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My friend, Bill Fortney

Jack Graham & Bill FortneyPlease click HERE to read Bill’s recent post on his blog. Bill Fortney and I have been great friends for many years. Bill has not only been an inspiration, but a driving force in my passion for photography. We have always talked about doing a few workshops together after Bill’s retirement from Nikon Professional Services. This workshop in NE Ohio is the first of 3 we have on the schedule.

Working with Bill is like a baseball player learning how to hit from Babe Ruth. What a feeling to be with my friend, let alone a legend in this business. It’s hard to describe the feelings, honor and pride that come from having Bill with me on my workshops.

I knew he was up to something, and Bill posted this article on his blog last Saturday night. For those of you who know me well know there are few times I am speechless … this is one. Thank you, Bill, for being here and for being my friend.You ARE the best!—JG

From our Fall Color Workshop in NE Ohio:

Fall colors in NE Ohio
Fall colors in NE Ohio
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Join me on the “The Light of Ireland” photo workshop from April 30-May 10, 2014

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Jack Graham Photography, in conjunction with Strabo Photo Tour Collection, presents “The Light of Ireland” photo workshop from April 30-May 10, 2014.

Strabo Photo Tour Collection

Spend 10 days on a photographic and cultural adventure visiting the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland.

Our trip focuses on the quiet side of Ireland – County Mayo – with wonderful hidden places to explore. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins, Irish towns with tree-lined canals and colorful shops, the rolling hills and stonewalls of the countryside, and cliffs falling off to the sea.  A relaxed and flexible itinerary makes the most of the many photographic possibilities this part of Ireland has to offer.

grazing cattle in irelandThe majority of our tour will be based out of one location, Hillcrest House, renovated for the sole purpose of accommodating photography groups. Its homelike quality adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the trip.  Enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or possibly a picnic during an excursion in the field.

Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, large enough for both the group and equipment.

Irish church by Ron RosenstockThroughout your tour, I will provide explanations on photographic technique, composition, learning to see and developing your vision, as well as group discussions and critiques which allow everyone to participate and work at his or her own speed.

Together with Strabo Photo Tour and local Irish guide Olcan Masterson you’ll encounter the spirit and soul of Ireland, as few visitors will ever experience it. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.  These natural landscapes, along with the people, render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty.

For more information or to register contact the Strabo Photo Tour Collection: 607-756-8676 or visit www.phototc.com.

Jack Graham Photography News—–Workshop news…Ireland, Iceland , more…2014 additions

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LAAZ-BARTLETTLK11_130316_4705Greetings,

There is a lot of information in this entry. Lots of good news!!! I am currently in the desert southwest where I just completed my second of four workshops. I’ll be heading up to the four corners/Navajo area next Monday. We’ll be in Page AZ for the slot canyons and nearby Colorado Plateau, then over to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelley. I’ve included some new photos here as well.

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I am pleased to announce that I have a featured article entitled “A Sense of Place” published in Landscape Photography Magazine. You can access it HERE. This is perhaps the best magazine around for information

For those of you in Southern California…I’ll be doing presentation tomorrow night April 4, for the Inland Empire Camera Club monthly meeting in Temecula California. (Location Rancho California Water District
42135 Winchester Rd, Temecula) at 7pm.

3barrelsI will also be spending some time this Saturday morning April 6 at the METALOGRAPHY GALLERY in Temecula, CA. I have prints are there on display. For those of you in the LA-San Diego area…come on by and say hello

If you haven’t visited our ULTIMATE ICELAND WEBSITE lately, please do. It’s still somewhat of a work in progress but it’s been revised and reorganized. There are lots of new images up along with new and updated information.

