2013 Workshop Information… my 19th year!

Greetings everyone.

I have put together a document that outlines my workshops for 2013. Registration forms are included.    2013WORKSHOP SCHEDULE & INFORMATION.

Please remember to register before Jan 1, 2013 and receive a 10% discount ( an all workshops other than international, or workshops I conduct for other leaders) 2013 WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS v2

My photography workshops are designed for the nature and outdoor photographer, no matter what level. In 2013 I am entering my 19th year conducting workshops throughout the United States. My workshops give you, the photographer, and more time in the field to work on your photography while interacting with nature.

We don’t stop and photograph, get back into our cars and drive to another spot … then spot after spot. My itineraries are designed to take weather, light conditions and the best photographic opportunities into consideration. You can expect to be out at sunrise, unless the weather is prohibitive, then continue through sunset, taking advantage of the day’s golden hours. We usually take a rest for lunch and image review, etc., sometime around midday when the light is harsh, and recharge ourselves for the balance of the day. We also take time during our workshop for informal classroom sessions to further critique our images and discuss important photographic topics.

I take everybody’s styles, levels and expectations into account and provide my total attention and service to your needs. My goal is that by the end of our workshop you will come away knowing your photography has moved to a higher level (along with some great images!)

My groups are small, usually around 7-9 attendees. This makes quick changes in itineraries, and even more important … lots of personal attention easier. Larger workshops (13-15 attendees), such as the Eastern Sierra in October, are augmented by noteworthy workshop leaders such as  Bill Fortney   www.billfortney.com & Guy Tal. www.guytal.com

Without exception, I am well versed in the locations and logistics of each workshop location. I do not conduct workshops where I do not know the lay of the land, backwards and forwards. This is important in order to make the best use of our field time and get you to the right place at the right time, to insure the successful photographic opportunities each location provides.

I am a full time photographer and workshop leader. Along with many established and well known workshop leaders, every month I see names of folks new to the workshop business advertising in publications. I have been in the photographic workshop business for over 15 years. I have had attendees become close friends. I even have attendees meet each other and continue their friendship long after the workshops are over. My workshop return customer rate is about 27%. I take great pride in that.

My itineraries are very often copied (more than you would think!) I also take pride in knowing other workshops know a good thing when they see it. Some workshops offer lower prices than I do. My answer to that is quite simple – I do my homework, have vast knowledge of the areas I choose, scout these areas prior to the workshops and use top guides and assistants when necessary. I provide an exceptional value to my clients.

Thanks you for considering these events

Considerations for Winter Nature Photographers … Keeping warm, equipment, and condensation

JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY www.jackgrahamphoto.com

LEARN to SEE                              LEARN to THINK                    LEARN to CREATE

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2013 Workshop schedule:  http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/2013-photography-workshop-schedule

Workshop Registration Form: http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/REGISTRATION%20FORM%202013v2.pdf

Workshop Overview http://jackgrahamphoto.com/workshop-overview

Workshop FAQ’S:  http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/GENERAL%20WORKSHOP%20QUESTIONS_FAQ’S%20INFORMATION_v2013a_1.pdf

Workshop Referrals: http://jackgrahamphoto.com/referrals

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Foggy sunrise, Washington County, Oregon

NEWS and NOTEWORTHY

Like every year, it amazing that soon it will be 2013. I have many interesting workshops planned. One such workshop is a special trip to Cuba (don’t miss this one— http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/cuba-february-8-15-2013

gets 2013 off to a blazing start. You can link to the 2012 workshop information by clicking on the links at the top of this post. Remember to check out my workshop discounts http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/2013%20WORKSHOP%20DISCOUNTS%20v2.pdf. REGISTER BY JAN 1 and receive a 10% discount (does not apply to international workshops and those I conduct for other organizations).

