Welcome to the latest Barefoot & Back Roads newsletter from Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. Since we last sent out a newsletter, we have published several more student galleries. Check them out, including the latest Student Winners.
We love celebrating the successes of our alumni (and we have many to share in this issue), but first, a few updates and reminders ... and a lens for sale at the end.
Lightroom 4 Workshops
There are two more scheduled this year, one before our Santa Fé & Taos workshop in September, and one before our Death Valley one in December. For more information, click here. The first two Lightroom 4 workshops met with great success, and those who signed on learned a LOT!
In all cases, it is wise to make your room reservations ASAP. Our locations are popular, and the rooms we list are only blocked out for a certain period of time. If you don't succeed at our hotel of choice, we always list other options.
Joshua Tree National Park is the location for our Alumni Workshop this December. We also take some non-beginners who are joining us for the first time.
Costa Rica's Treasures in February: This was very popular last year, and we had to turn people away. Again, the images created by our participants were stunning. We are still finalizing our travel package, but for planning purposes, it will be pretty close per diem to last year's price.
For more of our 2013 workshops, go to our calendar.
We are pleased to report that we are holding 2012 prices for 2013. Costa Rica may look like more, but that is because we are adding an extra day to that workshop.
News & Awards
We have been featured in a couple of articles and one of our photographs got recognition, so check out both our News and Awards pages.
This is our favorite part of the newsletter. We love it when our alumni get recognition for their photographs, often ones made in our workshops, but not always, as you will read.
And a reminder to the rest of you, we do want to hear if you have been juried into a show, gotten an award, been published, etc.
J Pearson (1-time alumna) belongs to a camera group in Rochester, NY, where the members are both amateur and professional. She wrote us:
"Hard to believe a year has passed since our time in Belize. I recently went back to those photos and pulled a couple to use in local competitions. Both of these images won ribbons in local juried competitions with Camera Rochester. The one titled 'Grinding Corn' [right] placed second in the digital category, and 'The Opportunist' took first place in the digital category. Thought you would be pleased to hear about this.
"I continue to grow and make progress with my camera and post processing skills. You jump-started my interest, and I continue to thank you for that. My work has now been shown in four galleries here in Rochester. It is so much fun to have my work being seen!!"
That's terrific, J (also known as Joyce)! We are so pleased for you!
Sandy Wittman (5-time alumna) has three more images published in Shutterbug Magazine, all in a row, from the May through July issues. The July one is shown at the right.
Later, she wrote us that another photograph of hers had been published in the Daily Herald, the suburban Chicago rag.
Congratulations, Sandy. You are, indeed, on a roll.
Sandy and friends she met on several of our workshops get together regularly for photogaphy even though they all come from different states.
Alain Roy (3-time alumnus) had some excellent news to share.
"Just a word to tell you that I won the 'Picture of the Year' at the Montreal Camera Club with one image I took during the Arches, Canyonlands and Moab workshop in 2010.
"I remember waiting in the car during a thunder storm near Moab, late afternoon on the first day of that workshop. Suddenly, Arnie bolted out of his truck. He came to my car and told me to get out and start shooting.
"My answer was, 'I will wait; it is still raining.'
"He looked at me in despair and shouted, 'Get out of the damn car; you will not see that ever again in your life.'
"He was right!!!! Please tell Arnie that getting an award is nothing compared with the memory I have from this particular 5 minutes of my life... "
Alain, first, congratulations, and secondly, thank you for sharing that particular moment. You do have a wonderful way with words!
Michelle Turner (5-time alumna, including our upcoming one in Santa Fé & Taos) reported:
"I think I mentioned that I went to the Galapagos in March. It was a fascinating experience with many photo ops of wonderful animals. A close up of a lava lizard has already taken a ribbon at a competition. However, I was surprised that my favorite part of the trip was actually before the Galapagos, in the markets in and outside of Quito.
"We visited the Otavalo Indian Market with 1000's of vendors and equal numbers of native shoppers, many in native costumes. I couldn't shoot fast enough. Everywhere I looked was another amazing face or pose, especially the older women. You could see their hard lives in their beautiful wrinkled faces and stooped posture.
