I have been asked to guide a photo workshop to Cuba in Feb. 2019. I'm very excited as I have never been there before. Tampa2Cuba has put together a special tour for me, they have been providing tours to Cuba for years.
I am so excited to join Strabo Tours as one of their instructors. As many of you know, I spent 8 years working with Popular Photography Magazines "Mentor Series" Photo Treks. Over those eight years, I guided around 35 different workshops around the world. I love teaching and I am so happy to join the fine group at Strabo Tours.
I'll be guiding my first trip for Strabo Tours to the beautiful country of Turkey. I'm excited to return to Turkey, the photo opportunities are endless. The Turkish people are warm and amazing, the countryside is fantastic. Take a look at this solid itinerary, I'm sure you will agree that it is packed with all the top spots with super photo opportunities.
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.
From Casablanca, we traveled to the "Blue City" . Chefchaouen, Morocco. Chefchaouen is nestled in a small valley in the stunning Rif Mountains.
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.
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.
We ended our trip in Marrakech. We visited the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world.
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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.
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.
Here are just a few more images taken on the one day visit.
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.
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.
I love working with beautiful and talented models, Christina is just that. Thank you for modeling for my workshops, your super.