There are still a few openings for my Ultimate Iceland™ Photography Workshop in July, Register now http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-iceland-2013-limit-10-attendees and Greenland too !!!;;;http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-greenland-new-2013

You can see some images made my last year’s attendees here http://jackgraham.photoshelter.com/gallery/2012-ICELAND-WORKSHOP-ATTENDEE-IMAGES/G0000dpVO0jXHKCI/

I’ll be back in NE Ohio in October for fall color and once again a full day (including a private Amish dinner) with my Amish friends on their farm in Sugarcreek Ohio. I’ll be teaming up with my good friend, world-class photographer and teacher Bill Fortney (www.billfortney.com) for a workshop you will not want to miss! I’ll be in Utah October 2013 for a late October event in the red rock country (http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/canyons-and-red-rocks-utah

I receive many requests for the link the webinar I conducted  for NIK SOFTWARE entitled, “Keeping it Simple .You can view it here: ( if you purchase any or all of the NIK Software package… enter code JGRAHAM and receive a 15% discount!!!

http://www.niksoftware.com/learnmore/usa/index.php/webinars/archives/#/keeping-it-simple-with-nik-software-with-jack-graham/0/0/0/0/0

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PREPARING FOR COLD WINTER NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

© Jack Graham / Jack Graham Photography LLC

Cold Rain in Grand Teton National Park
Ready for anything in Iceland

In preparing for my upcoming photography workshops in Grand Teton NP later this month as well as Iceland in January, there are many things to consider. Winter conditions present challenges that we don’t face during other seasons. In this article I’ll discuss these challenges and how I deal with them.

I’ll break this into two main areas: Clothing and Equipment

 

Traversing the Glacier, Iceland

Keeping warm—CLOTHING

There’s nothing worse than being in a beautiful location, having some great low angle light that we have during winter, a perfect landscape and there you are freezing cold because you are not prepared. Choosing the correct clothing can really make a difference. Just like basic photography, keeping it simple is the best way to deal with dressing for the cold.

You will see references to the use of wool. I like wool over synthetic products. Here are the comparisons: (You can read a great article dealing with wool vs. synthetic (base layers) here http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/comfort_moisture_transport_wool_synthetic_clothing.html )

  • Wool is significantly better at resisting buildup of body odors than most synthetics – even the improved ones
  • Wool feels warmer and less clammy on the skin when damp
  • Wool takes approximately 50 percent longer to dry than synthetics (range 40 to 60 percent). This was consistent across the board under a large range of conditions – in lab tests of fabric swatches, whole shirts on hangers, shirts on warm bodies, and actual in-field performance of shirts wet with sweat and shirts intentionally saturated with water.
  • In our soak test, the difference in water absorption (x increase over dry weight) between wool and synthetics was less than we initially believed. Approximately 3x dry weight for synthetics versus 4x dry weight for wool.
  • Synthetic fabrics wick moisture out faster over a larger surface area. This may in part contribute to their faster drying times but also to a chilling effect in cool and especially windy conditions.
  • Synthetic fabrics are lighter than wool for comparable warmth.
  • Many synthetic garments are significantly less expensive than wool.

NOTE: Some people cannot even wear even the softest wool fabrics without breaking out in a rash, while others cannot tolerate the stench of wearing a synthetic garment for a week, and still others hate the clammy feeling of the synthetics.

We need to think about four basic areas: head, hands, feet and body. Your body loses a lot of heat through your head. Common sense is to protect your head from the elements. Because we need to look through our cameras viewfinder, I tend to look for head protection that does not have a bill. In other words in winter I avoid baseball caps. They are not warm enough and the bill gets in my way.

 

Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio

HEAD:

I like skullcaps and face coverings:

Here in America you might know of REI (www.rei.com ) just one of many outdoor clothing retailers. In Iceland and Europe, the company 66NORTH (www.66north.com ) designs some amazing products not commonly found here in America (you can buy online—products ship from a US warehouse). A skullcap they sell is one. It’s the Baser Cap, made of 100% merino wool.http://www.66north.com/us/shop/p-4263-basar-hat.aspx  . Most of the ones I see here in America are not 100% wool. Why a wool skull cap?

  • Wool has super wicking properties to keep you warm and dry.
  • It is itch free.

I use this face cover, also known as a balaclava http://www.rei.com/product/725892/outdoor-research-option-balaclava

Outdoor Research Option balaclava is a great, lightweight layer for any cold-weather excursion.

