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Archive for October, 2012

Leaving the Islands, Heading North…Lansing and Canada!

Oct 9

In Seminars & Workshops at 8:58am

Always tough to put St. Lucia in the rear view mirror. It’s a beautiful, serene place. Now, home in NY, it’s back to the reality of fall as the pace of the city accelerates, the leaves turn, and I feel like a squirrel on a highway dodging eighteen wheelers with signs on them saying “End of the year ‘s coming!” and, “There’s too much to do!”

But, good memories linger. We had a great class, filled with talent and high spirits, certainly exemplified by the artwork offered by the estimable, hysterical and talented Virginia Pinkston, who created a postcard in honor of the workshop. Yes indeed, TTL flash can be frustrating.

We were hosted as always by the gracious staff of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, where chances for lovely pictures grow in abundance, right there on the beaches and in the lush jungles. My heartfelt thanks go out to Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, from whose imaginations these places sprung, to the hotel staffs, and of course, Edmund Modeste, who makes everything happen for the workshop.

Also thanks to RC Concepcion, our guest instructor for the week. It was fun watching RC gambol about like a kid in a candy factory. His peerless sense of composition and post-production mastery of HDR were perfectly suited to the sweep and audacity of Jade Mountain.

We made a trip to the Soufrieres Firehouse again, and saw Garvey and his mates. I did a quick demo about creating window light with small flash by using a tri-flash with SB910 units and a Lastolite skylite panel to camera left, which worked out well.

And it’s wonderful and soul soothing for me, always, to photograph one of my favorite people, Claudette Adjodha. A wonderful guitarist and vocalist, she always, for me, has a calm and direct connection to the camera. Shot with a Quadra, fitted with an 59″ indirect Rotilux soft box.

The warmth of the islands will surely fade into the cool of the fall with a trek north to Lansing, Michigan for Friday’s One Light, Two Light tour. Looking forward to once again trying to wring good light, simple and fast, out of a couple of speed lights.

And, then, further north. We go back to Toronto, one of my favorite cities, to join with colleagues and friends for the PPOC convention, Oct. 14 and 15. It’s being held at the Westin, and it’ll be great to back in the north country. More tk….

Back in St. Lucia

Oct 3

In Seminars & Workshops at 12:10pm

Once again, we are in one of the most beautiful places on earth, St. Lucia. We are doing our annual lighting workshop at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, where the lush forests of this island meet the sea in a truly wonderful way.

We have a terrific bunch of folks, and we are moving lights and lenses all over the myriad possibilities this place presents.

The kick this year is we have as our guest instructor none other than RC Concepcion of the Kelby Media Group. RC is simply one of the best shooters and teachers around, and he’s also a dear friend. He has found himself in the middle of a place uniquely suited to one of his specialties, HDR photography.

I mean, it’s really a match made in heaven, this place and RC’s formidable skill set. He’s posting like crazy on his site on Google Plus.

We are already planning for next year. It’s tough to resist coming here with a camera in your hands, as I have now for 20 years. More tk…