Jan 222016
 

UPDATE! HUFF ROAD TRIP 2016! Six Night Oregon/Northern California Photo Road Trip/Workshop! JOIN US!

April 1st to April 7th 2016 – JOIN US ON WHAT WILL BE AN AMAZING TRIP OF PHOTOGRAPHY, AMAZING LOCATIONS, BONDING AMONG NEW FRIENDS  AMAZING FOOD AND FIRST CLASS TRAVEL – ALL INCLUSIVE! MANY SEATS ARE NOW SOLD AND SOME REMAIN BUT SHOULD GO FAST! There is nothing quite like a HUFF ROAD TRIP!!

It’s that time again and it has been a while (13 months) since my last photo tour/trip/workshop and what a time that one was! The Southwest Road trip was an amazing time for all involved. Over 30 of us on a chartered bus taking us across the entire USA Southwest and some sweet amazing locations. It was beautiful and the people who came along with us were all wonderful.

Amazing memories, good times, great people and spectacular photos were had by all, and now we are ready to do it again..but bigger, longer and even more scenic and this time, everything is included! The last trip was SO MUCH FUN it flew by and all those who attended wanted it to go longer, so this time we developed an itinerary that will blow your socks off.

The last tour was amazing. The group shot was snapped in beautiful Sedona AZ. This time we are switching it up to even more locations and even more scenic! 

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This time around the trip is pretty much ALL INCLUSIVE, meaning ALL hotels are included, ALL meals are included (even dinner) and ALL Transportation is included once you arrive to Portland where we are kicking it off . All you have to do is show up in Portland to get started, and what a trip and time this will be!!

 a great time is mandatory on my road trips! 

With my Road Trips, we ride in style across the country and deliver you to each location, each hotel, each restaurant. ALL included in the cost of the trip. These shots are from the last huge trip across the southwest.

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MANY SEATS ARE NOW SOLD! IF YOU SAID YOU WANTED IN AFTER THE LAST POST, BUT DID NOT PAY A DEPOSIT, YOUR SEAT MAY BE SOLD! SO DO NOT MISS OUT HERE!

CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME ITINERARY! WE WILL HIT ALL SPOTS BELOW! Remember, ALL IS INCLUDED!! Travel, Food, Lodging, a true 1st class experience!

Portland Oregon Start! 

Here we will all meet up, have a nice dinner and get some shooting time in this wonderful quirky city.

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Boiler Bay State Wayside 

Yep, great shots await…

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Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area – high tide

See things you would normally never see, and we will take you to each spot

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Cape Perpetua Scenic Area – high tide

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Devil’s Churn – high tide

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

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Cape Arago State Park

Gorgeous!

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Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint

We will be HERE!

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Yep, you can now get one of those EPIC Lighthouse shots ;)

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April 4th 2016

Port Orford Heads State Park

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Samuel H Boardman State Park

Lovely…

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Lone Ranch Beach

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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

I can not wait for this one…

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Redwood National Park

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5-Apr
Mendocino Coast

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Napa

Ahhhhhh!

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Beautiful and Amazing San Francisco!

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WHAT A TRIP! This one will be jam-packed full of amazing scenic opportunities, even some street shooting in Portland on day one for anyone who wants to take a photo stroll, and let me tell ya, street shooting in Portland is a blast.

THIS my friends is my largest and biggest and best most epic road trip/workshop EVER.

Once again I teamed up with Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett to bring ALL OF YOU and US an amazing time you will never ever forget. Great new friends, great food, great times. 

Below: Me shooting Jay’s eyeball while Todd grabs a shot (while on a jeep tour in Sedona) – JAY will be giving instruction for some landscape shots while on location and Jay knows his stuff! 

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So you want to join in this one? 

This Photo Road Trip will be as I said, my largest one ever. Six nights of YOU being taken from spot to spot with EVERYTHING included from HOTELS, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and ALL Transportation once you arrive in Portland at the start point. 

The only thing NOT included in this trip is Alcohol/Liquor. We usually have some beer lovers on these trips and that is cool (I’m one of them) but if you want to drink beer or alcohol/wine then we do NOT pay for that on the trip. Other than that, all you have to do is get to Portland and Back home because once you arrive you are with us and locked in on this amazing trip.

We always have people from all over the world on these trips and it is so awesome to meet and shoot with everyone. I AM TRULY EXCITED about this trip as the locations are all amazingly beautiful and this one will be my one trip for 2016, so if you want in then here is how it works:

COST  – SINGLE PERSON:

$3500 – This includes the entire trip as we outlined above (some locations subject to change depending on availability and time) with all hotel/lodging, meals, and transportation (once you arrive to Portland) included. This time, ALL meals are included even Dinner. We will have snacks and drinks on the bus as usual and a great time will be had by all.

COST: SHARED ROOM OPTION

$2700 – If you are OK sharing a room and do not need your own private room we will pair you with someone else from the trip and this will save you $800. You still get everything included as above, you will just be sharing a room for six nights with someone else (think of it as great bonding time with a fellow photographer).

We are limiting this to 25 people. Last time we sold 32 seats. This time we already sold EIGHT before this was even posted, so I feel this one will sell out (so far every trip/workshop I have ever put on has sold out) as we have 17 left.

If you are interested in joining this amazing once in a lifetime Photo Road Trip, email me at [email protected] and I will give you full instructions on how to sign up, payment info, and all of that good stuff. Again, if you already wrote about joining this trip but did not pay a deposit, your seat is NOT held and will be sold as we have a 1st come, 1st pay, 1st served policy.

Remember this will be a week out of your life where you will meet amazing new people, make amazing memories and come away with some of the coolest shots of your life ;)

EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT IN!!! [email protected]

Dec 072015
 
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EPIC Six Night Oregon/Northern California Photo Road Trip/Workshop! JOIN US!

April 1st to April 7th 2016

MY LARGEST ROAD TRIP/WORKSHOP EVER!

It’s that time again and it has been a while (13 months) since my last photo tour/trip/workshop and what a time that one was! The Southwest Road trip was an amazing time for all involved. Over 30 of us on a chartered bus taking us across the entire USA Southwest and some sweet amazing locations.

Amazing memories, good times, great people and spectacular photos were had by all, and now we are ready to do it again..but bigger, longer and even more scenic and this time, everything is included!

The last tour was amazing. The group shot was snapped in beautiful Sedona AZ. This time we are switching it up to even more locations and even more scenic! 

