DanSandy.Me: Blog http://www.dansandy.me/blog en-us Daniel A. Sandy dan.sandy@gmail.com (DanSandy.Me) Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:01:00 GMT Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:01:00 GMT http://www.dansandy.me/img/s/v-5/u867471933-o89573895-50.jpg DanSandy.Me: Blog http://www.dansandy.me/blog 104 120 2017/11/17 - Creative & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/11/17-creative-pictorial-competition
Hey there!
 Things are going pretty good here, and I hope all is well on your end!
 
 Along with competing in a creative competition last week, I also got some studio time at a friends place for a little fun!  I'm not sharing all of the photos here, but I will be posting them on my site in the next few days, so keep an eye out... or not... that's totally up to you!  Although this shoot was a little less conventional, it was a lot of fun!!!
 
 
Along with having a ton of great light at the studio, but there were also props!  Found these glasses among an assortment of costumes and trinkets!
 

 
 
 
 
 
I love how this shot turned out!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
You'll be seeing some of these again in the future, as I intend on entering them into competitions!
 
 
Good times... anywho, I competed also in a creative photo comp last week, and I did fairly well!
 
 
 
 
Creative competition

This competition was only for images that were digitally processed.

 
2017-11-17 - DNP - Creative Competition - "Tangerine CLE"2017-11-17 - DNP - Creative Competition - "Tangerine CLE"
"Tangerine CLE" - Did Not Place
 
​ At some point last year, I decided to wake absurdly early to capture sunrise photos in Cleveland.  The sky in the original shot was fairly bland, so I did some extra processing to punch it up a little bit... along with the treatment in the sky and water, I also did a black and white treatment on the buildings to help contrast against the orange. It may not have done well, but you have to swing the bat to hit the ball.
 
 
 
 
2017-11-17 - 2rd Place - Creative Competition - "Salivation Salvation"2017-11-17 - 2rd Place - Creative Competition - "Salivation Salvation"
​"Salivation Salvation" - 2nd Place
 
I had taken this photo of a former co-worker's pug a few years ago, and got lucky in capturing her lil' tongue sticking out!  That got me thinking of what I can do in a creative image... this was the result.  This image was originally going to be in color, but I found if difficult to match the colors/tones of the different elements that I imported into the background, so I decided to go with a B&W sepia image.  I think the B&W really places an emphasis on the barren wasteland, and her longing for her treat.  Is it a mirage, or does it really exist?  One may never know!
 
 
 
Pictorial Competition
 
 
2017-11-17 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Zen Garden"2017-11-17 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Zen Garden"
​"Zen Garden" - 3rd Place
 
Took this while at the Japanese garden in Portland during my trip earlier this year.  I think the contrasting angles and color of the image work well together!
 
 
That's all I have for now!
 
 
Best wishes to you and yours!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2017/11/03 - B&W and Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/11/03-bw-and-pictorial-competition Pictorial Competition
 
 
2017-11-03 - DNP - Pictorial Competition - "Snoqualmie Falls"2017-11-03 - DNP - Pictorial Competition - "Snoqualmie Falls"
"Snoqualmie Falls" - Did Not place
 
This photo was taken during an earlier trip to northern Washington where I explored a different part of the state. The sky in the original photo was pure white and not very interesting... with the aid of movie magic (and Photoshop), I was able to replace the sky in the image to look like a beautiful sunset.
 
 
 
 
B&W Competition
 
 
2017-11-03 - DNP - B&W Competition - "Doyle 03"2017-11-03 - DNP - B&W Competition - "Doyle 03"
​"Doyle 03" - Did Not Place
 
Taken during the second concert I ever photographed (not the one mentioned above).  It did horribly in competition... I think the composition is what doomed this entry to a lower score.  In retrospect, I probably had a better image to enter into this category.
 
 
 
 
2017-11-03 - 3rd Place - B&W Competition - "Sea side stack"2017-11-03 - 3rd Place - B&W Competition - "Sea side stack"
​" Sea Side Stacks" - 3rd Place
 
 The first two days of my trip though Oregon offered a torrent of rain... The Third day offered a beautiful sunset in Bandon, Oregon. Worth a visit if you're in the area!
 
 
That's the last competition till 2018!
 
Hope you all have a great holiday season!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2017/10/13 - People & Pictorial competitions http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/10/13-people-pictorial-competitions
Good day to you!
 I hope that all is well!!!
 
 Since I last wrote I've been quite busy! Just in the past few weeks, I've covered a few concerts, photographed and donated art to a gala event for the APL (The Fur Ball), judged a photo competition, and had something pretty cool happen. 
  The cool thing that happened is that a larger company has licensed cat photo for a greeting card that will be out in the coming months. I have no idea what the final design will look like, but I'll let you know as soon as I know!
 
People Competition
 
 
2017-10-13 - DNP - People Competition - "Free-Flowing"2017-10-13 - DNP - People Competition - "Free-Flowing"
​"Free-Flowing" - Did Not Place
 
This was a fun shot that was only possible with the use of studio lighting and a fast shutter speed.  I just love how the hair looks as it's flowing upward!  One of the judges said he didn't like the photo because her feet were crossed...
 
 
 
 
2017-10-13 - DNP - People Competition - "Blown Away"2017-10-13 - DNP - People Competition - "Blown Away"
​"Blown Away" - Did Not Place
 
The shot of my friend was taken at the same studio as the last photo, and then was used for a double-exposed image. Double-exposure started as an accident back in the film camera days, where the photographer would forget to advance the film to take the next shot, resulting in the two images exposing the same piece of film. This would cause the two different shots to merge causing some interesting effects. It didn't take long before photographers were intentionally using this effect to explore a more creative side of photography.
 
