The Watchman is one of the great locations to shoot in Zion National Park. On the brisk fall morning that I captured this image the wind was whipping through the prairie grasses and creating a nice motion blur in the foreground and the rising sun was setting the sky on fire. Shooting manually at F/11 there were a variety of time exposures and ISO combinations that I tried and this exposure at 1/15th of a second at ISO 1600 is the one I liked the most. There is nice motion in the foreground without losing all of the detail.
Watchman – Zion National Park
After a little exposure and highlight adjustments in Camera Raw I processed this image using Topaz Clarity, then Tonal Contrast in Nik Software. At this point the image looked great but the sky looked a little grainy so I selected the sky and used Topaz DeNoise to remove the grain.
Watchman – Zion National Park – Raw Image
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Sometimes it is knowing where to capture an image and sometimes an image is serendipitous and sometimes it is a combination of both. I have spent time at the beaches in Florida between art fairs and have been wanting to capture an image of a flock of seagulls on the beach but have not been able to capture the image that I have envisioned. Recently Steve Johnson fellow photographer from Louisville who has taken one of my workshops sent me the image of the Seagulls that I have been wanting to capture. Steve I have two questions 1st where did you capture this great image and 2nd what were your camera setting for this image?
Seagulls in Flight – W. Steve Johnson
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Venetian Canal Captured during a location Workshop
This Venice Canal image was used in the background for the interview.
2013 Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
Booth # 198 Main, in front of Real Sea Food
July 17-20, 2013 Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm Saturday, 10 am – 6pm
July is always the busiest month of the year for me. After participating in the Royal Oak Art Fair last weekend I set up and start organizing for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair two days later on Tuesday morning. It is the largest and most popular Art Fair in the country and I hope everyone is able to join me in Ann Arbor for the fair.
It seems like only a few years ago that I started displaying my work and selling at the local Art Fairs in Michigan and I would talk and dream with other newbie’s about participating in the coveted Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.
This will be my 14th year displaying at the show and my 7th year on the Board of Directors for the Summer Art Fair. It has been a busy running a business especially selling in different Cities in different States each weekend. Friends who have jobs where they go to at the same location every day often wonder how I keep up the pace and often ask isn’t a little lonely on the road and I tell them my social life is on the road. When I am at the Saint James Court Art Fair in Louisville on Friday night I usually have dinner with friends who have taken my workshop in the Cinque Terre and Rome and then on Saturday night there is the artist party where I catch up with everyone including my friend Margie who lives in Chelsea and her boyfriend Logan from Greenville, North Carolina. They are both amazing friends and talented jewelers and the only time we have to socialize is when we are out on the circuit.
The more you venture the more enjoyable and smaller the world becomes and the more connected we all are.
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First stop for this Novembers workshop is the Valley of Fire about an hour north of Vegas. With some of most interesting colored and textures sandstone in the southwest it is a great location to start this shoot.
Sunset near the Fire Wave – Valley of Fire, Nevada
Valley of Fire processed with Topaz software
I used Topaz Labs software to process this image and in a few steps I was able to transform this image from an nice sunset image into a exception sunset. Often when I am on location the light and feel of the images cannot be completely captured by my cameras and I find that by using Topaz I am able to convey what I saw and felt in the processed file for printing.
Valley of Fire sunset – unprocessed image
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