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
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
Still Time To Sign Up for the Early-Signup Discount
The Early Signup period for the Spring 2014 Workshop expires on February 28,2014. You still have time to save $50.00 on this Photography Workshop. Complete details can be found at my Badlands Workshop Site. We are already half-full and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to photograph the landscapes and lifestyle of the South Dakota Badlands.
Rikk Flohr © 2014
We have just three seats left for the Fall 2013, Shoot, Print and Frame the North Shore workshop with Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez. Click on the image above for full details.
Fall Colors, The Big Lake, Some Cool Instruction and a Framed Print await you….
Warning: Live Cropping Ahead!
Rikk Flohr © 2013
We only have two seats left for for the Badlands Winter Workshop 2013 with instructors Rikk Flohr (the Cropist) and Laurie Hernandez (Queen of the Crop). If you were thinking about signing up this year, now is the time to do so. We are still offering the early signup discount through 9/30/2013 but expect to be sold out long before then.
Information can be found here.
We hope to see you in the Badlands.
Rikk Flohr © 2013
2 Seats Just Opened Up!
Due to a cancellation we are surprised to find ourselves with a couple of unexpectedly open seats for our May 18th Badlands Photography Workshop. With only 60 days to go till the Workshop, we expect these two seats to go quickly so don’t delay and request a registration packet today!
© Rikk Flohr 2013
Just a quick announcement to let you all know that the May 2012 Badlands Photography Workshop with Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez has only two seats left. If you were thinking of joining us this year, now is the time.
Full details can be found at the website.
Rikk Flohr © 2012