Mike E Photography: Blog https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Mike E Photography mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:17:00 GMT Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:17:00 GMT https://www.mikeephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u265700452-o763243853-50.jpg Mike E Photography: Blog https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog 92 120 Used Words https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/6/used-words Over the early winter months of 2022, I experimented with some abstract photos. This photo was the result being at my desk late one night, and noticing how the single light in the room was reflecting off an unsigned contract I was about to throw in the trash.  I began to play with the contract by rolling several pages and tying them together.  I shot some photos of the paper bundle using a single LED flashlight as my light source. I liked this photo the best.  After the photo session, I threw out the unsigned contract, but I kept this photo of "Used Words."  It was juried into Praxis Gallery's Abstract Exhibit for June 2022, and will also hang at the ViewPoint Gallery in Canada in September 2022.  I joke that it needs to hang in every corporate boardroom in North America.  Patrons are buying.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) abstract America art Canada Gallery North paper Praxis used used words view ViewPoint words https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/6/used-words Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:16:48 GMT
Hungry Slinky https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hungry-slinky I had a lot of fun with this nylon slinky.  In a series of pics he slowly evolved until he became the Hungry Slinky.  Once he satisfied his hunger, he left town on the Slinky Express (no COVID theme there).  The photo hung in the Outside-The-Box Exhibit in Oxford, PA in February 2022, and then was juried into the 12th Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit in Virginia along with the Slinky Express photo.  Contact me after you sanitize your hands if you want to know how I set up this shot.
_DSC7659 v4 smHungry Slinky<strong><span class="large">Abstracts are non-representational and do not rely upon recognizable subject matter, but rather consist of colors, tones, shapes and textures. If the image has an obvious subject, it is NOT an abstract. Abstracts may be &ldquo;created&rdquo; or &ldquo;found.&rdquo; &ldquo;Found&rdquo; abstracts generally require some isolation in order to render the subject unrecognizable. Abstracts are the poetry of photography, free verse written in color and tone producing feelings of mystery regarding what the image is and what it is trying to say. Abstracts are an art form, and like other works of art, are felt as well as seen. Joseph Miller</span></strong>

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) abstract abstract art abstract photo abstraction COVID hungry hungry slinky Miller Oxford PA slinky VA https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hungry-slinky Tue, 26 Apr 2022 01:42:57 GMT
The Joker https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/3/the-joker This is the appropriate photo to close out 2021. Here is the back story.  I shot this on an Ocean City bus in the summer of 2021.  The background is the divider from the lower to upper portion of the bus.  This crazy guy with the Joker mask (we had to wear masks on the city bus) gets on the bus and he agrees to allow me to shoot his portrait. I liked the color version, but it had some wild distracting reflections off his sunglasses.  Two different photo critics told me they liked the photo, but the reflection was just too much.  Solution - get rid of the sunglass glare and make it a BnW photo.  The BnW version was then juried into a portrait exhibit and hung at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece in February 2022. Mike-Eubanks5Mike-Eubanks5  

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) bus city COVID Joker mask masks Ocean City portrait https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/3/the-joker Wed, 02 Mar 2022 23:57:30 GMT
New Normal 2021 https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/3/new-normal-2021 In a continuing effort to provide a collection of my photos for family and friends, I again self published a collection of some of my photos from the past year.  I titled the 2021 collection - New Normal 2021.

I am trying to move away from the COVID theme that has permeated my blog, but the damn virus just won't go away.  With any luck we may have turned it from a pandemic to an endemic.  Like Social Distance, I anticipate that New Normal 2021 will be a hot read in 10 years or less. If you want a copy you can order the softbound or digital version from Blurb at this link.      https://www.blurb.com/b/10959033-new-normal-2021

If you have any problems getting a copy from Blurb Publishing, just email me as I should be able to get a copy to you as long as they are in print.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) 2021 book coastal Dusk desolation row Heavy Metal New Normal photos https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/3/new-normal-2021 Wed, 02 Mar 2022 23:41:39 GMT
Ashlyn's Portrait https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ashlyns-portrait This portrait of my grand daughter, Ashlyn, won first prize in the portrait category of Harford County Photo Group's second annual photo contest.  Once Ashlyn found out I got money for first place, she started negotiating her modeling fee......

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) children daughter fee first first place grand Harford Harford County Photography Group HCPG model Photography Group portrait https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ashlyns-portrait Sat, 12 Feb 2022 20:06:07 GMT
Coastal HWY at Dusk https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/1/coastal-hwy-at-dusk My 2022 started on a good note. L.A. Photo Curator makes an annual selection of the top 40 photos from all submissions for the year. My photo of Coastal HWY at Dusk was selected as one of the top 40 photos of 2021.  The curator said, "These images were submitted to specific themes over the year but they alone really have so much to say - they stand on their own regardless of a theme. A good photograph is not just a pretty picture. It's an entrance into an intimate space, another world, a timeless moment frozen that moved the artist to make the photograph. And what was it that made the artist choose this moment to share? We don't know, but like all art it's all subjective and there are different meanings and messages for us all. I hope you will take some time and sit with these images that in my opinion are special enough to be called iconic."

