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Expressive Printing: Monochrome Options

Achieve the tonal nuance and character of the finest silver prints when making digital prints in this August workshop lead by George Schaub.

The class concentrates on monochrome printmaking, which includes many styles and approaches, from expressionistic to naturalistic to highly graphic, and includes the use of numerous plug-ins for creating foundation images, using duotone and “toned” looks, creating low-sat and high and low key, as well as infrared and threshold interpretations. The tools are many and varied, but what is most important in this class is defining a look and emotional feel to your prints that makes the effort worthwhile, an effort that makes you look at them in silence and know that you have expressed something from within yourself.

The workshop is limited to only 15 students so make sure you sign up quickly to reserve your spot.

Shooting Icebergs from a Zodiac

This article was written by Moab Master, Joshua Holko

One of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of a photographic trip to Antarctica is the opportunity to climb into a zodiac with like-minded photographers and spend countless hours cruising amongst the spectacular icebergs and glaciers that line the Antarctic Peninsula. For the photographer with a penchant for icy landscapes it just doesn’t get any better, and the opportunities are virtually limitless.

Cruising in a zodiac is one of the best ways to photograph icebergs since it puts the photographer at sea level, enabling wonderful perspective opportunities that are impossible to achieve aboard a large ship. Zodiac photography also provides you with the opportunity to get very close to even relatively large icebergs, thus enabling you to create dramatic photographs through the use of wide and ultra-wide angle lenses. If your zodiac driver is keen and fearless enough then in many cases you can even get close enough to touch some of the more stable icebergs (as I did on several occasions). If you are super keen then you may even be up for a polar plunge, as one member of my group recounted from a previous expedition.

During my last Antarctica trip I spent over twelve hours cruising in zodiacs with other photographers, which provided ample opportunity to not only photograph icebergs, glaciers and penguins, but also to place other zodiacs and people in the frame to provide a sense of scale and context to some of the photographs. I normally work very hard to exclude the hand of man in my landscape photography, but in several instances it provided the perfect counter point to complete and balance the frame.

Whilst the idea of wrestling with camera gear in a pitching zodiac on Antarctic seas with ten other photographers all jostling for position might sound like less than ideal shooting conditions, the reality is quite different. A zodiac provides a relatively stable shooting platform and can actually comfortably accommodate up to ten photographers (with equipment), a dedicated driver, and still provide ample room for everyone to shoot simultaneously. I never felt cramped or uncomfortable and was successfully able to share the space available with those around me. Usually those on the side closest to the subject kneel on the floor of the zodiac with their arms resting on the pontoon. This provides a very stable platform for handheld shooting. Photographers on the far side of the subject can then stand and shoot over the top of those kneeling in front of them. The zodiac driver would always do a few passes, thus enabling everyone to get the shot from several vantage points. Because a zodiac is a small boat and is constantly moving, it is important to keep shooting whenever the subject is in frame since the composition is constantly changing. There is very little time to properly compose a well-considered frame before the angle of view has changed. Instead, the challenge becomes one of selective editing later on.

Photography from zodiacs does require some additional and necessary equipment, including thermal clothes, waterproof jacket and pants, self inflating life jacket, and rain covers for camera equipment. One of the biggest challenges is protecting camera equipment from salt spray, sleet and snow. During several of my zodiac sessions we were buffeted by high winds whipping up spray as the zodiac moved through the sea. We also experienced heavy snow, driving rain and sleet. During several trips I had my camera equipment completely soaked and was very glad of the weather sealing of my 1-series Canon cameras, which operated flawlessly. Several Canon 5D MKII cameras were not so fortunate and succumbed (albeit temporarily) to the harsh, wet conditions. I recommend carrying at least one cloth suitable for drying the front element of your camera lens and a separate bag in which to keep it dry.

In terms of positioning I found it generally best to sit toward the back of the zodiac to avoid the worst of the salt spray that is inevitably thrown up at the front of the boat. However, there is no free lunch at the rear either, where the fumes of the outboard engine’s exhaust can become somewhat nauseating after a period of time and gave me a headache on more than one occasion.

