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Is it finally spring?


 

Welcome to Spring!
 
I know some of you are not experiencing real spring-like weather, but I hope it comes soon! We are actually getting some much-needed rain!
 
As you know I have been doing a lot of photography from my kayak on the American River, so I made a little video of a kayaking experience, by mounting my GoPro camera to the kayak! This is my way of taking you all on ride with me! Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7yGB5mWZ3s
 
Here are a few recent images from the river:
 
 
 
Marv Miller and I taught a very successful “San Francisco Night” workshop a few weeks ago and everyone had a great time working on long exposures, shooting panoramas, etc. We will do a few more of these in the coming months. Here are a few samples of what we did!
 
 
 
 
 
I also went to Florida to visit my parents and had a great time shooting some images at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. I had an interesting experience there, as I photographed in the mornings. There are a large number of locals that photograph there on a regular basis. When I arrived, at sunrise, there were already at least 20 photographers on the boardwalk. As I walked in, I lingered to take in the sights and access the situation. I noticed most of the photographers had all walked to the east side of some trees that served as a rookery for Anhinga, and Great Blue Herons. I knew I could join the throngs, and I too would get some nice front lit, record shots of the various birds. But I noticed the warm colors in the sky to the east, and realized if I stayed on the west side of these trees that I would get some beautiful backlit and silhouette images. I felt like I was doing something wrong since I was the only photographer on that side of the trees for the next 3 days, but I think it was worth it. Sometimes it pays to be different and to think outside the box! You be the judge:
 
 
 
 
Here is a list of some upcoming events I will be doing; I hope to see you there!
 
In April, I will be giving a presentation at the Harrisburg, PA Camera Club’s “Light and Creativity” workshop. May takes me to the Coastal Carolina Camera Club in Shallote, NC, June takes me to the Wasatch Wildlife Weekend in Heber City, Utah and to Kalispell Montana for Canon Live Learning event Wildlife Photography: L Lens Extravaganza
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SPACE AVAILABLE - Due to a cancellation there are 1-2 spots left for this trip - call or email me if you are interested.
 
Once again I head north to Alaska in July for “Bears and Bears and Bears, Oh My!” an exciting trip to photography coastal brown bears up close! This is my favorite trip of the year and an experience of a lifetime!
 
Take care and I hope you get spring-like weather real soon!
 
 
 


 

Winter News

 

Hi Everybody,
 
Lots has happened since I last wrote! I just got back from an East Coast swing (managed to go in between all the storms! – no problems or extreme cold) where I gave a presentation for the Coastal Camera Club in Lewes, Delaware, to a great bunch of folks. Plus they bought a bunch of my Lightroom Training DVDs!
 
But the best part was my high school photography teacher lives there, and I got to spend a night at his house, and he got to attend my presentation. This will be one presentation I will never forget!
 
Then I went down to West Palm Beach, FL for the 19th annual Fotofusion event. I have been to 18 out the 19 years! It was great to see old friends such as Dan Burkholder, John Isaacs, Rob Sheppard, Janice Wendt, Barbara Ellison, Arnold Drapkin and more, but I also made some new friends and got to meet Ben Lowy, Matt Stock and Alison Wright. (you should check them all out!) Also check out Palm Beach Photographic Center, I am teaching two classes there in March (get away from the cold!) Creating Realistic HDR Images and Exciting Digital Techniques.  I am also leading a trip to Yellowstone for them in September.
 
I went on a fun night shoot with my friend Marv Miller (we are working on a March workshop night) to photograph San Francisco at night with the holiday lights!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I also have two exciting pieces of news to share and one serious piece of news.
 
First I got a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and I am flying a GoPro camera to take pictures from a new perspective! It is a lot of fun, but I sure need practice with my flying skills!
 
Here are a few examples:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yesterday I worked with fellow Sacramento photographer, Pat Livingston, on a time lapse project for a local business and was able to make a cool time lapse of sunset over the Sacramento Skyline.
 
Check it out here!
 
