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Long Exposure Photography

March 1st, 2016

Long Exposure Photography is probably my favorite forms of photography. Before getting into professional photography, I found myself wondering and amazed at how they captured them.

Long Exposure is the art of slowing down the shutter speed to capture movement, or to let more light into the camera sensor. It's how you can capture the motion of water, movement of clouds, streaks of lightening, fireworks, night scenes, and more. Must have items for long exposure photography include: camera with manual mode settings, tripod, remote click or you can use the camera delay timer, and if it's during the day you need a neutral density (nd) filter. There are various types of ND Filters and the darkness of the filter depends on how long you plan to keep the shutter open and how bright the day is. My favorite is the 9 stop Hoya ND filter. Imagine it as putting on a pair of sunglasses over your camera lens (similar to polarizer filter only darker).

Capturing the movements of Waterfall's or the movement of Ocean waves are my favorite long exposures. I love the silky movement of the water. I think of it as movement frozen in time.

Here is a link to some of my long exposure Fine Art photos.
Timeless Moments Photography - Long Exposures

UV Filters To Use or Not Use

February 1st, 2016

If your learning about photography and looking into filters, you're probably see mixed opinions on UV Filters. Some say they are worthless, a pain, and are a waist of money. Then there are others who say don't go without them. I think it all depends on how you look at them. If you want them to make your photos better, and help with bright light, then I would so no. When it comes to bright sunny days, I recommend a circular polarizer instead. If you take photos aimed at direct light such as the sun, or a street light, you have to remove the UV filter to avoid extra white reflection spots that you don't want (unless that's the look you're going for).

I personally use UV Filters for protection. It's much cheaper to buy a good glass UV filter, then it is a new lens. I had my first experience with that last summer. We went to the beach for a family vacation. I'm so thankful for the filter because it saved my lenses. Thankfully I had an extra filter just the right size that I made my mom put it on her point and shoot camera. My filter got scratched up from the blowing sand, and the salt water in the air, put a nasty film like coating on my filter that would not clean off. This would have been much more costly if I didn't have filters on. Every since that trip, I don't like to go anywhere without something to protect my lens glass. Yes, there are times I have to remove the filter, and it can be a pain, but it goes back on before I walkaway.

If you use a filter, and do fine art photography or professional portraits, regardless the type of filter it is, make sure you get good glass. Yes, they can be pricey, but cheap glass/plastic can distort photos and affect white balance. Make sure you always check reviews before buying.

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Photo For Encouragement

January 6th, 2016

We all have those moments of feeling down, scared, stressed, and depressed. Sometimes they flood us in waves and we feel as if the bad luck never ends. Thatís when we need something to encourage us the most. It could be words from family or a friend, a prayer, or even an uplifting photo! This photo I took has turned out to have more meaning then I ever imagined. Not just meaning for me, but for everyone! Itís turned into a ďPhoto for EncouragementĒ.

One day I was taking a hike with my family at Ha Ha Tonka State park in Camdenton Missouri. It was a beautiful Spring day in the Ozarks. We came across this fence. Being a photographer I knew I had to capture it. At the time, I knew it was special, but the more and more I look at the photo, the more I see. Itís like looking at reality! There are so many ways you can look at this unique photo.

On one side of the fence (right) is a beautiful natural blue/green spring and on the other side (left) it opens up into a large lake (the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks). The 2 sides can represent life choices. The Spring side is calm, stable, safe, constant and comfort. The large lake is big and full of endless possibilities and risks. Many of us prefer to stay on the calm side of things and fear change. The sign on the fence says ďNo Access To The Water Beyond This PointĒ! Often times we donít want unexpected change entering into our comfortable lives. Change could mean loosing a job, losing someone we love, financial troubles, having to move, etc. When that change comes, we find ourselves sitting on the fence trying to figure out which direction to take. Only you can answer that question. You just have to get off the fence and choose a side. Still afraid to make that move? Pray for guidance! Sometimes the answer we get is not the choice we would have made, but the good Lord knows the best path for us to take! Part of this fence wants to go one direction, but the other is still hanging on. Itís time you take the path that is meant for you!

The fence has a constant flow of water running through it. A lot like our lives. Tough decisions, stress, sadness, pain, heartache, all run through our lives. But the good news is, it runs through and then goes away. Yes, you can be assured that more hard times will come, but, it will go away. We may still experience the pain, but we learn to get through it. We learn from the lesson it taught us. With each passing challenge, we become stronger! Take a look at this fence. Even though itís aged, weakened and broken, it has remained strong and is holding everything together! This can be an encouraging photo through those rough times. Thatís one amazing and strong fence. Just like you! Hang in there and youíll get through it! The storm canít last forever.

