Category Archives: Nik Software

Carnival in Venice – February 18-24 2017

One of my favorite images in Venice to photograph is the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, commonly known simply as La Salute, is one of the largest churches of Venice and has the status of a minor basilica. It stands in a prominent position at the junction between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco on the lagoon.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

When I am on location shooting with clients the two questions I am asked the most are why I pick a location to shoot and why I return to many of the same locations over the years.

The answers to both of these questions are simple. Foregrounds matter! The locations provide some of the most exceptional foregrounds a photographer can capture no matter what the weather conditions. This allows each group to come home with images that can hang on their wall. Often when we are shooting in the morning and evening the magic happens and we capture some of the best sunrises and sunsets that I have ever seen.

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Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

This morning I spent some time with Deborah Bondar going over Lightroom’s workflow, processing this image she captured in the Val d’Orcia. Lightroom is a great program where you can take a raw image off your card and in less than 10 minutes you can turn it into a wall hanger.

From June 18 – June 23 2016 I will be teaching a workshop in the Val d’Orcia when the wheat field will be golden in the early morning and late afternoon light.

This is an amazing location where we can capture images and drink in the Tuscan lifestyle. We will be spending three night at an old Roman bath in the middle of the Val d’Orcia. Hope you can join me!

Val d'Orcia - Tuscany Italy

Val d’Orcia – Tuscany Italy – processed in Lightroom

Val d'Orcia - Tuscany Italy - uprocessed

Val d’Orcia – Tuscany Italy – uprocessed

 


Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre – June 23-28 2016

The Jury process is one of the biggest parts of the Art Fair business. Often clients think that we just show up, set up our tents, and start selling our work. However, in order to be selected for a show, we have to compete against many talented artists for a space to display our work.

Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre

Earlier this morning I was going through my work, looking for those magic images that would get me into the shows.

This image, from Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre, that I photographed while teaching a workshop is one of those images that I think will stand out in the jury process. I will be teaching a workshop this summer (June 23-28, 2016) in the Cinque Terre and Pisa, Italy and revisiting this location to see if I can improve on this image. Sometime the difference in an outstanding image is the sky and sometimes it is the techniques we learn.


Smoky Mountains – Afternoon Glow

October is a magical time in the Great Smoky Mountains. The lush forests, beautiful mountain ranges and rivers will be great with an explosion of fall color. In the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky you can often catch the glow of the sun in the water.

Suns Glow

Suns Glow – Smoky Mountains

 


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