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8 months, 3 weeks ago 2

When Jim and I sit down to plan events for The His Light schedule, we try to pick places that will provide great shooting opportunities and fantastic experiences for our guests.  Last year I was honored to be the Keynote speaker for a great event in South Dakota called the Black Hills Shootout.  I me a lot of wonderful people and because Spearfish, which is where the event was based is so close to a lot of great shooting locations, I jumped at the chance to go out an spend a fews extra days in the region.  This is a fantastic area and I wanted to share a few images from that trip.  First though I wanted to tell you that I was inspired to add this great area to this year’s workshop schedule and we did something extra special!  Usually our six day workshops and tours are $1,295.  I so wanted people to discover this amazing place that we set the workshop fee at $995.  The trip will start in Wall, South Dakota the jumping off point for the Badlands and amazing landscape depicted in some of these images.



The multi colored Badlands and below one of the easy to approach and photograph wildlife. the Western Prairie Dog!



Out time in Wall will be spent at the famous Cowboy cabins, neat individual , cozy, and fun lodging right near the Badlands.  Wall is also home to the very famous Wall Drugs, a old time drugstore the size of a city block, filled with many great uniques shops!



After a few days in Wall we will move west to Custer State Park (the largest free range of Bison in America), The Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore!  While staying and working out of Spear Fish South Dakota we will shoot the absolutely spectacular Spear Fish Canyon!  Some of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen anywhere!



Everywhere we travel their are interesting and exciting things to photograph!  Even the side of the road forests in the area are breathtaking!



This tour will be limited to twelve attendees and only 8 spot remain available.  I hope you will check your schedule and plan to join for the is amazing adventure in the beautiful fall color!!




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Ye, we even have a fantastic old fire engine shoot just out side of Rapid City!


8 months, 3 weeks ago 8

I woke up to a snow storm this morning and it has continued through out the morning. All road including the interstate are slick and dangerous, so I will not  make it to Pigeon Forge for my 5:30 p.m. program today.  I hope to have clear roads tomorrow for my 3:00 to 4:00 program.  Sorry for the inconvenience.




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8 months, 4 weeks ago 2


Join me tomorrow and Sunday in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!  I will be speaking at the Wilderness Wildlife Week Event being held in the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.  It’s a week long festival of mountain crafts, learning opportunities, Mountain Music and Photography sponsored by he Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events.


This great event that is free and open to the public is made possible by hundreds of great instructors that donate  their time to make this annual event successful.  This is the 24th year of the event!


I am doing two programs:


Saturday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Seven Steps to Becoming a Better Photographer



Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Improving Your Photographic Vision


If you are going to be any where near the Great Smoky Mountains come over and say Hi!




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8 months, 4 weeks ago 1


On my desk I have a Shure Model 55 microphone, it’s a long story!   I  love music and my choice in music is all over the board.  One thing most of  my early favorite artists have in common is they sang into a Shure 55!  Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Elvis, well you get it, this mike is a symbol of an entire era of music!


It’s also a test target for me, sitting at my desk trying out different lenses I often photograph it. Today I decided to shoot  with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and three different lenses; the 35mm f 1.4, the 60mm Micro f 2.4 and the 55-200 f 3.5-4.6.  I tried to make the size of the mike somewhat similar in each image, and by increasing the focal length using more distance and narrowing the angle of view to show less and less background.  Here are the other two shots.


60mm Micro f 2.4 @ ISO 1600


55-200  ISO 3200 f 4.8


The point of the exercise is to demonstrate how the subject to background relationship changes as the focal length of the lens increases.  It is one of our bags of tricks as a photographer that we can eliminate or reduce background by narrowing the angle of view with a longer lens.  The background in these shots was my computer desktop.  By positioning the camera to control what colors on the desktop are included, you can further plan the outcome.  This is one reason why interchangeable lens cameras can increase your options in how you capture your subject, changing focal lengths!!!




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