Dec 282013
 

UPDATE: Valley of Fire workshop! ONE SEAT remains!

Feb 21st -24th

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ONE SEAT REMAIN in a shared room and then we are SOLD OUT!! If you want in, e-mail me! These will not last long!

 February 21st-24th 2014

OK! With all of these new cameras released and now in the hands of all of YOU what better than to join me on a cool weekend workshop in a gorgeous area of the country where we will hike, shoot, chat, learn, eat and stay in super deluxe accommodations. YES, I am excited about this one and can not wait to go back out and shoot with some of you as it is always a great time. This time it is going to be pretty special.

We will have Jay Bartlett doing instruction as well as being our guide. Jay joined me on one of my LA Workshops and gave instruction on shooting models to everyone in attendance, and it was great. Todd Hatakeyama will join in as well (the Cruisemaster from the 1st ever Steve Huff Photo cruise) for the fun and adventure and to set up the details to make sure it all runs smoothly. I will be there of course as well as a group of like-minded passionate individuals who share the same love for photography as YOU.

There will be a lot of hiking, photography, arches, caves, and amazing colors. We’ll see as much of the park as we can in 2-3 days. Possible locations include: Elephant Rock, White Domes, Arch Rock, Fire Wave, Crazy Hill, Pretzel Arch, El Portal Arch, Piano Rock, and more.

 Don’t worry too much if you’re not in the best shape. We’ll break into groups according to hiking ability. We will provide 2-way radios, bottled water, snacks and a suggested list of gear. For all of you who have seen images from these locations online for years and years and have always wanted to BE THERE..well, now is your chance, and of course, we will be doing it all in style.

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Tentative Schedule (to be finalized in the next two weeks) and some details:

As always with my workshops, we make sure we have a “TON O FUN” and this one will be no exception :)

This time we will be staying in a mansion with plenty of space to roam :) 

- 10 bedroom mansion - 12 guests max (once we sell 12, that is it)!

- single rooms are limited

- we’ll have a caravan of 3 suv’s or vans 

What’s included:

- 3 nights at the mansion

- light breakfast and picnic lunches are included on Sat and Sun

- guided tour of the Valley of fire for 2 full days

- bottled water, snacks

- possibly pickup and drop off from airport (if our schedule permits)

all other meals are not included

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 February 21st-24th 2014

Friday – arrive late afternoon – meet at the house, we may be able to pick people up from the airport (would fly into Las Vegas airport)

(those coming from Southern California can meet up to carpool Friday morning)

Friday evening – Dinner

Saturday and Sunday, shooting from early morning until sunset. Light breakfast snacks and picnic lunch.

Sunday night – people can fly out after 8pm, or stay the night and leave Monday morning

(for Southern California people, we’ll head out mid morning)

THERE IS ONE SEAT LEFT IN A SHARED ROOM, SO IF YOU WANT IN, GET IN NOW!

How much does it cost and how do I get in?

If you want to join the fun and come away with some amazing photographs, some new skills and some new friends and great memories then make sure to get in quick before this sells out. History shows that every single workshop I have done has sold out and usually we have more wanting in AFTER they sell out. I do not do too many of these and this time I am teaming jump with Jay and Todd to make sure this one is run smoothly and provides all of the cool stuff you would expect!

If you want in, the cost for a single private room with everything above included is $1000 for the three-day event. If you do not mind to share a room with someone the cost is $700, but private rooms usually go fast so if you are interested, and want a private room, email me quick! 

Payment will be done via paypal or if you do not use paypal we can do other payment methods. Paypal is preferred.

If you want in, e-mail me HERE and I will instruct you on how to pay. Once you are paid up you are locked in and all set! This will be a great time and I am looking forward to it. I may be able to even bring some goodies along for all to try (which I will confirm here when I know for sure).

Hoping to meet and see some of you there in February! 

 

Dec 172013
 

The Valley of Fire Workshop! February 21st-24th 2014

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We are now SOLD OUT and this is with extending the group to 14! That means I sleep on the couch! 

OK! With all of these new cameras released and now in the hands of all of YOU what better than to join me on a cool weekend workshop in a gorgeous area of the country where we will hike, shoot, chat, learn, eat and stay in super deluxe accommodations. YES, I am excited about this one and can not wait to go back out and shoot with some of you as it is always a great time.

Along with myself we will have Jay Bartlett doing instruction as well as being our guide. Jay joined me on one of my LA Workshops and gave instruction on shooting models to everyone in attendance, and it was great. Todd Hatakeyama will join in as well (the Cruisemaster from the 1st ever Steve Huff Photo cruise) for the fun and adventure and to set up the details to make sure it all runs smoothly.

There will be a lot of hiking, photography, arches, caves, and amazing colors. We’ll see as much of the park as we can in 2-3 days. Possible locations include: Elephant Rock, White Domes, Arch Rock, Fire Wave, Crazy Hill, Pretzel Arch, El Portal Arch, Piano Rock, and more.

There will be a fair amount of hiking, so be prepared for at least 8 miles each day through trails and some semi-rough terrain. Don’t worry too much if you’re not in the best shape. We’ll break into groups according to hiking ability. We will provide 2-way radios, bottled water, snacks and a suggested list of gear. For all of you who have seen images from these locations online for years and years and have always wanted to BE THERE..well, now is your chance, and of course, we will be doing it all in style.

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Tentative Schedule (to be finalized in the next two weeks) and some details:

As always with my workshops, we make sure we have a “TON O FUN” and this one will be no exception :)

This time we will be staying in a mansion with plenty of space to roam :) 

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- 10 bedroom mansion - 12 guests max (once we sell 12, that is it)!

- single rooms are limited

- we’ll have a caravan of 3 suv’s or vans 

What’s included:

- 3 nights at the mansion

- light breakfast and picnic lunches are included on Sat and Sun

- guided tour of the Valley of fire for 2 full days

- bottled water, snacks

- possibly pickup and drop off from airport (if our schedule permits)

all other meals are not included

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Friday – arrive late afternoon – meet at the house, we may be able to pick people up from the airport (would fly into Las Vegas airport)

(those coming from Southern California can meet up to carpool Friday morning)

Friday evening – Dinner

Saturday and Sunday, shooting from early morning until sunset. Light breakfast snacks and picnic lunch.

Sunday night – people can fly out after 8pm, or stay the night and leave Monday morning

(for Southern California people, we’ll head out mid morning)

How much does it cost and how do I get in? (we are 100% SOLD OUT)

if you want to join the fun and come away with some amazing photographs, some new skills and some new friends and great memories then make sure to get in quick before this sells out. History shows that every single workshop I have done has sold out and usually we have more wanting in AFTER they sell out. I do not do too many of these and this time I am teaming jump with Jay and Todd to make sure this one is run smoothly and provides all of the cool stuff you would expect.

