Monday, March 29, 2010

stretching, part 3

this stretching moment brought to you by the wonderful italians...so, we're headed to italy, and of course, i'm excited. i get to take pictures in italy, the home of my ancestors, as well as my favorite food! but i'm also a bit nervous. heck, i don't know how to shoot in the city! think about it. the vast majority of my images include neither people nor cars nor buildings - that's a lot of time energy and effort focused on avoiding those kinds of things...yikes. to make matters a bit worse, i'm pretty much a classic introvert. the idea of walking up to people to take their picture or wandering around town with a big DSLR and a 70-200 around my neck, is not my idea of being "discreet". so i figured this would be a real test of my ability to stay in the moment and trust that images would reveal themselves. to make matters more interesting, since i was going to be out of my comfort zone anyway, i decided to bring along a new camera (normally NOT the thing to do). i purchased the new panasonic gf-1 with the 20 mm 1.7 pancake lens, and that was all i brought. risky business. in the end, it solved my "discreet" problem, enabled me to have a camera always ready, and forced me to look at the world differently for 2 whole weeks. a real vacation. i'm pretty happy with the results, which i've just posted over on my site, here. nice stretch.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fotoritim e-photo magazine

ever hear of it? for most of us in the US, maybe not so much. it's produced in Turkey. i was approached late last year to contribute, and after checking out the site and the quality of the photographers, i jumped at the chance. i highly recommend a visit. only some of the artists' text is translated into english, but needless to say, the photos speak for themselves. for those of you making it all the way to the end of the feature, note that the image of yours truly was made by my son, giancarlo. he did a fabulous job working with a very narrow depth of field and a finicky subject, no?

Monday, March 1, 2010

warm days, cool nights in Telluride

looks like i'll be assisting one of the most talented and fun photogs i know, Bill Ellzey, during his workshop this fall at the Telluride Photo Festival, September 20-26. i first met bill in Pagatonia, where i learned a ton, had a blast, and came home with more than a few "keepers". not sayin' that listening to him talk Lightroom or or giving tips on how to setup your camera like working pros do wasn't helpful, but watching him work the subject was a real marvel...i can't wait to see him on his home turf. hope to see you there - i'll be the one chasing him up some hill with his coffee...if you're interested in learning more, don't hesitate to ping me!