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Congratulations to Abe’s Summer Into Fall Themed Photo Contest Winner Dorothy Miller!

Congratulations to Abe’s Summer Into Fall Themed Photo Contest Winner Dorothy Miller! She will be receiving a $50 Abe’s Gift Card good towards her next purchase. Thank you to everybody who submitted and shared their photography!

Fall Floats Softly In...

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Getting Started with iPhoneography… and Instagram! By Lolita B.

Getting Started with iPhoneography… and Instagram! By Lolita B.

I’ve loved taking photos since I was a child, a love affair that continues today. As an adult I did all the things most amateur photographers do: invest in a good DSLR camera, take courses and determine what my path in the wide world of photography would be. That path took shape in a very unexpected way in March 2011, when I downloaded a then-unknown app called Instagram. I was immediately hooked and my devotion to iPhone photography began. As a result, many doors have opened, I’ve made some wonderful friends…and my love for photography has increased tenfold! Here, I’ll share with you tips and advice that I’ve acquired along the way which can be applied to Instagram, iPhoneography, social media and even good ol’ DSLR photography!

Self-Portrait with iPhone

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The Emerald Goddess of Dancing, The Aurora By Moyan

The Emerald Goddess of Dancing, The Aurora By Moyan

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It was like an emerald goddess dancing for me in the silence of a dark night…….

It’s called aurora, better known as northern/southern lights, or aurora borealis/australis, depending on which pole you are referring to. In my opinion it is one of the most desirable shots for any photographer to capture. It is a spectacular yet elusive shot. Fortunately for everyone, 2012 and 2013 will provide multiple opportunities to capture this beauty.

Tromso Norway, beach of Telegrafbukta, February 2012. Shot with a Nikon D90, 16mm lens EXIF f3.5, ISO 400, exposure 30 seconds

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Congratulations to Abe’s Photo Contest Winner Craig Jordan

Congratulations to Abe’s Photo Contest Winner Craig Jordan! He will be receiving a $50 Abe’s Gift Card good towards his next purchase. Thank you to everybody who submitted and shared their photography!

Rain & Son

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Congratulations to Abe’s Photo Contest Winner Michael Sargent

Congratulations to Abe’s Photo Contest Winner Michael Sargent! He will be receiving a $50 Abe’s Gift Card good towards his next purchase. Thank you to everybody who submitted and shared their photography!

Up Close and Personal with the Hummingbird Moth

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Self-Publishing Photobooks By Alex Baker

Self-Publishing Photobooks By Alex Baker

Bored with taking pictures of the same old stuff in the same old way? Make a photo book with a theme!

Although I love my home and wife and kids and cat and garden and neighborhood and town and state, I confess I can get bored taking the same old photographs of all the same old stuff.  I have to come up with new ideas and new places and new methods to keep myself interested.  One of the really great advantages of the digital age that I find  interesting and enjoyable is self-publishing. Back in the in the pre-digital era, publishing your work, was filled with frustrating barriers and expense, and out of the question if it was just for your own enjoyment to share with family and friends. Well, not anymore, it’s a new day and all the tools are at hand on the popular photo hosting sites like Snapfish, Flickr, Picasa, Smugmug and others. Full disclosure: I have a pro account on Smugmug and I’m very happy with it.

Things are changing rapidly. Some wedding photographers will even give you your wedding photos on a CD and let you make your own wedding albums.  That can be a loss of income for the photographer, but also a loss of significant aggravation and time that could be spent shooting.  When my wife and I got married a few years back that is just what I did in fact and it worked out really well.  I had made my first printed photo book. Not my photos, but I learned how easy it was to do. In that case it was a simple Snapfish album.  My daughter and her wedding photographer did the same thing later on.  Then when one of our sons got married I did it again with the candids that his step-mom and I had each shot, so they had a real profession (and excellent) wedding album from the professional wedding photographer and another “family” album of amusing, touching candid shots that we had done.  The two albums complimented each other.

Making a Wedding Album – it’s easy!