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) americana beachtown beachvibes iconic iconicphoto iconicphotography iconicplaces nightlife nightlifephotographer nightlifestyle nightphotography photocurator suburbia https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2022/1/coastal-hwy-at-dusk Mon, 24 Jan 2022 22:34:05 GMT
Shades of Red https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/12/shades-of-red My photo, Through the Red Looking Glass, won a Bronze award in Camelback Gallery's Shades of Red visual arts competition in September 2021 and was featured through November of 2021.  Shot in Texas at Lizzy Gators. _DSC2737 v2_DSC2737 v2The Red Looking Glass

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) Glass Lizzy Gator Looking Red Shades of Red Texas https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/12/shades-of-red Sat, 04 Dec 2021 22:14:07 GMT
Bright Barn https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/7/bright-barn We are not sure what the New Normal means, but it seems to represent a change (like a Bright Barn) from the old normal.  This photo was juried into the Black Box online gallery under the theme of Color Burst, and will hang in the Jones Gallery in Kansas City in August.  If Bright Barns start popping up across the mid-west, I am taking credit and claiming it is a featured element of the New Normal Art Movement. _DSC7556 mod sm_DSC7556 mod sm

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) art barn black box bright Bright Barn COVID gallery jones Jones Gallery Kansas City movement new normal normal old red https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/7/bright-barn Wed, 21 Jul 2021 01:17:28 GMT
The Opera House https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-opera-house Opera HouseOpera House People are acting like the "New Normal" is here with 60% of US adult having at least one vax shot and another 33 million having had COVID. But the new Delta variant is spreading like crazy, and foreign travel is still difficult.  My Opera House picture, from our last trip overseas, was juried into a Monochrome group exhibit for July 2021 at the 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC.  An abstract photo representing the New Normal. 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) abstract Black and White BnW COVID monochrome New Normal opera house photo https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-opera-house Wed, 07 Jul 2021 21:08:33 GMT
Green Smoke https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/5/green-smoke I'm departing from COVID under tones in this post.  My photo, Green Smoke, was selected by the Midwest Center for Photography for their Abstract Exhibit - May 2021.  I have been asked, What makes smoke burn green?  I know it is not COVID....

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) abstract Abstract Exhibit COVID green Midwest Midwest Center for Photography smoke tones under https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/5/green-smoke Wed, 26 May 2021 01:52:20 GMT
In Tight Formation https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/4/tight-formation On a cold day, I caught a shot of snow geese making their annual migration.  Their annual flight pattern represents the changing of the season.  As the vaccine roll out continues, humanity is also experiencing a changing of the seasons - no one is clapping yet as the final out come is still uncertain. DSC0055 Snow Geese mod 3DSC0055 Snow Geese mod 3

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) change covid geese migration out race season snow https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/4/tight-formation Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:56:22 GMT
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To complete the circle for 2020, I had to include this photo that was awarded 3rd place in the HCPG annual contest.  Obviously, a candid shot otherwise he would not be holding the crappy plastic bag.  Shot in Blue Ridge during our road trip to Georgia.  I was thinking we may not have any mask pics in 2021, but even with the vaccines, it looks like the masks will continue. 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) bears contest COVID funny HCPG masks photo smile https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/3/bearing-a-mask Sat, 27 Mar 2021 02:29:11 GMT
Social Distance Retrospective https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/1/social-distance-retrospective Social Distance coverSocial Distance cover

I self published a collection of some of my photos from the past year and titled the collection - Social Distance 2020.

It will probably be a hot read in 10 or 15 years.  In the meantime, if you want a copy you can order the softbound or digital version from Blurb at this link.        https://www.blurb.com/b/10456540-social-distance-2020

 

If you have any problems getting hooked up with a copy, email me as I should be able to get a copy to you as long as they are in print.


 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) 10 2020 award book capitol collection coup covid distance fish great popular publish retro retrospective self social winning years https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/1/social-distance-retrospective Wed, 13 Jan 2021 21:17:14 GMT
May God Have Mercy on US https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/1/may-god-have-mercy-on-us DSC_0410 v2 IGDSC_0410 v2 IG My COVID theme has been Trumped by the events of January 6, 2021.  After the mob scene at the US Capitol, my Danish friend messaged me that evening:

PH - I hope you are OK.  Seeing some scary news from the USA!  Looks like bad things are happening.

ME - We are fine.  10% of the USA population are Goons.  When you need that 10% to get elected, you get Goon results. The Goons went to DC today with an orange headed Goon cheering them on.  The Goons will always be part of the USA population, but the Goons are not in control - this is just ugly democracy at work.

