Savannah Photography Workshop

The image above is titled “The Accidental Tourist.”  I took it during a six-day photography workshop in Savannah in late March. Perhaps this is obvious, but it is a setup shot.  Three of us working as a team conceived and executed the image. I took the picture and did the Photoshop editing. Doe this image work for you? Does it make you laugh?

The workshop was run with Craig Tanner and Marti Jeffers of The Mindful Eye. The workshop was fabulous – exhausting, but exhilarating. Lots of great creativity ideas and exercises, a terrific and fun group of students (just eight others besides me), and a wonderful place to take pictures.

This post will show a variety of images from the workshop. We walked up to a lot of strangers and asked to take their picture. This seems daunting at first, but one learns that with the right approach, 90% will willingly say YES to the ask.  Here are a few of the strangers I shot, all in one morning, all in the beautiful squares of Savannah:

Here’s a portrait I took of one of the other workshop participants:

We did some abstract and semi abstract work, including this image of a street lamp.

As those of you who have been to Savannah know, there are many “flower guys” who make flowers out of palm leaves. Here’s a picture I took, by coincidence, on Palm Sunday:

We went out to Tybee Island one morning to shoot the sunrise. Here are a couple of shots from that morning:

This has been a much longer than usual post – but it’s almost over! In addition to our classroom work, shooting assignments, social time with the other students, we also had to do Photoshop editing of our images on our laptops, to turn in for critiques. We’d look at everyone’s work on  the slide screen. The quality of  the students’ images was very high, so there was pressure to do your best work – not pressure put on us by the instructors, but we each felt it inside, for sure. The Photoshop editing went late into the night – or into the early morning, and often caused a lot of frustration:


4 Responses to “Savannah Photography Workshop”

  1. April 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Love the variety of these shots, Blake–the portraits, the composed shots, the beach scenes. It seems you got some good experience developing your photographer’s eye. Clearly you were stretched as an artist this past week. I especially love the one of you at the computer. It takes a lot to push through your inhibitions and put yourself out there. You’re doin’ it!

    • April 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      thanks so much, Pam. can’t wait to share with you some of our exercises. we were stretched indeed. plus a lot of spiritual/mystical stuff – Byron Katie, Uell Anderson, Eckhart Tolle, etc. good stuff.

  2. 3 jackies35
    August 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    LOL!! Is that you Blake in front of the laptop! Well, I guess if you don’t have a mac, this is the results! hahaha

    Just joking… I am a Apple-Fanatic!

    I am so glad you shared these images online.
    Now, I am challenged to try some of these assignments and ASK Strangers for a picture of them! eek!!

    Great images! thanks again!

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