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I can’t really believe it; I have reach my 500th post on this blog. Who could have known when I started it all with my first post published in September 2009 that I would be able to keep going for so long? Back then, I was only trying it out more or less for fun.

Now, more than seven years later, it’s still for fun, but at the same time much more serious. This time around, I have quite a huge amount of followers and readers who make my blog more than just my place to ramble along with whatever comes to mind. You are all helping in making this into an arena for inspiring discussions about the many facets of creativity.

Without you, this blog wouldn’t have been what it is today. That along with the shear numbers of followers is committing. It’s like an implicit promise with all of you, definitely raises the stakes for me. As I said, I can’t stray off in just any direction or write just anything that comes to my mind.

What more appropriate, then, when this little anniversary came up, that I have already announced changes and new ideas for the blog. I have to admit I didn’t think about the concurrence when I first started pondering about further developing my blog. It just happened to be so. I am still in the process of developing my various ideas, but slowly throughout the year, you will start to notice the differences. Part of being creative is not standing still, no? Like the American author and politician Bruce Barton said: «When you are through changing, you are through.»

In the mean time, I would like to give something back to my readers. Over the years, I have taught the online workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice». Later this year I will start up another round, but since this is an anniversary post I already now want to give one of you, my readers, a change to attend it for free. Just send me an email, stating your name and why you would like to attend the online workshop. By the end of the month I will draw one winner who will get to participate for free. The value of the workshop is 320 US dollars. The workshop will kick off from May 22nd and continue over the next eight weeks. For more information about the workshop, look up the website of Blue Hour Photo Workshop for last years announcement of «Finding Your Photographic Voice».

Talking about workshops, just before the online workshop kicks off, I will teach another photo workshop in Cuba. I will get back with more information about it a little later, but already now it’s more than half full with signed up participants. So if you have any interest, don’t think to long. Take a look at the information about the workshop «Cuba in Essence» on Blue Hour Photo Workshops.

To end this little anniversary post, I want to thank all of you for contributing to making this blog what it is. Hopefully I will see you around for the next 500 posts…

Facts about the photo: The photo was taken with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II and a 16-35 mm lens set at 21 mm. Shutter speed: 1/125 of a second. Aperture: f/16. The photo was processed in Photoshop and Nik Color Efex with the filter Bleach Bypass.

100 thoughts on “500

  1. Congratulations Otto. Your future plans are exciting, I wish you well while in Cuba. Here’s to many more years of your extremely successful blog!

  2. Congrats for staying the course, Otto. Your posts are always interesting, so I look forward to the next 500… I sure wish I could make the Cuba workshop, but my work schedule does not allow it (I’d especially like to go since I have Cuban ancestry). Anyway, all the best to you.

  3. Congratulations!! Otto – so glad that you are having fun and I get to see & read about your travels & insights!! All my best! Beth

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Congratulations to you, Otto. I love not only what you write in your blog but what you write in your Comment responses to others. You are the consummate teacher and I appreciate you for that.

  5. Now that all of the planets are moving forward, so are you! (and many of us!) Congratulations on #500 — You’ve shared a lot with us, but my favorite of all, which I usually am disciplined enough to remember is ‘don’t stop to review your photos’ or risk missing a great opportunity. I see this so often with people taking photos of birds.. when the look down to see if they captured the image, there’s a fleeting moment for a great shot… or to see a special bird, and they missed it totally….

    Thank you so much for all that you share with us.


    1. You comment made me happy. That I could make a lasting impression if only about how to use – or not use – the camera’s viewing screen. Thank you so much, Lisa. You have always been a most welcome guest in my blog. 🙂

      1. Oh, lots of what you share sticks, but being around so many tourists, I witness that ‘posture’ most every day…. I am tempted to pass on your advice but know it’s not my place, so I just smile an am glad for the lessons learned!

  6. Congrats on 500 posts Otto and am looking forward to learning more of where you are heading and the changes you are going to make.

  7. God morgon Otto, stort Grattis! Önskar dig lycka till med nya workshops och fortsätter att inspireras av dina intressanta och lärorika inlägg här. Gillar verkligen bilden och dess symbolik.
    Må väl!

  8. Congratulations on writing your 500th post, Otto! I’ve also watched your blog grow and change over the years, and always enjoy seeing your photos and reading the thought-provoking articles you write about photography. So often, you’ve asked questions that have been hovering in the back of my mind for a while, only I hadn’t paid much attention to them or taken the time to verbalise them – and then you find the perfect words to express them… Thank you for making us think about not only *how* we take photos, but also *why*. Good luck for the next 500 posts!

  9. Your blog has been one of the most thought-provoking and stimulating that I follow. Creativity is creativity, after all, and you’ve been very helpful: not only with my photography, but also with my writing. I certainly am looking forward to the next 500, and to whatever changes come along over the coming months. As today’s photo suggests, there may be bars to creativity, but we’re quite able to slip through them!

  10. Congratulations, Otto, on making it this far and I am looking forward to seeing your journey goes from here.I am interested in entering my name for the workshop, but wonder how to get your e-mail address.

  11. Hi, I am going to try to reply here to enter my name for a free course. I have had a lot of financial hardship this past year, some of which is my fault and would enjoy getting a chance to get my creative juices flowing, not just on my own but with your guidance as well. I would work diligently to apply the lessons to both my photography as well as to my life.Why do I think I need this? I think That I could use some encouragement. Thank you. ________________________________

    1. I am really sorry to hear about your financial hardship. Hopefully things will change to the better this year. To be eligible for the draw, I need your email address. You can submit here or use the email address I provided in my previous comment to you. Wish you all the best.

  12. Happy Anniversary, Otto!! Your blog is a force for ‘good’ in our little sphere out here… where as mine is a bunch of bad lol but it’s bad that I enjoy… today I think i outdid myself and posted my worst picture ever lol I did it to celebrate you 🙂 just joking… I would enter to win your course, but let’s face it, I’m dedicated to being a bad girl lol

  13. Congratulations, Otto! I certainly look forward to the next 500. I wish you success and happiness where ever your path takes you, including your next workshop in Cuba.

  14. Congratulations on 500 posts, Otto! You were one of my first followers when I began my own blog in 2011, and your generosity of spirit and encouraging comments have meant a great deal to me over the years. Your own posts always give me thoughts to ponder. I’m excited to see where you will take us all, going forward from here.

  15. I love the composition of the photo at top. Sort of a peek into your future (plans). I’ll also be looking forward to your changes and what surprises you have for us.

  16. The reason you are still going strong Otto is that your posts offer not only beautiful photos but thoughtful observations and advice. I always look forward to your posts popping into my inbox and look forward to your new ideas.

  17. Congratulations Otto and what a beautiful photograph to go with your 500th post! How time flies. I’ve just had my 4th WordPress birthday, can’t believe it.

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