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6 months, 2 weeks ago 6


A few days out in the field with the attendees of the Brown County Fall Leaf Event has really helped me knock the rust off.  It had been several weeks since I had been in the field shooting and teaching and I was a little surprised how it took a little time for the “zone” to come back!  I want to do an eBook on “The Zone”!  For those of you that have experienced it, it is a rush like what a runner gets when the endorphins kick in and they get a burst of energy!  Its a mental kick in the pants!  I think running into Fred Sisson and talking with him re-energized me!  It is one of the greatest highs a visual artist can feel, when shots start to appear everywhere you look!


We all have mentors, people that helped spark the desire to do something and if we were fortunate they also helped us find our way through the woods of a new endeavor!  Fred was that person in my life that made me see just how great a life of photography could be, and how to tart down that path.  Sitting at the Bean Blossom Antique shop chewing the fat was like going back to the early days of my walk.  Thanks Fred, for yesterday, and 44 years of yesterdays!




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P.S.  Fred Sisson and I will team up in 2014 (date coming), for a great Americana Workshop in Roanoke Virginia.  the theme will be Trains, Machines, and Americana!  Part of the workshop will involve a visit to the wonderful Winston O’ Link Museum and Gallery and a night time live, flash shoot of a moving train!!!!  Just like (well sorta like) Winston did it!


6 months, 2 weeks ago 0

Our workshop in Brown County, Indiana is off to a great start, wonderful group of people and the leaves are perfect!  Today we went down to Story and really had a great time.  A friend of Jim Haverstock’s brought over a beautiful Model A Ford and we all had a lot of fun shooting it in front of the historic Story Inn!  This is a fantastic part of the country with great fall color and lots of history!  A special surprise was a visit from Fred Sisson, my old Nikon NPS buddy who has been having a lot fun hanging out with the crowd!  Lots of great Americana stuff to shoot as illustrated below!



A word of thanks again to all of you that have purchased eBooks, our efforts are off to a great start!




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6 months, 3 weeks ago 9


Planning fall workshops is maddening!  A year before you run a workshop you have to “guess” when the leaves are going to be perfect!  Well, of course this is impossible, you make your best estimation based on previous years.  Fortunately we are going to have great color at Brown County, but it doesn’t always work that way!  The fall leaf peak in the Great Smokies can come anywhere from the first week of October to the second week of November, and I’ve see it happen at different times  across that entire span!  The good news is that early fall, peak color, and late fall can all be spectacular in their own way, and that is the secret to getting good images no matter whether the leaves go early or late!


So how are we doing on fall color for this fall at our workshops?  Brown County looks excellent, should be near peak, Acadia (which is less dependent on fall color, there isn’t much there), still looks good, it will be near the end with great leaves on the ground which is perfect!   The red ground cover on Cadillac Mountain hold s


s on so we should be good to go!  The Smokies will be iffy, but if the peak is over and much of the color is on the ground, it will be perfect for stream shooting which is a lot of what we do there!  The image below shows how good a stream shot can be with the rocks covered by leaves!  Colder nights will give us the chance of frost on colorful leaves on the forest floor, another great shot!  I suspect at lower elevation we will still have some nice color in the tress, which should be perfect in the Tremont and Cades Coves areas.  Nelson Ghost Town in Nevada, no fall color there anyway!!!



The preparation for a workshop starts a year in advance, but the most important prep takes place the first day of a workshop!  That’s when you access the conditions, the weather and then go over the locations you planned to shoot, pick the right ones for the right day, and then do the very most important thing of all, get positive!  The truth is that any condition, any place, “can” yield great images, if you spend a little time figuring it out.  The problem for all of us is we have expectations, what we think things are going to be like.  How many times have you had a terrible birthday, or Christmas, or summer vacation, because things didn’t go according to “your plan!”   Here is the trick, learn how to make lemonade out of lemons.  As a working pro for the last 45 years I’ve had less than perfect condition more often than perfect ones, and I’ve managed to make wonderful images anyway!  The biggest block to great images is not hanging on the trees, it’s stuck between your ears!  So get positive, don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what you do have!  Sounds like a coach trying to get the team ready to play, but it’s the reality of being a photographer!  So so photographers depend on perfection, great photographers find greatness in any condition!


What are my plans for this fall?  To go out an show people how to make great images!  ….and not to sound cocky, but I’ll do it!!!!  The Brown County Fall Workshop with Jim Haverstock starts tomorrow night!




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6 months, 3 weeks ago 6



Hey guys, good news, the eBook store is open early!!  My dynamite web person did a great job and she got us up and running before Wednesday, so you can enjoy browsing the site now!  The site is fully functioning and you can order books now!  Please go and enjoy the free book from me.  I want people to see what the books are like so I’m offering one free for anyone visiting the eBook store.  It’s easy:


Click on either of the two buttons that take you to the eBook store.  One is in the Menus at the top, the other just to the right of the start of blog entries, look for the stone cross it right under that.


When you click on either button it will take you to the store, where you will see all the current books listed.  First the FREE book!  The last book in the list, the book titled  The 7 Steps to Taking it to the Next Level is free!  Simply add it to your cart and when you call up the cart it will say $4.99, so  in the COUPON space just below enter FREE4ME, update the cart, that will enter a $4.99 discount and you can simply push Continue Checkout.   Fill out the three information fields and push CONTINUE and you will receive an email with instructions on how to down load the book!  It will take you to a screen where you simply click download and it will be on your desktop in no time!  We’ve worked hard to see that the process is simple and quick.  *Please let me know what you think!

The free book offer lasts until the end of November!


Also note that the Foundation Series (highly simplified basic photo knowledge), are in 6 volumes, covering the most important concepts for beginning photographers.  They are $4.99 each and the entire set can be purchased for $24.99, a savings of $4.99.


In the coming months more advanced books will be released, please keep in mind these are starter books aimed at the photographer that is just getting into photography.  While the future nooks will go into a lot more depth, my goal will always be to keep them to the point!


One other navigational point.  When you go to the store where all the books are listed you will notice a button at the bottom that says VIEW MORE By clicking there you will see a more thorough description of the book and few sample pages, you can add books to the cart from there as well!


Hope you enjoy the new books!




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