Katmai Bear Trip with Cubs

The top image is a combo of Topaz Impression and Topaz Glow that I then converted to B&W. In this photo the sow and cubs are alerted by the scent of another bear; they have an exceptional sense of smell. Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ One of my favorites, I am calling it “Teething” …

Kodiak Alaska

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography We finally landed in Kodiak yesterday after multiple delays in Newark and Chicago due to a storm in Chicago. This morning I got up early and went for a walk around the harbor. It was beautiful, I loved the fresh clean air and the sound of all the gulls, oystercatchers …

Liquify

To create the image in this post I started with a 2 image multiple exposure created in-camera of a white poppy. I wasn’t thrilled with the outside petals, they were worn and did not look pristine. So I took the image into Photoshop. The original image is shown at the bottom of this post. Image …

The Fusion Plate

After my recent blog post and searching the web for a plate that would allow my camera to go from a shoulder strap to a tripod easily and efficiently I noticed a plate that recent Palouse attendee David Eckman was using. Thanks Dave, for introducing me to this cool, kinda new, plate called the Fusion …

UK Puffin Trip Report

My 2017 Puffin trip was a success by every standard. Photo opportunities were endless and everyone enjoyed the trip. We had a few weather glitches but we also had some nice soft light for a lot of the time. Sunny days are not ideal since we have full day boat trips scheduled. When it is …

Headed Home Soon!

I am in Edinburgh with most of the group for a couple of days. I head home on the 5th after I have some time to shop for wool scarves and goodies! During my time in Edinburgh and on the plane I hope to get to some of the boat load of images that need …

Leaves & Topaz

I wanted to create an interesting look from a high-key leaf capture. I decided to use a combination of Topaz Impression and Glow. I often like to combine the two programs to get the effect that I am after. Before starting with the filters I did some image prep. I warped my initial base image …

Heading to the UK!

I will be flying into Edinburgh tonight and then driving my group to our deluxe cottages by the sea for 7 glorious nights. With daily excursions to photograph puffins and gannets. Eight of the nine clients will be joining me for an extension to Bass Rock. Last year’s experience there was amazing and I am …

Greece 2019 Announced!!

After one of the most productive and fun workshops that I have ever conducted I am extremely happy to announce the 2019 Dalmatian Pelican Workshop in Greece. My last trip was filled with so many great photo opportunities from both the shore and from a small boat on Lake Kerkini. Our group had multiple chances …

Airport Advantage Roller by Think Tank

I have been using a large full size roller bag for years but lately when traveling for a workshop or lecture that does not have to do with bird photography and I don’t need my Canon 600mm lens, I have found that the larger roller is too large. It also doesn’t fit in some of …

Moody Butte

During my recent workshops at the Palouse we visited Steptoe Butte on either the morning or evening or both. Mostly dependent on the light–well as best as we could predict it 🙂 . I usually hope for clouds when I am going to Steptoe, bright light or strong overcast is not my preference. On one …

Donna Futrell’s Winning Blur Image

Image copyright 2017, Donna H. Futrell Photography During my recent workshops in the Palouse, three of the participants won a friendly competition that I ran to spice things up a bit. Donna and Ed tied during the second group’s judging but Donna’s mother was not well and she did not have the time to send …

A Suggestion…and Palouse 2018 Announced!

I received a very kind email from 2017 Palouse participant Scott Young (see below). I was extremely humbled by his comments and they made me feel very proud and happy. I also read his suggestion and gave it some thought…so for my next Palouse workshop, in addition to the usual image review time and Photoshop …