My Photography and Travel Blog


Welcome to my blog page!

Hi, I am Stan and Photography is my second career since retiring from the US Military. Writing is also becoming quite exciting and I hope to combine my photography and writing first, here in my blog space. I am focusing on travel and photography, and I am “for hire” for sure! HIRE ME to capture those images and emotions of people, places and things! I will also be very happy to write about them as well. Feel free to write to me as I love meeting new friends, collaborate over amazing life experiences, ideas, and concepts. Don’t be a stranger! Please help me finance my travels (retirement only brings in so much ya know!) If my images are worthy for you, please assist and show support by purchasing prints for your walls (home or office), or merchandise such as aprons, cards, keepsake boxes, and most recently you can now purchase puzzles of your selected images as well! Each of my images on this blog are linked to my website to provide you both veiwing pleasure and a chance to show your support with a purchase. No purchasing is required though, sharing my passion is best fulfilled when you gain true pleasure in veiwing them!

EDITORS and Purchasing Agents: Most all of my images are available for licensing, and also downloadable (contact me for that), and commercial print sales as well. I am also available for assignment in most all areas of photography. please visit for more images and information.

If you need any further information or would like to contact me directly there are two ways: 1. click on the the “contact this photographer” link on my webpage above or 2. you can email me directly at badmedezn@gmail .com ( I know…but sometimes everybody needs a lil..bad-medicine. πŸ˜‰

I am getting several questions about how to purchase my images ; First, I use SMUGMUG for showing and selling my images so, to get your selection on the way to your home or office….

First: click on the image you would like to purchase. This will take you to my SMUGMUG site and bring your selected image up in full screen mode. Next, at the top right of the screen you will see a button to CLOSE the image. click that. You will now have that image selected in the gallery and you should see several of my other images as well. On the top right of your screen you will see a BUY button. click on that. a drop down menu will appear that will allow you to choose just your selected image, or other images in the gallery. Select one of those options and the total options for sizes and style will appear; lustre, glossy, or gliclee’ watercolor, or gallery wraps. All your choice. also on that page near the top you will see a tab for merchandise. By click this tab, you will see the list of other items you can purchase with your selected image(s) on them (cards, puzzles, mugs, keep sake boxes, etc..)

Once you ahve finished with your selection, near the bottom right of the screen you will see the “proceed to check out” tab. Click that and you are on your way to getting that print on IT’S way to you at your home or office nearly anywhere in the world. Thank you SO MUCH for your support! If you have any problems and need more info, jsut let me know. SHARE and spread the word!

SPECIAL NOTE: AT CHECKOUT…for all of my wonderful WordPress friends; type in the discount code: STANBLOG2013 to recieve and INSTANT 10 PERCENT OFF YOUR ORDER! Just my way of saying THANK YOU to all of you.

Kindest regards!

Stan Shillingburg – Sparkling Shadows PhotographySelf Portrait "out in the field"

108 responses

  1. Thanks for stopping by our blog. Spent some time looking through yours. Gorgeous photos! Keep it up.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    • Thanks so much for visiting and your kind words! I will be out searching the South Carolina countryside for some rich southern Americana to add to this blog. Please check back by again this weekend! Your site is rich with info and images, loved the visit!

      March 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  2. photographybyjoylene

    Your work is gorgeous! Thanks for checking out my blog.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • Thank you so very much! Your images are spectacular as well.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  3. Hi Stan,

    Your monochrome photos ae inspiring. Will follow you.

    I am glad to know that you liked my post β€œThey paid him thirty pieces of silver …”

    If you have the time and inclination, please visit my other blog “Impressions” too – where you’ll find articles on varied subjects.

    I post every day on both my blogs.

    Thanks for dropping by!

    April 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

  4. Your pictures are breath taking and beautiful. I would love it if you could recommend some material or give me some advice when I have photos posted. I have little to no experience in photography and want to venture into this field as a hobby.

    Keep up the phenomenal work. πŸ™‚


    April 6, 2012 at 1:45 am

    • No problem at all Steve, kindly give me a shout when you post, and I would be honored to give my opinion and any advise you would like. Thanks for visiting my site and the awesome comments! Stay safe!

      April 6, 2012 at 2:19 am

  5. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Of course you know I immediately cyberstalk all likers, commenters, and followers. πŸ™‚ Glad I followed you here. You are definitely a kindred spirit with your interest in writing and photography! Keep shooting, and as always, keep writing! πŸ™‚

    April 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

    • Your flattery is much appreciated! my turn ta stalk…lololol…stay safe, I will be check’n in on your blog often!

