Robert (Bob) Davis and its assigns/employees will make every effort to provide safari/workshop participants with safe and enjoyable events.
Robert (Bob) Davis and its assigns/employees will not be held liable for events beyond his/their control such as, but not limited to problems with connecting travel, baggage loss before, during, or after the workshop, damage to, loss or theft of photographic equipment, or mechanical failure, etc..
Robert (Bob) Davis and its assigns/employees will not be held responsible for careless actions or omissions of suppliers of motel or hotel accommodations or meals which result in loss, delay, damage, illness, or injury.
On some workshops participants may come into close proximity with potentially dangerous animals. Robert (Bob) Davis and its assigns/employees will attempt to advise participants of any potential danger, but will not be held liable for any injury resulting from disregard for these warnings or the unprovoked actions of these animals.
These workshops are not without risk and Robert (Bob) Davis and Tableau’ Vivant or its assigns/employees will not be held liable for any injury, medical emergency, or death arising from the normal conduct of a workshop. These conditions include, but are not limited to sprained ankles, broken bones, cuts and bruises, food poisoning, heart attacks etc. Participants must be willing to be responsible (see Responsibility and release page) for their actions and accept these and other risks inherent with participating in photographic workshops with Robert (Bob) Davis and Ghost Town Safari.
We do not allow smoking on private lands, drinking of alcohol, trespassing, or entering buildings without prior approval of workshop/safari leader, such actions will be cause for immediate action, arrest and/or dismissal from the workshop/safari.
Important news about the workshops
Many workshops are taught by instructors who preach their methods and camera practices. Mr. Davis teaches you how to teach yourself. Self teaching lays the foundation for quality concepts that bring about award-wining images.
Everyone has their own concept/idea of how a particular scene should be photographed. Mr. Davis takes the time to listen to your ideas and concepts and, with gentle nudging, helps you expand/develop/enhance your vision and creativity.
It is visualization, creativity, and seeing the light, that allows us to take a firm hold/grip of our vision from the beginning concept to the finished wall “Art”.
Seeing The Light:
“Seeing The Light” sounds so simple. Why would Mr. Davis make this an issue for his workshops? In all his workshops, Mr. Davis will be focusing on the concept of “Seeing the Light” because, after all, photography is all about the light. He will teach you to recognize how light affects the subject in direct relation to how the film (or digital camera) perceives the light. This knowledge is paramount to the resulting image. (Not all images can be fixed in Photoshop, A.K.A. – - - F.I.P.S.!)
Seeing the light is not always about the presence of actual light, it could be about the absence of light, could it not? With the use of your camera, shadows, especially the shadows in the settings/locations to which we are venturing, will help you to extrapolate the scene into a noteworthy image. It’s always about the light and it’s shape forming shadows.
We are all creatures of habit; some habits are good, some, not so good. And, we’re not always aware of the habits we have – good or bad! “Seeing The Light” and how it affects the subject in relation to what the camera sees will help you develop good habits.
Each history rich stop we make on our safari/workshops will provide excellent venues for the lessons of “Self Teaching” and “Seeing The Light.”
A little About the Instructor Mr. Robert (Bob) Davis
Bob is a full time, award winning professional photographer who operates a portrait studio in The Dalles, Oregon. He teaches photography part time at Columbia Gorge Community College and Central Oregon Community College, and enjoys his weekend jaunts to ghost towns, homesteads, etc..
He started doing ghost town workshops in 1997 and annually leads several safaris and workshops to ghost towns – including late 1800’s school houses, churches, graveyards, as well as to homesteads, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
As of Autumn, 2003 he has “gone digital” and is 100% digital in his studio as well. He finds the Canon system – cameras and lenses – meets every requirement necessary to create/craft/produce his style of photography. His in-house printing is done on Epson printers, and uses the latest version of PhotoShop and Photoshop plug-ins for his print enhancement platform.
Why “You” should attend these workshops:
One-on-one attention and instruction!
Visual concepts made easy – as you learn about self-teaching!
Freedom to explore your creativity!
Access to private lands.
Learn the significance of the timing of your total project – i.e.; morning vs noon vs evening vs night, and spring vs summer vs winter vs fall!
Exploration and excitement!
Understand what you’re looking for – and the resulting/ensuing thrill of the find!
Producing a body of work from a one, two, or three day workshop – either beginning a new category or improving upon an existing category!
You’ll most likely be among only a few at best, photographing these icons of yesteryear, which greatly increases the possibility of producing images like no one else has!
You and your camera will be archeologists – taking pictures of today that tell the stories of the past!
You’ll learn to use the tools you possess to take potentially award-winning photos!
Safety through team work!
Did I mention that you will have FUN??