Another thing I am committing to this year … taking more photos, taking better photos. I only have a Canon Powershot. Crud. I did it … just now. Did you see that? I am qualifying, minimizing, justifying … I wrote “I only have.” That might need to be another commitment; to eliminate using words like only and just when talking about myself and things I do. But that’s another blogpost. I need to get back to this topic.
Here’s the thing. I love great photography. I could spend hours cruising through sites, checking out stunning photos. And it could be really inspiring but more often than not it is intimidating. I don’t have the equipment. I don’t know how.
But should I let that stop me from trying? should I let that keep me from recording my life, the way I see it, in the way I can? If I were to commit to taking photos, good or bad, and let them be what they are, might I improve?
So, today, a little late, I am giving you two contributions to projects that I found this week.
Darrah Parker offers a photography workshop, Slice of Life which seems to be less about the technique and more about capturing life. Beautiful. It is in my queue to take later on this year. But for now, I am going to participate in her Slice of Life Tuesdays. You can join her at her flickr site.
This weeks prompt … My best self. Now when I went looking for the photo I wanted to use, in my head I was thinking (because where else would you be thinking but in your head), the best of me. Sort of the same but not quite. This is the photo I chose:
I chose this photo because my hair was in all it’s glory that day. It’s what I consider to be one of the best thing about me. My identity. Not just an adornment but is representative of my personality and my fearlessness. When I think that I am fearful, I can look at my own reflection and know that I am not bound to that. I am actually quite brave.
My second contribution today is to MCP Project 52, one photo a week. Here is another example of my personality … sometimes I just jump into something without totally knowing what it is. I don’t know anything about the MCP Actions website except at a quick glance, it looks like a photoshop tutorial site. I don’t have photoshop and don’t know much about it. I rely on simple free tools in Picasa and Picnik when I am editing photos. But like I said yesterday, sometimes it is about showing up and challenges like this make me show up.
So my late contribution to this weeks MCP Project 52 is this photo of the French Onion Soup I made for dinner on Thursday. So Yummy and there are still leftovers. Yay!
So what about you? Are you into photography? Any tips to give? Want to join the challenges with me?
you know what’s missing from my blog posts? Photos. Photos of us, of our life. And there’s a reason for that but not a good reason. It’s that chain that keeps me from doing so many things … perfection. Wanting it perfect.
See, I don’t have a fancy camera. It’s better than some not as good as most. And I don’t know much about taking photos or editing them. I’m not that happy with how wordpress allows me to post them (unless there’s something I haven’t figured out … come on people, help me out here)
And what I have to share is a lot of imperfection. But maybe that’s a good thing. In fact, I am sure it is a good thing. As much as I love the blogs with incredible photos, I think I just have to post what I can so that others like me will know it’s ok not to have the best camera, not to have the best eye, not to have the best editing program. Share your life in all its imperfect glory. I’m going to.
So today? We made melted snowman cookies.
It was very serious business …
Or not …
Ok, here is an example of the imperfection that would keep me from posting photos.I don’t have a rolling-pin or a round cookie cutter.
But I am a big fan of using what you have and what I had was an empty wine bottle and a glass.
So, that’s what we used …
Cookies baked, cooled and iced and then it is time for the fun …
Aw, almost too cute to eat!