  • Thermodynamic™ fabric features a durable nylon outer face and a moisture-wicking, looped polypropylene inner face
  • Contoured shape with light stretch and flat seam construction offers a trim fit
  • Can be rolled up to wear as a beanie when weather permits
A dusting of snow at the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon

Don’t forget your ears. I recommend these ear warmers: The 180s Tec Fleece ear-warmers. Soft polyester fleece lining adds warmth and feels great next to skin http://www.rei.com/product/837458/180s-tec-fleece-ear-warmers

  • Polyester insulation keeps your ears warm on cold winter days
  • Adjustable, click-to-fit design accommodates most head sizes; 180s Tec Fleece ear-warmers collapse down small for simple storage
  • Behind-the-head design allows ear-warmers to be worn while wearing a hat, helmet or eyeglasses

Also Why not cover your neck as well. I suggest something like this: SmartWool PhD HyFi Training headband before heading out the door for cold-weather runs and hikes.   http://www.rei.com/product/835634/smartwool-phd-hyfi-training-headband

  • Nylon face is backed by soft merino wool for great comfort next to skin; fabric provides warmth and helps block wind
  • Contoured design ensures your ears are covered

BODY:

There are two ways to make sure you keep your body warm. One is the obvious down jacket. The other is a layering system. The layering system takes up much less space, and weight in my suitcase or duffel bag, an important consideration if you are travelling, especially flying.  If you do decide on the jacket method, remember, there are different grades of down. Also the quality of the jacket is what makes some more expensive than others. I would look for the quality of the zipper, fabric etc. Here are two jackets to consider if you want to go this route. These are my suggestions. There are many other manufactures that make good wool and shell components.

BEST———–Mountain Hardware Downtown coat http://www.rei.com/product/753465/mountain-hardwear-downtown-coat-mens

  • Durable Ascent Micro Herringbone™ nylon shell resists abrasion and features Dry.Q Core waterproof, breathable laminate to protect your from wind and wet weather
  • 650-fill down provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio; down is the lightest, warmest and most compressible insulation known
  • Nylon taffeta lining wicks moisture, dries quickly and glides easily over layers
  • Zip-off hood adjusts with a single-pull drawcord; laminated brim increases foul-weather protection; Micro-Chamois™-lined ching guard protects sensitive skin
  • Rib-knit collar and cuffs snug up the fit and create a cozy feel against your skin
  • Stormflap sandwiches front zipper and restricts cold-air entry; waist drawcord seals out snow and cold
  • Fleece-lined hand warmer pockets warm chilly digits; zip chest pocket and interior security pocket stow small essentials
  • Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat also features an internal media pocket with earbud cord exit

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Snowstorm on Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ

Pretty good Value——The REI Antifreeze down jackethttp://www.rei.com/product/802247/rei-antifreeze-down-jacket-mens

Durable, downproof double ripstop polyester shell surrounds lightweight, toasty warm, highly compressible 700-fill-power? goose down insulation

  • Shoulders, upper back and outer sleeves feature a fabric selected to enhance abrasion resistance; Antifreeze features a Durable Water Repellent? treatment to shed rain and snow
  • Windproof to 50 mph
  • Horizontal baffled construction keeps down from shifting and maximizes warmth-generating loft; reduced fill on sides cuts down on bulkiness
  • 2-way front zipper features an internal stormflap to thwart? the wind coming through
  • Zip-off, down-insulated hood wraps around the lower face for extra warmth; side and back adjusters provide a close fit and good peripheral visibility
  • Hem drawcord and inner fleece cuffs seal in warmth
  • Includes 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 interior pocket with a cord port
  • Stuff sack included

If you are going to go the layering route here is what I recommend. ( 4 layers)

1)    When it gets really cold, I’ll be wearing the  SmartWool Microweight Crew shirt …………….

http://www.rei.com/product/828659/smartwool-microweight-long-sleeve-crew-shirt-wool-mens

