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