Friday, April 15, 2011

My Best Shot

One of the things I've wanted to be really good at since was was 12 years old, is photography.  I even have proof.  It's written in my journal of 1971.    I'm celebrating my 52nd birthday this week, and have have to tell you, I haven't done much since then to accomplish this dream of being good with a camera.

A while back Wendy and Tyler invited me to the Blue Lily Go Pro  photography workshop.  It was the nudge I needed.   The workshop was amazing.  In the two days I sat at the feet of the Pros, I learned so much. I was super motivated when I left the beach house vowing that this would be "the year."  The year I would become a Photographer.  I'm ashamed to admit that since the workshop, I haven't done a thing to act on that personal promise to myself -- I just haven't made time.   If I don't make the time, I'm never going to get any better, right?  

Today as I was driving the car pool I absentmindly ran through a list errands in my head, and right in the middle of it, an unrelated thought came to me, which was this:

"You should do a regular post about your favorite photograph taken during the week."

I need to listen to that prompting, right now.  I do.  It came to me for a reason.  I don't know what that reason is, but I do know that there are probably a lot of people out there just like me who want to get better.  Are you one of them??  Let's help each each other!  Let's have a weekly link up!

A weekly post will make me personally accountable and it will help me improve my not so great skills.  It might help you too.  I'm already imagining my own progression from right now to a year from now.   It's kind of exciting!

Think of what we can accomplish if we put our minds together!   Those of you who are great at this, can teach those of us who aren't.  We need you experts!!!  Share your knowledge.  Inspire us with your talent.  I might even award prizes once in while for the shot of the month.  We can all vote!

So to all of you lurkers out there, I'm throwing down the glove -- join the party and link up right now.  If you have a picture to share today, great, if not, just tell us how you feel about photography, how long you've been shooting, what you like capturing with a camera.   Share!!!!  You don't have to have a super groovy camera to post -- you can still improve your creative eye -- composition, textures, color, subject, story telling, etc with any type of a camera, including the one in your cell phone.

I'm posting My Best Shot every Thursday.  You can link up today or wait until next week.   Get your camera out this weekend and start shooting!   

I'm pretty sure I don't need to say this, but just in case . . .

All photographs submitted must be rated "E" for everyone.  

Here are two of my favorite shots this week that were taken at a Ranch where Eden rides horses. (Keep in mind that I am a beginner.)

I took this photograph around 5:00 p.m.  I like how the light filtered into the barn.  I love the colors and the textures too, but the image is not very sharp.  I dropped my lens, so the auto focus no longer works.

   These llamas just make me laugh.  This shot is a little sharper.  I love the contrast of the blue harness against the gray hair.  And I love the composition -- they look like they are posing for a portrait.

I bumped the color up, and sharpened both of these photos in Photo Shop which made a big difference, even on the blurry horse.

If you know what you are doing, let me know how I can improve these photos, will you?

Now it's your turn! Post your best shot.


icalltheshot said...

Good morning Crystal! Girlfriend, you're not just good, you are GREAT! Love that photo, the lighting and everything about that shot. It's worthy of framing.

I just love this post and the idea you have behind it. I tried using the link but for whatever reason it didn't work for me. :( I'll try again...

Blessings - Debbie

oberheu said...

Thanks for the motivation Crystal! Just the push I needed. I like having a goal and a deadline to meet:).

icalltheshot said...

Thanks Crystal! I didn't have anything fresh for today so I used an old photo from January. Unfortunately from my old blog too.

This was fun. Perhaps I'll get brushed up for my best shot this week and enter fresh "from my new blog".

Thanks again, this was fun.

Blessings - Debbie

Rosie J. Photography said...

First off. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy the weekend!

Second. Your picture of the horse is beautiful! I love this challenge and am excited to link up over at Rosie J. as well as the family blog!

Eden Bjornsson said...

Ya, Mikayla, Chloe, and Sabina were all like What are you doing???

Cam Forbes said...

bummer... was gonna post a photo.