Archives for the month of: January, 2010
A bit of a hiatus from blogging this past week and some. Combination of things put me off the track for a few days … I hurt my knee on a morning walk two Saturdays past, had to prep for a new workshop I taught this past weekend. Together these things robbed my attention from doing the blog posts briefly.

But they didn’t stop my working some photos by much … 

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I remember this morning in the city of Anacortes, Washington. I was there for a workshop at the headquarters of Lenswork Publishing in October 2008. It was chilly out during the early morning and fog rolled in and out as I wandered for a couple of hours prior to the workshop start. 

The set of photos I made that week have remained on my laptop since so when I was prepping for the Digital B&W workshop this weekend, I figured it would be a good thing to use in demonstrating working methodology. This photo popped out at me in that process and I wondered why I hadn’t rendered it before, so I used it as an example of how to look at a scene and start the job. 

A few minor tweaks on my calibrated monitor on Monday, and I’m very pleased with the print. 

There are a couple other photos I rendered this past week, prepping for the B&W workshop, that you can view by visiting my flickr.com photostream. Use this link to get there quickly: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gdgphoto/

My Workshop News

The digital B&W workshop this past weekend was terrific: had four participants sign up, lots of good material we went through and they produced a variety of good photos from the effort. I’ll be offering this workshop again. They were a great group to work with, I thank them for their participation. 

Next up I’ll be offering the Photoshop workshop again on February 20-21 … I’m refocusing it a little bit, it will be part one of the three part sequence … but I’ll let formal announcement go until the next blog post, hopefully in a day or three. 
Every time I think I’m done with these ‘found art’ works, something catches my eye again. 

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My Prius has turned 50. 50,000 miles that is … Bought in August of 2006, it’s carried me around the entire USA from California to New York to Louisiana and Texas, home again, then to Anacortes in Washington, back and forth to Monterey, Hollister, San Francisco… everywhere. I had a small contretemps with another car at an intersection last year, but it has survived that with no scars. It’s carried five of use to events, it’s carried loads of my junk from one place to another. In all these miles it’s run perfectly, flawlessly, and economically. 

Not that this is unreasonable to expect in this postmodern era of the automobile. I can hardly imagine any car not doing this mileage with no problems. My last Toyota did the same, three times over. Only that so many people said to me when I bought it “huh, it’s got no power, you can’t travel with it, it’ll be expensive to own …” etc. 

But it meant also that I found myself walking back from the dealership yesterday morning, having dropped it off for service at 7am. Can’t leave the house with a camera in my hand, it seems. And I *almost* made it home with snapping the shutter. When I saw this. And in seeing these yellow leaves floating on their infinity of gray concrete, I saw in my mind the reaches of a vast cliff from which people set sail in their yellow craft to fall and float into the vastnesses below. 

Couldn’t help myself. I finished my walk as I put the camera back in its bag and made breakfast. 

Toyota called ten minutes later to tell me the car was ready to pick up. Did I say good service too? 

Workshops at the Media Center 

The Lightroom workshop this past weekend went well, with three participants and spirited discussion, conversation, from end to end. It’s becoming clear that the sophistication of the Lightroom audience is growing fast … the current eight-nine hours of workshop is now too brief to do the material justice. I’m going to split it into maybe a two or three workshop sequence … Workflow, Image Processing, Exporting and Making Products. 

Coming up next is a workshop I’ve been eager to present for a while: 

Creating B&W Photographs: A Digital Approach

January 23-24, Saturday 3-6pm, Sunday 11-5pm

A two-day hands-on workshop exploring the creation and rendering of black and white photographs using digital means. Learn techniques for shooting with your digital camera as well as how to scan B&W or Color negatives and render them into presentation quality B&W photographs. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom image processing applications will be used. The class will focus on doing, be prepared to bring your own photographs to work on! 

Offered at the Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, California, USA

For more information and registration see the website

Or call Dave Sorokach (650-494-8686) at the Media Center

Or email me directly if you have questions.. 

This first week of the year has been moody, quiet. My mind has been distracted, the fog photos from last weekend’s Sunday morning are a reflection. In too deep, far gone into the woods. Until the animals came …

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I took a drive to San Francisco today. Wandered my usual haunts by Union Square and visited the galleries. As I left the gallery complex at 49 Geary, there is a toy shop up the block. These guys were looking at me and drew me back. Casual snaps, quickly done, but they lightened up my mood and made me laugh. 

Sometimes, that’s all it takes. I teach another workshop this weekend. Now I know it will be fun. 
It’s that moment again. The first week of a new year. Holidays are over, decorations came down. The list of things to be completed last year is done. The new year’s list begins. And inertia grips the mind and thoughts … the break in routine is done, but it wants to linger. 

I went for a walk this past Sunday morning. I’d been sitting, reading, early on and the sun slipped behind the cloud of fog. Up, up and out. Fast before the fog goes.

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It was marvelous out there. The fog, while it lasted, was very chill: I wore hat and gloves, scarf under my jacket. The stillness and quiet of the sunday morning was broken only by the occasional other walker or occasional car cruising slowly along in the mists. 

A sense of distance, of quiet beginnings, of the moment’s pause before the plunge back into activities and doing again. A pause between tick and tock. It’s been three days and I still can’t shake off that brief walk in fog …

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But I must. There is work to do, and events to plan, and the year must indeed begin. 

Register for the Lightroom workshop now! There are a few seats available. 

January 9-10 :: Lightroom: Starting In The Middle
(Saturday 3-6pm, Sunday 11-5pm)

A two-session workshop for photographers interested to learn how to use Adobe Lightroom. No prerequisites, some familiarity with Photoshop and image processing can be helpful but isn’t necessary. Lightroom is a image management and processing application that handles the photographic process from camera card to finished products efficiently and effectively … Ideal for everyone from the amateur to the professional photographer. It integrates well with Photoshop users work as well, supplying the image management capabilities that Photoshop lacks. 

The classroom is fully equipped, students are welcome to bring a library of their own work, either on external hard drive or laptop, as well to ensure the workshop is most useful to their needs. 

Offered at the Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, California, USA

For more information and registration see the website

http://www.midpenmedia.org/ 

Or call Dave Sorokach (650-494-8686) at the Media Center

Or email me directly if you have questions.. 

http://www.gdgphoto.com/contact.html
Stars light, stars bright, 
Seven stars I see tonight
Against the deepening evening sky, 
They float and watch the Time go by.

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Last photo for 2009. It’s been a year. 

Happy New Year!