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Our 2015 Tuscany photo workshop was a fantastic trip filled with great friends, food, wine and the spectacular scenery of the Tuscany landscape. Above, early morning fog drifts over the rolling hills around the Belevdere farmhouse.

Below the sun sets over this well know group of cypress trees surrounded by spring wildflowers in Torrenieri.

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Our workshop this year included a first-time visit to the small villa of Bagno Vignoni. The ancient pool in the town center, while no longer open for public use, is filled with water from the local hot springs.

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Next year’s Tuscany workshop is now open for sign-up. Click here for more info: 2016 Tuscany Jennifer King Photography Workshops

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Springtime in the Smokies is always a great time to photograph. During the recent JKPW workshop, we had perfect conditions. The streams were flowing, the green color of the trees was brilliant and the temperatures were pleasant.

Even on top of Clingman’s Dome, the winds were still for a wonderful sunrise.

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This year we photographed Sparks Lane, in the Cades Cove area, from the opposite direction as seen in most photographs of this well known road. It is just as nice in both directions.

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I had the great opportunity to visit the Charleston, SC area this month. It’s a beautiful location, especially in the spring. The flora is bursting out everywhere and the warming temperatures makes you head straight to the great beaches. The image above was taken under the pier at Folly Beach as the morning sun climbed behind the clouds.

A visit to Magnolia Plantation is always a pleasure. The majestic trees create such wonderful graphic images. Getting to shoot with a fun group of photographers (JKPW) made this trip a real delight.

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  • April 26, 2015 - 11:59 am

    Russ Barnes - Mike – As hard as it is to accept, your work keeps getting better and better. Just when I see a shot that I think can’t be topped, you post another one that proves me wrong. You have an amazing eye.

  • April 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    Mike Walker - Why thank you Mr. Barnes! Hope all is well.

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Looking out my window at home, watching the snow fall, it’s nice to think back to a couple of days ago when I was visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah with Jennifer King Photography Workshops. The weather there was surprisingly mild for February and it allowed for extended photography opportunities including some pleasant night photography.

The image above was taken at the Grand View Point in Canyonlands at sunrise. It is a spectacular vista overlooking the white-rimmed canyon below.

The shot below, while not particularly dramatic and an image that is iconic for Arches National Park, is a reminder to me of the challenging hike to reach this viewpoint. The view of Turret Arch through the North Window is amazing in person.

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We took advantage of the mild nights to photograph the stars while in Arches. The star trails below were taken under the Double Arch formation.

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Had a fun workshop in Death Valley National Park. November is such a great time to visit, the temperatures are in the 70’s and the days are shorter so the sunrises are later and the sunsets come earlier. Photographing the Mesquite Flat sand dunes is always a special treat and something I could do everyday. The shapes, colors and textures are ever changing as the sunlight creates dramatic graphic patterns.

Since sunset comes a little earlier, the group had several opportunities to shoot the night sky. Death Valley is one of the darkest places in the U.S. and the number of stars that you can see is startling for someone like me, who lives in an urban east coast area.

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One of the places that is not that well-known, at least it is not marked by any park maps, is the salt basin north of Furnace Creek. We were lucky to see water in the basin which provided some nice reflections of color and sky.

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Check out the upcoming 2015 Jennifer King Photography Workshops schedule at this link.

  • December 23, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Mike Pillows - You’re killing me brother…. one of the places that I have to wait until I retire. Once again your pics are fantastic!!!

  • December 23, 2014 - 12:38 am

    Mike Walker - Thanks Mike. Hope you get the opportunity to visit DV!

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