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on Aug 15, 2015 in Friday Thoughts

Photoshop World is Family

Another Photoshop World is a wrap, Sharon and I are home after our nearly month long road trip. Photoshop World as always, flew by. It seemed we no sooner stepped on the bus to head for our PreCon then we were loading up the car to head home. Four days pass in the blink of an eye but the memories, well, they last us a lifetime because Photoshop World is all about family! Ya, there is lots to learn and that is part of the Photoshop World experience. Sitting in those classes (yes, I go to them too when I can), we pick up those little nuggets of wisdom that keep the creative juices going. And while that might happen, I think it’s the family that is the Photoshop World experience where the greatest amount of learning and creative spark comes from. For me, not only talking with my fellow instructors does this occur, but it is from YOU folks who are so kind and generous with thoughts and...

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on Aug 11, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Chloride Fun

The Photoshop World Photo Safari packed the bus and took a drive to Chloride for a fun afternoon. The theme I set for the day was light, so after a in class presentation we hit the “ghost town” of Chloride to put what we talked about in action. We were very fortunate to have along the very talented Emily and Sam to model not the latest fashion, but light. Our first stop on the discussion of light was the saloon. It made sense to me to stop there first, needed that drink in the 102 temp! You can see above our little gallery. With that large, big south facing “window” we had the perfect light in our studio for working with Emily and Sam. We needed for flash, no reflectors, just using that large opening and by positioning our light models we could make our photographs. We started with the model out in the sun and then slowly moved them back into the gorgeous light so all could see...

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on Aug 7, 2015 in Friday Thoughts

Escape from Nairobi

So there we are, thrown back into the bustle that is Nairobi after our amazing ten days on the Mara. Nairobi is a wild town, nothing prepares you for it but the culture shock after the beauty and tranquility of the bush slapped me right in the face! We landed at the small airport, got in the traffic and drove to the Int’l Airport. We stood in line for a very short time in the very hot and humid check in area and waited. After 30min, we’re at the ticket counter, got our tickets and got through customs without a hitch. Great I thought after hearing of some of the possible horror stories of the process. We headed up to the airline lounge, sat down, got some wine and waited the 3hrs for our flight. I pull out the slug of tickets I have for getting home and read the message printed on our boarding pass out of Nairobi. If my mind as back to blogging, I would have...

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on Jul 6, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Creativity in the Lost & Found?

Had an interesting comment come my way that had me thinking. “I just don’t see how you guys keep coming up with new photographs. I struggle to just take one.” I was talking with a photographer who had hit the creative wall and was seeking some kind of words to break it down. This post is for him but I thought I’d share it with all. We’ve all been there, I sure have been, putting that camera to the eye was just simply no joy. How do you get past that wall? On the fun side of feeling in the mood, I simply hit the shutter release of my camera and let ‘er rip! Seriously, put the camera into CH and hold down that shutter release and listen to that beautiful sound! Yep, sounds down right silly if not stupid. But you would be surprised how that sound triggers something in your mind and that wall now has a hole in it, just big enough to get the process...

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