Stephen Johnson Photography News

July 2019

Sunbow, Cirrus and Contrails over Stephen Johnson Photography. Pacifica Center for the Arts. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Sunbow, Cirrus and Contrails over Stephen Johnson Photography. Pacifica Center for the Arts. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R


Upcoming Workshop:


Welcome to the July 2019 Edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter.

I often get so involved in the projects I’m doing that it seems the current one is all I’ve been up to. I have been so busy preparing publications for our Landing Party Celebration of Apollo 11’s Landing on the Moon 50 years ago, that I forget much of the other stuff that’s happened this past month. Again, my monthly Newsletter keeps me aware of the real life I am living…

— Steve

ps: the current Newsfeed tells the story of a kitten in our wall. It’s not about photography but it is a good story.

This month's View From Here column collects photographs and stories from the last month and offers new products related to the anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. We hope you find the column interesting and will consider sending us some comments.

Check out the workshops we’ve added, including our summer sale on Masterful Fine-Art Printing class.


Lunar Module Eagle over Moon. Apollo 11. July 1969

Photograph by Michael Collins. NASA. Ekatchrome film with Hasselblad Camera, 80mm Zeiss lens.

11x11 Pigment Inkjet Print $90 each

Lunar Module Eagle Ascent Stage Returning to Command Module Columbia. LM is performing a roll to prepare for docking. The planet Mars is to right of Earth.

We're offering a 11x11 inch print of the photograph for $90, matted to 16x20 inch board and ready to frame, framed in silver for $200, wood for $250. This print at this price is offered through July 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by August 15, 2019.


LATEST NEWS:

In honor of Apollo 11s 50 Anniversary were are rolling out three new publications including Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio, the 50 Years of Space Photography Exhibition Catalog and the Apollo 11 Photography book. On top of that, we are holding a Landing Party on the evening July 20th. Check it out.

2019 and 2020 Workshop Schedule continues to form with great courses coming up. See what a great experience students have had on Steve's Workshops by exploring Workshop Testimonials.   

Other Worldly is currently showing in our galleries joining the new Space Exhibit with the Life Form Exhibition. On display now at Stephen Johnson Photography.

Mono Lake Storm. 1979.

Mono Lake Storm. 1979.

Upcoming Events & Workshops


Custom Workshop Scheduling: We have set up polls for recently requested workshops to see who might be interested and able to make some dates:

Image Editing
Fine Art Printing
Photography Critique Session

Black and White Printing Workshop February 2019. Canon EOS 1Dx.


NEW PHOTOGRAPH

Echeveria. Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019

Canon EOS 5DS R

Color and form co-joined in the making of beauty.


Afternoon Surf and Sun. Pacifica,. CA. 2019. +-3 stop HDR. Canon EOS 5DSr.

Afternoon Surf and Sun. Pacifica,. CA. 2019.
+-3 stop HDR. Canon EOS 5DSr.

THE VIEW FROM HERE
by Stephen Johnson

Recently

These Newsletters are often the best perspective creating process I have. Sitting down to reflect on the last 30 days has taken on an important role for me in understanding my career and life chronology. The forced selection of that process reminds me of photographs made, ideas pondered, and connections realized. Writing from life experiences has worked well for me, and is something I frequently encourage. For me, writing helps allow all of the self-doubt to be confronted by the reality of my curiosity always pushing me forward.

This past month I have been immersed in fulfilling some print orders and preparing some publications relating to the Apollo 11 anniversary /50 Years of Space photography. New books/portfolios include the 50 Years of Space Photography exhibit catalog, an Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio boxed-set of prints and the 94 page Apollo 11 Photography book. Of course, now I have to put some real work into preparing for our Apollo 11 Landing Party celebration on July 20.

The June Flora and Form Workshop

Leaf. Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Leaf. Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019. iPhone.

Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019.
iPhone.

Our June session of the Flora and Form Workshop at the local Shelldance Orchid Gardens nursery, brought a good time, beautiful light and some new photographs. It always feels like such a privilege to bring people to this wonderful nursery and have the leisure to explore, with tripod, with no rush. The time enables a consideration of subject and application of craft that is rare for this kind of environment.

