A Tearful Encounter

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 19 Nov 2014

The human face is capable of many expressions.  Possibly no expression is more extraordinary than one accompanied by tears. Eyes that swell with tears, seemingly from an undying well, having been overwhelmed with the sense of joy or horrific sadness, create moments of exquisite beauty. A new baby or a grand welcome home for a homecoming soldier beckon tears of hope, laughter, and relief. These types of tears are a blessing, and a sign that -- just for the moment -- everything is and will be OK. There are, of course, sorrowful tears, such as those flowing over a broken heart that longs causing aching sobs, or a child that shrieks and floods the room with unjust wails after being scolded.  Bereavement over the loss of someone close yields tears both inescapable and hard to dry.

Check out these beautiful, tender moments that have been shared by our amazing JPG contributors.


tears... by Nikola Matovina



Tears for Peace by John Chenault



Tears of happiness..No Regrets!! by Fahad Abro



Steak tears by Tonya Doughty



dry your tears by Dine Lao



The bride's tear by Quim Fabregas Elias



In tears by Alex Schroder



All Teared Up by Scott Eagle



Alive, she cried... by Mauricio Jiménez



Crying by alfie lee



It Will Not Cry by Jill Coleman



The crying game by Diana Cretu



Dry tears by Diego Arroyo



cry by Ali Asgar Tekin



No Warmth for Loretta by AJ Lee


Life happens... and it begs to be captured everyday, so get out and try to catch the glint of laughter or the lonely tear of sadness.  There are so many more moving images here at JPG and we would love to see your collections of teary-eyed photography too, so get collecting and share!

Precision Photo Challenge Winner Announced!

Posted by Toby Morrison — 19 Nov 2014

Photographing action shots is just as thrilling to the photographer behind the camera as the person featured the shot!  For all the thrill, however, capturing the perfect action shot isn't always the easiest thing to do.  Catching the precise moment of  action generally takes skill, preparation and impeccable timing.  As nearly every photographer will readily admit, there is a component of 'luck' involved in getting those great shots.

In addition to your skill and a component of luck, having the right equipment is essential.  Tamron's Precision challenge asked you to submit your best 'precision' action photo for a chance top win some great Tamron lenses to make capturing the action even easier.  A Tamron lens from the Super Performance "ultrasonic silent drive" collection can help you capture the best in your action shots.

The challenge has closed and the winners have been chosen.  It's clear to see that these winners have some real action chops... and we're sure these lenses will help them further hone their craft.  Check out these winning entries, along with the additional shots we wanted to feature that also impressed!

Congrats to our winners and many thanks to all who entered! Watch for more great challenges coming soon!


GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

Joe will receive a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD valued at $1300. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC is a true "photographer's lens" YEAH!


Catching Air by Joe Eisner

"Skateboarder caught mid-air at Venice Beach Skate Park.  I was shooting at Venice Beach Skate Park, hoping for some great action shots. I had identified a couple of particularly acrobatic skaters to focus on and was following this young guy for a while. I saw him catch air, and was lucky to get the young boy spectating in the frame with the teenager suspended in mid-air.

I had shot there the previous year and also captured some great pictures. It was later in the afternoon in August, so the light was still pretty good.  I was shooting with a Nikon D800 and Tamron 28-300mm."



COMMUNITY VOTE WINNER!

Andrew will receive a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD valued $449, perfect for shooting sports, wildlife, spot news, weddings or fashion.  NICE!  The 70-300mm also features a breathtakingly fast f2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range producing images that are crisp and richly colored with fine detail.


Endless Summer by Andrew Dutton

"For some people, surfing is more than a sport, it is a way of life. I took this photo at a beach in Pacifica California.  This guy just finished riding a wave all the way in and was just about to get off his board.  "The Endless Summer" is the greatest film ever made about Surfing! A big THANKS to all of my fellow JPGers that have voted for this entry! Very much appreciated! The original of this shot was in NEF (RAW) format and was 17.3MB, after conversion to Jpg format it is 7.3MB."


