Images, Autumn 2012, Eastern Sierra

a couple of images from Eastern Sierra, late September 2012…..

 

Aspens near Lundy Lake © David Saffir 2012

 

“The Lost City” – Mono Lake at Sunset

 

Photography Quote of The Day – 4/4/12

Eastern Sierra, California

‎”We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium” – Ansel Adams

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“AUTUMN” Alphabet Is Calling in New Phoozl Alphabetography Photo Challenge

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA – September 26, 2011 — Photo-games site Phoozl.com today launched the Autumn edition of the “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest on Facebook. This unique competition — which challenges photo enthusiasts worldwide to find or take and then submit (for free) photos based on a two-part theme of the season (“Autumn”) and the specific letters of the seasons (“A-U-T-U-M-N”) — started on September 26 and runs for six weeks to its conclusion on November 6, 2011. You can find the contest on Facebook at: http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography

(requires a Facebook account and “allowing” the Request for Permission screen)

“We’re super-excited about the new AUTUMN Challenge,” says Alphabetography creator Harald Johnson. “Our first three seasons were great, but this promises to be the best season yet! We’re again awarding 11 Prize Winners with some cool prizes from gift cards to books of value to photo enthusiasts. We are all about offering a safe place for people to share their photos in a fun and unique way.”

A Unique Alphabet Photo Contest Concept

During each season’s contest (using “AUTUMN” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “A” Letter Period, for instance, participants upload photos that are associated with (whose subject matter includes in the Title) a word starting with the letter “A” (examples: Autumn, Ambiance, Arachnid, Attractive). When the gameplay moves to “U”, “U” photos are submitted. And so on through the six letters of the word “A-U-T-U-M-N” with each letter active for one week only. Entrants are allowed up to 5 submissions per letter maximum, and all submissions are free. Photos can be submitted via Facebook or photo-sharing sites, or uploaded from local computers or mobile devices. Participants can even join the contest late as there are six Letter Periods in this season’s Challenge, so there are multiple chances to enter.

Contest participants need only a Facebook account to enter, and they must be at least 18 years old. Photo submissions are acceptable from anywhere in the world, and there are no restrictions on when photos are taken or if they have been manipulated.

Voting, Judging, Galleries, and Prizes

Alphabetography includes photo galleries and public voting, and the Top 10 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers – Daniel J. Cox, Bruce Frazier, Andy Katz for this contest — judge and score the 60 Finalist Photos based on published criteria.

The AUTUMN 2011 Alphabetography Photo Challenge costs nothing to enter but is offering (to 11 different winners) prizes sponsored by such companies as: Blurb, Datacolor, Frame Destination, SanDisk, Course Technology PTR, and Phoozl. Winners are selected in four categories: (1) Total Overall Scores, (2) Best Letter, (3) Voters #1, and (4) Phoozl Awards (“Most Phun Photos”).

The full “SUMMER” Winners’ List (with photos) is available for viewing on Phoozl.com:

http://www.phoozl.com/article-34-Summer-Alphabetography-Photo-Challenge-Winners-Announced.html

Fall Into New England – A Photographers’ Seminar (reminder)

Fall Into New England – A Photographers’ Seminar Friday Oct 9- Saturday Oct 17 Instructor: April Bielefeldt

April Bielefeldt is a nationally-recognized, award winning photographer. She has lived in several areas of the country, but New England continues to be her favorite photographic destination. She has led photography sessions in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire in the past five years with great success. She has a degree in Fine Art and Design, and has curated both art and photography exhibitions.

Read on – this is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss!


Fall Into New England! Photo Tour 2009

Fall Into New England – A Photographers Outing
Friday Oct 9- Saturday Oct 17
Instructor: April Bielefeldt

http://yourphototravelguide.com/

Fall Into New England!

Fall Into New England!

April Bielefeldt is a nationally-recognized, award winning photographer. She has lived in several areas of the country, but New England continues to be her favorite photographic destination. She has led photography sessions in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire in the past five years with great success. She has a degree in Fine Art and Design, and has curated both art and photography exhibitions.

