Cost Savings – Buying Refurbished Lenses

My first digital camera was a Nikon D5100 and I purchased a refurbished lenses 18-105 mm lens, which was my favorite lens.  It looked new and only had a very small ding on it.  It worked like new and took great pictures.
I’ve planned a trip to the North Carolina mountains at the end of the month and really want it to be special.  Since photography is one of the reasons I’m going to go I decided to get a wide-angle lens for my Canon. I searched until I found what I wanted which is the versatile and fast EF-S 24 mm, F2.8 STM refurbished lens, also called the pancake lens.  I bought it from it’s maker, Canon, so I felt pretty good about buying it. I only paid, $119.00, which I felt was a great buy, and it even comes with a 1 year Refurbished Limited Warranty.Why refurbished?  While some prefer brand new I like good buys with a good choice lens.   After the lens passes a comprehensive quality assurance inspection an extremely functional, and cosmetic inspection is performed by trained Canon technicians so that the refurbished lens is fully operational and passes the strict cosmetic standards. Nothing leaves the house unless all standards and expectations are met.

Once I get the lens I’ll go test it at the beach for some sunset pictures.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams

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To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
― Ansel Adams

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Stay Motivated and Inspired with Your Photography by Photographer Pedro Quintela

I read this article by Pedro Quintela on the 500px blog, which was very informative and the photography was beautiful.  A must read.

Regardless the kind of shooter you are, someday you’ll inevitably reach to a point when the motivation starts to fade, you slowly stop shooting, and the inspiration is gone. You should realize that, being creative individuals, motivation is a sort of short-term idea that comes from the outside while inspiration is a long-term goal that comes from inside yourself. That’s why both are so important whether photography is your profession or just a hobby.

When you reach this point, many thoughts start to take root in your mind. Am I depressed? Is this a life crisis? Why do all of my images look the same? Everyone criticizes my work because it’s no good. Or, in my personal case, I start thinking that maybe it’s time to trade in my gear for a sewing machine or a shiny new fishing kit.

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Surfer’s Healing for Children with Autism

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Vickie Hibler’s Photography-copyright

I had the privilege over the last few days to work through the Red Cross at the 2015 Surfer’s Healing at Wrightsville Beach, NC.  It was an enlightening experience.

The days started at 5:00 am for me – waking and getting to the beach and get a parking spot before the 1,000’s of people arrive.  All the volunteers and sponsors were there at 7am preparing for the event.  Everyone was excited and ready to work.  Surfer’s from all over the country were there as well.

Watching the surfers take the children out and waiting for the first wave to come was exhilarating. The children were so brave and awesome.  Some surfer’s would lift the child up on his shoulder while surfing, and another surfer would stand them up.

The ocean and waves are calming and helped calm them during a time of sensory overload. It was a therapeutic experience for all of them. There’s something powerful about the weightlessness or floating, the lightness of riding a wave. The children’s bravery was overwhelming and something I’ll always remember.

One thing to remember you can do anything if you just try.

All About Sunflowers

Vickie Hibler Photography

Vickie Hibler Photography
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“No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.  Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.

Sunflowers are known for being “happy” flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone’s (or your) day.”


Greeting Cards for All Occasions

My Etsy shop is now carrying greet cards of my photography.  You have your choice of 5 packages or 6 in a pack.  The cards are from Strathmore with a 3 x 5 cut-out that can hold a 4 x 6 photo.  You can pick the greeting cards already packaged, or you can have your pick. The listings have variations you can choose from like photo finish or how many.  The cards are great for any occasions – thank you cards, friendship cards, thinking of you, birthdays, just about any occasion.  Here’s some examples of the cards.

Flower Lady

On the Darkside

On the Darkside

I’d say I’m a coneflower nut.  I should be called the “Flower Lady”.  I take pictures of flowers especially coneflowers just about any where.  The parks,  arboretums, craft stores and garden centers. I don’t have to pay them either.  My biggest challenge, however, is how make it sellable. How to I get people to buy my prints.  Do Photographs even sell? What’s the best-selling?  Landscapes, flowers or nature?  I’ve been trying things that will make my prints standout.

I wish there were honest critiques that would judge my work and help me know if I’m not doing it right or I am.    It’s getting to the point  on Facebook where your Facebook photographer friends don’t like your work out of support like they use to.  Of course I take this as “I don’t like it.”

The pictures here I took with my iPhone – you can take it everywhere with you.

You can click on my etsy box in sidebar to see other photos.

I love challenged so I’ll keep trying

Dancing Flowers

Dancing Flowers

Coneflowers are Magical

Vickie Hibler Photography©

Vickie Hibler Photography©

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisy-like flowers with raised centers. The flower, plant,

Vickie Hibler Photography©

Vickie Hibler Photography©

and root of some types are used in herbal remedies widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflowers are a long-flowering perennial for borders, wildflower meadows, and prairie gardens. Blooming midsummer to fall, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant and rarely bothered by pests. The flowers are a magnet for butterflies, and the seeds in the dried flower heads attract songbirds. Flower colors include rose, purple, pink, and white, plus a new orange variety. Plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.  I could spend hours photographing coneflowers and all forms of daisies.

This is a few and you can fine them in my store  at the  or my professional website

 You can purchase at both links.

Calabash Fishing Boat – Hurricane Shrimper

Hurricane Shrimper out of Calabash, NC – click here to purchase

Henreitta Shrimper

Henreitta Shrimper-Photography Property of Vickie Hibler

Day at the Beach!

I awoke at 6:00am sharp..  It was so bright I thought it was later.  Something was calling me.  “Why not just go to the beach,” I asked myself.  I’m glad I did it turned out to be a beautiful day.  Something about  the early morning that makes me feel fresh and alive.  Listening to the waves pounding the banks makes me feel hearten – I stare at the ocean with a smile and thanked God for another day.

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Wrightsville Beach, NC



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