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3 Ways To Make 2013 Picture Perfect

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Carpe Annum! Yes, Seize the YEAR – this year! 2013 is your year to Enhance your photographic eye Expand your photographic skills Engage the world around you I would like you to join me this year as we embrace Carpe Annum Photographically. The beginning of each month, there will be a post here for you to help achieve this goal.  Let’s get started! Carpe Annum! – January 2013 First things first…making a commitment to yourself to work on your art.  There are three steps to do, which don’t take much time, but will make a world of difference 365 days from now.  Schedule time on your calendar to TAKE pictures and GO SHOOT for the year  Schedule time on your calendar to REVIEW your  images after each shoot  Make a list of things/places/people/themes to shoot The first one is obvious, you need to make time to take pictures.  The second one is just as important, ok maybe more important – review your pictures. I will share more on this in future posts. The final one will help you achieve number one.  If you have a list of places, things, or ideas of what you like to shoot it will be easier on shoot days.  On those days you grab you camera, look at your list and off you go. Step one – Done!  Now start shooting!  I would love to hear your thoughts on what you want to take photos of this year in the comments...

1,2,3, – Shoot

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Photo Quest – 1, 2, 3 – Shoot I found myself saying -“I can’t get great photographs because I can’t travel to great exotic locations every week.”  And I have to keep telling myself, you can take great pictures anywhere. You really can.  I developed this quest to help me improve my photographic eye, practice taking great images anywhere and to shoot even when I can’t get to any great exotic locations.  I would like to share this secret with you and know the more you do this quest, the more you improve.  The image below was from a 1-2-3 Shoot I did one winter.  I like the way the snow is on just part of leaves, what do you think.  Let me know. The Quest How it works  – you walk out of your door and take 3 steps.  Little or big steps, but only three. On the third step you stop. You can pivot around on one foot 360 degrees, but you can’t move from that spot.  And start shooting. Image Ideas Some ideas for approaching this quest: Shoot from eye level Shoot down on the subject bird’s-eye view Shoot the subject from below  – ant’s-eye view Close up Wide angle Break the object into smaller parts Look for patterns or a shape Colors Any repeating elements? Those are just a few ideas of how to approach the subject. There are many more ways to work this quest.  Let me know how you approached this quest in the comments below and feel free to share your images.  Thanks for stopping by, if you want to join the email list to always get the quest and other information sent to your inbox, you can sign up here.  Take care, see you soon....

Thank You

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“Thank You”  – two words that everyone loves to hear.  So much so we had an official holiday for it yesterday in the US. So today after all the food, fun and family has started to fade, may the “thank you”  you heard never fade from your memory. Photo Quest Introducing a new feature at here for you – Photo Quest!  A Photo Quest Post will be posted each week starting next week on Thursday.  “What’s a Photo Quest”, you ask?  It is an idea, an item or an inspiration to grab your camera and create an image.  Feel free to post a link to your image below the post if you want to share. Thank You  – Photo Quest I thought why wait to next week, let’s start our first Photo Quest today! It will be (insert drum roll) – “Thank You”.  Ideas to approach this quest include but is not limited to the following ideas: What are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for? What memories do you have from Thanksgiving that you are thankful for? How to show thanks? How does it feel to receive thanks? What does thanks look like? Any other Idea that inspires you! Feel free to share links to your images and thoughts below or email.  Happy Photo Quest!...

Cotton Fields

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Cotton Field In Bloom   I was driving around Georgia this week and drove pass several cotton fields which still had their cotton balls.  I would say that the timing was a bit pass peak since only about 25 % of the fields still had cotton.  I would suggest if you are looking to get images of cotton, I would go a week or two earlier.  With that said there were several fields available for pictures.  The images below are with my iPhone.  I was traveling camera-less.  (I know, I know – I should never do that.  But I had the camera BUT the battery was at home still on the charger. D’oh)     The cotton balls were very soft fiber with small seeds inside.  I was surprised by how soft the fiber felt. The pod was brown in color, which seem to split open on four sides reveling the cotton fiber balls.  It looked like 4 balls to a pod.   Image Planning Image ideas – whole field, close up of the pod at various stages, close up of the cotton balls.  The colors that you find in the field are mostly brown and white.  I would maybe bring an item to add a little wow factor to the photo in a bright color or maybe a cotton shirt to show usage.  How would you capture the topic?  I would love to hear about it.  ...

Thank You For Serving

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Thank You For Serving Many thanks to those who have severed in our military and their families. Yesterday was Veterans Day in the US.  Monday is a day off for many in honor of those who have severed.  The image above is from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC take a few years back. Photo Idea Some thoughts for images and photo outings to honor those who have severed in our military.  Images of the Veteran Memorials, which for the holiday will have flowers or ribbons that they don’t have normally. Veterans themselves and with their families.  Images of their uniform. What images will you capture today to honor the bravery of those who have severed?  Please share your ideas with me and many thanks again for those who have...

No Regrets….

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When you are out with your camera, you will never regret the picture you take.  So click that button, who knows it might become one of your favorites.  The image below was taken after I put my camera back in the bag and was walking away.  I turned around, took the camera and clicked the button.  It is now one of my favorites. Has this happened to you?  What was the picture?      ...

Election 2012

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Time has come for the Election ads to end, the polling phone calls to stop, and for voting to start.  Head out to the voting booth and pick your favorite candidate.  Don’t forget your camera, capture some of those moments that represented this election to you. What are those moments?  I would love to see what your captured.    

After The Storm

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Hurricane Sandy has left a wake of changed lives, damage homes and business in the Tri-state area.  If you are looking for a way to help those hurt, please click on the link to the American Red Cross.   The rest of the world might be getting back to their normal routine, for those hit hardest by Sandy a new normal is starting.  This is a normal no one would ask for or want.  Keep them in your thoughts.  ...