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NECCC/ Geneva, and the calm before the Palouse

Buttermilk falls

Buttermilk falls

We just got back from the NECCC event immediately followed by our event at Hobart College for the PPSNYS in Geneva, NY.

We’re a bit tired, but had a great time with friends and, of course, it’s always great to share photography. I didn’t shoot a lot, actually not at all at NECCC in Amherst, MA. There was really no time between presentations, book signings, visiting friends and spending time at vendor’s booths, all of which was most enjoyable. 

However, in Geneva, things were a bit different. Although a “school” situation, it functioned pretty much like one of our Visual Artistry workshops: morning shoot, process time, class time/critiques, evening shoot. It was my first time back to Geneva in 8 years! It really didn’t seem like it as everything seemed so familiar, but it was.

This year, we dug a little deeper into the local scene with the help and advice of several friends. After record snow falls, this was the highest water level in 80 years! We found a lot of cool stuff to photograph and creatively process. Actually, enough cool stuff to run a Finger Lakes Visual Artistry  workshop in the spring of 2016, so please watch this space as we firm up details and exact dates. This is a particularly image rich area that I’ve wanted to explore for years and look forward to at least 1 visit later this year to scout deeper into the area.

Here’s a small gallery of images from Geneva and the surrounding Finger Lakes region:

This is only a small sample of what’s available to photograph, but it does require a little driving and extra scouting on our end, but we really look forward to getting our Finger Lakes workshop on the schedule soon. Please email Sue if you would like to be placed on our email notification list.

After the normal flurry of last minute work, we’ll be heading to the Palouse for our second fall harvest workshop next week.

Thanks for taking the time and we’ll see ya online!

Tony

p.s. Visual Artistry Newsletter coming soon!

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Icelandic Odyssey Trifecta

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Every time we get back from Iceland, I fantasize that the phone will ring, inviting Sue and I back to Iceland for a year to photograph a book/ video project…..all expenses paid…..yeah, I know…..dream on. However, we love taking groups to see this incredible place and will be offering the following (instructional) tours in 2016-17.

At the conclusion of our Icelandic Odysseys, we send out notices of our following year’s dates. This year, the interest and response has been outstanding in our Sept. 25 – Oct 3, 2016 Icelandic Odyssey “Aurora Madness” tour. Thanks for the great response! Contact Susan for more info and to register.

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In response to the interest in our “Aurora Madness” tour, we’ve opened up a summer solstice trip to Iceland, June 10 – 18, 2016. This is an incredible time to photograph in Iceland. Although, it never gets dark, it does get dusk for a few hours, allowing us to photograph whenever we want. This past trip, some of the best light was between 11pm and 4 am. Contact Susan to be placed on our Summer Solstice 2016  notification list.

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Looking into 2017 we will be conducting a Late Feb – early March workshop. Details are still being worked out, but Ice Caves and the incredible winter landscape promises to be pretty unbelievable. Contact Susan to be placed on our March 2017 notification list.

FoN_N3A6804_10image courtesy Focus on Nature

Thanks for taking the time and we’ll see ya online!

Tony

p.s. Almost forgot…..we only have a few spaces available in three of our favorite location workshops. Go HERE for more info.

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Visual Artistry Workshops UPDATE

FYI:

We have a few openings in a few of our favorite venues.

September 13-17, 2015
South Dakota Badlands National Park, SD

The lead image is at one of the classic graphic overlooks in the Badlands. 

This workshop features landscape photography, Xtreme long exposures, close up photography, creative use of natural light, panoramics, digital infrared, deserted towns, thinking graphically, iPhone, field help and daily critiques.

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Here’s the latest blog post and small gallery from the Badlands

9/21/14     Gallery

contact Sue for more info

 

Sept. 27 – Oct. 1
Maine Lighthouse Tour

The lead image is a 4 minute exposure shot in bright morning light (made using the Singh Ray 15 stop MorSlo) of Portland Head Light.. 

This workshop features Lighthouses,seascapes, harbors and working boats, Xtreme long exposures, close up photography, creative use of natural light, panoramics, thinking graphically, iPhone, field help and daily critiques.

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Maine Lighthouse Tour page 

contact Sue for more info 

 

Oct 18 – 22
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The lead image was shot on the day the vacation homes were boarded up.