In a place I’ve visited so often, I didn’t expect to make any new photographs that would stay with me. I did make some mistakes, but am pleased with many of the new photographs.

Set-up for Leaf photograph at Shelldance. Pacifica. CA. 2019. iPhone.

Set-up for Leaf photograph at Shelldance. Pacifica. CA. 2019.
iPhone.

Steve S working hard on a Staghorn Fern Abstract. 2019. iPhone.

Steve S working hard on a Staghorn Fern Abstract. 2019.
iPhone.

Pitcher Plants. Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Pitcher Plants. Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Shelldance Orchid Gardens. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Drying Bromeliad. Shelldance. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R.

Drying Bromeliad. Shelldance. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R.


Surrealistic Summer Solstice in Golden Gate Park 3

The  Ace of Cups  together reunited in the last few years since their breakup in 1972.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

The Ace of Cups together reunited in the last few years since their breakup in 1972.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

We attended this years redo of the Summer of Love outdoor concert in Golden Gate Park. Although a little cold (it is after all, summer in San Francisco) we had a good time listening to the music and people watching.

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Family. Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Family. Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Veterans of the Bay Area Music Business. David and Bill Gerbe (Hippie Bill). When I ask permission to photograph people, I also offer them my card so I can send an image back to them if they reach back. Sometimes I also get a great story of who they are. Bill called after our email exchange and filled me in on a life of concerts in the bay area, from volunteering to working for Bill Graham Productions.  Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Veterans of the Bay Area Music Business. David and Bill Gerbe (Hippie Bill). When I ask permission to photograph people, I also offer them my card so I can send an image back to them if they reach back. Sometimes I also get a great story of who they are. Bill called after our email exchange and filled me in on a life of concerts in the bay area, from volunteering to working for Bill Graham Productions.

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Norman Greenbaum and company singing "Spirit in the Sky." 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Norman Greenbaum and company singing "Spirit in the Sky." 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Summer Solstice 3. Golden Gate Park.2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R


New Space Photography Products

Apollo 11 Collector's Portfolio

Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio examples..

Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio examples..

Apollo 11 Collectors Portfolio

A suite of photographs from Apollo 11. 12 pigment inkjet prints on letter-sized paper selected, edited and printed by photographer Stephen Johnson, in a portfolio box. The set includes a Mission Summary book, original US Postal Stamp commemorating the Mission, the Mission patch and a schematic of the Lunar Module. $250


50 Years of Space Photography Exhibition Catalog

Other Worldly Exhibition Catalog.

Other Worldly Exhibition Catalog.

The Exhibtion catalog featuring photograhs from Planetary probes, the Hublle Space Telescope, Lunar explorations, the Apollo program and Space Shuttle/Space Station images. Includes an exploration of the imaging technologies emplyed by the spacecraft.

68 pages, 8.5x11 inches


Apollo 11 Photography Book

A 96 page 8.5x11 inch collection of Apollo 11 photographs from launch to recovery including contact sheets for every surface Hasselblad photograph.

It’s the collection I wish I could have bought, so I made it.

-96 pages

-7 sections, Lunar Photo Equipment, Preparation, On the Way, Lunar Orbit, Tranquility Base, Heading Home, Relics

-Film Magazine proofs

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A Walk in the Woods 

San Pedro Valley Park

Oaks. San Pedro Valley Park. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R

Oaks. San Pedro Valley Park. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

We recently took a walk up the Hazelnut Trail of our local San Pedro Valley Park at the back of the valley near my studio. Many old familiar views still get my attention and there always seems to be different light and new ways of seeing them.

Eucalyptus Hillside. San Pedro Valley Park. 2019. Canon EOS 5DS R.

Eucalyptus Hillside. San Pedro Valley Park. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R.

In the  50 Years of Space Photography Gallery  with a new print of unreleased restored  photograph from the Lunar Orbiter IV  Thank you Dennis Wingo for sending me your file.

In the 50 Years of Space Photography Gallery with a new print of unreleased restored photograph from the Lunar Orbiter IV Thank you Dennis Wingo for sending me your file.

