Giving Thanks

It’s been an incredible year for my photography and business and I have a lot to appreciate and be thankful for. The economy is still struggling, yet a lot of good fortune has come my way in 2012. This last quarter of the year has been tremendously busy and productive, so I apologize for the quiet that has recently fallen upon my blog and social media streams.

THANK YOU to my November 2012 Death Valley Photo Workshop participants!

I’ve just concluded two sold out workshops in Death Valley National Park, both just days apart. I’d like to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all who attended these workshops. You were all wonderful people to spend time with! We shared lots of adventures, laughs, great light, and superb photography, and I hope I’ll see you all again in the near future. I would love to bring all my workshop alumni together in an incredible setting for a weekend of photography, laughs, food, and libations. March 2013 in Joshua Tree National Park? Stay tuned…

THANK YOU to the participants of my Nov 2012 Introduction to Large Format Photography workshop!

I’m tremendously thankful for being able to lead a creative and artistic life. I get to call all my own shots. I make my own schedule. I have the great fortune of spending many days each year right where I’d most like to spend them and doing what I love doing the most. Whether I am pursuing my own photography, working on assignment/commission, or teaching,  I can honestly say that there is never a bad day outside enjoying the raw beauty of nature and landscape. As I walk or drive through these places that are most meaningful to me, I often find myself in awe of the fact that this is my job! I am paid to photograph, teach, and inspire – for this I am tremendously humbled and thankful.

Humbled and Thankful. This is where I work – no cubicles, no boss!

I’m thankful to the judges of the November 2012 Rancho Mirage Art Affaire who awarded me with another Best in Show. It’s one thing to believe in your own work. It’s entirely another to have it validated by a jury of artists who view a lot of work and are asked to be highly critical of it. It’s an honor and privilege to have received several Best in Show’s in 2012.  I am thankful!

Best in Show, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

I am very thankful for my new collectors. These include some of the wonderful people, like Steve and Lana, who wander into a fine art festival with upwards of two hundred artists from whose work they could choose, yet they make a connection with mine. It’s an honor to have ones work appreciated and validated, yet another altogether to have it become a permanent piece on finite wall space. It’s humbling and gratifying to have my work hang in many homes, offices, and instituions throughout the U.S. Thank you to my collectors!

New collectors, Steve and Lana

The final THANK YOU is due to my wife, Shauna,  and my extended family (animals included), who all support me and make it possible to lead the life that I do while patiently tolerating the increasing number of days that I am absent from home each year. My photography and work are critical elements in my life, but I value the most and appreciate the greatest my wife and family.

THANK YOU all for making my life possible! I wish you all the happiest holidays with your loved ones.

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My 2010 Workshops and Tours

Large Format Photographer in the Alabama Hills

My first private workshop of 2010 took place last weekend (January 9-10) in the remarkable Alabama Hills and Owens Valley, California. David, Sue, and Erik Haake (David is the Program Director for the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club) hired me for a day of Large Format photography instruction with Erik on Saturday in the Alabama Hills (Erik is seen in the photo at left shooting sunrise in the Alabama Hills), and on Sunday we toured a few special locations in and around the Owens Valley (concluding our tour at an incredible and hidden petroglyph panel in the Volcanic Tablelands). David and Sue are avid birders, and although I can’t currently call myself an avid birder, it is something I have spent a fair amount of time doing in the past and I do have a fair number of species on my life list (even though I don’t keep a life list!). Incidentally, the scope of my guiding was altered last weekend, and according to Sue: “you were a wonderful birding guide to top it off.” Thanks, David, Sue, and Erik, for being wonderful clients!

I am currently have one scheduled 2010 group workshop and three more in the planning stages for this year:

    Introduction to Large Format Photography Workshop. February 13-14, 2010, Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierra (just outside Lone Pine, California). Limited to only 5 photographers; $349 per person. My teaching methods and techniques are direct and easy to comprehend, and I will successfully put you in full control of your camera. At the completion of this intensive two-day workshop, you will be able to efficiently and confidently compose, focus, and expose your own photographs. Click here for more information and to register for this workshop.

    March 6-7, 2010 California Desert Wildflower tour: Our “wet season” started wet (despite the name, it doesn’t always work this way!) and although we had a recent dry and warm spell, things are slated to turn again next week and the state of California should again get quite wet. This may bode well for spring wildflowers in the desert. But my intention is to only lead a tour (likely a one day driving tour) if I can *guarantee* good blooms at the best locations (desert wildflowers are wildly unpredictable). Only time will tell, and I’ll be updating this blog as things develop.

    October 2010 Eastern Sierra Autumn Color Tour: Fall color varies from year to year, but it’s always predictable enough to guarantee great photographs under incredible settings. I’m tentatively planning a three-day tour during the first week of October. The tour will range from Mono Lake in the north to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the south.

    Nov-Dec 2010 Death Valley National Park Backcountry 4WD Workshop/Tour: We will spend about a week driving, hiking, and photographing locations that most photographers have no idea even exist! I have personally driven most of Death Valley National Park backcountry roads (including the most difficult and challenging) and have hiked and photographed locations well off the beaten track. Had enough of Zabriskie Point, Badwater, and the Mesquite Flat dunes? Come tour with me. Logistically speaking, unless I can locate and work with an authorized 4WD outfitter for Death Valley NP (I am currently at work on this), each client will need to provide their own 4WD and advanced driving experience. I’ll continue to update my blog as details develop.

If you have interest in any of these workshops/tours, please leave me a reply or shoot me an email.

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One-on-One Photography Workshops

My workshop client, David, seen here in Rock Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra

My workshop client, David, seen here in Rock Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra

In recent weeks I have conducted two private one-on-one workshops with two great clients, David (Style and Vision) and Larry (Introduction to Large Format Photography). Private workshops are a great way to maximize your investment, as the focus is exclusively one ONE individual. These can be high-intensity and detail-packed workshops, but I cannot think of a better way to learn.

Guy Tal and I have not conducted any group workshops in 2008 (Gordon-Tal Photographic Workshops), and it is uncertain when we will resume them (largely due to competing professional and personal interests, not to mention geography issues [I’m in California, Guy is in Utah]. If you’ve been waiting on the sidelines for a group workshop, I highly suggest that you look into private instruction with myself or Guy.

David, seen in the photograph above, had this to say about our recent weekend together:

The weekend was the most intensive photo experience since one of my NZ trips about 10 years ago. I was especially impressed with your conscientious preparation and attention to my aims and needs. It was a rare display of professionalism…you have earned a source of business referrals for life.

Thank You, David!

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