CELEBRATING 1000 BLOGS !

TODAY MARKS THE 1000TH BLOG FOR 123PHOTOGO! AND CELEBRATING HOW FAR THIS HAS COME FROM THE BEGINNING !

First: a quick history of this blog site:

  • First publication: August 3rd, 2015. Introduction of my blog: Only 1 photo was on the blog. And it was decided to start off by doing the blog only once a week.
Here is the first photo published on my very first blog. The only photo. It was my photo of one of my favorite fishing spots in the Uintah Mountains, Utah, USA.
  • The established first blog was sent out on Facebook only. That was my first source of distribution. Total amount of views my first week: 12. Thanks family !!!
  • At the very first time I started my blog, I used the website : blogspot, as the source for developing my website. Even before I started my blog name was an interesting discovery, as I got the name from a package of fireworks that our family was using during the 4th of July. There was a package of fireworks packaged by a company called: Fireworks123 or something like that, I can’t remember exactly. I discussed this with my family and we decided to play around with this a bit and mix it up and call it 123Photogo. Then we checked with Google to see if that fit the domain names to make sure that wasn’t being used, and we were good. I paid to get that name licensed and it was and has been ever since: 123PHOTOGO.
  • About October 2015, I decided to open up a separate Facebook account, different from my own personal Facebook account. I wanted to find Photographers that I could get this blog out to, who would be more interested in my blog. I then opened it up and somehow started looking for photographers, and requested to be their friends and started with about 250 people, that I never knew, but knew they were photographers, and could get this website out into the photo world. I also started my own “Like” page on Facebook that I could post my blog separately, like a place to see how it could grow and follow the growth of the blog. Just FYI: I have a following on that “Like” page of over 29,300 people now! I expect it will go over 30,000 people by the end of this year.
  • Other factors that have contributed to the growth of this website is: After my 350th blog or so, I was feeling like “blogspot” was not letting me grow into the blog or website I wanted to be. So, on November 8th, 2016 I started to double up on my blogs, and as an experiment, I started using WordPress as another place to put my blogs on. So, for about a year or more, my blogs were being published on two different websites to see which one I like the most. Eventually, I liked WordPress better because I could get rid of blogspot and WordPress as my website address and just use: http://www.123photogo.com as my website address. It states on my blog somewhere that it is powered by WordPress. I am good with that. But, My official website address is now: http://www.123photogo.com. And I have been able to do more with my website because of that. As you notice, that there is an actual menu on this site, and more coming in the future. I love it. I feel grown up.

4 years later: What things are some of the highlights of this 123PhotoGo?

Highlight that everyone loves: Every Thursday: Photos of the Week:

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME THAT HAVE BEEN RATED HIGHLY OR COMMENTED ON FROM MY VIEWERS:

This was one of my very first Photos of the week, cone back in October of 2015. Photo taken by: RJ Rijin. As a photographer myself, I always try to give the credit to the photographer. Even though these photos are already on Facebook, which means everybody in the world has access to these photos and has been shared with no credit to the photographer, I have always had great respect in giving credit to the photographers.

