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2011 Workshops………… Michael Gordon and Guy Tal

Folks,……. First just a bit of  housekeeping. My website has been down for a few days and I hope its back up later today (Changing servers!)…..Please contact me via email with questions etc. jack@jackgrahamphoto.com .

Below is information on my 2011 workshop schedule, how to register and some great discounts. Again contact me with questions

Finally I would like to bring some attention to 2 great photographers and 2 good guys. I always learn from other photographers. Both Michael Gordon and Guy Tal are at the top of my list for inspiration. I know you will feel the same . Take a minute and see their work and visit their web sites. You will soon see why I feel the way I do about their work. Additionally, they are truly great human beings. It is an honor to call them my friends.

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PRINT of the MONTH

Sunrise on Mono Lake

This months special image is in fact very special to me. Next month I’ll be leading my 15th annual workshop to that those of us who love the area call “the East Side”, that being the Eastern Sierra’s of California. Even after numerous sunrises and sunsets at Mono Lake, I always have the same exhilaration upon arriving in the dark and usually cold conditions, just like the 1st time I visited.

 This image was taken last year on a cold but beautiful morning. Note the fog lifting off the lake in the background.

 To commemorate my 15th year on the “east side”  I am offering  a limited edition print, as shown above, signed, double-matted and mounted using museum quality materials, in a 16″ x 24″ white mat for the price of $150.00, including shipping within the 48 US states. 

 Normal pricing on this size would be $290.00. I will be printing only 50 prints of this image. Each print comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.
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2011 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:  After careful planning my 2010 workshop schedule is now available I have posted some updated information for these workshops on my website. You can access this information here:2011 Workshop Schedule.v3.  General information regarding my workshops (FAQ’S) can be found here:  #2 DW_GENERAL WORKSHOP QUESTIONS_FAQ’S INFORMATION

Registration FORMS: ( can be mailed or emailed back–deposit information included in reg form) REG MASTER 2011 

New locations like Redwood National Park, NE Ohio (Cuyahoga NP and the area), Yellowstone, Teton and Yosemite National Parks, as well as 2 special workshops here in Oregon highlight the 2011 schedule. A very special overnight pack trip up to Hunt’s Mesa followed by a day in Mystery Valley ( within Monument Valley) will also be one to remember..

 All workshop locations are those at I specialize in. I want tobe able to deliver the best workshop you’ve ever done and provide you the very best value and experience. If guides are required ( typically in Navajo country), I use t best available.

There are a few tentative workshops that are noted as of today. I am working to firm up these

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WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS 2011 ……………………… Here are a few ways to save.

 1)FREQUENT FLYER DISCOUNT: If you are repeat attendee you are entitled to an ongoing 10% discount off future workshops

 2) PRE REGISTER before Jan 1, 2011 and receive an additional 10% discount

 3) ARE YOU A NANPA MEMBER? North American Nature photographers Association www.nanpa.org . If so, include your NANPA # and accept another 10% discount

 4) BRING ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER. You’ll get discounts as applied and your friend ( must be a participating photographer) gets a 1/2 price discount on his or hers first workshop.

 5) REFER a FRIEND . Refer a friend to a workshop ( you need not be there) and I’ll offer you either a $50.00 allowance off a future workshop or send you a check for $25.00 after your friend completed his or her workshops

 6) BUY 4 get one FREE. Yes I have a few customers in the 3,4,5 workshop category… Simple… buy 4 get one free!

Restrictions: These offers DO NOT apply for workshops under $250.00 or for workshops outside the 48 stats of America. Offers DO NOT apply to workshops that are under the auspices of the Great American Photography Workshop or any other workshop company. Only the pre registration discount will apply to the tentative workshop in August with Mike Moats and Bill Fortney.

 Please email me jack@jackgrahamphoto.com  or call me 503-625-1430 directly for registration. I accept all major credit cards.

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MICHAEL GORDON   www.michael-gordon.com

I’ve known Michael for a few years now. We used to kid around with each other regarding always running into each other in some pretty remote areas. It really got to be pretty strange that we always seemed to be in the same places as often as we were. We have spent a lot of time discussing photography from the business standpoint to the creative stand point. Last fall Michel and a few other photographers camped for a few nights up on Tioga pass, near Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra. It was a blast sitting around the fire and exchanging stories and information. We’re going to try to do it agin in a few weeks.