Be sure to browse through all the amazing entries and check out all the HOT photos too entered into the Precision Photo Challenge!  

Huge THANKS to TAMRON for supporting this challenge!  Tamron is your solution for creating beautiful images from technical excellence.  Tamron offers products characterized by warmth and humanity-products that stimulate the sensibilities of people around the world in the constantly evolving field of visual communication.

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Here a few more "merit" shots we wanted to feature!



Card shark by Chad Cork



Dance - Two of a Kind by Dale Scherfling



The saving header by Florin Novac



Fire Dancer(s)! by Irfan Chaudhry





Brute by boland rotor


Winning Catch by Micah Jesson



Neither Here Nor There by Jeff Weber



Jumping in one wheel by George Cosmin Marin



Close Encounters by Paul Marto



Unleash the Beast by Jeremy Jones



hair by Julie Ann Newell



GRAVITY? Never heard of it. by Donna Mullins



Canonball by Suzanne Tutak

Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 17 Nov 2014

Photo of the Week


Vulnerability by Zapata Juan P





Story of the Week 100 Tips to Better Landscapes


atlantic ruins by alan ranger





Member of the Week Bailey Cooper


Obtuse Theories by Bailey Cooper


Photo Challenge: Tree of Life

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 16 Nov 2014

This Photo Challenge was suggested by Ronnie Ginnever. Since ancient times trees have been the subject and a metaphor of life.  This is a great time to capture a story and tell your own, for, the roots run deep with words and visions.  The Tree of Life.

Winter Bark by Pam Lennard



Autumn Series 2 by Janneke de Jong



Trinity Peace by Rico Hudspeth



Enchanted Autumn by Frank Jonen



Standing United During Change by Christopher Boswell



AdmistTheDark by Carissa Stanz



Endless Winter by Eric Ianuzi



Forest Fall by Claire Crocker



Leaning In by David Curry



Wall of Sound by Mike Melnotte



Tree Of Life by Jordan August



Tree by Peter Tompkins



Autumn by Matt Granz


Roswell Tree of Life by Pam Doughty



Good Morning Sunshine by Crystal Hilliard



Sunny Day by Randall Williams



Just a tree by Willie Bee



Tree in morning light, Corrales, New Mexico by christina kennedy



Tree of Life by Julie Shackson



Mumtaz by Waleed Moos



Sleeping Poet's Pool by Jerry Clement



Autumn Flight by Karisa L Clark



Tree of Life by Ron N



Untitled by Manu Felices



A second chance ~~ by Christy Popkes



Maybe a Tree in the Next life? by Nicole Smith



Untitled by Don Brogan



Hidden tree by Virginie HERIN



A moment of tree awe by Nadeem Shafi



Repossession by jason christopher



Passing Through by Stephanie Crittenden



Crouching Tiger...Hidden Dragon?

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 12 Nov 2014

Remember when you were a child, playing with all your toys at your side, and you could stay crouched over them for an endless amount of time?  When youth and flexibility fade, crouching seems to be a tiresome position that hurts the knees and even puts the feet to sleep.  At a certain age, it is almost necessary to stop crouching all together... It would be almost comical if it weren't so depressing, for the fear of falling over or not getting back up at all is quite painfully humiliating. Crouching, in certain instances, can ensure the photographer gets the perfect shot lined up in the view finder... Besides, you're only going to be there for a moment right?  But, besides picking up things we dropped or reaching the very bottom shelf, do we really need to do it?   

Check out these perfect crouching JPG shots!

Untitled by Руслан Исинев




Look by Preben Hunstad




The Perfect Shot by Lauren




Balance by Korin Fisher




Waiting by Alex Hill




PORTRAIT: Liza 2 by Jenna Kim




Untitled by Danielle Tunstall




Kezia by Rene Lieberherr




Untitled by Alain Daoud




Lena by Tatsiana Kilimbet




The moment I Fell In Love ... by Christopher Griesé


Now, it seems that in these images the croucher is perfectly comfortable in the position that they have put themselves in, some even appear to be sleeping!  Now it's your turn to get down low and crouch for the camera!  Don't forget to upload your shots to share with us... There are so many more crouching shots all throughout the site, just waiting to be found. When you come across them, create a collection to save and share!



Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 10 Nov 2014

Photo of the Week

Waiting for the sunrise by Catalin Pomeanu





Story of the Week Dominic and Kayden


Filling the Loader by Scott Emery






Member of the Week kil roy metters


sad eyes............ by kil roy metters

Photo Challenge: Hitch a Ride

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 9 Nov 2014

This Photo Challenge is all about hitching a ride; and what's great about this theme is we've all done it, in one way or another. Hitching a ride could be in a cab or flagging a down a car on the highway for a ride. Getting a ride doesn't always come in the means of a car, it could be riding on a horse or even better yet catching a ride on that perfect wave. So however you like to hitch that ride, capture it, and submit it to this really cool Photo Challenge!


Ride? by Talisha (Tally) Sachlis



hitchhiker by Lira Ziyad



Baatar by Alix Willemez



Hosier Lane, Melbourne by Vic Trotman



Unites in tow by Efren Ponce V. Marti


 island hopping by nickbon



Red Inside by Jeremy Jones



Ridin Low by Anthony Baccam



Sundown by Beth Evans-Lutz



Maintenance by Jacqueline Cave



Bel Air II by Ted Anderson



IN TRANSIT by David Adler



Back to the Future by Daniel Zuercher



First Step by David Curry



Moelfre DH by SC Ross Media




Owning the day by Alex Preiss



Fire Performance by Zapata Juan P



Tractor Run by melissa me!



The Race by Bob Wall



Pick a Horse Power by Jenna Kim



[ framed ] by Riccardo Romano

Best of October 2014

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 5 Nov 2014

Welcome to the Best of October!  October is the month best known for ghosts, ghouls and scary things, but, as far as we can tell, it was more on the beautiful side.  Our JPG contributors showed us the amazing picturesque side of October and there was not a trick in sight only treats for the eyes to behold.

Check out all these amazing October shots taken by our amazing JPG photographers and don't let the beauty frighten you!


Quiraing Rainbow by Bruce Kennedy



A Rock and a Hard Place by David Curry



Mum Black & White by Mark Queen



Untitled by Cisco StreetLenz



Hot Stuff by Barbara Socor



Ruffled by Andy Mills



Open windows by Toby Morrison



In The Autumn Sunshine by BreeAnna Smith



Jubilation by Charles Gossett



Le Monde Perdu by Max Brun



Waiting for the sunrise by Catalin Pomeanu



Up Lay by Tim Moore



Among the trees by Scot Newman



Grain by Ted Anderson



Four Friends by Hengki Koentjoro



Circle of Light by Shawn Beeles



new face to CF by Ian Pettigrew



Untitled by Valentina Fontanella


Yes, October was amazing, but, November has just started and the holidays are right around the corner; replete with food and family/friends getting together to celebrate good times.  So make sure you get out and capture all the good times and memories... before you know it will be 2015!

Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 3 Nov 2014

Photo of the Week

Le Monde Perdu by Max Brun




Story of the Week Ni Hao!


Shanghai skyline by raji





Member of the Week Salvatore Gebbia


Sukran's dream by salvatore gebbia

Winner Announced in Summer Escapes Photo Challenge

Posted by Toby Morrison — 3 Nov 2014

As the leaves turn color and begin to recess from the trees, it's a sure sign that winter is drawing near.  Just as you are likely looking back on your summer photos thinking, "where did the summer go?" -we are bummed to have to end this challenge.  Another month or two and we would have surely been able to get more amazing summer travel photos posted.  But as the proverb goes, "all good things come to an end."  So here you have it, the votes are in and our judges have spoken!  The following images have been selected as the official winners of the 2014 Summer Escapes photo challenge featuring submissions of the best 2014 Summer Travel Photos!


