Mike Thomas Photos: Blog http://mikethomas.photos/blog en-us (C) Mike Thomas Photos berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:06:00 GMT Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:06:00 GMT http://mikethomas.photos/img/s/v-5/u1011284263-o153695030-50.jpg Mike Thomas Photos: Blog http://mikethomas.photos/blog 120 112 ACC December Competition Winning Images - Abstract Scapes http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/12/acc-december-competition-winning-images---abstract-scapes The theme for December at the Arundel Camera Club was "Abstract Scapes". Just what the heck is an abstract scape? Well its a landscape, cityscape, seascape that is abstract. This was a challenging theme for both the club members and the judge. Some images leaned to far towards a pure landscape, seascape, cityscape and some leaned to far towards the abstract. The judge also wasn't a big fan of some classic techniques where you move the camera while taking the photo (e.g., camera swipes and swirls). I had two honorable mentions.

My first honorable mention was a multiple exposure

ForrestForrestHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Prints Abstract Landscapes

My Second honorable mention was this shop taken at the Walt Disney Music Hall in California. This one leaned more toward abstract architecture than a landscape. It's all about the patterns and lines. I printed it on metallic paper.

Walt Disney Music HallWalt Disney Music HallHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color Prints Abstract Landscapes

 

Here are my loosing images.

Mono SwipeMono Swipe Reflected RedReflected Red Symatric Lines and TrianglesSymatric Lines and Triangles

 

SwipeSwipe Swipe Complementary ColorsSwipe Complementary Colors StutterStutter Sirling LeavesSirling Leaves


 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) abstract architecture arundel camera club honorable mention landscape leaves monochrome http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/12/acc-december-competition-winning-images---abstract-scapes Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:05:56 GMT
B-CCC December Silhouette Photography Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/12/b-ccc-december-silhouette-photography-competition-winning-images The theme for December at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club was "Silhouette." Where the subject is the silhouette of something; a dark object, usually black, with a lighter background. I had three winning images.  

  Radio CityRadio City1st Place Bowie Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Prints Silhouettes
Fishing from PierFishing from PierHonorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club Advanced Digital Silhouettes
Checking NetsChecking NetsHonorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club Advanced Digital Silhouettes

 

Here were my loosing images.

Kite SurferKite Surfer AnticipationAnticipation Santa Monica PierSanta Monica Pier  

 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 1st place bowie crofton camera club city fishing honorable mention kite surfer radio silhouettes sunrise http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/12/b-ccc-december-silhouette-photography-competition-winning-images Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:21:24 GMT
ACC November Print Competition Winning Images - Open http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/11/acc-november-print-competition-winning-images---open The theme for November at the Arundel Camera Club was "Open". I had one winning images.

Damask B&WDamask B&W4th Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Prints Open

 


 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 4th place arundel camera club damask monochrome open pattern texture http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/11/acc-november-print-competition-winning-images---open Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:09:26 GMT
B-CCC November Textures Photography Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/11/b-ccc-november-textures-photography-competition-winning-images The theme for November at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club was "Textures." Where the texture is the dominant subject: the visual and tactile quality of a surface: bumpy, rough, smooth, wrinkled, prickly, etc. The bark of a tree, the roughness of sandpaper, the softness of satin, the scales of a fish, the fuzziness of a kitten; not to be confused with pattern. Here are my two winning images.  

  NS Savannah - Dining RoomNS Savannah - Dining Room2nd Place Bowie Crofton Camera Club Advanced Monochrome Prints Textures
DamaskDamaskHonorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Prints Textures

 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 2nd place honorable mention ns savannah textures http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/11/b-ccc-november-textures-photography-competition-winning-images Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:57:36 GMT
B-CCC October Open Photography Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/10/b-ccc-october-open-photography-competition-winning-images The theme for October at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club was "Open." Here are my winning images. If you looked at my last blog post you will notice "Alex" won 1st this time. Last time it won 4th. 

  Alex1st Place Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Black and White Prints Open
Refreshing3rd Place Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Prints Open
Balloon FlowerBalloon FlowerHonorable Mention Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Digital Open

 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 1st place 3rd place alex boy coca cola coke flower girl honorable mention people watch http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/10/b-ccc-october-open-photography-competition-winning-images Wed, 04 Oct 2017 03:51:55 GMT
ACC September Competition Winning Images - Open http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/9/acc-september-competition-winning-images---open The theme for September at the Arundel Camera Club was "Open". I had two winning images.

AlexAlex4th Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochome Prints Open
Hood OrnamentHood OrnamentHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color Prints Open
DaylilyDaylilyHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Digital Open

 


 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 4th place alex arundel camera club car flower honorable mention hood ornament macro monochrome http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/9/acc-september-competition-winning-images---open Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:14:12 GMT
Christmas In July OPEN CRUISE http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/8/christmas-in-july-open-cruise Dawn and I went to the "Christmas In July OPEN CRUISE" car show at Marley Station on August 5th. This was probably the best auto show I have seen in the local area. Hundreds of cars of all types. It was hosted by the "Lost in the 50's Custom Car Club of Maryland". This was a fundraiser for their Salvation Army Christmas toy fund. Here are a few images:

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) automobile car hood ornament maryland show http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/8/christmas-in-july-open-cruise Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:12:38 GMT
McKee-Beshers WMA Sunflowers http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/8/mckee-beshers-wma-sunflowers Dawn and I caught the last of the sunflowers this year at McKee-Beshers WMA. They were already fading heads down heavy with seeds. According to the website "Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east." 

