Clyde Butcher

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    Agreed, Art. He's a very engaging and entertaining speaker as well.
     
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    did a seminar with clyde.it was very cheap or free cant really remember.he saw my nikon f5 and basically treated it as we would to a person at an apug event holding a digital camera.it was very amusing,all in all a very fun and informative event.i do admire him and his work alot.i was born in florida and lived there 36 years.i have always loved the everglades and surrounding areas.his images are amazing.very large.i highly recommend going to a show of his if you can.
     
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    Stopped in his place once when I was on the Tamiami trail.
     
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    I have been in love with Clyde's work ever since the 2002 OP Masters issue when there, along with some of his work, was a picture of him back in the Everglades with his 8x10 on a tripod in a dingy or some such smaller vessel. I remember thinking, 'This guy's got some.'
     
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    Since it's my wife's irrevocable plan for us to move to her hometown (Jacksonville) in Florida when I retire, I have come to not only revere Clyde Butcher for his work, but also as a guide to where to explore the state when I move there. Flat, rockless, and verdant, is new territory for me. Butcher makes it seem irresistible.
     
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    One of my proudest possessions is a small (11x14) Clyde Butcher print that I bought in Key Largo a few years ago.

    As stunning as his prints are, the story what led him to move to the everglades and drag ULF cameras through waist deep water is even more compelling.
     
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    But Art, he's gone over to the dark side.


    Jim
     
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    For Christmas I gave myself the Luminous Landscape DVD of the interview with Clyde about his vision and technique, along with a muckabout through his backyard swamp actually making pictures with the 8x10, and the darkroom where he prints those 8' silver and 18' digital prints. It's worth having for every wannabee photographic artiste!
     
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    During the summer of '05, I made reservations to attend a seminar by Clyde Butcher at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. I've always admired him and his work, so I jumped at this opportunity, even though it's 8 driving hours away. A day or two before the seminar, I had a surprise assignment I had to take care of and couldn't go. My brother, who lives about 45 minutes away from Wausau, took my place and said the seminar and the photographs were tremendous. He was good enough to get me a signed book by Mr. Butcher, "Seeing the Light". It was signed, "To Marc, Clyde Butcher, Art comes from the heart. 8/6/2005." His story and photographs inspire me, too.

    Marc
     
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    I too admire both the man and his work. When I lived in SW Florida, I got to know Clyde by stopping by his gallery/home in Big Cypress. Because I worked for the state environment dept., most of our conversations were about the environment, not photography. But he was my introduction into LF. I stopped by one day with my Bronica SQA and he said I really should use a 4x5 at least. Pulled out an old tailboard 4x5, handed it to me and let me play with it around his place. Mostly use nothing but a 4x5 today. Now that I live in NM, I miss going to his place and seeing his work in person. Like an Ansel Adam's photo, they look great in a book or on line, but look truely amazing in person. Luckily I have 4 Clyde's on my walls, including #1 of 3 limited edition print.
     
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    Cool story!
     
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    Didn't think you could risk stopping on that road. :sad:
    That was the advice of the rental car folks
    Mark
     
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    I have taken two of Clydes workshops and been to his open houses. From the workshops I learned how to shoot wide angle in the landscape and it has helped me a lot. they are not organized, they are all about him and not worth the money. As for darkroom, you do not want to learn from him. As for his prints a friend of mine bought a 4'x5' print and it is outstanding. BUT his retired lab tech. was my patient and we talked a lot and I can say that he was the only thing that kept the quality there. Notice that much of his sales now are inkjet not even darkroom. and try to get a large print now. He also has most of his negatives processed by a lab. He is a great sales person and knows how to sell what ever he is selling at the time. remember the clocks at Sears in the 70's, that was his business, snap shot photos glued into the clocks.

    he is well known though.
    PS: check out his new book. sure looks like the same as a Ansel Adams book about yosemite, with the same pic on the front cover, except AA's is much better.