This photo was a photo of the week back in 12/8/2016 and the photographer is listed as: Valerie Cox. Notice the name on the Photo is: MB Click it. That is because Valerie works at the sutdio of MB Click it. But, this photo was very popular. Posting photos with children or animals or both, usually, I found out, brings a lot of people to my viewership. There are ways to bring a lot of “likes” to my blogs, and children, and pets, seem to be the draw.
There is one more thing I do every year in November now, and that is a special presentation called: THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE. I go out into the internet, either in to the black and white clubs, special presentations, and find black and white photos that are just above and beyond special, and create this special presentation. I contact the photographer that their photo has been selected to be in this presentation, and ask permission to use their photo. I ask them if they have anything they want me to know about them or the photo, and really go out of my want to sell the photo and the photographer. And now with my personal website, that gallery of special black and white photos is left posted there for a whole year, until the next year’s new photographers winning photos comes available. Here are just a sample of some of those special black and white photos:
Photo by Raquel Salas
Art of shodo: peace, beauty, meditation, relaxation, matter and spirit.
Raquel has a great eye for catching “still life” and really seeing black and white in this shot.  Japanese writing, Kanji character writing is an art into itself and to get the right exposure on all of this is also what makes this so great.
This particular presentation was done on a website in conjunction with her photographer friend Jugurtha Art Photography
in a special website entitled  J& R Art, in which every photo on their website contained a photo of hands.  What a great
challenge.  Check it out:  https://www.facebook.com/Jug-Raquel-Art-1778123939129593/
Raquel has other websites as well:
https://www.facebook.com/Raquel-Photography-815418465145575/
Her main website:
http://losojosderaki.blogspot.com.es/
Thank you Raquel for your friendship and your great personality.

Posted November 29th, 2017.

Helmut Schadt - Black & White Critical Academy
Photo by Helmut Schadt……………  I usually try to find one photo of a person that is, what we call:  a “character portrait”.  Get a portrait of a person, an older person perhaps, and get close, to see the character in the face.  See the story in their face?  Some faces are very wrinkled, some are not so wrinkled.  This is a portrait of Jim Tachinamurthy in Penang, Malysia.  He seems like a very wise person, who everyone goes to for their comfort.  Maybe a spiritual person who has guided a lot of people. A very pleasant person as well.  This is what Black and white photos can do to people.  It just shows the character of people that color may not be able to do.  This is something to learn from.  Perhaps, Mr. Schadt could contact me back and tell me more about this person, and see if I am right.    Mr. Schadt is a Photographer who lives in Malmsheim, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany. To see more of his photos and other things he is involved in,  go to: https://www.facebook.com/helmut.schadt.3

This was posted 12/6/2018

1000 BLOGS ! ALMOST 30,000 FOLLOWERS!! SO, WHAT’S NEXT?

THE BLOGS? THEY WILL CONTINUE! I JUST HAVE TOO MUCH FUN WITH THEM. I WANT PEOPLE TO BECOME ARTISTS WITH THEIR CAMERAS. I WANT PEOPLE TO GET CAMERAS, AND USE THEM INSTEAD OF THEIR CELL PHONES
1000 BLOGS? THERE HAS TO BE SOME ORGANIZATION TO THIS, DOESN’T THERE? HOW ABOUT PUTTING THESE IN A BOOK? WELL THAT IS ALREADY BEING WORKED ON NOW. I AM HOPING BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, THERE WILL BE A BOOK AVAILABLE FOR ALL FOR NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS, SIMPLY CALLED: “THE BEST OF 1000 BLOGS”. WATCH FOR IT ON THIS WEBSITE.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ON THIS WEBSITE? I AM OPEN TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS. YES, I HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS. WRITE ME. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS TOO SIMPLE: 123PHOTOGO@GMAIL.COM
YES, I TAKE PHOTOS TOO!

1000 BLOGS IN 4 YEARS AND 30,000 FOLLOWERS. WHERE WILL WE BE IN 4 MORE YEARS. STAY HERE AND FIND OUT.

CELEBRATING TODAY 1000 BLOGS

HERE ARE SOME OTHER FAMOUS PHOTOS OF THE WEEK FROM MY WEBSITE:

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CHILDREN AND PET COLLECTION


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: AMAZING THINGS IN THE WORLD !

Photos of the Week:  Throwback Thursday !  Dated:  8/24/2017

From the Website:  Amazing things in the World.  

This website had such amazing photos, I just wanted to share these again with you.  Please take a look again and love them, or comment on them.