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This time around the trip is pretty much ALL INCLUSIVE, meaning ALL hotels are included, ALL meals are included (even dinner) and ALL Transportation is included once you arrive to Portland where we are kicking it off . All you have to do is show up in Portland to get started, and what a trip and time this will be.

Just a couple of the spots we will be seeing/shooting…WOW! (Full list below)

Boiler Bay State Wayside

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Cape Arago State Park

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

cape blanco lighthouse

We will be starting off in awesome Portland, OR where we will all meet up on April 1st 2016 and we will be hitting many spots along the way. Once everyone arrives we will have a full day of shooting in Portland with spots and locations we chose especially for great photo opportunities and a great time, as a great time is mandatory on my road trips! 

With my Road Trips, we ride in style across the country and deliver you to each location, each hotel, each restaurant. ALL included in the cost of the trip. These shots are from the last huge trip across the southwest.

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Below is the tentative schedule which may have minor changes. As for hotels we always stay in nice hotels so no worries there. I will have a more detailed schedule coming SOON, but for now the schedule looks like this, and what a schedule it is.

April 1- April 2nd

Portland Oregon Start! (see photos above)

Here we will all meet up, have a nice dinner and get some shooting time in this wonderful quirky city.

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Boiler Bay State Wayside 

Yep, great shots await…

Boiler Bay State Wayside

Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area – high tide

See things you would normally never see, and we will take you to each spot

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April 3rd

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area – high tide

cape perpetua

Devil’s Churn – high tide

devils churn

Heceta Head Lighthouse

heceta head lighthouse

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

dean creek elk viewing area

Cape Arago State Park

Gorgeous!

cape arago state park

Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint

We will be HERE!

face rock state scenic viewpoint

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Yep, you can now get one of those EPIC Lighthouse shots ;)

cape blanco lighthouse

April 4th 2016

Port Orford Heads State Park

port orford heads state park

Samuel H Boardman State Park

Lovely…

samuel h boardman state park

Lone Ranch Beach

lone ranch beach

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

I can not wait for this one…

del norte coast redwoods

Redwood National Park

redwood national park


5-Apr
Mendocino Coast

mendocino coast

Napa

Ahhhhhh!

napa

April 6th
Beautiful and Amazing San Francisco!

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WHAT A TRIP! This one will be jam-packed full of amazing scenic opportunities, even some street shooting in Portland on day one for anyone who wants to take a photo stroll, and let me tell ya, street shooting in Portland is a blast.

THIS my friends is my largest and biggest and best most epic road trip/workshop EVER.

Once again I teamed up with Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett to bring ALL OF YOU and US an amazing time you will never ever forget. Great new friends, great food, great times. 

Below: Me shooting Jay’s eyeball while Todd grabs a shot (while on a jeep tour in Sedona) – JAY will be giving instruction for some landscape shots while on location and Jay knows his stuff! 

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So you want to join in this one? 

This Photo Road Trip will be as I said, my largest one ever. Six nights of YOU being taken from spot to spot with EVERYTHING included from HOTELS, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and ALL Transportation once you arrive in Portland at the start point. 

The only thing NOT included in this trip is Alcohol/Liquor. We usually have some beer lovers on these trips and that is cool (I’m one of them) but if you want to drink beer or alcohol/wine then we do NOT pay for that on the trip. Other than that, all you have to do is get to Portland and Back home because once you arrive you are with us and locked in on this amazing trip.

We always have people from all over the world on these trips and it is so awesome to meet and shoot with everyone. I AM TRULY EXCITED about this trip as the locations are all amazingly beautiful and this one will be my one trip for 2016, so if you want in then here is how it works:

COST  – SINGLE PERSON:

$3500 – This includes the entire trip as we outlined above (some locations subject to change depending on availability and time) with all hotel/lodging, meals, and transportation (once you arrive to Portland) included. This time, ALL meals are included even Dinner. We will have snacks and drinks on the bus as usual and a great time will be had by all.

COST: SHARED ROOM OPTION

$2700 – If you are OK sharing a room and do not need your own private room we will pair you with someone else from the trip and this will save you $800. You still get everything included as above, you will just be sharing a room for six nights with someone else (think of it as great bonding time with a fellow photographer).

We are limiting this to 25 people. Last time we sold 32 seats. This time we already sold EIGHT before this was even posted, so I feel this one will sell out (so far every trip/workshop I have ever put on has sold out) as we have 17 left.

If you are interested in joining this amazing once in a lifetime Photo Road Trip, email me at [email protected] and I will give you full instructions on how to sign up, payment info, and all of that good stuff. 

Remember this will be a week out of your life where you will meet amazing new people, make amazing memories and come away with some of the coolest shots of your life ;) This could also make a great Christmas gift for a special someone in your life :) Email me if you want to join in, and I hope to meet you in April!

BTW, I will be shooting with a Sony A7RII and various lenses on this trip along with my Leica SL :) Can’t wait!

Nov 202015
 
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My Photo tour of India with a Olympus E-M1

by Neil Buchan-Grant – http://buchangrant.com

I’ve just returned from running a 12 day Photo Tour of India for the luxury tour operator KUONI. It was a the first in a series we’re planning of at least one per year. The photo tour was a new concept in the crowded landscape of photographic workshops that proved to be a real hit with all the clients who came from the UK and the US. As opposed to a full on, hard core, seminar laden workshop, our photo tours are run by myself and the expert KUONI guides, combining the must see sites with special treats of photographic interest, researched and added by myself. This tailored approach attracted not only photography enthusiasts, but also their non-photographing partners.

In India every part of our itinerary was designed to offer the best photographic potential and we were even given a guided tour of the Delhi Photo Festival by members of the RANG documentary photographic collective. Each of our many destinations across the country featured the often hidden places photographers travelling solo would never find along with the big sites everyone wants to shoot. Tuition was given on a one to one basis in the field and I think its fair to say, everyone got some amazing photographs and learned new skills during the trip. The clients used many makes of cameras including Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus. We have an equally exciting multi-centre tour planned for May 2016 to China and Tibet which your readers can see more about here http://buchangrant.format.com/Blog/65252-ca

Here are a few of the first pictures I made on the tour, all shot with the Olympus OMD EM1 in various places including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and a small village out in the sticks. On this occasion I decided to leave behind my Sony A7s and Leica M 50mm Summilux and take my Leica M 35mm Summilux bolted to an EM1 giving me a stabilised 70mm f1.4 option. It proved to be a valuable combo for portraits which I augmented with the Olympus 12-40mm and 40-150mm PRO zooms for travel shots. I hope you enjoy these and hope to see some of you in China next year!

