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2016…Looking Back / 2017… Looking Ahead !

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This is a pretty long post –there is lots of info on 2016, 2017 with a hint of 2018 and what I’ve got up my sleeve! At the very end of this post you can see a group of images from this year. Continue reading 2016…Looking Back / 2017… Looking Ahead !

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Notes from our Eastern Greenland Photography Adventure / Aug 2016

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Why go to Greenland? If you really want to feel like you are removed from the craziness of the rest of the world, this is the place for you. For us photographers, it’s a paradise.

I took a group of photographers with me. They were all real troopers. They were really great and accepted Greenland for what it is. We all had to deal with getting in and out of boats on rocks or piers that require climbing, non-western facilities, some strange food and smaller than usual sleeping accommodations. We all felt that we lived like the locals do, which is pretty cool.

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There are two areas of Greenland, the western area and the eastern area. The population is far lower in the east where it’s a bit harder to live. Due to weather and the topography.  Here are a few facts about Eastern Greenland:

  • Greenland is the world’s largest island
  • 85% of Greenland is covered in ice
  • Thought geographically, Greenland is part of North America but it’s a part of Denmark and feels like you are in Europe.
  • Out of a total population of around 56,000 for the entire country, about 3,000 or so live in the Ammassalik area of Eastern Greenland. The largest town is Tasiilaq, population around 2,100.
  • There are no roads. You get around by foot or by boat.
  • You can fly into Kulusuk from Iceland (fares are not cheap) then go by boat to small towns in the area.
  • The population is mostly Inuit that migrated from the north in the 14th and 15th century.
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We flew from Reykjavik to Kulusuk but at the very last-minute the pilot aborted the landing due to fog and rain. The runway in Kulusuk is dirt, not pavement. After a day back in Reykjavik we finally made it back to Kulusuk then immediately got into our two boats and headed for a small town about 2-3 hrs. away called Tinit.

 

 

 

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_DSF0071-Edit-EditPeople live in small colorful houses in eastern Greenland. The Danish government assigns house color by occupation. Red are government workers, school teachers, administrators etc. Blue are for a type of engineer, Green are for another type of engineer and yellow are for health care providers (doctors and nurses). The indigenous Greenlanders feed their families and dogs by hunting whales, fish and seals. There is a grocery store in each village. Food is imported from Denmark from April through October. Weather prevents boats from landing in the winter. Food can be pretty scarce later in the winter. The Inuits do not waste anything. Yes the food we were presented with was traditional. We actually stayed in the blue house on the left (above image)—What a view!

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The following morning provided us with a remarkable sunrise. After breakfast we headed out by boat up the fjord to capture the magnificent icebergs. We were quite surprised to be able to see and photograph the humpback whales surfacing, then diving right in front of us.

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After one final night in Tinit, we headed out again by boat to photograph and explore the fjord on the way to the town of Tasiilaq. We were able to land the boat on the rocks and hop off and photograph a beautiful glacier and the fjord. This was one of the most beautiful glaciers I’ve ever seen.

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Click HERE for a short video of us sailing through the ice on the way to the glacier

We made it to Tasiilaq and were rewarded with a decent aurora at night by August standards. On our last night we sailed out to the largest icebergs I’ve ever seen. I am guessing this was about 20-30 stories tall! The late light was amazing and just kept getting better and better.

 

We finished our journey with one last night in Kulusuk before flying back to Reykjavik.

 

Below are some images from our trip. Enjoy them… I sure did making them….Jack

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INSIGHTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY / FALL 2013

Greetings everyone,

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Thank you,

Jack Graham

 

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Try Something Different

TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT

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A long Exposure(120sec) at Latourell Falls, Oregon...something different
A long Exposure(120sec) at Latourell Falls, Oregon…something different

I tried for some time to come up with a great name for this writing. I simply cannot. Read on, you will see why.

Most photographers I see these days are very afraid to venture beyond the norm and try something new and different. Why? Perhaps we are afraid of failure. It’s impossible to know the success of every image before you make it. Fearing failure will suppress your creativity and in most cases only allow for the same old view of the same old subject. Allow yourself to experiment with composition and other aspects in photography. Often if you throw away your instincts and don’t worry about the image succeeding, you will succeed in getting a new interpretation of an iconic subject. Allow yourself to be flexible.

Many of the published images I see these days are versions of things I have seen before. The newness and originality is lost. Though they may be technically and compositionally perfect, these images are slight variations of what’s been done over and over before. On workshops I see students capturing the same interpretation of a subject that’s been done over and over. Why not look to do something different?

The first to photograph a subject or location is, by the definition the  “original”, the originator of that image. Those who follow may be looked at as non-original.  They certainly do not have to be. However if you take the literal definition of original, they are. What is important is whether the photographer’s expression, concept and view of the subject lend itself to originality.

As I return to locations, either alone or with clients, I not only think of how I can photograph a scene different, but try to convey this concept to my clients as well. This happens before the camera comes out and the tripod gets put in position.  Why not say to yourself, upon arriving at an iconic place, “What can I do here that I have not seen before?”

untitled-4-EditThink about perhaps making a panorama of the subject. Last year I ran into a very famous and well known photographer (and a great marketer)  in the Portland (OR) Japanese Garden.  He (and I, I must admit) along with countless others have photographed the famous maple tree that grows there.  Knowing this fellow liked to do panoramas, I walked him to the other side of the garden, away from the crowds and showed him another, less photographed maple tree. His panorama image of this tree is hanging in his galleries and selling for thousands of dollars. Making a panorama of a maple tree? Who would have thought to do that?  This is precisely the thinking one must apply in order to be creative when around a subject matter that has been photographed so many times.

