“Evening’s Entrance”– San Clemente, CA – Charlie Stinchcomb (Me) – Transition Day!   63 comments



“Evening’s Entrance”– San Clemente, CA – Charlie Stinchcomb (Me)

Transition Day!  Today is the day that we are transferring (upgrading) from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  Since PhotoBotos might be down for a couple hours, we didn’t want to “short change” a Featured Photographer and we are showcasing one of Charlie’s images instead.  As we noted yesterday, everything will remain the same except that our daily images will no longer show up in your WordPress “Home Dashboard”.  There are a lot of Pros and Cons when it comes to making the decision to transfer to WordPress.org, but, we felt that it was in the best interests of everyone to do so.  Let us know if you would like us to detail our reasoning behind the decision and we will put together a review for our community.

Take it away Charlie!!

There are great rewards in having a camera handy almost everywhere you go.  You don’t have to wait until you are on vacation before you start looking for that prize image to hang over the fireplace.  Some of my best shots are taken during spontaneous brief periods of time where I slip away from a daily activity to capture a shot.   I captured this image between the time my family and in-laws finished dinner and paid the check.  I slipped out (almost unnoticed) for about ten minutes from the restaurant while everyone else was finishing their glass of wine.  I adjusted my camera settings on the quick walk across the street to the beach.  I was able to grab a couple dozen shots of which I thought this was the most appealing!  So throw your camera in the car so you will not miss that next great wall hanger! 

“Drop of Innocence” – Sitra, Bahrain – Isa Ebrahim – Featured Photographer   84 comments



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“Drop of Innocence” – Sitra, Bahrain – Isa Ebrahim – Featured Photographer

Emotion is what makes a successful photograph.  Having the viewer feel something, anything, is the goal of a photographer when he releases the shutter.  This image delivers in spades.  Not to get too political, but I hope by the time this young child becomes an adult he will know peace in Bahrain.  For more spectacular images from this great island nation please check out Isa’s blog at http://www.isaphoto.net/blog/

Enter Isa:

This image is of a child involved with his mother in the process of the funeral of one of the martyrs tortured by the impact Bahraini police in the city of Sitra.  The Arab revolution has been constant since the events of February 24, 2011.

Camera Nikon D300S

Focal Length 180mm

Shutter Speed 1/250 sec

Aperture f/6.3

ISO/Film 400

“Golden Castle” – Loch Assynt, Scotland – Dylan and Marianne Toh – Featured Photographer   74 comments



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“Golden Castle” – Loch Assynt, Scotland – Dylan and Marianne Toh – Featured Photographer

“Life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans” – John Lennon.  This famous quote describes the photograph perfectly.  You see Dylan and Marianne set out to take a photo they knew would be beautiful, changed their plans when the opportunity arose and created something magical.  Every time I see this photo I imagine a different mythical beast is about to stick it’s head out from the entrance to the rundown castle.  Dragon?  Troll?  Or just a lonely old hermit?  You decide.   Follow the links at the end of the post to their truly wonderful portfolios.

Enter Dylan:

Marianne and I arrived on the north eastern shores of Loch Assynt in late afternoon hoping to photograph Ardvreck castle at sunset and twilight. It had been raining steadily all afternoon so we were considering driving back to our accommodation at Ullapool.  Then, a clearing occurred in the western skies which allowed beautiful golden light to illuminate the castle with a rainbow behind us. I abandoned the original plan to photograph the sunset and ran to the westerly aspect of the castle in the rain in order to photograph the castle with the rainbow in frame.  This is one of many images taken from that window of opportunity.


The image was taken in manual mode with a Canon 7D, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Gitzo tripod and 3 stop soft edged GND.