This workshop features seascapes, working boats, small boats, architecture, salt ponds, lighthouses, sand dunes, creative use of natural light, panos, iPhone, field help and daily critiques. We completed a DVD in Cape Cod a few months ago and look forward to sharing this very cool place.

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 Cape Cod workshop page

contact Sue for more info

If anyone is interested in an extensive Fuji X system, drop a line. I’m considering putting mine on the block as I save my duckets to move to the New Sony AR7 II and Zeiss lenses.

Have a great summer and we’ll see ya on line!

Tony

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Iceland loves the iPhone – Year 5

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PRO645 6×17 pano w/ flypaper texture

I broke out the iPhone quite a bit on this trip. Rekindled enthusiasm and other worldly subject matter is some powerful ju-ju.

The iPhone is the ultimate sketch pad. Literally, photoshop in your pocket, using apple apps for processing offers unlimited possibilities, and one is only limited by one’s imagination, hence everything is wide open to interpretation. Following is a gallery of images from our Icelandic Odyssey 2015, shot and processed on the iPhone 6+.

The apps listed are the apps predominantly used in most cases. Snapseed is always my first stop, then often I’ll try a Perfectly Clear adjustment to get the ball rolling, especially on low contrast or flat images. In almost all cases at least two different versions were blended in Image Blender.

My 2 primary apps that I use, after Snapseed, are Stackables and Mextures. Both are deep with features that I find suit the distressed look that I like on many occasions. However, my favorite apps tend to cycle out every few months or so.

For longer exposures or for more control and stability, I’ll mount the iPhone on my tripod using the MeFoto SideKick360 (Plus, for larger phones, like the 6plus), and there’s a smaller SideKick for smaller phones. There is a built in ArcaSwiss mount and easily switches from Horiz. to Vert.

Also, mentioned in the image info and highly recommended are the Moment lenses. I use both, the 18mm and the 60mm.

It’s a good practice to find apps that appeal to your subject selection and shooting style and study/master those handful of apps and try to resist the urge to binge buy apps. I know this because, like many serious iPhone shooters, I’ve bought “everything,” but I find that at any given time, I use the same 6-8 apps 95% of the time.

iPhone photography is encouraged during our workshops and special processing sessions are held for iPhone shooters.

That’s about it for our Icelandic Odyssey 2015. Please email Susan if interested in our Sept, 2016 Icelandic Odyssey “Aurora Madness” tour.

See ya online,

Tony

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The skies got really nice at the end. All of the Flatey Island sky images were shot within 24 hours. The colorful seeming dusk skies began at about 0100 and went on for about 3+ hours. I must admit it was a bit weird not having to hurry to get the great light before it begins to fade, but I transitioned to the more leisurely approach quite effortlessly.

The sparseness of the island-scape on Flatey was wonderful and relentless in offering up innumerable compositional possibilities. I photographed the church interior last before leaving the island.

On the way back to Reykjavik, for the “big finish,” we stopped at Mt. Kirkjufell, aka known as The Witches Hat. It’s one of those scenes that I always try to get to whenever in Iceland. It’s not far from Reykjavik and the natural arrangement of elements is really thrilling to photograph. Luckily, the wind was light, so no blowing water on the front element. Also, it’s become so popular that motor coaches show up. There are steps built in to get people to the top of the falls, and gravel on the walkways. Does an area’s sudden popularity and amount of images produced by thousands of people annually diminish the excitement of photographing it? I don’t think so. In this case, the Witch’s Hat image is a 2 minute exposure with a really nice water flow and gently rolling clouds. This is a new image for me, even after being there a number of times. We had a great final supper and everyone seems to have had a great time, and seeing the work on their laptops, came away with excellent bodies of work!

After the workshop, Sue and I rent a car for 24 hours to do our own thing. After a long day on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, we headed back to Reykjavik during a period of very high winds and short periods of intense cold. The B&W clouds image was shot in the aforementioned conditions. Later, the winds and light softened up, then began a very long sunset of constantly changing light, culminating in our final shot of the trip of the snow capped mountains and pastel pink illuminated clouds.

Aside from these three blog posts and collections of images, there is much more, including a lot of iPhone and a few stitch pans, but that’s for another post or two.

Thanks for taking the time and please email Susan for more information and to be placed on our September 2016 Iceland Odyssey “Aurora Madness” instructional photo tour.

Tony

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