 

 

CONTINUING THE SEARCH FOR GREAT WEB SITES THAT ALREADY HAVE A GREAT COLLECTION OF PHOTOS THEY HAVE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE FOUND ANOTHER GREAT WEBSITE.  THIS ONE IS SIMPLY TITLED:  AMAZING THINGS IN THE WORLD.  190,000+ PEOPLE ALREADY FOLLOW THIS WEBSITE, AND IT IS CERTAINLY GOT A GREAT COLLECTION OF PHOTOS.  HERE IS JUST A SAMPLING OF PHOTOS THAT I THINK ARE WORTHY OF BEING:  PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

Don’t be afraid to be different.
Dancing clouds over California
Christmas in Berlin, Germany.

This is the 182m tall Vøringsfossen waterfall in Norway.
Light was particularly interesting as it diffused nicely from the fog in the valley. I took a panorama of three verticals to fit the massive view into one frame.

No name on the photographer.  

Beautiful, and adorable
Black & White
Amazing bridge in Germany.

Photo by: Daniel Korzhonov
Sleeping
Golden hour in Florence – Italy .
Arctic Angel
Beach in Australia full of bioluminescent plankton
Heaven’s Gate, China
Sid!! Is that you.

Kjerag, Norway.
Picture of the day
Great wall of China

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THROWBACK THURSDAY

THROWBACK THURSDAY:  PHOTOS OF THE WEEK FROM JUNE 30TH, 2016.

Look at these amazing photos found for the Photos of the week.  These photos were just incredible finds of just rare photos.  Congratulations to those photographers whose photos were picked for this:

 

1-  One of the most beautiful photos of Niagara Falls I have ever seen.  A long 10 second exposure and the angle I have not seen before, and you have a masterpiece.

Niagara Falls. After all these years and many many visits it still fills me with awe. 10 second exposure. 

 

 

 

2- With all the terrible flooding going on in West Virginia, it is nice to see something beautiful coming out of that area.  A professional photographer posts a beautiful picture of West Virginia that will reflect just how beautiful it can be there, and will be again:

In the wake of the recent flooding, my heart goes out to the people of beautiful West Virginia today.

As you might know from past sharing, I love West Virgina. So I looked for a West Virginia photograph in my portfolio that would be most hope-inspiring in this tragic time. I had posted this one just over a year ago. And while I have others that are still waiting to be shared, I really felt that this photograph best represented my wish for the skies to clear and the peace and serenity of the people of West Virginia to be restored.

If anyone from West Virgina feels they have their finger on the pulse of which charity most visibly has feet on the ground and is providing tangible help right now, please message me and let me know as soon as possible.

And I urge everyone reading this to find the charity of their choice and make a donation to help those in West Virginia whose lives have been devastated by the recent flooding.

“Sunset at Lindy Point in Beautiful West Virginia.”

Photo by Steven Max Photography

3-  An artist working on his photos in Photoshop and Lightroom, has been working on this photo he took in Venice.  Fill in the shadows, tone down the lights, do some magic here and there and you create the perfect picture:

”  A nights stroll in Venice”

Photo and work enhancement done by:   Robert Schmalle

 

 

 

4- Have you ever tried double exposures?  How about double exposures on a landscape photo?  Now this is not normally something  somebody would do, but, the end is result is spectacular.  The details of how this photo was taken is listed below.  But, this certainly makes this week’s “Photos of the Week”.

Two shots, 1, 300 second exposure for the foreground and a 15second exposure for the sky for tunnel view without any moon around 4am.

Photos taken by Marion Williams

 

 

5-  Seems like we have been highlighting long exposures so much lately, and they are very beautiful, but once in a while a fast shutter speed just catches the moment just right.  In this photo, the waves caught up in the air, birds in flight, just at the right moment creates a great winner for this week’s Photo of the week.

Fly in the storm…….. by Bill Preston

 

 

 

6-  Sunset  time can also lead to twilight.  What is twilight?  It is when the sunset time ends, I believe, when the colors are really different and the colors are richer, more deeper, and are usually missed by photographers.  Hail to the photographer who waits beyond the sunset for THIS:

Twilight erupts over an ancient bristlecone pine. I may have ‘accidentally’ pointed Steve Turner in the wrong direction, causing him to miss the beautiful color.”

