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Workshop Stuff: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do.

Light rain falling.

Light rain falling.

I teach an online class with the PPSOP, and I also conduct my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops around the planet. One of my Springtime Workshops, I conducted was in Tuscany. We were based in Sienna, and each morning and afternoon we set out for various locations that I had scouted before the start of the workshop.

For most of the week we had great weather, but one morning we set out to capture the beautiful rolling hills and rows of Cedar trees indigenous to the Tuscany landscape. As we drove farther away from Sienna, on a very narrow two-lane highway, the skies became darker and darker, and rain was imminent. Katka, the woman that produced the workshop for me knew of a small pull out where we could park the van and cars. The morning light wasn’t going to happen, and then the rain came. Not a downpour, but even the light rain falling was enough to totally bum out my group.

Raining harder now.

Raining harder now.

We had parked  about fifty feet from a major curve that had arrows pointing around it, so I immediately began thinking of a way to turn the overcast, gloomy, rainy day into something positive and fun for the workshop. That is the ones that wanted to get out into the rain, which by the end of the shoot included almost everyone.

I had Petr, the co-producer get in one of our cars with one of my walki-talkis. I had him drive slowly around the curve, directing him via the walki-talkis to keep his foot on the brakes so we could introduce some color; while the workshop shot long exposures.

After a while we hardly noticed the rain and my fellow photographers were able to create several pretty damn good photos… I’m proud to say.

A rainy critique for one of mt hearty students.

A rainy critique for one of mt hearty students.

So, as I’m ofter heard saying, “You gotta do what you gotta do”.

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2015 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. My new Springtime workshop in in Portugal next May, and I have a spot left in my photo trip in conjunction with Epic Photo Tours to Myanmar. Two fantastic workshops that offer a great deal of history and photo opportunities then returning home with memorable photos to show for it.

Keep those photos and questions coming in to: AskJoeB@gmail.com, and receive a video critique.


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    • Valeriano November 18, 2014, 5:03 am

      No humour available that day?

      • Joe November 18, 2014, 8:44 am

        Actually Valeriano, there was humor in the fact that we were out shooting in the rain, and having a good time in the process. We were laughing at each other while shooting, and in Texas where I live, we call that being able to “cowboy up”.


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