Photographing the Super Moon

November & December 2016 bring us a great full moon photographic opportunity–during these months, the moon is closer to the Earth, and are known as “super moons.” While last night was the better time to watch the moon, tonight will be a great time to drag out your tripod and snap some images of the moon, and Englewood Camera has some tips for photographing it! If you want to wait until December, the best night to watch the moon rise will be on December 14th, giving you plenty of time to prepare!

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Super Moon in Grand Teton National Park, September 2015

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Black & White Fall Photo Contest Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of our fall photo contest! We had over 90 submissions, and choosing winners was very difficult. Needless to say, we’ve narrowed down our selection to 18 winners–these images will be printed and put on display at Englewood Camera! Congratulations to our winners! Swing by the store the week of November 21st to see the displayed prints.

2016 © Rich Bachman
2016 © Rich Bachman

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Artisan Obscura Products Now in Stock!

Englewood Camera is happy to announce a new selection of Artisan Obscura soft release buttons and hot shoe covers! A Colorado company, Artisan Obscura makes premium soft release buttons, and other accessories, out of fine hardwoods to add a personal, functional touch to a camera. From AO’s website: “Our goal is to create products that serve both form and function. Products with purpose, that either protect vital electrical components and heighten your shutter action. Products whose form oozes passion and that will make you fall ever deeper in love with your camera. By blending premium materials with timeless craftsmanship and finishing, we are able to merge all the function you need with unparalleled style and class.”

Bloodwood soft release button with bloodwood hotshoe cover on Fujifilm X-T2
Bloodwood soft release button with bloodwood hotshoe cover on Fujifilm X-T2

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Black & White Photography Contest

Want to help us decorate our walls for fall? Enter our 2016 Fall Photo Contest. Submit up to 2 black & white images to win a spot on our walls! Winners will receive a complimentary 13×19″, dry-mounted print after it is displayed on our wall. Email erin@englewoodcamera.com for any questions, and for submissions. You may submit low resolution files, but must have high resolution files available to print from.  Contest submission deadline is Saturday, November 5th.

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The rules are simple; photos must be in black & white, with no more than 2 entries per person, and must be owned/taken by the entrant. By entering the contest, you certify that you are the original owner/photographer of the images. And that’s it!

Colorado Fall Colors 2016

The fall colors of the Rockies are starting to peak! Grab your camera, circular polarizer, and ND filters, and head west for some awesome color shots!

Staffer Kyle Cooper ventured out to Minturn, CO last weekend to shoot the changing leaves of the aspens. Minturn is an old mining town, established in 1904, and is located southwest of Vail, CO. Kyle loved checking out the changing leaves among the old mining buildings in this historic town with his girlfriend Genna; check out some of his shots, taken with a Nikon F4 and Kodak Ektar 100.

Minturn, CO
2016 © Kyle Cooper Photography
2016 © Kyle Cooper Photography
2016 © Kyle Cooper Photography

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Lensbaby Velvet 56 Photo Contest Winner

The end of July 2016, Englewood Camera ran a photography contest for its customers. Entrants were able to check out a Lensbaby Velvet 56 for a 48-hour period, and submit 3 images to be considered as part of the contest. We had a large number of submissions, and a variety of creative shots that made this contest exceptionally difficult to judge! We are pleased to announce our winner–Hannah Morvay–who captured these images on a Canon. Congratulations, Hannah, and thank you to everyone who participated. We found all of the images very inspiring, and hope you keep at the creative process!

© 2016 Hannah Morvay
© 2016 Hannah Morvay
© 2016 Hannah Morvay
© 2016 Hannah Morvay
© 2016 Hannah Morvay
© 2016 Hannah Morvay

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Review

In September 2015, Tamron USA announced two new prime lenses to its professional SP lens lineup; the SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD. These primes are available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts, for both full frame and APS-C sensor DSLRs.

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Englewood Camera’s Operations Manager, Erin, recently took the SP 35mm on a trip to Ireland, and decided to write a review of the lens, including performance, quality, and an overall comparison to Canon L-Series glass that she is used to shooting.

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Graflex 3 Cell Flashgun

Englewood Camera sees a lot of cool old stuff. Having been in business for more than 60 years, and with our used equipment department, a lot of vintage treasures have ended up on our shelves or in our backroom.

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One cool item that is hot, hot, hot right now is the Graflex 3 Cell Flashgun–an accessory from the Speed Graphic 4×5 cameras of the 1940s. This tube held flash bulbs for photojournalists or other photographers, and wasn’t very exciting for collectors or working photographers after that time period. That is, it wasn’t exciting until Star Wars.

In 1977, George Lucas came out with the original Star Wars, and a sweat new weapon called the Lightsaber. This simple yet elegant weapon was modeled after the Graflex 3 Cell flashtube, and was only slightly modified for the Star Wars films. Englewood Camera is lucky to have one of these original flashtubes in our collection–though we have quite a few other models of the flashtube that can also serve as Lightsaber props. Crazier yet, with the launch of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, these flashtubes are selling on eBay from $500 on up. The other versions can go from $50 to $250 too, and we have some replicas available in our eBay store. Want to read more on the history of the Graflex 3 Cell flashtube as the Lightsaber prop? Check out this link for more details. Continue reading Graflex 3 Cell Flashgun