Lodgepole Pines (1921)
This Ansel Adams photograph has always stood out from the rest of his works. It doesn’t have the usual crispness or drama that one normally expects. Instead the focus is soft and the shadows are not full and rich. It almost seems like it might have been created by another person. And for that reason I find it all the more interesting.
It’s difficult to imagine the great Ansel Adams as an amateur, a novice photographer. One normally associates him with a supremely confident master of his art, a pioneer of techniques, both technical and aesthetic, that we still use and revere today. And this is certainly an accurate characterization. But like all of us, he had to start somewhere. We all go through a period where our art is in its formative stages, where we are discovering ourselves, our vision and our voice. And this photograph was part of the process for Adams.
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I’m busy putting together the 2013 Photography Workshop schedule. We’ll be going back to some of the great places I love taking people to. But I’m also adding a new location that I think you will find very exciting. Here’s a preview of what I’m considering.
February we’re going back to one of my all time favorites – Death Valley. This is one of our largest National Parks and is filled with wonders at every turn. It’s always exciting to be there.
In March we’ll be back in Joshua Tree National Park for the annual Joshua Tree Gathering. This is a weekend of camping, fun, food and photography. This has become quite an affair and it’s something I do to give back to the photography community.
Here’s a hint as to what I have in mind for late May or early June. Bet this hint isn’t difficult to figure out. And this will be the perfect time to be there. I’m still working out the details but will announce it as soon as they are finalized.
Big Sur is such a stunning place, it would be a shame not to hold a workshop there. And we’re going back in 2013. I haven’t finalized the date yet but we’ll be there. You can count on it.
A year of photography would not be complete without returning to Zion National Park in Utah. We’ll be back in mid to late August. Zion is such a peaceful place, I always look forward to it. It’s a place where many people recharge their batteries.
I’ve always felt that if you’ve gone to the trouble of traveling to Zion you owe it to yourself to finish the week in Bryce Canyon National Park. So that’s what we do – two photography workshops back to back. Most students do as I do, take them both. And we have special pricing for those that do.
So 2013 will be another great year of photography, returning to the places I love and adding a new one.
To me, a photography workshop is about more than shooting great locations; it’s also about growing as a photographer and artist. I like to work with each student individually to develop their technical skills. But equally important is developing their expressive skills. Photography is art and through art we as artists share our vision of the world. Becoming an artist is the process of opening yourself up to the world around you and experiencing it more deeply. Then capturing that experience in your photographs. This is our focus in our workshops.
If you know of someone who might be interested in a photography workshop in 2013 please feel free to share this blog post with them or post it on your Facebook page. There are links at the top of the post for this purpose. By the way, I offer a very attractive discount for anyone who brings another student along with them.
So come on out and join us and bring a friend. Click here to check us out.
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