  • Fine merino wool helps maintain a comfortable temperature whether the day is hot, cold or in between
  • Chafe-free flatlock seams enhance comfort
  • Fabric protects skin from harsh UV light with a UPF rating of 25
  • Shaped bottom hem enhances fit
  • Unlike traditional wool, SmartWool items do not itch and can be repeatedly washed and dried without shrinking
  • The formfitting SmartWool Microweight long-sleeve crew for men offers a minimalist fit

2)   On top of that will go the Smartwool, Next to Skin Base Layer

http://www.rei.com/product/828661/smartwool-midweight-funnel-zip-top-wool-mens

  • The SmartWool Midweight Funnel zip top is made of super-fine merino wool to help maintain comfort whether the climate is warm, cold or in-between
  • With a UPF 50+ rating, fabric provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
  • 14.5 in. front zipper ventilates on demand; raised collar helps keep your neck warm in cold conditions
  • Flatlock stitching eliminates abrasion, increases comfort and enhances fit by reducing bulky seams
  • Shoulder panels eliminate top shoulder seams, reduce chafing and offer comfort under pack straps
  • Thumbholes secure sleeves over hands for warmth
  • The formfitting SmartWool Midweight Funnel zip top is machine washable
Frozen Pot, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

3)  The Marmot Elementalist jacket http://www.rei.com/product/835609/marmot-elementalist-jacket-mens

  • WindStopper® soft-shell fabric is windproof, highly water resistant and breathable; bonded fleece backing wicks moisture and adds thermal warmth
  • Weather-exposed areas feature a heavy-duty WindStopper fabric, while lightweight WindStopper underarm panels offer enhanced breathability
  • Hood with laminated brim and peripheral draw cord is constructed for true mountain performance
  • Marmot Elementalist jacket features rip-and-stick? adjustable cuffs and draw cord hem
  • Hand pockets are placed for easy access while wearing a pack or harness; includes exterior angled zip chest pocket and an interior zip pocket
  • Angel-Wing Movement™ sleeves allow full range of arm motion and prevent jacket from rising up when arms are raised

4) MARMONT  “Oracle” waterproof breathable   http://www.rei.com/product/809455/marmot-oracle-rain-jacket-mens

  • Marmot Oracle offers great coverage and a comfortable fit with durable stretch fabric in key movement areas; it works best when light weight is more important than durability
  • MemBrain® Strata™ 2.5 waterproof, breathable laminate reduces internal condensation to effectively increase your comfort range without weighing you down
  • Durable and fully protective, the Oracle jacket features micro stitched and seam-taped seams
  • Stiff-brimmed storm hood with Cranium Cord adjustment provides unhindered peripheral vision; hood zips off or can be rolled away into collar
  • Soft DriClime® lines the collar, cuffs and chin guard
  • PitZips™ allow excellent ventilation control
  • Battening down the hatches is easy with the elastic draw cord hem and rip-and-stick? adjustable cuffs
  • Features Mesh Pack Pockets™ and zip chest pocket
  • Stretch anatomic articulation and Angel-wing Movement®®sleeves allow comfortable, unrestricted range of motion
  • Marmot Oracle is designed to fit over fleece or soft shells

BELOW THE WAIST…. THERMAL UNDERWARE:—— Smartwool Micro weight long underwear bottoms  http://www.rei.com/product/828663/smartwool-microweight-long-underwear-bottoms-wool-mens Fine merino wool helps maintain a comfortable temperature whether the day is hot, cold or in between

  • Chafe-free flatlock seams enhance comfort
  • Fabric protects skin from harsh UV light with a UPF rating of 30
  • Wide waistband enhances fit
  • Functional fly
  • Unlike traditional wool, SmartWool items do not itch and can be repeatedly washed and dried without shrinking
  • The formfitting SmartWool Microweight long underwear bottoms for men offer a minimalist fit and a natural rise

 

Young Big Horn Sheep, Wyoming

PANTS:

I wear the Mountain Hardware Dry.Q Elite… http://www.rei.com/product/836393/mountain-hardwear-hestia-rain-pants-mens-short

