Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS !

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:
June 29th, 2017


THIS WEEK'S PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ARE TRULY WINNING PHOTOS.  THIS IS 
A COLLECTION OF WINNING PHOTOS FROM THE KENNEL CLUB'S ANNUAL 
DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION.  THERE WERE OVER 10,000 ENTRIES, AND IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THESE FEW PHOTOS THAT WERE THE WINNING PHOTOS.  WE WANTED TO SHARE THESE WITH YOU NOW, AT LEAST A 
FEW OF THEM, AND GIVE YOU THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM SO THAT YOU CAN 
VIEW THE REST OF THEM. 


#1 Overall Winner And Man's Best Friend 1st Place Winner Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal                                             





#2 Rescue Dogs Charity Category 3rd Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA





#3 Dog Portrait 2nd Place Winner, David Yanez, UK                                             




#4 Dogs At Play Category 1st Place Winner Kaylee Greer, USA                                             




#5 Puppies Category 2nd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland                                             




#6 Dogs At Play Category 2nd Place Winner Rodrigo Capuski, Brazil                                             




#7 Oldies Category 1st Place Winner John Liot, UK                                             



#8 Dog Portrait 1st Place Winner, Anastasia Vetkovskaya, Russia                                             




#9 Dogs At Work 1st Place Winner Sarah Caldecott, UK                                             



#10 Dogs At Work 2nd Place Winner Lucy Charman, UK                                             




#11 I Love Dogs Because… (ages 11 To 17) 3rd Place Winner Kirsten Van Ravenhorst, Netherlands                                             



#12 Dog Portrait 3rd Place Winner, Noel Bennett, UK                                             




#13 Puppies Category 3rd Place Winner Ruud Lauritsen, Netherlands                                             




#14 Assistance Dogs 1st Place Winner Alasdair Macleod, UK                                             




#15 Oldies Category 3rd Place Winner Tracy Kirby, Ireland                                             



Every year, The Kennel Club, perhaps the oldest recognized canine institution in the world, delights us with pictures from their Dog Photographer Of The Year competition - and makes us fall in love with dogs even more...

The prestigious contest has been running for 12 years now. It received nearly 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world. The competition has 10 categories, including 'Puppies', 'Assistance Dogs', 'Rescue Dogs', and 'Dogs At Work'. There's also a 'Man's Best Friend' category, that showcases photos that capture the deep bond between dogs and humans.

This year, Maria Davison from Portugal won the overall prize with a picture of a black puppy resting by her friend's feet.Davison said: “This image was already close to my heart and it is one of the photographs I am most proud of. It was not only a beautiful, real and candid moment I got to capture, but also a demonstration of the strong bond between one of my closest friends and her dog, Yzma. Winning not only the Man’s Best Friend category, but also the overall winner prize with this picture feels really good.”
The winning images will be exhibited at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, London.

THERE ARE 30 IMAGES OF THE WINNERS POSTED ON THE INTERNET FOR ALL TO SEE.  I HAVE POSTED ONLY THE TOP 15.  YOU MUST SEE THE REST.  IN ORDER TO SEE THE REST, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO VIEW THE REST OF THE WINNING PHOTOS:



A special thanks to Bored Panda for the use of these photos.  These photos are also available on Bing Photos, and MSN.com, and boing boing. 





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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HERE'S THE RIGHT WAY TO TAKE FIREWORKS PHOTOS:

THERE ARE RIGHT WAYS AND WRONG WAYS TO TAKE PICTURES OF FIREWORKS.  READ THROUGH THIS SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS OF THE FIREWORKS:


FIREWORKS PHOTOS:
PREPARATION AND PLANNING.
By Keith Jones


Everyone loves a great New Year’s fireworks show and it seems that lots of people take pictures while they are at the show. Here is a question for you. How many great pictures of fireworks have you seen taken by any of your friends or relatives?
I’ll bet your answer is not many. Now, have you ever wondered why everyone doesn’t have at least a couple of really good shots of fireworks? After all, the shows are free and the people that there seem to be snapping pictures like crazy.




