Monthly Archives: September 2012

Yosemite & Mono Lake Day 2 & 3

After a leisurely start we headed to the valley to see if there was any water at Bridal Veil falls.  No such luck there was a trickle but even that allowed us to see the magnitude of the height and widths of Bridal Veil as wing sways the falls from side to side.  We drove one way loop photographing the iconic landscapes and finally got to the Merced river bed at Cathedral Beach to photograph El Capitan and its reflections.  The first image is of Don photographing El Capitan while the second is an unobstructed view with the reflection in the river.  The Merced is quit dry at this time and give some new opportunities to capture images from the river bed.

Don Photographs El Capitan

A reflection of El Capitan.

El Capitan Reflected

 

We did a fe more locations including the views from Swinging Bridge and the river bed below.

Merced Reflection

After lunch at the Mountain Room we went to the Meadows across Sentinel bridge in preparation for a sunset image of Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge.

Half Dome at Sunset

 

Day 3 – A significant forest fire has been burning near the Cascades.  The fire started as a result of a lightning strike and has been burning since mid June.  The firs two days were not impacted but this morning the smoke was evident as it blew into the valley. The haze created by the smoke makes of difficult photography.

Smoke enters the Valley

 

After a day photographing from various vistas we headed out to Washburn and Glacier Points.

A 10 image panorama of the view from Washburn Point:

Washburn Point Pano

Half Dome at Sunset – Washburn Point

 

 

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Yosemite and Mono Lake Workshop Day 1

After driving from San Francisco to the Yosemite Valley – our first destination was to capture “Tunnel View” at sunset.  i will be posting images that were captured by participants as I receive them.  I shill have a few spots open for the next two workshops in Acadia and the Cape.

The weather was exceptional and the clouds were perfect for photography.  The first image is a late sunset image where the light is just kissing the top of El Capitan:

Tunnel View Sunset

This second image is from the same location capturing the brilliant after glow:

Tunnel View After Glow

 

The flight path over the valley will ruin most images but on occasion a dissipating con trail can be an interesting feature:

Con-trail Study-2

This next image is a 20 second exposure of the “blue hour” looking left from Tunnel View:

Yosemite Valley Twilight

 

Before packing up and returning for dinner I decoded to shoot one more image to capture the valley and the stars.  The face of El Capitan and Half Dome show the lights from climbers headlamps as the bed down on the rock face for the night.

Tunnel View – Stars and Climbers

 

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California – September 2012 PSA Conference

September 30, 2012 – It is good to be back in San Francisco with a decent internet connection.  I took a few images during the conference in and around Golden Gate Park and the Headlands.  Will be posting images from the Yosemite and Mono Lake workshop in a subsequent post.

Golden Gate Bridge from the ParkFort Point 1Fort Point - Canon PlatformsFort Point - Gun Powder HallwayGun powder Barrel - Fort PointFort Point - Officer's QuartersCannon Platforms - Fort PointLight house and the Golden Gate from Fort PointFort Point - another viewGolden Gate

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2013 Workshops and Photo Tour additions

As the first Iceland Photo Tour and Workshop is full, we are adding a second workshop in January.  Details below.  In addition the 2013 SW Florida workshop will be held March 16th to the 23rd, 2013.  Followed by the Spring workshop in the Smoky Mountans and Cades Cove.  The May 2012 Cape Cod Workshop was over subscribed and a huge success so we have a May 3 to 5 Light of Cape Cod workshop for 2013 followed by a mid spring workshop to Yosemite and Monolake.  Two post PSA Conference workshops to Acadia and the Cape followed by a Fall workshop in Acadia.  Additional workshops and photo tours are planned for Africa and the Bosque, details to follow.

More information is on the Workshop page of this web site.

January 25 – 31 Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscape This is a second workshop as the first workshop is over subscribed. Co-Leader Olgeir Andresson – The northern lights rank at the very top of the night sky’s most awe-inspiring phenomena. In 2013, the flickering curtains of dancing light known as aurora borealis are anticipated to be the most vibrant and spectacular.  These magical lights are just one of the many photographic opportunities on this workshop and tour.   Please book early as the last workshop filled to capacity in a few days.  Click Here for Details

Feb 15 – March 11  India Click Here for Details

March 16 – 23 Southwest Florida – Little Estero, Sanibel, Venice, Marco Island Florida is famous for bird photography. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Little Estero Lagoon and the Venice Rookery are some the finest locations and provide us plenty of great opportunities to capture great wildlife images. Click Here For Details

April 20–26 Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity—over 1,660 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. In fact, the park is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” Click Here for Details

May 3 – 5  The Light of Cape Cod – Spring in Cape Cod is a time where the cape has some of the most spectacular light and rovides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes. We will explore and photograph the Capes classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and wildlife (including migratory birds). Click Here for Details

May 18 – 25 Yosemite in the Spring & Monolake Photographing the phenomenal grand vistas of Yosemite. Half Dome, El Capitan, the Tunnel View and Mirror Lake.  The springtime snow-fed waterfalls will be in full glory as will the the dogwoods and other spring blooms.  This is the time of year for the most incredible light both morning and evening.(Awaiting Hotel Confirmations)

