Japan WorkshopPart 2

BLOG: Fuji 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

Here are some glimpses at what we are doing and seeing in Japan. Snow has been falling and contributing to the beauty of the landscape.
We concluded our visit to Yudanaka and the snow monkeys and began our trek to Kawaguchiko.
We arrived near Mt. Fuji with poor visibility, but awoke the next day with clear skies. This allowed beautiful blue skies by day and time-lapse shots showing star trails near evening.
Keep following.

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Japan Tour Begins

BLOG: Participants getting time with the Japanese Macaques – Images by Art Wolfe

Want to see how one of my Photo Tours begins?  Have a look.  Don’t you want to come along?

Here we are in Yudanaka, Japan photographing the Macaques in their native hot spring pools.  I love coming to this place and look forward to the rich images we will find as we explore Japan.

Stay tuned!

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India Photo Tour – Rajasthan

Blog: Rajasthan, India – Images by Art Wolfe

Rajasthan > Jodhpur > Manvar > Kichan > Thar Desert

On the last several days of our trip, we visited the region of Rajasthan and a small village near Manvar. Here is a glimpse of village life. Beautiful children and colorful homes show us the rich lives these people lead in the Thar desert.
I love the details they adorn their homes with and the roofs made from local materials.

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India Photo Tour – Batch 3

BLOG: On Location in India, January 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

India’s diversity surprises you with great images.  We found women beautifully dressed in bright colors, yet carrying dung on their heads for cooking and heating their homes.  Ancient erotic art adorns temples.  How interesting from a culture that doesn’t allow on-screen kissing in their very large and popular movie industry. Ceremonies along the Ganges, celebrate light and life with the poorest of the poor.  City life and country life are expressive via the lives of the people and animals.  Even a savvy street dog is found suckling from a sacred cow.

Damoiselle cranes could easily fit into the pages of my book titled Migrations. It is a never ending theme of fascination, beauty and the power of nature that arroused me once again.  These beautiful graceful creatures in large numbers are an experience that I love to revisit and watch those that are witnessing this phenomenon for the first time.

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MORE FROM INDIABatch2

BLOG: Varanasi January 2011 II – Images by Art Wolfe

After a day of seriously photographing local color, which is hugely significant in Varanasi and India as a whole, we attended an aarti ceremony during which light is offered to deities.

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On Location: VARANASI

BLOG: Varanasi January 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

Art is leading a photo workshop in India for two weeks and he’s starting to send back photos! This first batch was taken on the ghats of Varanasi. It is the holiest city in Hinduism and has been a cultural and religious center for thousands of years. A ghat is a set of stairs leading to a holy body of water, in this case, the Ganges. Some are public, some private; some are used for ritual bathing or cremation, while others are used for quotidian uses such as laundry. Whatever the use, they are always a center of colorful display—even the reflections in the water are beautiful!

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CHINA:March 25 – April 7

We have filled all but 2 seats on the upcoming Photo Tour to China. Sign up now to secure your place for an unforgettable trip.
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On Location: In Search of Cattails

BLOG: In Search of Cattails – Images by Art Wolfe

It sounds odd, but I have been looking specifically for cattails lately.  They make for beautiful layered shots of color and texture.

This past weekend I went out shooting with Libby and David, who orchestrate my workshops.  We headed out to Washington’s Sauk River, dodged the rain squalls, and got some lovely shots.

The Sauk is a tributary of the Skagit River and drains from the Cascade Range.  It has the reputation of being a great flyfishing river. It is also very, very wet.
The moss swells on the bigleaf maples and hangs in long wispy tendrils from the alders.

And then finally I found the cattails, standing tall and golden against red twig dogwood, with pale green forest beyond.

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Art of Composition Coming to Chicago

Art is bringing his popular one-day seminar THE ART OF COMPOSITION to Chicago—well, Elgin to be exact.  This program will fill fast so don’t delay. We look forward to seeing you there!

March 19, 2011, 10am-4pm @ Elgin Community College

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On Location: Nourishing the Soul

BLOG: On Location – Nourishing the Soul – Images by Art Wolfe

Yesterday I was feeling more stressed than usual so I decided to take a day & go and shoot in my backyard—literally and figuratively.  I took off before dawn and headed toward Mt. Rainier.  The mountain (volcano) was haloed in lenticular clouds at sunrise, then the light quickly flattened out into a snow sky.  I then concentrated my efforts on the Carbon River, the outflow from the Carbon Glacier on Rainier.  There has been a cycle of freezing and thawing this winter due to the La Nina weather pattern.  The icicles are particularly interesting with their nearly iridescent grooved patterns—not unlike a shining blade of a samurai sword.
Back at home in the late afternoon, I photographed a bonsai tree in my backyard at sunset.  It was a good day.

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