Posts Tagged ‘light’

First Look Photo: Winding Down, and Up

April 19, 2017

As I start the last photo assignment for the professional course at New York Institute of Photography, I am happy to note that this is not the end of my education, but the beginning.

My career in the photo industry is about to begin, maybe not today, but soon, and I know the need for continued education will be a key to my growth as a photographer, and eventual success of all I dream my career can be.

With that, here is today’s photo from my last assignment, there are going to be two more, but I haven’t taken them yet.

First Look Photo: Moving Forward

December 14, 2016

I’ve never made it a secret that my eventual goal is to be a photographer for National Geographic, however they’re not going to knock down my door with offers if they don’t know I exist, so there has to be some steps taken to get my name out there.  I will never stop with the nature photography, but I also need to get other types of photography in there, if only to teach me some valuable lessons in lighting and composition.

My first step is product photography.  It’s a good market to step into, and it could possibly serve to pay me in the end.

Today’s photo is one of those shots.  It is one of my wife’s go to products, and I thought it would be great photographed in my light tent.

eucerin

Yes, I know I forgot to remove the fur on top.  lol

Photo Friday: City Lights

December 9, 2016

In this challenge, I wanted to photograph city lights in a different way.  Most of the photographs I see has a pretty solid skyline, so I thought I would break that up with the mostly dark condos in the middle ground.  I included the condo with all the lights on to add a little balance to the overall image.

Keeping in mind these challenges are not all about the camera, this shot was taken on my little point and shoot, while on a trip to the grocery store.city-lights

First Look Photo: Cloudscape

November 30, 2016

I love clouds.  They are beautiful, dramatic, and no two cloud formations are ever the same.  The reason I call today’s photo a cloudscape, and not a landscape, is the majority of the shot is about the clouds, and the interplay of light and shadow from the early approach of the sun on the scene.

cloudscape

Photo Friday: God’s Fingers

November 4, 2016

There is a natural phenomena when the sun gets behind thick clouds with breaks, and casts a series of focused light beams through the breaks.  There are a multitude of names for this, but my favorite is from my favorite vlogger, Cory Williams (aka Mr. Safety). That term is “God’s fingers”.

On Wednesday I saw some good examples of this, so today’s photo is an example of it.

fingers-of-light

Photo Friday: Playing with Light

April 8, 2016

This week, I thought it would be fun to play with the sunset.  I did the standard holding the sun in my fingers, and put it on the end of a post,

The one that captured my emotions of the moment, peace and serenity, was this one, and the Sun itself wasn’t even in the picture.

Ligt reflections

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Photo Friday: No Tripod, No Problem

May 22, 2015

Today’s photos have one thing in common; they were all taken in low light situations, and I didn’t have a tripod handy.  OK, that’s two things; whatever, but the point is I was able to keep my camera steady using whatever was available.  I used a light pole, picnic bench, a rock, and the post on a dock, to get these shots.  One other thing they all have in common; they were all taken with a simple point and shoot camera, which I carry with me everywhere.

Portland at night.

portland 521

spring point light 521

waves 521

Photo Friday: A new look at photographic cliché.

April 24, 2015

Here’s a subject I’ve been thinking about for a video, and I just posted it on NaturallyPhotographic on YouTube.  Thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and other equally prominent social media sites, many of the photographs we grew up loving have become common, and everyday; shots like sunrises, sunsets, and food.

With such a subject saturation, both amateurs and professional photographers have started to steer clear of subjects that could still have so much potential.  The question is, how can you take a photograph of, say, a sunrise, and still give it something special?  Today’s photograph is my response to that.  It is a simple answer that is more simple than it seems.  Introduce a new element that isn’t found in other photographs.

In my case, I chose to use The Spring Point Light sillouhetted against the sunrise, with a tanker floating nearby, waiting to enter Casco Bay.  This not only adds interesting elements, but it also gives you a sense of location, and time of day.

Before I start rambling, here is the link to my channel to see the video https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IaJTvV8u1BwIJbu3kc5oA Check it out, and here is the picture, I hope you all enjoy.

Spring Point 2

I even did the wide angle

Spring Point 1

Photo Friday: Shadow Play

March 6, 2015

Today’s picture came courtesy of a sunset.  One of the biggest photo clichés is, of course, the sunset.  Everyone with a camera has hundreds of pictures, at least, of sunsets.  To be fair, no two sunsets are exactly the same (foregrounds, cloud formations)  all different.

In the case of today’s photo, I decided to show the beautiful effect the sunset was having on my surroundings, rather than the sun.  I still get the warm glow, and with the angle of the sun through my window, it created a perfect silhouette of the flowers on my entertainment center.

flowery shadow

Sometimes the sun is the only light source you will ever need.

Believe in Your Dreams

October 21, 2013

Believe

When you first start working towards a purpose, or dream, your excitement level is up to a full ten, and you feel there is nothing that can stop you.  The next step, of course, is to write down those little goals that will move you in the direction of that dream, and you start daily affirmations, and visualizations.  You may even have a vision board set up where you can see it every day.  That only leaves many of us with one question.  “Why isn’t anything happening yet?”

I could say the reason for this is simple, but I would be lying.  On the outside, we are doing all the work from the dozens of seminars we’ve attended, the books we’ve read, and the audio programs we’ve listened to.  The problem is not coming from our work ethic, or any outside influence like the government, family, or aliens from the planet Ork.  The problem we are experiencing is coming from inside.

Whether we succeed, or not, has to do with our true beliefs about success.  Have you ever wondered why most people end up just like their parents when it comes to financial matters?  It has to do with what most experts call the “money blueprint.”  The money blueprint is made up of everything we heard, saw, and experienced around money that has lodged itself in our subconscious.  No matter what we tell ourselves on the outside, we will not become successful until we work on what we have stopping us on the inside.

 I know I’ve mentioned this, but I grew up in a house with six kids, and two adults.  My dad worked hard for a corporation, and my step mother ran a small day care out of our house.  To say we weren’t rich is an understatement.  We were living on the lower end of middle class; that is to say, the bills were paid, and we had a roof over our head.  All the lessons I learned centered on hard work, and just getting by; even if it was by the skin of my teeth.  While on the outside I know I have the potential for so much more, I have been living with the same inner beliefs that have stopped me from reaching the next level to my dreams.

If we wish to break free of our limiting beliefs, we need to reprogram our subconscious with a whole new set of instructions concerning money.  A good idea is to make a list of everything you were taught about money, (some will be positive, and some will be negative) giving yourself the time needed to think about it.  Don’t rush this; there is not a test on it in a week.  When you have finished this, determine what is negative, and write down the opposite.  At least twice a day, focus on the positive statements for more than 10 minutes.

  Here’s an example from my own life.  What I learned: I don’t always get what I want.  This statement is very limiting, and forces most into the belief that what I want isn’t worth pursuing because I probably won’t get it anyways.

The positive statement: I have anything I want, and more.   Instead of saying “I can have…” Say “I have”.  The reason for this is important.

 Part of achieving success is the belief that you already have the success you want.  Mark 11:24 says “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it is yours.”  By believing you already have what you want, you will be heightening your awareness to the opportunities present around you; all you have to do from there is act on them.

Since the negative beliefs have been with you your whole life, it won’t be easy changing them, but it can, and must be done if you want to see the fulfillment of all your dreams.

Allen

Thank you for reading this.  If you want to see any of the videos I’m posting on success, pleas check out my website www.jrnytosuccess.com and please visit the store if you would like any of the inspirational photos in these blogs.