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Holland

Dear Fellow Shutterbug,

I know it’s been a while since my last update. My apologies.

I’ve really been on the road quite a bit, exploring Colorado and the Dakotas with Anne in the fall; then we took a fascinating trip to Chile in December. It’s a country of huge contrasts and we took every opportunity to capture a variety of rugged landscapes, from the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert in the north to the wind-swept mountains of Torres del Paine to the frozen expanses of glaciers and the Chilean fjords in the south. Look at “New Shoots” at the right here and here for photos taken at some of these locations.

Now I’m back in my Florida home and getting ready for a new season of workshops and lectures over the next few months. Most are on the East Coast but some are further afield, including a new wildflower workshop in Alaska and a return to Holland at tulip season. Please see the listings below and get in touch if you have any questions. I hope some of them will entice you.

Whether you are a returning student or a new participant, I hope to see you at one or more of these workshops to learn, have fun together and renew or build our connections.

All the best and hope to see you soon,

Allen Rokach

Upcoming Workshops, Winter and Spring 2014

Winterthur

February 21-23: Landscapes, Seascapes, Birds & Gardens of South Florida, a 3-day nature workshop sponsored by The Studios of Key West. For details, click here.

March 28: Lecture and Audio-Visual Presentation on Secrets of a Passionate Flower Photographer at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. For details, click here.

March 29-30: Creating Art with Digital Photography, a 2-day flower and garden photography workshop at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. For details, click here.

April 3-6: Photographing Texas Wildflowers, a 2-day workshop based in Brenham, Texas, sponsored by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. For details, click here.

April 11: Lecture and Audio-Visual Presentation on The Creative Magic of Digital Photography at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Virginia. For details, click here.

April 12-13: Digital Photography as Art, a 2-day workshop at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. For details, click here.

April 18-28: Storybook Holland: A Digital Travel Photography Workshop during the peak of the tulip bloom. To see images from our previous workshop look here and here. For details, click here.

May 14-19: Photographing the Great Gardens of the Mid-Atlantic Region, a unique 6-day workshop that will take us to the region’s best gardens, sponsored by the Mt. Cuba Center in Wilmington, Delaware. For details, click here.

June 13: Lecture and Audio-Visual Presentation on The Creative Magic of Digital Photography at the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage. For details, click here.

June 14-15: Adventures in Photographing Alaska’s Wildflowers, a 2-day workshop sponsored by the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage. For details, click here.

Landscapes, Seascapes, Birds & Gardens of South Florida: February 21-23

The Studios of Key West

Skimmers

This intensive, long-weekend photography workshop gives us the unusual chance to explore three different South Florida environments with opportunities to photograph seascapes, landscapes, birds, flowers and gardens.

We begin with seascapes and landscapes along the sun-drenched Florida Keys, both early in the day as we drive from Key West to the mainland, and again toward sunset as we head back. Stopping at select locations, this part of the workshop will focus on creating beautiful effects with light and on composition along these coastal areas, applying ideas presented in my books Focus on Travel and The Field Guide to Photographing Landscapes.

Next, we will spend a late afternoon and the following morning developing our skills in photographing birds in Everglades National Park, one of America’s prime birding locations. We will apply techniques discussed in my book The Field Guide to Photographing Birds, such as achieving maximum sharpness, capturing typical bird behaviors, panning to show birds in flight and portraying birds in their environment.

Finally, we will visit two outstanding South Florida gardens: the Fairchild Tropical Garden and Vizcaya, for opportunities to capture these unique gardens in late-afternoon and early morning light. We will focus on capturing the beauty of the flowers and gardens and honing our skills in close-up photography, creative composition, selective focus and proper exposure.

This workshop includes two nights at a South Florida hotel plus breakfast. For more information and to register, click here.

Secrets of a Passionate Flower Photographer: March 28

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.

Magnolia

In this public lecture and audio-visual presentation, I will discuss and illustrate how I developed an expansive vision during my more than 30 years as a flower and garden photographer. I will share my ideas about how to approach floral subjects with creativity and individuality. I will also discuss how today’s digital cameras and after-capture techniques can give photographers even greater opportunities for self-expression. For details and to register, click here.

Creating Art with Digital Photography, March 29-30

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.

Peony

Digital imaging has revolutionized photography and liberated photographers. In this intensive two-day photography workshop, I will guide participants to the limitless possibilities of digital garden and flower photography, finding our subjects on the grounds of the United States Botanical Garden. We will concentrate on creating images built around color, shape, line and texture, making strong visual statements using these abstract elements of design. We will also focus on portraying flowers in their garden setting, finding unusual perspectives for close-ups and groupings. Then, in our review sessions, we will explore ways to improve and fine-tune our images in creative ways using today’s amazing but simple after-capture applications. For details and to register, click here.

