Monthly Archives: July 2011

ALASKA – Lake Clark

Have been so busy with the workshops and collecting entries for the PSA International that I have had barely any time to review and process the images from the Alaska Tour.  Blogging for each day may not be feasible so I will cover the trip in short individual blogs interspersed with all my other crazy activities.  Part one of the tour was Lake Clark a relatively small area Southwest of Anchorage.  Lake Clark is at the junction of three mountain ranges with two volcanoes Iliama and Redoubt.  The east coast has rain forests while the West is is tundra and lakes.  There are no roads to the park so we flew in from Anchorage in small planes that landed on the beach.

Day one, as we approached the the lodge, high in the pines we sighted our first Bald Eagle.


Bald Eagle – Day 1

After a quick instructional lecture we headed off to vast areas of  sedges and beach.  The later part of June is too early for salmon runs so the Coastal Brown Bear feed on sedge grass and will also go the the beach to hunt for clams.  the following are a few Coastal Brown Bears from Day 1.

Coastal Brown Bear eating sedge

Coastal Brown Bear Searching for Clams

Sow and First Year Cub Playing in Sedges

Day two to follow soon……………..


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Plymouth – Macro & Close-up – Part 1

Despite poor weather I had a great turnout for Part 1 of a two part series on Macro and CLose-up photography.  65 plus attended.  Great feedback from the participants.  Part 2 (the hand on session) will be this weekend and as there is a sizable waiting list,  August 20 will be a repeat of Part 2.  Thanks to Amy  Davies and Graham Custard for organizing the program and a big thank you to all who attended.

A few comments from part one as posted on the Plymouth Groups web:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture, punctuated with examples and humor. It reminded me of my University days, listening to a professor, a true master and genius in his own specialty. A privilege to attend and absorb the information. But …. I have so far to travel in this macro journey !
  • Great presentation; a lot of information to look over. I can’t wait to go to Part II and actually do what Shiv was talking about.
  • Very interesting and I learned alot
  • While Shiv was clear and precise and had a lot of information to give it was way beyond anything I would venture into……but thank you for inviting him to share his EXPERT knowledge with all of us…..thank YOU Shiv………
  •  Thanks, Shiv! I appreciated all the tips that you had to offer and look forward to learning how it is all done on Saturday! Thanks once again, Amy for opening yet another wonderful venue for all of us at PDP !
  • Very well organized! Looking forward to class on Saturday!
  •  A very enlightening evening! If I heard Shiv correctly, I need to pack some aluminum foil, my granite counter top, and toothpicks for Saturday’s shoot. I may add a camera just in case.
  • Excellent presentation. Filled with tons of details about macro and photography in general. I left with a number of new insights.
  • Still trying to process all of the information given out tonite, it was wonderful, intereting, entertaining, what a skilled professional!
  • Excellent presentation. Hopefully will be able to participate in the 2nd part to this lecture when it is scheduled again.
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Asiatic Lily and Sunflowers – July 25

A mid-day trip, first stop North Kingstown, RI to photograph the Asiatic Water Lilies.

Water Lily Bud

In Full Glory With One Gone By

Water Lily Montage

Next stop, Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, CT.  The heat was fairy intense but not as bad as on Friday.  Regret we did not stay for sunset which turned out to be quite good,  may go back this weekend or sooner as the second field was only in bud.

Sunflower Pollination

The Right Field

A Buttonwood Farm Dreamscape

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Macro & Close-Up Photography Workshop – Cape Cod Art Association – July 24, 2011

The workshop at the Cape Cod Art Association was a great day despite the occasional rain that did prevent the attendees from photographing in the rain.  Rain drop covered flowers and grasses made for some beautiful images.  Will post a few images created by the attendees when the submit.

Below are a few quotes from the attendees:

“I thought I knew something about macro photography. This class showed me I had a lot more to learn. Having both classroom and hands on was valuable as was then looking at the work. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop!”

“Close Up photography has always been a challenge for me. This course was very helpful in better understanding macro techniques and the various camera accessories that are available to further enhance the effort. I am finally able to look forward to taking close up photos with confidence and enthusiasm.”

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NECCC Conference Amherst July 2011


Saturday evening photo opportunity to photograph hot air balloons (tethered)

The NECCC conference was a huge success with over a thousand attendees.  I presented “Flowers Capture and Presentation” – three sessions with superb attendance. I also presented at two double sessions “Macro Photography of Inanimate Subjects” with near full house attendance.  Pre-conference I did three portfolio reviews on Friday morning – even did a review for a photographer from California who flew in to addend the conference.  Now the work starts for next years conference.

A few images from the presentations and the Hot Air Balloon photo opportunity.

Black Eyed Susan – Stacked Focus
An image from my presentation on Flowers showing stacked focus for high depth of field

Another image from the Flower Photography presentation
Demonstrating lighting and alternate views

Hot air balloon reflected in late evening light

Another Reflection

Inside of a balloon looking straight up

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Plymouth – Macro/Close-up and Image Stacking Workshop

This workshop is now fully subscribed for both sessions July 25 and July 30.

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Back in Massachusetts after a great Alaskan Photo Tour

What an absolutely awesome trip – the weather was not the best but then that is what one has to expect this time of year.  The Costal Brown Bears, Grizzlies, Whales and Wild Flowers were phenomenal as were many species of sea birds and sea mammals.  Just started looking through a few images.

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