When I realized that my digital camera had a Double-Exposure setting, I had to try it out!  Furthermore, I realized that the photos didn't need to be taken consecutively, and that I could load any image from the memory card as my first shot. That being the case, I knew there was nothing stopping me from loading studio shots in the camera and then just taking the second shot during a different time.  This shot is composed of the studio shot, and then a photo taken in the metroparks at a later date.  Good times!
 
 
 
 
Pictorial Competition
 
 
2017-10-13 - DNP - Pictorial Competition - "Tilted Palouse"2017-10-13 - DNP - Pictorial Competition - "Tilted Palouse"
​"Tilted Palouse" - Did Not Place
 
 Another shot from my vacation to Palouse, WA earlier this year.  I tried something a little different as you can tell, and it did terribly in competition.  Be that as it may, I still really enjoy the dynamic nature of this photo!
 
Until next time, I wish you all the best of days!
 
Warm regards,
 Dan
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2017-09-22 - Nature & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/9/22-nature-pictorial-competition
Greetings and salutations!
 Last Friday was the second Nature photo competition of the 2017/2018 photo season at the Cleveland Photographic Society, and it was another tough one!  There was a perfect score during the Nature category which meant that everyone else had to do better just to get average scores.  Be that as it may, I still did pretty good!
 

Pictorial Category:
 

2017-09-22 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "Canola Field"2017-09-22 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "Canola Field"

​"Canola Field" - Did Not Place
 
This shot was taken during my trip to Washington and Oregon earlier this year.  This was taken in the rolling hills of Palouse, Washington.  Although it looks like it was a beautiful day, I actually digitally inserted the skyline, because it was otherwise washed out and bland.
 
 
 

Nature Competition 

 
2017-09-22 - 3rd Place - Nature Competition - "Sea of Clouds"2017-09-22 - 3rd Place - Nature Competition - "Sea of Clouds"
​"Sea of Clouds" - 3rd Place
 
 I took this photo in the great Smoky Mountains in TN during a trip with several friends from the photo club.  I was standing on the observatory at the top Clingmans dome.  You are able to get good views of sunset from the parking lot, but if you're daring or motivated, there's a 1/2 mile hike up a very steep incline for this view.
 
 
 
 
2017-09-22 - 3rd Place - Nature Competition - "Oregon Coast"2017-09-22 - 3rd Place - Nature Competition - "Oregon Coast"
​"Oregon Coast" - 3rd Place
 
Another shot from my trip earlier this year while I was in Bandon, Oregon.  It rained almost the entire time I was in Oregon, but there were a few days that turned out nice.  This was during sunset among several sea stacks on our way from Newport towards Crater lake.
 
The next photo competition will be a People category on October 13th, and I'm really looking forward to it!
 
Hope you have an awesome day/week/month!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2017-09-08 - B&W and Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/9/08-bw-and-pictorial-competition
Good day everyone!
 Friday, September 8th was the most recent B&W photo competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society, and it was a tough one.  There were fewer entries than normal, which meant that there were even fewer photos that actually placed.

 A while back ago I had mentioned that I was going to do a little work with a local potter to capture some creative photos.  That day has come and gone, and another one will be in the future!  Two of this evening's competition entries were from that shoot.

 

B&W competition
 

2017-09-08 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "The Potter's Hand"2017-09-08 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "The Potter's Hand"

​"The Potter's Hand" - Did not place
 
I didn't personally know the artist, but she was extremely friendly and happy to help in my pursuit of different creative photography. I thought this image was neat because it showed the spinning vase as she was sculpting.  Although I enjoyed this image, one of the judges felt that the treatment around the edge was distracting.  I'm hoping to take the critiques in mind while I photograph during the next shoot.
 
 
 
 
2017-09-08 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "Spinning Clay"2017-09-08 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "Spinning Clay"
​"Spinning Clay" - Did not place
 
I really like this shot... The tonal range and lines created by the spinning table while using a slower shutter speed on the camera.  Both of the B&W entries were taken using a tripod and a solitary light source. The one judge stated that the abrupt cropping of the curved lines at the bottom of the photo interrupted the flow... Can't say I disagree with that assessment...I look forward trying different shots with this artist in the coming months!  Stay tuned!
 
 
 
Pictorial Competition
 
 
2017-09-08 - 1st Place - Pictorial Competition - "Dusty Dirt Road"2017-09-08 - 1st Place - Pictorial Competition - "Dusty Dirt Road"
​"Dusty Dirt Road" - 1st place
 
Although it has been several months since I took a trip out west, I'm still editing photos from the vacation. This shot was captured on a road just north of the entrance to Steptoe Butte in Palouse, WA.  When I first started shooting on this road, I left the car windows down as I drove around, not realizing how dusty it really was.  After driving around for a few hours, the interior of the brand new rental car and my camera gear was coated in a fine dust.  Despite that fact, it was still pretty fun driving around roads where you almost never saw another living soul... I'm just happy I didn't have any car troubles, because phone connectivity was spotty in places.
 
The next competition will be a Nature & Pictorial category on the 22nd.  Until then, I wish the best for all of you!
 
Take care,
 Dan
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2017/08/18 - People & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/8/18-people-pictorial-competition Hey Everyone!

 Hope all is well in your world!  Things are going fine for me, thanks for asking!

 
 Friday, August 18th 2017 was the most recent People photo competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society.  The people category is an area where my work leaves something to be desired, but I get lucky from time to time!  This wasn't really one of those times... That aside, I still like the photos I entered.
 
