Category Archives: Venice Carnival – Photographic Workshop Tour

Grand Canyon South Rim Panorama

Nature has a beauty that refreshes our souls and keeps calling us back. Our National Parks are exceptional locations that have been set aside for us and future generations to spend time in. This year I will be spending teaching in both the Smoky Mountains and Zion national parks. Smoky Mountains April 19 – 22, 2015, Smoky Mountains October 25 – 28, 2015, Zion National Park/Painted Desert Tour Nov 7 – 11 2015

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60x24

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60×24

I hope that you are able to join me on location to capture images and refresh in Nature.
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Elegant River Compositions in the Smoky Mountains

Along the rivers and streams in the Smoky Mountains there are elegant compositions everywhere. This simple scene with the water flowing around the two rocks had a nice flow leading you into the picture from the top left across the image to the center right and then back down to the bottom left. It is not you traditional rule of thirds image but it works for me.

Two Rocks along a Smoky Mountain Stream

Two Rocks along a Smoky Mountain Stream

I captured this image on my Canon 5D Mark II at F/16 3.2sec and with an ISO of 200

Two Rocks Raw image

Two Rocks Raw image

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Clingman’s Dome, Wait for the magic!!

Often when I am out shooting I talk to other photographers as I wait for the light and on a rainy overcast day I am often the last person to leave the location. On a shooting trip 25 years ago to the Dolomites in Northern Italy the mountains were socked in and I decides to call it a night and went back to the lodge where I was staying. As I was eating my meal and looking out the window at the mountains the clouds parted and the most wonderful light hit the top of the mountains. That is when I made myself a promise never to leave until 15 min after the sun has set. I always wait for the magic to happen and I am seldom disappointed.

Clingman's Dome - Gods rays

Clingman’s Dome – Gods rays

Some of my favorite shots are on overcast days when a break in the clouds can give you dramatic effects.

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Charleston spring location workshop March 29 – April 2

On cold winter nights like this I find my thoughts wandering to the warm shooting locations that I have planned for this spring. In late March and early April Charleston emerges from its winter sleep and explodes in vibrant color. Hope you are able to join me Charleston for early an early spring location shoot in some of Americas best gardens.

Southern Charm - Charleston Spring

Southern Charm – Charleston Spring

In lightroom 5.7 I used the Develop module to for a few basic adjustments and then exported Southern Charm into Topaz Clarity to make this image pop.

Southern Charm - Charleston Spring - Raw adj. in lightroom

Southern Charm – Charleston Spring – Raw adj. in lightroom

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Casting Shadows – Venice Carnival

Carnival in Venice starts today and as a photographer I can’t stop thinking that I should be there to capture and share the wonderful images of the costumed characters.

Cast Your Shadow - Venice Carnival

Cast Your Shadow – Venice Carnival

The soft  light at sunrise for this image was wonderful and the shadows of the costumed character along with the shadows of the columns and archway make this one of my favorite images from Carnival.

The image out of the camera was great but I did used Topaz Clarity to boost the color and contrast in this image.

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A Venice Valentine’s Day

There are some images that I capture that just say romance and on Valentine’s day want to share one on my favorite romantic images.

Table for Two Venice-Venice Italy

Table for Two Venice-Venice Italy

What could be more romantic that sharing a gondola ride with the one you love and then having a romantic dinner on a Venice Canal. Hope everyone has a little romance in their life.

I have started planning a 2015 spring workshop in Venice, Italy April 24-28


Venice Carnival image processed with Topaz Labs Adjust 5

This has been an exciting week for me. I have become an affiliate for Topaz Labs who produces elegant Photoshop Plug-ins. I was able to get the effect I wanted on this image from Carnival in Venice using the Adjust 5 software which is the workhorse for Topaz Labs Photoshop Bundle.

Venice Carnival image processed with Topaz Labs Adjust 5

Venice Carnival image processed with Topaz Labs Adjust 5

To make my week even more exciting I received confirmation from photo clients in Texas for a private work that I will teach before the two scheduled classes I will be teaching in Italy in October.


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