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Once I get back to my home and office in Oregon later this month, I’ll be putting together my new podcast…” We Talk Photo” Though not active yet, look for this to get going sometime in May or June

 

 

nikI’ll be in NIK SOFTWARES new studios at Google’s headquarters in mid-May to record a sequel to my LAST WEBINAR.. (can you believe this has been see by 8490 folks as of today?)…I’ll get a link up when it’s completed. Remember, you save 15% when using this code JGRAHAM when ordering

 

 

 

My new Gura Gear "Bataflae" Camera Bag
My new Gura Gear “Bataflae” Camera Bag

I recently discovered the very best camera bags available anywhere. While in Jacksonville at the NANPA summit last month, I spent time with my good friend Greg Schern, the president of Gura Gear. I was chatting with Art Wolfe at their booth when I discovered that Art also uses their products. Greg gave me the complete details on their products, their company philosophy and direction. I was sold. These folks really get it. Their bags are extremely durable, weather resistant and functional. You owe it to yourself to check out their lineup of products. You can also save 5% when ordering online using this code: JGRAHAM     www.guragear.com … if it’s good enough for Art Wolfe, It’s good enough for me!

 

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

LAWAWI_CPUPE2_120505_6820WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA –June 20-23 3 ½ days  $495…..There is practically no place I would rather be than on Whidbey Island in June. We’ll spend lots of time in the field photographing the tranquil harbors, villages, farms and coastline of this beautiful location, just a 15 minute ferry north of Seattle.  We will also do some image reviews and have interesting discussions and presentation in the studio of the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville. Complete details can be found here:    You can register by calling them at 360-678-3396 or at the website of the Pacific Northwest Art School.  …. And while you are there check out the workshop in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge in June, again for the PNWAS.

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IRELAND 2014; Next May (April30-May 10) I’ll be leading a workshop in western Ireland. I’ll be doing this in conjunction with Strabo Tours, These folks really run some great events and I am proud to be doing a workshop for them. We’ll be in scenic and pastoral western Ireland for 10 days of unforgettable photography. Please CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE and consider joining me.

 

 The highlands of icelandICELAND: Our  “Ultimate Iceland Photography Workshop is almost full..(July 4-14, 2013) ULTIMATE ICELAND “1”  July 2013  Please consider coming along on this once in a lifetime journey to the land of fire and ice!….You can see some images made my last year’s attendees here

 

Don’t forget our 2 Winter Iceland Workshops in 2014  as well. This last January’s workshop was amazing. Getting into the Ice cave (though quite safe) was an experience of a lifetime.

I’ll be annoucing a September 2014 workshop to China very soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can contact me now for information   jack@jackgrahamphoto.com

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This October, will be my 19th year conducting a workshop in the Eastern Sierra. Again, I’ll be joining forces with my good friend, an amazing photographer and thinker, and co-leader Guy Tal. Please consider joining us. This is a highlight of the year! Details found HERE. There are limited spaces left on this workshop.

 

 

Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga National Park
Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga National Park

Also in October, I’ll be back in NE Ohio for our bi-annual FALL COLOR & A DAY with the AMISH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. (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!

 

 

Speaking of Bill…… I am happy to announce that Bill and I are teaming up in 2014 as well. Bill will join me in Oregon in June 2014 to conduct my annual COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE WORKSHOP…DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE

I’ll be in Utah October 2013 for a late October workshop in the red rock country in and around Zion NP

I have 2 openings for Olympic National Park in May and one seat for the Palouse in June , My Oregon Coast workshop in June is sold out, however there is 1 spot left for the workshop on the Oregon Coast in August.

Whidbey Island Photography Workshop—JUNE 2013

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LAWAWI_CPUPE2_120505_6820Whidbey Island, Washington…..Photography Workshop   ….  June 20-23 2013… $485.00

Jack Graham Photography in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Art School

Join me on beautiful Whidbey Island this June for an unforgettable photographic experience. Whidbey Island is the largest of nine islands located in Puget Sound, just north of Seattle, between the Olympic Peninsula and the mainland. The 60 mile long island is home to some of the most scenic beaches, harbors, villages and parks anywhere.

During our three day workshop we will spend lots of time in the field, photographing the landscape, flora and quaint villages but in our classroom at the Pacific Northwest Art School reviewing our work and viewing presentations designed to help develop your photographic skills.

