*Congratulations to Graham Gibson for winning our July Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Long Exposure!

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“Highway of Lights” by Graham Gibson

Congratulations to Graham in what ended up as our tightest vote yet, edging out tvhow and Samuel Dorado by a combined 4 total votes between the vote here and the vote over on Mirrorlessons (click here to visit Heather and Mat).

All three images chosen this month were beautiful.  Samuel’s had a dark and uncertain serenity speaking to the unknowns associated with isolation in the vast expanses of the open ocean at night making for both a calming and unnerving aesthetic.  tvhow balanced various elements in ambient nighttime landscape, gelled flash and hand spun, flame laden steel wool in a composition all bisected by a mirroring of the composition in reflection.  Graham’s image of the Bay Bridge, with traffic fleeing the perspective of the viewer and traveling to an etherial yet gothic cityscape balanced and contrasted tones and space in the warm glow of traffic leading us to a cool horizon through and over the dark sea below.

Great shots all, and thank you to everyone who submitted their shots as well.  Each month the bar continues to be pushed, and hopefully this helps to motivate us all in upping our game.

While we wait to hear back from Graham on his decision for the theme for this month’s challenge, visit Graham on Flickr HERE.  Graham has been entered into our 6 month giveaway which will take place after this month’s challenge.

To enter into this month’s or any future month’s challenges, all one needs to do is to join the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE, and submit your image to the discussion thread for the corresponding month as they’re posted.

Check back in to see what the future holds, or find me on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts as they are posted.

Thanks again to all and happy shooting,

Tyson

*Project Runway season 13, Congrats to Korina Emmerich! #designerkorina

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As a normal, male human being (arguably anyway), my relationship to reality TV has been close to nonexistent over the years.  Sure I watched a couple early seasons of Real World when I was a kid, but I feel it was as much to do with the lack of choices back in the day (I didn’t have the internet to keep me company) as it was with an actual interest in watching people spurred into arguments or uncomfortable boundary pushing for the purpose of entertainment.

As a photographer, I will admit that I enjoy shows like Project Runway (and Next Top Model) because I do enjoy watching creative people actually create. Having dabbled in fashion photography myself a little bit, I’m always interested to see the industry from the inside out, plus Mrs Squeeze loves this stuff, so it’s much easier to get her to watch TV with me.

Enter season 13 of Project Runway.  Okay wait, let me take a couple steps back.  Years ago, I met Korina at an annual Portland Fashion Show founded and run by Erin Cry (now a cohort of mine at the ELK Collective) and her friend Elizabeth Mollo, called Doom Town.  Korina was going to school at the time, involved in the show, and I’d been asked to photograph said show.  A little while later, Korina asked me to shoot her senior collection.  Being that I’d just started to wade into photography in a serious way, it was an awesome collaboration and experience (hopefully for the both of us and the awesome ladies who modeled).  Korina moved from Portland to Brooklyn to pursue her fashion career, and wouldn’t you know it, while shooting with our friend Erin this last week (more on this shoot coming to a blog near you soon), she told me that Korina was a contestant this season!  Pretty awesome, and may I say that those of us back in Portland are very excited for her.  Get it girl.

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*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fifth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Long Exposure

 

Alright, another month done, dusted and another great round of beautiful images.  Here are our three finalists for this month’s theme, Long Exposure.  Vote down below and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there as well.

Our finalists for this month are as follows:

“Just Right” by Samuel Dorado (visit samgold photos on flickr HERE)

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“Fire and Ice” by tvhow (visit tvhow on flickr HERE)

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“Highway of Lights” by Graham Gibson (visit Graham on flickr HERE)

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Voting is closed, even though I can’t disable the poll.  Totals as of Wednesday morning are:

Highway of Lights: 18

Fire and Ice: 10

Just Right: 8

which sees Graham edge out tvhow by one solitary vote and Sam by 3 votes!!!  This is the closest result we’ve yet had.  Great shots everyone!

