Dec 012015

Start fresh this coming Spring with a workshop in Miksang contemplative photography. I’m delighted to be able to offer “Opening the Good Eye” once again in the rich and vibrant city of Asheville, North Carolina, April 21–24, 2016.

Early-bird registration discounts are in effect through January 1st, 2016 and class size is limited to 10. For more information, view the Asheville flyer or visit the registration page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Feb 162015

I am excited to be able to offer “Opening the Good Eye: An Introduction to Contemplative Photography” in Chicago, Illinois on June 11-14, 2015. Classes and field trips will take place in the north side neighborhoods of Rogers park and Evanston.

Fees are discounted for Early Bird registration, and class size is limited. For more details view the Chicago flyer, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Red Camera

Jan 162015

Flock No1

Flock No2

For three days I watched this flock gather each morning on the same set of poles and wires, and stay into the afternoon. (The overflow crowd spilled onto the next set of poles down the road.)

A cashier in the local drugstore said they’d been doing that for a couple of days before I arrived in Asheville to visit family for the holidays.

On the fourth day the birds were gone.

What you can’t hear through this image was the noise of their constant chatter. It was an astonishing, wondrous experience!

Aug 082014

Aug 082014

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I’m testing a new layout and some WordPress plugins which will (hopefully) make it easier for me to post more often. “Simplify, simplify, simplify” is my current mantra. I’d love to hear if you run into any issues or have other feedback as I change things up.

May 162014

Crabapple Tree ©2014 April Siegfried

Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, after a long and unusually harsh winter.

Yes, these are “flowers”—so difficult to see and photograph in a way that is fresh, that’s not similar to the thousands of images already housed in the data banks of our mind’s eye. Their abundant beauty is so welcome, however, that I can’t help but try to express that experience.

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Crabapple Tree
Panasonic DMC-FZ40; 1/25 sec @ f7.1, ISO 100 (handheld);
Focal length: 8.5mm (47mm EFL)

Crabapple Flowers
Nikon D300 ; 1/125 sec (handheld);
AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 G ED plus
Canon 500D Close-Up Lens

May 152014

Sometimes I get all tied up in knots about my images. Is it interesting enough to shoot, good enough to share? Is that really the color I saw when I was there?

And sometimes it’s fun to just relax and play.

Here I came across someone else’s playtime, but I got to enjoy it too.

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Nikon D300; f11, ISO 200 (handheld);
AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 G ED