People Competition
 
 
2017-08-18 - Did Not Place - People Competition - "Fist Bump"2017-08-18 - Did Not Place - People Competition - "Fist Bump"
​"Fist Bump" - Did not place
 
This was taken during a photojournalism gig I did a little ways back. As I was trying to hone my camera to the correct settings, I snap a few shots during the opening acts and adjust as needed. This was an opening band, that primarily consisted of yelling with some other noise thrown in the mix. It was loud, unforgiving, and I'm certain I lost a some hearing. Although their "musical style" wasn't up my alley, they did put on a decent visual show!.
 
 
 
 
2017-08-18 - Honorable Mention - People Competition - "Emphatic"2017-08-18 - Honorable Mention - People Competition - "Emphatic"
​"Emphatic" - Honorable Mention
 
 This was from a show where I had to actually do some journalism.  The article took too long to create, and it was a struggle the whole way through.  Having a tenuous grasp of the English language makes journalism much more difficult that I expected! Be that as it may, I know I'll get better with time.  Here's a link to the article, but please keep expectations low... it starts pretty good, but then falls apart in the end.  <<<Click Here>>>
 
 
 
Pictorial Competition
 
 
2017-08-18 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Long Journey Ahead"2017-08-18 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Long Journey Ahead"
​"Long Journey Ahead" - Honorable mention
 
 I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed with how this shot did in the competition, but I suppose I shouldn't complain, as it still placed... kind of...
 
 Anyway, I took this shot on the 4th of July while I was awaiting the Cleveland fireworks to start up.  The funny thing about the name of this shot, is that the boat is actually being pulled upstream by a tugboat. Another "fun fact" about the boat is that all the dents are from ice flows in the great lakes and oceans!  Look closely, and you'll see why you won't find me traversing the oceans of the world in this monstrous boat!
 
Some other stuff is going on, but I can't tell you all about it yet... lets just say that I'm crossing my fingers!
 
It's not easy to say goodbye, so I'll just say "Farewell for now!"
 
Regards,
 Dan
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03/19/2016 - Creative and Pictorial competitions http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/8/19-creative-and-pictorial-competitions
Hey Everyone!
 I hope all is well!
 
 This past Friday marked the conclusion of the competition season at the Cleveland Photographic Society!  I'm eagerly looking forward to the year end event, and feel I may have a good entries to consider!

 
Here's the original image that I started my creative entry with.
 
2016-03-18 - Creative Source2016-03-18 - Creative Source

 
 This photo took me around 30-40 hours to get to this stage, but I'm very happy with the results!
Everything else in the image was manipulated or created.  I probably spent 5-10 hours just creating shadows on her face and other objects around the room... The judges really raved about this one, which is a welcome change!

 

2016-03-18 - First Place - Creative Competition - "Witches Brew"2016-03-18 - First Place - Creative Competition - "Witches Brew"

​"Witches Brew" - First Place - Creative Competition
 

 

2016/03/19 - DNP - Pictorial competition - "Swallowtail Butterfly"2016/03/19 - DNP - Pictorial competition - "Swallowtail Butterfly"
"Swallowtail Butterfly" - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition
 
 I knew a number of reasons why this photo wasn't going to do well in competition, but I entered it anyway. It was less about placing, and more about just entering something different.  In the end, I just like this photo...


 
2016-05-21 - YEC - ​​"Cross-eyed kitty" - Did not place2016-05-21 - YEC - ​​"Cross-eyed kitty" - Did not place
​"Cross-eyed Cat" - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition
 
 I have hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures of cats sticking out their tongues... I always enjoy catching that moment in time...   8þ
 
 Aside the competition thing, I spent some time updating the "Honors and Awards" section of my website.  Give er' a look if you have some free time... feedback is welcome!
http://www.dansandy.me/awards
 
 I've done some volunteer photojournalism for 2 different events in the past few weeks, and will share a few of those photos when I find some time...
 
Have a great one!
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07/14/2017 - Nature & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/7/14-nature-pictorial-competition Hey everyone,
 Friday evening was the first Nature photo competition of the season at CPS, and it was a fierce one!  There was at least a perfect score in each category, and a total of 3 for the competition. Although perfect scores are typically rare, they do seem to occur in bunches. Since the scoring is based on a sliding scale where the highest score determines how the rest of the scores will place, I had to try harder to compete. That said, if you question how some of my images did during this comp, this is the main contributing factor.

 It should be noted that CPS has some incredible photographers/artist, and it seems like they're getting better every year!  Everyone is pushing everyone else to greater heights, which is spawning some tough competition!  I'm just happy to be in the mix!

 
Nature category:
 
2017-07-14 - Did Not Place - Nature competition - "Sea Stack Sunset Surge"2017-07-14 - Did Not Place - Nature competition - "Sea Stack Sunset Surge"
"Sea Stack Sunset Surge" - Did not place
As I was driving down the coast of Oregon last month, I had the pleasure of stopping by the sea stacks in Bandon, OR during sunset.  It was essentially miles of beach with geologic protrusions springing from the seascape. On misty mornings or near day's end, you'll find spectacular views at every turn. Truly a sight to behold! 
 
 
 
 

 
Pictorial category:

 
2017-07-14 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial competition "The Little Tug boat That Could"2017-07-14 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial competition "The Little Tug boat That Could"
​"The Little Tug boat That Could" - Honorable Mention
 
During a sunset walk on the pier before the fireworks at the Port of Cleveland on the 4th of July, I had the pleasure of seeing this massive ore boat being towed backwards up the mouth of the Cuyahoga river by a little fella. Couldn't have asked for better weather for a spectacular sunset!
 
