cow skull fun

I’m a fan of some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and with her inspiration I am using multiple images and this cow skull on the fence that I photographed at the last Arizona Professional Photographers all day event where I was teaching at a Western set town called Canyon Creek Ranch… (should you ever be in the area it’s a fun place to visit with history, jeep rides, horseback riding and more)

cow skull art

Inspired by O’keeffe

I call this process Photo-Synthesis whereby I use multiple images and blend them together to create something that I believe is greater than the sum of the parts.texture on the fence was created with two leaf images and a sheet metal image using differing Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop.

This image is part of my ‘play to learn’ time. ‘Play to learn time’ is important for growing your skills and stretching vision.

What have you done lately to push your skills to another level??

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

PS – If you would like to have me come speak to your local photography group or set up one on one lessons let me know…

old west video

The scene looks like it was taken from the pages of a Louis L’Amour novel.

A Western set awaits as the Arizona PPA put on it’s annual ‘Fall Fest’ and you just might want to put this on your calendar. AZPPA board member Bruce Roscoe has put together an event you won’t want to miss. He has contacts with lots of actors from Westerns who have period costumes to go with the setting at Canyon Creek Ranch in Black Canyon City, Arizona.

Bruce asked me to get together with some of the actors to give you a preview of what’s in store. With the trusty Lumix GH4 in hand and a video fluid head atop my tripod we endeavored to give you a taste of the event.

Promo for AZPPA ‘Fall Fest’ video shot with the GH4 and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro
Check out the video and if you’d like more information you can ride on over to the AZPPA web site link for more information pardner…
I will be one of about 5 instructors that will be on hand to share ideas about shooting, lighting, posing on this all day event. There will be lighting equipment from FJ Westcott to try out and work with.
Looks like it’s gonna’ be a blast!
Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob
PS – Watching the video will be your first step and you’ll be one of the first to see what’s coming. Sign up early as this will surely sell out.
PPS – The beginning part of the video was accomplished by using the Time Lapse feature in the camera. Camera was hand held with an image being made every 2 seconds as we drove down the road.

photofest in sedona

Lots happening photographically in education this week in Sedona. It’s the Sedona Arts Center PhotoFest.

Two free education days surrounded by workshops and seminars by some wonderful photographers. I’m presenting a Keynote along with a two day workshop on my Photo-Synthesis techniques to create painterly type images from your photographs. It’s not too late to sign up…

sedona photofest

Sedona Arts Center Photofest – including yours truly

lumix changing potography logo

Program Sponsored in part by LUMIX


Yours in Creative Photography,       Bob

speaking prescott az

Enjoyed sharing some ideas with the Prescott Arizona Camera Club Great group!  After I spoke I had a chance to see their print competition and it showed they have quite a few very talented photographers. Looks like they are in growth mode with a push for new members and improving their meetings and organization.


Prescott Camera Club meeting. (thanks to Bruce Roscoe for grabbing this image for me)

Here’s some feed back from my presentation…

“Bob – great presentation last night. By the time you’d finished the initial slide show I was ready to try about a dozen new things in Photoshop. I love your layered work. Please send me your presentation slides. There was a great deal of terrifically valuable information in there. Thanks,”     JB Burke

“I enjoyed your presentation Tuesday night and am impressed with
artistry.  Please send me the samples and links you discussed.   I am
also interested in the site you demonstrated for watercolor effect. In
addition to the nice images that can be produced I found it is a perfect
way to save a nice subject that I have photographed but is flawed.”  Pat Fiedler

“Bob, really enjoyed your presentation at our club last evening. You mentioned that you would e-mail any info that would help to become a better photographer with the subjects that you covered in your presentation. I  would really enjoy some of those websites and articles. Thank You, and again really enjoyed your presentation.”     Jim Naumann

“Good Morning Bob,
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last night.  It was entertaining as well as inspiring.  I love what you are doing with the layers, blend modes and textures.  Your work is awesome! Please send me the “sticky notes” from last night.  I like your idea of learning one technique a day.  It makes learning Photoshop much more manageable. Thank you for sharing,”         Bill Zombeck

Lumix helped make it possible with sponsorship for me to speak to this group. Need a speaker for your group or organization?? Get in touch.

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob

chattanooga photo programs

At the end of the week I’ll be winging my way to Tennessee to present a couple all day programs on my techniques for creating fine art painterly images called Photo-Synthesis.

photo seminar flyer

Get more info here

The first day will be in-depth starting with the basics in Photoshop and is hosted by the Photographic Society of Chattanooga and sponsored by Panasonic and the Lumix line of cameras and is $20 Contact the society to sign up and pay. Day two will be more in-depth and hands on. We’ll hit the streets to capture images to work with then go to our individual computers to create artwork with me stepping you through the process… That class will be $49. Get in touch with me to sign up and pay. [email protected]

Yours in Creative Photography,       Bob