Every month when I hold my photo assignments, choose finalist selections for page, and then pick winners I receive tons of comments and emails about how exciting and great it is to either be a finalist selection or chosen a winner. Its exciting! Its a confidence booster! Heck, its something to brag about. And I know just how you all feel.
As some of you know, mostly those who read the Pioneer Woman's blog, one of my photos was chosen for her second group of Black and White photos in her current assignment. I've made her cuts a couple of times before, but its usually the last group after I've submitted a handful of photos. This time my first photo was chosen, one that my husband actually told me not to take.
Shawn didn't like the idea of me standing a few dozen yards behind this couple and photographing them without their knowledge. He thought I should have let them be and enjoy their moment. I, on the other hand, saw a moment that needed to be captured.
While none of my photos that have ever been featured on The Pioneer Woman's website have been selected as a finalist photo, let alone the winner, I still am thrilled that a moment my husband wanted me to pass up is pleasing enough to the eye to be picked out of literally thousands of entries. So, I do now how those of you who participate in my assignments feel! ...granted I don't get thousands of entries, but still!
On my photo blog I typed up a post about how to create black and white photos if you are interested! Its quite simple and I show step by step instructions on how to do it so if you are a little in the dark on layers and think that desaturating a photo is the only way to turn it black and white then you should give it a read!
Also, my current photo assignment is ongoing and there are fewer entries this month than others so that means you have a greater chance of being selected and possibly winning! And yes, I offer real prizes like the Pioneer Woman does, well at least until I go on maternity leave and can't afford it for a few months.
So, there are lots of things you can do with your camera and your photos now and hopefully you'll know just how I feel now if you don't already!