Photographer in the Spotlight…

This week our featured IGer is @epaulsmith…

Paul is a wonderful photographer, whose work has been featured in @harleyandbucks restaurant located in Ogden, Utah. His photo of sunrise at Mesa Arch was chosen from thousand’s of entries and is shown on Delta Air Lines pre-flight video. We are so happy he has chosen to share his work with us and we recommend you give him a follow for some daily inspiration. We are thrilled to share a few of his pieces here on Two Strangers Photography.

You can visit him on @epaulsmith on Instagram and his Facebook page E Paul Smith, tell him Jeff sent you.


All time favorite photo from Jeff…
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The False Kiva

This is my most favorite photograph I’ve taken. This was a hike that was tougher than I thought it would be. (Probably shouldn’t of done it) But the reward of completing it was way more than I could imagine. To be at the Kiva was an incredible feeling. I was moved by being in a sacred place where the Indians worshiped and prayed. The more time I spent there the better the sky and lighting became. All in all, a day I don’t think I’ll ever forget. ~Jeff


All time favorite photo from Melanie…

sunrise at lp Sunrise at Lake Powell

This was taken early in the morning… I had just woken up, sitting there by myself contemplating the universe…(just kidding I was rubbing the sleep from eyes), it only last a split second, but I caught the magic! I love Lake Powell, it never disappoints. I have never witnessed another sunrise as spectacular as this one. I love photography and sharing my moments with everyone. ~Melanie @mamojeep_photography


Here at Two Strangers Photography, we thought it might be nice if we add a little learning lessons to our blog. We pick up things from here, there and everywhere. Sometimes, or more accurately we picked these up the hard the way…after the frustrating chaos…not before. We like to have hands on learning or learn by “oh snap, what just happened!”  Yep! that is how it usually works for Jeff and I. We mess up and then take the next 3 days to figure out how to un-mess it!!

Learning Lesson Tip:

*ALWAYS format your memory card in the camera when you want to empty the card. Never delete images on the card individually, or through your computer.

*The only way to improve your photography is to get out there and snap that shutter.

*Get creative & experiment, play with different f-stops and shutter speeds. See what kind of magic you can capture!

*Challenge yourself & find inspiration from others.

Thank you for stopping by…let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!

Get out there and snap that shutter!

Sept 14, 2017

This weeks projects and Instameet update

 

Melanie has fallen off the grid while she enjoys some well deserved R & R in Lake Powell. I’m so excited to see the new captures of Lake Powell when she gets back amongst the real people. Until then here are some of her Street Style Shoots.

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As for Jeff I’ve been having fun learning about shadows, lighting, contrast, etc. Here are a couple of B & W Street Style

 

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UPDATE: Instameet-  Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Utah Lake State Park (4400 Center St. Provo, UT)
Entrance fee is waive just mention the Instameet.
Time: 5:00pm – until whenever…
Giveaways sponsored by:
@utahlake @baby_jeep_racing @hobohammocks
@interstatebait @bali_wear
Come meet fellow IGers and take photos, mingle, and enjoy and evening at the lake! Excited to meet everyone!
Questions feel free to contact Jeff or Melanie at twostrangersphotography@gmail.com or on instagram @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography
We would also like to Thank all of our supporters: @ig_favoritethings @momentsofblonde @whatiseefromhere @westbysouthwest @nicole_pino_d @wowutah @utahgram
Hopefully, I didn’t forget anyone…

Our Projects & Instameet Info

This week we would like to showcase a special friend of ours in Florida…

Peter @abundantgratitudeguy, is one of our fellow IG photographers. He captures amazing moments of clouds, the beach, the pier and snippets of his life. He definitely shares his passion and gratitude for life through his lens. He also loves infrared photography & is learning the art of this unique craft. Follow him on Instagram to see more of his amazing talent of photography @abundantgratitudeguy. Thank you for sharing your perspective beyond the lens, Peter. Our hearts and prayers are with your family this week, as Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida…


Jeff has been working on his black and white photography with a street series, and I must say it is pretty fantastic! Here are a few of his pieces…

I think this is truly some of Jeff’s finest work. He has done amazing. There is perfect contrast in each piece.