      April 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  6. Great work Stan. I wouldn’t have found your blog if you hadn’t stopped by mine. Thanks for doing that. I’ll keep checking in to see your latest masterpieces.

    April 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    • Thanks for the comment Mark, and I will continue visiting yours as well, Cheers!

      April 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  7. Thanks for looking at Storyteller. — Ray

    April 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  8. Stan, Thank you for your service. It’s great to see your second career after service in the military. It doensn’t seem like the people who protect us are taken care of once they return home. I wonder what happens to them after dealing with the things that most people never encounter. Seeing your site is a feel good story. I wish you lots of success. Thank you for finding my blog so I could find yours.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

    • Thank you so very much for your kind comments Martina! While I cannot speak for all of us veterans, I can say that for me at least, my way of dealing with it (and is a life altering experience), is my photography. I vowed that if I ever made it out of there that I would only photograph the most beautiful things in life….I was a combat medic, not a photographer then. Thank you so much for visit and your comments! Stay safe and soak up every single drop of life…it is so very fragile and precious.

      April 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog, Stan! Your photography is amazing! I will follow your work so I can enjoy all the beautiful pieces of artwork here on your page. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I salute you sir! πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

    • It was my pleasure! beautiful words are always appreciated.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:57 am

  10. Lovely pictures. I couldn’t find a “like” button. I’m SURE the answer to your poll was “Bring on the girls!!!” Anyway, keep up the good work.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

    • thanks for stopping by! and to get to a like button from the main blog page, simply click on one of the tittle above an image (stills and digital artwork, landscapes and seascapes, etc..), each image is a seperate entry, the titles are he names of the gallery each image is in. the only acception in my article “i’m not pretty enough because…” that one article has several images in it. Like butons are greatly appreciated! If you have some time, come back and click away. Thank you so much for your visit! Oh, and so far, it’s 35 for the gitrls and 7 for not bringing them.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your blog. Your pictures are stunning.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    • Thank you so much for the kind words and your visit. You blog is packed with amazing images as well!

      April 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am ‘just beginning’ this new adventure (blog writing) and it’s definitely an ‘adventure’. I think learning photography is so much easier. LOL Great photos, BTW!

    April 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    • agreed! lolol…and your images are awesome..the creativity is def there!

      April 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  13. Great site! I love your photos. One suggestion – would you consider adding a “category cloud” to make it a little easier to look at photos from specific places. I have enjoyed looking at them, but it’s difficult to find the ones that I want to go back to. Really great photos!

    April 10, 2012 at 5:36 am

  14. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and sending a LIKE my way. It brought me here to see how gorgeous your photos are. Stunning work, really. I look forward to more of your posts. πŸ˜€

    April 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    • thank you so much for the visiting! I will certainly continue to veiw yours as well, more to come!

      April 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

  15. adrianduque89

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    April 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  16. Hi Stan, thanks for checking out my blog today and liking my photo πŸ™‚ I really like your blog, you have some fantastic images here. look forward to more.

    April 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  17. Hi Stan! Thank you for visiting my blog. I was inspired by your photography! What branch were you in? I am a former military myself πŸ™‚


    April 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

    • Hi Yulia! I was in the Army, and I am so glad you found some inspiration here in my blog.

      April 12, 2012 at 12:29 am

      • I did, and looking at your photography, I know that I have much more to learn (I am just beginning…) πŸ™‚ Thank you.

        April 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

  18. Wow! Such beautiful photos. I’m honored that you liked my post. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

    • My pleasure Stephany, and thank you so much for visiting mine! I hope to visit your again often. Best wishes and kindest regards.

      April 12, 2012 at 1:45 am

  19. Your landscape shots are stunning. Looking forward for more.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  20. Hello Stan – I saw that you stopped-by my blog today…thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were there.

    Beautiful photography…thank you for sharing with us. πŸ™‚

    April 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    • thanks so much for your visit to my site and your kind words. Always a pleasure.

      April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      • You are very welcome. πŸ™‚

        April 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Stan. Your photos make me want to stretch to produce better images. Having a trailblazer to help me see things is always appreciated. Thank you for posting your photos from which I can learn…and be in awe!

    April 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! As we are all here to learn and grow, please let me know if I may be of any assistance! hope to see and hear from you again.

      April 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  22. Hi Stan, thanks for the like…I appreciate it.

    Be encouraged!

