Fall Color in California’s Wine Country with Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom

Autumn transforms California’s wine country with the striking pattern of hillsides covered with vineyard rows resplendent in shades of gold and red. Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in a weeklong workshop exploring the renowned Napa and Sonoma valleys during this Fall color display. Excite your senses with an itinerary that will satisfy your visual and creative interests, your appetite for gourmet cuisine and your thirst for some of the best wines in the world. This workshop will offer a wide variety of photo shoot opportunities, from landscape and nature close-ups in the vineyards and olive groves, to the architecture of the wineries themselves with their barrel rooms and atmospheric underground wine caves. Expand your repertoire of shooting and image editing/post processing techniques.

NATURE’S VIEW: High Dynamic Range, The Natural Way, Story and photographs by Jim Clark

Marsh Landscape, Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area, Maryland

Marsh Landscape, Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area, Maryland

Or, why I never get to take an afternoon nap during my photo shoots

In the film days of yore, I always counted on an afternoon nap during my photo shoots on nice sunny days. The high contrast of a sunny afternoon proved too much for film to capture details in both the highlights and shadows. Since I didn’t want to shoot under those conditions, what else was I to do but check the inside of my eyelids?

Thanks to digital technology those napping times are over, but I can’t complain about this new digital stuff. The one advancement I love that has raised the playing field in nature photography is high dynamic range (HDR). Continue reading