 

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Kind Regards
Neil Buchan-Grant
http://buchangrant.com

British Travel Press Photographer of the Year

Sep 152015
 

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SIGN UP HERE, TWO SEATS LEFT FOR THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

Just an update but we now have TWO seats left for this Saturday’s (Sep 19th) light painting workshop where myself and Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure will be taking you out to an old old AZ ghost town (destination to be announced Sat before we head out), at night, for some amazing light painting with whatever camera you bring along. (Does not have to be Olympus). Alex is a light painting guru and knows his stuff so we will be out there getting some pretty cool shots..

SEE THE ORIGINAL POST HERE with ALL details!

We have two seats left (had one but someone had to cancel). So TWO of you can get in on this awesome night. Best part? Cost is only $100 and includes food for the evening. If you are an AZ local, be sure to join us for this cool one night workshop. So far we have 10 who are attending and we have two more open slots. Will be an awesome night for all! I am excited to shoot with all who are joining us!

SIGN UP HERE! 

$100 for the night’s workshop and food and drinks. 

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Aug 162015
 

Three ONE Spots Left for September Light Painting Workshop! $100!

Just a heads up to let you all know we have only THREE ONE spots remaining for the Light Painting workshop with myself and Alex McClure out in an old abandoned AZ ghost town at night. This will be a great time for all and we will have 12 of us total for the night. We will have sandwiches and drinks as well.

The date for this is September 19th 2015 and is one night only. Cost is $100 which will get you the workshop, the food out on location and soft drinks. Alex is an Olympus trailblazer and will have all of the super cool Olympus gear with him. He has been light painting for years and knows his stuff. If you want to go out with us and hang, shoot some amazing light painting photos (we will have all the lighting necessary for us all to do some fantastic light painting) and be out in an old ghost town at night, then be sure to take a look at the sign up page HERE as we have three spots left. Price is only $100.

This will be a great time and a great night. I can not wait! if you are local to the Phoenix Area, it is a no brainer if you enjoy this type of photography! Looking forward to meeting all who will be there! See ya soon!

Below are some of Alex’s latest night or light painting shots. You can see more about him HERE.  Again, the meetup page to sign up for this great workshop is HERE.  The original post about it is HERE!

ONE SPOT LEFT!!!!

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Jul 212015
 

UPDATED: Light Painting ONE DAY Workshop in AZ Ghost Town, HALF SOLD OUT!

Sign UP HERE!!

Hey guys!

Just wanted to update you on what will be a hell of a night out in the Arizona desert as we shoot an old abandoned ghost town while learning all about light painting!

Join me and my good friend Alex McClure (who is an Olympus Trailblazer) as well as others as we head out an hour or so from Phoenix to a location Alex scouted out and found. Old buildings, ruins, and more await us and we will set up our gear, tripods and have sandwiches and soft drinks on hand as we experiment with steel wool spinning, all kinds of light effects and yes, traditional light painting.

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This is a one night only workshop, as in, a few hours starting at 5PM on September 19th 2015. We will shoot in to the night and darkness and will come away with some new knowledge of light painting and fantastic photos. I have shot with Alex a few times and he knows his stuff when it comes to this, so will be a blast to get out with a group and shoot. I will have my Olympus and Sony cameras, Alex will have his Olympus gear and even new Olympus goodies to show. You can bring any DSLR or Mirrorless camera as all can be used for light painting.

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If you are interested the cost is only $100 for this awesome night of shooting the night. We will include sandwiches and drinks and we will carpool to the location with Alex bringing a few and myself bringing a few and maybe 1-2 others driving behind us.

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If you are local or near to Phoenix AZ, then you will NOT want to miss this! Will be a blast.

To sign up or read more, click on over to the official meetup page for it where you can learn more or sign up and pay to lock in your spot. Only 6 of the 12 seats remain! The 1st six sold in a few days, so I expect this to sell out soon.

SEE MORE OR SIGN UP HERE!!

 

Jul 172015
 
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Light Painting Workshop, 1 night only! Join me and Alex McClure!

September 19th 2015

See details HERE! Or keep reading for full details…

Living in Phoenix AZ gives me plenty of opportunities to get out into the desert and explore terrain, towns and even at times visit places that are rarely visited by people. Real true to life ghost towns and beautiful scenic views, always amazing stuff. Just so happens I live not too far from good friend and Olympus trailblazer, Alex McClure and he enjoys exploring the desert even more than I do. I have went out a couple of times now with Alex to shoot and we came away with some very cool stuff on each occasion.

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I am happy to announce that for one night only we will be offering up a light painting workshop together. Now, Alex is a FANTASTIC light painter. He has all the tools we would need to create beautiful works, and he may even have the latest and greatest Olympus goodies to try out.

One from my last outing with Alex McClure in the desert.

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What we are offering is one night, in the desert, at an undisclosed ghost town location (you will learn where it is after signing up) with loads of scenic beauty and opportunities to paint it all up with light. We will use various tools, lighting effects and will go over just how to get these effects.

We will spin steel wool, shoot the stars with long exposures and also use lighting techniques you may not even be aware of.

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This workshop is of course best for local Phoenix Residents as it is one evening only, not an overnighter so no hotels, bus travel, or any of that. We will be carpooling to the location. Alex can fit 5-7 and I can fit three plus me. We are opening this up to 10 people only and will provide sandwiches and soft drinks for all.

Total cost for the evening? $100 per person. This gets you the workshop, food and drink. Bringing a friend? That will be $100 as well. 

A steal IMO, and will be a great fun night as well. The date for this is the evening and night of September 19th 2015 and if you have any interest in this kind of shooting, and are close to the Phx AZ area, then be sure to give it some consideration. Will be fantastic.

You can sign up or check out the sign up page HERE.  

Only $100 gets you the workshop, food and drink, AND some amazing photos to take back home with you! Will be a great time for all.

Here is a video showcasing Alex and what he does..

Jan 052015
 

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The Southwest in Infrared 

by Alexandra Shapiro

Last November I attended Steve Huff’s Southwest Workshop along with about two dozen other photographers from all over the world. We visited some beautiful places in Arizona and Utah, including Antelope Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion National Park, and Sedona. These sites presented extraordinary opportunities for landscape photography. The workshop was also a great opportunity to meet some amazing photographers and do some hiking (Angel’s Landing at Zion was a particular highlight in terms of stunning scenery and a challenging ascent).

