Monthly Archives: December 2018

Lumix G9 Hi-Res Mode – Canyonlands, UT

Canyonlands, UT. Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 50-200 mm lens at 50mm (100mm equivalent). Exposure triad: f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200

Despite windy conditions, I wanted to test the Hi-Res Mode of the Lumix G9 in a lighting situation where there would be a minimum shadow definition. I found this location and vantage point and returned at near high noon. The clouds were interesting but as they were not interfering with the light falling on this monolith, I set up and captured this image.

The original RAW file before any crop was 10368 px by 7776 px and approx 138 MB. One for one pixel (native resolution) at 260 DPI this image will print 40 inches wide. The image was processed in Capture One and I cropped down from the top for a better composition. The reduced resolution is a 1400px by 922px file.

No sharpening or lens correction has been applied, nor has any chromatic correction been done.

To determine the detail and quality of the image I have done an extreme crop as shown in the image below.

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Alaska – Bears of Katmai and more Photography Workshop

July 1 to July 7, 2019

Coastal Grizzly Bears and Walrus will be our primary subjects but we may also see Wolf, Lynx, Moose, Beaver, Caribou, Dall sheep, Seals, Fox, Sea Otters, Tundra Swan, Puffins, and Bald Eagles. This is the best location on Planet Earth to observe and photograph the giant coastal grizzlies (brown bears). In this perfect wilderness, you will watch bears fishing for salmon, digging for clams, eating sedge grasses or grazing on blueberries on the alpine tundra. Visit one of the world’s only photographable walrus pods on a remote Baring Sea beach.

The lodge provides a true wilderness experience.  Iliamna and Redoubt are two active volcanoes in Lake Clark National Park. Iliamna has not erupted recently but is frequently seen steaming from its summit fumaroles. Redoubt erupted in the spring of 2009.   Both these volcanoes provide an excellent backdrop for coastal brown bear photography.  

We will have the opportunity to photograph the coastal brown bears, boars, and sows (many with cubs) in their natural environment but at close up ranges.  At times 70 mm can be too much.  This location does not have the typical viewing platforms and limited viewing areas.  You will photograph from the ground as well as low trailers pulled by ATVs.


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Tanzania – Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Mara Photography Safari

August 14 to 23, 2017

A lion at sunset.

The annual migration in Tanzania is a once in a lifetime experience. This photo adventure is planned to give you the opportunity to photograph the world’s largest concentration of elephants per square mile in Tarangire National Park; descend into Ngorongoro crater with a population of over 25,000 animals including the big 5 and travel the northern plains of the Serengeti. We will visit the Mara and Sand Rivers to witness and photograph the annual wildebeest migration. We will also have the opportunity to be among and photograph the Maasai going about their daily routines. Game drives will take advantage of the awesome light of the dry season. If we are lucky we will see the endangered black rhino.

For this photo safari we will stay in camps and lodges that are inside the parks and reserves allowing us to view game in the early hours without the need to travel miles to get into the park. Our vehicles will give each photographer a single row allowing an unobstructed view from either side of the vehicle.





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Light of Cape Cod – Photo Workshop Spring 2019

Super Moon - Cape Cod Sand Dunes

Super Moon – Cape Cod Sand Dunes

Announcing the Light of Cape Cod

A 4-day, 3-night photography workshop – Eastham, MA – May 24 to 27, 2019

Mid Spring in Cape Cod is a multi-faceted photo opportunity with truly spectacular scenics and some wildlife. The tourists have not crowded the roads 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 spring is exceptional. We will explore and photograph the Cape’s classic seashore, sand dunes, lighthouses, and some wildlife. We will determine schedules and locations based on weather forecasts, tides and sunrise/sunset times. We may even explore the opportunity to do some night photography.

Anchor and Ropes

Anchor and Ropes

The workshop will begin with a meet and greet and an orientation briefing.  We will then venture out to capture a sunset. A post-dinner short classroom session devoted to teaching exposure theory, composition and field techniques will be conducted. Each day we will explore various landscapes whether intimate ones or those on a grand scale, photographing sand patterns, marsh grasses, and fishing scenes.

Our days will be based on a very flexible schedule allowing us to respond to the opportunities based on weather and light conditions so you can have the best photo experiences each day. 



A few comments from past participants:

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.


The Cape Cod Light workshop was such an incredible learning experience. The sites selected to photograph the sunsets were just beautiful. The entire group was so much fun and great to photograph with. I would like to thank Shiv and Monica for a fun-filled weekend and am looking forward to my next workshop with them. Gail Shiv is a great instructor and a great time was had by all.


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.

This workshop exceeded my expectations. It was chock full of practical information, and hands on shoots. It has elevated my photography to another level and given me the confidence and understanding to use a variety of settings on my camera but most importantly-the manual camera mode. My shooting will no longer be random, but previsualized, and deliberate. Shiv is an extraordinary instructor and makes sure you understand the concepts and feel comfortable applying them. He makes himself readily available to assist you in the process. This is the second workshop I have taken with him and hope to find the time to take many more. (Thanks so much for everything this weekend, it was fantastic, Ellen)

I consider myself an Advanced Hobbiest Photographer, but with still much to learn. Well Shiv Verma’s “The Light of Cape Cod” workshop was a well worth taken for experience I learned. The locations Shiv scouted out to photograph were wonderful. Not only classic Cape Cod scenes, but other sites on the Cape that were off the beating trail. Shiv not only teaches you about composition, but gives you his technical expertise on the use of exposure, HDR, and use of filters. He even got me over the learning curve of 100% manual exposure and shutter lockup for my landscape photos. I would recommend anyone to take this particular workshop, and I am personally looking to take another workshop of his at a different location.


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Vietnam – Land of the Ascending Dragon – Photography Tour, March 17 to 27, 2019

Vietnam – a bucket list location for any photographer interested in the many splendors of travel photography. One of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cultures that offer spectacular scenery, stunning historical sites, colorful ethnic groups that rank it among the great photographic destinations of the world.

This photo tour is tailored to have you in the right locations with the best light for all our planned photo shoots.  The tour is designed to provide you with a mix of street photography, people portraiture, landscapes & the work environment like fishing and salt collection. The tour includes arranged photography in beautiful locations with professional models and local village folk.

This is not a photography workshop but an intense photo tour.  We want this to be a fun photography adventure and all instruction is informal and voluntary. This is an all-encompassing tour that includes hotels, meals, and transportation from the day of arrival to the day you depart.

We will visit 7 beautiful locations for some of the finest photography.

  • Colorful ethnic people of the land.
  • Model shoots in traditional clothing
  • Hue, the Imperial City with models in ancient and exotic settings
  • Stunning images of workers in Hon Khoi Salt Fields
  • UNESCO World  Heritage site of Old Hoi An
  • Cham Culture 
  • Vast Sand Dunes
  • Conical hat market at night


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