Michael photographs with a 4”x5” view camera and film and is a great lover and protector of nature and the wilderness.  Michael’s focus in his work, is that of interpreting  the intimate and overlooked landscapes, in black & white mostly in California.When you visit his website www.michael-gordon.com   and see his images, you will notice the use of textures and forms both in the unusual and ephemeral. Through his work he as succeeded in portraying  land and the gifts it’s given back to him.

Below are 3 images with Michael’s comments

Calligraphy  ©Michael Gordon

Despite the plethora of moving rock tracks located on Death Valley NP’s Racetrack Playa, I had never quite seen any this graceful and downright artistic in their form. On this particular day, a couple of friends and I enjoyed the Racetrack to ourselves, reveling in the cosmic nature of the place and the remoteness and grandeur of the setting. On the walk back to the car, I spotted this arrangement, and I always know I’ve stumbled onto a good image when the endorphin-like excitement obscures my ability to think about little else besides making the photograph. Visions of this photograph excited and haunted me until the following day when I set up on it to expose a sheet of film. Although it doesn’t happen often, I conceived the title before I made the exposure.

                                                                                                                    Joshua Trees, Indian Summer Sky©Michael Gordon

 As a southern California native who has seen and lived near Joshua trees his whole life, far too many years passed before I realized just how unique and photogenic they are. A few years ago I began photographing them in earnest, and my efforts resulted in a new series of images (seen on my website): The Joshua Tree

                                                                                                                                                                          Joshua Trees       ©Michael Gordon

 Untitled:

Many photographers limit their potential by blindly following “the rules” regarding what constitutes “good light” and good subjects. I made this particular photograph during mid-morning hazy overcast light. It was many hours after sunrise, and in theory, this photograph is essentially subject-less and composed only of light (presumably “bad light” given the time of day I made the photograph). This image does not convey well at web resolutions, but most who view it in print form are stopped cold by it. This photograph challenges the viewer to figure out what they are looking at (Western Grebe’s floating on a calm Salton Sea) and challenges the photographer to see beyond their normal limits of seeing

©Michael Gordon

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GUY TAL   www.scenicwild.com

I first came across Guy’s work on The Naturephotogrphers Network ( www.naturephotogrphers.net) probably about 10 years ago now. I was quickly attracted to his style and his creativity. We exchanges a print and to this day, it on the wall here in my office,right in front of me for inspiration. Like Michael, Guy is widely published and has numerous credits to his name in nature photography.

Not only a photographer, Guy is also a writer, and naturalist living and working in the Colorado Plateau, in Torrey, Utah.  Utah is one of the most  scenic and diverse desert regions in he world. This  magical and endangered landscape is not only Guy’s home, but also his sanctuary and main source of inspiration.

To quote Guy’s bio on his website….
” I am often asked about the visual qualities of my work and how they relate to the elusive concept of “reality”. I strongly believe that photography is the most restrictive of the visual arts but at the same time also has the potential to make the most impact with the viewer for one simple reason: photographs have a binding connection with real events, real elements, real light, and real moments in time.”

   Late Night Thunderstorm  ©Guy Tal

Any obvious departure from these realities will cause an image to be dismissed outright regardless of any other aesthetic qualities it may possess. The photographic artist’s tools are primarily well-crafted composition and careful adjustments of the captured image within very narrow margins.”

                                                                                                                      Badlands in Bloom 

                                          
Heart of Stone
©Guy Tal                                                                                                                           ©Guy Tal

Recently Guy has opens up a gallery in Torrey Utah. I hope to get over there in 2011. As well guy has published his third E-Book, I finished reading it last night and highly recommend it. YOu can order it via download on Guy’s website  www.scenicwild.com   

                    Finally, it’s not a coincidence, that both Michael and Guy are great friends as well…..   JG

News…June 2010

Logan Pass, Glacier NP, Montana

     It’s been a cool and wet spring here in Oregon. May was the wettest month in 15 years (and one of the coolest. June is following suit, however I think we are finally breaking out of the doldrums.

Proxy Falls, June 2010

 Our waterfalls are still gushing like early spring and Mt Hood still has plenty of snow on it. Included in this blog are a few images made in the past few weeks wither on my own or while conducting some workshops in the area.

