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Recently we had a workshop out of Crescent City and the area of the Great Old Growth Redwoods of California. It was just amazing to walk around those trees and forests and we had a lot of neat stuff, other than just the “big trees”. We found osprey nests with babies and a bald eagle nest with two babies The rhododendrons were in good shape; but they are not always growing in an easy location. Fortunately our scouting enabled us to locate some adjacent to redwoods. They like some light and opening (thus they can tend to hang near the highways) and they do not like the salt breeze (so they are inland more); but they are lovely. We had some soft fog, but also found a prairie of lupines which was a bonus to the rhododendrons. But a big bonus was the low tide at a wonderful beach that had just a great coastline and perfectly “planted” starfish. We were the only visitors for over two hours; very cool to find a beach in California that is footprint free and photogenic. Crescent City is recovering from the tsunami, having lost its docks in the harbor; but fortunately the tsunami hit during low tide. The Battery Lighthouse is always a pleasure to photograph at sunset, and we had some special vantage points to photograph it from. And we found a great restaurant, for anyone going thru the area; the Chart Room for the local fish and chips and if you are looking for fresh, (really fresh fish, veggies, etc.) the Good Harvest Cafe is a terrific family run restaurant who prides themselves on healthy, good food. It is a wonderful area for photography, not overly impacted by tourists and plenty of variety and interest for the photographer and family too.
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We recently returned from a terrific workshop in Yosemite. The conditions were magnificent; we had some clouds and actually before the workshop started (we were there a few days early) El Cap had a sheet of ice on its face and fog at the bottom; it lasted only moments, but it was just spectacular. The dogwoods were in bloom and lovely; not past their peak. We were able to find some nice low hanging branches over the Merced and with our neutral density filters, slow the water to create the effect we wanted to frame the Dogwoods. It was a special group of participants, and they all got some super shots. There were plenty of tourists, but we were able to get to some nice out of the way nooks and crannies that we know about, where we did not feel the impact of the crowds. Everything just worked beautifully and we had a really great time. By the way, we all ended up at Happy Burger in Mariposa and that is a great place to stop whether going in or out of the Valley on 140. Next year we hope to hit the Dogwoods in perfect timing again. Stay tuned as we hope to post some images from our participants.
After Dark – This is a great event, very different than the more “traditional” workshop. It is set up so that the day begins with traditional business and photographing techniques and as the day progresses into the night –all kinds of spontaneous and creative photographic situations occur. There are “pods” for learning–and you can move from pod to pod, as the information may become irrelevant or not what you expected. All areas are focused on, whether it be Photoshop techniques, business techniques, lighting or technical techniques. There area fully equipped studio bays that you can use and plenty of excellent and willing mentors to help out. Models, terrific equipment and props are all provided. The group is held to 400 attendees and it is unique in that once you come into the event, you are not stuck in the back of a room of hundreds of people, straining to look at a monitor. It is all about being there, hands on and the freedom move around and take in as much as you can. Check out their Facebook Fan Page or email AD@afterdarkedu.com. For anyone who is really interested in learning more about lighting, posing, business, or just expanding their creativity…this is really a fun and unique event. We can offer a discount code “NSP” of $40 for the registration fee. The link for their website and learning more about the event is: http://afterdarkedu.com/
Many of you have heard that GAPW is closing its doors with a final photo workshop in Arches this April.
The GOOD NEWS is that we are going to continue to lead our original schedule independently this year and in the future. We loved leading these workshops and we are excited to continue to offer these classes to so many of our wonderful friends from past workshops. We look forward to your support. Please consider signing up and tell your friends as well. You will continue to get our personal service and photographic expertise in each workshop. We guarantee a fantastic experience. We also intend to add on some unusual and “off the beaten path” locations–not the usual venue, so stay tuned to our calendar to learn about these.
Our passion for photography and for taking people to wonderful locations to share our knowledge has not diminished; we certainly hope to share some more wonderful experiences and spend quality “one on one” time with you.
Susan and Neil forever seek “the Image, the Light and the Moment” through their camera lens. Together they teach workshops, photograph a multitude of subject matter: people, nature, landscape, weddings, travel, commercial and industrial sites.
Their work is represented by stock agencies both national and international and has appeared in a variety of publications including the cover of Outdoor Photography,, Elle Magazine, Sierra Club, Microsoft, Pacific Rim Magazine, Cure Magazine, der Spiegel, Tamrac International Catalogue Cover, Nikon World, The Wooden boat, Sierra Club, Nikon International Catalogue, and Proceedings among many others.