We're going to start this series off with a relatively simple image in regards to post processing. The heavy lifting was done by the amazing light show put on by Mother Nature and I just had to be sure I didn't screw that up.
Some of the most famous art in the world was commissioned to be created by someone other than the artist. As time has passed, that tradition has slowly disappeared and art has been something that is often created for the sake of creating it. I think this is a great thing! More people should get into art for all kinds of reasons (a whole other blog post sometime). That being said, for us professional artists that made the silly choice to try and make a living in art, I would love to see commissioned work make a glorious comeback.
This past summer, I received an email from a wonderful couple that wanted to some images of their favorite beach for their home here and to have at their other home in California to remember as a reminder of their view for the other half of the year. There is something to be said about creating art with restrictions. Most people would think that would be a bad thing, but sometimes restrictions are what pushes the artist to try harder and create something amazing within those limitations. It forces us to think and see in a way we aren't accustomed and in that, we can grow.
I set about creating a series of images that both reflect my style and what the clients had in mind. What came forth was something that made us both happy. I think that is a beautiful thing to share with someone. I got to create moments that captured how someone feels, which in the end is what art is all about.
If you are interested in getting your own commissioned images, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those that don't know already, I offer one-on-one workshops for photography. How you don't know is shocking since I talk about it all the time, but let's pretend you are new here or that you have just discovered this amazing thing called the internet! Whatever you do, DO NOT answer any emails from a Nigerian Prince that wants to give you money... Welcome!
The great thing about a one-on-one workshop is that it is custom designed to teach you exactly what you want to know. There are a lot people that can be intimidated by a group workshop and I get that! You are worried that others might judge you for your ability level. On one of my solo workshops, there is no one to judge you and there are no stupid questions... unless they come from me. I promise you that whatever questions you have, I had at some point too.
I reached out to my friend and workshop attendant, Glynis Morse, to see if she would be kind enough to send me a short testimonial for her time with me. Well, what she sent back made me blush a little, but I think it sums up what you will experience well.
"For a year or so Charlie Widdis had been in my consciousness. I watched his travels on Facebook and marveled at the beautiful images he was making and then happened to meet him at an Art In the Park. Then months later I noticed he was offering a workshop which I really wanted to attend but I live in Texas most of the year so I wrote him and asked if he would consider giving me a one-on-one workshop when I was in Maine and he agreed. I wanted to learn to photograph the milky way and sunrise so he tailor-made a workshop for me and even threw in a third location because I mentioned I'd like to photograph the skyline of Portland. He researched the best time and date for the Milky Way. He is so knowledgeable about photography: the workings of the camera, and, as far as I know, how to photograph just about anything. He had an answer for every question I asked. He shoots Canon. I shoot Nikon, but he knew how to find the settings I needed. He is a perfectionist and works hard to capture the image correctly in camera. He's super creative and he was always suggesting another way to look at the scene and it was always better than I saw it. If you get a chance to attend one of his workshops do it. You will not be disappointed. Then after the workshop you have a new friend which I just love. Since my workshop I have sent him a couple of questions on how he might shoot something I was considering and he gave me a lengthy and thoughtful answer. I look forward to shooting with him again."
Thank you, Glynis! If you want to know more, please, leave a comment or shoot me an email at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be asked by my good friend, Chris Lawrence to head up to the Millinocket, Maine are to try and get images of the full moon setting behind Mount Katahdin. I had only once been up to the area to hike the mountain and it was when the leftovers from hurricane Earl hit the area. It's hard to see anything in that kind of downpour. I was excited to get up there, to say the least.
We had to contend with several days of snow, but the clouds cleared enough for me to get some great images of the mountain, mostly from the lake that was at our cabin, at the New England Outdoor Center.
While I absolutely love the images I got to take, the best part of the trip was getting to hangout with five great guys, all incredibly talented photographers themselves. Mike Taylor, Garrett Evans, Aaron Priest, Colin Chase and our illustrious host, Chris. Nothing beats sitting around, shooting the shit, and talking shop with a bunch of dudes you get along with well.
Those of you that have seen my work and followed me for a while know that the ocean has been a central to much of my work. It inspires me, it challenges me, it vexes me, but most of all, it soothes me. I was fortunate to join up with a group of fellow artists and ocean activists as part of the Protecting our Oceans project. The idea behind this project is to bring people together to enjoy art, inspire them, and teach them how they too can work to protect our oceans.
Our next show will be at the elegant Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA. We invite you to see the show anytime between April 15th and June 18th and join us for the artist reception on May 7th, 1pm to 3pm. I hope to see you there!
I am so happy to announce that I will again be offering a workshop through Maine Media Workshops. For those that know Maine Media, you know how awesome this is. For those of you that haven't heard of them, let me break down why this is the ultimate workshop experience. First of all you get to spend a week with me! What? That doesn't sell it for you? Well, fine! Let me add some nice tidbits to make it a little better.
This workshop will be a week of learning how to find your artistic vision in landscape photography. We will spend half of the workshop in beautiful places like Acadia National Park learning how to perfect your in the field shooting. You will get to learn how to get better compositions, the best settings, and how to incorporate motion into your images, plus how to shoot with post processing in mind. The other half will be spent in Maine Medias decked out computer lab where I will teach you how to take your images from the field to the next level. I'll cover all those tough to learn and master techniques you see the pros use and talk about with the ability to ask all the questions your heart desires. All this while having your lodging, food, transportation, permits, etc. taken care of by the wonderful staff at Maine Media. You also get access to their legendary equipment rental room where you get access to gear you have always dreamed of using. I dare you to find a downside to this!
Not enough? Well there is just no pleasing you is there... For those of you that that interested in learning more and signing up, you can head over to the Maine Media Workshop page. If you have any more questions please, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to get back to you.
I think an important part of growing as an photographer and artist is being selective with what work you show. So this year, I challenged myself to picking just five images and then explaining why each my the cut.
Back by popular request (ok, a handful of requests) my 2017 calendar is available! Check out 12 images from around New England as you count the days of the new year. You can find the calendar for purchase online here. This makes a great gift for those in your life that love a daily reminder of the beauty of Maine and New England.
A few times my depression became so bad that I began to have thoughts of suicide.
Last week I went down to Portsmouth to give a presentation to the Seacoast Camera Club about how to capture better seascapes. Renee, their events coordinator was nice to ask me a few months ago and I couldn't have been more excited and more honored to do so.
The start of the night could not have gone much worse short of someone dying. When I arrived I quickly realized that my iPad, where my presentation was, was not able to hook up to the clubs projector because it didn't have a HDMI port. After about 25 minutes of trouble shooting and light panicking, we managed to find a workaround and the presentation was able to get under way. I had a to move a little faster then I had planned, but I was able to cover most everything and still go through some image critiques for club members. I included some of the slides from the presentation here and can make the whole presentation available if people would like to see it.
Welcome to the new Charlie Widdis Photography website! It's great to be in the new space. While I loved my last site, I had begun to grow in a way it just couldn't accommodate anymore. With the new site you'll see great new features like a regularly updating blog with tips, tricks, news and the latest photos from my adventures. You'll also be able to see workshop offerings as well as sign up for one on one mentoring sessions. So welcome, take a look around and let us know what you love, or if there is something you would like to see different!