I'll answer the question for you.  It is because a little preparation and planning is needed to increase your chances of getting some really nice shots at a fireworks display.
The following are a few tips that might help when you are photographing fireworks.
Use a Tripod: This fireworks photography tip applies whether you are using a point and shoot Digital Compact Camera or a Digital SLR camera. The reason you will need a tripod is because it is best to photograph fireworks at slow shutter speeds. 

Slower shutter speeds allow the camera to gather more light from the fireworks scene against the dark sky. When a camera is hand held and a slow shutter speed is used, the result will be a blurred picture.
If you don’t have a tripod, try placing the camera on a steady surface when taking the pictures. Sometimes, even the roof of your car might help.

Arrive early, claim a good spot: If you have time before the show, this fireworks photography tip can be very useful. As you probably know, fireworks shows are usually pretty crowded and you don’t want to have to reach over someone’s head to take a shot.

Some people might like to be close to the fireworks, but from a photography standpoint, it is better to be a little distance away from the actual scene. It is better to be able to shoot towards the fireworks rather than shooting straight up at them.

Also, if you are not right upon the fireworks, you might be able to include a little more than the fireworks burst in your picture. A building, a monument, or a skyline along with the fireworks bursts might make the images a little more interesting

It is up to you to decide if you want anything but fireworks in your pictures. However, no matter what you decide, make sure you have a clear line of vision before you begin to photograph the fireworks.

Horizontal or Vertical? It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if you hold the camera in the vertical or horizontal position when photographing the fireworks. However, since fireworks are shot upward in a vertical plane, it might not be a bad idea to shoot single bursts with the camera in the vertical position. On the other hand if there are several bursts going on at one time, the horizontal position will give you more room to frame the whole scene



Exposure settings for photographing fireworks: If you are using a compact digital camera, you cannot manually change exposure settings. Try using the fireworks scene mode of your camera. The fireworks mode will automatically set a slow shutter speed to photograph fireworks. (once again that is why you need a tripod or a steady surface for the camera).

If you are a Digital SLR user, use your cameras’ manual mode. It would be great if you use the bulb “B” shutter setting. The “B” setting allows you to keep the shutter as long as you like. That way can open the shutter just before the burst, and close it right after if you choose to do so.

If you don’t use the “B” setting, experiment with shutter speeds from 2-8 seconds. Also, try using a remote shutter release to avoid camera shake from pressing the shutter button.

As for the camera lens aperture settings, use smaller aperture openings between F8 and F16 if possible. Although the sky is dark, the fireworks are bright and overexposure is possible when using large aperture and slow shutter speed.

“Fireworks” captured by Ivan Tam. (Click image to see more from Ivan Tam.


Use low ISO settings like ISO 100 if possible: Higher ISO setting like ISO 800 or ISO 1600 might produce grainy looking images. (depending on what camera you use.) So try to use an ISO setting of ISO 200 or less.

Timing is everything: Fireworks bursts will appear quickly and disappear just as fast. Pre focus your digital compact camera on an area where the fireworks are being generated from. Hold that focus until you are ready to take your next shot. You will save time by not having to focus once the firework is in the air.
If you are using a Digital SLR camera use your manual focus feature prior to or during the first burst. You won’t have to refocus if you stay in the same location and use the same focal length.

Listen for a thump like sound or a whistling sound in the air.  Those sounds indicate that fireworks have just been shot into the air. For best results do not wait until you see the bright explosion. Press the shutter as soon as you know something has been fired into the air. That way your camera will get the full effect of the burst from the beginning.(that is if your camera is already pointed right at the area of the fireworks and set at a slow shutter speed).

Photographing fireworks might be a little tricky at first. However, with a little practice you should come out with some pleasing results.

I hope these tips on photographing fireworks will be useful to you.


About the Author: For more information about taking pictures, visit http://easybasicphotography.com or for more about fireworks photography visit http://easybasicphotography.com/photographing-fireworks.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR: NEW PHOTO PRODUCTS ANNOUNCED!