At some of the locations I used a specially converted digital camera that captures infrared light. A few years ago, I began experimenting with digital infrared photography, and found that it to be an interesting way to capture unusual and sometimes surreal images. My earlier user report can be seen HERE.  It provides some basic background on digital infrared technique and examples of infrared photographs that I took before the workshop.

On this trip, I used a converted Canon 5D, which has an “enhanced color” infrared filter, with a Canon 16-35 F4 L lens or a Canon 8-15 F4 L fisheye lens. Even though the 5D model is almost 10 year old, I have found it works extremely well for infrared work and can produce stunning images when paired with the right lens. (The main downsides are an out-of-date LCD and lack of live view, since manual focus is sometimes necessary for infrared work; personally, I don’t mind the 12 megapixel sensor and have even made some relatively large prints from images taken with this camera.) The 16-35 zoom, a relatively new offering from my Canon, is very sharp, and the image stabilization was particular useful in some spots, because the 5D is best shot at low ISOs and I prefer to shoot at f8 to f16 for infrared landscapes. The lens can also produce some amazing sunstars.

These are a few shots from the trip, taken at Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Zion. All but one of the images was taken with the 16-35. I shot in raw and used Capture One for white balance and exposure adjustments, and then converted the images to tiffs. After that, I used photoshop to swap channels, and tweaked the colors and/or converted to black and white using plug-ins such as Nik’s Viveza 2, Alien Skin Exposure 7 or MacPhun’s Tonality Pro. The same image of horseshoe bend appears in both faux color and black and white, so you can see some of the different possibilities with color and black-and-white infrared technique. There are also a couple of examples with strong flare — some may not like this, but I think the flare that infrared photography sometimes produces can create interesting effects.

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Some of my other infrared work can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrashapiro/collections/72157633129472726/

This is my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrashapiro/

And here is another guest post I did for Steve: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2014/01/14/user-report-iceland-with-the-leica-m-240-by-alexandra-shapiro/

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Nov 062014
 

The Southwest Workshop BEGINS! Limited updates until next week!

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Today is the day we head out on the five day journey across the Southwest USA with 30 of us loaded into a fully chartered bus as we take this journey in style and comfort. Last night we had a dinner for those who arrived early and this evening we will be heading out at 5:30PM sharp and my internet access and time will be limited so do not expect to many page updates until next week Tuesday. When I return I will be doing an update on how the Workshop went as well as post my review of the Voigtlander 40 2.8 ASPH lens . For the trip I will be bringing my Sony A7s and 3-4 lenses including the Voigtlander 15 Heliar, the new 40 2.8 ASPH as well as a Leica 50 2.8 Elmar classic and the Sony 55 1.8.

I plan on shooting some landscapes with the Sony A7s to see just how well it does in this scenario.

When I return I should have the Panasonic LX100 for review as well as the new Zeiss Loxia lenses SHORTLY AFTER. I may also take a look at a few other new things ;)

So enjoy your weekend everyone! Tomorrow there will be a film Friday post from Ibraar Hussain and another post or two but probably not much for the weekend or Monday.

This workshop sold out 100% as we had no more hotel rooms available so it’s going to be a full but fun trip, my largest one yet. I want to give a special thanks to Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett who pretty much organized this entire trip. Without those two it would have been a mess :) Also thanks to Albert who has been picking everyone up from the airport all day yesterday and today.

Should have some cool photos from everyone to post here next week!

Thanks to all!

Steve

PS – to those going on this journey I have a few things to give away on the bus as we travel tonight, so should be fun!

Oct 052014
 

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The Southwest Road Trip/Workshop Update with Video!

Just an update on the Southwest Road trip/workshop coming up on November 6th-10th 2014. We are just about sold out with just a couple seats remaining and will have well over 30-35 of us on this trip, which is why we will now be riding in style in the tour bus below:

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Also…This will most likely be my LAST workshop ever.

If it is not then I will do one every 1-2  years at most as I just do not have the time these days for them, even though every single one always sells out! So for this one, you can be part of SteveHuffPhoto.com history and take part in this amazing road trip adventure across the most scenic locations of the southwest.

Below is a video preview of where we will be going. Todd and Jay who are organizing this event traveled it last week and compiled this short video so all of you who are attending or thinking about it can see what and where we will be going, but this is just a taste! Also included is the amazing bus ride, the food, the joining together of like-minded passionate people who love photography. It will be pretty amazing.

VIDEO PREVIEW BELOW!! ONLY TWO or THREE SEATS REMAIN AS OF OCTOBER 5th 2014!

Below is the full schedule of events starting with Day 1 through Day 5. Yes, this is a FIVE day event!

Day 1 (Thurs, Nov 6)
5:00pm Depart Aloft Phoenix Airport Hotel
7:30pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Flagstaff
11:00pm Arrive at hotel in Page, AZ

Day 2 (Fri, Nov 7)
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast at hotel
9:00am – 12:00pm Antelope Canyon Photography Tour (this will be a professionally guided tour)
12:30pm – 2:00pm Horseshoe Bend
2:00pm – 3:00pm Lunch in Page
3:00pm – 6:00pm Drive to Zion
6:00pm Arrive at hotel in Springdale, UT
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Springdale

Day 3 (Sat, Nov 8)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
8:00am – 6:00pm Zion hiking (lunch in the park)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Springdale

Day 4 (Sun, Nov 9)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
8:00am Depart Springdale
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch in Flagstaff
3:00pm Arrive in Sedona
4:00pm – 6:00pm Sunset Jeep Tour 2 hours (these are AWESOME and will take us into places you would have never even knew existed)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Sedona

Day 5 (Mon, Nov 10)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00am – 12:00pm Scenic Rim Jeep Tour 3 hours (another amazing Jeep tour, off road, hills, crevices, and all kinds of cool things to see as well as getting out and exploring)
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch in Sedona
2:00pm – 4:30pm Drive back to the Aloft Phoenix Airport Hotel

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E-MAIL ME HERE IF YOU WANT IN!!

Details:

NOVEMBER 6th – NOVEMBER 10th 2014 – Antelope Canyon, Zion, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and more!

As promised, I am posting details for this EPIC workshop/Road Trip that will take place November 6th-10th 2014. FIVE days of events, activities, photography, food, new friends, adventure and fun. I only do one or two of these per year now and only do them when they are done right and offer something special and unique for those who attend. This time, with the help of Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett I think we put together a wonderful trip that will give you a lifetime of memories and photographs.

