Award-winning large-format photographers,
Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple, gave four two-day
On the first day of the workshop
Jeff led the students into the wilds of Florida
to capture images. On their second day, the
students brought their images into Clyde's
studio where he shared some of the secrets
he employs using PhotoShop on the digital
versions of his black & white images.
If you're interested in joining in future workshops,
make sure you are on our email list by going onto
our website: www.ClydeButcher.com
You can also keep track of Clyde
and his events on his FaceBook Fan page.
You can also check out Jeff Ripples
We met Jeff at Port of the Islands at
"dark O'clock", as Jeff puts it...
and then headed off to the Look Out
Tower at the Ten Thousand Islands
National Wildlife Refuge.
I, Niki, joined Jeff with his first group
so I could record their experience. If
you should decide to join us on one of
these excursions, you'll have an idea of
what both Jeff and Clyde does.
Enjoy the photos...
Lookout Tower with full moon
setting into the wetlands
Ten Thousand Islands
National Wildlife Refuge
Capturing an image of the full moon
setting over the wetlands
Jeff discussing photography with student
Jeff working with student
Catching the sun coming up
over the horizon
Jeff helping a student
Heading down the road to see what
else there is to photograph
Jeff leads everyone out into the wetlands
He lost his sole in the Everglades...
the Refuge, everyone adjourned
for a short break to have breakfast,
and then we met at the Port of
the Islands Marina for the trip
out into the Ten Thousand Islands.
Heading out into the mangroves
with Captain Richard
Unloading students and equipment.
After the boat unloaded everyone, it left the
area so that it wouldn't be in any one's photo.
Just to let you know, I worked at getting
people into the photographs. I also took
plenty of photos for myself with no one
in the image...just don't want you to think
there are so many people that they get in
the way...plenty of opportunity to take
photos without people in them!
Jeff working with student
Just for fun...a different angle of view
Meandering through the backwater and mangroves
Stopping on an island for lunch
before we head out to explore
the island with our cameras
Photographing wildlife...well, kind of wild...
Horseshoe Crabs mating
Photographing seed pods
The end of a fun day photographing...
We had dinner with each group at the
Havana Cafe on Chokoloskee. The
owners, Carlos & Dulce, fed us well
with very good food!
Jeff and his "meager" portion of food...HA!
I have never seen so much food on one plate,
and it didn't matter who ordered what, the
servings were giant and the food was great!
Clyde giving introduction to his techniques
Clyde helping student
Clyde helping students
Getting ready to print a students image
Unfortunately, we only photographed
one group from all the folks that
attended the workshops...we were
so wrapped up in the art, that we