Photo taken by Miles Morgan

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That is this week’s Photos of the week.  I wanted to try a different format, rather than just throw up a bunch of pictures.  But, really give you my opinion why these photos were chosen.  It’s amazing how many photos I pass up until I find one that catches my eye.  Then I find something really unique about this photo and feel that we can learn from the photo as well as be entertained by viewing it.  Until next week.

Remember to share this with the world.

 

 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

THROWBACK THURSDAY:  Review of “Photos of the Week” from April 28th, 2016.

 

LOOKING BACK AT SOME “PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, I CAME ACROSS THIS ONE.  REALLY LOVED THESE PHOTOS AND THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THESE AGAIN:______________________

This week’s “Photos of the Week”  have been really exciting to find.  I am just amazed at this weeks treasured photos.  Beautiful, amazing, incredible.  I hope you will also agree.  But, they all come from all over the world, as you will see, and I hope you enjoy them this week.

Whoa! This stunning shot might look too good to be true, but photographer Jeff Berkes planned this shot a year in advance. It definitely paid off. Taken on September 27, 2015, it shows Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming glowing in the orange light of a lunar eclipse. At 8:13 pm, the moon entered maximum eclipse and at 8:15 pm, the park’s famous geyser erupted. As Jeff said, “The stars literally aligned this night for me.” This 10-second single exposure courtesy of Jeff Berkes. — with Jeff Berkes Photography in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Photo by Marco Migliardi

 

 

Landscape Photographer Magazine Photographer of the Week

Photo by Bob Miller

 

 


” The Deer At Sunset”  Photo by Jenny Woodward

 

 

 

 

 

“Adventure”  Photo by:  Neil Herbert



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Congratulations to this week’s winners of “Photos of the Week”.  Incredible photos from all over the world, magazine winners, as well as posted on Facebook and other social media.  They are great ones, and I hope you will share them.  

 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: WINNING PHOTOS OF THE WEEK – REVISITED

TIME TO LOOK BACK AT SOME WINNING PHOTOS :  THESE WERE JUST AMAZING:

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

 

SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2016

Tis the season for amazing photos again?  Ahh,  yes, and every Thursday, we come to that special time, where I search all over for those amazing photos from professionals, amateurs, who have captured the perfect photo this week.  Take a look at these photos, and study how they were done, and perhaps you too, someday, will be here on the list.  Congratulations to all those who have won the “Photos of the Week” among all your peers.

 

“PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK”

This has won the “Portrait of the Week” with it’s beautiful candor, and of course a wonderful pose by two beautiful people.  And to have them pose on that log…. wow.  Here is the details:

Son and Mommy.
Focal: 85mm | F-stop: 2.0 | Exposure: 1/100sec. | ISO: 1000
Light: Dry Creek Park, Sacramento. Natural Light.
Camera: Canon 5dsr Lens: Canon 85mm 1.2L

PHOTO TAKEN BY:  SERGEY BIDUN and submitted to PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM.

 

It’s been a while since a black and white photo won the “Photos of the Week”.  And you can see why this one won.  Talk about timing it just right.  That is an amazing shot, or if it was done in the computer, that is amazing too.  But, looking at that carefully, I think it was done naturally.  But, whatever the case, I have seen something like this before, and wished I had my camera ready. Someone caught this one just right.  Congratulations to Mr. Madonado.

 

Photo by:  Jose Maldonado Photography.

 

 

Oh my goodness.  Don’t you just find that this place just must be in heaven.  A beautiful long exposure photo of this waterfall, in the midst of this lush green area.  I just want to go there and sit there for a while……OR just sit and look at this photo.  Congratulations to Lincoln Harrison for this fantastic photo. 

 

 

Some people see an old dead tree.  A photographer sees a work of art.  Right?  This photo is extra special because it is a winner not only on this blog, but, it is a winning photo with a national magazine.  Congratulations to Kathleen Wasselle Croft for seeing the beauty in the unusual.

