Hello again, as well as drawing, writing, & filming, I love to take Photos!
This picture in sepia here, is my self portrait I took it in a cafe. I like this because it has a similar quality to Leonardo Di Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa. The expression can be seen as happy or sad but mostly a mixture of lots of feelings. It is not looking not at you but when you move it seems as though the eyes follow you. Often people pose for photos,by smiling which can cover up what they are feeling. This expression tells more than a smile.
TIP ” The trick of finding good photos, is to always carry your camera with you! & also to capture the expression of your subject and your feeling about it.” Agnieszka 2011
Something which is good about competitions, is that you get to see what other photographers there are in the world, and see what you find inspiring about their work. Sometimes when you are given a competition title, it leads to taking a photo of something different from what you would normally take. It can help you to think more carefully about the photo you are taking, like whether it is in focus or not.
The not so good thing is that usually there’s only a few winners and thousands of brilliant photographs. Don’t feel down if you don’t win. Just enjoy entering.
I recently had 2 of my photo’s shortlisted in the NSPCC & Photobox children’s competition along with 5 other shortlisted photos taken by other people. Neither of my 2 photos got chosen for the finalist & runner up though.
I also entered a photograph in the Powys Eisteddfod which won first prize! The theme was ‘Spirit of the river’ and I took the photo of the river that runs through our local town on a sunny Autumn day. It reminds me of a Monet painting. All shimmery and watery.
Recently I have entered the ‘Woodland Trust’s national children’s photo competition.
They asked for photographs in the categories of ‘nature’s playground’, ‘discovery’, ‘whatever the weather’, ‘snap it with feeling’ and ‘anything nature’ and I entered a few photos, you can see them here below.
Over 1,500 pictures were entered. when I got an email from the Woodland Trust they said: “Thank you for your lovely pictures, you have been SHORTLISTED! well done! Bev & the team. And indeed I had been, and that was as far as I got.
The picture that had been shortlisted was
a picture of my… Guess.
A picture of my sister sitting in a field of flowers, putting buttercups in her toes! The first picture below.
Techniques, Ideas & Tips
I find insects very interesting to photograph, they create great shadows, and have interesting and colourful patterns.
I enjoy being outside in nature.It is amazing what you notice when you are still & quiet.
I like to take photographs of frogs, as when they jump you can try and catch a photo of them in midair.
I like taking photo’s in sepia or black and white.
I also sometimes edit and enhance my photos after I have taken them.
With my camera I can stitch photos together, like this one below made up of 3 separate photos of flowers.
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