 


And as you know I have been photographing the American River by my home since the summer. And the serious news is due to the drought in California, the flows released into the river (it is dam controlled) have been cut in less than half! I will continue to document how that effects the landscape as well as the wildlife.  Wish for rain and snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope everybody is having a good winter and the weather hasn't been to harsh for you!


Take care,

 

 

 

 

 

Top 20 for 2013 and Holiday Discounts!

 


 
 
2013 is coming to an end and I went through the pictures I took this year and picked my favorite 20 images! (So far – who knows what the next 3 weeks will bring!)  Let me know what you think!
 
I am also in the process of creating a new, large album of my work on the American River, near my home. This album will continue to grow, so check back often. To view the images click here.
 
I want to wish everybody a happy holiday season. I know many of you purchase gifts and have been overwhelmed with all the sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and that is why I am taking the pressure off. Between now and Dec 23rd I am taking 20% off all training DVDs, cloud based apps, posters, and limited edition prints found on my website. The coupon code:  LKHoliday20  will work on my website and on the Fulltouch website for the cloud based apps. 
 
Fine prints may not arrive in time for Christmas as it takes time to print and mat the images, but I will do my best. If it won’t arrive in time, I will send you gift certificate you can print out to present on Christmas and the print will arrive as soon as possible!
 
I also have one space left for my trip to Alaska to photograph the bears. For more information click here.
 
To check out my Photoshop CS6 training DVDs click here.
 
To check out my Lightroom 5 DVD click here.
 
To access my Lightroom training as a cloud based app that you can view on any Internet connected device click here.
 
To access my Light, Color and Composition app click here.
 
For posters click here.
 
For limited edition prints click here.
 
You may also want to buy your loved one, or yourself, 5 hours of one-on-one Photoshop, Lightroom or photographic training. For more info click here.
 
Enjoy your holidays!  May they be safe and happy!
 


 

Autumn News

Once again, it has been way too long since I have written. I have lots to share, so this is going to be a long one!
 
I just got back from traveling back east to Kentucky, West Virginia and Connecticut. I had a great time giving a couple of presentations for Canon and photographing autumn color! Here are just a few of my favorites!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have added something fun and interesting to my website! There is a page that features a live webcam of polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. So if going to see these creatures is something you have always dreamed of, now you can watch them from the comfort of your home! Check it out, it is always fun to watch – click here! In fact there is a bear on camera as I am writing this!
 
I want to let you know that I have updated my Lightroom training to Lightroom 5, and it is now available as both a physical DVD, and an online app, known as a DAP, Digital Artist Presentation. The new training includes over 8 ½ hours of tutorials taking you through the steps of using Lightroom from beginning to end. I have added over and hour and a half of new lessons. Both versions can be accessed here.
 
If you want to save some money, use the coupon code DVD2013 for the disc or LKB1066 for the cloud based version!
 
You can read about this DAP and my “Light, Color and Composition” DAP at this review on ProNature Photographer by clicking here.
 
Whenever I give one of my presentations, people always ask about the software I am using. I am a Mac person and I use Fotomagico 4 for my presentations and I love it, (in fact my Light, Color and Composition DAP was created with it!) and I guess so do the folks that watch! If you are a PC person I would recommend ProShow Gold.
 
I have just finalized tow classes that I am going to be teaching at Palm Beach Photographic Centre in March. They are Creating Realistic HDR Images and Exciting Digital Techniques. I hope you can join me for one or both and have a great learning experience! I am also leading a trip to Yellowstone in the autumn sponsored by Palm Beach Photographic Center and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. For more info click here!
 
New events have been added on my website with speaking engagements for next year so check them out here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 And lastly there are still two spaces left on my trip “Bears, Bears, and Bears, Oh My!” to Lake Clark National Park, Alaska July 7- 11. Click here for more information.
 
