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Step Outside the Box...
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 competition, Julie finished in 17th place. I finished in 113th place. Let that sink in a minute....
17th and 113th out of 5900 photographers from around the world, shooting a style of photography that they don't normally shoot!
It pays to step outside your comfort zone! You learn so much, and feel such accomplishment when you succeed at doing something that you are unsure about. I am very proud to have my photo shown in Berlin, and I know that Julie is as well!
Whatever it is that you do, whether it be as a hobby, or a career, don't just settle into a comfortable position. I assure you, the world will pass you by, and at some point in time, you'll wonder why you never did those things....
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.
Bob has been a very busy boy! Unfortunately, this blog became a back-burner project for a couple of years.
Why? Glad you asked! Bob and his wife, Julie Everhart, have been working and growing their photography business. In fact, part of the original hiatus from the blog was due to Julie having surgery to repair torn ligaments in her elbow. Any idea how much your arm goes through lifting a 7-8 pound camera to the eye up to 500 times a day?
After her recovery (which went amazingly well!), they travelled for weeks at a time, took on new projects and techniques, and, of course, all the time Bob continued his work in the Telecommunications Business. After all, nothing makes it easier to buy new equipment than to have some serious money coming in!
It seems as though all of these efforts are starting to align. Here's a little update on the particulars:
2015 brought a five week RV-enabled Photo-tour of the East coast of the United States, and even venturing into Canada.
I have seen a new ad popping up on my screen recently for the Tiffen Pro 100 System, and after looking into it, thought that I should drop a couple of cents - more than a penny's worth of my thoughts.
Well, if you are relatively new into photography or never explored creative photography in the days of film, filters have been a key creative element in the artistic design and "flavoring" of your composition. Although today, most people will simply use Photoshop or some other post processing software to create similar effects, filters are essential in film photography.
But what is the Tiffen System? Well, I'm sorry to say that from my viewpoint it is a knockoff of the most popular filter system of days gone by. Have you ever heard ofCokin Filters? They are from France, and have been the creative photographers go-to magic for years (since 1978)!
Back in the late 70's, (yes, as in 1970's) I used Cokin filters on my old Minolta ST-101 to create some stunning p…