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I’ve been chosen as Artist in Residence, Acadia National Park

The application process for Acadia was an online submission, complete with email links to photos, resume, statement of intent and commitment to a presentation each week of Residency.

Chosen for a Residency at Acadia National Park, the coordinator asked me to choose any 4 weeks between November 2014 and June 2015.  I chose May of 2015.  I will be making art and photography from a supplied apartment in Winter Harbor.  Oh Yeah!

Sunrise Over Monument Cove, Acadia by ©Tom Bricker

Sunrise Over Monument Cove, Acadia by ©Tom Bricker

National Geographic Photo from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

National Geographic Photo from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

Link to National Parks Service announcement about Acadia Residency.

Link to Schoodic Institute, the sponsors of the Artist Residency.

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Monument Valley Photo Workshop, April 2014

Carol Lewin - Workshop participant

Carol Lewin – Workshop participant, Mittens view at Monument Valley

Claret Cactus-Student Photo

Claret Cactus, Workshop Participant photo

Moqui dugway-Student Photo

Looking South from the Moqui Dugway, near Valley of the Gods – Workshop Participant photo

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Monument Valley Buttes and Mesas, from John Ford’s point. Workshop Participant photo.

Our Spring 2014 Monument Valley Workshop is just around the corner.  And we still have openings for a few more photographers.

April 28-May 1, 2014.  Participants can expect to explore and photograph at the following locations:

  1. Lower and Upper Butler Wash, outside of Bluff, Utah
  2. Twin Rocks, Bluff, Utah
  3. Valley of the Gods
  4. Monument Valley
  5. Mexican Hat
  6. San Juan River views
  7. Comb Ridge

We have some favorite locations to share with you. The desert wildflowers are in bloom by the end of April, so we’ll scout some compositions to teach you how to best capture the Claret Cactus, Yucca flowers and other wilds of the canyons of Southeast Utah.

Here’s a sampling of the subjects we’ll incorporate to teach you how to use your digital camera.  Most workshop participants find that they are very comfortable with their camera, and know all it’s features by the end of a Chase the Light Adventure.

  1. Grand Scenics
  2. Intimate moments in the landscape
  3. Working with clouds
  4. “No sky, NO sky.
  5. Night Photography
  6. Moonrise in Monument Valley
  7. Star trails in Monument Valley

Skills and Techniques

  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Composition
  • Balance
  • Focus priority
  • Depth of field
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters (in the camera, and post-production)
  • Capturing density for post-production

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5 Steps to Prepare for Your next Photography Adventure

5 Steps to Prepare for Your Next Photography Adventure

Preparation for travel and photography:

  1. Get Inspired
  2. Choose a location
  3. Research online
  4. Make reservations
  5. Prepare camera gear
  6. Get out and STAY out.

Get Inspired.

I love looking at great art and great photography; I visit galleries, museums, and “follow” artists online.  For this week’s travel, to Arizona, my main inspiration is to see the Dale Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

A friend of mine visited the Chihuly exhibition and these are some of her beautiful images.

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More Inspiration

Photography by Jody Forster

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All Jody Forster images are screenshots from her work at Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe. ©Jody Forster

All Jody Forster images are screenshots from her work at Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe. ©Jody Forster

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Choose a location: Research, Make Reservations

For this trip to Arizona, I chose to camp at the Lost Dutchman State Park.  Located near Apache Junction, AZ in the Superstition Mountains, this location was reviewed by the Wheeling It blog I follow.  Nina from “Wheeling It” is a full-time blogger and helpful with her campground reviews and also posts wonderful photos.  Photographing the Southwest, by Laurent Martres, is a great resource too for “right time, right place” photo locations in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. In Volume 2, there are a few suggestions for photography at the Lost Dutchman.

Past photography excursions to Southern Arizona have included Saguaro National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and lots of trips to Sedona, Phoenix and Tucson.

