Nashville “His Light” Workshop HDR Images

August 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We live in a beautiful city that has so many places to go and things to photograph.  Daytime, nighttime, it really doesn’t matter, just grab your camera, a great tripod and head on out.

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks, I am just now getting around to processing these files from the workshop 3 weeks ago.  I hate not having great images. but knowing there are some just waiting for you to get to is even more frustrating!

 

Sunrise at the Marathon Building

It all fits together

I remember Dino the Dinosaur “soap on a rope” – do you?

When you sign up for a His Light Workshop, you better come rested.  They start early and run hard all day long, typically not finishing up till after 9:00 pm or even later.  It is a great investment in yourself as a photographer and individual, the benefits far outweigh all other factors.

Aaron staking out a spot in the front for a shot at the beautiful pipe organ

HDR allows you to hold the otherwise blown out highlights in the stained glass and the beautiful surrounding woodwork

On Saturdays from 9:30-12:00 you can take tours of Christ Church Cathedral with or without a guide.  They are very friendly and gracious hosts, even allowing our entire group to come in with tripods and gear.  This is my attempt at this view, I saw many, many more that blew this away!

I was as involved as I could be in the workshop but I still worked at the store.  Other than a lighting segment they asked me to teach, and a late start one morning all of my involvement was early or late, making for some really long days.  It was so worthwhile, spending time with some great shooters and even better friends!  I’ve said it before, Bill Fortney and his staff are very possibly the best workshop staff I’ve ever been exposed to!  In my 40 years of photography, I have attended many, many classes, schools and seminars.  I believe these are some of the best priced seminars I’ve ever seen, try it one time and you’ll see why so many of the students attend multiple times.  Some are even groupies, hitting every one they can, making it more like a family than a class.

Here is a portrait of a really incredible guy that I am blessed to now call my friend, Ricky Skaggs.  Bill asked me if I would take a few hours to show them something about studio lighting.  If you know me at all, you know that studio lighting is a passion of mine and I love teaching others how to take their work to the next level.  They asked that we do something dramatic and simple, so I used a large Elinchrom Beauty Dish and one gridded kick light.  Here is the resulting portrait:

An incredible friend, musician, photographer and brother, Ricky Skaggs

If you can come away with one or two great shots during a week of intentional shooting, I thinks that’s very good.  Here is my favorite shot of the week, it is our incredible city skyline at night.  The General Jackson is streaking by during the long exposure, painting its beautiful lights into the image.  Yep, it was a great couple of days and I am looking forward to the next time I can hang with these guys!

Music City Skyline with the General Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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