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

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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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Previsualizing for Potential…2011 Workshops…Savings from NIK Software & Hunt’s Photo…NANPA Summit 2011… Getting it Right

Greetings from Oregon!

Things are pointing to years end and the beginning of another new year. And as usual I am trying to get caught up! First, I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for.

There’s quite a lot of information included in this entry and some important thoughts on some important  photographic topics. Thanks for taking some time to read through.  I’ve included some information on the new NIK HDR PRO program from NIK SOFTWARE as well as some pretty amazing discounts for those of you who don’t already own these programs. They have become standard tools for processing images by most of the working pro’s I know.  Also, there is a link to some specials that Gary at Hunt’s sent me today. Please check out the NANPA summit information as well.Your comments are always appreciated.

JG

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Article: Previsualize the Potential

Ansel Adams introduced the method of pre visualization into the photographer’s dictionary.  This was a term he used to stress the importance of seeing in the photographer’s mind, exactly what the final print would be, prior to attempting to make the photograph. Remember that word “make”.

There are three times we as photographers must go through this pre visualization process.

I) —Prior to reaching a potential location:

I can not remember ever being successful the 1st time I visited a location and tried and make quality images. It always amazes me to see other photographers, and also photography workshop leaders take their students to a location like Mono Lake, California for instance, walk them down to a shooting spot, many times in the dark and ask them to try and make a quality photograph of the sunrise over the tufa. This is almost an impossible task even at ones 2nd or 3rd visits to this area. It’s important to study the area, weather etc and be prepared to make your attempt at a decent image.

However, once you’ve been to a location a few times, it becomes easier to predict what the weather, seasonal environment etc can be. Understanding these criteria, you can now set in your mine where you may locate yourself, and what the best potential for a quality image might be. I do this sometimes even before going to bed, prior to a sunrise shoot. (I always hope for the best but often am often disappointed). Try previsualizing while driving to your location. Instead of blasting music or God forbid the news on the way to a location, try some music to set the mood or maybe no music at all, and think about what the potential of the day could be. Is the image your out to attempt better vertically or horizontally? (I always start with composition). If the light is good, and the subject is what you feel is strong, then think about what lens you may need. Might you need a graduated filter? Without this preconceived image, more often than not, the final image will fail due to lack of technique, however creativity, or the ability to see an image is always primary.

Previsualize the potential

II) Now that you are at the location, previsualize even more.

Upon arrival at your location you’ll find the conditions are either what you though they were, no where near what they could have been, or more often somewhere in the middle. It’s time to previsualize again.

While looking at the scene, think of your final print. There are no cameras, at any level of sophistication can imagine what is in our mind and how we see an image. You now need to think if you must frame the scene differently, and technically make necessary changes as best you can to make the image (and thus the print) look the way you want.

I often hear many of today’s amateur photographers say that their cameras (no matter how sophist aced they may be, just do not produce the images they expect. What they are saying is that they are not getting results the way they see them in real life, or through the viewfinder. Inevitably, many of these photographers blame the camera for failing to deliver the desired results. By previsualing we are far more likely to capture the desired image rather than be disappointed because of not preparing, and trying to photograph a subject without previsualizing.

Making fine art images is not luck. Sure, rarely may you just hit it right. I tell folks to think about their top 10 images they have photographed. I bet none of them were due to luck. You were either prepared beforehand and knew technically what you were doing. The photographer must be part of the creative process from beginning to end

Previsualize the potential

III- The Print……. Think about the print, while in the field!

The final print is where we determine the success or failure of an image (not what we see on a monitor, viewing high compression jpegs.). Believe me; Ansel Adams previsualized exactly what he was going to do in the darkroom, at the time he was making the image in the field. You must do the same.  After the image is made in the field, your aesthetic tastes are now the method of pre visualization.

Before making the image in the fields think about the final print. Should it be black & white? What kind of paper should we use? Will I be using any creative software… and on and on.

The photographer is an artist and as such must be a willing to be an active participant in every step leading up to the image’s final result, which is the print. This theory is explained in depth in Galen Rowell’s book, The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography. However without previsualizing the entire process more often than not, your images will be less than desired.

Previsualize the potential.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

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2011 Workshop Schedule…...

Below is lots of information concerning my  2011Photography  workshops. Please note the discounts: The most important one certainly is the 10% savings if you pre register by Jan 1 2011.

