Barefoot & Back Roads,
Well, no one can accuse us of inundating you with newsletters! I keep trying to get out a new one, but our workshops seem to get in the way!
Welcome to the latest Barefoot & Back Roads newsletter from Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. Since we last sent out a newsletter, we have published another student gallery or two. Check them out, including the latest Student Winners.
As always, we love celebrating the successes of our alumni (and we have many to share in this issue), but first, a few updates and reminders ... and a lens for sale at the end.
Lightroom 4 Workshops
There is one more Lightroom 4 workshop scheduled for this year ... before our Death Valley one in December. For more information, click here. The first three Lightroom 4 workshops met with great success, and those who signed on learned a LOT! And you can just fly into Las Vegas, usually a cheap flight, and do the easy drive out to Death Valley. You don't have to come to the Death Valley National Park workshop to take part in the Lightroom 4 one, but those who do both get a break on price.
In all cases, it is wise to make your room reservations ASAP. Our locations are popular, and the rooms we list are only blocked out for a certain period of time. If you don't succeed at our hotel of choice, we always list other options.
We are pleased to report that we are able to continue 2012 pricing for 2013.
- Cuba, Her People & Culture Tour is an exciting new adddiiton to our list. We have partnered with a tour group that has long been sanctioned by the US Department of the Treasury, so you don't have to worry about legalities. We will have two professional Cuban photographers with us, and we will be meeting and photographing many artists and locales. We have two groups, and the first one is already filled up. There are still spaces in the second one.
- The European workshops for 2013 will include Taormina, Jewel of Sicily, Romance of Tuscany, and Paris & la Fête de la Musique. We already have sign-ups for all three of these workshops, and rooms go quickly here, so if you are considering joining us, don't wait too long, or rooms may be filled.
- We will be running four more Lightroom 4 Workshops in addition to the private ones we do, so stay tuned for those.
- In order to offer more variety, we switching things around in the Southwest, so check back in. One will be Colorado's Fall Colors.
- For more of our 2013 workshops, go to our calendar.
- We are also doing a weekend workshop January 25-27, 2013 in Durham, NC at Through This Lens, the gallery that is holding our next exhibition, "The Yin and Yang of the Outer Banks". stay tuned for updates on this and the show.
News & Awards
Being a juror for an annual photo club exhibition and being part of 24 Hour Photoshop are the latest announcements of where we will be featured, so check out both our News and Awards pages. You will also see that Arnie was featured in a recent interview on ChatterBlog (see the reference in the News).
This is our favorite part of the newsletter. We love it when our alumni get recognition for their photographs, often ones made in our workshops, but not always, as you will read.
And a reminder to the rest of you, we do want to hear if you have been juried into a show, gotten an award, been published, etc.
(2-time alumna) wrote,
"I joined the Canadian Association of Professional Photographers. Now I am an accredited member. To do that I needed to submit ten pictures in one category that were approved and judged in order to get accreditation.
"Typical of me, I entered four different categories, because I was doubtful that I could pass in any one of them on the first try. Amazingly enough, I received very good to excellent marks in each one.
"I hope you two realize how much you had to do with this accomplishment. You are never far from my thoughts when I set up to take a picture, or work on them in Lightroom. ... When I took my very first workshop in the fall of 2009, I had been trying to shoot for six months. I was frustrated and discouraged. Now I feel confident in my vision, and often pass on little bits of info that I picked up from Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures to other newbies."
Congratulations, Marg, on being accepted into the CAPP. That is terrific news. And we are so glad that we are still perching on your shoulders [alumnae/i will know what we mean].
(5-time alumnus, with one more in 2012 and another in 2013) was excited to report,
"I finally was accepted into the juried web page known as 1x.com (12th attempt)."
It's a lesson to everyone to not be discouraged if you are not accepted the first, second, third ... time.
And to think that you made this image whilst you were on a special anniversary trip!
Congratulations on the acceptance and on your special anniversary!
(1-time alumna) e-mailed us,
"Your advice to me to get out of the camera club circuit finally hit me to my brain in January.
"I left my camera club and joined a group that emphasizes the aesthetic quality of images over being a slave to photographic tenets: rule of thirds, sharp-sharp-sharp, odd number of images – must I go on?...
"This club uses professional photographers and creative artists to judge and comment on images. So much more rewarding.
"I also joined the Rowayton Arts Center and was accepted last month as an exhibiting member. Last week I took 3rd place in photography at their Marine and Coast Life art show. I am so happy to be among people who paint, draw and do sculpture.
"Last week I also won the B&H Camera Bronx Zoo Photo Safari Contest." [above]
Linda, your e-mail should remind people that there are some great camera clubs out there but that there are many that stifle creativity. We are so excited to hear that you have found a group that encourages creativity and spans different art forms.
Congratulations on both counts!
(2-time alumnus) wrote,
"This image was juried into the June Festival of Flowers Art Show in Greenwood, SC. This is a fairly large art show with 600-plus entries. This image is 'out of character' for me.