Photo Of The Day: “Crazy Sunrise” By Kathleen Wasselle Croft. Location: Glacier National Park, Montana.  Submitted to OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE.

 

 

What beautiful colors.  I live by a field of lavender fields like this, and it is amazing when they are all out in bloom like this.  It is so beautiful when they are all out in bloom like this.  This photo is simply titled:  “The Colors of Summer” or : Les couleurs d’été. 

Congratulations to:  Fannie Jowski for this photo, and it was submitted to:  Fine Art Photography.

 

 

I am not sure I even know where this road is.  I don’t want to know, because I would never go on that road.  I put that picture in this week, because this is just one of those photos that people will talk about for a long time.  You don’t just make things like this up.  I have the Facebook link to this photo and people comment about how they have been on worse roads than this.  So, this is for real. 

PHOTO COMPLIMENTS OF:  WONDERFUL AMAZING WORLD.

That is all for this week’s Photos of the Week.  It has been amazing what photos I can find that are all winners.  It takes hours to come up with just 6.  But, worth it, right?  Well pass this on to your friends and family.  These kind of photos deserve to be shared.

 

By the way, this blog now is being shared all over the world, by thousands of people.  So, congratulations to all the photographers who have won this week.  It is getting some good exposure (pun intended).

 

 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: INTERESTING AND FUNNY PHOTOS

**INTERESTING PHOTOS** FUNNY PHOTOS** ETC.

 
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I love doing this blog, just for entertainment only.  Finding photos that are fun, interesting, and those kind of photos that you would only catch, because you just happened to have your camera at the right place at the right time.  So, let’s have some fun pictures for a change:
 
Composite photography opens up new doors for the creative photographer. You can make the impossible seem possible. You can turn vivid and wild dreams into a reality. The possibilities are endless. Just take a look at this image for proof:
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Busy Day at the Bird Feeder (Via Imgur. )
The photographer has a busy bird feeding station in his backyard, and when he wanted to create a photograph of all the different kinds of birds that visited the feeder, he called on composite photography. After taking many photographs of all the birds, he stacked the frames on top of one another in Photoshop to create this awesome photo.
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Through the strategic use of color, low powered flash, and slightly slow shutter speeds, water photographer Matt Clark‘s stunning photographs of breaking waves and surfers communicate his deep love affair with the sea and evoke powerful emotions in viewers. Gaze long enough, in fact, and Clark’s work might just wreck any negative preconceptions that you might hold about the sea:
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“Polychrome Wave” by Matt Clark (Via Imgur. )
Clark created the image at 1/2500 of a second and f/2.8 using his Canon 5DS camera70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens, and a low powered flash—all of which he protected from water damage with a custom-designed SPL Waterhousings camera unit.
Like all great art, creating “Polychrome Wave” required much of Clark. In total, his gear weighs more than 10 pounds, and since he shoots from the water and not from atop a board, he threw his back as he swam through the breaking surf. Additionally, Clark said it took him “months of attempts” to finally get the perfect raw shot.
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Raw Version (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
He then processed the photograph in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC until it fit his ultimate vision for the project.
“I have an intimate relationship with the surf,” Clark wrote via Reddit. “It’s absolutely incredible and totally satisfying. I’ve been surfing for almost 20 years here in New York and people often ask, ‘How can you shoot photos when the waves are so good?’ The answer to that is that I’ve been an artist of sorts since I was a kid. So [I’m an] Artist first, surfer second… I [try to] capture the detail of a breaking wave and play with light and shutter speeds to create movement.”

