Two New 2016 Workshops are announced today: http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-home.html
The April Print of the Month is available. Visit the Print of the Month page to see which image I selected for this month.
The 2015 Fine Art Summit takes place in Death Valley with Jeff Schewe as guest speaker. A special offer for early registration is availble. All the details are on the 2015 Death Valley Summit page.
We have 2 seats available for the Antelope Canyon Workshop this April due to Cancellations. All the information is on the Spring 2016 Antelope Canyon Workshop description page. If this has your name on it act now.
A new podcast episode titled Navajo Humor is available on the Podcast Page. This is the 75th episode of our free podcast and the 6th installment of the serie titled Living in Navajoland.
To accompany this podcast and to show you a glimpse of life in Navajoland I created a new online portfolio titled Living in Navajoland. You can see it at this link.
Only 4 seats left for the Sedona, Spirit of the Southwest workshop.
Only 5 seats left for the Sedona, Spirit of the Southwest workshop announced just a few days ago. It is filling up fast so if you want to join us be sure to let us know right away.
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March 5th - Sedona Spirit of the Southwest Workshop
We are offering a new 2016 Workshop to one of the most fascinating locations in the Southwest: Sedona, Arizona. This is a location where we have not offered a workshop for several years, therefore it is filling quickly already. Be sure to look at our detailed description and beautiful photographs now.
We are doing our best to announce workshops as far ahead as possible so that you can plan your schedule early.
Each workshop includes instruction from Natalie and I, small student-instructor ratio, individual print reviews, instruction, handouts, syllabus, careful logistical planning (Natalie), technical and artistic instruction (Alain and Natalie) and of course a lot of fun in an athmosphere of camaraderie and good will. Our return participant rate is over 80%. Join us, you will love the experience!
We are officially announcing the 2015 Fine Art Summit today. This is the 14th consecutive year that we organize the Summit. This year this unique event takes place in Death Valley National Park. The Vision Field Workshop after the Summit will take us to the Eastern Sierra, Bishop and Mono Lake. Our guest speaker this year is Photoshop Guru's Guru: Jeff Schewe.
This is an event you don't want to pass up with a program that is world class in every respect. Check out all the details now on the Summit Description page. Registration is open but keep in mind that you need to act fast because the event is already half sold out due to the large number of pre-registrations we received from Alumni and previous Summit participants.
We do have a limited time special offer so if this event has your name on it take advantage of this money-saving opportunity right away. This is even more important if you plan to attend the Vision Field Workshop after the Summit because the Vision Field Workshop always fills up first.
We have a new workshop for Spring 2016: Sedona, Spirit of the Southwest. All the details are on the workshop description page.
A new podcast episode was published today. You can listen to it at this link. This is the 73rd episode of our podcast.
Only one seat left for the Navajoland Workshop this May. If you have been thinking of joining us for this unique adventure, you need to decide now because usually the last seat sells out pretty fast. Plus we have people interested who are considering attending. But, it is first come first served so if you grab it first it is yours! Click here to read all the information and see the locations we will be photographing.
Keep in mind that our student to instructor ratio il low because you have 2 instructors (Natalie and myself) and that we do extensive teaching during the workshop on both the technical and the artistic aspects of art. The workshop also includes a personal review of your work and you can ask all the questions you want, including those pesky ones that have stumped you all these years. I guarantee that I will give you an answer!
February 18th - New Workshops
We we are in the process of announcing several new Little Known Workshops . We will be offering the Little Known Grand Canyon Monsoons again next year as well as a new Little Known Eastern Sierra Workshop. Plus we have a new regular workshop: the Sedona Spirit of the Southwest in Spring 2016. Here is the detailed descriptions link: http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-home.html
A photograph taken during the just-completed Spring 2015 Southern Arizona Workshop is now featured on this page. More photographs will be featured here as well as on the Best of 2015 Portfolio soon.
A new portfolio titled Unique Artwork features new framing presentations that I started using this year. Only one of each available. The one featured on the portfolio is sold but different pieces will be made available soon.
We just returned from teaching the Southern Arizona Workshop in Tucson. The workshop was fantastic with great weather, beautiful light and fantastic participants. Thank you to all of you who joined us and made this event a success.
The February print of the month is available. Order it now to take advantage of the $200 discount price.
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.