SPECIAL: Fun Christmas portrait ideas !

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SPECIAL EDITION:  CHRISTMAS PORTRAITS, AND IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Probably more than any other holiday, Christmas photos will be taken of the family and visiting friends.   Instead of the usual Photos of the week, I think it is time to bring my annual “Christmas Photos of the Week” to inspire us to look at some of the great photos that have been taken, and learn from some of the best photographers.  Some fun and beautiful ideas to learn from:  Check these out this week:

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There you have 10 portraits, each different, each a different style.  Hope you learn from these, and Hope  you have fun taking photos this Christmas.  Would love to see some of your photos.  

Merry Christmas: 

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* All photos were taken from Google photos, available to anyone. 

 

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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2017 CAMERA OF THE YEAR AWARDS

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINNERS OF THE BEST CAMERAS OF 2017:

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DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Nikon D850 DSLR camera won the best high-end camera of the year (Joint-winner: Sony a7R III).

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that we chose the Nikon D850 as our joint winner for best high-end ILC of 2017. It’s hard to imagine how much more advanced a DSLR could be. Offering a combination of incredible resolution, speed, equal best-in-class dynamic range and excellent autofocus, the D850 is a winner whichever way you look at it. A highly respectable 4K video option is the icing on the cake.

Performance is excellent, handling is luxurious, and it’s out of stock pretty much everywhere – for good reason.

 

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DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Nikon D7500 won the best midrange camera of the year.

Taking the crown is a refined DSLR that’s supremely capable in almost any scenario – the Nikon D7500. We’ve long been fans of Nikon’s midrange DSLRs, and the D7500 is no different. With a capable autofocus system, great image quality, comfortable ergonomics and an expansive lens ecosystem, the D7500 has a lot going for it.

Whether you’re into sports, portraiture, landscapes or low light work, there’s really not much the D7500 can’t do. The crop in 4K mode is a little extreme (though the video quality is quite good), and it’s not the most compact of its peers. But the D7500 remains supremely versatile, and for that, it takes the top slot in its category.

 

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DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV won the best compact camera of 2017.

Our expectations of compact cameras have shifted a lot in recent years, thanks in no small part to Sony. The Cyber-shot RX100 and RX10-series have shaken up the compact market by offering better image quality, faster shooting, and much more advanced video capabilities than most competitors, amid a product refresh cycle that is, frankly, exhausting.

Although it might look like a relatively minor update to last year’s RX10 III, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is a considerably more attractive camera thanks to the addition of phase-detection autofocus. It rarely hunts for focus even at 600mm. While it can’t manage DSLR-level subject tracking, it’s impressively capable for both stills and video, and this combined with the razor-sharp 24-600mm stabilized zoom lens makes for an unbeatable combination. As such, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV earns our award for the best compact camera of 2017.

 

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DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens won the best zoom lens of the year:

…its big brother the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM. More versatile than the 12-24mm, Sony’s pro-grade 16-35mm F2.8 is built to an exceptionally high standard and offers excellent sharpness, making it an ideal companion to Sony’s new a7R III.

For many years, Sony was criticized for offering a relatively small lineup of high-quality lenses, but products like the new 16-35mm F2.8 GM prove that the company has what it takes to make world-class optics. Sharp even wide open, fast to focus and capable of producing some of the nicest sunstars we’ve ever seen, this lens will be useful for everything from landscapes to indoor sports to weddings. The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM earns our award for best zoom lens of 2017.

 

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DPReview announced the winners of DPReview Awards 2017 – the Sony a7R III mirrorless camera won the product of the year (beat Nikon D850 and Sony a9):

“You guessed it – one of the last cameras released in 2017 ended up taking the top spot. The Sony a7R III is a truly impressive camera, which combines advanced stills and video features in a body designed to satisfy the needs of professionals and enthusiasts alike. While the a9 is faster, and features an autofocus system better optimized for shooting sports, the a7R III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera for the rest of us, and a well-deserved winner of our award for the best product of 2017.”

 

TECHNOLOGY IS A FUN THING TO KEEP UP WITH.  EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN ONE OF THESE CAMERAS OR LENSES, IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO SEE WHAT THE MANUFACTURES ARE DOING.  HAVING WORKED IN A CAMERA STORE BEFORE, IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO SEE THE NEW PRODUCTS, AND SEE WHAT NEW FEATURES COME OUT ON THESE PRODUCTS EVERY YEAR.  WITH THESE CAMERAS AND LENSES, I DO LIKE TO GO INTO THE STORES NOW AND FEEL THEM, AND DROOL ON THEM AND WISH THAT I COULD OWN SOME OF THEM.  AND AS SOON AS I GET ONE OF THEM, IT IS OUTDATED IN A YEAR WITH SOMETHING BETTER.  RIGHT?  SO, KEEP TAKING PHOTOS, AND KEEP TAKING ENOUGH PICTURES TO SELL THEM OR EARN MONEY WHILE TAKING PHOTOS TO BUY THE NEXT CAMERA OR LENS NEXT YEAR.

 

IN ABOUT A WEEK OR SO, I WILL DO A SPECIAL BLOG ON THE NEW CAMERAS AND LENSES FOR 2018.   WATCH FOR THAT SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS NEW AND EXCITING.

 

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