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November 2011 Rod Barbee Photography Newsletter
Greetings
We've had an, at times, glorious October. Fall color coming on, crisp days, blue skies. That all ended today. Now we're back to our typical windy, dark, and wet October days. It was nice while it lasted.

This newsletter is a little light on goodies this time. I'll try to make it up next month.

Iceland Photo Tour
 
I've received several inquiries about traveling companions on next year's Iceland photo tour. Initially I was told that space was limited, but upon directly contacting the tour company (Esja Travel) and explaining the requests, they've come up with a package to accommodate those who wish to bring a non-photographing spouse or traveling companion.
The price for traveling companions will be $2695 (with a minimum of 8 photographers paying full price) and includes all the accommodations and meals that are in the photo tour. On three of the tour days, Esja can arrange other activities such as horseback riding, walking, or sea tours for traveling companions. These tours, ranging from one hour walks to all day horse riding to 3 ½ hour sea or whale watching tours, will be at an extra cost. I have more details on the Iceland page of my website. You won't need to decide on any tours right away, but Esja will need to know of any tour choices a month before our arrival so that they can make the necessary arrangements and reservations.

And for those still thinking about coming along on the tour, here's a little taste of the scenery and music of Iceland.

2012 Workshops
 
I've been busy putting together pages for my 2012 workshops, which I'm planning on posting in the next couple of weeks.

First up next year will be a Death Valley workshop with my friend Kim Hoshal. The dates are Feb. 22-26, 2012 and the price is $750. This will be a Digital Workflow workshop and we'll be spending time covering Lightroom and Photoshop.
This workshop is being run through Kim's business and she'll be taking deposits soon. In the mean time, if you want to reserve a place on this workshop, send me an email and I'll make sure you have a spot.
Lightroom Course
 
Holy Moly! Peter Krogh, the author of The DAM Book (if you need to get your images organized, you really need this book), has come out with what looks to be a pretty comprehensive Lightroom web course. As I've just received the email about this I haven't had a chance to look through the entire course. It looks to be a combination of mainly text and videos and since it's coming from Peter I'm confident that it will be well done and very, very helpful. And it's free. If you take a look at it, let me know what you think.
New Gear from ThinkTank
 
I just heard from the folks at ThinkTank Photo that they've come out with two newly redesigned Modular Systems. These systems have been redesigned in response to customer feedback and will be available in early December. You can see these new bags now at their website and if they intrigue you, you can use this link to fill out a form to be notified when the new gear is available for purchase.
Happy Thanksgiving
 
Ok, that's all for now. As you can see by this picture, the wineries in the Willamette Valley were looking pretty good this year (and the wines were tasting pretty good too). The harvest was/is running really late though and I'm I hope the winemakers can make the best of it.
I'm heading out for my Zion workshop in a couple of days. From what I've heard from the hotel staff where we're staying, the fall color is coming on strong. Hopefully we'll hit it a its peak!
Once I get back I'll be concentrating on getting all the 2012 workshop details posted. Once I do I'll send out an email specifically about that.
And I might even finally be able to get back to that backyard pond project that got interrupted last summer by the Oregon Coast book project (which is done and delivered and I've seen what the cover will look like by the way).

I hope everybody has a nice Thanksgiving holiday!

One more thing
 
Oh, there is one more thing. I see that Nik Software is currently offering its HDR Efex Pro for $99. Figures.
Anyway, their web page states it's a limited time offer so if you were thinking of getting it, here's your chance.

That's really all.

 

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