The Coastal Landscape with D. Randall Blythe & Leica – October 27th-28th, 2018
Spend two days with photographer D. Randall Blythe exploring the sea and shore in Rockport, MA.
This workshop will focus on photographing beautiful coastal landscapes, with an additional emphasis on utilizing photography as a vehicle to raise environmental awareness- both physically (becoming more aware of one’s surroundings by the sea) and in a broader ecological/societal sense. The coastal environment provides by far the most dynamic landscape to photograph– a myriad of constantly and swiftly changing factors can change the subject matter’s appearance completely within minutes, providing the photographer with several markedly different photos of the same location during the same day. Photographers will learn to approach the coastal environment from an educated perspective in order to get the best shots.
This hands-on Akademie workshop will combine lectures and conversations from Blythe, while en route to Rockport from Boston, with a workshop assignment customized to each students goals. This is an opportunity to take inspiration from Blythe’s exhibition, A Longer View, currently on display at the Leica Gallery Boston and receive feedback on your own images, directly from the artist.
Topics covered include:
- The importance of situational awareness on the coast (for safety and image quality).
- Natural light and the using the world’s largest reflective surface (the ocean).
- Working with tides, wind, and swell.
- Importance of focal points and foreground in creating interesting coastal images.
- Searching for “the decisive moment” by the sea.
- Man made structures on the coast as subject matter.
- Showing respect for the coastal environment while on location.
- Finding beauty in the transient nature of the coastal environment.
- Protecting camera gear at the beach.
Who should take this workshop?
This workshop is designed for photographers interested in coastal landscape/coastal region. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome, but a fundamental understanding of camera operation, including shutter, aperture, and ISO, is expected. Attendance is strictly limited to 12 participants, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity.
Fee & Inclusions: Cost is $599 and includes a catered lunch on Sunday. Round trip transportation from the Leica Gallery in Boston and Rockport, MA is included.
Leica Store Boston
74 Arlington St,
Boston, MA, 02116
D. Randall Blythe was born in Maryland and grew up in the coastal regions of Tidewater,VA, and Cape Fear, NC. Blythe accidentally become a photographer after initially purchasing his first camera for its video capabilities, he quickly discovered the work of the great French master, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson’s philosophy of capturing “the decisive moment” has shaped Blythe’s approach to photography, as well as inspiring his love affair with Leica cameras.
Blythe’s first exhibit, Show Me What You’re Made Of had a two month run at NYC’s Sacred Gallery, and his second, From Whence We Came was exhibited at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, with part of the exhibit remaining in the gallery’s permanent collection.
His work has been used as album art for several renowned rock groups, and featured internationally in publications from Australia’s Veri.live to the US’s Rolling Stone. A published author, Blythe penned the best-selling memoir, Dark Days, and writes about music and culture for various outlets. When not on tour with his band, lamb of god, or traveling to surf, Blythe lives with his wife in Richmond, VA.
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