Two Dimensional Abstracts

Two Dimensional Abstracts

That third dimension can be over-rated.  Sometimes leaving the dimension of depth completely out of an image create a very interesting abstraction.

People give me a lot of odd looks while I’m staring at walls. It’s usually on a street in Italy and I have my camera aimed at the nondescript side of the building. People pause, hoping to see a fascinating spider or something, then move on disappointed.

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Out Of Darkness – How To Find Dramatic Light

Out of Darkness – How to Find Dramatic Light

How to find dramatic light any day of the week “Look out of darkness, into the light”.  I know, it sounds like a metaphor about depression, but it’s not.  This is a simple formula for finding deeply dimensional photographs with dramatic light even on flat-light days. Climb into a dark hole and look back out. Wherever you are, simply climb back into the darkest, narrowest spot you can find. As you look back toward the light, you'll see a large area of foreground that is many stops darker than the fully lighted areas at the end of the “canyon” you’ve chosen. This creates a dramatic effect. This effect worked nicely for me recently in Venice, pictured here. In fact it works…

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The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Both the pigeon and I had to wait quite a while for an unsuspecting pedestrian.  We each had different motives, but I think we bonded a little during that 5 minutes or so. I’ve learned that in Italy, if you compose an interesting image and wait long enough, some great character is bound to walk into your scene and finish the story for you. And sometimes, like in this image, the pigeons help out too.  They’re dependable that way, Italians. And pigeons. To wait it out, it’s helpful to have three things. Patience Nobody harassing you to keep up with them A sturdy tripod.   Otherwise your arms may cave in prematurely.  The tripod also allows you to look cool and collected and to enjoy…

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Cinque Terre And Portofino Coast Photo Workshop

Cinque Terre and Portofino Coast Photo Workshop

The coastal town of Camogli is the base for our Cinque Terre and Portofino Coast Photo Workshop because it’s the perfect blend of charming fishing village and great beach town. And best of all, it's relatively undiscovered, so we get very local feeling here.  Italian photographer Luigi Barbano introduced me to Camogli, on the Ligurian Sea, and I'll always be grateful. We stay in one of my favorite hotels, Cenobio dei Dogi, with it's own private beach and rooms looking out onto the Mediterranean, where we have a little piece of paradise. From our pool at the hotel, we look out onto the most beautiful view of the town, and we're just steps from good restaurants and gelato. From Camogli, we can…

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Dolomites Photography Workshop Announced

Dolomites Photography Workshop Announced

We've announced a newly revised Dolomites Photography Workshop for July 6, 2016.  Meet us in Venice, Italy and we'll head north together into the Alps.  We stay in adorable and traditional "rifugios" in the Italian Alps during our 8 days together.  It's a great way to simply step outside and knock down some gorgeous landscape images. This year we'll alternate between these high altitude lodges and some cozy hotels down in the valleys.  Some moderate hiking gets us up and away from the tourists, though we'll also take advantage of gondolas to gain elevation.  Great meals are provided throughout the trip, prepared by our Italian hosts at the rifugios. Joel Addams will be your instructor for this photography workshop.  Joel, who was recently featured on…

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Amalfi Coast Photo Tour & Workshop Announced For 2016

Amalfi Coast Photo Tour & Workshop Announced for 2016

It's official, we're going back to the Amalfi Coast for a Photo Tour and workshop in September 2016!  I got so many requests for Amalfi Coast,  it's back on the schedule and we're already about half full without even announcing it. Here's the scoop: September 18-24, 2016 (7 days, 6 nights) Meet up and end in Naples, Italy $3750/person includes a full week of instruction by Drake Busath, daily review and critique, , all ground transportation from Naples, 6 nights accommodations, breakfasts and 3 dinners, and all entry fees, tips and boats required for the workshop.   We'll stay 5 nights in Ravello, Italy which is the crown jewel of the Amalfi Coast, where the rulers lived with a commanding view of the coastline.…

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Warning! Not A Typical Photo Tour

Warning! Not a Typical Photo Tour

We cringe to see well meaning photo tour companies trying to cover too much ground, too fast. Blasting through towns jammed with tourist and trinket shops is not our idea of a good time. Nor are three-hour bus rides and checking into a new hotel every other day. Over 17 years, Drake Busath has honed trips that let you deeply experience a single region.  This usually means visiting towns a little too remote for the bus photo tours, villages where a foreigner with a camera is still a novelty to the residents.  You'll be granted that extra time to wait out the blue-hour, and no-one will be harassing you to "get back on the bus". Less packing and unpacking, more time in sidewalk cafes. Follow gravel pathways…

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Street Portraits

Street Portraits

  Old people in Italian villages, especially men, spend lots of time on the street.  I really enjoy engaging them and making street portraits where they stand.  Spy pictures with a telephoto lens are fine, but I prefer face to face confrontational portraits.  I like the energy that’s exchanged between the viewer and the subject when they are aware of one another. The question I hear a lot is “how do you get people to pose for you”.  A few tricks come to mind.  First, I try to strike up a conversation first about something else besides pictures.  Having the camera slung behind me instead of in my hands helps.  Obviously, speaking the language helps too.  But even if you…

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A Perfect 100

I wanted to show you this great image of Vernazza by moonlight by Wayne Belling, DO.  He and his wife Shari have been with us on two workshops.  This image of Vernazza, in the Cinque Terre, was submitted to a jury of Professional Photographers of America and was awarded a perfect score of 100... a super rare event.  Way to go Wayne! We’re not snobs though... we like all kinds of photographers, even beginners.  It's great to rub shoulders with experts like Wayne at the workshop, because there's always something to learn from other members of the group. Here’s another image of Wayne’s along the coast of the Cinque Terre, where we’ll be holding a workshop this September. (View Workshop Details)…

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Anniversary In Italy

Anniversary In Italy

Wayne Bingham and his wife Colleen Smith, both avid photographers and world travelers, celebrated their anniversary while attending Italy Workshops in Tuscany last year. We marked the occasion with an anniversary portrait in the streets of Pienza with a borrowed bicycle. What you can’t see here is the group of newly acquired workshop-friends gathered around developing environmental portrait skills under Drake’s direction.

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