Prepare Camera Gear

I recently sent my cameras in to Nikon for firmware updates and sensor cleaning.  I am camping at a location that will allow me nightly battery charging.  My gear will include:

  1. Nikon D300
  2. Nikon D5300 (brand spanking new), no, it’s not full-frame, that purchase is in the near future.
  3. Nikon 16-85 lens
  4. Nikon 15-35 lens
  5. Nikon 55-300 lens
  6. Nikon flash
  7. iPad with 32GB
  8. iPhone 5
  9. Rav Power to extend storage on my iPad to 64GB and charge my phone.
  10. Tripod
  11. Monopod
  12. Reading materials on my iPad (kindle books)
  13. Photographing the Southwest by Laurent Martres

Get out and STAY out

My motto.  So until I’m full time retired, I create long weekends.  The drive from Durango to the Lost Dutchman is 7.5 hours so I’m camping one night at Canyon de Chelly National Monument and will enjoy 1/2 day of photography at the Canyons. I called the Navajo Nation Parks service and checked on the campground for open sites.  The ranger was helpful and told me there’s plenty of room these days.

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Next adventure:  Chasing the Light in Monument Valley. I’m teaching a photo workshop from April 28 through May 1st, based in Bluff Utah and Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley.

 

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Photography and Painting

Explore

One of the great loves of my life is photography.  I love taking a drive, a hike, a bike ride, and exploring the world.  I live in the mountains of Colorado, and chose to live here because home, Durango, is paradise.  Durango is within driving distance of everywhere I want to be (well almost).

  • The Mountains of Colorado (25 minutes to heaven)
  • The Canyons of Utah (2 hours to some of my favorite canyons)
  • Deserts of Arizona (the 4-Corners of AZ,UT,CO and NM is just over an hour)
  • Slot Canyons (4 hours to Page, 4 hours to the Irish Canyons)
  • Grand Canyon (5 plus to the rim) (8 hrs to North Rim)
  • Santa Fe (4 hours to see some inspiring art)
  • Taos (just about 3.5 hours to the Rio Grande Gorge)

I moved here for access to these locations, and more.  I moved here to “kiss the sky”.

Capture

When equipped for photography (meaning I have a camera with me: iPhone, point and shoot, big guns), I am seduced first by the sky, then by the subject.  In fact, at this moment, I’m at my studio window drooling over the incoming storm clouds.

Honestly I took a break from writing and went out to catch the sky. I was distracted and love it.  I took a 15 minute drive, stopped for coffee and then got back to work. What I love about my life is the freedom I have to explore and capture, whenever I want.

Create

Sometimes my art process ends when I get back to the computer, sometimes that is just the beginning.  I upload my images to Adobe Lightroom, I like Lightroom for organization and ease of editing, exporting to slideshows, export to collections, export to share with friends on Facebook.  Sometimes I export a sequence of images to import to iPhoto.  I love time lapse photography and usually complete one time lapse every other week or so.

Create

Every once in awhile I like to take inspiration from one of my photos and then paint.  I like acrylic painting, I like to start and finish in one session.  I’ve tried oil painting, and as a teenager, I took oil painting lessons every weekend, learning by copying the painting style of others.  My teacher loved the work of Walter Foster and encouraged us to paint like he did.  Fifty years later, I’m developing my own style, of sorts.

Wild Lupine, West Mancos Road, Colorado ©Kit Frost

Wild Lupine, West Mancos Road, Colorado ©Kit Frost

Wild thing, you make my heart sing.

Wild thing, you make my heart sing. 28×36″ Acrylic painting.

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Spring Fever and iPhoneography

Photographing with my iPhone, just for fun.

A student and friend brought some color to my studio.  She gifted me with a beautiful amaryllis bulb in bloom. Sitting at my workstation, I am surrounded by the images spread across two 27″ iMacs.  And now, as I look up, I see this beautiful, bright red flower.

The view from my workstation.

The view from my workstation.

Iphoneography, then edited and uploaded to Instagram.  Further edits in iPhoto

Iphoneography, then edited and uploaded to Instagram. Further edits in iPhoto. I can see camera shake and should have used my tripod.  But this is just for fun.

I just ordered the iPhone5S so I will be getting to use the features of the new camera, lens in the latest iPhone.  At first I ordered the iPhone5C, thinking it came with the updated features in the camera, learned it did not, and returned it.

Iphoneography, then edited and uploaded to Instagram.  Further edits in iPhoto

Iphoneography, then edited and uploaded to Instagram. Further edits in iPhoto

The new iPhone will arrive next week.  I’ll “play” with it and make some shallow depth of field photos.