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“Argentinian Christmas Lights” – Ituzaingo, Argentina – Daniel Fox – Featured Photographer   29 comments



“Argentinian Christmas Lights” – Ituzaingo, Argentina – Daniel Fox – Featured Photographer

Today’s post is packed jam full with lots of really cool information about a really interesting photographer/scientist, Daniel Fox.  Many of our great photos come from scientists working in the field on a particular species, but Daniel seems to go everywhere, literally.  He is embarking on a six year journey travelling around the world on an extreme island expedition.  Let me be one of many to cast my name into the hat as a marine mammalogist/photographer if there are any legs with an opening.  Please read Daniel’s description below and then follow one of his many links.  I suggest the Expedition page at the end of the post

Enter Daniel:

This picture was taken on July 2nd 2010, at the Yacare Pora farm (http://www.yacarepora.com.ar/) in Ituzaingo, a little village in the north of the province of Corrientes, in Argentina 

I was there with my partner Jasmine Rossi (www.jasminerossi.com) doing an interview (http://vimeo.com/channels/lasmarias#13245057) for the Mate Expedition (http://www.kontain.com/thewildimageproject/entries/101111/mate-expedition-by-taragui/) (http://mateexpedition.taragui.com.ar/) The trip was sponsored by Taragui, a famous Mate (tea) company. The trip was also for me to photograph representative animals from the north of Argentina.  I was having a show at the Consulate of Argentina in New York that coming October, called “Wildlife of Argentina”  http://www.kontain.com/thewildimageproject/entries/101107/ny-show-at-the-consulate-of-argentina/

Yacare Pora (owned by Grupoinsud, http://www.grupoinsud.com.ar/) is a sustainable caiman farm.  The local indian community used to hunt the black and broad-snouted caimans. The black market was huge and the animals were in sharp decline. The farm started to hire the local community to find the eggs instead and take them back the farm and to be hatched. Half are returned to the wild and the other half is kept for the market. The black market has been dramatically reduced and the population of caimans in Argentina saved. They have created a sustainable economy based on live animals, not dead ones. You can watch the little documentary here http://vimeo.com/13380831

Caimans are separated by age and size. Interestingly enough, caimans will grow faster and eat more if there are many of them in the same place. So each little “pool” contains a specific number of caimans – enough to provoke them in eating more, but not too many so that it stays healthy and clean.

Jasmine and I knew exactly the kind of shot we were after. That doesn’t mean that it was a “piece of cake”!  The caiman eye at night not only produces an “Eyeshine” but it is also iridescent, meaning that the color changes with the angle of the light source. The challenge was to get a good composition, clarity, and many different colorful “eyeshine”.  And since I do not photoshop my images, I was hoping for a little bit of luck too!. Thank god caimans are good subjects to photograph – they don’t move much 😉 We must have taken at least 200 shots that night.  Trying various flash angles, exposition, aperture, etc. 

This shot was done with a Canon 5D, at ISO 200, Aperture f/16 open for to 2 minutes.  It is exactly what I was looking for. It is kind of abstract, you don’t really know what it is, until you look close enough to realize what it is. On the composition side, I am really happy. I always look to have a central element in the photo, from where the rest of the story evolves. Without even cropping the photo, I was able to get my focus on one caiman slightly off the middle to the right, looking at me.  

It is important for me to stick as much as possible to the essence of photography and value the challenge of capturing “THE” moment.  It is too easy today not to care and manipulate everything on the computer.

 As for the future, right now I am working on an expedition like none before – 6 years navigating the most hostile oceans on earth. Find out more here http://www.wildimageproject.com/The_Extreme_Islands_Expedition.html

You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/foxdaniel and Twitter https://twitter.com/thewildimage


“To the Sea…” (First Dream – The Meeting) – Coastal Portugal – Paulo Flop – Featured Photographer   72 comments



“To the Sea…” (First Dream – The Meeting) – Coastal Portugal – Paulo Flop – Featured Photographer

I keep wondering what this woman is doing here?  Why does she have a lantern in the water?  Paulo’s photography doesn’t answer a lot of questions, but it sure does inspire them.  We have a lot of people who visit our website mention that they get inspiration to write a poem, story, or paint a picture from the photographs we post.  I think this one has story written all over it.  Feel free to add your poem or link to your artwork in the comment section.  We are all one big community here and you never know who might be reading!  Also please check out Paulo’s portfolio to see the rest of this beautiful trilogy.


Here is  Paulo:

This photo was taken in Portugal on a beautiful autumn day when the ocean was thick with fog.  It is the first photograph in a trilogy of photos called My Three Dreams. Each one was an attempt at a deep understanding of philosophy.  This shot was a success and I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

Camera:  Canon 40D

Lens 10mm

 F-stop: 3.5


Shutter Speed: 1/125


By the way, I made up the title “To the Sea…” just because I thought it was fitting.