If you want in, the cost for a single private room with everything above included is $1000 for the three-day event. If you do not mind to share a room with someone the cost is $700, but private rooms usually go fast so if you are interested, and want a private room, email me quick! 

Payment will be done via paypal or if you do not use paypal we can do other payment methods. Paypal is preferred.

If you want in, e-mail me HERE and I will instruct you on how to pay. Once you are paid up you are locked in and all set! This will be a great time and I am looking forward to it. I may be able to even bring some goodies along for all to try (which I will confirm here when I know for sure).

Hoping to meet and see some of you there in February!

 

Sep 222013
 

Cool Photo Road Trip – “Valley Of Fire” – Nov 15-17 2013

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A couple of friends of mine are doing a cool photo road trip in November. Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett are looking for adventurous individuals who want to join them for this trip. It will be amazing with so many photo opportunities around every corner. The “Valley of The Fire” trip will take place from November 15th-November 17th 2013 and you can look at all of the details HERE at their site. I will not be at this workshop as I have other plans for that week (my Birthday week) but the last time  they went on this trip they had a great time and brought back many cool shots. How can you not when you are talking about a place like Antelope Canyon?

According to Todd and Jay, “There will be a lot of hiking, photography, arches, caves, and amazing colors. We’ll see as much of the park as we can in 2 days. Possible locations include: Elephant Rock, White Domes, Arch Rock, Fire Wave, Crazy Hill, Pretzel Arch, El Portal Arch, Piano Rock, and more.”

Todd has been on many of my workshops with me from Seattle to Vegas to L.A. (That he hosted) the Cruise in 2012. He knows how to plan a trip so if anyone wants in on this you can click over to their site to register. Cost is $500 for the trip. I wish I could make it!

Cost: $500
Includes: Round trip transportation from Rancho Cucamonga, shared hotel room, breakfast (Sat & Sun), snacks, bottled water, park entrance fees.
* If you are not from Southern California, you can fly or drive to Las Vegas and meet us at our hotel at noon to join the group.

Las Vegas locals $350 (not including hotel or breakfast)

Jun 262013
 

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The Palouse Road Trip concludes! Day 2 through 4 – My photos and memories

So the Road Trip has concluded! As I sit here in my room at Ashwin Rao’s house I realize that many special memories have just been made over the past few days during this road trip. I want to say 1st and foremost that it was a pleasure to hang with this amazing group of guys. There were 14-15 of us depending on the day but from Friday to Tuesday we hung out, shot some amazing scenics, ate some  great food, saw gorgeous and almost unreal landscapes, shared a few beers and many of us on this trip made brand new lifelong friendships. To me, that makes this whole thing worth it and what I enjoy so much from these events.

This one went so well that we will be doing another in 2014 but it will be changed up a bit. It seems every workshop or event I do just gets better and better, and this one was my favorite of all the ones that I have done to date.

I posted about day one HERE so this post will be all about Days 2-4, starting in reverse from Day 4 :) Enjoy, and THANKS TO ALL WHO attended and thanks to all who helped out with driving. Also, a HUGE thanks to Ryan McGinty, our guide who did one hell of a job..he oozed with passion while in the Palouse and it was clear that this was more than a job for him, it was something he LOVED doing. Another big thanks to Victor for everything.

Of course none of this would have even come together without the help of Ashwin Rao!

So without further ado, onto the wrap up of the Palouse Road Trip starting from Day 4 to Day 2. Day one is HERE.

Day 4 (the last day), Top Pot Donuts, a boat ride and some street shooting in Seattle. 

Me and Mark Klebeck, founder and owner of Top Pot Doughnuts, based in Seattle

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After four consecutive days of a three SUV caravan driving all over The Palouse and then onto a day in Seattle… it was just today the entire group was treated to a great start of the day when the owner and creator of world-famous Top Pot donuts, Mark Klebeck allowed us into their flagship store in downtown Seattle and then treated us with dozens of donuts and all of the coffee we could drink, on the house! Soon after that we took a tour of the facility and the bakery to see how these donuts were made. Mark is a huge Leica fan (and a fan of this site) and we chatted about cameras for a while and I can tell he was truly passionate about Leica and photography. Super nice guy and we had a blast at breakfast. He even gave me and Ashwin a signed book and personalized Apron with our name, how cool is that?

Me, Mark and Ashwin

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Sailing the Seas!

Soon after, Leica user Brad Husick who also occasionally writes for this site, brought us out on his electric boat and gave us a cool boat ride/tour. This was extremely cool of Brad and nice surprise. Some of stayed back but many of us enjoyed the trip. So the morning of day 4 was starting off incredibly well thanks to Mark and Brad.

NOTE: The photos from Top Pot were taken by Ashwin with his RX1. The shot above of the three of us was taken by Chuck Wolfe using Ashwin’s RX1 :)

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We had a great lunch and then embarked for some shooting in Seattle before the final edit and dinner.

Street Shooting Session

Street shooting in the tourist areas is usually full of life, color and energy which leads to photo opps, but it is very touristy..as in, these shots have been taken a million times by every person that strolls through with a camera. Still, it can be fun and some members of the group never did any street style shooting so we walked through Pikes Place Market at around 10AM and had some fun tasting hot sauces and shooting the people/artists of the area. I was shooting with my M 240 and Ashwin’s MINT like brand new copy of the 50 Summarit f/1.5, which as you know if you have read my previous reports on this lens..it is CRAZY with softness, glow, bokeh and classic character. It is about as “classic” as you can get.

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So I was shooting this crazy lens and then realized I was shooting JPEG only because I had to reset my M 240 after it would not come out of live view mode! After reset it defaulted to JPEG only so the images below are all JPEGS and I forgot that the camera has this as the default! It took me about 30 shots before I knew I was not shooting RAW, which is very important with any M. You must ALWAYS shoot RAW for best quality as the JPEGs lack.

We soon went down to the “Gum Wall” down below the Market. What is the Gum Wall you ask? That is what I wanted to know as well as I have never seen it, let alone heard of it. I was soon to find out what it was though as the stench of chewed up bubble gum filled my nose as we ventured down this very interesting looking street.

The Gum Wall is basically an alleyway where the walls are filled with chewed gum. It’s insanely cool to shoot but pretty nasty to think about. As we walked I saw this kid eating an apple and snapped his image. I was hoping he would not decide he wanted some gum :)

The Gum Wall in Seattle with the insanely character and flaw filled 50 Summarit 1.5 – weird colors, weird Bokeh, glow..this one has all of the classic ingredients :)

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Ryan McGinty our Guide in the Palouse also joined us in Seattle

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Sarf Niazi – An amazing man, in fact, the most interesting man in the world! No joke!

