*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fifteenth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; “Silhouette.” With @MirrorLessons

Happy May Day!  Anyone else feeling like time is evaporating?  Another month is in the books, and we have had an amazing grouping of submissions for this month’s theme, “Silhouette” as chosen by last month’s winner, Giovanni Tabbò Visit Giovanni HERE.

Please vote for your favorite image below, and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there too!  The vote will run through the 5th of the month, and at that point, we’ll tally the totals and announce our 15th Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner who will get to choose the theme for May, and will be entered into our semi-annual giveaway vote where the 6 monthly winners vie for your votes to see who takes home free gear, software and title of our semi-annual Champion!

Along with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, we’ve chosen our three favorites from this month’s submissions, and you can vote below.

"Sandhill Cranes" by Tara Tanaka

“Sandhill Cranes” by Tara Tanaka Visit Tara HERE


"The Night She Walked Away"

“The night she walked away” by Chazzz (three z’s) Visit Chazzz HERE


"Smile" by blackandwhitexe1

“Smile” by blackandwhitexe1 Visit Black and White XE1 HERE


 

Please vote for your favorite, and feel free to share:

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite over at Mirrorlessons HERE as well!

Thanks to all of you who have submitted, and for another wonderful month.  We’ve really enjoyed interacting with so many of you, and love to see the community growing and continuing to inspire all of us to get out and shoot.  Stay tuned for your chance to submit to this month’s theme via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Thanks for the read and happy shooting,

Tyson

*Lens by lens on the Sony a7II…

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This is purely a personal journey here.  A little retrospective look back at the last couple months to see what I’ve been getting out of the new Sony a7II (which is currently on sale for $200 off right now at B&H HERE).  I tend to spend a lot of time looking at specific things in regard to a lens or camera for the blog here, and I figured I’d compile a few shots from the combination of lenses I’ve been using.  I have mostly used my Canon EF mount lenses via the Metabones adapter (review on that HERE), but have recently acquired the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 because I felt the camera deserved to also be shot with a high quality native mount lens, plus I was curious to see how it handled this new, crazy feature all the kids talk about in auto focus.

Click any image below to see a larger version, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Less talk, more rock as it were.  Without further ado…

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*Micro 4/3 Super Tele Battle, Lumix 100-300 vs Oly 40-150+1.4xTC

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Since purchasing the Olympus MC1.4x Teleconverter to couple with the Oly 40-150mm f/2.8 lens, I’ve been curious to see if the extra reach provided me by my Panasonic 100-300mm lens is really necessary.  The 100-300 is a great lens in its own right, and for the price, provides an option that no other system can boast, so needless to say, I do think highly of it.  That said, the 100-300 can soften up a bit on the long end (and to stop anyone who may suggest the Oly 75-300, I still feel the Lumix is the better overall lens and optically up to snuff, so, no) the question is, do I really get much from the extra reach?

Well, come on in for my findings and decision…

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*Save the drama for your images. 5 clicks to killer images via Exposure 7 w/ @alienskin

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Hi all!  I’m now a contributing writer for the Alien Skin website via their blog (read HERE), and this article was my first published tutorial showcasing a simple trick to add drama to any image.  It is a very cool, very easy and arguably effective trick to use for just about any type of image that might benefit from a little contrast based depth and drama.  I’ve employed this trick for as long as I’ve been using Exposure which has to be going on about 6 years now, and it is one of my go to’s whenever I want a bit more edge in my images.

C’mon in and follow along…

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*Brand New TRP ‘Cascade’ Wrist Straps Available NOW!

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Hi All!  Many of you are familiar with the Garda wrist straps, which I’ve been selling for well over a year now.  For the last few months, I’ve been working on some new straps, using a completely different, high end nautical line.  A different finish, a different look, and a completely new design.

Still entirely hand built and guaranteed to last.  C’mon in to see more about the Cascade and to see how to order one.

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #14; “Silhouette” with @Mirrorlessons

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”Tempus fugit” by Giovanni Tabbò

Welcome to our 14th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge!  This month’s theme is “Silhouette” as chosen by Giovanni.

Rules are simple.  Submit your image, or images to our flickr threads for consideration.  At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I will choose our three favorite images and will showcase these three on both of our sites with an open vote.  The image to receive the most votes between the two sites will be entered into our next semi-annual giveaway vote and will choose our theme for the next month.

To participate, head on over and submit your images to our flickr group theme threads: TRP Flickr Group HERE and Mirrorlesson’s Flickr Group HERE.

Visit and stay tuned to Mirrorlessons and find me on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram . To stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Thanks as always to everyone who has continued to submit to these challenges.  I hope you have had as much fun as we have.  Thanks to Heather and Mat for the continued partnership in co-hosting these challenges.  Great folks who do awesome work on their site.  Stop by and visit them for reviews and articles on all things mirrorless.

Have fun and happy shooting,

Tyson

*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbò for winning our March Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Man vs Nature! with @Mirrorlessons

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Giovanni’s beautiful image, “1000 contro 1″ has taken the monthly flickr photo blog challenge crown.  This is Giovanni’s second win!  Visit Giovanni HERE to congratulate him and see more of his wonderful photography.  Thank you to everyone for submitting and for visiting to vote.  Stay tuned, we should have this month’s theme, as chosen by Giovanni announced here and on our Flickr groups very soon:

Keep an eye out for our monthly theme threads.  It’s a fun, free way to connect with other photographers worldwide, it can be great motivation to get out and shoot, and get your photography seen by an ever growing audience as well.

Thanks, as always to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons.com for co-hosting and showcasing the wonderful photography within our every growing reader community.  You guys are all awesome and I know I speak for Heather and Mat as well when I say that I, we really enjoy getting to see, and be inspired by the imagery and vision from you all, so let’s keep it up!

I’d love to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Thanks for the read and happy shooting,

Tyson