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5 years, 2 months ago 6

In the coming months we have some great Workshops, and very few spots left, this is your last chance to join the fun!!!


FIRST:  Nashville Americana Workshop with the Legendary Ricky Skaggs!   July 24-28  Only Four Spots left.  Photograph at the Reyman Theatre as Rick and his band Kentucky Thunder put on a one night show, during Nashville Bluegrass Festival.  Photograph priceless guitars in a studio setting, antiques at the American Picker’s Antique Archaeology Store.  Visit the Americana playground at Murfreesboro!  Lots of great shooting opportunities and lunch at two great burger spots in legendary Nashville!



SECOND:  Join Dr. Charles Stanley, Bill, Jim, Snake and Chuck for our last blockbuster nature workshop of the year!  Glacier National Park in Prime Fall foliage!  September 14-22  Only 2 spot remain open for this once in a lifetime chance to shoot and study with Charles and the team in one of America’s most spectacular national parks.  Snow capped mountain, rushing streams, and waterfalls, Grizzly bears, and beautiful fall color!  Limited to twenty students this workshop is almost full!  Don’t miss this trip!



THIRD:  Learn light painting from the master, Dave Black, in Historic Shaker Village, Kentucky!   October 24-27 This workshop is strictly limited to 12 attendees and we have only 3 spots left.  Dave will teach light painting and much more, from his vast bag of tricks, tips, and techniques! Great fellowship in a beautiful place in Kentucky at prime fall color time!  If you’ve never experienced a worksop with Dave you’re in for a treat!


LASTLY:  I’m doing two additional trips with Jack Graham, (link below), Amish Country October  10-134 in Northern Ohio and Death Valley, November 8-12.  Jack is one of the most talented shooter, and instructors I know, a dear friend, and brother and I’m honored to join him in these two great workshops!  Please contact Jack at the link below, I think both are getting filled fast!




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5 years, 2 months ago 4

On my trip up to Bloomington earlier this week Jim Haverststock and I did some in-the-field shooting at Story.  As I walked around I found a new sense of the joy of shooting close-ups!  Using the Fuji X-E1 with it’s tack sharp 60mm Micro lens and setting the aperture at f 2.4,  it’s widest aperture, the shallow depth is astonishing!  I was able to focus on a single pine fraun and the single dew drop.  Using the LCD panel has allowed me to study compositions and check depth even better than through the viewfinder.  I’m finding this an extremely satisfying way to work in the close-up realm.


The use of shallow depth as in the shot below attracts the attention of the viewer and eliminates the distraction of the background, and in fact turning into a pleasing color filed!



Even stopping down to f 5.6 as in the shot of the Day Lilly below gives a soft muted background while maintaining enough sharpness in the center of the flower!



One thing you must be very careful about is keeping the sensor plain parallel with the subject, the  shot below of a face in a chestnut, is sharp at the bottom but not the top!  Bill Pekala and I have a lot of fun sending these faces back and forth, keeps us sharp looking for the face in the scene!



Practice using your depth to bring the viewers eye to the very point you want them to see!  Remember the eye always seeks sharpness!



So let’s raise a glass to using the aperture settings to focus the viewer’s eye!




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5 years, 2 months ago 4

Today is the celebration of the declaration of our independence!  That liberty has been fought and paid for with countless lives over more than two centuries.  Every Memorial Day and 4th of July I go down and take out my copy of the the film, Saving Private Ryan.  I watch the last chapter and weep for how blessed we are as a nation to have had such a great price laid at the alter of freedom.  Celebrate your freedom today and thank those that have preserved it for you!  The link to that scene on You Tube is below, God Bless America!


Go to You Tube and typoe in Saving Priovatge Ryan

Watch these two clips:


HD – Saving Private Ryan – Death of Captain John H. Miller and Final Speech


Saving Private Ryan Ending


Omitted from this scene is the line spoken by the elder Private Ryan when he ays, “Tell me I have lived a life worthy of this sacrifice!”  May we all ask ourselves that today, are we worthy of the sacrifice laid down for us?  Commit to be, for God and Country.  Happy 4th of July!


We will never be worthy of Christ’s sacrifice, thankfully He has only asked us to accept it!




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5 years, 2 months ago 9

I just got back home form a two day journey to Bloomington, Indiana to visit with my dear friends Jim and Sue Haverstock, to celebrate her birthday, and give a program for their camera club, it was a blast!  One of the things I promised myself for “after Nikon” was more time with family and friends, and this was a great way to start that personal promise.  Jim and Sue are great friends, and wonderful photographers!  I had the pleasure of attending their gallery showing with Kendall Reeve’s at his Gallery, it was terrific, all are excellent shooters!  I also enjoyed seeing Kendall again, a great guy, new father, and runs a commercial photography business in Bloomington, and a; great Gallery, if you are ever in Bloomington you need to check it out!  Here is a link:


Yesterday Jim and Sue took me and Jeff to Story, Indiana where the Story Inn and Restaurant can be found. I had a blast shooting around the property there.  The shots below are some of my favorites of the take.  Before I share them, I have to say the Bloomington Camera Club was fantastic, really nice people, and very warm, and inviting.  We had a lot of fun talking about what we all really love, our photography, all-in-all, a great night!  I think I’m going to like this retirement thing, but I’m not slowing down any!


We had a wonderful time, and I am looking forward to my next trip up to that region!  Thinking seriously about a Brown County Fall event maybe in 2014!!




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Photo Note:  All images Fuji XE-1, 18-55, 60mm Micro, and 55-200.