It's been a busy summer for me, with three shows opening, workshops in different areas to teach and a few more added to my upcoming list, I've been on the go a lot the last few months. I've been on the run so much in fact that I haven't been out to create any new work since May, but I'm hoping that will change as the colors of fall arrive. I hope all finds you well as summer quickly fades in our rear view mirror of life. The newsletter is filled with a lot of new stuff and as always I love to hear from you. If you'd like to contact me please feel free to do so by phone: 209.541.1815 or by
All the best,
Hasselblad International Traveling Exhibition
In my last newsletter I mentioned that I've been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Hasselblad Master award in Landscape photography. This is one of the most prestigious awards in photography and I'm honored to have been named a finalist for a second year in a row. I've just been told by Hasselblad a couple of weeks ago that my work will be part of the 2009 "Masters of Photography" exhibition. The show will be traveling around the world for the next five months, here is the exhibition schedule,
Hong Kong Cornwall House, Taikog Place, 979 Kings Road, Island East. August 21-31, 2009.
Copenhagen The DASK Gallery Flæsketorvet 24, 1711 Copenhagen V August 28 - September 12, 2009.
New York MILK Studio 450 W. 15th Street October 22, 2009 (during PhotoPlus Expo)
London primo in December.
If you're in the area during one of the shows stop by and take a look. Even better, take a picture of my image(s) in the gallery, I'd love to see how they look hanging in the show. While its an extreme long shot right now, if there is anyway for me to do so I'll try and make it to the New York show on October 22nd. If I do and you see me there, say "Hi", I'd love to talk to you.
New Photoshop Workshops Added
I'll be teaching two new workshops this fall for the Photographers' Gallery in Modesto California. Both workshops are half day, Photoshop based classes that I'm really excited about. The gallery's workshop program have been designed to be friendly to both your schedule and your wallet.
If you have any questions regarding the workshops please let me know.
Special One Day Fall Workshops for 2009
Eastern Sierras: Mono Lake and Beyond $175Only $99 and a few weeks away October 3rd 2009 From 10am to 7pm CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
We will spend the day among the beautiful changing leaves and quaint villages surrounding the June Lake loop and in the canyons near Lee Lee Vining. Our day will end for a sunset shoot at famed Mono Lake. We'll discuss exposure, filters, composition and how to create images with impact, the beginning of an "Expressive Landscape Print".
Discover the hidden gem that is Yosemite Valley draped in fall colors. I'll show you some of my favorite areas in Yosemite Valley for fall colors and great images. We'll discuss exposure, filters, composition and how to create images with impact. the beginning of an "Expressive Landscape Print".
I have four workshop offerings on the schedule for 2010, each of them take place in a breath taking location and at the best times of year for photography, Yosemite National Park, California's Big Sur Coast and the Wonderful Eastern Sierra locations around Mono Lake. These are weekend workshops, running Friday evening to Sunday evening for the easy on the wallet price of $295. Each workshop includes,
In the Field Time (A Lot)
Hands on Instruction
Group and One-on-one Critique sessions
Workbook and Trip Guide
The Experience of a Lifetime
For more information on any of these workshops or to see what some past participates have said, click on the workshop name.
I'm excited to let you know that Bay Photo Lab is now a sponsor of my workshops. Bay Photo is one of the top professional labs in the country and I think they're the best in the business (and I've tried a lot of them). If you've taken one of my workshops in the past you know I talk a lot about the benefits of working with a professional lab, so this partnership with Bay Photo is a perfect fit. I've been working with Bay Photo for over 3 years and I trust the people and like the quality so much that they've been the exclusive printer of all my fine art and commercial prints for almost 2 years. I want to thank Bay Photo for being a supporter of my workshops.
Current Show at the Appel Gallery
I have a solo show going on right now at the Appel Gallery in Sacramento, California, entitled Beyond the Trail, the show features many new pieces along with some of my "classic" images. The title comes from the fact that there is so much more to landscape photography when simply the location, the postcard view or the sometimes well worn trail of photographers past that have also captured a particular scene. I like to say that part of landscape photography is the journey, the years you've wanted for the right light, the miles of hiking you've endured to get to a location or the sometime frantic race back up the trail when you know you've stayed longer than you maybe should have.
