News from Rod Barbee Photography
August 2016


Yep, another late newsletter. I’ve got a really good excuse this time. I was in Sitka for the first week of August and in Bandon the last week of July. And I’m generally incapable of writing while on the road. Could be genetically incapable.
Bandon was a private workshop and Sitka was for a Crossroads workshop. I do love Sitka. Cool, cloudy with some sun, rain. Whales. Forests and streams and harbors. What’s not to love? Ok, the internet is slow. But other than that, it was great. You can read more about it on my blog.

Iceland 2017

The dates are set: July 17-25, 2017. We’ll be visiting the Reykjavik area, the Golden Circle area, the Highlands, and the southeast coast (glacier lagoons), and a puffing photo tour. I’m still busy putting the page and pricing together but it should be posted soon. Send me an email if you’d like to be notified when the page goes live.

Palouse 2017

The Palouse is one of my favorite workshops. I’ve been going to the Palouse for over 20 years and every time I find something new or a new way of photographing something old.
For example, while scouting for this year’s workshop, I discovered one of my favorite morning light barns had collapsed. This forced me to change plans for one morning. The result was a new morning route with a great view of another barn. And it even included a curvy road!
Next year’s date is June 17-21 and is limited to just seven. The hotel we use fills up fast for that time of year so the earlier you sign up, the better chance you’ll have of getting a room if you plan on arriving early or staying late. (I have a block of rooms reserved for the dates of the workshop).
Visit the Palouse page for all the details.

Other 2017 plans

Other plans include the Columbia River Gorge for waterfalls and wildflowers in late April, Olympic National Park in May, and Iceland, July 17 -25. Chances are I’ll be doing the aurora tour to Yellowknife again in September of 2017 too.
And I may be going back to Sitka in August with Crossroads.

The real reason you like the newsletter

But on to the important things: our backyard projects.
We’re re-staining our deck, so a few weeks ago I stripped the old stain off. I’ll still need to sand off some of the stubborn remnants of the old stain and smooth out the rough spots. But before that I’ve had to replace some of the boards. This was actually easier than I thought it would be. I still have a few to go, then it’s on to touch up sanding and staining.
And while that’s going on I need to move the leftover landscape bricks. I have over two pallets worth to move. By hand truck. Good times.

Then it’s on to rearranging the underground sprinkler system, run some low-voltage line for outdoor lights, and putting down a new lawn.
Oh, and we’re finally going to build a separate studio/office! The main reason for this is so that Tracy can kick me out of the house. Kick my office out that is. She’s got plans for the room I’m in now and they don’t involve me occupying it.
But that’s another project for another time and you’ll just have to wait to find out what it is. I might have some preview trailers to show by the end of the year. Or next year. Or the year after. I’m kind of like George R.R. Martin in that respect*.

*Game of Thrones reference. If you're reading the books, you'll get it. If you're not: What's wrong with you??
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