List of Upcoming Olympus & Panasonic Products


2017 will be a relatively quiet year for M43 world – currently only released the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II ($1,999) and Panasonic GH5 ($1,998). So, what else can we expect from Olympus & Panasonic? Here is the list of products that are expected to be announced by Olympus and Panasonic in the near future:
1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
The upcoming Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (E-M10II replacement) mirrorless camera will be announced within 1-2 months. Olympus already registered a new mirrorless camera with the code name “IM006” in Taiwan and Russia, which is expected to be Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Rumored Specs:
  • 20MP sensor
  • 4K video
  • Improved AF
  • Improved 5 axis stabilization
2. New Panasonic Camera
This new Panasonic MFT camera will come in late summer-early fall, Details are unknown yet. Stay tuned.
3. New Olympus Lenses
Olympus lenses are also expected to be announced in late 2017.
4. New Leica 50-200mm f/2.8-4 Lens
To be announced in late Summer – early Autumn.



Canon EOS 6D Mark II Will Have a New 26MP Sensor


Just a quick update on the upcoming Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR which is rumored to be announced on June 29, 2017. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera will feature a completely new 26MP full frame CMOS sensor.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Specifications (already known, via CR):
  • 26MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Vari-Angle LCD
  • A slightly taller and deeper body over the current EOS 6D.
  • New battery grip BG-E21
  • Announcement on June 29, 2017, Shipping in early August
The previous rumored specs of Canon EOS 6D Mark II:
  • 24-28mp full frame CMOS
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 6 FPS Shooting
  • 4K video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology
  • Built-in GPS
  • Vari-Angle touchscreen LCD
  • Dual-pixel autofocus technology
  • HDR Movie & Time Lapse Movie
  • Movie electronic image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100% coverage optical viewfinder with some new features
  • New connectivity feature on 6D Mark II
  • Price will be a bit expensive than Canon 6D
  • Slightly smaller form factor and a reduction in weight
  • New battery grip
  • Announcement in July, Shipping in August


Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Lens Coming Soon, Leaked Images


Zeiss will soon announce a new Milvus 35mm f/1.4 lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mount DSLR cameras. The first images already leaked online, take a look!







Nikon 100th Anniversary Products now Available for Pre-order


Nikon officially announced the pricing info of Nikon 100th Anniversary Products, and these Nikon 100th anniversary limited edition cameras, lenses and binoculars are now available for pre-order online and shipping is scheduled to start on July 25 2017.



Thanks to Camera Times  for the great articles and the updates on Photographic products.





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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: From: AMAZING PICTURES IN THE WORLD !

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK !
JUNE 22ND, 2017


This week's winning photos comes from the website:  Amazing Photos in the World 
OR:
Amazing Pictures of Nature !

So, here is an amazing website, that almost all the pictures are worthy of being:  Photos of the Week !
Take a look at these and see if you don't agree that they have captured some absolutely winning photos:











































































AMAZING PICTURES IN THE WORLD !  THIS FACEBOOK WEBSITE HAS CERTAINLY GOT AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF PHOTOS.  NO PHOTOGRAPHER IS MENTIONED ON ANY OF THESE PHOTOS.  SO, THESE PHOTOS ARE POSTED HERE COURTESY OF:  AMAZING PICTURES IN THE WORLD.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017

BACKYARD NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Want to go and take pictures somewhere
but don't know where to go?
TRY YOUR OWN BACKYARD !!!


SOMETIMES, IF YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER, YOU JUST GET THAT URGE TO GO AND TAKE PHOTOS.  BUT, YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO, OR YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME.  YOU KNOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO TO SUCH AND SUCH A PLACE, BUT THAT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME.  WAIT !!!!  TRY YOUR OWN BACKYARD !!
DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE SUCH TREMENDOUS PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD?   CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE AND SEE IF THIS HELPS:



 BACKYARD NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
By:  Sheila Brown
Published by:  Picture Correct

You don’t have to travel very far to get great nature photography shots. There are many opportunities for nature photography right in your own backyard. There is an abundance of nature if you know how to look for it.

If you have flower beds, trees, bushes, or just wildflowers, you have many opportunities for some good nature pictures. I am going to give you a few ideas on how and what to look for. Go back to things that you have taken pictures of before but this time, look at them from a different perspective.

Photo by Axel Naud; ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/125-second exposure.

