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Dutch Windmills

Dutch windmills symbolize how people manage their lands

Holland was the first stop in my 40-day Enlighten tour. We landed in Amsterdam after a direct flight from Salt Lake City. I was immediately captivated by the beauty of the old Windmills scattered along the farmland. Windmills  in the Netherlands stand as a reminder of how hard the Dutch people worked to reclaim the land they needed. We visited a huge earthen dyke near large pumps where they could expand their land by pumping sand from the ocean floor up on to the beaches. It was a constant effort to keep water in the canals where they could direct it. The canals were higher than the land, so windmills provided power to pump water from the water fields into canals and keep the land dry enough to use for growing crops. So normally they are located on canals in fields. Other uses of windmills are grinding grains into flour and providing power. These old windmills are beautiful with their wooden structure. Some are inhabited by caretakers who show the process to curious visitors. I was able to go out and shoot early one morning and enjoyed the curious shaggy and curious sheep and horses. Then I caught a few more shots just after sunset, during blue hour.

Dutch Windmills - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Sunrise

Dutch Windmills - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Blue Hour

Dutch Windmills - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Sheep

Dutch Windmills - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Sunrise

Dutch Windmills - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Canal
Dutch horses - Holland - Netherlands - Caryn Esplin - Shaggy Horse

The Queen’s Blue Volvo

James’ Story:  People – Culture – Landscape

ENLIGHTEN: EUROPE – Day 5 Discovery
Het Loo Palace – Apeldoorn, Netherlands

In my quest to “Enlighten” myself and others about the People – Culture – Landscape of Europe, I have been observing people in their environment, rather than just snapping the historical sites and scenes. My purpose on this 40-day journey is to seek out and tell the stories of everyday people and show their culture and history.

While visiting the Palace in the Netherlands, I noticed James pull this Volvo up in front and use his iPad to photograph it in front of the Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. When I showed interest in his story, James told me he had been working for a long time to get this Volvo in shape, because this same model was the first car of Queen Beatrix’s who lived in this palace in 1965.

I asked if I could photograph his car too. He consented, with a smile, and asked if he could photograph me photographing his car. Then several men started circling to examine the details and ask questions. I was lucky to get a few shots without lots of folks in the scene.

Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe
Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Red Interior - Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Caryn Esplin - Queen Beatrix - James Blue Volvo - Het Loo Palace - Alpendoorn - Netherlands - Enlight Europe

Enlighten - Caryn Esplin

The Enlightenment Begins

Join me for 40 days in Europe with my “Enlighten” project as I discover and capture the People, Culture and Landscape through photos and videos using the lighting techniques of the master painters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Student Feature: Victoria’s Journey

 VICTORIA’S JOURNEY

Allow me to introduce the incredibly talented photographer, Victoria Richardson Stokes

I have been so impressed with the photography work of Victoria this semester. She is in my section 1 of Comm 300 Digital Imaging at BYU-Idaho. Victoria has such natural, raw talent and a great eye for composition and light. But even more important, she is sincere, kind, humble, happy and hard-working! As you can see from her beautiful work below, she is versatile, which shows her adaptability. Victoria has gone out of her way all semester to learn more, stretch herself and improve her skills each week. One week early on, she spent hours trying out a water drop tutorial on my website that is very difficult. She pulled of an excellent result, yet she would never call attention to herself. So I asked Victoria to write up her photography story and allow me to share it on my blog. She said “yes” so here is her beautiful work. Don’t forget to read her own words about her journey below…Click HERE to find more of Victoria’s work.

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

This is my favorite photo of Victoria’s this semester. She captured this lovely environmental portrait of her mother painting in her “studio.” The chiaroscuro lighiting is captivating!