I also put together a 13 page PDF regarding my 2011 workshops. Dates, pricing and descriptions are included. Please contact me if you have any questions.

2011 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Dates & Descriptions)         REG MASTER 2011 (Registration Forms)        and…. #2 DW_GENERAL WORKSHOP QUESTIONS_FAQ’S INFORMATION

2011 WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS

1)       10% discount for returning attendees (you all qualify!)

2) 10% discount if you pre-register for a workshop(s) prior to Jan 1, 2011. Deposit must be received by 12/31/2010.

3)       10% discount for NANPA members ( www.nanpa.org)

4)       Bring a friend ( new attendee) — –new attendee comes at ½ price

5)       Refer a friend –choice—a $50.00 credit off your registration is you attend (can be put to a future workshop) or a check for $25.00. No restrictions on referrals.

6)       Buy 4 get one free…..   Attend 4 workshops.. Get one free.

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BLACK FRIDAY at NIK SOFTWARE    click here to access:    NIK SOFTWARE

For those of you who have taken one of my workshops and those who know me have heard me say that “the difference between a really good image and a great one is usually not a lot”. You also probably know my feelings about the great products at Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) In the interest of time; suffice to say that every image I process uses NIK Software in some way. Nik Software has been accepted by working pro photographers across the board and is almost the standard software used to improve your digital images. Over the past month or so there have been 2 new exciting additions to the NIK family. First, now all programs are in 64 bit. Second NIK has introduced the long awaited, highly touted HDR PRO software. I’ll be doing an extended review with examples of the HDR software on my blog very soon. I’ve been using HDR PRO from NIK now for a few weeks and frankly I am blown away not only by the results, but by the ease of operation. And yes, Nik has incorporated its “U-Point” technology into HDR pro, setting it away from the competition.

OK… enough horn blowing for now! NIK has made you all an offer you can’t refuse. If you thinking about purchasing NIK Software by the program or together in the suite, here is an offer you can’t pass up. If you use my code = JGRAHAM when ordering online….

Promo period: 12:00am Wed., 11/24 through 11:59pm Tue., 11/30

Discount Pricing:   remember to use this code JGRAHAM when ordering to receive these discounts  —  click here to access:    NIK SOFTWARE

  • Complete Collection Ultimate Edition $419.95 ($180 savings)
  • Complete Collection Light room/Aperture Edition $219 ($80 savings)
  • Color Efex Pro 3 Complete $209.95 ($90 savings)
  • Dfine 2 $69.95 ($30 savings)
  • HDR Efex Pro $139.95 ($20 savings)
  • Silver Efex Pro $139.95 ($60 savings)
  • Sharpener Pro 3 $139.95 ($60 savings)
  • Viveza 2 $139.95 ($60 savings)

Nik Viveza helped bring out the shadows in the foreground here, using the patented U Point technology!

Remember, the difference between a really good image and a great one is usually not a lot. NIK can put an image over the top. Oh yes–check out their informative web site with tutorials, videos and demo on their entire product. The folks at NIK certainly don’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to education. Find the NIK Radio section under “community”, scroll down to the interview on or about September 1 (I did it with my good friend Mike Moats) and check out the interview I did for NIK radio if you have not already.

Speaking of NIK Software, I’ve really been enjoying the results of the new HDR PRO Program.

Here is a set of 5 images taken at Ft. Point in San Francisco. I used a 1.5 stop setting.

This image would not have been possible without HDR processing. Nik made it simple and the results speak for themselves.

So next I wanted to see what NIK’S  HDR PRO would do in a outside location…..  again very impressive. These frames were shot only 1 stop apart. Different lighting requires different settings.

I did a bit of cropping and used NIK’S Viveza, Color Efex Pro as well as Define to add the  finishing touches

HUNT’S PHOTO & VIDEO   SAVINGS: My good friends at Hunt’s have some super specials starting tonight.  At 10PM. I have been using Hunt’s for my equip needs for quite a while now and I guarantee that one you experience the personal service and guidance, you’ll be please as well. About a year and 1/2 ago I drowned a Nikon 200 Macro lens. They were 9 and I think still am) impossible to find… well Hunt’s found one for me. I recently had a workshop attendee looking for a new Nikon D7000 (go try and find them today!–next to impossible) well John at Hunt’s found one for my workshop attendee.