PH - We got scared.  When a mob invades your parliament it is serious business.  In my opinion, it looked liked a coup.  But hopefully your fine country will prevail.

 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) capitol coup covid dc democracy invade mob orange parliament trump https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2021/1/may-god-have-mercy-on-us Sat, 09 Jan 2021 01:43:50 GMT
Foggy Snow https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/12/foggy-snow _DSC9122 mod2 BnW ws_DSC9122 mod2 BnW ws COVID is getting ugly.  Virus fatigue is setting in and people are finding it hard to maintain social distance.  Infections are way up following Thanksgiving and will probably spike again a few weeks after Christmas.  There is hope that the new vaccines will eliminate the virus, but it took a few years to eliminate chickenpox after a vaccine was discovered, so my guess is we will be vaccinating and fighting this for a few years.  The situation is as pure as the white snow obscured by the fog.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/12/foggy-snow Mon, 28 Dec 2020 04:24:03 GMT
Digital Capture https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/11/digital-capture DSC_3504 mod wsDSC_3504 mod ws The Virus rages on having returned with a vengeance in the fall.  I took this clever little photo in the summer.  It won an Honorable Mention for the theme of humanity in the Harford County Photography Group's first annual photo competition.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) COVID https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/11/digital-capture Mon, 16 Nov 2020 22:36:28 GMT
Summer Sunset https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/9/summer-sunset Summer came to an end and the COVID virus is still out there.  We had some nice sunsets on the east coast of the USA.  Some attribute the red sky sunsets to smoke in the upper atmosphere from the wildfires in California and Oregon created. Here is a 2020 4 Mike_Eubanks4 Mike_Eubanks late summer sunset.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) California COVID haze Oregon red sky redsky smoke Sunset Wildfires https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/9/summer-sunset Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:19:54 GMT
No Hunting https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/7/no-hunting COVID is still around, but on a more positive note my photo - No Hunting - was published in Shots 

Magazine Issue 148 - Summer 2020: In the Wild, page 28. Very cool to see this in print.

 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) B&W Black and White monochrome No Hunting Shots Shots Magazine https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/7/no-hunting Sun, 26 Jul 2020 12:15:27 GMT
Barracuda https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/6/barracuda IMG_7410 modIMG_7410 mod The fish, not the song by Heart.  The rate of COVID virus infection is on the decline.  Summer is in full swing as best it can be with physical distancing and people hesitant to get on airplanes with surfaces touched by thousands and recirculated air pumped thorough the silver cylinder.  Barracudas remind me of silver cylinders cruising the ocean in search of their next victim.  This will be my last fish blog for awhile.  I'm moving on to new photos and new social commentary.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) airplanes Barracuda COVID infection physical distancing virus https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/6/barracuda Wed, 10 Jun 2020 02:11:55 GMT
Turtle Victory https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/4/turtle-victory IMG_7433 modIMG_7433 mod As the COVID virus continues to spread, I have decided to continue my fish theme.  I shot this while snorkeling in St. John - I think it is a green turtle and not a hawksbill turtle.   When you are in their environment, they can swim much faster than you can. COVID is killing humans, so most humans are social distancing and staying in their homes  thereby limiting contact with virus carrying humans.  This is destroying world economies, but the animals love it.  Pollution in the skies and oceans is disappearing.  People are seeing more mountain lions, eagles, dolphins, and turtles.  Is mother nature striking back against greed?  I'm not sure. 

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) COVID fish greed pollution st John Turtle Virus https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/4/turtle-victory Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:31:08 GMT
More Fish https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/3/more-fish OK - I realize this is not a new project or images in the works, but my ability to shoot is limited while stuck inside social distancing during the corona plague rage.  And fish make me happy, especially fish in the Caribbean.  All they do is swim around in warm perfectly clear waters, eating, sleeping, and creating more fish - they don't know anything about COVID-19 and they don't care.  This continuing fish blog may be renamed - FISH PHOTOS TO FORGET ABOUT CORONA, and I have a lot of fish photos.  So here are some more silver sides with some dying coral in the background.  Nice to know that we haven't completely destroyed the planet - yet....... IMG_7399 modIMG_7399 mod

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) COVID-19 https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/3/more-fish Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:46:56 GMT
Sea Urchins https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/3/website-launch I am not a big blogger, but I will update this blog periodically with my new projects and images in the works.

I have done a lot of scuba diving in the Caribbean, but never really took pictures I liked.  I haven't been diving in a few years now, but I still love to snorkel.  If the water is clear and conditions are right, I can capture some decent photos with a little Nikon CoolPix camera that is waterproof down to 16 ft.  I have always enjoyed this photo - I guess it is something about the harmless little silver sides swimming in front of the spiny sea urchins that you don't want to step on as a diver or snorkeler.

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mike@mikeephotography.com (Mike E Photography) blog fish images pics projects sea urchins https://www.mikeephotography.com/blog/2020/3/website-launch Sun, 01 Mar 2020 20:58:47 GMT