TWOI: 10/27/17

Happy Friday once more!  Today kicks off Day 1 of my favorite convention, Kumoricon!  Look forward to many pictures from that coming soon.  For now, I should probably be shooting a panel….

I wanted to try something different this week, so I experimented with grid photos!  The idea is that each tile can stand on its own as a photo, but when put together, a larger picture is formed.  This was fun, and while it took considerably more time to organize and plan out my posts, I’m really happy with the result.  Let me know what you think!

This first one was quite simple.  This was from my post this week on my very first bush plane.  As you can tell, these planes are itty bitty!  Read all about that adventure here.

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WC: The Waterfalls’ Spell

We’re quite spoiled here in the Northwest when it comes to waterfalls.

To be honest, when I first moved here, I wasn’t all that excited about waterfalls.  They were all photographed the same, and they all looked the same to me.  The hikes were pleasant, but I just couldn’t understand how the group would then park their tripods at the waterfall at the end and shoot for what felt like forever.  I was used to a quick shot, and I was done.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

How many pictures of the same scene can one take?

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Phono Photos: Monthly Challenge

Alright, we’re here!  I’ve been thinking about starting this for a long time, and I’m super excited.  Welcome to my new monthly photo challenge!

As some of you know, in addition to being a photographer, I’m also a musician.  So I thought it would be fun to combine these two passions in a different way.
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WC: Overcoming the Tourist Trap

Tourist spots are so cliche and overdone that most self-respecting photographers will steer way clear.  However, there are times when a photographer has visitors from out of town, and they want to see these famous sites.  Many begrudgingly agree but leave the camera at home – what’s the point in shooting something with more clicks than the Google homepage? (I might be exaggerating…)

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Photostory: How to Not Photograph a Waterfall

I’m still working through my many Costa Rica pictures, but I thought I’d take a little break to share a photostory with you.

I do some crazy things sometimes, and I don’t always consider my own safety while getting lost in the excitement of photography.  As a result, I can get caught in some precarious situations.  It’s only then that I realize I might have had a slight slip in judgement.

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Photostory: Rainy Camping

I’ll be frank.  It’s kind of miserable camping in the rain.

As most of you should know by now, I am preparing for a big backpacking trip in July.  I am going to Alaska to shoot bears (not that kind of shooting – this is a photography blog, folks).  And if you read my post on my first backpacking training hike, you’ll also know that I’ve never done backpacking before.  I refuse to be the one holding everyone else up; I’m dedicated to getting my weak butt trained and prepped for this thing.

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This Week on Instagram: 5/26/17

I’m always amazed by the actual reactions each week to my photos versus my expectations.  Most of the time, the Instaverse simply doesn’t like the same pictures I do.  It gives me some very interesting insight to my photography.  Am I viewing a picture better than it actually is?  Or was it simply poor timing, poor hashtags, poor algorithm?  Who can know, for sure?

Either way, I’ll continue to put my photos out there.  These are the ones I like, at least.

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This Week on Instagram: 5/19/17

This week was a little better!  I saw increased engagement, and I even have a new inductee to the 100 Club!  I think I’ve finally figured out the secret, and I really should have known: my own engagement makes my account more visible.  I made a point this week if spending five minutes each time I post not only posting my picture, but then turning around and liking, commenting, and following others.  It takes more time, but I see huge improvements when I do those things.  Go figure.

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