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World in Focus Morocco Workshop

Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

In January I had the pleasure of guiding a group of 18 photographer along with fellow mentor and instructor Rachel Rudwall to Morocco.  This trip was sponsored by AFAR & Nikon and is known as World in Focus.  What a fantastic country to explore with photographic opportunity around every corner.  What was great about this trip being sponsored by Nikon, they provided participants digital cameras and lenses for the trip.  They provide the latest cameras on the market, D850's and D7500.  

We started our trip in Casablanca, we had a short tour around the city as well as a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque.  The Mosque is pretty new, it opened in 1993 and  It can hold over 25,000 worshippers. 

Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

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From Casablanca, we traveled to the "Blue City" . Chefchaouen, Morocco.  Chefchaouen is nestled in a small valley in the stunning Rif Mountains.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

After Chefchaouen, we were off to Fes.  Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco, it is noisy, fascinating and overwhelming.  They also have the mother of all medinas.  Walking through the twisting streets and alleyways can really be confusing.  We were told that there are over 10,000 streets/alleyways within the medina.  Leather is big in Fes, we went to see the tannery with all the dye pits.

Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

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One really cool part about our trip was riding camels into the Sahara Desert. We rode camels for about 1.5 hours to Yasmina desert camp for an overnight stay.  We did a few night shots of the stars with the dunes.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

We ended our trip in Marrakech.  We visited the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world. 

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

Soaps

Soaps

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Ring Flash

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A "Ring Flash" can be a very handy modifier to have in your bag of tricks.  I was commissioned to photograph the Assistant VP & Branch Executive Economist at the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Beside shooting what I would consider the safe shot (a standard portrait), I placed my subject into a narrow elevator and photographed her there.

An elevator is a wonderful place to consider shooting your subject, often the interior of an elevator is the nicest looking area in an office environment.  The brushed metal interior and the pattern on the back wall made for a perfect backdrop for this portrait.

Using a ring flash in this instants made sense to me. A ring flash is a light modifier which fits around the lens on your camera, it produces shadow-less light. Well nearly no shadows, unless your subject is inches away from a wall.  The resulting shadow would look like a cookie cutter shadow around the subject.

An elevator is a very narrow space, no room for typical light stands or modifiers for lighting the subject.  The ring flash by it's very nature, places the highlight or reflection of the light source directly around the subject. This actually helped me to focus the attention of the viewer directly at the subject.

Fracking and Rigs

Sunrise on the eastern plains, Colorado

Sunrise on the eastern plains, Colorado

Not to long ago, I shot for a new energy client.  I photographed a new drilling location from the ground as well as flying my drone for some great aerial shots.  I also photographed a fracking job for them.

Aerial images shot with my drone

Aerial images shot with my drone

Here are just a few more images taken on the one day visit.  

Fracking process.

Fracking process.

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The dog house

The dog house

Sunset

Sunset

Small Strobes, Big Results, Puchberg Wels, Austria

Marianna

Marianna

I'm in Austria teaching lighting workshops as well as speaking at 3 live events for Nikon.  This trip to Austria is my 9th visit in 8 years, and I'll be here for 3 weeks. I will also be returning for two weeks in November.  I've been asked to talk about the new release of Nikon's D-850 camera.  I was sent one of these cameras to put it through it paces.

The image above was taken with the new D850 camera, the lens was a Nikon 200mm f2.8 lens.  What a wonderful lens, a bit heavy but such a beauty.  The out of focus area behind my subject is just gorgeous.

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The large round umbrella behind student holding reflector is not part of the lighting.

The large round umbrella behind student holding reflector is not part of the lighting.

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As I stated above, I returned to Austria just two weeks after returning. November was busy as well teaching.  I had 3 Nikon NPS workshops, 2 in Vienna and one back at Puchberg, Wels.  I photographed a wonderful model by the name of Christina, we used hired her for the NPS workshops as well as some personal shoots.  Here are a few of those images of Christina I really like.

Nikon D850. Nikkor 20mm f/2.0

Nikon D850. Nikkor 20mm f/2.0

Nikon D850. Nikkor 28mm f/1.4

Nikon D850. Nikkor 28mm f/1.4

Nikon D850. Nikkor 58mm f/1.4

Nikon D850. Nikkor 58mm f/1.4

Nikon D850. Nikkor 200mm f/2.0

Nikon D850. Nikkor 200mm f/2.0

D850. Nikkor 105mm f/1.4

D850. Nikkor 105mm f/1.4

I love working with beautiful and talented models, Christina is just that.  Thank you for modeling for my workshops, your super.

NCI Group Photography

I was contacted by NCI Group, a Houston based company needing some photography in the Denver area.  I provided drone as well as ground photography for them.  NCI designs, manufacture and market a comprehensive line of metal buildings and components for the nonresidential construction industry.

I went out to Parker, Colorado to photograph a stable complex which incorporated the building materials NCI manufactured.  Here are a few images taken in a span of a few hours on location.

An aerial panorama consisting of 4 images

An aerial panorama consisting of 4 images

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Aerial Panorama

Aerial Panorama

Interior HDR

Interior HDR

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Vancouver & Victoria Photo Trek

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Join me on the fantastic trek breathtaking trek through British Columbia. We'll be visiting the beautiful and vibrant city of Vancouver with its unique architecture. Vancouver is a special mix of eastern and western influences set on the Pacific coastline with towering mountains!

We will also be visiting Victoria, the provincial capital.  We'll be visiting the Butchart Gardens, a unique botanical garden set in an abandoned quarry-simply beautiful! We'll cruise the Juan de Fuca strait looking for orcas, humpback, minkes and exceptional vistas. We will do a night shoot of Parliament, which is spectacularly lit at night.

Then we will head inland to a local falconry, for a unique chance to photograph birds of prey close by.  We will also attend a demonstration of their unique abilities. We will also stop by a local equestrian farm, to photograph thoroughbred and quite possibly a horse show!

Come join me for a unique experience, and discover vibrant Vancouver, quaint Victoria and stunning vistas.  For more informations, visit Highlight Photo Tours.