  • The fabric’s air-permeable membrane allows air—not just moisture—to pass outward through the fabric, so you stay dry on the inside as well as the outside
  • The always-on airflow doesn’t wait for you to heat up before beginning to breathe; breathability and comfort start the minute you put on the jacket
  • Dry.Q fabric prevents clamminess and helps keep you cool and dry
  • Full-length side zippers offer great venting adjustability and easy on and off even with your boots on
  • Removable suspenders provide drop-seat functionality; adjustable waste with an integrated belt allows a personalized fit
  • Articulated knees? ensure unhindered range of motion
  • Lower leg scuff guards protect pants from abrasion; internal snow gaiters keep spindrift out
  • Mountain Hardware Hestia pants feature 2 zip hand pockets

BOOTS

Don’t forget Boots. For normal conditions that are many great brands of hiking boots. However if you are going to be out in very cold conditions (below zero) you will need more substantial boots. I recommend

Keen Summit County II winter boots, http://www.rei.com/product/837355/keen-summit-county-ii-winter-boots-mens

-40°F comfort rating, waterproof protection and sturdy support for your wintry adventures.

  • Tough waterproofed nubuck leather offers lasting comfort, flexibility and style; high rubber shells and toe caps help protect from the elements
  • KEEN.DRY™ waterproof, breathable membranes keep feet dry and allow perspiration to dissipate before it saturates the inside of the shoe
  • 400g KEEN.WARM™ bamboo fiber/polyester insulation offers warmth and comfort down to -40°F during active use
  • Thermal heat shield footbeds feature a 3-layer design that helps prevent eat from escaping and helps keep the cold out
  • Compression-molded EVA midsoles topped with removable EVA footbeds offer shock absorption and padding for all-day comfort
  • Thermoplastic urethane shanks enhance support and stability for handling changing terrain
  • the Keen Summit County II boots sport nonmarking, dual-climate rubber outsoles with temperature-sensitive lugs that harden in cold weather to supply better traction on ice

I also recommend socks made by Smartwool.

 

Freezing Fog, Oregon

EQUIPTMENT

BATTERIES

At very low temperatures all batteries lose power and not as efficient as in warm weather. This is a bigger problem with digital cameras that are very dependent on battery power.

Keep your camera and flash batteries as warm as you can. Carry them close to your body or under your coat.  Also, by keeping your camera protected and warm you will not take the chance that your manual shutter might stick if the lubricant freezes. Always carry spare batteries with you and keep them close to your body as well.

PHOTOGRAPHING IN THE SNOW……………Keep these things in mind:

1)    Protect your camera when I snow. There are many rain/snow covers available I recommend the ones by THINK TANK http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-rain-covers.aspx . Use this CODE when purchasing  AP351 and get a free gift ( purchases over $50.00)

2)    I actually use hefty bags in addition to cover my gear when not in use.: http://www.hefty.com/products/food-storage-bags/hefty-one-zip-jumbo-bags.aspx  you can buy them at Target or Wal Mart.

3)   Carry lint free cloths to wipe moisture off your equipment. These are absolutely the best!!! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRRV8W/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00they are soft, & remove finger prints etc. from lenses with scratching. If you have time order a pack from www.amazon.com  (about 25.00 for 6 cloths)!!!

4)   You may want to carry hand and feet warmers.

 

Cold Morning at Bryce Canyon NP, Utah

 DEALING WITH CONDENSATION

When it’s time to come in from the cold, you will have to deal with condensation brought on by the warm air hitting your gear after being in the frigid temperatures for a time.  Your lens and the electronics inside the camera are now chilled and will be affected by the warm inside air. The moisture caused by going from cold to warm will condense on the cold surfaces of the inside and outside parts of your camera as well as your lenses. Here is how to avoid what can be costly problems. Moisture in cameras and lenses can ruin the internal electronics as that moisture attached itself to the circuitry. NOTE: Do NOT attempt to wipe the moisture off your lens—let it dry, then clean the glass will the proper cleaner and cloth.