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Chuck Wolfe who shot with an OM-D 645! (inside joke)

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After the Gum wall  where we basically all shot portraits of each other we trekked on and shot a little bit more. I saw this city worker who looked so friendly and was chatting with Vincent, one our group members. I asked her for her portrait after telling her she had the friendliest face I had seen that day. She gave me a huge smile so I snapped and she was 100% cool with it.

That Summarit Magic…sharp in the center and nuts everywhere else

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In the Market..you can see the dreamy quality of the classic Summarit wide open. Many hate this look and some like it. I love it every now and again, but not every day.

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After that we went back to Ashwin’s house and edited and chatted about the previous few days before splitting off, saying goodbyes and heading to a final dinner with some who stayed for the dinner at a local neighborhood pizza restaurant.

But what about those previous few days..noticed I started this with Day 4? This road trip to Palouse was huge fun and so jammed packed with photo opps it was quite magical at certain moments and for me, quite special. If you saw my 1st post the other day you would have seen the amazing sights were seeing. But let’s move on and see what day 3 brought for us…

The Previous Days – The Chicken Farm, Palouse Falls and the trek back home. 

Day 3 – The Chicken Farm and Palouse Falls

The previous two days went well as we traveled through more of the Palouse and then took a trek home while making stops along the way when a photo opp arose. One of those was at a chicken farm and even though it was a rainy day, we all have a great time shooting the barns, the animals and for me, the owner. I asked him for a portrait while we were there and he did not want me to take it but the reason why is he told me that no one ever found him interesting enough to take a photo of! He was flattered that I asked so I snapped one shot with the M and 50 Nokton 1.5.

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The photo above was shot with my M 240 and the Voigtlander 50 1.5. A great combo that works very well on the M. The farm was nice even though it was raining a bit, but that was OK as I loved the rain. I did not hide my M from it though as we all know it is wheather sealed :) I wanted to put it to the test and it passed the water test OK. Then again, Murphy (seen below) had his M9 out in the rain as well without issues. He was sporting the awesome SLR Magic Hyperprime T0.95.

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Palouse Falls

So the farm was fantastic even with the wet weather we had and we all had a great time with everyone there. On this day we also visited Palouse Falls and WOW…blown away again.

This one was shot with the Leica M 240 and Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 – click for larger

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The image below was shot by me with Ashwin’s Pentax 645 D – Digital Medium Format

In the image: Ryan, Ashwin and Bob ready to fall off the falls

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Day 2 – More of The Palouse

Day two of the trip was much like day one with one thing being different! We did not have the beautiful light of day 1, but that did not stop us from getting some shots. I will finish off this post with a slew of photos that I liked from the trip. If anyone ever wants to see this area I can highly recommend it and if you want a good guide, contact Ryan. He’s the real deal.

Of course, if you want to join in with me and Ashwin next year, let us know and I can put you on an interest list. It will likely be limited to 15 as it was this time. You can email me HERE if you are interested. We are guessing it will happen sometime in mid 2014.

Thanks!

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Jun 212013
 

Heading to the Palouse! Ready to Road Trip!

Hello to all and Happy Friday! I am about to head out to the airport for Seattle to meet up with Ashwin Rao because tomorrow we start our Palouse Road trip that will last all the way until Tuesday, and I can’t wait! It is going to be a blast with 14 of us and all kinds of amazingly beautiful photo opportunities. I am packing my camera bag now which will hold my M 240 along with a 15, 50 and 85. The X Vario is coming along so I can review it and I will be bringing the X-E1 and Touit lenses along with the little GR to see what it can do in the Palouse. So I will have a packed bag for this trip! For those of you who signed up to go along I have already e-mailed the itinerary but I will repost it below for you again and for those who may want to attend the next one (may do one next year) so you can see all of the fun you are missing out on, he he he.

I will be posting shots from the trip here over the weekend!

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Saturday, 6/22 – Early AM

We’ll meet at Ashwin’s place at 5:30 am (yup, that early).

Make sure to organize your transportation to Ashwin’s home for 5:30 am, and do so ahead of time if you can. Yellow Tax (253-872-5600) and Orange Cab (206-444-0409) can both be called, as can any number of other services.

Ashwin will have a light breakfast (Coffee, snacks, fruit, eggs), on hand for the early start. This will be our first chance to meet each other and get settled for the trip

We will leave Seattle for the Palouse at 6:15 AM. Please make sure to arrive by 5:30 am, so that we can load vehicles (three full size SUV’s), confirm seating arrangements in one of our 3 SUV’s, and get everyone situated.

Here’s the itinerary for the rest of the trip:

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We will have lunch at noon @ Eddy’s Chinese Restaurant in Colfax, WA. There, we will meet Ryan McGinty, our local host and guide. Ryan’s an incredible photographer, and if you want a taste of what he’s going to show us, here are a couple of links:

http://www.ryanmcginty.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanmcginty/

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Photo session 1- after lunch, we’ll drive from Colfax to Albion, past Kamiak Butte, with multiple stops along the ways, including abandoned homesteads, “lonely trees”, and other such sites. We will ultimately make our way to the Steptoe Butte overlook for sunset and breathtaking views. Please make sure to bring warm clothes and a windbreaker for Steptoe Butte, as it gets quite breezy atop this panoramic Palouse viewpoint

We will have dinner@ Gambino’s in Moscow, ID

We will then make our way to our accommodations in the Palouse

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We will have an early breakfast, around 7 am, at the hotel. From there, we’ll supplement with a Starbucks (or the like) drive by and meet up with Ryan McGinty.

Photo session 2: Southern Palouse. Visit the old abandoned Weber house, heading through Johnson for some nice rolling hill views and farms. Head to Uniontown and visit Canola fields in bloom as well. This will be one of the most scenic parts of the journey. Many burnt out barn and lonesome tree views to capture…. We’ll move through Moscow and photo a barn surrounded by lentils that is slowly collapsing.

We will have lunch at Sella’s pizza in Pullman, WA

Photo session 3: We will be crossing though Idaho and Washington multiple times to capture many sites. We’ll visit the town of Palouse during this time. We’ll also see a hidden windmill and a barn that’s broken through its center, off to Farmington. Then it’ll be back to the hotel for our first big photo editing session.

We will have dinner at Appleby’s

After dinner, we’ll retire for the evening, back at the Hotel

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We will check out of our hotel after having an early breakfast, around 7 am, at the hotel. From there, we’ll supplement with a Starbucks (or the like) drive by and meet up with Ryan McGinty.