The choice of lens when shooting from zodiacs is an important consideration in your planning since it is quite difficult to swap lenses without ending up with a camera full of salt spray, rain or snow. In fact, even swapping out small SD memory cards can be a challenge in a pitching zodiac whilst wearing cold weather gloves. On top of this, Antarctica is an incredibly dusty environment and it is a good idea to try and minimize lens changes, or at the very least find a sheltered place to do so. I chose to shoot with both my 1DS MK3 and 1DMKV cameras, as I wanted to utilize prime lenses for the majority of my shooting and dual camera bodies gave me an additional focal length option without having to change lenses. I primarily shot with the 24mm F1.4L MKII and 17mm F4L TSE and occasionally with the 70-200mm F2.8L IS. I am comfortable shooting with prime lenses at the wide end and found these two lenses excellent for the task. Most photographers chose to shoot with zoom lenses when on zodiac excursions since they provide for increased framing possibilities. A zoom lens such as a Canon’s 16-35mm or Nikons 14-24mm will provide for more flexible framing.


A few tips if you are planning your first photography foray on a zodiac in Antarctica.

-       Be sure to visit the bathroom before you climb on board. It’s amazing how the call of nature can hit you when you are in the middle of the Antarctic Ocean on a boat full of photographers keen on anything but heading back to the ship so you can relieve your problem.

-       Don’t forget to put on your life jacket before you queue up to board. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to put on a life jacket over bulky thermals and wet weather gear whilst in a narrow ship corridor and juggling cameras.

-       Carry a couple of dry lens clothes in an easily accessed waterproof bag for drying the front element of your lens. Use rain covers to protect your cameras.

-       Carry spare camera batteries and spare memory cards in an easily accessed waterproof pocket. There is nothing more frustrating than being on a zodiac with a flat battery or full memory card.

-       Wear sunscreen. Even in overcast conditions the reflected UV light off the icebergs will cook you in a very short space of time. The ozone layer is very thin over Antarctica.

-       Wear plenty of warm clothes. Sitting on a zodiac, it is very easy to become chilled to the bone if the weather is poor or the wind is up. It is easy to remove a layer if you get too hot.

-       Be considerate of those around you before you stand up or lean in front of someone else. Space is limited on a zodiac and everyone wants to take great photographs.

-       Zodiac drivers are often keen photographers themselves and will do their best to put the zodiac in the best possible position for shooting. If you need to get closer or further away you can ask, and I have found they are usually very accommodating.

-       Never carry loose pieces of paper or plastic. Antarctica is a pristine environment and it would be very easy to lose these items to the wind.

-       Above all else, have fun. Shooting from zodiacs is an incredible experience and it’s important to put the camera down occasionally, have the driver switch the engine off and just appreciate the silence, rugged and raw beauty of Antarctica.

Andy Biggs and Joshua will be announcing a new expedition to Antarctica in late 2013 in the coming months. If you would like to register your interest to be one of the first to be notified when the trip is announced you can email either Andy or Joshua at info@andybiggs.com or jholko@bigpond.com

 

Enterprise arrives in New York

"Have to say that just when I thought I had experienced  “it all” shooting my shuttle/Hubble project, seeing the 747 flyby the field that morning was breathtaking.

With so much enthusiasm from the range of kids to adults in attendance, it’s challenging to believe that there is limited congressional support for American human space flight!"

Michael Soluri

Here are some more of Michael's images from that day

Harold Davis becomes a Moab Master

We are excited to announce the addition of photographer Harold Davis to our Moab Masters program. Harold is a renowned photographer, artist and author who offers a unique vision and voice to the Moab Masters program.

Harold’s meticulous printing skills are present in every print he produces, and we’re thrilled that he chooses Moab as the paper to support his images.

“I adore working with the hand-crafted Moab substrates, and in particular I am infatuated with Slickrock Metallic for much of my printmaking. It is bold and dramatic, and at the same time paradoxically subtle. In my monochromatic imagery I strive to extend the dynamic range, and Slickrock supports this with a multidimensional look. Slickrock prints show an incredible range of tonality in both color and black & white. It's also particularly interesting the way the metallic pearl transposes for white---one impact is that Slickrock prints shift in their presentation of negative space as the light they are viewed with also shifts. Highly recommended!”

