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“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 to  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, 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! 

“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.





“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.

“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

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.

“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

“Late Afternoon on the Moorland” – Peak District, United Kingdom – Les Wilcockson – Featured Photographer   41 comments



“Late Afternoon on the Moorland” – Peak District, United Kingdom – Les Wilcockson – Featured Photographer

Moorlands have always seemed like a mysterious place to me.  Maybe it is from reading too much English literature in high school and college. A common theme seems to be spirits and marauders frequent them when the sun goes down. If you are willing to brave the elements and underworld you can head out around Derbyshire with Les and capture some fantastic scenery shots and, who knows, maybe a floating orb or ghostly apparition.  To see more of the haunting beauty of England and beyond please check out Les’s website or follow his WordPress bog at

Here is Les:

The Peak District, UK, has a wonderful horseshoe edge of Gritstone that includes a superb stretch around Derbyshire known as Curbar Edge. This photograph was taken early evening on a very cold January day this year on Curbar Edge looking out towards Frogatt Edge. In the very far distance Winn Hill can be seen on the left.

Alongside my commercial work I also run photography training courses and on this day we had called at this location with the intention of capturing the setting winter sun.  I’m fortunate to live within a short distance of this location and although I’d been here on numerous other occasions, on this particular day the light was wonderful.

Although I consider myself mainly a black and white photographer, on this occasion I decided to experiment with HDR and color.  Using a very solid tripod I shot five images of differing exposures which I then imported into Aperture 3 and from there I processed them using Photomatix HDR software.

“Frozen Capital” – Vilnius, Lithuania – Laimonas Ciunys – Featured Photographer   88 comments



“Frozen Capital” – Vilnius, Lithuania – Laimonas Ciunys – Featured Photographer

Yup! It is as cold as it looks.  I am curious to know how many people are reading this post and are thinking that this looks like a typical winter’s day.  Here in Southern California we are pretty wimpy when it comes to weather.  I don’t really care for anything under 60 degrees Fahrenheit and my brother Tom  in coastal Carolina complains about anything under 50 degrees.  What is your threshold?  In the meantime read the “chilling” story below and then be sure to check out the rest of Laimonas’s beautiful portfolio at .

Here is Laimonas:

This was a very cold winter morning in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. I went to work and I saw a beautiful vapor over river. I always have my camera with me and I decided to take few shots, but very quickly, because it was very cold  -25°C (-13 F) ! So I did a few quick shots and ran back to my warm car. When I published this photo to Internet I was pleasantly surprised about great the success!

Canon EOS 5 Mark II settings were:

Shutter speed – 1/400 sec

F-stop – 8

ISO 100

Focal Length – 140 mm

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