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WORKSHOP AVABILITY

Please visit www.jackgrahamphoto.com for details and registration forms:

OREGON COAST                                         July 15 -19   –2 spots left

FALL in the EASTERN SIERRA-                 Oct 14- 17— sold out

FALL in SW Washington and NW Oregon Oct 27- 31— 2 spots left

FALL IN THE BAY AREA/ NAPA VALLEY  NOV 4-  7—   3 spots left

BIG HORN SHEEP& WYOMING WINTER LANDSCAPES /CODY Wyoming-Dec10-14 –Sold out

One on One workshops are available … please consider attending—see below

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NEW UPDATED WEBSITE: For those who may not have visited recently, I’ve revised my web site a bit, added some new content and upgraded the Links (lots of new ones!) and E-Commerce sites. I’ll be posting new images weekly, so please take a look when you get a minute…. www.jackgrahamphoto.com

PHOTOSHELTER: Many images that are not found on my website are available via Photoshelter http://jack.graham.photoshelter.com .

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ALABAMA HILLS

As some of you may know, there is an effort to make the Alabama Hills a National Monument. The Alabama Hills Stewardship group (local citizens, local politicians and concerned citizens). Some of these folks do not want National Monument status, which they feel would give to much control over the BLM, but  Some form of resolution will be coming down perhaps as soon as later this year. As photographers who have been to this beautiful area in the Eastern Sierra, we know that this area is very fragile and should be protected. Meeting between all concerned are held monthly in Lone Pine. I urge you to be part of this effort by contacting the following & voice your opinion

www.alabamahillsstewardsgroup.org/about  Kevin Mazzu

David Kirk, BLM David_Kirk@blm.gov

The Alabama Hills BLM www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bishop/scenic_byways/alabamas.html

The Alabama Hills Advisory Council Update

www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2009/395_extra_-_.html

Quite a number of National Monuments and Scenic areas have come about from these grass route efforts.

PRO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER, www.pronaturephotographer.com is a new website dedicated to the business of outdoor and nature photography was launched last February by Charles Borland, a 30 year veteran in the nature photography business.  Issues facing today’s pro nature, travel and adventure photographers are discussed. I have found this website to be very informative.

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NIK SOFTWARE

As some of you know, I am not an “over do processing” kind of guy. I try and make my images look as close to what I witnessed when making the photograph as possible. Yes I use CS4 & Lightroom, but more and more I am using my NIK software to complete the process. You can read about my processing in my current E-Book for sale http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/jack-graham-e-book-series-1 .

From Define 2.0, which to me is the state of the art noise reduction program, to Sliver Efex Pro, for Black & White conversions… NIK is simply the best and easiest to use. Not only that, their web site www.niksoftware.com offers tutorials, webiners and more product information than you’ll ever need.

And for an added bonus…. When purchasing any product from NIK you can receive an instant 15% discount by using the code JGRAHAM when checking out.

I recommend looking into “The Complete Collection” that includes all of Nik Software’s latest award-winning plug-in software titles for Photoshop®, Lightroom® and Aperture™ including: Dfine® 2.0, Viveza® 2, Color Efex Pro™ 3.0, Silver Efex Pro™, and Sharpener Pro™ 3.0. All products now feature Nik Software’s patented U Point® technology, giving photographers the most powerful tools for precise and natural photographic enhancements and corrections without the need for complicated selections or layer masks.

The Complete Collection offers two editions, the Complete Collection Ultimate Edition and the Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture. The Ultimate Edition includes support for every plug-in to work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, and offers Color Efex Pro 3.0 to work in Capture NX 2 as well. The Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture includes support for each plug-in to only work in Lightroom and Aperture

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ONE on ONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS—Field & Studio

Getting personal instruction tailored to your specific needs, is a great way to become a better photographer. I am now offering one on one photography workshops in the field with a follow up session in my home studio. This is a chance to receive my personal undivided attention and have 100% undivided mentoring.

In the field, our time will be focused on everything from composition, technique, handling difficult lighting challenges, proper use of your equipment, how to make evocative images, to seeing an image and more. By letting me know your needs and expectations, I will customize a program that will meet and probably exceed your needs and expectations.

In our home studio session, we will review your images, either from the days shoot or ones you bring along with you. We will also discuss post processing and printing in depth. You will have full access to a state of the art computer system, including dual monitors with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as well as the complete NIK Software system is available. We discuss the processing and printing topics in depth as well as pricng one or two of your images. Other applications, such as web use or other marketing strategies will also be covered.  

