Human / Nature ~ New Photography Exhibit
The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel
Opening Reception Friday, June 7, 4-6 pm
Human / Nature is an exhibit of black & white photography I'm doing with street photographer Tom Schneider at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co. at The Barnyard in Carmel. I met Tom earlier this year when I was teaching a vineyard workshop at Hahn Winery where Tom works in the visitor center and tasting room. Over a few glasses of wine, we conceived of this exhibit that juxtaposes Tom's street photography from around the globe, and my California nature photography, hence the title Human / Nature. It includes new photos from my last 2 trips to Yosemite that haven't been exhibited before, and are part of my newest portfolio under development, Graphic in Nature.
The exhibit will run from June 2 though the end of August and is open to the public during normal business hours (click here for more info on CVCRC). Tom and I invite you to our opening reception on Friday, June 7, 4-6 pm.
This will be my fourth exhibit at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co.'s Barnyard store. The CVCRC family has been very generous with their wall space over the years. I've done 2 exhibits at their Crossroads Carmel store, 2 at their Mid Valley (Carmel Valley) store, and 1 at their East Village store in Monterey, but The Barnyard store is my favorite.
Anatomy of Nature by Steve Zmak, Yosemite, February 2013
Bike and Crab by Tom Schneider, Sete, France
Tips for Shooting at the Beach
California beaches are playgrounds for photographers, and each one has its own special characteristics. Here are some tips for shooting around the Monterey Bay:
1) Wear sunscreen or clothes to protect yourself from high UV reflecting off the water and light sand. Dress in layers for comfort in heat and when the ocean breeze picks up.
2) Use a polarizing filter to richen up the colors, deepen blue skies, add contrast to clouds, and remove reflections from the water's surface such as with tide pools.
3) Collect objects such as shells, sea glass, kelp, and rocks, and compose a still life using the ocean as a background. Driftwood, rocks or a mound of sand make good tabletop stages.
4) Water in the air can create some dynamic lighting: rainbows in ocean spray, beams of light through holes in the clouds, dancing shadows in swirling fog. These conditions change rapidly so look for them and be prepared to shoot fast.
5) A dash or sprinkling of people can make a landscape more interesting and provide context for its vastness. Children playing at the water's edge, a silhouette of a couple holding hands, surfers, hang gliders, parasailers can add a lot of emotion and uniqueness to an image.
6) My favorite times to shoot are up to an hour after sunrise to illuminate subjects from the front while having the ocean in the background; late afternoon for backlit surf; up to an hour before sunset for the golden light; and up to an hour after sunset for spectral rainbow skies and city lights.
7) Use a tripod if you really care about the end result. I hate carrying a tripod! But I've lost too many shots to unsteady hands. A tripod will let you take your time composing a shot, dial in the exact shutter speed and aperture without compromise, and give you multiple exposure options for HDR compositions and evolving lighting conditions.
8) Be patient when shooting seabirds at the water's edge. Stake out your location near them, and then let them come to you and surround you. No sudden movements and stay low to the ground for a less threatening profile and to get eye-level with them.
9) Use a reflector or flash to light up shadows when shooting portraits. Backlight or sidelight your subject with the sun, then use a reflector to bounce sunlight back onto your subject or a flash to lighten up their face and give highlights in the eyes. I like a 40" circular gold foil reflector, but you can use tin foil taped to cardboard or white poster board. For some special effects, try colored cellophane over the foil or colored poster board.
10) Never turn your back on the ocean. Always be aware of where you are, what's going on, and the power that surrounds you.
Join me on one of my Fort Ord Dunes Photography Workshops January 2014.
Click here to download the brochure and enroll.
April 26 Opening of the
Senator Bill Monning Exhibit
My Largest Exhibit Ever!
With 34 black & white photos covering the walls of California State Senator Bill Monning's Monterey office, this is my largest exhibit ever. The locations of the photos cover the 17th District which includes Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, and parts of Santa Clara counties.
The opening reception was well attended as it was also an open house for our newly elected senator and his successor State Assemblymember Mark Stone.