Photo session 4: We’ll drive towards Palouse farms through wind farm. We’ll stop for a family farm & barn shoot (selling eggs, chickens). We’ll make our way to Palouse falls and visit some Snake River bridges. We may also do some Small town shoots along Route 12 and visit with a Camel in a field with horses.

Monday, 6/24 lunch in Walla Walla, location TBD

Photo session 5: We will stop by Waterbrook Winery for an optional tasting and shoot. After this, we’ll start our long drive back to Seattle, stopping as needed for stretch breaks and the like. Ryan McGinty will join us for our trip back to Seattle

Monday, 6/24 dinner in Seattle (location TBD, Uneeda Burger or Kaosomai Thai)

We will return to Ashwin’s house after dinner for a photo editing session, time permitting. Attendees may otherwise leave for their accommodations in Seattle. If you haven’t done so, please make sure to make your own travel arrangements (to and from Ashwin’s home) and accommodations in Seattle for Monday night.

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Tuesday, 6/25

Here’s a treat. We’ll start breakfast at 8 am at the downtown flagship location of Seattle’s famous Top Pot Donuts. It turns out that Mark Klebeck, one of Top Pot’s founding members, is a huge fan of stevehuffphoto.com. Mark’s graciously offered to provide donuts and coffee to the group to get us started for the last day of the work shop, and he plans to meet the group for breakfast that day. How cool is that?!? Bring your cameras, as we may even get to geek out a bit.

Photo session 6: From Top Pot, we’ll make our way to Pioneer Square, the original site from which Seattle sprung up. From there, we’ll head to Seattle’s famous Pike’s Place Fish/Farmer’s Market for some morning photography on the street. We may consider a couple of other venues/locations, depending on interest, including the Olympic Sculpture Garden and the Seattle waterfront.

Lunch will be at Pike’s Place Market around noon.

Photo session 7: Urban stroll through Industrial Seattle and the Seattle Graffiti wall in “SoDo”

We’ll return to Ashwin’s place in the mid afternoon for our final photo editing session and a sharing session

Optional dinner and goodbyes at Brouwers Pub in Fremont at 6 pm

Remember, Breakfast and Lunch are included but dinner’s are not included. 

Packing tips:

1. Please pack light. That means just essential clothes and gear. We have 3 SUV’s and 11 attendees, plus Ashwin, Steve, and Bob Towery, photog/driver extraordinaire. We have long days on the road, so it’s best to keep things simple and not load up too much. Usually, a wide option, standard option, and long option are perfect…. depending on your gear and preferences. Tripods are fine too

2. Pack for warmth and unpredictable weather. Bring at least 1 windbreaker/shell and a fleece or similar sweater. A couple sites are quite cold; so make sure to be ready for that. It occasionally rains in the Palouse, so take care to bring a shell/windbreaker that can double as a raincoat. At the moment, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 70’s-80’s (high), with evening lows in the 50’s.

3. Please use Steve’s prior email, which was made up by Ryan McGinty, regarding gear to bring. A circular polarizing filter can be a lifesaver in the Palouse.

4. If you are travelling beyond the road trip, Ashwin can keep your gear stored until we return to Seattle for the last part of the trip. We’d prefer that the gear you bring is essentially 3 days worth of clothes. Comfortable walking shoes that you can take on trail are a great idea as well!

Apr 192013
 

Craig Litten’s Daytona Bike week images..

A few weeks ago I posted about a workshop with Craig Litten at Daytona Bike Week and while I was not able to attend I heard it was one of the best Bike Weeks ever. Craig, like me is a big believer in the little Nikon V1 camera and he shot with it pretty much exclusively from what I understand and every image below was taken with that little $300 powerhouse. :)

I was sad to miss this workshop as I feel it would have been fun and challenging at the same time but I am 90% sure I will be at his next event, Biketoberfest! In fact, I am hoping to buy my flight next week to lock it in. Anyway, I asked Craig if I could post his shots from the event and he was all for it so enjoy!

ALL SHOTS below are by Craig Litten!

BTW, Fuji X20 1st look coming Monday, Nikon Coolpix A first look coming Wednesday and another Zeiss ZM lens for Leica refresh! Also have a great Olympus article coming later today. Stay tuned!

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Bike Week 2013

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Apr 152013
 

SOLD OUT! One more seat left for the Palouse Road Trip! June 22nd-25th 2013!

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UPDATE: SOLD OUT!

Hello and good morning to all! I will be back later with some cool posts today but for now, before I head out the door on this gorgeous Phoenix, AZ morning I wanted to let everyone know that the Palouse Road Trip from June 22nd-25th has ONE MORE SPOT open! We opened it up to 8 from 5 then to 10 from 8 because we were able to secure a 3rd SUV for the trip. If you want in, there is ONE spot left and you will be joining 9 others plus Ashwin Rao and myself on this amazing weekend. You can read details HERE but I just wanted to let everyone know as I had quite a few e-mails from those interested after we sold out! Look forward to meeting and shooting with everyone in June!

Steve

Apr 122013
 

Beauties of Nature Workshop Announcement

June 7th-June 9th 2013

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Hey guys, just want to give a heads up and shout out for a workshop that a couple of good friends of mine are putting on in June. In fact, this may be  one of the coolest workshops (next to my Palouse adventure of course, lol) I have seen in a while :) If you have ever wanted to learn all about shooting models while being in an amazing setting for a weekend, set your calendars for June 7th to June 9th!

This is not a street workshop, this is an experience

I am seeing it more and more and I think street workshops are starting to burn out a bit and many of us are wanting something more from a workshop, I know I do . If I sit back and think about what I would want from a workshop it would be more like an “experience” that takes place over 2-4 days. Something that I would learn from, have fun with, and also remember for quite a while after it is over. That is how Ashwin and I came up with the Palouse Experience (which is now sold out) and how these guys came up with their “Beauties of Nature” workshop.

The “Beauties” workshop is put on by Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett and as I said, these are two great guys. Todd was my “Cruise master” on the 2012 Photo Cruise and also let me use his studio at no charge for my LA Workshop a while back. Todd and Jay are also joining me on the Palouse Experience and we are all excited about that one as well.

But as for  the “Beauties of Nature” workshop..it looks like it is going to be an AMAZING time. I am going to try my best to make it myself because it appears like there will be some great opportunities to do what I mentioned above..learning, having fun and some amazing memories. We need more of that in life.

