Do you know The Big Ugly? If you are a regular here on my blog then I am sure you do as she was one of my 20 of 2012 blogs that I listed at the beginning of the year. A few weeks ago I saw that she was having a photography challenge on her site and so I decided to ditch the camera trigger and return to the old days of setting the timer and dashing into the shot. Although many of the images on my blog were taken in this manner the purchasing of a trigger has certainly changed things and to be honest I had forgotten just how damn hard it is when you don’t have that handy little button to press but on the other hand just how rewarding it can be when you have sweated through umpteen shots to finally hit on a little bit of photography magic. Somehow that makes all the previous fails all worth while because they have all lead to the one moment when you did get it right.
I decided to keep things simple and not venture out looking for a location, time was not really on my side, and so the garden seemed like the perfect spot particularly as for once the skies in the UK were filled with sunshine rather than dull grey heavy cloud that is, more often than not, the norm here. I took 25 pictures in all, with the sun behind me and on or around the garden bench. I even managed to get a large and very sore friction burn on my butt from repeatedly twisting round on the bench to hang upside down with my legs in the air….
and it would seem that, currently, no photo shoot of mine is complete without the obligatory cat bombing moment….
I did get some others that I really liked and have put them away in my ‘to be used’ file as they will fit perfectly in some future that I have planned and then of course there was the one that I sent to Lauralyn….
It seems that a bit like with my Sinful Sunday weekly round-up’s she had trouble picking her favourites and so as there were only 9 entries she picked us all and wrote lovely things about every one too ;The Big Ugly Self-Portrait Challenge results! I have to say the standard was exceptional and I find myself listed in a truly talented line up of photographers. As a result I will soon be the proud owner of a Big Ugly t-shirt, which of course will be a very good reason to take some more self portrait shots.
I am so glad Lauralyn set this challenge because taking part really reminded me just how tough dash photography is and although I have always known that Lauralyn is a genius it reminded me just how much hard work goes into her amazing images.
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