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We will stress creating your vision and simplicity. Important components of photography such as the proper use of light, depth of field, creating perfect exposures, creating strong compositions and more will be discussed both in the field and in our classroom. We will also conduct in-depth discussions regarding techniques used in post processing and printing. We will cover every aspect you need to be aware of in order to improve your overall photography. You will also come away with some wonderful images in this most excellent venue. This workshop is for all skill levels.

You will receive a complete 60+ page workshop syllabus containing everything we discuss both in the field and classroom.

Thank you for considering our workshops!–Jack Graham

Please contact the Pacific Northwest Art School online or call 360-678-3396 to register.

Sea Stones, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Wa.

BIG NEWS FROM NIK SOFTWARE

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2013 Workshop schedule      Workshop Registration Form      Workshop Overview

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JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY   e books –available for purchase and immediate download

nikNik Software, now owned by Google, is offering their complete collection now just $149 for all six plug-ins. These plug-ins works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Please enter this code JGRAHAM when ordering online and save an additional 15% .

For a demo of how you can use this software easily and effectively, please take a few minutes to view the WEBINAR I recorded for Nik Software last year(I am going to be doing a new one in May 2013)

  •   HRD   Efex Pro 2 – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR   photography
  •   Color   Efex Pro 4 – A comprehensive set of filters for color correction,   retouching, and creative effects
  •   Silver   Efex Pro 2 – Master the art of black-and-white photography with   darkrooom-inspired controls
  •   Viveza   2 – Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without   complicated masks or selections
  •   Sharpener   Pro 3 – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s   choice for image sharpening
  •   Dfine   2 – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera

You can read more details on the Nik Software click HERE to go to Nik’s website.

More photography news coming soon!

a recent image fro the Arizona Desert!

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LINK TO A PANAL DISCUSSION from the NANPA Summit in Jacksonville FL

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2013 Workshop schedule      Workshop Registration Form      Workshop Overview

Workshop FAQ’S       Workshop Referrals       One on One Individual Workshops   PODCAST

JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY   e books –available for purchase and immediate download

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Yesterday we did a panel discussion (live web streamed) held by Nik Software that was live (yesterday afternoon)  here at the NANPA Summit in Jacksonville.  Here is the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ayynO-BJQk

I was honored to be on a panel along with Justin Black, Lewis Kemper, Mike Moats, Piper McKay and Laurie Rubin (Nik ). Host Scott Sheppard of Nik Radio fame asked some great questions…..  Check it out!!!

More next week!–JG

Wrong is Sometimes Right…. and other considerations

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2013 Workshop schedule      Workshop Registration Form      Workshop Overview

Workshop FAQ’S       Workshop Referrals       One on One Individual Workshops   PODCAST

JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY   e books –available for purchase and immediate download

NEWS and NOTEWORTHY

I’ll be in Jacksonville Florida for the North American Nature Photography ( NANPA)  Summit Feb 28-Mar 3rd. This should be a great event with some great speakers (come here my friend Guy Tal!), breakout sessions and lots of learning and networking. Details can be found HERE.

I am proud to also announce that I’ve been asked so serve on NANPA’s Board of Directors.

I am featured in an article in Outdoor Photography Magazine ( published in the UK) this coming month called “Great Escapes—Wildflowers”—you can read it Here:

In addition to our (almost full) July 4-14, 2013 Ultimate Iceland Workshop, we have added a second workshop in July with a completely different itinerary. You can access this information here. Again, seats on this workshop are limited.

ULTIMATE ICELAND “1”  July 2013

ULTIMATE ICELAND “2”  July 2013

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

This October, will be my 19th year conducting a workshop in the Eastern Sierra. Again, I’ll be joining forces with my good friend, an amazing photographer and thinker, and co-leader Guy Tal. Please consider joining us. This is a highlight of the year!. Details found HERE.