You have to take steps to allow your gear to warm up slowly. If you can, leave it in your garage or a semi cool place for a few hours so the temperature of your gear can rise slowly to room temperature.  A better solution is to wrap your gear in a plastic bag, yes the same one you may have used to keep it dry in the field.( hefty bags: http://www.hefty.com/products/food-storage-bags/hefty-one-zip-jumbo-bags.aspx ) These bags are zip-topped and totally sealable plastic bags The water vapor  will form on the outside of the bag instead of inside your gear. I suggest placing your bag on the camera while you are still out in the cold, before you bring your gear inside. This goes for going inside a warm vehicle.

If you have a weatherproofed camera bag or backpack, you can leave your camera in it for a few hours

If you do see a condensation problem, open up your camera back, empty the battery compartment and open any other covered plug-in areas. Then let the camera dry. Remove the lens from your camera body and cover the opening so dust cannot get in.

These methods is necessary for point and shoot cameras, video cameras as well as DSLR’s

Enjoy the beautiful winter landscape, but be prepared!

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WHICH ONE WORKS? # 10–Glacial River, Iceland …………. 2013 workshops…news and more……..

JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY www.jackgrahamphoto.com

LEARN to SEE                              LEARN to THINK                    LEARN to CREATE

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2013 Workshop schedule:  http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/2013-photography-workshop-schedule

Workshop Registration Form: http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/REGISTRATION%20FORM%202013v2.pdf

Workshop Overview http://jackgrahamphoto.com/workshop-overview

Workshop FAQ’S:  http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/GENERAL%20WORKSHOP%20QUESTIONS_FAQ’S%20INFORMATION_v2013a_1.pdf

Workshop Referrals: http://jackgrahamphoto.com/referrals

PODCAST: www.18percentgraymatter.com

JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY   e books –available for purchase and immediate download http://jackgrahamphoto.com/shop/e-books

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NEWS and NOTEWORTHY

It’s been great year. I just returned from  my recent Death Valley workshop. I’ll be leaving for the Tetons for a winter workshop ( yes its snowing there!!!) in late November.  I am really looking forward to  2013. 2012 was everything I hoped for and more. I’ll be conducting a special 5 person only workshop in Iceland in January, photographing the winter landscape, aurora and ice caves. In February, I’ll be lending a group to Cuba (don’t miss this one— http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/cuba-february-8-15-2013

You can link to the 2013 workshop information by clicking on the links at the top of this post. Remember to check out my workshop discounts http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/sites/default/files/2013%20WORKSHOP%20DISCOUNTS%20v2.pdf. REGISTER BY JAN 1 and receive a 10% discount (does not apply to international workshops and those I conduct for other organizations).

©Jack Graham
Puffins , Iceland , July 2012

There are still a few openings for my Ultimate Iceland™ Photography Workshop in July, Register now http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-iceland-2013-limit-10-attendees and Greenland too !!!;;;http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-greenland-new-2013

You can see some images made my last year’s attendees here http://jackgraham.photoshelter.com/gallery/2012-ICELAND-WORKSHOP-ATTENDEE-IMAGES/G0000dpVO0jXHKCI/

I’ll be back in NE Ohio in October for fall color and once again a full day (including a private Amish dinner) with my Amish friends on their farm in Sugarcreek Ohio. I’ll be teaming up with my good friend, world class photographer and teacher Bill Fortney(www.billfortney.com) for a workshop you will not want to miss! I’ll be in Utah October 2013 for a late October event  in the red rock country (http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/canyons-and-red-rocks-utah

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©Jack Graham
Sunrise at Coupeville, Whidbey Island,WA

And finally… consider doing one of my workshops I conduct for the PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL on Whidbey Island, Wa

http://www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org/all/photography-workshops/graham-jack-photography-on-whidbey-may-9-12-2012-1

I….followed by a workshop in the  Columbia River Gorge& Hood River Valley  this spring.

http://www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org/all/photography-workshops/graham-jack-june-6-9-2013-deposit-only

There are great folks. I really enjoy working with them.

