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I invite you to come to one of my workshops, retreats or photo tours. I've included an update for my workshops, retreats and courses in 2015. If you are female, check out the next 7-day Hawaii Women's Photography Retreat, from November 7-14, and the 2-day Digital Infrared Workshop on July 18-19. I also offer customized private sessions and photo tours, plus I have a wonderful vacation rental on the Kona side of the Big Island. When you book accommodation with me at Tropical Hideaway and bundle it with a private session or photo tour, I offer a package deal that will save you money. Check out www.tropicalhideawayhawaii.com and inquire for details.

SOKO-South Kona Artists Collective
, has formed and started an annual Artists Open Studios Tour and Sale. The first tour is March 7 & 8, from 10am-4pm each day. Preview exhibits on January 25 and February 27-March 1. More info is below.

For anyone visiting or living on the Big Island, my work is in several galleries and shops. Please come visit these wonderful galleries, and ask to see my work, which is available for purchase.

Gallery of Great Things
Art of Hawaii & the Pacific
Open 9am - 5pm daily
Parker Square, 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd.
Kamuela (Waimea), HI 96743
(808) 885-7706

Harbor Gallery
Representing over 150 Big Island Artists
Open 11:30 am - 8:30 pm daily
Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae, next to Cafe' Pesto Restaurant
(808) 882-1510
Toll-free: (800) 865-0824

Waipio Valley Artworks
Fine Art by Big Island Artists
Open 10:30am - 5:30pm daily
48-5416 Kukuihaele Rd.
Kukuihaele, HI 96727
(808) 896-5509

Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
Fine Art by Big Island Artists
Open 10:00am - 4pm Tues.-Sat.
83-5401 Painted Church Rd.
Captain Cook, HI 96704
(808) 328-8084

Check out my newest (and different work). It's on my newer website, www.kathleentcarr.com. Let me know what you think! I plan to have a new, expanded gallery section on this website (technical delays), with even more new images. I'll send an email update when it's up.

I'm excited to say that I recently completed a film about humpback whales, entitled Whale Journey. Please visit the website and enjoy the revised trailer at www.whalejourneyfilm.com, plus a Facebook page. DVDs are now available, and you can order them through my estore or Amazon.

Please visit my Facebook Photography page, Kathleen T. Carr Photography. I invite you to, post comments, give it a "like." and share the link with your friends who might be interested in my work or workshops. I'll be posting to this page more frequently than my website updates. I also have Facebook pages for Tropical Hideaway Vacation Rental and Whale Journey. Any help you can give in spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.

I'm part of a new artist group, SOKO - the South Kona Artists Collective. We will be hosting an annual Artist and Studio Tour, beginning in 2015. On March 7 & 8, from 10am-4pm, artists will open their studios and homes to show and sell their work. Stay tuned for Exhibits and other events by checking out the SOKO Facebook Page.

See the latest information about the reinvention of Polaroid instant films and cameras from The Impossible Project at  www.the-impossible-project.com and www.polapremium.com.

Additional details about these topics and more are below.


Soko Artists Annual Open Studio Tour & Sale, March 7 & 8, 2015

I'm part of  SOKO – South Kona Artists Collective, a group of professional artists who have come together to host annual Open Studios Tours in South Kona, Hawaii. The first tour is March 7 & 8, from 10am-4pm each day. The brochure has a catalog of artists work and a map with each artists’ location. There are two preview exhibits, one at SKEA in South Kona on January 25, 2-5pm, and at the Rumley Gallery in Kailua-Kona, February 27-March 1. For info: www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistsCollective

Workshops, Retreats, Courses, Private Sessions & Photo Tours

Each fall I offer a week long Women's Photography Retreat. These retreats are for women who want to explore their creativity, learn new techniques, and photograph special places on the Big Island in a small and very supportive group setting. The next Women's Retreat is December 5-12, 2015 in Captain Cook, HI.

A participant review from a recent Retreat:
I would highly recommend the retreat to others. It will take you places you never imagined! I came with doubts about my abilities and left with a renewed respect for myself as a photographer, and now as an artist. Kathleen leads and teaches with no judgment, and you are able to create your own dream and vision. Having the retreat in the beautiful land of Hawaii is a plus, not only for the beautiful location, but for the restorative time as well.                                 --Jill King, businesswoman, Houston, TX

During the year I offer a weekend Digital Infrared Workshop at my studio in Captain Cook, HI. Explore the fascinating, ethereal, and otherworldly realm of digital infrared photography. Infrared is a wavelength above the visible spectrum that we can’t see, but your digital camera can. The next workshop is July 18-19, 2015 (you can come to one or both days). Limited accommodation is avaliable at Tropical Hideaway

In addition to the workshops I teach, private sessions are available in my studio. We can create a custom format so that you can choose exactly what you want to learn--digital infrared photography, Photoshop, Polaroid/Fuji transfers, handcoloring, basic photography, using digital cameras, etc. Rates are $125 per hour, or $750 per day, plus materials used. Sharing a private session is also possible for the same rate.

I also offer photo tours of Hawaii from 1/2 day to 3 days (Big Island) with instruction and critiques for $450/day, or just the tour for $300 a day (tours can be shared as well). Please call or e-mail for availability at (808) 328-2162, or workshops@kathleencarr.com

If you also stay at my vacation rental, www.tropicalhideawayhawaii.com, I can offer a discounted package deal with a tour or private session. Please call or e-mail for availability at (808) 328-2162, or email me at workshops@kathleencarr.com.

If you want to take a course online, I offer Beginning Photoshop for Photographers through www.BetterPhoto.com. More information is below and on the workshop schedule page.