So what is this workshop all about? Take a look at their website as it explains it all in detail but here is a snippet from their site:

“Nothing enhances the beauty of a gorgeous woman better than a breathtaking backdrop of wild terrain. Come join us for an all-inclusive weekend of photography, celebrity models, food, wine, and fun on an 80-acre ranch in the Paso Robles wine country of central 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!”

Yes, this one is all about shooting models while enjoying your surroundings to the fullest. Celebrity model Nikki Leigh will be one of the models on hand…

Photo below by Jay Bartlett, the main instructor on this workshop

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They will also feature celeb model Kathy Lyn Logsdon:

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Another snippet from their website:

“You’ll spend your weekend in the comfortable accommodations of our ten-bedroom hacienda. A private chef will prepare and serve all your meals, which include beverages and between-meal snacks. In the evenings, chat with your instructors, fellow photographers and celebrity models as you sip a glass of one of the region’s celebrated wines. In the morning, head out for a sunrise shoot on the ranch, then return to the dining room for a hearty breakfast. During the day, acquire tips on composition, lighting, and exposure from world-class photographers and guest speakers in exclusive lectures and workshops, then get supervised, hands-on experience with group shoots of our models out in the field.”

So there ya go, almost hard to resist! If you have ever wanted to shoot amazing models in some amazing settings..this one is for you! Below is the schedule:

Friday, June 7th

3:00pm to 6:00pm – Participants Arrive

6:00pm to 7:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Lecture

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Sunset Landscape Shoot

9:00pm to 10:00pm – Capture One Lecture

Optional Late Night – Astronomy, Light Painting, Long Exposures

 

Saturday, June 8th

5:00am to 7:00am – Sunrise Landscape Shoot

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 11:00am – Lecture

11:00am to 2:00pm – Model Shoot/Landscape Shoot

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Lunch/Lecture

3:00pm to 7:00pm – Model Shoot/Landscape Shoot

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Sunset Landscape Shoot

9:00pm to 12:00am – Optional Individual Model Shoot

Optional Late Night – Light Painting, Long Exposures

 

Sunday, June 9th

5:00am to 7:00am – Sunrise Landscape Shoot

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 10:00am – Rinzi Ruiz Lecture

10:00am to 2:00pm – Model Shoot

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Lunch

3:00pm to 5:00pm – Photo Critique

Disclaimer

I never post about workshops from others nor do I promote them unless I am involved. While I am not involved in this one (though I may indeed be there), I felt some of my readers would like to know about this one as it is so much different than the same old same old street workshops that recycle constantly. It is refreshing, different, high class and the guys involved are top notch guys all the way. I am hoping  to see more of this style of workshop in the future, and is the direction my own workshops are heading toward as well.

BTW, I was not paid in any way to post this, just helping out a couple of friends to spread the word :)

More Information or to sign up:

You can check out all of the details about joining their workshop HERE at their “Beauties of Nature” workshop page.

Save $100!

If you are one of the 1st 5 to sign up you can get $100 off just by mentioning you read about it here on SteveHuffPhoto.com

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SOLD OUT!

The Ultimate Seattle-to-Palouse 4 day Road Trip Experience with Steve Huff and Ashwin Rao!

4 days from Saturday June 22nd to Tuesday June 25th, 2013. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! 

 

SOLD OUT! NO MORE SEATS!

Ok..This is going to be wayyyyy cool.

Anyone out there just buy a Leica M or Leica MM and want to get out and make use of them with some amazing shooting experiences? Have ANY other camera you want to make use of with some of the most amazing scenery you may ever see? Want to hang out with a select few like-minded individuals as we take a road trip from Seattle to Palouse, WA (a 5 hour trip one way) and really USE our cameras for what they were meant to be used for? Want to do some street shooting in Seattle and partake in some great food, fun and even some editing and critique?

If so, then you will not want to miss my only meet up/workshop of 2013 and I am holding this one with Ashwin Rao, much like we did in Seattle in 2011 and we are calling it “The Ultimate Seattle-to-Palouse 4 Day Road Trip Experience”! 

Yep, I am cutting my workshops down to 1-2 a year and this may be it for 2013. We are limiting attendees to 10!

This 4 day workshop is going to be jammed with fun and if you want to shoot some gorgeous scenery, believe me, you do not want to mis this! To read about past workshops I put on, click here.

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Here is the itinerary:

Steve Huff’s Ultimate Seattle-to-Palouse Road Trip

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 through Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Four full days of Shooting in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

Co-Host: Ashwin Rao – Guide: Ryan McGinty

 

1. Meet for informal drinks and snacks on the night of Friday, 6/21 (around 8 pm) for attendees who have arrived in town. Location to be determined. Accommodations will not be included for that night. This is so we can get to know each other and just relax and have a good time.

2. Meet at 6 am at Ashwin’s place on Sat, 6/22. Light breakfast will be available before departing.

3. Time for the road trip! Leave Seattle at 6:30 AM on Saturday AM, and arrive in the Palouse for lunch (included)

4. Shoot the Palouse with our local guide, Ryan McGinty, through the afternoon, evening, sunset, and dusk. He knows his stuff and the best locations for shooting. Magical shots will happen :)

5. Dinner (not included in price)

6. Return to hotel for photo editing and critique. Likely to stay in either Pullman, WA or Moscow, ID. Lodging is included in price with two to a room while here. 

7. Shoot all day on Sunday 6/23 throughout the Palouse, including Steptoe Butte, and various sites in the area. Ryan McGinty will join us for the afternoon and evening. Time for relaxing, photo editing, will be factored in. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

8. Dinner after a full day of shooting (not included)

9. Monday, 6/24: The leisurely road trip back to Seattle, visiting Palouse Falls, dusty cities, and a detour through Walla Walla Wine Country if timing and weather cooperate for more shooting and fun. Breakfast and lunch included.

10. Return to Seattle on the evening/night of 6/24. Dinner together (not included)

11. Tues, 6/25: Shoot Seattle (street and city life shoot, with detours through the library, Discovery Park, waterfront vistas, and other fun settings around town. Return to Ashwin’s place in the late afternoon for photo editing and sharing. Breakfast and lunch included.

12. Departure dinner (not included).

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Keep in mind that lodging while in Seattle is not included. Lodging is included while in Palouse with two to a room. Breakfast and lunches are included. Dinner’s are not. Transportation is included as we will have a THREE SUV’s to hold us and drive us all.

This is limited to TEN attendees plus myself and Ashwin. Price is $1500 for the entire 4 day experience. This will be a blast and I am very excited for this one. If you are not familiar with the Palouse, check out Ashwin’s article HERE and HERE where he shares his experience from the last time he was there.