Voting will run through August 5th, so vote for your favorite both here and over on Mirrorlessons.  The winner will get to choose our theme for August’s challenge and we begin the process again!  Each month’s winner will also be entered into our 6 month giveaway where we will take the winners from our first 6 months worth of challenges and vote on our overall favorite, so keep an eye out for your chance to win future challenges.

Thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons and everyone who has continued to provide us with beautiful, inspirational imagery and stay posted for next month’s challenge!  Our photography family continues to grow with each month, and that my friends is awesome.  Keep being inspired and push that creativity.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Topaz ReMask4 – Free upgrade now available!

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If you hadn’t heard, Topaz has ReMask on sale for half off this month, and they’ve also just updated it to version 4!

download a full free trial, update for free or purchase via Topazlabs website HERE

- enter “julyremask” to get 50% off

If you own ReMask3, simply download and instal the newer version from the link above and you’re golden!

The interface has been streamlined and simplified while it still provides the same amazing tool for the extraction of subjects by simple, quick and efficient selection and masking for a variety of host programs.

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I’ve reviewed ReMask twice and continue to find uses for it which saves me an amazing amount of time in Photoshop.  I’ve rambled on about it but it really is an amazing tool and time saver which I’d suggest trying out for yourself. With the new version, it has streamlined it into a quicker, more user-friendly interface which falls in line with the more recent design changes for other Topaz plugins.  Click these links to see my reviews and simple tutorials if interested:

Topaz ReMask Tutorial and Review

Topaz ReMask3 – Why have I not been using this until now?

Try it out.  We have until the end of this month to take advantage of the 50% off sale.

Enjoy and feel free to fire off any questions, I’d love to try and help answer them.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Topaz ReMask On Sale! If you use photoshop, you should try it, trust me.

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Another month, another killer Topaz sale.  This time around, it’s ReMask.  On sale for half off through the end of the month, they’re also going to be offering a free, “substantial” update for existing customers, so if you’re a ReMask user, get on it!  I’d reviewed Re-Mask a while ago, and I have been using it religiously since.  You can find Re-Mask HERE via the Topaz website for 50% off!!! ($35, normally $70)  Use code “julyremask” to get the discount.  If you’d like to hear more about my thoughts and see a quick example/tutorial on how to get started with it, come on in…

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #5; “Long Exposure”

 

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photo © Giovanni Tabbò

Welcome to our fifth, monthly challenge chosen by our June winner, Giovanni Tabbò (visit Giovanni HERE), “Long Exposure” generated and hosted in conjunction with my friends Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons.

The only rule is that to be considered for the chosen three at the end of this month’s challenge, you must submit it to the Flickr threads on TRP’s flickr group HERE and Mirrorlessons flickr group HERE.

The Flickr threads will be open until July 31st, and interpretation to any theme is entirely open.  At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I will choose our three favorites from all of those submitted and post those three on our sites with a poll.  Voting will be open for 5 days, after which time we will total the votes from both polls and the winner will be showcased here and on Mirrorlessons along with being submitted into our semi-annual giveaway where we will post a poll for the 6 monthly winners for all of us to vote for our overall favorite.

Shoot away and we’re looking forward to seeing what this month’s theme conjures…

Happy shooting all,

 

tyson

 

*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbò, our winner of the June Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Nature!

Congratulations Giovanni Tabbò!  The winner from a very beautiful grouping of wonderful, nature images.  Visit Giovanni HERE to see more of his images, connect with him and befriend him.  I love that I’ve made so many connections across the world through photography, and I hope to continue to do so.  We’re all a few key strokes away, and there is much beauty to be experienced through another’s lens, so don’t be shy.

Giovanni is now entered into our contest of champions where he will be entered into a 6 month vote from our first 6 monthly winners with the title of ultimate champion, and some free stuff on the line.

Thank you to everyone that entered images on both our Flickr group and Mirorrlessons threads, and thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons (click here to visit them) for the continued cooperative fun.  Every month, we grow more and more connections within our constantly growing family, so please keep it up!

Stay tuned for this months theme, to follow shortly.

Happy shooting and again, congrats to Giovanni for this well deserved win.

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