Congratulations to this week’s winners of “Photos of the Week”.  Chosen from the best Photographers across the world, who have just the talent to capture great photos.  Take a look at these photos and learn from them.  See if you can figure out how they were taken, and soon, you, too, can have a winning photo:
Photo taken by Robert Postma
What is not to like about this photo, other than it is a cold looking photo.  But, read what this photo is all about from the photographer:
Frozen bubbles in Kusawa Lake Yukon. I love these conditions. Add some howling wind and I have some drama.
Not just a great scenery photo, but something, I don’t think I have ever seen.  Congratulations Robert on a great photo.
You can also check out more about Robert on his Instagram site:  robertpostma867
Photo by:  Lino Cannizzaro
There are certain shutter speeds that you use to capture the movement just perfect, and Lino knows just what to use.  The leading lines of the ocean, leading our eyes to that magnificent castle, the beauty of the surroundings, and the perfect shutter speed to stop the waves.  Perfect. 
Camogli (Genova-Italy)
Photo by:  Jacob W. Frank

Sometimes you think of Southern Utah, as a barren wasteland with lots of interesting rock formations.  The interesting rock formations is true, and it is one of the most beautiful places to go see.  But, this time of year, add a little snow to it, and it now becomes even more spectacular.  This photos is courtesy of the US Department of the Interior and the National park Service.  They have a collection of some of the most incredible photos.

Photo by Rico Ter Haar
Ok, who says that a portrait has to be of a person?  This is a great portrait of the beloved pet, and is it just adorable or what?  Somehow, this dog has learned to smile for the camera.  And it is just super cute.  This deserves to be listed as Portrait of the Week this week, and congratulations to Rico and capturing this adorable animal.
This photo was posted in the group:  Photoshop & Lightroom. 
You can find more of his great work on his website:  https://500px.com/ricoterhaar
 Also, check out his link on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Ricoterhaar/?hc_location=ufi
Photo by:  Paul Byrne

I love to find a good black and white photo to log into the Photos of the Week.  It just goes to show you that this is not a dying art.  And I find it unique to find a real good Black and White photo that is a scenery shot.  Wow, this is great!  But, what makes this unique is this was taken with a long exposure.  Check out the sky and how the clouds are all blurred out.  So very beautiful.  So, with that, it should win this category.   Congratulations Paul. 

To see more of Paul’s works:  Go to: https://500px.com/pbyrne

Details of this photo are logged as follows:  NIKON D810. 16.0-35.0 mm @ 16mm, ƒ/8, 125s, ISO 64

This was posted on the group page:  Long Exposure Creativity

Photo by:  Pedro SpellChek Thomas

Ok, we do have to put one in the collection that has been done by the computer, but done really well, and added a lot of creativity.  This has been posted in the group:  Photoshop & Lightroom.  Why would we pick this photo?  Does it give you some kind of emotions?  I would think so, and photography is supposed to do that, whether you look at beautiful scenery, like those above, or this kind of photo that draws other emotions.  So, that is why this photo is a winning photo.  I can see this photo on the cover of a future Video Game, can’t you? 

Congratulations to Pedro for the creativity and great work in creating this photo.



See the Photos of the Week, Next Thursday, for more great photos. 


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YOU HAVE A NEW CAMERA? NOW WHAT? If you decide to really get involved in photography, and you just bought your first “Kit”, you now have just a taste of some of the gadgets you can have…




If you decide to really get involved in photography, and you just bought your first “Kit”, you now have just a taste of some of the gadgets you can have of what is available for your new camera.  Perhaps you got the 1 lens kit, or the 2 lens kit.  As you can see above there is a huge amount of gadgets that are available for your that you can choose from.  I want you to be aware that you don’t need them all.  Whew!  That’s a relief, right?   Well, the manufactures make a lot of different things for different types of photographers. 

