Day Five – Derelicts and Photo Stimulators

Critiques ran long and we got a late start. Our first stop was Tallisker Whiskey Distillery.  I was hoping to take the tour of the facility.  I always love to see a company’s operations.  It is fascinating to see how they do things and sometimes get an insight into how they think.  Unfortunately, this day, …

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Day One – Loop Road including Tarskavaig

The first day of the workshop has arrived.  First, we all work on our images from the Eilean Donan Castle and then each of us presents 2 images to the group for critiques. The critiques are first from the students/participants and then from the instructors.  Part of improving your own work is to study work …

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Death Valley – Artists Palette

Artists Palette seemed to be a favorite of the group and particularly of the instructors.  Annette, too, seemed to love the place.  Each of them seemed to remark about the beauty of the multi-hued dirt soil.  But for me, we were taking pictures of piles of dirt.  Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the …

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Death Valley – Rhyolite

Rhyolite is a ghost town on the road out of Death Valley toward Beatty, NV.  It is pretty accessible and that is why I was somewhat disappointed.  All of the building remains were fenced off.  I suppose it was for the average tourists’ safety, but it meant that we couldn’t get up close and personal …

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Death Valley – Texas Springs

Monday morning and afternoon, 5 of the 6 students went with one instructor back to the classroom while the other instructor contacted the Park Rangers and started the search for our missing classmate at Zabriskie Point.(Since the latest blog, when posted, goes at the top, you may want to start at the last blog on …

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Death Valley – Badwater

Annette and I participated in a Photography Workshop in Death Valley this past week.  In fact, we just got home today after taking the red-eye flight back east.The workshop was good.  They pushed you to expand your vision.  In fact, part of their tag line is to, “Seek your vision.” Each day we were out …

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Elizabeth and the ’57 Chevy

Annette and I are very lucky.  Let me show and tell you what I mean.Annette has a friend whose daughter, Elizabeth, is strikingly beautiful.  This girl got married in September.  We were guests at the wedding, not photographers.  But, when Annette asked her if she wanted to do a photo shoot with her wedding gown, …

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Shem Creek

Shem Creek is a great little area near Charleston.  Annette and I went there for dinner and spent the rest of the evening taking images.Shem Creek used to be a very active port for fishermen in the area.  However, as of late, the fishing industry is having its challenges and the fleet is shrinking.There was …

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The Ravenel / Cooper River Bridge

If you ever go to Charleston, you will not miss the Cooper River Bridge. It’s huge. It’s unique. And, it’s in a very visible location.Underneath the bridge is a very nice, well-maintained Memorial Park.  It has playground equipment for the kids and a beautiful setting for the adults. One evening, Annette and I went to …

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Presque Isle Lighthouse

April 10, 2010This is the lighthouse on Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pa. The park is more commonly known as the peninsula.It was the end of a beautiful spring day. Warm enough inland, but cool enough near the water that you needed a jacket.The sun was going down and the lighthouse light was just …

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