from Thankful November ~ to Joyful December…

Here at Two Strangers Photography, we had a great Thanksgiving Holiday, between the two of us there is an abundance for us to be grateful for… our families, our friendships, our health, our country…

I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to share my photos with others, and so incredibly blessed to have an amazing friend & photography/blog partner, Jeff. It is so crazy to think that we didn’t even know each other a year ago. And here we are writing a blog together, coordinating photo shoots…We were even able to spend a day jeeping together with my family this past Thanksgiving. It was fun to take Jeff out in the jeep his first time rock crawling & my first time driving. Luckily, we both survived!

As we move into the new year, Two Strangers Photography would like to continue sharing our photos, we would also like to share more photos from other amazing people too. If you are interested in us sharing your photos please email us here and tag us on instagram #twostrangersphotography. We love to find beauty in all things… and are interested to see others perspectives on beauty in everything.

We also love to challenge ourselves, because we are a lot bit crazy! Jeff doesn’t know about this yet…it will be his early christmas surprise!! I think for the rest of December we should challenge each other to photograph and post things that bring us “peace or/and joy”.  The last two weeks of November we did things that we were “thankful” for. I think this one will really stretch the imagination. Please join us, #twostrangersphotography.

We will start featuring posts on our instagram page @twostrangersphotography January 1st.

*If you have an idea for a photo challenge that you would like to see us post and participate in please feel free to share it with us.

Please scroll through the photos and enjoy things that we are thankful for….

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Short days and Long Nights

It’s the time of year that we spend less and less time outdoors, Fall colors are gone, the Mountains are snow-capped, and the temperature is falling fast. Next week’s challenge is one you can do indoors. More on that later.

Reminder of our free giveaway. Until November 15, 2017,  We decided to have a FREE drawing! Enter to win one of two 11×14 prints. There will be TWO winners! Winners have a choice of  a print from either @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography.  GOOD LUCK to all those who want to play along! You can give it as a Christmas gift…or keep it for yourself… To enter like and follow @twostrangersphotography on Instagram! We will announce the winners on November 15, 2017 on Instagram and here on our Blog! If you would like to be featured on our Instagram page, #twostrangersphotography.

This week Melanie had this great idea of a challenge of Macro shots. It has been fun and we both have been trying to think outside the box on this. Here are a few of the results.

 

 

Moving on we are sharing a challenge from our friends at Creativelive. This next week we invite you to join us in Holiday Lights Bokeh. Portraits taken with Christmas lights providing the Bokeh. Please #twostrangersphotography on Instagram and we will share your shots here on our blog. Here is a link to get you started on this fun creative project.

https://www.creativelive.com/creative-photography-challenge/holiday-light-bokeh?utm_source=creativeLIVE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPCEmail5

Keep shooting and sharing

Peace my friends

Enter to Win!!

Here it the first week of November…Christmas will be here before we know it!

This week, well until November 15, 2017, so a little longer than a week. We decided to have a FREE drawing! Enter to win one of two 11×14 prints. There can be TWO winners! Simply, like and follow us on Instagram @twostrangersphotography. On November 15, 2017 we will randomly pick Two winners. Winners have a choice of either a print from @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography.  GOOD LUCK to all those who want to play along!

You can give it as a Christmas gift…or keep it for yourself…

Here are a few samples of prints that could soon be hanging on your wall, for you to gaze upon everyday!

To enter like and follow @twostrangersphotography on Instagram!

We will announce the winners on November 15, 2017 on Instagram and here on our Blog!

If you would like to be featured on our Instagram page, #twostrangersphotography. We love to share our photos & would really, really love to share yours too.

Please feel free to leave us a comment, let us know if there is a photography challenge you would like us to do. We would love to hear from you.

Follow us on Instagram:

@twostrangersphotography                                                                              @uncle_egghead_photography                                                                        @mamojeep_photography

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat?

It is a trick, but a treat to look at…

We had some fun this last week creating some spooky, haunted looking houses with Lightroom edits. We took some photos of regular looking houses in the avenues of Salt Lake City, and got a little creative in Lightroom. We also found some other things to photograph along the way this week that we did not edit…they were already spooky. Can you tell the difference?DSC_2455-01DSC_2468-01DSC_2503-01DSC_2521-01DSC_5784-02IMG_20171023_195820_280DSC_2541

The Challenge this week was to work on black and white photos, to improve our skills…well, I think Jeff really won this challenge hands down! He killed it! In every one of his photo! I need some more practice with staying on task (I over think my edits and feel they look better in color, even though I love everyone else’s black and whites!). It is a good thing this is a work in progress…

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This next week…is going to be a surprise!

The adventure continues…

Let us know if you have an idea for a challenge or if there is something you would like us to explore….we would love to hear from you.

Where does the time go?

Holy Cow, it is crazy how fast time fly’s. We are going to go back in time now that the instameet is a pleasant memory. A huge shout out to our sponsors  @baby_jeep_racing @interstatebait @hobohammocks @utahlake @bali_wear and everybody who made time to join us. We made some new friends and renewed old acquaintances. The best part is the photographers we get to go shoot with. Our goal is have a great time, laugh a lot, be silly, and hopefully get some amazing shots. (In that order)

It seems we get going on one project when something new and fun catches our eyes. So we have decided to concentrate on just two areas of photography for a while. Ok 1 area Night Shots, but mostly light painting (which we are still in the infant stages of learning) and Steelwool spinning (which we learn something new each time we go out). We have a new orb lights to play with and soon a new LED light saber. We are excited to get inv.olved in this fun hobby.

Here are a couple of recent night outings. Thanks to @whatiseefrom here @allington_adventues for their creative spinning and to @emmalouallington for showing up to be our model and getting Jeff out of the pictures.

Melanie and me have challenged each other to keep improving our Black n White Photography…

Check out more of our work on Instagram… @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography

Our challenge to you is to get out at night, get creative and make some incredible memories and please share your pictures we us. We love to highlight your shots and share them with our followers. Questions feel free to contact Jeff or Melanie at twostrangersphotography@gmail.com or on Instagram… @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography

 

Peace my friends

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...
 

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.

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