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Here you will be able to see new addition to my Website, my thoughts on photography, and to see times and locations of my workshops.

Up Coming Workshops

October 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Good Afternoon all,

 

I just wanted to let you know about my upcoming workshop to Cuba.

 

I’ve teamed up with Christopher P. Baker, and The Camera West stores, which include the Walnut Creek location, Rancho Mirage, and the Leica Store San Francisco to visit Cuba in January for a person to person workshop.

 

Here is the link for all the information.  We are limiting this workshop to only ten participants, so we can maneuver easier, and have more personal contact.  I hope you can join us.

 

http://www.madeinwetzlar.com/cuba-workshop-january-15-21-2018

 

I will follow up in two weeks regarding a Yosemite Workshop in February, along with others for 2018.  I’m off to the Oregon Coast to scout for a 2019 workshop.   


The Art of Seeing - The World is a Stage

May 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Continuing from last week's post...

After I've selected an area or subject to photograph, I then start thinking as a director.  Where will the subject be on the stage.  Do I place it up front, do I place it stage right or left, or, even in the background.  The element that's going to be my subject, must have command of the stage.

Then, I decide who, or what's the supporting cast.  How do they relate to the main character.  What kind of emotion will it evoke.  What role will it play?

How will I light the scene?  If it's a landscape image, the lighting is what probably caught my eye.  Landscape, I'm usually looking for low directional light from the side.  This brings out all the detail, textures, and richness in the photo for me.  And again, creates the emotion in the image. 

Finally, boarder patrol. I'm very meticulous of the edges of my frame.  Looking for things that do not belong in my photo.  I'm responsible for what's inside those frame lines.

I'm off to France for a few weeks, I'll post more when I return.

To be continued...


The Art of Seeing

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Often, people will ask me; "why did you take that photograph". Usually something caught my eye, or how the different elements came together. Also, a subject will just present itself. Almost, a Zen moment.

 

If I'm not on an assignment, I try to go out with an empty canvas in my mind. That way, my mind is not cluttered with ideas that might cloud my creative process.

 

After I identify my subject, I then start the process of elimination. Photography is a subtractive art, where, I feel painting is an additive art.  The painter has a an empty canvas that he, she must fill. As photographers, we have to eliminate elements that won't enhance the the finished image. I like to say, if you can't tell what your subject is, get closer.

 

More to follow,

 

Tom


New Business

May 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

After 26yrs Leica and I have decided to go our separate ways.  I will now be leading my own workshops again.

These workshops will be a hybrid of a photo workshop and travel experience. The groups will be small in size, 8-10 participants so I can give individual attention to all in the group.  The main goal of the trips will be photography.  However, we will get to know the people, culture, and the food of the areas we travel to.  The mission statement will be: Great Locations, Great Accommodations, Fine Food, and Fun.

Please come back here for more information regarding the trips as they become available. Private message me with your name and e mail if you want to be on our mailing list.  You'll be the first to know about the adventures.

Being planned at this time are trips to the ghost town o Bodie CA, Cuba, Hong Gong, and Tuscany.  I'll publish information as soon as the details are available.

I hope to see you join us.

Tom


Upcoming Leica Akademie Class

June 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
I will be teaching the June 22 Leica Akademie Available Light class in San Francisco.  We will have the M Mono camera there for you to try out.  This class is full.


Our next class will be July 14th.  It will be Black and White photography and Leica cameras.  We will also have the M Mono there.  There are still a few spaces available for this class.  Please follow this Link for more information.