blue hour at virginia tech {#OneBeautifulThing & a giveaway!}

I looked at the display of my first big-girl camera that cold, blustery evening on the campus of Virginia Tech, and my jaw dropped. It was blue hour, and I couldn’t believe that my beginner photography skills had captured the beauty I saw on that screen.

But there it was in all it’s glory.


Blue Hour

It was the first photo I ever made that caused me to gasp out loud and say, “WOW!”

I’ll never forget it.

It was the moment I fell in love with photography… and knowing that I could produce something that took my breath away gave me the motivation I needed to keep learning.

When I took this blue hour photo I was in the middle of a Night Photography eClass by Kent Weakley. If you don’t know Kent, you should change that. He’s a powerhouse of photography knowledge and skill, and I’ve never had a photo question he couldn’t answer, or didn’t know how to research. I owe a good deal of the meager amount of photography skill I have to him and his (incredibly affordable) eClasses, and I’ve never, EVER, experienced a photography teacher with the ability to be clear and concise the way he is.

He’s directly responsible for making the exposure triangle click for me. ‘Nuff said.

To celebrate our growing #OneBeautifulThing community, Kent has graciously allowed me the honor of giving away one FREE seat in his upcoming Night Photography eClass starting June 29, 2012 (so you can take a blue hour photo too!)


It’s easy to enter…

Just participate in #OneBeautifulThing this week by linking up your photo post in the linky below. Don’t blog? Share your #OneBeautifulThing photo on the Surprised By Life Facebook page.

PS…You can follow Kent Weakley on Twitter, or Photography by Kent Weakley on Facebook too, but not for an entry.


Join the One Beautiful Thing community and take the challenge to see your life as the beautiful work of art God made it to be. Make one photo of something beautiful (as your eyes see it) each week and link-it up here. In your post, share the story of the photo…tell us why it brings beauty to your life and use the button below to link back to us so others can look for the beauty in their lives.#OneBeautifulThing

Don’t blog? Share your one beautiful thing on the Surprised By Life Facebook page or on Instagram and Twitter using the #OneBeautifulThing hashtag.

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  • Shelly Miller

    I’ve been wanting to link-up since you started but usually post more than one photo so I haven’t. Just decided to join the community today because oh my, oh my, would I love to win that giveaway. I found Kent recently and night photography is where I have no clue. Have enjoyed looking at photography of those that link-up. Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    I linked up on behalf of my hubs, who is an amazing photographer and would love that class!! (the post is Sunset of the Day)

  • Heather :) :) :)

    Oh, I linked up this week. This is fun :) ): Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  • Jennifer_StudioJRU

    Wow. That is a stunning photo!!

  • Mary Beth

    Disclaimer: I am not a photographer, but I’ve been wanting to link up! I thought this picture was precious of my son playing in the fountain!

    Mary Beth

  • Katharine

    I don’t have any amazing photos this week, but I wanted to link up this week… my daughter is that one beautiful thing! I submitted too quickly and realized I’d used the wrong thumbnail too, sorry about that!