05 Sep 2006 • 1,497 views
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!
Can we go?
little ms 'fro