Crystal Coast in Winter with Jamie Konarski Davidson

In the winter, the Crystal Coast of North Carolina is one of the few places where you can shoot sunrise and sunset over the ocean, and you’ll be there for it. Based in Emerald Isle, NC, oceanfront, we’ll photograph the coastal treasures of winter. The coast is rich with natural and nautical history – live oaks, salt marshes and tidal creeks, seaports, shrimp boats and other coastal and cultural subjects that make this area unique. During this workshop you’ll experience these and other amazing sights. Learn techniques for capturing scenes at the edges of the day, long exposures, capturing a sense of place and more.

Join Jamie Konarski Davidson and Nicole Deen and immerse yourself in a weekend of photography with oceanfront rooms, plenty of hands-on instruction in the field and classroom time to finetune what you’ve captured. Learn practical shooting techniques and creative approaches to simple scenes and how to work with the light you have. Winter is the quieter season. The Crystal Coast awaits. Visit www.newlifephotos.com to learn more.

Interpretive Nature Photography: Art and Nature

by Jamie Konarski Davidson

Ferns - Multiple exposure with spin to highlight patterns and texture.

Ferns – Multiple exposure with spin to highlight patterns and texture.

What does interpretive nature photography mean? Nature is nature, art is art, and never the two shall meet, right? For some, perhaps this is true. But only for those who have never walked in the woods, sat in a flower garden or watched the sun meet the day or settle in for the night. Or for those who have never stopped long enough to explore a dandelion or to watch a butterfly break free of its chrysalis. Nature IS art, in its finest and purest form. Capturing this essence is what nature photographers live for. It is what makes us unable to imagine doing anything else. It is what brings me peace, healing and joy. It is what pushes me as an individual to be present in the moment and to slow down long enough to see and feel and connect.

So, how do we do this and what do the results look like? Most of us begin our photographic journey with our eyes, hands and mind — seeing something, grabbing the camera and figuring out how to set the camera correctly. This is natural, as we need to see our subjects and to learn how to use our equipment to capture the moment. The sticky piece in this equation is “correctly.” True, technical knowledge is necessary. What is missing, and what makes our work express the “art in nature” is vision and heart. When we see and connect at the heart level, our work begins to shine, and what we share with the world resonates at a deeper level than a pretty picture. Continue reading