 
 


 
2017-07-14 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial competition - "Yaquina Bay Bridge"2017-07-14 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial competition - "Yaquina Bay Bridge"
​"Yaquina Bay Bridge" - Honorable Mention
 
 One of the only days I was able to catch the sunrise in Oregon was when I was in Newport.  A nice fishing town with a lot of character, and the Rouge Brewery!  I woke early and decided to go down to the beach to catch some photos at the shellfish preserve.  Although I never actually captured a sunrise on this day, I still love what I managed to capture!

 
That's it for the competitions until next month! I'll be in touch soon enough...
 
Until then, Have a great day and take care!
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2017/07/07 - Creative & Pictorial competition and update http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/7/07-creative-pictorial-competition
Hey everyone!
 
 I've been quite busy since I last wrote!  I recently returned from a 9 day road-trip through the state of Washington and Oregon.  I managed to take over 200 gigs of photos (a few thousand), and drove a total of 2,487 miles (1,400 were in the first 3 days) despite flying in to Seattle from Ohio!  I'll be making a separate post about that as soon as I can find the time to edit all the photos! I've already spent over 40 hours going through them, and have only gotten through about 1/3 of them!
 
 Along with my trip, I also had the pleasure of photographing the Cleveland fireworks from the launch site at the Port of Cleveland again this year! That will also be a separate post, where I'll highlight the past few years of photos taken at the port! I can't express how grateful I am for the access and have no one more to thank than my older brother!  Thanks Mike!
 
 If that wasn't enough, I'm collaborating with a few local artists to capture them in their element. One dealing with a pottery wheel, and another who specializes in ice sculptures!  More on that later...
 
 Ok... That's the update... Now for the reason I initially started this post. 

 This evening was the first photo competition of the 2017-2018 season at the Cleveland Photographic Society. As with every year, the Creative category is the first of many increasingly impressive competitions throughout the year.

 Due to an urgent family matter, one of the judges couldn't make it to the club, so I sat with the 2 other judges and gave critiques in his stead.  Fortunately, the competition was judged prior to today so the absent judge was able to score the entries, and I just filled in as necessary. As for my critiques, some were good, some were bad... some incoherent... In the end it turned out pretty darn good!

 
Creative category:

2017-07-07 - Honorable Mention - Creative Competition - "Alien Headdress"2017-07-07 - Honorable Mention - Creative Competition - "Alien Headdress"
"Alien Headdress"  - Honorable Mention
 
This image is composed of 2 photographs.  One taken during a model photo shoot a few years ago, and the other was during a hike in the park a few months ago.  The neat thing about this is that the final image was made in the camera itself.  I did this using a function called "Double-exposure" where you take two photos and merge them together.  It mimics the film days where a photographer would forget to advance their film, causing the film to be exposed twice. This accident quickly became an intentional act as photographers started exploring more creative avenues.  I've only tried this technique twice with my digital camera but I plan on exploring it further in the future!
 
 
 
 
Pictorial category

2017-07-07 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Beautiful day in Palouse"2017-07-07 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Beautiful day in Palouse"
​"Beautiful day in Palouse" - Honorable Mention
 
This was taken during the first 3 days of my trip out west... Couldn't have asked for better weather for my time in South East Washington state!
 
 


2017-07-07 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Solitary Sunset"2017-07-07 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Solitary Sunset"
​"Solitary Sunset" - 3rd Place
 
This was also taken during my trip out west.  I'm not an overly emotional guy, but this place literally brought a tear to my eye as I drove up to this spot during sunrise... truly an incredible place that I won't soon forget!

 
 Although I pride myself in not spamming you fine people, there is a Nature photo competition next Friday... so you'll be hearing from me soon enough... you have been warned  :)

 
I wish you all the best!
 
Warm regards,
 Dan
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2017 City of Cleveland fireworks http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/7/2017-city-of-cleveland-fireworks
Hey there,

 As previously promised, here's a recap Cleveland firework displays that I've captured from the Port of Cleveland this year.  A huge thanks to the Port and my older brother for allowing me exclusive access to capture these shots!
 

Old coast guard station - Cleveland, OhOld coast guard station - Cleveland, Oh

​Before the actual fireworks, I had some time to kill, so I just wandered on the pier and captured some photos!


 

Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017

​a tug was pulling a massive ore boat up the Cuyahoga as I walked out on the pier!


 
 
Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017
​This photo recently received an Honorable Mention in a photo competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society!
 

 
Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017
Still chugging along!  It's incredible the power the tug boats have!


Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017Ore boat being towed backwards into the mouth of the Cuyahoga river 07/04/2017
​Look at the dents on that ship...  apparently caused by ice flows during winter.

 
 
Now for the fireworks!  There was approximately 15,000 fireworks shot off over a 30 minute period, which was quite impressive! The following shots were captured from next to the concrete silos near the mouth of the Cuyahoga river (which was where I was sitting at the time).
 
 
To give some sense of scale, here's a zoom in on the people setting the fireworks off.
 
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​ Along with the shots I captured manually, I also set up my older camera with a timer that you can program to take a series of shots over a specified amount of time (intervalometer).  Seeing that I could capture photos without actually being present, I placed it in the fallout zone just under the fireworks... All I did was frame the shot to where I thought the fireworks might be, and then press go.  I set the intervalometer to take a 5 second long photo, with 1 second in between, for a a few hours. I wish I had lens that covered a wider angle to capture all of the fireworks, but I made due with what I had... I love that Cleveland is in the bottom right corner!
 
 
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​as you can see, my camera almost got hit by debris.
 


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another really close one!
 

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I really liked seeing this unique perspective, and am really happy these photos turned out!  I tried this in 2016 and I screwed it all up... Can't wait to try this again in the future!

​I'll be sending more from years past in other emails, so keep your eyes pealed!

