About the Artist - Michael Blachly Photography

About Michael Blachly

Starting with a simple point and shoot (a Kodak Disc Camera) as a 10-year-old kid, I started taking a keen interest in photography. One rainy day on a vacation in 1989, I asked my dad to show me how his SLR camera worked. So he gave me a 101 on the basics of photography and how a camera works. He was quite surprised that a 13-year-old boy would have such interest. Soon after he gave me my first SLR (a Nikon FE2), and I grew my passion from there.

I have had four significant periods that have built my photographic talent.

The first was learning from my dad. He taught me the basics of composition, understanding the camera and encouraged the growth of my passion. We took photos together on vacations and took several photography classes together. That experience was added to in high school, when I was the photo editor for the high school yearbook and newspaper.

My second period was in college. I joined the photography staff for the Texas A&M Yearbook, which is the largest yearbook in the country. Every Monday, the photographers would gather together and review each other’s photos. Nothing like going before the firing squad on a weekly basis to make you improve your photography. My senior year I became the photo editor and continued that practice.

My third period occurred in 2006. I realized I was only shooting photos when I traveled on vacations. Knowing that I couldn’t grow my experience when I only practiced once or twice a year, I decided to challenge myself to a “photo a day”. Specifically, I challenged myself to seven good photos a week (whether it was one a day or seven in one day, it didn’t matter). This was one of the best efforts I have done to improve my photography. First, it caused me to regularly use my camera. But it also caused me to get out of my box and find photographic subjects in the Dallas area. In addition, the rise of the Internet and photography websites gave me an outlet to display my work.

My fourth period is most recent. In 2014, I joined the Dallas Camera Club, which hosts monthly photo contests with specific themes. Competing with other photographers in the city and being restricted to themes has forced me to focus on quality versus quantity. For example, now I am looking for that unique angle or aspect to make the picture truly special.

Today, I shoot with Canon equipment and work to find the art in everyplace I go. My work has been recognized in awards competitions and published in various magazines and publications.

Outside of my photography, I am married to my wife for 18 years who encourages me and helps me find some great photographic opportunities. I also have two dogs who keep me very busy. Professionally I am the Chief Marketing Officer for the commercial law firm of Gray Reed. 

Awards & Honors

Awards & Recognitions Include:

• Second Place (Wildlife, Amateur) – Trinity Park Conservancy (2018)

• First Place (Outside of Texas Culture, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2018)

• First Place (Rural, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2018)

• Third Place (Abstract, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2018)

• First Place – Museum of the Red River On the Wing Photography Contest (2018)

• Third Place (Nature Projected) – Gulf States Camera Club Council (2017)

• First Place (Outside of Texas Culture, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2017)

• Second Place (Abstract, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2017)

• Honorable Mention (Domestic Animals, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2017)

• Third Highest Scoring Photographer of the Year (Projected, Advanced) – Dallas Camera Club (2017)

• First Place (City Scenes, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2016)

• First Place (Abstract, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2016)

• Honorable Mention (Flora Macro, Adult) – State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition (2016)

• First Highest Scoring Photographer of the Year (Projected, Beginner) – Dallas Camera Club (2016)

• Second Place (Image of the Year, Projected, Beginner) – Dallas Camera Club (2016)

• Honorable Mention (Image of the Year, Projected, Beginner) – Dallas Camera Club (2016)

• First Place (Pollinators) – North Haven Gardens Photo Competition (2014)

• First Place (Abstract B&W) – City of Richardson Annual Photo Competition (2007)

• First Place (Student) – City of Richardson Annual Photo Competition (1993)

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