VICTORIA’S Conceptual Challenge – Read more HERE about the process in her blog post

Victoria’s Journey, as told by Victoria Richardson Stokes:

I started photography at the young age of twelve when I bought my first $20 camera at a neighbor’s yard sale. I began taking pictures of everything that I found interesting. Years later, my parents bought a camera for family use, but I used it as my own. I began researching photographers and learning knew things about composition and editing techniques. Others began telling me how much they loved my images,  and I started up my own little business. I took engagement, wedding, reception, baptism, baby, senior and family portraits. I was pretty successful for my age, and for not having any kind of class or personal training. In high school, I was head of the yearbook club, where I photographed and designed images and pages. My love for photography forced me to major in Communications with an emphasis in Visual Media, however, during my first couple of semesters, as I found myself drowning in the homework of other classes, I had no time to take pictures and practice my photographic talents.  I took the Comm 130, Visual Imaging, and realized how much I missed designing, and I found myself wanting to become a graphic designer. For that class, we had to submit a photography assignment, but I didn’t have a camera, and so, instead of renting one from the school, I drove to Walmart and bought one.

Two years later, after taking pictures here and there, I found myself registering for the Comm 300 Digital Imaging class. At first, I was very hesitant and within the first week, thought about dropping out of the class because I felt that my skill level was not good enough to meet the standards of my classmates. However, the thought of giving up on something just because I didn’t feel good enough, ate at my thoughts. I stuck with it, and learned from my classmates instead of comparing myself to them. I asked questions and set aside extra time to plan, work and focus. Eventually, I convinced myself that I can do hard things. I learned so much from my amazing professor, Sister Caryn Esplin! She inspired me to try harder every week, with every assignment. Every week’s assignment was a new challenge for me, but I learned macro and portrait photography. Sister Esplin taught me how to use reflectors and auxiliary lighting including, flash, strobe and continuous lighting. I especially loved learning more about the Adobe programs including Lightroom and Photoshop. Overall, I really learned how to push myself to think outside of the box to get creative angels, compositions, lighting and even stories. Thank you, Sister Esplin, for helping me to become a photographer.

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria’s brother – Fascinating Chiaroscuro lighting – Look at the “shadow sculpting”

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria captures another interesting composition

 

Nice light flare and candid moment with her sisters

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Crystal clear and tack-sharp – Victoria Stokes

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria’s – sharp detail

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Yes, she even does a great job with macro

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Here is her water drop image!

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria’s Perspective of 12 project

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria’s Levitation image from our Bannack Ghost Town

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Original image before Victoria’s edits

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Victoria went the extra mile and completed a second levitation image!

 

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Original, before edits

Victoria's Journey - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - BYU-Idaho - Caryn Esplin- Instructor

Student Highlights: W17 Comm 300

Look what I found the past few days!  Comm 300 – Section 1

This is a collection of incredible mages I found while browsing through my students’ blogs from section 1 of Comm 300 Digital Imaging. Congratulations to these students for capturing these inspiring images!  You are so talented and I appreciate your hard work this semester.

Alexis Moser - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinALEXIS MOSER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Alyssa Dyck - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinALYSSA DUCK: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Camille Prusse - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinCAMILLE PRUSSE: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Temple Duarte - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinTEMPLE DUARTE: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Vicky Flores - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinVIRGINIA FLORES: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Victoria Stokes - Student Work: BYU-Idaho - Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Prof. EsplinVICTORIA RICHARDSON: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Comm 316: W17 Highlights – Creative Imagery

Incredible Creative Photodesign from my Comm 316 Professional Imaging Students

Congratulations to all my students for their amazing creative photo projects! It was hard to narrow it down to this group, because there were so many excellent and unique projects. But I finally narrowed it down to these. Be sure to click the link below each project to see the students websites and see more of their work and read how they captured these creative images. Check out the student websites by clicking the link under their image. Enjoy!

BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative Photography - ScanographyHELAMAN HIGLEY: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post
http://brjulia.com/water-color-abstract/

BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative PhotographyJULIA MEIRELES: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

 

BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative PhotographyTAYLOR SWEETEN: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

TAYLOR SWEETEN: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BRIANNE GROOM: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative PhotographyHELAMAN HIGLEY: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

LAUREN WAGNER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative Photography - ScanographyLAUREN WAGNER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho Comm 316 Esplin - Creative Photography - ScanographyBAILEY MADYSON: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Comm 316 Students – Fine Art Photography

Meet my Professional Imaging students – Win 2017

I am so proud of my students this semester in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging course. Each one of them has an awesome website of beautiful, creative, versatile imagery and design. You could hire any of them and be very happy about it. Check out their website, by clicking the link under their fine art image below.

These large fine art prints are framed and on display in the Spori foyer this week Thursday, March 2 – Thursday March 9, so come by to see the full size display if you are in the area. Here is our group in February while on our three-day photo excursion to Victor – Jackson and the Tetons! We had hands-on workshops with so many different genres of photography: food and product, macro, light painting, long exposure, portraiture, posing lighting, wildlife, landscape. Since then we have been doing creative photoart, and next we have a fashion shoot and do architectural photography. Each student practices SEO to get their work at the top of search topics with 10 million of more web results.

We also practice web design skills and set up a marketing plan with pricing and contracts for their own businesses. Students created movie posters to introduce themselves at the start and  they will design a Creative Resume Handout for their final project.  I am so pleased to introduce my students and their incredible work here. Enjoy!

Comm316-Winter2017

Comm 316 Professional Imaging Class – Win 2017

HANGING THE PRINTS PARTY! – Photos by Douglas Phan, my amazing TA

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Student Highlights: W17 Comm 300 – Macro

I’m so pleased with the excellent student images for the Macro assignment in Comm 300 Digital Imaging. Be sure to click the link below their image to see each student blog post.  Congratulations to the students being featured here this week for their awesome close up shots. Check back each week during the semester to see different students featured.

MACRO –  Featured Students:

BYU-Idaho Comm 300 - Macro - Adam Harper

ADAM HARPER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho Comm 300 Digital Imaging - Macro - AlliALLI BROCK (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

SAMI SWEET: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


MICHAEL JUDD: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


KAYLYN LANDRY (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


VICTORIA CONIGLIO: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


CASSIE WAGSTAFF: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Comm 316: W17 Highlights – Macro

Macro Photography from my Professional Imaging Students

The macro photography from the students in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging class this semester is simply amazing. Here are some featured highlights from four students who just nailed this project! Be sure to click the links below the images to check out these students’ websites.

Christine Taylor  –   Lexy Wagner  –   Julia Meireles  –   Emilyn Prestwich

 

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyJULIA MEIRELES: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyLEXY WAGNER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyCHRISTINE TAYLOR: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyEMILYN PRESTWICH: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyCHRISTINE TAYLOR: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyEMILYN PRESTWICH: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyJULIA MEIRELES: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyLEXY WAGNER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photographyJULIA MEIRELES: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

 

BYU-Idaho - Comm 316 - Macro photography LEXY WAGNER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

Student Highlights: W17 Comm 300 – Portraits

Check out these excellent student images and click the link below their image to see their whole blog post.  Congratulations to the students being featured here this week for their awesome portraits. I am so happy with the excellent results from this assignment. Check back each week during the semester to see different students featured.
Week 5 Featured Students:

TEMPLE DUARTE: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


EMMA SIMKINS: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


EMMA SIMKINS: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post



 HELAMAN JUAREZ: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


MADI STEPHAN: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post


CYNTHIA CARTER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

CYNTHIA CARTER: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post

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Photography and graphic design are some of my favorite distractions in life, so teaching something I love, couldn't be any better. I enjoy curriculum design on the college level, and I love the amazing students I work with. When I don't have a camera or computer mouse in my hands, I am cooking up a new recipe or traveling with my family, who are the coolest people on the planet. After all is said and done, I really love my life, and it is my peeps that make it so great.