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!
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 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!
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
email@example.com or on instagram
@uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography
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Hopefully, I didn't forget anyone...
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.comPlease feel free to follow us Instagram:@mamojeep_photography & @uncle_egghead_photography
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.
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…