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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christma Lights Workshop!

Join us for laughter and good cheer as we walk through a festive neighborhood and photograph the lights of the season!  Award Winning photographer Bill Wilbur will be there to instruct you on the best techniques and angles to capture the beauty and color of the holiday season. Our Orange County Workshop will take place on December 7 and our SGV workshop will take place in Covina on December 14. These are very popular and will fill up quickly.

You will need:

Camera and Memory cards
Remote for the camera
Gloves, Jacket, Hat for warmth
Walking Shoes
A fun attitude

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo Contest: We Need Your help!

Evelyn and I have entered a photo contest For our favorite vacation spot, Prince Edward Island.  part of the judging is the number of votes your photo receives.  So we are asking for your help! Please click each link below and cast a vote for your favorites...or better yet, vote for all of them!  If we win, anybody that votes will receive a free print of the winning photo...or a penny...Thanks to all who play along!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Photo Workshop, May 19: El Mirage Fine Art ~ $125

We are returning to El Mirage for another fun filled day of abstract fine art and fashion photography!  This workshop was extremely popular last year and we expect it to fill up very quickly.  We will meet at 7am on the outskirts of Victorville and caravan into the dry lake.  There will be models for fashion portraits, and several props for some abstract photos.  We will spend a couple hours discussing the techniques to use in what can be a harsh lighting environment and taking tons of photos.

From the dry lake we'll travel a few miles to an old abandoned house where we can shoot a structure slowly being reclaimed by the desert.  finally we will move right down the street to the free standing chimney and graffiti-covered swimming pool.  We will discuss the best way to utilize a non-traditional setting to work with people and spend some time photographing the area.

Those who want, can join us for lunch before heading back toward home.  This is always a fun workshop and one of my favorite places to photograph.  If you are interested in attending, justsend an email to and we will send you a payment invoice through paypal.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but the paypal button is not currently working on this blog. Here are a few photos from various trips to El Mirage.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Photo Workshop April 13: Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum $75

Join us on April 13, 2014 for a fun morning photographing the past. The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum is a great place to work on macro photography and get the opportunity to photograph some unusual items. Rusted old tractors, fully restored locomotives, old steam engines, etc. This is a fun place to wander about and find that hidden photographic gem. This is a new teaching workshop we are offering and we expect it to fill up very fast. This workshop is designed for photographers at all levels from beginner to pro. We will have a pre-workshop meeting to discuss equipment needs. Meals and transportation are not included though there will be carpool options. This workshop costs $75. If you are interested, please click on the 'Buy Now' button below.

Here are a few sample images from a recent visit.


Photo Workshop March 28-29: Joshua Tree $375

Join award-winning photographer, Bill Wilbur on a two-day journey to this weird and wondrous landscape. Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most photographed places on earth. This teaching workshop is designed for photographers of all skill levels, from amateur to professional and everyone in between. We will depart the morning of March 28th and drive straight to Joshua Tree where we will check into our hotel, have lunch and then enter the park for the late afternoon light. We will capture the stark beauty of this alien landscape until sunset using advanced techniques from the pros. After dinner, we'll get to bed early so that we can get into the park for sunrise...yes...VERY early. We will photograph the Cholla Gardens, Barker Damn and many other points of interest before leaving the park for lunch and a trip back into the old west. After lunch we will visit White Horse Ranch, an old west movie set and the location of the Saragosa trailer. We will have a pre-trip meeting to discuss equipment and meeting times, etc. Space is limited and fills up fast for this one. Transportation is not included though we have carpool options. Meals are your responsibility. If interested, just click the 'Buy Now' button below to pay with PayPal. The cost of this workshop is $375

Here are some sample images from our last trip:

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Until I was seven, I grew up in a small Massachusetts town named Middleboro. Just about an hour south of Boston, Middleboro was a sleepy town with a hospital at its center. St Luke's Hospital was where my brother was born, as well as my best friends at the time. It was where I was rushed to when I broke my collar bone, and when I needed six stitches to seal a gash in my arm. Forty years after leaving, I returned to Middleboro to find that the hotel had been abandoned since the 80's. As a photographer, I envisioned a building caught in time, decaying slowly with old beds, operating rooms, etc. So I set forth to gain access to photograph this part of my youth. My wife, Evelyn and I have a love of old abandoned buildings and rusty things, so we knew we had to get inside.

I discovered who owned the building and sent them an introductory email explaining who we were and that we wanted to photograph this once grand building. Along with the owners, I also sent the same email to the Sheriff of Middleboro. I could remember walking from my house a half a block to visit my mom when my brother was born and I was excited to get back inside. Almost immediately I received a response from the sheriff's office stating that there was no hospital in the town of Middleboro and I must be thinking of another in a neighboring town. I couldn't believe it. I had grown up literally next door to St Luke's and had seen the building only last year on a visit. I replied that they were mistaken and told them the street names of the corner on which it stood. The replied back with an email that I was indeed correct, they had Googled the locations and discovered a hospital there! How the local law enforcement could have missed such a large building at the center of town all this time, I had no idea.

Thank goodness Carl Soares came through! Carl emailed to say that he was Director of Facilities for the company who owned the property and if I really wanted to get in, he would arrange it. He also said the property had been completely gutted and if I was hoping to find old beds and such I was going to be disappointed. We decided to go for it anyway, and Carl met us at the agreed upon time and opened the building to us. He gave us full run of the place, there was nothing there we could damage, and we had a great time. There was plenty to photograph and it was a sufficiently creepy afternoon. Here are some of the photos, what do you think?