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Ben, I have so many things to say in response to your video that I don't even know where to start. I've enjoyed watching your videos on and off for quite sometime and I have to say you have inspired me to have more patience in my photography. I have personally found this not only has improved my skill, but I also have much more fun when I'm out shooting.  So, on a personal basis I completely agree with you. I have run into several workshops on my travels and have experienced many of the same feelings you have expressed in your video. As a photographer, I think workshops are ridiculous and I really cannot see the point of taking one for the reasons you stated. However, as someone who has been a teacher in various fields for 15 years there are a few points I'd like to make.

First, you are obviously looking at things from the perspective of an accomplished photographer and not the perspective of an amateur enthusiast, beginner, or long time hobbyist. I think one of the reasons so many people take photography workshops is very simply for camaraderie. Like you, I personally would much rather shoot by myself than in a group, but based on the things I've experienced, I believe we are in the minority. People love to talk about their passions and greatly enjoy being around people that share their common interests. For many, this alone is worth the $1000 price tag for a workshop. Others may have not visited the location of the workshop before and simply want someone else to do all the work of scouting and to bring them to the right location at the right time. Some people may feel so intimidated and overwhelmed by the idea of going to a location that they find it easier to pay someone to hold their hand. Also, as Kerstin mentioned, for many they simply go for bragging rights. While I do not agree with any of these things, it's impossible to hold others to the standards that we set for ourselves and we must remember that people's goals will almost always be different from our own.

Now, in my opinion, the job of a good teacher in this situation is to INSPIRE. Let's be realistic - photography takes years of hard work and practice to master. How much are you really going to be able to TEACH in 3 or 4 days? Not much at all. If you try to teach a group, odds are all you're going to do is entertain them for a weekend after which they will go home and promptly forget all they learned. By using a workshop as a catalyst and the time to inspire the group, perhaps you can get through to one or two of them who will go home and continue their education and learning process. I feel the only way to make this happen is to clearly state the goals and purpose of the workshop up front so as to minimize misunderstanding.

On the issue of integrity and locations. I don't know that there is a good solution. As explorers, it is in our nature to seek out places less visited and uncover secrets, but lets face it, explorers by their very nature are not going to take a workshop in the first place. Personally, I believe that large groups should be restricted to well trafficked areas to minimize impact on the environment. Many of the people taking a workshop have not visited that location before and will likely be pleased to visit the major highlights. Again, this is about being up front and honest - these are the goals of the workshops, this is the purpose, these are the locations we're going to visit. If stated up front, those with goals different from that of the workshop will simply not sign up and those who do will be like-minded. 

Bottom line, love them or hate the, photography workshops are here to stay. I hope the NPS continues to crack down on photographers who violate the rules. The more people are educated about what these kind of topics, the more things should improve. Unfortunately with the aid of the internet and the easy to use digital cameras, the term "professional photographer" is no longer based on prowess but on popularity. Such is the world we live in. Hopefully the future will see more people who embody the true meaning of professional lead the way and inspire those new (or old) to photography to learn things the right way, protect the environment, and have integrity and pride in the things they do. 
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This is the brightest I've seen the Milky Way for quite some time. It was a real pleasure to witness this scene in Zion National Park. Please enjoy!

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I hope you're not getting tired of Supermoon images! This was taken as the moon was setting during the filming of my documentary, The Art of the Chase. Read more at http://artofthechase.org

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How do I download your photo into my gallery? Jason I love your work! Joann
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Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support of my #Supermoon photos for my film, The Art of the Chase.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jasonhines/the-art-of-the-chase

I can't believe I woke up to over 3,500 +1s and almost 800 shares of the Supermoon at Point Imperial. Combined with the fact that my photos were featured on the NBC website and NBC Nightly News, it has been an all around awesome weekend.

While I was able to capture some great photos and we have some great footage for the documentary, we still need YOUR HELP! The Art of the Chase is a special, inspiring, and personally emotional film about my journey as a photographer. The Supermoon adventure was our first full shoot and so far it has come out great.