“Relaxing Monkeys” – Jigokudani Park, Japan – Jollice Tan – Featured Photographer   58 comments



“Relaxing Monkeys” – Jigokudani Park, Japan – Jollice Tan – Featured Photographer

I have seen monkeys all over the world, but I have never seen them in the snow.  I must say that these Japanese macaques (Macacafuscata) have found a little slice of monkey heaven in a park who’s name translates to Hell’s Valley.  This looks like a great place for a snowball fight.  Jollie  not only takes wonderful photographs, but she writes beautifully and  travels often.  Please keep up with her work in the following blogs.



Take it over Jollice:

I went for a weekend break to the beautiful town of Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan for some winter wonderland experience and to see the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park.

A bit embarrassing to admit but I have bad experience with monkeys, particularly those naughty ones of Ulawatu Park in Bali. So I was thinking that maybe these snow monkeys will be as naughty as those in Bali too, but to my surprise, they are so used to visitors that they developed these  “ignore and don’t care” attitude. 

Look at the photo and it says one thing – Bored and Cold.  They are so cute and the snow covered land just makes one perfect shot.

Camera Used:  Olympus PEn E-PL2 Micro-four thirds series.

Adobe Lightroom 4 – Stephen Lerch – Product Review   9 comments


There has been a huge buzz lately over the release of Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Lightroom is also referenced quite often by our past and future Featured Photographers.  What is it?  Why do I need it?  What are the differences between Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4?  Well… keep reading beacuse Stephen Lerch has the answers!!



 Adobe Lightroom 4 – Stephen Lerch – Product Review

Adobe Lightroom is Adobe’s flag ship digital image development program. When I say “image development” I mean just that. Think of Lightroom as a digital darkroom and now you know what is possible in the software.

The first lesson you must learn when using Lightroom is… stop shooting in JPEG. Lightroom can do some amazing things, even with JPEGs, but if you want to enjoy the benefits Lightroom has to offer, you really need to shoot in RAW. You can pull some shadow and some highlight detail from JPEGs, but there is an order of magnitude difference in the amount of detail present in a RAW file.

The other thing to realize is that yes, if you have Photoshop, you can do everything Lightroom does. The difference, for now, is Lightroom 4 uses the new Adobe Camera RAW version (CS5.1 doesn’t have this), which is where a lot of the new highlight/shadow recovery comes from, so for now Lightroom is quite a bit nicer than Photoshop in that regard. The other, most important piece, to remember is that Lightroom is designed from the ground up to only include the functionality you need for digital photography – you can’t do advanced photo editing where you replace a goat’s head with a person’s or remove trees and so on. If you need that kind of software, buy Photoshop. If all you want is to develop your digital images as they were shot, with some spot removal tools, cropping and so on, Lightroom 4 is the place to be and the interface is designed with just these things in mind.

Next, if you are new to the product, check around the web for tutorials (Adobe has a few) and buy a book. You’ll need it. The interface isn’t horrible, but not all of the tools are intuitive enough that you can just pick it up and run. There is a lot of hidden power to be tapped and if all you want is to just skim the surface and not dig into the details, you might be better served with something like say, Photoshop Elements instead.

For users new to Lightroom, there are 7 modules now that you work with primarily. The first is the Library module. This is where you allow Lightroom to troll your hard drive looking for images (you can determine where it looks). This is where you would go to quickly find an image you’ve tagged (you can keyword tag your photos). The next module is Map. If you have a camera with GPS functionality or want to manually input the location data, you can use this module to locate your images on a map of the world. Next up is the Develop module. This is where all the magic is done. In this module you can choose white balance, change color temperature, change exposures, add sharpness, enhance shadows and highlights, perform lens correction and so on. It is amazingly powerful stuff. You then have the Book module, where you can create photo books in a streamlined manner and send it to Blurb for printing or create a PDF for printing wherever you might print books. Next up is Slideshow. Here you create Slideshows of images and can run it like a presentation with some added text and so on. Then there is the Print module. I still use Photoshop for printing since I know how to get the results I want from there, but I will be trying Lightroom again now that we have a new version. And finally you have the Web module that can be used to upload your photos automatically to many services you already likely use or have seen, such as Facebook.

