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on Jun 21, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Photoshop CC Update is Here!

It’s a sweet version and Scott Kelby is going to walk you through it. Download and watch!!! Dave Clayton — *Tip* if you upgrade make sure you hit ‘advanced options’ and untick ‘remove old version’ – then if you have any plugin issues you can always fall back on the last version until it’s fixed (that’s up to the third party app developers, not...

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on Jun 21, 2016 in Random Thoughts

A Spot For You!

We offer a number of workshops throughout the year, none are basic and none are common. They are fun and yet a photographic challenge. Some are to common locales and others more exotic but there is nothing common place about the photography. We have just a couple of openings and if you want to have a ton of fun, raise your photographic game a notch or two and meet some really nice folks, one or more of these adventures might be right for you! Aug 14-20 ’16 Australia – 1 spot Sept 30 -Oct 02 ’16 Mono Lake Weekend, CA – 2 spots Nov 01-06 ’16 TX Coastal Bird Photography – FULL Mar 15-20 ’17 FL Bird Photography – 2 spots April 03-07 ’17 Grouse & Chicken – 1 spot You want more info or to sign up, give Sharon a call 661.204.1506 (9-5pst). Cya out...

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on Jun 20, 2016 in Landscape Photography

The Magic of Five Minutes

Light is everything, everything in a landscape photograph. All too often though, the moment we happen upon a landscape we like, the light just isn’t there. But because we are there and all the efforts it took to be there, we click away anyways. It’s really not that different from that hail Marry pass. But unlike the hail Marry, we have options and the biggest option we have in our playbook is time! This is a simple illustration of my point. The side of this old miners cabin when we first walked up is what you see in the top image. The light was a little contrasty but more importantly, not very expressive. But I was there so I took that click. I had no real thoughts about the image other than it was a “I was here” photo. In my book, about the worse kind of photo. But we stayed just five more minutes prevuing the scene. Then the light radically changed, it had character and therefore, gave...

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on Jun 20, 2016 in Field Reports

Working the Flare

Flare, you see it artificially inserted in many of our films these days. We can easily though insert flare into our photos anytime we want, and it’s the real kind. Working with flare takes a couple of important tools, a lens that flares nicely (with a clean element which I so often forget to do), a camera that can deal with the exposure range and most importantly, a clear view of the sun. In continuing my exploration of the D5, I put it to the task of flare and was so pleased how easily it works with it. That puts the pressure on the photographer to make it work with a photograph and not just an added fade. In my handbook of working with flare, the first and most important reason of using it is to pull the eye through the image with pizzazz. The mind’s eye goes to light and bright first and with the brightness of the sun, the mind’s eye goes right to it. Using that...

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on Jun 17, 2016 in Aviation

Barry Needham

Wm Barry Needham, in 1941 this spry 21yr old Canadian found himself in England flying a Spitfire MkV in the RCAF. On 7 July, 1944, he was shot down by flak and became a prisoner of war (liberated 40days later by Patton’s 3rd Army). In between he sung E-boats, shot down a FW-190, straffed locomotives and with a fellow Canadian, chased off two FW-190s from a crippled B-17 whose crew was baling out by attacking the fighters even though he was out of ammo. He was and is just a regular guy who at age 95 (96 in 45 days) is living history sharing his story. For example on Sept 17th, 1943 he was told to scramble with a fellow Spitfire. They were to pursue two FW-190s from England and nearly across the channel. His partner shot down one FW-190 and just as the FW-190 was about to reach the French Coast and out of range of Needham’s Spitfire, he squeezed his trigger on his cannons and saw a...

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