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17
Jun

Great Falls One Day Summer Workshop Announcement

We just added an exciting new summer workshop at Great Falls National Park in Virginia on Saturday July 24th! This one day (sunrise to sunset) workshop is limited to 5 people. Registrations just opened up and this one will fill up fast!

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30
Apr

Only 2 spots available for my Acadia National Park workshop this June!

 
 Bar Harbor, Maine 
June 6-10, 2010
Instructor: Joseph Rossbach
Tuition: $695   Register Now 

Rugged granite cliffs, pounding waves, mountains that roll into the ocean, lupine and glacially carved lakes await us in Acadia National Park. Join me for an exciting tour of this rugged and beautiful park on the Maine Coast. We will spend our days chasing the light and landscape in search of majestic and awe inspiring images. We will even have the chance to photograph the amazing lupine bloom and star trails over the Atlantic at night. 

 Basic workshop itinerary:  

Sunday: Workshop begins at 12noon with a slide show and intro class session. Then a field shoot until after sunset. 
 

Monday & Tuesday: We will begin 1 hour before sunrise, shoot for 4 -5 hours, break fro brunch and classroom work and the an early dinner and back in the field until after sunset. 
 

Wednesday: Morning shoot for 4 hours and then a break until we meet again for our afternoon shoot until after sunset. If the weather is right, we will stay out to do night photography and light painting. 
 

Thursday: Sunrise shoot, breakfast as a group and the workshop ends at 11am. 

 

 

 

15
Apr

Leaving the herd behind at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

As a full time professional nature photographer, I often find it essential to shoot icons. I don’t usually want to or have a great drive to photograph in these locations for one reason alone. They’ve been shot too many times before. Take Delicate Arch for example. This is arguably the most photographed natural arch in the world! People come from across the globe to visit Arches National Park and hundreds, if not thousands of photographers flock to this location every year. The vast majority of the herd take the same shots from the same vantage points. You can see the finely worn indentations of tripod holes pounded into the slick rock. So why would I want to visit this location and is it possible to come away with a unique image?

To answer the first question, the reason I came to shoot Delicate Arch was because I was one leading a photo workshop in Arches and Canyonlands, and it would be sacrilege to not take the group to the most iconic arch in the world while on a workshop in that very park. And the second reason, it is an absolutely beautiful location and if I want to further market and sell my images from the southwest than I had better have a nice and hopefully unique collection of images from these desert icons. So starts my thinking on just how unimaginative most photographers can be. While at Delicate Arch along with at least 100 other tourist and at least 15 other photographers, all of the tripods were all lined up in the classic position at the back of the bowl to shoot the arch against the La Sal mountains, the classic shot. Let me be honest here for just a moment. Do I have a classic shot of Delicate Arch from the back of the bowl? Yes! Would I shoot it again from the classic position? Yes I would, but only if there was something truly magical happening. I mean I would need some really dramatic clouds over those La Sal’s or a double rainbow cresting down on the arch with a pot of gold on the other end. The evening we were up there with the group there were no dramatic clouds, no rainbows and no leprechaun touting a pot of gold. Just your average high pressure skies and not a cloud in sight! It’s under these conditions that a photographer must begin to really think outside of the box and work hard to create a unique image of an oft photographed subject.

Take this image for example. When we first arrived up top and after consulting with my group, I do what I most often do when shooting a location, leave the camera in the bag and take a walk around. I study the subject, the light, the weather, look at the angles and try to get into a rhythm with the place. That’s when I came up under the backside of the arch and noticed that the sun was arcing it way down and towards the opening of the arch from the back end. I went back and got the group and drug them down to this spot. For this image I set the camera low to the ground with an extreme wide angle to include not only the arch but also the area of sandstone catching light in the immediate foreground. I patiently waited for the sun to set into the small opening and them began to create the images. Often times the difference between a good image and a great image is the decisive moment!

As sunset approached, I found a spot just below Delicate Arch with some great sandstone striations leading the eye deep into the image and creating strong visual impact. I set my camera low to the ground and kept inching forward every couple of minutes as the sun retreated towards the horizon and the shadows grew longer on the sandstone. This shot was taken just as the sun was about to crest the horizon. The warm side light, raking shadows and color juxtaposition between red sandstone and blue sky was so arresting. I couldn’t have picked a better spot to record the last wonderful play of light and land at this icon of the west.

Be sure to visit my website for our current schedule of photo workshop near and far as well as browse our galleries of fine art prints, purchase boos on nature and landscape photography and visit our photo tips page for thoughtful tutorials and insights on the making of my images from capture to post processing.