Click here to view Harold's Moab Master gallery

Ryszard Horowitz @ Hallmark

Last night, Ryszard Horowitz - Moab Master and Canon Print Master - gave a four-hour presentation at the Hallmark Institute touching on his early jazz work, his commercial photography and his epic commissioned projects.

Horowitz is a true pioneer in photo composition with a rich career spanning over five decades.

This was the first time that I had heard his talk and was mesmerized by his forward-thinking images and behind the-scenes stories. Horowitz's work combines artistry with art history breaking every rule to compose an image in his unique voice.

His parting wisdom was to dream big and let nothing stand in your way - especially to those who say it can't be done.

Meet a Moab Master

In about two weeks (October 28-30) at the annual PhotoPlus Expo show in NYC, eleven of the Moab Masters and friends of Moab will be giving away signed prints of their work. 

Moab Master photographers are a select group of artists connected by their unique visions and their love of reproducing their images on Moab fine art paper.

 

The following photographers are scheduled to appear in Moab's booth (#149).   

Barbara Bordnick

Andrew Darlow

Jody Dole

Robert Farber

Jose Gaytan

Jim Graham

Ryszard Horowitz

Douglas Kirkland

Judith Monteferrante

Salvatore Vasapolli

Michael Zide

An Afternoon with Douglas Kirkland

[reported by Scott Conry, National Sales Manager, Legion Paper]

Although we have been working with Douglas Kirkland for years, we never had the opportunity (or time) to just sit and talk with the Master.  So, a few weeks ago I called Douglas's studio to see if he had a moment to meet.  His assistant, Miranda, answered with a pleasant greeting and got Douglas on the phone.  We decided on a day best for me to pop by in the morning before their afternoon shoot, which would allow me to see the images that they were printing for their large Brisbane Gallery of Modert Art show in September.  The meeting was set and my schedule was prepared for about an hour long visit.

Bringing Aid to the Gulfs' Wildlife

Renowned photographer and educator, Michael Zide, will be donating a portion of his print sales to benefit the Gulf Response Initiative Team and the efforts that they are spearheading to save the wildlife, marshes and estuaries being affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Three images from Zide's Martha's Vineyard collection will be available for purchase in a signed open edition all printed on Moab Entrada Rag.  Click here to learn more and to purchase prints.

Color Management + Printing Workshop @ Calumet NYC

Andrew Darlow, photographer and author of two books, including 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers, will be teaching a full day workshop this Saturday, July 10th at Calumet in New York City entitled: Inkjet Printing and Color Management using Photoshop.

As part of the materials for the workshop, each attendee will receive a Moab Sampler Pack containing 2 sheets each of 12 of our fine art inkjet papers.

In addition to spending some quality time with Andrew, you'll also learn about -

  • The best inkjet printers available
  • How to choose a paper
  • Using color management hardware and software
  • Installing and using ICC Profiles
  • More Photoshop tips-and-tricks than you can shake a stick at

Click here to register and learn more about the seminar.

"The Perfect Print" with Andy Biggs, July 6/7 in NYC

Tuesday, July 6, 2010  |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Learn the latest digital printing techniques from Master Printer and African Wildlife photographer, Andy Biggs. Andy will cover ICC Profiles, color management, how to choose inkjet papers, types of printers and how to build the ideal digital print studio.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010  |  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and share two hours with renowned African wildlife photographer and workshop instructor Andy Biggs. Andy will share a typical year in his life as a wildlife photographer by discussing the myriad safari locations he travels to in Africa. From the wide open savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the seasonal waters of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Andy will tell you how he travels from jet planes to bush planes and helicopters to Land Rovers.
Receive practical advice about how to photograph wildlife and discover how Andy travels internationally to hard-to-reach locations. Andy will share his award winning photographs, along with the stories behind each image, and what equipment he used to create beautiful images.

 

Moab Master Return from Iceland

We're always excited when some of our "Moab Masters" check in from around the globe so when we saw "Iceland" in the subject line from photographer Jim Graham we got a little excited. 