Here are some photos from that outing. How come sunflowers always make you happy?

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) bee maryland mckee-beshers monochrome sunflowers yellow http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/8/mckee-beshers-wma-sunflowers Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:33:02 GMT
Lighting and Posing Workshop http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/lighting-and-posing-workshop Today I attended my friend David Bleckman's Lighting and Posing Workshop. The model was Lexi Carter. I'm reasonably good at shooting portraits in my little basement studio but needed some practice shooting environmental portraits balancing ambient light with strobes. The weather turned out great. I learned a few things and had a lot of fun. Here are a few shots from today.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) david blecman lexi carter mayhem # 4006632 model posneg.com woman http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/lighting-and-posing-workshop Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:55:45 GMT
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/kenilworth-aquatic-gardens Saturday morning Dawn, Sam, and I joined Road Runner Photography Tours and what seemed like a 100 other photographers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to photograph the waterlilies and lotus. This was the nicest weather I have ever had at the gardens. The lotus bloom in July and its usually miserably hot and humid. Here are some of my photos.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) bee flora flowers kenilworth aquatic gardens lotus macro waterlilie http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/kenilworth-aquatic-gardens Tue, 11 Jul 2017 01:26:27 GMT
Garden Macros http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/garden-macros I went out early this morning to try my hand at shooting some macros in my garden. I use an Olympus E-M1 with a 60mm Macro and a Lumecube to kick in some light. There were lots of Balloon flowers, Cone Flowers, Daylilies, and Black Eyed Susan in bloom. In addition to lots of Bees I found a couple of yellow and black garden spiders.

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Here is another spider macro. I tried to get the web in focus this one. I succeeded in getting the web from the Spider to the back but not in front of the spider. You have to click on it to actually see the web.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Bee Cone Flower Daylily Flowers Garden LumeCube Macro Maryland Millersville Olympus Spider http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/7/garden-macros Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:54:34 GMT
Balloon Flowers http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/6/balloon-flowers A few year ago I purchased four small balloon flowers from Homestead Gardens. Every year I have been harvesting the seeds and spreading them throughout my flower beds. Now I end up with hundreds of balloon flowers and lots of pretty blue flowers throughout. They go nicely with the orange, yellows, pinks in my garden.

Here are a couple of images to show you why they are called balloon flowers. They look just like a balloon until they pop open.

Balloon FlowerBalloon FlowerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           Balloon FlowerBalloon FlowerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are several images of them after they open.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Balloon Flower Blue Flora Flower http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/6/balloon-flowers Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:54:11 GMT
Horseshoe Crabs at Slaughter Beach http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/6/horseshoe-crabs-at-slaughter-beach Dawn, Samantha, and I spent Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at Slaughter Beach, Delaware. Out goal to see the annual migration and mating of the horseshoe crabs. Slaughter Beach is a horseshoe crab sanctuary where they are protected from harvesting. Horseshoe crabs are prehistoric. They come to the beaches every year between May and June during high tide and the full moon to mate and lay their eggs. We made our way to the beach Friday afternoon. There were no crabs in sight but the remnants of some dead ones from previous high tide. We came back after dinner. Watched the full strawberry moon rise. Still no crabs. We waited until near 10pm and still no crabs. We called it a night. On Saturday morning we went to the  DuPont Nature Center and we could see crabs on the beach using their remote controlled 360' camera. So we went back to the beach around time for high tide and there they were. Here are some photos.

Mating Horseshoe Crabs Mating Horseshoe Crabs Mating Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe Crab Mating Horseshoe Crabs Laying Eggs

 

If you see one upside down. Turn it over so it can finish mating, laying eggs, and returning to the sea. Turn it over

 

 

There were also lots of cactus in bloom which attracted lots of bees. Bee on Cactus Flower Bee on Cactus Flower

 

 

We also saw some Diamondback Terrapins Diamondback Terrapin

 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Bee Cactus Delaware Diamondback Fauna Flora Flower Horseshoe Crab Slaughter Beach Terrapin Turtle http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/6/horseshoe-crabs-at-slaughter-beach Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:13:31 GMT
ACC End of Year Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-end-of-year-competition-winning-images At the end of the Arundel Camera Club club year, all of the images that won 1st through 4th place are submitted to the End of Year contests. WE have three judges come in and select the best of the best images of the year. These are presented at the club banquet. If you follow my blog, you will have seen all of these images posted before. The first image "Snowstorm Picnic" also won Image of the Year. This is the first time in 11 years won of my images has won Image of the Year.