POST PSA Conference Photo Tour/Workshops

Sept 22 to 26 Glorious Acadia – Acadia National Park fall and coastal scenery photography workshop is an exciting opportunity for photographers of all levels enhance their skills capturing what Acadia presents. October is a unique month with unique opportunities for photographing the glorious fall colors of hardwoods, berries and reflections. The rugged coastal scenic are exceptional for both sunrise and sunset. Acadia and its surroundings has an amazingly diverse range of photographic opportunities for learning field techniques. Click Here for Details

September 26 – 29  The Light of Cape Cod – Early fall in Cape Cod is truly spectacular.  The Cape provides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes and the light in late September is exceptional. We will explore and photograph the Capes classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and wildlife (including migratory birds). Click Here for Details

October 18 to 21 Glorious Acadia –Acadia National Park fall and coastal scenery photography workshop is an exciting opportunity for photographers of all levels. October is a unique month with unique opportunities for photographing the glorious fall colors of hardwoods, berries and reflections.Acadia and its surroundings has an amazingly diverse range of photographic opportunities for learning field techniques.  Click Here for Details

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Iceland – possible second trip

First here is an image of the Aurora captured by by my co-leader Olgeir.  All I can say is wow and cant wait to be there in Jan.  Given the demand, if I have at least six photographers willing to go I will arrange a second trip in late March after my SW Florida Bird Workshop.  So email or call me soon if you are interested.

Aurora and the Ghost Boat – Iceland 2012 – Image copyright Olgeir Andresson

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Spring Wild Flowers – Smoky Mountains & Cades Cove – Workshop

Announcing the Smoky Mountains/Cades Cove Workshop  – April 20 to 26, 2013.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity—over 1,660 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. In fact, the park is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” From the earliest hepaticas and spring-beauties in the late winter to the last asters in the late fall, blooming flowers can be found year-round in the park. Wildlife is fairly abundant in Cades Cove and we will have opportunities if lucky, to photograph bears. There is approximately one bear per square mile in the Great Smoky Mountain National park although they are rarely seen except in Cades Cove. Other wildlife include bobcats, both red and gray foxes, coyotes, beavers raccoons, red wolves and the river otter. Elk have been reintroduced in Cades Cove and white-tailed deer are abundant.

If you are interested in driving from MA, RI or the vicinity we can split the cost of the car rental and gas and save on air and car rentals in the smokies.  The total cost is approx $1000 that can be split 4 ways.

Workshop details are available as a PDF Click Here for Details

Other workshops and photo tours for 2012 and 2013 are on the Workshop tab of the site.

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The Light of Cape Cod – Fall Workshop

October 19 to October 22 (three or four days, your choice)

Mid Fall in Cape Cod is a multi faceted photo opportunity with truly spectacular scenics and some wildlife.  The tourists have all gone, the Oyster festival is over and traffic is not a nightmare.  This very special workshop is for all levels of photographers from beginner to advanced.  The Cape provides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes and the light during fall is exceptional.  We will explore and photograph the Capes classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and some wildlife (including migratory birds).

Click Here for a PDF with more information.

Registration forms are available on the workshop section of this site or click here

Outgoing Tide and Marsh Grass

Brewster Grist Mill

Cape Cod 33

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Glorious Acadia – Fall Photo Tour and Workshop – Oct 5 – 8, 2012

Glorious Acadia – Workshop – Bar Harbor, Maine
October 5 to October 8, 2012

Sunrise – Otter Cliffs

Acadia National Park fall and coastal scenery photography workshop is an exciting opportunity for photographers of all levels enhance their skills capturing what Acadia presents. October is a unique month with unique opportunities for photographing the glorious fall colors of hardwoods, berries and reflections.  The rugged coastal scenic are exceptional for both sunrise and sunset.  Acadia and its surroundings has an amazingly diverse range of photographic opportunities for learning field techniques.

Excellent hotel accommodations and rates  have been arranged and we expect another full house.

A few comments from past participants:
Shiv’s workshop was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. It was full throttle, non stop. The exercises(handouts); really helped me to stay focused and think about how to compose my images. I must say that I really began to see landscapes and subjects, with a new perspective. Most importantly, I captured images that I’m pleased with. I definitely will attend Shiv’s workshops, in the future. Your time and money will be well spent.
I really enjoyed this workshop. It gave me a great insight into the concepts of light, which of course is what photography is all about. Shiv is a great teacher and was willing to explain ideas until everyone “got” it. It was well worth coming to. I would recommend it to all who are seriously interested in photography.

I learned a lot about digital photography from this hands-on, highly flexible workshop, and met a great network of people with a shared interest in becoming better photographers.

It was a wonderful experience to be around the two of you. We learned so much. Both technically as well as rushing up our concepts. We also really value the personal touch. Thank you.

Click here for details – Acadia Workshop

Please go to the workshop link for the necessary forms.

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