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I receive many requests for the link the webinar I conducted  for NIK SOFTWARE entitled, “Keeping it Simple .You can view it here: ( if you purchase any or all of the NIK Software package… enter code JGRAHAM and receive a 15% discount!!!

http://www.niksoftware.com/learnmore/usa/index.php/webinars/archives/#/keeping-it-simple-with-nik-software-with-jack-graham/0/0/0/0/0

….I’ll be doing a presentation on Iceland for the KING CITY CAMERA CLUB near Portland Oregon next Monday night, Nov 19th. If you are in the area stop in!

https://sites.google.com/site/kingcitycameraclub/Home

Feel free to contact me with questions etc:

jack@jackgrahamphoto.com

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WHICH ONE WORKS # 10 /………………………. GLACIAL RIVER, ICELAND

©Jack Graham / Jack Graham Photography

 It’s been a while since my last posting of “Which one Works”. I’ve been pretty much constantly one the road leading workshops this year and time has been precious. In this edition, I’ll talk about an image which was made in Iceland the night after our 2013 summer workshop ended. We’ll be going back to this spot in July 2013 (see www.ultimateiceland.com). It’s pretty special.

The process of deciding “Which one Works” is a common one that we all deal with in our digital darkroom. The final image is important for whatever project it’s being used for, and spending time determining which image works vs. another is well worth it. In many case the slightest difference in composition, light etc makes all the difference. Processing techniques can also make the choice apparent as well.

Often we may take many frames of a subject in different light and different angles. Each frame can evoke a different feeling to the subject.

Always remember that you need a good subject and acceptable light, or your final image will probably be less than desirable.

Remember as well, there is a lot of subjectivity discussed here. Your comments, as always are more than welcome.

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LOCATION:  This location was about a 3 ½ drive north and a bit east of Reykjavik, the capitol of Iceland. Along with Greg ( my assistant), I ventured out from Reykjavik late in the afternoon to be where we wanted in the right light..

As you may notice from the tech date, these images were made about in about an hour and forty minutes from sunset, which was about 11:05pm this day. In Iceland,  late in July the golden hour is really the Golden Evening! The good light lasts 4 or more hours. I made three other interesting images in great light for almost 4 hours after this image was made. I wonder how Icelandic photographers sleep in the summer. What do they do if they have to be at work in the morning?

This is only one of the beautiful locations that can be found in Iceland. also check out :

www.ultimateiceland.com

( a website created by me and my assistant Greg Duncan) with lots of great information regarding Icelandic photography and more.

THE STORY:

As in many areas of Iceland, swift moving rivers descend from the mountainsides, the water created by melting glaciers during the summer months. As the water rushes down the mountainsides, it picks up lots of sediment. That is why this water is so gray. The rock is carved out from the cascading water. My challenge here was to create an image with the best light possible, while maintain the water effect I desired, based on shutter speed. I needed to keep maintain a small aperture, insuring the best depth of focus sas well as maintaining the textures of the rocks while keeping the sky well defined.

TECH DATA   (I used my 8 stop Singh-Ray variable ND filter on each image) all images made with a Nikon D700 , Nikon 17-25 2.8 lens.

Image 1 

Date/Time: July 31, 2012       21:38:25

Nikon D700 /Nikon 17-35mm 2.8

Shutter speed: 1 second   F 16

Mode: Aperture priority      Metering: Matrix (automatic)

ISO: 200      Focal length:  22mm

Image 2

Date/Time: July 31, 2012    21:46:48

Nikon D700 /Nikon 17-35mm

Mode:  Aperture priority          Metering: Matrix (automatic)

Shutter speed: 0.6 second      F 16

ISO: 400      Focal length:  22mm

Image 3

Date/Time: July 31, 2012    22:12:06

Nikon D700 /Nikon 17-35mm

Mode:  Aperture priority         Metering: Matrix (automatic)

Shutter speed: 1/3 second      F 16

Mode: Manual      Metering: Multi Segmented (Auto)

ISO: 200      Focal length:     17mm

Image 4

Date/Time: July 31, 2012    2218:01

Nikon D700 /Nikon 28-70mm

Mode:  Aperture priority          Metering: Matrix (automatic)

Shutter speed:   1.6 Sec at F16

ISO: 200        Focal length:   24mm

Image # 1
Image # 2

THE EDIT:

There are 4 images here for evaluation. Images one and two were made well before sunset and images three and four about 1/2 later. For that reason I’ll select one from the 1st two images, and one from the 2nd 2 images. I’ll then decide on which of them I’ll select as the one that works.  The choices were interesting. I am still going back and forth a bit.

