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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....
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…
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.
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?
Wherever you go to just get away for a while and enjoy the colors, smells, and sounds of the season, take a camera along …