Snowstorm Picnic1st Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Prints End of Year Contest

Decanter and Glass2nd Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome End of Year Contests
Hills3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Digital End of Year Contests
Urban LightsHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color End of Year Contests

 


 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Glass Hills Honorable Mention Landscape Snow Urban Lights http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-end-of-year-competition-winning-images Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:00 GMT
ACC May Competition Winning Images - Club Events http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-may-competition-winning-images---club-events The theme for April at the Arundel Camera Club was Club Events". You could enter one image per event you attended into digital, monochrome prints, and color prints contests. I only entered the digital contest this year. Entering the print contests over the last two years turned out to not be worth the paper and ink. I had two winning image.

The image titled "Kenilworth Garden Lotus" won first place. The funny thing is the judge was Frank Van Riper who said he doesn't like flower photos. 

Kenilworth Garden Lotus1st Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Digital Club Events

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 1st Place 4th Place Arundel Camera Club Bridget Flower Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Lotus http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-may-competition-winning-images---club-events Mon, 29 May 2017 12:36:47 GMT
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/philadelphia-chinese-lantern-festival Dawn, Sam, and I drove up to Philadelphia last night for the Chinese Lantern Festival. The weather was nice. The lanterns were great. Photographing them was like mind candy, kind of like shooting butterflies or balloons.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Chinese Festival Lantern Night Philadelphia http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/philadelphia-chinese-lantern-festival Sun, 28 May 2017 12:51:32 GMT
B-CCC May Open Photography Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/b-ccc-may-open-photography-competition-winning-images The theme for May at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club was "Open." The judge was Frank Van Riper.

Here are my winning images. 

  EgretEgretThird Place Bowie Crofton Camera Club Digital Open
DahliaHonorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club B&W Prints Open
Baltimore and Domino SignBaltimore and Domino SignHonorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club Color Prints Open
Urban Lights 2Honorable Mention Bowie Crofton Camera Club Color Prints Open

Here are my loosing images

In the judge's opening remarks he said he didn't like flower photos. He did say something nice about this one. It did make it through the first round. Note he did give me an honorable mention for another flower above. Tulip
The funny thing about this image is it has won every other contest it has been in. But it didn't resonate with this judge. Snowstorm Picnic

 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Baltimore Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Domino Sugar Egret Flower Honorable Mention Nature Night Snow Urban Lights http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/b-ccc-may-open-photography-competition-winning-images Tue, 16 May 2017 00:46:55 GMT
ACC April Competition Winning Images - Humor/Whimsey http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-april-competition-winning-images---humor/whimsey The theme for April at the Arundel Camera Club was "Humor/Whimsey". I had two winning images.

The Finger3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Prints Humor/Whimsey

What are you looking at?Honorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color Prints Humor/Whimsey

 


 

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Brandon Finger Honorable Mention People Portrait Street http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/5/acc-april-competition-winning-images---humor/whimsey Tue, 02 May 2017 00:09:47 GMT
B-CCC April Nature Photography Competition Winning Images http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/4/b-ccc-april-nature-photography-competition-winning-images The theme for April at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club was "Nature." 

Here are my winning images. 

  OrganicOrganicHonorable Mention Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Black & White Nature
Mating PlumageHonorable Mention Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Digital Nature
Dragon FlyDragon FlyHonorable Mention Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Prints Nature

Here are my loosing images

The judge said the focus was not as sharp as it should be on the white mushroom caps. Mushrooms
The judge said it was just another picture of a bear with a salmon, the bear isn't looking at us, and the rock behind the bear detracts from the composition. Fresh Catch of the DayFresh Catch of the Day
By the time we got to the digital contests, it was after 9PM and I already suspected this judge wasn't going to give me 1st through 3rd place and it was pouring down rain and I had a 30 minute drive, so I headed home. Thus I have no idea what he said about this flower. Blue Flower

If you are still reading, you may wonder what did win. The first and second place color prints were by my friend Vincent Ferrari and he climbed 3000ft with a tripod in Italy to get a sunset and nighttime shot of the Stromboli Volcano. If you want to see his first place winning image click here and his second place winner here. You really can't complain when you loose to images like these.

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) Bear Blue Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Dragonfly Egret Flower Honorable Mention Hostas Mating Mushrooms Nature Plumage Salmon http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/4/b-ccc-april-nature-photography-competition-winning-images Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:53:59 GMT
ACC March Print Competition Winning Images - Open http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/3/acc-march-print-competition-winning-images---open The theme for March at the Arundel Camera Club was Open. I had three winning prints.

Glass and Decanter2nd Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Prints Open

Urban Lights3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color Prints Open
The MillHonorable Mention Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Color Prints Open

 

Here were my loosing images

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berlthomas@hotmail.com (Mike Thomas Photos) 2nd Place 3rd Place Arundel Camera Club Bird Boats Church Color Duck Glass Honorable Mention Landscape Mill Monochrome http://mikethomas.photos/blog/2017/3/acc-march-print-competition-winning-images---open Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:24:38 GMT