Tonight we are back in Reykjavik after a great 5 day winter Photography Adventure (Workshop) here i Iceland. Tomorrow we travel back to Seattle. … just a great 5 days in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.
We made some images in the rain today on the way back heading west to Reykjavik. Lots of water, action and green. This winter there is little snow close to the ocean
Please visit my website for details on our 2018 adventure. There are a few spots left.
All images made using FUJIFILM “X” Series Cameras and Lenses
We had great light and great conditions, exceptional for a winter day here in Iceland. After a great sunrise and a great sunset we were treated to a wonderful aurora display over Jokulsarlon. The images speak for themselves. Without light, images suffer!
All images made with FUJIFILM “X” SERIES cameras and lenses
“Of all the things I’ve done in my career, I hold most dear the success I’ve had running workshops, and I feel know a lot about that subject, enough to say that Jack Graham is probably the preeminent workshop provider in the field today! His concern for his clients is amazing and he works tirelessly to see they get “more” than they paid for! We have been friends for a long, long time. He did his first workshop with me with the late Galen Rowell in the early nineties. Jack was a big time professional musician playing with big names like Frank Sinatra! He put that same effort into photography and has become one of the best out there today! Jack has become not only someone I admire, but someone I love very much, I’m thrilled we get to work together!”—Bill Fortney
I specialize in workshops with leader to attendee ratio’s that offer you the best experience in photography workshops. Please consider joining us! Please visit my website for more. …Thank you
WINTER in ICELAND…..DAY ONE
We began out our 5 day workshop today. As usual winter in Iceland always provides weather that is never dull. Prior to today’s departure from Reykjavik, I took 2 clients out for a day, venturing to some areas we are not going to during our time together starting today.
We had a day of wind, rain, sun rainbows, and dramatic light. Being patient was the order of the day. Here are a few images. We visited one of my favorite churches in Iceland and used the clouds to tell the story of drama. The black skies behind the lighthouse was from an exiting storm. We had a beam of bright sun that lasted about a minute that side-lit the lighthouse with some amazing light.
DAY ONE: Day one was challenging. We had a fair amount of rain. Our group did get some great images from Skogarfoss. We made some really dramatic images of the huge crashing waves on the rocky beach in Vik, on the south coast of Iceland
The holidays are here!!!! It really feels like that time of year as well. I live only about 20 miles from Mt Rainier and the few days without clouds allowed a magnificent view of this now snow-capped mountain… amazing.
I am going to list a few ideas for gifts for either yourself or for other photographers. Every one is a product I own and use. I can honestly tell you they will help you make better images and enjoy photography.
First, for some shameless advertising! My workshops are filling quickly (take advantage of the discounts!). Locations in the American Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Iceland ( winter and summer!), the Eastern Sierra in October, Grand Teton NP for fall color and again for winter photography, The Palouse region of Eastern Washington, Death Valley NP in February and again in November… as well as some new spots like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Arches and Canyonlands NP. It’s also our year to get back to NE Ohio for our fall in Ohio featuring a full day with the Amish workshop in October then off to Zion NP.
I am fortunate to co-lead some of these workshops with my good friends and expert teachers and photographers Guy Tal and Bill Fortney.
Why not give a gift or treat yourself? As always contact me for more information. email@example.com
I personally tested and purchased these last month in Wyoming–yes it’s cold in December in the Tetons! Without reservation I can tell you these are the best gloves for warmth while allowing complete access to my camera dials and buttons. They were originally designed for the European Special Forces for warmth, grip and dexterity. They are the perfect extreme winter gloves for photography. I have looked for the best winter gloves that allows me full functionality of my camera while keeping as warm as possible. They simply do the trick.
They performed way above my expectations. Are they cheap? — NO! Are they the best? — YES! There is nothing like being warm when working in the field in extreme conditions.
Featuring the highest quality construction, the outer shell is made from an Elastic Microfiber with water-resistant and breathable qualities much like Gore-Tex. The palm has full goat leather for added grip, warmth and durability and the insulation is Prim aloft for optimal warmth. With a mitten and glove design, a zipper across the palm opens up to expose the fingers for working your camera. A magnetic clip holds the mitten top in place and the thumb cap uses Velcro. Heat packs can be installed on both sides of fingers and in the wrist. A draw string around the wrist of the extra-long cuffs keeps snow out and wrist safety harnesses are included. The thumb and index fingers are conductive for touch screen operations. The ultimate cold weather glove with the ultimate dexterity! —HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
There are literally thousands of really great E-Books available these days.