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Last year in Reykjavik, Iceland we went to the Harpa Centre, the main concert hall and a magnificent structure. Images of the lit up window panes at night are prolific. How could I photograph this different from what I’ve seen? My thought was to make tight abstract images since I have not seen many of these.  Try using abstracts to be creative in places often photographed. Abstracts in close up photography can be quite interesting as well.

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While scouting prior to a workshop in the Eastern Sierra, I made the image of Mono Lake found here. Most photographers go there for the classic tufa against the sunrise or sunset images.  Few photographers, let alone travelers I have shown this image to, even know it’s Mono Lake. It was taken from a different location and under different light than often viewed.

Don’t allow yourself to think later in the day after leaving a subject that “I should have photographed that subject like I was thinking.”  Allow yourself to do so when you are motivated to do so and seize the opportunity before you. How often is your first idea your best?

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The process of making an image starts with defining a subject, having a concept and using your imagination. It ends with perhaps a fine art print. I remember reading in one of Minor White’s books of this very idea. He said, “We photograph something for what it is and for what else it is.” This is so true.

Take a few minutes and check THIS out! …. And always try something new and different.

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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.

NEW NATIONAL PARK in California

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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 hear 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 to serve on NANPA’s Board of Directors.

FLDWF_FD1_1004_3327I am featured in an article in Outdoor Photography Magazine ( published in the UK) this coming month called “Great Escapes—Wildflowers”—you can read it OP162 Great Escapes:

I’ll be leaving next Tuesday for our Ultimate Iceland™ Winter Photography Adventure starting out in Reykjavik on January 18. We will be conducting 2 such workshops in 2014. We are taking only 5 attendees on each event. There are a few spots open. Register ASAP—HERE is the information

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/

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Beaverpond Lundy Canyon

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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NEW NATIONAL PARK  in CALIFORNIA  

TRAZ_CDC1_110411_5637Pinnacles National Monument Named National Park

Looks like we have a new National Park! See the derails HERE.

I’ll be trying to get over there before or after my DEATH VALLEY WORKSHOP in MARCH.

Off to Iceland in a few days!

 

 

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NEWS & NOTEWORTHY—-IMAGES from 2012

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Jack Graham Photography WorkshopsLEARN to SEE

LEARN to THINK

LEARN to CREATE

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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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NEWS and NOTEWORTHY

I’ll be in Jacksonville, Florida for the North American Nature Photography ( NANPA)  Summit Feb 28-Mar 3. This should be a great event with some great speakers (come hear 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 to 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: OP162 Great Escapes

I’ll be leaving next Tuesday for our Ultimate Iceland™ Winter Photography Adventure starting out in Reykjavik on January 18. We will be conducting 2 such workshops in 2014. We are taking only 5 attendees on each event. There are a few spots open. Register ASAP—HERE is the information.

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.  Again, seats on this workshop are limited. You can access this information here:

ULTIMATE ICELAND “1”  July 6-14, 2013

ULTIMATE ICELAND “2”  July 20-29, 2013

You can see some images made my last year’s attendees HERE.

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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SOME OF THE BEST of 2012:

Inside an Icelandic Church
Iceland is amazing. It’s interesting that there is so much bright color to be seen. There are many small churches all over the landscape — this is one such church.
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This image was made about 10 pm in the summer. This is floating ice in Jokulsarlon Lagoon. This ice will shortly find its way to the nearby ocean, then get washed up on a black sand beach at high tide.
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We had about 10 minutes of clearing light in the Grand Teton National Park to make this image. I like it better in monochrome rather than in color.
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This images was 85 second exposure on North Lake, west of Bishop California last October. Its an abstract of color. The white lines on the top are reflections of close by aspen trees.
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Sunset in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington.
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This image breaks almost all the rules of photography. It’s a lone fisherman on Trillium Lake, Oregon on a very foggy morning.
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My good friend Greg Duncan and I ventured up into the badlands of Anza Borrego State Park, in southern California and captured an interesting sunrise. The pink sky coated the badlands with some very interesting light.
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On the Dunes in Death Valley National Park
sunset pier near san diego
Sunset at a pier near San Diego
harbor in coupeville washington
Sunrise in Coupeville (Washington) Harbor
hoa river, olympic national park
Walking back to the truck, in a secret spot I like to go to in Olympic NP, I saw this tree hanging over the water close by Hoa River. Using a slow shutter speed gave the water an interesting affect.
sunrise at mono lake, california
For me, it takes a lot to get excited over a sunrise at Mono Lake, California. this morning I was excited!
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…. back to Iceland—this is a 5 stitch panorama of a lake in the Highlands of Iceland.
Landmannalaugar, The rhodolite mountains, iceland
…. and finally 2 images from my favorite location in Iceland, Landmannalaugar, The rhodolite mountains, carpets of moss covered lava and landscape is like nowhere else.The highlands of iceland