I hope you can make it to the show and better yet the reception, I'd love to see you again or meet you for the first time. Here the info
September 1st to 30th - Show Dates
September 12th from 6pm to 9pm - Artist Reception
I'll be presenting a short presentation of my work and Q&A session prior to the Artsit Reception, starting at 5pm. I hope to see you there.
Part of Landscape Photography is the Journey
I don’t know about you, but I love to talk photography; with friends, with family or with complete strangers; exchanging views and information, both technical and aesthetic makes the hours fly by. Because of my enjoyment to gab about this subject I’m in many local and national photography organizations where a number of members are outdoor photographers; and more precisely, landscape photographers. While the conversation now more than ever crosses into the digital realm, and why not, I’m disturbed by what I’m starting to hearing more-and-more. While discussing how Photoshop is a God-send for fixing all those troubled negatives of the past; you know, the one’s with the large black spot that likes to hang out with bright clean snow; or the image you could never get quite right because you couldn’t hold enough dodging tools? Someone always mentions their “sky folder”. The folder on their hard drive that is filled with skies of all different types, ready to be inserted into another image when they were to lazy to wait for the right conditions; and before you think this is something that only hobbyist do, be forewarned, professionals do it as well.
In my opinion outdoor photography is one of the most difficult to execute successfully, this from a working portrait and wedding guy too. You can’t tell a tree to move over a few feet or ask the wind to stop tickling the grass. What makes fine landscape photography art is the moment; Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase the “decisive moment” when describing his work on the streets of the world, and the term also perfectly describes the artfulness in a beautiful landscape. Fore it is only at that moment, that 1/2 of a second where the soft glow of sunset kisses the coastal grasses where land and ocean meet; on that day when the storm breaks and the bleak dead sky makes way for large beautiful clouds to fill the horizon and you were there, after hours of hiking or days of hoping or years of waiting, to open the shutter and let your lens take in the scene.
Having a folder full of big fluffy cloud filled skies, warm sunsets or dramatic sunrises cheats the process of fine landscape photography. You are no longer creating art out of only what’s given to you by mother nature, using your skills and vision to create something beautiful out of a scene others don’t give a second thought. Instead you’re settling, settling for a mediocre scene that you’ll later take back into Photoshop and create something that isn’t really nature or landscape photography. Instead the pieced together image is a collage, and if it’s labeled as such that’s perfectly acceptable and wonderful. However, in this day of digital photography, camera phones and digital darkrooms it is almost assumed that any image with a dynamic sky or bright colors wasn’t made possible by the photographer’s unique vision or mastery of photographic techniques; but instead created in Photoshop, which immediately erases the magic of the moment. As someone who, like many of you, has been asked “is it real” or “its photoshoped, right?” it is very discouraging; and I believe ultimately harmful to photography as a whole. When people stop seeing a beautiful moment for what it really is photography starts to lose its impact, both in the fine art realm and in the conservationist efforts many beautiful outdoor photographs help to illustrate.
You see, fine landscape photography is more than just going outside somewhere and taking a few pictures. It's about finding the perfect somewhere, and being there at the perfect time when all the elements fall into place; when you can say "it was worth it to make this trip for the fifth time" and you can finally turn your lens on that perfect moment and click.
The accompanying image was made while driving down highway 1 along California's central coast. Thick storm clouds covered the sky the entire day and didn't make for much of a sunset at my original location. I'd packed up my gear and was ending my day photographically when I saw a break in the clouds while driving back to my hotel. I quickly pulled over, grabbed my camera and ran up a nearby hill to get to some high ground. After composing the scene a few different ways I found this to be the most successful. When I look back on this image I think about the race to capture the image and the satisfaction of knowing I captured the beauty that was placed before me at that instant, something that I think would have been lost if I'd had opened my sky folder.
New Mini Print Series
I'm always looking for new ways to make it easier for people to start collecting both photography in general and my work in particular. While brainstorming a few things with my wife the other day she mentioned "Mini prints are cool" and the more I though about it the more I think she's right, mini prints are cool. So for a limited time (I don't know how long, maybe a while) I'm releasing an open edition of mini prints available in two sizes,
4x5 print matted to 8x10 for $50
8x10 print matted to 16x20 for $75
To order simply download and fill out the order form, you can choose from any of my fine art images, here is a link to my online portfolio.
Each image is matted to current archival standards in white mat board and signed by me both on the mat's front and reverso.
These mini prints work wonderfully in areas where wall space is limited or you can put a few of them together on a wall to make one larger display.
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