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Photograph in the Land of Georgia O’Keeffe

I wish you could see what I see out the window – the earth pink and yellow cliffs to the north – the full pale moon about to go down in an early morning lavender sky behind a very long beautiful tree covered mesa to the west – pink and purple hills in front and the scrubby fine dull green cedars – and a feeling of much space – It is a very beautiful world – I wish you could see it.
— Georgia O’Keeffe

To many people Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico are synonymous. The colors, shapes and textures of the desert world stimulated O’Keeffe’s unique artistic vision. She in turn captured the elemental force of the region in which she chose to live. The resulting works became icons of twentieth-century art — dramatic and sensuous images that immortalized both the artist and the landscape.

This five-day workshop will draw on O’Keeffe’s distinctive techniques of composition as a means of understanding the complexity of the New Mexican landscape. While visiting many of the locales where Georgia O’Keeffe painted in New Mexico and those that inspired her, you will learn new ways to organize scenes and forms within the camera’s frame. You will explore this land with award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian, who will share his own insights about approaches to developing your photographic eye and honing your skills as a photographer.

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The stars make me dream

I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
~Vincent Van Gogh

This Bisti Star Trails photograph was made from 123 still images shot over a 45 minute period. The images are combined in Photoshop to create the star trails. It was a happy accident that, compositionally, the north star landed in the upper center of the image.

Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Sigma 17-35mm Lens
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
Processing: Adobe Photoshop
Lighting: Night
Photographer: Tye Hardison

Check out our upcoming Photographing the Bisti Badlands Workshop

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From Behind the Lens: My Work Consumes Me . . .

My work consumes me. There are few moments in my life when I am not thinking about pictures, processing and printing pictures, studying pictures made by others or working on a new project I want to pursue. To actually be consumed by my work, to be completely obsessed with it and incomplete without it, is the best way I know to describe my creative life. I can’t imagine it being any other way.

Author Terry Brooks said it best when he wrote, “I am incomplete without my work. I am so closely bound to it, so much identified by it, that without it I think I would crumble into dust and drift away.”

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
Filter: B+W XS-Pro HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
Processing: Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop
Lighting: Overcast Diffused Natural Light
Photographer: Craig Varjabedian

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In the Bag: Pancro Professional Lens Cleaner

Photography isn’t always a clean business. Unless you’re shooting in a studio or indoors, dust, mist, mud, rain, sea spray, etc. can easily get on your lens. And don’t forget how easily your fingers can smudge your lens too. So of course you gotta clean it right?!

When it comes to lens cleaning fluid, there are many options. I’ve tried lots of potions to get my lens clean and Pancro Professional Lens Cleaner is by far the best I have ever used. I discovered this product at a movie equipment rental house in Hollywood several years ago and purchased a bottle to try out. Well let me tell you it works! No streaks . . . no smudges and simply a clean lens. What more could you ask?

I have been purchasing Pancro at Filmtools in Hollywood though I just discovered that B&H is carrying it now.

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Breathe deep…

There is something about this little church in Budir Iceland that intrigues and beguiles. On the overcast day that I made this picture, I kept hearing in my mind a line from a poem at the end of “Nights in White Satin,” a song by the Moody Blues. Written by the band’s drummer Graeme Edge, it beckons: “Breathe deep the gathering gloom, Watch lights fade from every room . . .”

With care, I finished the image out in Photoshop to evoke that feeling.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
Processing: Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop
Lighting: Overcast Diffused Natural Light
Photographer: Craig Varjabedian

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