Wow! That was a quick 2 workshop weeks in the Badlands! With our remaining 2 Visual Artistry workshop full, these past two weeks were a welcome break, after 15 years of mostly full workshops! Needless to say, with the incredible competition in the workshop business, we feel fortunate to still be in business!
It was amazing how the light changed during the second workshop. As fall is quickly approaching (the trees are starting to turn), dramatic skies at dawn and dusk were more prevalent during workshop #2. Also, one evening was unshootable because of sustained 30mph+ winds! After the workshop concluded, I took a scouting ride to opposite side of the park for sunset and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. New workshop locales were added to as a result. Of course, this all depends on the conditions.
It’s interesting how when one spends a protracted period of time in a location, abstractions begin to creep in. In the image gallery, there are texture overlays, use of a fisheye lens, camera movement, a little planet pano, better processing of the Milky Way, silhouettes, more multi-minute exposures, and more use of the 14-24mm.
I finally was in the right place at the right time to create a little planet pano (lead image). These images are shot in concentric 360 panos, beginning pointing the camera almost straight downwards. The pano from the Doors area is 192 images. Although, single level pans can be made hand held in bright light, overlapping by half, multi-level and planet pans require hardware. There are many hardware options, apparent by doing a web search. My tool of choice is the Really Right Stuff Omni Pivot Package.
As usual, I was amazed at the creativity of our crew!
We look forward to returning for our 2013 workshop. Our schedule will be posted soon. Stay tuned!
Here’s a gallery of images made while shooting along with our clients, and during the final evening scouting trip.
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Click on an image for a larger view. (Please forgive the dust specs…this was put together while packing!)
We leave for home today for a couple of action packed days, then immediately off to NH and ME, then to Cape May to conclude our workshop season!
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