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As Time Goes By...
Stopped In Our Tracks
It's mid-September and Fall is just around the corner. The Pumpkin Spiced Everything is already showing up on every street corner and the recipes for its uses are being shared with the efficiency of a Civil Defense siren in the 60s.
Below the dam
What else is there to this whole Fall thing? Well. around our house one would think perhaps Halloween. Actually, this years Halloween costumes have been finished and hanging in the closet ready for use for over a month now! Of course, that leaves our favorite topic - Photos!
Last year, we took off for a 5 week and nearly 6000 mile road trip with 3 cats and our 30' 5th wheel. These are a few of the never before released images I took on the trip.
What are you doing this Fall? Do you have any favorite events coming up? Perhaps a weekend Fall Festival, Oktoberfest, Renaissance Faire, or just a drive through the countryside?
Roosevelt's Home on Campobello Island
Wherever you go to just get away for a while and enjoy the colors, smells, and sounds of the season, take a camera along and take it out for a little walk! These are all moments in life that you will never see again! The colors and clouds will always be different. The winds will shift and the water levels will change, giving the scenes completely different feels. The sun will rise and set on a different world every day. Save a few memories of what you saw and did!
Julie in Harpers Ferry - Oct 2013
Wherever you go and whatever you do, keep the glass clean and the shutters clicking.
Oh, and in case we're on the road somewhere shooting, Happy Halloween!
When two photographers live in the same house, you have to wonder - are they competitive?
DUH! Of course we are! If you are not aware, my wife is Julie Everhart. She is an artist in every way! I support her endeavors and projects completely, as does she mine. So if we are so supportive, how is it that we say we are competitive?
We challenge each other all the time to perform better. One of our favorite means is through photo competitions. Gurushots is an excellent forum where photographers from all over the world compete in themed competitions running for 18 days where the photographers vote in a blind format on the photos of their peers.
Four days into a competition themed "From a Distance", you can see that Julie is currently 20 votes ahead of me (although I currently hold one of the top photos in the competition). She is in 7th place, and I am in 9th place. This is out of nearly 7000 photographers and over 25,000 photos.
And the verdict is in! In December, during all of the year end activities that keeps everyone hopping, Julie Everhart and I both stepped outside our "normal" photography realms and entered a competition that was themed "People in the City". Having just returned from our trip to the UK, we each entered four photos and decided to see how we would do.
Working for Pounds by Julie Everhart
Street Musicians by Bob Blankenship
These were their top images by voting, and will be shown in the Berlin Blue Art Show, Berlin, Germany January 20-29th, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please click HERE.
I think it is worth mentioning again - this is not the type of photography we normally shoot! After all, that's why I'm writing about it! 5900 Photographers from all over the world competed for a chance to have their photo shown in this exhibit. Over 20,000 photos vying for a chance to be one of only 400 photos in the entire show! In the overall compet…
No, this is not some college prank post! 😁 Have you ever wanted to go out and take that perfect shot of the moon, but no matter how hard you try it just doesn't want to work? Of course you have. We all have! You even resort to the dreaded "P" mode, and this is what you get...
And yet, you know that people are out there getting shots that look something like this...
These were taken of the same moon, the same night, within minutes of one and other. What's the secret?
First off - USE A TRIPOD! Even though both of these were shot on the same tripod, there's still more.
Second item of business is manual mode - across the board. NO auto-ISO, NO auto-focus, No auto-aperture, and no auto-shutter control. Yeah, I know - FULL MANUAL? Absolutely. And there is more.
Third item - get your shutter release and set it up. If you have live mode, use it. You are going to be shooting a long exposure, and these are essential to remove camera shake, even from the shut…