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Today I finished the 2nd of a 3-day photography class on Digital Artistry.   I'm learning SO much.  My brain is overflowing.    It's amazing what you can do with Photoshop.  I already knew this of course, but the photographer who teaches this class, Dan Burkholder, really takes it to the next level.   

This is the class I'm taking:


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And about Dan:

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a lot more detail under here as well as some of my HDR photos from today's class.... )


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Way too much detail I know.  But this is for my reference later as well.

Tomorrow we will delve deeper into Photoshop techniques - so excited.

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Hey, I could sure use some help here.  

I posted here about how I have to whittle almost 500 photos down to 20-25 before Tuesday.   Well I've gotten down to 37.   I'm walking away from these for a bit because I can't see straight at the moment.   

You could help me break my own ties but letting me know which of these you like the best.  Even 3-5 (or less or more) would help me.

I've numbered each photo below the photo.  You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Edit :: You can also view these on Flickr here.  I think there's a way to favorite them - which would also work.



photos under the cut... )


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Yikes...

Jan. 22nd, 2012 09:20 am
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Yesterday I went on the photo shoot for this class on Sacred Spaces.  We visited two churches.  The Parish of St. Mark and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

And boy did my back ache after four hours of carrying around my Canon 7D, four lenses (50mm, 40-105mm F/4.0L, 24 f/1.4L (rental), and 16-35 f/2.8L (rental, and now btw is on the top of my wish list.  It was already on the list, but kept changing places as to first place.)  I also carried my VERY heavy 1988 Manfrotto tripod.  Luckily I have a carrying case for that with a strap that goes across my shoulders.  But man is it heavy.  Plus my camera case. Plus my raincoat.   Ouch.

It was a great experience, but here's my challenge now...  

Guys, I took 492 photos yesterday. SO failing at new year resolution to focus on quality and not quantity. Although, to be honest. Without that resolution it would have likely been twice that many photos (not joking.) So I guess that's progress. And here's the thing. I like a LOT of them. Usually when I do my first walkthrough from a shoot I can easily reject a good portion of them. During last night's walkthrough I barely rejected anything. So I'm sitting here with an interesting problem. I have to edit down to 20-25 photos to share with the group this coming Tuesday. And I'm overwhelmed by the volume of good photos. So now rather than editing out the bad ones to whittle down. I need to pull out the really great ones. Good problem to have I guess. 

If any of you watch Project Runway (LOVE that show), just think of Tim Gunn telling one of the contestants over and over and over again that he/she (why does it always seem to be more "he" that need to edit themselves? *ponders*) needs to edit themselves. And the guy/gal NEVER seems to be able to do it. Their enthusiasm for their craft just makes them throw more and more bangles, sparkles, ruffles, trims, something on to their creation. 

In a way, that's me. I have so much trouble rejecting photos that are good, just because they are not GREAT. Part of that is that sometimes I can't SEE the difference. My objectivity is somehow shot. Sometimes I have to walk away from looking at the batch of photos for days, weeks, even months before I can see the difference. But I only have 2 days. And really it's only today since I have work tomorrow, plus a family birthday celebration tomorrow night.

Ok, now I'm panicking. I didn't really think through that I really do only have today. So much for housework.
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Just found out that one of the two churches we will be photographing next weekend will be the Parish of St. Mark over on NW 21st.  Near my workplace.

AND it happens to be where I took this photo two three (my how time flies) years ago.

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 was walking along the street going to meet a friend for lunch.  This was a tiny alley-like walkway on the street.   I actually did a double-take and tuned back because I caught a glimpse of this.   I took a quick photo with my little point-and-shoot camera.  And found myself looking at this interesting looking church and wishing I could get inside it's grounds to take photos.

Guess I got my wish.  Just two three years later!

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I signed up for this photography class today.   

On Assignment: Sacred Spaces


      basically, it's a field trip to two local Portland churches (I don't yet know which).  

  from the description of the class -->

Religious iconography is rich with symbolism, drama, and history—making it a compelling and often powerful photographic subject. On this trip, you’ll have a chance to explore two beautiful Portland churches with photographer Laura Valenti Jelen as your guide.

You’ll learn how to embrace low-lighting situations to make images infused with mood and a sense of the sacred. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for photographing architectural spaces and details. The second class will be a group sharing and critique of work created during the trip.

Students should bring cameras and may shoot with film or digitally.

Laura Valenti Jelen is the Program Director of Newspace Center for Photography. She also teaches traditional black and white darkroom classes and leads Portlanders on photography field trips. Laura co-curates the gallery for Newspace, and juries widely for photography competitions and exhibitions. She also serves regularly as a portfolio reviewer at review events such as Photolucida and Review Santa Fe. Her own work is in the collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Outside of photography, Laura is also a half-marathon running mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Her degree is from Reed College.

www.valentiphotography.com



We spend four hours on an upcoming Saturday visiting the two churches.  Then regroup the following Tuesday evening to share our photos and do a critique.

Since I listed the architectural details of churches in my list of photography kinks, I figured this would be a good one.   And it's about halfway between now and when we leave for Hawaii - so it will give me something to look forward to before we go.  =D




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