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

 

 

 

 

What a great weekend..

Last Friday night and 12+ hours on Saturday, Melanie and me had the privilege of attending a workshop hosted by @Photogadventures and @Photopills. The workshop was on using the Photopills app to plan your astrophotography outings. Photopills is amazing. We were taught how to scout out new areas using Google Earth and then with Photopills planning exactly the time and place the Milky Way will be located in relationship to your foreground subject to within a few feet. Want to know when the core will appear under Delicate Arch? Photopills can tell you the date and time that will happen. Wonder when the Golden Hour begins and ends in a month from now. Photopills has the answers. Photopills Developer Rafael Pons was our instructor. We were blown away with the details you can plan using the app. I am so excited to use it for my Yellowstone trip next month.

Saturdays session included a few more lessons from Rafael. Then we had some great classes from the @Photogadventures guys. Brendon Porter and Aaron King are so refreshing in their easygoing teaching style. Aaron’s lesson on Composition was amazing, sharing ideas I had never heard before. Check out @photogadventures on Instagram and their website. Tons of really good classes and weekly live podcasts. After class we all took a short road trip to the Wedge Overlook in Emery County. We hoped for Sunset and Milky Way shots however Mother Nature had completely another idea. Heavy clouds were greeting us and we waited a couple of hours but sadly the clouds never thinned out enough for amazing MW shots but it was so enjoyable to meet and spend time with some new photographers.

Here are a few shots Mel and I took.

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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!

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

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

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.