Stephen Johnson Photography News
Welcome to the September 2018 Edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter.
The opening of Life Form last month, promo visits, some marketing and print fulfillment, have made for some very full days. The loss of my beautiful dog Sandy has been a real and deep challenge. Remembering our wonderful friendship is life-giving. The photographs help.
FEATURED PRINT September 2018
Trentepohlia and Cypress. 2018.
Canon EOS 5DSr.
9.5x14 Pigment Inkjet Print on Cotton paper
The green and orange created a surreal scene that I was pleased to see and record as a photograph.
We're offering a 9.5x14 inch print of the photograph, matted to 20 inch wide board and ready to frame for $195, framed in silver for an additional $100, wood for $250. This print at this price is offered through August 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by October 15.
Life Form Exhibition on display at Stephen Johnson Photography.
2018 Workshop Schedule is building into 2019 with these and other great courses coming up. See what a great experience students have had on Steve's Workshops by exploring Workshop Testimonials.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
The Studio, Scholarships and Mentoring
As part of our ongoing commitment to photographic education, there is one student scholarship spot in many of our classes. Please pass the word along.
For discounted time studying with Steve, keep in mind our Mentoring Program.
With all of our busy schedules and limited budgets, destination workshops or classes become a challenge, but many of you still have questions you need answered, or feedback on some new work. We want to remind you of our Virtual Online Consulting Program. This service allows all of you out there around the globe to consult online live with Steve on technical, aesthetic and workflow issues using Skype and your webcam.
We hope you can come by the gallery and see the original prints in the new Life Form Gallery, and the Exquisite Earth exhibition with its accompanying very special Exquisite Earth Portfolio 1. We invite you to join us on a workshop, rent lab space, or just say hello and let us know what you are up to photographically and what you might like to see us offer. We value your input.
Redwood in Decay. Butano State Park, CA 2018. Canon EOS 5DSr.
Redwood gradually returning to the earth.
THE VIEW FROM HERE
by Stephen Johnson
Knocking Around in August
With the Life Form Exhibition opening follow-up and needing to keep regular gallery hours, I've had to stay close to home this month. It is also true that my beautiful 14 year old Golden Retriever Sandy seemed on her last days and I needed to stay very close to her.
Living next to the Pacific Ocean always provides opportunity to connect with nature. With the occasional whale visits the photographic possibilities keep pulling me in.
The whales have not been as numerous this year, but we have spent hours watching in fascination with their movement and amazement at their presence. At one point a few weeks ago, three Humpback Whales were lunge feeding at sunset. Sometimes a too slow shutter makes for magic. What a great coastline.
A Great Blue Heron was hanging out in the Pacifica Center for the Arts fields hunting gophers. I love it when they take off or land, with wings spread out in reaching grace. But this one was happy to be watching carefully. I was unwilling to approach the Heron too close and cause this beautiful bird to fly, so I was also cointent just to watch for a little while and enjoy its feathered wonder.
Almost any tree-lined trail seems worth taking. The road into Murray Ranch in Half Moon Bay, now a state park, has been one of those wander roads. It is not dramatic, perhaps not even spectacular, but it does take me on another little journey through this planet. It is certainly quintessential California mid-coast.
The Highway One Coastal Journey Workshop
We had a good weekend in the studio and on the road in the Highway One Coastal Journey Workshop. Extra time was spent in the studio customizing the class to the student's needs on depth of field, exposure, histograms and composition.
Exploring the meeting of land and sea is often a wonder. Our coastal stops on this workshop were filled with form, texture, salt air and varying light.
On the coastal workshop, I conducted a number of demonstrations on depth of field, abstraction and black and white renditions. One demo included previewing black and white renditions by changing the Canon Picture Style Menu to Monochrome. I pointed out, that as I was photographing in Raw, a color image would supplant the BW thumbnail when later viewed in a Raw Processor such as Camera Raw or Lightroom. Canon Digital Photo Professional would preserve the BW preview. A workaround to preserve the BW view I experienced in the field, was to change the camera settings from Raw alone, to Raw plus JPEG. This allowed me to hold onto the BW rendering I experienced in the field regardless of the Raw interpreter. My process is to then convert the file to BW in Photoshop with the Black and White Adjustment Layer.
California Academy of Sciences
A day wandering the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, birthed a few images as well as a great experience. The visit was to celebrate a birthday, but I did manage a few photographs to share.
At Stephen Johnson Photography
Life Form Opened in the Main Gallery at Stephen Johnson Photography on July 21. We have had many visitors come by the gallery since the opening. Many have then joined workshops and helped build community. Please come see the show. Pass the word.
Seeking Good Venues for Life Form
We are seeking good venues to show this work. The Life Form Series is now available for museum and gallery exhibition after December 2018.
Many of you likely subscribed to this newsletter list to learn about photography. Let this serve as a reminder that many of the past tutorials and essays are online.
There is also a Vimeo Video Tutorials Album available to see if thy might be of help. Let me know if there are other subjects your would like to see me address.
Video Archives Online
Over the years, I've built a large library of video connected with my work. Making that video available is an ongoing process. In the last few weeks I've taken advantage of Vimeo's Album Feature and organized the videos. Check out the page.
My Golden Retriever Friend Sandy
On a personal note, my dear friend and near constant companion Sandy, passed away peacefully last night, August 28th.
Sandy will forever be in my heart with her enthusiasm, her gentleness, her goodness and her love. I was blessed to have this beautiful soul in my life for 14 and a half years. I miss her greatly.
Don't forget to Check out our next workshops
Next Studio Workshop
Next Field Workshop
Free and For Sale
Free Stuff (a few items still left)
Last summer we replaced the Epson 2400s in our lab with their new P600s and consequently have some printers to seed to photographers in need. We were also given some Epson Canvas to share. These are available for pick-up to those of you on my mailing list. Let me know of your interest. I do want to spread them out among a few people.
We've had a few takers, but more are left. Take Advantage.
Epson Canvas Rolls 17 inch
1 Epson 2400 printer left
Equipment for Sale
Canon Lens for sale. EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands.
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. $600. I am selling this pristine 1 year old lens as I have replaced it with the new version II.
New Life Form Folio
The Life Form Folio
As we are premiering the Life Form Exhibition, I wanted to have a collectible item and record of the show prior to the full book I plan. So, now available is the 36 page 11x17 wire bound book, 5 years of work from 2013 to 2018 exploring these magnificent lives.
Photographs from 2013-2018
11x17 wire-bound book
New Exquisite Earth Exhibition Catalog
The Exquisite Earth Exhibition Catalog
As I've been on a roll on fixing bodies of work into POD books, I decided before the Exquisite Earth show could come down for new upcoming show, I wanted to create a printed record. So, now available is the 56 page 11x17 wire bound book, 5 years of work from 2005 to 2010 traveling this wondrous planet.
Photographs from 2005-2010
11x17 wire-bound book
New Pacifica Book
11x17 wire-bound book
Pacifica Trail Map
32 years in Pacifica
10 years of calendars
Pacifica Trail Map by Pease Maps special to the Pacifica Land Trust.
11" x 17" folded
$10 (free shipping) proceeds go the Pacifica Land Trust a non-profit 501c3.
Gift Certificates for Prints and Workshops!
Emailed or shipped with beautiful gift note card.
Life Form Note cards
5x7 inches (sold-out, on backorder)
12 image Note card set with envelopes featuring photographs from Steve's new Life Form work.
Printed by Steve in his studio in very limited numbers on a color laser digital press
National Park Note cards
12 cards/envelopes $20 set
From "With a New Eye" Beautiful 300 line screen offset reproductions with envelopes in clear box. A great gift.
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