Take care,
 
 
 


 

My Little Slice of Heaven

 

As you may know, I have recently moved to a new location in Sacramento, just a five-minute walk from the American River. This has given me the opportunity to take some really fun and exciting images without having to travel! In the beginning, I was mostly photographing sunset whenever we had clouds (a rare occurrence in the summer!) I have learned you can go the same place day after day and it will always be different!
 
But recently I acquired a kayak and it has given me a whole new perspective of the area. The big advantage of the kayak is it allows me to get close to the wildlife along the river. I have seen deer, beaver, river otters, and a wide variety of birds.
It is funny how I lived fairly close before but was always too lazy to make the effort. But now that it is close, I am forcing myself to make the effort (actually it is pretty easy to get motivated!) Hopefully you have some little slice of nature not far from where you live that you can enjoy as much as I have enjoyed “my river.”
 
Don’t forget there is only one week left to save 20% off my new App “Light, Color and Composition”! Use coupon code LK593 good until Oct 14th on my new app at www.fulltouch.com/node/593 
 
Enjoy,
 


 

New App!

 

Wow, I should never go so long without writing, I have so much to share with you! I have lots of new pictures to share, plus comments on new products I’ve just tried, and I have updated my instructional video, “Light, Color and Composition.
 
More importantly, I’ve transformed Light, Color, and Composition into an interactive app. This new Digital Artist Presentation (DAP) will run on any device that connects to the internet. It includes over 1.5 hours of video lessons on Light, Color, and Composition, all geared to help you improve your images and elevate your photography to the next level!
 
The DAP for Light, Color, and Composition contains important additional enhanced features. There are new videos on creating HDR images using the Lightroom/Photoshop method, and Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2, in addition to existing videos using Photomatix Pro, Merge to 32 bit/Lightroom and Bridge/Photoshop/ACR. The DAP also includes over 140 images (all the images used in the video lessons) and their technical data so that you can see the settings I used to create all the images. Also included are various links that you may be interested in, and a Gallery of Recent Images, a Feedback section where you can upload your images based on the lessons. Some of these Feedback images will be posted on the DAP with comments, making this a dynamic, interactive app that will continue to be a place to learn, beyond just watching the videos!
 
 
  • Compose more varied and effective images
  • Expand your ability to "see" images
  • Learn how to think about the direction and characteristics of light
  • Use color just as you can use lines, shape and form enhance your compositions
  • Grasp the concept of the color wheel and how to use color relationships deliberately to build vibrant images
  • Give a distinctive feel to your images based on Cool tones with a Warm Accent; Warm tones with Cool Accent; Pastels, Saturated Color; Monochromatic Color, and the paradoxical No, Color, Color
  • Master composition fundamentals including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repeated Patterns, Horizontal vs Vertical, and Horizon placement
  • Simplify your images and emphasize the important elements of the composition
 
The presentation Includes:  5 video tutorials on processing HDR images using:
 
PhotomatixPro,
Photomatix Pro/Lightroom combination
Photoshop/Lightroom combination
Bridge/Photoshop/Camera Raw combination
Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
 
Send Feedback and receive comments on images (a random selection of feedback images will be posted to the DAP)
 
Here is an intro video:
 
 


 

 

Use coupon code LK593 to save 20% -good until October 14th!   To purchase click here.

New Bear Trip Video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my new promo video for "Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My!" And to learn more about the tour click here

Lot's of cool bear pictures!

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVmoYel3yzw

New Tutuorial Available - Light, Color and Compsition: Tips to Improve Your Photographs

I am introducing a new product designed to make you a better color photographer! Every photographer wants to get better and in today’s world most people think that means learning more about post production or buying a fancier camera. But I believe every photographer can improve by paying more attention to light, color and composition. After all, taking pictures is not rocket science! There is a lot you can do to insure you get good images while taking pictures, and not having to rely on the digital darkroom. In this presentation I will show you ideas and concepts that you can apply immediately to get better results! These are the concepts I use on a daily basis when I create my images. They have helped me and I am sure they will help you!
 
For member of my newsletter or readers of my blog, I am giving a special coupon code to take $2 off your purchase price. Enter “IntroLCC” in the coupon code box and get this savings. The coupon code is good through August 2013.
 
