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2-Day Workshop hosted by Unique Photo presented by Tamron and Ed Heaton.

April 13, 2009


Friday, June 26, 2009 6:30 pm – Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:00 pm
Unique Photo
123 U.S. Highway 46 (West)
In-the-Field trip to Parkside Orchids
Fairfield, NJ 07004

$179 per person
(Seating is limited to 30 people. Sign up now)

Who should attend: Beginners through advanced amateur photographers with a basic understanding of camera functions and love of digital photography. Note: No attendees under 15 will be allowed regardless of any situation. All attendees will pay full fee; there is no discount for additional attendees in your party, students, seniors or other.

What to expect: In this fast paced day and a half workshop, your instructor will present a variety of techniques that cover exposure, lighting, composition and more using his stunning images as starting points for discussion. Equipment selection and post-production methods will also be discussed. Be prepared for an engaging two-way conversation with professional photographer Ed Heaton. Ed is an award-winning photographer who specializes in landscape and travel imagery. For over six years, Ed has conducted his workshops, seminars and classes on an ongoing basis.

Note: Bus leaves at 7:00am on Saturday to go to Parkside Orchids. Spend the day at Parkside with Ed Heaton as he demonstrates techniques for taking better macro photography and more.There will be an Informational lecture on Orchids at the Nursery, as well as a starter orchid for each attendee. A continental breakfast and deli-style lunch will be served.


What’s included:
Welcome bag, Classroom style seminar, Refreshments & snacks, Exclusive Tamron, Bogen and Expodisc offers, Door prizes include: Books, tripod, and more

Register Here

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When You’re Right, You’re Right

December 4, 2008


When you’re right, you’re right and we, as human beings, will fight to be right.  But what  are we fighting to be right about? I’m constantly hearing conversations about the economy.

“I can’t afford to…”

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“These are tough times.”

“I’m scared I might lose my job.” 

“Who knows how long its going to be like this.”

We really don’t have to be a victim of the economy.  The truth about life is there is an abundance of riches in the world.  All prosperity flows from one great source and your connection to the source of infinite supply is substantial.    Its substantial enough that you can enjoy and allow wealth and prosperity in your life.  

So I’m going to give you something else to be “right” about. I challenge each one of you to start a new conversation and that conversation goes like this:

“My mind is open to the infinite supply of wealth.  I allow it to flow freely and generously in my life.  Money is good.  Money is energy.  Money flows to me easily.  The universe is my benefactor.

I am fully supported making money doing what I love to do.  I deserve happiness, ease and abundance.  I deserve prosperity.  The more I enjoy life and contribute to the lives of others the more money I make.  I am richly rewarded for all that I give, I love my life.

New sources of prosperity flow into my life with grace and ease.  I attract new ideal circumstances and opportunities to increase my net worth.  I’m a magnet for money.  Money comes to me through expected channels and unexpected channels.  Everything in my life flows perfectly.  There is so much to be grateful for.

Prosperity is everywhere at all times.  I claim my right to a prosperous life.  I am building a strong financial foundation that supports all of me.  I am sensible with money and manage it wisely.  Opportunities to succeed abound.  Everything I need to generate wealth is available to me right now.

I am in line with love, truth and integrity.  I am divinely guided in all of my affairs.  Through the great law of attraction, everything I need for my work and fulfillment comes to me.  Even now, the answers to all my needs are speeding their way to me.

My mind is open to the infinite supply of wealth.  I allow it to flow freely and generously in my life.”


The City of Lights

The City of Lights

Thoughts are actions in rehearsal.  I request everyone reviewing this blog entry to exercise the personal courage of reading the above statement three times a day for the next thirty days.  Read it when you rise in the morning, again at noon time and finally just before going to bed. Read it with passion and commitment.  At first there might be a part of your brain that will not believe it and call you a liar.  Do what it takes to continue the practice anyway.