This past week, I went to an Ultra 4 race in the middle of nowhere, Fallon, Nevada…and practiced my motion blur, for about 12 hours, 8,000+ photos…I think I might have figured it out. Here are some highlights.


UPDATE: Instameet-  Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Utah Lake State Park (4400 Center St. Provo, UT) entrance fee 
is waive just mention the Instameet.
Time: 5:00pm-until we are done...
Giveways sponsored by: @utahlake, @baby_jeep_racing & @hobohammocks
Come meet fellow IGers and take photos, mingle, and enjoy and evening at 
the lake! Excited to meet everyone! 
Questions feel free to contact Jeff or Melanie at
twostrangersphotography@gmail.com or on instagram 
@uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography
We would also like to Thank all of our supporters:
@ig_favoritethings
@momentsofblonde
@whatiseefromhere
@westbysouthwest
@nicole_pino_d
@wowutah
@utahgram
Hopefully, I didn't forget anyone...
 

Photographer Spotlight:

Here on Two Strangers Photography, we thought it would be fun to feature a fellow photographer on our blog. This month we chose Kunal, @what.he.sees, he is a Instagram friend, who accepted the 50mm lens Challenge. He sent us 3 of his photos to share on our blog. Please enjoy… and feel free to take a look at his gallery on Instagram. He has some great photos! I love the bright blue background of with the jellyfish, it really pops! The bokeh with the dog and his tongue, is awesome work! I especially, like the way he captured the frog…it is like we are the ones in the aquarium looking at in stead of the other way around. Thanks, @what.he.sees for sharing your photos with us, and taking the 50mm lens challenge. We are excited to see what else you create.

*If you would like to be featured in our Photographer Spotlight, email us 3 of your top favorites and share a little about yourself, so that we won’t be strangers!
Coming up… Motion Blur Challenge, Sunset Bracketing, #4 Challenge of the 10 Photography Challenge & whatever else we can get ourselves mixed up in. 

FYI: We are currently in the process of planning a ‘InstaMeet’… keep checking back with us for more info on the InstaMeet. Thank you for visiting… we would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Our photos are available to purchase on http://www.fineartamerica.com Please feel free to follow us Instagram: @mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography

Results of the 50mm challenge week

This week Melanie and I decided to only use our 50mm lenses. This was tougher than we thought it would be but has opened a whole new aspect to our photography. This really took us both out of our comfort zone, but was so fun to get the creative juices flowing. We invite you to try it if you’re feeling in a rut or just want to try something new. Here are a few of the results…

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As you have probably guessed we are fans of  https://www.digitalphotomentor.com/

Darlene  Hildebrandt has a nice easy teaching style and lots and lots of really fun ideas and challenges to improve your photography and technique. We highly recommend checking out the site. This is a blog article published by Darlene.  Great ideas when your feeling blah on what to shoot.

https://www.digitalphotomentor.com/5-photography-ideas-for-when-theres-nothing-interesting-to-shoot/

FYI: We are currently in the process of planning a 'InstaMeet'...
keep checking back with us for more info on the InstaMeet.

Thank you for visiting… we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Our photos are available to purchase on  http://www.fineartamerica.com

Please feel free to follow us Instagram:

@mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography

 

 

 

 

Lightroom Dashboard & the 50mm Challenge…

In our efforts to improve our photography, be inspired & motivated to expand our photography horizons. We stumbled upon LR Dashboard… www.lightroomdashboard.com
I learned that my lens of choice is 18-55mm, f-3.5-5.6: 50% of my photos are taken over the past 6 months have been with this lens. Jeff’s analysis turned up with the 18-250mm, f-5.6: 66% as his all time favorite. 
Having found out this useful information, we started discussing how it is so easy to get into a rut with our shooting. Jeff came up with a challenge to use a lens that we are NOT particularly fond of, and shoot with that lens for and entire week. We typically shoot several times a week or several times a day.  We decided that the 50mm is the winner for this challenge. Hopefully, we won’t throw our camera’s against a rock or toss them in the lake. Wish us the best of luck. 
We will run another analysis in 6 months and see if we are spreading our time evenly between our lens or if that is just the way we want to shoot. Or we might find another challenge hidden in the data.