Enjoy and I am sure your pictures will improve if you follow these ideas!
 
 
Thanks,

 

 

 

  • Compose more varied and effective images
  • Expand your ability to "see" images
  • Learn how to think about the direction and characteristics of light
  • Use color just as you can use lines, shape and form enhance your compositions
  • Grasp the concept of the color wheel and how to use color relationships deliberately to build vibrant images
 
 
  • Give a distinctive feel to your images based on Cool tones with a Warm Accent; Warm tones with Cool Accent; Pastels, Saturated Color; Monochromatic Color, and the paradoxical No, Color, Color
  • Master composition fundamentals including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repeated Patterns, Horizontal vs Vertical, and Horizon placement
  • Simplify your images and emphasize the important elements of the composition
 
The presentation Includes:  3 video tutorials on processing HDR images using:
PhotomatixPro,
Photomatix Pro/Lightroom combination
Bridge/Photoshop/Camera Raw combination
 
Light, Color, and Composition is compatible with both Mac and PC computers. The one hour fifteen minute presentation is illustrated with 200 examples of ideas and tips to improve your images.
 

        Click here to purchase.


Last night's sunset

It is rare to get clouds in Sacramento in the summer.  We usually have day after day of boring skies and hot weather. So I was very surprised when it was overcast and relatively cool outside yesterday.  I kept watching the sky hoping the thick cloud cover would break a little at sunset and produce a dramatic sky.

As sunset approached the sky looked more promising but it was dificult to get a good view west to see if there was any break coming.  I ended up getting a bit of a late start and I missed the trail to what is becoming "my spot" on the river. (I just recently moved to a new house within walking distance of the river) So as I was meandering around with my camera the sky began to light up!  I quickly walked along a rivers edge trail looking for a clear view. Fortunately there was a small break in the vegetation and I got a nice picture overlooking the river.

 

 

 

 

Realizing the color was getting more intense was going to last a little while, I took off on a fast pace to find "my spot". Once I saw the trail it was a race to get to the first body of water before the great light totally dissappeared.  I got there just in time!

 

I learned my lesson, if it looks like there may be some potential just get out there!


Technical info:  Both of these images are HDR images complied from a 5 stop bracket. I processed them using PhotomatixPro/Lightroom Develop module combination. They were both taken with a Canon 1Dx and a Canon 24-105mm L lens at f/13, ISO 100, shutter speeds varied for each exposure, mounted on a Feisol 3372 tripod with a leveling base and a Really Right Stuff BH55 Ball Head. 

Where has the time gone!

 

Wow! It has been a long time since I have written and a lot has happened since then. We bought a new house in April, which meant besides just packing a residence I also had to clean and pack up an office that I have had for 15 years! It has been quite a chore. And in between the time we were working on the sale and actually moved I have been in Dayton, OH; Maysville, KY; Charleston, WV; Cleveland, OH; Richmond, VA; Baltimore, MD; Austin, TX; Delray Beach, FL; Kalispell, MT and Lake Clark National Park, AK! So needless to say I have been busy!
 
During those travels I meet some great people while giving my lectures for Canon, doing a Canon Live Learning program at the Triple D Game Farm and leading my Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My! tour in Alaska. I also had the opportunity to make a zillion great images in that time period. So I will share a few here:
 
I got to see a place that has been on my wish list for years – The Great Serpent Mound in OH
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Had some fun in Charleston, WV
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visited some old haunts in Baltimore – Sherwood Gardens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photographed the bluebirds at the old house for the last time:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photographed an array of cool animals at Triple D Game Farm with the Canon Live Learning group
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


And we also stopped in Glacier National Park!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And then I had another amazing trip to Lake Clark National Park with my “Bears, Bears, and Bears Oh My!” tour!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
I hope you all have had a great spring and summer too!
 
And last, here is a shot from last night’s sunset taken at the American River just a few minutes walk from my new house! Now you can see why it was worth it!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Take care,
 
 


 

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