Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The 6th Photo Game

Cindy Caraway of Artful Living on the Bluff has invited her readers to play along in the 6th Photo Game with her. The fun begins when you search through your earliest blog posts and find the sixth photo that you ever uploaded to share with your readers. The next task is to critique your own photo, and explain what you would do differently, then pass on the challenge to ten bloggers.

When I saw Cindy’s sixth photo in my blog reader, I wouldn’t have guessed that it was an archived picture. It looks great! I knew even before I started searching through my first posts that I would not be so lucky. I was prepared to cringe.

Iris Bead Mixture - August 2008

I didn’t have to go far to find my first 6 images. My second post ever was in August of 2008. It was about a multicolored peyote stitch rope, and contains my 5th, 6th and 7th photos. They’re all terrible! I thought about cheating and sharing the 7th photo, since it’s by far the worst one of the bunch. You’re welcome to check it out for yourself, but beware!

The actual 6th photo is a shot of the beads I used to create the necklace. Until around March of 2009, I always photographed beads for my inspiration stories in a shallow metal dish that is actually a gourmet coffee coaster. I much prefer the four little beads cups that I use today - especially because I don’t have to sort the beads after photographing them. I only wish I had more of them.

This photo was probably taken on my kitchen table, with a 60 watt bulb glaring overhead. If there’s any natural light present, it’s minimal. The glare and the yellowish tinge to everything is my least favorite thing about it. Today, I wouldn’t dream of taking a photograph under anything but sunlight.

Iris Bead Mixture - April 2010

I also over cropped this photo, since you can barely see what it is. If there weren’t a bead story to go with it, once could mistake it for colored sand, or crayon shavings! I just happen to have a few of these beads still in my stash, so I rephotographed them. I think today’s version is world’s better, but I still have much to learn about the art of photography.

I’m passing on the 6th Photo Challenge to:

A Bead a Day
A Little Bit of Everything
cabin + cub
Capturing Creativity
daxdesigns bead art
KSK Designs
The Art of Zen Crochet
Three Fates Design

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  1. I love this post and your revised photo. Everything you said is true and points out the benefit of working with photos and blogging over a period of time! Bravo!

    Thanks for inviting me to take the 6th Photo Challenge too. I just did it. You can see it here.

    Now I'll go see what your other invitees have done with this!

    Robin A.

  2. Hi and yes I will play. I will post today.
    I have no natural light streaming into my house. I live in Florence, OR where it is most of the time dakr and cloudy. Yuckkk.

  3. I used to wait for the sun to come out to take photos, but that's not really practical on Vancouver Island.

    I discovered that blue or gray light without a light box looks about the same as white or yellow light with a screen. My second photo was taken about 8 inches away from a North facing window on a cloudy day. I like it!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for the invite! I just had a chance to look back at my 6th post back in Feb 2008 and yikes!! Pretty scary! I even bought a new camera because I had no clue what I was doing! I will mention over the weekend and let you know. I have since made 820 posts and HOPE that I have improved...some days, I'm not entirely sure! :) This pushes me to do better, thanks!


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