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Jiri Siftar's "Italian Vibe": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Photojournalism, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, instagram giveaway, Italy, Bergamo, Vespa

Ah...Italy. A big thanks to Jiri Siftar, our SideKick360 winner from 8/26, for sharing this excellent example of selective focus and the creative use of depth-of-field.

Sound complicated? It's really just a matter of deciding what you want to emphasize in your photo and placing the focus point there. Next, choose an f-stop (aperture) that will narrow the depth-of-field so that point is in focus while the foreground and background become blurred.

Wider apertures (lower f-stop numbers like f/2.8) will give you a narrower depth of field while narrower apertures (higher f-stop numbers like f/16) will allow more of your image to appear in focus. Want more in-depth info?  Check out this how-to from Jason Little at Light Stalking.

"I had only about a 3 hour layover in Bergamo on my way from London to Pescara. I quickly jumped on a bus going to the old city and was very happy to find "classic" Italian beauty all around. When I spotted this street, I loved the light and atmosphere. When I came closer, I found this cute little Vespa complementing the color palette and the Italian vibe just perfectly." - Jiri

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Dave Mangels' Peaceful Buddas: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Photojournalism, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360, Chuang Yen Moastery, Buddhist Monastery, 10, 10000 Buddhas

Did you know a major Buddhist Monastery is located a scant 1.5 hours from Midtown Manhattan? Just head north on the Taconic Parkway to Rte 301 in Carmel and you too can enjoy some inner peace on its gorgeous, 125-acre grounds.

Our SideKick360 winner for 4/25/14, Dave Mangels' found his winning image there on a recent visit:

"This photo was taken using my Fuji X-E1 up at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, New York. The temple is home to the largest indoor Buddha statue in the US. It's really quite a beautiful and peaceful place. Surrounding that main Buddha is the "Hall of 10,000 Buddhas" which is pictured in this image. It is a beautiful place and I can only hope I did it a little bit of justice by capturing this photo!" - Dave

Jeffery Edwards' Firemen: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Photojournalism, Giveaway       Tags Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, MeFOTO Giveaway, fire, firefighters, fire fighting

Dramatic images. We love them! Capturing successful dramatic images is often a synergy of the right opportunity and being prepared with the right equipment. Jeffery Edwards, last week's BackPacker winner, experienced this when a nearby natural gas line ruptured and ignited:

"The fire was on a main road just outside of my neighborhood. I was coming home from work when it happened. I parked at my house, grabbed my equipment bag and ran to the fire.

This photo was taken with an Canon EOS 70D; 70-200 f2.8L lens; settings 1/2000 @ f3.5 ISO 100.

The telephoto lens was a purchase from just a couple of days prior and this was really my first opportunity to use it." Jeffery


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