So what’s new/different between Lightroom 3 and 4? First up is the geo tagging. For those of you lucky enough to have GPS built into your camera (including camera phones!), you can now have Lightroom import this information and tag your photos according to your locations. This means you can search via say, Indiana and find all the photos there. The inclusion of a map function allows you to see where the photos were actually taken, so if you were in a pub taking photos in New York City, then found your way to another pub 10 miles away, your photos are separated by 10 miles (scale miles!) on the map so you know exactly where the photos were taken.

Next up is the book module. I’ve used this extensively in the beta, just to try it out, and it is fairly intuitive and easy to use. I haven’t yet submitted a book for printing, but that is just a button click away as well. You can easily create books and send them off to Blurb (Adobe partnered with them) or print to PDF for printing elsewhere. The results are nice, but if you have to be in control of every aspect of the layout, InDesign is the way to go here.

You can now, if you are lucky enough to have a camera that does video, import and perform color/white balance corrections on DSLR video. I have seen it used and borrowed files from friends (my DSLR doesn’t do video) and it works. It’s not as easy to use as a dedicated video program, nor as robust, but it works. I watched a video on the Lightroom YouTube channel where they took a snap shot from a video, color corrected the photo then applied that correction to the video as well. I tried that out, and it works, but results aren’t always what you want. You may be able to do it, but I haven’t found it, but it seemed to me you had to apply the correction to the entire video, not just a scene. So those of you looking for video editing, you are better served with real editing software, not using Lightroom for this.

Another major improvement is highlight and shadow recovery. When used properly, you can actually pull detail out of a photo, even some JPEGs, you never would have thought was there. You can also do faux HDR with a single image instead of a series of images and, believe it or not, the results are actually quite nice (if you like HDR that is). The highlight/shadow recovery is similar to the sliders you knew and loved in Lightroom 3, only they are so much more powerful here.

When Adobe releases the next version of Photoshop, it will likely be amazing given how awesome Adobe Camera RAW seems to function in Lightroom.

So there are a couple questions you have to answer.

If you already own Lightroom 3, is it worth the upgrade for you? If you live your life in Lightroom 3 and rely on it for your livelihood, yes, buy 4 without question. The new highlight/shadow tools can work magic on your photos. For the rest of us who don’t make our living and it’s just a hobby, the question comes down to new functionality. If you like the idea of geo location of photos, the enhanced shadow/highlight functionality and video support, buy it. If Lightroom 3 gives the results you want and you’re just a hobbyist, you may wish to wait or not spend the money at all.

If you don’t have Lightroom already, should you buy this over Aperture? That depends. If you know Aperture and the functionality it offers, then Lightroom 4 may be a steeper learning curve for you. Personally I feel Lightroom gives ME better results, but I’m not an expert at Aperture and I’ve learned on Lightroom. If the option is DxO vs Lightroom, just buy Lightroom. It is worth the extra money.

If you want digital imaging software that allows complex cutting and editing, you don’t want Lightroom.

One other nice feature of Lightroom 4 is the new pricing structure. The prices are set at a point where it actually makes sense, if you are a hobbyist and especially a professional, to move to Lightroom.

I give Adobe Lightroom 4 five stars. It does an amazing job, works really well and the details it can pull, even from JPEGs, is astonishing.

Adobe has hit a home run here.


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“Farewell India” – Taj Mahal, India – Trey Ratcliff – Featured Photographer   72 comments



“Farewell India” – Taj Mahal, India – Trey Ratcliff – Featured Photographer

Sometimes a photo truly makes you want to pack your bags immediately and hop on the next outgoing plane to wherever it was you just saw.  Today’s submission is exactly that type of photograph for me.  Sure the Taj Mahal is amazing, but I think Trey was able to capture that “amazingness” is this photo.  In fact, he captures a lot of it in his rather extensive and remarkable portfolio.  So, do yourself a favor and check it out because this is one you won’t want to miss http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com

Enter Trey:

I had a truly wonderful time in India and I can’t wait to return.  After spending most of the day exploring the Taj Mahal, I found a car to take me across the river.  The bridge was over 100 years old and crowded with every type of locomotion – from donkey to pull cart to bike.  After working my way down to the river, I found I could not quite get low enough to take the photo I wanted.  So, reluctantly, I took my camera off my tripod and buried it in the mud, about half an inch above the water.  I spent all night in the bathroom saying I was sorry to the camera… cleaning her up back into her old self once again.