    April 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    • Hi Stephen, your so welcome! I truly believe in that saying..never, ever, ever give up! Enjoyed my visit and that you for visiting mine.

      April 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

  23. Excellent photos! I love the trees on the beach. Very unique. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    • thanks! I will visit your blog often, I hope you do the same with mine. Thanks also for the comment and the kind words, much appreciated!

      April 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

  24. Hi Stan, thanks for visiting my blog and the like on my last post πŸ™‚
    Your photos are really trully beautiful. You do a really nice job. Congrats for it and keep it up!

    April 15, 2012 at 2:11 am

    • I don’t know how I missed such a wonderful comment, thank you! And my deepest apologies for the tardiness of my reply. Thanks you so much for your visit and your comments, I truly hope you come back often!

      April 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  25. Glad you’re around, Stan. Keep shooting, and keep inspiring.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    • Much appreciated, hope you return often. Enjoyed my visit to your blog as well.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  26. rosemcom

    Hello Stan: Thanks so much for liking my post on my “Delightful Local Repast” blog…appreciate it a lot πŸ™‚ Love your photos! Cheers, Rose

    April 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  27. Thank you, Stan, for sharing your pictures! – And thank you as well for liking my Earth Day post!

    April 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  28. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for liking my blog….nice to know someone who takes beautiful pictures can admire amateur photography like mine!

    April 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  29. longlostliz

    Thanks for giving a “like” to my very first blog post!
    You have such a gift for capturing evocative images – especially the fall to winter pastel shots – I will be following your blog!

    April 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    • Thank YOU so much!! Your kind words are so greatly appreciated, and I am honored to have “liked” your very first post! I do admire your writing style and truly appreciate your comment, visit, and well! Stay safe, best of luck, and please come visit often.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  30. Mona

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my Wordless Wednesday post today Stan. All the best to a fellow Vet and your new adventure!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Thanks so much Mona, please visit often, always a plus to be visited by a fellow vet, thank you for your service!

      April 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  31. Hi Stan! I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award (, because your photography has been an inspiration to me to learn more and try more πŸ™‚ Thank you,


    April 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • Yulia….wow…thank you so much! I am so honored and flattered that my photography has inspired you, and for the nomination…I am speechless. What a wonderful, kind, and truly heart warming thing to do!! Thank you, so very, very much.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  32. Hey Stan, I am in love with your work! High quality, great composition and subject matter. I would like to offer you a profile on Static Instants as a contributor. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this opportunity! By the way, thee uh South Carolina “barn find” shots – sexxxxxxyyyyyy!

    April 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • Thank you so much! And I am always interested in expanding and branching out. Please send the info to me at Thanks so much for the kind words and comments, truly appreciated.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  33. Hi Stan,

    Your wonderful rapport with your subjects comes out loud and clear in your beautiful portraits! I’m glad you stopped by my blog so that I in turn could “discover” you.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    • Thank you so very much for your kindness and comments! And discovering you is a treasure as well.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  34. Thank you for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee, Stan. It’s great to see a loyal follower! I’ve enjoyed paging through your photography, too. Beautiful work! Sharon

    May 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    • Sharon, ya had me at “coffee”! and I truly enjoyed my visit to your blog, hope you come back often as I will surely be back to yours. Thanks again!

      May 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  35. Very nice to “meet” you, Stan! You’ve got a wonderful eye for photography!

    May 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    • Ms Anne…your flattery will get you everywhere! lolol…thank you so much for your kindness aand comments, meeting you is a true treat as well, hope you visit often! I will definitely keep an eye on your site also! Kindest regards and warmest wishes.

      May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  36. Stan, you certainly have an eye for photography! I absolutely love photography, though I am a simple point & shoot kind of gal right now…I hope that in the future it can become more of a serious hobby for myself. Until then, I will appreciate your artwork. Thanks for sharing with all of us and thank you for liking my post on “healthy eats”! Stop back again soon.

    May 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    • Such a pleasure to “meet” you Lindsay! Thank you so much, please return often, and let me know if I may ever be of assistance.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  37. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post! .-) Nice blog with nice photos!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Thank you so mery much Christina! And I truly enjoyed my visit to yours, hope you stop back in soon!

      May 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  38. Your pics are great. You rock my socks!