If there are any new M or MM owners attending and you have any questions myself or Ashwin will be happy to share tips on how to get the most from these cameras. But we welcome ANYONE. No need to shoot Leica. You can shoot with whatever camera you love to shoot with! We may also throw in some fun surprises as well along the way. I will be shooting with the new M and Monochrom and Sony RX1. Ashwin may be shooting with the same.

You will need to bring a laptop as we will have editing time as well where we can share tips and tricks as well.

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This will be an intimate close-knit group and will be a memorable experience for all. I will be recording video of the event to edit into a small 15-20 minute documentary type film to show on this site after we return. I will also post our favorite shots from the event on this site in a dedicated post about the trip.

SOLD OUT!

All photos in this post were shot by Ashwin. Hope to see some of you in June!

Feb 132013
 

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Update on Daytona Bike Week workshop with Craig Litten – March 14th-17th 2013

Hello to all! Some of you may remember that about 2 weeks ago I posted about an upcoming March workshop in none other than Daytona for the crazy and action filled “Bike Week’ with Craig Litten. Craig has been documenting Bike Week since the 90s and he knows his stuff. Some of you have signed up and I guarantee you will have one hell of a time at this workshop. You can read about the workshop HERE and I highly recommend this for anyone serious about learning, and shooting in a crazy hectic environment. This will be filled with so many opportunities and will also serve as a great ice breaker. In other words, you will be forced to break down any barriers you have and go out there and get the shots you want.

As for the update, I was originally going to be there with Craig but recently found out that during that week I can not make it due to a family obligation I was not aware of and have no way around. I was crazy excited about this one as it would be a killer way to get out and shoot with a certain new camera but I will def hit the next one in 2014. :)

I still highly recommend anyone looking for an amazing workshop… a real workshop and one that you will come away with being thrilled with your experience and results..well, this is THE one to sign up for.

All you need is a camera, a laptop and a desire and passion to shoot and learn. It’s about a month away and is going to ROCK.

Read more and sign up here at Craig’s Workshop site!

 

Jan 152013
 

WORKSHOP: Daytona Bike week with Craig Litten 

March 14-17th 2013 – Daytona Beach, FL

Workshop Signup Page and more details are HERE

 

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UPDATE: I will not be able to make the workshop with Craig but it is going on 100% full steam ahead as it is Craig’s workshop, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Come one, come all! This is going to be one hell of a photo workshop with so many photo opportunities surrounding you at all times you may just go into sensory overload. Craig Litten and I have teamed up to bring you this AMAZING opportunity to explore your photography limits as you learn how to get comfortable shooting people. In fact, you will have no choice but to get comfortable shooting people as that is all we will be doing!

This workshop is just that, a workshop. Craig Litten will be the main teacher for this one and I will be on hand as well for any questions and of course to shoot with everyone. Craig has done this event many times before and has shot some amazing images that make you say “I wish I was there to document it all”!

Well, now you can be as this will be a 3 day workshop allowing you to grow and open up as a photographer in a crazy environment filled with all kinds of opportunities.

All photos on this page were shot by Craig during his last Bike Week workshop.

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Itinerary

So what will we be doing for three nights? TONS! This will be an action packed photo filled weekend and believe me, by the time it is over you will have some amazing photo memories of your Bike Week workshop! Take a look at what we have planned and yes, this is not for the timid because we will be out in the thick of it until 1AM on the 1st night, just when the action is heating up!

INTRO

Thursday Night, March 14

8-9 pm – Introduction – Intro to workshop, meeting each other

9:30 – Daytona Ale House Restaurant “for Captain Jacks Buried Treasure” (informal group)

11 pm-1 am – Night Shoot 1 “Hit the Mean Streets of Daytona”

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DAY ONE

Friday, March 15

10 am-noon – Group Meeting 1 – Intro to Photo Mechanic, download night shoot

1-5 – Mid Afternoon Shoot – “take advantage of that great mid-day sun”

6–9 – Group Meeting 2 – Street Shooting Techniques, downloading and editing

10-Midnight – Night Shoot 2

 

DAY TWO

Saturday, March 16

9 am-11 – Morning Shoot – “morning light is pure and beautiful”

1-3 – Group Meeting 3 – one-on-one editing help

4-8 – Late Afternoon Shoot – “evening light, you can’t beat it”

8-10 Free (edit or shoot more, your choice)

 

FINAL DAY

Sunday, March 17

9-10:30 am – Peach Valley “Best breakfast in Daytona Beach” (informal group)

11-3 – Group Meeting 4

3 pm – Slideshow of everyone’s work and final thoughts

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This workshop will be pretty amazing. If you want to get in on it the fee is $699 for the entire 4 day, three night workshop. This does NOT include Hotel, Travel or Food. For more details and info please visit the signup page at streetphotograohyworkshops.com . Craig will be taking the deposits and payments and for all of you who want to get in on it, I will see you there! Expect one hell of a time! It will be a time of amazing photography, new friendships and non stop craziness! SIGN UP NOW as spaces are limited.

I will be trying to get some cool gear to bring as well Maybe the new Leica M? New Fuji X100s? No guarantees but I’m on it and will keep everyone updated!

BTW, ONLY 12 spots available for this one, PERIOD.

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Sep 212012
 

Hello to all and happy Friday! As many of you know I have been on a cruise ship for the past week as part of the 1st ever Steve Huff Photo Cruise! I have survived with absolute minimal internet connection as well. Most of the posts that went up last week were scheduled posts but today I have found a Starbucks in Newport Rhode Island so I can finally give an update!  Whew…what a week!

Those who have joined me on this cruise have been wonderful and from all over the world including France, Belgium, Germany, and  Switzerland! We have seen sights across the east coast and captured many memorable moments in photos. The cruise ends tomorrow morning and tonight we plan to go over photos we all captured along the way. 

Our group in St Martins – shot and processed by Ingo on his X-Pro 1 using a fisheye Rokinon lens (which ROCKS)

From left to right: Ingo, Me, Debby, Autumn, Todd, Jean Francois, Tania, Martine, Jean, Peter

I have been shooting with the Fuji X-pro 1 all week. Using the Fuji 35 1.4 and a Leica mount 60 1.2 Hexanon the image quality, as always with Fuji, can not be denied. The photos I am showing here are all straight from camera pretty much as I do not even have Photoshop on this machine I am using. So what you see is what I got :)

I shot for two days with the last firmware for the X-Pro 1 and the rest of the week with Version 2.0. I wanted to shoot both to see if I noticed a speed difference when it came to AF. There is also another guy on the cruise with me shooting the X-Pro 1 and we both updates the cameras at the same time and then we went out to shoot. We both agreed that the speed increase is not huge at all but minimal. Still, even with minimal increases it is better than no speed increase.