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Capturing Sunsets On Beaches By Raymond Pauly

Capturing Sunsets On Beaches By Raymond Pauly

I became a photographer the day my dad put a Brownie Bullet camera in my hand when I was 8 years old. Since then I felt a thrill every time I opened the envelope with the 12 prints of the photos I had taken at the photo shop. They were my very own creations! I still have one of my sister riding a pony, which is a pretty decent shot! The Brownie Bullet, which I still keep, was followed by a Canon Snappy, then a Pentax K1, and my favorite, a Canon T70. But that was many years ago and, even though photography has always been a part of my life, I never took it all that seriously. With the advancements of digital photography, which my dad never got to know, I got hooked again by photography and a new story began.

Salinas Bay, Guanacaste Costa Rica. Canon EOS 40D w/ Canon EF-S 10-22 lens @ f/29, 1/3 sec., ISO-100, focal length 17mm

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Free Photography Workshops at Acadia National Park

Published on August 27, 2012, by in News.

Free Photography Workshops at Acadia National Park

Participants in the free Canon Photography in the Parks workshop can learn from the pros while using free, top-of-the-line Canon cameras and lenses. Credit: Erika Skogg

Participants in the free Canon Photography in the Parks workshop can learn from the pros while using free, top-of-the-line Canon cameras and lenses. Credit: Erika Skogg

Want to learn how to take a stunning national park photo? Become a master of the camera and capture the breathtaking park scenery at the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. Presented by Canon U.S.A. and American Park Network, the free, hands-on photo and video workshops will come to Acadia National Park from August 18 – August 29.

The Canon Photography in the Parks Program offers participants free professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour of some of the most scenic national park areas. Participants can bring their own equipment or borrow, at no charge, Canon equipment from a selection of EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras, or VIXIA camcorders. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print their work on site, and to download their image collection later from a secure server. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate. New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video using camcorders or EOS digital SLR cameras and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.

After wrapping up workshops at the Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain, Photography in the Parks will be coming to Acadia National Park from August 18 – August 29. Instructors will lead photo and video workshops three times daily at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., unless indicated to the contrary.*

The workshops will take place at:
Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute (SERC Institute): August 18* (10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.)
Jordan Pond House: August 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27 & 28
Sieur de Monts Nature Center: August 21, 23, 26 & 29

Those interested in participating should arrive 15 – 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to register. Instructors are expert at putting artistic and technical concepts into language that participants of all ages will understand and will help unleash their creativity.

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“You’re Judy… So who’s Kyle Felton?” By Judy Rouse

“You’re Judy… So who’s Kyle Felton?” By Judy Rouse

Judy Rouse, known to her family and friends as “Trouble” created a lot of mischief in her home as a child. The crayoned colored walls would be the first attraction as you walked into her family home. Judy was content as a child that she would be an artist. An artist of what aspect was yet to be discovered. One day her God Father, Felton placed a toy camera in her hands. She would capture everything and anything in her path. There was no development of film or digital processing at that time for her to physically see what a big mess she was making. It was the joy in her eyes that made her continue the love of photography. 

The name “Kyle Felton” has a very special meaning behind it. Kyle would have been the name of her child if she had given birth. Felton is the name of her God Father who introduced her to the beauties of the world by everyday travel. She would often hear these comments from friends, “You should sell your work, you take such great pictures.” Her response would be, “Photography is just a hobby and I’m not trying to make money from it.” After hearing the same thing day after day, she decided to make a change. Judy thought to herself, “how can I make this happen?” Read more…

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Take What The Course Gives You By Richard Terpolilli

Take What The Course Gives You By Richard Terpolilli

I have a confession. I am an avid golfer and photographer and on any given day one adventure is number one and the other is one 1a. So you ask, “What does golf have to do with photography?”

On occasion I have been known to place my tee shot into the rough. To preserve my round I’ll take what the course gives me, i.e. use a wedge, put the ball back into play, and walk away with a bogey or par.

Nahant Massachusetts

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