As of today, January 15, 2016 registration is open for the 2016 editions of the Badlands Photography Workshop with 3-Time Badlands Artist in Residence, Rikk Flohr.
This year, I am adding a new workshop to the series: September Night Skies at Badlands. In the traditional Spring Workshop the sun sets too late and rises too early for effective night sky photography. On the traditional Winter dates, the times are fine but the nights are so darned cold! I thought to my self, when can we have light jacket weather, great night skies and decent shooting hours? The answer was Dark of the Moon in September.
To mix things up a bit – especially for returning alumni, I’ve decided to add a printing component to the Badlands Spring workshop. December will remain my traditional Winter Wildlife workshop
Spring: Badlands in Print – May 21-25, 2016
Fall: Badlands Night Sky – September 24-28, 2016
Winter: Winter Wildlife – December 3-7, 2016
There is a $50.00 early registration discount for each of the workshops in the series so don’t delay. Last year, both workshops sold out well in advance of the workshop date.
Complete information can be found at Rikk’s Badlands Website.
I look forward to seeing you all in the Badlands!
Rikk Flohr © 2016
The Holy Crop team just returned from our annual winter workshop to the Badlands of South Dakota. While there are many crops yet to come from the careful framing of our photographs in the Badlands, I thought I would share this image. Workshop participant, Kevin Hawkins, pauses on a ridge to consider the emerging light on this small peak. I captured him and then cropped him into the scene I wanted.
The original camera framing is shown here. Note that there is a vast amount of sky and an additional small peak on the far right. This original framing is pretty nice. The muted colors in the sky add to the photo. As I looked at it, though, I wanted a tighter crop – to pit man against the light in a much closer struggle. At least, that is the story my mind wants to tell when looking at this image.
In Lightroom, I did a rough crop to carve away some of the unneeded sky and get rid of the far right peak – as I thought it a little distracting. When I was satisfied with the rough crop, I started to fine-tune the placement of the peak on the right edge of the frame. The diagonal of the peak flowing down into the center spoke to me and suggested a course of action. I decided to use the Lightroom crop overlay called “triangles” to help me exploit this diagonal.
The Triangles Overlay is accessible by cycling the [ O ] key while in the crop dialog. Placing the RH edge of the image frame in the deepest part of the valley between the two sunlit peaks, I worked my way upwards. I didn’t want to crop up from the bottom as the lowest ridge added some visual depth to the composition so I limited my work to above. It was then a matter of intersecting the perpendiculars to the diagonal with the photographer’s camera by coming in from the left. .
The finished crop is show above. The man against the mountain is isolated from the extraneous material. The Photographer and the Light are dueling in opposition.
In the original framing the horizon occupied the Rule of Fifths. In the crop, the horizon is now at the Rule of Thirds. Rule of odds has been maintained to keep the image as eye-pleasing as possible. The final aspect ratio was left to float to the strongest position and ends up very nearly panoramic at 1.91:1.
News on additional Badlands workshops should be coming soon…
Rikk Flohr © 2014
If you haven’t heard, the Cropist™ (That’s me) will be shooting live at the C|Net Gotham Store in New York City, November 9-13, 2012.
Cropping Photos Twice before they are
Touched by Human Hands!
Each day I will be shooting a series of portraits live at the Gotham event for C|Net. As I shoot I will be cropping the images twice before they appear on the desktop print stations: two crops without a mouse click or tablet tap! Come into the NYC, Openhouse Gallery to find out how I do it.
Rikk Flohr © 2011
The Cropist™ will be appearing at the Minnesota Nature Photography Club, November 16, 2011 to present a program:
Holy Crop! The Nature Photographer’s Greatest Software Weapon
The club meets at the REI in Bloomington at I494 and Lyndale. The program will be at 6:45 PM. I will be judging their monthly salon following. I hope to see you there.
Rikk Flohr © 2011
If you are passing through the San Francisco area, stop in at the Photoshop Store and say hello. I will be stationed there to help with your photography and Lightroom questions for the next two weeks. Maybe we will crop something or a whole lotta somethings?
Rikk Flohr © 2011
Be there or be square – like this crop!
At last year’s Presentation Summit, I snapped this photo of Mission Bay in San Diego. It just screamed for a square crop. Why? You have to come to Austin, TX in September and query the Cropist first hand!
I am grateful to again be on the roster of presentation-related experts gracing this year’s Presentation Summit. This year, I will be cropping in-camera all over the conference and most especially the Digital Photography Field Trip. Afterwards, I will be teaching a seminar on getting the most from your or anyone else’s digital images. There, we will be cropping in software to make your images tell the story you need to tell. Of course, you can always pull up a chair and pick my brain any time during the conference- even after the conference if you are buying!
Your presentation is about your message. So is a Crop! Come and see HOLY CROP! and learn how to tune your images to your message.
Find out more about the Presentation Summit here. I look forward to seeing you in Austin September 18-21, 2012.
Rikk Flohr © 2011
$200.00 Early Signup Price Crop!
Sign up for Worldesigns Photo Costa Rica Tour by June 30, 2011 for either of the February 2012 tours and receive a $200.00 discount from published price.
Yesterday, Laurie Hernandez (you know her as Queen of the Crop at the Holy Crop! Blog) of Worldesigns announced a temporary roll-back to last year’s excellent price for her Costa Rica photo tour. These photo tours are a unique photographic and cultural experience and a great way to escape the cold in February. Both Laurie and I are excited about our fifth tour season in Costa Rica and have planned new items for this years itineraries. Go to http://worldesigns.fleetingglimpse.com for more details.
I look forward to cropping with you across Costa Rica in 2012! Of course-there will be cropping!
Rikk Flohr © 2012