April 2014 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Slow Shutter
Here’s what results when you approach photography with an open mind—and an open shutter

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    Ralph Arvesen, Pedernales EC, kept his shutter open more than two hours facing the Blanco County sky to create the effect.
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    Ralph Arvesen, Pedernales EC, kept his shutter open more than two hours facing the Blanco County sky to create the effect.
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    Deaf Smith EC’s Sheri Smith went to the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo during a photography course.
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    Jan Howard, Cooke County ECA, adjusted shutter speeds as nephew Clay McCuistion roped calves.
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    Medina EC’s Paul Garcia calls his photo of dancer Brittany Leos at Fiesta Noche del Rio in San Antonio ‘The Beauty of the Blur.’
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    The countryside whizzes by as Diane Daniels looks out during a train ride from Palestine to Rusk on the Texas State Railroad. Eddie Daniels, Farmers EC, says he took more than 20 photos to nail this shot.
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    Web Extra: The colorful remnants of a passing car, by Gretchen Kirchner, Guadalupe Valley EC
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    Web Extra: A close-up of an American goldfinch, background, and a chipping sparrow, foreground, by Sharon Kerr, Jasper-Newton EC
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    Web Extra: Gretchen Kirchner, Guadalupe Valley EC, celebrated the new year with sparklers, friends and her Canon EOS Rebel T3i at a 13-second shutter speed (compilation of three photos spells out the phrase).
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    Web Extra: Fireworks in Pittsburg, by Cheryl Stephenson, Wood County EC
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    Web Extra: An orchard oriole taking a bath last May, by Richard Todd, CoServ Electric
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    Web Extra: A stream of running water at McKinney Falls State Park, by Robert Phillips, Pedernales EC
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    Web Extra: Rushing water at McKinney Falls State Park, by Robert Phillips, Pedernales EC
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    Web Extra: Schumacher Crossing near Hunt, by Ricky King, Pedernales EC
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    Web Extra: A calf after a stressful day at the sale barn, by Shay Koetting, Fannin County EC
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    Web Extra: Self-portrait of Sara Holmes, Lamar County ECA, at her parents’ home in Paris
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    Web Extra: Austin skyline, by Luis Morales, Pedernales EC

Leaving your camera in automatic mode? That’s no fun! Cameras are capable of great things—all it takes is a little knowledge of the settings. Find yourself uncertain behind the lens but want to hone your craft? A beginners’ photography course and practice could be just what you need to create stunning images like our favorites this month made using slow shutter speeds.

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