Archive for April, 2012

Holcombe – Jimison Farmstead HDR Workshop Announcement!

Posted in Instructional Photo Tours on April 15, 2012 by roamin with roman

I am thrilled to announce my newest HDR workshop location on June 30th at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville, NJ.  This workshop is being co-led by Susan Candelario .  The cost is $100 and is being held from 9am until noon. This Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Hunterdon County’s agricultural heritage from the 18th into the 20th centuries.  We will have private access to all the structures which include a dentist/doctors office, pictured above, as well as a barber shop, (shown in the image below), a print shop, general store, wood shop, and many more!

Our group will be allowed to use our tripods indoors to capture all the historic artifacts as either a HDR series or as a single exposure.  The group size is limited to 12 participants to allow for ease of movement between the structures and allow everyone ample time to photograph all the different locations.

Every participant will get plenty of opportunities for detail work of tools as well as other farm machinery and the numerous items in the general store, as shown in the image above, so a wide-angle lens as well as an intermediate telephoto lens is recommended. Being a local NJ location, I expect that this one will fill up fast!  Best way to reserve your spot is to use the Pay Now button on my schedule page, enter the amount ($100), and then enter the credit card information.  Don’t forget to write in Holcombe Jimison Farmstead in the notes area, or drop me an e-mail to let me know that you have made your payment.

I just concluded my latest Gillette Castle workshop in East Haddam, Ct.   I can now announce my newest date, which is August 26th, and is limited to 8 participants. Susan Candelario will also be co-leading this one once again!   I came home after midnight so the image above is from our last workshop there as I haven’t had time to process yesterday’s images yet!  You can see some of the previous workshop images on my earlier blog post to see examples of what type of images you can capture at the castle.

Have to start working on some of my Arches/Canyonlands images now!!!


May 4th Charity Speaking Event: for a little girl named Charlotte

Posted in Instructional Photo Tours on April 13, 2012 by roamin with roman

This has been a great year and a half of speaking engagements for me but one particular request caught me by surprise and made me realize just how good I have it.

I met Tamron USA rep, Patty Gregitis,  a few years back at the New Jersey Federation of Camera Club’s annual event called Photorama.  We had spoken a few times over the years at the event and she struck me as a very down to earth, nice person, so I wasn’t too surprised when I received an e-mail from her a few days ago.  The contents of her e-mail and speaking request did make me sit back and realize just how blessed I am with Pura, Greg, and Ian.  Patty told me about an employee of Unique Photo, Michael Downy, who was a great guy, always helping others, asking for nothing in return but now he needed some help for his daughter, Charlotte.  Patty was putting together a fundraiser for Charlotte to help with her numerous medical expenses.  You can read her story like I did, here.   After reading about her plight I jumped at the chance to help out and I hope you all can do so too.

On Friday evening on May 4th, I will be presenting my program: “Photographing Wildlife – from Animals to Birds” at the Unique Photo store; 123 Us Hwy 46 Fairfield, NJ from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  The suggested donation is $25 per session, which includes my presentation Friday night,  a “Photo Walk on Saturday the 5th (3 different times available) as well as a social event later that afternoon, with all the proceeds going to Charlotte.  I will not be leading any of the walks due to a workshop commitment, but I see some very talented pros who have also donated their time for this worthwhile event.  You can find all the information here. I hope to make it back from my Connecticut workshop in time for the social and be there to help give away some great door prizes as well.  You can also sign up or make your contribution on Unique Photo’s site or by calling: 973-377-2007.  I hope you can come join me on Friday night where I will share my passion and techniques for wildlife photography. 

I have never met Michael or Charlotte but I hope my small part in this fight will bring them some much-needed hope and with any luck, help brighten Charlotte’s day and get her on the road to recovery! 


***Update 5/9/2012  Patty Gregitis has informed me that because of your generous support we raised over $5,000 for Charlotte!!!  Thank you everyone who supported this event!!!***

Winners of the HDR Contest Announced!!!

Posted in Instructional Photo Tours on April 12, 2012 by roamin with roman

Susan Candelario and I are thrilled to announce the winners of our first HDR photo contest!!!  Even though we judge photo contest around the state, it took us a while to pick the winners with so many quality entries.  We chose Jason Hipp’s image above because of the excellent and unusual composition along with the mood and the fantastic HDR processing.  Congratulations Jason on the well deserved win!!!

For those of you who haven’t been to Grand Central Terminal to photograph, anyone can bring a tripod if you apply for the free permit and you can find the information here

For our second place winner we chose a much more naturally processed HDR of Mammoth Hot Spring by Megg McNamee.  The subtle HDR processing and beautiful comp and colors gave her image a bit of an edge.  Way to go Megg!!!  A relative newcomer to HDR it looks like she is taking to it very well!

Our 3rd place winner is Jerry Snyder.  His image of a corn barn had a great graphic quality to it and Susan and I both loved the lines and composition.  There were quite a few entries nipping at the heels of this one but when it came down to it, Susan and I both just loved the overall design and HDR work of the image.  Congratulations to you Jerry!

Susan and I would like to thank all of you who entered and we are already working on the next contest which we will be announcing shortly. 

We would also like to thank Gary Farber of  Hunt’s Photo and Video for donation the 2nd place prize as well as Unified Color Technologies for their support with the 3rd place prize.