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James Cameron’s Avatar isn’t real, but those awe-inspiring “Hallelujah Mountains” from the film are. While the craggy pillars don’t actually float, that illusion is easily created by the dense fog and mist that often swirls around the canyon beneath the peaks. The pillar pictured below was photographed by Thomas Dawson and has recently enjoyed an official name change from “South Pillar of Heaven” to “Hallelujah Mountain”:

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“One of a Kind” by Thomas Dawson (Via 500px. Click to see full size.)
The 3,544-foot Hallelujah Mountain and more than 3,000 similar pillars throughout Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China’s southern Hunan province are made from crumbly quartz sandstone (some say karst limestone). We have eons of erosion to thank for isolating the peaks in the way that they appear today.
James Cameron actually did base Avatar‘s floating peaks off of the Zhangjiajie pillars. One film designer said that the team was inspired by “many different types of mountains, but mainly the karst limestone formations in China… Guilin, Huangshan, and Zhangjiajie.”
“This is one of my favorite peaks,” said photographer Dawson. “One can only wonder as to how many more years or centuries this amazing formation can stay standing tall in such a delicate balancing act.”
Dawson created this image with his Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 20mm, 1/13 of a second, f/14, and ISO 100.
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The Dolomites, found in Italy’s northern Alps, are 18 mind-boggling peaks of vertical rock walls, steeples, densely packed valleys and hidden fossils that evidence Mesozoic systems from 250 million years ago, protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Prone to landslides and floods, the Dolomites are no strangers to tempestuous weather; with a little patience, German photographer Franz Schumacher captured a lightning storm there to fantastic effect:
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Lightning Striking Behind Italy’s Dolomites. (Via 1x. Click for larger size.)
It’s a remarkable shot that’s truly all in the timing. The lighting is perfectly balanced and the golden foreground contrasts the deep stormy blues wonderfully. To catch the moment, Schumacher likely either used a multiple exposure blend, a natural density filter combined with a long exposure, or a lightning trigger; none of these techniques are very difficult to pull off, especially if you already own the gear. But finding the right location and framing the shot perfectly are what count: that’s how you get a stunning example of dramatic landscape photography.
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Everyone thinks their pet is the smartest, the cutest, the cleverest. But photographer Ken Watson‘s German shepherd may have a bit of an advantage — she can walk on water!
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German shepherd walks on water by Ken Watson (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
Well, at least it appears that she can. Watson explains the natural conditions that enabled this remarkable (and un-Photoshopped) photo:
“Everyone loves their pet dog – but can your dog walk on water? Mine can. This photo was taken on December 31, 2002. The Rideau was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather and a layer of water had formed on top of the ice covered lake, resulting in a mirror-like surface. In this photo, doggie is on high alert since a ball is about to be tossed.”
“The Rideau”  refers to the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site of Canada.
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It’s that time of year for many us when we start to break free of cabin fever and go outdoors to photograph our local wildlife. While most of us won’t find puffins congregating near our homes, the picture below can still serve as a bit of inspiration. The bird is an Atlantic Puffin and the colorful beak you see is, sadly, only temporary. Male Atlantic puffins use the bright beak as means of attracting a mate, but will actually shed the beak once mating season has commenced:

The puffin sheds his colorful beak during non-mating seasons (imgur)
The puffin is able to hold so many fish in it’s mouth at one time because it’s tongue has a serrated edge that serves as a gripping tool. Knowing a little background information on birds, such as what season they are at their most colorful, is an essential tool to bird photographers.
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Wasn’t that fun?  We will see what we can find next week.  Haha!  Anyway, always be on the lookout for the funny things in life, or the most interesting.  We may just post them here.
The interesting photos:  Courtesy:  PictureCorrect
The funny Photos:  Courtesy Funny Pictures / Facebook.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY: PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 9/8/2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY:

LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF THE GREAT “PHOTOS OF THE WEEK”, THIS ONE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS.  AMAZING ARTISTRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY…. DEFINITELY WORTH SHARING AGAIN:



PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

SEPT. 8TH, 2016

This week’s photos are amazing.  Once again, pulled from the internet, social media, professionals, as well as amateurs who have demonstrated great skill in producing a great photo.  A photo worthy of being titled:  “PHOTO OF THE WEEK”.   Congratulations to these winners.  And I hope this will bring you some great exposure (pun intended).