Get down low to the flowers and shoot upward. Sometimes not always easy to do but can give you some really great results. Look under the petals and leaves of the flowers. You may find a praying mantis or a ladybug, which can make a good nature picture also.
  • Lie down on your back in a stand of trees and shoot upwards. This gives a great deal of depth to your photograph and makes very interesting shot. Don’t forget to look up in the tops of trees. There may be a hawk, crow or a blue jay just sitting there, watching you.
Photo by HudsÓ§n; ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/60-second exposure.

Shoot some “profiles” of flowers. Some flowers have very pretty profiles. Even pictures of your flowerbeds can be shot from a different angle and will give you a completely different feeling. Many people want to take pictures of butterflies with wings open and taken from high looking down. Profile pictures of butterflies and great shots also.
  • Most amateurs want to fill their frame with the subject, such as a flower, and have it centered right in the middle. Use the rule of thirds. Position the subject just to the right or left of center and about a third of the way up horizontally. This composition is much more pleasing to the eye.

Photo by Samuel John; ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/400-second exposure.


Take some of your pictures in the morning light and then again in the evening light. Midday light is very bright and can create a shadow problem for you. Early morning or late afternoon light is not nearly as harsh and actually gives you kind of a warm glow. Any time there is a little cloud cover is a great time to take pictures. Your colors will be a little more subdued and your background will not be too bright.
  • If you have a bird feeder in your yard, you probably have tons of pictures of birds, but I will guess that the bird feeder is also in most of your shots. Add a perch near your bird feeder where the birds can land and jump over to the feeder. Use something that is going to look natural. You don’t want to use metal or a piece of lumber. Find a broken tree limb that is a couple of feet taller or shorter than your feeder. Dig a hole about 6 feet away from the feeder and bury it. Now when you catch that good shot of your birds, it is going to look natural and the feeder will not detract from your subject.

Photo by Amy E. Warren; ISO 250, f/5, 1/125-second exposure.


Challenge yourself to try something new. Go back to some of the pictures you have already taken and take them from different perspectives. You may surprise yourself!

About the Author:Sheila Brown is an experienced photographer who enjoys writing articles to share her experiences and her passion for nature photography











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Sunday, June 18, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER SERIES: HOW WE SEE IT, PART 2

--------   Photographer series   -------

HOW WE SEE IT:   Part 2

This is a special series on photography and perspective.   
If you took 3 photographers to the same location, ask them to take a picture of the same subject, would you get the same results?  Would you get the same angles?  Would you get different lenses used, or filters used?  Would you get a whole different picture entirely.  This is why I am trying to prove that photography is truly an art, and what some people will think is a great picture, some will think differently.  And if you see it from a different angle, or different lens or whatever, you may like it different from a different photographer.  

I want you to also refer to our first in this series.  Go to:  http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-we-see-it.html
Here you will see the first in this series.  Now here is the second:

The scenario: 

We are at a stream, and we find that a part of a picnic bench, that is painted red, has fallen into the stream.  It adds a certain color to the stream.  How would you take this photo?  Here are the results:

PHOTOGRAPHER #1:




PHOTOGRAPHER #2:



PHOTOGRAPHER #3:



IS ONE RIGHT OR WRONG?  DO YOU LIKE ONE BETTER THAN THE OTHER?  CAN YOU SEE THAT EACH PHOTOGRAPHER SEES DIFFERENT THINGS WHEN TAKING PICTURES.  THAT IS WHY PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN TAKE PHOTOS OF THE SAME THING AND CAN GET DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE SUBJECT.  THIS IS A GOOD PRACTICE IN HUMAN PERSPECTIVE IN ART.  IT IS THE SAME WITH ART:  SOME PEOPLE MAY LIKE VAN GOGH, AND OTHERS MAY NOT.  IT IS ALL PERSPECTIVE. IF I ASKED YOU TO VOTE ON WHAT YOU LIKE, WHAT RESPONSE WOULD I GET?  IS ONE REALLY BETTER? 

WE WILL DO THIS AGAIN WITH THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHERS, OR OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS.  THIS WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT WE COME UP WITH.



NOTE:  Local photographers:  If you want to join with me on this project, contact me and we will set a date to do this.  Should be fun.








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