Sunday, November 27, 2016

Heads or Tails

We just got back from a photo workshop that we led in Chincoteague. Great people and lots of fun and lots of learning!

We saw the wild horses (ponies) at Chincoteague and also at Assateague. Here are two horses, a mother and foal, which I titled "heads or tails" lol.

We were treated to a "surprise" newborn foal, umbilical cord still visible. The mother, Giggles, tested negative in the spring when they did the pregnancy tests on the horses; she surprised everyone by giving birth last week, very late in relation to the usual Spring and early Summer births.

The father, JOY, lol, was happy defending his harem.

Newborns have a 30 foot do not approach zone, longer than the "usual" zone which is no closer than ten feet away from a wild horse at Assateague (the horses are fences in at Chincoteague, although they do sometimes escape and you can see horse poop on the wildlife loop, etc).

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

1. Topaz Plugins 50% off  the complete bundle until 11/30
  • We just love, love, love their products. Both Tom and I use Clarity or Adjust on the majority of my images.
What's Included? All 17 Topaz Labs Products!
B&W Effects
Lens Effects
Star Effects
Texture Effects
and all Free Resources!

2. Vanguard Tripod -- this is a great tripod for Marco, product, flowers, critters and Urban Exploration!  promo URL to $60 off Vanguard 263AB100 tripod.

3. Hunts Photo Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials. 

They expire end of the day Monday.

If you see anything you like, please call me, Alan Samiljan, and I'll make sure your order is taken care of. My voicemail is 781-462-2383, leave me a message and I'll return your call promptly. My hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, 8:30-5:30pm eastern. As always, UPS Ground shipping is FREE in the Lower 48 and there is no sales tax except for orders shipped to MA, RI and ME.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Alan Samiljan

4. Sale on 2 Lil Owl Textures

Just a quick note to let you know that the 2 Lil Owls textures are on sale Click here to visit 2 Lil Owls Studio

Until Nov 28th - you can take 50% off your entire purchase using the coupon code: Blackfriday50

50% off the whole site once a year - so if you have had your eye on some goodies - then this is the time to grab them. *Excludes Texture Club memberships.

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes -- Click here to visit 2 Lil Owls Studio

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tom and I are holding five workshops at the Nature Vision Photo Conference

Tom and I will be in Manassas,Virginia this upcoming weekend for the annual Nature Vision Photo Conference.  We have two workshops on Saturday on flower photography and three worekshops on Sunday (two are sold out) with our frogs. Sign up here

There is so much to see and do, so even if you are not taking one of our five workshops please say hello anyway.

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 2 Sessions available - see Schedule
Occoquan Hall - Frog/Flower Workshop Room
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, AdvancedLisa and Tom will work with participants, exploring background choice, obtaining optimal exposure, adding impact, composition, creating high key images using a lightbox, and capturing flowers in water drops using RainX.

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3 Sessions available - see Schedule, 2 are sold out
Occoquan Hall - Frog/Flower Workshop Room
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lisa and Tom will work with participants for the duration of the macro workshop photographing frogs and flowers, exploring exposure, depth of field, tripod use, lens choice, lighting, and other tips.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lisa's "Frog on Calla Lily" photograph was awarded the Kodak Gallery Award!

How exciting!
I just got an email that my "Frog on Calla Lily" photograph was awarded the Kodak Gallery Award!
It will be eligible for the Kodak Elite award at the annual PPA Imaging convention in January

Presenting the Annual KODAK Gallery

The KODAK Gallery Awards were introduced in 1985 as a way to honor
and promote the importance and value of excellence in professional photography.

KODAK Professional products and services have always represented imaging excellence for professional photographers. We will continue to work to elevate the importance of professional quality imaging within the industry. It’s a connection we’re pleased to make. Therefore, we are delighted once again to salute and support outstanding professional photography and photographers by presenting our annual Gallery. 

The Gallery Awards are judged on a state or regional basis, with winners going on to compete at the national level for the Gallery Elite Award. Gallery Awards will be presented, throughout the year, at the annual Professional Photographers of America (PPA) district and state conventions — in addition to those events’ customary awards. The annual Gallery Elite Award will be judged prior to the national PPA conference and trade show and those winners will receive a KODAK Gallery Elite Award representing the “best of the best.”

A district and/or state organization may award one (1) trophy. Each entry must have achieved the minimum 80-point criteria to be considered for a KODAK Gallery Award. The primary purpose of the awards is to recognize and further the use of professionally-printed photography, especially if it utilizes KODAK PROFESSIONAL Media. Therefore, Gallery and Gallery Elite trophies are intended to be awarded for prints and printed albums. Digital-only images and video albums (e.g., CD, DVD), are not within the scope of these awards.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

fun with patterns and textures

At the recent third annual Mike Moats Macro Tom went down to get the luggage cart and was inspired by the patterns and textures of the matching rug and luggage cart.

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” — Annie Leibovitz

Sooo...when you are waiting at the elevator what do 'you' do? Well, early Sunday morning at the Mike Moats conference I was waiting at the elevator with the luggage cart.  I noticed the flat bed of the cart happened to be carpeted with the same carpet design as the floor.  

Cool...and started to maneuver the cart so it would line up with the carpet.   Took me a few minutes...when an employee saw me and assumed I was struggling with it and offered advice, but I told I was ok and just composing a picture. She roared with laughter!  I'm sure she thought me a fool, but I bet I made her day.  
I didn't have a 'real' camera so I used my cell phone.  
Enjoy!  Tom