FOR THE GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHER:–I would strongly suggest you consider Bill Fortney’s new e-book series on general photography. These books are geared to the beginner to the advanced amateur. They are easy to get through. I would compare these to the series of books published quite a few years ago by John Shaw. Bill takes you, step by step, through all the areas of photography one needs to be proficient at in order to make consistent quality images.
In addition, for you Fuji XT-1 enthusiasts, Bill has a “Complete Guide to the XT-1” He will walk you through every menu setting carefully explaining the hows, whys and suggested settings. This is a MUST for Fuji owners.
Also check out his “Americana” e-book— it is impressive.
TAKING THINGS FURTHER— I strongly recommend buying and reading over and over every e-book written by Guy Tal. Click HERE for his selection. Guy is a thinker as well as an amazing photographer. There is not a better communicator of the art than Guy. You’ll get insights into all of the photographic processes as well as Guy’s intuitive insights into photography. You’ll be not only a better photographer for reading and learning from these books, but have a different way of looking at the world.
MY FRIENDS at HUNT’S PHOTO and VIDEO
Check out my good friends at Hunt’s Photo and Video for Holiday specials… Call John Duggan 781-462-2314 and tell him I sent you for great (and I mean great) service. Hunt’s offers the BEST pricing with personal service! I just looked at their website and there are some really good deals going on.
I LOVE MY GURA GEAR—Yes I belong to the bag of the month club too, just like lots of you folks. However, just like The Really Right Stuff equipment, and Singh Ray filters etc… you do get what you pay for in bags. NO, they are not the cheapest. Which bag do I use? Well, it all depends. Frankly I have one of each of Gura Gears Bags and they all serve a specific purpose.
They use the best zippers and material available. You will not be disappointed.
I am noticing an increased interest in LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY both in my workshops as well as in images I view online. You’ll need 3 things to become a good long exposure. First is a good tripod and ball head. I recommend you buy the best early in your photography life and save a lot of money. I use the REALLY RIGHT STUFF Tvc-33. And the BH-55 head. Like the gloves, they are not cheap, but I know they are going to outlast me! Second you will need a good remote shutter release system.
Third and most important is using good quality ND filters. I see all kinds on my workshops. The bottom line is if you buy filters from anyone other than Singh-Ray you will most likely run into some color shift or lack of quality. Singh-Ray just makes the best. Again, are they cheap? —NO! Are they the best? —YES! They stand behind their products. I use a MOR-SLO 10 and 15 stop ND. I also would recommend the Vari ND. (If you call them use my code JACK10 for a 10% discount).READ MY ARTICLE ON LONG EXPOSURES ON THE CURRENT SINGH-RAY BLOG
FINALLY—— (and I will pour one after this blog post posts!)
I love a good gin and tonic. SO we pour 3/4th of the drink using store-bought shelf tonic-using good gin? That doesn’t make sense. —- I use Fever Tree Tonic-–very hard to find but you can find it on AMAZON .COM.
Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water launched in the UK in early 2005, the brand name chosen due to fever tree being the colloquial name for the cinchona tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic, is found. The highest quality quinine was sourced from the Rwanda Congo border and blended with spring water and eight botanical flavours, including rare ingredients such as marigold extracts and a bitter orange from Tanzania. Crucially, no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavourings were added.
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!—-JG
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WHAT’S NEW……… Look for my good friend Bill Fortney’s new e-book “A GUIDE TO THE FUJI XT-1” for sale coming December 5th. It is a comprehensive guide to this magnificent camera containing over 160 pages and 250 illustrations. It is a true user’s guide containing countless tips, recommendations and examples of work done with the Fuji X-System family of cameras. Reviews of lenses, buying recommendations, how to build a system, how to carry it all, and much more! Click HERE for information.
This month’s issue of Extraordinary Vision Magazine has an article on long exposure photography. For those who have interest in long exposure photography take a look. This online magazine (available for iOS and Android) is a very high quality publication and well worth your time exploring. I am honored to be part of it this month! You can read it for free by clicking HERE
WORKSHOPS 2015… HIGHLIGHTS: COMPLETE INFORMATION; HOW TO REGISTER: 2015-Workshop-Schedule (Remember register before Jan 1 and receive a 10% discount (not including International workshops or workshops I do with the Pacific Northwest Art School)
Here is the complete list of my WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS.
1) Back by popular demand— Bill Fortney will be back in Nelson Nevada and the “Boneyard” (Las Vegas Neon Museum) in March for a sequel to this month’s successful experience in these locations.
