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Monday, January 9, 2012

Something A Little Different

One of my goals this year is to improve my photography skills... I have a very nice camera but don't know how to use it other than the basic point and shoot!  So when one of my favourite bloggers Carly Robertson introduced a new photo challenge I decided to jump on board. You can find all the details of the challenge here. Carly takes the most beautiful photos and I am hoping to learn some tips from her.

The challenge is called 'Photo Friday Challenge', the idea being that each Friday (you actually have a week) you take a photo based on that weeks theme. Unfortunately for me, this first theme was a self portrait. Now, I know I am not alone in hating my photo being taken, but this was a real struggle to get anything that I felt remotely comfortable sharing... and I am sharing only to record my personal growth LOL. It has taken me 3 days and literally a 100 photos to get this.


I converted this to black and white in photoshop, (to hide some of the wrinkles), which I am hoping to learn more about too. I am hoping that Carly will tell us how she converted her picture because it is just dreamy. And a positive from all this struggle - I actually learnt how to use the self timer on my camera. Way to go me!

Cheers

Jay Gee

25 comments:

Michelle said...

Judith, you should have your photo taken more often, you're gorgeous! And now I can put a face to the name. Did you see my self-portrait from this past week? Take a look at http://happysnapmichelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-6-6-january-2012.html :-)

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

What Michelle wrote! You're a gorgeous lady, and I certainly wouldn't shy off the camera if I had a face like yours :)
Good luck! xo

Patrice said...

Good for you! I'm looking forward to seeing all your upcoming pics. Perhaps I should be joining this journey too!

~amy~ said...

super gorgeous pic!

Karen B. said...

Kudos to you for attempting this and taking a gorgeous photo!

MicheyMoo said...

What a lovely, friendly face to put to the name we now have!! Good work on learning the ins and outs of your camera...they'll do you well in the future. I could probably do with a refresher these days, but think I remember much of what I learnt in my photography courses a few years ago. Practice, practice, practice is my recommendation - what you learn then becomes second nature. :)

Laurel said...

What a fabulous photo!

Carly said...

Yay Judith!! I am so excited you're playing along and you look absolutely gorgeous!!!! Big hugs, Carly :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

So that is how beautiful your are!!! This portrait is fabulous Judith!

Ida said...

Great start with your "Selfie" - I think you did a wonderful job.

lostinpaper said...

Great self portrait (and on a timer too)! Good luck learning all those camera features (I want one that washes the dishes)!

Jenny said...

Self portraits are so hard.... especially if your camera shy, but you nailed this task Judith and it's so good to put a pretty face to a name :)
Jenny x

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOOVE your photo! I love that it's black and white...LOVE that you are going forward even though the first theme was a self-portrait! I would have given up right away--I do not like photos of myself. LOVE your photo though:) Great job!

Lisa Lara said...

What a fun challenge and goal Jay. Your picture is fantastic. Love the palms in the bg.

jestar said...

Beautiful photo of you, Judith! Hope your 2012 is going great! :)

Dawn said...

It is a lovely photo of you. Well done with using your timer. What a great idea to do a challenge about using your camera. Looking forward to seeing how you do your camera.

Antoinette Seminario-Skinner said...

You look wonderful Judith!! Glad you are participating as well!!
Thanks for your comment to me as well...it took me quite a few tries to get mine.
Have a wonderful day!

Emily Leiphart said...

You are beautiful, Judith! The lighting is just right and I love the palm leaves in the background. So great for a black and white photo!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

This is a FABULOUS self portrait - you look beautiful and I love the palmtree bg + it looks like it is sunny and warm - I'm super envious - here it's snowslushy, windy and cold )-:

Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Simone said...

Beautiful self-portrait Judith! Nice to finally 'see' you!

Jen W. said...

Good for you for facing your photo fear! I hate having my picture taken too but you can come and take mine any time!

Joy said...

This is such a beautiful photo of you Judith and so nice to see you once again...the natural look of the black and white makes this photo so elegant..looking forward to your next photo..hugs

Sue said...

I had a little giggle about the black n white n the wrinkles, I thought I was the only one who did this-lol!!
Your photo is fabulous, you should share your photo more often! What a great challenge to play along with, hope you gain lots from the experience! :)

Meadie said...

Judith your photo is gorgeous! It's so nice to put a face to the name:)Can't wait to see more of your photos, hugs x x

Laura @ SpottyOwlDesign said...

Lovely pic!

New follower popped over via The Simple Things... delighted to see you're an Aussie too!

laura x