“Abstract Light?” – Pacific Ocean – James Carretta – Featured Photographer   29 comments



“Abstract Light?” – Pacific Ocean – James Carretta – Featured Photographer

Today’s photo is a bit different than the normal travel photo seen here and that is exactly why we posted it.  What do you think it is?  How was it done? Do you like it?  Why do I ask all these questions?  Well I can at least answer that one.  I ask because when I saw this photo I asked myself all of them and was only right on the “Do you like it?” question.   I love to think, so thanks Jim for that and your crazy photo!

Take it away Jim:

I took this photo inside of the cruise leader’s stateroom aboard the NOAA ship David Starr Jordan in 2005.  I turned out all the lights and closed the door.  A little bit of artificial light was coming through the vents in the door from the passageway outside.  I had one of those early version point and shoot digital cameras (3.5 megapixels I think).  I did a 10 to 15-second exposure, while SLOWLY rotating the camera clockwise.  I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the result.

Plugged In: Perfect Photo Processing Before Printing – Joe Kashi – Product Review / Tutorial   6 comments


PhotoBotos would like to welcome Joe Kashi.  Joe received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and his law degree from Georgetown University. He has published many articles about computer technology, law practice and digital photography in national media since 1990. Many of his technology and photography articles can be accessed through his website, http://kashilaw.com/newcontent.aspx

Below is an article that Joe wrote on photo processing for the Redoubt Reporter that we found especially interesting.  We hope that you will also!


Plugged In: Perfect Photo Processing Before Printing

By Joe Kashi, for the Redoubt Reporter

Correctly printing your photos is the last and most important stage of turning your image files into expressive photographs that evoke a “Wow!” response.

Rather than piling more words on words, let’s look at some photographs. After all, this is allegedly a photography column. These are color images converted into black and white to illustrate why good printing is so important. The default images as stored by a digital camera often are not a good match for what we wanted to achieve when taking the photograph. Reaching that goal is the point of post-processing and carefully tweaked printing of the final image.

Proper control of exposure, tonal quality and contrast are critical to the success of any final image, whether color or black and white. It’s easier to evaluate these important underlying factors in a black-and-white image where color does not distract us. Besides, this column runs in the paper’s black-and-white section. Newsprint does not accurately reproduce a good photograph’s nuanced tonal range, so these photos can only generally illustrate our points.

Most of us remember the 2009 Redoubt eruptions (the volcano, I mean, not our long-suffering editor when I’ve pushed my deadline right through the outside of the envelope). One of the eruptions occurred just as dawn was breaking during a cloudy day, an inherently low-contrast situation.


Our first frame is as it came out of my camera. The contrast is too low to show much detail in the ash cloud, which appears to fade into the dark, early morning clouds. The tonal range seems quite flat, with almost the entire photograph consisting of middle grays that are scarcely differentiated from each other. Not only does this photo look insipid and drab, but it doesn’t reveal much information about the eruption or the structure of the ash cloud. It fails on all levels. Because the images were shot in an RAW format, I had much more leeway to make later corrections using Lightroom or Photoshop.

The second print has been post-processed in Adobe Lightroom to produce a better-looking final print. It also shows much more detail in the ash cloud and mountain. It’s thus also more successful on a factual level.

What are the differences? I increased micro contrast between adjacent fine details using Lightroom’s “clarity” control.  Doing so brings out fine detail in the ash cloud and mountain. Be careful, though, not to overdo micro contrast.  I also increased overall contrast from the default “linear” setting to “strong contrast.”  Doing so darkened the deeper shadow areas and brightened highlights, making the overall tonal range more dramatic and satisfying. 


Lightroom also allows you to selectively brighten or darken both the overall tonal range as well as specific areas of the image. Because the brighter areas of the ash cloud still did not have quite enough contrast and brightness, I used Lightroom’s paintbrush tool to selectively brighten that small area. Doing so is similar to the common darkroom practice of chemically bleaching too-dark areas of a silver-based traditional photographic print.

In our first article about making good photo prints, I mentioned that Ansel Adams famously compared making the final print to the performance of a musical composition. That makes a good deal of sense to me because, when printing, we must make a number of decisions that affect the emotional power and expressiveness of a final photograph.

