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Charles Lupica
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Another image for my Daily Life Collection
Contemplation

In June, I lead a Photography workshop in Paris with fellow photographer +Jean Michel Missri. We took the group down to photograph the flooding Seine River and do some long Exposure photography. While helping the group with their long exposure photography of the flooding Seine, I captured this image of a young girl and her mother passing a few minutes along the river.  
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+Aamir Shahzad thank you my friend
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Life Elevated

This is the start of a new collection of images. "Life Elevated" is the Utah state slogan and is on my automobile license plate. I thought it would be fitting to start a collection of images taken here in Utah; especially Southern Utah where I live.

This image was taken from the front deck of my house, facing north. It was very hot in July but now that August is here, we've been having cooler temperatures (95 - 101) and more rain. I loved the way you could see the storm sweeping through St George.

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The image is a 5 image panorama stitched together with +PTGui Pro; edited in +Adobe Photoshop, the +Nik Collection by Google , and +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
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+Allison Cage hello
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               Final Call
            256 Shades of Gray™

         Half Year Introductory Session
      Online B&W Photography Workshop

     Hosted on G+ using G+ Communities

"Enrollment" will continue through mid to late June. We still have room, so sign up today.

We here at 256 Photography will be hosting our first-ever 6 month short "course" of our online B&W photography workshop, 256 Shades of Gray (256SOG). In the current 2016 full course we have had a great year so far, learned a lot and grown together and have seen some fantastic B&W photographic art. We are preparing for an exciting 2016 shorter introductory version with some exciting new content, main key concepts and a continuing refinement of the assignments we've presented over the last 4 years.

What is on your 2016 summer study list? Making those fantastic B&W images…growing your artistic perspective….getting to the next level with your photography. The 256 SOG (Shades of Gray ) Community will continue its online learning/mentoring structure with feedback and group participation wrapped around new and challenging assignments to help enhance those summer vacation experiences. We will introduce artistic growth opportunities. We will emphasize refining our photography and growing our post processing skills in Black and White Fine Art Photography. Introductory session 2016 content will explore the base concepts of B&W photography, contemplative photography, B&W technique, tips to improve your artistic perspective and Intent. We will all learn more… grow more…together. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now.

Looking forward to seeing you online in 2016. We're anticipating a great second half to the year and a great group of continuing and new members!

2016 short course pricing
- 50$, June through November / December
paid via PayPal

To sign up leave a comment below. We'll contact you with payment instructions and a community invitation. The workshop will begin the first week of June with the first assignment running two weeks.

The 256 Shades of Gray short course has a "free" trail period of approximately 2 weeks. We have sufficient enrollment to guarantee a class and will post the second assignment in a few days. This allows people a chance to see if 256SOG is for them.

This special half-year session will be more focused on introductory concepts – preparing you to take part in the more advanced full year of 256SOG in 2017.

The "heart" of the community is peer review in a private setting. With each new assignment, we try to push people outside their comfort zone to help them grow. We try to help people see the world differently and to understand their photography in news ways.

We want you to embrace the mantra, "I'm not a photographer. I'm an artists with a camera.™"

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It's highly recommended that people signing up have the Adobe Photographer's subscription and the NIK Collection by +Google+. At the time of this announcement, the Nik Collection is being offered by Google for free.

     Tentative 2016 Half-Year Introductory 256 Shades of Gray™ schedule

The tentative schedule of topics is shown below. This is an evolving schedule. Some of the topics will be combined with other topics, some may be removed and others added as we refine the syllabus.

Module 0: Introduction / Selfie

Module 1: Learning to See
• Vision vs Intent
• Seeing in B&W
• Textures, Overlays and Blending
• Creating a Series
• Introduction to contemplative photography
• Recap assignment, Learning to See

Module 2: Art & the Photo
• Composition
• Paying attention to your subject
• Framing
• Recap Art & the Photo with series assignment

Module 3: Emphasis
• Light
• Focus
• Leading Lines
• Perspective
• Recap Emphasis with series assignment

Module 4: Essence
• Introduction to Digital Zone System
• Low Key/ On Black
• High Key/ On White
• Recap Essence with series assignment

Finale:
• Recap of 2016 256 Shades of Gray™_ with series assignment


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Paris: La Defense - Angles of Reflection

This was taken as part of the 256 Shades of Gray Paris workshop that +Jean Michel Missri and I lead during the first week of June 2016. BTW: this is a "straight" Black and White conversion. No Photoshop reality here.

I've been trying to post for a week but every time I do I've made some error and run out of time before I have something else that needs my attention. But finally, here's another image from Paris La Defense.

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#abstractPhotography   #architecture   #architecturephotography   #architecturalPhotography   #Paris   #ParisLaDefense   #laDefense   #cwlupicaPhotography   #monochrome
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Paris: Sacre Couer

5 minute Long Exposure - taken a few hours ago. The +256 Shades of Gray™ Paris workshop lead by +Charles Lupica and +Jean Michel Missri is now so I was able to get out and do some shooting in Paris before heading home. The morning sky was too blue and the evening sky is nearly solid clouds - just a few hours when the sun and clouds were very nice for some long exposure photography. This is a 5 minute exposure using a set of Lee filters; a 10 stop filter, a 6 stop filter and a graduated neutral density 3 stop soft edge filter. I used my Canon 5d Mark II and Canon 15 -35 mm lens.

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Beautiful image, great result of multiple filters, have a nice day
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This is the start of a new collection. As I travel around the world I thought it would be fun to share some of my travels with you.

