Abstracts can be fun because some of the general rules of photography may not apply. When we’re not focused on an obvious subject or story to the photograph, we concentrate more on color, form and texture. Almost anything can be the subject of an abstract- here I chose reflections in water. My original goal was to shoot the scene and it’s mirror image reflection at sunrise, but a slight breeze did not cooperate with that idea. So I decided to focus solely on the rippling reflections and came up with this interesting abstract.
Remember, there may still be a photograph, even when what you had in mind doesn’t work!
We spent the past weekend shooting some great images with our Desert Spring in the Canyons of the East Valley workshop. We light painted, we shot sunrises and sunset, and all of our participants got some amazing images! Although a little tired by the end, I think we all had a lot of fun.
Light Painting in Northern Arizona-
based at our Studio in Flagstaff, AZ
June 17-19, 2011
Learn how to paint with light using different subjects and techniques. $395
Summer at the Grand Canyon- based in Tusayan, AZ
July 29-31, 2011
Join us for a fun 3-day workshop shooting one of the most beautiful national parks in the country! We have a limited number of hotel rooms reserved so sign up soon!
Creative Black & White, Part I- based at our Studio in Flagstaff, AZ
August 12-14, 2011
Be part of this unique all black & white workshop. Explore the zone system, pre-visualization, and more! $495
*And stay tuned for Part II coming in September where we’ll learn traditional black & white printing in conjunction with Hidden Light, LLC.
We still have one spot left in our upcoming workshop in the East Valley…
We spent a few days camping in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix scouting our favorite locations for our upcoming workshop and even found some new ones! The weather was beautiful, around 80 most days and upper 40s at night… perfect! After getting up for sunrise several days in a row, it was nice to sleep in today. Though I admit, the sunrise was always beautiful!
Here are a couple desert images, the Superstition Mountains at sunrise and a backlit cholla cactus. We also visited a small “western-style” ghost town for tourists that had a lot of fun-to-shoot old mining equipment and cars. This image is part of an old rusted car.
Hope to see you in a workshop in the future! We also have room in our Digital Photo Basics March 19th! Contact us with questions…
We always scout an area carefully and choose the best locations for photos before we conduct workshops. Although we have scouted the east valley several times in the past, we are scouting again this week to confirm our favorite spots before our March 25-27 Desert Spring in the Canyons of the East Valley- by the way, we still have 1 spot left! Here’s a snapshot of Joel amidst the cactus from last year. I will post some of the area when we return!
We’ve finalized our workshop schedule for Winter and Spring 2011 and we expect to have a lot of fun!
January 22- Digital Photo Basics in Scottsdale
January 28-30- Where are those Photos? Managing your Digital Life with Lightroom (Flagstaff)
February 12- Digital Photo Basics in Flagstaff
March 19- Digital Photo Basics in Scottsdale
March 25-27- Desert Spring in the Canyons of the East Valley (near Phoenix, AZ)
May 14-21- Villages of Tuscany, Italy
September 17-24- Villages of Provence, France
For more information about any of these workshops, please contact us or click the link above for full descriptions!
As a last minute surprise birthday present to me, Joel made reservations for us at Bryce Canyon. I highly recommend it for those of you who have never been- it’s a beautiful park and we definitely plan to go back! Here are a couple of my snapshots from our visit.
The first morning after we arrived, we went out to shoot sunrise and made friends with a herd of pronghorn after our shoot. In the afternoon, the rocks were lit up with the threat of rain in the sky in the background- we got lucky and stayed dry! In the last shot- we relaxed with a cup of wine while watching sunset over the canyon!
We’re scheduling new workshops and will be sending out updates soon!
Ciao for now…