You can call Gary Farber (Hunts VP) (800-221-1830 x 2332) or his assistant John Duggan direct: 781-462-2314 for the best service, the same or better pricing than NYC and extras for NANPA members!

Here is the link for the specials starting tonight.   HUNTS SPECIALS_STARTS WED 11_24 at 10PM EST

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2011 NANPA SUMMIT / Mc aAllen Tx  March 2011       CLICK HERE for FULL  INFORMATION   NANPA INFO and NANPA SUMMIT 2011 INFORMATION

The 2011 NANPA (North American Photography Association) Summit is in Mc Allen en Texas this coming March. NANPA is a growing organization dedicated to everything that we are all concerned about regarding Nature Photography. I encourage you to visit the website and drill down to see the great things NANPA does to help preserve our great landscape for our fellow nature photographers.

If you have never been to a NANPA summit before, it’s really hard to explain the benefits of attending. The networking alone is worth more than the price of admission. There are breakout sessions featuring some of the best nature photographers sharing their information making this one amazing learning experience. Come see Jack Dykinga give the key note address they year in Mc Allen. I could go on, but click here for lots if great information. I hope to see you there!

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ONE FINAL THOUGHT…..

I edited lots of images last night and as usual trashed most. I really believe to become an above average photographer you must be really tough on yourself and only keep images that are superior… not the ones that are kind of ok.

I think my background in music has made what I am about to talk about really clear to me.

Painted Hills, Oregon

The frustrating thing to me is that every now and then, you (I) actually “Get it right”, meaning getting the image just the way I saw it, wanted it to look and that I did all that needed to be done to make a great shot. This doesn’t happen every time out. It may be every 2nd shoot or 3rd shoot or just once in 6 months., but every now and then you (I) “get it right”… you really “nail the image”, You see it, you know everything you need to in order to create a perfect image… and I mean perfect.

What makes it worse is when you do “Get it right”… you then know you CAN do it, and you know you’re not crazy… and that there is some kind of a truth there.

This “truth” is a standard or a level of proficiency needed to be at, or the level you want to climb to , to be able to “get it right” more times than not,… in what ever you do, in my case in photography.

I think that each time we (I) set out to make images the goal is to become more consistent and get closer to that truth that you have established in you’re mind.
But here’s the kicker! As you get closer to that truth, that truth moves at the same rate, higher and away from where you are, as your standards change and grow. It becomes harder to reach that “level”

This is why creativity can be such a challenge. This is why so many of my fellow photographers are really happy with 10 great images per year, and 3 or 4 “signature” ones!

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

PHOTO TIPS….ANSEL ADAMS NEGATIVES FOUND… WORKSHOPS

July 25, 2010

 I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by. Before you know it , it will be time for fall color and all that the fall offers to the photographer. Little by little I am filling up my new galleries on my website www.jackgrahamphoto.com. Stop by for a look. I am also using Photoshelter for other online images. you can get there by clicking here: http://jackgraham.photoshelter.com/.

Let me know what you think!

WORKSHOP INFORMATION              REG MASTER 2010               DW_GENERAL WORKSHOP QUESTIONS_FAQ’S INFORMATIONv32010

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NOV 4-7

We have a few spots open for our Fall in Northern California Workshop (NOV 6-9th)..We’ll be spending a full day in the Napa Valley, as well as time in Point Reyes, San Francisco proper, the Marin Headlands and then down the coastline. More information is found here.  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-WORKSHOP INFO NOV 2010

EASTERN SIERRA: October 14-17—SOLD OUT

BIG HORN SHEEP in CODY WY DEC 10-11—SOLD OUT

FALL IN the COLUMBIA GORGE/WINE COUNTRY and MT HOOD/ MT ADAMS –2 spots left—- OCT 27-31st

Locations in the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River Valley, and Mt Hood & Adams, all in prime fall color will be included.

We’ll also get into the Willamette Valley for some colorful winery images. This is perfect time for the fall color in this region!

 

 

2011 Schedule out soon

My 2100 schedule will be out soon. Projected new locations will include Redwood National Park in early June, an additional workshop in the Navajo country including Monument Valley (including an overnight horse trip to Hunt’s Mesa) and then 2 days in Canyon de Chelley in April and a Fall workshop in the Cuyahoga National Park in NE  Ohio as well as a workshop in the Canyons of Utah in October. Ralph Nordstrom and I will be doing our Death Valley Workshop again in February. I may be adding an additional workshop in the Texas Hill Country in March as well. Stay tuned!   China in 2012!!