This week, I want to go over something I have not done before, and that is to go over some of the “gadgets” that you can get for your camera that are specific to what type of photography that you want to do.  This gets a bit techy, and I have worked out with a website for you to view the many different ideas and prices that are available for you to look at so that you can see the many different things that you can choose from while learning about these products at the same time. 

So, lets start first with what I think are the necessities that I think you should buy to make your new camera purchase more complete:


If you bought from a store, and if the salesman did their job, he may have sold you a protective filter, either a skylight or UV filter.  If not, you need one.  Why?  If you are wandering around the bushes of your neighborhood, or through the forest, or just if something flips up and hits your lens, how much does it cost to replace that lens?  How much would it cost to replace that filter?  The protective filter is there to protect your lens.  And it does not (unless you buy a cheap one) change your photo.   Are they expensive?  No.  Here is your first list of those:

Product Details

Click on this link, and see the variety of filters available.  Feel free to purchase if you haven’t already.

UV Filters:

<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=123photogocom-20&keywords=UV filter&index=aps&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&linkId=b3a971a48c74c77185d3c54782236295″>UV filter</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=123photogocom-20&l=ur2&o=1&camp=1789″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />

Skyllight Filters:

Here is the link for an incredible variety.  If you feel like you would like to purchase, go ahead:

<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=123photogocom-20&keywords=Skylight Filter&index=aps&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&linkId=d0c12d5a3a387d1489e0dd417e5ab55a”>Skylight Filter</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=123photogocom-20&l=ur2&o=1&camp=1789″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />

Now that you have seen the need for these, and now I have a link to the market for the best variety and the best prices, I think I have become your one stop shopping place too.  I am way excited to have my new website be the one place to come to for your shopping place for your camera accessories.


At some point you will need a tripod very early in your photographic career or hobby.  I don’t know how you can take some photos without the use of a tripod.  Here are some examples that you will absolutely need a tripod, because you just can’t hold your camera still enough.  You will get a blurry photo if you don’t use a tripod in these types of situations:
  • Very low light photography
  • taking pictures of water streams and waterfalls
  • Portraits of people ( not that you need a tripod for this but you want to be away from your camera as you shoot portraits at times)
  • macro or micro photography.  When doing extreme close-ups, either you will jiggle your camera or the product will jiggle.
  • Scenery photography.  Mostly because you will want to use a high f-stop, which will cause a slower shutter speed.  And you will want your scenery photos to look sharp.
  • A weapon if bear attack you (just kidding
Tripods come in a variety of qualities.  I always say:  don’t risk your camera by buying some cheap one that will blow over in the wind.  Get a good heavy duty one, but, get one that you can hike with if you are an avid hiker.  So, from the vast variety of inventory available to all of you, and the many brands that are available, take a look at these, and if you want to purchase one, feel free to do so.  I just can’t find a place to go that is less expensive:

One last thing to consider for your basic introduction of equipment to get into your bag:  The cleaning kit.  If you did not get something to clean your camera with, make sure you don’t just throw in just any cleaning cloth, please.  You are now dealing with the most sensitive optics you have ever had.  It kills me when I see someone cleaning their lenses with their shirt tail.  I want to just tell them:  “So, did you enjoy scratching your lens”?  You really have to be so careful how you treat those lenses.   I would recommend a specific lens tissue, or lens cleaning cloth, and a good camera brush.  And here are some good, and maybe not so good items from the catalog to choose from, but PLEASE, get one that is right:


So, that is it for today’s basics.  Those of  you who are professionals and need replacements of the stuff you see here, take a look through the links above.  One thing I found out that is nice, for example, is a thin polarizing ring for my wide angle lens.  Have you ever had the edges of your polarizing filter showing up in your photos?   Here is a link for some good ones:  (P.S.  I will talk about Polarizing filters in a future blog).

Thanks for checking this article out here today.  I hope you will enjoy this one.  And I am going to provide some more articles about CAMERA ACCESSORIES in the next few days.  This should be fun, informative and a good way to check things out.


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