After what has seemed like an eternal winter, the weather here in Colorado is finally warming up. Moreover, we seem to have shaken the 60 mph winds that made photography difficult last week. I finally got out to attempt a project that I’d been previsualizing for some time; lightpainting the Siamese Twins formation in Garden of the Gods.
I’ve photographed this formation before during the daytime; it’s a popular spot to catch the juxtaposition of the twin rock towers with the summit of Pikes Peak between them. But I’d never hiked to it at night.
Lightpainting is a technique whereby you artificially illuminate your subject with a flashlight or lantern. This technique enables you to control the exact placement of light in the scene and you can use it to selectively illuminate subjects of interest. I headed up to the Siamese twins with my gear in a Think Tank “Streetwalker Pro” bag. I had my D3s, 16-35/4, 24-70/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8 VR II. I also had my Gitzo tripod and a couple of strong flashlights. I reached the formation about 20 minutes after sundown and I set up.
I’ve been busy in my virtual classroom; the first two of my spring workshops are now complete. We had a great turnout, and the attendees all learned a lot about Capture NX2 and Photo Mechanic. There are still more workshops left on my schedule, so if you missed out, you can still get in on one of the upcoming dates. In even better news, participants who have headset mics for their computers can now bypass the telephone altogether and join the teleconference from their computers. This is sure to be great for international participants!
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It’s also software update time. Today, Adobe formally announced Creative Suite 5, which includes updates to Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and InDesign. I’m mostly looking forward to native 64-bit support for these applications in Mac OS; something that has been lacking for some time.
I’m pleased to offer a slate of spring online training courses for Capture NX2. In addition to my advanced Capture NX2 Editing course, I’m now also offering a new course called “The NEF-Centric Workflow.”
I’m back from four days in Rocky Mountain National Park teaching the “Image Doctors” photo safari. We lucked into some (mostly) fantastic weather, and everyone came away happy. More importantly, everyone left the workshop with loads of fantastic images. If you weren’t on the workshop, here’s what you missed:
Here’s a quick update of what I’m up to this week. In case you missed it, I’m leading a workshop with Rick Walker to Rocky Mountain National Park starting tomorrow. I’m getting ready for fur days of getting up too early, going to bed too late, but hopefully capturing the aspens at their fall peak and the elk in the rut.
You can now follow me on Twitter: jason_odell. I’ll be posting updates from the workshop if at all possible.
If you can’t travel for a workshop, consider signing up for one of my online training webinars. These classes are live, interactive sessions where you can talk to me directly as I walk you through Capture NX2 or Nik Silver Efex Pro. Class size is deliberately kept small so that you have ample opportunity for questions. All you need is a telephone and a broadband internet connection. It’s that simple.