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Castle of Angels – Rome

Yesterday I was going through images to see what might work for the Art Fair jury process and the this early morning image of the Castle of Angels popped out. I had processed the image a while ago and it has been in the back of my mind for some time. I think the B&W version will make a nice jurying image.

The image has a little noise in it and used Topaz DeNoise 6 to eliminate the noise.

Castle of Angels - Rome

Castle of Angels – Rome

Castle of Angels - Rome

Castle of Angels – Rome

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Next stop Venice, Italy!!

Today is an exciting day!! I am on my way out the door to the airport and after a long flight which will include a few naps and a little reading I will arrive in Italy. Venice has become an old friend and it will be great sharing her with new friends and to photograph her in the afternoon and evening light. What a Great Day!!

Evening in Venice Processed with Topaz B&W Effects 2

Evening in Venice Processed with Topaz B&W Effects 2

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Tomorrow I Fly to Venice!!

Tomorrow I fly to Venice to settle in before the workshop starts. It will be wonderful walking the old familiar streets and checking out where the scaffolding has been taken down and where it has been moved to. Venice is in constant repair and there are images that I have waited patiently for the renovations to be completed before I can capture them. For this image of Santa Maria della Salute I waited patiently for close to 10 years before the renovations were finished and the scaffolding was taken down. It was worth the wait!!

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

Photography has given me an appreciation of the moments that I spend waiting for the exceptional light that each day gives us.

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Giolitti’s my favorite gelateria in Rome

Robert Perry captured this fun image of Janice Maguire during one of our daily gelato breaks in Rome.

Giolitti's my favorite gelateria in Rome

Giolitti’s my favorite gelateria in Romes

 

Mint or menta in Italian! (my favorite gelato), Giolittis! (my favorite gelateria),  in Rome (my favorite city)!!

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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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Eastern Sierra Nevada

My friend Steve from Salt Lake City spends a lot of time photographing in the southwest where he has captured some amazing images. The composition and light in the image below that he shot in the Eastern Sierra Nevada if truly exceptional.

Eastern Sierra Nevada

Eastern Sierra Nevada

Location workshops are not just for beginners. Steve has taken my Italian workshop to eliminate scouting time and fine tune his skills. When on location with other photographers it is great sharing the locations and light with others that share the same passion for landscape. There is always something new to learn.

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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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Focus stacking close up images

When shooting in close for macro or close up images it is often difficult bringing everything into focus even at f/22 or f/32. The depth of field of an image will often come up short and leave parts of the image out of focus. This is when focus stacking becomes useful. This image was focused manually starting at the point closest to the lense and work my way into the image taking 4 exposures at different focus points. After taking the four exposure I blended them in Photoshop bringing the whole image into focus.

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

The image below focuses on the flower pistil closest to the lens. I took 4 exposures at different focus points leaving the corners at the top soft to help draw your eye into the image.

1st of four focus exposure

1st of four focus exposure

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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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