Ever get up at the crack of dawn and haul out of the hotel/condo/AirBnb with a cup of coffee and camera and haul down to a beautiful beach or center of a quaint Eastern European city ready to take the perfect sunrise photography, only to be overcome with the feeling that it’s already been done? Here, travel photographer Jeff Zaruba offers five tips for turning the ordinary into extraordinary.
The Image Flow headed down to Big Sur for an all-inclusive weekend photography workshop shooting nude models and the rugged California coast, not to mention a tour of Ansel Adams’ private darkroom and a behind-the-scenes look at the Edward Weston estate. Stuart Schwartz offers a few words:
This is the first time we’ve held Big Sur Landscapes & Nudes, and you never know how a new workshop is going to go, so there’s always a bit of apprehension. But as soon as we got to the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, on Thursday, for a presentation of work by instructors Michelle Magdalena and Ken Parker and a motivational talk with Artistic Director Brian Taylor, it was pretty obvious it would a special weekend.
Emerging nature and landscape photographer Mary D’Agostino is as homegrown as much of her work. A busy executive by day, Mary used to spend her vacations painting wildlife, but in recent years, she has developed a passion for photography. She put herself through a “school of photography” taking workshops and classes at The Image Flow and started working one-on-one with Stuart. “I was doing projects and shooting a lot, and I would routinely bring my work in for critique from Stuart.”
Mary has also sought critiques from experts in the field of nature photography, which have been met with increasing success. “I’m fearless when it comes to finding people in the field of photography to evaluate my photographs,” she says.
Jock McDonald went to Cuba for the first time in 1990 with Bernardo Gonzalez, the son of Mexican Minister of Culture Juan Francisco Gonzalez. The elder Gonzalez had had become somewhat of a mentor to Jock on Latin American culture after giving him his first retrospective show in Mexico. “Juan Francisco said to me, ‘You’ll never understand Latin America if you don’t understand Cuba,’” Jock recalls.
“But he said, ‘I’m not going, I’m married. I’m going to have my son take you.’ I will never forget the look in his son’s eyes, the look that said, ‘I’m not taking a gringo to Cuba!’” Jock laughs.
Since 1990, photographer he has made some 50 trips to Cuba. What keeps him coming back, are the friendships he has found.
Here are just a few of the things that are keeping us busy.
The Jones Family by Liz Hingley, on behalf of Save The Children
The Image Flow hosted the live judging of PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activists Awards on Saturday. It was a full and fascinating day! Close to 50 photo essays were critiqued and culled down to finalists by a panel of 5 impressive judges: Margaret Aquirre, Phil Borges, Alexa Dilworth, John Isaac & Denise Wolff. A winner and 2 finalists were awarded in each of these three categories: Amateur, Student and Professional. Liz Hingley’s image (above) was part of a series that won The Activists Award in the Professional Category.
We are getting ready for our 3rd Annual Group Exhibition. The images are being framed and Stuart and Matt are working on curating the show. We are so excited about the images we are showing this year, and are proud of our students’ work!
The exhibit includes about 25 photographers, ranging from amateurs to professionals. The styles range from documentary to landscape, and include color and black and white prints.
I asked a few of the photographer’s about their photos. Here are some of their stories.