We have a few seats left for our upcoming Shoot Print & Frame the North Shore 2014 Fall Workshop. If you’ve ever wanted to shoot the Minnesota North Shore in the fall, learn how and print your image and frame it under glass – all in one workshop you need to signup for this workshop.
Click here for complete details and to request a registration.
Rikk Flohr & Laurie Hernandez © 2014
Season 3 of Our Popular Workshop Announced!
Oh, and did we mention an early signup discount?
Laurie Hernandez (Queen of the Crop) & Rikk Flohr (the Cropist) are excited to announce the Fall 2014 date of their popular Shoot, Print and Frame the North Shore workshop. The Friday-Sunday workshop is located along the Minnesota shore of Lake Superior and offers shooting of lakeshore and inland fall colors. Ample classroom time is provided to discuss and execute topics like developing your shots for print, color management, and actual on-site printing. We finish the workshop off by sending you home with one of your own creations, framed – under glass ready-to-hang!
And, as always, there will be cropping!
Space is limited and we do typically compete with the far-north fall color tours for hotel space so don’t delay. Complete information can be found here. Click link at the bottom of this page to request a registration form. We hope to see you there!
Early Signup Discount till June 30th, 2014!
Laurie Hernandez & Rikk Flohr
Stylistec © 2014
Classic Rule of 3/7 Placement
Greetings, Holy Crop! readers. The road has been long, the flights frequent and the time short this past month. My apologies for the scarcity of articles. With the normally busy early fall schedule rapidly passing, there is finally time to devote to the subtle science and delicate art that is the crop.
Today, I am sharing an in-camera framing from the recent Stylistec, Shoot Print & Frame the North Shore workshop. The fading rainbow is the subject set against a stunning backdrop of clouds and an angry Lake Superior. The Rule of Thirds dictated the placement of the rainbow stump in my framing. The direction of the sun’s rays from top left to bottom right suggested upon which rule to place the subject-the right hand rule. All that remained, was the best placement of the horizon.
Looking at the distant lake and the sky as opposing elements, it is quite clear that the sky is the star and deserves to dominate. Had I chosen to let the lake dominate, the waves would have formed a competing foreground distraction to our distant rainbow. I had already decided that this was a picture of a rainbow so I needed to reinforce it as the subject-even thought it is so small in-frame. In this quick mockup you can see how the waves would steal the “thunder” from the rainbow and the sky. When I was framing in-camera, I decided I needed a Rule of Sevenths placement for the horizon to really let that dynamic sky dominate the lake. The sky has six times the allotted space as the lake and really tells us what this image is about.
Subject on the Rule of Thirds and Horizon on the Rule of Sevenths is usually a winning combination.
Rikk Flohr © 2013
Sometimes the stars align and the objects with which you are presented in your view finder are perfect for the camera’s native 3:2 aspect ratio. This shot is one of those times. The normal reasons we crop, to strengthen composition, remove distractions, fit the matting or framing are all unnecessary here. Careful in-camera framing and the appropriate subject means we have all our pixels intact.
Sometimes (not often) the best crop is choosing not to crop.
Rikk Flohr © 2013
Note: This image is for sale by contacting me at the link above.
Spring and Fall Workshops Announced!
Signup by 2/28/2013 for a $20.00 Early Signup Discount
Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez are excited to announce the Shoot, Print and Frame the North Shore 2013 Photography and Framing workshop series. We’ve updated the workshops a bit since last year to improve your experience. Changes include:
- We’ve added a Spring date to the itinerary. You can come for the Wildflowers and Waterfalls, or the Fall Colors. Dates of this years workshops are June 7-9 and September 27-29, 2013
- Color calibration is now part of the workshop. If you bring your computer we will perform a screen calibration for you to ensure you get more accurate color reproduction.
- We are now providing both Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday!
These two workshops combine a rich blend of Image Capture, Image Editing, Color Management, Printing and Framing and are designed for a wide variety of skill levels. Complete details can be found at our Stylistec website.
Last year, our fall workshop sold out in just under a month so don’t delay in requesting your registration information. Sign up today!
Request a Shoot, Print & Frame Workshop Registration Form and Information
Rikk Flohr & Laurie Hernandez © 2013