Water

Another month, another challenge; this month it’s “Water.” I had planned on selecting a fun portrait to submit, but then I discovered the perfect reflection captured in these rain-soaked buds. I wish I could say that this was entirely intentional, but in truth it was more of a happy accident. I was playing with my macro lens and focusing on the droplets, not even noticing the reflection until reviewing the images in Lightroom.

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Here’s a close-up of the reflection. I considered cropping the image to highlight just this portion, but find that I much prefer the image as a whole, with the little extra surprise.

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Something Green

This month’s challenge from Rock the Shot is “Something Green.” It’s a pretty broad challenge, basically the image just has to have something green in it. When I started looking through my library I found lots of choices; I could repost my shot of the artichoke or apple cider spheres or post a sneak-peek from an upcoming series I’m planning on my grandfather’s gardens or any number of portrait sessions…just to name a few. But in the end, I keep coming back to a series I took last spring, just before I started this blog. In fact, the series became my first ever blog post. Here’s just one of the images:

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Challenging Myself

My New Year’s Resolution is to step out of my comfort zone and ‘put myself out there.’ I wish I could say this was an easy task, but then, I guess I wouldn’t need to make a resolution out of it. Starting this blog last year was a big step in this direction and amazingly has provided me with a little confidence boost. Now the challenge is to find more ways to share my work.

One thing I’d like to start doing is participating in photography contests. This month Rock the Shot Forum has challenged it’s readers to post their favorite photo from 2013. It took a lot of thought to choose a favorite photo. There were just so many directions I could go! In the end, I decided to post this one that I took of my niece while vacationing in Spain this summer. Not only I am proud of the image, but it reminds me of a special time we spent together as a family.

Here’s to 2014! A new year, full of new (and hopefully exciting) challenges.

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Also, check out my niece’s site www.sofiaofficial.com to hear her extraordinary music! I’m pretty proud of her as well :)

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