"One of my favorites has already taken a ribbon and I'm entering two more this month. I'm also putting together an 8 image portfolio of native women of Ecuador for a portfolio competition."
Well done, Michelle! We hope you will send us 640-ppi copies of the winners for our Winners' Gallery.
Meanwhile, keep it up!
Harriet Feagin (3-time alumna) e-mailed us:
"These photos are recent winners both at my camera club and at BetterPhoto.com Each month there are over 10,000 photos entered and only 10 are selected per category to be finalists.
"I joined in November and each month I have been a finalist with 'Summer Repose' and winning Second Place with 'Green Curves' [seen at right]."
That's wonderful news, Harriet. We are so pleased for you! The light on these leaves is beautiful!
Nat Dean (4-time alumnus) had some great things to report to us:
"The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has invited me to do a solo show in their new Gallery which opened recently. It was a complete surprise to me! The show runs from June 9 through July 7 and will include seven images, three of which you will recognize from the Andalucia workshop."
For those who are near Palm Beach County, you may want to stop by:
Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building
601 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL
"I also have two images in other exhibitions locally. One is in the annual summer show at our local art center in Delray; the other will hang semi-permanently in the classroom area where we have an outstanding program for students of all ages and levels. The head of our program is a guy named Jack Wild, who was a professional in Boston for many years. He is a phenomenal photographer who had shows in the MFA in Boston, did fashion work for eg Vogue as well as all kinds of work for advertisers. He has asked me if I'll teach a critique/class at the intermediate/advanced level next year, which I'm excited about doing.
"Final bit of good news is that four of my images have been bought in the past year, all at good prices!"
Nat, you have done exceptionally well on all counts, and to hear that your photographs have been commanding good prices is a reminder to everyone not to underprice their photographs. Congratulations!
Mary Driebeek (1-time alumna) took part in an employee contest at Duke University. Out of 378 submisisons, 64 were chosen, three of which were Mary's.
That's wonderful news, Mary, and great going!
I think back to when we first met at a party given by mutual friends, and you couldn't wait to attend one of our workshops!
Mike Ligett (4-time alumnus) got some good news that he shared with us:
"Yay! Another juried exhibition! This is an image from ME ... a window reflection in Port Clyde."
Mike made this photograph while he wason a workshop with us last summer.
This will be part of a collaborative juried exhibition by Cary Visual Art and Cary Cross Currents Festival featuring the Lipkind Quartet and the Brussels Chamber Orchestra at the Principal's Hall, Cary Arts Center
August 4 - September 23.
The reception will be August 4 to coincide with the Lipkind Quartet and BCO Concert.
Mike later wrote us that a photograph of his of a local mill sold yet again.
Great going on all counts, Mike. Congratulations!
Mary Cuyler (1-time alumna) and her husband Dick, who was one of our "spousal units" in Arches & Canyonlands last year, both had news to share:
"I have two photos in the 2013 Salida Business Alliance calendar, cropped by the editors to fit the page.
"Gosh, we've become so artsy around here — Dick was just informed that he won 1st prize (and $50!) in a national poetry contest in a nature category for his poem "Snow Geese". This after winning a trip to the Galápagos for a more cutesy poetic entry for Natural Habitat Adventures!"
Congratulations to you both. That is wonderful news! We look forward to more of Dick's in-workshop sketches and poetry the net time around!
Any Others? Any others of you alumnae/i out there who have Student Winners? We'd love to celebrate them with everyone here. BUT, be sure to follow the guidelines for BCPA web on the Student galleries page.
Nikkor Lens for Sale
We got another new camera body, and this lens is not really appropriate for a full-sensor camera. It is great, however, for the smaller sensor.
We are offering this lens to our alumni (first) and friends (second) on a first-come/first-serve basis:
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/1.4 G ED DX lens
Glass is 10 out of 10 - perfect.
Barrel is 10 out of 10 - perfect
Lens is in perfect working order.
Nikon lens hood
Nikon lens cap
Nikon rear cap
For alumni, the price is $775.00.
For others, the price is $875.00.
This lens is a superbly sharp lens but is no longer made by Nikon.