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Andalucía Spain Adventure

Post 1 – Seville, a city rich in history, architectural wonders, great food and wine, cultural experiences.  We wandered around through the historic district photographing day and night.  The narrow cobblestone streets were alive with tapas bars – so nice to grab a light meal and glass of wine while walking around.  Flamenco dancers were a fun explore of shutter speeds – capturing faces and blurring the rest.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Watch for our next post as we move to Cordoba and Úbeda.

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Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco – a land with so many cultural sites to photograph. Palaces… famous doorways…souks… people living their colorful lives in the medinas… the Sahara…

And yet one can so easily forget documentation and be captivated by design.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in 2018 as we journey back to Morocco to find more fun compositions with our cameras.

Morocco Photography Adventure 2018

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Southwest Photography Adventure

Part 1 – The Magic of the Southwest

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Eye of the Sun
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The Southwest is an amazing region to visit – and a great set of photographic opportunities for those who come with cameras!  Pop-out colors combine with big bold lines to carve out stunning compositions – and there is no end to the photography play that a creative photographic mind can encounter.

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Mittens at first light
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We love to bring photographers to this region.  Not only can we put them in great places in great light – but it is the perfect laboratory for participants to master a number of crucial skills.

In this land of strong lines and bold colors, one can tackle the issues of composition and design – without having to worry about working around the complexities found in many other compositional environments.  Learn it here – apply it everywhere else in the world!

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Late light in Mystery Valley
© 2013 Bob Harvey

This is the place to really grasp taking control of metering and exposure.  In this environment you can control the exposure, learn from your mistakes, review trials and adjust exposures until you have perfect images.  Along the way you can build an approach and rhythm that will pay you back everywhere you explore with your cameras.

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Dunes at dawn
© 2013 Bob Harvey

This is a land of deep saturated colors.  Here, often the dynamic range exceeds what one can capture in a single image.  This is a place to learn to design with color… and with deep black shadows…

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Lower Antelope Slot Canyon
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And a place where sometimes you want to throw away all color and “see” the composition in black and white!

Anasazi Granary in Honeymoon Arch, Mystery Valley © 2013 Bob Harvey

Anasazi Granary in Honeymoon Arch, Mystery Valley
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

Our October 2013 group came home with an outstanding selection of new images.  Techniques were mastered.  Magic moments in nature were witnessed!  Adventures were shared!  We’ll blog more about this in the coming days!
Next up:  Photographing the Moon!

Don’t forget to visit our web page on the Southwest at http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.monument.htm

 

 

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Turkey Photography Adventure

Blue Mosque at night©2013 Bob Harvey

Blue Mosque at night
©2013 Bob Harvey

Turkey, at the crossroads where Europe and Asia meet, where the Black Sea pours through the Bosporus into the Sea of Marmara then through the Dardanelles into the Aegean Sea, is a photographer’s paradise.  This land saw the migration of many groups of people, over time, and was ruled by many different entities.  Over time, a number of religions were celebrated here, often choosing to build places of worship on the same sites where previous groups had worshiped in a different manner.  As a secular democracy, Turkey is careful to separate church and state, even as most of its citizens are Muslims.

Our photography visit began in Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, which itself straddles the Bosporus, with almost equal populations on both the Europe and Asia sides of the straits.

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Blue Mosque
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Istanbul is a city of incredible religious history.  It is the center of the Greek Orthodox Church and the home to many beautiful and active mosques.  The call for prayer reverberates through the streets, seemingly coming from every direction – as indeed there are mosques in almost every direction wherever you stand in Istanbul.

Bazaar© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bazaar
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Istanbul comes together in several exciting and colorful bazaars, where you can find almost everything you want or need – and many things you never dreamed existed!

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Bazaar
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Among the treasures in the bazaars one can find some of the fine ceramic pottery produced in Turkey, the famous “evil eyes”, and many of the spices that this part of the world is known for!

Next, we’ll leave Istanbul for the central highlands – and meet a king who declared himself a god!

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

One of the fun parts of waterfall photography is the brink itself.  Water throws itself over the edge – the behavior is much the same whether the falls is 15 feet or several hundred feet.  Here at Iguazu Falls, there are several opportunities to witness the brink – and sometimes to combine it with other falls or even rainbows!

