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Charleston Reflections April 2 – April 6, 2017

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -Charles Dickens

Charleston Lilies

Charleston Lilies

Working on images of Charleston’s spring bloom has been a great way to warm me on the chilly winter mornings.
Charleston Photographic Workshop Tour
April 2 – April 6, 2017

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2017 is going to be a  great year of teaching and art fairs! Hope everyone gets out and enjoys the arts!!

Charleston, S Carolina – Photographic Workshop Tour                 

April 2 – 6 2017 $695.00, Limited to 8 Students

Charleston's Gas Lights

Charleston’s Gas Lights

Botany Bay – Boneyard Photographic Workshop Tour

April 6-7, 2017 $175/ Limited to 8 Students

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

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

Smoky Mountains –  Photographic Workshop Tour                           

April 23-26 2017 $495.00, Limited to 8 Students

Spring Dogwoods at rustic cabin Smoky Mountains

Spring Dogwoods at rustic cabin Smoky Mountains

Amalfi Coast – Photographic Workshop Tour

June 25 – June 30 2017 $1150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Provence Photographic – Workshop Tour

July 2 – 6 2017 $1,150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Sunflowers in Provence

Sunflowers in Provence

Lake Michigan Lighthouse – Photographic Workshop Tour

Aug 13-16 2017 $345.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Big Sable Lighthouse - Ludington

Big Sable Lighthouse – Ludington

Zion National Park and Painted Desert – Photographic Workshop

Nov. 5-9 2017 $695 Limited to 8 Students

Cottonwoods along the Virgin River

Cottonwoods along the Virgin River

Southwest Slot Canyon – Photographic Workshop Tour

Nov. 9-11 2017 $350 Limited to 5 Students

Tumble Weed - Antelope Canyon - Camera raw

Tumble Weed – Antelope Canyon – Camera raw

I Hope you rang in the New Year with peace and joy in your heart!!

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Dragons Breath Nov 5 2016

In November I am looking fwd to taking a day to capture images of some of the Southwest most unusual formations. Photographers are today’s explorers looking for the unusual sights to capture with their cameras.

Dragons Breath

Dragons Breath

What lies at the edge of the known world? During medieval times, distant and unexplored lands on the edges of maps were marked by drawings of dragons, sea serpents, and other ominous looking fictional animals.  The notation of dangerous beasts and mythical sea creatures invoked the harm that sailors feared to encounter when entering previously uncharted waters.

Zion National Park Dark Skies /South West Photographic Workshop Tour
Nov 6 -10 2016


Here Be Dragons – Southwest Photo Workshop

In the mid 70’s I was a navigator for the Navy and we still had an old chart that actually had “Here Be Dragons” labeled on it. Even though it was more for fun that someone had left an old chart in the chart drawer, it still sparked the fantasy that there may still be a sleeping dragon somewhere in the world.

Sleeping Dragon - Southwest workshop

Sleeping Dragon – Southwest workshop

When I finally found a sleeping dragon, it reaffirmed that there is still magic in the world. In November I will be revisiting him during the Southwest workshop to see what his fire will do to the sky at sunset.

This is a two shot HDR Panoramic processed in Lightroom. After merging the images I popped the contrast and color using Topaz Clarity.

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Charleston Church Steeples – April 3 – April 7, 2016

This beautiful city is known as the “Holy City” because of the abundance of churches on the city skyline. As they approached Charleston from the sea, the colonial sailors could see 20 church steeples. Charleston boasts over 400 places of worship of many different denominations throughout the city, religion is deeply embedded in this city’s rich culture.

This Steepled church in the historic Battery Park section of Charleston is one of my favorite to take clients to during the blue light hour.

Charleston Steeple - Battery Park

Charleston Steeple – Battery Park

Charleston Photographic Workshop Tour
April 3 – April 7, 2016
$695/ Limited to 8 Students

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Ludington Beach View

This image was captured during the Lake Michigan workshop. To create this image I processed two images in the lightroom Develop Pallet and then used Lightroom’s Panoramic blend mode to create a single Panoramic image. After creating this Panoramic image I used Topaz Clarity to give it a little pop.

Our Lake Michigan shoreline reminds me of the beaches along North Carolina’s Outer Banks both have wonderful sand, dune grass, wild sea oats and lighthouses. Michigan like the Outer Banks has great lighthouses and more of them. Between North and South Carolina there are 16 lighthouses while Michigan has 127 remaining lighthouses.

Ludington Beach State Park – Lake Michigan

Ludington State Park - Lake Michigan

Ludington State Park – Lake Michigan

This is one of the two raw image processed in lightroom only before using Topaz Clarity to make it pop.

Ludington Beach processed in Lightoom

Ludington Beach processed in Lightoom

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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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