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.

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” ~L.M. Montgomery~

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This fall here in Utah we have been blessed with an incredible show of colors. From the Skyline Drive to the Nebo Loop and all the Canyons we are surrounded by, this Autumn has been truly amazing. The above photo I took in American Fork Canyon near Silver Flat Reservoir. Melanie and myself (along with thousands of others) have had the chance to capture some beautiful pictures of this lovely area we live.

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The fun part of autumn shooting can be thinking outside the box as these next two pictures show a couple of ideas just to have some more fun creating.

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The top shot Melanie took a shot of only the reflections of fall showing on the surface of the water.

The bottom shot I took of some Quaking Aspen using motion. To do this I put the camera on continuous burst and moved it back and forth as I held the shutter down. You can also move it up and down for some other fun results.

Please feel free to send us some of your favorite fall shots and we will feature them next week. Until then peace my friends and keep shooting.

Creating Magic with Steel Wool Spinning…

We have been asked, “How do you do that?!”

This week on Two Strangers Photography, we are going to give our learning lesson tips & all the ingredients you need to capture your very own magic with steel wool spinning. After you are finished reading and you are ready to set out on your quest for spectacular steel wool photos, please remember to practice safety first. You are playing with fire. Please take the necessary precautions, you are burning steel after all…fire extinguisher, clear safety glasses, long sleeve clothing, and gloves…and if you think of something else that is wise use it. (We are not responsible if you light something or someone on fire.) *Spin at your own Risk! *BE SAFE SPINNERS!

Ingredients: Here is a list of items that you will need to Create Magic…DSC_6771

Other items required: Camera, Tripod, flashlight, a remote is handy but not necessary, you can use the timer on your camera. Oh, and a friend or stranger to be your spinner (it is a lot easier with another person or several).

Now you have all your gear and are ready for your adventure….almost. Next you need to find a location to shoot. Scouting out during the day, when there is a lot of light by which to see. Find somewhere that nothing is likely to be lit by a flying spark. A Lake with a jetty, or a dock that the spinner can stand on, a bridge over a river, sand dunes, tunnels, empty concrete warehouse…get creative.

Arrive at your location before the sunsets to give you time to set up, decide what perspective, angle, and direction you want the spinner to spin. And where you will be with your camera. You can do some test shots to see what you like and if you want to change things. You will need your flashlight to shine on your subject (the person spinning) to focus your camera, it is best to shoot in Manual mode. Once you are focused the spinner can light the steel wool…and let the magic happen!

We will share with you the settings we used on our last spin. Keep in mind, that these change depending on the location, light, clouds, no clouds, full moon, and what we are wanting to create in your captures.

Here are Jeff’s photos from our last spin at Utah Lake. Jeff’s camera settings: Manual mode, ISO 400, 18mm, f/8.0, 20 sec.

Melanie’s photos from last spin at Utah Lake. Melanie’s camera settings first and second photos: Manual Mode, ISO 320, 28mm, f/10, 20 sec. Third photo: Manual Mode, ISO 320, 18mm, f/10, 20 sec.

We shot same scene with slightly different settings, our personal preferences, on what we like to create with our own images.

Remember Be a Safe Spinner.

We would love to see your captures. Please feel free to contact us at twostrangersphotography@gmail.com. We always love to spotlight other photographers here.

Have fun. Create Magic. Be a Safe Spinner.

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!

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.

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