Jennifer White
Timeless Moments Photography

Photography Prints

Arthur Ravenel At Night Features

November 19th, 2015

Thank you to the groups who have featured my Arthur Ravenel At Night photo! I felt so blessed to capture one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen on this night. We were vacationing in Folly Beach South Carolina. One of my to do lists items included night and sunset photos of the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston. We didn't know what day we were going to go. I wanted to watch the weather. Then one morning I woke up and saw the beautiful clouds which stuck around all morning, I new that, that was the day to go into Charleston. The sunset was so glorious and colorful. The clouds just lite up with color. You can go to my gallery to see some of the sunset shots. This is the night capture of the bridge. Opening in 2005, this eight lane Bridge is 1,546 long and connects Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. It's the 3rd longest cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere, and goes over the Cooper River.

Art Prints

This has been featured in the following groups:
-10.1.15 Photography Only - Landscapes & Landmarks
-10.1.15 Images That Excite You
-10.3.15 Nature Landscapes Landmarks Wildlife
-10.5.15 Bridges Of The World
-11.18.15 Natural and Mademade Attractions

Alley Mill and Springs Features

November 16th, 2015

Thank you to the groups listed below who have featured my Alley Mill and Springs photo. Alley Mill is located in Eminence Missouri. This Historical Mill is part of the National Park Service. The mill building was built in 1894 by George Washington McCaskill as a merchant mill and was equipped with modern machinery that utilized steel rollers for grinding. It was larger then most mills in the Jacks Fort area and replaced an earlier grist mill on this same site that was built in 1868. The natural spring provides constant average daily flow of 81 million gallons a day making this an ideal place for the mill. An exterior water wheel powered the mill.
Photography Prints
-11.6.15 Old and Used
-11.6.15 Greeting Cards for All Occasions
-11.7.15 All Seasons Photography
-11.9.15 Midwest America Photography
-11.14.15 Nature Landmarks Landscapes Wildlife

Me and Photography

November 13th, 2015

How did I get into photography? It's actually a skill I had, but didn't realize it until I was in my 30's. I've been a shutterbug my whole life. My school friends remember me as the one with a camera in hand. And now they come to me for old photos. My husband gave me my first DSLR camera for Christmas in 2006. It was a Sony A100. From that moment I became even more of a Shutterbug and started taking the annual portraits of our daughter.

A friend approached me in late 2011 asking if I had ever thought about doing photography professionally. I had never really thought about it before. I loved photography, my Uncle used to be a professional photographer, and I had some cousins that were into photography. Several family members and friends would tell me I have the eye for it. So, I thought I'd give it a shot and started doing some portrait sessions with friends to get a feel for it. After falling in love with it, I started studying my camera settings and photography. I taught my self by experimenting with my camera and watching many, many videos on youtube. I updated my camera and started investing in lenses and equipment. If you're thinking about getting into photography, be prepared for the expense. It is a very expensive hobby / business. I've had to slowly invest in piece by piece at a time because of the expense.

Through the process I discovered my love of Fine Art photography. I love capturing natures beauty. Nature is always changing and there are so many beautiful aspects and places to this world that we live in. After having a good sized collection of photos, I decided what good was the collection if I didn't get it out there for other's to see and enjoy. I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed taking and processing them.

Fine Art Website: Jennifer White - Timeless Moments Photography
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Visiting Alaska

November 6th, 2015

Not very many people get the opportunity to visit Alaska. In fact I hadn't really planned to go there for several reasons. The main reasons were that I don't like the cold, and I thought it would cost more than I could afford. In 2013 I heard that a friend of my mom's was getting married in Alaska in June 2014. They knew I was a photographer and loved my work. I was excited when I got the call from them asking if I would photograph their Alaska wedding. Of Course!!! How could I turn that down. We just made it one big family vacation!

They got married in Talkeetna Alaska. A few days before, we flew into Anchorage, and drove up to Talkeetna. For 4 days it rained non-stop including the day we visited Denali National Park which is normal during the summer. Even through the rain, it was beautiful, we just couldn't see the top of the mountains. Right after the wedding, the sun came out and the rain finally stopped. The next day, we were planning to go South, but decided to back track a couple hours and go back to Denali. It was totally worth it since we got to see the top of Mt McKinley (also known as Mt Denali). I was so excited to get those amazing captures. McKinley is the 3rd tallest mountain in the world and the tallest in North America. It was breath taking.

The southern part of Alaska, is more how I envision Alaska. The beautiful glaciers, ocean wildlife, and of course more mountains. We were so blessed to see some families of Orca's, several Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Seals, Penguins, and much more. It was an amazing experience. My Alaska Gallery shows some of those wonderful memories. Check back often, because I'm still adding photos to that gallery. I'm so thankful that I got that opportunity! You never know what's going to come your way. If you ever get the chance to visit Alaska, I highly recommend going.

Link to Alaska Gallery: Alaska Gallery