News from Rod Barbee Photography
April 2016


Hi all. I've got some workshop updates, including a new workshop on my list and some big news at The Turning Gate.
Plus you'll get that much anticipated update to our yard project.

I knew that would pique your interest

Crossroads Sitka

Sitka Harbor and Russion Orthodox ChurchOnce again this August I'll be heading north to Sitka, AK to help out with the Crossroads workshop. I'll be joining David Middleton and Brenda Berry and a group of eager students, all photographing for a cause.
Last year's workshop was great and I saw a lot of great images and video come out of it. One participant used a GoPro in its underwater housing and attached to a float to get some amazing video of salmon in the river. He also managed to get some underwater whale video.
Other highlights include a boat trip to see and photograph fishing boats, whales, birds, and more.
If you've been wanting to take your photography in a new direction, check out this workshop on the Crossroads Workshops web site.
Brenda tells me there are still two or three spaces available.

Palouse workshop

There's still room in this year's Palouse workshop. But the cutoff date for a guaranteed hotel room is coming up quick (May 6). So if you're even thinking about taking this workshop, reply to this email and let me know. I can send you a reminder once the cutoff date gets closer and I may be able to get an extension on the hotel cutoff.

Olympic National Park Workshop

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park
As with the Palouse workshop, there's still plenty of room available in my Olympic workshop. But also as with the Palouse workshop, there's a hotel deadline. The hotel we're using in Forks has a May 15th deadline. I may be able to get them to extend this, but there's no certainty. I'd hate to see anyone needing to scramble for a hotel so if you're contemplating joining me for this workshop, reply to this email.
And if you're wondering if this trip might be cancelled, no worries. Like the Palouse trip, it's on!


Other workshops

Zion National Park
Zion National Park in the fall is beautiful. Zion is already my second favorite park in the country (Olympic's first, of course), but Zion in the fall? Magnificent. Yellow leaves, red rocks, towering spires, the Virgin River. And early sunsets and late sunrises (more sleep!). What more could you want? Plus Bryce Canyon is only a couple of hours a way. And with a late sunrise, you don't have to leave all that early to get there. Check out the Zion workshop page for more.

aurora borealis
The Auroras of the Northwest Territories tour is starting to fill. Right now it's only half full.
This is a great trip, especially for night owls; don't expect a regular night's sleep. Do expect an amazing light show.

The Yellowknife area sees auroras, on average, 240 nights out of the year. And a great percentage of no-shows are because of the summer, when the night time is so short. The best times to see auroras, according to Aurora Village (and they should know), is between mid-August and the end of September and mid-November to mid-April. We chose September for a couple of reason: September is when autumn color begins to show and the nights temperatures are tolerable. I doubt we'll even see freezing.


New from The Turning Gate

If you've been reading my newsletter for awhile, you know that I built my main photo website using Lightroom plug-ins from The Turning Gate (TTG). My workshops site is built with WordPress, using a theme created with The Turning Gate's Theme for WordPress Lightroom plug-in.
The TTG plug-ins make it possible for a photographer to have a website that's professionally coded and looks professionally designed. And it's all managed from within Lightroom. Literally from camera to website!

Well The Turning Gate has just announced it's most innovative move yet: Backlight. This will be a system that no longer relies on Lightroom's Web Module (which has never really seen much love from Adobe) but will allow the photographer to design and web pages from an online interface while still managing image galleries from Lightroom's Publisher. If you've used WordPress, you're already used to creating content online. This will be more though.
I've already played with an early beta version of Backlight and am looking forward to getting my hands on a more robust beta version. I'll probably be documenting my impressions over on my blog.

For more information, take a look at the announcement on The Turning Gate blog.

(I am not financially affiliated with The Turning Gate. I just love their products. I am a forum moderator and a beta tester however.)

The Project

Bailey keeping an eye on thingsOur backyard project proceeds. A couple more trees down, stumps ground, old retaining wall removed (I did that one all by myself!), and some damaged fence posts repaired (that was all me too!).
Next up is getting rid of all the wood from the trees (free firewood for the neighbors!), excavating the upper yard, and moving a smaller tree. Then we can probably get to the installation of the new retaining wall. And I won't be doing that myself. That part, like the tree and stump removal, I'll leave up to the pros.

Bailey's been a taskmaster of a site supervisor.

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