So who is with me?  Click on “comments” at the top of this entry and show the world who is “right” and start living the prosperous life that you deserve.

Trip to Jim Thorpe, PA

August 27, 2008

I spent three very enjoyable days (August 21-24) on a photography and mountain biking trip to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Jim Thorpe is a very small town (named after the famous athlete) located in the Western Pocono Mountains, approximately 2.5 hours from New York City.

I went to Jim Thorpe with the intention of photographing a 25 mile organized bike trip I was making through the Lehigh Gorge. As it turned out, the biking was fantastic but the photography was poor due to the very bright harsh sunlight encountered on the day of our trip. Since light is everything in photography, I packed my camera in my Lowe-Pro Slingshot bag and left it there unused for the entire 5 hour ride. I could have tried using a polarizing filter to cut glare or made images in the shade, or used fill flash to shoot portraits but decided against these options preferring to enjoy the beautiful scenery and bike ride instead.

One important aspect of photography I have learned over the years is knowing when to shoot and when not to. I will rarely if ever, photograph in bad light even when presented with a good subject. It’s just not worth it.

I spent the next two days in Jim Thorpe photographing architecture and old trains very early in the day and again in the late afternoons and early evenings. I carried with me my Nikon D300 with the new Nikon 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens. I really liked using this lens. I found it equally as sharp and much lighter in weight than my professional 17-55 2.8 ED zoom when stopped down to an aperture of f8. There is some barrel distortion that shows up at the 16 to 24mm settings which affected some my architectural photos but this is a normal phenomenon common to most consumer and some professional grade zoom lenses. The Vibration Reduction feature built into the 16-85 was a godsend and worked as advertised allowing me to shoot at 3 stops below the recommended minimum shutter speed of 1/focal length for hand-holding. With VR activated, I was able to shoot down to 1/15 sec. and obtain sharp photos.

If you are an outdoors oriented individual and enjoy bike riding, hiking, historical sites, fishing, scenic drives and photography, a visit to the town of Jim Thorpe will be worth the time and expense.

A few examples of the images I made on this trip are presented below:


































Great Places to Photograph Nature and Wildlife (Part 2)

November 26, 2007

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division, in Oceanville, New Jersey is well known by naturalists, birdwatchers, photographers and serious outdoor enthusiasts as one of the best places in the United States to see and photograph great concentrations of waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds.

The federal Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that more than 200,000 people pass through the area annually, making it one of the most heavily visited refuges in the nation. Despite these numbers, Brigantine remains a relatively isolated enclave. During a recent mid-week visit to photograph waterfowl, there were fewer than a dozen cars on the only public road through the refuge, an eight-mile tour road.

For many visitors, the highlight of the year at Brigantine is the arrival of the snow geese in November and December. Each year as many as 60,000 geese converge on the 20,197 acre refuge. Snow geese are not the only spectacle at Brigantine in the Fall. Green-winged teal, black ducks , pintails, widgeons, mallards, shovelers and even bald eagles visit the refuge at this time of year. Another magnificent sight on the refuge is when eagles dive down on the resting snow geese, scattering sometimes as many as 15,000 birds into the air at once.

In addition to the wildlife observation and photography opportunities during the Fall, be sure to catch the big spring migration of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds in April and May. It is surely a sight to behold.

You can have a field day with photography at Brigantine. You will need a digital SLR or a 35mm film camera equipped with telephoto lenses in the range of 100 to 600mm. For flight shots, an 80-200mm or 70-300mm zoom lens may be the best choice to provide the great depth of field needed to capture flocks of waterfowl in flight. It is a good idea to use ISO speeds in the range of 200 to 400 to keep your shutter speeds as high as possible to stop action and subject movement.

