We’re Back!!

Hello!

It has been a bit, a few months, but we are still snapping our shutter & sharing our photos. This year we start a few challenges to expand our photography skills.

In January we started the Dogwood Challenge, which is 52 weeks of doing a new challenge every week. So far, we have been able to keep this up, we are just finishing up week 14! This weeks challenge was Vision: Diptych or Triptych- Connect 2 or 3 images together, creating one image, to provoke a thought or tell a story.

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Melanie: My favorite Challenge so far has been the Triptych. I really liked the creative process of the challenge, from coming up with an idea, shooting and processing the images to flow in a cohesive way. I chose the Jeep for my triptych because I like photographing jeeps and it was an opportunity to create a piece of art, and really showcase the Jeep  in a different way.Race Jeep triptych 1

Melanie’s Dogwood Challenge submissions:

Melanie: My least favorite challenge, was the macro. I did not share my image that submitted for this challenge here. Macro shots frustrate me. I have a very painful time getting the right focus. I would just rather not shoot them. That is a good thing about these challenges, I am learning a lot, about technique, creativity, composition and vision.

Then we decided that one challenge wasn’t enough! So we committed to a second 52 week challenge, 52Frames.com We started this challenge at week 9.

Melanie: My favorite challenge with 52Frames has been the Black and White Challenge. In this challenge I had to shoot in monochrome. I will admit I really liked this, I was able to ‘see’ the image better. It was very helpful, in fact, I am still shooting in monochrome 90% of the time.

Melanie: My least favorite from this challenge, has been Sky Challenge, only because I wanted to submit for the extra credit, which was astrophotography shot, and it was overcast every night that week. I was unsuccessful at getting a clear star shot, I did get a nice airplane trail. LOL!!

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See what I mean…not the best.


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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

“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.

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…

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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!

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

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@mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography

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…
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