Category Archives: Published Work & Contests

Good Things Come in Threes

 The last few weeks have brought some exciting developments for me and Firefall Photography!:  

  • I was featured in the inaugural issue of a great new night photography magazine “Dark Sky Travels.”
  • One of my manatee shots was the cover of a local magazine, “West Volusia Life”
  • And Highlights magazine purchased my ‘Skeleton Man and T-Rex” photo for their upcoming June issue.
Jeff Stamer Published in Dark Sky Travels Magazine February 2019

Dark Sky Travels Magazine February 2019

Jeff Stamer photograph Published in West Volusia LIFE Magazine February 2019

West Volusia LIFE Magazine Feb 2019

Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton T-Rex Dinosaur in South Dakota Jeff Stamer photograph Published in Highlights Magazine June 2019

Highlights Magazine June 2019

Although it’s certainly wonderful when I get a compliment from friends or family, it is satisfying on a whole different level when a stranger pays good money to publish my work!

Anyway, today I’m off to Iceland for two weeks of landscape photography.  Iceland has long been a ‘bucket-list’ location of mine and now I get to visit thanks to an extravagant Christmas gift from my wife Anita (whom I clearly do not deserve).

Vertu blessaĆ°ur (Goodbye in Icelandic!)

Jeff

 

 

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Great Start to a New Year

I  got some really exciting news recently:  I was awarded the Grand Prize for the 2018 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest.  Touted as the “most photographed event in the world” (at least by the marketing team in Albuquerque),  it is quite a honor and certainly one of my highlights for 2018. Grand Prize Winner: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

The funny thing is, I didn’t plan to go to this event (my wife, Anita, made it happen as one of her ‘bucket list’ trips).  I certainly never intended to enter the contest…again, Anita got me to do it (after asking me about a million times).  So like most of the good things in my life, I have Anita to thank!

We attended 5 days of the week-long Fiesta which allowed me to scout the venue and plan this shot well in advance.   This particular morning was one that they launch the ‘Special Shape’ Balloons…which includes everything from Darth Vader to Stagecoaches.  I positioned my tripod on the embankment on the north side of the huge Balloon Park and made this 6 frame panorama soon after sunrise.  The wonderful side-lighting really worked wonders with the explosion of enthusiastic colors exhibited by the mass of unique balloons.

Some of my other shots from the Fiesta:

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)

  Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Colors UP!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Follow the Leader

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Who needs a heart?

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

“Try Not…DO!”

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Rodeo at Dawn

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Wagontrain

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Infinite Dreams

Photography for me is really not about contests: it’s a way for me to express my creative side and encourage me to explore the world.  Just the same, this isn’t a shabby way to start the year!  

Jeff

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Full sized version my winning shot

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Proud Papa

I was excited to hear that one of my photos was featured in this month’s edition of Washington Trails magazine.  They had an article about Second Beach in Olympic National Park and they chose one of my images for a two page spread.

I may have been doing this for years, but I still feel like a proud papa when an image of mine is published.  I guess there is no denying that my ego is alive and well!
Jeff

 

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