It seems to focus about as fast as my NEX-7 right now but when compared against the very 1st firmware Fuji shipped the camera with it is almost night and day. When I first reviewed the X-Pro 1 I nicknamed it the “X-Slow 1″ due to its sluggish AF performance and overall speed. Today when shooting the X-Pro 1 it feels much snappier all the way around. It is still not a camera meant for any kind of action shooting but it is comparable to other cameras on the market. Some are faster, some are slower so the X-pro 1 is right in the middle.

Testing the Voigtlander 15mm on the X-Pro 1 – No red corners, no issues. The X-Pro 1 does well with most wide-angle Leica mount glass. 

So overall I have grown to really like the Fuji X-Pro 1 because with the latest speed enhancements and features (which include better magnification options when Manually focusing and higher ISO when using Auto ISO) it is a great tool and has given me no problems all week besides the occasional missed shot due to low light focusing not being so hot.

As for the cruise, we have been having a great time with nightly dinners together in the main dining room with some fantastic food and desserts. I will make a post soon with photos from everyone who attended as soon as I am able to get some shots from them.

So that is all the time I have right now as we have to go explore Newport! Below are some of my shots from the trip using the X-Pro 1! I will be back home and back to regular updates starting Monday!

Enjoy your weekend!

Peggys Cove – Halifax, Nova Scotia – X-Pro 1 and 35 1.4

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At the gravesites of those who died on the Titanic

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St. Martins  - my favorite stop on this cruise. Beautiful and scenic and FUN! 35 1.4

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Todd and Autumn Hatakeyama enjoying some home made Ice Cream! 8mm Fisheye

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Hugh Jackman even joined us on the ship :) 35 1.4

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Great scenery and I believe that is Ingo in the lighthouse getting some shots – 35 1.4

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We all know that Fuji is known for its colors…this one POPS. 35 1.4

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Last chance – 35 1.4

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Jean Francois getting some shots…

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CRACKED! 35 1.4

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Bar Harbour Maine – A pooch waiting for his owner – 35 1.4

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Boston – A man shooting US with his Fuji X100

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Inside Starbucks – 35 1.4

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Here I am in an old 1600s cemetery – shot by Todd 

My favorite stops have been St Martins, Boston and Bar Harbour.  Before I sign off for now here are a a few behind the scenes shots…more to come! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

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a couple from Ingo!

Apr 242012
 

 

HOw many times have you said to yourself…“Instead of buying new gear, I should take a trip to get some great photos with the gear I have’! Well now is your chance to do just that!

Book your photo cruise with me ASAP if you want to go! Prices are going up!

Just a note to let everyone know that the prices of the Photo Cruise 2012 have just gone up a bit. We have booked a few rooms already and Princess just upped the cost of the rooms and the longer you wait, the more chance they will go up. I will post new prices below but you will save quite a bit if you bring a guest, spouse, family member or whoever you want to bring. You can bring ANYONE along and yes, they can come along on all photo walks, dinners or whatever we do!

Only a deposit is required to set in and lock the prices so if you want to attend this cruise we already have had a few sign up from all over the world! Should be a blast! You can check out the official cruise page HERE but below you can see the new updated prices. Costs for a single person are quite high and the last two I booked I LOST money on due to a misunderstanding of prices on my end, but that is OK. You can save some money by bringing a guest as the total cost is only a little bit more. I am telling you, this will be a GREAT time for an ENTIRE week of fun on the seas!

UPDATED PHOTO CRUISE 2012 PRICES – lock in with a deposit!

The room selection and pricing is as follows, make your choice! Prices shown below are the TOTAL cost to me for the entire cruise, food, room, tax and all shooting time! No other costs to you besides tipping on the ship, which is all up to you. Also insurance is optional for you as well.

Basic Interior Room – $1700 TOTAL  for SINGLE, $2250 for TWO so bring a guest and save! - I have 5 of these available.  3 of these are still available! 2 are on hold awaiting payment. $300 deposit required or pay in full. Balance due by June 15th 2012.

Obstructed Ocean View Room (Life raft may be in front of your window) – $2000 TOTAL for SINGLE occupancy or $2600 for TWO! - I have 4 of these available (cost for spouse would be $600 extra so $2600 for TWO) - 3 still available! – $340 Deposit required or pay in full. Balance due by June 15th 2012.

Ocean View Room  - $2400 TOTAL for SINGLE or $3200 for TWO - Only have 2 of these available in this group!  - Both of these are sold out, awaiting payment but can get more if you really want this room! $460 deposit minimum, or pay in full. Balance due by June 15th 2012. 

Balcony Room, the creme of the crop!- $2700 TOTAL for SINGLE and $3500 for TWO! and I have 5 available! - Still have 4 of these left, one is on hold awaiting payment! $500 Deposit or pay in full! Balance due by June 15th 2012.

Deposits are NON refundable! This is the cruise policy, not mine.

Also, if you want to purchase insurance in the case of a cancelation where you would get a partial refund, that is an option as well. Without it there are no refunds. Only a deposit is due now with balance du by June 15th, or you can pay in full.

Apr 172012
 

UPDATE! If you want to join us you MUST book by July 1st! This mean payment is due by JULY 1st! After that we I can no longer accept ANY bookings!

“THE CRUISE” 2012 – The 1st annual SteveHuffPhoto.com Photo Cruise. We will be touring the east coast for a full week in September 2012 on an East Coast cruise! You can sign up NOW if you want to join us on this incredible photo adventure!

THIS WILL BE SUPER COOL!

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OVERVIEW OF “THE CRUISE”! This will be AMAZING!

WooHoo! With the help of my good friend and fellow photo nut, Todd Hatakeyama, we have just set up an “East Coast photo cruise” for a Departure date of September 15th 2012.

This cruise will be AMAZING and I am dubbing it “The Cruise 2012″. Next year will be “The Cruise 2013″ and so on. Let me explain…

Imagine going on a luxurious cruise with a bunch of other passionate photographers (spouses are welcome at a reduced rate). Hanging out, shooting, gear talk, processing, and all of the fun of a cruise for a whole week! The cool part is those who join us on this cruise will be in for an amazingly good time as we enjoy food, drink, fun, photography, some amazing sights AND we will be enjoying this for an entire week, 24/7 from September 15th through September 22nd 2012.

How cool is this? When I hold my workshops we have so many people who come together. Many bond instantly and even make lifelong friends. All of that usually happens over a two-day weekend! This time we will be together on a Princess cruise ship spending the days hanging out, shooting and discussing gear and technique. Friends, Memories, Learning, and a GREAT time!