**Try it out! We would love to hear your about your results. Also, if you would like to join us in this weeks challenge, we would love to see what you create with the 50mm lens. We would be honored to feature your photos here on twostrangersphotography.

Last week Jeff wrote about Perseid Meteor Shower. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night, so Jeff was unable to shoot the Meteor Shower. However, he did get some pretty amazing shots! Take a look!
I was MIA for the meteor shower but here are a few photos that I took last week when Jeff and I went out on a photo-drive-about.
 
FYI: We are currently in the process of planning a 'InstaMeet'...
keep checking back with us for more info on the InstaMeet.

Thank you for visiting… we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Our photos are available to purchase on  http://www.fineartamerica.com

Please feel free to follow us Instagram:

@mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography

Perseid meteor shower

The brightest meteor shower is well on its way. It is said that it will literally light up the night sky and that some of the meteors will actually be visible during the day.

It will happen from August 11th, 2017 to August 13th, 2017 but will peak on the 12th and will according to PhysicsAstronomy be the only shower this bright for almost 100 years to come. This shower is known as the Perseid meteor shower and every year it occurs between July 17th and August 24th. This shower will best be seen from the Northern Hemisphere, it will be in the north-eastern part of the sky and seems to come from the constellation Perseus.

Here are a couple of links with some great information

http://awarenessact.com/the-biggest-and-brightest-meteor-shower-in-history-is-about-to-take-place-and-you-dont-want-to-miss-it/

http://astromaven.blogspot.com/2017/06/weird-things-happen-with-total-solar_72.html?m=1

Hopefully the weather cooperates on Saturday night when we go to the desert to capture the Meteor Shower. Our plan is to post some cool shots.

Until then enjoy this shot from last year.

 

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@mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography Continue reading Perseid meteor shower

Flowers, Spiders, Sunsets & a few extras this week…

This week Jeff and I went on a hike to see all the wonderful wildflowers,that are in bloom up Little Cottonwood Canyon. At the top is Albion Basin in the Wasatch National Forest. There was plenty of flowers ready to model for us!
Jeff captured a sunset on night out in the little town of Eureka, Utah.  An old mining town. It looks like the cemetery stepped up to be center stage for his sunset backdrops.
We also went out to go to the Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina to see what might catch our eye to shoot. And we were NOT pleasantly surprised to find, 100’s of thousands…creepy, crawly, eight-leg web spinning spiders. Western spotted orb-weavers, that are great for the eco-system. So we do what we do and we snapped our shutters and took lots of photos of the little guys. They were very photogenic.
Here are a few of our selected photos we chose to feature on the blog…
Thank you for visiting… we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Our photos are available to purchase on http://www.fineartamerica.com
Please feel free to follow us on Instagram: @uncle_egghead_photography & @mamojeep_photography.

The #3 Challenge:

The Challenge continues..
This week Jeff and I took on Challenge #3 in 10 Photography Challenge. Required us to make artwork out of the bathroom…this was not one of our favorite challenges so far. I decided to make it a little more interesting for myself…I chose to snap shots of the bathroom on a boat. I will say this was quite the feat, those bathrooms are not spacious! Here are a few of the wonders that Jeff and I came up with. As you can see from the photos the lack of interest Jeff had, it is not quite the landscape he so loves to photograph! Hopefully, Challenge #4 will be more eye appealing for him. (hahaha!)
Please check out more of our photos in our galleries on Instagram…  You can see Jeff’s lovely landscapes @uncle_egghead_photograph and Melanie’s mishmash @mamojeep_photography. Thank you for taking an interest in our blog…
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS.

The Challenge:

We are taking a 10 Photography Challenges by http://www.digitalphotomentor.com Check out the website for all the challenges. Today the challenge was each of us had to find 3 random things things and take a creative photo of each one. We came up with an old metal tape, bottle of beer, brake parts, colored pencils, a small boat oar, and wrenches.
We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
These first 6 are Jeff’s:

 

These next 6 are Melanie’s: