Leaf casting workshop in the works!

21 08 2013


My friend, Rob Bergsohn, and I are planning a fee-based workshop on making these leaf castings in September.

Rob runs the Northern Virginia Portrait Photographers group on http://www.meetup.com. He hosts portrait photography workshops outdoors and in the studio as well as 2-4 hour Lightroom and Photoshop classes from his home studio in Falls Church, Virginia. Rob saw my botanical photography exhibit at Green Spring Gardens in spring 2012 and asked if I would host some workshops with him.

We’re planning the workshop for sometime in September and the dates will be slated for weekend days to allow more participants to join. There will be two dates involved—one date to make the leaves (I’m guessing that session will be about 2-3 hours long) and another date for participants to return (after their leaves have cured) to paint and finish their creations.

If you’re in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland area and think you might be interested in signing up, please e-mail me at dyerdesign@aol.com to get on our email list. When we finalize the dates cost and details, we’ll send out a notice to you. We’ll include a link so you can pay via PayPal on Rob’s Meetup group site.

FYI—if you’re interested in learning Lightroom, check out Rob’s workshops. I took his basic Lightroom class a few weeks ago and learned a lot—for just $25 for a couple of hours of instruction. It’s an excellent value! He offers other studio classes on lighting and composition, so check out his meetup group page here: http://www.meetup.com/NOVAPhotography/  It’s a great bunch of photography-minded people and Rob is always adding new classes on a variety of topics relating to photography. You’ll need to sign up for a FREE meetup.com account before enrolling.



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Re-post: Blue Dasher dragonfly

18 08 2013

Originally posted August 17, 2012

As much as I prefer shooting in diffused or overcast light, I’m kind of liking these dragonfly shots with the strong shadows—there’s something stark and graphic about them! Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Japanese anemone

17 08 2013

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Anemones x 2

Blue Glorybower

17 08 2013

Blue Glorybower, also known as Blue Butterfly Bush (Clerodendrum ugandense

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Blue White Flowers

Toad lily ‘Hatatogisa’

17 08 2013

Toad lily (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Hatatogisa’)

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Toad Lily 1

Jackson, the mischievous cherub

13 08 2013

Jackson is my cousin Diane’s grandson; he was quite the photogenic subject with his many expressions; photographed at the big McLean-Pridgen Family Reunion in June down in Georgia (my mother’s side of the family)

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Jackon 2-up

Payton Diantha McLean

11 08 2013

Introducing Payton Diantha McLean, daughter of my second cousin, Ashley, and his wife, Amber. Ashley is my first cousin Lamar’s son. Lamar’s father, Charles, is my mother’s younger brother. (Got all that?) Payton just turned one year old recently and is my third cousin (and quite photogenic!). I photographed everyone at the big family reunion in Broxton, Georgia, at the end of June. More photos of Payton (and other reunion shots) to come…

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Payton in Zebra Outfit

Tree Tones

10 08 2013

Through Pinterest, I learned about Sherwin-Williams color-palette-generator at http://www.letschipit.com. Here’s my latest palette using a photo I shot at Brookside Gardens a few weeks ago. Qué fun!

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Tiny spider (species unknown)

6 08 2013

Tiny spider (species unknown); photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Green Legged Spider lorez

Flower Fly on French Marigold ‘Disco Red’

6 08 2013

Flower Fly or Hover Fly (Syrphidae) on French Marigold ‘Disco Red’ (Tagetes patula ‘Disco Red’), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Flower fly

‘Disco Red’ French Marigolds

6 08 2013

I think I finally have the i.d. correct on these tiny red and gold blooms I photographed at Green Spring Gardens a few weeks ago—French Marigold ‘Disco Red’ (Tagetes patula ‘Disco Red’). Correct me if I’m wrong!

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Tiny Red Yellow Flowers

Japanese Lantern

6 08 2013

Japanese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi), also called Chinese Lantern, Bladder cherry and Winter cherry; an herbaceous perennial

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Japanese Lantern 2Japanese Latern 1

Fairy Roses ‘Pink Fairy’

5 08 2013

These aptly-named blooms are barely one inch in diameter.

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Fairy Roses lorez