2) New locations in 2015! — Northern Iceland Photography workshop in July right on the heels of our Iceland, Southern Coast Workshop; Blue Ridge Parkway & Grandfather Mtn with Bill Fortney in June and back to NE Ohio (and our amazing full day with the Amish) in October.
3) Other locations include: Death Valley, Olympic Peninsula, Fall and winter trips to the Tetons, 2 workshops in Arizona featuring the slot canyons, Hunt’s Mesa and Canyon de Chelley, ….. Zion National Park, 2 workshops on the Oregon Coast, and the Palouse with Bill Fortney
4) Don’t forget … I’ll be in the Eastern Sierra once again (21st year) this October for our fall color workshop with my good friend Guy Tal. We’ll also be doing our Master Class the following week. This year’s was a great success…don’t miss this!
5) PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL—on Whidbey Is, WA—This year in addition to our annual 3 ½ day event in June, I’ll be doing some special 2 day events. Please visit their website for details. These 2 day events are totally different from our June event and are already creating lots of interest.
6) Finally Iceland… Our 2015 ULTIMATE ICELAND winter workshops are sold out and our 2016 winter events are already about ½ sold out…. Register now. There are still a few seats remaining for our July excursions. Look for a big announcement in February regarding another winter location!
When reading this short essay, remember I have no plans to abandon color photography. My feelings are that both mediums have their place. Some images are better represented in color and others in monochrome. The principles of photography carry over to both methods. The only difference is in certain images, the lack of color and the power of monochrome can stand out when applied correctly.
I also prefer to use the term monochrome rather than black and white. When viewing a black and white image, we are really looking at shades of gray, not just black and white. When we think of monochrome photography we almost always think of Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson, Minor White, Robert Frank, Paul Strand, Dorethea Lange and Edward Weston, just to name a few. We think of powerful images delivering a story clearly transmitted to our brains. We think of monochromatic images going back to the acceptance of photography as an art. Thank you Mr. Stieglitz!
Color film was actually developed in the mid-1800s but due to the primitive nature of the products, colors faded from the prints quickly. Just before 1900, if one had the money, one could buy the proper equipment to make color images. Only the very rich could afford to play in this process.
In 1935 Kodak brought to market Kodachrome. However because of the expense compared to black and white, color processing was not the norm until the 1970s, just 50 years ago! Interesting enough it was Polaroid who introduced the first instant color film in 1963. By 1970 color film was the norm for most “snapshots.” However, black and white film was still used by some photographers for the aesthetic nuances that it offers. It was common for black and white photographers to do their own developing and printing. Color film was dramatically improved, but black and white photography continued to be used as a different method to tell the story, in unusual and powerful ways.
Today I strongly feel that deciding to eliminate color, as an option in telling our story through photography, is a choice not to be taken lightly. It is important to decide, even before the photograph is made, if this image is a possible candidate for monochrome. I have made many images where color is actually a distraction from the strength of the image itself as well as subtracting from the meaning I am trying to convey.(See example below)
Form, as well as texture, can be brought out in monochrome much stronger than in color. In monochromatic photography, we are using our eyes and brains to look the form of a subject, the texture of the subject and not confusing ourselves with trying to, at the same time, decipher and process color. When making color images we think about brightness, hue of color and more. With monochrome images we are only dealing with shades of gray. This is one reason why monochrome images can be exceedingly more powerful than color if produced correctly. Again, the process starts before the camera comes out of the bag.
Photoshop, or any type of computerized monochrome processing that we may be working with today, parallels what Weston and Adams did in the darkroom years ago. In many ways monochromatic photography can exceed the power of color both in emotion and how the image is viewed and interpreted.
LEARNING TO SEE IN MONOCHROME
When working in monochrome consider using tone, brightness, texture and contrast within your image to tell the story and communicate your feeling. Consider that complementary colors like red and green can often look the same in monochrome. If the textures in a monochrome image are identical they become hard to differentiate. Using different textures within an image in monochrome is another way to bring out the feeling from the start. I find differentiating the depth of field of a subject in monochrome photography is more important than if photographing in color. Making one part of the image sharp and the other out of focus can really accentuate the image.
Using these concepts and techniques will get you on the path to seeing in monochrome and being able to deliver images with significant value. But there is much more to learn about making quality monochromatic images. Understanding the Zone system, proper processing technique in monochrome as well as perfecting your printing technique are all important. I strongly suggest reading and learning from Guy Tal’s Creative B & W Landscape Photography. Also reading Ansel Adam’s book “The Negative”, originally published in 1981, is suggested.
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