Photo by Pamela Locke

Some people are blessed to have Mother Nature bless them with beautiful trees, light fog just at the right time.  Or, Pamela knows how to take a rather overcast day, and find the beauty in it.  Pamela always seems to find the right time and the right places to photograph.  Her quote about this photo:

Small places! 💛 There hasn’t been much sun this winter, however there has been plenty of atmosphere. This little place caught my eye early on a foggy morning.

Lives in: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Check out Pamela’s other great photos on her Facebook website by going to:

Photo by Jim Miller

You know what makes a great photographer?  It is when you catch a person, in their natural environment, with true feeling.  Can’t you just tell this artist is really good, and deserves to be on the street entertaining everyone?  I want to listen to him.  Congratulations Jim on capturing FEELING.

Here is the information about this photo from Jim Miller:

Walking the streets of Strasbourg, France, there were a number of very good street musicians. I Especially enjoyed this guy, perhaps because he put so much emotion into his playing, even though much of his audience was more interested in shopping or eating.

Lives in: Loudon, Tennessee

Photo by Adriano Lompi

Some people just know how to take pictures of flowers correctly.  They have the right depth of field, and either they add the water on the flower, or it just happens to be there.  Whatever the case is, Adriano Lompi is a true artist when it comes to taking pictures of flowers.  I have been following his artwork for some time, and I am always  amazed that almost every flower photo is just this beautiful. Congratulations Adriano Lompi for winning this week’s list.

Lives in Asti, Italy



Photo by Jose Manuel Rodriguez

Sometimes when I post wildlife photos as a winning photo, it seems that I always post the wild, ferocious tiger, or giraffe.  But, the beauty of a small bird is so often missed, and Jose Manuel Rodriguez is a professional at capturing these beautiful creatures.  Sometimes we see these birds fly around but hardly ever get the equipment to see how beautiful they really are.  Jose really captured this beautiful bird with this shot.

Lives in: Algeciras, Spain

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This is an artist who I am very intrigued with.  He has made his appearance once before on my special of: “The Art of Black and White”.  But, not only is he so well rounded in color and black and white, but, his vision is incredible.  This capture of flowers on the cement is unique.  Tastefully done, composed so well, it just strikes me as one that would be a favorite on the wall of many people’s homes.  Congratulations to Varma on such a great photo.  I think we may see more of his work.

Lives in: Rajahmundry, India

To see more of his work, go to his Instagram page:


Photo by April Reeves

“Tiny Dancer”

April Reeves has become one of my favorite portrait photographers.  The class and beauty of her portraits is second to none.  And her sweet little models are beautiful too.  That helps.  But, the posing, the vignette, the props, the soft tone to the picture all make it such a masterpiece.

Thank you April for creating such a great photo.

To get more information about April Reeves go to:

Lives in: Lafayette, Louisiana

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There you have 6 of the best photos from off the internet found this week from great photographers.  Congratulations to these winners.

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                       A whole new World of Beauty

I love close up photography.  To me it brings the natural beauty of the things around us, that we take for granted, and lets us see that it is even more beautiful than we even imagined.  I chuckled a bit as I was preparing for this subject, as I was looking for good photos to show on this week’s blog.  My definition of close-up photos is different than some people…. like NASA.  They were showing close-up photos (they say) of the tiny planet Pluto.  As you know, after 9 years of travel, a satellite has reached close enough to take pictures of this planet.  I guess in perspective of NASA, that is definitely closer than we have ever seen before, but, taking a picture of something that is thousands of miles away, is not what I had in mind.

Let’s get started with what we have.  I find it amazing with the equipment that is out there, how almost anyone can take close-up photography.  Most smart phone cameras even have great lenses, and the capabilities to take great close-up photos.  I have a smart phone camera that has a close-up capability and have taken some great photos with it.  Sometimes, in order to do it, you have to go into a menu to switch the mode to close-up photography, and other cell phones do it automatically.  So, check your camera and see just how close you can get, and what you need to do.  Remember that some of these newer cell phone cameras have great resolution for a small camera.

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Photo Credit:  Laurie Excell

I love on this second photo, how you can see the droplets of water on the flower.  Doesn’t that add just that much more beauty to the close-up?

The regular point and shoot cameras are becoming even better stars in the close-up world.  I have a camera that has close up features that also allows me to shoot underwater.  I can actually take pictures of my fish, still on the line, within a foot of the camera.

The bigger DSLR cameras are the serious type cameras.  With lens attachments, or even more specific, a macro lens, you have it all the way.  Some of these lenses will allow you to get even closer than what you see above.  I do need to mention that when you get closer to things, it amplifies your camera movement.  So, as you get closer and closer to subjects, you do have to use a tripod to stop the camera jiggles, more than the subject from moving.   Here are just some examples of incredible close-up photos taken with DSLR cameras with either a macro lens or lens attachments:

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I am trying to be really general in describing how to do close-up photography, rather than be so specific.  I don’t want to get into showing how to use close-up filters, or extension tubes or things like that, because most photographers don’t use those things today.  But, what I am hoping to do is to show you how to look for things, maybe experiment with the everyday things around you, get your camera up close to things, and try taking the close-up picture with your cell phone camera, your new digital point and shoot camera, and see what magic is there.  The close-up world is beautiful.  And it will bring you lots of compliments on your photography.  So, just experiment with your camera, and see what you can do.

Article written by Lanny Cottrell





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