Jul 26, 2013

Journey to Cuba with John Greengo and me!

We've been working on this special plan for months. Today John Greengo and I are thrilled to announce an opportunity of a lifetime. We invite 12 travelers to join us on a People to People Cultural Exchange to the beautiful country and culture of Cuba!

For those of us here in the USA this has not been possible until 2011 when the laws were changed and now under special guidelines it’s 100% legal. We’ll be traveling under a license from the US government for “People to People Cultural Exchanges.” We've created a tailor made schedule where we'll meet and interact with individual Cubans and a variety of community groups. These encounters will undoubtedly make for special memories and intimate photographic moments.

The best time is now!
As the door to Cuba has now squeaked open just a little bit, it's the perfect time to see and experience its distinctive culture, history, music, dance, art, architecture and cuisine. It's possible that this opportunity won't last long if the people-to-people diplomacy licenses are repealed. But it's also possible that travel from the USA might become more open in the future. If so, the ability to experience Cuba's traditional culture and mystique may disappear at an accelerated rate.

This trip is open to all, no matter where you hail from and no matter what your interest in photography is. We will be focusing on meeting people and experiencing the culture, good times and learning experiences are sure to be had by all.

Why travel with John & me?
John and I have followed different paths exploring the world with our cameras and have now joined forces for this one-of-a-kind trip. With a checklist of over 60 countries visited and 50 years of combined photography experience, we're both seasoned and savvy travelers, thrilled about the opportunity to co-lead this Cuban adventure for you. Once in Cuba we're teaming up with local guides and experienced photography guides from Cuba Cultural Travel who specialize in connecting travelers with locals for an intimate experience. Bringing Americans to Cuba since 1999, CCT's relationships in Cuba with people in the world of art, dance, education, medicine and music will provide us with a privileged access that few can hope to achieve on their own.

Important Trip Details

  • April 16-23, 2014: Depart and return to Miami FL, USA
  • Small group size of max 12 travelers + guides
  • Airfare from Miami to Havana + 8 nights in hotels + many meals included
  • Deposit of $1,000 secures your spot, first come first serve
  • $4,495 Double occupancy (Need a roommate, let us know)
  • $4,795 Single occupancy
Are you saying to yourself, "I'm in?!" Check out the itinerary here and request a reservation form from john@johngreengo.com

We look forward to seeing who the 12 travelers in this journey to Cuba will be. Will it be YOU?!

Jul 21, 2013

CC Chapman shares super spidey tips on Google+ - Social Media Bootcamp BTS!

C.C. Chapman shares a brilliant tip on using Google+ as a photo backup system for your mobile phone. Who knew?! Not me! C.C., author of "Content Rules" & "Amazing Things Will Happen" kicks off a 3-day Social Media Bootcamp on creativeLIVE July 22-24th. RSVP for FREE: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/social-media-bootcamp and tune in at 9am July 22th!

Follow CC Chapman on TW & IG: @CC_Chapman and http://cc-chapman.com

Mar 21, 2013

Three Green Cheers to Health & Energy with Tamara Lackey

Green eggs and ham? Not today. Green juice and black bean veggie burgers made from scratch and grilled to perfection. It was a super energizing day with Tamara Lackey's All In One Life: Health & Energy class on creativeLIVE. Tamara - you've blown my mind again! Join Tamara and friends for another day of getting back in control of your health! Only YOU can decide to make the mental shift.  Let go of willpower and turn to willingness! We were honored to have special guests ultra marathoner Scott Jurek, master juicer Drew Canole and author/entrepreneur Chris Brogan. More all stars tomorrow with nutritionist Kathleen Putnam and Nerd Fitness' Steve Kamb. See you at 9am Pacific Time - be there or be green. Watch live for free: http://creativelive.com/live1 and ask Tamara questions through Kathy J and me using cL's chat rooms http://creativelive.com/chat1 or #TamaraLIVE on Twitter!

May 29, 2012

A crumbling piece of visual art

If you live in Sydney, Australia you're in for a treat during the Vivid LIVE 2012 festival now through June 11. For the rest of us, this video gives a glimpse into an innovative art installation by the German art collective URBANSCREEN. According to the Sydney Opera House website, the Lighting the Sails piece has takes the "art of light projection, video mapping and motion graphics to extraordinary heights." I'd have to agree!