 
Have a great day!
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dan.sandy@gmail.com (DanSandy.Me) dan sandy dansandy fire works firework fireworks photo photography photography blog port port of cleveland http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/7/2017-city-of-cleveland-fireworks Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:58:00 GMT
Concert Photography - Doyle http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/4/concert-photography-doyle
Howdy folks!
 Through a random string of events, I recently photographed a heavy metal show for the publicist of a band named "Doyle". The band was named after the guitarist "Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein". A man that strums so vigorously, that he had to engineer stronger guitars to withstand the intensity! He cycles through a guitar between each song, as the other 5 are being tuned. I'm not entirely sure why he tunes them at all, because with the amps set to 11, there was no way of hearing the difference between notes. Be that as it may, he is a perfectionist in his own right, and that has to be respected to some degree.

 Two of the members in Doyle were formally with the punk rock band named "The Misfits".  If you've never heard of them, just know that they had hit legend status in the punk scene over the past several decades, but have since split due to creative differences. It was because they were a part of that band that I decided to endure the other heavy metal bands. If I were to sum the show up; there was a lot of screaming in contrast to a wall of noise that was being passed off as music.
 

 Although I'm certain I suffered irreparable hearing loss, I still had a great time! The bonus was great learning experience in the ever challenging constantly changing lighting schematics from one second to the next.  This is also why I ended up taking just over 600 shots...
 

Doyle - 2017-04-13 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, Oh
​(Left to Right: Bass - Brandon Strate; Drums - Brandon Pertzborn; Vocals - Alex “Wolfman” Story; Guitar - Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein)



Doyle - 2017-04-13 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, Oh
​Before each song, the lead singer would say "This one here... this one is a love song... and you can dance if you want to".  Needless to say, they weren't love songs... unless "screaming your love" is a thing... Now-a-days, you just never know... At any rate, it made me laugh every time!


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I mean... how many hours a day can this guy work out?


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​It was funny seeing all the cellphones... Doyle WVF hates cellphones at shows...


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​The bass guitarist kept on blocking a bunch of shots, so I squatted down to shoot between his legs for this one... gotta do what you gotta do...


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​It looks like he sprouted a second head out of his neck!!!  Not to worry, it's just the Bass guitar player in the background.


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​This guy was lively!


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​Gum and heavy metal go hand in hand... well... I'm not sure if that's actually a fact or not... but it sounds about right!


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​I'm not convinced that Doyle Wolfgang wasn't trying to scare that kid in the front row...


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​Drum solo!
 
 
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an intimate moment at a heavy metal show
 



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This guy also plays in a band named Black Flag (which is also a huge punk band)...  He clearly loves playing the drums!


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​Something a parent doesn't want to hear from their daughter's mouth... "Here's my new boyfriend... and I'm pregnant... can we live here?".  At least I imagine you wouldn't...


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​Someone shouted "Play Freebird" between songs... they never did play it... However, they did play a love song that you could dance to... if you wanted.


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​After the show, Doyle was explaining the finer intricacies of science and technology to their younger fans.


Here's where the photos were used, along with a little write up about the show.
http://willtorock.com/recappictures-doyle-agora-ballroom-cleveland-oh-41317/
 
 
Until next time,
 Have an awesome day!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2017/03/17 - Creative & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/3/17-creative-pictorial-competition Hey everyone!  Hope all is well!!!
 
 Since writing to you last, I've been busy with a few different volunteering events for the Special Olympics, The Cleveland Animal Protective League, and even a presentation by the CEO of Lubrizol as he spoke to a Group Of Aspiring Lubrizol Leaders (GOALL for short).

  Along with that, I'm mentoring another group of people at the Cleveland Photographic Society for the second time around, and working on setting up a photo club at Lubrizol!! Needless to say, I have no shortage of things to do, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds,
 

 This past Friday was the final regular photo competition of the season, and it was a tough one! There ended up being an issue with some of the scores, which affected the overall final results of the competition.  Sadly, all of my images were negatively affected by this causing them to not place.  These things are bound to happen from time to time, and we just deal with them as they come.  The good news is that I can still enter them in to the year end competition that's coming up soon!

 

2017-03-17 - Did Not Place - Creative Competition - "Smoky Mountain Star Trails" -2017-03-17 - Did Not Place - Creative Competition - "Smoky Mountain Star Trails" -

"Smoky Mountain Star Trails" - Creative Competition - Did not place
 
This image is a compilation of close to 100 different photos (30-seconds each) that were taken back-to-back over a few hours.  This was taken during my trip to the Smokey Mountains last April, which ended up being a great time!



 
 
2017-03-17 - Did not place - Creative Competition - "Submerged"2017-03-17 - Did not place - Creative Competition - "Submerged"
"Submerged" - Creative Competition - Did not place
 
This photo came about by me experimenting with a feature on my camera called Double-Exposure.  It mimics the result of a double exposed piece of film, by overlaying the two images together.  While looking through the menus on the camera, I came to find that you can choose a source image as the first image, as opposed to taking two photos back-to-back.  That being the case, I loaded a few photos I had taken during a model shoot with a friend, and then headed to the park to take the "second shot".  The reeds that the model appears to be submerged in were back-lit by the sun, which gave a neat effect. Aside from a few slight tweaks in Photoshop, this photo was largely done in the camera itself.  Yes, this technique could be solely done in Photoshop, but I wanted to force myself to try something different with the camera itself.  I really love how this image turned out, and have just gotten it printed on canvas!
 