Photographing Texas Wildflowers: April 3-6

Sponsored by the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Wildflowers

We’ll be returning to the Brenham area of Texas, a prime spring wildflowers destination, for this popular 4-day digital photography workshop. We will go to several locations, including private ranches, to find the best places for photographing the eye-popping array of bluebonnets, coreopsis, Indian paintbrush, Texas winecups and other colorful specimens which blanket wide swatches of the landscape here. We’ll be photographing at sunrise and late afternoon to sunset with time in between for instruction on the finer points of digital photography, including after-capture techniques; review sessions; and personal exploration of the local towns. This workshop sold out last year so register early. For details and to register, click here.

The Creative Magic of Digital Photography: April 11

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia

Trumpet flower

This public lecture and audio-visual presentation will focus on helping you discover all the fascinating creative and technical opportunities that digital photography presents us with – not just in the camera but afterward, using some amazing and simple computer applications. You’ll see how these techniques will open new doors to your own creativity. For details and to register, click here.

Digital Photography as Art: April 12-13

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia

Orchid

Digital imaging has revolutionized photography and liberated photographers. In this intensive two-day photography workshop, I will guide participants to the limitless possibilities of digital garden and flower photography, finding our subjects on the grounds of the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We will concentrate on creating images built around color, shape, line and texture, making strong visual statements using these abstract elements of design. We will also focus on portraying flowers in their garden setting, finding unusual perspectives for close-ups and groupings. Then, in our review sessions, we will explore ways to improve and fine-tune our images in creative ways using today’s amazing but simple after-capture applications. For details and to register, click here.

Storybook Holland: April 18-28

Keukenhof

Following our very successful 2012 trip, this foreign travel digital photography workshop will focus on Holland’s amazing extravaganza of tulips and other bulbs at prime locations in the Dutch countryside, as well as visits to explore Holland’s charming and colorful villages.

Our itinerary includes everything from the acres of beautifully planted bulbs at the Kuekenhof Gardens and a countryside blanketed with tulip fields to the canals of Giethoorn and the iconic windmills around the town of Lekkerkirk. Visits to wonderful private gardens will complete your rare photo experience.

Our trip is geared to the needs and interests of photographers. Our group is limited to ten participants so you will get personal attention and one-on-one assistance throughout the workshop, whether you need advice on choosing the right lens, using the right settings, making the most of available light, adjusting to various kinds of weather or creating exciting compositions with color, texture and lines. Along the way, we will make time for review sessions to learn from each other’s images and develop our skills using easy after-capture techniques.

The price for this workshop is $4,000 per person with double occupancy; the single supplement is $800 per person. A $1,000 deposit to hold a space is due by March 10; the deposit is refundable less a $100 administrative fee until March 20 and the balance is due by April 1.

I invite you to join me on this spectacular photographic journey. For a detailed itinerary and additional information, please call me at (646) 519-1751 or email me at arokach@me.com.

Photographing the Great Gardens of the Mid-Atlantic Region: May 14-19

Sponsored by the Mt. Cuba Center in Wilmington, Delaware

Winter Early Spring

Having photographed for many years in the mid-Atlantic area for Southern Living Magazine, I fell in love this area’s spectacular gardens. I created this unique 6-day flower and garden photography workshop to give you the chance to develop your creative and technical skills while exploring four of these amazing gardens: Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur and Mount Cuba Center, plus some wonderful nearby private gardens. We’ll have at least two field outings plus one review session each day. We have special permission to enter each park at sunrise and we’ll be able to stay in the gardens until sunset to make the most of the beautiful low light. Instruction will be geared to the special features of each garden and the needs and interests of all participants. The Mt. Cuba Center will host us for all instructional and review sessions To register, click here. Lodging arrangements can be made by contacting me at 646-519-1751 or arokach@me.com.

The Creative Magic of Digital Photography: June 13

Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage

Dead Lakes, FL

This public lecture and audio-visual presentation will focus on helping you discover all the fascinating creative and technical opportunities that digital photography presents us with – not just in the camera but afterward, using some amazing and simple computer applications. You’ll see how these techniques will open new doors to your own creativity. Stay tuned for registration details.

Adventures in Photographing Alaska’s Wildflowers: June 14-15

Sponsored by the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage

Floral landscape

June is the ideal month to see the unique and wonderful wildflowers of Alaska’s wilderness. We will take advantage of the long days and the help of local experts from the Alaska Botanical Garden to venture into a variety of environments to discover and photograph the spring bloom outside Anchorage. During two field trips each day, we’ll learn to work with every kind of light and weather; focus on composition using overviews, vignettes and details to show the wildflowers in their magnificent settings. We will also work on getting the best exposure and sharpness; plus practice creative techniques using your digital camera and after-capture software. If you need to make lodging arrangements, contact me at 646-519-1751 or arokach@me.com.