Here's a behind the scenes interview with the artists about another amazing installation combining public architecture with visual art. I dig the temporary nature of these works of art - it's all about the experience!

Shout out to my brother-in-law Greg who sent me a link to the video! 

May 28, 2012

Color - Radiolab Will Blow Your Mind

Behind the Scenes - Mark Wallace Speedlights 101 on creativeLIVE

As photographers we pay so much attention to perfecting our colors when post-processing our images. And yet how do I know that those "perfect" colors to me are the same to you? We don't. Consider the child's question, "Why is the sky blue?" I just listened to an episode of the podcast Radiolab - Color - and hope to entice you to share my newfound addiction to the show. 

"If a dog and a human and a sparrow were to be staring at a rainbow, would they be seeing very different things?" "Yes." Humans see seven colors in the rainbow. A dog's rainbow is limited to blue and green. The sparrow's rainbow expands from ultraviolet from extremely red - starts earlier and ends later across the color spectrum. Then there's the mantis shrimp, who have the most complicated visual system of anything we know, yet do they have the ability to see the beauty in this crazy expansive world of color? Take a colorful exploration of the mind with these ideas and more in this episode:

I recently discovered Radiolab when photographer Mark Wallace was in Seattle for his Speedlights 101 workshop at creativeLIVE. His enthusiasm when talking about the podcast and everything he has learned had me run home and start downloading episodes. The episodes take you through incredible mind journeys. As Mark said, just as you think you've understood where they are going, they take you through twists and turns down a rabbit hole. 

On Radiolab, "science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab is an investigation - a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea."  Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Check out the podcast on iTunes. Follow Radiolab on Facebook and Twitter.

As Mark Wallace told me, Radiolab will blow your mind. Thank you Mark for sending me on a new educational exploration - far beyond the world of photography! I'm officially addicted.

Apr 3, 2012

There's Nothing Hidden Under That Cowboy Hat

Don Giannatti & creativeLIVE producer Celeste Olds

I'm pumped for Don Giannatti's 3-day free live online Lighting Essentials workshop this Thursday - Saturday on creativeLIVE. But I'm excited in a very different way than I had been before today. I'm always eager to learn steps to take my lighting skills up a notch. Don, a.k.a. @wizwow, arrived in Seattle this afternoon and I now realize being with Don this week will push my own self-reflection much further than thinking about where, when, why to light a subject or an image in a particular way.

In the past few hours as we were getting Don situated and comfortable at the creativeLIVE studio, we had a long chat about life, sense of place, photography, family, education, writing, music, dance, fine art photography masters, advertising and much more.

Don has a warmth and sparkle in his eye when he talks about how he genuinely loves being a teacher. It's his legacy. Don is strong, opinionated and proud of it. He's not hiding anything underneath his trademark cowboy hat - he's laying it all out there. As many of you know, I love when creativeLIVE workshops touch me so deep that I tear up, on camera, live in front of (and along with) the world. When I somewhat jokingly asked Don if there would be tears this weekend, he said perhaps not on his part. Then he suggested I read his latest blog post and that I might therein find tears. Well, you got me Don.

I'm moved by Don's brilliant writing style in this post - it's ripe with emotion in a way that I had not expected...  A Drive Through Northern Arizona on a Sunny Day 

Don's post also reminds me that I miss writing. It's an artform that I have not made the time for in my life of late. Thank you Don - for sharing, for inspiring.

I invite you all to sign up for three days of learning about much more than photography and light with Don Giannatti April 5-7th. It's free online during the live event. I'll be there to ask Don your questions from anywhere across the globe! 

Mar 15, 2012

Grateful to share on Photog.TV

When Eric Doggett and Dustin Meyer asked if I'd be a guest on photog.TV I excitedly said YES! Then the nerves sunk in. Sure I'm on creativeLIVE and chat live with tens of thousands of you around the world, but that's about creativeLIVE or the educator or the weather. It's not about me. I'm the one who asks the questions, not the one being asked for answers. That interviewer-question-asker role is my comfort zone. So turning the roles around and being on the "other side of the microphone" was a leap. And a leap that I'm grateful I was offered. Feel free to jump to ~ minute 9:30 in the show where my interview starts... ; )

Thanks Eric & Dustin for giving me an opportunity to share my story and for reading me so well. Travel + photography + karma are subjects I can talk about all day long. Let's do it again soon!

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