Paul Tornaquindici described our helicopter ride during my Namibia workshop.

“Breathtaking! Strapped into a helicopter- doors removed and hanging out the side seeing the amazing dunes of Sossusvlei from above for the first time. The helicopter moved slowly over the dunes in the morning light as we photographed the remarkable beauty.”

See his images and read more here.

Walk With Someone

October 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

Walk with someone and photograph together. Then compare the results. You’ll see a different way of looking at the world. You’ll also have an opportunity to see how you see more clearly. Even when the images you make are the same you’ll learn that some results are driven by convention and this can prompt you to push further, to find something new, and to make your images more personal. The comparisons and contrasts you’ll see by photographing with someone else can be extremely insightful.

Paul Tornaquindici (top) and I (bottom) walked together more than once in Namibia. Standing a few feet apart, we made very different images.

Try this in my digital photography workshops.

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One interesting exercise I recommend to my students is to shadow a partner. Walk in each other’s footsteps and make pictures like the other person. Shoot the same things. Shoot them the way you’d shoot them. Then shoot them the way you think your partner would shoot them. It’s best if you partner with someone who can expand your comfort zone. Compare the results as you go. What you’ll find is you won’t end up making the same images. You’ll end up making your own images in new ways.

These two images from Serra Cafema, Namibia came out of this exercise. The horizontal one is Paul Tornaquindici’s. The vertical one’s mine. We smiled while we were doing it and we’re still smiling. We realized that while the conditions were identical, we were so different and that resulted in different images. There are many more realizations about our personal styles we’re still making.

See more of Paul Tornaquindici’s images here.

Visit here tomorrow for more of my images from Namibia.

Find out about my 2010 Namibia workshop here.

The cast of this week’s workshop in Iceland.

Alex Tjoa

Kirit Vora

Jim Graham

Paul Tornaquindici

Olafur Rognvaldsson

Raganar th Sigurdsson

Einar Erlendsson

Find out more about each of them on their websites.

Iceland – Day 5

August 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Today we visited a small horse farm and watched the Icelandic horses run. The week in review followed. Tben a great dinner. Lots of laughter with new and old friends.

Find out more about the participants … in order of images.

Alex Tjoa

Kirit Vora

Jim Graham

Paul Tornaquindici

Find out about Focus on Nature.

Get Priority Status in my 2011 Iceland workshop. Email jpc@johnpaulcaponigro.com.

Iceland – Day 4

August 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Today we drove into the highlands behind the glaciers and walked shallow rivers in black sand and roaring rivers in small canyons.

Find out more about the participants … in order of images.

Alex Tjoa

Kirit Vora

Jim Graham

Paul Tornaquindici

Find out about Focus on Nature.

Get Priority Status in my 2011 Iceland workshop. Email jpc@johnpaulcaponigro.com


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