The technique I use to photograph wildlife at Brigantine is to use my vehicle as a blind and drive the tour road. I have been known to drive the one-way 8 mile tour road as many as 1o times in a day. I place my camera and long 500mm telephoto lens on a bean bag ready to shoot. On the passenger seat, I have a second camera with a 100-300 zoom lens ready for flight shots or subjects that appear at closer distances. Persistence pays off in wildlife photography. By employing this strategy, I usually come home from Brigantine with dozens of publishable quality images.

The Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division is located 11 miles north of Atlantic City. From the Garden State Parkway take exit 48 to Route 9 South and travel 10 miles to Oceanville. For further information or to obtain a calendar of events, visit the refuge’s website at:

Great Places to Photograph Nature and Wildlife (Part 1)

November 20, 2007

One of the pleasures of nature and wildlife photography is it can be enjoyed almost anywhere. I live in Northern New Jersey, which is usually not recognized as a nature photography hotspot. In many ways, I’m fortunate to live in New Jersey because I have to work really hard to create quality images. A good nature photographer can produce high quality marketable images no matter where they live-even in their own backyards.

When I first started photographing nature some 20 years ago, I was under the impression the best images were made by traveling to the most exotic locations. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Many of the photographs I made in Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades, and Grand Canyon National Parks looked too similar to those shot by thousands of other photographers shooting the same subjects in the same locations. My work lacked originality.

The quality of my photographs improved dramatically when I began to photograph close to home. I try to get out with my cameras every day. This is made possible by the fact my shooting location (The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge) is just a fifteen minute drive from my residence. Over the course of the first few months photographing at the Great Swamp, I was able to predict the exact spots my wildlife subjects would appear and at what time of day they would do so. Keeping to a daily shooting schedule for the past three years has allowed me to capture some beautiful wildlife portraits.

Listed below, are some equipment suggestions and shooting tips for the Great Swamp.

Location: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

  • Preferred lenses: 200 mm macro, 300 mm, 500 mm or a zoom covering this range
  • Hit and miss location but if you are persistent you will be rewarded with some outstanding imagery of amphibians, birds, white-tailed deer, reptiles and small mammals
  • Good chance of photographing wood ducks and bluebirds (large populations reside here)
  • All seasons can be productive except late winter but you will need to arrive early and stay late
  • The trails at the Wildlife Observation Center and The Auto Tour Road are your best bets
  • Avoid the weekends during periods of nice weather

Note: This blog article is the first part in a series on great locations for nature photography

A Foggy Morning at Morristown National Historical Park, NJ

November 12, 2007

Like many experienced photographers, I prefer to work in early morning and late afternoon light. In my opinion, the worse light for quality photography occurs on bright sunny days when there are no clouds. My absolute favorite time to be out in the field is on days when there is a light cover of fog. Besides adding a mood element to photographs, fog reduces contrast and enriches colors.

I have been planning a trip to Morristown National Historical Park for some time but the weather was not cooperating. I patiently waited for more favorable conditions. My intention was to photograph the park’s two horses that lived in a very scenic apple orchard.

When I heard the weather forecast for the next morning called for fog and cool temperatures, I changed my plans and scheduled my trip. Arriving as soon as the park opened at 8:00 A.M., I headed to my shooting location which I scouted a few weeks earlier. I needed to work quickly as the fog would soon burn away destroying the preconceived image I had in my mind. Using my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 990 with a Nikon teleconverter lens, I photographed the horses in different positions and with different backgrounds. The one thing I did not want is for the horses to be looking at me or in my direction. I always prefer to capture animals doing their own thing undisturbed by my presence.

Of the series of photos I made that morning, the image with the two horses feeding stands out most due to their positions, the complementary background, the richly saturated colors, and the efect of the light fog.

Techniques and Comments:

I used a Nikon 990 Coolpix camera with a Nikon TC-3ED teleconverter lens for a combined focal length of approximately 300mm. The telephoto lens was necessary to bring the horses in closer and to lessen the depth of field in the image. I set my exposure compensation dial for two thirds of a stop over exposure to render the fog as a light tone. I supported my camera on a bean bag placed on a fence post.