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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.
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…