We will start out meeting in Phoenix, AZ and will travel via either chartered bus or caravan style (depending on how many want to go on this trip). I am probably more pumped about this trip than any previous workshop I have done over the years. It will be the most scenic for sure, and we will be avoiding the blistering heat by doing it in November.

Breakfast and Lunch will be included (breakfast is included with hotels) but dinner will not be included. Hotels and all transportation will be included in this trip. Sony is also pitching in to this event and will likely be loaning out various cameras and lenses so we will have them on hand for you to test/use! How cool is that? How about testing an A7s on the sunset Jeep tour we are doing?

This will be a wonderful trip, probably my largest one yet packed with amazingly beautiful southwestern landscapes that you may have seen in photos but never been able to get to and shoot. Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Sedona and more.

We will be doing two full on JEEP tours in Sedona. One sunset tour and one during the day with pro guides. We will also be doing a full guided tour of Antelope Canyon.

All will meet at the Aloft Hotel in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday Nov. 6th. We will depart this hotel at 5PM SHARP on Nov 6th either by chartered bus that will hold us all or via 3 vans. The schedule is amazingly cool and if you have never been to these destinations, it will be jaw dropping beautiful to you. I am in Sedona 4-5 times per year and the beauty there is heart warming. I am telling you now, THIS will be an amazing trip and the photos you will get from it will be worthy of huge wall prints! I will be on hand for any questions or help and Jay Bartlett will also be on hand for instruction (he will be shooting medium format for anyone interested in this).

Price per person will be $1800 for a private hotel room all to yourself. If you want to bring a spouse then price will be discounted to $1300 each for a shared room. Single participants can also book a shared room at the discounted rate of $1300 but you will be sharing a room with someone else.

This price will include hotel and transportation for entire trip, breakfast, lunch, tours and instruction. The only thing NOT included here are the DINNERS as everyone has different tastes in food and drink, so we did not want to put a limit on the food for dinner, and some may be tired and choose to eat in their room. Will be up to the individual for dinner but we will have group dinners for anyone that wants to join in. Hotel stays are all included as is every single tour. All you have to do is get to Phoenix, AZ on the 6th of November and we will take care of the rest.

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How to Sign Up

As you can see, this trip will be rocking so I hope to see many of you there with me! I am looking forward to this one and counting the days. If you want to sign up, and want in 100%, then make sure to do so quickly as these events tend to sell out quickly. The last one at Valley of Fire sold out fast and this one is an even better trip. That is not marketing hype, it is reality. Last trip we had to turn a few away as we sold out. If you want in, email me here and I will give you instructions on how to pay and set your reservation!

After you sign up you will be added to our private Facebook group for the trip where full details are updated every few days and all who are attending can chat amongst each other with ideas or gear or whatever!

E-MAIL ME HERE IF YOU WANT ONE OF THE LAST SEATS!

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Aug 132014
 

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OFFICIAL: Southwest Road Trip/Workshop. An Epic Photo Adventure awaits!

NOVEMBER 6th – NOVEMBER 10th 2014 – Antelope Canyon, Zion, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and more!

UPDATE 08/30/14: Just about SOLD OUT so get in now! This is going to be an amazing, massive, epic trip with a GREAT group of people! I can not wait! Great weather, amazing scenics, and fun and adventure planned for every day. 

As promised, I am posting details for this EPIC workshop/Road Trip that will take place November 6th-10th 2014. FIVE days of events, activities, photography, food, new friends, adventure and fun. I only do one or two of these per year now and only do them when they are done right and offer something special and unique for those who attend. This time, with the help of Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett I think we put together a wonderful trip that will give you a lifetime of memories and photographs.

We will start out meeting in Phoenix, AZ and will travel via either chartered bus or caravan style (depending on how many want to go on this trip). I am probably more pumped about this trip than any previous workshop I have done over the years. It will be the most scenic for sure, and we will be avoiding the blistering heat by doing it in November.

Breakfast and Lunch will be included (breakfast is included with hotels) but dinner will not be included. Hotels and all transportation will be included in this trip. Sony is also pitching in to this event and will be loaning out various cameras and lenses so we will have them on hand for you to test/use! How cool is that? How about testing an A7s on the sunset Jeep tour we are doing?

This will be a wonderful trip, probably my largest one yet packed with amazingly beautiful southwestern landscapes that you may have seen in photos but never been able to get to and shoot. Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Sedona and more.

We will be doing two full on JEEP tours in Sedona. One sunset tour and one during the day with pro guides. We will also be doing a full guided tour of Antelope Canyon.

Below is the full Itinerary.

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Steve Huff Photo Road Trip – Southwest USA

All will meet at the Aloft Hotel in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday Nov. 6th. We will depart this hotel at 5PM SHARP on Nov 6th either by chartered bus that will hold us all or via 3 vans. The schedule is amazingly cool and if you have never been to these destinations, it will be jaw dropping beautiful to you. I am in Sedona 4-5 times per year and the beauty there is heart warming. I am telling you now, THIS will be an amazing trip and the photos you will get from it will be worthy of huge wall prints! I will be on hand for any questions or help and Jay Bartlett will also be on hand for instruction (he will be shooting medium format for anyone interested in this).

Price per person will be $1800 for a private hotel room all to yourself. If you want to bring a spouse then price will be discounted to $1300 each for a shared room. Single participants can also book a shared room at the discounted rate of $1300 but you will be sharing a room with someone else. 

This price will include hotel and transportation for entire trip, breakfast, lunch, tours and instruction. The only thing NOT included here are the DINNERS as everyone has different tastes in food and drink, so we did not want to put a limit on the food for dinner, and some may be tired and choose to eat in their room. Will be up to the individual for dinner but we will have group dinners for anyone  that wants to join in. Hotel stays are all included as is every single tour. All you have to do is get to Phoenix, AZ on the 6th of November and we will take care of the rest. 

