This is months late and not at all detailed, but let me just say that Iceland was really amazing. Even though the exchange rate’s better, it was still quite expensive, and shooting from a helicopter a few times was ridiculously expensive, but it was worth every penny, in my mind. Check out the gallery and let me know if you agree!
We got back from Japan about a month ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to write about the trip! It was a really great time on the whole, and I definitely got some shots I’m happy with.
I’m now an instructor for San Francisco with the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy, an impressive, nation-wide photography school run by some talented people! I’ll be teaching a great advanced photography workshop at Fisherman’s Wharf on February 13 and basic and intermediate classes in March. There’s more information (including registration instructions) on the DPA website.
I think this is the year that still photography will really start to die on a professional level. Here’s the thing–it’s gotten too easy to get a decent shot (everyone has a camera), edit it (have you tried Photoshop Elements’ Photomerge tools?!), and give it away for free/next to nothing to see it published (do you know someone into microstock?). Images have very little value to people anymore, and even formerly-exotic images of penguins and hummingbirds are becoming more commonplace. Fortunately for photographers, I also think this is the year that magazines as we know them will start to die.
In early September, Ellen and I led a workshop in remote Alaska for fall tundra and auroras. Everyone had a great time, and we got some really beautiful shots! Make sure to check out this timelapse video I put together of the northern lights.
Just wanted to mention that my mother, Ellen, and I co-presented two talks at the 2009 New England Camera Club Council conference this past summer in Amherst, An Introduction to Aperture and The Best They Can Be (about figuring out what adjustments to make to your images). We had a great time and hope everyone enjoyed the talks!
Earlier this year, I purchased Andy Bigg’s new lightweight Gura Gear bag, given it’s about 3 pounds lighter (almost half the weight) of my old Lowe Pro bag. Although I took it to the Falklands, I’ve held off writing about it because I wanted to wait until after my Africa trip when I had a chance to use the bag as intended on a safari. My overall sentiment is that despite a few shortcomings, this is an excellent bag, and I look forward to seeing what other bags Andy and Co produce!
Nature photographers often end up with a lot of free time on trips, whether it’s on airplanes or when the weather’s bad. While there’s often work to be done editing images or writing, sometimes you just can’t work anymore and want a break. Personally, I like to read in my down time. Yet between the weight of my camera bag and the weight of my computer bag, I never wanted to take more than one book with me on a trip and would often end up reading very slowly or re-reading my book. After my trip to Africa, I’ve definitely come to love my Kindle!
We just got back from a fantastic trip to Africa, and you can see the images in the Gallery. There were three distinct parts to the trip: sharks in South Africa, a game reserve, and an abandoned diamond mining town in Namibia. Each was incredibly distinct and provided some great photographic opportunities!
This past weekend, I was playing with an infrared flash trigger and some water droplets. I have to say it was pretty neat but very hard to control the splash. More after the jump: