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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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

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!

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