At the end of 2012 I ran a contest on Instagram and got Empire Avenue members to nominate their best 3 photographs of 2012.
It was not easy as the standard was high. I have chosen 10 images to delight you with and will give some background information about each of the photographers.
I will feature 3 in this post and another 3 tomorrow. In no particular order. Thank you to everyone who took part.
These photographers are a little special because they all communicate daily on various social media places and are very generous with their time and knowledge. I hope that you will follow them at the places of your choice.
Professional photographer specialising in artistic model & travel photography from Ipswich, Australia.
Ben`s tip is
“Be in control of your camera. Learn how shutter speed and aperture effect a picture, it’ll take all of 20mins goggling a tutorial and then use aperture priorty (av) shooting mode almost exclusively. That will make by far the single biggest difference to the quality of your photographs and how you go about thinking about what is important in an image than any other for the time invested”.
Timothy Snow is a multi talented guy in many media related fields from Providence, Rhode Island
Timothy gives us these tips (1) know your local spots (2) be there at the right time of day (3) tinker around manipulating the image on SmugMug
Find all Timothy`s social places at his Xeeme profile
A travel photographer based in San Francisco, David has travelled to 100 countries around the world, but chose this image from his own ‘backyard’ as one of his favorites.
David`s tip for us…”Try to capture your subject in the special light during the magic hour, the hour after sunset or before sunrise. This shot from across the Bay with a telephoto lens, was a long exposure on a tripod, framed symmetrically with the bridge low and lots of sky to emphasize the color and geometry of this wonderful iconic bridge.”
I hope that these wonderful images inspire you to get out and capture the beauty and life around you.