 
 


 
2017-03-17 - Did not place - Creative Competition - "Breaking Through"2017-03-17 - Did not place - Creative Competition - "Breaking Through"

"Breaking Through" - Pictorial Competition - Did not place
 
This photo was also taken during my first attempt at double-exposed photos.  Same technique as the last photo, that I also thought was fairly successful!

 
Well, that's it for now!  I'll keep you posted on the year-end photo competition in the following month or two!
 
Have an awesome day!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2017/02/03 - B&W and Pictorial Competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/2/03-BW-pictorial-competition Hey there!
 Here are some photos from a B&W and Pictorial competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society! This post was part of an email that contained 2 competition results that were split into two blog posts, the brevity is due this post originating at the bottom of said email.
 
 
B&W category
 
2017-02-03 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "Bass Player"2017-02-03 - Did Not Place - B&W Competition - "Bass Player"
​"Bass Player" - Did Not Place
 
Although not a technically sound photo, I still really like this shot!  Taken in my buddy's basement when I was doing musical instrument study... This photo was a part of a CPS exhibit a the Cleveland Institute of music a few years ago.

 


 
2017-02-03 - Honorable Mention - B&W Competition - "Giant Arch"2017-02-03 - Honorable Mention - B&W Competition - "Giant Arch"
​"Giant Arch" - Honorable Mention

 
I took a day off last fall to take some early morning photos in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and had to stop at the 271 bridge for this shot... it was an amazingly foggy day in the valley that gave a neat effect to the shot!

 
 
 
Pictorial category
 
2017-02/03 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "Botanical Trist"2017-02/03 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "Botanical Trist"
​"Botanical Twist" - Did Not Place
 
A few years ago I volunteered to help assist CPS photo students at the Cleveland Greenhouse.  I slightly missed the focus on the lower portion of the  tan portion of the plant, but I love the flow of the image and the different elements! 

 
There's only one competition left for this season, aside from the year end competition...  I'm really looking forward to both!!!
 
Until then, I have much to do!!!
 
Have a great day!
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2017/01/27 - Nature & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/1/27-nature-pictorial-competition Hey there,

  I recently gave a presentation at the Cleveland Photographic Society about the past 8 years of volunteer work at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.  The overarching theme was how volunteer work helped me progress in photography, and how competing in photo competitions opened me up to doing photojournalism at the APL! I also used the time to encourage others to consider volunteering their time at the APL or other non-profit organizations for the fun and learning experience.  A few people approached me after with positive feedback, so although I used 3 vacation days to finalize the presentation, it turned out pretty good!

 

Nature category

2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Nature Competition - "Frozen"2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Nature Competition - "Frozen"

"Frozen" - Nature Competition - Did not place
 
This was actually an icicle hanging from a friends porch during the extreme cold streak a few back. 
 
 
 


 
2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Nature Competition - "Ice Cave"2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Nature Competition - "Ice Cave"

​​​"Ice Cave" - Nature Competition - Did not place
 
Oddly enough, the ice at the bottom of the shot was at the top of Buttermilk falls...  The icicles actually formed from water dripping out from a shale wall just upstream from the falls.  Fun fact: Buttermilk falls is on the hillside as the ski hill known as Buttermilk at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
 

Here's another photo I entered a few years ago of the same place... (it had similar results in competition)



 

 


Pictorial category

2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "2016 Cleveland Fireworks"2017-01-27 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "2016 Cleveland Fireworks"
​​​​​"2016 Cleveland Fireworks" - Pictorial Competition - Did not place
 
Taken from just under the silos at the Port of Cleveland.  What's really wild about this photo is that you can just barely see the silhouette of a Cleveland firefighter in front of the orange flames (you can just barely see his head just to the bottom-right of the flame).
 
Till next time!
 Dan
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2017/01/06 - People & Pictorial http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2017/1/06-people-pictorial
Good day everyone!
 I trust the holidays treated you well!
 

Friday the 6th was the last people photo competition for the season. 

 

2017-01-06 - Did not place - People Competition - "Crimson Kristin"2017-01-06 - Did not place - People Competition - "Crimson Kristin"
​​"Crimson Kristin" - People Competition - Did not place

Although this photo has good lighting, it sadly lacks inspiration... and the score reflected that.  I don't think it's a bad photo, but it did fall short of placing in this competition.  I just take that as inspiration to do better in people competitions next year!



 

2017-01-06 - Did not place - People Competition - "Smile with your eyes"2017-01-06 - Did not place - People Competition - "Smile with your eyes"
​​​"Smile With Your Eyes" - People Competition - Did not place

We were just fooling around with different things, and I asked my lovely model to wrap her head with her scarf.  although I was just fooling around, I thought it turned out pretty good despite falling short of Honorable mention by one point.  I'll probably enter this photo into the year end competition coming up in a few months, as I still have faith that it can do well!
 

 

 

2017-01-06 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Sunset at the Port"2017-01-06 - Honorable Mention - Pictorial Competition - "Sunset at the Port"

​​​"Sunset at the port" - Pictorial Competition -Honorable Mention
 
One of the many perks about being an active member in a photo club is the field trips.  This shot was taken from the roof balcony of the Ernst and Young building downtown.  I actually entered another photo from this trip during the most recent creative competition.

 
 I'm currently working on a presentation that I'll be doing early next month for the photo club that will be about my volunteer work at the Cleveland APL!
 
 In other news, I have a meeting with a coworker about starting the photo club at Lubrizol!  I'm really looking forward to what we can achieve with this club!!! 
 
Wishing you all the best!
Regards,

 Dan

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2016/11/18 - Creative & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2016/11/18-creative-pictorial-competition Good day everyone!

 I recently hosted the most recent Creative & Pictorial competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society. Although there were many beautiful photos entered, it was a tough competition once again. 


