canyon creek ranch

Dusty western streets lined with aged buildings hinting very strongly at a bygone time.

Characters in period dress move through the streets as if they’ve returned home from the present day. That was the Arizona PPA Fall Fest this year organized by AZPPA and headed up by board member Bruce Roscoe of Alayna Photography. Bruce created a calendar with this great bunch of actors and arranged to share their talents during this event. There were five instructors, ten actors and thirty-five photographers in action, learning, sharing and generally having a good time.

I gotta tell you if you live in Arizona, are a photographer and not a member of Arizona PPA you are missing out on education, networking and building lifelong friendships with those of a like mind.

But, I digress just a bit. Here’s an image created after the sun sank (sunk?) below the horizon of the ‘haunted church’ done at the end of the street.

haunted old west chuch image

This was ‘Filo’ one of the actors posing during a light painting exercise held at the end of the day. Lumix GH4 with a 12-35mm f2.8 lens was mounted on a tripod and a series of bracketed exposures was made of the church scene followed by Filo being lit in various positions. Images were then striped together to have our actor studying up on his ethereal image inside.

If you are not in Arizona there is probably a Professional Photographers of America Affiliated group not too far away from you. You can check the list. I travel around the country and have spoken to many of these groups and I can tel you that the education acquired from being a member and participating as a volunteer can help you grow your photography business.

Lots of photographers suggest that they can get all the photo education they need from  the web and online tutorials. I beg to differ there’s no beating live in person education and if you are not already a member of one of these organizations I encourage you to at least visit for one or two meetings. You be glad you did!

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

PS – The event was help at Canyon Creek Ranch and should you find yourself in central Arizona it’s a place you might want to check out!

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canyon creek ranch — 2 Comments

  1. Worked in Phoenix for 23 years, been to Black Canyon City many times, never heard of Canyon Creek Ranch. I’ll have to check it out some time.

    To become a member of AZPPA you need to be a pro, right? That’s a stumbling block.

  2. successfulbob on said:

    HI Leroy, I checked for the official policy from out membership chair and here was her response… There isn’t an official requirement of being a Pro. We don’t turn anybody away. That being said we are not a camera club and are a professional organization. We have many members that are aspiring to become professionals. All are welcome! Come visit the first meeting is free and you can see what we’re all about. Cheers, Bob

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