The time between image 1 and image 2 is only eight seconds. The main difference is in the sky and the rocks on the left side in image #2. The sun was a bit brighter in image # 2.

The main difference between the two images to me is really the look of the water. The increased light from the setting sun in image 2 made the rocks on the left more defined, which I like better. However in image 1, the sky is more appealing to me. The sky became a factor in the 3rd and 4th image. Read on for my thoughts.

Image # 3
Image # 4

TIP:  THOUGHTS ABOUT  PHOTOGRAPHING WATER…when you must maintain your aperture and want to make several images with different shutter speeds, the easiest way to this is to simple adjust your shutter speed. You can be in Aperture Priority/ Automatic Metering. By increasing your ISO setting you will also increase your shutter speed, thus rendering a different look to the water (conversely—decrease your shutter speed, and decrease your shutter speed.)

If you own a Singh Ray Vari ND filter  http://www.singh-ray.com/varind.html . You can leave everything alone and just “vari” the Vari ND Filter. For example, with a typical outdoor scene, the shutter speed might be slowed from 1/500 at f8 (with no Vari-ND on the lens) to 1/125 at f8 (with the Vari-ND on your lens and set at its minimum density) to as slow as 1/2 second at f8 when the Vari-ND approaches its maximum density You could then convert the latter exposure to even slower equivalent exposures of either 1 second at f11, or 2 seconds at f16, or 4 seconds at f22.

Notice the ISO in both images 3&4 are identical. I adjusted the strength ( darkness of the vari ND)  (allowing less light to reach the sensor) my vari ND Filter in order to slow down the shutter speed. Without this filter, simply adjust your ISO. However in certain light conditions, the vari ND will allow for even slower shutter speeds! You can access more information these wonderful filters on Singh-Ray’s website…

http://singh-ray.com/varind.html

The increased light from the setting sun in image 2 made the rocks on the left more defined, which I like better. However in image 1, the sky is more appealing to me.

Images 3 & 4 were made just before sunset. In the half hour between the 2 sets of images the cloud patterns significantly change, offering more interesting skies. Most everything remained in images 3 & 4 other than the shutter speed. There is almost a 2 second difference in shutter speed between each image.

SEMI- FINAL DECISION:

My choice was one involving how the subject is viewed. The obvious subject is the water. How it appears is controlled by the shutter speed along with the amount of  light. hitting the water.

Image # 1

IMAGE 1 and 2.…. I like the sky in this image but the look of the water and adjacent rocks formations  in IMAGE 2 are more pleasing to me . ….

Image # 2

……….Of these two images I’ll choose image # 2.

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Image # 3

IMAGE 3 and # 4 …..Again these are petty  close. Yes the river is still the subject and I like the water affect in Image #4 better than image #3.The cloud patterns that appeared really made an interesting effect. Though the sky is more colorful in image #4 as well., However, ………..

Image # 4

………… I will pick image #3 as my choice between the two, perhaps because it’s the darker, more flowing water effect along with the darker rock patterns that works for me. Perhaps is to add just a bit more shadows to the rocks image #3

FINAL DECISION:

Image # 2

Does the interesting cloud patter distract or add to the image. Like everything this is in the eye of the beholder and very subjective. Where is your eye going between image # 2 and Image #3 Are you looking more towards the sky or for today,………………. I’ll pick #3…….

Image # 13

….. There is just more compliment the scene in image #3 but maybe tomorrow, I’ll have a different feeling. What I take away from these evaluations are:

1)     The amount of color in the sky isn’t always the decision maker

2)     Good images can be made all through the golden hour… and in Iceland, during the Golden Evenings!

Image # 3

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