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Holland Spring Photo Tour Announced!

8-Day Photo Tour From Amsterdam, April 15-23, 2018
Photograph tulips and windmills in Holland with me April 15-23, 2018

I’m excited to announce that I’ve arranged a spring photo tour to Holland for April 15-23, 2018 for the incredible tulip festival. On this 8-day, small-group tour, we will explore the Dutch countryside, tulip fields, windmills, and more.

Read the announcement here

Our itinerary includes five nights in Amsterdam, plus three nights in the countryside exploring smaller towns and the coast. We will of course visit the world-famous Kerkenhof Gardens during the tulip bloom, and tour the windmill village of Kinderdijk. Our private tour includes a 16-passenger coach and local, English speaking guides to put us in the best spots for photography along the way.

After driving north into the countryside, we’ll stay in the “Venetian” town of Gierthoorn, which has canals but no roads. We also have a ferry to the island of Schiermonikoog, where we’ll have photograph  scenes and colorful lighthouses.

We’ll then return to Amsterdam for three nights. Our final two days will be filled with photo walks in Amsterdam as well as free time to explore the gardens, canals, and museums as you see fit.

This tour is limited to 8 photographers! To book, please call my travel partner, Pat Hand at +1 (404) 913-4386

See you in Amsterdam!

POTD: Sunshine on a cloudy day

Sunflowers near Denver, Colorado
Sunflowers near Denver, Colorado

Every year, massive fields of sunflowers bloom near Denver International Airport. These flowers don’t last long, so you have to make do with whatever conditions you get. I was hoping to photograph the sunflowers at sunset, but instead we got gloomy, overcast skies. Fortunately, I had my Nikon SB-900 speedlight, which allowed me to add a little pop to the flowers while preserving the moody look in the sky. I used a fisheye lens to create the interesting curvature in the horizon.

Tech Specs

Nikon D810 with 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye Nikkor; Nikon SB-900 fill flash

Photo of the Day: Phalaenopsis

Orchid captured in infrared with a converted Nikon 1 V1 and 32mm f/1.2 1-Nikkor lens.
Orchid captured in infrared with a converted Nikon 1 V1 and 32mm f/1.2 1-Nikkor lens.

Here’s a digital infrared image of a Phalaenopsis orchid captured with my converted Nikon 1 V1 and new 32mm f/1.2 1-Nikkor lens. This new lens delivers good bokeh even on the small CX-format sensor Nikon 1 cameras. I converted the image to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro 2.

Photo of the Day: Beauty

Neighborhood sunflower. Captured with an infrared-converted Nikon 1 V1 camera and 6.7-13mm 1-Nikkor zoom lens. Click to enlarge.
Neighborhood sunflower. Captured with an infrared-converted Nikon 1 V1 camera and 6.7-13mm 1-Nikkor zoom lens. Click to enlarge.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of digital infrared with my recently converted Nikon 1 V1 camera. With the right processing, you can get some nice results (at least I think so).

Image processed in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 (sunlight).

Photo Tip: Avoiding Tunnel Vision

For the final image, I added my "Flowers" recipe of three filters in Color Efex Pro 4.
This image of a tulip started out with a major compositional flaw. Fortunately I was able to notice the issue in the field and recompose.

Part of the art of photography is visualizing your shot through the camera viewfinder (or LCD panel). When you’re in the field, you tend to scrutinize your subject. After all, you want the subject placed in the frame properly, you want to focus precisely, and more. Unfortunately, this often leads to “tunnel vision.” Your mind subconsciously blacks out the other elements of the frame, especially the corners and background. Continue reading Photo Tip: Avoiding Tunnel Vision