Jim has been to Iceland numerous times to capture the beauty of this volcanic island, but we haven't seen anything as explosive as these images he brought back.  His story is as exciting as his photos.  Click here to read about his trip.

Spring Flower Photography Workshop

As the winter's cold begins its retreat, we begin to think about all things Spring.  One Spring event that caught our attention:  

Moab print master and renowned fashion and floral photographer, Barbara Bordnick, will be hosting a weekend workshop on photographing flowers.  The workshop dates are April 24-25 at her studio in Manhattan.

Barbara is the author of three best-selling books of photographs of flowers: SEARCHINGS: Secret Landscapes of Flowers Volumes I, II & III.  To learn more about the workshop and to register, please email info@searchings.us and click here.

Final Thoughts on WPPI

As the WPPI show winds down, we wanted to thank all the people who came by to see us  The initial reviews for our new Somerset Museum Rag have been phenomenal.  The word that we heard the most to describe the paper was "sensuous."  Contact us for samples so you can see how beautiful this paper truly is.

Before we sign off and pack up our booth, we wanted to highlight two events happening this afternoon:

Our good friend Christian LaLonde will be leading a Master Class on fine art printing from 3:30-5:30 PST in room #202.  Chris will be printing his images on Entrada on the Canon Pro9500 MKII.

Will Crockett and Sarah Petty will be giving the final night presentation on portrait lighting at 5:00 PST in room 313.  For those not at WPPI, the seminar will be broadcast live online and can be viewed at  FridayPhotoSchool.com.

See you next year!

Robert Clark Photography

A great perk we have is being lucky enough to meet so many talented photographers whose images stop us dead in our tracks.  Robert Clark is no exception. 

An architect and graphic designer by training, Robert was always concerned about the paper being specified for his design projects.  "It is a sensual concept. Fine paper feels good in your hands. To me the Entrada just feels good to hold.  And it just prints so well." 

Check out his gallery or if you're pressed for time, his print of the month.

Photographing the Nude and Capturing Beauty

One of the most renowned and respected photographers, Robert Farber, will be opening his studio for a workshop on photographing the nude.  Robert will demonstrate his shooting with multiple setups using both natural and artificial lighting.  Students will then have an opportunity to shoot the models in the different lighting situations under Robert's guidance.  Kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with one of America's photographic icons.

For more information and registration details please click here.

Robert will demonstrate his shooting with multiple setups using both natural and artificial lighting. The students will then have their opportunity to shoot the models in the different lighting situations under Robert's guidance.

Kyle Krohn Sees Stars

"I chose Colorado Fiber Satine because I wanted a fiber base print instead of RC, for its longevity and its tonal range. With a four hour exposure of the Utah night sky, I wanted all the colors of the stars to come out and play. By day, I'm a photographic equipment/solution sales guy at West Photo in Minneapolis, MN. I have sold gear to families, artists and pros since 1985. My passion is landscapes, wildlife and freelancing as a sports photographer/assistant in the Minneapolis area. I also have started teaching photography classes through Community Education in and around the Twin Cities area. "

Jose Gaytan explores the Gowanus landscape

Jose Gaytan photo by Ángel Franco/The New York TimesWe always love to see friends in the news, even more so when they have the vision and talent of Jose Gaytan. In Moab, we tend to surround ourselves with the beauty of the southwest landscape with its blue skies and turbulent rock scapes, it's almost cheating because it doesn't take much talent to find a breathtaking scene. Jose on the other hand, has spent the last seven years exploring what surrounds him and using his vision to create those moments which after time begin to paint a new reality. His photos of "Brooklyn’s famous mile-and-a-half long canal (Gowanus), photographing moments of serenity, color and even beauty amid the decaying postindustrial landscape" are a testament to his talent for finding the surreal beauty of his landscape.

His photos will be featured in the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch through Aug 29 in an exhibit titled, “Brooklyn in Transition: A Photographic Essay of the Gowanus.”

Read more about this exhibition, view photos and the learn about the artist at the New York Times' Lens Blog or on Jose's site www.josegaytan.com.