 
2016-11-08 - Did not place - Creative Competition - ​"Midnight Racers"2016-11-08 - Did not place - Creative Competition - ​"Midnight Racers"
​"Midnight Racers" - Creative Competition - Did not place
 
 I took this photo back in April during my trip to the Smokey Mountains, where I stood in the dark for hours just waiting for cars to drive past. This road is on the way back to Pigeon Forge, KY from Clingmans Dome. I got lucky with this shot because I was able to catch cars moving in both directions, which only happened a few times throughout the night!  Once the number of cars began to wain, I packed up my gear and headed back to the cabin for the eve.  During the critique portion of the competition two of the judges argued about this photo... what one judge hated, the other loved... just goes to show that art is subjective and seen differently by different people. I for one love this shot!
 
 

 
2016-11-18 - Honorable Mention - Creative Competition - "Urban Lifeblood"2016-11-18 - Honorable Mention - Creative Competition - "Urban Lifeblood"
​"Urban Lifeblood" - Creative Competition - Honorable Mention
 
  One of the perks of being a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society is that we occasionally gain access to different vantage points throughout the city.  For a while we were going to the 44th floor of the Terminal tower before the building was sold.  Sadly we can no longer gain access as we once did...  On the good side, one of our friendly members was able to get us on the roof of the Ernst & Young building right near the lake!  This shot was taken looking West towards the Lakewood area.  As you can see, I did some post processing to highlight the highway through the shot... It only took a few hours and was just barely able to score enough points to get the Honorable Mention.
 
 

 
2016-11-08 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition  - "Beyond Bridal Veil Falls"2016-11-08 - Did Not Place - Pictorial Competition - "Beyond Bridal Veil Falls"
​​"Beyond Bridal Veil Falls" - Pictorial Competition - Did Not Place
 
 This photo was taken at my favorite place in the Cleveland Metroparks.  It's easy to get to, but the rocks can be quite slippery. No matter the season, it's always a great spot to capture some nature photos!  This was unfortunately my lowest scoring entry of the evening, and I'm not sure why it placed so low... but that's just how things worked out... better luck next time!
 
That's all I have for the rest of the holiday season.  My next photo competition won't be till early next year, so I have some time to get some more shots before!
 
Take care until then!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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dan.sandy@gmail.com (DanSandy.Me) cleveland photographic society dan sandy dansandy double expose double exposure long exposure modeling photo photography photography blog star trails tennessee tn http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2016/11/18-creative-pictorial-competition Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:15:00 GMT
2016/11/04 - B&W & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2016/11/04-BW-photo-competition Greetings friends,
 It's incredible how quickly time flies! There seems to be no shortage of things to do, and photographs to take.

 I had the pleasure of photographing the Cleveland APL's Furball banquet/fund raiser at the Intercontinental Hotel last Saturday. Proceeds from the event fund "The Second Chance Program", where the APL helps animals that have more serious medical issues. If you're interested in seeing a 11 minute video with examples, here's a link to a video from a few years ago - Second Chance Program video - Just know that you may tear up... Also worth noting is that one of my photos shows up at 1:31 into the video!  If you don't want to watch the video, just know that the program is for a good cause! 
 
 Anyway, I was taking photos of the event from every angle from 4:15 till midnight, and ended up taking just under 10 gigs of photos.  Needless to say, I still have days of work ahead of me!

Along with taking photos of the event, I also donated a 20"x30" canvas print of the Key Tower which went for $220!  Not too shabby if you ask me!

 
 
2014-01-24 - "The City is Alive"2014-01-24 - "The City is Alive"
"The City Is Alive"

 

Along with that, last Friday was the second B&W / Pictorial photo competition of the season, and it was an interesting one for sure.  There were some incredible photos that didn't place, and then some blurry one's that did really well... It just goes to show that art is subjective! Someone also recieved the ever so rare "Perfect Score", which raised the bar for the B&W competition.  Although I like my entries, they just didn't do to well for this competition...  I think I'll do better next time!
 


B&W Competition - Did Not Place -  "Historical Homestead"
 
This photo was taken in Cades Cove during my photo trip to the Smokey Mountains earlier this year.  If you ever get a chance to visit the area, make sure you stop by to get some honey comb from the visitor's center!
 
 



B&W Competition - Did Not Place - "One Stick To Rule Them All"
 
An alternate title for this was "Strangled by infrastructure", but that just seemed pretentious.... so I went with an obscure Lord of the Rings reference that nobody would get. Don't question it... just go with the flow. 
Anyhow, this was a dead or dying tree that was under the Turnpike bridge just off of Riverview road near Boston Mills Ski Resort.   I got this and the next photo when I decided to use my very last vacation day of the year.  I don't regret that idea at all!  The fog rolling through the valley, was just too incredible to pass up.  Although this photo doesn't completely capture the true feeling, you'll be seeing some during the next B&W competition.
 
 
 

 

Pictorial Competition - First Place - "Early Morning Mist At The Beaver Lodge"

 
 I woke up around 4 on my last vacation day to catch the sunrise, and whatever else caught my eye.  Eagerly, I searched for the sunrise time, and roughly planned out the series of events that needed to reach my destination on time.  I'm not certain how, but I must have faltered in my calculations because I arrived hours before sunrise.  Despite the misstep, I set up my gear and started snapping away in extremely dark conditions. It didn't take long to realize that these weren't ideal conditions, but about an hour into the shoot when the light just barely illuminated the hazy sky. That's when things started looking up!  Not long after this photo was taken, a dense fog filled the area which denoted my departure. The sun never made an appearance in that valley until I reached the bridge that's shown above.  All in all, It was a great day to have off to enjoy some of the final warm days before the onslaught of winter.
 