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Rushing Water Abstract
Rushing Water Abstract

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Ansel Adams Negatives found!

Ten years ago, a fellow in California bought 65 glass negatives at a garage sale in Fresno. For $45.00. This week those old negatives were said to have been completed by Ansel Adams and worth over $200 million dollars. Well maybe…………..

One of Ansel’s heirs, Matthew Adams, the artist’s grandson, who runs the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite NP, said he was doubtful. Bill Turnage, the managing trustee of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, said he didn’t believe the photographs were the work of Mr. Adams

“The negatives aren’t worth anything, even the 44,000 at the University of Arizona, because Ansel isn’t around to print from them,” said Mr. Turnage of the Adams trust said. “The only authentic Ansel Adams works of art that are around are the ones that he printed.”

Arnold Peter, a lawyer the negatives’ owner hired to assemble the team of experts, said: “It is such an uninformed response on his part. Of course Ansel is no longer with us, and part of his magic is the way he developed photographs. But it doesn’t make them any less valuable or mean that they are not worth anything. You can still produce great prints”

Matthew Adams said that one area of major discrepancies emerged from misspellings on many of labels, presumably written by Virginia Ansels’ wife, who lived in Yosemite for much of her life. Mr. Adams said he was surprised that, after so many years in the region, she would misspell names such as Bridalveil, one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley.

Mr. Peter said such mistakes were often made in haste. “It’s normal to have some typographical errors, and we’ve done extensive research to verify the handwriting,” he said.

The $200 million estimate value includes projected sales, prints and other licensing arrangement, based on auction prices and previous sales of Adams works. The most expensive piece of Ansel’s work ever sold was “Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park,” from 1938, sold at auction last month for $722,500. The second-most-expensive was the well-known “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” which sold back in October 2006 for $609,600.

Check out this link for more details http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100728/ansel-adams-100728/

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 PHOTO TIPS…………………………………………….

 5  MAIN Reasons that IMAGES SUCCEED……… or don’t!                        ©Jack Graham all rights reserved

In the many images I view, either online or in person, (and even my own), I see a very wide range in quality. In many cases the difference between a pretty successful image and a fine art photograph isn’t a whole lot.

Moonset, Joshua Tree NP

More often than not, the technique may be quite good but  the non-technical aspects of making a successful photograph are lacking. One without the other is a prescription for failure. In photography where the rule of thirds, the zone system, and etc. must be applied, certain small fundamentals must be equally be present in our thoughts that go into making a fine art image. And sometimes breaking the rules works just fine!

 

 Sometimes it is impossible, due to circumstances (lack of light, subject, clutter etc) to make a great photograph in a location you have already chosen. However when things do fall into place, take note of the following 4 considerations, and apply them they will make a difference……(Not in any order of importance… the sum of all parts)

1)     There is something we a look at and captures our interest. The subject is defined and isolated in our minds. The often times cluttered foreground; distracting objects in the corners are identified and eliminated in the compositional part of making the image. Perhaps there is a tree or rock though an interesting addition to an image, but it’s in the wrong place. These objects should either be eliminated if possible, or pass on making the image. Sometimes these objects, if the can not be eliminated can be placed in the shadows. If however, these objects are pertinent to the image, as they often are (letting the viewer identify these rocks, trees as part of the location) by all means use them as ling as they are located in the right areas of the image and do not distract from the subject 

 The seals swimming in the ocean may NOT be the subject of this image;    however they serve to add context and definition to the image itself.

     2) Simple rules… look for a foreground, if no foreground, perhaps a pattern, if neither is available…keep the image as simple, free of clutter as possible.                                                                              

                                                                                                                  …………..  A strong foreground anchors this image

Bridleveil Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Simplicity…..

Bleading Heart, Oregon

                                                                                                  

   Patterns work well in this image(below)

North Lake, California

3) Continuing that thought, when images become SIMPLE, uncomplicated, with little or no distractions, they will succeed. As photographers we need to constantly look around, move around, and get flat on the ground, in water at times if necessary to be in just the right place to attain the perfect image. Moving to just the correct spot to take the photograph is primary. Remember, Simple. And move around, work hard, think and evaluate your position before making the image. Move around, but also try using different focal lengths. Different focal lengths can drastically alter the mood and feeling of your scene. Also, if the subject is either darker or lighter than the surroundings can allow the image succeed.

