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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Weddings

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Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts? Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is announcing a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope will get more of our users and fans showing us what they shoot.

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Behind the Shot: Supermoon at Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial

Behind The Shot

Behind the Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email! Find out the backstory of how Leandro Discaciate captured the Supermoon in Brasília, the capital city of Brazil.

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BorrowLenses Gear Rentals of the Week: 25% Off Discount

Gear of the Week

Save 25% off the following rentals now through Sunday, August 24th, 11:59 EST. Place any of the following items in your cart for rental. Enter BLDOW in the promo code section at checkout and automatically receive 25% off those items! Good for any future rental period so long as the order comes in before Sunday night. This week’s discounted items are as follows: 

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6IS Lens for Micro Four Thirds

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Discount codes are for rentals only, are not transferable, are not valid on “for sale” or items for purchase, and may not be combined. Discount codes are good for any rental duration. BLDOW coupon code is valid until Sunday, August 24th, 11:59 EST. BorrowLenses.com rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card.

Seeking Inspiration – August 17, 2014

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Seeking Inspiration, an irregular column where we talk about the things that inspire us as artists. 

This cool short comes to you courtesy of alcohol and clothes. Have a look…

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Why the Sony RX100 III Point & Shoot is a Vacation Must-Have

Gear Talk

Do you agonize over sacrificing quality in favor of comfort when packing camera gear for vacation? I tossed my hefty Nikon D800 aside and rented the Sony RX100 III from BorrowLenses.com for vacation. I wasn’t going to shoot much so if the camera sucked then no harm, no foul.

The camera definitely didn’t suck. Sony’s third iteration of an already well-regarded model opened my eyes to just how far point and shoots have come.

I didn’t expect to write this blog post so I don’t have very many traditional “camera review” photos. What I have, however, will demonstrate how one can get big results from a camera the size of a deck of cards.

Part I: Sample Shots

Night Photography

They’re no National Geographic contenders but considering that I wasn’t expecting anything from laying my camera on the ground with a 15 second exposure, I am impressed. Being somewhere with very little light pollution (Rarotonga in this case) helps.

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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

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Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts? Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is announcing a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope will get more of our users and fans showing us what they shoot.

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Shark Week: Fun Images to Sink Your Teeth Into

Photographers

In celebration of Shark Week  we have put together some not-so-traditional shark images from amateur and professional photographers alike. Dive in and share your own best shark shot!

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Photographer: Ellen Cuylaert • Gear Used: Nikon D800, Nikon 16mm Lens, Strobes, and Housings

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Shark Tooth Heart by Photographer Jennifer Booher • Gear Used: Nikon D7000, Nikon 28-300mm Tamron

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Get a Free Day Rental On Us This Labor Day

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You can keep your rental until Tuesday, September 2nd when you set your rental period to begin on…

• August 27th (3 Day Rental)

• August 25th (7 Day Rental)

• August 20th (10 Day Rental)

…or pick up locally at one of our headquarters on these days:

• August 28th (3 Day Rental)

• August 25th (7 Day Rental)

• August 20th (10 Day Rental)

Create a custom rental period that ends on Labor Day and automatically get your bonus day free – rent today!

Behind the Shot: Horned Puffin Taking Off

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email! Find out the backstory of how Alaskan photographer Marion Owen captured this image of this speedy little puffin!

Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Marion Owen

Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark IIICanon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT

Settings: ISO 250, Aperture f/16 , Shutter speed 1/500 second

Backstory:  I took this image with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT that I rent from BorrowLenses every year to capture special birds such as the tufted and horned puffins. All the photographs I have are taken from a boat, meaning that I don’t have the luxury of a tripod, monopod, or any other support. I depend heavily on the lens’ stabilization modes and bright glass to capture crisp and clear images. The light was slightly diffused through clouds when I captured this photo. These puffin photos are taken hand-held, from a moving boat, via a moving photographer (yours truly), and of a very fast moving subject. Puffins are extremely fast, flying at speeds over 50 mph. To achieve this speed puffins beat their wings up to 400 beats a minute. The wings can move so fast that they become a blur, giving a flying puffin the appearance of a black and white football! People who visit our gallery often purchase the puffin photo to post in their office saying, “It’s a great photo to get you going on Monday mornings!”

Check out more of Marion’s work on her website and Facebook page.

If you like this photo be sure to share it! Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

Free Shipping for the Month of August

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2 Day Shipping - We’ll Cover the Cost

For a limited time only get free shipping on all orders over $500 August 5th – 29th. Let us cover your shipping costs so you can get more of the gear you need and love. That’s a summer savings to celebrate!

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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Gear Selfie

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Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts?  Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is announcing a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting opportunity that allows more of our users and fans to show us what they shoot.

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Behind the Shot: The Day I Discovered My Calling

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Greg Rothstein

Gear: Nikon D7000, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8

Settings: ISO 400, 1/100 second, F4.0, manual mode, auto white balance, RAW image format.

Backstory: I’m a rookie to the photography game. I’m not a kid who has been using a camera since high school or a kid who even took a class on photography until college. Photography fell into my life by fate and I liked it. There was something cool about stopping time for a moment when everything in the frame is perfect. Going into my senior year at DePaul University, I was not particularly passionate about a specific type of photography. Still life did not resonate with me, landscapes were only interesting when on vacation, and my portraits were feeling repetitive. Then I saw a friend of mine uploading photos from concerts. I was stunned that someone younger than me was able to get such opportunities in what I thought was such a sacred and elite arena. After speaking with her, she pointed me in the right direction to help me work with an online publication who got me my first credential. This credential was not just ANY to me – it was to take photos of my one of my all time favorite bands, Stone Sour, led by charismatic lead singer, Corey Taylor. After the two opening bands had played at House of Blues Chicago, I waited in the photo pit anxiously as it came time for Stone Sour to play. After three songs I was done. If you ask me what happened in that pit, I could honestly not really tell you. My mind was in another dimension, lost in this world of concert photography. It was in this moment that I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Never before had something felt so right, it had been years since I wore this childish smile from ear to ear that was slapped on my face after my time in the pit. Everyone from friends to family can attest that all I talk about is concert photography. It is something that has taken over my life since January of this year and I would like to think that I am just getting started.


Check out more of Greg’s work on his website and Instagram.

If you like this photo be sure to share it! Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

SmugMug Films Showcase the World’s Most Exciting Photographers

Photographers

We are ecstatic about the new SmugMug Film series that showcases the world’s most epic and exciting photographers working today. The dedication and drive of these photographers is demonstrated in the short videos that give a behind-the-lens look at the people who capture beauty and wonder each day with their cameras.

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Extreme sports videographer Devin Graham at work. Photo by Dustin Bess.

Each video is hand made by SmugMug’s very own staff using some of BL’s gear. They sometimes brave harsh conditions in order to capture the spirit of the photographer’s working style – other times they get to bask in the sun and absorb some of the fun that photographers help create. SmugMug created this series to inspire passion and encourage you to get out and push yourself to new photographic limits.

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Get the Perfect Light Writing Sparkler Shot

Tips & Tricks

Every wedding photographer is always seeking to get the perfect image that will capture the unique setting, timing, and location of the big day. Bobby and Tanya of Frozen Exposure Photography + Cinematography have written up a quick tutorial on how to create unique wedding portraits using sparklers. Check it out and make your own photos shine!

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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Adventure

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Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts? Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is announcing a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope will get more of our users and fans showing us what they shoot.

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