Understand Photography Show Episode 46: Landscapes with Diversity with Robert L. Chaplin

Peggy Farren 2017-08-04

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“Utilize what nature gives you.”

Episode 46 with Robert Chaplin - “Landscapes with Diversity”

About Robert
- Robert has always had a passion for the Everglades
- Had taken workshops with Nature Workshops for 10-12 years, finally was asked to teach his own.
- Robert teaches 4 different workshops of his own and works with NatureWorkshops.com
-Canadian Rockies
-South FL Birds
-Everglades Experience
- is a distibutor for ‘Bug Tamer’ and provides a bug jacket for clients to help keep them comfortable as “the Everglades in the summer is BRUTAL”

“We always find something to shoot. The hot part of the day when people say the light’s no good, I’ll find a way to show somebody how to use a cloud for high key photography. Or we’ll go into a hammock and find a Florida tree snail and I’ll challenge them to photograph with macro.”

-Summer Skies and Lightning
- use a ‘lightning sensor’ - by Lightning Bug
- use ‘weatherbug’ app on phone to see where to set up to get best shots
- best shots are taken BESIDE the storm. Do NOT try to take shots while EMBEDDED in the storm, nor try to set up while the storm is coming AT you.
- STAY SAFE, use a zoom lens and stay as far away as possible

* favorite location for sky and storm shots: Everglades National Park has a great winding road that weaves through the park allows for views from many different directions.

- Everglades After Dark (Focus on the Perseid meteor shower)
- includes time lapse, meteor shower, night sky and milky way
- set up camera with in composition, lock cable-release at 20-30s exposure and let it go for 2 hours - then pick up and move to a new location and set up again.

Recognizing a Good Workshop
- may be more expensive to cover liability insurances and permits, but leaders who are concerned with “doing it right” will give a better experience to the customer
- small groups of 4-5 give more personalized instruction, leave a smaller impact on the environment, and may be able to go different places than a larger group of 8-10
- ‘processing time’ is not the focus of the workshop, get OUT there and learn how to take great shots!
- to get a good picture is work: get up early, get out there, stand in water, stand in freezing or extremely hot temps, deal with mosquitoes, know your equipment…it’s more than just point and shoot

Abstract Photography
- Images produced that are not as our eyes normally see them.
- Still follow compositional guidelines, color association, movement and flow.
- “Zoom Burst/Blur” - 1/2 - 1s exposure, zoom lens while exposing
- “Vertical Pan”
- Stacked time-lapse images of the night sky that produce star trails are also examples of abstract photography.

“It’s a lot of fun to try to create something that’s beyond the standard shot people are seeing.”

Selling prints
- has done fairs, art shows, and gallery exhibits
- purchased prints come with certificate of authenticity as well as the story and thought process behind the shot

Get involved!
- Join local camera club (or create one!)
- Join National Parks Association
- Volunteer

Book - “Everglades National Park: A Photographic Destination”
- Found here at Amazon or at www.Everglades.Photography
- Includes history, tips and techniques, locations, and how to approach an area for photography even if you didn’t get the shot you were looking for.

Robert L. Chaplin

See you next week for episode 47!

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