Oct 31 2011

November 2011 wallpaper

You may have guessed that this would be the November wallpaper if you saw it when I posted it on Flickr, and you would have been right. After I shot and processed it, it was obvious to me that it would make a fine desktop/phone/tablet wallpaper. So… here it is.

November 2011 wallpaper

I shot this at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, about 10 minutes from my office, on my lunch break. It’s the same location I shot for the June 2011 wallpaper, but of course with the blaze of autumn color instead of the cool greens of late spring/early summer. I did bump the color saturation up slightly in post-processing but that’s about it. I hope you like it.

November 2011 wallpaper — Desktop (1920 x 1200) November 2011 wallpaper — iPad (1024 x 1024) November 2011 wallpaper — iPhone (640 x 960)

Oct 4 2011

October 2011 wallpaper

I’m a little late with this one, as my mother once again reminds me, but because I am, you get an image from this past weekend that I photographed while I was at the Close to Home workshop in Port Townsend, Washington.

October 2011 wallpaper

This one is actually from the World Wide PhotoWalk on Sunday, which Ray led and which featured the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Before the race began, however, I was walking around the docks with Brian Matiash, Nicole Young and Jacob Lucas, just seeing what I could see. There was fog rising from the islands across Puget Sound and I was trying to find a landscape shot in there. A gull was floating in the water and I kept thinking that it would soon leave so I could get a clean shot. It did take off, but I suddenly decided to include it in the frame, giving the photograph a little twist to the standard landscape shot.

I hope you enjoy it.

October wallpaper — Desktop (1920 x 1200) October wallpaper — iPad (1024 x 1024) October wallpaper — iPhone (640 x 960) 

Oct 3 2011

Close to Home, Port Townsend

Close to Home group picture

I’ve been struggling a bit over what to say about the Close to Home workshop in Port Townsend this past weekend. As both a learner and a teacher, I’ve always felt that workshops like these are about the students and not the instructor(s), but I’ve had several people ask me how I felt the workshop went, so I thought I’d give you my take on it.

Admittedly, I was nervous. About a lot of things, really. It was, after all, the first Close to Home workshop and the first workshop I’d ever led. As with the book, I was about 80% excited and 20% terrified. Most of all, though, I was worried that it would be flat—an adequate workshop, but without the kind of dynamic interaction that I’ve experienced at the Italy Within the Frame workshop and at the Artists’ Round Table.

To counter this, I wrote little notes to myself, planting some of them in my initial presentation and afterward sending myself electronic reminders—all to say, “Keep focused on the students. It’s their workshop, not yours.” And I think it worked.

Now before you think I’m patting myself on the back, the real credit for making it work belongs to the students themselves. Sure, Ray and I spent a lot of time planning and pulling off this workshop and I don’t discount that, but it would have never happened at all without Dorothy, Franz, Duncan, Don, Mike, Daniel, Cami, Ellie, Sabrina, and Eligis. The greatest reward a teacher can have is to see his students focused on and excited about their work and these folks gave me that in spades—along with some pretty amazing work.

(There’s a Flickr group where I hope they will eventually share their work with you. It’s at http://www.flickr.com/groups/cthpt if you’d like to take a peek.)

I’d also like to again thank our terrific sponsors: Craft and Vision, ThinkTANK Photo, OnOneSoftware, Luma Labs, and Laura Shoe for their generous support of this initial effort. I hope to work with all of you again in the future.

Also, of course, my sincere gratitude to Ray Ketcham for co-hosting the workshop with me. As our students found out, Ray is a terrific teacher and a special guy to know (and that a clipboard and a hard hat from Walmart might get you access to a few places).

Finally, though she won’t want me to single her out, I’m also especially grateful to Sabrina Henry for doing a lot of the legwork in organizing this workshop and trying her best to keep Ray and I on track, which as anyone who knows us will tell you is a nearly impossible task.

There are things I can do better… and I will. There will be more of these in other places and with a different people. But this one will always hold a special place for me as the one where ten people took a chance on learning something from me. I’m grateful for that.

So keep an eye out here and the rest of the Internets for future versions of the workshop. I hope you’ll consider coming to one sometime when I’m close to your home.