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on Oct 17, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Fog is … ?

Fog is what … besides being “a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility” or “something that obscures and confuses a situation or someone’s thought processes,” a great landscape asset! Fog adds mystery and suspense to our photographs that taps the imagination. Whenever your photograph taps the viewer’s imagination, you win! Fog can also bring a feeling of disaster or death, a cold emotion hard to shake. One thing about fog you can’t escape is that everyone has experienced it so they have a relationship to it. So in our photographs can we use those emotions and experiences with fog to intensify the power of fog when there really isn’t that much fog? Many turn to something in the digital darkroom like the Fog filter in Luminar to bring “fog” to their photograph. I’ve done that and it works really, really well. But as you know I like to do things in camera whenever I...

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on Oct 4, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Gold and White

A long, long time ago I saw this amazing photo of Eastern Sierra fall color amongst a field of snow. It was a gorgeous photo and one I always wanted in my library. For years when I’m home, if it’s fall and there is the slightest chance of snow, off I go looking for that photo. We had our second snow in two weeks and while the color is days from the peak, with D850 in hand, off I chased. No, I still have that photo I’m ever but I like what I did get. Why do I want white with fall color? It’s actually pretty simple, the white sets the fall color ablaze better than any saturation slider or plugin! The mind’s eye sees that white and with that powerful color anchor sets the color into the stratosphere! There is no trick camera settings, WB was the Auto Natural Auto and I shoot with my typical -1/3exp comp. The only trick is being there. Now you might be...

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on Sep 29, 2017 in Moose Adventures

Palouse 2018 Landscape Workshop!

We’ve been up in WA and really smitten by The Palouse! I’m not sure why it’s taken us this long to get here but I love it! I want to come back up to photograph it when’s its green so we’re offering a trip for 6 folks 23-28 April (in 23rd & out the 28th out of Spokane). This is simply an amazing place and the possibilities seem endless. We’ve already been to places you don’t see in print which is really spinning my imagination. The price is $1895 which covers transport once on location, guiding, instruction and entertainment. Oh yeah, a bit of education, as well as this, is a bit of a new world of landscape photography. This is a long landscape shoot just as much as pano which makes it such a photographic delight. If you’re interested, give Sharon a call...

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on Sep 26, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

You See Light?

You see light? I’m being incredibly serious in asking this question. Seeing light with your eye, then through your viewfinder and in the final capture is only part of it. Do you see that light, and stay true to it in the digital darkroom? What the heck am I talking about? Hit the play button and find out. And if you want to learn more about light and how I use it, work it, manipulate it, be sure to check out my Light Class and Finishing classes on...

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on Sep 14, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Camera Gear & Sensor Care

My new class on Camera Gear Care has just been released over at KelbyOne. The class in incredibly thorough covering a whole lot more than how to clean a lens or sensor, which are covered. What I have in my travel cleaning kit, tips on working in hot and cold places and so much more is covered. I hope it helps you get the most out of your gear and extend its life in service of your...

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on Sep 12, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Nikon D7500 Promo Shoot BTS

A month ago I was very fortunate to be commissioned by Nikon USA to do an aviation themed shoot to promote the D7500 and Nikon’s wireless flash system. I instantly knew what I wanted to do, a 40’s aviation themed shoot of an executive and his wife heading off on a trip in their executive aircraft. That was the easy part cause after that came all the planning and execution. Well, here, you’ll get a taste of our afternoon from this behind the scenes video Brent created (and did a brilliant job!). Make it full screen, it’s 4k! Wanting to work with the best, I had to look no further than in-house. Sharon, Brent & Jake were my crew with everyone including myself doing many jobs to make the budget work. We flew into Minneapolis, home of the Howard 500 a day early to not only check out everything but do a dry run of all the sets and gear. We had over 20 sets to work in a...

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