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Dec 26th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Hokkaido, Life Is Short, News & Stuff, Travel

Hokkaido Landscapes with Martin Bailey

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I fell in love with Hokkaido, Japan, last year. I joined Martin Bailey as a guest on his Winter Wonderland tour, and spent almost two weeks photographing monkeys, cranes, eagles, and beautiful landscapes. I wanted more of the landscapes and Martin and I talked long and hard about the possibilities. So the second he started getting serious about running a landscape trip in Hokkaido for 2015, I saved my spot, and earlier this week he announced the details and opened applications for registration.

As I write this the snow is falling in Vancouver and has me nostalgic for Hokkaido, which kind of blew my mind last year. This will be a really great adventure. The weather can get quite hairy on the Hokkaido coast, which accounts for much of its beauty. Martin tells me there’s a chance we could get snowed in, which makes it even more exciting to me. If nothing excites you like the thought of cold, and very early, mornings, hunkered over a tripod in the snow and pointing your lens at something beautiful on the north sea of Japan next winter, this is the trip for you. I can hardly wait to drop my first filter or lens cap into 4 feet of snow. :-)

Many of you know that, for the time being, I’ve stopped doing workshops and tours. Mostly this is because I need time in 2014 to get my feet fixed (once and for all, I hope). I may resume them at some point in the future. But it won’t be for a couple years.  For now, if you want to do a great photography tour, and have a chance to connect with me and hang out in sub-zero temperatures and deep snow on the northern Japanese coast, this is that chance (and likely the last chance for a long while.) I’m going as a special guest which means I’m not technically an instructor, but like Martin, I’m passionate about teaching and there will be lots of time to talk if you’re looking for instruction, or time to wander through the snow together looking for something amazing to photograph, or just a chance to tell stories over a bowl of udon and a bottle of sake.

We laughed a lot last year, spent time in the natural hot springs at many of the hotels, enjoyed some amazing (and strange) food, and made some really beautiful memories and photographs. Martin’s tours fill quickly, and with good reason. He’s an excellent teacher and guide and I’m looking forward to being with him again, to both teach and learn. Full details, the trip itinerary, and images from the areas we’ll be visiting, are on Martin’s website.

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If Japan doesn’t suit you, and you want to spend time with other passionate photographers more in love with photographs than gear, check out Jeffrey Chapman’s Within The Frame Adventures, which we did together for years and which he now runs with exceptional photographers and guides all over the world. But if you want Hokkaido landscapes in winter with a photographer who lives and works in Japan, and a chance to spend time with me, this is your chance. See you there.

 

 

 

Dec 19th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Life Is Short, News & Stuff, Vision Is Better

Christmas Presence.

In the coming days, if you’ve not done so already you’ll see all kinds of articles about making better holiday photographs. They’ll be filled with advice from the banal and obvious, to the dubiously helpful. Mostly they’ll be written to drag people to their blogs, and increase traffic, when those same people should just shut […]

Dec 16th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff, The Craft

Pushing Light

One of the big challenges of working with light is the contrast between light and dark and the ability of film or sensors to capture that full range. The camera just doesn’t see the way we do sometimes. PUSHING LIGHT is a 112-page discussion of this problem and the various solutions to it. These days […]

Dec 11th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff

SEVEN+ AND A NEW C&V WEBSITE

SEVEN+ IS NOW AVAILABLE When I launched SEVEN, my limited edition book, earlier this year, we offered a special edition that included an expanded digital edition. 200 pages long, SEVEN+ was a chance for people who purchased the uber-edition to look at the work on a bus, a plane, anywhere you weren’t going to take […]

Nov 16th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Craft & Vision, Hokkaido, News & Stuff, Wallpapers

November Desktop Wallpaper

Desktop Wallpaper from Hokkaido, Japan, last winter. Enjoy! I’ve just got back from a nice road trip – one that took me for the first time in almost two years over the US border. Let’s just say I’ve had some unnecessary issues stemming from a decision to live nomadically with no fixed address a couple […]

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