Our bus for the entire trip. Yes, we will be riding in comfort and style :) 

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*We can also pick you up from the airport if needed but you can NOT be late as we will leave at 5pm sharp on the 6th from the Aloft Hotel*

Day 1 (Thurs, Nov 6)
5:00pm Depart Aloft Phoenix Airport Hotel
7:30pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Flagstaff
11:00pm Arrive at hotel in Page, AZ

Day 2 (Fri, Nov 7)
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast at hotel
9:00am – 12:00pm Antelope Canyon Photography Tour (this will be a professionally guided tour)
12:30pm – 2:00pm Horseshoe Bend
2:00pm – 3:00pm Lunch in Page
3:00pm – 6:00pm Drive to Zion
6:00pm Arrive at hotel in Springdale, UT
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Springdale

Day 3 (Sat, Nov 8)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
8:00am – 6:00pm Zion hiking (lunch in the park)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Springdale

Day 4 (Sun, Nov 9)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
8:00am Depart Springdale
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch in Flagstaff
3:00pm Arrive in Sedona
4:00pm – 6:00pm Sunset Jeep Tour 2 hours (these are AWESOME and will take us into places you would have never even knew existed)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner in Sedona

Day 5 (Mon, Nov 10)
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00am – 12:00pm Scenic Rim Jeep Tour 3 hours (another amazing Jeep tour, off road, hills, crevices, and all kinds of cool things to see as well as getting out and exploring)
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch in Sedona
2:00pm – 4:30pm Drive back to the Aloft Phoenix Airport Hotel

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How to Sign Up

As you can see, this trip will be rocking so I hope to see many of you there with me! I am looking forward to this one and counting the days. If you want to sign up, and want in 100%, then make sure to do so quickly as these events tend to sell out quickly. The last one at Valley of Fire sold out fast and this one is an even better trip. That is not marketing hype, it is reality. Last trip we had to turn a few away as we sold out. If you want in, email me here and I will give you instructions on how to pay and set your reservation!

Driving into Sedona..

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Aug 092014
 

Road Trip/Workshop: November 6th -10th, Antelope, Horseshoe, Sedona, Zion and more!

Mark your calendars now! This one will be MASSIVE!

OK guys! My next road trip/workshop and all around awesome amazing time will be November 6th-10th 2014 and will be a road trip with a maximum of 12 participants.

Destination? This time around we will be headed to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion, Sedona, and Phoenix (where everyone will fly into and out of).

This will be a jammed packed trip for four full days as we shoot and find our way to some of the most beautiful photo destinations in the United States.

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Hotel is included, all transportation is included (we will have 3-4 vans), breakfast and lunch is included each day. Transportation to and from the airport is also included if needed.

We will be allowing ONLY 12 people to sign up for this one, as we will have no way to fit more than that. I will be posting full details next week here on the site, so if you are interested in this one, stay tuned!

Last time we did the Valley of Fire and I feel this one will be more exciting, more packed full of photo opps and we will have some super cool destinations. If you have not been to Sedona you will be amazed at the beauty. We are even doing a full on Jeep tour while there (which is also included).

So for all of you who are adventurous, get ready for this one. It will be in November so it will not be hot and torturous. Phoenix AZ in November is usually around 70’s-80’s. It will be cooler at our destinations, which will be nice.

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So to break it down, 4 full days from Thursday the 6th to Monday the 10th. We will have our guide take us to the locations and do tours as well. We will fit in all kinds of photo sessions and you can bring and use ANY camera you wish from point and shoot to medium format to whatever you desire.

Can’t wait for this one as it is literally in my own backyard!

FULL DETAILS NEXT WEEK including pricing, itinerary and more! These always sell out quick, so this is why I am giving all of you a heads up!

This will be a collaboration between myself and Todd Hatakeyama who organized the Valley of Fire and my Los Angeles Workshop. With Todd on the job, it will go off perfectly, smooth and be jammed with cool stuff. Photos below were shot by Todd on his last trip to the area. Jay Bartlett will also be there to do some instruction.

Fun, Friends, Food, Photography, Adventure, and more await…even free gifts for all!

If you want to be put on an e-mail interest list and be notified as soon as the details/costs and itinerary are ironed out, e-mail me here with your name and e-mail address. I now only do 1-2 of these per year so when we do them, we do them big!

May 292014
 

Digitizing slides and negatives on the cheap

By Dierk Topp

what is this about?

A fast, easy and cheap solution for digitizing slides and negatives

The main idea is, to use the light of a tablet as a neutral white light source and solve the (my) main problem with the light.
The rest can be done in many different ways.

Many of us have tons of analog photographs in form of slides and/or negatives at home. I think, most of us don’t even look at these pictures any more, as it is just too much effort for showing slides compared to the great show of our digital images, stored on a stick and shown on our large TV screen. Even worse with all the negatives, that where never seen as positive print.

Since many years I was looking for a solution to digitize at least my slides with all the old pictures of the family, vacations and many other events, that I like to remember and give copies to my family. I used my DSLR with macro lenses and my Photo scanner but have been always very disappointed.

The problem with the DSLR was the light and the resolution (at that time 12 MPix) and the problem with the scanner was the boring time per scan, and also the resolution of only 2400 DPI!

Some time ago I noticed, that my tablet can be used as an ideal light source.
The light is very neutral (I checked it with the Colorchecker). And I came up with the following quick and “not so dirty” solution, of course not for professional work.

What do you need?

1. a camera, that gives you 1:1 close up images (the Sony E-mount Macro 30mm does it, many compact cameras as well)
2. your tablet (a smart phone may do it as well) as light source
3. a tripod or better a copy stand to mount the camera
4. clear glass pane (I use the glass of a cheap photo frame)
5. a bubble level to align the base and camera horizontally and/or a small mirror

optional:

6. a remote trigger for the camera to avoid vibrations
7. a transparent etched glass pane (or a milky glass pane, but that absorbs much light)
8. a negative holder from a photo scanner
9. a good blower to clean the glass and the slides or film
10. dark paper or card board to protect the lens from direct light from the tablet with a matching whole in it for your picture
11. cotton gloves for the handling of your negatives and slides

The set up:

(sorry for my English, I hope, I can make it clear enough)

* For first tests I used the Sony NEX-6 and the Sony E-mount Macro lens 30mm/3.5 with the IR remote control. After a few test shots I found, that the Sony Macro is very soft in the corners, but it offers AF! This could be very convenient, if you copy different slides with different thickness.
After that I decided to try the excellent Leica Makro-Elmarit-R 2.8/60mm with the Leica Macro-Adapter-R for 1:1 with very good results. BTW you get the used Leica lens for about the same price as the new Sony Macro lens. Plus a Leica-R adapter of course.

* The copy stand (mine is from B.I.G.) for about 30€, for small cameras. I cut a hole into the base plate and put the etched glass pane under it and below this the tablet

* On the base of the copy stand I put the glass of a picture frame

* You have to make sure, that the film and the sensor are parallel! I did it with a mirror, that I put on the glass and aligned the camera till I could see the reflection of the lens exactly in the middle of the screen. A bubble level on the glass (to control, how horizontal the table is) and on the camera display will help as well.

