Three, Four, Shut the Door...

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

    The learning continues for me with a photography workshop/tour hosted by Dave Wyman, photography tourguide, and instructor Ken Rockwell, internet photography blogger/reviewer celebrity.  Fifteen of us total photographed everything we could from sun up to sun down over a three day period around Point Reyes and Tomales Bay.
    Upon first meeting everyone, I was a bit reluctant to share my photography experience.  I had only acquired my camera a month prior and was not solid on all the technical aspects of photography to say the least.  Everyone else had expensive camera setups, multiple lenses, could talk the talk and were dressed the part.  They were not particularly impressed when I had revealed to them that I was rocking a Canon G11, only $500 compared their multiple thousand dollar setups.  My reluctance was overcome after the first presentation by our instructor.
    The focus of the tour was NOT to be technical aspects of photography.  While they were prepared to answer and help with any mechanical aspect of your devices, the focus of the tour would be artistic and compositional practices.  In fact, the instructor put particular emphasis strictly on aesthetics, showing us great prints he managed to take using "outdated" technology and cheap 3$ throwaway cameras.  What a relief.  I was not in competition with the other photographers, per say, but knew I would have an edge considering my artistic background.
    By the end of the workshop, the other photographers were asking all about my camera and how I was able to take the photographs I took, which was a nice ego boost considering I thought of myself at a disadvantage in the beginning.
    Overall, I did go away with some useful tips and further technical understanding of my camera.  I have more to learn but feel as thought I have a good foundation.  One of the photographers was even a flashlight hobbyist, and gave me some good information on expanding that part of my camping/backpacking gear list.
    Lastly, the one person that inspired me the most at this workshop was a man named Jack Newkirk.  He's writing a book, following the path his father took on a cross country road trip in 1939.  He's driving his father's original motorcycle and even wearing period clothing.  What an adventure.  He's only taking the original roads from 1939 using an old atlas.  What struck me the most were the stories of the people he had met along the way.  Not in big cities but small towns.  It got me thinking about my own travels, and the importance of connecting with people and history.  I have spent a lot of time in the wilderness, but think its about time I get off the beaten path soon.  Spend a little more time worrying about my journey instead of the next destination. 
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Savi on

Love the pictures. I can't wait to hear what kind of comments you received from the instructors.

Ady on

We missed you at the wedding!!!
You would have enjoyed it so much!!!

We demand you travel to Israel as well...
Waiting for you right here.

Ilan, Ady, Dana (the bride's maid)

Moti on

Your work is ART in the true sense of the word.

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