Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top 10 Photographs of 2010

Just as is the case when I'm composing and capturing nature and landscape photographs -"editing-out" and staying true to the original intent of the visual message - so it is with selecting my personal top-10 images of 2010. I actually ended-up with a folder containing 18 images, but that's what kind of year it's been, photographically speaking. So many wonderful subjects in such beautiful light, from the start of the year last January all the way through autumn.

Without further to do, here's my top 10 countdown for 2010 -

#10 - Emerging Pawpaw leaves @ Sugarcreek MetroPark, Dayton, Ohio

#9 - Above the music store @ Dayton, Ohio

#8 - Hunter's Moon @ Sugarcreek MetroPark

#7 - October Sunrise on Ilesboro Road @ Hocking Hills, Ohio

#6 - Great Blue Heron in Red Maple @ Lake Logan, Hocking Hills, Ohio

#5 - Sunflower Details @ Centerville, Ohio

#4 - August Journey @ Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, Ohio

#3 - End of the Trail @ Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, Ohio

#2 - Winter Afternoon at The Inn @ Inn at Cedar Falls, Hocking Hills, Ohio

#1 - February at Cedar Falls @ Hocking Hills, Ohio

Looking at the images I've left off the list I think a runners-up entry is in order. 

Here's to looking forward to 2011. May the New Year bring peace, joy and nothing but good light.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Art of Elimination | Photography and the Winter Landscape

Opportunities for nature and landscape photography in Ohio can still be found during the cold days of winter. On a recent outing to Hocking Hills State Park I was pleased to discover so many wonderful ice formations, which usually are not prevalent until later in the winter season. Here with this Photographic Moment tutorial video I talk about the importance of eliminating clutter within the composition and staying true to what caught the photographer's eye in the first place. This is also a good preview of the type of subject we'll be photographing at my upcoming Winter Light Photography Workshop, set for the weekend of January 28-30 2011 at The Inn at Cedar Falls @ Hocking Hills.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

January 15 Photo Workshop Now Full | Programs for April and May 2011

The DSLR workshop set for January 15, 2011, at Cox Arboretum, is now officially full. Please email me if you'd like to be added to the waiting list for this workshop or if you'd like early notification on my next introductory DSRL workshop in Dayton. I'm currently considering adding one-day programs in both April and May, 2011.

I'm still accepting registrations for the Winter Light Workshop, set for the weekend of January 28, 2011 @ Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Photographers Giving Back | Help-Portrait

When Brands Win Hearts and Minds They Have Nothing to Lose | Fast Company.

There's something very special that's going to be happening in Dayton, this Saturday, December 4, 2010. Help-Portrait is an event that's not about the photographers. It's about providing and donating portrait photography to families who normally wouldn't be able to afford or have access to portrait studio services. Help-Portrait is a phenomenal, national movement and I'm happy for the opportunity to participate and help here locally in Dayton. Here's the 411 -

WHO: We are photographing the local families of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed or deploying.

WHAT: Each family with have a portrait taken, edited, printed and given to them on site. Packet will include 1-5x7, 4-wallets and a digital file if desired. (no pets, please)

WHERE: Hope Hotel & Conference Center

WHEN: Saturday, December 4th from 10am - 4pm.

Walk-ins are welcome throughout the day and you do not have to make an appointment, however if you know that you will be coming to take advantage of this gift, if you email us with your name and approximate arrival time it will help with our work flow. If you would like to help us in that way send your name and approximate time to (She will NOT be replying with a confirmation to your email)