13
Apr

Heavens Gate. Delicate Arch Starscape, Arches National Park, Utah

I just returned home from 13 days in southern Utah with fellow photographer and friend Ian Plant. The first part of the trip was spent leading our Arches and Canyonlands Creative Vision Photo Workshop. After that we spent time in the Page and Escalante area backpacking and exploring slot canyons and sandstone rims.

This is a shot from the last evening shoot with the workshop group. After the light faded, we positioned the group below Delicate Arch and set up a starscape. This is a 30 minute exposure at 1 hour after dark with a twilight exposure for the glow on the horizon blended in. The arch was illuminated with about 20 flash bursts and a red gel.

Thanks for having a look and best of light,

Joe

21
Jan

Crooked Teeth

 

Ice and lichen on a rock wall along Shays Run, Blackwater Falls, West Virginia.

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13! ~ Only a couple space are still avialable for this workshop!!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

18
Jan

In the Ice Cave

I journeyed into this ice cave along Shays Run in Blackwater Falls State Park looking for a new perspective on an area that I have photographed many times over. I was so impressed witht the glow of light coming through the ice wall and the thin layer of froast and ice on the rocks and walls that I had to get my workshop group into this cave. I have a big group of 10 folks and had to bring them in two at a time due to the limited space of the interior of the cave. In order to reach this location, we had to climb down a stepe bank, cross a partially frozen stream and then an ice bridge with about three feet of show lying on top of it. I t was worth all of the effort and this was the highlight of today’s field session.

Look out for my Notes from the field: West Virginia Winter post in the next few days!

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

17
Nov

West Virginia Winter Workshop Announcement

West Virginia Winter Workshop Announcement
January 15 -18, 2010
Blackwater Falls Lodge (Blackwater Falls State Park
$625.00 (Mountain Trail Photo Workshops)
Highlights include winter landscapes, fresh snow, Blackwater Falls, Shays Run Waterfalls, ice and snow patterns, Canaan Valley covered in snow and digital software training.

Friday 01/15/10 – Workshop starts at noon with an intro slide show. Field session in the park until after sunset. Diner as a group and then Software presentations at night.
Saturday 01/16/10 – 4 hour field session starting at sunrise. Breakfast as a group. Back in the field until sunset. Diner as a group and presentation afterwards.
Sunday 01/17/10 – Same as Saturday! Optional classroom session in the afternoon depending on weather and light.
Monday 01/18/10 – Morning shoot from before sunrise until 10 am. Breakfast as a group with closing discussion of workshop. Workshop ends at checkout time.
Click here to Register for this workshop!

3
Nov

Great Falls Autumn Workshop 2009 & End of the Fall Workshop Season

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This past weekend marked the end of our fall workshop season with our Great Falls Autumn Workshop. The weather was challenging with lots of clouds and rain. No breaks in the sun at all for 3 days! We made the best of it and all came away with some really nice images. The color was pretty sweet especially along Scotts Run. Here is a small gallery of images. Enjoy!

To order prints, sign up for nature photography workshops and classes as well as browse a large selection of images from across the United States, please visit my website at www.josephrossbach.com

Our Next event is at Meadowlark, VA:

Mini-Workshop at Meadowlark Nature Center

In this four-hour mini-workshop, we will describe the techniques of abstract photography, of line and shape, as well as multiple exposure, panning, macro techniques, and software manipulation. Two hours will be devoted to outdoor experience. Please dress appropriately.

Register here 

14
Oct

DC Photo Week Mini Workshop

 

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In this four-hour mini-workshop, we will describe the techniques of abstract photography, of line and shape, as well as multiple exposure, panning, macro techniques, and software manipulation. Two hours will be devoted to outdoor experience. Please dress appropriately.

Cost $85

Click here to register!

10
Oct

West Virginia Autumn Workshop Day 3

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It has been a wet and windy West Virginia workshop so far, but we are making the very best of the conditions and shooting are buts off! Yesterday I took the workshop group on a whirlwind tour that started out in lower Canaan valley shooting barns and color. We then headed south and worked the Glady Creek area for hours under soft overcast skies and the occasional rain shower. After that it was up to Spruce Knob Lake to shoot the wonderful meadows that surround. We had dinner at a restaurant over looking mighty Seneca Rocks and then finished up the day shooting until after sunset.

Today it’s raining (again) and we will start out the day doing isolated scenics in Canaan Valley State Park and then i will head them over to my favorite little red barn. After that it’s Pendleton Falls, Blackwater Falls and Elekala Falls in the afternoon. We will finish up sunset at either Pendleton Point or Lindy Point. Looks like we will have partly cloudy skies for sunset!

Here are a few images from the past couple days. Enjoy!

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