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge

Good examples of #3—– work the image in many different ways. Both of these images convey totally different feelings to them

4)     Successful images are works of fine art. It is almost impossible to replicate to the viewer, either in a print or in an image viewed on a monitor exactly what we see with our two eyes at a certain location. Our eyes see in multi dimensions. A print on a piece of photo paper is not three-dimensional. Often photographers may arrive at a vista and internally say to themselves “I want to really make this a great image so I can show so-and-so back home what I am seeing here”. This is almost impossible. The viewer will not have the emotional attachment since they were not there. They also don’t hear the sounds and feel the overall feelings we hear and feel when out photographing. Quaking aspens, babbling brooks, wind in the canyon etc. can not be transmitted in a print. Give up trying to make photographs to show others where you were and work on making a work of art. If you don’t you will create more post card shots, rather than fine art prints.

                            Wyoming Horses  near Cody, Wyoming

One can not imagine the grandeur, beauty and magnitude of this location in Wyoming. Therefore my purpose here was to not try, but to make a fine art print.

5 ) What we see in our viewfinders is not exactly what is being recorded. Often objects in the scene appear to be further away that they are. A good technique to properly help frame the image and see more of a closer reality than the viewfinder is to use an object (an old slide without the film). Hold this up to your eye, look a round and work on framing the image.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

2010 WORKSHOP INFO and some newly processed images and other notes…

Greetings everyone….                                                                                                                                                      

I’m getting caught up on a lot of projects prior to my workshop season getting going.

Here are some workshop updates:

DEATH VALLEY–FEB 19-23 with Ralph Nordstrom  2 spots left  Death Valley Workshop Announcement                                                                    

JOSHUA TREE — MARCH 12-14 ( could be great this yer with all the rain SO Cal has been getting!) JOSHUA TREE NP WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

SOUTHWEST WORKSHOP (Page AZ, Slots, Lake Powell Area and Monument Valley& more) APRIL 15- 18– SW PHOTOWORKSHOP_2010

MACRO & MORE–COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE & OREGON COAST with MIKE MOATS–JUN 10-14 —MACRO & MORE COL RIVER GORGE_ORE COAST_JUNE 2010

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE LANDSCAPE & DSLR VIDEO WORKSHPOP with Greg Duncan, a SLR video expert!!

JUNE 3-6 2010

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Washington–JULY 7-11 2010—  OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK_JULY 7011_2010

OREGON COAST–AUGUST 19-23 2010  COAST WORKSHOPS OVERVIEW 

EASTERN SIERRA FALL COLOR WORKSHOP ( new itinerary from previous years) EASTERN SIERRA 2010WORKSHOP OVERVIEW   October 14-17 2010

FALL COLOR in the NAPA VALLY and the SF BAY AREA( including the coast!) with Ralph Nordstrom NOV 4-7  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-WORKSHOP INFO NOV 2010

WYOMING WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI–(Yellowstone, Teton NP’s and Big Horn Sheep in Cody!!) DECEMBER 7-14 2010      2010 WYO GEN INFO

HOW TO REGISTER:    REG MASTER 2010

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( remember–repeat attendees gat a 10% discount on all futuer Jack Graham Photography Workshops

ALL ATTENDEES get discounts on Lensbaby, NIK Software and Think Tank products as well as feww merchandise from Photograph America Newsletter)

NANPA Members also receive an additional 10% discount ( almost a one years membership!–see below)

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING AS WELL:

Mike Moats ( www.tinylandscapes.com ) , Bill Fortney (www.billfortney.net )  and I will be conducting a 4 day workshop in the Smoke’s  (Townsend Tn.)from July 29 through August 1st. Details will be available shortly. PLease send me an email nd I’ll put you on the list to send this info out as soon as I get it together. ( in about 1 week) This workshop will be focusing on PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN for FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY both in Landscape photography as well as Macro Photography. We will be conducting 2 field sessions per day with enough time to critique images and give direction in all aspects of designing fine are photographs. This will be a very special workshop. 

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Again this year, I’ll be conducting a workshop in the COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE from May 19-23rd gor the GAPW (Great American Photography Workshop) folks. Information and registration can be found at www.gaphotoworks.com or by calling  Rhonda at 866-747-4279

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I’ll be doing an entry here soon about the new upgraded program from the NIK Software folks www.niksoftware.com ; VIVEZA2 which was recently released.

