If you would like to go with me to the south coast of Iceland, May 19-28, I have 1 or 2 spaces remaining. This is a trip for photography, and we’ll have 19 hours of daylight with the remaining in twilight. So there will be 24-hour opportunities. We’ll visit the famous Vestrahorn, some glaciers, Jokulsarlon and the black beach of Reynisfjara, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) to photograph puffins and the Viking Church, hot springs and, of course, waterfalls (Skogafoss, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Urridafoss, and more). Finishing in Reykjavik for walks in downtown (all the building artwork) and a visit to the beautiful Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja church. Interested individuals or couples should contact me ASAP. For more information and to register, check out: Iceland Workshop
Following the Iceland Workshop is nothern Kyrgyzstan, June 2-14. I have 2 spots available for this workshop. Also, contact me ASAP if you are interested. I and some Iceland participants will arrive in the capital Bishkek on May 30 to spend the intervening days exploring the city and surrounds prior to the workshop. During the workshop, with co-lead Tim Vollmer, we’ll visit the highlands, lakes, and mountains of northern Kyrgyzstan, meet the people, stay in a yurt a couple nights, photograph the Berkutchi (falconers who hunt with golden eagles) and the various styles of architecture, old and new. Information, itinerary, and registration are at the link.
My other workshops are still open and available. You can see them all Here.
Join me March 20-27, 2018 to explore the beautiful, minimalist landscape of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, a dramatic environment of shifting contrasts, lighting, patterns and textures with a backdrop of the rugged San Andres and Sacramento Mountains. Emphasis during this workshop will be your interpretation of the stark dune environment using your senses and perceptions to search for simple, elegant compositions using elements to give depth, graphical design, and abstract impressions from broad panoramics to up close macros. We’ll discuss in a group and individual one-on-one guidance about using light and shadow to create form, improving composition, setting exposure under difficult lighting conditions, abstract impressions, and sensing and perceiving the environment to help find subjects and make meaningful photographs. Each student will also receive a copy of my book The Ecology of Photography.
Also, I’m excited to share that this workshop has been chosen as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by Infohub.com, the #1 portal on the internet dedicated to out-of-the-ordinary, special interest vacations. If you book my White Sands National Monument photography workshop before January 5, 2018, you will be entered in a random drawing among those registered for my workshop to receive a one-year full membership to the GPSmyCity app for Apple and Android, from InfoHub’s sister company GPSmyCity. Since there is a maximum of 8 for this workshop, your odds are pretty good!
The GPSmyCity app features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours, and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide. Because the app works offline, there’s no worry about roaming charges when using the app abroad. One lucky person who has registered for my White Sands photography workshop will be randomly selected to receive a one-year full membership to the GPSmyCity app and the over 6,500 self-guided city walks, offline city maps, and travel articles, a value of over $8,000 (includes all in-app guide purchase options).
Here are some of the workshops I have scheduled for 2017. Come join me and explore these amazing locations while learning to improve your photography and way of seeing. I’m working on others for summertime and into 2018, including an Antarctica workshop for 2019.
Here’s a special deal offered by Icelandair: 5 days, 3 nights, hotel, some meals, some activities, and airfare, starting at $685. I’ll sweeten the deal in that if you pay my way (double occupancy or single), I’ll provide you with one-on-one photo assistance during the trip. I’ll pay my own transportation to Seattle as the departure city, meals and other expenses. You pick the dates (for Northern Lights, go with February or March). I will depart from Seattle. Here’s the link with info. The catch is the deadline for booking this deal is July 31. Icelandair Hot Springs & Northern Lights travel deal
Contact me for more information and to make arrangements.
This is the year to dive deep into your creative process, to explore and discover what makes you tick and what excites you as a photographer. 2015 is the Year of Why. I’ll be offering a series of what I call Why Workshops where we’ll explore how we use our senses to be more aware of and find meaningful subjects to photograph, how our senses and perception affect what and how we photograph, and what it is about us as individuals that inspires us to create what we do. Join me for one or more of these workshops for February – May. More information and registration on my Workshops page:
Practical Smartphone Photography January 31 February 9 February 21
Basic Photoshop & Bridge February 6
Senses & Perception: Portland, OR March 6 – 8
Central Oregon Coast Workshop April 14 – 21
Senses & Perception: Oregon Coast April 22 – 24
Senses & Perception: Columbia River Gorge, OR April 25 – 27
In this mini-workshop, learn the techniques and nuances of long exposure photography. We’ll cover exposure settings, looking for and predicting patterns, making long exposures in direct sunlight, in shade, late afternoon, and night, and we’ll spend time practicing the technique while photographing in the field. You’ll need a camera with manual exposure capability and a tripod. Optional equipment: remote shutter release, polarizer filter, full neutral density (ND) filters (ND filters will be available for you to use). We will meet for a short classroom discussion then go into the field. Our field location will be determined on the day of the workshop based on local conditions. Optional meeting afterwards for dinner, drinks, dessert, etc. and discussion.