Here in the Portland Oregon area there is a wealth of amazing photographic locations. You can seem many images of these areas on my website. I am close to the Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, and wine country of the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Hood.

My One on One day rate is $500.00.

However during this special offer, you can sign up for a full day of field work as well as an evening in the studio for $400.00 per full day. As these days are limited, I recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible so we can work with your schedule as well.

This one on one workshop includes transportation from my home (I drive —you don’t!). You also have the opportunity to schedule 2 or more days at a special rate of $350.00 per day.

By attending one of my One on One workshops, you will also be entitled to a 10% discount on future Jack Graham Photography Workshops (group workshops) as well as discounts on NIK Software, Lensaby, Think Tank, Hunt’s Photo & Video and Photograph America Newsletter.

If you have questions that are not answered here, simply email me at jack@jackgrahamphoto.com or call me at 503-625-1430. You can sign up using any credit card. Simply call or email us with your information.

After your appointment scheduling is complete, I will email you with all the information needed for out time together

 (One on one workshops are available out of the area as well. In addition to the day cost, other travel, lodging costs are additional)

 IMAGE REVIEW AND MENTORING………I am availabel by the hour for image reviews and mentoring sessions either in person or by the phone. Simply upload you images to a hosting service like Photoghelter, Zenpholio, Smugmug etc and away we go. My charge is $40.00 per hour and can be paid via MC or Visa. Of course this service is always complimentary, at any time to my current workshop alumni

News and Notes / Upcoming Events /website update /E-Book now available

JUST PUBLISHED:  SERIES 1 of my E-Book SERIES available at www.jackgrahamphoto.com . Each series will contain between 2-3 essays on related subjects in nature photography. Series one covers preparation ( before) proportional photography( during) and processing(after).

SERIES 1      PREPARE  /  SHOOT  /  PROCESS

Series one of my E-Book Series encompasses three important steps in making quality photographs. All three essays are delivered in PDF format, downloadable at www.jackgrahamphoto.com

Essay1 …. PREPARATION COMES FIRST….. Preparation is essential. It seems like few photographers actually prepare properly for a day in the field. I explain the why’s how’s and reasons that preparation is important.

 Essay2…..PROPORTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: I discuss some everyday compositional issues, as well as well as subtle issues that can make a good image a great one. I discuss how to deal with issues that both complicate images and render them mediocre at best.  I bring these issues to light in both Landscape and Macro venues. Easy to understand concepts are discussed and depicted in this image filled essay.

 Essay3…..  QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE TO PROCESSING YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS

 This is just that, a reference guide to how I process my images. I use Adobe Lightroom and CS4 as well as software by NIK. Leaving the minutia to folks like Scott Kelby and others, this publication discusses topics such as:

1)     Why Lightroom® and CS4® are both important and how to integrate both easily.

2)     Examples of processing, controversial processing, photo-art, processing tools

3)     How to properly evaluate an image

4)     Typical workflow incorporating Lightroom®, Photoshop® and NIK Software®

5)     Processing challenges such as avoiding over processing, bad cropping, over sharpening………………….  And more!

 ALL 3 Essays in my E-BOOKS / SERIES 1 are available for sale at $ 9.99  www.jackgrahamphoto.com

 Use Adobe reader 5.0 or higher. LIGHTROOM™ and PHOTOSHOP™ are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Color Efex Pro3.0™, Viveza 2.0™, Define 2.0™, Sharpener Pro 3.0™ and Silver Efex Pro™ are trademarks of Nik Software Inc™

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REVISED WEBSITE…………… www.jackgrahamphoto.com

I am very proud to announce  my newly revised website www.jackgrahamphoto.com. Return visitors my thing things are the same .. but there are many changes.

IMAGES:…..In addition to my ability to add new images on a much ( and I mean much) more frequent basis, you now will be able to view my images than before by clicking on the thumbnail within each gallery. (Also you can now go images to image without going back to main gallery section page. Many new images going into gallery area over the next 2 weeks as time allows.

SERIES 1 of my new E-Book is now available. It is downloadable there on the website, and in addition you’ll receive an  individual email to download it as well if you wish.

The  e- commerce functions are much easier and smoother …  Coming products may include instructional DVD’s, more E Books, and more (any suggestions?)