Remember you can get a 15% discount on all NIK software by entering the code JGRAHAM in the coupon window upon checkout.

Also, they are going to be holding their 1st annual NIK Summit in May–details can be found here www.niksummit.com.  I’ll be there for sure!!

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Anyone going to the NANPA ( North American Nature Photography Association) Summit in Reno NV. in Feb? I’ll be there on Wed & Thurs Feb 17-18. Let me know.. and say hello!    

www.nanpa.org

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SOME RECENTLY PROCESSED IMAGES ( trying to get caught up)

YEllowstone NP 36 2009 ©Jack Graham
The Icon TETON NP ©Jack Graham
Red Tailed Hawk ©Jack Graham
Mono Lake B&W 2009 ©Jack GrahamIconic Teton NP ©Jack Graham
YELLOWSTONE GRASSLAND  © Jack Graham

2010 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE / ONE on ONE Individual Field Instruction / THINK TANK CAMERA BAGS and MORE!

Below is my 2010 Schedule.

 This will include new locations such as the Smokies Mountains, (late April and again in Late July), where Mike Moats www.tinylandscapes.com and I will be doing a MACRO & MORE workshop with the folks from the Great American Photography Workshop

 Also I’ll be doing workshops both in the fall and winter in Teton and Yellowstone NP’s

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One workshop what I am really looking forward to is in July when Mike Moats and I will be teaming up with Bill Fortney ( wwww.billfortney.net ) for a 4 day workshop , again in the Smokies called “ Landscape and Macro Photographic Design “ . This will be an intensive classroom as well as field workshop where all aspects of photographic design will be covered. You will be working with three professional instructors, who will cover, in depth, different aspects of design and technique needed to consistently create first rate images, As there are three of us, and you will receive the one-on-one attention we believe will make your time well spent. All of the information and first hand knowledge from Bill, Mike and me, will result in your ability to improve your skills and creative processes in order to grow as photographers.

I’ll once again be partnering up with Ralph Nordstrom www.ralphnordstromphotography.com  to do our 2nd annual Death Valley _DSC0788workshop in February and then a very special workshop in the Napa Valley, and the San Francisco Bay area, (including time on the coast) in early November 2010.

Those registering for workshops prior to January 1 2010 will receive a 10% discount. I addition I offer an additional 10% discount for those who have already participated on any of my workshops over the years. Lastly, if you are a current member of NANPA (www.nanpa.org ), you will receive an additional 10%…. so you can receive up to a 30% discount if you meet these criteria’s!

SCHEDULE:

JAN 21-25          OREGON COAST   5 DAYS         $795.00

 FEB19-23       DEATH VALLEY         4 DAYS $795.00      with Ralph Nordstrom

 MAR 12-14    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK          3 DAYS       $550.00

APRIL 15-18          SOUTHEWST (SLOT CANYONS, MONUMENT VALLEY, VERMILLION CLIFFS, LAKE POWELL AND MORE) 4DAYS        $795.00

APRIL 29-MAY1      MACRO and MORE —-IN THE SMOKIES WITH JACK GRAHAM & MIKE MOATS GAPW EVENT (REGISTER WITH GAPW www.gaphotoworks.com )     4 DAYS      $795.00 (Note that the discounts below DO NOT APPLY to GAPW workshops)

 MAY 19-23-      COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE —GAPW EVENT     4 DAYS       $795.00 GAPW EVENT (REGISTER WITH GAPW www.gaphotoworks.com ) (Note that the discounts below DO NOT APPLY to GAPW workshops)

JUNE 3-6           COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE and MT HOOD REGION, OREGON          4 DAYS              $795.00

JUNE 10-14                 MACRO and MORE IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE & OREGON COAST WITH JACK GRAHAM & MIKE MOATS                4 DAYS $795.00

JUNE 17-20           SPRING in the PALOUSE         4 DAYS       $795.00

JULY 7-11             OLYMPIC PENINSULA           4 DAYS         $795.00

JULY 15-19          OREGON COAST                       5 DAYS            $795.00

JULY 29 – AUG 1            LANDSCAPE, COSEUPS and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGNTHE SMOKIESBILL FORTNEY, JACK GRAHAM and MIKE MOATS 4 DAYS $1050.00