Those creative decisions go well beyond ensuring basic technical quality. They can be summarized in three apparently simple questions: 1. What expressive result do you want to achieve? 2. Did you achieve it? 3. Was it worth the effort?

At this level, we must make at least a basic decision about what we want to convey before making the final print, although that expressiveness usually evolves along with our attempts to get the best possible print from a particular image. Among the factors to consider at this stage are exposure and density — do we want our image to have a bright or a dark sense to it?  Which details do we want to show and which do we want to suppress?

Our second pair of photographs addresses these decisions. Although I much prefer the actual image in full color, the black-and-white version here nicely shows our points. It’s a fairly simple photograph taken in July 2010 at the Dimond Center Hotel in Anchorage as the late afternoon sun streamed behind a partially closed blackout curtain and illuminated a chair from the side. The original RAW image as it came out of my Pentax had a great deal of detail everywhere in the image. The image looked cluttered and commonplace. I particularly found the white vertical area along the left edge, the table in the lower right and the picture on the wall to be distracting.

I had in mind a much darker image, emphasizing the empty chair and the single bright light shining on it from the side.  To achieve that image, I had to darken the entire image as well selectively darkening the areas of bright detail on the left and bottom edges as well as the bright lines of the picture frames.

Darkening the overall image is easy — just reduce Lightroom’s exposure slider. Darkening those distracting areas along the edges is also fairly easy using Lightroom’s “graduated filter” tool. That has the same effect as “burning in” an edge by giving the areas to be darkened some extra exposure while enlarging, a very common chemical darkroom practice.

Although it took time and a few test prints, I was happy with the final print. Apparently, the juror in last year’s Rarified Light statewide juried photography exhibition felt similarly because this final image won Honorable Mention. I doubt that the original bright, thoroughly detailed photo would have been accepted at all.



“Sea of Horses” – Gullfoss, Iceland – Danilo Atzori – Featured Photographer   92 comments



“Sea of Horses” – Gullfoss, Iceland – Danilo Atzori – Featured Photographer

It is tough to know where to look first at the photograph.  The abstraction of horses pull in the eye then my view shifts to the marbled sky.  The mountains in the distance then draw the viewer into the frame and suddenly I pop back to the original herd once more and separate the animals one by one.  My interest is kept for several moments.   The black and white really works with this shot almost giving the appearance of a charcoal painting.  Danilo’s great photos are all over the web, but check out one or more of his original portfolios below after reading his quick story about the horses.




Here is Danilo:

Next to the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall,  a tired herd is resting from a long stroll.  The horses appear in a fusion of alternating dark and light coats.  The bushy horse’s manes resembling ocean waves mirror the surreal sky above the mountain topped Langjökull glacier on the horizon.

This was the most representative picture of the whole journey!

ISO: 100


Shutter speed: 1/200 sec

Focal length: 18 mm

Win Some Cool Prizes on PhotoBotos.com!   15 comments


Win Some Cool Prizes on PhotoBotos.com!

We just wanted to thank you all for your continued support for our website.  You may have noticed that our theme is still bringing you amazing photographs from around the world, but we have also added some cool reviews as well.  Our Facebook following is starting to pick up and our views are growing exponentially.  So as a small token of our gratitude we are going to have giveaways to our Facebook friends when we hit certain Milestones on our page.  The first giveaway will be when we attract a total of 500 people that “Like” us on our Facebook page.  This should happen pretty quickly since we have over 6,500 Followers and it seems almost everyone today is on Facebook!  If you have already liked us then you are already enrolled in the contest.  If you haven’t yet already, please go to our home page and press “Like” on our white Facebook box as soon as possible for your chance to win.  The quicker we reach our first goal of 500 followers the quicker we give away the first prize.  Also, feel free to tell your friends to like us on Facebook as well.  If they are not into photography or travel they can give the prizes to you.  All prizes will be either travel or photography related.  

Here is a quick overview of the contest:

When certain milestones are reached (i.e. 500 friends, 1,000 friends, etc.) on our Facebook page, we will give away a prize to a random Facebook friend that has previously signed up.  Once you become a friend you are automatically entered into the drawing.  When a winner is chosen they will be notified via Facebook and the prize will be sent out.  Prizes will be photography and/or travel related.  Thanks for playing and GOOD LUCK!

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