The opportunity to do a 10-day trek in Nepal was never something I imagined I would be able to do but this summer I did just that. The trek was very different from the treks I have seen images from—much hotter, going up and up on stairs, through hot forests filled with leeches, and rain. All of which makes for a great trek if you are ready for it. I expected tree-less expanses of rock, rock and more rock. I did get fantastic views of the Annapurna region of Nepal, saw a couple monkeys, lots of water buffalo, hike in the rain and under the hot sun, and sweated my way up the Nepali elevators (trails made of stone steps that just go straight up the hillside).
Just a few images from the trek.
The best way I can think of spending a rainy day could be spending in a dance studio with a dancer and soft light. Here are some results of a recent shoot in the dance studio at Principia College with the dancer Maddi Demaree along with my students from my photo course Spring 2017.
Took my class out to a local field at night for a photo shoot. Here are some of the results.
I have had the good fortune to travel to Greece nine times in the past eight years. The light never ceases to amaze me. The rocks never cease to be hard and plentiful. The textures are woven through every place and at times Greece feels like it is about to come apart at the seams yet the fractured rocks are stuck firmly together. Nafplio and Argos are two of my favorite places—one touristy but on a small scale never filled with the overwhelming hoards of tourists at a place such as Oia. The other, Argos, near the beaten path but overlooked by most and is a small city filled with history, people, street markets and all the colors and textures Greece has to offer. Chania is also a gem of cities in Greece. It can be rather busy but still you can find the out of the way place that is quiet and restful. The fingerprint of the Ottomans is found throughout the old part of town. And in Chania you are just a short distance from the Samaria Gorge—well worth the 16k hike down from the top to the Lybian Sea.
I finally broke down and purchased a fish-eye lens and hardly ever want to remove it from my camera body. Using this lens change everything. My view of the world has become wider and a bit more round. The lens is cheap but the results are anything but cheap capturing so much more than ever before. And it does not hurt one bit that I am currently in Greece where the light is perfect, the skies are blue (when it is not storming) and everywhere you look there is something that can and should be captured in pixels.
Moving out of my studio in a couple of days and the bugs are already to move in. They won’t be in for long as demolition on the building is starting soon. Voney Studios will be re-modeled, renovated and ready for classes and creative work in the fall of 2017. Looking forward to the new digs.
Night time is the right time, night time is the…what? It is the time to set your camera on long exposure and see what you can capture. Drag out the long unused tripod, wait for a night with the best light, dust off the camera and shoot. Here is a bit of what I came up with recently. Stars through the trees, wispy clouds, and a glowing sky.
About twice a year large flocks of pelicans are seen flying up or down the Mississippi River near Elsah, IL. This particular day the sun was out, the sky clear and I think the birds were just enjoying the day flying. They flew back and forth across the river picking up a good updraft as they came over the bluffs. They flew silently around and around. Unlike the geese that make a mighty racket as they fly by. I think geese like to make lots of noise. The pelicans are silent fliers.