By supporting this Kickstarter project you make it possible for me to continue to film these amazing adventures. I have already received many comments and emails about how they feel inspired to chase their own dreams and I am very eager to continue to reach as many people as possible. Your pledges and support mean the world to me and I promise I wont let you down!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jasonhines/the-art-of-the-chase

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This is another test shot pre #supermoon  at 1350mm taken much later at night after the sky had turned much darker. Because of the contrast with the sky, you can see a lot more detail.

If you enjoy this shot, please consider supporting The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter!

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This is my first test shot with the Nikon 800mm. I used a 1.7x teleconverter to achieve a focal length of 1350mm. It was a HUGE thrill seeing the moon through the viewfinder at this focal length. The detail is absolutely astounding - I can't wait to use this for the rise of the #Supermoon.

If you enjoy this shot, please consider supporting The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter!

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Great photo and work! +Jason Hines 
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Wonderful video and music! May I ask where this was filmed?
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Great job with this article Tom, I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much for including my story! 
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Check out this awesome full moon image by +Phillip Colla!
 
Ancient Bristlecone Pines, Full Moon and Starry Night
This is the best image I made during a May trip through the White Mountains and Tioga Pass. I set out to find new, photogenic ancient bristlecone pine trees, something other than the two iconic brutes along the Discovery Trail near Schulman Grove and the oft-photographed leaner near the Patriarch Grove parking lot. I found some really nice ones, and spent the last light of the day photographing them, returning again after dinner to photograph them under the moonlight and stars. This is the panoramic image I wanted to create on this trip, depicting a stately old bristlecone, somewhat alone on the dolomite-white slopes of the White Mountains but with its brethren in the background of the composition, with a view along the crest of the White Mountains and the Sierra Nevada in the distance. It is humbling to know that his tree owned such an expansive view for centuries, watching storms peel off the distant Sierra Nevada, pass over the Owens Valley far below and crash against its rooted home in the White Mountains, the bitter winds blowing the tree eastward and sculpting it into its now-gnarled form. This panorama is actually an enormous image which, at full resolution, will print up to 4′ high by 11′ long. Please contact me for licensing, printing and any use of this image. Cheers and thanks for looking!

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This is a 14 frame panorama of the #supermoon taken with my Nikon 28-300 at Point Imperial at the Grand Canyon. As the sun set and the moon came out, the wind began to blow. This made very difficult conditions for using a long telephoto lens. After a great deal of persistance I was able to capture the 14 frames I needed and here is the result.

See more #supermoon photos on my blog at http://jasonhines.net/supermoon-photos-june-2013/

If you enjoy this photo, please consider supporting my project, The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter!

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Wow, what an amazing shot +Jason Hines!
+Carra Riley, you should check this out!
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I'm looking forward to this year's Supermoon. Here's an image from last year!

I just launched a new photography documentary project entitled The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter. I am really excited about this project and happy to be offering great rewards including copies of the DVD, Limited Edition Prints, Photography Workshops and much more! Check out the video below and you can view all the different rewards at 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jasonhines/the-art-of-the-chase

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Southwest Landscape Photographer & Fine Art Photographer
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I am a fine art landscape photographer. To help inspire people to enjoy the world around them, I am filming a photography documentary about chasing your dreams and creating compelling images. If you enjoy my work, please support The Art of the Chase on Kickstarter!

My Story

When I began my adventure into photography, I quickly fell head first into a world I never knew existed. Armed with my DSLR, a Nikon D700, the world was made new for me. Colors became more lively, I began to see shapes and textures that I had long ceased noticing, blue skies became boring, and each day I was constantly on the lookout for the signs of a spectacular sunset to come.

I enjoy all kinds of photography – architecture, landscapewildlife, and urban exploration. I quickly discovered that landscape photography was my true passion. The more scenery I photograph, the more I want to find new scenery to photograph; the more I travel, the more I want to travel. It’s a circle that has no beginning and no end. 

I invite you to join my on my adventures as I bring to you a new image every day. I hope that my photography inspires you to go somewhere you have never been, to try something you haven’t tried, or that it simply helps make you smile on a day when you need it.

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