Sony World Photography Awards and National Geographic Your Shot entries

Getting an early start on New Year’s resolution to enter more photography competitions to test myself further. I entered these three photos from our Machu Picchu trip to the Sony World Photography Awards :

OLLANTAYTAMBO / PERU, August 15, 2018 The condor, puma, and snake on this lamp in downtown Ollantaytambo represent the sky, earth and underworld in Inca tradition.
MACHU PICCHU / PERU, August 16, 2018 A llama rests amid the ruins of Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU / PERU, August 16, 2018 A llama watches the terraces in the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Best wishes to you in YOUR 2019 photography adventures,

Susan

P.S. Update, just submitted the shots to National Geographic’s YourShot , we’ll see if they like it there…

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Common Cup exhibit in February, 2018

Not many updates since the summer, the day job taking lots of time this year, but I did want to share some exciting recent news:  I’m thrilled that I was selected for a solo show through February at the Common Cup Coffeehouse, a student-centered non-profit coffeehouse affiliated with the University Lutheran chapel, at 1511 Washtenaw, between South University and Hill Street. The 23 photographs exhibited include  car detail photos and travel photos. Really feeling like a real photographer now!
UPDATE: Uros Watchers, one of the photos on this exhibit, shown at the bottom below, SOLD!  I was so excited to learn that someone liked my photo so much they wanted to buy it…
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From Picture Correct – 9 Essential Compositions Rules for New Photographers

So I’m remembering why I don’t do much photography done during the school year, I always forget how long the weeks are!

BUT…  I got this great link to some composition ideas – some of the usual ones but also some new ones that I know I’ll want to remember:

1. Rule of thirds

2. Leading lines

3. Diagonals

4. Framing

5. Figure to ground

6. Fill the frame

7. Center the dominant eye

8. Patterns & repetition

9. Symmetry

Intrigued?  Check it out here, and take the time to view the video, MANY more examples beyond the one shown in the article – lovely photographs!

From DPS – 10 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography

Gavin Hardcastle has some great travel photography suggestions in this DPS article  Suggestions include:

1. Focus on faces

2. Shoot fast

3. Learn the lingo

4. Hire a translator

5. Smile and make friends

6. Ask for permission

7. Choose the right lenses

8. Carry two cameras

9. Step out of your comfort zone

10. Take responsibility for your own safety

You can see more of his terrific photographs in his Fototripper blog.