Happy New Photographic Year

By Mark

Welcome to the first Efcubed blog of 2014.  It has been a busy holiday season, but Santa and my family were very good to me.   First, some unfinished business from last year’s last blog; my favorite image from last year was my sunrise shot of the dome of the Capitol.  It was freezing then, just like now but the beauty of the tidal basin and the brilliance of the sunrise just came through.

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We have been writing this blog now for four years, and it continues to be a challenge each and every week to come up with topics that are both semi-interesting and can be easily discussed.  We want it to be more than—“Hey look where I got to go to and shoot pictures”, in fact, we want our work to inspire you to go out and shoot more.  We want people to learn the techniques in shooting, editing,  processing   and managing the files that help transform snapshots into photographs.  

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One of the things I love most about photography is how differently people can look at the same things and come out with totally new images.  In our local Fauquier Viewfinders Camera Club, it has been a joy to watch as our friends have really evolved.   I really love to see Janet’s bird and star shots https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/p480x480/1525567_693700157327769_1044007790_n.jpg, Alfredo’s HDR work https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p480x480/575704_745142368845411_1221070333_n.jpg, and Brenda’s growing portrait portfolio  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/day-dreaming-brenda-hackett.html.   Even Roger has had some decent shots….  

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As photographers, we can only hope to be better than we were yesterday.  I have always thought it silly to try and compare art.  Yet, somehow we find photographers and photographs which can take our breath away or perfectly catch the essential nature of someone or something.  We have friendly contests to see who best captured a theme, but just making the decision to enter and then taking the time to prepare, is really winning.  For that is an act of bravery to put your vision of the world out there for others to share.   Sorry this a bit philosophical, but I wanted to tell you guys, that Roger and I really do want to hear your feedback.  It is nice that we get likes on Facebook, but we would rather see more comments on both what we have written about that week and what you would like us to write about in the future.

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ur Favorite Main Street Christmas Display

Lots of stuff coming up this year.  More Cherry blossoms and Photoshop World in April.  Time to get out into the cold and click that shutter!