Monday, July 6, 2015

Photo Contests

Winning Digital Photo Contests, by Jeff Wignall 

I have a copy of  "Winning Digital Photo Contests" by Jeff Wignall, which I found interesting and encouraging.  I wish it would be updated so the suggested contests were current, until then I'm keeping a list on this post for future reference of photo contests, which will be added to one of the pages (Tip Guide) above.

I found this list of important tips to remember when considering entering a photo contest, here

Some websites that list upcoming contests:
Amateurs Photography News offers this list, here.
Photo Contest Insider offers this list, here.
I Shot It, The Best Photo Competition, here., here.

If you know of other contest sources please make a comment
 below or comment on your experiences entering contests, thank you!

Happy Click'n!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Half Way Point

This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Half Way Point".
"You can literally capture the halfway/midway point of an object/subject or you can place your subject just so in the middle of your frame (and break the rule of thirds in the process) or you can get creative and come up with an idea, set up, concept or composition I haven't even started to consider."
Brainstorming these themes keep my mind active.
I like it until my obsession interrupts my sleep.
Here goes...
half way point of a chain length,
half way point in lighting the candles,
 and my favorite, "does he love me or does he not?"
(half way point of removing the flower petals).
I have a few more ideas, but they will need to wait.
Enjoy your week ya'll!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
To me, photography is an art of observation. 
It’s about finding something interesting in ordinary places…
 I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and 
everything to do with the way you see them.”  Elliott Erwitt
Happy Click'n!

Photo Project 2 ~ Architecture

If you are familiar with my blog you might have seen, a couple months ago,
that I'm trying to work through a book titled
The A-Z of Creative Photography~
The Complete Guide to More Than 70 Creative Techniques 
by Lee Frost (from Amazon here).  The first theme was "Abstract Art"
 which I experimented with here. I finally got around, this weekend,
to finish up the second theme which is "Architecture".
The above shot was taken at night during a walk to a concert down town.
Last night we ate dinner outside at Los Cabos
and I played around with my iPhone a bit.
I overexposed the above shot and changed the coloring to sepia. 
 This morning I tempted my husband to breakfast out
and asked him to stop by the fairgrounds so I could 
snap a few photos of the Expo Square Pavilion. 
I love the angles, arches and textures of this old building
designed in PWA Art Deco style.
We grew up seeing the Ice Capades, concerts and rodeos
in this beloved building. 
After breakfast we went down town...
 This is an alley I might NOT walk down.
The building on the right is where I worked
nearly 40 years ago. 
Before I knew it was late morning and the sun was getting too bright
so I took my last few shots before calling it a day.
My following shots are my favorite for today's outing.
I love the clouds reflection in the above shot,
and the colorful kites, below.
Honestly, I'm glad to wrap this project up.
Architectural photography is not my thing which
is sad and odd because if I had it to do again I would
study to become an architect.  Crazy!

 If you would like to share a link to "an architectural photo post you've made", 
please share the link in the comments below! 
I would love to see them.
*****   Photography Notes   *****

10 Tips for Architectural Photography:
1)  Be sensitive to the direction of light. Whereas frontal lighting makes a building look flat and lifeless, side lighting brings out detail and emphasizes texture.

2)  Experiment with lenses.  Telephoto lenses tend to flatten perspective, whereas wide-angle optics exaggerate it.  Use this to your advantage and shoot the same building in different styles to learn each approach.

3)  Shoot at night. Use long exposures and a tripod for the best picture quality, and take a meter reading from the dusky sky to start with; don't be afraid to bracket your exposures.  The half-hour just before and just after sunset are the best times to shoot.

4)  Always consider the details.  Explore these details with a telephoto lens, contrasting them with other parts of the structure if possible.  Go for doorways, window frames, ornaments, roofs, etc. and concentrate on the patterns made by these lines, shapes and textures.

5)  Take your time.  Return if needed.

6)  Look for repeating patterns.

7)  Create impact with your composition.  If there are many lines withing the scene, frame them so they run off into the corners.

