Moments of Inspiration & Revelation
Featuring the best of my latest still images, time-lapse sequences and video, I’ll share insights and techniques gleaned during moments of inspiration and revelation, that viewers can use to dramatically improve their own imagery. Inspiration — when events coalesced to create heartfelt imagery, and revelation — when, in the light of personal discovery, I came across a specific strategy or technique of remarkable artistic effect.
With grand landscapes and more intimate scenes, captured day and night, I’ll share the thought processes and field craft that took them to another level, including:
Lessons in the Art of Seeing
Possibilities presented under specific weather & lighting conditions
Using light and shadow to add depth and drama
Articulating what we perceive and feel, then transferring that into imagery
Compositional choices – visual flow, image design, compelling vantage points
Exploring with telephoto lenses
White balance selection
Color and textural contrasts
Enhancing landscape colors with pure whites and blacks
Fall foliage – converting the brilliant colors to black and white
What video and time-lapse can teach us about shooting stills
Painterly landscapes using impressionistic techniques, in-camera and beyond
Sometimes inspiration comes in post-production. I’ll share processing lessons on creating a light path to guide viewers’ eyes, artistic dodging and burning, selective color and contrast control, and more.
An ambitious project. A monumental presentation. Fresh. Creative. Informative.
To debut at the NECCC Conference in July 2022.
The Art of Photographing Trees & Woods
This comprehensive instructional video will consist of a presentation that examines in-depth the fine art of seeing and photographing trees and woodlands, and step-by-step processing demonstrations in Lightroom and Photoshop specific to forest images. I’ll delve deep into seeing creative possibilities, composing for visual separation and to accentuate lines, forms, patterns and textures. I'll offer strategies for photographing deep inside forests, along their edges and from on high, and illustrate the artistic opportunities presented by different weather and lighting conditions, most notably, fog.
Good tree and forest imagery is also elevated through artistic processing. In the narrated processing segments, I'll cover effective contrast and color adjustments, image softening techniques, abstract expressionism and amazing black and white conversion — all with the goal of creating moody, atmospheric woodland images that convey the beauty, grace and power of trees.
Planned for release in early summer 2021.
The supplementary presentation premiered in April 2021. Now available for camera clubs and conferences.
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FINDING NOVEMBER The 2020 Project
In 2020 I extended my original Finding November project with the goal of looking beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover the month's hidden beauty. Again, it would be an exercise in the Art of Seeing and enhancing my craft. I shot every day of the month — still images, time-lapse and video — and recorded my impressions while fresh. As before, November continually surprised me with unexpected subjects in inspired light and circumstances. The results are truly fascinating. The project now swings into post-production. Stay tuned for the launch, likely in several forms, and experience this remarkable time as never before...
Planned for release in 2021.