Read on – this is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss!

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October is not complete without our annual guided photo trip to New England. Autumn in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine is a feast for the eyes and the senses. The brilliant reds, the early morning frost on the leaves, bright yellow school buses filled with children in bright sweaters, red barns, single lane roads with fallen leaves blown across and the slow morning mist as it drifts through the trees. This is a wonderful sampler of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont- giving photographers some memorable and saleable images of a Classic New England Autumn.

Each day will begin early to capture the first light and end around 6 pm when we lose the light, followed by a wonderful meal in a local restaurant with foods reflecting the season of fall in New England.

Most of the Photography locations require some walking. Participants can choose when we stop if they want guidance or just be left on their own. Stops include a variety of photographic possibilities including old buildings, interiors, trees, broad landscapes, close up details, people and animals enough to satisfy any photographer. The small group allows for input from photographers and the ability to stop on single lane roads. The pace is structured to allow plenty of time to set up, use different lenses, and see all the details.

As always we are at the mercy of “Mother Nature”. I choose the dates based on what has typically been the best time to capture the color. Of course, the wind goes where it will, so no guarantees. On the other hand, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes….”

We still attempt to photograph on rainy days, as alternate locations are set up for these occurances. It is important to bring your gear and be ready to photograph! I am a CANON photographer and a variety of Canon Lenses will be available to borrow.

The details?  8 full days of gathering stunning images, limited to 7 photographers, and the price of $ 2300.00 includes round trip airfare from LAX (price may vary slightly from other locations),all ground transportation from Manchester New Hampshire and back, all shared lodging, bottled water and snacks aboard the van, driver and guide and any entrance fees for the sites listed.

Details

Friday- Arrival Day. All those in the group will be arriving and meeting at the Manchester Airport. Once we have our group we will proceed to Portsmouth New Hampshire

Sat 10/10/09- Historic PORTSMOUTH and the lower Maine Coast. Up early for a first light shot of the historic skyline and waterfront –this image graces many tourism brochures to Portsmouth and is near Strawbery Banke Museum which captures  400 years of history in its 35 original buildings. We will spend some time here and probably grab breakfast in Portsmouth- then head up the coast to Maine, stopping at various lighthouses and depending on interest the Kennebunks and up to Bath Maine. Sunset photo shoot at one of the lighthouses.

Sun. 10/11/09- Magical MAINE- Sunrise at Perkins Cove or possibly one of the lighthouses Maine. More Maine exploring-Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Freeport Maine- the small fishing villages, coves and views of the sea-

Monday 10/12/09- New Hampshire. Up and Out ! Forests, trees and water. Off to Poland Springs Maine and its beautiful reflecting waters. Grafton Notch State park, waterfalls and trees. Sunset near one of the many covered bridges or the overlook of the White Mountains. Overnight in Jackson/Conway area of New Hampshire near the White Mountains and the famous Kancamagus Scenic Byway.

Tuesday 10/13/09 – New Hampshire- White Mountains, drive the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, possibly The Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park, and other scenic stops.

Wednesday 10/14/09 – The Scenic Villages of Vermont- Montpelier the State Capital of Vermont, we will visit both the city and the beautiful building. Also the Culinary School has a wonderful restaurant which will be our Noon time Stop ! ***Head towards Shelburne Vermont, along the shores of Lake Champlain.

Thursday 10/15/09-Based on group- Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Museum Vermont

…Or spend the Wed and Thursday nights in Hanover New Hampshire- home to Dartmouth College beautiful campus- and nearby – a wealth of Photo Stops – Woodstock Vermont the villages of Grafton, Calvin Coolidges birthplace and the beauty of fall color. And of course Jenne Farm which is the image gracing my Website.

Friday- see above notes…

Saturday – Departure Day.

*ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*

CONTACT INFORMATION:

April Bielefeldt- 818-723-7413

RESERVATION CODE FOR THIS LISTING: SAFFIR561

april@aprilart.com

http://yourphototravelguide.com/

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