Local Artisan Woman, Saqsaywaman, Cuzco, Peru
B&W Peru Portraits
#Saqsaywaman, #Cuzco, #Peru
#Blackandwhite #travelphotography #portraits
Don’t Dream it – Live it.
In 2018 we’ll be offering an a Dream Shoot in Italy. Have you ever wanted to be Vogue? This is the next best thing – and the memories will be immortalized in a hand-made Italian album, folio and wall art. It is part tour, part photography shoot and a whole lot of fun, food and wine. This is a customized and individual tour through several locations and regions in Italy and an editorial styled photography series in those locations.
Stay tuned for details, pricing and dates in December 2017.
Chora Chori, Kangchenjunga Himalaya Nepal.
A village girl combs her hair for a photo.
Portraits and People of Nepal Series.
Black & White 35mm Photograph, 1994
This photo was taken on my first time in Nepal and first day in the hills making the trek into the Kangchenjunga Himalaya. I think I brought about 10 rolls of film – an amount I can easily shoot in a couple hours. Part of the ongoing 365 of B&W photography!
#Kangchenjunga #Himalaya #Nepal #BlackandWhite #Portrait #35mm #film #filmphotography
Autumn Photography Tips
Fall is my favorite time of the year to photograph – pretty much anyone and everything.
It’s a dramatic season with color and transformation. Portraits are powerful, wildlife descend from the mountains landscapes take a different dimension as the first snow falls in the mountains and the tarmacs contrast with yellow and orange needles. Adventures to high places were always high on my list when I was climbing.
There a many tips online and it seems that there is no shortage of advice. So, I’ll keep it basic and simple.
Go Out Into the World.
Go outside and bring your camera. This tip can’t be emphasized enough. If you are in front of a computer and glued to a phone, you are missing out. Again, bring you camera.
Ignore the Weather
The weather might be crappy. Maybe it’s raining sideways, but not for long. Photos are often amazing in less than stellar weather. Rainbows, fresh snow, falling leaves – I think you might be understanding where I’m getting at.
Underexpose your shots a little. This will add some extra contrast and pop in the colors. How do I do that? Easiest way is to shoot in manual mode and experiment a little to find the correct exposure. If you are shooting on Auto or any other mode Decrease the EV exposure by -1.
A circular polarizing filter on the front of the lens will make a huge difference. Trust me. Buy one if you don’t already own one. It darkens the sky and makes the colors vivid. To use, rotate the filter until you see a difference in the sky. Just like magic.
Neutral Density Graduated Filter
This is one of the most important lenses for a landscape photographer. It is a gradient filter – dark on one half and clear on the other. Rotate the dark half towards the sky and clear to bottom. The sky is properly exposed and the landscape/subject at the bottom is full of definition. Again, magic.
Look for different perspectives and have a good time.
To summarize and put it all together in a nutshell if you are skimming – get outside and enjoy Fall. Memories are not just photos.
I found this card today of a shot I took in New Orleans in 2006. What a change eight-months made. We drove through a city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and found some signs of life emerging from the ruins.
#hurricanekatrina #nola #neworleans #weddingdress #wedding
This newsletter will be a little different. We will deviate from the usual photography subjects and focus on things like our trip to Italy. Spring being finally here. As for our trip, we have decided to talk about the wines we will be tasting and enjoying while having some delicious meal and overlooking a gorgeous breathtaking vista or in the company of some of the colorful, full of passion, locals. First let us tell you what to look for when purchasing Italian wines here in the US or abroad.
Make sure the seal with the letters DOC or DOCG is on the bottle you want to purchase. What is DOC and DOCG and why they are important? The letters DOC or DOCG mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines origin. If those letters are not on your bottle, you will not know who, and where the wine was made.
