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My Shack, Different Light

16 Jan

My Shack, Different Light

My Shack, Different Light is the subject of this week’s blog. Readers and alumni have asked how I have treated a subject time and time again and made it different each time. Others have said, “I photographed that two hours ago.” Yeah, but the light is different now.

In fact, the light is ever-changing; it is ephemeral and continually surprises us with her new renditions. There is a location I have photographed for years on the Outer Banks, and we return to it time and time again. Why? Because, as noted above, the light is always different.

In this case, we were treated to a red sky the likes of which I have never seen repeated there in quite the same way. This was also one of my early panos.

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That same fall, within a two-week period, I made two more photographs from this location.

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Three completely different looks, different weather patterns, different light. My Shack, always different.

Skipping ahead two years, three more images shot on two successive days. This was the one from that first day …

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BCPA Workshop Favorites, 2015, Part 4 of 4

26 Dec
BCPA Workshop Favorites – Final Eight

We have now come to the last segment of the year, our BCPA workshop favorites for the last part of the year. The theme of Same Workshop, Different View rather than the usual Same Place, Different View, continues …

It was time to return home after close to 12,000 miles on the road. Our house sitters, as usual, left everything spotless, organized, and welcoming for our homecoming. And our house plants were happy and blooming! We are so lucky! A few days later, we were on the road again, bound for Charlotte, NC, to give a seminar on Reinventing Yourself for a Retreat of ASMP/North Carolina and /South Carolina members. I have been actively involved with the American Society of Media Photographers since the early 80s and always like to give back to the Society. The talk that Arnie and I gave was well received and that, in turn, led to another speaking engagement for ASMP/South Carolina in Charleston a month later and that led to yet another plus a mini-workshop on Kiawah Island a couple of days later.

But back to October. We drove out to the coast for our annual Lighthouses of the Outer Banks. We have been running this workshop for quite a number of years now and never tire of the area. A number of us were charmed by a couple enjoying the sea air, a fishing rod casually leaning against the rail. Arnie selected this as his favorite, and we included it on our holiday card. Many people thought it was of Arnie and me, but how often has anyone seen Arnie in a hat, let alone one of those trucker mesh types, or me in sneakers (it has been decades since my feet have seen the inside of sneakers)? My selection was yet another rendition of my favorite scene on the Outer Banks. This evening, the light was magical, dancing across the water in ways we had never before seen.

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We know some of the folks in the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, and they asked us to do a special, weekend workshop for them. Our regular workshop ended on Thursday, and Friday saw us meeting a whole new group of people.

I was showing some of the group how important it is to separate elements in a photograph. Not being one to accept the normal vantage points, I clambered over a railing to put myself in position for what turned out to be my selection. I knew I wanted to separate the gazebo and pilings from the shore beyond. About the same time, Arnie was at a clump of grasses we always love to photograph and managed to isolate one of the clumps for his favorite image of the workshop.

workshop favorites © 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  BCPA Workshop Favorites

workshop favorites © 2015 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  BCPA Workshop Favorites

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Inspiration vs Imitation

6 Dec

Or, Are You a Photographer or a Copy Cat

Over the years, even decades, Arnie and I have given many seminars on creativity or what we call in our workshops, “seeking your own vision.”

So, when one of our alumnae e-mailed me and asked if I would treat this subject in a blog, it tied right into our philosophy.

Many of you out there have taught, instructed, mentored, etc. Think back to school days. If a teacher found a paper that was a rip-off of someone else’s work, say John Steinbeck’s, he/she would have lectured the class on plagarism. In photography and other art forms, it is called copyright infringement.

That may sound harsh, but copying someone else’s work should never be considered either creative or ethical.

There is much work out there, however, that can serve as great inspiration. What about Ernst Haas’ famous photograph of the matador with his swirling red cape? His use of a slow shutter speed to indicate motion was a pretty new concept in photography when he first did it.

Are Arnie and I going to go out and try to replicate that shot? Absolutely not, but we can gain inspiration from his technique as I did last night photographing a young skater practicing her spins on a hotel rink in Las Vegas.

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There are many iconic scenes in this world, but so many people have seen the same-old, same-old shot and want to do “theirs.” As Arnie and I say, “Buy the postcard.”

Instead, seek inspiration from how you feel about the scene, seek your own vision, and make an image that is uniquely yours. Tell your own story.

There is a castle just down the road from the bridge over to the Isle of Skye. Purportedly, it is the iconic castle for Scotland. Most people photograph as they approach from the inland side, and the images basically all look the same. Instead, Arnie wanted something different, showing the isolation of the castle and why it was such a strong, foreboding fortress. With slippery seaweed in the foreground, often under water, enemies would not be able to mount a strong attack on the castle.

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