Greetings from one of the great cities in the world. Well actually this image was taken at the daily market in the city of Versailles; to me a suburb of Paris.

This was taken at a meat stall in a covered market. Just next to this was the cheese shop. I bought some cheese and a piece of dried sausage. My friend Jean Michel Missri bought some bread and we sat and ate a proper French meal.

#cityLife   #cwlupicaphotography   #France   #Francephotography  
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+Llorenç Gómez it was very good but it's all gone now. I'll need to get another piece before I leave Paris.
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Life Elevated: Observation Point, Zion National Park

My friend +Dewey Farmer and I hiked up to Observation Point yesterday. We got an early start and got there early enough to beat the heat and the crowds. Our plan had been to hike to Hidden Canyon but, when we got to the trail head, the trail was closed. I've always wanted to hike up to Observation Point to get this view but wasn't sure I could make the 4 mile / 2100 foot elevation gain hike ( and the 4 miles back). It was a beautiful day, I felt great and we hiked up and back with relative ease; though my calves are slightly sore today.

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This is an 18 image HDR panorama, 6 sets of 3. The HDR sets were processed in Photomatix and it was stitched together in +PTGui Pro. Additional post processing was done in +Adobe Photoshop, +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the +Nik Collection by Google 
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+Nora L. one of the classes I'm teaching at Dixie is intro to digital photography. We'll cover the basics of all the buttons and dials, histograms, aperture, and more. I think the cost is around $50. This is the first time I'll be teaching this but it's a popular community education course at Dixie State.
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Intimate Contemplations

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Lovely macro image, have a nice day
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Here's an image from the Paris Long Exposure workshop that I co-lead with +Jean Michel Missri. We had a lot of uniform gray but it actually worked in our favor as it provided a giant soft-box.
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Paris: Arc de Triomphe.

This is a bit darker in style than the image of Sacre Coeur that I shared but perhaps, the Arc de Triomphe should be darker. For those of you who may not know, at the base of the Arc de Triomphe is a memorial similar to the US tomb of the unknown soldier. Put in the right perspective, a visit to the Arc de Triomphe is a somber occasion.

I spent most of the morning and early afternoon at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Not only did I get this long exposure so did my head - I have a good case of sunburn and sore shoulders from carrying around all that gear.

5 minute long exposure using a Lee Big Stopper, Lee Little Stopper, and an 3 stop soft edge graduated neutral density filter. ( 16 stops plus the graduated filter.
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Good afternoon
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There has been a lot of rain in France this year. The Seine is near it's all time record high. (but it receding now).

This houseboat owner was checking the lines. Not only was the river very high, the current was very fast as well. All river traffic is stopped. The famous Paris boats are all tied up or moved to other areas. The ticket booths were half under water.

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Love this image by +Tami Martino so I thought I would share it to my Fine Art collection.
 
For leading lines - this is my photo of a bird of prey that I shot earlier this week, then a B&W conversion in Nik, and added a flood filter.

WPP2016 - Week 20 - Leading lines

+Ken Fowkes, +Alen Ianni , +Tim Kennedy , +Robyn King , +Rob Masters , +Bernhard Rembold , +Byron S , +Francesco Scaglioni , +Alicia Smith , +Grandma Snyder , +Navin Upendran and +Mary Wardell

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Very cool shot! Well done, +Tami Martino!
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Professional Photographer, author and workshop leader, Master of Photography in the Arcanum
Employment
  • The Arcanum
    Master of Photograpphy, 2015 - present
    Master of Photography in the Arcanum Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery.
  • 256 Shades of Gray
    Owner, present
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Currently
St. George, Utah
Previously
Redmond, WA - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Evergreen, CO - Fredericksburg, VA - GUAM - Aurora, CO - Gainesville, FL - Key Largo, FL - Chesterland, OH
Story
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Photographer: One frame at a time, I discover my world™.
Introduction

Photography is the currency we use to connect™

About Me
Black and White photography evangelist at 256 Shades of Gray. International award winning photographer.  Photography Workshop, photowalk, and photography tour leader. Master of Photography in the Arcanum. [ www.thearcanum.com ]

International award winning photographer
International Photography Awards ( ipa ) Gold Medal winner for the commercially produced book, "Grand angle sur la Collégiale de Neuchâtel". IPA honorable mention 2014 for the series, L'Eglise Rouge'. 

Buy the book here (the interface is in French) : http://www.alphil.com/index.php/auteurs/william-lupica-charles/grand-angle-sur-la-collegiale-de-neuchatel.html

"Beta member of G+"

Founder and curator of many photography themes on G+.  I have curated 

  • Food Friday 
  • Monochrome Monday
  • Sacred Sunday (founder)
  • Wide Wednesday Panoramas (founder)
  • All Things Monochrome
  • Black and White landscape Wednesday ( closed)
  • European Photo 
Of these, I'm still associated with Sacred Sunday and All Things Monochrome.

I founded 3 photography communities on G+
  • 52 shades of gray - monochrome photography workshop ( by invite only)
  • Sacred Sunday 
  • Black and White Photography

Contact Info:
Email: clupica at lupicas dot com

(sorry about the breaks in the name but I'm trying to avoid spam)

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http://www.besttopphotographer.com

A cool circle I was in
2012 Black and White Fine Art Photographers

Bragging rights
Author of the international award-winning book, "Grand angle sur la Collégiale de Neuchâtel" published by Alphil Editions, www.alphil.ch
Collections Charles is following
Education
  • University of Florida
    Geology, 1976 - 1981
  • University of Colorado at Denver
    Computer Science
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Birthday
November 28
Relationship
Married