Clockwise from the top left: Senator Monning introducing me; fellow wine travelers from Marina Ron & Terry Lebda and Marsha Gellegos; me and Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker; me on my soap box talking about conservation issues, sustainability, and keeping our state parks open; the courtyard part of the reception; me and Marina City Councilmember Nancy Amadeo; everyone chatting away (Mark Stone is on the right); and my lovely wife, Tina, and me. Thanks to everyone who came out!
The exhibit runs for one year and is open to the public during normal business hours.
Contact me if you would like me to give you a personal tour of the exhibit.
Contact Senator Monning if you'd like to discuss current issues affecting our district. Also, check out my color photos from the 17th District on Senator Monning's homepage: SD17.Senate.CA.gov.
NEW VINEYARD WORKSHOP DATES
Saturday, August 17 ~ Summer Sunrise Workshop at Pessagno Winery
Sunday, September 15 ~ Harvest Sunset Workshop at Hahn Winery
Saturday, October 19 ~ Autumn Sunset Workshop at Hahn Winery
"I participated in Steve's vineyard workshop earlier this year and was impressed by his teaching skills and course management, as well as his knowledge of photography and viticulture. From hands-on photography instruction in the vineyard, to sampling wines in the tasting room, each participant walks away with a greater appreciation for both. I am pleased that the CPA is now able to partner with Steve and offer this course to a broader audience."
--Richard Cannon, President, CPA Board of Trustees
"We all had a great time with Steve in the Vineyards. I will definitely do another workshop with him in the future. He is a talented photographer and what touches me most, he is really a nice man with a great heart."
--Rita Costa-Hollmann, Photographer
"Steve awakens us to the many moods and beauty of the landscape. His art sensitizes our vision to the subtleties of light. We have inspired each other for over 10 years through our eyes. Steve is very passionate regarding his art."
--Jack Wasserbach, Photographer & Director of the ImageMakers of Monterey
Workshop includes: 6 hours of on-location instruction, wine tasting, picnic meal, bottle of wine, and my vineyard photography book, A Year in the Vineyard. If you already have a copy of my book, you can choose an 8x10" print of any photo in the book. Each workshop is limited to 10 participants for plenty of 1-on-1 instruction. All skill levels welcome!
* Learn to shoot commercial and fine art quality vineyard photography
* Achieve your personal course objectives with a small class-size and hands-on 1-on-1 instruction
* Enjoy exclusive access to private and restricted property
* Catch morning dew drops sprinkled like crushed diamonds, rolling hills of vineyard rows bathed in golden light, the eastern edge of Big Sur shrouded in fog, and the full spectrum of the changing seasons
* Sample the lifestyle of a vineyard photographer in world-renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards
* Experience a one-of-a-kind memorable day in the Santa Lucia Highlands
* For the professional photographer looking to gain access and build a portfolio
* For the amateur wanting to decorate his/her home or office and learn more about photography
* For local wine connoisseurs wanting to expand and deepen their experience
* For wine travelers looking to immerse themselves in the Monterey wine culture
* All skill levels welcome from first-time camera owners to seasoned professionals
Indoor/Outdoor Digital Photo Camp
at Lyceum in Monterey
Take photos like a pro! Using phone, instamatic and 35mm digital cameras, students will learn the fundamentals of photography, natural and studio lighting, still life compositions, landscapes, close-ups, portraits, and special effects.
A small class size allows individual instruction tailored to each student's camera type, experience level, and artistic interests. This 5-day camp will transform a beginning photographer into an imagemaker, and advanced students into artists.
Ages: 9-14 years, students entering grades 4th-8th
Date: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am-3:30pm
Location: Lyceum, 1073 Sixth St. Monterey, CA
Fee: $175 (scholarships available) Full Day Option Only
Size: Limited to 10 students-and there are less than 5 spots left
Required: Any Digital Camera
Recommended: Tripod, Laptop, Sunscreen
My Latest Favorite Photo
Big Sur Alive at Night - Looking north over the Plaskett Creek camp to Sand Dollar Beach & Point Sur