tfttf672 – Leonard Nimoy, Photographer

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, he played one of the most iconic roles on TV and directed movies. And he died this morning. I’m of course talking about Leonard Nimoy. And I’m sure as many of you did, I grew up with him on TV, obviously in Star Trek as Mr. Spock.. and I was actually planning to skip this week’s episode because of just so many things going on here right now, but when I heard the sad news, I thought I had to bring up another side of this man, that’s very relevant to this little show.. and that’s the fact that in addition to being an actor, Leonard Nimoy was also a photographer.

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There’s his The Full Body project, the Shekhina series, he released some poetry and photography and he even exhibited in the Emerson Gallery in Berlin.

So when I started thinking about what I could say here.. I actually remembered a video that I saw a year ago, where Leonard Nimoy gets interviewed by Pharell Williams on the Reserve Channel… and in addition to talking about Star Trek and other things, Williams asks him about his photography, so let’s hear it from Leonard Nimoy himself

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tfttf671 – Don’t Trust Chris

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Chris has a discussion with his guest C.J. Chilvers on why you shouldn’t trust someone like Chris telling you how to do your photography. Also a look behind the scenes of how to build a wall paper pack with 20 images at 12 different crops, making this a whopping 240 individual files and another great watch-this video tip, today a photoshoot with Benedict Cumberbatch. More here

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Oct 2015: San Diego, CA
Oct 2015: New York City
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
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The New Wall Paper Pack Is Here!

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It’s here! The new ICELAND 2015 WALL PAPER PACK has been released, you can get it at tfttf.com/icelandwpp and if you use code THIRTYOFF, you’ll get 30% off your purchase.

The wall paper pack includes 20 high quality pictures at 12 different resolutions, including a 5k Retina resolution version of each picture, pixel perfect for Apple’s new 5k iMac display.

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PS: 20 pictures at 12 resolutions, that’s 240 files. Quite a bit of work. On the next episode of TFTTF I will talk about how I did this, what tools I used, what issues I faced and how I overcame them.

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tfttf670 – Primes Are Great Teachers – Q&A

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Chris shares his most important tip on buying a smaller camera, Paul wants to find out what the deal with prime lenses is, Ryan asks about composition guidelines for panorama pictures and Tony wonders what the best photo backup strategy might be.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
May 2015: India - Darjeeling First Flush
Oct 2015: San Diego, CA
Oct 2015: New York City
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
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Galapagos anyone?

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Photo: Vasilis Tsikkinis

Okay, so this is a completely unexpected development for me, but one that I’m very happy about. Some opportunities seem to come from nowhere. Or maybe I helped a bit by doing some networking.

I’ve been networking a lot over the years, which in the end enabled me to take photographers to all three Mt. Everest Base Camps (thanks Jon!), to Hokaido, Japan (thanks Martin!) and to Iceland twice (thanks Tim!). Next up is the Darjeeling First Flush tour in May (still a couple of seats available here) and I can’t wait for September to explore Donegal, the stunningly beautiful north-western tip of Ireland.

And there are more in the planning. I still haven’t seen Iceland in summer, so there is now a possibility that I’ll be able to offer a summer 2016 Iceland tour through the highlands, including flights over the streams to take stunning aerial photography.

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But then, just a few days ago I was offered something that floored me: the Galapagos islands. On board of an exclusive beautiful yacht. Approx. 10 days. Which is about the extent of information that I have for now. Four spots are already booked, which warrants one photo instructor. Six or more filled spots would allow for a second instructor and that second instructor would be me. And I’m very excited about this prospect.

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Photo: Sura Ark

I don’t know a lot of details so far, other than that the tour starts in Quito (which in itself is said to be stunning) and that the sea wildlife must be spectacular. We’re also probably talking about a small group of less than 10 people. I’ve heard stories of clear water, big swarms of clown fish (hi Nemo!) and snorkelling with penguins and whales.

I don’t even know the price yet. I guess I’ll brace myself for impact.. Still, if you’re interested, I have started a list and if you shoot me a quick mail (chris@chrismarquardt.com) I’ll put you on that list and let you know as soon as I have more information about the tour.

Update: this tour will not be part of the official list at discoverthetopfloor.com, I’m happy to send you all information, including price and a detailed itinerary as soon as I have received that information.