Oh wow!  lets start out with something that will grab you.  A menacing shot of a black panther.  This shot happens to grab your attention because of those eyes.  And the fact that this cat is a dangerous cat.  A perfect pose.

Photo courtesy :  Amazing beautiful world.

 

 

I have seen this type of photography before, but have never seen this taken and come out quite so beautiful as this.  There are two things that make this photo incredible.  1-  A long exposure, that makes that waterfall so silky smooth and 2- taking the photo and slightly underexposing the  shot just to get the richer colors.  I have tried that with some success before, but, this one is done really well.  Besides this just being a beautiful place.

PHOTO BY:  Guðmundur Árnason

 

 

This photo just captures macro work at it’s finest:  A close-up of a butterfly and a flower all in the same shot.  Take a look at this overall photo, though.  This has a nice hue to it that makes this one worthy of hanging on the wall.  Just one gorgeous photo.  Thanks to the photographer for capturing this photo, this way.

PHOTO COURTESY:  FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES.

 

 

 

This series of photos this week, seems to have it’s share of animals.  But, I am amazed at what photos have been found with animals captured in a very rare form.  That is one small frog, like hanging on for life, just after he smiled for the picture.  Does this seem almost posed?  Gorgeous photo.

Photo taken by:  Rodolfo Marcianti

 

 

PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK

I love that when you have a talent and show it off for your portrait.  That is this type of portrait.  Obviously this photo is a portrait, the model was posed for what she does best, her make-up done to perfection, this is one of the most incredible portraits you could do.  Congratulations to the photographer:  Via Morin Photography. 

 

 

 

When I read what it took to create this photo it made me realize that this photo is not only way cool, but, that it took a lot of work to create  such a shot.  Check this out:

This shot is in camera with a few tweaks in Lightroom.
Question: How many flashes did I use?

Answer:
This photo would be black without the flashes (strobes). There are 6 flashes altogether. 2 key lights, one on camera right and one on camera left. Two in the car, one with a green gel, one with a yellow gel. Flash at the rear of the car, with a red gel. One flash with a orange gel to light up the fog to make it look like fire.

Photo taken by:  Raymond Perkins and submitted in:  Photoshop and Lightroom.

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That is this week’s “Photos of the Week”.  Congratulations to this week’s winners.  I hope you all enjoyed this week’s entries.  Please take the time to study these photos so you can see how they were created, and perhaps you will take photos like this too.  These photos should be shared.  Please take a moment and share these with your friends, and Facebook friends etc.   These need to be shown. 

 

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Check out this new photo available for sale at our store.  Many new photos have just been added and you should find an incredible variety of photos for you to hang on your wall.  Go to:  www.123photogo.myshopify.com

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE BEST OF BLACK AND WHITE:

THROWBACK THURSDAY:  THE BEST OF BLACK AND WHITE:

 
Photo by: Fig Sauvage Photography
Black and white photography has been a mainstay with this blog for some time.  Including one of our main issues:  “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”.  
 
Today, I would like to just put on this blog some of the best black and white photos that have graced this page.  All winning photos for sure.  The photographers have all given me their ok to use their photos and I would like to acknowledge their great skill in producing this great art once again.  Black and White photography is a wonderful art, and I am glad to showcase those artists who have mastered this art so well.  Let’s take a look at some of these:
 
Photo by:  Raquel Salas Photography
Photo by:  Varma

 

 

Photo by the Late Great:  Fan Ho

 

 

Photo from Tourism of India

 

 

Photo courtesy of Weather.com

THIS IS JUST A SAMPLING OF SOME OF THE GREAT BLACK AND WHITE

PHOTOS THAT HAVE ARRIVED HERE.

AND ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT:

This Photo and other great photos for sale at the store.
Along with photo accessories of all kinds.

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