I have just returned from an amazing 5 days in Yosemite. I took a Fine Art Digital Printing workshop with Charles Cramer, the most amazing teacher I have run across in my years of taking photos. Charlie trained with Ansel Adams, and he has taken everything he learned from the wet darkroom into the digital age. He taught us photoshop techniques to bring out the most subtle nuances of our photos. We had the chance to make large prints of some of our best work. With Charlie, we made 8 1/2 x 11 proofs which we examined under the best light to check for small details that could be made even better before using precious ink to make the final enlargements. Charlie has taught me to see in a new way.
We did go out on a few photo shoots before our digital darkroom work in the Ansel Adams Gallery. One morning we went out to shoot Bridal Viel Falls. What I noticed was the glorious mist that was swirling around the mountaintops above the falls, so I zoomed my 200mm out to its max and took a couple of shots before the mist cleared.
This image is the result. Charlie helped me bring out every nuance of this moody image in photoshop. Check out his website and the workshops that he gives. Trust me, he is a master! You would be lucky, indeed to be accepted into one of his workshops, which he limites to only 8 students. I had been on a wait list and was fortunate to get a last minute call. Of course I said yes!
By the way, the night I arrived in Yosemite - May 10 - it was snowing and 28 degrees. When I drove home yesterday it was 78 and just glorious. Our changeable California spring weather! ...
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