Mista Skee

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An open letter to Alakija and the ShutterChance Community

Today, I had a last minute change of plan. After already queuing up my current hot series, "Carnival reflections", for once , I was ready to sit back, and chillax from blogging till Friday and concentrate on my many other creative outlets.

After going through many of the blogs though I thought, "Yo Skee, why not put something up inspirational', to encourage my fellow bloggers on SC. Alakija there's something here for you.

Daily blogging isn't a joke, some of us, actually a few, do it on the daily (Not including little ol' skee, I've taken several breaks ) very commendable... these peeps have lives, jobs & family and everyday worries to care for as well, and yet they still find the time to provide us with inspiration… daily.

So what happens when inspiration runs low or out? I like the way Suby answered that response on Alakija's blog. " Post images of loved ones, pictures that make you happy etc, your best pictures processed differently. :-The list can go on and on. Before you know it… Your back in the flow.
Try turning your favourite pic or your worse lol, into a piece of art, tacky or not… it's your work, you dedicate time to process it, and you know what, someone out there in cyberland will greatly appreciate it.

They say variety is the spice of life, that's why, we all take pictures differently, no two people will see the same things even though they have the same subject before them. That's what makes photography interesting: It has so many different flavours.

Experiment with different techniques, for instance, if you have a copy of photoshop or photoshop elements and that's your thing, you are in luck as there are so many things to learn and it's so much fun learning. I've been using photoshop daily at work and on personal projects for the past six years and I still have fun using it and discovering new ways (Yup, they still exist) of doing the same thing.

I've put up today's shot, to illustrate this purpose.

A dramatic shot, yes, I initially intended it to be rendered in black and white. (It was taken in a church concert last week, yup, gems can be found everywhere) But I decided for this purpose to tint it  with a green shade and give it a red border to make the green smoke look more dramatic and intense.

I have learnt a lot from everybody on shutterchance, whether I admit it or not, and I'm sure that applies to all of us. I have been inspired by all those that blog on a daily, that includes you mr Alakija, by those who shoot with simple cameras and believe it or not by those who take cheesy shots.

Blogging is fun, healthy too, that is, for your photography, hehehe, it's a bit like having your daily five portions of fruits or that daily jog, you know the one you should be taking (Can I get an Amen in the house somebody) lol.

After being on shutterchance almost since its inception, everybody that posts on the regular has improved, that to me says something, and something good. 

One thing I would like to say to the whole community here is while it is greatly appreciated checking the top blogs there are some really wonderful bloggers at the other end of the list that have some fantastic work as well, in the spirit of encouragement please check at least two  random blogs as well, seeing others improve as a result of kind words and helpful tips, is one of the greatest things we can do for each other in this community.

Okay I've said my bit, enjoy my picture, I've classified this piece as " art-photography", because of the little PP that I've done on it.

Skee's back tomorrow, with his "reflection series" . So don't miss out… it's open visa season here in SkeeTown, so come along before I start to charge again.
Alakija…Keep up the fantastic work!

with lifted hands

An open letter to Alakija and the ShutterChance Community

Today, I had a last minute change of plan. After already queuing up my current hot series, "Carnival reflections", for once , I was ready to sit back, and chillax from blogging till Friday and concentrate on my many other creative outlets.

After going through many of the blogs though I thought, "Yo Skee, why not put something up inspirational', to encourage my fellow bloggers on SC. Alakija there's something here for you.

Daily blogging isn't a joke, some of us, actually a few, do it on the daily (Not including little ol' skee, I've taken several breaks ) very commendable... these peeps have lives, jobs & family and everyday worries to care for as well, and yet they still find the time to provide us with inspiration… daily.

So what happens when inspiration runs low or out? I like the way Suby answered that response on Alakija's blog. " Post images of loved ones, pictures that make you happy etc, your best pictures processed differently. :-The list can go on and on. Before you know it… Your back in the flow.
Try turning your favourite pic or your worse lol, into a piece of art, tacky or not… it's your work, you dedicate time to process it, and you know what, someone out there in cyberland will greatly appreciate it.

They say variety is the spice of life, that's why, we all take pictures differently, no two people will see the same things even though they have the same subject before them. That's what makes photography interesting: It has so many different flavours.

Experiment with different techniques, for instance, if you have a copy of photoshop or photoshop elements and that's your thing, you are in luck as there are so many things to learn and it's so much fun learning. I've been using photoshop daily at work and on personal projects for the past six years and I still have fun using it and discovering new ways (Yup, they still exist) of doing the same thing.

I've put up today's shot, to illustrate this purpose.

A dramatic shot, yes, I initially intended it to be rendered in black and white. (It was taken in a church concert last week, yup, gems can be found everywhere) But I decided for this purpose to tint it  with a green shade and give it a red border to make the green smoke look more dramatic and intense.

