Category Archives: Southwest Photographic Workshop Tour

Saint James Court Art Show

I am looking forward to Saint James Court Art show this weekend! This will be my last outdoor art fair of the season. After the show I will have a little more time to work with images, as well as get the house and yard ready for winter. Soon I will be heading out to spend time capturing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains and Zion National Park along the Virgin River. The Show season goes fast and I will miss seeing everyone. Thank You All for making it another wonderful year at the shows!

Cottonwoods along the Virgin River

Cottonwoods along the Virgin River

 


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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Northern Michigan’s Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Most photographers, I find are young at heart but need a little coaxing. I would like to think that I would go out and lay on the ground looking up at the sky through the trees on a beautiful fall day, but it only seems to happen when I am out capturing images. On nice days at home, when I am not preparing for an art fair, I am out mowing the lawn and gardening a little which is probably true for most of us. Luckily I am out shooting more than ever and the garden is a little more natural.

To capture this image, my camera mounted on the tripod, lying flat on my back, I composed the image of the treetops and the sky. Nature in all its glory! The raw image was nice and just needed to brighten the shadows and darkened the highlights in Lightroom. Then I used Topaz Clarity to enhance the color while popping the highlights and shadows.

Northern Michigan's Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Northern Michigan’s Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

This unprocessed image would work but has less detail. Topaz Clarity brought out the details in the leaves and clouds.

Northern Michigan's Poplars unprocessed

Northern Michigan’s Poplars unprocessed

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Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

The last couple of days have felt like spring and I have been looking through some of my floral images from last May that I have been wanting to process. In Topaz B&W Effects I was able to create a beautiful Infrared B&W with a negative edging border from the color image file. The right software can be extremely helpful when you return from a shooting trip because there is never enough room in the camera pack to bring all the equipment.

Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

The Color image is the Raw image with just a bit of healing on a few darks spots on the Poppies.

Unprocessed file of Spring Poppies

Unprocessed file of Spring Poppies

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Roman Cafe processed with Topaz B&W Effects

Wondering the side streets of Rome you will find wonderful shops and cafes where you can spend a few minutes to have a bottle of water and enjoy the beauty of Ancient Rome with your fellow travelers.

Rome Cafe processed with Topaz B&W Effects

Rome Cafe processed with Topaz B&W Effects

All of these cafes in Europe will allow you to rest and use their facilities for the price of a bottle of water.

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Congratulations to Bob Parry for his award winning images

Bob Parry a friend and photographer from the Cleveland area won a couple of nice awards with two images that he captured during the Charleston and Pisa Italy workshops.

Cleveland’s west side photo club had an intra club competition with the Chagrin Falls photo club. The subject was “reflections” so I had to search through files to find some photos I hadn’t used before. I could submit 4 to my club for a pre selection as the club was limited in the number of photos we could submit and all 4 of mine we included. Two of the four were selected as second place earning 24 out of 27 points. The two that won second places are the reflection of tower of Pisa which was done on your Tuscany workshop I think in 2011 and the other was the red bridge from your Charleston I think in 2009?

Oriental Bridge, Charleston

Oriental Bridge, Charleston

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Cyprus swamp, Charleston

Cyprus swamp, Charleston

Cottonwood reflection on the Virgin River in Zion

Cottonwood reflection on the Virgin River in Zion


Smoky Mountain Tapestry of Colors

A tapestry of colors comes to mind when I capture fall images in the Smoky Mountains.  My two favorite times in the Smoky Mountains are the spring and fall. In the fall a night’s frost changes the sugars in the plants which create the wonderful color patterns along the rivers and meadows. The colors are truly amazing

Smoky Mountain fall tapestry

Smoky Mountain fall tapestry

 Lightroom 5.7 and Topaz Clarity were used to process this fall river scene.
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San Gimignano – After Hours

Early in the morning and later in the evening the ancient cities have very little foot traffic and are wonderful time to capture images. After our sunset shot of San Gimignano we went into town for a nice dinner and on our walk back to our hotel the piazza was empty which gave everyone the opportunity to capture great images of this piazza which is usually crowed.

San Gimignano processed with Topaz Clarity

San Gimignano processed with Topaz Clarity

When I am teaching on location my main focus is making sure that everyone in capturing great images and learning their camera. Going to great locations makes my job easy and having so many wonderful people travel with me has enriched the time that I spend traveling.

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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are on the shy side and it is hard to get them to pose. Last fall I was lucky and capture a few images as I watched these beautiful animals traversing the rocky terrain with a balance that amazed me. Watching them scampering along the rocks was just fun and still brings a smile when I see the images.

Bighorn Sheep of the Southwest

Bighorn Sheep of the Southwest

Bighorn Sheep of the Southwest

Bighorn Sheep of the Southwest

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Happy Valentines Day

For Valentine’s day I thought I would share a couple of the heart images that I have taken while on location shoots.

When Two Hearts Meet - Southwest Workshop

When Two Hearts Meet – Southwest Workshop

When I hiked out to capture this Butte for sunset I found these two hearts made from volcanic rock that a couple of romantic hikers made for each others in this out of the way place. I am always touched when I find art in out of the way places that only a lucky few will ever see. I hope all my friends and family get to spend quality time with loved ones.

Heart Light - Southwest Workshop

Heart Light – Southwest Workshop

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