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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....
What is a Guru?
Fair question! According to
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a
spiritual teacher, especially one who imparts initiation. synonyms:
teacher, teacher, tutor, sage, mentor, spiritual
leader, leader, master;
"a Hindu guru and mystic"
each of the ten first leaders of
the Sikh religion.
an influential teacher or popular
synonyms: expert, authority, pundit, leading
light, master, specialist;
informal whiz "a management guru"
Okay, so a photography guru must
be a Master of Photography?
That makes sense to me.
Apparently, it also makes sense on the website GuruShots.
Here's how they describe themselves - GuruShots is a platform for
people who love taking photos. It’s fun, motivating and helps
Started just over 4 years ago, they
set out with the following Core Beliefs -
ANYONE CAN TAKE GREAT
PHOTOS At GuruShots, we believe that i…
The last half of 2017 brought many challenges, but getting everything back on track for 2018 was the plan. As many of you know, Julie Everhart, my wife, and I have been competing on Gurushots for almost 4 years, We actually got involved with their third challenge, and each began building portfolios of highly competitive photos.
Beginning in December of 2016, Gurushots began holding exhibitions in various major cities around the world. Both Julie and I were chosen to provide a photo in the first exhibition, and have both been seen in print and digitally in exhibitions all over the world. At the time of this writing, we are both currently being shown in Belgrade, Serbia during a "Nightlife" exhibit.
Julie competed hard and fast, and worked her way up to the rank of Guru, the highest honor on the site, over 2 years ago. Since joining, we have both won competitions, been published in numerous articles, and seen many exhibitions.
The 2019 Wedding and Portrait Photographer Expo in Las Vegas is now behind us. Two and a half days of non-stop opportunities to gain knowledge and networking with professionals and avid hobbyists is a description that could be given to summarize the event.
That would be an extremely short sighted statement that barely touches the surface of an event like this. All of the major equipment manufacturers of cameras and lenses, as well as major vendors and accessories have large displays, live seminars, and plenty of equipment for you to hold, shoot, and experience unlike anywhere else you could imagine.
As if that is not enough, consider that you are given many opportunities to take photos of models that are there for your use. Weddings, portraits, family portraits, wedding receptions, all set up with their own studios just for you! And after three days of miles of aimless wandering, you might want to change shirts, they make sure you have something clean to wear by handing out at least…