* Before you start, like in the good old days or nights in the darkroom you have to clean the glass and of course the slides or negatives carefully!

* On the tablet you need a neutral white image. I made one by taking a screen shot of an email with very little text and enlarged the screen so much that I had only the white background and then did another screen shot.
Of course there are many other ways for a white screen.

Try to focus on the grain with the focus magnification of the camera, as we used to do in the darkroom. With original lenses you do not have to take care but on adapted lenses like my Leica lens in this case open the aperture and focus with the magnification – and don’t forget to stop down again! I used f/11 to compensate for any misalignment. With the Sony Macro lens the AF worked as well. But with AF you definitely need an etched or milky glass pane, otherwise your camera will focus at the contrast of the LED of your tablet most of the times! This will be the same with other AF cameras.
What resolution do you get?

any, only limited by the grain!!

If you do the whole film with one shot, you get the resolution of your camera. If you need more resolution, you have to get closer and shoot multiple images and stitch. In that case of course with manual exposure.
With 35mm film this does not make much sense, as you may get beyond the resolution of the film grain.
With larger formats is makes a lot of sense.
I have 24×56 negatives from my Horizon 202 panorama camera and shoot two images (left and right) and stitch.
With 6×6 negatives I did 4 shots (2×2) with the NEX-6 and stitch. After I tried the Sony A7R with 36 MPix I decided to do only one shot and crop the sides to the 1:1 format. If I need higher resolution for a really good photograph, I always can do it again later with multiple shots and get higher resolution.
With my 4×5 negatives I did 6 shots (2×3) and stitched. Again I can do one shot now and do multiple shots for more resolution later, if I want.
How long does it take?

If everything is aligned and cleaned, I shoot 10 negatives in 15 minutes or even faster.
For comparison: I scanned a 6×6 negative with my old Epson 2450 Photo with 2400 dpi resolution and it took 10 minutes and I got less resolution!

Post processing

I import the RAW files into Light Room and use Photoshop for the conversion from negative to positive and do basic exposure and contrast corrections. Back in Lightroom on color images I try to find a more or less white or gray spot as a reference for the white balance and do the final processing.

A picture is better than many words, here is my set up:

The Sony Macro 30mm in 1:1 position for slides and 35mm negatives
a dark paper mask protects the lens from the light source, the paper on the left protects against the light from the window or you shoot in a dark room you see the mate glass pane and under it the tablet with the white image on the display.

setup for digital photography of  slides and B&W negative film

you see the whole in the copy stand for the light from the tablet
the NEX-6 with the Leica Makro-Elmarit-R 60mm with 1:1 Macro-Adapter-R on a Metabones adapter

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a 6×6 negative, I used the negative holder of my scanner

setup for digital photography of  slides and B&W negative film

The alignment with a mirror
see the image of the mirror in the center of the display of the camera!

setup for digital photography of  slides and B&W negative film

And here are first results :-)

the color images are here on my flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dierktopp/sets/72157644569983692/

35mm slides

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I don’t remember the film, but it was a high speed film with Vaseline on the filter for the soft focus
focus on the grain was a must on this one

digital photograph of color slide 24x36

This example is very special, I made it 1970 in New York City
you see the World Trade Towers during construction with my at that time new 17mm/4 Fish-Eye-Takumar
the quality of the slides is very poor

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These are stitched images from 24x56mm negatives of the Russian Horizon 202
images on flickr are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dierktopp/sets/72157644195467248/

digital photograph of Horizon 202 (24x56) B&W film

Horizon 202 (24x56) B&W film

6×6 images made with the DDR made Pentacon Six

are here on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dierktopp/sets/72157644569983672/

6×6 color negative Agfa Ultra 100
color negative is not easy, you would need a profile to compensate the color mask of the film

digital photograph of 6x6 color negativ film, stitched of 6 imag

and B&W from Agfa APX 100

digital photograph of 6x6 B&W film

Pentacon Six 6x6, Zeiss Flektogon 4/50mm, Agfa APX 100

this one is from a 4×5″ B&W negative, made with Gandolfi Variant II
6 stitched image parts (2×3)

analog 4x5 B&W, stitch of 4 image parts, Sony A7R with Leica Mak

Last but not least panorama images from a time, when stitching images was not jet invented.

My plan for these images has been, to mount the printed images together as a panorama – but it never came out good enough.
Now with the simple to use software it worked great to my surprise :-)

4 images 6×6 from the Pentacon Six on Agfa Ultra color negative film (1992), stitched with PTGui
the image with this resolution is about 17.000 pixel wide. Compared to the possibilities from today this does not sound much. I just did a panorama with 7 images from the Sony A7R hand held, resulting in 37.000 pixel – o.k. just in case I want to print it 5m wide :-))

Pentacon Six 6x6, Zeiss Flektogon 4/50mm, Agfa Ultra 100 color n

A last one, I made with the Gandolfi Variant 4×5″ field camera

This is the most complicated panorama, I ever made :-)

It is made out of two 4×5″ shots from Gandolfi Variant.
First image with shifted front standard to one side and back standard to the opposite and the second image with shifts the other way around.
Lens was Rodenstock Sironar-N 150mm/5.6 MC
and the usual darkroom chemistry ….

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digitized both images with Sony A7R and Leica Makro-Elmarit-R 60mm
each image with 4 shots (2×2)
each image processed with LR5 and exported as TIFF
stitched with PTGui 9
the negative converted with CS6 and base contrast alignments
final processing with Nik Silver Efex Pro2
the result is about 7.600×17.200 pixel = 130 Mpix.

La Palma, Canary Islands, view from El Time

analog 4x5 B&W, stitch of 8 image parts from two photographs, So

this is a crop of this image

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I hope, you got the idea and start checking all your slides and negatives and wake them alive again

dierk

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dierktopp/

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May 262014
 

Photowalk and Workshop Thoughts

By Ben

Steve and Brandon,

The first photography workshop that I attended was the street photography workshop you hosted in Chicago during September 2011. It was a wonderful experience.

I recently had the opportunity to teach a street photography workshop hosted by the local camera shop in my area. I met very passionate photographers and was able to share my thoughts with them. I learned from them as well. I think that workshops are fantastic and I wish they occurred more frequently. I wanted to share my thoughts with you and your readers regarding photowalks and workshops.