Since we will be on the seas for a week there will be plenty of time for all who attend to have one on one time with me shooting and to discuss technique, shooting style and more. This is not so much a “workshop” but those who attend will be gathering with other like-minded people and myself for some amazing shooting across the east coast! We will be departing from New York on September 15th 2012 and it is so cool to hang with like minded people and doing so on a beautiful cruise is so much better than hanging in a classroom!

From New York to Canada to Maine and Rhode Island. Each stop will take up to someplace new to see, shoot and enjoy. Now of course I realize that many of use have spouses/girlfriends and we certainly can not and would not leave them out! Bring a guest and save money as it doesn’t cost much to add someone to your cabin! 

So yes, can also bring your wife/husband or girlfriend/boyfriend or guest at a significantly reduced rate. The schedule of this cruise is posted above in the photo but it would depart September 15th and return on September 22nd. We would be stopping off almost daily to shoot and explore with only one full day at sea, which would be Sunday September 16th.

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SIGN UP QUICK IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US ON THIS 1st ANNUAL CRUISE! All food is included in the price for the entire week!

DEADLINE IS JULY 1st!

Dining and food is all included. Tipping is not. Booze is not free. Soda is not free. Coffee and Tea is free, maybe Juice. So basically..almost, this is an all-inclusive trip with the cruise, your room and food all included in the cost. The total cost for participants ranges from  $1550 to $2100 (depending on the room you want) for the entire one week all-inclusive trip. There are also premium restaurants on board if you do not want the free dinners. Up to you.

If you want to bring a spouse or girlfriend or guest then the cost for them would be significantly reduced!

This is a great price for what will be a wonderful trip. It appears I can only get about 15 cabins total so this means I can only sell 15 tickets unless I can get more. Basically, this means that this should sell out quickly so if you want in, act fast. Your guest will get the reduced rate but they are welcome to come shoot with us and hang with the group at any time!

See the schedule below!

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This trip will produce some amazing photos, great memories and new friends. What more can we ask for?

$$$ Pricing and Availability $$$

Prices start at $1700 and go up to $2700 for SINGLE and $2250 to $3500 for TWO depending on room selected. meaning if you want a basic interior room for two without a view then the cost would be $2250 TOTAL. If you want a deluxe balcony room for two the cost would be $3500. It is cheaper to bring someone with :)

The room selection and pricing is as follows, make your choice! Prices shown below are the TOTAL cost to me for the entire cruise, food, room and all shooting time! No other costs to you besides tipping on the ship, which is all up to you. 

Basic Interior Room – $1700 TOTAL  for SINGLE – I have 5 of these available.  (cost for spouse would be $550 extra so $2250 for TWO)- 3 of these are still available! 2 are on hold awaiting payment.

Obstructed Ocean View Room (Life raft may be in front of your window) – $2000 TOTAL for SINGLE occupancy - I have 4 of these available (cost for spouse would be $600 extra so $2600 for TWO) – 3 still available!

Ocean View Room  - $2400 TOTAL for SINGLE – Only have 2 of these available in this group! (cost for spouse would be $800 extra so $3200 for TWO) – Both of these are sold out, awaiting payment but can get more if you really want this room!

Balcony Room – $2700 TOTAL for SINGLE and I have 5 available! (cost for spouse would be $800 so $3500 total for TWO) – Still have 4 of these left, one is on hold awaiting payment!

Also, if you want to purchase insurance in the case of a cancelation where you would get a partial refund, that is an option as well. Without it there are no refunds. Only a deposit is due now with balance du by June 1st.

REMEMBER! We will be at sea for ONE WEEK and will be stopping and shooting in Halifax Nova Scotia, Saint John New Brunswick, Bar Harbor Maine, Boston Mass, Newport Rhode Island, and of course we leave from and arrive back to New York. You are responsible for getting yourself to New York. Flights are NOT included! But this is an all inclusive week on a cruise ship and will be amazingly fun!

If you want to sign up for the 1st ever SteveHuffPhoto.com cruise then E-MAIL me HERE to book your cruise! I can not wait for this one and am crazy excited! By then some of us should have the new Leica gear :)

JULY 1st IS THE DEADLINE!!!

Remember this is a week-long, all-inclusive cruise that will include all food, some drinks (coffee, tea, maybe Juice), shooting at all stops, one on one time with me and just having fun hanging out with others who are passionate about photography.

This is the 1st one ever, the one NOT to miss. The emphasis will be on hanging out, having fun, shooting and even relaxing :) If you have never been on a cruise, they are a BLAST. Hope to see you on board!

E-MAIL ME NOW TO SIGN UP! JULY 1st 2012 DEADLINE!

 

Jan 282012
 

Day 1 Workshop Report: Night shooting with the Hyperprime 50 T0.95

Woo Hoo! Day one of the Los Angeles workshop has wrapped up and with over 30 of us in attendance it was an amazing night! This is gearing up to be the best workshop yet and today we all gathered at Hatakeyama Studio in downtown Los Angeles to talk cameras, lenses, passion, and everything photo

The highlight of the night was the new SLR Magic 50 T0.95 Hyperprime lens and Andrew from SLR Magic was the special guest who told us all about the new lens as he passed around 3-4 samples for everyone to try out.We then hit the streets with cameras in hand. Everything was here from M9′s, E-P3′s, GXR’s, and even a NEX-7.

Myself, Ashwin Rao and Elizabeth Wang Lee were hunting in the dark for photos as we each had our M9′s (Elizabeth was shooting it on a GXR with M mount) armed with the Hyperprime 50 T0.95. At one point during our walk we heard a loud “THUD”! We looked back and the Elizabeth’s strap came loose on her GXR and the camera and lens fell to the concrete. The Hyperprime was dented but still performed flawlessly. Guess the weight was too much for the GXR stock strap.

But only one word sums up our experience with the lens…STUNNING.

But don’t take my word for it, check out our samples below. Yep, I will let the photos speak for themselves today. The 1st set is from me and my M9P and the 2nd set from Ashwin and his trusty 2 1/2 year old M9. No PP here, just processed from RAW.

Tomorrow I will post a side by side test with a Leica Noctilux 0.95 ASPH as a few of us will be doing the model shoot with both lenses. Should be interesting! But for low light, this lens ROCKS. Any softness of NON shaprness you see is a result of missed focused, slow shutter speeds and high ISO. The lenses we were using were all calibrated spot on – and remember to click the images for larger versions!

Steve’s Set – ALL shots wide open at T0.95, which is closer to F/0.8

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Ashwin’s Shots – ALL wide open

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Yes Leica M shooters…you WILL want one of these lenses. More to come…

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