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Join us for a Spring Day in the Country Photo Workshop to hone camera and processing skills.

May 14, 2016  $75 Limit 8

Farmhouse Lilacs

Farmhouse Lilacs

Now that spring has arrived in Michigan there are a lot of photographers who want to dust off their cameras and spend a time honing their camera and processing skills,  while capturing some great spring images. On May 14, 2016, I will be spending the day shooting and going over image processing in the countryside near my home in Chelsea, Michigan.

We will start the day at 9 a.m. with coffee, while going over camera functions, in Chelsea at the old farm house where I live and work. Then we will head out for some close up work. My neighbors raise horses and they have two Friesian foals that we will spend time with.

After a lunch break, we will go over image processing on the images we have shot, then head out for an afternoon shoot.

In the afternoon we will spend time at the Waterloo Farm Museum, where we will spend some of the afternoon shooting the buildings and some close up images. After a couple of hours at Waterloo, we will go back to work on image processing to wind down the day.

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Northern Michigan Birch Trees in the Fall

Northern Michigan’s birch trees are fantastic anytime of the year but in the fall they explode in color. The white bark contrasted by the reds and yellows are beautiful to see and make wonderful images.

Northern Michigan birch tree

Northern Michigan birch tree

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Sunrise on Mirror Lake – Munising, Michigan

Often clients and friends have asked why I get out early to capture images and my answer is usually something like this. Early mornings have the best light of the day and often give us special effects. As the sun was rising on this wonderful fall day a soft mist lingered over the lake giving it a surreal look. Most mornings the early morning fog burns off before the sunrises.

At the sun was starting to make the horizon glow I captured this image at 1 seconds at f/11, ISO 100

Misty Morning Sunrise - Munising, Michigan

Misty Morning Sunrise – Munising, Michigan

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Michigan Train Tracks in the Fall

Train tracks are great subject matter for photographers. In this Northern Michigan image the lines lead you through this great fall scene.

This line not only lead my eye through the image, but then my imagination takes over and leads me to more great shooting locations somewhere down the tracks.

In May I will be teaching a Photographic Workshop in Italy, we will be riding a train from Venice to Florence. Working with the group for a couple of days before heading into the Siena Province and then onto Rome; the fun will be when imagination takes over as we head down the tracks.

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

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Gilmore car museum – Lake Michigan Lighthouse workshop Aug 9-12

The hood ornaments of cars has have fascinated me since I was a kid and going to car museums is a fun way to bring back a little nostalgia while I photograph these works of art.

The Gilmore car museum on the west side of Michigan has one of the country’s best collection of antique cars and I am looking fwd to visiting the Gilmore which will be one of the stops on my Lake Michigan lighthouse workshop this August.

Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum

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Antelope Slot Canyon – Southwest Photo Workshop

Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with JBrad Lewis on a few of the images he captured during my Novembers Southwest workshop. We used Adobe Lightroom developed module to process his image. Lightroom has a fantastic develop module and its cataloging system to organize my workflow is amazing and over the last year it has become my starting point for working on images. Lightroom’s lets you work with a thumbnail of your images instead of the full image storing metadata of the changes and making my workflow lighting fast. When I work with my images in CS6 program the larger files slow me down. Not having to wait for files to open saves me time to go out and do a little more shooting.

Antelope Canyon - Southwest Workshop

Antelope Canyon – Southwest Workshop

The unprocessed image looks good out of the camera but a few Lightroom adjustments makes it a award winning image.

Antelope Canyon Raw unprocessed image

Antelope Canyon Raw unprocessed image

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Engine #1225 The Polar Express is on its way North

Yesterday I was able to capture a few images of the Polar Express as it headed to the North Pole. What a great day spent with a good friend and photographer Thomas Nighswander and as we waited for this Magical steam engine on its way north from Owosso Michigan. I have been wanting to capture images of Steam engines but there never seems to be enough time and old engine #1225 is a great one to start my Steam Engine series.

Polar Express Topaz Adjust HDR

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

It is a hard call deciding if I like the image as traditional Black and White or with a Sepia tone added to it. I used the HDR pallet in Topaz Adjust 5 to process both Black and Whites.

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

Topaz has a new program called Glow that I ran this program through. It is not my normal way to process an image but it is a lot of fun. It gave the Polar Express a truly magical look as it heads to the North Pole.

Polar Express - Topaz Glow

Polar Express – Topaz Glow

For anyone with children or anyone with the heart of a child I recommend taking a ride on this wonderful old steam engine. The Real Polar Express will be will be departing for the North Pole!!

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