Welcome to my blog! I created this site in 2008 to provide a place for showcasing my photos and to provide information or links helpful to other photographers. As time has passed, I've added music videos and information as well. I will occasionally make comments, but will not preach or keep anyone from making comments of their own. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I love the feedback! My goal is to make this website a regular destination for anyone who loves photography and music and wants to see what I've been up to.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Good news for my followers who want to improve their photography skills! I will be posting my tips and links to other photo blogs starting today.  So why not start out with one of the best sources in the world of photography: National Geographic Magazine.

Here's their tips on shooting landscapes:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=13&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjLzrHP6ercAhXm64MKHQ2ADxgQFjAMegQIDhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationalgeographic.com%2Fphotography%2Fphoto-tips%2Flandscape-photography-tips%2F&usg=AOvVaw2Qcdf4OXdKQhTJyQfOzVES

Monday, July 3, 2017

INDEPENDENCE DAY

In honor of our great country and tomorrow's anniversary of our Independence Day, here is a patriotic video featuring the music of Celine Dion singing God Bless America. I cannot listen to this without crying.
Click HERE

Friday, May 26, 2017

MISSING IMAGES AND POSTS

My apologies to those of you who have read a post I made and the image or video is now gone. Google must be the culprit, I suspect, since this is a Google blog.  I can understand how some of the videos that I shared here have disappeared, since that was probably caused by copyright issues. I acquired them from YouTube. These videos are part of the domestic domain, especially if they contain celebrities, I understand if Google has removed them if they had to.. I take offense, however, whenever MY personal photos are removed from MY blog!!  I own the copyright for every image that was posted here that I photographed myself. That includes a photo of Frank Beard, drummer for ZZ Top that I posted in 2008.

 I met Mr. Beard at a resort I worked at in Colorado Springs and was working as a paid employee of the resort when I took the photo. I also had Frank Beard's permission to do so. Currently, I cannot locate the original image of that photo in my personal files so now that it is missing, I'll never have that photo again. Several other images are missing that belong to me and thankfully, I have copies. It's one thing to copy a photo and use it without permission, but to remove it from this blog without any notice to me is outrageous!

In the past, I have received comments on an image or about my text where the copyright owner disapproved or the commenter disagreed with my facts or opinion on something  That's fine. At least they notified me and the issue was resolved.

Again, my apologies for any missing vids or images. I will attempt to replace them whenever possible as soon as I am aware of the situation. Please, as always, feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

FALL INTO WINTER

Did you notice my play with words in the title? It fits the images I'm posting on this Christmas Eve. And, if you happened to run across this website by accident or by purpose, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year 2017!!

Cripple Creek, Co.

Quail Lake, Colorado Springs, Co.

Baby Pine, Bear Creek Rd., Colorado Springs

Walk Bridge, Bear Creek Rd., Colorado Springs



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

HOW TO SHOOT THE MOON

There is a learning curve every serious photographer must go through when shooting in difficult situations.  It doesn't get any more difficult than when shooting after the sun goes down.  First of all, make an assessment of what you want to do with your moon shot and start with a plan based on that assessment:


1. Pick a clear night sky, preferably at moon rise, and a location providing a view of the eastern     horizon. Since it will be dark, bring a flashlight or arrive at your location in advance of sundown so you can set up your shooting spot. At the horizon, the moon will look much larger with the naked eye than when it is higher in the sky.

2. Review the rules of shooting bright objects in darkness.  Shooting the full moon with a telephoto will require your camera white balance be set for Daylight or on Auto.  Shooting at night will require, in most cases, using a tripod. Meter the moon while at the maximum magnification of your telephoto lens (200mm or higher).

3.The camera settings providing the best result should be as follows: camera in full manual mode and the lens set to manual focusing. The ISO should be set to 100 or 200. Now use your live view monitor to check the sharpness. Use the close up button to blow the image up and adjust the focus easier. If you have the camera mounted on a tripod, to prevent even more unwanted jiggle, you can use the camera's automatic self timer, or if you have one, a remote shutter release. If your camera has it, lock up the mirror.
  A. Starting point: ISO 200, set aperture to F11; set speed to 1/250.
  B. Use speed setting to adjust as needed depending on your location and lens size.
Now take some test shots to determine what looks the best to you.


With Photoshop and other creative photo post-processing software, you can create practically any kind of moon image you want. But for taking pictures right out of the camera, try these ideas:

1. Photograph the moon as it rises behind city lights, sets behind a mountain, or reflects onto the water of a lake. Photograph the moon near an airport, where you can shoot a jet just as it passes into the light of the full moon. Find an interesting subject on land and shoot the moon behind the silhouette of a windmill or water tower. Clouds draping over parts of the moon look dreamy. Change your color setting to monochrome and shoot in black and white. And again, experiment with Photoshop. You can do a composite using several images that will be magazine worthy. And even if you decide to use a wide angle lens, a night time shot always looks better with the moon in it!





MAX OUT YOUR DSLR SENSOR!

From Outdoor Photographer is an article that will help you expose every shot out of the camera correctly. On cloudy days or back-lit subjects, you'll learn how to get the correct reading for sky, foreground and everything in the middle!  http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/photography-gear/cameras/max-out-your-dslr-sensor/

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

VISIT MY BUSINESS WEBSITE

Greetings! If you're new to this blog website, be sure to click on "older posts" as this site posts most recent posts first. Practically everything that I have posted since 2008 is still here to view!

When you're done viewing this site, please visit my business website, Michael Bluhm Photography. Just click on the link at the top right of this page. I currently have seven galleries of photos. The largest one is COLORADO, because I live in Colorado Springs. Save the links to both websites so you can see what's new!