Greetings all and Happy 2018!
I have just released the Badlands Photography Workshop schedule for 2018. We have three workshops scheduled for 2018 in May, October and December in Badlands National Park in western South Dakota. This will be our 8th year in the Badlands teaching Photography, Image Editing and a little about nature. I hope you can join us!
- Spring Scenic: May 19-23, 2018
- Fall Night Sky: October 6-10, 2018
- Winter Wildlife: December 1-5, 2018
Complete information can be found at my website: http://badlands.rikkflohr.com
If you’ve ever wanted to explore a majestic, wildlife dense park with qualified photographers, guides and instructors, this is your opportunity. Request a registration today!
Rikk Flohr © 2018
A month later than normal, I am announcing year seven of my Badlands Photography Workshop series. This year, well, it’s complicated. My ongoing work with Adobe complicates my workshop schedule this year. To that end, I will not be holding the annual May workshop for Spring Scenic topics. Then, there is my Iceland expedition. Iceland falls right in the middle of the Badlands Night Sky workshop normally held in September. This year, circumstances are going to require me to limit Badlands to a single winter workshop.
Winter Workshop: December 2-6, 2017
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website.
Sign up sooner rather than later. The previous six editions of this workshop have sold out and I expect this one to do the same. Early signup pricing is available until 8/31/2017 but typically this workshop sells out by June 1st. Linger at your peril.
We would love to see you in the Badlands in December!
Rikk Flohr © 2017
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
It was bound to happen. The last two seats of the 2015 Badlands Photography Workshop – Winter Edition have sold out. At this point we are in a waiting list only mode. If you still want to sign up in hopes of a cancellation, proceed to the website.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Almost as fast as we could announce the dates, the Spring Workshop has sold out. We are in a waiting list status only going forward. If you want to be on the waiting list, request a registration form from the website and send it in. Or, sign up for winter-it is just as much fun and in some ways easier to deal with the cold than the brutal spring daylight schedule!
Spring: May 16-20, 2015 (Sold out)
Winter: December 5-9, 2015
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website. We expect this year’s winter workshop to sell out fairly quickly as well. Indeed as of this writing, space on the spring workshop is almost gone! Don’t delay.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
The Badlands Photography Workshop 2015 Season with Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez dates are officially announced. This year’s dates are:
Spring: May 16-20, 2015
Winter: December 5-9, 2015
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website. We expect this year’s workshops to sell out fairly quickly. Indeed as of this writing, space on the spring workshop is almost gone! Don’t delay.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
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