Tuscany has been taking all the credit for amazing wines in Italy, the south regions have been overlooked, when in reality, the sunny south is the perfect place for some amazingly delicious wines. Let’s look at some from the area we will be visiting…Grapes have been grown in the fertile soil of Campania since ancient times, and one of the pleasures of traveling through this region in southern Italy is the chance to discover the unique varieties of wine produced in this area. From the rolling hillsides in the provinces of Benevento and Avellino to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Capri and Ischia to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, the wines of Campania are as varied as the landscape…so let’s look at some.
A white wine, delicate and with very low alcohol, with a fruity, flowery aroma has a straw-yellow color with green tints. Ideal to be sipped all day by itself or to accompany fish and seafood dishes.
Forastera Another white wine with a straw-yellow color. The aroma is viny and slightly floral. It has a soft, dry taste. Ideal to accompany fish-based dishes and fresh cheeses and again, like the Biancolella, ideal for an all day sipping.
Per’ e Palumm
Has an intense ruby red color. The aroma is viny and delicate, medium bodied with a dry taste. Wonderfully paired up with the traditional rabbit dish, grilled or roast meats and mature cheeses.
The variety of red grapes called Aglianico is one of the most widespread in southern Italy, and it reaches perfection in the climate and terrain of Campania. Aglianico grapes are grown throughout the region, and are made into rich and full-bodied wines. They are also the base for the superb Taurasi DOCG wines made in the province of Avellino, the Falerno del Massico DOC wines produced in the province of Caserta and the Aglianico del Taburno DOC wines from the province of Benevento.
Two varieties of grapes are grown throughout the region of Campania, and both make excellent, crisp white wines. One of Italy’s oldest grape varieties, and cultivated in Campania since ancient Roman times, Falanghina is the white wine of the region. Its slightly sweet and fruity features make it the perfect white wine to serve with fish, pasta or even as a summer aperitivo.
Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio Local stories of heaven, hell and Lucifer’s fall are often told to explain the origin of the evocative name Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, which means Christ’s Tears at Vesuvius. This name is used to describe the red, white and rosé wines made with grapes grown on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius just outside of Naples. The red wine is a blend of Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Aglianico grapes, while the whites are made with Verdeca, Coda di Volpe and Falanghina grapes.
One of Campania’s most distinct wines grown throughout the region. Also called Per’e Palummo in Neapolitan dialect, these deep purple grapes received their unusual name, which means “red feet,” since the skin color of the grapes is reminiscent of the color of pigeon feet. While that idea might not sound so appetizing, the wines made with this grape are a Campania specialty.
Bottom line…Our photography tour of Italy will be indeed dotted with some magnificent adventures, one of them is tasting the wonderful wines from this amazing rich area of Italy, rich in culture, foods, wines, scenery and lets not forget the world renounced southerners Italian hospitality…Wine is a way of life in Italy so when in Roma….. Hope to have a sip or two with you!
This is our new Radio Ad – Assunta + Russell Photographers – promoting the Italy Tour 2017 and announcing the opening of the Port Townsend Studio.
Featured on the West Coast Italian Radio Network – THE Northwest Italian Radio Show.
Our second stop; Napoli
Italy Photography Tour
October 2 – 9, 2017
Italy Photography Tour is announced. $2550/ Person + Air.
Napoli is a magical place where colors, flavors, culture and history are intertwined in a charming mix of knowledge, joy, and fun. A former Greek trading center, Napoli was established around 600 B.C. The area is loomed over by Mt Vesuvius and overlooks a marvelous bay whose beauty has served as a driving inspiration for many artists. Napoli is a real treasure trove of art and history evident in the many palaces, churches, monuments and art galleries.
Life is truly lived here, in all its chaotic glory. You will feel and see a fiery and vivacious people who are ever so true to La Dolce Vita (The sweet life). You will taste amazing foods and wines while listening to the locals sing the old, popular songs incased in immortality.
The city is alive with movement, its people engage nearly anyone in conversations and they love to interact just as much as they love to eat and savor food for hours on end.
Napoli is alive, sunny, interesting and simple unforgettable!