Come Visit the Exhibitions

Check out my new 50 years of Space Photography Exhibition now joined with my Life Form Exhibition as Other Worldly for a mind-blowing journey from the living world close-up to the depths of space.

Come see the show when you can. Space and Awesome Life! A dive into cosmic extremes...


Please consider joining us on one of our upcoming workshops. Enrollment is the key to continuing to offer these classes and keep the studio running. We hope to hear from you.

We would enjoy hearing from you. Email us any essay comments you may have.


Recently at Stephen Johnson Photography

Around the Studio 

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) Butterfly on Wlld Radish wildflowers. Pacifica Center for the Arts. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DS R

A Solstice Delight

Pulling into the studio last week on the Solstice, a beautiful butterfly was dancing among the wildflowers in front on my usual parking space. I was delighted, grabbed my camera and followed him for a few minutes. A few days later, the fields were mowed, and all of the wildflowers gone.

In the Galleries

The new space exhibition has been getting some nice attention. It is being shown in conjunction with my current show or original photographs “Life Form.” The joint exhibition is called "Other Worldly.

The upcoming Fine Art Printing and Special Projects in Printing, both in July, Mono Lakein October and Joshua Tree in November are open for enrollment now. Enroll while there is time and space!.

Poppies at Stdio Door. Pacifica, CA. 2019.
Canon EOS 5DSr.

Popup Poppies

A small outcropping of California Poppies founds its way into a crack in the concrete in front on my Studio door. Small blessings that we need to take in.

Other Worldly  Announcement pdf.

Other Worldly Announcement pdf.


I’ve always been drawn to historical photographs and maps. I’ve been collecting 19th century books, engravings and now making scans of photos and maps. Printed on just the right paper and sheen, the reproductions are often vey special in their own right. So I’ve decided to make some of these prints available as I print them and discover more.

The first few are from the San Francisco Bay Area, local to my home in Pacifica, We’ll make them both available as 8x10 ($35-$45) and 11x14 ($75-$85) with larger sizes available for quote. The Gallery of current offerings where you can place orders can be found here.


Current Exhibition

Life Form opened in the Main Gallery at Stephen Johnson Photography on July 21, 2018. The show has been extended through August 2019. We have had many visitors come by the gallery since the opening. Many have then joined workshops and certainly 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 August 2019.


Don't forget to Check out our next workshops

Next Studio Workshop

Next Field Workshop


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.

Our Essays and Tutorials from the past couple of years can now be found on our Newsletter Archive and some on Google Blogger.

We hope you can come by the gallery and see the original prints in the new Life Form Gallery and its new Life Form Portfolio, 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.

Workshop Testimonials


Print Mentor Program

Many of my mentoring students have wanted help with their printing, often to make sure they can produce a specific print. Consequently, I am starting a Print Mentoring Program that sets up a 2 hour time slot and the production of a finished print, all with the tutorial video of how we did it together. Prints can be up to 16x20 and on either Hahnemühle Museum Etching or Photo Rag Pearl paper. Fee is $500. Email for more information and to set up times. 


Free and For Sale

Free Stuff (a few items still left)

I have been printing out nice copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights on rich cotton paper. You are welcome to a copy if you come by the gallery.

Additionally, I rescued a few Besleler Enlargers, a 23c and 4x5, hoping to find good homes for them. Make an offer.

Equipment for Sale

Canon 1.4x Tele-extender for sale. $150

 

Featured Products

New Life Form Folio

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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

  • 36 pages

  • 11x17 wire-bound book

  • $40


New Exquisite Earth Exhibition Catalog

Page 41

Page 41

page 13

page 13

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

  • 56 pages

  • 11x17 wire-bound book

  • $40


New Pacifica Book

Page 27

Page 27

Page 7

Page 7

A collection of photographs in and around Pacifica California. Include a trail map.

  • 74 pages

  • 11x17 wire-bound book

  • Pacifica Trail Map

  • 32 years in Pacifica

  • 10 years of calendars

  • $50


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)

$25

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

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National Park Note cards

National Park Color Note Card Set

Stephen Johnson
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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