I spent the day giving a one on one workshop with Cheryl one of the students for the Fall Rome Photographic Workshop. We spent the morning going over camera function, composition, and then spent the afternoon going over Photoshop and Nik Software functions.
By the end of the day, we had captured several wonderful Images. Cheryl had a better understanding of her camera settings and the Photoshop and Nik Software tools necessary to process her images.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Daffodils, Nichols Arboretum
Easter Cactus, Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Prickly Spring, Nichols Arboretum
While I have found Photoshop CS 4 to be the best digital darkroom tool I have ever used, Nik Software has the most amazing tools that allow me to accomplish sophisticated masking techniques with just the touch of a button.
Every few years I stop in Charleston on my drive home after the Southern Art Fair circuit. Springtime is Charleston is always magical and I will be scheduling an early April workshop for next year. This image was photographed at Magnolia Plantation one of the Great Southern Plantations.
The soft morning light hitting the explosion of Azaleas mixed in with the old farm fencing makes for wonderful photographic compositions.
The Old Battery Park neighborhood of Old Charleston has some of our most beautiful early American homes. The old neighborhoods and gardens offer some of the best photographic opportunities in the south.
After running this image through some very basic raw processing I used Vevesa 2 to bring out the contrast and color saturation.
The gated gardens in the Battery Park section of Old Charleston are some of the most charming gardens I have ever seen.