8)  Look out for contrast.  Throw a curved element into a picture full of straight lines and angles, break up symmetry or inject a small amount of bright color into an otherwise muted scene.

9)  Color or black and white? Mono chrome works very well when you are trying to emphasize the lines and shapes of a building; color is better when looking at a structure in the context of its surroundings.

10)  Try to find a unique view.  Always have a good look around a location and explore new vantage points with different lenses. Think about cropping to new aspect ratios, or using negative space for new and unusual compositions.

Online links to articles:
16 tips for shooting abstract architecture photography
How to Photograph Architecture (Exterior) (plus gallery)
9 Architectural Photography Tips
A great Abstract Architecture photo gallery can be found here .
*****  *****  *****  
"Be passionate. Also, take loads of photographs and analyze 
and review them so you can reach the stage where you don't have
 to take so many photos to capture that one, magical shot."
 - Morley Von Sternberg.
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Seeing Double

 This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Seeing Double".
I'm a little jealous of the cameras that have
 "in camera" double, triple etc. exposure settings.
"Magic Lantern" is a free firmware that
supposedly has the ability to do this but I'm a
little afraid to download it to my camera (by memory card). 
If  you are familiar with ML or use it, 
please leave a comment with your input/advice.
I captured the above photo by shooting through a
piece of clear glass with texture, which
gave my shot a blurry effect.
Seeing double after one to many barley pops!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
The picture that you took with your camera
 is the imagination you want to create with reality.” 
 — Scott Lorenzo
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is it natural or learned?

I've been watching our oldest grandson, Ledger, 
the last six months and he has been exhibiting mannerisms that of 
the grown men I see.
Leaning on the post, weight shifted to one leg,
and wrists crossed....what's up with this?
I think Ledger has been watching his Uncle Josh
and has a little hero worship going on.
Are baseball gloves really irresistible?
I've seen hand soap with leather glove scents,
I don't get it. 
I asked Ledger about it, but he's not 
letting me in on these male mysteries.
I think he has already been sworn to secret club!
Thank goodness,
there is still some little boy in Ledger.
Every time he ran past me he made silly faces for me.
We had a great time enjoying our
family during Father's Day weekend!
I hope you all made great memories too...
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Brush

This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Brush".
First to come to mind were my new paint brushes and lots of color.
I like the over exposed photo below, but not enough to stop.
I crisscrossed and arranged these brushes every-which-way, 
but nothing really popped for me.
 Not ready to give up, I picked another brush, a white one, 
and picked a grey background using natural window lighting. 
This suits me better!
Once again, I look forward to seeing
everyone's macros...
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
 and paints his own nature into his pictures." ~  Henry Ward Beecher
Happy Click'n!

Friday, June 19, 2015

We're All Ears ~ Tide Pools

Earrings Everyday's June challenge (here)
inspiration was taken from National Geographic.
I vaguely remember seeing these illustrations before.
The following is my favorite illustration because of 
the colors and the starfish...I really wanted to wire wrap one
of these intriguing creatures.


I've never experienced a tide pool and researched a bit to learn more.
"When the tide retreats, seawater trapped in depressions in the rocks forms tide pools. These shallow pools and surrounding areas uncovered by the retreating tides are often teeming animals and plants, which must adapt to environmental extremes to survive."
Tide Pool from Wikipedia (here

The illustrations provided were wonderful inspiration for these starfish creations.
I used copper wire to form the starfish and then
wire wrapped them with beige, coral and turquoise seed beads.
To age the wire a bit, I first brushed on liver of sulfur, then I dabbed a small amount of
turquoise, blue, black and orange patina paint by Vintaj.
I used other items (tumbled glass and shell chips)
 that you might find in a tide pool
to decorate the handmade ear wires.
Normal people accessorize the outfit,
but I seem to outfit my jewelry...I'm thinking sundress or 
white capri shorts with a flowing turquoise or coral top
and a walk on the beach.
I need to go shopping.

I'm looking forward to seeing
all the participants designs for this challenge!
"Earrings Everyday's"  creative challenge
"We're All Ears Reveal"  (here). 
"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Happy Click'n!

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