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Feb 23 Laguna Beach Workshop Results

Due to a last minute unforeseen change of plans, my recent Winter at Quail Hill Workshop on February 23rd had to become a Winter at Laguna Beach Workshop. But it worked out great anyway because the rocks and low tide down at the beach turned out to be a blast to shoot. Here's my shot from the evening:

As always, thank you to all my students for attending! I hope to see you again!

Get more information on all of my workshops including Spring Wildflower Workshops at!

Back at Shutterstories May 2nd!

I'm happy to announce that I will again be holding a 1-day seminar entitled "Manual Exposure and Filtration for Nature Photography" at Shutterstories in Riverside, CA!

What is it?
Learn how to manually expose and get the pictures you envisioned in the "Manual Exposure and Filtration for Nature Photography" seminar led by Outdoor Photographer published writer and photographer Nick Carver. This seminar is sure to demystify the seemingly complex craft of manual exposure and how to get the correct exposure from the start. Nick Carver will teach you his easy-to-understand and fun-to-use technique for manual exposure so you'll never have to guess at exposure again! You'll also learn how to use the must-have filters of all the great landscape photographers along with pro field techniques that will take your images from amateur to pro in record time!

Who's it for?
Photographers of all skill levels

When is it?
Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

How much is it?
Only $39!

How can I reserve my seat?
Call Melissa Tippie of Shutterstories at 951.318.1574 or 951.683.3444 or visit the Shutterstories website

Don't delay! Reserve your spot now!

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

I recently discovered the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve near Murrieta, CA and, I have to say, I am extremely excited for all the future photo opps I have to look forward to. The terrain is classic California with rolling hills, meadows and oak trees dotted throughout. I personally love this type of landscape both for hiking and taking pictures. And I can already tell this place will be exploding with wildflowers in the Spring - I can't wait to get out there on a beautiful Spring day with billowing cumulous clouds drifting overhead.

This first picture was taken in January before any major rains hit the area so the terrain was quite dry. Nevertheless, the hike out there was fantastic and the oak trees, lighting and clouds refused to let me leave without taking a picture or two.

The following week, Southern California experienced some of the most severe storms since El Niño way back in the 90's. The rainfall was like nothing I've personally ever seen before. It was coming down hard, fast and relentlessly. It caused havoc at my home by choosing to seep under the walls and soak my carpet, but it made for some interesting scenery (and anyone who knows me knows I love inclement weather, so I was happy). The following two pictures were taken during a very small break in the rain. In fact, I was out there with an umbrella over my camera for some of the shots.

This first shot is a natural pool that formed in this meadow. The clouds reflecting off it were begging for a vertical composition.

There was also a creek flowing in between the hills that was quite interesting to me. It was like no creek I'd seen before - obviously a very rare one - because it wasn't in a typical creek bed with rocks and sediment. It was just water flowing through the valleys between these hills, right on top of the grass and finding the path of least resistance. I wouldn't consider it a beautiful creek and I wouldn't even consider the following picture a beautiful picture, but it was just too interesting to not photograph and share.

My time out there in the rain among these beautiful hills and meadows all by myself was beyond words. But as if all the amazing scenery and peaceful solitude wasn't enough, I was lucky enough to spot two coyotes traversing the hills on the other side of the creek. Seeing them in their natural habitat was truly breathtaking.

The craft of photography is always fun, but it's experiences like these why I really go out there and take pictures.