"I had a great time and learned a lot."
(3-time alumnus) updated us with the following,
Indeed, Ray! We recognize this from the Outer Banks. Great job, and congratulations to you! Keep it up!
"I'm working hard on my photography preparing for an exhibit at the Federal Reserve in DC yes they actually have an art collection with a full time curator. This will be my first exhibit and should occur in the spring of next year. When I get my new images posted I'll let you know. Much of what I'm focusing on now is an off shoot of some of my early images that I took with you and Arnie in Nags Head. Give my best to Arnie!"
That is great news, Cam! Let us know, as we drive up through DC a lot, especially since my elder daughter works there now.
Can't wait to see the new images from the Outer Banks! The image here is one Cam shot with us.
(4-time alumnus, plus two in 2013) reported,
"In September I will exhibit again at Sosta Cafe...maybe Paris photos?"
"When we got home I found that I had sold two more small photos from an exhibition at a Bear Rock Cafe. I'll be hanging more work in another of their restaurants this week, so wish me luck...
Mike, you are really on a roll, and that is great. We can't wait to see the latest exhibition when we are back in NC. Congratulations!
(5-time alumna) e-mailed us about two awards she received for photographs she made this last spring in the Galapagos ...
"The tortoise took a 3rd in the digital competition which is an open category meaning any image (color; monochrome; extensively modified) can be entered, as long as it is sent digitally to the club's programmer so it can be downloaded into the competition software.
"Since it's a more open category than our other categories, it can be quite competitive.
"Another photo, the lava lizard, took an Honorable Mention in the small color print category. It's still one of my favorites from the whole trip. I love the way the back legs are out of focus and almost in a white silhouette - very unusual effect. Much as I'd like to say it was intentional, it wasn't."
Michelle, you keep coming back to us with yet more accolades, and we revel in your successes. Keep them up, and of course, congratulations on these latest achievements.
(3-time alumna) shared news with us,
"I entered the Outdoor Photographer contest 'Sony Art of Expression,' and my photo is a finalist in the 'One World In Focus' category. It is a photo of a water lily I shot with my point-and-shoot while on a vacation with my daughter in Louisiana. Needless-to-say, I am very, very surprised. With all the equipment I have spent money on, it is the point-and-shoot that came through. Go figure. The name of the photo is 'Water Lily In The Rain.'"
Remember, Harriet, it's not the camera, it's the vision of the photographer that counts. This is great news, and kudos to you!
(2-time alumna) shared news with us,
"Although you're not local, thought you'd enjoy hearing about one of your students doing an exhibit.
I'm super excited about it. I've been into flowers and have this nice technique going on. I plan to also display some landscapes (some from BCPA and animals)."
Pat, it has been fun watching your work evolve. Congratulations on this latest achievement! We hope the exhibition was a grand success and that it will lead to more exhibitions and awareness of your work.
(4-time alumnus) recently wrote,
"One of my photographs was one of nine winners, out of nearly 2000 submissions, in the 2012 International Photography Competition, which was hosted by a gallery in Fort Lauderdale. My 'Dubonnet' was chosen as Best Still Life or Object image. Printed it on metallic paper at 20" x 30" and framed it in black, which really made the silver/black contrast pop.
"This shot was not from a workshop, but I think it's pretty good – it previously won in a local competition as well..."
Nat, we love it when our participants continue to grow and gain recognition. This is another case in point. Congratulations on yet another win for you! And of something that is dear to our hearts, a gorgeous automobile!
(3-time alumna, plus one for 2013) was excited to report,
"I just learned that my photo of the lighthouse earned Honorable Mention for year-end submissions. I wasn't able attend the June meeting; so believe it or not I'm just finding out. Cool, eh? I had a 2% chance of placing…I'll take that!"
Indeed, you should be proud. That is wonderful news. The light that day was amazing, and you certainly captured it well! Kudos to you!
(4-time alumna, with talk of another in 2013) recently wrote,Links to Newsletters:
"I am happy to announce that I was juried into a show at the Monmouth Museum in New Jersey with my photo 'Lavender.' This photo was also juried in to the Calumet Altered Reality Show last year!"
Great news, Barbara! It reminds us of the impressionistic photos you did in Virginia all those many years ago, as well as in workshops since then. Congratulations!
Any others of you alumnae/i out there who have Student Winners? How about more of you gentlemen??? We'd love to celebrate them with everyone here. BUT, be sure to follow the guidelines for BCPA web on the Student galleries page.
Nikkor Lens for Sale
We are offering this DX lens to our alumni (first) and friends (second) on a first-come/first-serve basis:
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4 G ED DX lens
Glass is 10 out of 10 - perfect.
Barrel is 10 out of 10 - perfect
Lens is in perfect working order.
Nikon lens hood
Nikon lens cap
Nikon rear cap
For alumni, the price is $775.00.
For others, the price is $875.00.
This lens is a superbly sharp lens.
2013 - Sign-ups are well underway!