Category Archives: Venice Photographic Workshop Tour

Santa Maria della Salute on the Venice Lagoon

My friends at Topaz labs added one of my images of the Venice lagoon in their Clarity Gallery

Santa Maria della Salute on the Lagoon

Santa Maria della Salute on the Lagoon

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It is always fun having your images spotlighted.

April 28 through May 2 I will be teaching in Venice and revisiting some of my favorite locations with clients. I still have 2 spots open for the adventurous photographer.

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Venice is a city in Elegant Decay

The architectural influences brought home to this island city in northern Italy by the merchants of Venice made it a city that every photographer should experience. From the 13th through the 17th century it was the wealthiest city in Europe and today when walking the labyrinth that is Venice, you can enjoy the art and design put into buildings and palazzos along its narrow walkways. Although still beautiful, Venice no longer has the great wealth necessary to maintain its thousands of palazzos and is a city in Elegant Decay waiting to be captured by photographers.
Venice Palazzo

Venice Palazzo

In late April when Venice is in its spring bloom I will be teaching and capturing images. Hope to see you there.

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Smoky Mountain Fall Color Workshop October 25-28

The streams and waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains are great to photograph any time of year but when the Mountains are in their fall colors it is magical.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

When working along the rivers I usually want to create a fluid movement and sharp focus through the image. When the light is a little brighter light a Neutral Density filter will give me a longer exposure. In low light conditions I can usually create this effect with a 3 or 4 second exposure without having to use the Neutral Density filters.

Man and Nature

Man and Nature

For me watching the clients capturing images and having fun is the best part of teaching at any of the location. When capturing images whether you shooting a candid portrait or landscape timing is everything. You can see the enthusiasm in Steve’s face for the image he has just taken.

Having fun along the River

Having fun along the River

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Captuing the night sky will be part of the Southwest workshop November 7-11 2015

I had a short window of time during the 2014 Zion workshop to capture a few star images last year. During the 2015 Southwest workshop November 7-11 the moon will not be out at night and we will have dark skies which will be perfect for capturing the star filled western skies.

Zion nights Southwest photo workshops

Zion nights Southwest photo workshops

While on location some of the fun in an image is caused by people interacting with the environment. The foreground of this image was lit by the interior lights of a car while a family had their evening meal while enjoying the night sky. The interior lights from their car lit up the foreground hills in my 30sec exposure.

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Madonna’s protect Roman neighborhoods

When I explore the ancient neighborhoods of Rome I am always delighted to find the the lovely Madonna and child that have protect the locals as they travel the streets. Each neighborhood has it’s own unique and beautiful protectors and I have photographed many of them over the years. It is hard to pass them by without taking to enjoy and photograph them.

Madonna and child Rome

Madonna and child Rome

Lightroom is a very efficient processing tool for all my basic processing. After lightroom I used Topaz Impressions to give it a painterly effect and make the colors pop.

Madonna and child raw

Madonna and child raw

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Shake off the Winter Blues!! Plan a Tuscan photo workshop May 4-8 2015

For me January is a cold month in Michigan but it is also one of the only times in the year where I have time to work on Images for the Art Fairs and plan the location workshops which helps keep away the winter blues. This is the image I have as a screen saver that helps keeps my spirits high. It is not one that I took myself yet, it is an image from an apartment that I will be staying in with clients while teaching the Tuscan workshop May 4-8 2015 It might just be the thing to shake off those mid winter blues.

Apartment we will be staying at for the Tuscan workshop

Apartment we will be staying at for the Tuscan workshop

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Afterglow at the Florian, San Marco Piazza, Venice

Christmas is wonderful but it can be a little sad after all the festivities are over so I hope you can join me at the Caffè Florian in Saint Marks Square in Venice for the afterglow party in April.

Afterglow at the Florian
Afterglow at the Florian

After processing this image in Lightroom 5.7 I brought the image into Topaz Adjust 5 to brighten the image and make it a little more festive.

Byrons Caffe Florian - Before

Byrons Caffe Florian – Before

If you have the proper exposure you can make an image sing!!

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