Check out the LINKS page for lots of useful information and many great websites of my fellow nature photographers, well worth looking at!_____________________________________________________________________________________________

UP COMING WORKSHOPS:  

OREGON COAST and a Very Special Workshop with Mike Moats, Bill Fortney and Jack Graham in the Smoky Mountains….. FALL in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

OREGON COAST  JULY 15-19 2010

COAST WORKSHOPS OVERVIEW                        REG MASTER 2010

The Oregon coast in July is something special

The Oregon coastline offers the photographer some of them most beautiful and famous marine views anywhere in the world. This diverse landscape ranges from sandy beaches with 500-600 high cliffs dropping off on rocky beaches with crashing waves, to tide pools filled with marine life. Many working lighthouses offer unique photographic experiences. Many small fishing towns offer beautiful harbors with easy access to fishing boats to capture the essence of life on the Oregon Coast.

We will spend time photographing all of this and more during our 5 days on the coast. We will begin in Ecola State Park, where old growth rain forests abound. Views of the ocean and Tillamook Lighthouse make this area a must. From there we head down the coast to Cannon Beach, known for Haystack Rock and fabulous sunsets. The town of Tillamook is a bit further south (know for Tillamook Cheese!).

We will parallel the coast, often not driving on HWY 101 to shoot locations like Cape Lookout, Cape Mears, Devils Punchbowl, Cape Fowl weather, Haceta Head, Yaquina Head, Newport Harbor,  Charleston Harbor,Cape Blanco, and more great locations ( with great names!).  Itineries will be customized to light and weather conditions. We will shoot the many lighthouses that still even today, serves aids to mariners. We will spend evenings in, Tillamook, Newport, Florence, and Charleston, near Coos Bay.

 In addition to field, work time will be spent reviewing images made during the workshop. Critiques and information that will aid your photographic development are offered during these review sessions.

 We will also discuss the processing part of digital photography. Without exception, previous attendees have found these sessions invaluable.Not only will we be shooting the vistas, lighthouses etc, but we will be shooting some of the pristine landscapes as well as the close up world found in the many tide pools along the coast.

 Sunrises and sunsets can be amazing. We will get you to the right locations, at the right time of day and make the best use of the week on the coast.

 Please contact me for additional information……  This is a trip you won’t forget!    jack@jackgrahamphoto.com

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LANDSCAPE…….. CLOSEUP….and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN  workshop, ownsend Tn, (Smoky Mountains)—JULY 29-Aug 1, 2010

  Bill Fortney( www.billfortney.net),  Mike Moats ( www.tinylandscapes,com)  and I are conducting a complete photographic workshop entitled LANDSCAPE, CLOSEUP and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN in Late July, early August.   This is a one of a kind event will take place in Townsend Tn, the home of  Great Smoky Mt. National Park. I can guarantee you an unforgettable and unique experience, one that will make you all better nature photographers.

This will be a combination of classroom and field work. Field work will be in the early mornings when it’s not only the coolest, but the time when subject matter (in addition to the sunrise of course!) is something special, due to the normally heavy dew. Mid Day and afternoon classroom sessions will offer discussions beyond what you usually get in photography workshops.  Bill, Mike and Jack will offer their own vision and ideas which will be on display during this workshop. Each specializes in a different phase pf photography and therefore offers you a wide range of information.

Dont miss this one. It is rare to get three top nature photographers in one workshop setting.

Please contact Jack at jack@jackgrahamphoto for more details.

DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE  FMG_SCPD WORKSHOPS_TN_Summer2010v2     REG FORM F M&G

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FALL in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP  Jack Graham & Ralph Nordstrom

NOVEMBER 4-7  2010

Once again, Ralph Nordstrom (www.ralphnordstromphotography.com ) and Iwill be teaming up for an exceptional few days in Northern California in the fall. The tourists are gone, the kids are back to school and things are never better in this beautiful area of the country. The days are still warm and the smell of fall is in the air. We’ll be spending quality photographic time in the Napa Valley and on  the coast in and around San Francisco. We’ll also spend some time in San Francisco itself to capture some of the flavor of this unique city.

As always classroom sessions will take place to look at our work, and discuss important topics that will greatly aid in improving you photography.

Please read  this overview for lot’s more information and consider joining us for a very unique experience.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-WORKSHOP INFO NOV 2010                REG MASTER 2010JGRN