Whale Journey Film & DVD

I have finished a 28 minute DVD about humpback whales, which is available now. Whale Journey is an experiential and evocative film about humpback whales, with stunning underwater footage from Tonga that includes whales initiating contact with people. It sheds light on who these magnificent beings are--their vast intelligence, and their importance in the planet’s ecosystem. It contains informative quotes from scientists about the whales, interspersed with video footage and slides, plus a memorable sound track of originally composed music.

See the revised trailer and read more about whales at www.whalejourneyfilm.com. Also visit the new Facebook page for Whale Journey. To help spread the word, visit the Facebook page, like it and recommend to friends. The trailer is also on You Tube, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRc213xrvkI. Thank you!

www.kathleentcarr.com website has more new photographs

I have another website that showcases more of my photography galleries and images, including underwater whales and dolphins and new and different infrared work. For a while now I've been photographing black and white infrared with my digital cameras (after using infrared film for years as well). I have many additional images, five of which were chosen for fine art posters and prints by Editions Limited, www.editionslimited.com. I am offering archival pigment prints on watercolor paper and as canvas wraps in sizes up to 20x30. The URL is www.kathleentcarr.com, and it is a ProBetterPholio through the Betterphoto.com website. You, too can easily create an amazing website. Just go to www.betterphoto.com to purchase a BetterPholioªDELUXE BetterPholio™ .

Check out the new, lower prices on my photography images. And on my new website at  www.kathleentcarr.com a shopping cart is set up to make it easier to purchase images or books with your credit card through PayPal.

I plan to have an expanded gallery section on this site (technical challenges!), and will let you know when it is launched.

Infrared Camera Conversions

If you are interested in converting a camera for infrared use, or in purchasing an already converted camera, the company I recommend is LifePixel. Just use this link http://www.lifepixel.com/affiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=227 to browse the website and to place an order. I appreciate you ordering through my affiliate account.

Topaz Filters

I've really been enjoying using the Topaz filters, and I highly recommend them. They often have specials for different filters, so if you are interested, check out their products on their website. You can download trial versions. I am an affiliate, so please use this url when going to their site. For December 2014 the special is for the Glow filter, http://www.topazlabs.com/aff/idevaffiliate.php?id=672&url=http://www.topazlabs.com/glow

New Polaroid SX-70 film and camera now available!

The Impossible Project is now marketing their new instant, manipulable film for SX-70 cameras! It is black and white, called PX 600 FF Silver Shade, and Polaroid is manufacturing a modern version of the OneStep instant film camera. Check out this article at www.dailyfinance.com/story/crazy-magic-impossible-polaroid-film-is-back/19410129/, which gives the whole story. You can also find more information and products available at www.the-impossible-project.com and www.polapremium.com (now a Polaroid website).

Hawaii Vacation Rental

In 2001 I bought a wonderful vacation rental property and home on the Big Island of Hawaii, "Tropical Hideaway." It is located about 20 miles south of Kona, close to the best snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and bays for swimming with dolphins on the island. I have been renting out the very charming, Hawaii styple studio apartment (recently upgraded). If you're interested, please check out the website at www.tropicalhideawayhawaii.com for pictures and information. For bookings, please communicate directly with me at info@tropicalhideawayhawaii.com. Or visit the VRBO listing at www.vrbo.com/135657. This property is a dream come true for me, and now you can share the experience! Also visit the Facebook page, Tropical Hideaway Vacation Rental, and spread the word among your friends, especially if you have stayed here.

Used and New Polaroid & Photo Equipment & Supplies

Sometimes students or others wish to sell used Polaroid equipment and ask if I can post the info in my next newsletter. You can also post a request if you are looking for equipment. Just email me with your information, at workshops@kathleencarr.com.



Good News about Using Fuji Instant Films for Image Transfers & Emulsion Lifts

Polaroid has discontinued making the Polaroid instant films, however the Fuji FP100c peel-apart films work well for making image and emulsion transfers.

This is the information I have from Daylab, www.daylab.com:

"We have been making Fuji transfers and they are relatively easy to do. The
result is a transfer with much better and truer colors. The only
difference is the peel apart in a darkened room. Everything else is done like a Polaroid dry transfer in the light.
I am getting reports of successful emulsion lifts. The biggest
difference is that the image will not to stick to a surface so a binding
agent must be used.
We now know that Fuji works. I am working with Fuji to make it easier.

Fuji is overwhelmed and excited by the response.

We need to push for several things. The first is a more and more people
using Fuji so we can explore all its ranges. The second is to convince
people to convert to Fuji for other uses so the supply of 669 lasts that
much longer. It is estimated that 70% of 669 is being used for non

artistic purposes. These other users (such as id and medical) could easily
switch to Fuji now. The film is cheaper with much better colors.

The more Fuji we use, the bigger argument we can make for Japan to tweak
their formulas for a truly artistic film."

Online Interview on Craftcast.com

The August 4, 2008 program on Craftcast includes a half hour interview with me by Alison Lee on photography and creative expression. You can listen on the www.craftcast.com website, or download it as a podcast through iTunes. Podcast?id=132610597. It's number #85, and the interview starts after the song, about 13 minutes into the program.

BetterPhoto Radio Show Interview January 19, 2007

BetterPhoto has an internet radio show every Friday at 1 pm PST. There is an interview with one of the BetterPhoto Instructors each week. On Friday, Jan. 19th, Jim Miotke interviewed me on Polaroid and Digital Transfers, Digital Infrared, Handcoloring & Photoshop. To listen to the show, and other archived shows, go to: www.betterphoto.com/radio/betterphoto-radio.asp.    

Tune into the live shows by browsing on your computer to www.WSRadio.com on Fridays at 1pm Pacific. Click on the "Listen Live" link to hear the show on your computer. You can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-877-474-3302.