Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info September 2003

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Southwest Workshop And The Magical Digital Bus
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Welcome to the September 2003 edition of the Stephen Johnson
Photography Newsletter, which is also available online at:


This issue includes a new featured print, a tale of the wonderfully
successful Southwest Workshop, and information about where to catch
Steve and his work. We hope you enjoy it!

September, 2003

Red Hills, Lacy Point. Petrified forest National Park, Arizona. 1995.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

The eroded hills of the southwest have long been a favorite subject of
mine. Their ambiguous scale, sensual form and strange color have all
drawn me in repeatedly. Although I was dealing with a very hot day
and a slight wind, the photograph seemed to work. This was the second
of two photographs I made of these hills. The first, with a looser
composition, probably had to be made first, for me to see the simpler
design of the scene with no horizon and concentrating in on these
particular contours. My good friend Ed Stone was assisting on this
trip. This 1995 photograph became one of the early successes
of the National Parks Project.

We're offering an 11x14 inch print, matted to 16x20 and ready to frame
for $195, framed for an additional $75. This print at this price is
offered through September 30. We'll be taking orders until then, and
shipping them out by October 15th.

About the Program

Each month we offer a signed, original print, at a special price.
This is a great opportunity to own a very affordable fine-art
photograph. Orders are taken for a 30-day period, then printed and
shipped within two weeks after the close. When it's over, it's over.
These prints won't be available again at this price.



Our photography workshop to the American Southwest was enlightening,
intense, fun, exhausting, incredibly rewarding and resulted in some
fine photographs. The workshop itinerary was an overview of the
Southwest's wonders and having the bus along turned the workshop into
an innovative and deep photographic learning experience.

Balancing time between experiencing the parks, and interacting with
the photographs was a wonderful opportunity and challenge. There was
a constant range of options, sometimes too many, sometimes just right.
Students were torn between direct experience of the beauty of the
landscape and experiencing the photographs they just made. They were
also enamored with being able to do both. There were never enough
hours in the day. Many stayed up late working.

The ability to look at each others work produced some great
interactions, allowing us to react and be inspired by others

Being able to check out our images as they were being made was dynamic
and very worthwhile. "Did you get that lightning?" "Was that
exposure right?" "Where did those highlights fall?" "What about this

The bus provided an unprecedented opportunity to complete work on site,
and an air conditioned refuge from the heat. There were almost
instant detailed feedback/critiques on some occasions, others were end
of day looks back at the work. Lectures and demonstrations were also
part of the mix.

An interesting tactic developed where people were swapping their
compact flash cards around trying each others cameras and or lenses.
They were experimenting with the possibilities, while still writing
all of their photographs to their own storage card. Many discussions
centered around the technology, many around art, emotion and design.

We ran into a few interesting characters along the way. Two bikers
from Belgium on their way to the Harley-Davidson centennial were
photographed by Andrew Stern and gift prints made on site, then
bestowed while the subjects were still around.

There was unlimited beauty around us, and so many great things to do
and see. The tours into Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly brought
us to places we could not have otherwise seen. People did not want to
miss a dawn or sunset, or an opportunity for a full moon. There
seemed to always be lust for more, a desire to do everything possible,
which just about everybody did.

As a teaching tool, combining the bus with the making of the
photographs completed a critical circle of photographic realization.
The bus prints were often looked at as the final prints. Being able
to help with the seeing, the execution, the image processing and the
printing, was a kind of educational nirvana.

Thanks again to all of the trip sponsors, particularly the Community
College Foundation for supplying the eBus and covering its expenses.
Major help outfitting the eBus came from Apple Computer. Additional
sponsors included Adobe Systems, BetterLight, Epson, Foveon,
Gretag-Macbeth and Hewlett-Packard. Thanks to Nick Kiest for bus
technology management, our wonderful driver Mike, and Nikki Fox for
helping with logistics.

The workshop ended way too soon, but at about the right time. We were
all ready for more, but we were way tired. We liked the experience
very much.


* MONO LAKE WORKSHOP (now with the Magical Digital Bus added!)

October 10-13, 2003


The workshop will be a dynamic combination of a traditional
landscape photography workshop while diving deep into the digital
age. Technical and aesthetic considerations will be discussed in
detail, while we explore this high desert lake and its strange

The stark and beautiful scenery of this legendary lake is unlike any
other landscape in the world. Its alkaline water, desert vistas,
volcanos and unusual tufa towers make it a remarkable place. The
presence of this huge lake in the eastern sierra desert is
improbable at best, its out of place character is pervasive, at
times seeming more lunar than terrestrial.

The workshop will include archiving and printing capabilities along
the way with our awesome Magical Digital Bus, as well as daily
critiques with digital projection of the images made on the trip.

Digital exposure and dynamic range, composition, color management,
printers, papers and pigments, black & white, and color will be part
of our 4-day excursion into the evolving world of digital

The cost of the workshop is $1325, and includes full access to the
eBus Digital Lab which will accompany the workshop. Enrollment is
limited to ten participants.


Digital Photography Workshop
September 20-21, 2003 (weekend)

Fine-Art Digital Printing
October 20-21, 2003 (weekdays)

Intermediate Digital Photography
November 8-9, 2003 (weekend)

Check out our workshop web page for information on all of our
workshops, including both our field and studio workshops.



Many of you may not know that we offer Fine Art Digital portraits as
part of our studio services. This unique service lets the client
participate in the creation of their image, and walk away with a
finished portrait, all in a one-hour session.

With the holiday season coming on, we thought we would offer an
encouragement for early bookings. Book a session before the end of
September and take 15% off the price ($75 off).



Steve is lecturing at the following events:

* Riding the Bleeding Edge of Digital Photography
An Evening with Stephen Johnson as part of the ASMP Lecture Series
Blue Sky Studios, San Francisco.
September 9, 2003, 7-9pm


* Key 3 Media's Seybold Conference
Moscone Center in San Francisco
September 9-10, 2003.

Excellent Prints: From 1 to 100
Tuesday, 9/9
Location: Moscone Center West, 3008


Image Makers: Photoshop and the Digital Photographer
Wednesday, 9/10
Location: Moscone Center West, 3007



* Photoshop Hall of Fame inductees announced

Stephen Johnson has been named as a 2003 inductee into the Photoshop
Hall of Fame, recognized for his achievements in Photoshop Art. The
induction ceremony, which takes place as part of the Photoshop World
Conference and Expo, will be held September 30, 2003 at the Miami
Beach Convention Center.



Many of our posters are also available online at ART.COM



Please come visit us at our gallery and see our original prints in
person. The subtle detail of the prints and the beautiful texture of
the fine art paper have to be seen to be understood. And while you're
here, browse through our books, cards, posters, and specially priced

We're happy to mail you a copy of our product catalog, just send a

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