    May 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  39. Hi Stan, I’m sure you get thousands of offers for awards, but I nominated you anyway, because i love your stuff! I like almost everything you’ve done. Anyway, The Award is VIBA (very inspiring blogger) I know you saw it on my home page, did you see your name? Go to my home page to get the award. 7 things about yourself that no one knows, nominate 5 people.
    -Amy (2me4art)

    May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    • You are awesome! Thank you!! To be honost, I would LOVE to post this and accept!…the challenge is, I dunno if I am blogger savvy enough to do it…but I will give it my best shot tonight, thanks again! truly honored!!

      May 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

  40. Thanks for the blog follow Stan!

    May 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm

  41. Hi Stan, Guess What! I nominated you for another award, because you’re so great .

    May 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

  42. Hi StanShillingburg @ Java Shots Blog. YOU rock. I’m sure you would love to have a pretty flower award on your awesome blog. Joking, whether you post it or not. I just wanted you to know I love your blog. The Award is the Sunshine award.
    Thank you-Amy

    June 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • wow! Thank you so much Amy! And to honest, I would LOVE a flowery award, it’s just that I am not quite blogger savvy enough to figure out how to post them! After the 20th of June, I hope to dedicate more time to fine tuning my blogging skills (at least on this web page!), so with any luck…I will be able to show off all the wonderful awards my freinds and followers have been awesome enough to send my way. And thank you so much for the kind words. TRULY a blessing have you here! – Stan.

      June 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

  43. Wish I could send you my tech. Smarty-pants, daughter#2. When I get an award, I call for her, sometimes she is a little annoyed that she is missing Sponge Bob or something. It’s something like this: dashboard- appearance-widget- find the one that says, show media-drag-&-drop anywhere you want on your right hand side of your blog-open rectangle that u – got & add URL address of pic. S. said she would put the like on after I thank who gave to me. I’m sure half is wrong. Love your blog!!!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

  44. Well. It wound be S. will put up LINK tomorrow

    June 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

  45. Hello Stan, Thank you for visiting my blog. Your photos are amazing! I like the seascapes, having lived in Florida. Have a great day! ~Patricia

    June 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    • Thank you so much for the visit and the lovely comments! And I do hope you come back often Patricia, really enjoyed my visit your blog as well!

      June 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  46. Hey Stan! I was wondering if I could have a short description of your blog to add beside your name on my readers’ page? ( Maybe: this blog is about: “My photography, travels and writing”? Or something else? Thank you and your photos are AMAZING!! keep up the great work!

    February 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    • I try to capture the emotions of the people, places, and things I photograph. And then provide these images for your viewing pleasure and make then available for purchase as Wall Art. I also blog about the photography aspects such as equipment a used, also I try to add travel tips and suggestions for those who visit the places I photograph.
      Thanks so much for your visit and interest! Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Really enjoy YOUR blog by the way!

      February 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      • Aww thank you so much, I appreciate that you do πŸ™‚

        I’m trying to keep the blog descriptions really short, like around 10 words or less. I know, that can be hard! But there’s just not enough space for much more!

        So how about this: Your blog is about … “Capturing the emotions of the people, places & things I photograph; available for purchase as Wall Art.”

        or … “Capturing the emotions of the people, places & things I photograph; photography equipment; & travel tips.”

        More than 10 words but I will fit either in (or a variation of it). Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

        February 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

      • Your amazing, such a way with words! Thanks so much for time and abilities.

        February 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

      • Haha, aww thanks. My pleasure πŸ™‚

        February 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  47. Love your work, looking forward to browsing more when I have more time!

    March 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  48. Congratulations on a beautiful blog! All the best.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    • Thanks so much! and thank you for the visit, hope to stop by often!

      March 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

  49. You have a good eye. I enjoyed the site and the beautiful pictures.

    March 28, 2013 at 7:34 am

    • Much appreciated Jenrekee! I do hope to come in often. thanks so much for your visit and comment!

      March 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

  50. Hey, thanks for your like last night on my Day 1 – Horizon Lines post. I had to change the video.

    Check it now:

    be well.

    March 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    • Thank you so much! truly enjoyed my visit to your blog, and great job on the video too. Stan

      March 29, 2013 at 11:24 am

  51. Very nice pix! Best of luck and thank you for your service to our country. Karen

    April 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  52. beautiful blog stan. i look forward to following!

    April 14, 2013 at 5:29 am

    • Thank you so much Marissa, I am so jealous of your location!! Thanks also for the follow, I am looking forward to following you as we’ll. Hope you return often!

      April 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

  53. I love your pictures!

    April 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

  54. You have some wonderful work on your blog! Keep it up!

    August 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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