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    Wednesday, October 08, 2008

    Photo 5

    One of the *many* other reasons i've been away/busy/ignoring you all.
    Canon Photo 5.



    Canon 5: Cocktail Umbrella



    The public gallery opens today, and competition is fierce. I don't expect to win, but my big challenge was to actually *enter* something, even if I thought it was crap/not good enough.
    So i've done that, and as a bonus, I don't think they're too bad at all.

    Upon registering, Canon sent you 5 'mystery' items, which you have to photograph individually, and creatively - the items were: a tealight candle, a length of red ribbon, a crayon, a cocktail umbrella, and a little pot of bubble mixture.

    The thing about competitions is they make you ( ok, me ) realise how uncreative you are. Obviously your first idea is everyone else's too, even if you think "but it's such a GOOD idea".
    A look at the gallery so far confirms this.

    Oh, and despite being a photography competition, it's equally about creativity, and as such, yes, photoshopping is allowed, and yes, my Mary Poppins pic is actually 3 photographs I took combined into one - there's me ( wearing an old work suit that is pinned at the back to fit - I should have taken a 'outtake' to show, with my knickers all hanging out. The 4yr old thought it was hilarious ! ), then the sky as seen from my backdoor, and the 'creative' item: a cocktail umbrella, which I have rescaled to purpose.

    I was so certain this would not be an original idea, but am pleased to announce I am the first on the website to do this - yay !! Anyone else with the same idea to upload later will simply be an imitator - yay !!


    Ribbon Sandwiches



    My second pic so far is this one titled "Tea Party" featuring the ribbon made into tasty sandwiches with cucumber .. 'ribbon sandwiches' - geddit, geddit ?? This one is straight-out-of-camera, and my sister likes it better .. but I like a more dramatic look, so it's the self-portrait I like best. It is also the only one of it's kind so far, although a few people seem to have had the idea of turning their ribbons into noodles to eat from a bowl.

    So anyway, it's all i've been thinking about for weeks. Doing the shopping .. when I should be sleeping ... instead of feeding the family ...

    Still got my other 3 to upload though - it's hard to set things up with 2 little kids and life in general. I don't have time to linger on the actual shoot - I have to get it right before being discovered absent from duty. For this, I thank my wonderful husband .. and Monday's at kinder :p

    Oh, and I also did my first maternity shoot yesterday, with a lovely girl ready to pop this week !
    Too bad I can't share those as they are so beautiful. I was just so happy to have the opportunity. She doesn't read here, but i'd like to thank her anyway, for being such a good model, & happy to get her kit off. She'll be a great mum, you can just tell.

    So good times, but busy times.

    Satisfying :)

    37 comments:

    Tina O'D said...

    How fantastic do you look. I loved Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a kid and the ribbon sandwiches look good enough to eat. Good luck I am sure you willl win something. Look forward to seeing the other 3 shots.

    Bird Bath said...

    Sensational shots...the Poppins self-portrait is my fave.
    capital Fun!

    Hoppo Bumpo said...

    Stunning shots! Love the ribbon sandwiches. Hope we get to see the rest.

    Christie said...

    FANTASTIC pics, can't wait to see the rest.

    Glad you entered the comp, such great pics in the gallary, really inspiring...

    I am off to learn how to use my camera now...

    Melody said...

    Good for you! You are becoming quite the photographer aren't you? And now taking photos for people..well done.

    I like the ribbon sandwiches - aI like your idea of those rather than the noodles, I mean *that's* not an original idea is it?

    Looking forward to seeing the next pics you share with us.

    Stomper Girl said...

    Excellent! Love your work darl. I love the 3 green apples in the teapot shot.

    Suse said...

    Oo eer, a maternity shoot! We're a professional photographer now!

    I am so incredibly impressed :)

    pretty essential said...

    The Mary Poppins photo is fantastic (the sandwiches are cool too!).

    Love how something can take over your every waking moment . . . Looking forward to seeing your other entries.

    M said...

    Fabulous photos! I love them. Good luck. This is a great way to spend your time.

    Gina said...

