Canyon de Chelly, Navajoland
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January 29th: Workshops update
The Antelope Canyon Workshop is now sold out. We have two seats left for the Navajoland Workshop in May. It is not too late to grab one before they are gone. Detailed workshop information is available on the workshops page.
January 25th: Workshops update
We have only 1 seat left for the Antelope Canyon Workshop and 2 seats left for the Navajoland Workshop. The Little Known Northern Utah Workshop is sold out (this was a by-invitation-only workshop not announced on this site). We do have 1 seat available for the Southern Arizona Workshop also, due to a cancellation. All the details are on the Workshops Page.
I featured a photograph of Antelope Canyon on the home page today because it is one of my all-time favorite places in the world. I am often asked what is my favorite photography location. I have many places that I like to photograph over and over again and I don't like to rank them, but if I have to the top one is Antelope Canyon because of the incredible light quality, shapes and colors that are found there.
Together these elements combine to offer what may be the most varied array of photographic opportunities that can be found in a single place. Not only that, but these possibilities change as the day goes by, as the seasons go by, and as the weather, the wind, and all the other variables that affect landscape photography changes.
If you have not been there yet, Antelope Canyon must be on your to-do bucket list! I always say that there are two phases in the life of a landscape photographer: before Antelope Canyon and after Antelope Canyon. If you are part of the first group, you need to go there. If you are part of the second group, like me, you need to go back there! I have been to Antelope Canyon well over a hundred times starting in 1986 and continuing to this day. Not only do I not tire of it, I find that I understand it better and better each time and that this understanding leads me to create new images each time, images that I have not done before.
Join us! We only have a couple seats left this spring for the 2015 Antelope Canyon Workshop, but one can be yours if you do it now:http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-home.html
Today this page features a photograph of one of my all-time favorite areas: Navajoland. Natalie and I lived there for seven and a half years, and this experience changed our lives, for the better, from a personal, an artistic and a business perspective. We share the details of our story during our workshops, in particular the Navajoland Workshop during which we take you to our favorite locations, at the best time for the light, so that you too can experience the magical qualities of Navajoland and bring back photographs you will be proud to share with everyone.
Additionally, new photographs of Natalie and I were added today to the Biography Photographs online portfolio. These photographs were taken this past week at the Scottsdale car auctions.
The home page today features a photograph of Antelope Canyon, one of my all-time favorite locations. If you have not photographed it, it should be on your bucket list, and the best way to learn how to photograph it successfully it to join our Spring 2015 Antelope Canyon workshop for which we have one seat available.
It took me years to learn how to photograph Antelope Canyon, due to the complex lighting situation and the unique photographic challenges that it offers. I'll speed up the process for you so that you can learn in 5 days what took me years to figure out! Check out how on the Antelope Canyon Workshop Page.
Car auction week continues in Scottsdale Arizona. Yesterday we were a the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale. Barrett-Jackson is the largest and the most well known car auction, even though it is not the one that brings the highest prices for auctioned vehicles. These are regularly achieved by RM, Goodings and Bonhams auction houses.
The photograph above was taken at Barrett-Jackson and shows the Lotus Type 56-3 'Wedge' turbine car that raced at the 1968 Indy 500 with Graham Hill at the wheel. The car was propelled by a turbine jet engine with the exhaust located on top of the car, right behind the driver's head. It qualified at 171,208 mph, a track record at the time. Unfortunately the car was forced to retire due to mechanical problems and did not finish the race. The car, now part of the Andy Granatelli turbine cars collection, was recently restaured by Clive Chapman and Vince Granatelli.
Although extremely competitive, Lotus' often encountered mechanical problems during races due Colin Chapman's combined use of cutting edge technology and drastic weight saving measures. For Chapman, a car that did not win was a waste of time, space and money. His approach was to achieve higher speed through weight reduction rather than through increased horsepower. The Type 70 turbine car is one of the few race cars in which Chapman used both weight reduction and horsepower increase to achieve maximum speed.
You can see additional recent car photographs on the 2015 Cars Portfolio page.
As many of you know automobiles are one of my passions. This week is car auction week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and we are going to most of the auctions and concours. Yesterday and today is the Arizona Concours d'Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The photograph here was taken yesterday by Natalie. I had always wanted to meet Sir Stirling Moss and he was very kind to agree to have his photograph taken with me and Norman Dewis, his co-pilot in the limited edition print they are holding (#5/125, now in my collection).
We have one opening available for the Southern Arizona Workshop due to cancellation. This opening won't last long because this workshop is in high demand and only offered this year. Act now if it has your name on it. The Southern Arizona Workshop description page is at this link.
New Online Portfolios were added to the Portfolio Gallery section today. These are the first photographs published on this site in 2015.
As is customary with my publishing practice, the publication date reflects the year that these images were completed or published for the first time. Therefore some of these images may have been taken prior to 2015. However they were either completed or published for the first time this year.
The January 2015 Print of the Month is available. You can order it and benefit from the 25% rebate on the Print of the Month page.
January 1st, 2015
Natalie and I wish you a Very Happy New Year. May 2015 bring you joy and happiness. We are thankful to you for a fantastic year and for your continued support during 2014 and before.
We send you our very best wishes for the new year. May all your dreams come true.
As is customary at this time of the year, I present you with my favorite images of 2014 in my Best of 2014 Portfolio
Free updates were posted to the Mastery Workshops on DVD Owners Updates Site today.
Be sure that you are registered as an owner and that all your Mastery Workshops on DVD are listed on your account. If you are not sure, or if you have not registered yet, here is the link to the Mastery Workshops on DVD site:
Our Holiday 2014 Special Offers are announced today. There are three different offers with no limits on quantity. The only limit we placed is that they will end unexpectedly.
Our Holiday 2014 Special Offers will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this page.
Today we are proud to announce a new Limited Edition print collection: The Alain Briot Print of the Season Collection.
The 2014 Holiday Print of the Season is titled Comb Ridge Sunset.
This print is only offered during the 2014 Holiday Season. Availability ends on December 31st or when all 14 prints are sold, whichever comes first.
The edition is limited to 14 prints to celebrate 2014. There will be 15 prints in 2015, 16 in 2016 and so on.
Today this page features a photograph taken a one of the locations we visited during the Vision Field Workshops following the 2014 Arches and Canyonlands Fine Art Photography Summit that took place in Moab, Utah.
We will be announcing the 2015 Summit soon. If you want to be on the pre-announcement list just email us at email@example.com. The 2015 Summit is already partially full from 2014 participants who decided to join us again next year. You can still have a seat but we recommend you act now.
The December Print of the Month is available at this link.
Download the FREE Fine Art Photography Top 16 Free monitor wallpaper
My Fine Art Photography Top 16 is now available as a wallpaper for your computer monitor or iPad. This free download comes in 7 different monitor resolutions (from 30" to 12"), plus iPad resolution (1024x768). It is available in English and in French. Below is a small jpeg of this wallpaper. You can download it now at this link.
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I am still on a high from my wonderful time with both of you.
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