Archives for October 2009

DLWS Great Lakes Day One AM

We has a slight overcast for our morning shoot which was perfect for our subject…Fishtown. With the subject in mind, I used my infrared camera part of the time.


I love the quality of skin with the infrared camera so I took the opportunity to photograph a couple of our special guests…Terry White of Adobe & Wes Maggio from Wacom…



Of course, cute Stephie was hamming it up for the camera.


To capture the rich colors and quality of the wooden buildings I pulled out the D3X and combined a little B&W infrared with the color…


And, then Joe worked his magic and sweet talked Jeremy, one of the guys working in the fish smoke house to come out and pose. Once again, I used a mix of B&W and color to get the look I was after.


Images captured with Nikon D200 converted to infrared with AF-S 18-200mm, Nikon D3X with AF-S 24-70mm & 70-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media.

DLWS Great Lakes The Scouting Continues

The DLWS staff arrives at each and every location early to scout and find the best locations to take our group. Yes, we were here two years ago but, there was no fall color so, with color everywhere, our options for great shoots changes and we carefully search out what we feel are the best shooting opportunities both for great photos and to help solve challenges. Here are a few places we stopped to check out and while they were great options, we had to eliminate them for one reason or another…

Barn Pano Flat

While a great spot to aim our lenses, there is absolutely no parking.


Another picturesque lighthouse but, again, not an option as there are limited opportunities to keep us shooting for several hours.

_1XL9208 B&W

When we arrived, the clouds were dramatic with an ominous sky looking like an approaching storm. By the time we hit the end of the pier, the storm had begun to dissipate and the skies turned sunny. By simply turning the photograph into B&W using NIK Color Efex Pro 3, I was able to communicate more of the drama I saw when we first arrived. One of the challenges we cover at DLWS is not only how to capture the image using the creatively correct exposure with the appropriate aperture shutter speed combo and lens selection to capture the image as we see it but, we also go back into the classroom and share our techniques in finishing our images to bring our vision to life.


Of course, those who know me know that I simply can’t pass up a good reflection and the blue sky and white clouds the reflections were killer!

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media.

Bosque Opening…

Bosque 2007 Cover Sheet

Due to a cancellation, I have a last minute opening for Bosque del Apache Nov 30-Dec 4, 2009. If interested contact me!

DLWS And Fall Color Come To Michigan



It looks like we struck gold…and orange and red…fall color that is. The trees are cloaked in their fall finest and we can hardly wait to share the new places we are discovering with thirty plus eager new students this week. That’s right, it’s DLWS time in the Great Lakes. Be sure to check out all the staff’s (Moose, Joe & Kevin) blogs this week.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar digital Media.