 Until next time, I wish you all the best!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2016/10/14 - People & Pictorial competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2016/10/14-people-pictorial-competition Good day folks,

 What an incredible weekend for being outside... I wish this lasted longer than a few weeks a year! 
That aside, last Friday was a People & Pictorial photo competition at the Cleveland Photographic Society.  Although there were plenty of great entries, it turned out to be a fairly low scoring night for most everyone involved.



"Llama Master" - People Competition - Did Not Place
 
 Taken during my visit to the Great Smoky Mountains last April, this shot took me two attempts to capture (on two different days).  This spot was about 1 mile uphill from the parking area, and had some precarious rocky and root covered path to contend with. It didn't do well in the competition due to the fact that I didn't give enough breathing room around the subjects in the photo.
 
 



"Singer In a Band" - People Competition - Did Not Place
 
 This show was taken during a co-worker's Rock-a-billy show at the Beachland Tavern earlier this year.  Although it did poorly during the competition, I still really like this photo!
 




"Treetop walkway" - Pictorial Competition - 3rd Place
 
Also taken during my trip to The Great Smoky Mountains, this walkway can be found at the top of Clingmans Dome.  It's about 1/2 mile from the parking area, but the path leading to it is at an absurd angle... I swear it was 45 degrees at some points!  If you're willing to hike up the thing, the views span for miles around.  You can see some incredible colors during sunset.

 
That's all I have for now!
 
Hope all of you are doing great!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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2016/09/23 - Nature & Pictorial Competition http://www.dansandy.me/blog/2016/9/23-nature-competition
Good day/evening/morning to you!

 Last Friday was the second Nature themed photo competition at The Cleveland Photographic Society, and what a great night it turned out to be!  As I'm working through the virtual pile of photos I took on my trip to the Smoky mountains earlier this year, I'm finding some photos that I really like!  Here are a few more that you may remember from previous emails.... then again, maybe not... at any rate, here we go!

 

2016-09-23 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Rainy Day in Cades Cove"2016-09-23 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Rainy Day in Cades Cove"
"Rainy Day in Cades Cove" - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition

This was taken on an popular stretch of road among photographers in Cades Cove National park.  I guess when all these trees have bloomed, it's a site to behold! Much to my dismay, it turned out to be a rainy day and we were there before most of the trees had actually bloomed.  What the day lacked in beauty, it made up for in mood and setting.  Rainy or not, we were there to take photos, and that's what we did!  I just put my camera in a plastic bag, set up my tripod and shot to my heart's content. 

 

 

 
2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains"2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains"
"Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains" - 1st Place - Nature Competition
 
Taken somewhere in them thar hills... That's slang for me not having a clue where I took this in the Smoky's,  What I can tell you is that we were waking up at 4am every morning of our trip to capture shots like this.  Although it's a dreadful hour to wake, it was well worth sacrificing some sleep and relaxation for some photos!  I was really happy with how this one turned out!

 
 
 

 
2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Misty Morning in the Smoky's"2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Misty Morning in the Smoky's"
"Misty Morning in the Smoky's" - 1st Place - Nature Competition
 
Another photo I thought turned out well!  Either the same exact morning as the last shot, or perhaps a different one... dunno for certain... but that's not what's important here.  What's important is that I was able to enjoy this experience and then ultimately share it with all of you!

 I'm really looking forward to my next photo trip which I think may be out to southern WA and some Oregon!  Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but I need to go edit photos from the second annual Dick Goddard & Cleveland Animal Protective League telethon that raised over $140,000 to help the shelter during the one day event!  Sadly, I found out the next day that Mr. Goddard had fallen and broken his hip while walking into his home after the event... Let's just hope all is well with this local legend!
 
It'll be a while before the next photo competition, but you'll hear from me once I get through all the telethon photos!  Until then, I wish you all the best!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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Hey everyone!
 Last Friday was the first Black & White photo contest at Cleveland Photographic Society, and it turned out to be a great competition!

 
​"Below Grotto Falls" - Did not place - B&W competition
 
I took this photo back in April during my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Although this didn't place, the judges were great at explaining where it fell short of the mark.  It came down to not having enough contrast between the foliage, rocks, and other elements of the photo.  This is a problem that has plagued me in the past which I hope to overcome in the future! That said, I still like the photo.



​"Slot Canyon" - Fist Place - B&W competition
 
This was a last minute substitution for another photo that I originally liked... I'm really glad I swapped them because the other wasn't as strong! This was taken during my trip to Arches National Park in Utah last year (2015).  It's a magical place that's worth visiting!  It's even more spectacular at night when you can actually see the stars... absolutely stunning!




​ "The Thriving City" - Third place - Pictorial competition
 
 I took this about a month ago from the old coast guard station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga river. Thanks to a friend in law enforcement, I was able to park at the actual station to set up!  He stuck around to keep any miscreants or other law enforcement at bay while I took the photos!  Oddly enough the miscreants never made an appearance, but we were approached on 2 occasions by different officers because we were behind the gates. After talking to my buddy for a few moments, they were on their way, and I was able to continue.  I was really happy with the photos I captured that eve!

 

In other news, I was just contacted by CPS about publishing one of my photos in the next issue of their electronic magazine entitled "The Dark Room Door",  When I read what photo they wanted to publish, I just stared and scratching my head while pondering what they were thinking.  Still not sure... but here it is anyhow.

"Murica' or Git Out"   (Originally entered into the 2016-01-08 People photo competition where it did horridly.)



p.s. I really wish I had a Elmer Fudd hat for this shoot! (no pun intended).

 
I wish you all the best!
 
Regards,
 Dan
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