I have learnt a lot from everybody on shutterchance, whether I admit it or not, and I'm sure that applies to all of us. I have been inspired by all those that blog on a daily, that includes you mr Alakija, by those who shoot with simple cameras and believe it or not by those who take cheesy shots.

Blogging is fun, healthy too, that is, for your photography, hehehe, it's a bit like having your daily five portions of fruits or that daily jog, you know the one you should be taking (Can I get an Amen in the house somebody) lol.

After being on shutterchance almost since its inception, everybody that posts on the regular has improved, that to me says something, and something good. 

One thing I would like to say to the whole community here is while it is greatly appreciated checking the top blogs there are some really wonderful bloggers at the other end of the list that have some fantastic work as well, in the spirit of encouragement please check at least two  random blogs as well, seeing others improve as a result of kind words and helpful tips, is one of the greatest things we can do for each other in this community.

Okay I've said my bit, enjoy my picture, I've classified this piece as " art-photography", because of the little PP that I've done on it.

Skee's back tomorrow, with his "reflection series" . So don't miss out… it's open visa season here in SkeeTown, so come along before I start to charge again.
Alakija…Keep up the fantastic work!

comments (17)

  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 5 Sep 2006, 00:10
very creative
  • Offie
  • my paddie pad pod!!!
  • 5 Sep 2006, 00:20
Its not one of my more exciting skeedazzled effected shots but i like the way the light is captured in picture...Well done the Skee. Alakija we love you.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Sep 2006, 00:34
Ok skee i will be the first to say 'amen'. It is often overwhelming the depth of experience and technique of some of the photographers. Most of us are leading busy lives and trying to improve at the same time. There are times when i think it would be good if we all gave away a few more secrets/hints about how we achieved a shot. Some of the bloggers have fantastic BW/monotone either skills or filters and it would be nice to see a few more cheat sheets or hints. Nice shot by the way.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 01:06
I fully agree with your comment regarding lower bloggers, I've just bummped into some wonderfull photo's while surfing. However, you have just posted a complete Gem, and you know you have!! This image is so good, it's a belter as they say in the north!! Great photo, really great photo!
  • micki
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2006, 01:36
What a post today, Skee!! Most inspiring on many levels!! AND, this is one of the best images you've put up. I'm going to come back to today's post again and again when I need a little spark to start my fire back up flamin' again.
  • Wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 01:43
Very well said!!! I found it even more amusing that the title of the pic is the theme of my logo. My logo is essentially W for obvious reasons but at the time I conceived it, I merged the concept of W into the theme of my life at that time, "my hands lifted up" reason being that some of my friends left me in the cold. Good shot and nice angle. and here's to the bloggers all over. My eyes are peeled for good stuff wherever you are.
Hmmmm...I think your comment should be published somewhere. It's really inspiring and helpful not just to me but to everyone I feel. Thanks a lot Skee. As you say everyones work is inspiring and I think the biggest mistake anyone can make is to think that though we seem to have relatively strong portolios (because we are very sad and have no lives) we still are learning and are inspired by other photographers who seem to think they don't have strong portfolios in the same way.

Thanks mate and thanks all.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 5 Sep 2006, 06:38
inspiring picture, inspiring words
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 09:36
Stunning shot Mista Skee, and equally stunning comment with it.

I'm fairly new to photoblogging and still testing the water here on shutterchance. I appreciate every comment that's made on my pictures so I try to find time to respond to these and to encourage other newcomers which is not always easy with time constraints.

I hope others do the same so that this community can develop.

Cheers Chris
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 10:24
The Skeelo, sweet words, and even sweeter shot, What can I say apart from the fact that I love it and wish I took this shot. I know Jide has a shot almost similar to this in his archives that I think is absolutely wicked (wonder why he has not posted it), it was from the wedding 2 weeks ago, I tried to catch a similar shot but sadly failed miserably (not too excited at my own capture sad )

Good one here bro, REAALY GOOD ONE.

Suby
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 10:57
Thanks Skee
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 5 Sep 2006, 11:51
It also helps that you give others new perspectives to look at things from. Lovey pic Skee.
Echo your words. Blogging is all about making the everyday stuff interesting but sometimes time can hinder. Over the years shooting daily has made me a far better snapper but I am also aware of when to put the camera down.

Nice work.
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 12:51
Thank you for the inspirational words and photo, Skee.
I am also proud to say I do visit some random sites - almost everyday. I am not too proud to admit, on the other hand, I don't go on a jog and I have only just started working on my intake of five units a day. Bad bad bad, I know smile
  • AndyinPembs
  • Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • 5 Sep 2006, 16:54
wise words skee, wise words.. smile
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 5 Sep 2006, 19:31
cool shot and cool words, thanks
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 22:06
WOW! Lovely shot with incredible words.

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