    Amazingly creative of course. I just love these. All the best luck for the competition. What a good chance you have. Can't wait to see the rest. Congrats on your maternity shoot!

    melissa said...

    Love your entries - I haven't got around tot taking any and now I'm back at work don't think it will happen!

    I love the mary poppins one!!

    Congrats on the maternity shoot!

    Jane said...

    Way cool!

    KikiMiss said...

    Bloody fantastic woman! I love the red ribbon image, it's truly fantastic and I trust you will win or at the very least, have one of those highly commended stamps placed across your name :-)

    Congratulations on entering, that in itself is a huge step I'm sure.

    gryb said...

    Love the ribbon sandwiches!!! well done. I have managed to only get one shot done, also ribbon...don't know if I am going to make it with the rest...

    Kirsty said...

    Great shots!

    Is the belly shooting the new business venture?

    Violet & Rose said...

    You know, I would have eaten one of those ribbon sandwiches if you didn't tell me they were really ribbon sandwiches. I love the green apples with the red ribbon. Very fresh. Good luck. How have you been taking such lovely photos in such crappy dark weather?

    Louise said...

    Wow, good for you - they look fantastic!! I so understand the complete absorption in this kind of project. It's a constant juggle but it all happens eventually.

    Frogdancer said...

    Gorgeous shots. Never quite pictured you as Mary Poppins....

    thanks so much for the reminder about the tv. Am shooting off to program the dvd recorder. I'll be teaching my year 10s when it is on in real time.

    Janet said...

    Your Mary Poppins photo is super fantastic, I like the other one too, but Mary Poppins is really bloody good IMHO.

    Good on you for entering. Wouldn't be surprised if you won something... and can't wait to see the next three!

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    Elizabeth said...

    Just wonderful!
    We want to see the rest!

    peppermintpatcher said...

    This sounds an awful lot like a career change in the wind...

    Baysidemama said...

    Amazing shots - look forward to seeing the rest

    bluemountainsmary said...

    Oh wow - can't believe how late I am to this party - what amazing photos - you have such a gift for styling (I've said it before!) which I have no patience for.

    Truly wonderful - and also well done on entering something as presigious as this...

    twolimeleaves said...

    Sheesh. Clever, aren't you?!
    Those are completely brilliant!!!! I can't really choose between them for a favourite, although I LOVE the ribbon sandwich idea.
    I hope you win :)

    Stacey said...

    I love, love, the Mary Poppins one. Nice shoes too!
    Now that you're going all commercial like, we need to talk hat photos!!
    (Also do you know why my camera doesn't do reds very well?)

    nutmeg said...

    Your allowed to be away from blogland if you are using it to produce photos like those! Good luck in the competition.

    meggie said...

    No wonder you have been 'absent'. Great work!

    Surfing Free said...

    Those are excellent - and much more creative than the average cocktail umbrella or ribbon photo :)

    Good luck! I hope you win big :)

    Oh, and for the pot of bubble mixture I would take a photo of me with washing up gloves on using it at dishwashing liquid as I did yesterday because we were out of the real stuff. Wow, I'm so creative! You can use it if you like ... hee hee ;)

    Damselfly said...

    You are totally such an artist! I hope you win.

    Fairlie said...

    What great photos! So creative. I've spent ages going through the gallery. Some amazing stuff there. Looking forward to seeing your others.

    Guera said...

    Great shots! I love the ribbon sandwiches.

    I have my photo5 box sitting on my bookshelf but I've done nothing with it. :(

    Wish I had the time and the creativity!

    shellyC said...

    Did you say somewhere in that post..."uncreative"......What crap!!! You are very creative - go on show us some more!!

    Trish said...

    your photos are amazing - I love MP and the sandwiches very outside the square and original.
    I tried it last year but forgot this year. I am very amateur.

    Victoria said...

    Yo. You are amazing me! All the photographing is paying off I think because you're turing into a Photographer. It's very inspiring to watch someone's prgross on their blog over a year and a half. BIG CONGRATS!
    p.s. the baby is looking gorgeous and also looking a lot like older bro.

    Victoria said...

    "progress" I mean

    Victoria said...

    p.s. the tea party shot is soooo good. Witty and pretty.

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