There is a really great online community called Digital Photography School. They have a blog that I subscribe to and have read some really good tips and been inspired by other members posts and photos. Today, I received a note about their weekly challenge. They choose a topic and then people post their photos that are taken within a given time frame and meet the the challenges requirements. This week the challenge is a Sunny Day. You post a photo that fits your idea of what a sunny day is.
I have never participated in their contest before. I have thought about how I would compose a photo for a few of their topics, but I have never submitted. That is until today.
Last week my family and I went up to Washington State for the 4th of July holiday. On that trip, I was a serious camera nut. Capital N-U-T! I took so many photos is was a little ridiculous; but oh so fun! I decided that I would submit an entry into their Sunny Day challenge because I knew I had a few that would meet the criteria. My problem was that I had so many Sunny Day photos that I had a really hard time picking.
I ended up submitting this photo. I chose it because it showed my son, Garland, playing in the sun. I think it captured his action really well and I liked how the sun looked on the water and on his back.
These are the runner ups of my choice. They are more like still life's. That's really the reason I chose the one with Gar over these two. I just liked that it had him in it.
Anyway, what I wanted to throw out to you, is to challenge yourself. Whether it is to break out of your comfort zone and submit a photo to a contest or to plan, in your head, a photo you would like to take and then attempt to take it. We grow and learn by challenging ourselves. Give yourself a challenge. Whether large or small, it matters not.
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