Also in October, I’ll be back in NE Ohio  for  our bi-annual FALL COLOR & A DAY with the AMISH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. (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 workshop in the red rock country in and around Zion NP

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!!! HERE is the link to the webinar

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Wrong is Sometimes Right….. And other considerations.

text and images ©Jack Graham / Jack Graham Photography unless noted

There are a few traps that we photographers fall into at times that hinder our creativity. Perhaps the main trap often encountered is following rules especially when it comes to composition.

The four main rules most often considered are the rule of thirds, reading an image from left to right, avoiding having the horizon centered and finally,  not putting the center of interest in the center of the image. All are valid, however if you disregard these rules and the image in the end, “works”, is not the image a valid one?

Take the famous image by Ansel Adams, “Moonrise over Hernandez” 1941. How many of these rules were broken here? Many, however, this image works and  it is an extremely strong one at that.

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What is important to a photography  is to make your image tell a story. Make it meaningful. If it means breaking the rules is necessary, by all means consider doing just that.  I see so many images in areas of immense beauty and natural wonderment that really don’t say anything about the location or tell a story. These snapshots are just that, nothing more than a post card. By just following rules, images are not guaranteed to deliver a message. Images that are made in haste are more often than not, doomed to fail. It is imperative to slow down, consider all aspects and above all strive to make a well thought out image. Knowing the basics of composition, but learning to see and think creatively as well as learning how to to deal with all of the above,  is the bedrock of making good photographs. Knowing how to make a strong image sometimes requires breaking the rules.

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk. …Edward Weston

©Ansel Adams

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  Avoiding distractions

Unless you are always thinking about distractions,   we don’t often see things in the image that take away from the story. In order to make the subject primary, we have to be constantly aware of the entire frame and distracting areas that affect the subject. Distractions are weaknesses in your image. Strive to eliminate any and all weakness  in every image. If you need to make a crop in post processing, then do it. Experiment with different size formats for your image. Don’t be afraid to break the rules if it makes your image stronger.

LANPJT9_1003_1844   One of the things that I personally dislike in an image is framing the image with another object.  Many folks really love this technique. I really do not care for it. Consider the image on the left

What is wrong with this image? First, look at the distraction in the lower right hand corner. ( the small green part of a Joshua tree). Why is that even in the frame?   What is the story that is being told here?  Is it about the Joshua tree and where it lives? Perhaps. There is another Joshua tree in the image along with some recognizable rocks in the background trying to tell the viewer about the environment. The bigger problem here is the framing of the background….. using this Joshua tree as the frame. How does the form of this tree relate to the background? It doesn’t, and  if anything  it blocks the background out almost entirely. The tree is very overbearing and detracts from the story of the image. The form of the tree does not relate to the image at all. Also the image itself is cut off by the tree trunk. This is an example is that of just making a photograph without seeing in a photo-graphical way.

I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn’t have a personal vision or doesn’t communicate emotion fails”……Galen Rowell.   

At times framing can be used effectively, but rarely.

As another example, please consider the image as well.

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A few rules were broken here. The red barn in centered. However I don’t mind that it is in this image. The tree in the upper right is almost, but not quite a frame for the barn. The one aspect that saves this image is that the strong foreground of the blowing green grasses are pulling your eye from bottom right up to the upper left as  These patterns ( right to left are repeated in the form of the tree limb on the top. The framing technique used here adds to the composition and not detract or disrupt it.

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I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn’t have a personal vision or doesn’t communicate emotion fails”……Galen Rowell.

Slow and Slower

We have to really slow down and consider another variable when making the image. Consider how much of the subject you really can fit in your frame and will the viewer see on your photograph what you viewed in real time. If the subject is too far away, it will become irrelevant. This is a common mistake. When in the field I see other photographers taking many, many, more images than I as if it;s almost as if it’s a compulsion.  I can almost tell that they are not taking the things into account they are primary to making a good photograph.  Strive to tell an interesting story in every image and make an impact full statement in every image. Consider every image on its own merit. You’ll become a better photographer. Sometimes a picture in your mind is better than the one you just tried to take.

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