There is enough categories to specialize in the winning photos.  And this week, I want to highlight the beautiful spring photos that are showing up right now that are absolutely amazing winning photos .  Check these winning photos out:

Photo by:  Bob Phillips

As I looked at this photo, there are a couple of things that I find amazing about this photo:  1- just how hard is it to capture a dragonfly in motion.  And 2- to capture the wings at the speed that he did, is also amazing.  This is truly an amazing photo by Bob Phillips, and it certainly brings out the fact that if you have dragonflys, you also have bugs.  The joys of spring means that all those things are arriving.  Congratulations Bob on an amazing photo.

Bob Phillips is happily retired, and lives in Redruth, United Kingdom, and has

the time (I hope) to take great photos.

Photo by:  Bob Phillips

Ok, two in a row.  By the same photographer.  This is rare.  I have used a photographer twice, but, not in the same session.  But, Bob  Phillips has met the criteria and the skill for what I am looking for. And these spring photos have caught my eye and his skills of close-ups of things that are so amazing are great.  Thanks Bob, again, for sharing your photos with the world.  This photo is amazing.

Photo by Stephen McVeigh

This particular photo is also a very difficult photo to take, but, also reminds me of spring.  Spring brings a lot of rain, and rain brings out the mushrooms, right?  So, this is a wonderful photo of some great things that are around us, but, we just don’t see them this close.  Stephen McVeigh is one of those great photographers, who knows how to do macro work very well, as well as many other great types of photography.  Congratulation Stephen,  I love your work, and you deserve

to have a winning photo!

Photo by: Akasha Rabut

Shown in Huffington Post

You know spring has arrived when you see motorcycles come out more.  And this is a special type of motorcyclist:

When photographer Akasha Rabut moved to New Orleans in 2010, she was taken by the city’s traditions ― the parades, especially. While photographing one, she noticed two women on motorcycles and decided to introduce herself. Their names were Tru and Love; immediately, Rabut was enamored.

The pair invited her to a meeting for their all-women motorcycle crew, Caramel Curves, which took place in a member’s nail salon. Rabut took the women’s portraits, and has been doing so ever since.

“I love the feminism and femininity that these women bring to the masculine world of motorcycle clubs,” Rabut told The Huffington Post, taking care not to conflate the two terms.

Her shots of the crew include images of riders enveloped in billowy, hot-pink smoke. In some portraits, their camaraderie is clear as they laugh together wearing matching checkered jackets. In others, the pride they take in their pastime is on display as they pose on their bikes, showing off their high heels.

Ashley and Benjamin Kochanowski of Rosey Red Photography

Do you remember in the Disney movie “Bambi”  when spring came around?  And the animals all became “twitterpated”?  Well, how can you not feel LOVE in the air during spring.  Well this photo was one of the top winning Wedding photos of the year.  In fact this photo is one of the top 50 Wedding photos of the year 2016 from JuneBug Weddings.  This too was posted in Huffington Post.  The wedding photos were posted because of the emotions felt in each of the wedding photos.  And this one is no exception.  Congratulations to the photographer and models on this great wedding photo.

Photo from the group:  My World is Beautiful

This is a true “Spring” photo.  A cute little girl, all dressed up, and she is excited about seeing flowers.  And so excited.  You can just see the excitement in her eyes and all the joy of spring.  The bright colors, and this is just truly a good photo about spring, and a winning photo.


This is just a great collection of different types of Spring photos….. all winning photos from different things off of the internet.  Congratulations to all those who are winners in this week’s choices.

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We are often faced with the decision:  It’s bad weather today.  Do I go out and take pictures today?  And you know you have that “Itchy finger” to go take pictures.  So, what do you do?  Here is some options that will help you out:


First of all, let’s learn a couple of things about overcast or stormy weather.

1-  What happens to your light when the sun is behind the clouds, and you don’t have the nice shadows going over your trees, and making those dynamic lines you were looking for?  THE SHADOWS ARE GONE !!!  So, let’s find something to take pictures of now that you can use that make a difference without the shadows.  My favorite thing to do when shadows are gone is portraits of people. 

Photo by Christian Bortes

Now you can see the shadows are gone, but, don’t you think that makes for a nice portrait?  And try things like close-up photography – flowers, mushrooms, etc, things where shadows sometimes becomes a distraction no longer will have that problem. 

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2- Actual rainy or stormy weather:  Try it, get wet.  The stormy photos are unique, because most photographers won’t try it.  But, sure, you do have to do somethings different to the equipment.  Here are some options:

A-  Actually pack along a weather-proof camera or waterproof camera.  They make those you know and they work really well.  I have one like this, and it is good to 3 meters underwater:


It has great optics, and takes great photos.  It has lots of auto modes so it can take pictures in any types of conditions.  Has built-in flash and many other “Photographer -oriented” features.  There are several manufactures who make cameras like this, so if you are not a Pentax fan, check out the other brands.  Here is a link to get you to the right place if this is something you would be interested in.  It is not a lot of money, and I think it should be part of every photographers equipment…. just for this reason alone.


B- But, what if you don’t want to buy a whole new camera to do the job?  Relax, I have that covered too.  I have found two options for you.  If you have your cell phone with you, they make a waterproof case for your cell phone.  Just stick it in there, and shoot through the case.   Here is the details here:

Universal waterproof case dry bag fits all smartphones up to 6.0″ diagonal size (Certain big screen phones need to remove protective case); Credit card wallet money waterproof dry bag for beach, fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, snorkeling and water park activities


  • Clear Window on both front and back sides, perfect for taking pictures, videos and checking emails
  • 100 feet IPX8 Certified waterproof; Offers waterproof / snowproof / dirtproof protection for your device while maintaining full touch screen functionality
  • Compatible with devices up to 100mm x 170mm (clear window 70mm X 140mm); Comes with a neck strap for convenient carrying
  • Features a simple snap and lock access, easy to keep out water, snow, dust, sand, and dirt


And get this, it is only:   $6.99 from Amazon.  Click the link here to get this value:


And for those of you who have the bigger DSLR cameras…. have no fear, there is hope for you too.  I am amazed at the type of equipment available to those who own this type of equipment as well.  Check this out as well:


Triple waterproof safe system to protect DSLR LSR cameras from water, dust, snow, sand in camping, boating, fishing, swiming, tubing and more.

  • Made of quality TPU&PVC, anti-pull and scratch-resistant to provide professional solution for camera protection.
  • The lense cover is quite transparent. You can even take clear photo or film 16ft deep underwater.
  • Universal fit most DSLR SLR cameras like Canon, Sony, Nikon etc. The lense cover is about 90mm deep. Please measure lense before ordering.
  • Size: 33.5×27.5×8.5cm
And once again, I am amazed at the price you can get this for from Amazon.  Just:  $12.98 to protect your valuable camera from the elements of the storms.  These two items can also be used if you get around rivers or lakes and may be boating with your camera.
If you are interested in this item.  Here is the link to this great product from Amazon:
Photo by Daniel Rodriguez
So, if you want to be a photographer who takes pictures of things that most photographers don’t really want to attempt, then give the above ideas a try.  Bad weather….. ha, I laugh at it. 

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Top introductory photo taken by:  Tuncay