I just got home late last night from my Shaker Village workshop in Kentucky. It was a private workshop that I conducted for the Garden Club of America. I was assisted by Sharon Klass and Tom Wester, both helped me out enormously and I truly appreciated it. Along with the 18 participants Tom, Sharon and I had a great time exploring the village and surrounding areas; including the Woodford Distillery and the world famous Keeneland racetrack. A special thank you to Kim DeCamp from the Lexington GCA for hosting our group at Keeneland. Kim went out of her way to meet us early to make sure we were able to access the track before they opened to see the horses run.
With 18 eager to learn participants I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos but my assistants and I arrived to the village a day early to shoot. Here are a few of my favorites.
The double spiral staircase was one of the main attractions in the village for me. I took shots of the staircase from the bottom and from the top. All of my images were captured handheld with my OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera and the Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. The very top image is the staircase shot from the top, converted to B&W.
The Cheese Pumpkin below was captured just outside of the restaurant at the village. I photographed it while we were waiting for dinner. I saw that the colors looked different from most of the other pumpkins and that is what drew me in. Since I was doing several different Photoshop sessions I wanted some source material from the venue and I knew this pumpkin would give me plenty of post processing opportunities to demo different effects. I used Topaz Glow 2 to enhance the lines and funk of the pumpkin. Next I zoomed and warped the pumpkin, I really loved the strong curved lines that I was able to create with the warping. For more on how I use filters and effects in Photoshop or plug-ins check out my “Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II” eBook, edited by Carol Carson.
Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Topaz Glow applied
Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Topaz Glow and Warped
Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ I liked the wall of bottles at the distillery.
Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ High-key capture of a tree in the village with the famous Lexington fences.