Grand Prize Winner!

Mount Fuji's Shadow by Jordan Hayashi

Selected by Pro Travel Photographer, Ken Kaminesky and the PhotoShelter team


The attraction to climb Mt. Fuji is immanent.  Once you lay eyes on the massive Japanese peak, how could you say "no" to wanting to see it's beauty from the top.  If you plan your climb just right, you can catch one of the greatest views of all... the sunset.  Jordan Hayashi's trip to the top proved to be an amazing one!  At first glance his image looks like just another sunset photo.  After gazing on the different elements became clear that there's much more to this image than the usual warm orange hues that glide throughout the cloudy blue sky we all know and love to see.  Normally, you see photos like this are shot from the window of an airplane.  We doubt that was the case this time.  As you begin to fixate on the dark rectangular shape cast upon the clouds, reaching across and extending out into the horizon...  Jordan's photo suddenly transforms from 'just another sunset photo' to a special moment captured at the end of a journey, arriving at the peak of one of the greatest mountains in the world - Mount Fuji.  We're certain every time Jordan looks back at this photo he can remember the finer details of the moment. 

We were able to get a hold of Jordan and here is what he had to say about his journey to the top.

"I took a trip to Japan to study the language and decided to climb Mount Fuji at the end of summer. I was told that it would be hard to carry camera equipment up the mountain since it was such a hard hike, but I decided to bring all of my gear and a tripod rather than the food and water that other people were packing. It was an exhausting 5 hour climb to the top, but I made it to the peak just before sunset. The sunset was absolutely breathtaking (literally...the lack of oxygen at the peak helped take my breath away). I tried to capture the magnitude of the view by including the entire shadow of the mountain, while still retaining the colors of the sunset."

For Jordan's amazing shot at the top of Mt. Fuji, he will receive a free PhotoShelter Pro account for a full year, a $100 gift card to B&H photo!  YEAH!!


Merit Prize Winner


Against The Falling Sun by Jenna Kim

Selected by Pro Travel Photographer, Ken Kaminesky and the PhotoShelter team

Jenna will receive a PhotoShelter standard account for a single year compliments of PhotoShelter!

We were able to catch up with Jenna about the photo and here is what she had to say:

"I was sitting on the beach-side by the Santa Monica Pier, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.  Initially I had wanted to photograph just the sunset and was waiting for a clearing. But as more people began appearing in front of me, their shadows against the falling light captivated me! I took several shots and this one was the one I liked the most!"

Jenna shared the moment sitting in the sand with an out of state guest.  The two were visitors to the beach that day joining each other in Santa Monica to celebrate to the life of a passing loved one.


Merit Prize Winner


Voyager by Eugenio Frasca

Selected by Pro Travel Photographer, Ken Kaminesky and the PhotoShelter team

Will receive a PhotoShelter standard account for a single year compliments of PhotoShelter!

Eugenio described his submission:


"The "Voyager" photo was taken in a beautiful valley among vineyards and corn fields in northeastern Italy. It was staged for a shot announcing my upcoming trip to Asia and accompanied by a text written by one of the major American writers of all times, Jack Kerouac "Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."
The suitcase appearing in the photo has a story of its own - It is an original suitcase from the 60's, used by its owner for a number of travels including India, where he documented the daily life of the locals in a stunning series of black and white photos.


Merit Prize Winner


To fall in love of the nothing by Davide Simone

Selected by the JPG community vote

Will receive a PhotoShelter standard account for a single year compliments of PhotoShelter!


If you haven't yet checked out all the entries check them out here and don't forget to browse through all the HOT photos as well as all the amazing entries entered into theme Summer Escapes photo theme!  

Huge THANKS to PhotoShelter for supporting this challenge!  PhotoShelter is your solution for creating a beautiful website offering over 100 professional-grade features to help smoothly run your photo business online.  PhotoShelter is trusted by over 80,000 enthusiasts, freelancers and established pros worldwide.

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