Photowalk is not a word that can be easily be found defined in a dictionary. I understand it to mean: An informal organized gathering of people whose intent is to stroll around leisurely taking photos, enjoying themselves, and learning from one another through interaction and observation. I think that photowalks are analogous to photography workshops. They can be considered one and the same.

Workshops and photowalks are great investment and idea for photographers at every skill level. Here is why:

Education

No explanation is necessary. We all benefit from instruction. Regarding workshops in general, photography related or not, I always take something away from the experience.

Interaction

Workshops allow for more individualized attention. Studies have shown that more is accomplished with a smaller teacher to student ratio. A smaller group size allows for more opportunity for communication. Sometimes individual student/teacher time is included during a workshop. Before a workshop I determine what it is that I want to get out of the workshop. I prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Many of these questions are naturally answered through the content of material presented. The other questions I will ask the instructor during a one-on-one session.

Informality

Workshops typically consist of ten or fewer students. In my formal career I have had the opportunity to present, teach, and mentor numerous times. There are benefits to learning in smaller groups. I have seen it with my own eyes. In larger groups and in classroom settings it is harder for people to speak up and ask questions. I once taught a night class at the local college that only had seven students enrolled. The restraint and sheepishness of students was almost non-existent. In that situation I felt less like a teacher and more like a big brother type of mentor. The atmosphere was very relaxed. People felt comfortable. I have observed the same type of social synergy in photography workshops. People interact, they speak up and communicate.

Time

Workshops are generally scheduled for a full weekend or less. I’ve heard time and time again that the best way to become a photographer is to keep your day job. Like most of us, I have a 9 to 5 career. There isn’t time available in my busy life to enroll in formal photography or art classes. Workshops are great because they generally occur over the weekend. They are usually held at a very great location and thus can feel like a mini vacation. One day workshops that are held on a Saturday seem to fit me well. My wife and I will generally travel to the workshop destination on Friday night after work. Saturday day is taken up with me at the workshop and my wife shopping or checking out the tourist attractions that are offered. We meet up in the evening for dinner and a night out on the town. I also use this time out with my wife to get some street shooting in as well. It’s great to multitask street shooting while out on a date with your love. The day ends up being a full day of photography for me.

Camaraderie

People like to spend time with other like minded people with the same interests. Workshops mainly consist of time in a classroom followed by shooting time. During this shooting time there is much interaction. This is where I approach or am approached by others to chat about what has previously discussed during the day. Conversations typically start with “I really agreed with your comment regarding……” or “I have the same camera. Do you like the lens you are shooting with? I’ve considered buying it.” Advertising for workshops should include “For sale: instant friends, just add cameras”. I have met many great people attending photography workshops. Someone usually facilitates email address exchange at the end. I can say that I keep in contact with some people I’ve met through email or simply following and commenting on their blogs, social pages, etc.

Attached are several photos that I captured during the second session of the workshop I taught. All photos were taken with a Leica M9 and Voigtlander 35mm Skopar PII.

You can view more of the photos at:
www.photographsbyben.com
www.photographsbybenmiller.blogspot.com

Thank you Steve and thank you Brandon for keeping such a wonderful website and giving all of us something to look forward to everyday.

Cheers,

Ben

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Mar 032014
 

Beauties of Nature premium 3 day Workshop opportunity

April 4th – April 7th 2014 – $200 discount for SteveHuffPhoto.com readers!

Hello to all and happy Monday! It is a beautiful day here in Phx AZ with some warmth and sunshine so that always makes me smile. For those that want some of that warmth and sunshine I wanted to tell you about a workshop a friend of mine is putting on in April, and it is a big one.

My Friend Todd Hatakeyama, the guy who helped and organized my Valley of Fire workshop and the guy who Organized and set up my “Photo Cruise” is putting on a massive workshop that is aimed at helping anyone who wants to get into portrait, fashion as well as learn all about LIGHTING. They have lined up some amazing speakers and models, male and female, and will be holding it at a huge 8 acre estate in the Wildlife area of San Diego California where the weather will be just as beautiful as the models that will be on hand. This is a true “Workshop” so be prepared to WORK.

BON

Here is a blurb from the Beauties of Nature workshop page:

“Come join us for an all-inclusive weekend of photography, celebrity models, food, wine, and fun on an 8-acre ranch in the Wildlife area of San Diego, California. Learn how to shoot spectacular high-fashion models in an outdoor setting with studio strobes and natural light. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph dazzling women in an extraordinary environment. The Beauties of Nature await you!”

They have a video from their last workshop that you can checkout below:

The good news is that if anyone here is interested they are offering $200 off the cost of booking this event just for the readers here if you use THIS LINK to sign up.

**I have not been paid one cent to post this, I do so because I know the level that this workshop is on and it is a big one, a luxury event with great food, drink, fun and a true LEARNING experience and figured some of you here may enjoy something like this. Also, Todd is a great guy and has helped me out in the past so I am returning the favor and I told him..give my readers $200 off and I will post!**

Read all about their event HERE at their page.

They will have 5 guest speakers, three models and a jam-packed schedule of events from Friday April 4th to Monday April 7th when the workshop ends. Below is the full schedule of events:

Friday, April 4th

12:00pm – Participants Arrive

12:00pm to 1:00pm – Introductions/Lecture

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Lunch

2:00pm to 2:30pm – Flor Lecture

2:30pm to 3:00pm – Kassie Lecture

3:30pm to 8:00pm – Optional Private Shoots

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Capture One Lecture

Late Night – Astronomy, Light Painting, Long Exposures

Saturday, April 5th

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 10:00am – Tim Lecture

10:00am to 1:00pm – Model Shoot/Macro Shoot

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Lunch

2:00pm to 5:00pm – Model Shoot/Macro Shoot

5:00pm to 8:00pm – Model Shoot/Macro Shoot

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Dinner

9:00pm to 11:00pm – Optional Individual Model Shoot

Sunday, April 6th

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 10:00am – Jay Lecture

10:00am to 1:00pm – Model Shoot

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Lunch

2:00pm to 5:00pm – Model Shoot

5:00pm to 7:00pm – Optional Individual Model Shoot

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner

8:00pm to 10:30pm – Optional Individual Model Shoot

Monday, April 7th

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 12:00pm – Editing

12:00pm to 4:00pm – Lunch/Photo Critique

How to get in on this one..

So anyone who is interested in a weekend of fun, learning, experience, and great food and massive photo opps, take a look at their page HERE and if you want to book, be sure to get the $200 off by using THIS LINK just for my readers here!

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