Creative Smoke Photography Demonstration w/ Del Higgins. Del is a self taught photographer that has been photographing landscapes and experimenting using different photo techniques to create interesting images for the past six years. Del Higgins will talk about the process of capturing lines and patterns of smoke rising into the air in a photograph. After explaining his techniques, he will show you live. Then after capturing a few images, he will show you his post processing techniques to create his final image. With some practice and the proper tools and settings, you can begin to experiment with smoke in your pictures too! Your creative smoke images will not only be great to have in your folder to show off your creative talent, but they will be there in case you want to add a little smoke to an existing photograph to enhance it. Cost for this Meet-Up is $5.00/person.
Here is a link to Del’s Flickr Page with an example of one of his images.
Bring your cameras to take your own shots as Del will be doing an interactive demo. You’ll see his entire process from capture to final image and learn his technique so you can take your captures back to your own computer and try it on your own.
Workshop Size 20
Spots Available 14
The Studios as part of the anti-fracking movement and a supporter of anti-fracking, will be showing the documentary:
Dear Governor Cuomo
On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing.
With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in 24 hours and it was showtime!
The goal of the varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using a unique blend of music and message. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking.
The film that resulted from the night – a unique blend of “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth” – was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning doc-maker Alex Gibney. The stars of the night included actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood and many more.
The film premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 11 and has begin a statewide tour of theaters, universities and high schools.
“Dear Governor Cuomo,” written and directed by Jon Bowermaster, a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council writer/filmmaker/adventure Jon’s most recent documentaries are “Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent,” “What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos” and the prize-winning “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories.” His first 3D film – “Wild Antarctica” — is due in Spring 2013 and the anti-fracking doc “Dear Governor Cuomo …” will ‘premiered’ at the Woodstock Film Festival, October 2012.
Altamont Wine School is joining with Desolation Road Studios to conduct a fun night of wine and music on March 23rd. Wine School instructor Greg Giorgio will lead a “Winetasting 101″ session and give attendees new insight on how to improve their sensory perceptions of wine. There will be no fee for the tasting, while a $5.00 cover is in place for the evening’s musical feature,
Rick Sacchetti and Shawn Morosek. Greg and Rick have common ground from their upbringing in Schenectady’s Draper School. “I remember Rick playing from my childhood and it’s a gas to hear him singing and playing better than ever!, Greg said. “And we are going to select wines to match elements of Rick’s music. This is going to be an interesting night.”
The presentation scheduled for 2/15 for Bruce Colin has been postponed because Bruce had a heart attack this weekend. Although he is doing well his physicians have instructed him to rest so his trip from Manhattan to the Capital District will be delayed. We hope to reschedule this event in the future but for now it is on hold.
Bruce will be giving a retrospective presentation of his work in India and Africa as well as some of his wildlife photography at the Studios on February 15th from 7-10pm. There are 40 spots available for this event on a first come first served basis. Cost for the event is $5.00 to help Bruce with his transportation costs. This will be a great event to see the work of a prolific photographer and talk to him about his adventures and learn about his process.
Total Seats: 40
Come one come all to the Studios Artist’s Gala! This event is a chance for artists, artisans and anyone interested in art to come check out the Studios and visit with its artist base. There will be food, music and merriment and well as door prizes, 50/50 raffle and artist demos. This will be the party of the year! Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice and munchie if it suits you. The Studios will be providing a “Main Course” and non-alcoholic choices. Take advantage of the rich resource the Studios offers the community here in Altamont and participate in this great event!!
Accurate,insightful,personalized tarot readings by an experienced and genuine reader.
With over 20 years experience,Amy has a unique,in depth,very accurate approach to readings that will give you greater insight into past,present,and future influences as well as clarify events,decisions,and milestone experiences in your life. Readings will be available for a fee.
The Studios has assembled a variety of musicians, artists and artisans, most of whom are Capital District locals, maybe even your neighbors or friends in and about the Village. Come do some shopping and experience the Studios firsthand. At this time of year people get sentimental about shopping local and supporting small business but the Studios would like to thank everyone who has used one of our services or purchased local art or supported local musicians throughout the year. We’d especially like to thank those that recommended us to their friends and family. We hope we’ve lived up to your expectations. We’ve got lots of services and new endeavors to expand the offerings here at Desolation Road Studios in the future so thank you again for another wonderful year with hopes for several more here in the Village of Altamont.
Altamont Wine School and Desolation Road Studios would like to invite you to a special event here at the Studios during this holiday season. Join us for this traditional Altamont Wine School December gathering to taste Champagne and sparkling wines. Taste festive bubblies and peruse the art and gifts at Desolation Road Studios, just in time for all your Holiday needs! Greg Giorgio our local wine guru will take you thru the nuance and particulars of champagne and sparking wine choices as well as their creation and differences. Please come participate and support two local businesses!! $20 per person,gladly accepted and encouraged.For additional information please contact Greg Giorgio at, 861-5627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 Victorian Holidays Business Scavenger Hunt Winners have been drawn and First Place goes to Dianna Zwack for $750.00. Second Place goes to Spencer Tyson for $250.00. Congratulations to our winners!!
Intro to Digital Photography is a beginners level class that focuses on acquainting the student with his/her camera and its many settings as well as using it to its fullest potential. Concepts such as focal length, aperture, depth of field, ,shutter speed, exposure, white balance, ISO, file formats, resolution and hardware will be discussed in an easy to understand format. The student will leave with a reasonable understanding of the concepts necessary to compose a decent picture and should be able to take the information presented and move to the next level. Every other Sunday Starting December 30th. Class length is 2 hours from 10:00am-12:00 noon. Dates for classes are as follows: All dates are Sundays 12/30, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10. Living Social Voucher holders must call to choose the class date that you wish to attend. Do not wait until the last second to call as there are only 25 seats per class.!! All dates are available on a first come first served basis and are the only dates offered for this class as indicated in the terms on your Living Social Vouchers. Regular Class Fee $85.00(Living Social $40.00).
The Studios will be participating in the 2012 MOHU Open Studios Event on Monday 10/8 from 9-5pm. Stop by and check out the wonderful arts and crafts we have on display and for sale. Jim will be happy to fill you in on all the happenings and services that the Studios provides. For a full roster of those also participating in the Open Studio Event go here… http://mohufest.com/about-mohu/mohu-open-studios/
The MoHu festival raises awareness of the diversity and quality of the arts within the region; the areas bordering the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, and the region within 50+ kilometers of their convergence. MoHu is helping to foster collaboration and cooperation between the area’s thriving arts communities.
The contribution of the arts to the local economy goes beyond the rarely measured financial and economic contribution to communities. Arts and culture activities are economic drivers and are critical to the quality of life in our communities, high on the list for potential businesses and others who may be contemplating relocation. These nine days will bring expanded audiences into our region and be a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity that makes our area so great. And with your help everyone participating will be counted. Show your support for the arts and for how much our region has to offer. Attend MoHu and be counted.
Nearly 150 regional arts and cultural organizations coordinated several hundred events. From performances to exhibitions, gallery openings and lectures, MoHu will offer attendees a wide array of experiences and unique collaborations.
MoHu 2012 starts Friday, October 5. Check the calendar for events. Check in on Facebook, Four Square and Twitter when you attend a MoHu event. Have your particpation in the arts and MoHu be counted. Let your friends and family know about MoHu. The arts need your support so CHECK IN and GET YOUR MOHU (gear)!.