AUG 6-8                         MT. RANIER NATIONAL PARK WILDFLOWERS AND LANDSCAPES       2 DAYS            $395.00

AUG 19-23                     OREGON COAST            5 DAYS                $795.00

 AUGUST 27TH           ONE DAY EVENT THE DAHALIAS OF SWAN ISLAND, OREGON         1 DAYS          $120.00

SEPT 24-29            AUTIMN IN THE TETON’S AND YELLOWSTONE         6 DAYS            $895.00

 OCTOBER 7-10          FALL IN THE EASTERN SIERRA ( MONO LAKE, BODIE, BISHOP AREA, BRISTLECONE PINES)  4 DAYS                         $795.00

 OCT 28-31                FALL IN NW OREGON & SW WASHINGTON (MT HOOD, MT ADAMS, COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AREAS 

                                      4 DAYS 695.00

NOV 4-7                   FALL IN THE NANP VALLEY AND SF BAY REGION  WITH RALPH NORDSTROM       4 DAYS   $795.00

 THE WORKSHOPS BELOW ARE OFFERED AL LA CARTE— IF YOU PARTICIPATE IN ALL 3 THE TOTAL CHARGE IS $1680.00

DEC 7-8            WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE                    2 DAYS $695.00

DEC 10-11       BIG HORN SHEEP, CODY WYOMING  2 DAYS $695.00

DEC 13-14         WINTER IN THE TETONS                       2 DAYS $695.00

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ONE on ONE INDIVIDUAL DAY CLASSROOM in the FIELD INSTRUCTION

These single day, one on one “PHOTO CLASSROOM in the FIELD”™ photography workshops will offer the beginner or advanced photographer a personalized photographic experience that will offer tutorial information regarding all aspects of photography. All aspects of photography will be covered within this one on one experience. The full day workshop experience will be customized to the individual based on skill level and needs.

 All instruction and discussions are done in the field, not in a classroom in some of the most scenic locations in the world. The day starts with a sunrise shoot and ends with a sunset opportunity. This IS a full day of emersion into photography.

 Advanced photographers can expect as much or as little instruction as desired. I can guarantee that you will get to the best locations here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, at the best times to capture some great images.

The itinerary will be customized to your needs and desires while accounting for the time of year, lighting and weather conditions

Transportation is provided. I drive, you don’t. The time in-between locations also serves to continue the discussion from a prior location and provide hints and tips about what’s ahead, or any specific questions you may have.

 The One on One, single day “PHOTO CLASSROOM in the FIELD”™ PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS charge is $300.00. This includes transportation from your location (or a pre selected meeting point) and back.

ONE on ONE , individual field Workshops are available here in Oregon. We shoot sunrise to sunset. Cost is 300.00 per day. This includes transportation in the field.

ONE on ONE  individual workshops are also available out of the area as well. Cost is $300.00per day + travel expenses. Customer arranges transportation

 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I’ll be working closely with the folks at THINK TANK in 2010. THINK TANK is definitely on the cutting edge when it comes to backpacks, roller packs and other accessories for today’s’ digital photographer. The Think Tank Airport SecurityTM V2.0 or the slightly smaller Airport InternationalTM V2.0 rolling bags make it easy when travelling in airports as well as serving as carry-ons. If you need a larger backpack (you can also carry these on airplanes easily), check out their lineup of backpacks. THINK TANK has recently updated their already fantastic website. To view and understand which THINK TANK product is for you, or purchase Think Tank products, click here: www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliate and then enter this special code: AP-371. When you order merchandise totaling $50 or more you will receive a free Think Tank bag. You view the choices here: https://secure-services.net/thinktankphoto/purchase/choose_gift.html

 

And finally please consider Hunt’s Photo for you next purchase. These are really good folks to work with. Their pricing is as good as it gets. Their service is the best and most importantly, if you call them, ask for Gary Farber, (and tell Gary I recommend you). Gary actually answers his phone, and returns calls, something not common in today’s photo retailer world. Often he has special purchases available that are quite amazing. Call Gary at 800-924-8682 x2332. Later this month, I’ll be posting images shot in 2009 using the Lensbaby products. (www.lensbaby.com) I am having lots of fun creating images that I never though possible using their accessories. They open up a whole new world of photography and allow the photographer to really stretch his or her imagination.