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HPS Program Jan. 13, 2014 The January program was a slide show of images from a trip to California in 2012. Following are the slides that were also used in the program. They were made to support an oral presentation so don’t stand alone very well. Ask the presentor if you have a question. Answers to a few questions from the audience are also included. A page of links is also included.
Ansel Adams California Caravan This was a one-week trip to California with Rick and Susan Sammon –Yosemite and then points east – Mono Lake, Bodie ghost town, Alabama Hills Program – –Travelogue slide show. 51 minutes, two 25 minute parts. Photographer’s name in lower left. –Then three discussions: The Importance of Good Light – Joy Henderson Comments on Photo Workshops – Henry Smith Getting a Photo That is Not a Cliché – Tom Bryant
Rick did mostly teaching on the site. Not much classroom teaching. He got us to a site and at a time that had good shooting opportunities and then pretty much left it up to us whether we wanted help or to be left alone. We spent some time mid-day when the light was harshest inside working on our images and he moved around among us offering critique and help. He likes to shoot and process with HDR, but likes a more natural look and he went over his workflow with us.
The Importance of Good Light – Joy Henderson
Creating Star Bursts Effect
The next slide is the one Henry intended to use but none of the computers could read his flash drive. So we used the draft copy which follows. I have also added my critique of the workshop.
Photo Workshops Becoming Extremely Numerous -- Choose Carefully Do Your Homework Visit Websites, Talk to People –Ask for References –Compare
Types of Workshops Commercial –Rocky Mountain School of Photography –Canon –Scott Kelby –John Baker (Bill Snoddy has used him) Local –Larry Perry — Knoxville –Tom and Pat Cory — Chattanooga –Cecil Holmes — Huntsville Private –Instructional Tutorial, Shooting, Critique Caravan Transportation to Good Sites
Thoughts on the caravan – Tom Bryant I had never been to the area before so was just happy to be there. I wish I had done more homework. I expected the workshop to provide more travel info (more like a Road Scholar trip). –Yosemite info would have been good. –Where did Ansel Adams actually photograph? –The history of Bodie was very interesting but was not provided unless we bought a tour guide. The caravan idea with each providing his transportation was awkward in Yosemite because parking was very limited. We were staying in different sites and so spent too much time moving and looking for parking. The Bristlecone Pines area was on our itinerary but we did not go there (I don’t remember why now.) My opinion -- I would have gladly traded some Mono Lake tufa time for the bristlecone pines. As you could tell from the slide show we spent a lot of time photographing a few old cars at Eric Schatz bakery. Lee Pratt pointed out that we were very near the Galen Rowell Mountain Light gallery but we did not go there.
Getting a Photo That is Not a Cliché – Tom Bryant I do not have an answer. This is a discussion topic. The number of new photos every day is huge. Improvements in equipment and processes have made quality work easier – the boon of the hobbyist and the bane of the pros. 250 million daily photo uploads to Facebook (Oct.2011). Instagram reports 55 million daily photo uploads.
We’ve all heard competition judges say, “Show me something I haven’t seen.” With many photo workshops and all the new photos being made, this is tough. For a slideshow, certain cliché photos are required to define the surroundings if you are documenting a trip. You must shoot some photos that define where you are and what you are doing. They will likely be just like thousands of other photos, but they are your clichés so be proud of them and use them.
Ideas Photograph details or interpretations. Get a different viewpoint. –off the tripod so shots are not at eye level. –I try to come back with dirty knees. Then I have gotten a different viewpoint. Add more foreground. Frame the scene
Links Mountain Light, Galen and Barbara Rowell gallery-Bishop, CA http://www.mountainlight.com/ http://www.mountainlight.com/ Glenn Taylor Photography-Atlanta http://glenntaylorphoto.com/ http://glenntaylorphoto.com/ Scott Prokop – Canada http://www.scottprokop.com/ http://www.scottprokop.com/ Number of photos made since 1828 http://blog.1000memories.com/94-number-of- photos-ever-taken-digital-and-analog-in-shoebox http://blog.1000memories.com/94-number-of- photos-ever-taken-digital-and-analog-in-shoebox