Last weekend, a couple of friends and I made the trip to Boulder Colorado to participate in a workshop led by the incredible Tyler Stableford. To say that I love his work would be a huge understatement. I can’t remember in which magazine I first saw his work, but it was a few years ago, when I was just stumbling into photography. If you haven’t already clicked on the link above, you owe it to yourself to spend some time perusing his site. It is amazing.
What I wanted to get out of this workshop were some tips on working with clients and models, some of his processing secrets, and maybe some great shots. But Tyler was so great about taking time to understand where each of us were as photographers and encouraging us to push that boundary. For me, that meant thinking much more about the story that my image composition tells, how each element in an image either enhances or detracts from that story, and developing a process for arbitrating the two. If you cannot already tell, I loved it. I got so much more out of the weekend than I anticipated. And I’m planning to attend Tyler’s next workshop in Arches National Park!
People who have seen my work before know that I love to experiment with stitching. And HDR. And split-toning. So why not all three at once? For this image, I used a Canon 16-35mm lens. The final image is actually a stitch of 6 images taken while swinging the camera in a rainbow arc to create the severe distortion (pausing for each exposure, of course). Trinity Church stands in stark contrast to its much taller lower Manhattan neighbors. Its also surprisingly peaceful, despite its proximity to Wall Street; just entering the courtyard felt insulating. I worked a few blocks away in the late ’90s, but never set foot inside until this year.
We had the chance to see Raul Midòn perform at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Theater recently. He is incredible. Take a look at this video to see how fantastic a performer he is. I also had never attended the SF Jazz concert series. Joshua Redman at Grace Cathedral (!!!), Bobby McFerrin (who amazed me in concert when I was 11 and I would have loved to see again), Maceo Parker, Booker T…you get it…the lineup is ridiculous. Damn! Just saw that the Bela Fleck show is sold out! Anybody got extras??
This week, for the first time, I saw one of my sold pieces hanging on someone’s wall. I really love the piece, which can be seen in full here (before I divided it into a triptych for this client). It’s about 9 feet wide and almost 3 feet tall. I was so proud and happy to see it that I took about 100 pictures of it. Its really surprising how challenging it seemed to get a good image of an image. I am not sure that I’ve done it justice, but it looked great on the wall, and I was really lucky to get to take a look at it yesterday.