shot when the sun is higher. There is usually stillness in the airs movement and everything stops moving. The leaves and flowers stop fluttering and Lakes Rivers and ponds can become mirrors. This is my favorite time of each day and when I usually capture my best images.

This mirrored lake in Charleston is perfectly still at sunset and gave me this beautiful mirror image. It was a great way to start the Charleston workshop this year.

Evenings Stillness - processed using lightroom and Topaz Labs Clarity

Evening’s Stillness – processed using lightroom and Topaz Labs Clarity

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Selective focus of Charleston’s Wisteria

When Spring comes to Charleston the wisteria brings wonderful splashes of purple to the landscape. With this image I wanted to use the selective focus technique to sharply focus on the wisteria and leaves in the foreground while leaving the background soft and out-of-focus. To capture this image I focused halfway into the wisteria trying a variety of f stops  and found that F/13 worked the best keeping the foreground in sharp focus while giving the background a dreamy soft look.

Charleston's Wisteria - processed with Topaz Clarity

Charleston’s Wisteria – processed with Topaz Clarity

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