Saturday 1479 – 24th March 2012
Another week has raced past and here we are at a Saturday again ! Where is the time going?
Today I spent the morning at a great photographic exhibition put on by the St Neots & District Camera Club and I was there because I’d entered half a dozen photos in a competition being run by a local Newspaper the “Huntingdon and St Ives News and Crier” , in conjunction with the club.
I’d had an email to ask if I could attend because I had been placed in the competition but it didn’t say where.. with this photo below, which some of you will have seen on my other blog Photomania
When I got there I was told I had won. A very nice surprise 🙂 I was chuffed to bits ( for all my cosmopolitan followers that’s a very English expression that means absolutely delighted !) and yesterday I had an email from IGPOTY which thrilled me even more… If you don’t know about the International Garden Photographer of the Year take a look at the awesome standard here
No not to say that I had been placed!! that would have been crazy and the competition was over ages ago.. This email was feedback. If you enter you can ask for feedback which is really useful.
This was my second feedback email from them. I had entered one of the Four Seasons competitions that ran during the year before the final competition closing date. I entered the new mornings competition and the feedback was brilliant.. In my lack of skill I had made some glaring errors with my rather poor entries but learnt from them and later last year I entered a few photos in a couple of different main categories. Both of the photos below were taken with my old Fuji Finepix
1st Misty Ducks in the Wildlife Havens category
This is a bit from the feedback email about the ducks
“Your misty ducks were shortlisted and got through a long way in the competition; in fact one judge was very keen on them indeed. Unfortunately for you there was another similar, slightly more successful shot that got a highly commended award – have a look on the website”
Your Just Grass was also shortlisted ( some of you will have seen this on Photomania. and I’ve posted it again below )
The email went on to say
“So you have some very good entries – note that the successful ones have been ones where there is more of ‘you’ in them. The more mundane shots – tulips that could have been photographed by anyone – were less successful. Go after your own vision and your own viewpoint – that may be abstract it may be just about colour – but follow your own path and we are sure you will do very well.”
That’s such good advice isn’t it. I feel so encouraged. We all like to get positive feedback don’t we?
So I’d like to say thank you to my daughter Katy and son Steven for persuading me to spend money on myself and buy a good camera. I’m enjoying my photographic journey immensely so why was I so resistant to doing what has so obviously been very good for me…. actually I seem often to be resistant to doing what’s good for me or would help me!!
So now I’ve made plans to do some work with another photographer and learn how to do this darn thing properly!
Do you have things that you resist doing even though you know they would be good for you if you did them?
or things that you know you would really enjoy doing if you just got started or believed in yourself a bit more ?
I’d love to hear about them.
Bye from the Saturday Girl until next week
There’s a reminder of what this blog is about here
You can see lots of photos on my other blog Helen’s Photomania here