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Wallpapers are Back!

Yep – after a bit more than a year away – we’re bringing back wallpapers!

But I thought I’d mix it up a bit…   🙂

Three big changes:

  1. I’m dropping the monthly calendar on each wallpaper.  Hopefully – this will make it a bit more “timeless” – and easier to download images for use whenever you’d like to add them to your screen.
  2. Tablet sizes!  Some images simply work in that square format – some don’t.  That means sometimes I’ll introduce images for laptops and PC’s – and other times only a tablet image will be posted.
  3. Images may not always land right at the first of the month.  But – if you’re a fan on Facebook or are subscribed to receive blog updates via email – you can be among the first to know when new images are posted.

hot air balloon mobile wallpaperSo – to get things started (again) – here’s a backdrop for all of you tablet-toting folks.  This particular hot air balloon photo is still one of my favorite aerostat images.

And, as always, all feedback welcome.  Enjoy!

(to download the image – just click on the image to get the full size – and then click to save)

Get Out and Shoot More Photos in 2012

I’d like to get out and shoot more this next year.

Seems like a pretty simple statement.

And then reality hits:

Hey – I’m busy.

Now your busy is likely different than my busy.  And from Henry’s busy.  And from Helen’s busy.  But we’re all busy.

I’d like to get out and shoot more this next year.

Now – let’s just imagine for a moment it’s New Year’s Eve 2012 – and 2013 is just around the corner – what photos are you showing to family and friends – what stories are you sharing?  You know the ones:

… and then just as those cute little rhino babies were looking right into my lens – I hear behind me the grunt of a not-so-happy mother rhino as she breaks through the brush…

Yeah – doesn’t sound like any of my stories either …   🙂   but if that’s the type of story you want to be sharing – if those are the photos you want to show – now’s the time to put it on the calendar!

And that’s really the foundation to your game plan.

Newport - January 2012-4So – how do you do it?

Here are my 5 methods to carve out photo time:


I have a few events I try to hit every year – and they’re on the calendar early.  They include rodeos, hot air balloons, and some backpacking.  Sometimes – I find some music to throw in there – or another event that I can shoot with (such as Help-Portrait).

That way – once they’re on the calendar – I’m planning around them – not through them.  I become more prepared – gear essentials, photo lists, and general research.

I also tell my wife that where ever she wants to go – sounds like fun!  As long as I can bring along my camera.  Tulip festival.  Oregon Garden.  Butterfly farm.

And, then, as other events pop up  – it’s easier to add them – air shows, classic cars,  rugby games, ….

Sometimes, though, it’s tough to keep those big day trips in the calendar.  And that’ll force you to be even more disciplined with your time – cuz there’s always a big project at work that could use your extra hours or those beautiful days when the garage needs to be cleaned.


But it’s not always about the big trip or event – the next step I use to get out more – is using what I call “Zero Hours”.  Up early / up late.  Working when everyone else is in bed.  It’s that early Friday morning before work to the wildlife refuge to put some miles on that new glass – or up late after dark to get some fog + Christmas lights downtown.  It also helps that early and late often have the best and most dramatic light.

This is a tough one – as it will often squeeze out an hour or two of sleep – but I really think this is an effective way to schedule in a few more frames.  Two things to consider:  (1) know what time your local Starbucks opens  🙂  and (2) when shooting during off hours or in secluded areas – be mindful of your surroundings and safety.


Join a photo club or group of like-minded shooters.  If you’re having trouble finding one – keep an eye out for Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk.


Volunteer for  a local festival or event.  Local festivals are often looking for photos to use in their next year’s advertising (or to tell people what just happened).  It really is as simple as calling up, or dropping an email, to the festival director.  These big local events are a great way to get in the game.  If portraits are more your gig – check out Help Portrait!


Another way to carve time into  your calendar is to schedule something that requires pre-payment – such as workshops and airplane tickets.  Few things keep days open on a calendar like cash.


So – what’s on your photo calendar for 2012?

5 Top Hits on Camera 47

low res for 5 hitsOK – I’ve given you the biggest flops on C47 – so – I’ll wrap up this 2 post series with a few items that, by comparison, were a bit more popular.

