Tonight I share my pictures to my first ever photo competition entry.
The two large pictures were my entries to Matt Korinek’s http://50mmexperiment.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/inaugural-challenge/ and I throughly enjoyed the entire experience.
I have enjoyed photography for years. I have always had a fairly good camera & snapped away at almost everything. Nine years ago I gave up smoking (20+ a day) & set myself a challenge that in one years time I would buy myself a decent SLR using my fag money. £5+ a day for 365 days gave me a lot of cash & I proudly bought a Canon 30D plus lens and set out with a huge amount of energy to take pictures. To this day I still save my £5 a day & have upgraded cameras & lens where I now have a 5D Mk2 plus several L series lens. I will never use the full capabilities of this equipment but everyday is a learning day & I aim to improve all of the time. I know that the equipment is capable, I just need to learn how to use it!! A challenge is just what I needed…..
Matt’s inaugural challenge was plant life & I decided on these leaves, as the vein detail was amazing & I wanted to capture this. I have never used the off camera flash facility that I have & quite frankly didn’t have a clue how to start. I played for hours, blinding myself with the flash with it too low, flash settings too high made the leaf look like it was on fire, too low & I had great pictures of nothing. Holding a leaf & keeping the thing in focus was another challenge, keeping small boy to hold the leaf I failed at, finding a cane to hold the leaf was a winner. I played for hours, I avoided the hoovering, cooking, washing up and most other chores for the day. Even the dog was bored.
The upside was that I had a blast. I got two pictures that I was pleased with, learnt a lot & had a great deal of fun. I didn’t win, but its the taking part that counts. Roll on the next challenge.
You must check out Matt’s blog at Matt Korniek 5omm experiment, he has some amazing pictures & really great advice.