There is amazing action at the brink - I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!© 2013 Bob Harvey

There is amazing action at the brink – I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall - and is doing everything it can to stay on top!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall – and is doing everything it can to stay on top!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Everything in this post was captured at a very high shutter speed.  Some of the exposures simply would not have been possible before the advent of 14 bit cameras that enabled better noise management.  This is an amazing time to be exploring the planet with a camera!  Bob

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

We are calling this the Group of the Wolf, this fourth group to join us in Yellowstone in early 2013.  But, it could, legitimately also be called the Group of the Falling Snow.  Or perhaps the Group of the Portraits, as it seemed like many animals simply posed for this group.

But let’s talk first of the wolves…

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Lone Wolf following the Canyon Pack
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We crossed paths with the Canyon Pack all week long.  First, it was only tracks in the fresh snow along our way.  Then, we caught up with the pack – six of them – as they romped across a meadow.

Later we were serenaded with the soul-gripping songs of the pack, which sent shivers up our spines.  More importantly, it sent an advance warning to the elk munching in and along the Madison River that the pack would be dining that night!

The next morning, all that was left of a yearling elk were some stains in the snow, a pile of hide and fur, and some scraps for the coyotes, ravens, eagles, and magpies.

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Mouthful of Fur!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

A mouth full of fur might fill the stomach, but it’s not the ideal meal!

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Waiting, hoping for a chance at leftovers
© 2013 Bob Harvey

One resourceful coyote snuck away with one of the elk’s legs (not much meat there) and carefully buried it under a log in the snow.

Lest one think this group, this set of outings, was all about wolves and coyotes, we must mention that the light was perfect all week for bison portraits!

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Look into my eyes
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And group shots!

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Standing on the edge of Norris Geyser Basin, to warm up after fording Gibbon River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And that the swans (many had moved on by this time) took particular pleasure swimming through the reflected sun sparkles for our lenses!

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Swans in the sparkles!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The waterfalls were fantastic!  The eagles soared.  And the thermal features yielded magic designs and amazing sounds!

What a way, what group, to wrap up our month in Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland!

(See our blog news page for an opportunity to save money and secure your spot for next winter).

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Our first week had a mix of snow, blue skies, soft light, and mild temperatures until the last day.  Then the cold moved in, a little uncomfortable, but that is when the magic happens – especially frosted bison! Following are a few more images from the week.  And stay tuned, we begin another week tomorrow.

 

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Frosted Bison
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Jewel Geyser
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Doublet Pool
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari – January 8

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Today we saw eagles, swans, bison, and this determined coyote picking an old wolf-killed elk calf clean of the last scraps of food.

We also had glorious light in Norris Geyser Basin.

There are hints of a snowstorm brewing for later in the week!

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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We arrived in West Yellowstone, Montana yesterday to prepare for our four sessions of the Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari.

We have been watching the weather for weeks – and indeed the snowpack is great and the temperatures are perfect (at least for photography).  And, it has started snowing this afternoon – with more in the forecast on and off this week!

Many in our group are (as we write) being loaded into the shuttle in Bozeman.  Others are driving and on their way here.  Tonight we gather for pizza and orientation.

Tomorrow we head into Yellowstone to kick off the 2013 season!

Stay tuned – we’ll post a few images as the weeks go on!

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The Power of Flash

Sometimes we find that people are afraid of using their flashes.  The flashes available to us now can be a lot of fun – some cameras speak to them, control them, they talk to each other, and lighting becomes a fun art.

Getting to the subject, however can sometimes present a challenge. Steve and Lisa, on a recent WildBunch Belize trip, first rode horses up some steep terrain in the Maya Mountains and then decended into a cave by rope.

After all of the photo equipment was shuttled down and the rest of us climbed down into the cave, we began to select formations and the style of lighting that suited each the best.  It took some trials, adjustments, creative discussions and positioning the flashes at various locations over and over until we were all pleased with the results.  Our guides were very helpful and enjoyed all of our antics to get the shots.

After a second decent, we found a gorgeous formation with Mayan pottery pieces on a shelf.  We set up flashes on both sides, different power levels, but we were not too excited about the results.  The pottery in the front showed up nicely but the formation was a little flat.  One one try, the flash on the right did not fire and we decided the single side light was the winner.

Strong power from the left, minimum from the right, and strong from behind to give depth to the formation and light up the ceiling.

Strong power from the right, very low power from the front, and about half power from the back pointed to sidelight the edges.

We all had fun that day – and we learned some new tricks.

And what does any of this have to do with ants?  Stay tuned, more fun to come.

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