That said – I don’t believe the following list is any kind of formula to blogging success – but if I stop and take a look at what (I think) folks have generally enjoyed on C47 – here are some highlights that I’ve found:

  1. 20 Photography Gifts Under $100.  By far the most popular posts here on C47.  And you know who made them popular?  Scott Kelby.  Seriously.  A thousand “thank you’s” to him for pointing folks my direction the first (and second) year that I posted the list.  I still don’t know how he found it.
  2. Calendars.  The monthly wallpaper / calendars I posted drew a lot of folks to C47.  I should probably still be posting them.  (Carlos is somewhere in NC right now nodding his head)  So – why did I stop?  In all honesty – it’s one part “I don’t know” – and another part “let’s try something new”.  OK – you’re probably still waiting for the “let’s try something new” part…
  3. Lensbaby.  Folks divide heavily on Lensbaby products.  I, however, dig them.  And folks that dig them (or think they might dig them) – like to read about them.  I’ve posted reviews on the Composer, 0.42x Super Wide Adapter, and the Fisheye.
  4. Gear Reviews.  This baffled me at first.  I really wanted to pontificate on the finer points of photography – but my numbers really spiked around gear reviews.  Not book reviews – but mechanical things.  As it turns out – I’m not all that good at pontificating (see Angry Birds).
  5. Year end lists.  They’re a great challenge for me – and December just seems like a great time for top 10 lists.


So – there you have it – 5 Flops and 5 Hits from C47.  And though I’m not sure if I’m any closer to writing a better blog – it’s given me a chance to stop and sum up the last couple of years.

Now – not sure if I should ask this next question – (but what the heck)… any C47 flops that I’ve missed?  Any hits?  If this generates a lot of discussion – I’ll try to sum it up in a future post.

2011 Calendar Sale – Friday until Noon!

As it turns out – MagCloud is having their own Black Friday Holiday Mega Sale – but only until noon PST.  And that Mega Sale is dropping the price of the 2011 Hot Air Balloon calendar to $12.20.

So – if you’ve been thinking about picking up a copy of the 2011 calendar – and just haven’t yet hopped on over – quick – before noon!


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2011 Calendar Now Available!

OK – here it is – my 2011 calendar is now for sale over at MagCloud.  It features a dozen hot air balloon images gathered over the last two years at the Northwest Art & Air Festival.hot air balloon 2011 - front page - low res

70% of the proceeds from the calendar sales will go to support Show Mercy International.  Show Mercy – a non-profit located in Albany, Oregon – provides homes, food, education, clothing, and medical care to orphaned and abandoned children living primarily in Uganda.

If you want to learn more about Show Mercy – and their work with children in Uganda – check ‘em out here.

The calendars are only $15 – and are on sale now.

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Wallpaper: November 2010

First, I’d like to thank all of you who took the time to pass along my previous post – 7 Not-so-Obvious “Necessities” in my Camera Bag.  It was the most Tweeted (and re-Tweeted) post to date on Camera 47.  It was a great surprise – and I just wanted to let you folks know that I really appreciated it.

november 2010 - low resAnd, as November starts on Monday, here’s the latest monthly wallpaper.  This one is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium trip in June.

Available in four sizes: 1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

And – as always – all feedback welcome.  Enjoy!

Wallpaper: October 2010

Here it is – the October 2010 wallpaper.

This particular shot is from the Central California Coast trip (in Santa Cruz) and was taken with a Lensbaby.

Available for download in four sizes: 1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

And – as always – all feedback welcome.  Enjoy!

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Wallpaper: September 2010

September already?

Well – regardless of my shock – here’s the new wallpaper.  This photo is from the Friday morning hot air balloon launch at the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival – held just last weekend in Albany, Oregon.

Now I could try and talk up “vision” and “skill” in getting this image – but in reality – there’s no secret sauce here – I was just experimenting.  Flat on the ground, looking up, wide angle, handheld, and underexposed the scene by a stop or two (or something like that).

Hope you enjoy it.  And, as always, all feedback welcome.

Available for download in four sizes: 1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

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Wallpaper: August 2010

OK – I wrestled with this one for a while.

I had another wallpaper all ready to go – just needed to hit the “publish” button.  But I had this gut feeling  it was just steering in the wrong direction.  So, I decided to quit horsing around – and tackled this one instead.

Now available in four downloadable sizes1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, 1600×1200.

And, as always, all feedback welcome.

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Wallpaper: July 2010

OK – July’s wallpaper is something a bit different.

This is from one of the jellyfish tanks at Monterey Bay Aquarium – a spectacular exhibit.

It’s available for download in four sizes:  1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, 1600×1200.

On a side (technical) note – on my first attempt at this wallpaper – the image was purple as my monitor’s background (but blue when I was editing the image).  Purple!  Which prompted me to mumble “I can’t ship purple water….”.  As it turns out – color space is important.  Typically – my workflow is in Adobe RGB.  Well – as it turns out – monitors are typically in sRGB.  A quick color space change – and now we have blue water.

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